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City Council members charged with Sunshine Law violations

Three members of the Fanning Springs City Council are facing second-degree misdemeanor charges for Sunshine Law violations. Eighth Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone stated on January 25th that Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki, and Ronald Queen were charged with Violation of Public Meetings Law. According to court documents filed by the state attorney, Locke, Nogaki and Queen were all serving on ... Full Story »

BOCC votes 3-2 to close SE 97th Trail

After months of discussion and two prior votes on the issue, the Gilchrist County Commissioners voted 3-2 to close a portion of SE 97th Trail last week. Commissioners Kenrick Thomas, D. Ray Harrison, Jr., and Todd Gray voted in favor of Resolution 2016-02, while Commissioners Sharon Langford and Marion Poitevint voted against closing the road. The Board had previously voted ... Full Story »

2 Bell residents arrested on drug charges

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office reported that two Bell residents were arrested last week on drug charges. James Lawson Stewart, 25, of Bell, was arrest by Detective Scotty Douglas on January 8, 2016. He was charged with Possession of controlled substance without prescription. Bond was set at $30,000. Christopher Lee Seaborne, 40, of Bell, was arrested by Deputy Kris Beasley ... Full Story »

New Bell Town Councilmen sworn-in Thursday

The Bell Town Council started the new year with the swearing in of  new councilmen Gary Blankenship and Chris Sandlin. Current councilmen Michael Moore, who was re-elected without opposition, also took the Oath of Office from Bell Town Council  attorney David M. Lang, Jr. The Council also elected officers for the year 2016. Councilman Kenny Bass nominated Derek Sanders, the ... Full Story »

Fanning Springs Fire Chief suspended

Longtime Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen was suspended from his job without pay on Friday, Jan. 8. Fanning Springs Mayor Howell E. “Trip” Lancaster, III, said he met with McQueen on Friday and advised him of the suspension. The mayor explained that McQueen does not hold a current certificate of compliance, which Florida Statutes now require. Full Story »

Construction begins on Rock Bluff Bridge

The Gilchrist County Commissioners picked a new paint color for the support pilings beneath the Rock Bluff Bridge on Monday. The pilings will be painted a vibrant  shade of safety yellow during construction on the bridge, which got underway on Monday, Jan. 4. According to Gilchrist County Road Department Superintendent Billy Cannon, there have been two recent incidents of boaters ... Full Story »

Sandlin elected to Bell Town Council

Popular Scaffs IGA meat manager Chris Sandlin was elected to the Bell Town Council last week. Sandlin received 42 votes to Betsy Clark’s 22 votes and B J Light’s 11 votes. Full Story »

Cane grinding tradition continues in Gilchrist County

The Langford and Ozment families gathered last week just as they have for the past 27 years to make cane syrup. Their annual cane grinding and syrup making event draws a host of friends as well as three generations of both families. Roy Langford and James Ozment have been friends for years, first meeting at Union Baptist Church many years ... Full Story »

Alcohol a factor in UTV crash that injured local child

A 5-year-old girl was critically injured on Saturday when the Arctic Cat she was a passenger in overturned and she was ejected near Waters Lake. Kingsley Tompkins, 5, was a passenger in a 2014 Arctic Cat driven by Benjamin Tompkins, 39, when the UTV overturned on its right side ejecting both the driver and the child. Full Story »

City receives $100K grant

Members of the Trenton City Commission are shown accepting a check for $100,000 from Fanning Springs State Park Assistant Ranger Bob Soderhome, representing the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program. Shown from left, Mayor Glen Thigpen, City Manager Taylor Brown, Bob Soderhome, Commissioners Everritt Heaton, Randy Rutter, Craig Ruede and Marcia Hellams. These funds are designated to provide additional needs for ... Full Story »