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  • Judge candidates include two from Levy

    Three attorneys — a prosecutor and two in private practice — have been sent to Gov. Charlie Crist for appointment to the county judge seat being vacated by Judge Joe Smith’s Dec. 31 retirement.

    The three are:

    James T. “Tim” Browning, an assistant state attorney based in Gainesville, but who has ties to Gilchrist County, and has handled domestic violence and drug cases.

    Charlotte Weidner, an attorney in private practice in Bronson who has criminal and civil trial experience.

  • Legislative delegation meets Dec. 17

    The Levy County Legislative Delegation will meet on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom A at the Levy County Courthouse.

    The meeting provides an opportunity for Levy County and municipal officials to make their requests for legislation on issues of concern before the legislative session. It is also an opportunity for the public to speak to their representatives and senators on issues that matter and to request action.

     

  • Water workshop is Dec. 8

    The Levy County Commission is looking for information on water — how much there is, how it is being used, where it is going and whether to join or form a water authority.

    To that end it is checking whether a larger meeting place will be needed for a joint workshop on the region’s water supply with the Suwannee River Water Management District and South West Florida Water Management District. The workshop set for noon Dec. 8 at Bronson’s old town hall, would also include representatives from the county’s eight municipalities and the public.

  • Guilty

    It was a tough picture for anyone to erase from memory: two men sat across a table dining while the hands of an unseen third man — the one wearing a video camera with wiring sewn into his shirt — reaches into a bag and pulls out a stack of fresh $100 bills.

    “Let’s get down to business here,” the disembodied voice of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn says, “This is $10,000 here.” He counts out the bills into 10 stacks.

  • Parker, Yearty seek new trial

    Convicted Levy County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker have joined in a motion seeking a new trial on federal political corruption charges citing the behavior of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn, the undercover agent who posed as developer Sean Michaels, and other grounds.

    Yearty and Parker were convicted Dec. 4 of conspiring to solicit a bribe and accepting a bribe in excess of $5,000. Yearty was convicted of an additional charge of lying to a federal agent during an interview. The federal court jury of eight women and two men took six hours to reach its decision.

  • Legislative delegation has no money to offer Levy

    The Levy County Commission did something it rarely does at the Levy County Legislative Delegation’s annual public hearing — all the commissioners attended.

    But then again, it was a historic meeting in other ways. The delegation did not get any requests for money because of the state’s dire economic situation. Instead, county and municipal officials said if any money does turn up: “please remember us.”

  • Baskets on Parade now at Williston Library

    The Williston Public Library is now splendidly arrayed with beautiful Christmas Baskets parading on every available surface to encourage silent bidding for them and their contents.

    Friends of the Williston Public Library set out 29 baskets Monday and they will stay on display until Saturday, Dec. 12, the day of the annual Christmas Open House. The silent bids will be opened at 2 p.m. that day and the baskets will be awarded to the highest bidder.

  • What was your most memorable Christmas?

    The Williston Pioneer wants you to share with our readers the most memorable Christmas you’ve had. In 100 words or less, tell us about a Christmas that you will never forget.

    Send your Christmas story by e-mail to editor@willistonpioneer.com or you can mail it or b ring it to our office at 37 South Main St., Suite F Williston, FLee^32696. Include a photo if you like.

    No submissions will be accepted after 5 p.m. Dec. 18.

  • New bridges were never meant to be

     A mistake by the Florida Department of Transportation Disctrict 2 office means Cedar Key will not get three promised bridge replacements.

    The October announcement that four bridges would be replaced be the Florida DOT was a mistake, said Gina Busscher, Public Information Director for DOT district 2.

  • 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-