Chamber president speaks to Keystone business group

BY DAN HILDEBRAN Telegraph Staff Writer KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— Clay Chamber President Jon Cantrell headlined the May meeting of the Lake Region Prosperity Partners at Keystone’s Beach Pavilion on Thursday, May 25. Cantrell told the business group about his career and reviewed some principles he learned throughout his 37-year pilgrimage in the newspaper business. “We talked … Read more

Congratulations UCHS JROTC Drill Team

The UCHS JROTC Drill Team competed at the State Drill Meet Championships in Lakeland on Saturday. The team had 6 top 10 finishes. The Armed Platoon (Commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Adam Ali) and the Male-Mix Unarmed Squad (Commanded by Cadet Captain Alena Boyer) finished second place overall. All teams competed against 35-40 other schools. … Read more

Public hearing on school zones Monday

BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — The Bradford County School Board’s public hearing on school rezoning will take place at 5:01 p.m. on Monday, March 13.  John Gilreath with DRMP recently reviewed the considerations that influenced the proposed changes with the board. Infrastructure and transportation, future development, and diversity and programming all played … Read more

Bradford Fair midway relocated to parking lot

BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Parking and Market Road traffic will be impacted by this year’s Bradford Agricultural Fair, which will have its midway rides and vendors set up on the parking lot south of Building 2 and Building 3. Part of the fair’s ongoing upgrades was to raise the entire midway and surrounding … Read more

Protecting Florida Land Program makes $2.6 million available to landowners

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson and the Florida Forest Service announced that $2.6 million is now available to landowners through the Sequestering Carbon and Protecting Florida Land Program. The program offers landowners incentive payments to help increase the acreage of healthy forests in Florida.  “We are proud to offer the Protecting Florida Land Program … Read more

Call Street schedule updated again

As part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Starke Railroad Overpass Interchange Improvements project, Call Street, Walnut Street and Thompson Street will undergo improvements over the coming weeks. Due to weather forecasts, resurfacing work originally scheduled to start Friday, Jan. 20, is now scheduled to start Friday, Jan. 27, and will run through Jan. 30. … Read more

Community Resource Hub plans grand opening

BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE — The grand opening of Bradford Community Partners Health and Wellness Resource Hub will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24, beginning at 10 a.m.  Concerned Citizens of Bradford County will be hosting the hub at the Bradford County Faith Community Center at 721 Old Lawtey Road in Starke. The … Read more

Florida Forest Service to host local Arbor Day tree-planting workshop

A free tree-planting workshop and tree drawing in recognition of Arbor Day will be held at the New River Forestry Station (11367 S.R. 100 West, Lake Butler) on Monday, Jan. 16, at noon. The 30-minute workshop will teach you about Florida’s native trees, their historical usage, planting requirements and ecosystem benefits. Tree planting will take … Read more

New housing permits up significantly

BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Permits for new single-family houses in Bradford County jumped 69% in 2022, according to the Building and Zoning Office. After slight drop to 59 last year, the number of permits pulled for new houses through Dec. 21 was up to 100, including four that were pulled inside the city … Read more