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Fundraiser to be held for Brook Smith as she fights cancer

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County native and 2001 Trenton High School graduate Brook Smith has been fighting stage three colon cancer since she was diagnosed back on October 23, 2017. Currently she is working as a guidance counselor at Bell Elementary school. Brook is the daughter of Chuck and Susan Smith. Smith underwent Resection surgery on October 25 and ... Full Story »

Priscilla Baptist Church has new pastor

The members of Priscilla Baptist Church are pleased to announce  Bro. Chuck Scott will be their new Pastor. Bro. Scott and his wife of 22 years, Tania, along with their daughter Kaelyn moved to Gilchrist County last week. Bro. Scott will be preaching on Sunday, January 7, at Priscilla Baptist Church which is located at 5509 West County Road 232, ... Full Story »

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 »