• Working forests work

    Suwannee Valley Rotary's speaker last week spoke of the importance of working forests to the area, the state, the economy, the environment and the future.

       Lynetta Griner of Usher Land and Timber and also a Rotarian, gave a presentation titled "Working Forests Work."

  • Levy's unemployment rate hits 7-year low

    The September unemployment rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area dropped by 0.5 percentage point over the month to 6.3 percent, and is down 1.0 percent from the same time last year.

    Out of an expanded labor force of 196,782, there were 12,472 unemployed, a decrease of 769 since August and 2,190 fewer than September 2014. Moreover, the number of employed increased over the month by 1,945 to 184,481.

  • Wild Hog president visits Suwannee Valley Rotary

    The president of the Wild Hog Canoe Race spoke from the heart to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club.

       "It's a blessing to share a burden I have on my heart with you today," Keith Maynard said to the group last Thursday.

       He told a little about the history of the Wild Hog Canoe Race, how it came to support the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) and then began to flourish. In 1986, the race had the most boats in its history participate with a total of 124.

  • Honoring the best

    Tuesday was a big night for the performing arts in Chiefland.

    A tradition dating back to 1984 continued as the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce held its 32nd annual Industry Appreciation Banquet recognizing the 2015 Business of the Year and the 2015 Organization of the Year.

    The theme was Opening Night and the Community Room at Haven Hospice was decked out in vintage Hollywood decor.

    Ryan Watson, chamber vice president called the evening, "a celebration of local accomplishment."

  • Chamber’s Industry Appreciation banquet days away

    Haven Hospice’s new Community Center will be the setting for the 32nd Annual Industry Appreciation Dinner to honor the 2014 Business of the Year and Organization of the Year on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

    The Gathering Table is catering the event for the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The theme is Hollywood with classic movies playing on the big screens, red carpets and some fun games and activities as well as the wonderful fellowship amongst the business community.

  • Chiefland Rotary achieves recognition for giving

    Chiefland Rotary had a special guest last week and received recognition of a special honor.

      Leon Hirsch, Rotary district governor from Pensacola presented members of the Chiefland club who had achieved Paul Harris Fellow recognition with a pin and certificate. The club is now a full Paul Harris Fellow Club, an honor named after the club’s founder.

      “It’s a very, very special day for Chiefland Rotary,” Hirsch said, adding they are one of maybe two in the whole district to have achieved this status.

  • Tri-County Job Fair in Chiefland Wednesday

    Job seekers are invited to attend the second annual Tri-County Job Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Haven Hospice Community Center in Chiefland. There is no charge to participate.

    The job fair is hosted by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion in collaboration with CareerSource Florida Crown. It is open to all job seekers throughout both workforce areas and features nearly 20 employers with openings in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

  • Fanning Chamber votes in new officers and directors

    The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is up and running with the voting in of new officers and board members.

       The meeting took place last Thursday, with the next one to be held on Aug. 6 at 5:30 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning Springs. They will be voting on bylaws at this meeting.

  • A Woman's Place is growing

    The health care facility whose motto is “health care for a woman by a woman” is expanding to offer services to men and children as well. Ground was broken on the new facility and staff hopes it will open in about four months.

    A Woman’s Place, owned by Nurse Practitioner Lauren Williams, will still do strictly woman’s care: wellness, sick visits, OB care, ultrasounds and infertility, but the new facility that’s being constructed in the back will offer care for the whole family.

  • Like a phoenix, Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce returns

    A whole new chamber of commerce is opening up in Fanning Springs.

    While the previous Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce dissolved some years back, a new group has been started and will hold its first official meeting July 16 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning. They've had one organizational meeting already, but the next one will involve voting in the board of directors and new officers.

    “We want to bring that back,” Fanning Springs Mayor Trip Lancaster said. “We want to highlight the businesses we do have in Fanning.”