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Cedar Key Lighthouse lit after 104 years

By Cindy Jo Ayers The lighthouse on Seahorse Key off Cedar Key was lit after 104 years at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5. The lighthouse has remained dark after it was deactivated in 1915. A company out of Celebration, Florida Artworks Florida Classic Fresnel Lenses, LLC built the new lens and installed it on May 20, 2019. The 4th ... Full Story »

State Champs hold awards banquet

The 2019 Class 1A State Softball Championship Trenton High School Team was honored with an awards banquet on Monday evening. The banquet included the varsity, JV, and middle school teams. Stephen Smith, THS alumni was the guest speaker. Smith spoke to the girls about what it meant to be a champion. The evening ended with a cake auction to help ... Full Story »

No more texting while driving, it’s the law

One out of every four accidents are caused by texting drivers. Texting while driving is now illegal in Florida. Starting July 1 the Florida Department of Highway Patrol will begin giving drivers who are texting while driving a stern warning. Drivers will be ticketed for the offence in January 2020. The Highway Patrol has started a campaign called Put It ... Full Story »

Tax Collector’s Office holds workshop for Auto Dealers

The Gilchrist County Tax Collector’s Office held an Auto Dealer Workshop on June 26th, 2019, at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. The workshop included many representatives from local car dealerships. The Tax Collector’s Office shared information on the required Tag and Title documentation for dealers, new legislation within the Florida Statutes, and information about the Hope Scholarship. The workshop was a ... Full Story »

July 11, 2019 Obits

Mary Kennedy Arrington Mary Kennedy Arrington, 85, of Chiefland passed away on Wednesday, July 3rd at Ayers Rehab under the care of Haven Hospice. Born in the oldest house on the island of Cedar Key, Mary was the daughter of Cuthbert Kennedy and Bertie Hodge. She was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church. Mary was preceded in death by the ... Full Story »

July 11, 2019 Legals

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT NEW RULES, REVISE AND/OR AMEND EXISTING RULES AND REPEAL OLD RULES Notice is hereby given that the School Board of Gilchrist County, Florida intends to adopt new rules, and revise and/or amend existing rules of the Board after a public hearing, as follows: POLICY 3.16 Charter Schools 4.15 District and Statewide Assessment Program 4.21 Home ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Building Supply Celebrates 40 years in business July 5th

Gilchrist Building Supply opened for its first day of business on July 5, 1979. Mike, Donna and Jeff Hayes actually began construction of the small hardware and building supply business in April.  Their goal was to fill the community’s need for quality hardware and building supplies. Through the years, GBS has continually expanded its product lines and facilities to better ... Full Story »

Local Blackberries fat, juicy and oh so good

Who doesn’t love a fat juicy blackberry? There are some really good blackberries growing closer than you might think. Darrell and Faye Smith have opened their blackberry farm to you pick customers this summer. R&S Blackberries, which was named for their grandsons Noah Ray and Hudson Smith, is selling blackberries for $4 a pound if you pick, $6 a pound ... Full Story »