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County has new Emergency Alert Program — Sign up now!

Gilchrist County Emergency Management Director Ralph Smith is requesting that residents of Gilchrist County sign up to the new emergency alert program. Smith said on Thursday, August 23, that he was happy that after only 24 hours of the program starting, over 200 residents had already signed up. Smith said “I don’t mind helping one bit, if they need help ... Full Story »

Steven Hutson to be new Veterans Service Officer

Gilchrist County will have a new Veterans Service Officer on September 17. Steven Hutson of Trenton will be filling the post which has been held by Jim Mash since February 14, 2007. Mash will be retiring fully on December 31. Hutson is retired Army and he and his wife Ann Marie, have lived in Trenton for about a year and ... Full Story »

Main Street dip is smooth once again

The Department of Transportation crew is back in Trenton this week repairing a dip in Main Street. The dip was caused when clay was used to fill over a sewer line after a repair. The material being used to fill the hole is excavatable flowable fill. The job supervisor said that sometime in the future if the City of Trenton ... Full Story »

Showdown has record ticket sales

The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County had a record number of ticket sales for the 6th annual Scholarship Showdown. The event was held at the Suwannee River Fair barn in Fanning Springs on Friday, August 10. Those attending enjoyed a wonderful catered meal by Cowboyz Bar-B-Q and Catering out of Archer. The evening started off with a social time followed ... Full Story »

Local Law Enforcement receive awards

Gilchrist County law enforcement was given a good meal and accolades for a job well done during their annual awards luncheon on Thursday August 2, at Otter Springs Lodge. The lodge was filled to capacity as the GCSO staff, corrections officers and deputies along with their families filled the room. Chief Deputy Jeff Manning welcomed those attending and told them ... Full Story »

Trenton Commission intends to expand City Park with purchase of property

By John Ayers The Trenton City Commission took action Monday afternoon to purchase a .5-acre parcel of property that is located at 410 South Main Street and Southeast Third Avenue. This property is adjacent to the Trenton Community Center on the west and the Trenton Fire Department on the north. City Manager Lyle Wilkerson reported to the Commission that there ... Full Story »

Large tree crushes car and storms bring much rain over the weekend

Gilchrist and Dixie Counties experienced stormy weather over the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for both Saturday afternoon and Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. The watch included wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and possibility of hail as well as lightning. Bell and Trenton both had five inches of rain during the ... Full Story »

Commissioners agree on conceptual plan for new County Jail

The Gilchrist County Commissioners recently held a workshop to discuss several plans for a new county jail. The commissioners studied four different conceptual floor plans that were presented to the commissioners by Clemons, Rutherford & Associates, Inc. Scheme 4 was the choice that the county commissioners agreed on. This plan is for a 124 bed facility and contains a total ... Full Story »

Lynetta Usher Griner, Levy Forester named Florida Farmer of the Year

Submitted Lynetta Usher Griner has received a prestigious honor for her business success and her contributions to her community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Griner as the 2018 Florida Farmer of the Year. Officially titled the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Florida Farmer of the Year, the award recognizes outstanding agriculturists in each of the 10 states in ... Full Story »

Kids beat the summer heat at Hart Springs splash park

As summer temperatures soar into the 90s, local families and visitors alike, have found a cool, fun spot to relax at Hart Springs Park. As one of the largest spring-fed swimming areas in the state, Hart Springs has long been a favorite destination. This summer, Hart Springs unveiled a new splash park to rave reviews. Gilchrist County utilized FRDAP grant ... Full Story »