News:

Protecting Florida Land Program makes $2.6 million available to landowners

Bradford County Lake Region News - Free Union County
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson and the Florida Forest Service announced that $2.6 million is now available to landowners through the Sequestering Carbon and Protecting Florida Land Program. The program offers landowners incentive payments to help increase the acreage of healthy forests in Florida.  “We are proud to offer...
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Telegraph–Times–Monitor for Jan. 26, 2023

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for Jan. 26, 2023

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Phosphate mining application withdrawn in Bradford

Phosphate mining application withdrawn in Bradford

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — After sparking a controversy followed by several years of anxious waiting, a request to mine phosphate in Bradford County has been withdrawn. This follows last year’s withdrawal from a lawsuit in Union County. HPS Enterprises II had sued Union County for depriving...
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First glimpse shown of possible school zones

First glimpse shown of possible school zones

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — School board members are contemplating options for school rezoning before a final decision is made. The public will get a better view at the options when the proposed maps are placed online. Meanwhile, school board members will be taking a closer look...
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Bradford targeting attendance to improve student achievement

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — The link between student attendance and student achievement may seem like common sense, but Superintendent Will Hartley has been exploring how attendance has impacted achievement specifically in Bradford schools. As part of an annual research project he completes for the Northeast Florida...
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Graduation rates down for Bradford, Union

Bradford County Lake Region News Union County
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor The state is reporting progress in high school graduation rates, but not locally. According to the Florida Department of Education, the statewide graduation rate improved to 87.3% for the 2021-22 school year. This was an improvement of 0.4%, when compared to 2018-19, which was...
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Sports:

LBMS boys are SMAC runner-up after Williston’s late surge

LBMS boys are SMAC runner-up after Williston’s late surge

Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer The largest lead either team enjoyed through the first three quarters was three points, but Williston went on an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter as the Lake Butler Middle School boys basketball team lost 43-30 to finish as the Suwannee Middle Athletic Conference...
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Changes made to District 4-3A girls soccer tournament

Lake Region Sports – Free
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer The District 4-3A girls soccer tournament at P.K. Yonge, which Keystone Heights High School is a part of, has undergone a schedule change due to the anticipation of inclement weather. Keystone, the second seed, was supposed to play seventh seed Interlachen in a quarterfinal...
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Starke Kiwanis Club helps BHS baseball program

Starke Kiwanis Club helps BHS baseball program

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Features:

Bradford, Keystone students qualify for state at regional HOSA event

Bradford, Keystone students qualify for state at regional HOSA event

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Hope Christian Academy celebrates homecoming

Hope Christian Academy celebrates homecoming

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Miss UCHS pageant Thursday promises ‘Day at the Derby’

Features – Free Union County
The Miss Union County High pageant will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, in the UCHS auditorium. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening ticket sales beginning at 6 p.m.  “A Day at the Derby” is the theme for this year and the se3ven contestants have worked...
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UC Riding Club holds 2022 Awards event in Lake Butler

UC Riding Club holds 2022 Awards event in Lake Butler

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Staff Writer LAKE BUTLER — The Union County Riding Club held its annual awards dinner and ceremony on Jan. 13, 2023 at the First Christian Church in Lake Butler. After all in attendance enjoyed a buffet style meal, the members gave their attention to the...
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Spires IGA named among nation’s top IGA stores

Spires IGA named among nation’s top IGA stores

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Staff Writer  LAKE BUTLER — Lake Butler’s own Spires IGA has been named one of eight stores in the U.S. (from about 1,600 stores) as a Retailer of the Year for the very first time. As a 2023 national winner, the store is in the...
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Library says goodbye to two dedicated employees

Library says goodbye to two dedicated employees

Bradford County Features
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — Bradford Library Director Robert Perone said it was a privilege to recognize two longtime county employees on the occasion of their retirement. Mary Robbins brought the library to the community as its outreach specialist and bookmobile driver for 21 years. This included...
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Crime:

10 years for plotting to kill witness

10 years for plotting to kill witness

Bradford County Crime News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Telegraph Staff Writer STARKE— The last of three defendants accused of plotting to kill an Alachua County woman to prevent her from testifying in a trial was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Demetrius Dewayne Wilson, 28, was already serving a 45-year sentence for planning the July...
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Cell phones, cameras and social media- Sheriff discusses trends in law enforcement

Cell phones, cameras and social media- Sheriff discusses trends in law enforcement

Bradford County Crime News
  BY DAN HILDEBRAN Telegraph Staff Writer STARKE—Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith and Col. Brad Smith said their agency continues to respond to technological changes and has benefited from many of those innovations. The officers discussed several opportunities and challenges law enforcement has taken on recently and said one of...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — Jan. 24, 2023

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Carmine Capraro Carmine Dominick Capraro, 90, of St. Johns died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelcky (Helguero) Capraro; and son, Kenneth “George” J. Capraro. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Cottet, and son, Gary (Vicci) Capraro. Graveside services will be held Sunday,...
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Obituaries — Jan. 17, 2023

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
  Jacob Blalock Jacob (Jake) Michael Blalock, 35, of Lake Butler, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. He was born in Gainesville on May 27, 1987. He grew up in Lake Butler, where he was surrounded by loving friends and family. He attended Union County High School and graduated in 2005....
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Editorial:

No solutions for homeowners

Editorial
Dear Editor: One of the most important pieces of legislation that will be passed this year and next — SB 2 Property Insurance — was pushed through a special session of the State Legislature in a matter of 48 hours, under the guise of "fixing" the collapsing insurance market. Following...
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Riding Club responds

Editorial
Dear Editor: I would like to say to Bob Milner, Dale Woodruff, and the Bradford County Fair Association, shame on you for breaking kids dreams. You said the Bradford County Riding Club didn’t have many members and most were from out of county. That was true during COVID, but they...
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