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  • Duke posts strong second quarter results

    By PAT FAHERTY

    Special to the Citizen

    Lynn Good, Duke Energy president and chief executive officer, downplayed her company’s interest in the Florida gubernatorial race.

    Thursday, in response to question by a financial analyst as to what happens if Charlie Crist makes a comeback, Good acknowledged it was a difficult question.

  • Walker speaks at SV Rotary

       Chiefland City Commissioner and Levy ARC Director Betty Walker, left, was last week's special guest speaker at Suwannee Valley Rotary.

       Walker, shaking hands with Rotary President Dr. Bob Mount in the photo, spoke about LARC's continued need for funds from the community.

       She extended an invitation for anyone to come and see what LARC does and reminded Rotary members about the upcoming Ride to Provide, one of two fundraisers held each year for the organization.

  • Locals keepin' it local

    By ASHLEY THORNTON

    Staff Writer

    There’s no doubt that shopping and buying local boosts the economy in the area, but businesses are not the only ones that benefit from this structure. In turn, those local businesses are supporting the community that they are also a part of.

  • ‘Tis the season to get hired

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a trio of area job fairs just in time for the ramp up to the holiday season. Job fair preparation workshops are also planned.

    Complete details, registration requirements if applicable, and job fair preparation tips are  available at www.careersourceclm.com/calendar. There is no charge to attend the following job fairs but professional dress is required:

  • Suwannee Valley Rotary new members

    From left, new members of Suwannee Valley Rotary Club are Jamie Griffin, area restaurant owner, Justin Hardee, of Nature Coast Financial Services, and Jane Behringer, of The Deer Camp.

    The club meets on Thursdays at noon in the community room of Haven Hospice in Chiefland. 

  • Building bridges to local Rotaries

    David Rauch, Rotary International 6940 district governor, likes to introduce himself as a member of the only Rotary Club named for a bridge. 

    And they may define his year in office as he travels to visit all 51 clubs in the 19 counties that make up the district. The Chiefland Rotary Club visit on Aug. 6 was his 19th since taking office.

    A third-generation Rotarian, Rauch is a member of the Mid-Bay Club in Niceville. His father is a member of the Destin Rotary club and holds the record for 44 years of perfect attendance.

  • Jobless rate hits expected summer peak

    There's a bigger pool of people in the labor force in Citrus, Marion and Levy counties and there are more people employed, but that could not prevent the unemployment rate from peaking in July according to figure released by the region's career agency.

    CareerSource reported Friday that the three-county regional jobless rate was 7.8 percent in July, up 0.5 percent from June. That rate is down 1.0 percent over the year and 2.6 percentage points lower than two years ago.

    There were 15,845 people unemployed out of a labor force that has grown to 202,968.

  • NRC inspects nuclear plant

    By PAT FAHERTY

    Special to the Citizen

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports there were no findings of safety significance from a quarterly inspection of activities at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant, known as CR-3.

    The announced inspection was conducted in June and covered a range of activities and procedures.

    The process consisted of observations by NRC inspectors, interviews with Duke Energy personnel, reviews of procedures and records and walking through the plant.

  • Chamber seeks Business of the Year nominations

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the 2014 Annual Industry Appreciation Banquet. Each year at this banquet, the Chiefland Chamber, along with the community, honors an outstanding local business.

    Nominations for the greater Chiefland Area’s Outstanding Business of the Year are now open. The deadline to receive nominations is Friday, Aug. 1. If you would like to nominate an outstanding local business, please contact the Chamber at 352-493-1849 for details.

  • More good news for property owners

    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on Tuesday ordered insurance companies to terminate a 1.3 percent assessment on most property insurance policies that has been used to pay off past hurricane claims. 

    The assessment will be eliminated on policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2015 — 18 months ahead of schedule, due to an early payoff of the bonds used to pay the claims.