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Starke commissioner faces investigation

Starke commissioner faces investigation

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — A Starke city commissioner appears to be in hot water with employees as well as his fellow commissioners, who have launched an investigation. According to the allegations, Commissioner Danny Nugent angrily confronted employees of the city and tree trimming contractor Asplundh over...
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Child well-being ranked in Florida counties

Child well-being ranked in Florida counties

Bradford County Clay County Lake Region News Union County
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Each community has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the well-being of its children, and a recent report published by the Florida Policy Institute shines a light on the strengths and weaknesses of Florida counties. Information in the 2021 County Rankings for...
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Dixon takes over at DOC

Dixon takes over at DOC

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BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor TALLAHASSEE— Twenty-five-year Department of Corrections veteran Ricky Dixon is taking the top spot at the Florida Department of Corrections. Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed the deputy secretary to the agency’s top job pending the retirement of current Secretary Mark Inch. Inch was appointed in January 2019....
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Troopers looking for hit-and-run suspect

Troopers looking for hit-and-run suspect

Bradford County News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor STARKE— The Florida Highway Patrol said it is looking for the driver of a pickup that hit a cyclist that was pulling a child. FHP said the black Ford F-150 struck a woman on a bicycle after swerving off County Road 100A around 1:50 p.m....
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Town hall covers progress and the need to work together

Town hall covers progress and the need to work together

Bradford County News
Representatives of Bradford County District 1, and the City of Starke District 2 gathered for an event entitled “Home Town Meeting,” sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Bradford County on Nov. 14, 2021. The purpose of this meeting was to allow the citizens of the community to ask questions and...
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Sports:

Tigers come up short, lose 29-27 in Region 3-1A final

Tigers come up short, lose 29-27 in Region 3-1A final

Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Union County High School failed to complete a pass on a two-point conversion attempt with 1:08 to play as the Tigers lost 29-27 to host Chiefland in the Region 3-1A football championship on Nov. 26. The Tigers (12-1) turned the ball over three times...
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Indians’ record season ends with 34-6 loss to The Villages

Indians’ record season ends with 34-6 loss to The Villages

Lake Region Sports
BY CHUCK DOWLING Special to the Telegraph-Times-Monitor The most successful season in Keystone Heights' football history came to a disappointing end on Nov. 19 when the Indians fells 34-6 to the host Villages Charter Buffalo in the Region 2-4A semifinals. The loss came just one week after a resounding 50-0...
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Bradford dominant in 3-0 girls weightlifting start

Bradford dominant in 3-0 girls weightlifting start

Bradford County Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Bradford High School won every weight class and earned four second-place finishes as well in defeating visiting Fleming Island 65-26 in a Nov. 18 girls weightlifting meet. The Tornadoes, who improved to 3-0, had the following winners: Abbie Markham with a 155 total (80...
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Features:

Two receive top recognition at the Little Miss Union County Contest

Two receive top recognition at the Little Miss Union County Contest

Features Union County
The Little Miss Union County Contest was recently held as part of the Union County 100th Anniversary Celebration.  Applications were received from 12 girls aged 5 to 10 years old.  Each generation included on the application was verified to have lived within the geographical boundaries of Union County as declared...
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Hillcrest sign unveiled 

Hillcrest sign unveiled 

Clay County Features Lake Region
BY DAN HILDEBRAN  Monitor Editor  HILLCREST— Clay County officials unveiled two new signs along State Road 100 marking the community of Hillcrest, during a Nov. 16 ceremony.  County Commissioner Betsy Condon said the signs were along the highway, just east of Lake Geneva before the state widened and resurfaced the...
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Students attend Ag Expo

Students attend Ag Expo

Clay County Features
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— The Keystone Heights FFA traveled to Moultrie, Ga. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 to attend the Sunbelt Ag Expo. The Expo is known as North America’s Premier Farm Show and 50 Keystone Heights FFA members had the opportunity to interact with over 1,200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming...
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Keystone Heights observes Veterans Day 

Keystone Heights observes Veterans Day 

Clay County Features Lake Region
BY DAN HILDEBRAN  Monitor Editor  KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— A retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel told a Lake Region gathering that he loved his time in the Army, and wishes he was still serving.  Mark Alexander said during a Veterans Day service at the Keystone Heights Cemetery that he knew he was...
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Tornadoes on Parade

Tornadoes on Parade

Bradford County Features
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Veterans’ service hard to define

Veterans’ service hard to define

Bradford County Features
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Recently retired Master Chief Navy Counselor Marvin Philpot told the crowd at the Starke Veterans Day ceremony that the dictionary definition of the word veteran is a little lacking. A veteran is more than a former member of the armed forces or someone with...
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Crime:

‘Y’all are going to have to kill me’

‘Y’all are going to have to kill me’

Crime
Man attempts escape from Starke Police Department BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor STARKE— A 31-year-old Keystone Heights man tried to break out of Starke police headquarters after being told he was under arrest. Johnathan Joseph Brooker was arrested for battery, possession of a weapon by a felon, resisting and officer,...
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Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Crime
Nov. 13 through Nov. 19 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...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — Nov. 22, 2021

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
    Kenneth Brown HAMPTON Kenneth Jerry Brown, age 70, of Hampton passed away at his home on Friday, November 19, 2021. Kenneth was born in Belmont, Mississippi on August 25, 1951 to the late William Kenneth and Lois “Bates” Brown.  Mr. Brown was an amateur radio operator, a veteran...
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Obituaries — Nov. 17, 2021

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
  Phillip Arnold KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Phillip Woodrow Arnold passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021 at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in Troy, Ohio and was a long time resident of Keystone Heights. Phil was preceded in death by his...
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Editorial:

DeSantis, do your job

Editorial
Dear Editor: Our Governor is calling for an expensive and pointless November Special Session of the FL Legislature to fight proposed federal vaccine requirements and those put in place by local businesses and governments in Florida. Most of us know the best way to move out of this pandemic and get our freedom back...
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The importance of Florida forests

Editorial
Dear Editor: People in this area understand the significance of Florida’s forests. We are blessed to live in the heart of our state’s woodlands. Many of our families, like our own, have a rich history and heritage in the forest industry. Many more, again like our own, are proud to...
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