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Jackie Ray Barron, Jr. Benefit has huge turnout

Shortly after the doors opened at the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club building last Friday morning, friends, neighbors, church family and just well-meaning citizens of this county began crossing the threshold to support Jackie Ray Barron, Jr. at a benefit held in his honor. Jackie Ray has spent just over a year going through various treatments for liver cancer after his ... Full Story »

At home with Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Shepherd

Jimmie and Nina Sue Shepherd were both born into farming families in the small community of Curtis which is located a few miles west of Bell. Mr. Jimmie’s family moved further north of Bell about a half mile from the Suwannee River when he was about a year old. Full Story »

Lt. Troy Davis Retires after 27 years at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Troy Davis retired on June 30, from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. Most of Troy’s 27 years in law enforcement were spent in Gilchrist County. He was promoted to Lieutenant by Sheriff Bobby Schultz after he took office. At the same time Lt. Davis was made commander of the patrol division of the Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office. Full Story »

Local Family Opens Events Venue at Seven Hills Farm

By Cindy Jo Ayers Brothers Jay Becker and Brian Becker, aka Boo, along with Boo’s wife Cori, have turned their 100 plus acre family farm into a unique wedding venue. Cori said Boo came up with the idea of establishing an event venue on their farm after attending a wedding several years ago at a farm that serves as an ... Full Story »

Blanche Johns finds Button Art is her creative niche

Buttons, buttons and more buttons are the art medium of Trenton resident Blanche Johns. Blanche likes to stay busy and she loves to use her creative abilities. For many years she said, “I have tried every craft out there at one time or another.” Through the years she has dabbled in upholstery, sewing, crochet and drawing just to name a ... Full Story »

22nd Annual Black and White Ball funds another Scholarship

By Cindy Jo Ayers Some twenty two years ago Louise Bell came up with the idea of having a nice event in Trenton where everyone could dress up and have a evening out. Shortly after a committee was formed that included Louise Bell, Evelyn Copeland, Margie Henley, Mary Davis, Tangie Rome, Lessie Jackson and Charlotte Kearney. The committee came together ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County Public Library has new Manager

By Antoniette Meyer Sylvia Hiers Emmons has been working at the Gilchrist County Public Library of Trenton for two and a half years. She was a part time employee of the library up until June 1 of this year. Mrs. Emmons chose to start working at the library two and a half years ago because she thought it was an ... Full Story »

At Home with Ronald Watson

By Cindy Jo Ayers Farming in one form or another has been Mr. Ronald Watson’s life work. Mr. Ronald was born  May 15, 1928, to Vernon and S.E. (Stone) Watson. Dr. W. C. Young, a local doctor, delivered him on the family farm. His mother was from over in the Morriston area of Levy County. Ronald was the fourth of ... Full Story »

210 local families receive Thanksgiving dinners

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Volunteers are making a Thanksgiving meal possible for 210 Gilchrist County families this year. The Thanksgiving dinner project started years ago when several Sheriff’s Volunteers provided 20 or so turkeys to local families who were going through a difficult time and would otherwise not have a Thanksgiving meal. Over the years the service project has grown ... Full Story »

At Home with Wallace and Carrie Cannon

By Carrie A. Mizell At 83-years-old Wallace Cannon can often be found wearing denim overalls and making cast nets outside his Bell home. He loves to fish, but his arthritis acts up more than it used to and that keeps him from making it down to Cedar Key as often as he’d like. Born on a farm north of Bell ... Full Story »