• Duke Energy customers to see lower rates

       Duke Energy’s Florida customers will see lower electric rates for 2016 as new rates will go into effect with January billing.

       The January 2016 rate will be $114.15 per 1,000 kWh (residential), which is 6 percent lower than the final 2015 rate of $121.59

  • Unemployment taxes drop for business 

    Florida businesses will start paying lower reemployment taxes in January, due to the higher number of employed Floridians this year. The minimum tax rate will be cut more than 50 percent from the current rate of $16.80 per employee to $7.00 per employee in 2016.

    The $7 per employee minimum tax rate for 2016 is down from a high of $120.80 per employee in 2012. In just four years, Florida businesses have had their reemployment tax reduced by more than 94 percent.

  • Area's jobless rate drops to 5.9%

    The November  unemployment rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area dropped by 0.2 percent over the month to 5.9 percent, which is 1.1 percentage points lower than the same time last year.

    Out of a labor force of 194,843, there were 11,427 unemployed, a decrease of 592 since October and 2,467 fewer than in November 2014. 

  • No child goes hungry

    Chiefland Rotary Club President Skipper Henderson presents Chiefland Elementary School Guidance Counselor Michelle Barron with a check for $1,500 to cover the children on the schools waiting list in the Food4Kids backpack program.

    The gift means every child who needed to take home food for the Christmas break and the rest of the school year will do so. Earlier the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club contributed $850 and food to the program. 

  • Ribbon cutting

    Jessica Cherry, with husband Jeff, cuts the ribbon at a ceremony for their restaurant, Cherry's, in Trenton last week.

    Pictured to the left are members of the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce and on the right, members of the Gilchrist Chamber of Commerce.

  • SV Rotary gets tax incentives update

     Ad valorem tax incentives for new and expanding businesses was the topic of discussion at last week's Suwannee Valley Rotary club meeting.

    David Pieklik, executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council of Levy County spoke of the recent development.

    The state incentive program, the Florida Enterprise Zone Program is expiring on Dec. 31 of this year and the County has adopted its own local incentives that will continue on.

  • Seminole Electric challenges EPA’s plan

    Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc., which provides power to Central Florida Electric Cooperative has filed a petition to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

       The petition, filed Friday, asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to examine whether the plan was legally enacted. It also requested a stay for the court to delay compliance with the rule until the petition is resolved. 

  • Levy partners with Visit Florida

       For the second consecutive year, Visit Florida has partnered with The Original Florida Tourism Task Force, doing business as Visit Natural North Florida, to promote tourism and visitation to off-the-beaten-path regions of the Sunshine State.

  • Everybody needs encouragement

    Giving encouragement was the speaker's general theme at Suwannee Valley Rotary last Thursday.

       "People need encouragement," State Rep. Dennis Baxley said. Baxley is a candidate for the seat held by State Sen. Charlie Dean in the 2016 election. "It's a new day in North Central Florida."

       As a grandfather, he said he thinks every day of the future. People in the past rose to the challenge of their day to preserve the future.

  • Howard takes over Chiefland Haven

    Anita Howard has taken over as the Chiefland administrator for Haven Hospice. Howard joins Haven after 12 1/2 years with Royal Oak Nursing Center, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Dade City.

    She completed the administrator program at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center from 2000 to 2001. Howard then transferred to Cypress Cove Care Center where she served as the assistant administrator for six months before being promoted to administrator at Royal Oak Nursing Center.