County: Open for business

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Levy County Commission has a message for citizens: “We are Open for Business.”

During it’s 35-minute meeting Tuesday morning the three commissioners left no question that the county will continue normal operations despite the suspensions of two county commissioners facing federal trials on bribery charges.

“We do have a quorum and the people’s business will be conducted as it has always been,” said Commissioner Nancy Bell of Chiefland, who moved up from vice chair to chair of the commission.

To her left were the two empty chairs once occupied by Chairman Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker. Both were indicted on Oct. 20 by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery. In addition, Yearty was also charged with making false statements.

The first order of business was the swearing in of Commissioner Danny Stevens, who easily won re-election on Nov. 4.

County Judge Joseph E. Smith, who wore a garnet colored tie, joked that he wished Stevens, who had on a Florida Gators blue shirt, had instead worn a garnet shirt for the occasion.

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