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Severe weather strikes Gilchrist

Gilchrist County residents experienced severe weather on Sunday afternoon that brought wind, rain, and hail. David Peaton, Gilchrist County emergency management director, said the first weather event started with a lightning strike at a home off of SE 2nd Avenue in Trenton that was called into dispatch as a possible structure fire.  During the call at the SE 2nd Ave ... Full Story »

Parrish elected State FFA President

Thirty years after his father served as Florida FFA president, Trenton’s own Brooks Parrish will carry on the family tradition in 2015-2016. At the last session of the 87th Florida FFA State Convention on Friday, July 3, Brooks Parrish heard his name called out as the new state FFA president. “I am beyond excited and completely ready to give my ... Full Story »

4 Bell residents face drug charges

Four Bell residents were arrested over the holiday weekend on illegal drug charges. After a lengthy drug investigation, officers from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 1249 NW County Road 341 in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 2. Gregory Alexander Gibb, 31, and Melanie A. Davis, 23, both of Bell, were charged with drug ... Full Story »

Walmart Neighborhood Market opens in Trenton

Wearing warm smiles and green vests, sales associates at Trenton’s new Walmart Neighborhood Market greeted customers on Wednesday, July 1 at the store’s grand opening. The new 12,000 square feet store, which is located at 1209 E. Wade Street in Trenton, will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Full Story »

Celebrate the 4th with fireworks

Independence Day is celebrated in grand fashion throughout the tri-county area, as fireworks bam, pop and sizzle throughout the holiday weekend. The City of Williston will be hosting its annual Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 3, with a parade beginning at 5 p.m. The Independence Day Celebration will follow at Horseman’s Park, located at 803 SW 19th Avenue in ... Full Story »

Local residents divided on possible Ten Commandments monument

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners are considering an offer by Dixie County resident Joe Anderson to provide a Ten Commandments monument at the corner of US 129 and SR 26. The granite monument would be placed on the courthouse lawn facing the only traffic light in Gilchrist County. The Gilchrist County Journal recently polled residents to see if ... Full Story »

City approves Sons of Confederate Veterans clubhouse

The Trenton City Commission heard from Toni Collins, representing the John Hance O’Steen Camp 770, Sons of Confederate Veterans of Gilchrist County, last week. Ms. Collins presented an application for a Special Exception for a clubhouse and lodge on NE Fourth Avenue in Trenton during the Trenton Board of Adjustment meeting on Monday, June 23. Full Story »

Fishing tournament held for Riley Hardy

A fishing tournament to benefit Riley Hardy, a local boy fighting leukemia, raised $11,909.40 on Saturday, June 27. Pictured left to right, Jason and Kate Hunter, tournament organizers, Riley Hardy, Hailie Leggett and Cody Hardy, Riley’s parents. The tournament was a huge success and Riley is doing amazingly well. On Monday, Riley went for physical therapy, chemo and labs. His ... Full Story »

Trenton Rotary Club honors Harrison for 51 year membership

The Trenton Rotary Club honored D. Ray Harrison, Jr. on Monday, June 29 for his 51 year membership in the local service organization. Harrison joined Rotary in 1964, after he and his wife Diana moved to Trenton with their two small children. At the time, he worked as a funeral director at Harrison Funeral Home in Trenton. “In 1963, Rotary ... Full Story »

Restoration work to begin on Trenton’s old gym

The Gilchrist County School Board voted to award the construction bid to Oelrich Construction, Inc. for the restoration of the Old Gym. The Old Gym, which was built in 1939, now sits at Trenton Elementary School after being relocated from the high school campus. The Old Gym was relocated over ten years ago to its current location. The bid amount ... Full Story »