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Victim mutilated in local home invasion

On Sunday, July 14th at 11:02 a.m., Gilchrist County Communications Division received a call in reference to an armed burglary. Units were dispatched at 11:04 a.m., while the dispatcher gathered further information. It was determined that the suspect had broken into the residence and the victim had been held at gunpoint, tied up, taken to a different room and mutilated ... Full Story »

FDLE: Gilchrist Crime Rate up 75.8%

By Carrie A. Mizell The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report has found Gilchrist County’s overall crime increased 75.8 percent from 2017 to 2018. According to FDLE, robbery was down, while murder, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft was up in 2018. Sheriff Bobby Schultz said crime has gone up in Gilchrist County, but not ... Full Story »

No more texting while driving, it’s the law

One out of every four accidents are caused by texting drivers. Texting while driving is now illegal in Florida. Starting July 1 the Florida Department of Highway Patrol will begin giving drivers who are texting while driving a stern warning. Drivers will be ticketed for the offence in January 2020. The Highway Patrol has started a campaign called Put It ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Building Supply Celebrates 40 years in business July 5th

Gilchrist Building Supply opened for its first day of business on July 5, 1979. Mike, Donna and Jeff Hayes actually began construction of the small hardware and building supply business in April.  Their goal was to fill the community’s need for quality hardware and building supplies. Through the years, GBS has continually expanded its product lines and facilities to better ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County has new WWI Monument

The new Gilchrist County WWI granite monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. A fund raising drive began on February 14, 2011 for this monument by the Gilchrist County Historical Society. During the first year around $1,300 was collected. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Dixie Defenders Camp #2086 made the first big donation. Mr. Jim Mash the former ... Full Story »

Gardener’s at the Sheriff’s Office

After a rain delay or two, a group of volunteers from the Master Gardener program came together last week to give back to those who serve us daily. Barbara Edmonds rounded up this group of gardeners to update some of the landscaping and flower beds at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. I’m sure the men and women of GCSO greatly ... Full Story »

Gilchrist natives ask Commission to protect residents from corporate agriculture

The Gilchrist County Commission listened to fourth generation Gilchrist County natives, James E. and Carolyn Fletcher Vickers on Monday when she asked the board for protection from corporate agriculture that borders their homestead residence at 6969 SE 30th Street in Trenton. Mrs. Vickers explained that she represented the fourth generation that has lived on the Fletcher farm where she and ... Full Story »

Honoring our fallen warriors

The Gilchrist County Memorial Day Remembrance was held on Monday, May 27, at the Memorial Courtyard next to the County Courthouse in Trenton. Bell High School Junior JROTC presented the United States flag and those gathered said the pledge of allegiance led by Steve Hutson. Pat Watson sang the National Anthem and later in the program Michael and Christy McElroy ... Full Story »

Soil and Water honors Tommy Jones with Conservation Stewardship Award

By Cindy Jo Ayers The annual Gilchrist Soil and Water Conservation District appreciation dinner was held on Thursday, May 16, at the Otter Springs Lodge. The coveted 2019 Stewardship award was presented to Thomas “Tommy” Jones of Trenton. Tommy and his wife of 29 years, Elaine, received the award. Jack Cook, Vice Chairperson said “Every year we try to recognize ... Full Story »

GCSO Operation “Buzz Kill” a success

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) announced on May 8th, in conjunction with the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Chiefland Police Department, conducted an extended drug operation over the last six months which concluded this week with the arrests of 11 defendants. The defendants are currently being held on total bonds of $5,392,500.00 and facing a collective ... Full Story »