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Historic Rutledge Home transformed into Airbnb by local family

By Cindy Jo Ayers “My heart skipped a beat the first time I saw it”, said Sue Livesay when she drove by the old Rutledge house near downtown Trenton. The windows were boarded up, all the paint was peeling and the yard was a jungle. Even in its poor condition it wasn’t hard to convince her husband, Terry Livesay, a ... Full Story »

GCFR has five new CPR devices

Gilchrist County Fire Rescue has received five new Automated CPR Devices with the assistance of a State Department of Health Matching Grant. The five complete units were purchased from AED Professionals for $46,595. “Each of the five Advanced Life Support units staffed in our County will now have a device that, once applied to a patient suffering a cardiac arrest, ... Full Story »

Time to early vote, Primary Election Tuesday, August 18

Early Voter showing her identification to Lisa Darus of the Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Office. Tracy Sanders was handing early voters their ballots. Connie Sanchez, the Supervior of Elections, set up the early voting so voters move in a large circle to promote distancing. As of noon on Tuesday, August 11, 11.69% of the registered voters in Gilchrist County ... Full Story »

Cole White making his home town Proud, #Colestrong

By Cindy Jo Ayers Just five days before his high school graduation in 2015 Cole White was paralyzed in an accident on the Suwannee River. Cole was an outstanding athlete during his years at Bell High with many friends. Shortly after the accident the words “#Colestrong” began showing up on vehicles all over Gilchrist County as a way to encourage ... Full Story »

Bell’s Kerrisa Grieves qualifies for the Junior Olympic Games

Kerrisa Grieves (pictured above) will be traveling down to the Space Coast (Satellite Beach) to compete with some of best athletes in the country in the 54th Annual Junior Olympics. Kerrisa, who graduated from Bell High school this year, has been training hard to be able to qualify for these games. For the last few years while running for the ... Full Story »

Republican Meet and Greet

There was a great turnout at the Republican Meet and Greet, with close to 75 people in attendance. Every local candidate was also there. They answered a few questions they were given in advance and then spoke on their own about their campaigns and ideas. Representative Chuck Clemons was there, as was representatives from the Trump campaign, and Jennifer Bradley’s ... Full Story »

Sheriff Schultz new Florida Sheriffs Association President

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful law enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce its leadership for the 2020-2021 year. The newly-elected President, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz, will preside over the association and work with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of FSA and its ... Full Story »

Tourism thriving in Gilchrist County

On Monday, the Gilchrist County Commission learned that since the first of June 2020, people have been flocking to Gilchrist County springs, parks and the many overnight camping opportunities. Donna Creamer reported that the June 2020 receipts for the 3 percent bed tax hit a new all time record of just over $19,000 from one month of single overnight stays. ... Full Story »

BOCC works through 2020-21 budget deficit

The Gilchrist County Commission held their second budget workshop on Monday afternoon, as the Finance Director reported Gilchrist County is working through a deficit as the budget has projected revenues of $21,300,000. Everitt Heaton attended the workshop representing Gilchrist Leagues. The Vice President of the Recreation Program in Gilchrist County reported the program has had some upsetting times as the ... Full Story »