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Ray Earl Thomas Jr. to head up Gilchrist Division of State Attorney’s Office

By Cindy Jo Ayers Ray Earl Thomas Jr., P.A., will be the new Division Chief for the State Attorney’s Office in Gilchrist County. Thomas will be replacing Robert Willis, who will be the new Chief Deputy at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. Darry Lloyd, the Information Officer for State Attorney William P. Cervone, said on Monday that Attorney Ray Earl ... Full Story »

Southland Grass Farm providing pasture raised poultry and pork

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County has been home to farms since this part of Florida was settled. Chase Rossi and Jennifer Whitney became local farmers back in August of 2017 when they purchased 15 1/2 acres off County Road 232 in the eastern part of the county. They moved from Alachua County where they had both lived for a ... 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 »

Jakerria King recognized with scholarship at the annual Black and White Ball

Trenton High School 2019 senior Jakerria King attended the annual Black and White Ball on the evening of Saturday, June 15 to be recognized as the winner of the 2019 scholarship. Jakerria is the daughter of Mercedes Riley and the granddaughter of Ethel and Julious Riley. Jakerria plans to attend Florida Gateway College and become a nurse. She thanked those ... Full Story »

New handicap accommodations at Hart Springs

Hart Springs is very handicap accessible after the installation of the new parking areas, play ground equipment, sidewalks, picnic sheds and a lift for the springs. Park Manager Mitchell Gentry stated that the park is now one of the most handicap accessible in the state. Working with two FERDAP grants, and an ADA Grant totaling some $273,000 the park now ... Full Story »

After 23 years Spring Ridge Fire Department Pancake Breakfast ends

By Cindy Jo Ayers June 1, was a bittersweet day for many citizens of North Gilchrist County. It was a day of remembering, a day of back patting and many hugs as the last Spring Ridge Fire Department pancake breakfast was held. Don and Margo Alexander organized the event some 23 years ago after moving to the Spring Ridge area ... Full Story »

Tommy and Elaine Jones named Cattlemen of the Year

The Gilchrist County Cattlemen held their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at the lodge of Otter Springs. Cattlemen throughout the county gathered for a meal and fellowship as well as an interesting program. Tommy and Elaine Jones were presented a plaque and named 2018 Cattlemen of the Year. Longtime Gilchrist cattleman Charles Bryant presented the award to the Jones. ... Full Story »

Benefit Ropin’ for Willis a big success

The Benefit Ropin’ for Willis Jones that was held on Saturday was a big success. Cowboys and cowgirls from miles around came to enjoy the day on their horses participating in a sport they love. A caring community turned out to rope a calf, purchase a dinner, buy custom hat, or pick up a raffle ticket to support Willis Jones. ... Full Story »