News:

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for June 13, 2024

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for June 13, 2024

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Starke placing finance department under city manager

News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Starke commissioners are agreeing to permanently transfer certain duties from the city clerk to the city manager. The vote was split three to two on first reading, with one commissioner wanting to fill the vacant office by election and another preferring to hold a referendum...
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Lawtey votes to request operational audit

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BY MELISSA PYLE Special to the Telegraph There was high public turnout at the city of Lawtey’s June council meeting following reporting on an inquisitive letter from the Florida Legislature’s Joint Legislative Auditing Committee letter sent to city leaders.  The committee addressed potential violations related to budget transparency, public records...
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Juneteenth recognized by Bradford commission

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BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Bradford County is officially recognizing Juneteenth as commissioners voted unanimously to close county offices on Wednesday, June 19, in recognition of the holiday. The holiday commemorates the day in 1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Galveston, Texas, freeing the remaining enslaved people. Juneteenth...
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AI could help county road maintenance

News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] A technology company is proposing a solution to better direct county road maintenance. Roadway Management Technologies regional consultant Aaron Rimes said real time data collection of pavement performance and deterioration modeling can be used help manage the county’s roadways. Rimes said proprietary hardware mounted underneath...
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Telegraph-Times-Monitor for June 6, 2024

Telegraph-Times-Monitor for June 6, 2024

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Sports:

Bradford Rookie team wins district, to play at state

Bradford Rookie team wins district, to play at state

Bradford County Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Four players drove in at least three runs each as the Bradford Rookie All-Stars defeated Santa Fe 16-6 to win the Santa Fe Babe Ruth District 5 championship on June 2 at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua. Bradford will now compete in the Cal...
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Photo: Bradford Majors make it to state

Photo: Bradford Majors make it to state

Bradford County Sports
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Season ends for Davis, Vikings in World Series semifinals

Season ends for Davis, Vikings in World Series semifinals

Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Tripp Davis and his St. Johns River State College teammates saw their season come to an end with a 6-5 loss to LSU Eunice on May 31 in the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series. Davis, a 2021 Union County...
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Features:

Nigel Clance and ‘Crew’: putting autism in the public eye

Nigel Clance and ‘Crew’: putting autism in the public eye

Features Lake Region
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] “To infinity and beyond!” If you’re not familiar with that quote, it’s from the Pixar movie “Toy Story,” which happens to be one of Nigel Clance’s favorite movies. Nigel and a large group of family and friends — collectively known as Nigel’s Crew — are hoping...
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Concerned Citizens camp offering fun and learning

Concerned Citizens camp offering fun and learning

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Summer is a good time for fun and games, but why not complement with a bit of academic help as well? That’s the question Concerned Citizens of Bradford County would ask regarding its annual summer camp. This year’s camp, which is held at the R.J.E. Center,...
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Photos: Altrusa of Starke installs 2024-25 officers

Photos: Altrusa of Starke installs 2024-25 officers

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Lawtey Elementary’s Knight retires after 30 years as teacher

Lawtey Elementary’s Knight retires after 30 years as teacher

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] If Susan Knight’s truck could drive itself, it would’ve known exactly where to go to every morning, Monday through Friday. Now, though, she and her truck will have to learn a new routine, or perhaps adapt to a life without routine. The end of this school...
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Bradford 4-H presents annual awards

Bradford 4-H presents annual awards

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Shayna Durrance, Ansley Ward and Caleb Griffs were named Outstanding 4-H’ers of the Year at the annual Bradford County 4-H awards banquet, which was held May 31 at Starke’s Gov. Charley E. Johns Conference Center. The night celebrated accomplishments and recognized the efforts of 4-H youth...
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Update: Free food for youth over the summer

Features – Free
Three new sites added! Bradford County School District will be serving free breakfasts and lunches to students over the summer at several locations throughout the county.  The schedules vary from site to site, but here is a roundup of what the district has to offer. Bradford High School 581 N....
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Crime:

Prison and restitution for setting apartment on fire

Prison and restitution for setting apartment on fire

Bradford County Crime
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] Crystal Brielle Pinckney, 30, of Starke, was sentenced to nearly three-and-a-half years in prison after pleading to setting a Starke apartment on fire. According to a September 8, 2023, arrest report, the defendant quickly confessed after police and firefighters were called to the Pine Forest Apartments...
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Caught by video, license plate reader

Caught by video, license plate reader

Bradford County Crime
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] A 36-year-old Melrose man was sentenced to a year in prison after video and a license plate reader assisted police in connecting him to a shoplifting crime. Kevin Aurther Ratliff was arrested on December 28, 2023, for the February 25 offense of grand theft. On May...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — June 11, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Dorothy Foster Mrs. Dorothy Ann Foster, 85, longtime resident of Waldo, died Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in the E. T. York Hospice Care Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness. She was born in Gainesville on June 15, 1938, to the late Dale and Delsia Drew, and had lived in this...
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Obituaries — June 4, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Edward Addison Sr. Edward "Red" Matthew Addison Sr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Haven Hospice Lake City surrounded by his family. Born on Oct. 20, 1942, in Jacksonville, he worked most of his life as a self-employed truck driver. His...
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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

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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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