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Jo Buckles retires from Ayers Health and Rehab, Shelby Jackson new Administrator

This week there is a very important changing of the guards taking place in Gilchrist County. After 39 years at the helm, Joanna Buckles is handing over the ships wheel at Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center to Shelby Jackson who is now the new administrator. Through the years Joanna has become near and dear to many Gilchrist County and Tri-County ... Full Story »

A host of happy Gilchrist County 4-H Club members attended the Annual 4-H

Awards Banquet on Thursday, August 19th. This year’s banquet was held at the Suwannee River Fair Barn in Fanning Springs. Emily Pedersen, Gilchrist County 4-H County Council President, welcomed fellow 4-H members and their families to the event. Pedersen said, “Tonight is a celebration of all the accomplishments of 4-H members for this past year from all over Gilchrist County. ... Full Story »

A Good Time was had by all at 6th Annual Jakes Day

By Cindy Jo Ayers Chad Thomas of the NWTF Heart of Dixie Purrs & Spurs was very pleased when some 300 children attended the August 7, Jakes Day event. This year’s event was hosted by Jack and Marsha Cook at Cook Farms in Southeast Gilchrist County. The farm is located in the Flatwoods area of the county off Addy Jones ... Full Story »

Dr. Greg Douglas former pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church passed away

The citizens of Gilchrist and Levy Counties were sad to learn that Pastor Greg Douglas, a longtime area Baptist Pastor, had passed away on Thursday, August 5. Pastor Douglas of Trenton, had been the pastor at Pine Grove Baptist Church for some 23 years before his recent retirement. All total, Pastor Douglas had been a pastor for 40 years. The ... Full Story »

Trenton’s Michael Smith and Jovanni Ajax promoted to Sergeant

U.S. Army Corporal Michael A. Smith was promoted to Sergeant (E5) on August 2nd during a ceremony in Grafenwohr, Germany. Michael is an assistant crew chief with the 173rd Airborne Artillery Brigade stationed at US Army Garrison Bavaria. Michael is a 2017 graduate of Trenton High School and enlisted in the Army in 2018. Marine Corporal Jovanni X. Ajax was ... Full Story »

Knox Hastings planning to put Leukemia in his rear view mirror

By Cindy Jo Ayers It all started with a little rash, and wondering if they should take their son to see a doctor. Jordan and Megan Hastings made the right decision. The Hastings family were looking forward to their vacation at Panama City Beach in the Panhandle of Florida. Their two week vacation had finally arrived after checking in on ... Full Story »

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 »