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  • Nuclear plant gets state blessing

    The Florida Cabinet has given its blessing to locating a two-unit nuclear power plant in Levy County about two miles from the town of Inglis.

    Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, serving as the Siting Board, unanimously approved Progress Energy Florida’s request for construction of a nuclear facility on a 3,105-acre location. The Levy Nuclear Plant is the first nuclear facility approved in Florida since 1976.

  • Mining hearing shelved
  • Suwannee River Fair meeting set for Aug. 24

    The Annual Meeting for the Suwannee River Fair & Livestock Association will be held on Monday, Aug.24 at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.

  • Welcome back

    Monday will signal mixed blessings across the county as many students fall into a depression and their parents will breathe a sigh of relief as yellow buses roll and traffic increases when Levy school bells ring.

    Teachers were back on the job this week organizing their rooms and planning curricula in anticipation of another year of learning.

    In Williston, schools are hosting open houses tonight and Friday. Students may pick up schedules and parents get an opportunity to meet the people entrusted with their children for six hours a day.

  • Levy EMS termed ‘role model’

    Levy County’s Emergency Medical Service got a pat on the back but it is not resting on its laurels.

    EMS Director Trish Seibold told the Levy County Commission in its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the Florida Department of Health had commended the agency on passing a recent compliance monitoring site survey.

  • 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.