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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 »

New Dollar General store could be coming to Bell

The Bell Town council welcomed Linda Biro and Paul Marcike to their Thursday, June 11 meeting. Ms Biro of HSC Bell, LLC the development group and Mr. Marcike, an engineer with JADE Consultants, were the representatives seeking a Conditional Use Permit for a site plan to construct a new larger Dollar General store in the Town of Bell. Attorney David ... Full Story »

Bell man charged for Trafficking in Methamphetamine

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Friday, May 29, 2020, Deputy Valencia of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office observed a Silver Ford pickup truck committing traffic violations. Deputy Valencia conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Scott James Floyd Jr., born July 22, 1995, age 24, of Bell, Florida. Deputy Valencia ran Floyd’s drivers license ... Full Story »

Stolen truck recovered from Suwannee River in Gilchrist County

A stolen truck was recovered from the Suwannee River on Saturday, May 16. The truck was  reported to be stolen from Levy County. Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived at the Gilchrist side of the Suwannee River after they were notified by a boater that saw a man drive a truck into the river. Levy Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Gilchrist ... Full Story »

FDOT adding turn lanes to State Road 26 in Gilchrist County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started work to add turn lanes at three intersections on State Road 26 in Gilchrist County. The $1.5 million project will include construction of a westbound right turn lane in Southeast Gilchrist on Southeast 70th Avenue or the road next to Ma and Paw’s convenience store. A westbound left turn lane  will be ... Full Story »

Local Bank received funding for 713 Small Business PPP loans

By Cindy Jo Ayers The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications  on April 3, 2020.  At the end of the first round of loans on April 16, SBA had granted 1,661,367 loans to small business through out America so they could continue to pay their employees. The PPP was designed for injecting cash in the ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Crime Rate is up 19.2% according to FDLE

By Cindy Jo Ayers The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2019 Uniform Crime Report has found Gilchrist County’s overall crime increased 19.2 percent from 2018. According to FDLE, motor vehicle theft, larceny and rape, aggravated assault have gone up. The report showed that murder and  burglary, were down in 2019. Sheriff Schultz reported that GCSO has seen firsthand the increase ... Full Story »