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Tax Collector Opens Bell Office

By Cindy Jo Ayers The new Gilchrist County Tax Collector’s Office in Bell officially opened last week. A ribbon cutting hosted by the Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce was held on Thursday afternoon, June 25. Tax Collector Michael McElroy and the Tax Collector staff were in attendance at the Open House. The new office is located in the Bell Library ... Full Story »

Lauren Roberts crowned Newberry Watermelon Festival Queen

On Saturday, June 20th, Trenton’s own Lauren Roberts was crowned the 75th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival Queen. Lauren is a 2019 graduate of Trenton High School and is currently serving as the FFA Area II Vice President. Photos by Seabee Photography. Ava Houser of Newberry was crowned the Newberry Watermelon Festival Teen Queen during the pageant. Full Story »

Watermelon Field Intentionally Killed

Gilchrist County Farmer loses approximately $400,000 worth of melons, in an Alachua field, after someone adds herbicides to his sprayer. The farmer had his tractor with pull behind sprayers filled with spray to control disease in the 55 acre field. Apparently someone came into the field and added herbicides into the sprayers and the next morning, when the field was ... Full Story »

Michael Porter’s Appeal Failed

Michael Porter, who was convicted of the murder of Joyce Burrow of Bell in November of 2018, has appealed his conviction and two life sentences plus 30 years. On May 26, 2020 the First District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida affirmed and upheld the conviction of Michael Porter for the murder of Joyce Burrow of NW Gilchrist ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County has 8th COVID-19 case, 3 active cases at this time

Drive-Thru testing on May 26 and May 27 By John Ayers Ralph Smith, Gilchrist County Emergency Management Director informed the Commission on Monday afternoon that Gilchrist County has just received information from the Florida Department of Health that an 8th COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Gilchrist County. The director explained that Gilchrist County currently has 3 active cases. He ... Full Story »

Covid 19 cases being followed in Tri-County Area on Monday

As of Monday, May 4, there were 35 Covid 19 cases in the Tri-County area which includes Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties. Of those 35 people a total 19 people had been cleared to return to public interaction, according to Wesley Asbell of the Florida Department of Health. Gilchrist County has had 5 people with Covid 19, of those 5 ... Full Story »

Pete Randolph handcrafting American Flags from wood

Former Trenton Mayor Pete Randolph has been busy creating handcrafted wooden flags. Randolph came up with the idea of making a large wooden American flag with each state’s quarter inlaid in the blue sections of the flag that usually has the 50 stars. He said it took him several months to collect them all. “I had all my friends and ... Full Story »

County closes another boat ramp

The Gilchrist County Commission met on April 16, at 10 a.m. in the County Commission Meeting Room. The County Commission voted to close the  G.C. Butler Boat Landing after  Lt. Scotty Douglas of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office explained to the Commissioners that citizens from mostly Suwannee and Columbia Counties have been congregating at the boat ramp in groups. The ... Full Story »