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How Gilchrist County Voted

(Last week half of this article was accidently left off of the front page story of the Gilchrist County Journal, we are sorry about the error.) Gilchrist County voted 77.88% during the November 3, General Election. The County has 12,516 registered voters and 9,748 cast a ballot. Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Connie Sanchez, her staff Tracy Sanders and Lisa ... Full Story »

County Commission directs attorney to amend alcohol ordinance for Sunday sales

By John Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission took a step closer to approving Sunday alcohol sales. On Monday afternoon they voted 5-0 to amend Ordinance 80-1 to approve Sunday alcohol sales in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County. The five-member Commission was addressed by Stoney Smith, representing the convenience stores located in the rural areas of Gilchrist County. He told ... Full Story »

Bell Woman arrested after Levy County Landfill Theft

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Wanda Sue Sheffield (4/20/63) of Bell, Florida today after a lengthy investigation. In September of 2019 the Levy County Finance Director was asked by the Levy County Landfill Director to take a detailed look at monies being collected at the landfill. The Finance Director alerted the Sheriff’s Office when he discovered ... Full Story »

Jenkins retires after 30 years

Edwin Jenkins shown with Sheriff Bobby Schultz as he was presented with a plaque last week at a retirement event held in his honor. Jenkins has been in law enforcement for 30 years. He began at Lancaster Correctional Institution and ending with the GCSO where he started in 2005. Sgt. Jenkins is well liked by he fellow officers at GCSO. ... Full Story »

Loran Brookins receives Outstanding Agriculturalist Award from UF/IFAS

By Cindy Jo Ayers Loran Brookins, Chiefland native and longtime President of the Suwannee River Fair was named 2020 Outstanding Agriculturalist by the University of Florida/IFAS. Brookins has been involved with Agriculture for the past 50 years. He is the third generation to be involved with his family farm located just outside Chiefland. Following in his grandfather, Foster Brookins, and ... Full Story »

Bell’s Press Box named for Tommy Philman Voice of the Bulldogs for 38 years

The Bell High School football game on Friday, October 9 was made special by a tribute given to a man who has meant a lot to not only the Bell Community, but to the high school and fans who would hear his voice and see his familiar cowboy hat at every home varsity football and varsity basketball game that the ... Full Story »

FDOT held a New Toll Road Community Open House in Trenton

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County Woman’s Club building was the latest and last Community Open House planned by Florida M-CORES (Florida Department of Transportation). The meeting was held to share information about the building of the Suncoast Corridor. The first Community Open House for the large toll road was held on October of 2019 in Old Town. Since that ... Full Story »

Prayer Gathering held in Fanning Springs

A large group of like minded believers gathered at the Fanning Springs Park on Saturday morning to attend a Pray Gathering. Pastor David Jones of Fanning Springs Community Church greeted those attending. Pastor Jones said that GiGi Daube felt the Lord had laid it on her heart to hold a gathering where people prayed for our country and it’s leaders. ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Rotary becomes a 100% Paul Harris Fellows Club

The September 21, 2020 Gilchrist County Rotary Club meeting was a very special event. A total of 31 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded, which makes Gilchrist County Rotary Club a 100% Paul Harris Club. This is a very special recognition for the club and in July, District Governor Jan Pooley sent the club congratulations on the accomplishment. “Even though these ... Full Story »

County Commission tables decision on Pine Ridge RV Park until October 5th meeting

By John Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission had a capacity crowd attend the 4 p.m. Monday meeting, many of these residents and property owners shared their opinion that the proposed Pine Ridge RV Park is not compatible with the agriculture zoned, open spaced residential area. This Special Use Permit hearing was scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. as over thirty ... Full Story »