News:

Clay Electric Foundation awards $89,417 in July

Clay Electric Foundation awards $89,417 in July

Clay County Lake Region News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— The Clay Electric Foundation approved eight grants in July for $89,417. The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, Alachua Habitat for Humanity, Haven Hospice Foundation and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches received $15,000 each. The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs is an all-volunteer...
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Telegraph – Times – Monitor for Aug. 18, 2022

Telegraph – Times – Monitor for Aug. 18, 2022

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Listen: Starke takes step to hold leaders accountable

Bradford County News - Free
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE— As Starke commissioners prepared to approve a resolution on ethics and civility, Mayor Janice Mortimer asked Commissioner Danny Nugent to control himself going forward and better understand his role as a city commissioner. Last year, Starke employees and contract workers complained that Nugent...
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Bradford commissioners asked to balance budget

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE— On Aug. 1, Clerk Denny Thompson presented the county commission a tentative budget of revenues and expenditures for the 2022-23 Fiscal Year, which begins on Oct. 1. This version of the budget did not include grants as their presence can skew the amount...
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Administrator added back to fire rescue

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE— Bradford County Fire Rescue is filling a position that to support agency administration. When Alan Parrish retired and Ben Carter was promoted to BCFR chief, that left a vacancy in Carter’s former position as division chief over the fire department. There was no...
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14 locals among names on the ballot

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor As of Tuesday night, voter turnout was nearly 11% in Bradford County. Most of those ballots — 1,399 — were cast by mail. Another 559 people had voted early at the courthouse.  Early voting continues everyday through Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6...
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Sports:

All BMS, BHS home athletic events besides football require online tickets

All BMS, BHS home athletic events besides football require online tickets

Bradford County Sports – Free
With the exception of football, tickets for home athletic events at Bradford Middle School and Bradford High School won’t be sold at the gate. Spectators must purchase tickets online via GoFan.co. To do so, simply visit GoFan.co and enter either “Bradford Middle School” or “Bradford High School.” Upcoming games will...
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Jackson receives $1,000 as Gainesville Junior Golf’s top female

Jackson receives $1,000 as Gainesville Junior Golf’s top female

Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Candace Jackson, who’s a senior at Keystone Heights High School, received a $1,000 scholarship from Gainesville Junior Golf Tour for being its top female player this summer. Jackson, who competes in the Girls 16-18 division, was coming off a win at the tour’s championship...
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Durant, Cortese put up big numbers in UCHS scrimmage

Durant, Cortese put up big numbers in UCHS scrimmage

Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Rayvon Durant rushed for almost 200 yards, while A.J. Cortese three five touchdown passes in an intra-squad scrimmage the Union County High School football team took part in on Aug. 12. Union will play in a preseason kickoff classic at Baker County on Friday,...
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Features:

VFW Back-to-School Bash serves 64

VFW Back-to-School Bash serves 64

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor  LAKE BUTLER—On Aug. 6, Lake Butler VFW Post 10082 held its annual Back-to-School Bash, an event that provides young people with grade-appropriate school supplies to help them succeed in school and take a little bit of the expense off of parents working to make...
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School Board recognizes service and achievement in students and staff

School Board recognizes service and achievement in students and staff

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor  LAKE BUTLER— At its regular Aug. meeting the Union County School Board recognized one staff member for service and four UCHS FFA Teams for their achievements. First, Superintendent of Schools Mike Ripplinger recognized Stacey Rimes for her 30 years of service to the school...
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Lynelle Oliver is Parkside’s new Beautiful Grandmother

Lynelle Oliver is Parkside’s new Beautiful Grandmother

Bradford County Features Lake Region Union County
Lynelle Oliver would probably tell you the crowning achievements in her life were raising a family and having a career devoted to the care of others, but at the age of 84, she experienced a literal crowning achievement after being named the winner of Parkside Assisted Living Facility’s second annual...
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Library ends summer with a splash

Library ends summer with a splash

Features Union County
BY MARY BROWN Union County Public Library A fun time was had by all at the library’s annual end of summer water party on July 21st!  Each year a host of local organizations attend, set up tables and give away fun goodies to the children and families. Agencies that attended...
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Starke’s First Baptist welcomes Tennessee native Page as pastor

Starke’s First Baptist welcomes Tennessee native Page as pastor

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Matthew Page already knew that he was in the right place because it’s where God wanted him to be, but he has received confirmation from the people of Starke and Bradford County, who have given him and his family a warm welcome. Page is...
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The first day of school in Bradford

The first day of school in Bradford

Bradford County Features
BY EVELYN CHASTAIN Bradford County Schools Whether a graduating senior in the Class of 2023 or a first day kindergartener, the first day of school for Bradford County students is on the horizon.  The first day of the 2022-2023 school year is Wednesday, Aug. 10.   Schedules for open house/orientation...
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Crime:

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Bradford County Clay County Crime News 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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After DUI arrest, state agrees to deferred prosecution

After DUI arrest, state agrees to deferred prosecution

Bradford County Crime News
BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor STARKE— A 39-year-old Starke woman will not face a DUI charge if she fulfills the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement she signed in July. Georgia Montez Reddish was arrested by FHP troopers on June 5. In an arrest report, Trooper J.E. Farley wrote that...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — Aug. 16, 2022

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
  Carolyn Baldwin Carolyn Pipkin Baldwin, born Oct. 20, 1944 in Bay County, Florida to James Charlie and Vernell “Nell” Pipkin, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 15, 2022, at Parkside Assisted Living Facility in Starke. She was a 1964 graduate of Holmes County High School and a...
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Obituaries — Aug. 9, 2022

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
  Anita Griffis On Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 at 3:21 p.m., Anita "Mema" Griffis, surrounded by her family, slipped from this earth into heaven and the arms of her Lord. She was born Sept. 29, 1943 in Rocky Sunk in Suwannee County. An almost lifelong resident of Starke, she was...
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Editorial:

Editorial: In support of library funding

Editorial
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor  LAKE BUTLER—When making your selections on your primary ballot at the Primary Election on Tuesday. Aug. 23, don’t forget to select the box approving the continued funding of the Union County Public Library through a ½ mill ad valorem tax.  This is nothing new...
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A response

Editorial
Dear Editor: The recent letter in the Telegraph regarding the Jan. 6 Investigation Committee was certainly not factual. It read like it was written by a Nancy Pelosi (I call her PeeLousy) lapdog. The writer praised the committee and its “hearsay witnesses” testimony as if it were perhaps more true than...
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