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Business

  • Manufacturing Career Fair in Ocala April 22

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion has teamed up with area manufacturers and the College of Central Florida to help connect job seekers with careers in advanced manufacturing.

    The Manufacturing Career Fair takes place Wednesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Webber Center at CF’s Ocala campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. There is no charge to attend.

  • Filling a man's shoes

    It’s taken a few years, but a Chiefland woman who once trained men now has the job she trained others for.

  • Funeral home has new ownership

    A Chiefland funeral home is now family owned and operated with the staff and new owners excited to be a part of and give back to the community.

    Most recently Hiers Baxley changed hands, the new sign is already up announcing Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home.

  • Jobless rate keeps dropping; Levy lowest in region

    The jobless rate for the three-county region of Levy, Citrus and Marion counties is continuing to drop, with Levy County leading the way, according to CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, which tracks such data.

    The regional jobless rate in March dropped by 0.3 percentage point over the month to 6.8 percent and is down 1.1 percent over the year. Out of a labor force of 194,747 there were 13,237 unemployed, a decrease of 630 since February and 2,455 fewer than the same time last year.

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  • Citizen of the Year 2014: Ray Tremblay

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce honored two area residents for their volunteer efforts at its annual Citizen of the Year Banquet Tuesday night.

    The first award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award, was presented to Harry Coleman for his countless hours of volunteerism at Haven Hospice.

    The second award of the evening, the Citizen of the Year Award, was presented to Ray Tremblay, Deputy Captain of the Chiefland Police Department, for his many selfless acts including conducting R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) courses on his own time.

  • Bronson aquaponics grower speaks at Rotary

    Ken Ihlenfeldt, owner of Pegasus Farms, located just outside of Bronson, was special guest speaker at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Suwannee Valley Rotary.

    Ihlenfeldt's farm specializes in aquaponics, a type of farm production that raises fish and various vegetable crops that use the waste from the fish as fertilizer. The method is more efficient than many types of agriculture and can be done without adding pesticides and fertlizers.

    The farm will, in the near future, also be set up to hold classes for people wanting to set up their own aquaponics operations.

  • CFR recongnized at Rotary

    The Chiefland Rotary Club celebrated First Responders Appreciation Month by honoring first responders in three weekly meetings.

    The first group to be honored was the Chiefland Fire Rescue.

    The firefighters' host was Jeff Beauchamp, left, and attending were, from left to right, Capt. Daniel Williams, Deputy Chief A.D. Goodman, Fire Chief James Harris, Lt. Lee Dunn, Firefighter Matt Ferguson and Rotary Club President Rob Alexander.

  • Fewer workers = lower unemployment

     CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion reported Friday that the region's jobless rate in December fell to 6.4 percent, down 0.4 percentage point over the month and down 0.6 percent compared to the same time last year.

    There were 12,723 unemployed in the region, 860 fewer than in November and 1,291 less than December 2013.

    Levy County continued to post the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 6 percent, followed by Marion County with 6.4 percent and Citrus County at 6.7 percent. The not-seasonally adjusted rate for Florida and the nation is 5.4 percent.

  • Cookie sale earns big for Haven

    Drummond Community Bank raised $1,001 at the community bake sale Nov. 26 to support Haven Hospice.

    Bake goods were provided by community members who donated their sweet creations to the sale.

    “It is such a warm feeling to see the baked goods be delivered from warm, smiling, caring hands that are showing up to support such a great cause,” bank Vice President Ben Lott said. “You can tell their lives have been touched by the care and compassion of our Haven Hospice.”