Last November 5, the FBI swooped into sleepy Levy County and stunned everyone by arresting two Levy County Commissioners, Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker. Both men were charged with accepting bribes. Yearty’s arrest, in particular was shocking. He had served on the Levy County Commission since 1978—just five years after my family moved from neighboring Alachua County. His father and grandfather had both served on the Commission. Everyone in Levy County knows the Yearty family.
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