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Rooks leads for
monetary contributions

County qualifying set for June 16-20
By Jeff M. Hardison © April 17, 2014
     TRI-COUNTY AREA -- Lilly Rooks currently leads candidates for the amount of money in her coffers for election in all local races for the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties, according to records.

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     The qualifying period for county constitutional officers in all three counties (except for Dixie County Judge) is from noon on June 16 until noon on June 20, according to information from the offices of Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones, Dixie County Supervisor of Elections Starlet Cannon and Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Connie D. Sanchez.
LEVY COUNTY
     Rooks, a Republican, who opened a campaign account to run against Levy County Commission Chairman Ryan Bell (Dist. 4), a Republican, had $8,050 in total contributions as of the March 31 reporting period. James and Toni Collins gave $500 and $1,000 respectively to the Rooks' campaign. Ronald and Dorothy Grant of Williston each donated $100 so far to Rooks' campaign, and Susie Chance of Fort Lauderdale donated $1,000, according to records. Joanne Osteen of Cedar Key donated $200 to Rooks. Rooks put in the other $5,150 in her campaign account as of March 31, according to the candidate's own submission of what was donated.
     Bell donated $500 to his own account and he donated another $400 in-kind to his account as of the March 31 report, according to records.
     The four other positions up for election in Levy County, according to information on Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones' website are County Commission, District 2, and School Board Districts 1, 3 and 5.
     Levy County Commissioner (Dist. 2) Chad Johnson, a Republican, donated $100 in money and $1,025 of in-kind donations to his campaign as of March 31, according to records.
     Russell "Rock" Meeks Jr., a Republican in the race for Levy County Commission Dist. 2, reported that Toni Collins donated $1,000 to his campaign. Jay and Tammy Bierman of Cedar Key each donated $100 to the Meeks' campaign. Doris Shefield of Chiefland donated $100 and Meeks donated $100 to his own campaign, according to records. Beverly M. Strickland of Chiefland donated $500 to Meeks’ campaign.
     Levy County School Board member Cameron Asbell (Dist. 1) showed zero dollars in his account as of March 31.
     Levy County School Board member Robert Philpot (Dist. 3) showed that he donated $100 to his own campaign as of March 31.
     Levy County School Board member Rickie (Rick) Turner (Dist. 5) showed that he donated $100 to his own campaign as of March 31.
DIXIE COUNTY
     There are no races in Levy or Gilchrist counties for county judge, but there is in Dixie County.
     The qualifying dates for the judicial race are from noon on April 28 through noon on May 2.
     Two candidates have opened accounts to indicate their intention to run in the race for Dixie County Judge.
     Dixie County Judge Cynthia S. “Cyndee” Munkittrick has started an account with a $1,000 donation to herself as of the March 31 reporting period.
     Jennifer J. Ellison has started an account with a $200 donation to herself as of the March 31 reporting period.
     Thomas Peter Chaires IV, No Party Affiliation, is seeking to become the next Dixie County Commissioner for District 2. His account shows zero dollars as of March 31. Marvin E. Hunt is the current county commissioner in that district, according to records.
     Jane A Boyd is seeking to become the next Dixie County School Board member for District 2. She donated $1,500 to her campaign as of March 31, according to records.
     Charles 'Chuck' Farmer, the current Dixie County School Board member for District 2 shows zero dollars in his account as of March 31, according to records.
     Paul N. Gainey, the current Dixie County School Board member for District 3 has zero dollars in his account as of March 31, according to records.
GILCHRIST COUNTY
     Richard L. Fuller, a Republican, is seeking to be the next Gilchrist County Commissioner for District 2. He showed zero dollars in his campaign account as of March 31, according to records.
     County Commissioner D. Ray Harrison, a Republican, is seeking reelection to the Gilchrist County Commissioner (District 2) position. He showed $100 in his campaign account, which he donated to himself, as of March 31, according to records.
     John Yencho, a Democrat, is seeking to be the next Gilchrist County Commissioner for District 2. He showed zero dollars in his campaign account as of March 31, according to records.
     Marion C. Poitevint, a Republican, is seeking to become the next Gilchrist County Commissioner for District 4. As of March 31, he had one donor to the campaign. Carlos Perez of High Springs made an in-kind donation of $40.13, according to records.
     Gilchrist County Commissioner John Rance Thomas is seeking reelection to his District 4 position. As of March 31, he had zero dollars in his campaign coffers, according to records.
     Gilchrist County School Board member Cloud Haley is seeking reelection to his District 1 seat. Haley donated $78 to his campaign as of March 31, according to records.
     Christie L. McElroy is also seeking the Gilchrist County School Board District 1 seat. She has opened an account with zero dollars as of March 31, according to records.
     Gilchrist County School Board member (District 3) F. Michelle Walker-Crawford sees no opposition as of March 31, and she has opened an account with zero dollars as of March 31, according to records.
     Gilchrist County School Board member (District 5) D. Deen Lancaster sees no opposition as March 31, and he has opened an account with zero dollars as of March 31, according to records.


CFR wants ALS non-transport;
meeting set for April 22


CFR Deputy Fire Chief Gene Stockman (left) and Assistant Chief A.D. Goodman confer before the start of a recent exercise related to fire suppression at industrial sites.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © April 15, 2014

     CHIEFLAND -- The Chiefland Fire Rescue Department (CFR) wants the opportunity to save more lives, and it is depending on the people of Levy County to demand that the county quit resisting the city in its attempt to let that come to be.
     A Chiefland City Commission Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday (April 22) starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 S.W. Fourth Ave., Chiefland.
     During this workshop, CFR plans to demonstrate how it can increase the odds of survival for individuals who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, seizures, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, strokes, or who are the victims of a vehicular accidents or some other types of incidents. What the CFR is asking Levy County and its Department of Public Safety to be allowed to do is called Advanced Life Support (ALS), non-transport.
     The fire-rescue department is seeking to be allowed to treat patients, not to transport them to a hospital.
     Currently, the county does not allow CFR to administer anything beyond Basic Life Support. As first responders who are often at a scene of a medical emergency several minutes before an ambulance arrives, paramedics with CFR currently are disallowed from using all of the skills for which they trained to preserve lives.
     The paramedics would like the ability to provide the highest level of care they can provide. A tri-fold, full color brochure, paid for with private funding (not tax dollars) helps explain why CFR is requesting ALS non-transport status. That brochure notes verbatim:
     * To have the sick or injured person ready for transport when the ambulance arrives, reducing the time it takes the person reach definitive care (emergency room care).
     * Because CFR will not be transporting patients, we should always be in the area for immediate dispatch to calls.
     * Several years ago, two ambulances were stationed in the Chiefland area. Due to cuts, only one is stationed here now.
     * According to the Department of Public Safety Director, Chiefland and the surrounding area has the highest demand for emergency services and produces the highest number of calls in Levy County.
     * The Department of Public Safety Director reports that, 33 times in the last quarter of 2013, there were no ambulances available to answer calls in Levy County.
     * Documented dispatch times show that several times each month residents wait extended period of time for ambulances to arrive.
     * It is common practice all over the United States for fire department to operate as ALS non-transport.
     * All medical care professional agree that the more ALS providers that are available and the quicker the patient receives Advanced Life Support Care, increases a person’s chance for survival.
     * Those receiving ALS services from Chiefland Fire Resuce will not be billed for these services.



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