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Carl Swalla named Senior Volunteer of the Year

Carl Swalla is shown accepting a plaque for Volunteer of the Year from Senior Center organizer Norm Conti at the Senior Citizens  annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which was held on Friday, November 17 at the Senior Center in Trenton. Full Story »

Gilchrist salutes our Veterans

The Bell High School JROTC honored veterans with their annual Veterans Day program on Thursday, November 9. Along with the Purple Powerhouse Marching Band and Bell Elementary School Chorus, the Bulldog Battalion honored veterans, POWs and MIAs. Stephen Dragon opened the ceremony by reading his essay on “What Veterans Day Means to Me.” Afterward, JROTC cadets, dressed in uniforms signifying ... Full Story »

Harold Mikell to be in Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation recently announced four honorees will be inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2018. Harold Mikell, a native of Trenton, is one of the four to be inducted to the Agriculture Hall of Fame  ceremony on February 13, 2018. Harold Mikell has lived ... Full Story »

Aaron Haynes wins Rotary Poker Paddle Event

The Rotary Club of Gilchrist County had a fun day on the river Saturday, November 4th!  They held their first-ever Poker Paddle event.  Paddlers met at Ellie Rays Campground and were transported by Anderson Outdoors to the launch site on the Ichetucknee River.  They drew their first poker card and proceeded on the six mile paddle back to Ellie Rays.  ... Full Story »

Over 11,000 Christmas boxes packed

The laughter and happy chatter could be heard along the bank of the beautiful Suwannee River early Saturday morning as hundreds of young people gathered. This gathering of young people is quickly becoming an annual event the entire area looks forward to each year. Christy Jones said, “We had a great time packing 11,661 shoebox gifts.” After months of planning, ... Full Story »

Old Trenton Landmark torn down

By Cindy Jo Ayers After nearly 100 years the former sanctuary of First Baptist Church has been torn down. Senior Pastor Keith McConnell said on Monday that the old sanctuary building had so many structural problems that the church congregation voted unanimously to tear the building down. According to Pastor McConnell, the roof on the back of the building was ... Full Story »

Sheriffs give Senator Bradley an award

On Thursday October 5th, Sheriffs representing District 5 of the Florida Senate gathered in Columbia County to present Senator Rob Bradley with an award for his efforts in supporting the Florida Sheriff’s Association and the Florida Sheriffs.  Senator Bradley’s district includes:  Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Clay, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, Union and parts of Marion Counties. Senator Bradley was truly ... Full Story »

Tax Collector’s office kicks off End Breast Cancer campaign this week

Barbara Merritt, Gilchrist County Tax Collector encourages those stopping by her office to help find a cure for breast cancer by either purchasing an I-CARE license plate or making a $1 or more donation when applying for vehicle registration or license renewal form. All funds raised stay in the state of Florida to support education and research programs for Florida ... Full Story »

Cannon Farm Plantation opens as an event venue

By Cindy Jo Ayers The county’s only landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places has become an event site. The farm of Bob and Beulah Cannon for many years is located north of Bell off U.S. 129, and will be the site of a wedding very soon. The Cannon Farm Plantation is now open for bookings for weddings, ... Full Story »

Masonic Lodge completion near

The William T. Carlton Masonic Lodge #46 building is almost complete. The lodge was destroyed by fire on June 1, 2015. Dr. Robert Vaughan said the lodge in Trenton should be complete by October. A celebration of the new building is being planned and a date will be announced soon.  Full Story »