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2018 4-H Summer Camps fun for local youth

Summer will be busy for local 4-Hers as they attend a choice of six camps. 2018 4-H Summer Camps feature a Beginner Cooking Camp, Advanced Cooking Camp, Kabob Camp, 4-H Camp at Cherry Lake, All About Animals Camp, Crafty Creations Camp and 4-H University at the UF Campus. Most of the camps are already full but if you need additional ... Full Story »

Coots arrested and charged with Dealing in Stolen Property

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz announces the arrest of 32-year-old Joshua Melvin Coots, date of birth June 28, 1985. Coots was arrested on Friday, May 31, 2018 in Fanning Springs, Florida for dealing in stolen property and being in possession of items from recent burglaries in Gilchrist County. Coots is also a suspect in other burglaries which have occurred within ... Full Story »

32 year old Bell native loses his life Saturday after altercation

Joshua Lee Akins of Bell passed away on Saturday, June 9, after Akins went to a residence located at 7799 SE 30th Street, Newberry (in Gilchrist County). An individual at the residence and Akins got into an altercation. According to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office the altercation led to shots being fired, Akins later died at the residence due to ... Full Story »

First political meet and greet held last week

Local voters and candidates turned out for the Gilchrist Republican Candidate Meet and Greet last Thursday evening, May 31. Most of the 2018 local candidates came out to visit with voters and make a short speech about themselves, their abilities and experiences. The four County Commission candidates in the District 2 race were all at the Meet and Greet. Candidates ... Full Story »

William T. Carlton Lodge celebrates Grand Opening

Submitted Destroyed by the arson of a troubled youth on June 1, 2015, William T. Carlton Lodge No. 46 F&AM celebrated its Official Grand Opening on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Invited were Lodge members and their wives, local Masons and their wives, and donors who generously donated money, materials, and/or time to the rebuilding of the Lodge. The names of ... Full Story »

Josie NesSmith Chosen to Represent 2018 FACA All Star Softball

Submitted Josie NesSmith of Trenton High School was chosen to represent the North team in the 2018 FACA All Star Softball Game held at Florida Southern University in Lakeland on June 1 and 2. The Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) has all star competition for 9 different sports each year.  There were 64 players from the entire state broken up ... Full Story »

C.W. Ellis 2018 STEM Scholar

The 2018 Sunshine State Scholars program was held May 17-18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Each of Florida’s school districts selected their top 11th grade students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). C.W. Ellis of Trenton High School was selected as Gilchrist School District’s STEM Scholar. C.W., along with his parents, Charles and Jenni Ellis and sister ... Full Story »

New Septic Rules for small lots in Gilchrist

Small lot owners in parts of Gilchrist County will no longer be allowed to use conventional septic tanks for new homes or mobile homes as of July 1, 2018. The parts of Gilchrist County that will be affected by the new Basin Management Action Plan is mostly located in the southern half of Gilchrist County, west of 129 to the ... Full Story »