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  • Fanning Springs councilman honored for 40 years of service

    Richard Nixon was sworn in as the 37th president of the United States and the Beatles gave their final public performance the same year Jim White was sworn in as a Fanning Springs City Council member.

    A celebration was held last Tuesday to honor White for his 40-year  tenure on the city council. Eleven days shy of his 80th birthday, White  has decided not to seek re-election when his term expires in December 2010.

  • Cedar Key readies for coastal cleanup

    As summer comes to an end, residents of Cedar Key, along with volunteers around the world, are preparing for the world's largest annual cleanup of beaches and waterways – the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy.

    On Saturday, Sept. 19 an estimated one million volunteers will comb beaches, lake shores, river banks, and even underwater sites in at least 74 countries and 54 U.S. states and territories.

  • Chamber honors 2009 Business of the Year

    The city's business owners and workers will gather at the Tommy Usher Center on Tuesday to honor the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce's  2009 Business of the Year: Jenkins Painting Inc. the folks who keep us driving between the lines.

        In a tradition that started in 1983 when then-Gov. Bob Graham proclaimed the third week in September as Industry Appreciation Week to help increase public awareness of the contributions of local businesses to their communities, the Chamber will mark the occasion by honoring one of the city's top employers.

  • We will not forget

    Perkins State Bank in Williston hosted a Sept. 11 commemoration on its lawn this morning to remember the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001. More than 2,800 people lost their lives in the attacks, including 343 firefighters, 23 New York police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.

     

     

  • Newcomer Kennedy defeats incumbent

    Voters in Bronson have spoken: They are only in the mood for a little change.

    In Tuesday's Town Council election, voters returned two incumbents to office and elected a  newcomer to politics to the third spot.

    Jason Kennedy, manager at the Burger King in Chiefland and co-owner of a home-based business with his wife, handily won over incumbent Melody LaFlam 190 to 83.

  • Community convinces commision to rethink assessments

    The Levy County Commission, by a 3-2 vote, chopped its proposed EMS assessment in half Tuesday night after hearing from the business community that the six-cent per square foot rate was an undue burden in the downed economy.

    The action came at the end of a two-hour hearing on assessments levied on property owners. The commission approved 4-1, with Commission Chair Nancy Bell dissenting, to keep the road, fire and solid waste assessments the same as last year.

  • Levy commission concerned about siphoning of water supply

    The Levy County Commission is sending a letter to the St. John's Water Management District expressing the board's concern about what it feels is excessive water use in the populous area around Jacksonville.

    The commission took the action after Steve Minnis of the Suwannee River Water Management District, gave a report on the “state” of water supplies in the region indicating that the biggest withdrawals are in that area.

  • School board, union agree they don't agree

    Officials remain undecided about issues affecting teachers’ salaries and benefits.

    On Thursday, Sept. 3, members from the School Board of Levy County met with members of the Levy County Education Association to discuss five previously submitted proposals by the school board dealing with teacher supplements, pay raises and credits for teacher experience.

    The association rejected all five of the board’s proposals.

  • Constitution Rallies on Saturday

    A second round of tea parties are planned for Saturday in celebration of the Constitution Day, hosted by the groups that held similar parties on April 15.

    The Tea Party Rally on the Levy County Courthouse steps will  be from noon to 1 p.m.  Participants are asked to sit under the trees to the left of the steps so speakers don’t have to yell to be heard.

    Two issues will be the focus: healthcare and education, according to  Juanita Melchoir, an organizer of the Levy rally. After the discussion, there will be time for participants to be heard.

  • Suwannee River water district updates lands and rules

    Visitors to Suwannee River Water Management recreational sites will discover a host of new upgrades meant to make their visit more enjoyable.

    Bob Heeke, senior land resource manager for SRWMD, said the changes are designed to “help you find where you’re looking for instead of getting lost and having a bad day.”

    Heeke said SRWMD’s recreational sites are getting more parking lots, signs that mark trails and hours of operation, signs that show which activities are allowed in specific areas, and informational kiosks.