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  • County ambulance fees chasing Medicare for more

    County hopes to recoup more

    reimbursements

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    For the first time in five years the Levy County Commission is raising the rates charged for emergency medical services, but the reason is not to get more money from patients, but from Medicare.

    David Knowles, director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, said the contractor for the billing service recommended the rates be raised to 130-150 percent of what Medicare will reimburse in order to obtain a larger repayment.

  • Adorable & Adoptable

    The Levy County Animal Control Department is hosting its second pet adoption event at Tractor Supply in Chiefland on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    There will be free hot dogs and drinks along with plenty of pups, kitties, dogs and cats.

  • Chiefland Watermelon Queen injured in wreck

    Katelyn Michelle Ressler, 20, the 2014 Chiefland Watermelon Queen was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Dixie County on Saturday, Sept. 13, at about 5:45 p.m. at State Road 55 and County Road 317 when aother vehicle failed to yield the right of way.

    Ressler's injuries were not life threatening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol press release, but she was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

  • Flagman killed at Bronson Speedway

    A 49-year-old race worker was killed Sunday at the Bronson Speedway when a vehicle lost control and wound up in the infield.
    Buddy Jack Howell, of Bradenton, was a flagman at the event that ended within the span of two minutes on the second lap at about 3 p.m.
    "This is a very tragic accident," Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Scott Tummond said Monday, adding that, so far, it doesn't appear that anyone will be facing formal charges. It is still being investigated.

  • Child Passenger Safety Week – Sept. 14 – 20

    The goal of Child Passenger Safety Week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are securing children correctly in the right car seat or booster for their age and size. One size does not fit all.

  • Fanning ISO drops to 4

    Fanning Springs has gone from an Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating of five down to a four. Fire Chief Ron McQueen made the announcement on Sept. 2 during his report at the city council meeting.

    We “were five, we went to four. We’re as low as the lowest rated station in three counties,” said McQueen who explained that the ratings go from one to 10, “the lower the number, the lower the insurance rate.”

    This applies to those who live within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant and within five miles of a fire station.

  • Fanning agrees to share water

    Fanning Spring’s city council agreed to the signing of a lease agreement between the city and the Nature Coast Regional Water Authority (NCRWA), with one small adjustment, at Tuesday’s council meeting.

     “I just want to add my two cents here,” said Mayor Cheryl Nekola adding that she thinks it’s a good agreement and “we should go with it”

  • Ambulance station in works for Fanning Springs

    Fanning Springs City and Levy County officials are working to get an EMS transport unit stationed in Fanning Springs.

    “Our citizens need to have the protection of an ambulance facility. Mr Knowles has been diligently working to get one here …,” said Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola.

    Both Levy County Dept. of Public Safety Director David Knowles and Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen spoke at the Sept. 2 Fanning Springs city council meeting regarding this matter.

  • Taking The Oath

    Levy County Judge James T. Browning, right, gives the Oath of Office to long-time Chiefland commissioners Teresa Barron, left, and Teal Pomeroy.

       Both ran unopposed earlier this year, though Barron, who had served as vice mayor until Monday, was supplanted by Commissioner Betty Walker as the new vice mayor. Barron, who had made the motion to appoint herself vice mayor, was outvoted by Mayor Teal Pomeroy and commissioners Walker and Chris Jones. Commissioner Rollin Hudson had seconded her motion, but after the vote motioned for Walker to sit as vice mayor.

  • Commission OKs assessments, tentative property tax

    It took just 10 minutes and 20 seconds on Thursday for the Levy County Commission to approve four assessments, a tentative property tax millage and a tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    But that's because only one private citizen showed up for the meeting that was attended by four staff members, Sheriff Bobby McCallum, two of McCallum's aides, and two media people. And that is not unusual.