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  • Levy Fair Association has permanent home

    The Levy County Fair Association has a new permanent home, Jim Smith told Williston Chamber of Commerce members last Thursday.

    Smith, the executive director of the fair association, announced that on Aug. 2, the group will be headquartered at 40 NW 1st St., Williston, directly across from the post office. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., he said.

    The Levy County Fair will be held April 8-11, 2010, Smith said.

  • Tax notices hit the mailbox next week

    The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners next week.

        And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

        But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • 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.