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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 »

Gilchrist home destroyed by fire

On June 19, 2018, at 10:46 a.m. a homeowner called 911 stating his house located on SW 86th Way (near Hart Springs) Trenton, Florida was on fire. The home was a 2-story residence located on the Suwannee River, and the caller stated the entire lower level was fully engulfed in flames. The resident was able to evacuate his home safely ... Full Story »

William T. Carlton Lodge celebrates Grand Opening

Submitted Destroyed by the arson of a troubled youth on June 1, 2015, William T. Carlton Lodge No. 46 F&AM celebrated its Official Grand Opening on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Invited were Lodge members and their wives, local Masons and their wives, and donors who generously donated money, materials, and/or time to the rebuilding of the Lodge. The names of ... Full Story »

Murrel Hines receives Soil and Water Stewardship Award

Jack Cook, who is a long time supervisor with the Gilchrist Soil and Water Conservation District, presented the 2018 Conservation Stewardship Award to Murrel Hines. Cook said, “Murrel is a personal friend of mine.” Cook went on to say that he appreciated the examples he has set on the farm and throughout his life. Cook read a brief history about ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Rotary 10th Annual Fishing Tournament

Submitted Our Gilchrist Rotary 10th Annual Fishing Tournament was our best year yet!  Thanks to Allen Clark and the Suwannee Marina for all of the enthusiasm, great food and support for this successful fundraising event for the youth of Gilchrist County. Friday’s Captain’s Dinner and Calcutta was held at the Salt Creek Restaurant in Suwannee.  Anglers enjoyed a delicious BBQ ... Full Story »

Welcome sign to honor local musician

Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin returned to his hometown of Trenton last week to spend a few days and work on a video documentary “Back to His Roots” with a video crew. While in the area, Easton, who is a 2000 graduate of Trenton High School, spoke at the CARES Banquet at the UF Research/Experiment Station in Live Oak. He ... Full Story »

Services were held

A joint funeral service was held for Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey on Tuesday, April 24, at the Iris Roberts Auditorium, Bell High School in Bell, Florida. The visitation was held at 10 in the morning followed by the service at 11. Governor Rick Scott attended the service and spoke. Following the service a motorcade escorted the fallen ... Full Story »