Bradford County, FL

State Attorney announces voter education program

State Attorney Brian Kramer and six North Florida county Supervisors of Elections have announced a joint program to help restore voting rights to convicted felons. The “V8th” Voter Education Program is a joint project between Kramer’s office and the six counties that comprise the Eighth Judicial Circuit—Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union. The new program will help a former felon obtain eligibility to vote based on Kramer’s opinion on whether an individual has completed all the terms of his or her sentence.
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E-biker responds to couple’s complaint in the Village of Bradford

Response to the letter “Couple complains about bad behavior on paths south of State Road 44.”. I live in Bradford and have two E-bikes. The average speed I travel is 15 mph (which is about normal – see chart below). I always use my bell to signal walkers that I am approaching and never speed past them, slowing my speed to 10 mph or less but since I am still going twice as fast as they walk, it would still seem (to them) like I am going like a bat out of h_ll. E-bikes enable older and less fit people to enjoy longer rides with less strain on our tired old aging muscles and joints; it’s not about speed! There are always a few bad apples who can ruin it for everybody but do NOT lump us all together as being irresponsible speed demons. On many of my rides I have been passed by human powered bicycles so it is not just E-bikes that are capable of going fast. Walkers also need to take some responsibility for their own safety such as removing their earbuds so they can hear a cyclist using their warning bell or calling out a warning. Walk on the left side facing oncoming traffic as you should on a multimodal path or street. And please don’t add any curbs to the paths. The paths are in fine shape except for a couple of places where they have already been repaired. It is to be expected as the first paving & use is subject to unforeseen sinking and/or heaving and the heat of the summer sun which destroys a blacktop surface just as it boils the tar right out of our local roads. The table below contains average speeds for cyclists of different experience levels. E-Bikes are here to stay. Ride (and walk) responsibly!
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Motorcyclist dies in Bradford County accident

A DeLeon Springs man died after he drove his BMW motorcycle into a ditch and crashed while exiting US Highway 301 in Bradford County on Thursday. According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, the 59-year-old was exiting US 301 northbound at the State Road 100 exit ramp west of Starke around 12:12 p.m. when he traveled onto the shoulder of the road and into a ditch.
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Couple complains about bad behavior on paths south of State Road 44

A Village of Bradford couple has warned that E-bikes, bicycles and golf carts are becoming a problem on paths south of State Road 44. Mark and Karen Stotka spoke out on the situation at Thursday morning’s meeting of the Community Development District 13 Board of Supervisors at Everglades Recreation Center.

The Bradford County School District is hosting a job fair

STARKE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Bradford County School District is holding a job fair. There are several different jobs that will be offered at this event including instructional, bus drivers, substitutes, and foodservice. This event will be held at the Bradford High School gymnasium from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Copyright...

Bradford County 12-year-old critically injured after ATV accident

A 12-year-old boy was critically injured Monday after he fell off of an all-terrain vehicle in Bradford County, according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol. According to FHP, the 12-year-old was driving the ATV, with a 10-year-old passenger, around 7:45 p.m. when he fell off. They were heading north on SW 147th Avenue near County Road 18 in Brooker, Florida, which is north of Gainesville.

PWAC braces for ‘tough pill to swallow’ with infrastructure budget rising by 15 percent

The Project Wide Advisory Committee got its first look this week at an infrastructure budget which is expected to rise by 15 percent. A chunk of the increase is attributable to the fact that 449.55 acres of Community Development District 13 will be included in the budget for the first time. CDD 13 includes the villages of Bradford, Casson Hammock, Chitty Chatty, Citrus Grove, Hawkins, Richmond and St. Johns. Water for irrigation in CDD 13 will cost PWAC an additional $157,086. Additional landscaping maintenance south of State Road 44 will cost $1.03 million in the coming fiscal year.

Bradford County commission to vote on emergency fire services surtax

STARKE, Fla. (WCJB) - In Monday’s meeting, Bradford County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with their tax proposal that would fund fire services. Money from the proposed one cent sales tax would go towards emergency fire rescue services. Fire Rescue Director Allen Parrish said there is currently no dedicated funding for fire services in Bradford County.