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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 »

Bell woman arrested for animal cruelty

                    A Bell resident was arrested and booked into the Gilchrist County Jail last week on charges of animal cruelty. 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 »

Fanning Springs City Council members fined $375

Three Fanning Springs City Council members facing misdemeanor charges for Sunshine Law violations pleaded no contest last week when they appeared before Levy County Judge James T. Browning. The arraignment was changed from February 16 to February 2. Full Story »

Walk-a-thon is Saturday

The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County will hold it’s annual Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, February 6, beginning at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. and opening ceremonies will follow at 9:45 a.m. The walk will get underway at 10:00 a.m. Participants can walk, run, bike, wheelchair, skate, roller blade, or push a stroller along the two mile ... Full Story »

Minivan/semi collide on 47

No injuries were reported in a vehicle crash at State Road 47 and County Road 232 last week. According to Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace, of the Florida Highway Patrol, Diwa Brown, 35, of Gainesville, drove her 2002 Toyota Sienna minivan through the intersection just after 9:00 a.m. and into the path of a semi truck. Full Story »