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n SunState FCU honored by group
Raddon Financial Group, a provider of research-based solutions to financial institutions and a unit of Open Solutions, Inc., has presented a Crystal Performance Award to SunState Federal Credit Union, which has an office in Chiefland.
More than 500 credit unions were evaluated for the award that goes to only those in the two 2-3 percent of all credit unions analyzed by Raddon for two consecutive reporting periods.
"Credit unions that receive this accolade tend to perform well despite the interest rate environment and challenges in their local economies," said Bill Handell, a vice president with Raddon.

n Progress has solar energy program
Progress Energy Florida’s second round of solar photovoltaic (PV) rebates begin Oct. 4 through the utility’s innovative SunSense solar energy program. Qualifying residential and commercial customers can receive rebates of up to $2 per watt for customer-installed solar PV systems. Due to the annual $2 million solar PV incentives cap, the utility recommends that customers apply early. The 2011 program was fully allocated in two days. Progress Energy also offers a rebate of $550 toward the installation of a qualifying solar hot water system, which are typically less expense than PV systems and pay for themselves in energy saving faster. More information about both rebates is available at progress-energy.com/sunsense.
Progress Energy Florida offers more than 100 energy-saving tips, tools and calculators to help customers manage their electric use and monthly bill. Visit www.progress-energy.com for more information or call one of its knowledgeable customer service agents at 800-700-8744.

n Dixie Music Center celebrates 20 years
 Dixie Music Center will observe their 20th anniversary in business with their annual music festival on Saturday, Oct. 8. Live music will start at about 9:30 a.m.. This will be the eleventh consecutive year the store has produced this event and will be the largest to date, with two stages and eleven acts scheduled.
Headlining this year’s show will be Pinellas guitar wizard, Steve Connelly. Owner of Zen Recording, Steve did two national and one European tour with his band, the Headlights, performing as backing band for Roger McGuinn – leader and founder of 1960’s legendary folk-rock pioneers, the Byrds. Flying down from Washington, DC to perform will be John McCook, who played with Connelly from high school through the mid-70’s. Rounding out the band will be Headlights’ bassist, Scott Dempster, and drummer Bob Leichner, who also played with Connelly and McCook in the Real Eyes Band. But this is just one of this year’s acts.
The U.S. Marine Corps League, the Dixie County Historical Society and the Dixie County Band Boosters will again be selling food, drinks and snacks. Other charitable and civic groups are also expected to be represented.
Manufacturer representatives will be on hand, and there will be drawings for prizes – such as the Ibanez electric guitar, donated by Ibanez representative Ben Powell. The store will also offer limited edition commemorative event T-shirts. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are advised to bring folding chairs.
Dixie Music Center is located at 26626 SE 19 Hwy, across from the weigh station, and is owned and operated by Bob and Dotti Leichner of Old Town.