News:

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for July 11, 2024

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for July 11, 2024

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Starke opts out of fire assessment as county moves forward

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] The city of Starke has reportedly ruled out participation if the county commission approves a new special assessment for fire rescue funding. The decision was revealed during discussion at the county commission’s July 2 meeting, during which commissioners voted to advance an ordinance imposing the...
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Starke water and sewer rate increasing to pay city debt

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD [email protected] Starke water and sewer customers will see their rates rise again pending final approval of the ordinance first presented on July 2. The commission voted 4-1 to move the ordinance to final reading.  City Manager Drew Mullins reminded commissioners that increasing rates was a commitment...
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Lawtey: Fire station costs should be shared burden

Bradford County News
BY MELISSA PYLE Special to the Telegraph Lawtey city councilmembers seem prepared to support the county commission’s plan to help fund fire rescue services through a new special assessment. Bradford County commissioners need the council’s approval to collect the assessment within the city limits. Councilmembers approved the first reading of...
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Hampton agreeing to fire assessment

Bradford County News
BY CAROL MOSLEY Special to the Telegraph The Hampton City Council has addressed the proposed fire assessment that the county is seeking to implement, agreeing to allow collection within the city limits.  Agreement from the municipalities is required for the county to implement the assessment in those locales. City Clerk...
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Telegraph–Times–Monitor for July 4, 2024

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for July 4, 2024

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Sports:

Athletes earn Sun honors in 3 spring sports

Bradford County Lake Region Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Student-athletes from Bradford, Keystone Heights and Union County high schools were among the honorees with the release of the Gainesville Sun’s All-Area teams in baseball, softball and track and field. Bradford’s Elijah Kellum was a track and field selection after winning a state championship in Class...
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Photos: Youth learn football skills from BHS players now in college

Photos: Youth learn football skills from BHS players now in college

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BHS offers summer volleyball league

BHS offers summer volleyball league

Bradford County Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Creating a foundation. That’s what Bradford High School Head Volleyball Coach Chelsea LeMire and assistant coaches Robbie Best and Belinda Phillips are hoping to do. That led to the creation of this year’s youth summer league for those going into grades 4-8. “We wanted to grow...
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Features:

Williams named new principal at BMS

Williams named new principal at BMS

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Crystal Williams wasn’t expecting to start two new jobs within the span of a year, but at least she doesn’t have to travel far. Plus, it’s a step up and presents the chance one looks for as a school administrator. Williams, after completing one...
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Starke camp offers STEM skills and more

Starke camp offers STEM skills and more

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is a focus in schools and also a part of some students’ summers through activity filled camps that challenge the mind, but are also fun. The annual I AM STEM camp offered in Starke by Edrick Hamilton and his...
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Morgan is new principal at Starke Elementary

Morgan is new principal at Starke Elementary

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but none of those words told Laurén Morgan that she would soon be one of the Bradford County School District’s principals, just like the two women she appeared with in a photo at a Florida Association of School Administrators...
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Tinsler receives kidney from long-ago high school friend

Tinsler receives kidney from long-ago high school friend

Bradford County Features
BY CLIFF SMELLEY [email protected] Imagine that child who wants a pony for Christmas and gets just that from Santa. Now, you’ve got an idea of what Julee Tinsler felt like in late 2023. Instead of a pony, though, she was hoping for a kidney. “I had been saying all along,...
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Photos: Parade and Splash Bash highlight July 4 in Starke

Photos: Parade and Splash Bash highlight July 4 in Starke

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County honors librarian, renames facility

County honors librarian, renames facility

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Special to the Times Members of the Union County community came out to bid goodbye to long-time Union County Public Library Director at a special ceremony/retirement party held at the library on Tues. June 24, 2024. The library was closed for the event, and a large...
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Crime:

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay

Crime
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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Bradford commissioner cleared of battery

Bradford commissioner cleared of battery

Crime
BY DAN HILDEBRAN [email protected] The State Attorney’s Office dropped a battery charge against Bradford County Commissioner Kenny Thompson on Wednesday, June 26, six months after accusing the 63-year-old of groping an auto parts delivery person at his Lawtey automobile repair shop. While investigating the allegation, an inspector for Florida's Department...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — July 9, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Applean Brown Applean Marion Reynolds Brown, 93, of Starke, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2024, at Diamond Assisted Living in Green Cove Springs. She was born in Moniac, Georgia on Nov. 10, 1930. After Millard returned from deployment in the Pacific in 1946, he returned to Baker County High...
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Obituaries — July 1, 2024

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Joe Henkle Sr Joe Ross Henkle, Sr, 90, of Keystone Heights, was re-united with his beloved wife, Mildred, of 67 years, on Monday, June 24, 2024. He was born to Luther LaGrand Henkle and Gladys Madgeline Whitehead Henkle in Warm Springs, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army. Joe...
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Editorial:

Opposed to assessment in Starke

Editorial
Dear Editor: The recent article regarding a possible fire assessment was interesting in that the county commission never brings up the subject of providing for a county fire department without some mention of imposing the same fees on citizens and businesses in the city of Starke. This time, the mention...
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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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