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Fire assessment study complete, amount TBD

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] The long-awaited results of Bradford County’s fire assessment study were revealed last Thursday, and now it’s up to commissioners to decide what to do with that information. To raise more than $4 million for the fire department budget, the annual fire assessment could be a...
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Board reviews midyear budget, plans pay raises

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Bradford County commissioners received a midyear budget update earlier this month, looking at three of the board’s biggest departments. Both the general fund and road department are expected to spend out of their fund balances to cover costs. General Fund The general fund began the...
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Meet the Candidates: Bob Milner

Meet the Candidates: Bob Milner

Bradford County News
The following in an announcement of intention to seek public office paid for by the candidate. Starke City Commissioner Shannon Smith has announced he will be seeking the County Commissioner District 1 seat in this fall’s election which will require him to resign prior to the expiration of his City...
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Grant would power Three Pipes gates

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Emergency Management Director Lt. Brad Witt has presented a possible funding source to update the flood control gates at Sampson Lake from a manual to electronically controlled structure.  According to Witt, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds became available through FEMA and the state of Florida...
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Sports:

Union pass defense shines in Spring scrimmage

Union pass defense shines in Spring scrimmage

Sports Union County
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] Jesse Chaiken grabbed two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in Union County’s spring scrimmage against Jacksonville’s University Christian on May 16. Drew Simmons also picked off a University Christian pass while Ibn Williams recovered a fumble, and Connor Bresee sacked the opponent’s quarterback twice, once...
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7 KHHS athletes honored in All-Clay County winter teams

Lake Region Sports – Free
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Soccer players Kiersten Shaw and Aaron Wiley were first-team selections and two of seven Keystone Heights High School athletes who received recognition on the All-Clay County teams for winter sports. Shaw was the only girls soccer player honored, while Wiley was one of three boys players...
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HCA baseball team is Southeastern Christian Conference champ

HCA baseball team is Southeastern Christian Conference champ

Bradford County Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Hope Christian Academy’s baseball team defeated High Springs’ First Christian 13-1 on May 11 to win the Southeastern Christian Conference tournament championship, giving Hope its first-ever SECC title winner in any sport. “They achieved what they wanted to do,” Hope Coach Brent Hanson said, adding, “I...
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Features:

Memorial Day: remembrance and gratitude

Memorial Day: remembrance and gratitude

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Command Sgt. Brandon Williams of Camp Blanding’s 211th Regional Training Institute told the assembled crowd at a Memorial Day observance in Starke to remember and be grateful to those who sacrificed themselves for the lives they enjoy today. Williams was the keynote speaker during a May...
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Canova now retired after career as music teacher

Canova now retired after career as music teacher

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Teaching was music to Cindy Canova’s ears, leading to a 26.5-year career in the Bradford County School District that ended with her retirement last December. “As a friend of mine would say, I am in a different season of life now,” said Canova, who taught music...
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In memory of law enforcement’s fallen heroes

In memory of law enforcement’s fallen heroes

Bradford County Features Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Dedication. Courage. Selflessness. Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith used those words to describe the type of people who choose law enforcement as a career — a career that can be dangerous and result in the ultimate sacrifice of giving one’s life to serve one’s community. Law-enforcement...
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Brooker school appreciates volunteers with luncheon

Brooker school appreciates volunteers with luncheon

Bradford County Features
BY CAROL MOSLEY Special to the Telegraph Brooker Community School would not exist without the local support required to get it up and running. Without the contributions of time and energy by volunteers, students at the small school would be missing out on a whole lot of local talent.  That...
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Starke Kiwanis Club presents 3 Denmark scholarships

Starke Kiwanis Club presents 3 Denmark scholarships

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] The Kiwanis Club of Starke presented this year’s recipients of the club’s Steve Denmark Memorial Scholarships at its May 14 meeting at The Downtown Grill. Recent Bradford High School graduates Kinley Burkhalter, Hagen Kadlec and Taylor Wilkinson were selected from nine applicants. Each received $500, with...
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Harris retires after 31-year career in education

Harris retires after 31-year career in education

Bradford County Features Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] David Harris didn’t don a cap and gown, but like recent high school graduates, he’ll be experiencing a change in what has become a routine — day after day and year after year. “I’m in that same boat now,” Harris said. “I’m graduating again.” In reality,...
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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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Accused of shoplifting baby items

Bradford County Crime
Bradford deputies arrested a 20-year-old Lawtey woman after a Walmart employee accused her of stealing $463.58 worth of baby items. A'niyah Nicole Carroll was arrested for petty theft. According to an arrest report, a loss prevention officer told deputies he witnessed the 20-year-old take merchandise from the store’s infant department,...
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Obituaries:

In Memory — D.D. “Mont” Cadle

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
In Memory Of D. D. “Mont” Cadle 5/4/1934 to 4/5/2022 In memory of our Dad, who went on ahead. Our trip is yet to be - our path is one he led. Forever your sons, Dale & Bob
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Obituaries — May 21, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Charlotte Austin Charlotte Louise Austin was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of everyone with her vibrant personality and unwavering dedication to her friends and family. She was born on June 11, 1972, in Orlando and sadly departed from this world unexpectedly on Thursday, May 9, 2024, in Lake...
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Editorial:

Not ready for the water

Editorial
Dear Editor: Bradford County does not appear to be ready for this year’s predicted active hurricane season. Hurricane Irma in September 2017 could be used as a guide for determining if you and Bradford County are ready for a significant rain event. It is interesting to note that the water...
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Get involved and vote

Editorial
Dear Editor: I was so shocked when I heard that Keystone Heights’ vice mayor, Christine Thompson, made a move, at the May 6 city council meeting, to oust our new city manager, Charlie Van Zant. I wasn’t at the meeting, so I watched it on YouTube. She must have been...
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