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Controversial E-cig store opens on Main

By Carrie A. Mizell
Electronic cigarettes don’t make real smoke, yet Trenton’s newest business has ignited a firestorm of controversy.
Dwayne and April Plass opened Backwood Vapors, an electronic cigarette and juice business on Main Street several weeks ago. The Trenton store is the latest in a string of storefronts the Plasses have opened in small towns like Branford, High Springs, and Jennings.
According to Dwayne Plass over 500 customers have come through the door since he opened on Main Street in Trenton, and not all the feedback has been positive.
“A woman came in here and cussed me out,” Plass said. “She was worried about me selling to kids, but I won’t sell to anyone under 18.”

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2015 Quilt Festival Planning Underway

The Board of Directors for Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival will have its first planning meeting for the 2015 event at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 8 a.m. Anyone interested in being involved in the festival, in helping as a volunteer; to hostess, to be a quilt wrangler, or to lend other support, is welcome.


Quilt raffle will benefit Lane Langford

Quilt makers Michelle Walker-Crawford, Ashlee Johnson, Mary Ann Johnson and Charlene Leasor are shown with the full size quilt they made to support Lane Langford. Angie Lindsey and Kathy Lyell also helped make this quilt.

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Millage rate goes up

On Monday, Sept. 8 the Gilchrist County Commissioners voted 4-1 to set the millage rage for the 2014-15 budget year at 8.5 mills. The ad valorem rate for the county was at 8.2695 mills and County Commission Chair D. Ray Harrison, Jr. had said in prior budget workshops that he would not vote in favor of a tax increase, therefore he was the lone no vote on Monday.
The county will hold a final budget hearing on Monday, Sept. 22.


Trenton man charged with DUI after crash

A Trenton man who was traveling east on CR 232 Sunday morning at 12:35 a.m. was charged with DUI and Careless Driving following a single vehicle accident, reported Trooper Ganus of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Charles M. Prescott, 24, was driving a Chrysler Cordova at an unsafe speed when he left the roadway on the right shoulder.
The driver was reported to have over corrected, causing the vehicle to rotate in a counter clockwise direction. The vehicle came back onto the highway and crossed both lanes of traffic.
The car ran off the highway on the left traveling onto the grassy shoulder still rotating in a counter clockwise direction. The car struck some small trees with its right rear and came to final rest against the trees facing west.
The driver was not injured in the accident. He was booked into the Gilchrist County Jail by the Florida Highway Patrol.


Thomas seeks re-election to County Commission, Dist. 4

To the voters of Gilchrist County:
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is John Rance Thomas and it has been my sincere honor and privilege to serve as your County Commissioner. My wife, Valerie and I have been married for the past 20 years. We have been blessed with four children; Branden, Selena, Jared and Savana. Valerie and I decided many years ago that we would make our home, raise and educate our children in Gilchrist County, and, just as my parents and grandparents had done, be positive contributors to this community. We were fortunate to be raised in Christian homes with parents that were members of the business community, education system as well as the health care system. We learned values such as a Christian home, being financially conservative and planning for the future with hard work in the present.
I have had the privilege of serving as a County Commissioner for District 4 from 1998 - 2002 and from 2012 until present. I ask for your support in my bid for re-election. The following are just some of the reasons that I believe that you should vote to re-elect me as your County Commissioner, District 4.
I have a vested interest in Gilchrist County. My entire family resides here, we own property here, run businesses here and finally pay taxes here.

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