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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 »

Nine Arrested in Operation “Times Up” over the weekend

On June 22, 2017, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office concluded the second phase of its ongoing investigation into the illegal narcotics violations occurring in Gilchrist County. Operation “Times Up” resulted in the arrest of multiple suspects for various criminal violations. Also as a result of this operation, other crimes have been solved, with more information on those cases coming in ... Full Story »

Armed suspect taken into custody Monday morning

At approximately 8:48 a.m. on Monday, June 19 Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office received  a call in reference to a subject in the area of Bell Concrete, just north of Bell on US 129, who was holding what appeared to be a large stick. A second call was received from the area of the  Emergency Operations Center with a description of ... Full Story »

State to buy Blue Springs for $5.25 Million

By Cindy Jo Ayers The 407 acres that contain Blue Springs will be purchased from the family that has owned it since the 1950s. Siblings Kimberly Davis and Matt Barr of Blue Springs Properties Inc. have had the property on the market since 2013 and it was reported they were asking 10 million for it. The state of Florida has ... Full Story »

Trenton resident asks City Commission to close sweepstakes businesses

By John Ayers The Trenton City Commission discussed a letter that was submitted to the City Commission asking the board to have law enforcement close the businesses that the letter referred to as a house of gambling. The letter stated that “Funtime Sweepstakes” is a business where people are losing their rent, payments, and money for food to games of ... Full Story »