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Crime rate down 28% in first half of 2015

Drug arrests are up in Gilchrist County and the number of reported burglaries is down. According to Sheriff Bobby Schultz, crime is down 28 percent countywide for the first six months of 2015, compared to statistics taken from January to June of 2014. The sheriff said there is a direct correlation between drug use and property crimes, with users stealing ... Full Story »

Local mother of 3 killed in hit-and-run accident

A local mother of three died last week in a hit-and-run accident along County Road 232, one quarter mile west of US 41 in Alachua County. The Florida Highway Patrol is still looking for the driver of a maroon vehicle that is believed to have hit Jennifer Nicole “Nikki” Jones-Robinson, 36, whose body was found in a patch of high ... Full Story »

Tobacco harvest underway in southeast Gilchrist

Gilchrist County farmer Joey Langford, II has grown a 140 acre field of tobacco on his farm this season and the harvest is now underway. A large group of local workers are in the process of cropping, packing and drying the tobacco. A tobacco picker strips off leaves from the mature tobacco stalks, two rows of tobacco at a time. ... Full Story »

Duke Energy to build Operations Center near Fanning Springs

Duke Energy plans to build a 9,433 square foot operations center near Fanning Springs. The Gilchrist County Commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary site plan for the project during the August 4 commission meeting. The facility will be constructed at 8650 SW 85th Street on just over 45 acres that Duke Energy currently owns. Full Story »

Quincey visits France with Rotary Youth Exchange program

While many local teenagers spent their summer working, or boating on the Suwannee River, 16-year-old Emily Quincey spent three weeks in France as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. “It was the trip of a lifetime,” Emily said. “I would recommend it to anyone.” After filling out an application through the Trenton Rotary Club, Emily was accepted into the ... Full Story »

BOCC votes 3-2 to set proposed millage rate at 10 mills

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday, Aug. 4 to set the proposed millage rate for TRIM at 10 mills. On a motion from Commissioner D. Ray Harrison, Jr.,  Commissioners Kenrick Thomas, Todd Gray and Harrison voted in favor of setting the proposed millage rate at 10 mills. Commissioners Sharon Langford and Marion Poitevint voted No. ... Full Story »

Promotion ceremony held for local Marine

Cloudy skies and the threat of rain couldn’t put a damper on Ron and Judy Benton’s joy as they watched their son Ron Benton, Jr. be promoted to a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Full Story »

Fanning Springs awarded $1.4 million in grants for hotel infrastructure

The City of Fanning Springs has received two grants, totaling just over $1.4 million to fund infrastructure for the new Holiday Inn Express. City officials first received word that a Rural Infrastructure grant in the amount of $415,700 had been awarded. Then, last week City Clerk Sheila Watson said City officials learned they had received a Economic Development grant for ... Full Story »

Mt. Nebo members reach out to help people in need

Members of the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church family gathered on Saturday morning to open the doors of the Bell church to the community for their annual Caring and Sharing Day. An outreach ministry, the church’s annual Caring and Sharing Day helps fulfill needs of the community by providing clothes, shoes, household appliances, and lots of other donated items. Although the ... Full Story »

Caring and Sharing Day at Mt. Nebo Baptist

Join us at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 4200 NW Highway 340, 3 miles North of Bell, on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be “FREE” shoes, clothing, household items, school supplies, furniture, tools, etc. Everything is on a first come, first served basis! For more info, call our Church office at (386) 935-3575. This ... Full Story »