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Firemen save home and animals

December 26, fire destroys part of a home in Southeast Gilchrist County near the Hitching Post on SE 82nd Court. The family of Steve Trotter had left home to go to work early Wednesday morning when a neighbor heard a loud explosion coming from the direction of the Trotter home. The neighbor phoned 911 and Gilchrist County Fire Rescue responded ... Full Story »

Longtime educators to retire from school district

During the December 12, Gilchrist County School Board meeting, the School Board members, as well as administrators, principals, teachers, family and friends of Janet Bradley and Lisa Rowland gathered to wish them well in their retirement. Superintendent Robert Rankin presented Janet Bradley with a plaque and congratulated her on her 40 plus years with the school district. Assistant Superintendent Ronda ... Full Story »

Larry Merritt to retire from Farm Bureau after 40 plus years

By Cindy Jo Ayers In January 1977, Larry Merritt went to work for Florida Farm Bureau in Sumter County. He grew up in Bushnell, Florida and attended Florida State University where he earned a business degree before becoming a Farm Bureau Agent. Merritt and his wife of 36 years Barbara, along with children Scott and Jennifer, moved up to Gilchrist ... Full Story »

Record number of shoeboxes packed for Operation Christmas Child

Submitted Christmas Shoeboxes were collected for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child from churches and individuals in Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties. They were brought to the collection site at Bethel Baptist Church. Collection week was held from November 13 through November 20 in this area and a total in 16,968 shoeboxes were collected and shipped to Atlanta, GA for further ... Full Story »

Shop local Saturday, Nov. 25

By Cindy Jo Ayers Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Shop Small Business Saturday Small business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses throughout Gilchrist County. You can support local small business by shopping at the many small businesses located in Bell and Trenton. Can you imagine what life would be like if all the home owned small ... Full Story »

Gray Smith named 2017 Outstanding Cattleman

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gray Smith was named the 2017 Outstanding Cattleman by the Gilchrist County Cattlemen’s Association. The award was presented at the Annual Gilchrist County Cattlemen’s meeting on Tuesday, October 24. Gray Smith and his wife Kathy Jo received the award from Charles Bryant, the local Cattlemen’s Association Vice President. Bryant said, “Smith’s cattle operation consists of about ... Full Story »

Armed Felons arrested during a high risk search warrant

A late night raid was conducted on Thursday, October 12, by members of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (S.R.T.) executing a high risk search warrant at 219 NW 112th Street Branford, Florida following an investigation by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.) into burglaries in the North end of Gilchrist County. S.R.T and C.I.D.  ... Full Story »

Taylor Langford travels to Ethiopia with UF/IFAS program

Taylor Langford a graduate of Trenton High School spent her first trip outside the United States in Adama, Ethiopia. She was in Ethiopia  training 20 veterinarians and butchers from across the country how to safely prepare meat for their customers and family members. This is one of many ways students in the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life ... Full Story »

Hurricane Irma leaves thousands of Gilchrist families powerless

Irma came through Gilchrist County during the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, leaving around 8,000 homes and businesses without power. Central Florida Electric Cooperative and Duke Energy linemen started working on power lines as soon as it was safe. Each of the two power companies that service Gilchrist County brought in linemen from out of state to help ... Full Story »