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  • Police chief lobbies for Veterans Day parade

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas wants a Veterans Day parade and he’s visiting all of the local municipalities to get them on board.

    “We need to honor our veterans and have a Veterans Day parade,” Douglas told the Town of Bronson Council. “We wouldn’t be here tonight having these discussions if it wasn’t for our veterans.”

  • Yearty, Parker trial gets under way

    The trial of suspended Levy County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker is slowly working its way through the bits and pieces of video and audio tapes as the government tries to prove the two men solicited and split a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent Sean Quinn, posing as a developer Sean Michaels.

    Yearty also faces an additional charge of lying to federal agents for saying he had not accepted a lunch, dinner or bribe in return for his vote.

  • Guilty on all counts

        Levy County Commissioners William Samuel "Sammy" Yearty and Robert Anthony "Tony" Parker were unanimously found guilty by a jury of conspiring and accepting a $10,000 bribe to pay for a trip to New York City in December 2007 in return for favorable treatment of a project proposed by an FBI agent posing as a developer.

        Yearty was also found guilty on a third charge — lying to a federal agent — for denying in an interview that he had accepted a lunch, dinner or gift from anyone.

  • Discharges don’t stop these vets from working

    He is frail, yet strong. The weariness of life hangs over him but he continues to work for the cause that he has never abandoned. The commitment to his belief will linger long after he is gone.

    He is the voice of thousands of Americans who will celebrate next week as Veterans Day salutes the men and women who served this country in our nation’s armed forces.

  • Seasonal flu vaccine comes up short

    Southeastern Primary Care ordered 5,000 seasonal flu vaccines for its Williston and Gainesville offices.

    It never received them.

    “That impacts us, it impacts the patients. Now they have to scramble to try to find a flu shot,” said Heather Festo, a medical assistant at Southeastern Primary Care.

  • Pioneer moving

    The Williston Pioneer will be closed next Friday, Nov. 20 as the newspaper and staff moves into its new location at 37 South Main St., Suite F, near the Williston Police Department.

    We will be open in our new home Monday, Nov. 23.

  • City finance director resigns

    Mark Schiefer, the city’s finance director for more than six years, has tendered his resignation effective the end of December.

    Council president Debra Jones announced Schiefer’s resignation at the city council meeting on Tuesday night.

    Schiefer has made many improvements to the city’s handling of its finances and brought order to a formerly chaotic budget process.

  • Williston lays off six

    The city of Williston announced Monday that it will lay off six employees on Nov. 30, in order to maintain a balanced budget.

    The sticking point, according to city council president Debra Jones, is the employees’ union, AFSCME, insisting on the retention of a “Cadillac” insurance plan whose rates have escalated to the point at which the city can no longer afford to keep its current staff and pay the insurance premiums for them.

  • Bronson mayor refuses to resign

    Bronson resident C.W. Gilbert wants the mayor to resign. And he’s not giving up at making the request just once.

    During the Town Council’s November’s meeting, Gilbert said Mayor Franklin Schuler’s actions in public have been inappropriate and that he needed to step down. Schuler refused.

    Gilbert has asked to be on the agenda for the meeting on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to speak on the same topic.

  • James Pitt lands role in new James Cameron film

    James Pitt, a Hollywood film actor, former Williston resident and graduate of WHS, has landed the role of space shuttle pilot in James Cameron’s upcoming film, Avatar. The film is Cameron’s first feature film project since the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.