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Joyful Heart Quilters and Crafters

Members of the Joyful Heart Quilters and Crafters of North Gilchrist County know that life is better when you’re laughing. The ladies gather at the North Gilchrist Volunteer Fire Department on County Road 138 every Wednesday morning for fellowship. Joyful Heart started almost 20 years ago as an offshoot of the Levy County Quilt Museum. The late Winnelle Horne, who ... Full Story »

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership banquet drew some 200 community leaders and citizens to the Trenton Elementary School cafetorium on Thursday, Feb. 11. Gilchrist County native Bill Deen was one of the citizens sitting in the audience, though he would have probably rather been standing on the sidelines at a ballgame. A shocked expression crossed his face ... Full Story »

At Home with Pauline Sauls

Pauline Philman Sauls was born on September 18, 1937 in Bell, Florida. She was the only child born to Johnnie and Ola Philman. When Pauline was just 2-years-old, her mother died of a tubal pregnancy. “Back then we didn’t talk about such things, I was a mother myself before I knew what my mama died from,” Ms. Pauline explained. Her ... Full Story »

2014 BHS graduate dies in SR 47 crash

Friendly, funny and talented, that’s how friends and former classmates remember Andrew L. Griffith, a 2014 Bell High School graduate, who died Friday night in a two-vehicle crash on State Road 47. Griffith, 19, was driving to work at McDonalds in Lake City when the accident occurred. Full Story »

Local man builds home for the homeless

Don Richard has a heart for homeless veterans. That’s why he spent the weekend transforming a 8x20 shipping container into a dorm room size home for the homeless. With shelving for clothes and space for a twin size bed, the homes will have space for a hot plate and/or microwave. Each 80 sq. ft. home will also have a heat ... Full Story »

Fanning Springs City Council members fined $375

Three Fanning Springs City Council members facing misdemeanor charges for Sunshine Law violations pleaded no contest last week when they appeared before Levy County Judge James T. Browning. The arraignment was changed from February 16 to February 2. Full Story »

Walk-a-thon generates $15,844

It was a cold and windy Saturday morning as local residents gathered on the courthouse lawn for the Gilchrist County Education Foundation’s annual walk-a-thon. Each year the walk-a-thon serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for graduating seniors and teacher mini-grants. This year’s walk-a-thon raised $15,844.34. Full Story »

Bell Bulldogs win District Championship

On Tuesday, Feb. 2 the #2 seed Bell Bulldogs opened up district tournament play against Cedar Key. The Bulldogs would dominate this game from start to finish jumping out to a 25-2 lead on the Sharks. From there, Bell cruised the rest of the way in route to a 57-31 victory.  Guard Tony Yoder led all scorers with 13 points, ... Full Story »

Walk-a-thon is Saturday

The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County will hold it’s annual Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, February 6, beginning at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. and opening ceremonies will follow at 9:45 a.m. The walk will get underway at 10:00 a.m. Participants can walk, run, bike, wheelchair, skate, roller blade, or push a stroller along the two mile ... Full Story »

Minivan/semi collide on 47

No injuries were reported in a vehicle crash at State Road 47 and County Road 232 last week. According to Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace, of the Florida Highway Patrol, Diwa Brown, 35, of Gainesville, drove her 2002 Toyota Sienna minivan through the intersection just after 9:00 a.m. and into the path of a semi truck. Full Story »