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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 »

Candlelight Vigil to Honor Ramirez and Lindsey

A candlelight vigil to honor Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey was held at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st, at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton. A huge crowd stood with candles as they heard the National Anthem sung by Leigh Hartzog. Those gathered sang a heartfelt Amazing Grace along with Michael and ... Full Story »

Two sweepstakes/gambling businesses shut down in Trenton

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s officers were able to shut down two sweepstakes gaming houses aka simulated gambling establishments within the city limits of Trenton on Wednesday, April 4. Detective Keagon Weatherford lead a two month long investigation of the establishments. The investigation came after complaints of alleged illegal gambling operations at both Fish Tales and American Egale. (sic) Search Warrants were ... Full Story »

Commission splits on Tax Exemption for Fanning Springs Best Western

The Gilchrist County Commission approved Ordinance 2018-01 to allow Nature Coast Development Group, LLC an Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for $900K for no longer than ten years to construct a 92-room Best Western Premier Hotel in Northeast Fanning Springs in Gilchrist County. Bobby Crosby, Gilchrist County Administrator had given the Commission some information in a packet to explain the details ... Full Story »

Weaver and Drew honored at Suwannee River Fair

Longtime County Agents Marvin Weaver from Gilchrist County and Anthony Drew from Levy County were honored for their many years of service at the Suwannee River Fair and Youth Livestock Show. Marvin Weaver who has been the County Agent in Gilchrist County since 1980 has been involved with the fair for some 38 years. Weaver started out as the Steer ... Full Story »

A Desire to “Make a difference”

A desire to ”make a difference” is what motivates people to seek public office. In my opinion it is an honorable undertaking. My name is Bob Clemons and it is my privilege to announce my desire to serve as your representative from District 2 on the County Commission. My wife, Wanda, and I live on a farm just outside of ... Full Story »