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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 »

Legislative Delegation Meeting draws crowd

State Senator Charlie Dean and State Representative Keith Perry were in Gilchrist County on Friday for a Legislative Delegation Meeting. The two elected officials explained that they don’t know what their constituents want if they are not told, so they welcomed public comment from local elected officials and citizens, leading up to the 2015 Legislative Session. “If I don’t help ... Full Story »

American Legion will meet Thursday to re-open Post 91

The American Legion Department of Florida will have a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. to re-open the post and have elections for the officer positions. We request all members of Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91, Trenton, to be part of this meeting and get the Post back on track. We would like to invite all the Veterans eligible for ... Full Story »

Super Bowl doesn’t warrant Sunday alcohol sales

There will be no alcohol sales in Gilchrist County on Super Bowl Sunday. Tom Sturgis, owner of Ellie Ray’s RV Resort, asked the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners to amend a county ordinance that prohibits alcohol sales on Sunday for one day, Super Bowl Sunday, which is February 1, 2015. Since purchasing Ellie Ray’s over two years ago, Sturgis ... Full Story »

14 month investigation leads to federal, state convictions

During the summer of 2013 multiple burglaries occurred in Gilchrist, Levy, Alachua and Columbia counties, which resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property. Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms  (ATF) Special Agent Victor Washington, Chiefland Police Department Captain Ray Tremblay and Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Michelle Jones combined investigative efforts and were able to ... Full Story »

Two-vehicle crash in Trenton

    A rear-end collision on State Road 26 in Trenton slowed traffic on Friday morning and sent two local drivers to the hospital. Both vehicles were traveling east on State Road 26 just before 8 a.m. when Jennifer M. Hachman, 29, of Chiefland slowed to turn left onto NE 7th Street. Michelle L. Rodgers, 49, of Fanning Springs, was ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County’s 2014 Year in Review

January - Gilchrist County Commissioners denied a request by Ellie Ray’s Resort to allow for alcohol sales on Sundays. - Michael Moore and Carol Murray were sworn-in as members of the Bell Town Council. - Everritt Heaton was sworn-in as a newly elected Trenton City Councilman. - Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Winter Banquet drew 200 people who looked ... Full Story »

Former EMS chief files lawsuit after 2013 arrest

Gilchrist County’s former EMS chief has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against Sheriff Bobby Schultz and Sergeant Stephen Stalvey. Linda Walker is seeking damages in excess of $75,000 excluding attorney’s fees. Walker claims she was falsely arrested on June 22, 2013 for burglary with intent to commit a trespass. The charges were later dropped. In the filing, Walker’s ... Full Story »

Who killed Junior Kelly?

Do you have information regarding the murder of Gilchrist County native Junior Kelly? If so, make a confidential call! A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the crime. Sheriff Bobby Schultz can be reached at (352) 275-4748 or simply call the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office at 463-3410. November 19, ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County Journal launches new website

Just in time for the holidays, the Gilchrist County Journal website has undergone a makeover to better serve our readers. Visit www.gilchristcountyjournal.net to see all that is now offered on the newspaper’s website. Unlimited access to the content will be available until January 1, 2015, so we encourage all readers to visit the new website and take the time to ... Full Story »