News:

Agency works to close foster parent gap

Agency works to close foster parent gap

News Union County
2 NCF counties currently have none Partnership for Strong Families, the lead child welfare agency in North Central Florida, is seeking the community’s help recruiting foster parents, specifically in Dixie and Union counties as neither county has any licensed foster parents. Dixie County currently has 10 youth in foster care...
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Cherry Street crossover closed

Cherry Street crossover closed

Bradford County News
As part of FDOT’s Starke Railroad Overpass Interchange Improvements, the Cherry Street crossover will be closed for the bridge overpass foundation work from the second week of January through late February, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting. South to North Cherry Street Crossover Detour: Heading north, drivers will turn right onto...
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Local COVID testing updates announced

Local COVID testing updates announced

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Telegraph–Times–Monitor for Jan. 13, 2022

Telegraph–Times–Monitor for Jan. 13, 2022

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Listen: City won’t pay Nugent’s legal bill

Listen: City won’t pay Nugent’s legal bill

Bradford County News
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor The Starke City Commission has refused to reimburse Commissioner Danny Nugent’s $300 legal bill after the abrupt end of a misconduct investigation. In November, city and contract employees accused Nugent of verbally hostile and threatening behavior, which led to the city to appoint a...
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Wainwright services planned

Wainwright services planned

Bradford County News
Louie Lee Wainwright Sr., former Secretary of Corrections, State of Florida, passed away in peace on Dec. 23, 2021, in Tallahassee, Florida. A local service has been planned for Saturday, Jan. 15, at Kingsley Lake Cemetery at 3 p.m. Born on Sept. 11, 1923, in Lawtey, Florida, he remained true...
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Sports:

Taylor excited about 1st head-coaching opportunity at BHS

Taylor excited about 1st head-coaching opportunity at BHS

Bradford County Sports Union County
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Whether as a player or a coach, Kaylan Taylor has a passion for the game of softball. That passion will now fuel her first-ever head-coaching opportunity as she takes the reins of the Bradford High School varsity softball team. Taylor, the daughter of Vince...
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HCA boys hoops team gets win over public school Branford

HCA boys hoops team gets win over public school Branford

Bradford County Lake Region Sports
BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Hope Christian Academy took on Branford for the fourth time in three years, with the Lions recording their first win over the public school by a score of 53-47 in a Jan. 6 home game. Branford defeated Hope by an average of 20 points...
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Tigers win 4 state titles in weightlifting in 2021

Tigers win 4 state titles in weightlifting in 2021

Sports Union County
The following is a look at the high school varsity teams and individuals that won championships at the district, regional or state levels, earned medals in state competition or that qualified to participate in regional and state competitions in 2021. Any omissions are unintentional. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer...
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Features:

BCSO seeks accreditation to better officers and community

BCSO seeks accreditation to better officers and community

Bradford County Features
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Appreciation is wonderful, but what the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office is working toward is accreditation. Sheriff Gordon Smith said Florida is leading the way with a goal of accrediting all of its sheriff’s offices as a way of showing the rest of the country...
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SPD taking drug fight to the dealers

SPD taking drug fight to the dealers

Bradford County Features
  BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — When he was running for reelection, Starke Police Chief Jeff Johnson was open about the need to fight the city’s narcotics problem. During that time and since, officers and investigators have made their fight high profile, regularly announcing the results of...
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Lawtey PD, voters welcome new chief

Lawtey PD, voters welcome new chief

Bradford County Features
BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Lawtey’s new police chief appreciates the support that got him the job and he’s already giving that support back to the community. Chief Jerry Feltner was sworn in earlier this month by Judge Tatum Davis, surrounded by his family. With a change in administrations,...
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Law enforcement is a labor of love for the community

Law enforcement is a labor of love for the community

Features Union County
BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – a day when grateful citizens can take a moment to let their local law enforcement officers and departments know that they appreciate them.  Although there was no formal ceremony or gathering for the day...
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Deputy loves Keystone’s small-town charm 

Deputy loves Keystone’s small-town charm 

Features
BY DAN HILDEBRAN  Monitor Editor  KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— One of the deputies now patrolling the Lake Region for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office brings with him a wide range of experience, including a stint as chief of police for Camp Blanding.    However, he said one of his biggest advantages is his...
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Lake Region deputy receives Chief’s Award 

Lake Region deputy receives Chief’s Award 

Features
BY DAN HILDEBRAN  Monitor Editor  GREEN COVE SPRINGS— The Clay County Sheriff’s Office  awarded a Keystone Heights-based deputy with the agency’s Chief’s Award in December.   Deputy Dimitri Santiago played a central role in the arrest of two youths accused of vandalizing the city’s beach park last September.   Santiago, a Keystone...
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Crime:

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay 

Recent arrests in Bradford, Union and Clay 

Crime
Jan. 1 through Jan. 7  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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Stabbed boyfriend with scissors 

Crime
BY DAN HILDEBRAN  Monitor Editor  KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— Clay deputies arrested a 38-year-old High Ridge Estates woman on Sunday, Jan. 9 after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the left forearm with a pair of scissors.   Ashley Amber Prosser was booked into the Clay County Jail for aggravated battery with a...
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Obituaries:

Obituaries — Jan. 11, 2022

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
Ronald Bagley RAIFORD Ronald “Ronnie” Alan Bagley, 60, of Raiford passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at his residence with his loving wife by his side.  He was born in Jacksonville on June 15, 1961 to his loving parents, Clarence Raymond Bagley and Mary Emma Collins Bagley. He was...
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Obituaries — Jan. 4, 2022

Bradford County Lake Region Obituaries Union County
David Barber David Osborne Barber, 73, of Starke passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. He was born in Jacksonville on June 29, 1948.  Following high school,  he honorably served eight years in the United States Air Force.  While stationed in Thailand, he met the love of...
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Editorial:

OP-ED: Following King’s example

Editorial
“I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning...
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Substitute got the runaround

Editorial
Dear Editor: I recently had the opportunity to attend a meeting in support of a young lady who had questions about her status with the Bradford County School District (BCSD) where she had worked as a substitute. So, here’s the story. The young lady was employed with the BCSD as...
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