• Nuclear recovery costs approved

    The Florida Public Service Commission recently approved nuclear cost recovery amounts for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Duke Energy Florida Inc. (DEF), effective January 2015. The PSC also ordered DEF to credit customers $54 million for Levy Project costs that are currently being litigated in federal court. The decision has the effect of returning money previously paid by customers that might be recovered by DEF through the court’s decision.

  • Insurance office issues rate filing order

    The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has established the 2015 commercial residential and non-residential rates for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens), Florida’s largest property insurer. Overall, statewide average commercial rates will increase 3.3 percent, compared to the 5.2 percent increase requested by Citizens.  

    The rate filing decision for Citizens homeowners accounts was made earlier this month and amounted to a statewide average rate decrease of 3.7 percent.

  • Local roofer recognized for community service

    J&L Construction of Chiefland won the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association's STAR award for Community Service at the group's 2014 convention.

    The first place award was for a project on a residence in Chiefland. Jacob Piazza, the owner of J&L Construction and president of the North Central Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association, coordinated the effort to get materials donated and workers from various construction companies to put a new roof on the home just one week before Christmas in 2013.

  • Dixie music celebrates 23rd anniversary

    Old Town's music products retailer, Dixie Music Center, hosted its 23rd Anniversary Bash on Oct. 11.

    The event, which has run for 14 years consecutively, presents a wide variety of live musical acts from North Central Florida and attracted about 200 people from the area. About 10 acts donated their time to the event.

    The local Marine Corps league sold hamburgers, hot dogs and other treats to raise money to help support their Toys-For-Tots Christmas gift program for underprivileged children.

  • Suwannee Valley Rotary donates to LARC

    The ARC of Levy County's Betty Walker, left, accepted a $500 donation for the organization last week from Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club.

    "I do appreciate all that you have done for this," Walker said. "And the money will surely be put to good use."

  • Regional jobless 7.1, Levy 6.7

    Levy County is a bright spot in the region with a jobless rate of 6.7 percent in September, a figure not seen since the start of the recession and rising unemployment in May 2008, according to a CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion press release. In May 2008, the county's jobless rate was 6.3 percent and jumped to 7 percent by June.

  • Old NAPA store makes way

    Something is missing in downtown Bronson. 

    The old blue NAPA Auto Parts Store, which sat on the corner of Court Street and U.S. Highway 27A was demolished last week. 

    The First Baptist Church of Bronson purchased the property last year and will use it for a new paved parking lot.

    The new NAPA Store sits just down the road in the former Dollar General Store location. 

  • New businesses come to Bronson

    Bronson is a little busier these days as four new businesses have opened recently, bringing to Bronson a new spirit of growth and prosperity.

    Susan's Glass Art Studio, (next to Ace Hardware) offers beginner and advanced classes in stained glass. Owner Susan Stott also does custom designs in stained glass, etched glass, fused glass and repairs. Stott's been making stained glass for 18 years. The store is open Thursday evenings, from 5-8 p.m., Friday and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    For more information, call 352-949-4527.

  • Salon gets makeover, name change

       There was a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Tuesday for NHairtance, formerly Ida Mae’s Beauty Salon, at 303 N. Young Blvd., in Chiefland. Owner Prentice Spann, daughter of the salon's late founder, Ida Mae Watson, and the staff ―– Annette Hudson and Rick and Eve Mills greeted members of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce for a celebration and luncheon.

  • Rotary looks at childhood literacy to better community

    Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club has decided in recent meetings to make childhood literacy the focus of its mission.
    The group, still in its initial phases of investigation into the matter, is still entertaining different approaches to dealing with the issue.
    "We're looking at something we can start that will have an impact in the community," Rotary President Dr. Bob Mount said at Thursday's meeting. "I think literacy is a good place to start."