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Mrs. Russel is District Teacher of the Year

Parents and grandparents call her a miracle worker, while her students say she’s beautiful, smart and they sure wish she were their momma. Christy Russel is passionate about her kindergarten class at Trenton Elementary School. Each day she strives to make sure that every child in her class succeeds. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed, in December she was selected ... Full Story »

Elected officials call for a more secure courthouse

The safety of employees working inside the Gilchrist County Courthouse is being questioned after a customer recently walked up to the tax collector’s counter with a firearm on his hip. Barbara Merritt, Gilchrist County tax collector, told the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, Jan. 22 that changes need to be made to secure the courthouse, so people can’t just ... Full Story »

Bell High School students spark spiritual movement for God

Bell High School students challenged their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ at a Fields of Faith movement held on the high school football field last week. The home stadium seats were full as teenagers from youth groups throughout the area, as well as parents, grandparents and citizens watched the student-led event on Wednesday, Jan. 21. There ... Full Story »

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 »