• 150 jobs up at hiring event today

    Episcopal Children's Services will hold a “Meet and Greet” Tuesday, June 28 to introduce the community to the agency which has served children and families in Florida for 50 years but is new to the area.

    Starting July 1, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit takes over administration of Head Start and related programs from Childhood Development Services. ECS plans to fill 150 full- and part-time teaching, staff support and management positions in the three-county area.

  • Rural areas face challenges for development

    Rural areas, such as Levy County, are presented with certain challenges for economic development, David Pieklik, executive director for the Nature Coast Business Development Council, told members and guests at the monthly meeting of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce last Friday.

    “Our challenges are not unique,” he said.

    One in 10 jobs are created in places like Chiefland and Williston, but that figure used to be one in four. Ninety percent of these businesses have 20 or less employees, he said.

  • Colin reinforces the need for flood insurance

    Tropical Storm Colin brought torrential rain and left flooded streets and neighborhoods in his path. Some Florida residents may be dealing with water in their home today, only to realize they do not have adequate insurance to cover the repairs. View AAA Flood Facts

  • Ciallella heads Chamber group

    The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has appointed Helen Ciallella as Community Relations Coordinator.

    This new position will allow the Chamber to coordinate efforts with our local business members, the towns of Inglis, Yankeetown, Dunnellon, Levy County, and Citrus County.

  • Work to start soon on RV resort

    One of the developers of a 450-space RV resort says he is ready to begin construction of the $4 million-plus project that is expected to bring 30-35 jobs to the area. And that later will bring tourists and their business.

    Tommy Miles, co-developer with Lois Livingston, of the Chiefland RV Resort, was in the audience when the Chiefland City Commission unanimously approved the final plans for the construction and an agreement on the infrastructure for underground utilities running along Suwannee Drive to the resort.

  • Chiefland chamber meets Friday

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly membership luncheon on Friday, April 22, at noon at the Haven Hospice Community Center at 311 N.E. 9th St.

    Our meetings are informative, casual and fun. Prospective members are invited to join the members for lunch and to network with and meet other members of the Chiefland business community.

    Call 352-493-1849 to RSVP.

  • Investing in others Harmony Center's goal

    Many may have seen the building, but don't know what good work they do, Scott DeBerry said of the organization represented by his guest speaker at Suwannee Valley Rotary last week.

    He didn't know what to expect when Harmony Pregnancy and Resource Center asked him for help on a marketing project, but DeBerry said, "I was blown away."

    "She had such a big heart for children," he said of Director Barbara Ledford.

    They played a video demonstrating the services offered and including testimonials.

  • Citizen of the Year is Dr. Becky Gill

    Dr. Becky Gill, a retired Navy physician and patron of the arts and animals, was revealed as the 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce during the 33rd annual membership banquet at Haven Hospitce’s Community Center on Tuesday evening.

    "This is beyond anything," Gill said after accepting the award, "I want to thank everybody."

    It's a joy being in this community, where she has good people to work for and with, she said.

    "May the spirit march on," she said in conclusion.

  • Citizen of the Year banquet on Tuesday

    Citizen of the Year Banquet Tuesday

    Chiefland’s Citizen of the Year for 2015 will be announced at the 33rd Annual Award Banquet on Tuesday Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, the theme for the event is “The Wild, Wild West”. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. You may get more info or RSVP by calling 352-493-1849.

  • Citizen of the Year Banquet Feb. 23

    Chiefland’s Citizen of the Year for 2015 will be announced at the 33rd Annual Award Banquet on Tuesday Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, the theme for the event is “The Wild, Wild West.”

    There will be entertainment, games, a silent auction, and cake/pie fundraiser for a scholarship as well as the Food4Kids backpack program. The event includes dinner and is open to the public.