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Disease killing Cabbage Palms

By Cindy Jo Ayers It is just a matter of time before Lethal Bronzing Disease affects Cabbage Palm trees in Gilchrist County. The University of Florida IFAS reports that currently Lethal Bronzing can be found in sixteen different species of palms including Sabal Palm also known as Cabbage Palms in Florida. Lethal Bronzing was once known as Texas Phoenix Palm ... Full Story »

Ribbon Cutting held at Tri County Metals new Standing Seam Facility

Tri County Metals has opened a new Standing Seam Facility in Trenton adjacent to the main production center. The owners Chris and Betsy Weatherilt picked Thursday, August 1, to hold a ribbon cutting for the new Standing Seam Facility. Their business began back in 2003 and expanded when they purchased Tri County Metals on July 2, 2007. At that time ... Full Story »

Craig DeThomasis appointed Eighth Circuit Court Judge

Gainesville Attorney Craig DeThomasis was appointed to the Eighth Circuit Court. Governor Ron DeSantis made the appointment last week. DeThomasis will replace former Eighth Circuit Court Judge Stan Griffis who resigned his position in April. DeThomasis, 60, of Gainesville has been a partner in DeThomasis and Buchanan P.A. for 29 years as a Criminal Defence Attorney. During that time he ... Full Story »

Robert Willis promoted to Chief Deputy at GCSO

Sheriff Robert D. Schultz, and the GCSO, has promoted Robert Willis from Reserve Captain to Chief Deputy of GCSO. The Chief Deputy position was vacated with the retirement of Jeff Manning who resigned effective August 2, 2019. Robert Willis has been a certified law enforcement officer since 1993, and a Deputy with Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office since 1997 when he ... Full Story »

Construction underway on county’s first solar farm

Duke Energy has begun construction on a 795-acre solar farm on the outskirts of northwest Trenton. The Gilchrist County Commission approved a special use permit application for the solar farm, which specified five parcels of land that border US Highway 129, County Road 307A, SW 20th Avenue and SW 17th Court, a connector road between CR 307A and US 129. ... Full Story »

Tax Collector’s Office holds workshop for Auto Dealers

The Gilchrist County Tax Collector’s Office held an Auto Dealer Workshop on June 26th, 2019, at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. The workshop included many representatives from local car dealerships. The Tax Collector’s Office shared information on the required Tag and Title documentation for dealers, new legislation within the Florida Statutes, and information about the Hope Scholarship. The workshop was a ... Full Story »

SRWMD awards $39,369.22(PILT) to Gilchrist County on Monday

The Gilchrist County Commission welcomed Gilchrist County resident Hugh Thomas, Executive Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District to their July 1st meeting on Monday afternoon. Mr. Thomas told the five-member Commission that it is always good to meet with his home Commission and present a check for $39,369.22, payment in lieu of taxes for property that is owned ... Full Story »

Gospel Concert Saturday June 22

Citizens who enjoy gospel music had an opportunity to enjoy great gospel music right here in Gilchrist County on Saturday, June 22. The 3rd Annual State Community Gospel Concert was held at 6 p.m. at the Bell High School Auditorium. The Backwoods Boys, The Reflectsons, The Original Reflectsons and The Ferguson Family gospel groups were included in this concert. The ... Full Story »

Suncoast Connector could come through the Tri-County area

Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/SB 7068: Transportation in mid May. The bill will most likely effect the Tri-County area (Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie counties). The Suncoast Connector which will run from Citrus County to Jefferson County, will most likely run through this part of the state. A representative from the Department of Transportation stated last week that Tallahassee has given ... Full Story »

Beautiful Rock Bluff Springs opens to the public

Friday morning, May 31 a ribbon cutting which marked the official opening of the J. H. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Park Rock Bluff Springs was held. Citizens from throughout the area, members of the Alachua Conservation Trust, and Suwannee River Water Management District were all in attendance. The Suwannee River Water Management District acquired the 175 acre property back in 2017, ... Full Story »