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Telegraph–Times–Monitor for April 11, 2024

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for April 11, 2024

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Johnson says goodbye after long career at Starke PD

Johnson says goodbye after long career at Starke PD

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Bawdy jokes about fuzzy pink handcuffs aside, Starke Police Chief Jeff Johnson’s farewell was marked by emotion, including gratitude for him and some anger toward the city commission. “All in God’s time.” Johnson repeated it several times as he told his story, beginning with his...
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Starke sets special election to replace commissioner

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Starke has set a special election to fill the District 3 seat currently held by Commissioner Shannon Smith. Smith recently announced he would run for the District 1 county commission seat. Because his term as city commissioner would overlap if he were elected to serve...
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School superintendent latest race on the ballot

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Among the latest updates to Bradford’s 2024 election news, Superintendent of Schools Will Hartley is facing a challenge for his job. Tracey S. Kendrick has filed to run to be the district’s next superintendent of schools. Kendrick, a Bradford High graduate, has been in the...
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Lawtey asked to revitalize long dormant park

Lawtey asked to revitalize long dormant park

Bradford County News
BY MELISSA PYLE Special to the Telegraph Members of the community voiced their support for revitalizing the recreation building and park on Old Middleburg Road at the Lawtey City Council Meeting April 1.  The building has been left in disrepair for years, and citizens want it to be repaired or...
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Starke making room for developments

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Starke approved first reading of an ordinance amending its land development code to allow smaller planned unit developments within the city limits. If approved on final reading, the minimum PUD size would drop from 10 acres to 5 acres, making a mixed-use development more likely...
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Sports:

Tornadoes to host Middleburg in flag football playoffs

Tornadoes to host Middleburg in flag football playoffs

Bradford County Sports – Free
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Bradford High School’s flag football team will begin the Region 1-1A playoffs the same way it ended the District 4 tournament, by hosting Middleburg. The quarterfinal game will take place on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at BHS’ David Hurse Stadium. Bradford (8-1) is a...
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Webb’s walk-off hit gives Tigers 12-11 win over 6A Buchholz

Webb’s walk-off hit gives Tigers 12-11 win over 6A Buchholz

Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Campbell Webb hit a walk-off RBI single in the Union County High School softball team’s 12-11, eight-inning win over visiting Buchholz on April 12. The Class 1A Tigers (10-7) scored three runs in the eighth to win their sixth straight game. Class 6A Buchholz scored the...
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NCA improves to 4-2 in softball with  11-1 win

NCA improves to 4-2 in softball with  11-1 win

Bradford County Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Pitcher Brook Parrish gave up just two hits, while four batters drove in two runs each in the Northside Christian Academy softball team’s 11-1, five-inning win over visiting Open Bible of Valdosta, Georgia, on April 12. It was a 2-1 game until the Eagles (4-2) scored...
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Features:

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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Faces of the Festival: Annual tradition draws new and return visitors

Faces of the Festival: Annual tradition draws new and return visitors

Bradford County Features
BY MELISSA PYLE Special to the Telegraph Saturday was opening day for the 26th annual Strawberry Festival and the mostly sunny day did not disappoint festival-goers. This year’s event showcased more than 200 food and craft vendors, many of them participating for the first time.  There were many local and...
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The Bradford County Master Gardener Program: Should you consider it?

Bradford County Features – Free
BY LUKE HARLOW UF/IFAS Bradford County Extension At its core, Master Gardeners are volunteers – residents of Bradford County who aim to assist others in landscaping, gardening, cultivating edible fruits and vegetables, and beyond.  The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program has been active since 1979. Annually, approximately 4,700 volunteers collectively...
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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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Lake Butler man gets 10 years after pleading to sexual battery

Crime Union County
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] A 26-year-old Lake Butler man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading to sexual battery on a victim 18 or older with special circumstances. Randall Fitzhugh Howard was arrested in February 2023 for four counts of the felony.  Prosecutors dropped three counts after the...
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Obituaries:

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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Card of Thanks — Winshay Roddey family

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Acknowledgment The family of  Winshay Roddey wish to thank you for all the acts of kindness that were shown to us during our time of bereavement. May God forever keep you in his care. The Roddey Family
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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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