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FDOT adding turn lanes to State Road 26 in Gilchrist County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started work to add turn lanes at three intersections on State Road 26 in Gilchrist County. The $1.5 million project will include construction of a westbound right turn lane in Southeast Gilchrist on Southeast 70th Avenue or the road next to Ma and Paw’s convenience store. A westbound left turn lane  will be ... Full Story »

Longtime Tax Collector W.W. Welch passes away

Citizens of Gilchrist County were sad to learn that longtime and very much respected former Gilchrist County Tax Collector W.W. “Wimpy” Welch passed away on April 29, 2020 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton.  Welch was the Gilchrist County Tax Collector  from 1973 to 2004. After his appointment to the office he only had one opponent in his ... Full Story »

Covid 19 cases being followed in Tri-County Area on Monday

As of Monday, May 4, there were 35 Covid 19 cases in the Tri-County area which includes Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties. Of those 35 people a total 19 people had been cleared to return to public interaction, according to Wesley Asbell of the Florida Department of Health. Gilchrist County has had 5 people with Covid 19, of those 5 ... Full Story »

Pete Randolph handcrafting American Flags from wood

Former Trenton Mayor Pete Randolph has been busy creating handcrafted wooden flags. Randolph came up with the idea of making a large wooden American flag with each state’s quarter inlaid in the blue sections of the flag that usually has the 50 stars. He said it took him several months to collect them all. “I had all my friends and ... Full Story »

Local Bank received funding for 713 Small Business PPP loans

By Cindy Jo Ayers The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications  on April 3, 2020.  At the end of the first round of loans on April 16, SBA had granted 1,661,367 loans to small business through out America so they could continue to pay their employees. The PPP was designed for injecting cash in the ... Full Story »

Bell and Trenton Graduations to be held May 21, 22 at School’s track

The Gilchrist County School District announced last week that graduation from Bell and Trenton High Schools will be held as planned on May 21 in Bell and May 22 in Trenton. Both graduations will begin with a processional at 6 p.m. Citizens are invited to line the main street of both Bell and Trenton to take part in the processional ... Full Story »

Local McDonald’s providing meal to first responders until May 5

The owners of the Trenton, Chiefland, Cross City and Williston McDonald’s restaurants will be providing meals to all emergency personnel or first responders until May 5. The area McDonald’s started providing the meals on April 22 from all their locations. Kenneth Kocian one of the owners, who is a retired first responder himself from NYPD, remembers well the plight of ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Schools to be closed for remainder of the school year

The Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin stated on Monday, April 20, that all Gilchrist County Schools will continue distance learning through the rest of this school year. Principals will be in contact with students over the next few weeks on closing out the 2019-2020 school year. They will address picking up personal items that may be a the schools, ... Full Story »

County closes another boat ramp

The Gilchrist County Commission met on April 16, at 10 a.m. in the County Commission Meeting Room. The County Commission voted to close the  G.C. Butler Boat Landing after  Lt. Scotty Douglas of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office explained to the Commissioners that citizens from mostly Suwannee and Columbia Counties have been congregating at the boat ramp in groups. The ... Full Story »

Down on the Farm Fun at Red, White and Blues Farm

Looking for a fun day in the sun with your family? The Red, White & Blues Farm would be a great place to visit. Eighty beautiful acres of sweet blueberries are just a few miles away between Bronson and Williston. The farm has eight varieties of blueberries to choose from and visitors to the farm are encouraged to taste them ... Full Story »