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Longtime County Judge dies at age 71

Wednesday, May 17 was a sad day for many in Gilchrist County as they heard of the loss of longtime County Court Judge and native son, Ed Philman. Judge Philman was born on May 29, 1945 to the late Johnnie and Synthie Philman on a farm in Bell, Florida. Judge Philman served the citizens of Gilchrist County as their County ... Full Story »

Two local farmers honored with Stewardship Award at Soil and Water Conservation District Dinner

By Cindy Jo Ayers Family, friends and Gilchrist Soil and Water Conservation District directors attended the Annual Stewardship Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 16. This year Jack Cook presented the Stewardship plaque to longtime area farmer Barney Faircloth. Cook reminisced about Faircloth’s early days as a rodeo cowboy and how he participated in rodeos all over the country and made ... Full Story »

Paul Anderson, Jr. hired as Public Safety Director

The Trenton City Commission interviewed three applicants Monday night during their second regular monthly meeting. Paul Anderson was the Commission’s second choice, but when Matt Rexroat turned down the salary of $45,000, the City Clerk got back in contact with the Andersons and they returned to the meeting. Commissioner Cloud Haley asked Paul Anderson what would it take for him ... Full Story »

Burn Ban in Gilchrist County

After reviewing Gilchrist County’s current wildland fire conditions and the area weather forecast, a mandatory countywide burn ban was  implemented, effective 12:00 p.m., May 10th 2017. The burn ban was extended as of Monday, May 15 until the conditions improve. James Campbell, the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Chief, said that several factors go into deciding to enact a burn band. ... Full Story »

Top scholars are Johnston, Rowe

The 2017 Valedictorians and Salutatorians  have been selected at Trenton High School and Bell High School. Trenton High Valedictorian is Caroline Berklee Johnston with a Numeric GPA of 101.95. The THS Salutatorian is Kyndall Lynn Williams with a Numeric GPA of 97.48. Bell High Valedictorian is Christine Elizabeth Rowe who had a Numeric GPA of 97.79. The Salutatorian is Jarrett ... Full Story »

Prayer and Encouragement for local Law Enforcement

Some 75 people gathered in front of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, May 15, to observe National Police Week which is May 14-20, 2017. There were several speakers at the event including Pat Bible who gave the opening prayer. Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin spoke of his responsibility for the welfare and safety of over 2,800 students ... Full Story »

Trenton defeats Pierson Taylor in 9 innings

The Trenton Tigers battled their way into a Regional Final game as they defeated Pierson Taylor 2-1 in nine innings at Trenton’s Bryant Field on Wednesday evening. The Tigers’ Zachary Hardee was the hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning that hit a bouncing single through the Wildcats’ in-close infield to score Trey Sanchez from third for the win. ... Full Story »

Anglers battled the weather to support THS football

The Trenton Quarterback Club held their annual fishing tournament out of Suwannee Marina on Saturday as weather conditions made the coastal and river waters a challenge to fish. In the In-shore division: Ronnie Jackson and Jeff Land won first place and Ronnie Jackson also took the Big Redfish and biggest pot in the division. Damon Leggett and Tommy Parrish won ... Full Story »