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Marvine Deer has 100 year old WWI reverse painting

By Cindy Jo Ayers Mrs. Marvine Hoylman Deer of Bell has a 100 year old painting that her grandfather had brought home from France at the end of World War I. Deer said that the painting had been passed down to her from her mother, Martha Louise Selbe Hoylman. Martha’s father, Ervin Selbe of West Virginia, fought in the United ... Full Story »

D. Ray Harrison, Jr. steps aside following 53 years of service to Gilchrist County

A man that has made a successful life and enjoyed providing service to the people of Gilchrist County was greeted and thanked by many Monday afternoon before his last Commission meeting. D. Ray has become a political icon in Gilchrist County and is retiring after 53 years of continued service being elected to represent the people in Gilchrist County. His ... Full Story »

Alice Kinsey honored with retirement reception

Judge Sheree Lancaster hosted a retirement celebration for her longtime Judicial Assistant Alice Kinsey on Wednesday, October 31. Judge Lancaster shared about Kinsey’s career with a large group of judges and judicial assistants, current and retired from the 8th Circuit. Kinsey’s work with the court system began when she became the Judicial Assistant for the late Judge Ed Philman after ... Full Story »

Retiring County Agent Marvin Weaver honored with a retirement dinner

Longtime Gilchrist County Agent Marvin Weaver was honored with a retirement dinner at the Suwannee River Fair Barn on the evening of Thursday, October 25. A large crowd of former 4-H members, farmers, neighbors, and friends were on hand to wish Weaver well. Weaver started his career as a County Agriculture Agent back in July of 1972 in Escambia County, ... Full Story »

It’s Shoebox Time! Annual Packin’ Party a big success

By Cindy Jo Ayers Good people came from far and wide to help with the third annual Operation Christmas Child Kickoff event and Community Wide Packin’ Party that was held on Saturday, October 13. One of the highlights of the annual Packin’ Party is a guest speaker who talks about their experience receiving a shoebox. This year’s guest speaker was ... Full Story »

David Robertson holds a meet and greet in Gilchrist County

David Robertson, who is a candidate for the 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, held a meet and greet on Friday, October 12 at Cherry’s Seafood Restaurant in Trenton. Robertson’s wife Bonnie was on hand to greet the citizens of Gilchrist County. David Robertson had planned to be at the event, but he was activated to duty in the Florida Army ... Full Story »

Leggett receives Bob Walden Award

Submitted On October 4, 2018 Gilchrist County Property Appraiser, Damon Leggett received the R.R. “Bob” Walden Award. The award was presented at Pensacola Beach, Florida and is given for sincere sense of dedication and outstanding service to the Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida at their annual conference. Leggett has been the Gilchrist County Property Appraiser since 2004 and has worked ... Full Story »

Roy Wilson stepping down as County Farm Bureau President after 48 years

By Cindy Jo Ayers Mr. Roy Wilson turned over the gavel during the 59th Annual Meeting. After 48 years as the Gilchrist County Farm Bureau President, Mr. Wilson has decided to retire. Some 168 people were on hand to hear Mr. Wilson make the announcement at the Annual Gilchrist County Farm Bureau Meeting held Thursday, September 27, in Trenton. Mr. ... Full Story »

Don Bennink of Bell to be inducted into Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

By Cindy Jo Ayers Don Bennink, longtime Gilchrist County dairyman, was at work Monday morning at North Florida Holstein. The 2,400 acre dairy is a seven day a week job for Bennink, who still after all these years enjoys the hustle and bustle of running the large dairy operation. The dairy has some 6,500 registered Holsteins cows at milking age ... Full Story »

New Jail Referendum to be on General Election ballot

After months of discussion about the much needed new Gilchrist County Jail and the funding of additional staff for a new jail, the Gilchrist County Commissioners decided to put the issue on the ballot at their September 6 meeting. Gilchrist County Commissioners agreed to place a referendum on the General Election ballot to see if the voting public would support ... Full Story »