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BOCC considers budget cuts, tax increase

Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. That’s the message the Gilchrist County Commissioners gave to constitutional officers on Monday during a budget workshop. Todd Newton, Gilchrist County Clerk of Court, said that Gilchrist County is not currently in a financial crisis, but if changes aren’t made it will be. Newton advised the constitutional officers to plan for ... Full Story »

Blood drive will benefit local boy with leukemia

The LifeSouth blood mobile will be at the Gilchrist County Courthouse on Tuesday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a blood drive specifically for Riley Hardy. Individuals who wish to donate blood can give blood at any LifeSouth location and use the number 21104-01023 and credit will be given to Riley. The 3-year-old son of Hailie Leggett ... Full Story »

Powell hired as building official

The Gilchrist County Commission took action in their Monday, March 16 meeting to hire Bell native Tim Powell to the vacant Building Inspector/Code Enforcement officer position in Gilchrist County. The Commission’s action followed an  introduction by County Administrator Bobby Crosby, who presented handouts from the reviewing committee of the two applicants. Commissioner D Ray Harrison, Jr. made a motion to ... Full Story »

Bell 11-year-old wins SRF feeder steer show

A Bell Middle FFA member’s first time showing a feeder steer will be tough to beat. Eleven-year-old Melonie Piechocki’s face lit up on Tuesday morning as her steer “Chief” was named grand champion feeder steer at the Suwannee River Fair. “I was nervous,” Melonie said. “But I feel great now!”  Full Story »

School officials, Sheriff team up to stop bullying

By Carrie A. Mizell A 12-year-old student in the Polk County School District committed suicide after being continuously bullied at school. Rebecca Ann Sedwick of Lakeland changed her name on social media to “That Dead Girl” several hours before she jumped to her death at an abandoned cement plant in September 2013. Sheriff Bobby Schultz wants the citizens of Gilchrist ... Full Story »

Parents ask for help with school bullying

By Carrie A. Mizell Parents of a 5th grade student at Trenton Elementary School stood before the Gilchrist County School Board on Monday and asked for help to stop their child from being bullied at school. With tears running down her face, the mother explained that her daughter’s grades have dropped from A’s and B’s to D’s and F’s this ... Full Story »

Students praise Teachers of the Year

At a Trenton Rotary Club meeting last month, local Teachers of the Year got a chance to hear what their principals had to say about them. On Monday, March 9, Brad Surrency, Christy Russel, Christine Smith and Susan Owens got to hear what their students had to say about them. Superintendent Robert Rankin had arranged for one student from each ... Full Story »

Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival is next weekend

Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, which will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, will host a special quilt display featuring designs by Kaffe Fassett. This colorful collection of about twenty quilts, made by friends of Carol Cama of Sarasota, Florida, can be viewed inside the new Florida Quilt Museum, located on Main Street just south of the historic Depot. ... Full Story »

Suwannee River Fair kicks-off

The 63rd Annual Suwannee River Fair will begin on Thursday, March 5. Marti Smith, secretary/treasurer of the Suwannee River Fair Association, said changes are underway in order for the livestock fair to comply with insurance requirements. Full Story »