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Young Farmers and Ranchers Name Competition Finalists

More than 225 young farmers and ranchers across the Sunshine State gathered in-person at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, July 9-11, 2021 for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference. The three-day conference provided young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 with educational breakouts, motivational speakers and lots of networking opportunities. Conference attendees welcomed keynote speakers Marshal ... Full Story »

Growth in Gilchrist

By Cindy Jo Ayers If you have been stopped in traffic at the traffic light in Trenton or if you have tried to back out of Akins BBQ in Bell, you have had to wait because of traffic passing through. The amount of traffic on US 129 has increased greatly in the past few years. The cause of increased traffic ... Full Story »

New solar plant to be built near Chiefland

Duke Energy Florida announced that four new solar plants will be built in Florida in 2022. The new solar sites are part of $1-billion statewide solar investment planned for 2022. One of the new sites will be just NE of Chiefland near the Central Florida Electric Coop building. This family farmland property is owned by the Hardee Family which are ... Full Story »

City Commission approves tentative millage rate of 2.25 mills

By John Ayers The Trenton City Commission held their final meeting in July on Monday evening as the three members attending approved a tentative millage rate of 2.25 mills for the City of Trenton 2021-2022 fiscal year budget. Commissioner Randy Rutter explained that he wanted to see the City of Trenton millage rate remain at the current rate of 2.25 ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County School Board and Superintendent recognized as Master Board

The Gilchrist County School Board Members and Superintendent were recognized for earning the Master Board distinction by the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) at the Gilchrist County School District office in Trenton, FL Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Tina Pinkoson, Director of Leadership Services for FSBA, presented the award. To earn this distinction, a majority of the district’s board members and ... Full Story »

July 29, 2021 Obituaries

Lonnie J. “Jiggs” Cruse Lonnie J. ”Jiggs” Cruse, 91, of High Springs, FL, passed away July 20, 2021. Mr. Cruse was born October 16, 1929, to the late Sula Mae and Lee Jackson Cruse, in High Springs, FL. Mr. Cruse was a member of High Springs Church of God. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Cruse is survived by his ... Full Story »

July 29, 2021 Legals

NOTICE OF HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Code Enforcement Hearing Officer, in and for the County of Gilchrist, Florida, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, commencing at l:00 P.M. in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room located at 2l0 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida. The following item will be heard: Blackwelder, Christopher Allen 2110 NE ... Full Story »

Youth sure to enjoy Jakes Day at Cook Farms

Chad Thomas of NWTF Heart of Dixie Purrs and Spurs, has been working overtime leading up to the annual Jakes Day. This year’s event is planned for Saturday, August 7 beginning at 8 a.m. Jack and Marsha Cook and their family are hosting the event again this year at their family farm. Jakes Day provides area children a great opportunity ... Full Story »