Lake CIty — A month prior to tonight’s United Way of Suwannee Valley Annual Meeting, United Way Board President Mike McKee determined desperate times required desperate efforts. He challenged the community to raise campaign pledges at least equal to the 2009 level. McKee, who said he has not had short hair since a crew cut as a child, committed to having his head shaved at the annual meeting if the community could raise these funds to return to an upward trend in the annual United Way fundraising totals. Additional community support had been received, yet the 2011-12 total was $8,809 shy of the 2009-10 results. Tonight PotashCorp of White Springs and its employees presented United Way with a check for $10,000 over its original contribution, thus achieving the goal of reaching the 2009 level. During the annual meeting McKee made good on his challenge and had his head shaved. Thanks to Mike's challenge and PotashCorp's generosity the campaign total is $571,361. Together with grant funds of $504,612, United Ways community impact total is $1,075,973.
Campaign total is $571,361
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Live Oak Lights the Christmas Tree tomorrow
What: Music, Christmas Tree Lighting…and Santa Comes to Live Oak!
When: Thursday, Dec. 5 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park
Who: Open to the public, everyone should come!
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Morning Update for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Good morning. Dense fog forecast for this morning. Please use caution when on the roads.
Suwannee Lights returns to SOS Music Park
Drive through more than 5 million lights
PotashCorp White Springs announces operational and workforce changes
White Springs Agricultural Chemicals, Inc (PotashCorp White Springs) announced today that it will permanently close the Suwannee River chemical plant – one of two plants at the White Springs facility – during the second half of 2014. Initial closure activities will result in an immediate reduction of approximately 250 people. Final closure in 2014 will result in an additional reduction of approximately 100 people, a cumulative reduction of approximately 50 per cent from current levels.
According to Mike Williams, PotashCorp White Springs public affairs manager, the approximate 250 employees were notified Tuesday of their immediate job loss, however, those employees will be paid and receive benefits until February.
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