Bradford County, Florida
Bradford County is a county in the U. S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,520, its county seat is Starke. Bradford County is the home of the Florida State Prison as well as several other state correctional facilities. New River County was created in 1858, it was renamed Bradford County in 1861. It was named for Captain Richard Bradford, who fought in the American Civil War and was killed in the Battle of Santa Rosa Island, becoming the first Confederate officer from Florida to die during the Civil War. Bradford County was a dangerous place for law enforcement officers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the county lost three sheriffs and two deputies killed in the line of duty between 1885 and 1903. Sheriff George Epperson was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 25, 1885, his successor, son, Henry Epperson, was shot and killed in the line of duty on January 20, 1890. The next sheriff, David Alvarez, who been marshal in Starke prior to being appointed sheriff, was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 30, 1891, while trying to arrest Harmon Murray, who had killed a deputy sheriff in Fernandina.
Deputy sheriff Andrew Kite was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 20, 1899. Deputy sheriff Henry Richarde was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 19, 1903. In addition, Jeff Jones, acting night marshal in Starke, was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 20, 1903, Everett Johns, sheriff in Bradford County, was shot and killed in the line of duty while working as a deputy sheriff in Nassau County on December 6, 1905. Union County was carved out of Bradford in 1921. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 300 square miles, of which 294 square miles is land and 6.5 square miles is water. It is the third-smallest county in Florida by land second-smallest by total area. Baker County, Florida - north Clay County, Florida - east Putnam County, Florida - southeast Alachua County, Florida - south Union County, Florida - west Duval County, Florida - northeast Osceola National Forest As of the census of 2000, there were 26,088 people, 8,497 households, 6,194 families residing in the county.
The population density was 89 people per square mile. There were 9,605 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 76.28% White, 20.79% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, 1.24% from two or more races. 2.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 8,497 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.10% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01. In the county, the population was spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years.
For every 100 females there were 127.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 132.50 males. The median income for a household in the county was $33,140, the median income for a family was $39,123. Males had a median income of $29,494 versus $20,745 for females; the per capita income for the county was $14,226. About 11.10% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over. The Florida Department of Corrections operates several correctional facilities in unincorporated areas; the facilities include Florida State Prison, Florida State Prison – West Unit, New River Correctional Institution. Florida State Prison houses one of Florida's two male death rows and the State of Florida execution chamber. According to the Secretary of State's office, Republicans hold a narrow plurality among registered voters in Bradford County. Like much of rural northern Florida, Bradford County votes Republican in presidential and congressional races, although still supporting conservative Democrats in local and state contests.
Bradford County School District operates public schools. Bradford High School is the county's public high school; the main library serving Bradford County is the Bradford County Public Library in Starke. As of 2013 the library director is Robert E. Perone. Hampton Lawtey Starke Brooker National Register of Historic Places listings in Bradford County, Florida County website Bradford County Telegraph Bradford County Schools Bradford County Supervisor of Elections
This article is about a single species of tortoise. For related species in North America that are called gopher tortoises, see Gopherus The gopher tortoise is a species of the Gopherus genus native to the southeastern United States; the gopher tortoise is seen as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for at least 360 other animal species. They are threatened by habitat destruction; the gopher tortoise is a representative of the genus Gopherus, which contains the only tortoises native to North America. This species of gopher tortoise is the state tortoise of Florida; the gopher tortoise is a large terrestrial reptile which possesses forefeet well adapted for burrowing, elephantine hind feet. These features are common to most tortoises; the front legs have scales to protect the tortoise while burrowing. They are dark brown to gray-black with a yellow plastron. A gular projection is evident on the anterior plastron. Sexual dimorphism is evident, with male gopher tortoises having concave plastrons, while those of females are flat.
In addition, the gular projection on male plastrons is longer than in females. Carapace length can range with a height of 15 -- 37 cm. Body mass averages 4 kg, with a range of 2–6 kg. Gopher tortoises are herbivore scavengers, their diets contains over 300 species of plants. They consume a wide range of plants, but eat broad-leaved grass, regular grass and terrestrial legumes, they eat mushrooms, fruits such as gopher apple, pawpaw and saw palmetto berries. In addition, gopher tortoises eat flowers from the genera Cnidoscolus, Tillandsia and Dyschoriste. Juvenile tortoises tend to eat more legumes, which are higher in protein, fewer grasses and tough, fibrous plants than mature tortoises. Gopher tortoises have been known to eat excrement; as gopher tortoises get water from the food they eat, they only drink standing water in times of extreme drought. Gopher tortoises, like other tortoises of the genus Gopherus, are known for their digging ability. Gopher tortoises spend most of their time in long burrows, up to 14.5 metres in length and 3 metres deep.
