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  • 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-

  • 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.