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Fundraiser plans underway to benefit two local young women

Jennifer Mauldin and Jennifer (Tucker) Ragsdale will benefit from funds raised at a barbecue lunch to be held at the Bell Community Center on Friday, September 2nd. The meal will begin at 11 a.m. and last until the food runs out. The dinner will consist of smoked chicken, and two sides, a roll and dessert for only $8.00. Jennifer Mauldin ... Full Story »

Santa Fe River Park to be expanded

The Gilchrist County Commission is working with the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Suwannee River Water Management District to improve the Santa Fe River Park located at the foot of the SR 47 Bridge on the beautiful Santa Fe River. The FDOT’s Small County Outreach Program agreement will fund up to $361,719 ... Full Story »

Elected Officials Hold Thank You reception

A “Thank You” reception was held last Tuesday, July 26 for the citizens of Gilchrist County. This reception was a way of saying thank you from the local elected officials who did not receive any opposition during the 2016 political year. On hand to greet the guests and tell them thank you were County Commissioner Sharon Akins Langford, Property Appraiser ... Full Story »

Free Breakfast and Lunch Program continues this school year in Gilchrist

Superintendent Rob Rankin is happy to announce that free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students in the 2016-17 school year again. Our schools’ eligibility to participate in this program will ensure that all of our students are receiving at least two nutritionally-balanced meals each day while in school. In addition, we are excited about the financial benefit ... Full Story »

Sheriff Bobby Schultz announces Promotions at the Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Bobby Schultz is pleased to announce the following promotions within the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. Scotty Douglas has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has been assigned as Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.  Michelle Jones has been promoted to Lieutenant and has been assigned as Commander of the Patrol Division. Both Lt. Douglas and Lt. Jones ... Full Story »

Commission dips into Fund Balance for employee raises

The Gilchrist County Commission wrestled with the request of approving a 4% salary increase for Sheriff Schultz’s staff on Monday when the Chief Law Enforcement Officer once again stood before the Commission asking for salary increases for his employees. As the Commission further discussed the salary increases, it became more and more apparent that if any employees would receive a ... Full Story »

15th Annual Suwannee River Friends of NRA Banquet draws large crowd

Area supporters of the NRA came out in a big way on Thursday, July 28 for the 15th Annual Suwannee River Friends of NRA Banquet. This year’s banquet was one of the larger events with some 330 tickets being sold at a cost of $40 per ticket. The event was held at Pine Grove Baptist Church in the northern part ... Full Story »

Sudden loss of local 18-year-old saddens many

No matter how sick she was, Jordan Savannah Elmore was always happy. A 2016 graduate of Trenton Middle High School, Jordan celebrated her 18th birthday on July 1 and passed away suddenly on July 20, from complications related to health issues. Jordan had many friends and family members, who gathered with members of her graduating class at a special service ... Full Story »

Yes or No vote on Sunday Alcohol Sales in Gilchrist County

Registered voters in Gilchrist County will see a referendum on the November 8th General Election ballot. The referendum will give voters two choices on Sunday alcohol sales: a “yes” vote will allow alcoholic beverages to be sold in the county on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight. A “no” vote will not allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages within ... Full Story »

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Duthu to be New JROTC Instructor

By Antoniette Meyer Lieutenant Colonel Jim Duthu will be the Senior Army Instructor for the JROTC program at Bell High School starting the 2016-2017 school year. Lt. Col. Duthu and his family moved to Florida from Alabama in June of 2016. Lt. Col. Duthu has instructed ROTC at both the college and high school levels for five years. He taught ... Full Story »