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  • SVP auction nets big haul

    “Who’ll give me a 10 dollar bill?” was the question of the night Saturday as auctioneer Bob Martin of Otter Creek helped ring up more than $2,300 in sales of donated items to benefit Suwannee Valley Players.

    The Players are just six weeks into a massive, year-long fund-raising push to bring in $20,000 towards renovating the historic Chief Theatre. Saturday’s auction struck the first blow in the effort, as area businesses and individuals dug deep to help the 27-year-old community theater group upgrade its premises.

  • Breaking News TS Ana forms in Atlantic Ocean

     National Hurricane Center in Miami announced early this morning the formation of the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

    As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ana was moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was located approximately 920 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the chain of islands southeast of Puerto Rico, latitude 14.3 north and longitude 48.3 west.

  • Breaking News Tropical Storm Claudette forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Storm Claudette is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Storm is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”

  • Breaking News Tropical Depression Four forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Depression Four is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Depression is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”

  • Airport renovations soaring high

    It’s seen the likes of F. Lee Bailey, David Cassidy, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. Who knows what celebrities it will draw when the multi-million dollar renovations are complete at Williston Municipal Airport.

    Earlier this week, construction crews bustled as they worked on what will be the new Fixed Base Operator (FBO), a 10,000 square foot service center that will have lounges, conference rooms, restrooms and areas for offices, flight planning and a control room.

  • Auction proceeds will give Chief a facelift

    For over 10 years it has been home to plays, musicals and workshops that have entertained patrons from across the region.

    Now it’s in need of a facelift and its supporters are calling on you to see that it gets done so future generations can enjoy entertainment from the only playhouse in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

    The Chief Theatre in Chiefland is in the midst of an aesthetic overall and the costs are daunting, Peggy Rowe, one of the Suwannee Valley Players told chamber of commerce members last week.

  • TDC gives Willston events $2,500

    The Levy County Tourism Development Council approved two advertising grants last week for the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The Central Florida Peanut Festival received $2,500 and the 4th annual Recreational Fest and Fly Market also received $2,500. Both applications requested $5,000 each.

  • School board adopts tentative millage, budget

    “Now remember, anything we do here tonight is temporary,” said Bob Clemons, Finance Director for Levy County Schools. The School Board of Levy County was convened in the first public hearing to approve the tentative millage and tentative budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Council's insurance up in the air

    The idea of the city providing health insurance for elected city council members and the mayor at no cost to them was discussed briefly at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

    State statute allows for “local government units” to pay for all or part of the health care premiums of elected officials. The estimated cost per member in Williston is $360 per month, for a total of more than $25,000 annually.

  • Extension agent heads to Iraq

    Imagine advising farmers on raising food crops and cattle in Florida’s heat and alternating wet and dry spells, not to mentions hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning strikes.

    Now, imagine advising farmers in Iraq where the temperature can reach 120 degrees in July and August, a dusty dry wind blows from April to June and the 120-degree heat after June gets a little help from a steady flow of dry air. Florida’s hurricanes are replaced by dust storms over there. And rain occurs mainly from December through April.