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Young Farmers and Ranchers Name Competition Finalists

More than 225 young farmers and ranchers across the Sunshine State gathered in-person at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, July 9-11, 2021 for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference. The three-day conference provided young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 with educational breakouts, motivational speakers and lots of networking opportunities. Conference attendees welcomed keynote speakers Marshal ... Full Story »

North Florida Livestock Market closes after 40 years

The Clemons family has closed the North Florida Livestock Market in Ellisville, near Lake City, FL. The market manager reported that a decline in animals coming to market and a difficult 2020 paved the way for the market closing. The final Cattle Sale was held on June 9, 2021. With a total of 300 Feeder Cattle sold and 45 Slaughter ... Full Story »

Local Funeral Home has new owner

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County has a new Funeral Director. In fact, as of May, the county has a new Funeral home owner. Garrett Milton, a native of Mcclenney, purchased Watson Funeral Home in Trenton. Clay Watson, the longtime owner sold the business and is enjoying retirement. Garrett Milton has spent several years working in the Funeral Service business. ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County 4-H has Successful Rib Sale

4-H members met their goal of preselling 200 slabs of ribs and they had additional customers walk up to buy ribs during the July 1-2 fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards national trips for the livestock judging team. It was a successful fundraiser and 4-H members are very grateful for all of the support from the community. They do plan ... Full Story »

New Concealed Weapons Intake System up and running at Tax Collectors Office

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County Tax Collector Michael McElroy said on Monday that his office now has the Concealed Weapons Intake System up and running. McElroy has been working with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for months to have this system installed at his office. County residents can now conveniently apply for their Concealed Weapons License without ... Full Story »

Mr. Carl Williams celebrates 90th Birthday

By Cindy Jo Ayers Longtime Gilchrist County resident and former School Superintendent Carl Williams celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday. Friends and family from far and near arrived at the Bell Community Center to help Mr. Williams celebrate his 90th Birthday at the event hosted by his family. Mr. Williams and his wife of 63 years, Francis live just northwest ... Full Story »

Trenton United Methodist Pastor Dale Elzie retiring

Pastor Dale Elzie will be retiring as the Pastor of Trenton United Methodist Church after ten years. Pastor Elzie has been at Trenton United Methodist Church since June of 2010 when he replaced Pastor Hank Cribb. Pastor Elzie future plans include continuing to work for the Florida Cancer Specialist in Gainesville as a councilor. He also plans to spend more ... Full Story »

Memorial Day brings back memories for area citizen Joe Salonia

Memorial Day is a time set aside to remember those that have fought and lost their lives in the US military. This day holds a lot of meaning in a lot of people’s hearts. Joe Salonia of Chiefland, chose to spend his Memorial Day honoring those who gave their lives defending the United States of America. Salonia and his daughter ... Full Story »

Braley Hines wins Gilchrist Farm Bureau Youth Speech Contest

The Gilchrist County Farm Bureau held their annual speech contest on May 17th, at the Trenton Community Center. A total of five young women entered the competition. Those entered were Kiara Cobb, Emily Mullinax and Bertha Sutterfield, all three girls are Bell FFA Sr. Chapter members. Braley Hines and Lois Bachle are Trenton FFA Chapter members. The 2021 topic chosen ... Full Story »

Rotarians honor Joanna Buckles for Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime Rotarian Joanna Buckles was honored at the May 17th, Gilchrist County Rotary Meeting. Recently, the Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce awarded the J. Min Ayers Lifetime Achievement Award to Joanna Buckles. Gilchrist County Judge Sheree Lancaster nominated Buckles for the award and talked a little about her at the Rotary meeting. Judge Lancaster began with Buckles background saying, “Joanna ... Full Story »