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Chiefland Public Workshop to Focus on Need for Advanced Life Support Truck for Medical Emergencies


County Reaches Agreement with Property Owners in Hip Hop Concert Lawsuit




By Terry Witt

Senior Staff Writer  


The owners of a piece of property east of Williston that was to be the site of a Hip Hop concert last year have reached an out-of-court settlement with the county agreeing never to hold a music event on the property without proper permits.

The county commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Amanda Micallef Sigler and two business partners to voluntarily dismiss the case against the three in exchange for their cooperation.

Sigler, an attorney, said she and her business partners, Garry G. Gilbert and Paul Burgin, had no idea their tenant was planning to allow a Hip Hop concert on a piece of property leased for use as a ..... more




By Terry Witt

Senior Staff Writer    


Imagine suffering a heart attack when every ambulance in the county was busy with other calls, or the closest ambulance is 20 minutes away. It happens.

Would you survive the ordeal?

Chiefland Fire Rescue is often the first responder on the scene of major traffic crashes and life-threatening medical emergencies in the Chiefland area. But city firefighter paramedics can only do so much without having Advanced Life Support capabilities at the scene. They must wait for ambulances to arrive.

The city studied Levy County Sheriff’s Department dispatch records in February and found that Chiefland firefighters waited almost ..... more

In Other News....

Police Presence and Crowd at Crab Fest in Williston to be Heavier

Organizers of the 2014 Williston Crab Fest are expecting a larger than ever crowd on April 26 despite last year’s murder or perhaps because of it, but law enforcement will be there in force as well.  “The word we’re getting is the crowd will be larger because of what happened last year, from what we’re being told. I guess they want to see what ..... more

Mother and Daughter Killed in Car Crash

A Cross City woman and her young daughter were killed in a one-car crash on Interstate 75 on April 9, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Brooke Felty Koschatzky, 36, was traveling north  on ..... more

Chiefland May Hire Cleanup Person after Easter Egg Hunt Trashes City Park

The Easter Bunny left behind unwanted trash in Chiefland Sunday.

Hundreds of plastic eggs were found scattered around Charles Strickland Park by city employees Monday following a weekend Easter egg hunt the city ..... more

Thousands Visit the Levy County Fair in Williston

The Levy County Fair finished its four days of entertainment Sunday with livestock shows and two karaoke contests. Fair officials said  ..... more

UF/IFAS Celebrates 100 Years of Extension with Displays, Critters andLunch

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alligators, an insect-petting zoo and lunch prepared by a former White House chef are among the highlights of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas April 17 from ..... more


County Gave Department of Public Safety Sweeping Powers in 2011




By Terry Witt

Senior Staff Writer  


Levy County Commissioners have operated an ambulance service for many years, but in 2011 commissioners took a big step beyond just operating ambulances to establishing a Levy County Public Safety Department with much broader powers.

The Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) has been at the center of many controversies since its inception, starting with the relocation of one ambulance each from Chiefland and Williston to the area of the Levy County Jail in Bronson.

Other conflicts have arisen from the county asserting control of all fire services within the unincorporated areas of the county and sometimes taking control of areas previously served by cities by establishing part-time fire departments that operate only during ..... more