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  • SV Rotary looks to trim the fat

    There were lots of salads for lunch at the Aug. 24 Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meeting as certified health coach Rose Gleichowski spoke to the club about eating right and losing weight.
    Gleichowski, who owns a Gainesville weight loss clinic, said weight loss can be frustrating because it's a lot of work. People need to exercise, eat less and eat better.

  • Rotary District Governor visits Chiefland Rotary Club

    What started out as a training trip for incoming Rotary Club district governors turned into an enlightening experience for one and the Chiefland Rotary Club that she addressed on Aug. 18.
    Jeannie Quave of Panama City Beach was in training to head Rotary District 6940 that stretches from Pensacola to Chiefland when the training group took a service trip to Haiti earlier this year.
    "We are blessed to be able to do for others," she said in opening her speech.
    How blessed the club would soon learn.

  • Bembry office hours in Bronson, Williston on Tuesday

    Teresa Watson, with the office of State Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-District 10), will host mobile office hours on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Levy County Courthouse, from 9-11 a.m., and at the Williston City Council Chamber Meeting Room from 1-3 p.m.
    She will be available to assist people with questions or requests on state issues. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Watson at 352-493-6848 or teresa.watson@myfloridahouse.gov.

  • Downtown facelift

     Adam Stout, left, and K.C. Robinson, of Firestines Painting, give the old Chief Theater a makeover Aug 15.
    Drummond Bank donated the funds for the building to get pressure washed and painted.

  • Library friends to meet

    The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL) Board of Directors, will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 NE 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.  

  • Sheriffs Office launches intensive crackdown on impaired driving

    The Levy County Sheriffs Office announced Monday that it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving through Labor Day, Sept. 5, a period known as “Drive Sober or get pulled Over.”
    Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in America fell from 2008 to 2009, but in 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit.

  • Tourism summit focuses on hospitality

    About 120 visitors showed up Tuesday in Trenton at the 6th Annual Pure Water Wilderness Tourism Summit.
    “There was more of a positive response," said Donna Creamer, executive director of Pure Water Wilderness, after the event. "There was more cooperation."
    Creamer said the event, which focused on hospitality and customer service, had one of the biggest turnouts yet, something she attributed to the day's topic.

  • CK Chamber holds auction

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Labor Day weekend Auction Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. at the historic Island Hotel on 2nd Street.
    Auction-goers will find great deals on lodging, dining, fishing, fine art, gifts, fresh clams and more. This is the group's largest fundraiser of the year to support its welcome center.
    The auction will have a wide art selection from local artists, including original paintings by Mike Segal of Chiefland. Other artwork includes framed prints, wood carvings, glass, paintings, bags and more.

  • Chamber honors top businesses Tuesday

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business of the Year banquet Tuesday, Sept. 13, in conjunction with the state's 28th Annual Industry Appreciation Week, which begins Sept. 12.
    Each year the Chiefland Chamber collects nominations from the public and chooses an outstanding Business of the Year to be honored at the banquet. This year the Chiefland Chamber will honor two local businesses at the event. This year’s event is at the Usher Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  • EMS writes off $1.3 million in unpaid bills for three years

    Medicare only pays so much. Ditto Medicaid. And if you are out of work and uninsured, you cannot pay anything. If you die without an estate, you are a minor with no assets or a jail inmate with no income, you cannot pay the bill either.
    And that is why the Levy County Commission approved writing off three years of unpaid bills for its Emergency Medical Services.