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Foundation hears from Mini Grant recipient Tanya Rood

By Cindy Jo Ayers The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County held a Board Meeting on June 13. At the meeting they heard about how mini grant recipient Tanya Rood used her $500 grant to better the lives of her students. Rood reported that she had purchased a high quality printer, card paper as well as Velcro which she uses to ... Full Story »

Coots arrested and charged with Dealing in Stolen Property

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz announces the arrest of 32-year-old Joshua Melvin Coots, date of birth June 28, 1985. Coots was arrested on Friday, May 31, 2018 in Fanning Springs, Florida for dealing in stolen property and being in possession of items from recent burglaries in Gilchrist County. Coots is also a suspect in other burglaries which have occurred within ... Full Story »

32 year old Bell native loses his life Saturday after altercation

Joshua Lee Akins of Bell passed away on Saturday, June 9, after Akins went to a residence located at 7799 SE 30th Street, Newberry (in Gilchrist County). An individual at the residence and Akins got into an altercation. According to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office the altercation led to shots being fired, Akins later died at the residence due to ... Full Story »

First political meet and greet held last week

Local voters and candidates turned out for the Gilchrist Republican Candidate Meet and Greet last Thursday evening, May 31. Most of the 2018 local candidates came out to visit with voters and make a short speech about themselves, their abilities and experiences. The four County Commission candidates in the District 2 race were all at the Meet and Greet. Candidates ... Full Story »

New Septic Rules for small lots in Gilchrist

Small lot owners in parts of Gilchrist County will no longer be allowed to use conventional septic tanks for new homes or mobile homes as of July 1, 2018. The parts of Gilchrist County that will be affected by the new Basin Management Action Plan is mostly located in the southern half of Gilchrist County, west of 129 to the ... Full Story »

Camp Valor Project Phase 1 Groundbreaking Inspiring

By Cindy Jo Ayers An amazing project to help the severely wounded veterans got underway on Saturday, May 19, right here in Gilchrist County. The groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the Camp Valor Project was held at Otter Springs Park. A large group of members of Veterans organizations, local dignitaries, and supportive citizens, as well as Camp Valor Project ... Full Story »

Home of gunman who killed local deputies destroyed by fire

A fire destroyed the Bell home of the man who shot and killed two Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies, before turning the gun on himself. John Highnote’s home, which was located at 359 NW 45th Avenue in Bell, has been deemed a complete loss. Highnote is the man responsible for the April 19 shooting deaths of Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and ... Full Story »

Sheriff Schultz releases update on shooter of Deputies

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz traveled to the FDLE Florida Department of Law Enforcement office in Alachua on Friday, April 27. The sheriff shared an update with the media about the man who shot and killed Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey on Thursday, April 19, in Trenton. The two Gilchrist County law enforcement officers were seated inside Ace ... Full Story »

2 Deputies Die in senseless shooting

By Carrie Ayers Mizell and Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County residents were shocked last week when two young Sheriff’s deputies were gunned down while eating lunch in Trenton. The tragedy unfolded at the Ace China Restaurant on Thursday, April 19 at 3 p.m. A lone gunman, later identified as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, (but not from Bell), shot ... Full Story »