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Local Blackberries fat, juicy and oh so good

Who doesn’t love a fat juicy blackberry? There are some really good blackberries growing closer than you might think. Darrell and Faye Smith have opened their blackberry farm to you pick customers this summer. R&S Blackberries, which was named for their grandsons Noah Ray and Hudson Smith, is selling blackberries for $4 a pound if you pick, $6 a pound ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County’s Audrey Thomas wins 1st Place Able Trust Award

The Able Trust announced the winners of its 2019 Annual Jeannie Amendola Speech & Research Competition at its state finals that took place in Orlando. This year’s winners are: First Place: Audrey Thomas, 10th Grader, Gilchrist County High School High Tech Program. Second Place: Zeige McCrutcheon, 12th Grader, Duval County High School High Tech. Third Place: Liam Avelino, 11th Grader, ... Full Story »

Teachers make presentations to the Education Foundation

Three 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year made presentations to the Education Foundation of Gilchrist County Board Members a few weeks ago. Each teacher explained what they had used the $500 teacher grants provided by the Education Foundation for to enhance their teaching. Jamie Guy who teaches first grade at Trenton Elementary told board members she had purchased Hot Dots for ... Full Story »

SRWMD awards $39,369.22(PILT) to Gilchrist County on Monday

The Gilchrist County Commission welcomed Gilchrist County resident Hugh Thomas, Executive Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District to their July 1st meeting on Monday afternoon. Mr. Thomas told the five-member Commission that it is always good to meet with his home Commission and present a check for $39,369.22, payment in lieu of taxes for property that is owned ... Full Story »

Florida Department of Education Releases 2019 School Assessment Results

by Janet Bradley Last week Florida school districts received Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, along with science and social studies scores. Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced improved state assessment results and indicated a later, shorter spring testing window allowed students to spend more time in the classroom learning and more time for ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County has new WWI Monument

The new Gilchrist County WWI granite monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. A fund raising drive began on February 14, 2011 for this monument by the Gilchrist County Historical Society. During the first year around $1,300 was collected. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Dixie Defenders Camp #2086 made the first big donation. Mr. Jim Mash the former ... Full Story »

Austin Bagby excels at Genius Olympics

Today, we have youth who are passionate about making improvements in our agricultural practices and production challenges. One such youth in our area is Austin Bagby, a Sr. graduate from Bell High School and member of Bell FFA. Austin would be the first to tell you about his love of agriculture, his milk cows and the outdoors. He has grown ... Full Story »

Local Cowboy and Cowgirls to compete in National Finals

John, Jordyn and Jayme Jones are the fourth generation of their family to compete in rodeo. In fact their late great-grandfather Addy Jones entered rodeos in his youth. Dale “Pinky” Jones their grandfather now helps coach his grandchildren in the American sport. Granddaddy (Pinky) spends a couple afternoons a week at the J Cross Ranch working with Jordyn and Jayme. ... Full Story »

Gospel Concert Saturday June 22

Citizens who enjoy gospel music had an opportunity to enjoy great gospel music right here in Gilchrist County on Saturday, June 22. The 3rd Annual State Community Gospel Concert was held at 6 p.m. at the Bell High School Auditorium. The Backwoods Boys, The Reflectsons, The Original Reflectsons and The Ferguson Family gospel groups were included in this concert. The ... Full Story »

Gardener’s at the Sheriff’s Office

After a rain delay or two, a group of volunteers from the Master Gardener program came together last week to give back to those who serve us daily. Barbara Edmonds rounded up this group of gardeners to update some of the landscaping and flower beds at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. I’m sure the men and women of GCSO greatly ... Full Story »