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  • Breaking News--New judge named

    Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning, 53, of Archer, has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench.

    He has prosecuted sex crimes while serving in State Attorney Bill Cervone's office in Gainesville, In April, Browning and and James Colaw were designated to staff the Special Prosecutions Unit, focusing on cases and defendants

    who are considered to be of significance to the community.

    Browning was also responsible for such cases in Gilchrist and Levy Counties, while Colaw had responsibil-

  • Permitting process delays King Road Mine one year

    Levy County’s hopes for growing business in the county has been dealt a second setback with the announcement that Tarmac America is moving the start date for construction of the King Road Mine from 2010 to 2011.

    The company said the delay is due to a longer than anticipated permitting and review schedule for the limerock mine in south Levy County. Company officials had planned on a four-year process but now expect it could take five years.

  • Resident continues to call for mayor’s resignation

    “Mr. Mayor, again I ask you to step down,” Bronson resident C.W. Gilbert said at the town council meeting Monday night. “We need solid representation in this town.”

    Gilbert told the Bronson council that after last month’s meeting, he went to town hall and requested a copy of the tape for the Sept. 25 meeting. Schuler corrected Gilbert, stating that the meeting was held Sept. 28.

  • City employees get Christmas bonuses

    City of Williston employees will receive Christmas bonuses this year and also have been granted an additional half day off for the holiday. City council voted on the measures at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

    Council president Debra Jones made the recommendation and said that she and city manager Marcus Collins thought it would be beneficial to move the traditional Christmas dinner back to Dec. 18 instead of holding it on Dec. 23, so close to the holiday itself.

  • 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.