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Longtime Trenton Mayor not seeking re-election

After 13 years serving on the Trenton City Commission and as mayor, Glen Thigpen has decided to not seek re-election on December 5. Mayor Thigpen stated in a letter to the citizens that he was going into full time ministry. Thigpen stated that he and his family are excited about the call to full time ministry. Thigpen said, “My family ... Full Story »

Local Soldier finds new purpose by coming home to Bell

Do you remember November 1, 2007? Where were you? What were you doing that day? November 1, 2007 is a day that James Slayton of Bell will never forget. Slayton’s story begins in Bell, his hometown. He moved in the county as a sixth grader, moving from the High Springs area. Like a lot of other small town young men ... Full Story »

Beach and Douglas Receive Florida Farm Bureau Scholarship

Submitted Heather Beach and Jarrett Douglas of Gilchrist County have each been awarded a college scholarship of $1,000 under a program initiated by Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Funding for the scholarships has been derived from a 1998 Tobacco Settlement between state attorneys general and five major tobacco companies concerning the marketing of tobacco products. Thanks to Gov. Rick Scott and ... Full Story »

Deen and Ayers inducted in City of Trenton Hall of Fame

The Trenton City Commissioners voted to induct the late Kathryn Deen  and John and Cindy Jo Ayers into the City of Trenton Hall of Fame. Each year the Trenton City Commissioners add one or more citizens to their Hall of Fame. Citizens or commissioners make nominations and this year the city commission’s selections were Kathryn Deen who was the City ... Full Story »

Peanut harvest underway in Gilchrist

Last week the peanut harvest began in Gilchrist County. Some 12,000 acres of peanuts have been planted in the county according to the Farm Service Agency in Trenton. Levy County has approximately 19,500 acres of peanuts and Dixie County has 4,500 acres planted. Bill Rees of North Florida Peanut, Inc. said on Monday that the harvest season has just started ... Full Story »

Danny Roberts passes away

The citizens of Gilchrist County were sad to learn that Danny Roberts passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 26. Roberts was a favorite around the county. He had moved to Georgia a few years ago and was the minister at Hardies Chapel Church of Christ in Gordon, Georgia near Milledgeville. Roberts is a Gilchrist County native, growing up in the ... Full Story »

2017-2018 Suwannee River Fair Board of Directors

Back row, left to right, Frank Bussard, Dixie County (Sec/Treas); Todd Begue, Dixie County; Taggert Siegel, Gilchrist County; Houston McKenzie, Gilchrist County; Adam Elliott, Gilchrist County; Loran Brookins, Levy County, was re-elected President; and Lint Jerrels of Levy County. Front row, left to right Jaime NesSmith, of Dixie County; Tracey Groom, of Dixie County, is the at-large member; Heather Rucker,  ... Full Story »

Commissioner Gray attends meeting in Washington, DC

Gilchrist County Commissioner Todd Gray traveled to Washington DC the latter part of July after receiving an invitation from the White House. Commissioner Gray was in DC from July 26-28 and during that time he met with other Florida County Commissioners that Congressman Neal Dunn represents. They discussed the issues facing this district. Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D.  said, “I enjoyed  ... Full Story »

Stars & Stripes Candle Co. and Suwannee Cottage open in Bell

A grand opening was held on Saturday, August 5 for Stars and Stripes Candle Co. and Suwannee Cottage Home and Garden. Both business are located inside Sweet Magnolia Salon in Bell. Megan Slayton, owner of Stars & Stripes Candle Co., first became interested in candle making when her husband was in the military. She said  really enjoys hand creating scented ... Full Story »