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Business

  • Fresh cut flowers are Burkett's babies

    For Kim Burkett at Fernwood Flowers and Gifts Inc., her flowers are her babies.

    “I want them to be right,” Burkett said, who owns the shop with her 86-year-old mother, Jennie Adams. “We are very particular about our flowers. We only do fresh. We do not send anything out that we wouldn’t send to our own family. We process our flowers when they come in and when they go out.”

  • Hatch's focus is silk bouquets

    “Holidays aren’t as busy as they used to be because there is such a multiplicity of things a person can buy and do,” said Eddie Hatch, owner of Silk Sunshine Florals. “You have a bunch of choices of what you can do now and you can’t do them all; you’re going to buy them a diamond, give them flowers, take them out to eat. All of this is possible, but Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and holidays are always a little bit busier because of family. Family and flowers kind of go together.”

  • Kelley leads by example at Big Bend Chevrolet

     Derrick Kelley sat in the office at Big Bend Chevrolet. It is his office now, but It was originally occupied by Norman Scoggins, who owned the business for 42 years. 

  • Capital City Bank recognizes sales and service leaders

    Capital City Bank recently recognized 32 of its best and brightest sales and service leaders at its annual Star Summit event, held at WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Suwannee Valley President and Community Banking Executive Clif Bradley, and Capital City Banc Investments Financial Advisor Danny Etheridge received additional recognition as the respective recipients of the distinguished Rain Maker and Fire Starter awards.

  • Chiefland Chamber to Host “Florida 2030 Project” Town Hall

    The Florida 2030 Project is a two-year research program with the goal of stimulating strategic thinking about Florida’s future. The project will include engaging business and community leaders in each of Florida’s 67 counties. The 2030 Project wants to identify key trends and the factors that can drive local economies.  Florida is now the third most populous state and by 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home and two million more jobs will be needed. 

  • WANTED: Citizen of the Year Nominations for 2016

    Do you know someone in the Chiefland area who made outstanding contributions to their community in 2016? If so, please nominate them for Chiefland’s Citizen of the Year! Here are some of the things we look for when seeking a candidate for this award:

    * Significant contribution to the well-being of the community through personal service

    * Personal effort that has made a lasting, noteworthy, and positive difference * Perception as a role model for good citizenship and volunteerism

  • Like father, like son at Drummond Bank

    Drummond Community Bank bids a fond farewell to long-time banker and friend, Frank Etheridge. Frank announced his retirement earlier this month, after 43 years of banking. Among his many accomplishments, Frank led Perkins State Bank as President, CEO and Chair of the Board. After the 2013 merger of Perkins State Bank and Drummond Community Bank, he served as Area President over the Williston, Archer, Bronson and Inglis Offices and Board of Director. He will remain on the board.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.