Hamilton County, FL


FDOH reports bacterial contamination in Withlacoochee River

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Department of Health is alerting the public about elevated bacteria levels in the Withlacoochee River, which flows into the Suwannee River. The fecal bacteria present in the Withlacoochee, which is south of Valdosta, Georgia, may result in potential exposure to people in Madison, Hamilton...
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High School Students Are Mechatronic Engineers during Summer Camp at North Florida College

High school students from Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, and Madison counties, and Lake Park, Georgia explores the fields of mechanics, electronics, and computing during North Florida College’s Mechatronics Camp held June 20th-23. Students become mechatronic engineers during this four-day camp on NFC’s campus, where they learn about engineering design and 3D printing, and create 3D designs with SolidWorks 3D modeling software. They also learn precision measuring using micrometers and calipers, while utilizing machining concepts to create final mechatronic projects. Their hands-on experience is done within the Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology Program’s (AMPT) lab and classroom led by Bill Eustace, AMPT instructor at NFC.
Lake City Reporter

HCDA hires lobbyist for special district fight

Hamilton agency could be dissolved next summer. After getting snarled in a controversy about a special district tied to Walt Disney Co., the Hamilton County Development Authority has lobbied up. The authority, a special district in the rural…

OnStar leads Suwannee County deputies to stolen vehicle

LIVE OAK Fla. (WCJB) - Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office tracked down a stolen vehicle using OnStar and arrested the driver on theft and drug charges on Wednesday night. Deputies say OnStar contacted dispatch to report a vehicle stolen in Hamilton County was headed towards Live Oak. Deputies pulled over Michael Brinson, 41, of Mayo, on County Road 136 East.

Alapaha River

The Alapaha River is 325 km long river, flowing through southern Georgia into northern Florida. It is a tributary of the Suwannee River, whose mouth is at the Gulf of Mexico. Valdosta, Georgia, is the nearest and most prominent town along the river, with a population of about 56,400 people.The Alapaha River is part of the Suwannee River Basin, a region covering 9,950 square miles, including 5,720 square miles in Georgia and 4,230 square miles in Florida. The Alapaha River Watershed is an area covering 1,840 square miles, including 1,726 square miles in Georgia and 114 square miles in Florida. The navigable areas of the river are popular for recreation, including hiking and cycling along the trails near the water. With multiple areas of rapids, the Alapaha is a popular river for kayakers. The Alapaha River Water Trail contains Class 1 rapids and river sinks—areas where the water runs underground. The Alapaha River Water Trail is just over 207 km long, stretching from the Suwannee River to US 82, and includes an area of the watershed with many streams, lakes, and swamps.

High school students are Mechatronic Engineers during summer camp at NFC

High school students from Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette and Madison counties and Lake Park, Ga. explored the fields of mechanics, electronics and computing during North Florida College's (NFC) Mechatronics Camp held from Monday, June 20, to Thursday, June 23. Students became mechatronic engineers during this four day camp on NFC's campus,...

Four minors arrested after shootout, high-speed chase

According to a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office report, on Tuesday, June 28, Jerome Watson was traveling towards Jennings on County Road 141, near the intersection of Northwest 60th Drive, when he was stopped by four subjects standing in the roadway, blocking his way of travel. At this time, two suspects approached the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle, a green Infinity SUV, while two remained in front. The two suspects approaching Watson's vehicle each pulled out black handguns. They proceeded to point them at Watson's head, while the suspect on the passenger's side entered the SUV. The remaining suspects then entered the vehicle's backseat and demanded Watson drive down Northwest 60th Drive, a secluded dead-end road. Watson pleaded with the suspects to take the SUV and let him go, but the suspects refused. One of the suspects in the backseat proceeded to beat Watson with the butt of a handgun, telling him: "Don't turn a robbery into a homicide." Once down Northwest 60th Drive, Watson was instructed to exit the vehicle, at which time one of the suspects exited the rear of the vehicle, got into the driver's seat, and fled the scene with Watson's SUV.
Lake City Reporter

Georgia teen killed in mobile home collision

JASPER — A Georgia man was killed Wednesday evening when his car collided with a mobile home being hauled on State Road 6 in Hamilton County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi truck pulling a single-wide mobile home was traveling east on SR 6 nearing the Interstate 75 interchange around 5:50 p.m. when it was approached by a westbound Honda Pilot.
Lake City Reporter

DOH warns of Withlacoochee of contamination

JASPER – One holiday activity to possibly avoid this weekend is frolicking in the Withlacoochee River, according to the Hamilton County Health Department. The department issued a precautionary health update Saturday of a potential contamination of the river following a sewage overflow reported in Valdosta, Ga. The spill dumped an estimated 127,750 gallons of wastewater into Sugar Creek in Georgia.
Lake City Reporter

HCSO: Woman pocketed donations

JASPER — A Hamilton County woman’s efforts at charitable collecting probably didn’t go as well as she planned. Kayslynn Destiny Kersey, 27, collected items, raised money and held raffle ticket sales…