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Construction on Fanning Springs Hotel stopped, construction company files suit

Over the last several months, area citizens have been questioning why work on the new Fanning Springs hotel has stopped. Apparently several complaints have been filed by the contractor and the development group. Nature Coast Development Group, LLC held a groundbreaking for the hotel in November 2019. At that time the hotel was to be a Best Western Premier facility ... Full Story »

GCSO arrest ten-time felon

On February 3, 2021, Ten-time convicted felon, Bobby Ray Hurst, was arrested for trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, using paraphernalia to transport Narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hurst’s total bond $210,000.00 set by Judge Tatum Davis. While on patrol, Deputy David Reeves observed a red pickup commit a traffic infraction in Gilchrist County. Deputy Reeves ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County Sheriff Promotes four officers to Sergeant

Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Schultz and the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office announced on January 15, that four members of his team were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Elmer Brown and Sgt. Jonathan Sheffield of the Corrections Division were promoted along with Sgt. Rebecca Cumbie and Sgt. Robert Whitaker of the Operations Division. Sheriff Schultz said, “Please join ... Full Story »

COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling has Resumed in Gilchrist County

The Department of Health in Gilchrist County announced that they were taking appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Individuals who are 65 or older, front line health care workers and first responders may schedule an appointment by calling 352-463-3120. Scheduling will continue until vaccine allotments are depleted. Residents are ask to be patient as phone ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation hearing held in Trenton last week

The Gilchrist County Legislative hearing was held last Thursday, January 7, in Trenton. State Representative Chuck Clemons (R) who chaired the meeting introduced new State Senator Jennifer Bradley (R). He reminded the audience that Gilchrist County’s delegation or representation in Tallahassee consisted of himself and Senator Bradley, in comparison to large county’s like Miami-Dade that has 22 to represent them. ... Full Story »

Health Department giving Covid-19 Vaccines in Trenton

Gilchrist County residents who are 65 or older can now call the Gilchrist County Health Department at 463-3120 to schedule a vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are being giving to those 65 or older, health care workers, and first responders, for free at this time. The first COVID-19 vaccine was given at noon on Tuesday, January 5. Individuals who meet the criteria ... Full Story »

Commission extends Special Use Permit for Ellis Ray’s RV Resort

The Gilchrist County Commission met on Monday, December 7 as they reviewed a request from Mills Engineering Co. for SUP 2020-01 for TRS Holdings- Ellie Ray’s RV Resort on the Santa Fe River in north Gilchrist County. Andrew Carswell of Mills Engineering submitted a letter requesting the SUP 2020-01 be extended for twelve months. Mr. Carswell identified the extension is ... Full Story »

County Commission votes No on allowing Sunday Alcohol sales in rural areas

The Gilchrist County Commission agreed to disagree with many members of the business community on Monday afternoon as the Commission voted No, by a unanimous vote, to not allow Sunday alcohol sales in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County. Many owners and operators of convenience stores in the rural areas were in attendance and urged the board to be in ... Full Story »

Old Fashioned Smoked Hams a longtime Bell tradition

By Cindy Jo Ayers Hundreds of Old Fashioned Smoked Hams are sold each year at the SunStop (Scaff’s) Market in Bell. In fact, if you go into the store during the holiday season you can smell the slight hint of hickory smoke in the air. For those customers who have been buying these special double smoked hams for years, this ... Full Story »

County Commissioners receive Oath of Office last week at Special Meeting

The Gilchrist County Commission held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 17 as newly elected Commissioner Darrell Smith and unopposed Commissioners Sharon Langford and Kenrick Thomas received the Oath of Office from attorney David M. Lang, Jr. The Commissioners took their seats following the swearing in ceremony as Commissioner Smith took a minute to tell the board members and the ... Full Story »