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Telegraph–Times–Monitor for April 18, 2024

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for April 18, 2024

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Bradford now has three-way superintendent race

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] One more hat in the ring for superintendent this week, meaning the incumbent will need to defeat two candidates to keep his job. Alan Bhajan is a science teacher at Bradford Middle School, and he is running against Will Hartley — or potentially Hartley’s other...
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Crosby overseeing operations as Starke looks to the future

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Jimmy Crosby’s retirement was more like a short hiatus. While no longer serving in an elected position, Crosby has rejoined city employment as director of operations. City Manager Drew Mullins, who has worked closely with Crosby, named him operations director about two weeks ago, Mullins...
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Starke wants waste collection site access back

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Many Starke residents took advantage of a county solid waste collection site tucked just inside the city limits for years but are now barred access. According to city commissioners who have heard the complaints, residents want to be able to dump there again. After multiple...
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Lawtey looks at revitalizing Middleburg Road recreation building

Lawtey looks at revitalizing Middleburg Road recreation building

Bradford County News
BY MELISSA PYLE Special to the Telegraph Members of the Lawtey City Council were joined by County Commissioner Carolyn Spooner, Amber Shepherd, the Strategic Alliances Business Partner from the Northeast Florida Economic Development Corporation, and local residents to assess future potential at the Middleburg Road park and recreation building.  The...
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More assessment information on the way

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] More information on potential new fees could be around the corner. Bradford County reengaged a consultant last year to reexamine options for collecting special assessments to pay for Bradford County Fire Rescue’s firefighting and emergency medical services. According to County Manager Scott Kornegay, a recent...
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Sports:

Hinds has 5 RBI in BHS’ 16-11 win over Rams

Hinds has 5 RBI in BHS’ 16-11 win over Rams

Bradford County Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Addyson Hinds hit a two-run homer as part of a five-run seventh inning as the Bradford High School softball team defeated host Interlachen 16-11 on April 16. The Tornadoes (6-13) trailed 3-1 before scoring six runs in the second. Kallie Yowell reached on an error, while...
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Tornadoes lose 12-7 in flag-football regionals

Tornadoes lose 12-7 in flag-football regionals

Bradford County Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Visiting Middleburg scored twice in the fourth quarter in handing the Bradford High School flag-football team a 12-7 loss in the first round of the Region 1-1A playoffs on April 17. Bradford (8-2), which was a third seed, is still seeking its first regional win after...
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Indians defeat Tornadoes 8-0 in baseball

Indians defeat Tornadoes 8-0 in baseball

Bradford County Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Three pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout for the Keystone Heights High School baseball team, which defeated host Bradford 8-0 on April 16. Brady Kerlin got the start for the Indians (15-6), giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out six in five innings....
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Features:

Breakfast, lunch and now supper, too

Breakfast, lunch and now supper, too

Bradford County Features
Staff strives to serve more students more meals. BY EVELYN CHASTAIN Bradford County Schools What do you do when you accept the position as Bradford County School District director of food service in the month of April?  For Blake Dicks, director of school food service for Bradford County schools, it...
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Irrigation-free yard awarded Yard of the Month

Irrigation-free yard awarded Yard of the Month

Features Lake Region
By Ginny Geiger and Barbara Anderson Garden Club of The Lakes  As we drove around in the middle of winter, looking for a yard that could be a Yard of The Month, things looked bleak! There were no pretty green lawns, no pretty flowers, not even any pretty bushes.  Everything...
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Gianas scholarships awarded at Beast Feast

Gianas scholarships awarded at Beast Feast

Bradford County Features
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] The Starke Rotary Club held its 16th annual Beast Feast at the Bradford Sportsman’s Farm on Saturday, April 6. The event featured cuisine with wild game, door prizes, a pig auction, and the presentation of the Pete Gianas Scholarship recipients. Brett Redding and Landen Waters each...
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Practical nursing program ranked 6th in state

Practical nursing program ranked 6th in state

Bradford County Features
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] Two nursing instructors at Starke’s North Florida Technical College told a Lake Region civic group that their program is ranked 6th out of more than 160 practical nursing programs in Florida. The rankings by NursingProcess.org took academic quality, first-time pass rates for the state licensing exam,...
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Garden encounter inspires Coleman to write children’s book

Garden encounter inspires Coleman to write children’s book

Features Lake Region
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Mikaeli Coleman drew something unexpected in her garden — the idea for a children’s book. Proving that inspiration can hop out in front of you at any time, Coleman turned a seemingly random moment in life into “Mulch Toad Hits the Road,” which is available in...
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Thompson honored as a 2024 Santa Fe Woman of Distinction

Thompson honored as a 2024 Santa Fe Woman of Distinction

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Chrissy Thompson, owner of Starke’s The Downtown Grill, was one this year’s Santa Fe College Women of Distinction and honored at a March 26 luncheon at Gainesville’s UF Hilton Conference Center that was sponsored by Starke’s Teal Tile Carpet. Thompson admitted she would’ve never thought she’d...
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Crime:

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Bradford County Clay County Crime Lake Region Union County
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 enforcement agencies and court documents, which are...
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Drunk in hospital ER

Bradford County Crime
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] Bradford deputies arrested a 35-year-old Starke woman after witnesses claimed she harassed patients at a Starke emergency department, refusing to leave and accusing one patient of being a terrorist. Sholeke Lomeke Merriweather was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, and making a false report. According...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — April 16, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Eddie Ash Eddie George Ash, 67, passed away at his home at Kingsley Lake, with his devoted wife, Cathy, by his side. He was born on July 8, 1956, in Tampa to the late George Calvin Ash Jr. and Mary Gordon Ash. He was a beautiful soul who gave everything...
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Obituaries — April 9, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Bennie Adams Bennie Adams, 88, of Alachua, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at his home surrounded by family. He was born on Jan. 22, 1936, in Erin, Tennessee, to Okla Homa and Verble Golden Adams. At the age of 11, his family moved to Florida looking for...
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Editorial:

Shut down the circus

Editorial
Dear Editor: Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey retired the circus but did not include Starke City Hall and city commissioners in the closure. Unfortunate for the citizens of Starke.  Let me first say to our Police Chief Jeff Johnson that I wish him the best retirement in the world. Despite the...
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Clerk addresses investigation

Editorial
Dear Editor: I am Kellie Hendricks Rhoades, Union County clerk of court and comptroller. This letter addresses the State Attorney’s investigation of our county coordinator. Specifically, I explain both the need for the referral to the State Attorney’s office and allegations that I did not provide all relevant documents for...
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