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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 »

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 »