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Telegraph-Times-Monitor for Feb. 22, 2024

Telegraph-Times-Monitor for Feb. 22, 2024

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Fire/EMS assessment resolution passes unanimously

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Bradford County commissioners voted unanimously to collect non-ad valorem assessments for firefighting and emergency medical services beginning with this year’s tax bills. The Feb. 15 resolution approved the method of collection, but not the actual assessments. County Manager Scott Kornegay engaged a consultant last...
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Bradford Fire Rescue receives lawsuit funds to fight substance abuse

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Bradford County Fire Rescue Chief Ben Carter received the go-ahead he needed to establish a Community Resource Paramedicine Program to address substance abuse disorder and drug overdoses. He introduced county commissioners to the concept earlier this month, modeling his proposal after a successful program...
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Falling trash, roads and more spark debate at Lawtey council meeting

Bradford County News
BY MELISSA PYLE Special to the Telegraph Roads, what they’re named, how they are maintained, and garbage falling on them were all topics of debate at February’s Lawtey Council Meeting.  Councilwoman Debra Norman was absent due to illness, but she sent a list of topics to be discussed by proxy...
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Former official arrested for theft

Former official arrested for theft

Bradford County News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] A former Bradford County Commissioner was arrested for grand theft following accusations that he and his son stole timber. Eddie Joseph Lewis last held office in 2016 when Frank Durrance beat him for the District 5 seat. The 70-year-old was arrested on February 13 for grand...
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Women’s Club hosts Valentine’s Day luncheon

Women’s Club hosts Valentine’s Day luncheon

News Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Special to the Times The Lake Butler Women’s Club had a busy week last week, with three events on their schedule, two on the district level. First, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the club hosted its annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon.  Over 75 meals were served from the...
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Sports:

Tigers open softball season with big win over Eastside

Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Three players drove in multiple runs each as Union County High School opened the softball season with a 16-1 win over visiting Eastside on Feb. 20. The game lasted only three innings, with Union scoring 13 runs in the first. Two of those came on a...
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KHHS baseball team scores 10 runs, defeats visiting Raiders

Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Keystone Heights High School got three consecutive extra-base, run-scoring hits in a five-run third inning in defeating visiting Santa Fe 10-3 in a Feb. 22 baseball game. Brady Kerlin and Alex Addington hit back-to-back RBI doubles before Connor Guy hit an RBI triple as the Indians...
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KHHS girls tennis team defeats BHS

Bradford County Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Keystone Heights High School hosted Bradford in a girls tennis match on Feb. 15, winning 4-3. The Indians (2-2) earned three victories in singles play. Raegan Feldpausch defeated Maya Moss 8-1 at the number-three spot, Alyssa Lee defeated Victoria Hudgens 8-3 at the number-four spot and...
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Features:

Lawtey’s Castellese wins district spelling bee

Lawtey’s Castellese wins district spelling bee

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] To qualify for region-level competition and avoid going another round with Starke Elementary student Amelia Cooper, it was essential for Lawtey Elementary student Jaxon Casellese to spell “essential” correctly. He did, making him the winner of the Bradford County District spelling bee, which took place Feb....
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Atkinson named to America’s Road Team

Atkinson named to America’s Road Team

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] American Trucking Associations announced that Lawtey’s Ben Atkinson has been selected as a 2024-25 America’s Road Team Captain, joining 23 other professional drivers. “It’s a reward for a job that I’ve done for 36 years,” Atkinson said, adding, “It’s exciting and very humbling to be selected.”...
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Love will find a way…eventually

Love will find a way…eventually

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] A kiss in middle school. What more could you ask for when it comes to a Valentine’s Day story? Two young people who knew from that very moment that they had found their true love, becoming school sweethearts and eventually marrying each other. Logan and Ciara...
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Hometown coffee shop a family affair

Hometown coffee shop a family affair

Bradford County Features
BY MELISSA PYLE Special to the Telegraph Call Street welcomed Starke’s newest coffee shop on Feb. 1 when the doors of Hometown Grounds officially opened. Customers were welcomed through the doors of the new establishment, which resides in the former location of Sapp Station Coffee. Like many quaint coffee shops,...
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Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Do you desire a title or an opportunity to meet the needs of children? That was an easy answer for Heidi Keegan, who had no problem with going from being a principal to an assistant principal — the role she currently fills at Starke Elementary School....
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Rural Counties Day: meeting lawmakers face to face

Rural Counties Day: meeting lawmakers face to face

Bradford County Features Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Seeing is believing. It’s not that lawmakers from Florida’s large counties don’t believe in the existence of smaller, rural counties, but what do they really know about them? That’s what Rural Counties Day is about. Every year, people representing rural counties set up booths...
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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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Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Bradford 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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Obituaries:

Obituaries — Feb. 20, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Lisa Brown Lisa Diane Brown, 58, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, in Gainesville. She was born on May 8, 1965, in Starke to the late Preturicher Norsworthy and is survived by her loving husband, Jeff Brown. She will be deeply missed by her siblings, Jesse Norsworthy, Benjamin Norsworthy,...
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Obituaries — Feb. 13, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Hoyt Fuller Hoyt Ray Fuller passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Orange Park. He was born on Aug. 18, 1966. No services are scheduled at this time.   Sharon Hankerson Sharon Hankerson, 69, of Starke transitioned on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in...
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Editorial:

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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Partnership in saving the world

Editorial
Dear Editor: Hello, this is Pastor Terry Clark with the River of Life Church here in Starke. I am writing this letter to ask for your partnership in changing the world! Yes, you read that right! Maybe you’re like us and have pondered the questions: How can I solve world...
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