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Former prison officers guilty of battery on inmate

A jury found two former officers at Lancaster Correctional Institute guilty of Malicious Battery on a Prisoner without great bodily harm at the close of a three-day trial last week. After deliberating for nearly two hours, the jury returned a guilty verdict against Robert La Puma, 40, of Bell, and Brittain Williams, 27, of Chiefland. The two men were accused ... Full Story »

Haven breaks ground on community center

  On January 9, Haven Hospice hosted elected officials, members of the Haven Hospice Community Advisory Board in the Tri-Counties, staff and community residents to celebrate the ground breaking of a 4,495 square foot community center on the campus of the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland. The facility has been designed by Brame Heck Architects and will be ... Full Story »

Georgia man dies while cave diving at Ginnie Springs

A Georgia man died Saturday while scuba diving in Devil’s System at Ginnie Springs. An experienced cave diver, John Louis Gregory, 63, of Marietta, Georgia, is believed to have had a medical emergency that led to his death. Lt. Jeff Manning of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, explained that deputies and emergency personnel from Gilchrist County Fire Rescue responded to ... Full Story »

Fanning Springs Council approves EMS construction bid

The Fanning Springs City Council held their January regular meeting on Tuesday, January 6. The Council chairman turned the meeting over to Judge Sheree H. Lancaster as she presented the Oath of Office to the newly elected officials. The Council elected Paul Chase to repeat as chairman. Jane Nogaki was elected by a unanimous vote to be the vice chair. Full Story »

Elected officials in Bell sworn in

The Bell Town Council met on Thursday, January 8, 2015 to conduct the business of the Town of Bell. The meeting began with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Derek Sanders, chairman of the Council called on David M. Duke Lang to conduct the swearing-in of the newly elected officials. Mr. Lang gave the Oath of Office to Tommy Brown, ... Full Story »

Legislative Delegation Meeting draws crowd

State Senator Charlie Dean and State Representative Keith Perry were in Gilchrist County on Friday for a Legislative Delegation Meeting. The two elected officials explained that they don’t know what their constituents want if they are not told, so they welcomed public comment from local elected officials and citizens, leading up to the 2015 Legislative Session. “If I don’t help ... Full Story »