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Neilson’s Christmas Tree Farm in their 22nd year

By Cindy Jo Ayers Oh Christmas Tree....Oh Christmas Tree. Bob and Joyce Neilson have been supplying the county with live and fresh cut Christmas trees since 1997. Through the years picking out a tree from Neilson’s Christmas Tree Farm has become a family tradition for families in Gilchrist and surrounding counties. After the 2018 Christmas season the Neilsons intend to ... Full Story »

Operations Christmas Child collected 15,778 shoe boxes in Tri-County area

Submitted Christmas Shoeboxes were collected for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child from churches and individuals in Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties. They were brought to the collection site at Bethel Baptist Church. Collection week was held from November 12 through November 19 in this area and a total of 15,778 shoeboxes were collected and shipped to Atlanta, GA for further ... Full Story »

Felice Swalla volunteer of the year at Senior Center

Over 85 senior citizens enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday November 16, at the Senior Center in Trenton. Norm Conti headed up the event and welcomed the seniors as they arrived. The group enjoyed live music provided by Don Thomas, Dan Talley and Dwight Smith. Each year at this event one of the highlights is the naming of the ... Full Story »

Marvine Deer has 100 year old WWI reverse painting

By Cindy Jo Ayers Mrs. Marvine Hoylman Deer of Bell has a 100 year old painting that her grandfather had brought home from France at the end of World War I. Deer said that the painting had been passed down to her from her mother, Martha Louise Selbe Hoylman. Martha’s father, Ervin Selbe of West Virginia, fought in the United ... Full Story »

Alice Kinsey honored with retirement reception

Judge Sheree Lancaster hosted a retirement celebration for her longtime Judicial Assistant Alice Kinsey on Wednesday, October 31. Judge Lancaster shared about Kinsey’s career with a large group of judges and judicial assistants, current and retired from the 8th Circuit. Kinsey’s work with the court system began when she became the Judicial Assistant for the late Judge Ed Philman after ... Full Story »

It’s Shoebox Time! Annual Packin’ Party a big success

By Cindy Jo Ayers Good people came from far and wide to help with the third annual Operation Christmas Child Kickoff event and Community Wide Packin’ Party that was held on Saturday, October 13. One of the highlights of the annual Packin’ Party is a guest speaker who talks about their experience receiving a shoebox. This year’s guest speaker was ... Full Story »

David Robertson holds a meet and greet in Gilchrist County

David Robertson, who is a candidate for the 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, held a meet and greet on Friday, October 12 at Cherry’s Seafood Restaurant in Trenton. Robertson’s wife Bonnie was on hand to greet the citizens of Gilchrist County. David Robertson had planned to be at the event, but he was activated to duty in the Florida Army ... Full Story »

Leggett receives Bob Walden Award

Submitted On October 4, 2018 Gilchrist County Property Appraiser, Damon Leggett received the R.R. “Bob” Walden Award. The award was presented at Pensacola Beach, Florida and is given for sincere sense of dedication and outstanding service to the Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida at their annual conference. Leggett has been the Gilchrist County Property Appraiser since 2004 and has worked ... Full Story »