Today's News

  • Just like home

    For 100 days, Ruth Williams, 90, of Orange Lake called Williston Nursing Home and Rehab Center home. Miss Ruth was taken ill suddenly and unexpectedly and after a lengthy stint in the hospital needed some place to convalesce while she regained her strength. “I’m a Christian,” she said the day before she was going home, “and I’ve heard of miracles. I saw them here.” She praised the staff and said the residents were “one solid family” who come from diverse backgrounds.


    Back in the ‘60s at the age of 16, Charles Millard painted his first car, a Pontiac Fire Chief . He recalls, “it was a nice clean job.” He painted the car aqua blue and says, “I’ve been a paint and body man ever since, both cars and motorcycles.”

  • John Moran: Capturing vanishing Florida through the camera’s lens

    Imagine, if you will, the land of rivers, lakes and springs long before Juan Ponce de León, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and Hernando DeSoto explored the virgin wilderness we now call Florida.

    Imagine the vast wildness of the woods, the azure sky filled with cumulus clouds and the dense undergrowth of the swamps, filled with creatures, both great and small.

    That is what Gainesville nature photographer John Moran does every time he picks up his Canon camera and journeys into the exploration of his adopted homeland.

  • Through it all, Joyce Smith keeps the faith and laughter

    Joyce Smith is one of Williston Rehabilitation & Nursing Center’s repeat customers. “Yep,” says the 71-year-old soon-to-be-great-grandmother, “I was here in June of 2007 to get rehab after my knee replacement, then again last January for a few weeks to get strong after I had a pacemaker put in.”

  • Former Williston resident pens novel

    It’s been a long road but Rocky Kuznik has finally arrived with the publication of his first novel The Never Pals. Kuznik signed copies for readers Saturday at the Victorian Tea Room, along with his wife Joydel. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kuznik has lived in Florida for years and lived in Morriston for a time before moving to Ocala. A self-proclaimed “short story guy” the novel is a witty tale of an odd couple and their relationship.

  • Putting the gavel down

    It was an evening of gold and garnet, of friends and colleagues, of memories and laughter as hundreds paid tribute to retiring Judge Joseph Smith.

    Smith, who will officially leave the bench of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Dec. 31, was feted with a reception last week to mark more than 37 years of service to the people of Levy County and 16 years on the bench.

    Master of Ceremonies Luther Beauchamp regaled those in attendance with humorous stories of his past with Smith, a former law partner.

  • Relay for Life is April 17

    The anticipation is growing – the time is drawing near.

    Nips and tucks are being made in costumes, last-minute polishing to games and tent decoration. – it’s almost here.

    E-mails and phone calls fly around Williston – lists are checked and double – checked – it’s closer than we think – how did it arrive so quickly?

  • After 36 years, Ann Thompson enjoys reminiscing with patients

    In life, we learn soon enough that just about the only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that everything changes. But some things don’t change as quickly or as often as others, and Ann Thompson is here to prove it.

    “Here” is Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (once known as Oak View Care Center, then as Oak View Rehabilitation, then as Williston Care Center.) But no matter what the changes in name or ownership, for 36 years Ann Thompson has been showing up to take care of people in the big building under the oaks at 300 NW 1st Avenue.

  • Etheridge will not seek school board re-election

    School Board of Levy County member Frank Etheridge, who represents Williston, will not seek re-election in November.

    "After 20 years on the board, I've enjoyed it. But it's time for some new, fresh ideas."

    Etheridge started his career in education as a teacher at Williston High School. His interest and passion for education has continued ever since, he said.

  • City reverses late fee action-for now

    The city administration has withdrawn, for the time being, the implementation of a procedure that contradicted long term practice in the payment of utility bills when the 10th of the month falls on a weekend.

    According to statute, utility bills are due and payable on the 10th of the month to avoid the application of a $10 late fee per service.

    Common practice for many years has been that, should the 10th fall on a weekend, utility bills could be paid until 4 p.m. on the following Monday without penalty.