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Local News

  • New CFEC building on its way

    The board of Central Florida Electric Co-op, donning hardhats, were gold shovel-ready Monday afternoon as they posed for the ground-breaking ceremony at the new location for the operations center in Chiefland.
    The new building will be 32,000 square feet and house a variety of departments that are located in several buildings in Chiefland. It will include system operations, member services, engineering and a two-lane drive-thru for making payments.

  • Hospital names chief of staff

    Dr. Jesse Lipnick of Southeastern Integrated Medical of Chiefland has been named chief of staff for the future Tri-County Hospotal in Chiefland.
    Lipnick's appointment was announced by hospital CEO and President Frank Schupp at the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on Sept. 8. Schupp gave the club members an update on the hospital's development.
    He said his company, Ameris Healthcare Services of Nashville has commitments from 65 doctors and 160 health care workers to work in the hospital and the goal is to hire 350 employees.

  • Demolition is first step in bringing new hospice to city

    Traffic slowed on North Main Street by Northwest 4th Street on the morning of Sept. 2.
    Granted the amount of heavy equipment might have had something to do with it, but most folks were wondering why the old service station/tire store/detailing shop was being demolished.
    It is making way for Hospice of Citrus County, Inc./Hospice of the Nature Coast's new facility. The 16,100-square-foot, triple-use facility being built by Gray Construction of Trenton on 1.9 acres will house a superthrift shop, a cafe and the hospice's local offices.

  • Simple remembrance of 9/11 touches hearts

    It was a simple remembrance staged in the back parking lot of a bank.
    But the occasion--the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 when planes plowed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City, a field in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.,--is one that begged the attention it received.

  • Drive one for CHS on Sept. 28

    A $6,000 donation is on the line for Chiefland High School and all you have to do is test drive a new car.
    The school, in conjunction with White Ford in Chiefland and Ford Motor Co. is holding a "Drive One 4 UR School" fundraising event on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    It's a fun and engaging way to help students raise money to support CHS's sports and extracurricular activities for the year.
    All you have to do is show up with a valid driver's license, complete a short survey and test-drive a Ford.

  • Final budget, tax meeting

    The Levy County Commission will hold its final public hearing and vote on the 2011-2012 Budget  and property tax millage rate at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 in the Commission Meeting Room at the Levy County Courthouse, Court Street, Bronson.
    Tentative budget: $59,231,955
    Tentative millage: 8.0616 mils, rollback rate

  • Two bike rides benefit children

    It's a glorious time of year to hop on a motorcycle and ride through the tri-county area, take in the sights and raise money for two good causes that benefit children.
    The first is Saturday when the first, and hopefully annual thereafter,  "Hutch" Hutchinson Poker Run will fire up the engines  in Chiefland to benefit the Toys for Tots program and Masonic Lodge No. 51. It starts at Custom Accessories, 7631 N.W. 150th Lane, Chiefland, and ends at BubbaQue's in Chiefland.

  • Chiefland Chamber honors businesses of the year

    Fernwood Flowers & Gifts, R&L Mobile Home & RV Supplies

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off Industry Appreciation Week by honoring two local businesses: Fernwood Flowers & Gifts and R&L Mobile Home & RV Supplies.
    The two businesses were among a number nominated for the honor that has been bestowed annually by the Chamber since 1984. The businesses chosen exemplify a commitment to the community, to outstanding service and to civic involvement.

  • Commission takes knife to sheriff’s budget

    The sheriff was a no show at a public hearing on the county budget Thursday, so the Levy County Commission took action sure to get his attention — slicing his budget from $10.1 million to $9.95 million.

  • Officials prepare for worst, pray for best

    Chiefland city officials are taking precautions in case the city gets sued over a Ten Commandments monument that sits on the front lawn of City Hall.
    City commissioners, at the recommendation of City Attorney Norm Fugate, voted unanimously Monday night to enlist the free legal services of Liberty Counsel, a non-profit organization that fights for religious freedoms.
    “As you may know, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has submitted a public records request … which gives some indication they are looking at Chiefland,” Fugate said.