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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gulf anglers could be entitled to $585 million

    By Brad Buck

    bradbuck@ufl.edu

    Recreational anglers who normally fish in the Gulf lost up to $585 million from lost fishing opportunities in the year of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and could be entitled to compensation, according to a new University of Florida study.

    After a disaster such as an oil spill, trustees – which could include federal, state or tribal authorities – often attempt to secure financial compensation from those responsible.

  • 5 Lancaster staffers fired

    The state Department of Corrections, on a campaign to implement a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate and criminal behavior by staff, on Friday fired five employees of Lancaster Correctional Institution and an investigator recommended they be arrested.

    Corrections Officers Earl Short, Stephen Nygard and Julious Riley, and Sgt. Robert La Puma, and Sgt. Brittain Williams, were dismissed for battery on an inmate, according to a DOC press release.

  • Otter Creek man loses appeal on gun charge

    The 1st District Court of Appeals agreed with felon Allen S. Kraay's argument that a Levy County judge's reasoning for not dismissing a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun was flawed, but the judge's ruling was also correct and Kraay's conviction and three-year sentence stands.

  • Senior Spirit Night at Beef's on Monday

    Chiefland Middle High School'sSenior Class is celebrating Spirit Night at Beef O'Brady's on Monday, Sept. 22. 

    The Class of 2015 will be earning money for their senior class trip by greeting customers and cleaning tables that evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

    A percentage of the proceeds and tips will go to the Class of 2015.

  • Williston Red Devils AD out after forfeit

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    and Max Yavel

    Williston Pioneer

    Cliff Lohrey’s career as head football coach of the Williston High School Red Devils came to an abrupt halt around 4 p.m. Sunday when Principal Eulin Gibbs fired the seven-month coach and athletic director.

    Gibbs confirmed Monday that it was indeed a termination for those two positions, but he offered Lohrey a certified position at the school, but the former coach declined and then resigned his position as a teacher.

  • The heartbreak of Hamilton County

    The Chiefland Indians made their first road trip of the year Friday night, making the two-hour trek north to Hamilton County in which the Indians fell to the Trojans 33-7.

    This didn’t look like the same Indians team that played at home the last three weeks, as they faced a very athletic and prepared football team that reached the playoffs last season out of District 5.

    The Trojans, with 20 returning seniors, stymied what had been a potent Indians ground attack, as Chiefland finished with a season low 134 yards rushing.

  • Community Calendar for the week of September 18

    Today

    AMVETS Post No. 88 meetings

    (Second Thursdays of the month)

    AMVETS Post 88 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The Sons of AMVETS meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings are at the post home.

    Friday

    Friday night dinner at VFW

  • 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.