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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.

  • 8 deaths in murder-suicide in Bell

    It's probably more than anyone in Bell, population 400, could imagine happening — eight people, six of them children, shot to death in a murder suicide. But Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Schultz III said while the children of the community will be devastated by the news, the community will pull through. 

  • Stayin’ on track

     LeRoy Davidson was on his way to Kentucky more than a month ago when Bronson Speedway caught his eye.

    He’d gotten out of the racing business years ago, he said, working the last few years as a licensed contractor and having some involvement with a fishing supply business.

    But he wasn’t happy. When he shared that fact with his wife one day, “She said, ‘Why don’t you get back into racing?’”

  • FWC sets quota, special-opportunity permits

    The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following Quota and Special-Opportunity Permits for North Central Region.

    The number of permits shall not be exceeded, except to accommodate a group application and then may only be exceeded by up to four permits.

    North Central Region

    Andrews, archery (each hunt) - 45 by quota application (no exemptions).

  • 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.