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Rush promoted to Solid Waste supervisor

After some discussion, Gilchrist County Commissioners voted on Monday, May 18 to promote Bobby Rush to Solid Waste Department supervisor effective May 26, 2015. Commissioner Marion Poitevint said she has no problem with Rush being promoted, but questioned Rush receiving a salary increase. County Administrator Bobby Crosby explained that Rush’s pay increase is in line with the minimum rate for ... Full Story »

Benefit fishing tournament for Lauri Barfield

A benefit fishing tournament for Lauri Perryman Barfield will be held on May 16,  2015 at the Suwannee Marina. There will be a calcutta, dinner and silent auction on May 15, 2015 at the Suwannee Community Center. There is also a 50/50 drawing - you need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each. For more information on the ... Full Story »

Watermelon Harvest

Watermelon harvest season is just ramping up in Gilchrist County. Local farmer BJ Wilkerson, of Wilkerson Farms, said harvesting got underway on Saturday and the price this early in the season is fair. Good growing conditions this year should mean quality melons. Local watermelons are expected to be plentiful for the Memorial Day holiday. The 70th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival ... Full Story »

City officials grant special exception for liquor package store

The Trenton City Commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday, Apr. 28 granting a special exception to allow for a liquor package store on the corner of State Road 26 and 10th Street. The vote was 4-1, with City Commissioner Everritt Heaton voting no. Applicant Bhavin [Bobby] G. Patel, who currently owns the BP on State Road 26 in Trenton, and ... Full Story »

County officials consider 10 Commandments monument

Would you like to see a Ten Commandments monument placed on the corner of State Road 26 and US 129 near the traffic light in Trenton? Please attend a special workshop on Monday, June 8 at 6 p.m. inside the County Commission Meeting Room to voice your opinion. Dixie County resident Joe Anderson has offered to cover the cost of ... Full Story »

Fanning Springs man arrested for meth lab and child neglect

A 62-year-old Fanning Springs man was arrested after a witness reported the man was cooking meth inside his home. Michael Austin Jones, 62, lives at 8841 NW 174th Street in Fanning Springs. After his arrest, Jones is being held on $150,000 bond at the Levy County Detention Center. Investigators from the Levy County Drug Task Force developed information from a ... Full Story »

3rd diving related death of 2015 reported Sunday

The body of a 68-year-old Pennsylvania man was recovered from an underwater cave system at Ginnie Springs on Sunday. Robert Jurich, of Glen Mills, Pennsylvannia, was last seen alive at 3000 feet within the Devil’s Eye cave system. His diving partner Evelyn Dudas said the two got separated and over an hour later she resurfaced and notified officials. Full Story »

FWC to hold local workshop on boating safety zones

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has scheduled workshops to address possible changes to the boating safety zones affecting vessel speed during flood conditions in the Santa Fe and lower Suwannee rivers. The FWC is considering revisions within the portion of the Suwannee from County Road 340, going south to Fowler’s Bluff, and also the Santa Fe, beginning ... Full Story »

Log Landing boat ramp revitalized

It was just starting to rain on Thursday, April 16 when the Gilchrist County Commissioners cut a ribbon to inaugurate the opening of Log Landing to the public. Located along the Suwannee River, Log Landing lies between Rock Bluff and Sun Springs. At a cost of $325,681.44 the boat ramp was revitalized through a grant-funded program provided by the Florida ... Full Story »