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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 »

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 »