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Gilchrist County 4-H Events Day bring local clubs together

County Events Day was held last Saturday, January 27 in Bell. Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks are one of the most important ways our 4-H members learn...by doing! For this event, youth will show and tell judges about their chosen project. Juniors demonstration winner was Kaydence Faught with a red ribbon, 1st in category. Intermediates winners were Evelyn Frazier with a ... Full Story »

Farm Credit of Florida’s Trenton Branch Donates to Bell and Trenton FFA Chapters

Farm Credit of Florida, a locally owned agricultural lending cooperative, recently donated $700 to each FFA chapter in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County. FFA, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a dynamic youth leadership organization focused on preparing the next generation of leaders in agriculture. FFA is an integral part of agricultural education by helping make classroom ... Full Story »

Wingate named Teacher of the Year and Beauchamp named Employee of the Year

Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin introduced the four school principals at the Monday, January 21, Gilchrist County Rotary meeting. Each year the local Rotary Club sponsors the plaques for the District Teacher of the Year and the District Employee of the Year. This weekÕs Rotary meeting honored those winning from each school and the two overall winners from the ... Full Story »

A locally elected School Superintendent could be a thing of the past in Florida

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County is one of Florida’s 41 counties that elect their school superintendent. Most of the larger school districts have board appointed superintendents. A total of 26 districts have school board appointed or hired superintendents. The Florida Constitution Revision Commission meets every 20 years to make amendment proposals that then are put on the election ballot ... Full Story »

Education Foundation Walk A Thon just a month away

The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County will hold it’s annual Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, February 3, beginning at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. and opening ceremonies will follow at 9:45 a.m. The walk will get underway at 10:00 a.m. Participants can walk, run, bike, wheelchair, skate, roller blade, or push a stroller along the two mile ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County School Board Members and Superintendent Rankin Receive recognition

Superintendent Rob Rankin and the Gilchrist County School Board members were recognized on November 30, 2017 at the 72nd Annual Joint Conference and Board of Directors meeting. We are proud to announce that all five school board members were awarded the ‘Certified Board Member’ credential. This distinct honor is achieved by completing a 96 hour training program providing instruction in ... Full Story »

Winter Concert at Trenton Elementary very special event

You could have heard a pin drop as the third grade students began to play The Little Drummer Boy at the Trenton Elementary School Winter Concert. The event was held Thursday, December 14. Parents and grandparents were all smiles as they heard the beautiful music coming from the third grade students’ recorders.  Third graders Madison Wilder and Leila Caniff were ... Full Story »

School District concerned about funding shortage

By Cindy Jo Ayers During the December 12 meeting of the Gilchrist County School Board, Superintendent Robert Rankin and the School Board discussed the funding that is tied to student enrollment. Superintendent Rankin told the board that there were fewer students attending Gilchrist County Schools than predicted. He stated that fewer students will mean less funding for the district. This ... Full Story »

Bell High engineering students build robot

Automation is everywhere today.  Seems you can’t go anywhere or do anything these days without automation being right there by your side.  Automation makes our lives as humans much easier and is usually employed in the tireless, thankless, repetitive type jobs that many of us are not interested in doing.  That takes us to the story of the Bell High ... Full Story »

Bell Band Christmas Trees

Allan Dragon, Cheyanne Dyer, Benjamin Griffith and Jake Smith were hard at work last week selling Christmas trees at Bell High School. Bell Band sold the trees this year as a fundraiser for the band. Full Story »