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  • Local farmer honored

    Jack Meeks of Chiefland was among 26 Suwannee and Santa Fe River Basin farmers and ranchers who were recognized for their superior natural resource stewardship during the 9th Annual CARES dinner held at the Dwight Stansel farm in Suwannee County on June 25.

    These agricultural producers have implemented verifiable state-of-the-art management strategies known as Best Management Practices (BMPs) on their properties in the basin.

  • Huddle House earns award

    Chiefland's Huddle House restaurant has been honored as the best in the South Region.

    The local store received a $5,000 check from Mike Weimer, CEO, and is eligible for the overall "Best of the Best" honor which will be presented at a convention in Orlando this weekend.

    The top award is $15,000.

    Earnest Burch has been the manager of the store for about nine months, but has been with Huddle House for 10 years "off and on." The "off" part included a stint with the U.S. Army during which time he was stationed in Germany.

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  • New barbecue place hits Bronson

    It's been a long time coming for Bronson to have its own barbecue house.

    In the brand new BubbaQue's, not only does Bronson have barbecue, but BBQ with a theme and attitude.

    The brainstorm of locals Ryan Bell and Chris DeVeau and out-of-towners Ziad Kazbour and Dave Midgett, BubbaQue's offers exquisite ribs, pulled pork, chicken, wings and other Southern goodies, but the "It's the Pits' redneck theme is refreshing, relaxed and just plain fun.

    Owning several Hungry Howie's in the area, Bell has been locked into the franchise train of thought.

  • Rotary summer camp helps disabled children

    "Service Above Self" is the Rotary Club motto, and Chiefland Rotary Club members learned on March 19 about another place where they can serve by donating funds.

    Rotary Youth Camp is set to give some special children an enjoyable six days and five nights this summer during two separate sessions, said Leslie C. Smith, the camp's executive director. The 12 days of summer fun comes at a price.

    Marking its fourteenth summer this year, Rotary Youth Camp serves a particular type of child who is aged between 7 and 16 years old, Smith said.

  • Dixie Chamber hopes to revive Red Belly Day in 2009

    Kay McCallister of the Dixie County Chamber of Commerce said that although Red Belly Day has been cancelled for 2008, the event may happen in 2009.

    The previous 12 annual Red Belly Day festivals happened during the Memorial Day holiday.

    "We hope to continue it in the future," she noted in an e-mail.

  • Fanning Springs Chamber hears about nuclear plants

    FANNING SPRINGS - Rose Fagler, community relations manager with Progress Energy Florida, gave the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce an update on the two potential nuclear power generators, which may be proposed for building in southern Levy County.

    Fagler was the keynote speaker at the annual banquet on Feb. 12, held in the Lighthouse Restaurant. She spoke about the future electric transmission lines going south from Levy County through nine other counties. Those power lines must be in place when the generators begin producing electricity.

  • Seventh Heaven Spa opens

    Rushing around to take care of our families, our friends and our communities, we often forget to take care of ourselves.

    Now at Seventh Heaven Spa and Salon in Chiefland, a team of trained experts will pamper you until you turn to Jell-o and look like a million bucks-without emptying the bank.

    The lifelong dream of Carla Cothron became a reality last summer when she and a friend, Brenda Herring of Cross City, decided to put their vision into action.

  • New credit union coming to town

    A new credit union is coming to Chiefland as part of the Suwannee Plaza Addition, south of Radio Shack, building owner Jim Bingham said.

    Suwannee Plaza Addition is the new development on the south side of Radio Shack. Radio Shack was added five years ago on the south side of Wal-Mart, which Bingham developed in conjunction with Wal-Mart about 12 years ago, he said.

    The most recent addition is 8,000 square feet, Bingham said.

  • State grant may affect development

    Bruce Day, planning director of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, received unanimous consensus from the Chiefland City Commission to seek a $28,000 grant from the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for improving the city's comprehensive plan and its Evaluation and Appraisal Report.

    New commercial development is the focus of this venture, Day said. Existing "Big Box" stores would not need to modify the external appearance of the structures if there were amendments to local development regulations, Day said.