News:

School district, UNF land $7 million grant

School district, UNF land $7 million grant

Clay County Lake Region News - Free
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— Clay County District Schools, along with the University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services and UNF’s College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded an over $7 Million partnership grant to address the critical teacher shortage and create equitable teaching...
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KH adopts budget, emergency plan

KH adopts budget, emergency plan

Clay County Lake Region News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— During a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 26, the Keystone Heights City Council approved its 2022-2023 budget, adopted the county’s comprehensive emergency management plan and declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Ian continued to track toward the Lake Region. The millage rate...
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SRWMD advises residents to exercise caution ahead of Hurricane Ian

News - Free
Out of an abundance of caution, the Suwannee River Water Management District is advising all residents in Northeast Florida to prepare now for potential weather impacts from Hurricane Ian. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Ian’s current trek has it affecting the counties within the District later this week,...
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Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

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Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay The following individuals were arrested recently by local law enforcement officers in Bradford, Union or Clay (Keystone Heights-area) counties. All defendants are considered innocent until convicted in a court or until pleading guilty or no contest. Information in this report is from law...
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Former Sheriff Dalton Bray remembered

Former Sheriff Dalton Bray remembered

Clay County Lake Region News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS—  Mourners gathered at Highpoint Community Church in Middleburg Friday morning, Sept. 23 to celebrate the life of former Clay County Sheriff Dalton Bray who died on Sept. 13. Bray served as sheriff from 1989 to 1992 after working as an FBI special agent,...
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Planning council works on storm prep, opioid crisis, affordable housing

Planning council works on storm prep, opioid crisis, affordable housing

Bradford County Clay County Lake Region News Union County
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— When Florida’s 10 regional planning councils were first established in the 1970s, their predominant purpose was to help counties and regions manage growth through land use planning and zoning regulation. Now, however, the missions of both the Northeast Florida Regional Council, based in...
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Sports:

KHHS girls golf team defeats host Blue Devils

Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Keystone Heights High School played host Clay in a girls golf match on Sept. 22, with the Indians winning by 13 strokes. The Indians, who had a team score of 218, were led by Candace Jackson, who placed second with a score of 43....
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BHS is top team in 2S, UCHS 4th in 1R

BHS is top team in 2S, UCHS 4th in 1R

Bradford County Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer The Florida High School Athletic Association released its inaugural football power rankings on Sept. 27, which revealed that Bradford was the number-one team in Class 2S. As such, Bradford is also the top team in its region (Region 2). Each class consists of four...
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Indians outscored 20-0 in 2nd half of 26-12 loss

Indians outscored 20-0 in 2nd half of 26-12 loss

Lake Region Sports
BY CHUCK DOWLING Special to the Telegraph-Times-Monitor The Keystone Heights Indians have made a living out of beating local rival Interlachen. However, the undefeated Rams are putting together a special season down the road. Although Keystone held a 12-6 lead at halftime, IHS would not be deterred and outscored the...
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Features:

United for a Cure 5K set for Sept. 24 in Lake Butler

United for a Cure 5K set for Sept. 24 in Lake Butler

Features – Free Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor  LAKE BUTLER — Almost everyone knows someone with cancer and most of these have also lost a friend, neighbor or loved one to this dread group of diseases.  The only way to find a cure lies in research, which costs a great deal of...
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Big Willie Dice Run raised $2,000 for cancer research last weekend

Big Willie Dice Run raised $2,000 for cancer research last weekend

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor  LAKE BUTLER — Local motorcycle enthusiast Willie Smith passed away three years ago from cancer, but he is remembered by his friends with the annual Big Willie Dice Run Motorcycle Event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Last year his mother passed...
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Union students celebrated for high achievement

Union students celebrated for high achievement

Features Union County
Many Union County students from fourth to ninth grade were rewarded for their high achievements on the 2021-22 FSA.  Lake Butler Middle School had more than 100 students achieve a Level 5, which is the highest level possible on one or more of their many Florida Standards Assessments during the...
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Jr. Woman’s Club hosts successful first festival

Jr. Woman’s Club hosts successful first festival

Features Lake Region
The Jr. Woman’s Club of Keystone Heights held its first Almost Fall Craft and Vendor Festival last Saturday. The event hosted over 30 vendors, four food trucks, face painting and free books from the Book Bus.  Club member Brooklyn Yelin was instrumental in pulling this event together. With her knowledge...
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Students learn about heroes, unity

Students learn about heroes, unity

Bradford County Features – Free
Nina Steinmeyer’s first-grade students at Starke Elementary School learned about Patriot Day and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during a weeklong discussion about heroes and the lives lost during those tragic events. “ My students were very engaged in our lesson, and even went home to ask their...
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Ag Education Center ready to grow and offer youth more

Ag Education Center ready to grow and offer youth more

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor  The Union County Agricultural Education Complex has shown itself to be an asset to the entire community, offering meeting space to a fundraiser for St. Jude’s, Project Grad, a Florida Crown Workshop on helping seniors deal with COVID, a REDI meeting, Union County Livestock...
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Crime:

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

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Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay The following individuals were arrested recently by local law enforcement officers in Bradford, Union or Clay (Keystone Heights-area) counties. All defendants are considered innocent until convicted in a court or until pleading guilty or no contest. Information in this report is from law...
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Ex-boyfriend arrested for aggravated stalking

Ex-boyfriend arrested for aggravated stalking

Bradford County Crime – Free News - Free
STARKE— Anthony Joe Akin, 48, of Starke was arrested by Bradford deputies on Sept. 20 for the April 30 offense of aggravated stalking. According to court papers, the defendant’s ex-girlfriend told deputies she broke up with the 48-year-old after a two-year romantic relationship because of his anger and that she...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — Sept. 20, 2022

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
  Martha Brock  Martha May Moore Brock, 91, of Starke, passed away at Windsor Health and Rehab on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022.  She was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Sept. 26, 1930 to the late Francis Eugene and Hazel “Mallonax” Moore. She worked as a bookkeeper for Terwilliger Motors...
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Obituaries — Sept. 13, 2022

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
John David Francis John David Francis, 55, born in Gainesville and raised in Starke, passed away on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville. He was born on April 23, 1967.  As a boy, John David excelled at academics and athletics; and loved playing the piano. Described as...
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Editorial:

Wake up

Editorial
Has America become the land of “Special Interest” and home of the double standard?   Let’s see, if we lie to Congress, it’s a felony, but if Congress lies to us, it’s just politics.  If we dislike a Black person, we’re racist, but if a Black person dislikes whites, it’s...
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What are we waiting for now?

Editorial
Dear Editor: In July, HPSII, the company proposing to mine for phosphate in Bradford and Union counties, dropped its nearly $300 million Harris Act lawsuit against Union County. The case was dismissed without prejudice, so they can refile if they so desire and feel they have a valid case worth...
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