News:

Telegraph-Times-Monitor, Dec. 2, 2021

Telegraph-Times-Monitor, Dec. 2, 2021

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Clay Electric announces 2 price increases

Clay Electric announces 2 price increases

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BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— Clay Electric Cooperative said that due to the rising costs of generating power and other expenses, it is raising the price of power to its members.  Customers will see an increase to their power cost adjustment in December, and an increase to the...
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Property appraiser to audit homestead exemptions

Property appraiser to audit homestead exemptions

Clay County News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS— Clay County Property Appraiser Tracy S. Drake said he has hired a firm to look for improper homestead exemption claims among the county’s 55,000 parcels with the exemptions. Florida law provides for a number of property tax exemptions, assessment reductions, and classifications which will...
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Deputy-involved crash results in minor injuries

Deputy-involved crash results in minor injuries

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BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor STARKE— A crash involving a Bradford sheriff’s deputy and another vehicle within the City of Starke resulted in minor injuries on Monday, Nov. 22. Col. Brad Smith of the sheriff’s office said Cpl. Jared Mallard was driving a marked F-150  southbound on U.S. 301 with...
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Commissioners end Nugent investigation

Commissioners end Nugent investigation

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — The investigation into Starke Commissioner Danny Nugent’s alleged behavior toward city and contract employees was over before it even began. Commissioners Scott Roberts and Shannon Smith ended the investigation during their second meeting Nov. 23 after hearing from Nugent’s attorney, Dan Sikes,...
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New school property paid in full

New school property paid in full

Bradford County News
STARKE — The acreage obtained for the construction of a new combination elementary and middle school has been paid off. From the smiles on their faces, it was evident that it was a win-win moment for everyone. Through funding provided by the State of Florida Special Facilities Construction Account, the...
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Sports:

Tomlinson out as BHS football coach

Tomlinson out as BHS football coach

Bradford County Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Bradford High School’s football program and Head Coach Brian Tomlinson will be parting ways after Superintendent of Schools Will Hartley decided the program needed to be under different leadership. Tomlinson, who went 33-26 in five seasons and qualified for the playoffs every year, said...
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UCHS’ Johns, O’Steen to play college ball

UCHS’ Johns, O’Steen to play college ball

Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Union County High School seniors Luke Johns and Jake O’Steen have made big plays on the baseball diamond over the years, but the biggest for both occurred at the Lake Butler Community Center on Nov. 18, when they signed letters of intent to play...
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KHHS’ Dennis to play softball at Cleary University

KHHS’ Dennis to play softball at Cleary University

Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Keystone Heights High School senior Saige Dennis loves cold weather and softball. Thanks to Cleary University, she’ll get to experience both after graduating from KHHS. Dennis accepted an offer from the school, which is located in Howell, Michigan, and signed a letter of intent...
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Features:

Photos: Community turns out to say goodbye to Jennifer and Terry Vaughan

Photos: Community turns out to say goodbye to Jennifer and Terry Vaughan

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Garden Club of the Lakes marks 60 years

Garden Club of the Lakes marks 60 years

Features Lake Region
BY BARBARA PELLECHIO Garden Club of the Lakes VP On Aug. 20, 1959, plans for the Garden Club of the Lakes were initiated by Mr. Emory (Bee) Cooper and Mrs. L.E. Harris at the home of Mrs. Edmond Dwyer.  The Garden Club of the Lakes joined the Florida Federation of...
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Farm-City lunch brings two worlds together

Farm-City lunch brings two worlds together

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor About 70 area residents came together for a meal and educational opportunities at the first Farm/City luncheon, held at the Union County Agricultural Education building (which houses the UF/IFIS Extension Office). For the past several years the event has been held as a dinner...
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Recreation programs going strong in Union County

Recreation programs going strong in Union County

Features Union County
BY LARRY DUPEE Special to the Times The Babe Ruth Baseball Organization in Union County is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing a sports program for area youth. In conjunction with the national organizations of Babe Ruth and Pop Warner (BR & PW) who promote   sports programs and provide...
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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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Crime:

Used City of Lake Butler  credit card to steal gasoline

Used City of Lake Butler  credit card to steal gasoline

Crime Union County
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor STARKE— Bradford deputies arrested a former City of Lake Butler employee after determining he made over $1,700 in gasoline purchases for his personal vehicle using a city credit card. Michael Clayton Hall, 19, of Raiford was arrested by Bradford deputies on Nov. 26 for larceny...
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Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Crime
Nov. 20 through Nov. 26 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 — Dec. 2, 2021

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
  Bunny Sellers-Bates LAWTEY Bunny Melissa Sellers-Bates, 43, of Lawtey, was taken by God to rest in Christ Jesus eternally on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Born on May 12, 1978, in Jacksonville. A dedicated wife, daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, niece, cousin, sister-in-law, and friend. She lived her life selflessly, always...
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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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Editorial:

Thanks for supporting Operation Christmas Child

Editorial
Dear Editor: Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week was November 15-22, 2021.  Another amazing year of shoe-box collection occurred at the curbside drop-off located at Trinity Baptist Church. A hallmark of our Lake Area Region is a heart of generosity.  I clearly saw this through Operation Christmas Child, an evangelistic...
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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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