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Commissioners vote down extending hours for alcohol sales

Alcohol sales in Gilchrist County will not be extended to 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday. The Gilchrist County Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, Feb. 2 to deny a request by Tom Sturgeon, owner of Ellie Ray’s RV Resort, to extend the time of sale for alcohol. Full Story »

Hotel developers ask county for $1 million

By Carrie A. Mizell HDG Hotel Development would like Gilchrist County to provide them with a loan, or contribution of $1 million to bring a Holiday Inn Express to Fanning Springs. Gilchrist County Attorney David M. “Duke” Lang explained to the Board of County Commissioners last week that he and County Administrator Bobby Crosby have been communicating with brothers Navroz ... Full Story »

Denim & Diamonds at Chamber of Commerce Banquet

The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership banquet drew community leaders and citizens, as well as famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley. For one night only, Trenton resident Leigh Hartzog reprised her role as Annie Oakley, a character she portrayed in the Suwannee Valley Players’ production of “Annie Get Your Gun”. Dressed in costume and carrying a rifle, Hartzog opened the ... Full Story »

Mrs. Russel is District Teacher of the Year

Parents and grandparents call her a miracle worker, while her students say she’s beautiful, smart and they sure wish she were their momma. Christy Russel is passionate about her kindergarten class at Trenton Elementary School. Each day she strives to make sure that every child in her class succeeds. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed, in December she was selected ... Full Story »

Elected officials call for a more secure courthouse

The safety of employees working inside the Gilchrist County Courthouse is being questioned after a customer recently walked up to the tax collector’s counter with a firearm on his hip. Barbara Merritt, Gilchrist County tax collector, told the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, Jan. 22 that changes need to be made to secure the courthouse, so people can’t just ... Full Story »

Bell High School students spark spiritual movement for God

Bell High School students challenged their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ at a Fields of Faith movement held on the high school football field last week. The home stadium seats were full as teenagers from youth groups throughout the area, as well as parents, grandparents and citizens watched the student-led event on Wednesday, Jan. 21. There ... Full Story »

Trenton athlete awarded state championship ring

A four time state champion, Drew Dees received his state championship ring on Friday for Track and Field’s Boys Adaptive Shot Put. Dees is the son of Chris and Samantha Worley. Congratulations Drew! Photo by Lisa Rowland.   Full Story »

Former prison officers guilty of battery on inmate

A jury found two former officers at Lancaster Correctional Institute guilty of Malicious Battery on a Prisoner without great bodily harm at the close of a three-day trial last week. After deliberating for nearly two hours, the jury returned a guilty verdict against Robert La Puma, 40, of Bell, and Brittain Williams, 27, of Chiefland. The two men were accused ... Full Story »