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Loran Brookins receives Outstanding Agriculturalist Award from UF/IFAS

By Cindy Jo Ayers Loran Brookins, Chiefland native and longtime President of the Suwannee River Fair was named 2020 Outstanding Agriculturalist by the University of Florida/IFAS. Brookins has been involved with Agriculture for the past 50 years. He is the third generation to be involved with his family farm located just outside Chiefland. Following in his grandfather, Foster Brookins, and ... Full Story »

Bell’s Press Box named for Tommy Philman Voice of the Bulldogs for 38 years

The Bell High School football game on Friday, October 9 was made special by a tribute given to a man who has meant a lot to not only the Bell Community, but to the high school and fans who would hear his voice and see his familiar cowboy hat at every home varsity football and varsity basketball game that the ... Full Story »

FDOT held a New Toll Road Community Open House in Trenton

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County Woman’s Club building was the latest and last Community Open House planned by Florida M-CORES (Florida Department of Transportation). The meeting was held to share information about the building of the Suncoast Corridor. The first Community Open House for the large toll road was held on October of 2019 in Old Town. Since that ... Full Story »

Prayer Gathering held in Fanning Springs

A large group of like minded believers gathered at the Fanning Springs Park on Saturday morning to attend a Pray Gathering. Pastor David Jones of Fanning Springs Community Church greeted those attending. Pastor Jones said that GiGi Daube felt the Lord had laid it on her heart to hold a gathering where people prayed for our country and it’s leaders. ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Rotary becomes a 100% Paul Harris Fellows Club

The September 21, 2020 Gilchrist County Rotary Club meeting was a very special event. A total of 31 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded, which makes Gilchrist County Rotary Club a 100% Paul Harris Club. This is a very special recognition for the club and in July, District Governor Jan Pooley sent the club congratulations on the accomplishment. “Even though these ... Full Story »

County Commission tables decision on Pine Ridge RV Park until October 5th meeting

By John Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission had a capacity crowd attend the 4 p.m. Monday meeting, many of these residents and property owners shared their opinion that the proposed Pine Ridge RV Park is not compatible with the agriculture zoned, open spaced residential area. This Special Use Permit hearing was scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. as over thirty ... Full Story »

Construction begins on new Dollar General

The new Dollar General Store in Bell is underway. The site plan states the store will be 10,640 square feet with 43 parking spaces. There will also be landscape buffers around the building. The project developer is the Hix Snedeker Company from Daphne, Alabama. It was reported that Dollar General is no longer building the larger format Dollar General Markets ... Full Story »

Remembering 9/11 19 years later

On Friday, September 11, the country will once again pause to remember the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, some 19 years ago. When hijacked airplanes slammed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives. Some 400 brave firefighters and policeman ... Full Story »

Alcoholic Beverage Referendum and Six Amendments to be on General Election Ballot

The November 3, General Election ballot will not only have the Presidential race to vote on but also a local referendum pertaining to alcoholic beverage sales in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County. Currently alcoholic beverages can not be sold from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight on Sunday in the county. Voters will have the choice to approve alcoholic beverage ... Full Story »

McElroy, Surrency and Smith Elected

38.33% vote in Primary Election. When the final vote was counted in Gilchrist County a total of 4,659 votes were cast. 983 Democrates voted, 3,441 Republicans voted, 218 No Party Affiliation voted and 17 other party voted in the Primary Election. Gilchrist County has a total of 12,214 registered voters. There were a total of 1,434 absentee ballots and 811 ... Full Story »