~Manga Spoilers Below~
Chapter 247 had some rather big revelations. Temari, Kankuro, and Neji all have moved up & become Jounins (damn, that was fast) Gaara has become the new Kazekage!!! of the hidden sand, he's aged a bit & has longer hair, I like the new look.
Meanwhile Shikamaru is still a Chunnin & Sakura has also moved up to Chuunin level. Naruto I believe would still be genin, like Konohamaru :D. No word on Lee, Shino, Kiba and the rest of the original rookie 9.
We also get a glimpse of the new Shichibukai...err, um Akatsuki member ;). He looks pretty wild, he rides around on a huge bird (eagle/hawk) and can create things out of his hand (think D, from Vampire Hunt D), all in all great chapter, can't wait for the next issue.