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Local Blackberries fat, juicy and oh so good

Who doesn’t love a fat juicy blackberry? There are some really good blackberries growing closer than you might think. Darrell and Faye Smith have opened their blackberry farm to you pick customers this summer. R&S Blackberries, which was named for their grandsons Noah Ray and Hudson Smith, is selling blackberries for $4 a pound if you pick, $6 a pound ... Full Story »

Local Cowboy and Cowgirls to compete in National Finals

John, Jordyn and Jayme Jones are the fourth generation of their family to compete in rodeo. In fact their late great-grandfather Addy Jones entered rodeos in his youth. Dale “Pinky” Jones their grandfather now helps coach his grandchildren in the American sport. Granddaddy (Pinky) spends a couple afternoons a week at the J Cross Ranch working with Jordyn and Jayme. ... Full Story »

New handicap accommodations at Hart Springs

Hart Springs is very handicap accessible after the installation of the new parking areas, play ground equipment, sidewalks, picnic sheds and a lift for the springs. Park Manager Mitchell Gentry stated that the park is now one of the most handicap accessible in the state. Working with two FERDAP grants, and an ADA Grant totaling some $273,000 the park now ... Full Story »

Tommy and Elaine Jones named Cattlemen of the Year

The Gilchrist County Cattlemen held their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at the lodge of Otter Springs. Cattlemen throughout the county gathered for a meal and fellowship as well as an interesting program. Tommy and Elaine Jones were presented a plaque and named 2018 Cattlemen of the Year. Longtime Gilchrist cattleman Charles Bryant presented the award to the Jones. ... Full Story »

Benefit Ropin’ for Willis a big success

The Benefit Ropin’ for Willis Jones that was held on Saturday was a big success. Cowboys and cowgirls from miles around came to enjoy the day on their horses participating in a sport they love. A caring community turned out to rope a calf, purchase a dinner, buy custom hat, or pick up a raffle ticket to support Willis Jones. ... Full Story »

Willis Jones Benefit Ropin’ and Fundraiser Saturday

It’s true that many hands make light work, especially in the effort to raise funds for the Willis Jones Family. Friends, family, church family and neighbors will come together this Saturday, May 18, (starting at 9:00 a.m.) to help a special five year old boy, Willis, as he travels down the long road of recovery. On Sunday, March 17, 2019, ... Full Story »

Law Day held on the Suwannee

Law enforcement from Gilchrist and Levy Counties were treated to dinner on the Suwannee River. Deputies from both counties gathered to enjoy fried mullet, cheese grits and swamp cabbage. Law Day is a long standing tradition hosted each year by Judge Sheree Lancaster of Gilchrist County and Judge James T. Browning of Levy County, along with State Attorney Bill Cervone ... Full Story »