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McElroy, Harrison win primary election

Christie McElroy
D. Ray Harrison, Jr.

By Carrie A. Mizell
Every vote counted in the Primary Election, as only 25 percent of Gilchrist County’s 11,073 voters cast a ballot.
In the School Board, District 1 race, Christie L. McElroy soundly defeated incumbent Cloud Haley by a margin of 1,890 votes to 867 votes.
McElroy won every precinct in the county by a significant margin.
An educator for 16 years, McElroy said her desire is to be a strong advocate for education and the community, always putting the needs of students first.

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Walmart Express is coming to Trenton

By Carrie A. Mizell
The world’s largest retailer is coming to Gilchrist County.
Construction plans for a 12,000 square foot Walmart Express were submitted to the City of Trenton on August 19.


This Walmart Express in Arkansas is located near a larger Walmart Supercenter.

Early plans call for the store to be constructed along State Road 26, in what is now a hay field, located across the highway from Wilson Mobile Homes.
According to Walmart’s website, Express stores began popping up in 2011 and there are currently 20 stores in the United States. As dollar stores have grown in popularity over the last several years, Walmart launched Walmart Express stores to bring “everyday low prices” in a smaller format store. The Express store strives to make shopping quick and easy for customers in a drugstore size setting.

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Best Drugs to build new pharmacy

By Carrie A. Mizell
Plans are underway for Best Drugs in Trenton to relocate to a new, roughly 4,000 square foot building.

Gray Construction will be building the new pharmacy on property located along State Road 26, just west of Country Cleaners.

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Nogaki to run for Fanning Springs mayor

As a resident of the City of Fanning Springs, I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Mayor.
The life experiences which I feel qualify me for this office include a B.S. in Business Management and owning and operating a safety and health services business for 25 years. Since retiring to Fanning Springs I have served as a member of the Gilchrist Sheriff’s Volunteers and as President of the Suwannee River Springs Association.
Prior experiences which have prepared me to fulfill the responsibilities of the office of Mayor of Fanning Springs are as follows:
• service in the US Army Reserves
• public water and sewer authority board member
• fire commissioner
• fire chief

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Commissioner of Agriculture visits Gilchrist County

Trenton attorney Lindsey Lander hosted a meet and greet reception for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Event co-hosts included State Representative Keith Perry, David Biddle, Betty Ramey, Tommy Langford, Jeff and Pam Manning and the Gilchrist County Republican Executive Committee. Putnam has served as commissioner of agriculture since 2011.

State Representative Keith Perry, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz.

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