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Disease killing Cabbage Palms

By Cindy Jo Ayers It is just a matter of time before Lethal Bronzing Disease affects Cabbage Palm trees in Gilchrist County. The University of Florida IFAS reports that currently Lethal Bronzing can be found in sixteen different species of palms including Sabal Palm also known as Cabbage Palms in Florida. Lethal Bronzing was once known as Texas Phoenix Palm ... Full Story »

Elaine Faison inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

On July 29, longtime Gilchrist County 4-H Assistant Elaine Faison was inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame. Her family and a large group of former Gilchrist 4-H members and leaders attended the prestigious ceremony that took place at the University of Florida J. Wayne Reitz Union. Stacey Ellison, 4-H Program Leader and Dr. Chris DeCubellis, 4-H State Specialized ... Full Story »

Big turnout for the Scholarship Showdown

By Cindy Jo Ayers A big crowd attended the Education Foundation of Gilchrist County’s Scholarship Showdown. The 7th annual event was very enteraining as ticket numbers were randomly selected until one last ticket remained and that ticket holder was the winner. This year’s big winner was Buddy Vickers who will receive $2500 from the Education Foundation. The second biggest winner ... Full Story »

Chief Deputy Jeff Manning leaving GCSO after six years

Chief Deputy Jeff Manning retired from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, August 2. Chief Deputy Manning had been with the Sheriff’s Office for six and a half years. Before moving to Gilchrist County, Manning was with the St. Petersburg Police Department. The GCSO helped Manning celebrate his retirement on Friday by sending him off with a nice homemade ... Full Story »

Michael McElroy appointed new Gilchrist County Tax Collector

Michael McElroy is Gilchrist County’s new Tax Collector. Governor Ron DeSantis made the appointment on July 26, after the resignation of former Tax Collector Barbara Merritt some six months ago. McElroy will start at the Tax Collectors office on August 5. His last day at Ameris Bank, where he has been the Branch Manager for the past 16 years, will ... Full Story »

Craig DeThomasis appointed Eighth Circuit Court Judge

Gainesville Attorney Craig DeThomasis was appointed to the Eighth Circuit Court. Governor Ron DeSantis made the appointment last week. DeThomasis will replace former Eighth Circuit Court Judge Stan Griffis who resigned his position in April. DeThomasis, 60, of Gainesville has been a partner in DeThomasis and Buchanan P.A. for 29 years as a Criminal Defence Attorney. During that time he ... Full Story »

Braley Hines wins State Speech Contest

Congratulations to Braley Hines for winning the Association of Florida Conservation District’s Annual State Speech Contest. Braley representedGilchrist Soil and Water Conservation District in mid July at the state competition. Braley competed against two young ladies from Area 1 and 2 to win. Braley has won the district contest in Gilchrist County for the past two years. She also represented ... Full Story »

Jake and Tiffany Sache named finalist for Farm Bureau statewide award

Florida Farm Bureau announced last week that Jake and Tiffany Sache of JS Custom Harvesting were one of three finalists statewide for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture award. The Saches live between Chiefland and Trenton on their fourth generation Levy County farm. Their company, JS Custom Harvesting, began back in 2006 when Jake custom harvested grass seed. ... Full Story »