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Commission extends Special Use Permit for Ellis Ray’s RV Resort

The Gilchrist County Commission met on Monday, December 7 as they reviewed a request from Mills Engineering Co. for SUP 2020-01 for TRS Holdings- Ellie Ray’s RV Resort on the Santa Fe River in north Gilchrist County. Andrew Carswell of Mills Engineering submitted a letter requesting the SUP 2020-01 be extended for twelve months. Mr. Carswell identified the extension is ... Full Story »

Town of Bell election results

By Cindy Jo Ayers The Town of Bell held their election on Tuesday, December 1. The voter turnout was 17% with 49 of the 292 registered voters casting a ballot on election day. Kristopher Beasley won his incumbent Group 4 seat with a vote of 26 and his opponent Edmund Morgan received 23 votes. Libbie Estes is the new Mayor, ... Full Story »

County Commission votes No on allowing Sunday Alcohol sales in rural areas

The Gilchrist County Commission agreed to disagree with many members of the business community on Monday afternoon as the Commission voted No, by a unanimous vote, to not allow Sunday alcohol sales in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County. Many owners and operators of convenience stores in the rural areas were in attendance and urged the board to be in ... Full Story »

Riverside Christian wins State 6-Man Football Title

By Megan Hall The Riverside Christian Wranglers football team won their second FCSA 6-Man Football Title in three years on Saturday as they defeated Hope Christian Academy, 66-25. The Wranglers won state titles in 2018 and 2020 and was runner-up in 2019. Riverside completes their season with a 11-1 record, and boasts a 33-4 record involving the last three seasons. ... Full Story »

Bell’s Christmas Parade and Town Lighting shines festive light on the Holiday

The 2020 Bell Christmas Parade held on Saturday, Dec. 5 was a great celebration of the holiday season. The Bell Powerhouse Band preformed Christmas songs and colorful local made floats rounded out the parade. On Friday night, Dec. 4 the annual Bell Town Lighting was held. Over 30 happy children went home with free bikes from the Town Lighting and ... Full Story »

Old Fashioned Smoked Hams a longtime Bell tradition

By Cindy Jo Ayers Hundreds of Old Fashioned Smoked Hams are sold each year at the SunStop (Scaff’s) Market in Bell. In fact, if you go into the store during the holiday season you can smell the slight hint of hickory smoke in the air. For those customers who have been buying these special double smoked hams for years, this ... Full Story »

Aimee’s Acres Christmas Trees holds grand opening

By Cindy Jo Ayers Over 26 million fresh Christmas trees are sold each year in America. This year Gilchrist County citizens can purchase a fresh Christmas tree grown in county. Aimee’s Acres Christmas Trees opened for the first time on Friday, November 27. Aimee Fike, who moved to Trenton from Charlotte County in South Florida just 3 years ago, started ... Full Story »

Operation Christmas Child another success!

11,453 Christmas Shoeboxes were collected from the Tri-County Area this year. Sandie and Johnny Johnson were in charge of collection week where thousands of Christmas Shoeboxes were dropped off at Bethel Baptist Church in Gilchrist County. Church volunteers were in charge of packing the cartons on the truck which left this area headed to Atlanta. Through Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s ... Full Story »

Riverside Wranglers defeat Donahue Catholic for State Title birth

by Megan Hall The Riverside Christian Academy Wranglers upset Donahue Catholic 46-20 Friday night in Naples. The Wranglers secured a birth in the FCSA 6-man state football championship game December 5th in Lakeland. This was a sweet victory for the Wranglers as they were defeated by Donahue in the state title game last season. Donahue has not lost a football ... Full Story »

FGC Cross Country Runner Receives All America Award

Three runners for the Florida Gateway College Women’s Cross Country Team competed last week at the 2020 NJCAA Women’s Half Marathon Championship in Fort Dodge, Iowa. FGC freshman Merlin Leal received the All America Award for finishing in the top 20, placing 19th with a time of 1:49:52.6 in the 13.1-mile race. The distance and weather conditions were an unfamiliar ... Full Story »