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Gilchrist County home to the Bell Ridge Longleaf Wildlife and Environmental Area

By Cindy Jo Ayers Longleaf Pine, once covered around 90 million acres from Virginia to Florida, west through Louisiana to eastern Texas were mostly gone by the 1920s. These majestic pines reach heights of 80 to 100 feet when mature. Today they only cover about 3 percent of their natural range. Longleaf Pines prefer sandy, dry, acidic soils with elevations ... Full Story »

Local candidates filing Intentions to seek election to public office

By Cindy Jo Ayers The Supervisor of Elections Office was busy Monday morning with a host of people signing intentions to seek public office during the 2020 Election. County Commission, District 1, Sharon Akins Langford (Rep.) has filed her intent to seek re-election to the District 1 Seat, where she is the the incumbent. County Commission, District 3 race there ... Full Story »

Judicial wing of Gilchrist Courthouse damaged by water over the weekend

Employees at the Gilchrist County Courthouse arrived at work on Monday, December 30, to find water scattered throughout the Judicial wing. Roofing work had began on the Judicial wing of the Courthouse over the Christmas holidays. Apparently the roofers left the roof incomplete. With rain over the weekend and early hours of Monday morning, the rain water began to run ... Full Story »

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 »