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  • Meet the Author

    Marjorie “Mimi” Hale, owner of the Ivy House, recenty published her first cookbook Gracefully Southern.

    At her first book signing at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., she met Bobby Flay, New York Times best-selling author and host of several cooking shows on the Food Network.

    Hale will have a local book signing from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at the restaurant in Williston.

  • Mining hearing is Aug. 18

    A conditional special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in the Montbrook community that has been hotly contested by residents will be considered in a public hearing on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. by the Levy County Commission.

    The mine permit application by Johannes Vanderwey calls for the operation to be done near the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Montbrook community on an 88.18 acre site. The plans call for major mining, including blasting and crushing, on 68.8 acres for the next 20 years.

  • Library has new treasures to share

    The Williston Public Library has more new books for the dog days of summer.

    Riven by Jerry Jenkins, Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel, Assegai by Wilbur Smith, Shattered by JoAnn Ross, The Great Decision by Cliff Sloan, One Perfect Gift by Kathleen Morgan.

    Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind, Dark Angels by Darleen Cohen, No Small Miracles by Norris Burkes, One Mississippi by Mark Childress, Men in Black by Mark A. Levin, The Last Child by John Hart, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King.

  • El Nino brings high risk of extreme weather, tornado activity

    El Nio is here, and the National Weather Service and the Levy County Emergency Management are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather caused by its impacts.

    El Nio, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • 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.