Home >> News >> Top Stories (page 20)

Top Stories

Local youth shine at 2016 Suwannee River Fair

Bell Middle FFA member Melonie Piechocki wore her late grandfather, Bob Piechocki’s New York state FFA jacket into the show ring at the Suwannee River Fair on Tuesday morning, and left the ring with Reserve Champion honors. Melonie said her 740-pound steer, Rocky, who was named Reserve Champion Feeder Steer at the 2016 fair, is a very calm, good steer. ... Full Story »

Bell teen critically injured in US 129 crash

By Carrie A. Mizell A 15-year-old Bell student was on life support Monday after being hit by a vehicle while riding a bicycle on US 129. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jacob Cohen, of Bell, was riding a bicycle south on the paved apron of US 129 on Sunday, March 20 at 11:47 a.m. For an unknown reason, the ... Full Story »

Knuckles receives Tony Cruse award

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, March 3, at Bell High School. The event was hosted by the Criminal Justice Program at Bell High School. The awards presentation began with the Color Guard from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Explorers. Dominic Howe and Tori Rogers presented the flags. Full Story »

Pancake breakfast will benefit local firefighter

The Spring Ridge Volunteer Fire Department invites you to help them assist the family of a stricken Gilchrist County volunteer firefighter with the proceeds of their next Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 5th.  The breakfast will run as usual from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the SRVFD firehouse (Gilchrist County Fire Station 3) located at 5600 NE County Road ... Full Story »

Changes coming to Lancaster Correctional

After many years as a youthful offender facility, Lancaster Correctional Institution will house only adult males beginning in June. Rumors spread like wildfire earlier this week after an article was printed in the Miami Herald stating that Lancaster Correctional Institution would close this summer. Full Story »

Rates will go up at Hart Springs

The Gilchrist County Commissioners approved rate changes for Hart Springs Park on Monday, Feb. 23. Effective immediately, the daily entry fee will change from $4 to $5 per person. The annual entry pass, which is good for 5 people, will rise from $75 to $85. Applicable sales and bed tax will also be applied to all fees, except the daily ... Full Story »

Flooding prompts activation of new Santa Fe idle-speed, no-wake zone

Because of recent rains and rising water levels, the Santa Fe River’s new Zone 8 is now above 17 feet, activating the idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, ... Full Story »

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership banquet drew some 200 community leaders and citizens to the Trenton Elementary School cafetorium on Thursday, Feb. 11. Gilchrist County native Bill Deen was one of the citizens sitting in the audience, though he would have probably rather been standing on the sidelines at a ballgame. A shocked expression crossed his face ... Full Story »

2014 BHS graduate dies in SR 47 crash

Friendly, funny and talented, that’s how friends and former classmates remember Andrew L. Griffith, a 2014 Bell High School graduate, who died Friday night in a two-vehicle crash on State Road 47. Griffith, 19, was driving to work at McDonalds in Lake City when the accident occurred. Full Story »