Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

Fridays @ 8:35am

Amy Bennett Williams touches our hearts each week with a special Essay. From the beauty found in Southwest Florida to heart-warming stories of family, friends and neighbors, her essays take us around our community and often into our past.  Her commentaries extol the beauty found in the commonplace objects and places – and are delivered with a touch of tenderness.

Williams is a long-time writer for The News-Press who started emptying ashtrays and writing obits and now has the coolest job title she can imagine: Storyteller. She's also author of the pictorial history book, "Along the Caloosahatchee" and is at work on another. She and her husband, Roger, also a writer, live in rural Alva with their two sons and way too many animals.

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8:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Fireflies

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This week’s installment from News Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams recalls a gift of nature’s night-time magic that was common in nostalgic memories from a childhood lived in the Midwest. It’s something she thought she’d lost upon moving to southwest Florida, but it turns out you just have to know where to look.

Essays
8:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

She-Man Legend

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Newspress storyteller Amy Bennett Williams has an avid interest in Southwest Florida history - particularly the stories you’ll hear told by the region’s old-timers. But this week’s strange tale of pirate treasure, murder, revenge, and a pet alligator named ‘Devil,’ likely goes in the category of ‘folklore’ rather than ‘history.’

Essays
8:30 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Hats

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Hendry County may be a sparsely populated and mostly rural region, but it also holds a wealth of historic markers. This week, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us to the LaBelle Ranch Supply store, where among the bags of deer pellets, cattle cubes and hog feed for sale, she discovered a historic treasure marking the lives and hard work of the region’s cattlemen who’ve passed on.

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8:30 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Jason McDonald

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This week’s installment from News-Press Storyteller Amy Bennett Williams introduces us to the seemingly unlikely Southwest Florida artist James McDonald, whose work toe’s the line between whimsical and haunting.
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8:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Fawn Encounter

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In this week’s installment from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, she reminisces about a fossil hunting trip with her son Nash that morphed into a remarkable animal experience that tugs at heart strings and challenges the ethics of how to handle human/wildlife encounters.

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