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Christopher Sandlin seeks Bell Town Council seat

Hello, my name is Christopher Sandlin and I am running for the District 1 seat, Bell Town Council. I have been the meat manager at Scaffs IGA in Bell for 20 years. I established my residence in Bell 22 years ago. I have since married my wife, Brandy Sandlin, and have two amazing sons, Christopher 12, and Zackary 4 whom ... Full Story »

Local residents injured in CR 138 rollover Tuesday

North Gilchrist County residents Robert and Jean Hiers were injured Tuesday morning when the 2009 Saturn Outlook they were traveling in turned over not far from their home. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jean C. Hiers, 64, lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn after striking a guardrail on County Road 138 two miles east of County ... Full Story »

School Board votes 3-2 to terminate BHS para-professional

By Cindy Jo Ayers In a 3-2 vote during a special meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Gilchrist County School Board voted to terminate Jeffrey Price, a para-professional at Bell High School. The vote came after the Board heard a recommendation for termination for cause from Superintendent Robert Rankin.  Full Story »

At Home with Wallace and Carrie Cannon

By Carrie A. Mizell At 83-years-old Wallace Cannon can often be found wearing denim overalls and making cast nets outside his Bell home. He loves to fish, but his arthritis acts up more than it used to and that keeps him from making it down to Cedar Key as often as he’d like. Born on a farm north of Bell ... Full Story »

Trenton City Manager resigns

By Carrie A. Mizell Taylor Brown will step down from his position as Trenton City Manager at the end of this year. Brown submitted his letter of resignation to the Trenton City Commissioners over the weekend. “I simply feel that I have accomplished as much as I can for the City of Trenton, under its current political leadership, and that ... Full Story »

Trenton Tigers dominate Ft. Meade 51-20

By John M Ayers The Trenton Tigers were prepared for Friday night’s 1A Regional semi-final with Fort Meade as the Miners brought their fans and were all disappointed by half time as the Tigers and their C+ rated defense had stopped the Miners’ offense and held a 34-6 lead. From that point on, the Miners and their fans went south. ... Full Story »

Salute to Veterans

Today, we salute all veterans of the armed forces. Before being drafted to serve in World War II, John Thomas (J.T.) Beck had never left his family farm in Gilchrist County, except for a few trips to Gainesville. The year was 1943, and Beck was a 19-year-old newlywed when he answered a call to duty. While in the Army, Beck ... Full Story »

Investigators look for leads in double homicide

Investigators are  actively  searching for the person(s) responsible for the murder of Bell residents Kevin Lawrence Staley and Kevin Justice Staley on Thursday, Nov. 5. Detectives from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are working with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office to pursue any and all leads. At press time, Captain Sheryl Brown, of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, said, ... Full Story »

JROTC program honors Veterans

Bell Middle High School students were treated to a Veterans Day performance on Tuesday morning and the entire community was invited to see the show later in the evening. Bell High JROTC heads up this program each year and the Bell Band does a wonderful job performing many patriotic songs. The JROTC students dressed in period military uniforms. Students watched ... Full Story »

Bell resident Justin Smith is Agriculture Officer of the Year

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recognized Bell resident Justin Smith as the 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony last week. Justin is the son of Roy and Carla Smith of Bell. Full Story »