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Riverside Christian wins State 6-Man Football Title

By Megan Hall The Riverside Christian Wranglers football team won their second FCSA 6-Man Football Title in three years on Saturday as they defeated Hope Christian Academy, 66-25. The Wranglers won state titles in 2018 and 2020 and was runner-up in 2019. Riverside completes their season with a 11-1 record, and boasts a 33-4 record involving the last three seasons. ... Full Story »

Bell’s Christmas Parade and Town Lighting shines festive light on the Holiday

The 2020 Bell Christmas Parade held on Saturday, Dec. 5 was a great celebration of the holiday season. The Bell Powerhouse Band preformed Christmas songs and colorful local made floats rounded out the parade. On Friday night, Dec. 4 the annual Bell Town Lighting was held. Over 30 happy children went home with free bikes from the Town Lighting and ... Full Story »

Old Fashioned Smoked Hams a longtime Bell tradition

By Cindy Jo Ayers Hundreds of Old Fashioned Smoked Hams are sold each year at the SunStop (Scaff’s) Market in Bell. In fact, if you go into the store during the holiday season you can smell the slight hint of hickory smoke in the air. For those customers who have been buying these special double smoked hams for years, this ... Full Story »

Aimee’s Acres Christmas Trees holds grand opening

By Cindy Jo Ayers Over 26 million fresh Christmas trees are sold each year in America. This year Gilchrist County citizens can purchase a fresh Christmas tree grown in county. Aimee’s Acres Christmas Trees opened for the first time on Friday, November 27. Aimee Fike, who moved to Trenton from Charlotte County in South Florida just 3 years ago, started ... Full Story »

Operation Christmas Child another success!

11,453 Christmas Shoeboxes were collected from the Tri-County Area this year. Sandie and Johnny Johnson were in charge of collection week where thousands of Christmas Shoeboxes were dropped off at Bethel Baptist Church in Gilchrist County. Church volunteers were in charge of packing the cartons on the truck which left this area headed to Atlanta. Through Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s ... Full Story »

Riverside Wranglers defeat Donahue Catholic for State Title birth

by Megan Hall The Riverside Christian Academy Wranglers upset Donahue Catholic 46-20 Friday night in Naples. The Wranglers secured a birth in the FCSA 6-man state football championship game December 5th in Lakeland. This was a sweet victory for the Wranglers as they were defeated by Donahue in the state title game last season. Donahue has not lost a football ... Full Story »

FGC Cross Country Runner Receives All America Award

Three runners for the Florida Gateway College Women’s Cross Country Team competed last week at the 2020 NJCAA Women’s Half Marathon Championship in Fort Dodge, Iowa. FGC freshman Merlin Leal received the All America Award for finishing in the top 20, placing 19th with a time of 1:49:52.6 in the 13.1-mile race. The distance and weather conditions were an unfamiliar ... Full Story »

County Commissioners receive Oath of Office last week at Special Meeting

The Gilchrist County Commission held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 17 as newly elected Commissioner Darrell Smith and unopposed Commissioners Sharon Langford and Kenrick Thomas received the Oath of Office from attorney David M. Lang, Jr. The Commissioners took their seats following the swearing in ceremony as Commissioner Smith took a minute to tell the board members and the ... Full Story »

Bell FFA Shin Dig raises over $5,000 for Middle and High FFA Chapters

Needless to say, Bell FFA Chapter Advisors Debbie Jones and Brett Wasden were delighted with the 2020 Bell FFA Alumni Shin Dig. The final tally for the fund raising event was $5,317. This year the funds raised will go directly to the FFA Chapters. Bell Middle and Senior FFA Chapters have 217 members this year, which is 100% enrollment. The ... Full Story »

The county’s oldest civic group honors Veterans

On Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11th, the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club honored local Veterans with breakfast. The club formally known as the Trenton Woman’s Club was founded in 1929. This group of active ladies has hosted a Veteran’s Breakfast for many years. The ladies cook the meal from scratch and also bring in fruit trays and baked goods to round ... Full Story »