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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 »

Osteen Farms a family tradition

By Cindy Jo Ayers It is no wonder that a young man who grew up in Trenton, a community steeped in agriculture, has come home to his roots. Scott Osteen graduated from Trenton High back in 1993 and after a stint in the Air Force he returned back to this area. Osteen moved back to the farm where his grandfather, ... Full Story »

Bell residents upset with irrigation spraying of dairy effluent and chicken manure spreading in town

By John Ayers The Bell Town Council held their first meeting of the New Year on Thursday, January 9. Several residents asked the Council if they could stop the spraying of the dairy effluent through the irrigation system and the spreading of chicken manure along their property by a local dairy and farmer. The Council listened to the residents as ... Full Story »

Benny Battle missing since December 11, 2019

Benny has been missing since December 11, 2019. There is a monetary reward for any information leading to the arrest of person or persons involved in the disappearance of Benny Battle. Information will remain confidential. Please contact FDLE, Dixie County Sheriff or the family at (352) 239-2342. Full Story »

Bell man is killed in vehicle/tractor crash Jan. 1

A young man from Bell was killed New Year’s Day when he was traveling south on CR 337 at NW 142 Street at 1:40 p.m. in Gilchrist County. Dilan Duran Munoz, 17, was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry south behind a 1978 John Deere tractor driven by Anthony Call Matthews, 57 of Trenton. The crash occurred when the Camry collided ... Full Story »

Duke’s Solar Farm outside Trenton completed

Duke Energy has finished construction on a 795-acre solar farm on the outskirts of northwest Trenton. The project was completed on time and is producing electricity. The solar farm is located on five parcels of land that border US Highway 129, County Road 307A, SW 20th Avenue and SW 17th Court, a connector road between CR 307A and US 129. ... Full Story »