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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 »

Daniel Hart announces his run for Gilchrist County Commissioner District 3

Hey Folks, my name is Daniel Hart and I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and announce that I am a candidate for Gilchrist County Commissioner District 3. I am a 3rd generation Gilchrist Countian on both sides of my family. I am a Christian and active member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. I retired from Law Enforcement ... 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 »

Natural Resources Conservation Service moving Levy Field Office to Trenton

According to Renee Bodine, NRCS, Public Affairs Florida the Natural Resources Conservation Service is moving the Bronson Field Office to Trenton on Thursday, May 14. The Trenton NRCS office will continue to serve Farmers and Ranchers in Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties. The new address for the NRCS field office is 1727 East Wade Street, Suite D, (next to the ... 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 »

Local Meat Market Manager Frank Pelaez glad to be working back home in Gilchrist

Over the past month citizens of this county have realized how important a good grocery store is. In fact just a few weeks ago meat cases were rather bare in many of the large chain grocery stores. Local shoppers could stock up on meat at the local Hitchcock’s Trenton Market. In fact the meat case has never looked better than ... 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 »

UF Health anesthesiology team devises respirator mask made from existing hospital materials

Reprinted with permission from University of Florida Health By Leah Buletti With respiratory masks used by health workers battling the coronavirus in short supply, the University of Florida Health’s department of anesthesiology has developed masks that can be produced in large quantities using materials already found in hospitals and medical facilities. UF Health workers are crafting masks out of materials ... Full Story »