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Duke Energy Florida files for recovery of costs from Hurricane Dorian

Duke Energy Florida filed with the Florida Public Service Commission to recover costs related to the company’s storm response to Hurricane Dorian, as well as the smaller Tropical Storm Nestor, both in 2019. Storm costs are estimated to be $171 million for Hurricane Dorian and $400,000 for Tropical Storm Nestor. Hurricane Dorian, which peaked as a Category 5 storm, initially ... Full Story »

Drummond Community Bank makes donation to Haven Hospice

Drummond Community Bank also donated their annual bake sale proceeds to Haven this year, totaling $1,580. This was the bank’s 15th annual bake sale for Haven; they are always held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Drummond Community Bank Vice President, Ben Lott said the Chiefland community has a lot of people that cook and bake really well, and that they love ... Full Story »

Hornes bottling Sweet & Spicy Pepper Sauce

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County native Lyle Horne and his wife KJ have started a pepper sauce making business. The recipe has taken about 20 years to prefect. Horne said the inspiration to make a good pepper sauce was due to arthritis in his hip. After learning that he was allergic to the normal pain medicines given for arthritis, ... Full Story »

Aschenbrener barn fire

Matt and Ellen Aschenbrener lost their barn/carport on Wednesday, November 27, to a fire. Several area fire departments including City of Trenton Depart. of Public Safety, Gilchrist County Fire Rescue and Fanning Springs Fire Rescue responded to the fire around 8 p.m. According to James Campbell, Gilchrist County Fire Chief reported that when they arrived the 2800 square foot building ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Fire Rescue to provide Bullet Proof Vests for First Responders

The Gilchrist County Commission took action to approve a northeast Florida Regional Council grant of $10,800 that will be used to purchase bulletproof vests for first responders that are on duty with Gilchrist County Fire Rescue. James Campbell, Gilchrist County Fire Chief, addressed the Board of County Commissioners in their Monday, November 18 meeting to answer questions from the five ... Full Story »

Sache Family wins coveted 2019 Achievement in Agriculture statewide award from Farm Bureau

Florida Farm Bureau has presented Jake and Tiffany Sache with the organization’s 2019 Achievement in Agriculture Award. This high honor recognizes Young Farmers and Ranchers for their skill at farm production, development of their agricultural enterprise and service to Farm Bureau as well as the local community. The Saches raise beef cattle, grow hay and operate a custom grass seed ... Full Story »

Commission approves SP 2019-10, a welding shop business in Agriculture land use

The Gilchrist County Commission took action to approve a Site and Development Plan, SP 2019-10 to allow a welding shop in an A-2 agriculture land use for Jeff and Rhonda Jordan of Bell. The Commission’s deliberation was a continuation from an August 2019 meeting. The Jordans through their legal counsel Michael Osteen requested the Commission allow the addition of a ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County moves forward with design of new Jail

By John Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission listened as Will Rutherford of CRA Architects gave the board and public an update review of the design phases of the proposed Gilchrist County Jail during the Commission’s meeting on Monday, October 7. Rutherford pointed out that the firm has completed the three phases of design for the remodeling of the existing Gilchrist ... Full Story »

Trenton home destroyed by fire

On October 3rd, 2019 Gilchrist County Fire Rescue crews responded to the City of Trenton to reports of a residential structure fire in the Pines Estates area of town. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home fully engulfed with fire. Crews from GCFR, Fanning Springs Fire Rescue, and City of Trenton Fire Department  worked to quickly contain the fire and prevented ... Full Story »

Arrests made in Bell Mini Storage burglary case

On September 28, 2019, Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Bell Mini Storage after a report that a storage locker had been burglarized. Numerous items were reported stolen, including an RV and a three-wheeler. K-9 Deputy Frier’s initial investigation led to the arrest of James Clayton Parrish, Jr. born March 26, 1987, of O’Brien, FL, for Burglary of a ... Full Story »