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Sheriff Schultz sends a message to Citizens of Gilchrist County

Sheriff Bobby Schultz submitted the following information to the Gilchrist County Journal this week. He requested that the following information be published in a effort to keep the citizens informed. Dear Fellow Citizens, As your Sheriff, your neighbor, and your friend I wanted to write this letter to address several issues we, at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, have been ... Full Story »

Drug Arrest made in Fanning Springs on Friday

On Friday, August 18th, during the course of a narcotics investigation Sgt. Stephen Stalvey of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and his K-9 Gus conducted a traffic stop in the Wilcox area. Investigator Clint Anderson who was also on the scene arrested Valerie Thornton, age 53 of Old Town, on charges of Trafficking  Methamphetamine, Delivering Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug ... Full Story »

Another Home Intruder shot by homeowner in SE Gilchrist County

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office reported that a homeowner shot an intruder in the early morning of Tuesday, August 22. It was reported that the 89 year old homeowner went to the door when he heard knocking.  The alleged robber pushed his way into the house located near Rolling Oaks Subdivision. During the robbery, the homeowner was able to arm ... Full Story »

Trenton to hire Matthew E. Rexroat as first Public Safety Director

The Trenton City Commission voted unanimously to have City Manager Lyle Wilkerson move forward with all of the proceeding, involving background checks and former employment reviews to hire Matthew E. Rexroat as the first Public Safety Director for the City of Trenton. Commissioner Lee Deen made the motion and Commissioner Marcia Hellams agreed with a second to the action that ... Full Story »

Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center receive Governor’s Gold Seal Award

Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce that our center and partners have received the Governor’s Gold Seal Award. This award recognizes Long Term Care Centers that consistently provide their residents with exceptionally high levels of care. Governor Rick Scott said, “Gold Seal facilities represent the very best nursing homes that Florida has to offer. Our state is ... Full Story »

Largest Heroin Seizure in County history made last week

On Tuesday, July 18, approximately one ounce of heroin was seized as well as synthetic narcotics in pill form. The heroin seizure occurred after a traffic stop in Fanning Springs.  Gilchrist County law enforcement officers Detective Sergeant Clint Anderson, with assistance of Lt. Scotty Douglas and Detective Sgt. Keagon Weatherford, Sgt. Edwin Jenkins, K-9 Deputy Matthew Rexroat and Deputy Mike ... Full Story »

45 year old swimmer pulled from water at Ginnie Springs Saturday

Gilchrist County Fire-Rescue Squad 1 responded to a report of a drowning at Ginnie Springs on Saturday afternoon, July 22. It was reported that a 45 year old man from out of this area was pulled from a spring. Bystanders  reported that the swimmer put a Go Pro camera in his mouth and swam to the bottom of one of ... Full Story »

State Attorney to seek Death Penalty in CR 340 murder case

The State Attorney plans to seek the Death Penalty in the Staleys murder case.  Bill Cervone, State Attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit said on  Monday, July 17, “We intend to pursue the Death Penalty in this case.” Cervone went on to say that they are working on the case, but he did not expect the case to come to ... Full Story »

Hugh Thomas appointed Executive Director of Water Management District

At their board meeting on July 11, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board appointed Hugh Thomas of Gilchrist County as the new executive director of the District, effective July 17. Thomas has an extensive 25-year background in agriculture and environmental resource management including one year as senior project manager in the District’s Agriculture and Environmental Projects ... Full Story »

Grace ReStore new business in Bell

Gregg and Lee Wolffis opened Grace ReStore in Bell on June 1. The non-profit business is located between Akins Bar-B-Que and the train depot at 3249 W. Railroad Lane. The Wolffis’ purchased the resale store from Nina and Kevin Craven who started Grace Ministries Thrift Store several years ago in the same location. The Wolffis moved to Gilchrist County from ... Full Story »