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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 »

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 »

$49,554.55 Raised through Relay for Life event

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties joined forces to raise $49,554.55 for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event held Friday evening, May 5. The track at Trenton High School was a busy place as teams had their camp sites in place around the track. Although at times the wind blew quite strong, it did not ... Full Story »

Annual Torch Run comes through Trenton

By Chris Rogers A group of correctional officers from Lancaster Correctional Institute, law enforcement officers from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, and some family members jogged into Trenton on Thursday morning carrying an Olympic Torch representing the state wide Special Olympics of Florida. These dedicated officers were involved in the Torch Run carrying the torch from Lancaster Correctional Institute to ... Full Story »

Wheeler indicted for First Degree Murder of two Bell men

Phillip David Wheeler, age 37 was indicted for the First Degree Murder of Kevin Lawrence Staley and Kevin Justice Staley, both of Bell. It is believed that Wheeler was a resident of Old Town and at one time Newberry. Kevin Lawrence Staley, 49, and his nephew Kevin Justice Staley, 19, were found dead at a mobile home located at 5730 ... Full Story »

The Young and the Elderly Unite to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Monica Ondrick, Life Enrichment Coordinator Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center celebrated Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th in the Main Dining Room at our center. The day started with hair and makeup appointments sponsored by Billy and Corliss Smith of Bell. Of course, glamorous hair and makeup wouldn’t be complete without an outfit to compliment. Susan Kruse of the ... Full Story »

Operation “No Doze” yields largest Crystal Methamphetamine Seizure in Sheriff’s Office History

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office reported that in the early morning hours of Friday, January 27, 2017, after an extensive narcotic investigation, Operation “NO DOZE,”  yielded two arrests. Members of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit, GCSO Special Response Team, Columbia County Drug Task Force, The Eighth Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office, and the Chiefland Police Department served a ... Full Story »

Weekend wind

A school zone sign in Bell was blown over Sunday. On January 22, Gilchrist County was placed under a severe weather and tornado warning. Gilchrist County sustained up to 25 mph winds with gusts reaching 60 mph. Gilchrist County received 1-2 inches of rain. Several residents reported power outages and all power to Gilchrist County had been restored as of ... Full Story »