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Drummond Community Bank acquired in $173M merger

Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida has announced its acquisition of Drummond Community Bank in a merger that is valued at $173.2 million. Based in Chiefland, Drummond Community Bank began in 1990 and operates 18 branches across North Florida. The bank has 200 employees and manages around $932 million in deposits.
CHIEFLAND, FL
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Newberry festival crowns new seed spitting champ

The City of Newberry held its 77th annual watermelon festival—and the nation’s longest-running watermelon festival—on Saturday at the CountryWay Town Square, crowning a new Watermelon Queen and seed-spitting champion. The festival featured more than 100 vendors with face painting, inflatables and free slices of watermelon. Newberry Mayor...
NEWBERRY, FL
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GCSO arrests former Bell teacher

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) arrested a Bell Elementary School teacher on six criminal sexual felony counts on Friday. According to a GCSO release, officers arrested William Carawan Jr. on one count of sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age by a person 18 or older and five counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted in Carawan’s arrest.
BELL, FL
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Monument unveiled at historic Black cemetery in Archer

ARCHER, Fla. (WCJB) -A monument honoring the people buried in an historic Black cemetery in Archer was unveiled today. The Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Cemetery Restoration Organization is the group behind the research, restoration and reinvestment done at the cemetery. It’s located in Archer and was once paired with an historic...
ARCHER, FL
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GHS, Santa Fe pick up spring football wins

(WCJB) -A few more spring high school football games took place on Friday across North Central Florida. GHS and Santa Fe are among the teams who’ll be feeling pretty good about about themselves heading into summer. The Hurricanes took a fourth quarter lead and held on to beat Newberry,...
SANTA FE, FL
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ACPS Watermelon Day is coming

The Alachua County Public School (ACPS) District will be holding their annual Watermelon Day on Monday, May 23rd. ACPS Public Information Officer, Jackie Johnson, said the district's Watermelon Day just comes a few days after the Newberry Watermelon Festival. More than 120 Newberry Elementary School 1st graders will be "learning...
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL
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Chiefland, Williston end spring with a win

Thursday’s Levy County spring games at Bronson marked the debut of new coaches Robby Pruitt (Williston) and James Corbin (Chiefland). Both schools won their opening 16-minute quarters against host Bronson. However, the two teams didn’t get a chance to face each other in the final quarter of the night....
WILLISTON, FL
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Bell instructor named finalist for top teacher

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) selected a Bell Elementary School teacher on Thursday as one of five finalists for the State of Florida 2023 Teacher of the Year. Trinity Brooke Whittington teaches fourth-grade English language arts and social studies at Bell Elementary for the Gilchrist County School District. The surprise announcement was made at the Bell school on Thursday morning with Dr. Paul Burns, deputy chancellor for educator quality, noting the honor.
BELL, FL

GHS caps off spring camp with win over Newberry

NEWBERRY — Friday night’s spring football game between Newberry and Gainesville didn’t feel much like a spring football game. Instead, the Panthers and Hurricanes put on a regular season-caliber showcase for the many who came out to take their first look at both programs. “We’ve been at...
NEWBERRY, FL
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North-Central Florida based bank gets bought out

CHIEFLAND, Fla. (WCJB) - A longtime bank headquartered in north-central Florida is being taken over. Drummond Community Bank, headquartered in Chiefland, is being acquired by Seacoast Banking Corporation. Executives Luther and Gray Drummond will remain with the new company. No word what will happen to employees of the 18 Drummond...
CHIEFLAND, FL
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Healing Vets Craft Program assists veterans at High Springs library

The library is for much more than books in High Springs. Thursday, it held the Heal Vets Craft Program for the second time since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides a safe space for Alachua County veterans to gather and share their experiences. Participants receive therapeutic kits that allow them to build crafts such as birdhouses, jewelry, wooden clocks and leather footballs.
HIGH SPRINGS, FL
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May 23 Alachua County and City of Newberry Joint Meeting

Alachua County and the City of Newberry will conduct a joint meeting on Monday, May 23, 2021, at the Newberry City Hall (25440 W. Newberry Road, Newberry). The meeting begins at 6 p.m. It is hosted by the City of Newberry. Items of interest:. Proposed Alachua County Surtax Referendum Update.
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL

What's Happening: Plein Air, poetry reading, 'American Idiot,' bird walk, 'Unapologetic'

MAY 20 THROUGH MAY 21 FIFTH ANNUAL SANTA FE SPRINGS PLEIN AIR: The fifth annual Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout exhibit is on display through May 21 at Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies, 23645 W. U.S. 27 in High Springs. The French term “plein air” means “out of doors” and refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures outside. This year’s Plein Air artists included Cleetus Shaiju Antony Frank Barone, Nancy Betty, Eleanor Blair, Patrice...
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