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Justus Jones to run for State FFA Area II Vice President

By Cindy Jo Ayers Trenton FFA is pleased to announce that one of their own, Justus Jones, was named a Florida FFA Area II State Vice Presidential Candidate. Jones said the State FFA Officers from this area have always impressed him and inspired him to seek state office. Jones said when he entered 6th grade his mother encouraged him to ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Students Excel in Area 2 Soil and Water Conservation Contests

Submitted The winners of Gilchrist Soil & Water Conservation District (GSWCD) speech and poster contest participated in the AFCD Area 2 contest in Live Oak on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Local winners were Braley Hines in Public Speaking, Emily Pedersen in the middle school division and Linden Teague in elementary division of the poster contest. These students received cash prizes ... Full Story »

Bagby and Anthony do well at State Science and Engineering Fair

In late March Austin Bagby and Caitlin Anthony of Bell High School presented their FFA project, Can Humate Reduce Nitrogen Leaching in Sandy Soils at the State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland. After multiple interviews, the participants found out at the awards ceremony, that they placed 5th in their division. Bagby and Anthony had gone to the Regional Science ... Full Story »

Running of the Bulldogs raises $3,000

By Matthew Harrell The seventh annual Running of the Bulldogs raised $3,000 to help fight cancer. Forty-three runners ran, jogged and walked a 3.1-mile course that weaved through dirt roads, went down Main Street, and started and finished at the Bell High School track. Ian Townsend was the fastest male runner and Elisabeth Diamond was the fastest female. Townsend was ... Full Story »

Trenton FFA does well at Ornamental Horticulture District Event

In mid March, Trenton FFA members competed in ornamental horticulture demonstrations in Branford at the District Competition. There are five categories including production, artistic arrangement, consumer use, marketing and landscaping. The Trenton Middle FFA did very well at District with several interesting demonstrations. In the Production category, Lois Bachle of Trenton Middle FFA explained how to replant pineapple tops. Lois ... Full Story »

School Safety Plan Presented to School Board

By Janet Bradley On March 13 Gilchrist County School Officials, in conjunction with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Department, presented the School Safety Plan during a Safety Workshop. The Board Room was packed with representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, Trenton Police Department, Emergency Management, county administrators, GCSD administrators, and parents. Superintendent Rankin shared the current safety practices and procedures put in ... Full Story »

Gilchrist youth do well at Fair Heifer Show

The Suwannee River Fair Heifer Show was held on Saturday, March 10 at the fair barn in Fanning Springs. Some 75 heifers were entered in the show. The judge for the event was Chandler Akins from Nashville, Georgia. Scott Mills oversaw the show, Mills heads up the fair’s Beef Division. Judge Akins worked his way through the 15 classes of ... Full Story »

Ancient City Ensemble brings beat to Trenton

Have you noticed the sounds of drums coming from southwest Trenton on Saturdays? More than likely you are hearing a very elite group of percussionists. Laura Beard, with help from her husband Douglas Beard started the Ancient City Ensemble, an indoor percussion ensemble back in 2012. Laura Beard also teaches music at both Gilchrist County elementary schools. Earlier in her ... Full Story »