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Trenton defeats Lake Weir for 7on7 title

By John M Ayers The Trenton Tigers hosted the Third Annual Melon Town Showdown 7on7 football tournament on Saturday as they welcomed Bell, Newberry, Florida High, Hamilton County, and Lake Weir to The Jungle for an action packed day of high school football. The Trenton Tiger team members and coaches won the championship 34-6 over Lake Weir in the 3rd ... Full Story »

Pain is temporary, pride is forever

By Christine Smith This summer, the THS volleyball and Varsity cheer teams have been in the weight room, preparing for their upcoming seasons. Our new varsity volleyball coach, Ginger Fuller, created an intense workout complete with weight stations and “10 minutes of Heaven”. Iron Queen Competitors Full Story »

BOCC holds first budget crunch meeting

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners took their first look at the 2015-16 general revenue budget in the first workshop meeting held for the 2015-16 fiscal year on Monday afternoon. Jacki Johnson, finance director, presented the proposed budget of $26,406,801.00 in estimated revenue based on 8.5 mills. She explained to the five commissioners that Gilchrist County is still missing ... Full Story »

Jumping sturgeon injures 2 Monday

Two Dixie County residents were injured on Monday when they were struck by a jumping sturgeon in the Suwannee River near Branford. Nicholas and Jamie Bradley were transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where they were treated for their injuries. Full Story »

Bell HOSA students earn top honors

Bell High School’s Health Occupation Students of America team earned top honors last month when it traveled to Anaheim, California to compete on a national level with 40 other HOSA teams at the organization’s national convention. The team of seven high school students and its advisor was recognized as one of the Top 10 teams in the nation. Full Story »

Gilchrist County Library’s ‘Heroic’ Reading Program

The annual Summer Reading Program is in full swing; the Gilchrist County Library proudly proclaiming that ‘Every Hero Has a Story.’  This year, as the program’s title suggests, centers around the theme of superheroes and heroines. This becomes evident when entering the library’s back room, which showcases a cardboard city skyline, complete with high-rise buildings and Batman’s Bat-Signal shining against ... Full Story »

Bell FFA attends State FFA Convention

The Bell Jr. and Sr. FFA Chapters attended the 86th Annual State FFA Convention in Orlando this past week. Members from both FFA Chapters received many awards, attended many leadership workshops, along with supporting Brooks Parrish on his quest for the State President Office. Full Story »

Deputies save family from river during severe storm

The Stevens family of High Springs traveled to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office on Monday to give two special deputies a giant cookie and thank them for pulling them from the Santa Fe River during a storm on Sunday afternoon. Mark Stevens, his wife Amy, daughter Madison and Madison’s friend Addy Carey left home on the outskirts of High Springs ... Full Story »

5-year-old girl dies after being struck by sturgeon

Five-year-old Jaylon Rippy would have been starting kindergarten at Chiefland Elementary School in August, if a sturgeon had not jumped up out of the Suwannee River and into her family’s boat last week. Life changed in an instant for the Trenton family, as Jaylon later died from her injuries. Jaylon’s mother, Tanya Rippy, 31, and her brother Trevor Rippy, 9, ... Full Story »

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 »