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Building issues hold up funding for local drug, alcohol ministry

The Gilchrist County Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday, Feb. 19 to withhold funding from Grace Ministry until buildings on the Bell property are in compliance with the county’s building code. Kevin and Nina Craven of Grace Ministry came before the Board seeking a Special Use Permit for a religious facility and group treatment center within an Agriculture-2 (A-2) land use ... Full Story »

Taxpayers may incur a new fire assessment fee

The Trenton City Commissioners moved one step closer to enacting a non-ad valorem special assessment for fire during their Tuesday, Feb. 10, regular city council meeting. With a 3 to 1 vote the city commissioners put the Gilchrist County Property Appraiser and the Gilchrist County Tax Collector on notice that they are planning to implement what amounts to a new ... Full Story »

Lewd and Lascivious Battery at a local church

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Dixie County Sheriff’s Office and members of the United States Marshal’s Regional Domestic Fugitive Task Force arrested Joseph Louis Moscato, 67, at his home located at 785 North East 673 Street, Old Town on Thursday, Feb. 5. LCSO obtained a warrant charging Moscato for Lewd and Lascivious Battery of a person under 16 after the ... Full Story »

Fanning Springs, Bell residents arrested for Meth

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office arrested three Fanning Springs residents and a Bell woman last week on methamphetamine related charges. On Monday, Feb. 2 at 8:34 p.m. Deputy Kris Beasley, Deputy Wayne Dasher and Sgt. Alex Gaston went to 9649 Indiana Street in Fanning Springs to conduct an investigation in reference to the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the residence. According ... Full Story »

Walk-a-thon generates $15,713

The skies cleared on Saturday morning just in time for the Gilchrist County Education Foundation to raise $15,713.89 at its 2015 Walk-a-thon. Each year the walk-a-thon serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for graduating seniors and teacher mini-grants. This year, mini grants were awarded to teachers prior to the start of the walk-a-thon. Mini-grants were given to Teachers of the ... Full Story »

Committee plans for restoration of Trenton’s “Old Gym”

  The Old Gym, moved from Trenton High School and now located at Trenton Elementary School, has been approved for restoration.  The Trenton Elementary School “Old Gym” is a local iconic structure built in 1939 and opened in 1940.  Built by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, the gym served the school and community until 1970.  The gym sat ... Full Story »

Bell basketball team advances

The Bell Bulldogs will advance to the Regional semi-final on Tuesday, February 17 in Jasper. The Bulldogs advanced to the Semi-Regional tournament after they were defeated by Hawthorne 60-46 in the championship of the District 6 1A basketball tournament Saturday night in Hawthorne. In the semi-finals of the District tournament, Bell defeated Hilliard 71-69 to eliminate the Red Flashes from ... Full Story »

BOCC Meeting Facility is not structurally sound

The Gilchrist County Commissioners were told on Monday that if Trenton were to sustain high wind activity officials should seriously consider vacating their meeting room. Paul Stressing, of the architecture firm Stressing and Associates, recently finished documenting the building, which was constructed on South Main Full Story »

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 »