Today's News

  • Heart Springs goes Hollywood

    Hart Springs will be featured in a segment of a new TV series on geology put together by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Discovery Channel.

    Filming for the project at Hart Springs, which focused on part of the spring's cave system, started Wednesday and ended on Friday.

    Lucy Van Beek, a BBC producer at the springs Wednesday, said the TV series, called “Naked Earth”, will be hosted by the BBC's Richard Hammond and will air some time in 2011.

  • Friction on county commission out in open

    The friction that has simmered among the Board of County Commissioners became a matter of record Tuesday during the regular meeting when Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown expressed her unhappiness with county employees.

    The once unanimous board has been splitting on votes, including a 2-2 tie on Tuesday that had to be broken by Commission Chair Nancy Bell. On more than one occasion a motion has failed for lack of a second, something that was unusual just two years ago.

  • Fanning considers using treated wastewater on area farms

    A plan to deliver recycled water to nearby farms is being proposed as part of the town of Fanning Spring’s future wastewater treatment facility, according to a representative from the Suwannee River Water Management District.

    John Dinges, director of Water Supply and Resource Management with SRWMD, said at the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group meeting at Fanning Springs City Hall Aug. 26 that the town has already applied for a permit with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • It was a day full of events on Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Williston Horseman’s Park. Cross Brand Cowboy Church hosted their first team roping at 10 a.m. It was a three-head progressive put on by John Hudson and his crew. Casey Larkins and Bud Partin rode away with the top prize money. The next team roping will be Saturday, Oct. 2. Sign-up is at 9 a.m., rope at 10 a.m.

  • Social networking changing the face of farming

    FarmVille, Facebook’s most popular game, allows millions to till digital soil and trade products in a virtual market. Now, University of Florida faculty are bringing social networking to real-life agriculture, and they want players.

    “Social networking is changing our personal lives and the business world in ways that we could have never predicted a few years ago,” said Allen Wysocki, an associate professor of food and resource economics at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “It only makes sense to bring that to agriculture.”

  • Ag Briefs

    Deadline For FAITC Teacher

    Grants Is Oct. 1

    General education teachers who teach pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in Florida are encouraged to apply for Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Inc.’s 2010-11 Teacher Grant program.

    The deadline for applications is October 1. The application and guidelines are on the organization’s web site at www.agtag.org.

  • Chiefland Winn-Dixie offers flu shots

    The Chiefland Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., will offer flu vaccinations on a walk-in basis and through a vaccine clinic from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7.

    Customers using their Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card will receive a $5 discount off the $28 flu vaccine ($23 with the Customer Reward Card). Flu shots are free for most Medicare customers.

  • Community Calendar


    NCBDC meeting

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. will meet at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, at 660 East Hathaway Avenue, Bronson.

    Library Friends board to meet

    The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library Board of Directors will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m. The Luther Callaway Public Library is the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System. For an agenda, email tomreitz@msn.com.

  • Restoring Florida’s Springs presentation

    n  Speaker:  Robert L. Knight, Ph.D.,

    Director Howard T Odum FL Springs Institute,

    President Wetland Solutions, Inc.

    n  Topic: Dr. Knight will help clearly identify the biggest challenges to Florida springs & share the most promising solutions.


    n  When: Thursday September 30 - 7:00 PM

    (Free admission, refreshments served afterward)


    n  Where:  Fort White Community Center

    (Located on State Road 47 about 1 mile north

  • BBQ fundraiser for Williston FFA

    The Williston FFA chapter will be holding a BBQ Dinner Fundraiser Friday September 17, 2010 prior to the home football game against Chiefland.  The dinner will be served from 5-7pm in the Williston High School cafeteria.  The dinner is only $8 and you can purchase a ticket from any FFA member or call the Agriculture Department at 528-2153.  Walk ins are welcome.