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  • CF wants input on focuses of new campus

    The long-awaited construction of the College of Central Florida's new Levy campus is still on track, and officials with the college are hoping to get input from the community in the areas of education it would like to see highlighted.
    Holly McGlashan, manager of CF's Levy Center, was special guest speaker at Chiefland Rotary Wednesday.

  • Flood warning for Levy County

    FLOOD ADVISORY

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL

    914 PM EDT MON SEP 22 2014

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RUSKIN HAS EXTENDED THE * URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHEASTERN LEVY COUNTY IN FLORIDA.

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...BRONSON...WILLISTON * UNTIL 1100 PM EDT *

  • Red tide halts Cedar Key clam harvesting

    For the first time in about 10 years, clam leases have been shut down in Cedar Key due to red tide.
    The western portion of Cedar Key's leases, including Gulf Jackson and Pelican Reef, was closed Sept. 6 after officials found low to background quantities of dangerous microorganism Karenia brevis, known to produce a neurotoxin that affects vertebrates, including humans.

  • White out for Bell shooting victims

    When Bell and Trenton High Schools meet on the football field in Bell on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the stadium will be bathed in white as spectators show their solidarity with the young victims of Thursday's multiple shootings.

    Spectators have been asked by both schools to wear white — a sign of innocence and purity — for the game to honor the six children: Kaleb Kuhlman, 11, Kylie Kuhlmann, 9Jonathan Kuhlman, 8, Destiny Stewart, 5, Brandon Stewart, 4 and Alana Stewart, born June 28.

  • Gov. Scott speaks in Bell on killings

    The governor made a brief stop in Bell today to speak to reporters and community members about the killing yesterday that claimed eight lives.
    "All of us have family members, and we can't imagine this happening. We all have children and grandchildren," Gov. Rick Scott said in front of the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center to more than 50 reporters.
    It's a tragedy, he said, one that would take a long time for the community to get over. It's important for the community to show their support of family at friends at this time, he said.

  • Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Nero has been found

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is thanking the publicfor helping locate LCSO K-9 Deputy Nero, who was discovered missing from his kennel this afternoon.

    Nero apparently escaped from the enclosure located inside the City of Trenton.  Levy County and Gilchrist County deputies are searching for Nero at this time.  

  • Trash could be in trouble with cleanups

    Florida's natural beauty is, for the most part, what brings hundreds of thousands of people — tourists and those wishing to stay a while — to the Sunshine State each year. A clean environment is critical in sustaining the level of ecotourism the state has become so dependent on.
    But as the population and number of visitors swells, so, too, does the amount of garbage that ends up in the state's prized waterways and natural spaces.

  • New Williston hospital owner outlines plans

    Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati said what makes him different from the last four people who vowed to bring back the hospital in Williston from the brink of disaster is his commitment to bringing quality health care to all people–regardless of income, social status or race.

    To make sure he achieves that goal, Dr. P is not only personally bankrolling the facility to the tune of about $150,000 a month, he’s also prepared to offer services in the rural health clinic 50 percent below the standard fee.

  • 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.