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Robert Manley of Morriston wins the Truck

By Cindy Jo Ayers Morriston’s Robert Manley was very surprised to learn last week that he had won the Chevrolet pick up given away by Big Bend Chevrolet/Buick in Chiefland. The truck has been part of a fundraiser which started back in September of 2019. Tickets were sold for $20 each and the drawing was held on Wednesday, March 18, ... Full Story »

County holds second Special Meeting to address concerns of crowds gathering at local parks

The County Commission held a second Special Meeting in March on Monday, March 30. The purpose of the meeting was to address some of the issues concerning the COVID 19 virus. Wesley Asbell who is the Environmental Health Director for the Health Department gave the Commissioners a time line of the virus starting in China back in December or January. ... Full Story »

Update on Coronavirus given at Emergency County Meeting

Gilchrist County Commissioners held an emergency meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Commisson Meeting Room  to discuss the Coronavirus and its possible effects on the County. Ralph Smith, County Emergency Management Director, reported that as of Monday there were 35 cases of the virus in Alachua County but still at that time there were none in Gilchrist County. ... Full Story »

County approves placing Sunday alcohol sales on General election ballot

The Gilchrist County Commission once again heard from Tom Sturgeon of Ellie Ray’s RV Resort, request the County to place Sunday Alcohol Sales on the General Election ballot in November. Mark Wray of Ginnie Springs, Stoney Smith of Hudson Foods and several convenience store owners operating in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County supported the business owner before the Commission. ... Full Story »

GCSO forms overdose task force and receives $50,000 grant

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz held a kick-off meeting for the newly formed Overdose Task Force on Thursday, March 5. Different segments of local law enforcement were on hand to learn about ODMAP which the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office is receiving as part of a grant that Seminole County received. Sheriff Schultz opened the meeting telling his deputies that “Law ... Full Story »

Cheri Brodeur announces her candidacy for Gilchrist County Superintendent of Schools

My name Dr. Cheri Winton Brodeur and I am running for the Gilchrist County superintendent of schools. I taught at Bell High School from the mid 80’s to the late 90’s. I also co-wrote the Bell Health Academy grant including the design of the curriculum and the layout of the health academy building which is still producing outstanding students. I ... Full Story »

Chamber members enjoy Hee Haw Hoedown Banquet

There was a full house at Seven Hills Farms on Tuesday, February 11 for the annual Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Everyone enjoyed the fun antics of Master of Ceremonies Michael McElroy. McElroy and his wife Christie performed a portion of the old Hee Haw show, “Where Oh Where Are You Tonight” which the crowd enjoyed. The top award ... Full Story »

Michael McElroy Seeks Re-Election as Gilchrist County Tax Collector

My name is Michael McElroy and I am seeking re-election as your Gilchrist County Tax Collector.  In July of 2019 I was appointed by the Honorable Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida to fill this vacated position.  Before my appointment I worked in the private sector-financial services industry for 35 years as a local banker.  This experience in the financial services ... Full Story »

Dr. Jim Surrency announces his candidacy for Superintendent of Schools

To the Citizens of Gilchrist County: I am Dr. James A. Surrency (Jim) , and I am seeking the position of Superintendent of Schools for Gilchrist County. I, along with my wife Connie, have lived in Gilchrist County for the past 45 years. We are blessed to live, work and attend church in such a loving and caring county. We ... Full Story »

County Commission Approves Letter of Support for Nestle Water bottling plant in Gilchrist County

The Gilchrist County Commission held a Commission meeting on Thursday afternoon to take action on numerous agenda items in Gilchrist County. The Commission held a discussion during Commission’s reports when Commissioner Thomas spoke of supporting the Nestle Water Bottling plant renewal permit that has become very controversial by interests outside of Gilchrist County. Commissioner Thomas told his fellow board members ... Full Story »