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Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation hearing held in Trenton last week

The Gilchrist County Legislative hearing was held last Thursday, January 7, in Trenton. State Representative Chuck Clemons (R) who chaired the meeting introduced new State Senator Jennifer Bradley (R). He reminded the audience that Gilchrist County’s delegation or representation in Tallahassee consisted of himself and Senator Bradley, in comparison to large county’s like Miami-Dade that has 22 to represent them. ... Full Story »

Health Department giving Covid-19 Vaccines in Trenton

Gilchrist County residents who are 65 or older can now call the Gilchrist County Health Department at 463-3120 to schedule a vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are being giving to those 65 or older, health care workers, and first responders, for free at this time. The first COVID-19 vaccine was given at noon on Tuesday, January 5. Individuals who meet the criteria ... Full Story »

Commission extends Special Use Permit for Ellis Ray’s RV Resort

The Gilchrist County Commission met on Monday, December 7 as they reviewed a request from Mills Engineering Co. for SUP 2020-01 for TRS Holdings- Ellie Ray’s RV Resort on the Santa Fe River in north Gilchrist County. Andrew Carswell of Mills Engineering submitted a letter requesting the SUP 2020-01 be extended for twelve months. Mr. Carswell identified the extension is ... Full Story »

County Commission votes No on allowing Sunday Alcohol sales in rural areas

The Gilchrist County Commission agreed to disagree with many members of the business community on Monday afternoon as the Commission voted No, by a unanimous vote, to not allow Sunday alcohol sales in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County. Many owners and operators of convenience stores in the rural areas were in attendance and urged the board to be in ... Full Story »

Old Fashioned Smoked Hams a longtime Bell tradition

By Cindy Jo Ayers Hundreds of Old Fashioned Smoked Hams are sold each year at the SunStop (Scaff’s) Market in Bell. In fact, if you go into the store during the holiday season you can smell the slight hint of hickory smoke in the air. For those customers who have been buying these special double smoked hams for years, this ... Full Story »

County Commissioners receive Oath of Office last week at Special Meeting

The Gilchrist County Commission held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 17 as newly elected Commissioner Darrell Smith and unopposed Commissioners Sharon Langford and Kenrick Thomas received the Oath of Office from attorney David M. Lang, Jr. The Commissioners took their seats following the swearing in ceremony as Commissioner Smith took a minute to tell the board members and the ... Full Story »

How Gilchrist County Voted

(Last week half of this article was accidently left off of the front page story of the Gilchrist County Journal, we are sorry about the error.) Gilchrist County voted 77.88% during the November 3, General Election. The County has 12,516 registered voters and 9,748 cast a ballot. Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Connie Sanchez, her staff Tracy Sanders and Lisa ... Full Story »

County Commission directs attorney to amend alcohol ordinance for Sunday sales

By John Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission took a step closer to approving Sunday alcohol sales. On Monday afternoon they voted 5-0 to amend Ordinance 80-1 to approve Sunday alcohol sales in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County. The five-member Commission was addressed by Stoney Smith, representing the convenience stores located in the rural areas of Gilchrist County. He told ... Full Story »

Bell Woman arrested after Levy County Landfill Theft

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Wanda Sue Sheffield (4/20/63) of Bell, Florida today after a lengthy investigation. In September of 2019 the Levy County Finance Director was asked by the Levy County Landfill Director to take a detailed look at monies being collected at the landfill. The Finance Director alerted the Sheriff’s Office when he discovered ... Full Story »

Jenkins retires after 30 years

Edwin Jenkins shown with Sheriff Bobby Schultz as he was presented with a plaque last week at a retirement event held in his honor. Jenkins has been in law enforcement for 30 years. He began at Lancaster Correctional Institution and ending with the GCSO where he started in 2005. Sgt. Jenkins is well liked by he fellow officers at GCSO. ... Full Story »