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Victim mutilated in local home invasion

On Sunday, July 14th at 11:02 a.m., Gilchrist County Communications Division received a call in reference to an armed burglary. Units were dispatched at 11:04 a.m., while the dispatcher gathered further information. It was determined that the suspect had broken into the residence and the victim had been held at gunpoint, tied up, taken to a different room and mutilated ... Full Story »

28 kids attend Bell’s first soccer camp

Submitted Local kids had a great time at the first ever Bell Soccer Camp. Thank you to the 28 kids (kindergarten-6th grade) who attended and the 10 Bell Middle/High soccer team members who helped out. This coming season BHS is excited to host home games for the first time in history. There will be six home games and summer camp ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Schools receive an A

By Janet Bradley Last week when the Florida Department of Education released school grades for 2018-2019, school officials were pleased with the results. Bell Elementary, Bell Middle/High School, Trenton Elementary, and Trenton Middle/High School all received an “A” grade, and the district received an overall “A” grade. The Gilchrist County School District has received a District grade of an “A” ... Full Story »

Construction underway on county’s first solar farm

Duke Energy has begun construction on a 795-acre solar farm on the outskirts of northwest Trenton. The Gilchrist County Commission approved a special use permit application for the solar farm, which specified five parcels of land that border US Highway 129, County Road 307A, SW 20th Avenue and SW 17th Court, a connector road between CR 307A and US 129. ... Full Story »

FDLE: Gilchrist Crime Rate up 75.8%

By Carrie A. Mizell The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report has found Gilchrist County’s overall crime increased 75.8 percent from 2017 to 2018. According to FDLE, robbery was down, while murder, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft was up in 2018. Sheriff Bobby Schultz said crime has gone up in Gilchrist County, but not ... Full Story »

Cedar Key Lighthouse lit after 104 years

By Cindy Jo Ayers The lighthouse on Seahorse Key off Cedar Key was lit after 104 years at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5. The lighthouse has remained dark after it was deactivated in 1915. A company out of Celebration, Florida Artworks Florida Classic Fresnel Lenses, LLC built the new lens and installed it on May 20, 2019. The 4th ... Full Story »

State Champs hold awards banquet

The 2019 Class 1A State Softball Championship Trenton High School Team was honored with an awards banquet on Monday evening. The banquet included the varsity, JV, and middle school teams. Stephen Smith, THS alumni was the guest speaker. Smith spoke to the girls about what it meant to be a champion. The evening ended with a cake auction to help ... Full Story »

No more texting while driving, it’s the law

One out of every four accidents are caused by texting drivers. Texting while driving is now illegal in Florida. Starting July 1 the Florida Department of Highway Patrol will begin giving drivers who are texting while driving a stern warning. Drivers will be ticketed for the offence in January 2020. The Highway Patrol has started a campaign called Put It ... Full Story »

Tax Collector’s Office holds workshop for Auto Dealers

The Gilchrist County Tax Collector’s Office held an Auto Dealer Workshop on June 26th, 2019, at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. The workshop included many representatives from local car dealerships. The Tax Collector’s Office shared information on the required Tag and Title documentation for dealers, new legislation within the Florida Statutes, and information about the Hope Scholarship. The workshop was a ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Building Supply Celebrates 40 years in business July 5th

Gilchrist Building Supply opened for its first day of business on July 5, 1979. Mike, Donna and Jeff Hayes actually began construction of the small hardware and building supply business in April.  Their goal was to fill the community’s need for quality hardware and building supplies. Through the years, GBS has continually expanded its product lines and facilities to better ... Full Story »