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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of September 18

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    • Sept. 12, Joseph Ray Ainsworth, 20, Orange City, VOP

    • Sept. 9, Raheal Andres, 32, Bronson, no valid drivers license, $500 bond.

    • Sept. 12, Johnathon Beau Bender, 19, Chiefland, poss of altered firearm, false info to LEO, tampering with evidence, $10,000 bond.

    • Sept. 13, Cory Dallas, 25, Gainesville, drive suspended license, fleeing at high speed, tampering with evidence, $30,000 bond.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.