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Stacey Ellison to lead Florida 4-H into the future

By Cindy Jo Ayers Through the years Stacey Ellison has made this pledge hundreds of times, “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” When she joined Santa Fe 4-H Club many years ago neither ... Full Story »

Open House and Ribbon Cutting held at BraLonni’s Bed and Breakfast

Vicki Sawyer-Lindo, the owner of BraLonni’s Bed and Breakfast, hosted an Open House at her new business on Thursday, August 15. Sawyer-Lindo, surrounded by family, friends, and local citizens, was delighted to cut the ribbon which signified the beginning of the open house. Guests were treated to refreshments and taken on a guided tour of the eleven bedrooms. Each of ... Full Story »

Ken and Kay Corbin awarded FWC Landowner of the Year Award

At its July meeting in Stuart, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) presented Ken and Kay Corbin of Trenton with the Landowner of the Year award for the couple’s generous support of the FWC’s Youth Hunting Program of Florida. This program provides safe, educational, mentored hunts for 12 to 17 year olds so they can experience hunting and ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »