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Today's Features

  • Friday, Jan. 8

    Blood Drive

    Williston Community invites residents to do their part to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for the community when they team up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to host a blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9.

    Stop by the bloodmobile at City Hall between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and make a contribution that can save up to three lives in local hospitals.

    Saturday, Jan. 9

    Klinkenberg to

    Address FOL

  • Raymond Smith is what they call a natural born storyteller. If you were to put him alone in an empty room for an hour, after he came out, he’d tell you a story about what happened in there. And it would be a good story, probably one that would leave you both chuckling.

  • Since 1969 Ethel Penny has been feeding the patients and staff at Nature Coast Hospital.

    Last week the tables turned and someone provided refreshments for her to honor her 40 years of service and dedication.

    Penny, a Raleigh resident, heard of the job opening from a friend, and since she had some restaurant experience, she applied.

    The rest is, as they say, history, as she worked her way up from an aide to a cook and even a manager–a position she held for 10 years.

  • C.T. Douglas from Dunnellon participates in his first book signing at an event earlier this month at the Williston Friends of the Library book fair. Douglas’ fantasy, Lore: A Pirate’s Charm, is the first novel of a trilogy, a rip-roaring adventure enhanced by werewolves, vampires and magic rings. Douglas was born in Wilkesboro, N.C., in 1989. He is a full-time undergraduate Liberal Arts and Sciences major attending the University of Florida in Gainesville.

     

    A Pirate's Charm

    REVIEW BY TERRY GRAYSON

  • Thursday, Dec. 10

    Judge Smith Reception

    Judge Joseph E. Smith will be honored with a reception Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Bronson Elementary School Cafeteria, Ishie Ave., Bronson.

    Remarks will be made at 5:30 p.m.

    Smith is retiring after more than 16 years on the bench.

    Friday, Dec. 11

    Light Up Williston Parade

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for this year’s Light Up Williston parade.

  • Saturday, Dec. 5

    5K Cancer Awareness Race/Walk

    The Chiefland Woman’s Club will host its Second Annual 5K Cancer Awareness Race/Walk Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Trailhead Park in Chiefland. 

    The race/walk will be the opening activity for the Chiefland Chamber Christmas Festival.  The entry fee for the race/walk is $20 and proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. 

    Contact Melanie King Hutchison for an entry form or more information at 352-493-7593 or melliek71@hotmail.com.

  • It’s a rare person who reaches the age of 60 without having experienced at least one life-altering misfortune. Even though he doesn’t say as much, 61- year-old Luigi Piccola seems to bear this reality in mind as he considers his own difficult circumstances.

    In a fall a year ago, Luigi broke his hip and damaged his knee.

    After leaving the hospital, he went first to Parklands Rehab & Nursing Center in Gainesville, then transferred here to Williston Rehab.

  • Meeting and first talking with Olivia Davis, a person might feel two different ways at the same time. On the one hand, you could feel a little shy because Mrs. Davis herself is reserved in a stately sort of way that brings to mind a personage like the Queen Mother. On the other hand, because she pays close attention to what is being asked of her and then makes every effort to be helpful, you also feel welcome and cared about, like you would with a friend.

  • Three miles from Williston off a bumpy hilly road, a passage through scrub and pasture leads the unsuspecting traveler to the utopian sanctuary that Dr. Raymond Webber calls home.

    More than 400 species of plants thrive on his 100-acre bit of paradise that has been more than 16 years in the making.

    “Not many people in Florida have their house built into the side of a cliff,” Webber, an endodonist by trade, explains as he begins his trek through the assorted gardens that he has designed.

    Indeed, the vista from this porch is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Friday, Nov. 6

    Yard Sale

    Ode de Joy, a non-profit group will hold a yard sale at the Williston Lions Club Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. until 2 pm.

    Saturday, Nov. 7

    Pistol Class is Fund-raiser

    A basic pistol class will be held Nov. 7 in the Levy County Sheriff’s Office classroom, 9150 NE 80th Ave Bronson.

    The class, hosted by the sheriff’s office, will qualify participants for a Florida concealed weapons permit.