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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 »

Kayla Davis Announces her run for Trenton City Commissioner

Kayla Davis has announced that she will be running for the City of Trenton Commission Seat 4 in the upcoming election set for the first Tuesday in December. The City of Trenton election will be held at the Trenton Community Center, 214 South East 3rd Avenue. Mrs. Davis, who has previously served as a City of Trenton employee, now wishes ... Full Story »

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 »

Terry Trail elected the 2017-2018 Chairperson of the North Florida Tax Coalition

Tax Collector Barbara Merritt announced that at the Fall Florida Tax Collector’s Conference this past week in Orlando, Terry E. Trail C.F.C.A, Assistant Tax Collector, representing Barbara Merritt CFC, was elected to the position of 2017-2018 Chairperson for the North Florida Tax Coalition.  Trail has been with the Tax Collector’s Office for over 18 years. 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 »