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Kidnapping, sexual battery in SE Gilchrist County

  A 40-year-old Trenton man is being held in the Gilchrist County Jail after being arrested for sexual battery, kidnapping and armed burglary. Jerry Dean Smith is accused of entering a home in southeast Gilchrist County, where he confronted a female victim. Smith allegedly sexually battered the victim, and held her against her will within the residence  for several hours ... Full Story »

Hotel developers ask county for $1 million

By Carrie A. Mizell HDG Hotel Development would like Gilchrist County to provide them with a loan, or contribution of $1 million to bring a Holiday Inn Express to Fanning Springs. Gilchrist County Attorney David M. “Duke” Lang explained to the Board of County Commissioners last week that he and County Administrator Bobby Crosby have been communicating with brothers Navroz ... Full Story »

Denim & Diamonds at Chamber of Commerce Banquet

The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership banquet drew community leaders and citizens, as well as famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley. For one night only, Trenton resident Leigh Hartzog reprised her role as Annie Oakley, a character she portrayed in the Suwannee Valley Players’ production of “Annie Get Your Gun”. Dressed in costume and carrying a rifle, Hartzog opened the ... Full Story »

Elected officials call for a more secure courthouse

The safety of employees working inside the Gilchrist County Courthouse is being questioned after a customer recently walked up to the tax collector’s counter with a firearm on his hip. Barbara Merritt, Gilchrist County tax collector, told the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, Jan. 22 that changes need to be made to secure the courthouse, so people can’t just ... Full Story »

Former prison officers guilty of battery on inmate

A jury found two former officers at Lancaster Correctional Institute guilty of Malicious Battery on a Prisoner without great bodily harm at the close of a three-day trial last week. After deliberating for nearly two hours, the jury returned a guilty verdict against Robert La Puma, 40, of Bell, and Brittain Williams, 27, of Chiefland. The two men were accused ... Full Story »

Haven breaks ground on community center

  On January 9, Haven Hospice hosted elected officials, members of the Haven Hospice Community Advisory Board in the Tri-Counties, staff and community residents to celebrate the ground breaking of a 4,495 square foot community center on the campus of the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland. The facility has been designed by Brame Heck Architects and will be ... Full Story »

Georgia man dies while cave diving at Ginnie Springs

A Georgia man died Saturday while scuba diving in Devil’s System at Ginnie Springs. An experienced cave diver, John Louis Gregory, 63, of Marietta, Georgia, is believed to have had a medical emergency that led to his death. Lt. Jeff Manning of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, explained that deputies and emergency personnel from Gilchrist County Fire Rescue responded to ... Full Story »

Fanning Springs Council approves EMS construction bid

The Fanning Springs City Council held their January regular meeting on Tuesday, January 6. The Council chairman turned the meeting over to Judge Sheree H. Lancaster as she presented the Oath of Office to the newly elected officials. The Council elected Paul Chase to repeat as chairman. Jane Nogaki was elected by a unanimous vote to be the vice chair. Full Story »

Elected officials in Bell sworn in

The Bell Town Council met on Thursday, January 8, 2015 to conduct the business of the Town of Bell. The meeting began with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Derek Sanders, chairman of the Council called on David M. Duke Lang to conduct the swearing-in of the newly elected officials. Mr. Lang gave the Oath of Office to Tommy Brown, ... Full Story »