Chiefland Christmas Festival & Parade
The 2011 Chiefland Christmas Festival & Parade will be Saturday Dec. 3, in downtown Chiefland at the historic train depot, Trailhead Park and the surrounding area on U.S. Highway 19 South.
The Festival will begin at 10 a.m. with arts and crafts, music and song and activities for children.
The lighted parade theme “Winter Wonderland” starts at 6 p.m. followed by the evening celebration
that includes the lighting ceremony, caroling and visits with Santa.
The news on Levy County's job front is good for the month of October as the unemployment rate dipped from 11 percent to 10.3 percent and the county ranked 29th among the state's 67 counties in unemployment. It was in 25th place in September.
Residents of Oak Grove Village Retirement Park, between Chiefland and Trenton, say retirees in the area would be wise to hide their prized pink flamingoes and garden gnomes.
Yard ornaments in the neighborhood have been mysteriously disappearing for about a month, according to resident Charlotte Maupin. "Three homes have been hit," she said. "One of them twice."
Area resident Donald Smith said he woke up Nov. 15 to find that his lighted palm tree had been swiped off his front porch.
Bronson Town Council members protested Monday night a letter sent to them from Levy County Schools Superintendent Bob Hastings regarding federal money allocated for shared sewer projects between the school board and the Town of Bronson.
"They already signed that money and gave it to us," Council Member Berlon Weeks said. "They don't want to give the $29,000, and they want the $33,000 back."
With a new director and a renewed commitment to economic growth, the Nature Coast Business Development Council is ready for a big year.
The NCBDC has hired Dave Pieklik as the executive director of its 10-member board. He will also oversee the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency.
Pieklik, 34, had been working the last four years for the City of Inverness, in Citrus County, as a special events and programs assistant director. He also has extensive experience in print and broadcast journalism.
The annual Champions of Freedom Appreciation Luncheon at the Tommy Usher Center in Cheifland was a wonderful success. The guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Ret.) William Halker. In his military career, Lieutenant Colonel Halker specialized in military intelligence operations and is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations.
The Levy County Department of Public Safety is inviting the public to stop by on Friday and Saturday to check out the College of Central Florida's new Mobile Simulator Lab during its visit to the Emergency Operations Center on County Road 32 in Bronson. The lab will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.