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Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers on the Rise

The Santa Fe River on the northern border of Gilchrist County has been rising for the past few weeks. According to National Weather Service the Santa Fe at Three Rivers Estates went from 17 feet on Sunday, February 20, to 18.53 feet on Tuesday, February 23. When the river reached 17 feet it went into minor flood stage. It is ... Full Story »

Commission adopts “NO BUILD” Option on any portion of the Suncoast Connector Toll Highway that might be built in Gilchrist

The Gilchrist County Commission held their first public meeting in February on Monday at 4 p.m. The five-member board adopted Resolution 2021-02 which opposes the new construction of the proposed Florida toll road (M-Cores Suncoast Connector) up through Gilchrist County. Commissioner Darrell Smith spoke out during the discussion of this resolution, reminding the board that former Commission Chairman Gray asked ... Full Story »

Bell Town Council Officials sworn in

Town of Bell council officials were sworn in Thursday evening at the beginning of the meeting. Kris Beasley Council member, Michelle Rose Town Clerk, Derek Sanders Council member, Libbie Estes Mayor, and David M. “Duke” Lang, Jr. Attorney presented the oath of office to each of the newly elected officials. Full Story »

Trenton Quilt and Artisan Festival to be held March 19-21

Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival now known as Trenton Quilt and Artisan Festival will be held on March 19-21, 2021. This three day event will begin on Friday, March 19th, with a free Movie Night at the Trenton Depot. On Saturday, March 20th, quilts will be displayed on Main Street and NW First Street. Antique and craft venders along with ... Full Story »

City Commission denies Construction Plan for First Baptist Church expansion

The Trenton City Commission held a public meeting on Monday evening to discuss several issues involving the future growth of the City of Trenton. The four member Commission listened to Attorney David M Lang, Jr. present the Site and Development Plan SD 2021-01 that identified the church’s intent to have a 8,503 square foot single storey multi-purpose building constructed on ... Full Story »

Commission splits on Site Plan Approval for Pine Ridge RV Park

By John Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission listened to residents, living in the area surrounding the proposed Pine Ridge RV Park, tell the board that this 120 unit RV Park development is not compatible with the Agriculture 2 and Ag 5 zoning areas that will surround the proposed park on SR 47 in Northeast Gilchrist County. Several of the residents ... Full Story »

Body of Starke woman discovered in Northeast Gilchrist

GCSO released the following information on Monday, January 4, 2021, about an ongoing death investigation. A body, discovered on Saturday, January 2, 2021 in NE Gilchrist County, has been identified as 37-year-old Jessica L. Bradshaw, white female, of Starke, Florida. The cause and manner of death are still under investigation by FDLE, GCSO, and 8th Circuit Medical Examiners Office. Anyone ... Full Story »

Town of Bell election results

By Cindy Jo Ayers The Town of Bell held their election on Tuesday, December 1. The voter turnout was 17% with 49 of the 292 registered voters casting a ballot on election day. Kristopher Beasley won his incumbent Group 4 seat with a vote of 26 and his opponent Edmund Morgan received 23 votes. Libbie Estes is the new Mayor, ... Full Story »