• Amy Dixon proved Tuesday that you’re never too old to shake your booty to the music you love. Dixon, a Jamaica native who has lived in the U.S. since 1945, turned 95 Tuesday and celebrated with family and friends at Williston Rehab. After the cake presentation, Dixon asked for the music to be turned to reggae and as soon as it started, she got up and busted some moves. Dixon has lived in Florida for 30 years, coming here from New York where she was a dietitian at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

  • There are now almost 40 women in the tri-county area, who not only understand the mechanics of gun safety, but know how apply the rules to proper usage.

    The women, ranging in age from their early 20s to Medicare-eligible took part in the Williston Shooters’ Club first NRA-sanctioned Women on Target shooting clinic May 9 at the club’s range off Hwy. 41.

    Women on Target creates opportunities for women in recreational shooting and hunting, and allows experienced shooters the chance to volunteer and mentor novices.

  • Lylia Jean Bracken is a happy woman indeed.

    She fell in love with the Highwayman-style picture on display at the library, frequently bought tickets for the raffle, and, at the last meeting of the Friends of the Williston Library, her name was chosen as the winner.

    The oil-based work was painted by Sylvester M. Wells, who executed it with an associate at a fall presentation at the library.

  • The Williston Regional Art Promotion will be held Saturday, May 2, at the Williston Woman’s Club on State Road 121 North.

    Inside the clubhouse there will be higher end art work but nothing costing more than $350.

    Some of the artwork will be photography, mixed media, calligraphy, oils, watercolors, collages, folk art, to name a few. Outside of the clubhouse will include all types of artwork and handwork from local vendors.

  • The Williston Regional Art Promotion will be held Saturday, May 2, at the Williston Woman’s Club on State Road 121 North.

    One of the entertainment features will be Donovan, the Magician. Donovan comes to us with a wealth of experience, having appeared not only locally at Highlands Country Club, The Villages, Inglis and Yankeetown but he also toured the country as Ronald McDonald in his early years.

  • The Winds of Change Pinwheel Gardens is in front of Levy County Courthouse this month. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Florida and across the nation. The Gardens represent the Winds of Change needed to safeguard all children by preventing abuse.

  • On Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the GFWC Woman’s Clubs of Williston will present the second ever Williston Regional Art Promotion (WRAP). Formerly known as the Williston Arts and Crafts Festival, the 29-year-old show has undergone major changes. The goal is to bring art to our community, ready to be displayed in homes and businesses and at affordable prices.

  • The word "retirement" can mean different things to different people. Take Dr. Lou Jensen, for example. He "retired" after a 34-year-career working at a medical clinic in Cocoa-Rockledge where he had spent a great deal of time treating space center employees. That was in 1988. Instead of taking life easy, though, he stayed active in his profession. He was often sent to different Florida cities to fill in where medical help was needed. He worked in clinics and nursing homes in a number of towns from the Panhandle to Lake City to Dowling Park.

  • During tough times - it is nice to hear about some great things going on in our local community! In 2008 the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club received a grant to benefit the children of Levy County. The $1,000 grant was co-sponsored by GFWC Florida Juniors’ Special Project: One Voice for Children. The Williston Juniors wrote the grant to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths in Levy County by providing car seats for children.

  • For over 25 years the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life has been raising awareness of cancer across the county. This year in preparation for the 2009 Williston Relay the local committee is holding a community wide kick-off each month.

  • On Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the GFWC Woman’s Clubs of Williston will present the second annual Williston Regional Art Promotion (WRAP). Formerly known as the Williston Arts and Crafts Festival, the 29-year-old show has undergone major changes.

    The goal of the clubs is to bring art to our community; ready to be displayed in homes and businesses and at affordable prices.

  • For one night, anyway, country fans at the Second Annual Bark-N-Purr charity concert reclaimed Florida roads as Nashville artist Craig Morgan wailed “International Harvester,” his hymn celebrating hardworking, road-hogging farm combine drivers.

  • It's a new year and dozens of Levy County residents are planning to make it a healthier 2009 by participating in the 5,000-Pound Challenge.

    Saturday scores of them showed up at Nature Coast Regional Hospital to kick off the 10-month program designed to foster healthy living through nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and heart attack and stroke prevention.

    Three families have been selected to receive additional help through the challenge and at the end of the year, the family that best exemplifies a healthier unit will win prizes including makeovers and haircuts.

  • Members of the Williston Christian Home Schoolers were guests of the Two Trails Ranch on Tuesday Feb. 17. Ranch owner Patricia Zerbini led the group around the sprawling ranch to view the animals and learn, "All about Elephants."

    That's right, since 1984 the elephants have been in Williston. The Two Tails Ranch was founded, designed and built in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky.

    The ranch has been home to over 100 elephants over the years. They come to seek care, rehabilitation, temporary housing, retirement, and reproduction.

  • On Saturday, Feb. 7, the GFWC Williston Junior Woman's Club hosted the annual Daddy's Sweetheart Dance.

    Elementary school girls danced throughout the evening with their fathers or father figure. Over 70 father-daughter couples attended.

    All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the physical education department and the music department at Williston Elementary School.

  • Does your dog take up too much of your bed? Do you have a new pet that you want to train to sleep on his own bed?

    WAG (the Williston Animal Group) is conducting a raffle for a hand-crafted dog bed made by Joe Baisden of Morriston who, along with his wife Janice, is an active member of WAG.

    The dog bed is on display at the Williston Office of Perkins State Bank at 4th Street and Noble Avenue.

  • The last caravan for 2008 left Nazareth for the 80 mile journey to Bethlehem on Tuesday evening. More than 500 visitors joined in the numerous trips that either Pastor Dana or Callie Fields, from sponsoring church Living Water Life Center of Morriston, led over the 15-day annual event held on their property located on Hwy 121. Although the number of visitors was lower than last year; the event was blessed with 75 -100 volunteers from other churches willing to be in costume and serve in many capacities.

  • GAINESVILLE — A mobile service for equine reproduction at the University of Florida aims to better serve area horse breeders while simultaneously moving students at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine more frequently into the field.

    “The approach to medicine on the road is different than in the hospital, regardless of what service you are associated with,” said Scott Bailey, D.V.M., a Kansas State University veterinary alumnus who recently completed his residency in theriogenology at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • The Levy County Wellness Coalition (LCWC) is hosting a 5,000 Pound Challenge that will kick off Feb. 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at Nature Coast Regional. The kickoff event will feature a farmer's market, health screenings, a walk/run event, and more! The Challenge aims to provide opportunities for healthy living throughout the county such as nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, heart attack and stroke prevention, community gardening, and much more through December 2009.

  • The Humane Society of Levy County invites all barbecue cooks to participate in the second annual Bark-N-Purr Charity Barbecue Cook-Off sponsored by the Florida BBQ Association on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Bronson Youth League Park.

    Cooking teams may choose to cook any or all of the following four categories: chicken, ribs, pork or brisket. The first prize winner will receive $300 and a trophy; the second prize winner will receive $200 and a trophy and the third prize winner will receive $100 and a trophy.