• CFEC annual meeting Oct. 1

    Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) is inviting members to attend its annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1.

    Registration starts at 8 a.m. for “Early Bird Drawings,” with door prizes, soft drinks and information booths.

    There will be entertainment by “LifeSong” from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., before a business session and presentation of reports and election results at 10 a.m.

  • CFEC announces 2% cut in revenue

    The warehouse was full when the Central Florida Electric Co-operative held its annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1 and the news was mostly good.

    Chairman and CEO Mike Campbell had good news for the membership as he announced that electric rates will be dropping as a result of cost drops that means the co-op needs 2 percent less revenue. Customers will see it reflected on their bills after Jan. 1 if they use at least 570 kilowatt hours of energy per month.

    The news was greeted with a round of applause in a meeting that was generally upbeat.

  • Industry Appreciation Banquet Tuesday

    On Tuesday Sept. 27 the Chiefland Chamber will honor Mark and Stacy Swain, owners of Beef O'Brady's in Chiefland, as Chiefland’s 2016’s Business of the Year . They will be honored for their outstanding entrepreneurship and work in the community.

    Tickets are $30 with an RSVP. The event will take place at the Haven Hospice Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.

    If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the Chamber office 352-493-1849.

  • More than 20 people attend Nature Coast Business Alliance's first meeting

    More than 20 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Nature Coast Business Alliance last week, hosted by David Pieklik of the Nature Coast Business Development Council of Levy County.

    The Alliance is designed to network to enhance the economic development of Levy County, in addition to assisting and maintaining the businesses that are already in place.

    Representatives and business leaders from Williston, Inglis, Fanning Springs, Chiefland and the state of Florida spent about two hours outlining the direction for the Alliance in the months ahead.

  • CF, CareerSource, Talent Center hold job fair Sept. 22

    The College of Central Florida XCEL-IT program, in partnership with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and Talent Center, will host a job fair at the Paddock Mall, 3100 S.W. College Road, Ocala, on Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The hiring event is ideal for those looking for seasonal jobs and internships. Participants should bring resumes and cover letters and come dressed to impress. Participants may view job openings in advance at EmployFlorida.com.

  • Officer Anderson speaks at Rotary

    Officer Scott Anderson of the Chiefland Police Department spoke to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland on Aug. 18 to solicit support and ideas for a haunted house the department is planning to put on in October.

    The haunted house is tentatively planned to take place on the final three weekends of October, in a large warehouse in Chiefland, but no definite dates have been set.

    Anderson said the CPD decided to take on the project because no other haunted houses are planned for Chiefland.

  • Drummond moves into Citrus with merger

    By Michael D. Bates

    A merger between two community banks, expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2016, will result in the two Nature Coast Bank offices in Citrus County becoming part of the growing Drummond Community Bank chain.

    Established in 2005, Nature Coast Bank has two branches in Citrus County: one at 1160 N. U.S. 19 in Crystal River and the other at 2455 North Citrus Hills Blvd. in Hernando. Both are run by president and CEO Paul Mellini.

  • On the road again — Bronson trucker a 2 million mile man

    Landstar System, Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services, has recognized Robert Plymale of Bronson, as a Two Million Mile Safe Driver. During his career with Landstar, Plymale has driven 2 million consecutive miles without a preventable accident.

    Just to put that in perspective, that distance is equivalent to four round trips to the moon with some “frequent flier” miles left over.

  • Olive grower at Rotary

    Mike Casey, who is partnering with dairyman Ron St. John to plant an olive grove outside Trenton and co-owner of River Run Olive Oil Company in High Springs was the guest speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club meeting on July 13.

    Casey, left, was presented with a token of appreciation after his well-received talk by club President Jason Kennedy.

  • Backpack meals program helps children in need

    When it comes to important factors in a student’s education and well being, his or her time in the classroom is only the tip of the iceberg.

    The Food4Kids Backpack Program has been successful in addressing Levy County children’s basic nutritional needs outside of the school halls.

    Students take home a backpack on a Friday with seven meals, and bring it back empty the following Friday to receive a refill.