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Tax Collector Opens Bell Office

By Cindy Jo Ayers The new Gilchrist County Tax Collector’s Office in Bell officially opened last week. A ribbon cutting hosted by the Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce was held on Thursday afternoon, June 25. Tax Collector Michael McElroy and the Tax Collector staff were in attendance at the Open House. The new office is located in the Bell Library ... Full Story »

Watermelon season huge success in Gilchrist and Levy Counties

Watermelon growers in Gilchrist and Levy Counties were pleased with the outcome of the 2020 watermelon season. Longtime growers received record prices this year with some growers selling melons for .25 cents per pound, it was reported that some even sold for .28 cents a pound. The watermelon yield this year was good in this area. This is the most ... Full Story »

Hunter Johns Signs to play College Basketball

Riverside Christian School star athlete, Hunter Johns signs to play college basketball at Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, New York in the USCAA Division. Hunter becomes the second athlete to sign to play a sport in college from Riverside Christian. Hunter has been a member of the football and basketball teams at Riverside Christian over the last four ... Full Story »

Lauren Roberts crowned Newberry Watermelon Festival Queen

On Saturday, June 20th, Trenton’s own Lauren Roberts was crowned the 75th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival Queen. Lauren is a 2019 graduate of Trenton High School and is currently serving as the FFA Area II Vice President. Photos by Seabee Photography. Ava Houser of Newberry was crowned the Newberry Watermelon Festival Teen Queen during the pageant. Full Story »

Trenton Quarterback Club Fishing Tournament a big success Saturday

According to Coach Bill Wiles the 2020 Trenton Quarterback Club’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, June 20 in the Town of Suwannee was a big success. Owen Prince and Ron Corbett of Suwannee Marina and Bill’s Fish Camp hosted the tournament. Friday night’s Calcutta was incredible with lots of support for the Trenton Tiger’s football team. There was a total ... Full Story »

Local children raising money to help baby Kit and family

Addy Faye and Rye were very busy passing out free lemonade and cookies for a donation on Saturday morning. The lemonade stand was set up in front of their grandfather Doug Crawford and their Uncle Justin Jones’ business BMP Logic in Trenton. The children were collecting money to help Kit Kennedy. Kit Kennedy, is a ten month old baby boy ... Full Story »

Local author writes first book, Joy Ride

By Cindy Jo Ayers Ann Almond of Northeast Gilchrist County has written her first book, Joy Ride. Almond is an avid trail rider and lover of horses. She grew up in the Melbourne area of Florida moving to Gilchrist County in 1993. She and her husband Bill live at Raindance Farm and have two Arabian horses. The book, Joy Ride ... Full Story »

Young family involved in boating accident on Sunday

A young local family was involved in a serious boating accident on Sunday, June 21, in the Manatee Springs area of the Suwannee River. Zachary Miles Andrews, 29 of Old Town along with his wife, Sunny Kay Andrews, 26, and their 2 year old daughter, Tillie were in a 14 foot open fishing boat on the Suwannee River around 5:45 ... Full Story »