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Students recognized for perfect FCAT scores

Congratulations Gilchrist County students who received a perfect FCAT sore. Pictured front row, left to right, Maddox Gilliam, TES (Reading and Math); Savanna Capps, TES (Reading); Brianna Becker, TES (Writing); Cassidy Pinner, BES (Reading); Jenna Molzen, BES (Math); Caleb Evans, BES (Math); Jack Denny, BHS (Reading); Kiara Cobb, BES (Math). Middle row, left to right: Sara Gartin, BHS (Reading); Robin Small, THS (Reading); Tiffany Matheny, THS (Reading); Dakota Horlocker, THS (Reading); Brandon Hicks, THS (Reading); Rebecca Head, THS (Writing); Benjamin Crane, THS (Writing). Back row, School Board attorney Lindsey Lander, Superintendent Robert Rankin, School Board members Julie Thomas, Michelle Walker-Crawford, Bob Clemons and Deen Lancaster.

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BES coach remains on paid leave following investigation

By Carrie A. Mizell
A Bell Elementary School coach is on paid administrative leave following an investigation into a September 9 physical altercation with a fellow teacher.
Aaron Halter, a 16-year employee of the Gilchrist County School District, has not returned to school following the incident, pending further administrative action.
Information on the incident was made public on Thursday, Oct. 9. That included detailed accounts by 5th grade teachers Sandra Carawan and Erin Sanders as to what happened on September 9.
Carawan stated that her class was walking to the PE area around 8:25 a.m. after putting backpacks in the cubby and saying the Pledge and Bulldog Pride Promise. Coach Halter told the class that they had to go back to class because they were late.
“I walked over to the PE area and asked, ‘What’s the problem?”’ Carawan said. “Coach Halter told me that he could not have the class coming in after he already started the other class. He said if the class cannot show up on time they need to go back to class and stay in class. I tried to explain that we are supposed to listen to the news BUT Coach Halter stuck his hand out toward my face. So, I turned around and told my class that we would go back to our classroom.”

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Poitevint running for county commissioner, district 4

To the Citizens of Gilchrist County, my name is Marion Pointevint and I am seeking the office of Gilchrist County Commissioner District 4, as a Republican. I am a conservative Christian, my husband Edgar and I have 2 children and 4 grandchildren and 2 great-granchildren. We are formally from the Central Florida area where we raised our family. We think the people of Gilchrist County are the most friendly and nicest people we have ever met.
We have owned a home in NE Gilchrist County for over 40 years and have come to love the area very much. Our family and friends have enjoyed all the County has to offer. We became permanent residents of this beautiful county over 12 years ago when we retired. We have experienced many changes in the County over the years and I feel I am the best candidate as I have an extensive business background for over 30 years. I support the Free Market and would like to help create a pro business environment that would attract new industry and good jobs to our county while keeping our rural atmosphere so our young people can work and live here in Gilchrist County.

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Meet the Candidate
D. Ray Harrison, Jr.

Party Affiliation: Republican
Occupation: Gilchrist County Commissioner District 2
How long have you lived in Gilchrist County and where did you move from? Since 1963, from Gainesville.
Why are you running for county commissioner? Because of my previous experience in Gilchrist County government as your Property Appraiser and as your County Commissioner I believe I am better prepared to serve the needs of our citizens and will be more effective in serving those needs.
Why are you the right candidate for the job? I understand Gilchrist County and am better prepared to serve as County Commissioner.

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Meet the Candidate
John Yencho

Party Affiliation: Democrat
Occupation: I am a teacher at Trenton High School and have taught Architectural Design & Construction there for 20 years.
How long have you lived in Gilchrist County, and where did you move from? My family and I moved to Gilchrist County from Ohio 21 years ago.
Why are you running for county commissioner? I sincerely believe there is more we can do in this county with the resources we have. I believe my experience as a teacher in this county and general manager of a large engineering and construction firm has given me the background and knowledge to do more. I have experience in managing budgets, human resources, infrastructure maintenance and growth, and community development. I have worked with your children for 20 years and have seen them have to leave their family and friends to be able to find work. We can, and we need to do more for them. I am committed to that task and will place all my experience, knowledge and energy into serving you and them. That is the reason I am running.

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