In these burrows, the tortoises are protected from summer heat, winter cold and predators. The burrows are common in longleaf pine savannas, where the tortoises are the primary grazers, playing an essential role in their ecosystem. Except during breeding season, gopher tortoises are solitary animals. Within their range they dig several burrows. On average, each gopher tortoise needs about 4 acres to live. Sexual reproduction involves courtship rituals. During the mating season between April and November, females lay their eggs in the open; the sex of the eggs is determined by the temperature where they are incubated in a nest laid below sand. If the sand is over 30 degrees Celsius, it's a female and if below 30 degrees Celsius, the egg is a male. Incubation period can last from 110 days in South Carolina. Gopher tortoises can live more than 40 years. One current specimen, has been living continuously in captivity at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax for 75 years as of 2018 and is believed to have hatched between 1920 and 1925.
Additionally, there are journalistic reports of a specimen in North Texas with a verified age of 75–78 years old. The gopher tortoise reaches maturity at about 10–15 years of age, when their shells are around 9 inches long, they may mate from February with a peak throughout May and June. Females may lay clutches of 3–14 eggs, depending on body size, in a sandy mound close to the entrance of their burrow. Ninety percent of clutches may be destroyed by predators such as armadillos, foxes and alligators before the eggs hatch, less than 6% of eggs are expected to grow into tortoises that live one year or more after hatching. Since July 7, 1987, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed Gopherus polyphemus as "Threatened" wherever the tortoises are found west of the Mobile and Tombigbee Rivers in Alabama and Louisiana, its status is listed as "Under Review" in Florida and in other locations. On November 9, 2009, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed rulemaking to include the eastern population of Gopherus polyphemus in the List of Threatened Wildlife.
G. polyphemus appears on the IUCN Red List as a "Vulnerable" species. In July 2011, United States Fish & Wildlife Service determined that listing the eastern population of the tortoise as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act is warranted, however, it is precluded from doing so at this time due to higher priority actions and a lack of sufficient funds to commence proposed rule development. In the interim period of time the USFWS will place the eastern population of the tortoise on its candidate species list until sufficient funding is available to initiate a proposed listing rule; the University of Florida Conservation Clinic Center for Governmental Responsibility Levin College of Law describe five main threats to the tortoise population, they are: Habitat loss through human development, habitat loss through poor supervision, human desire to use it as a pet or meat, relocation causing popu
Columbia County, Florida
Columbia County county is on the northern border of the U. S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,531, its county seat is Lake City. Columbia County comprises the Lake City, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Gainesville-Lake City, FL Combined Statistical Area. Osceola National Forest is in Columbia County. After Florida became a territory of the United States in 1821, pioneer and immigrant settlers from the United States formed their own settlement adjacent to a Seminole village called Alligator Village, called it Alligator. Following the 1823 Treaty of Moultrie Creek, the residents of Alligator village relocated to the banks of Peace Creek in the newly established Seminole reservation, leaving Alligator Town on its own; when Columbia County was formed in 1832 from Duval and Alachua counties, Alligator Town was designated as the seat of the county government. It was renamed as the poetic form for the United States; the county was developed for agriculture and the timber industry, with products such as turpentine and plywood.
From 1832 to 1839, the county seat was Newnansville, but that town and area were returned to Alachua County. In November 1858 a railroad was completed connecting Jacksonville to Alligator, which opened the town to more commerce and passenger traffic. Alligator Town was incorporated and its name changed to Lake City in 1859. According to an urban legend, the name was changed because the mayor's wife Martha Jane, who had moved to the town, refused to hang her lace curtains in a town named Alligator. During the American Civil War, the railroad between Lake City and Jacksonville was used to send beef and salt to Confederate soldiers. In February 1864 Union troops under Truman Seymour advanced west from Jacksonville, his objective was to disrupt Confederate supplies, obtain African-American recruits and supplies. Confederate General Joseph Finnegan assembled troops and called for reinforcements from P. G. T. Beauregard in response to the Union threat. On February 11, 1864, Finnegan's troops defeated a Union cavalry raid in Lake City.
After the Union cavalry was repulsed, Finnegan moved his forces to Olustee Station about ten miles east of Lake City. The Confederate presence at Olustee Station was reinforced to prepare for the Union troops coming from Jacksonville. Union forces engaged the Confederates at the Battle of Olustee on February 20, 1864 near the Olustee Station, it was the only major battle in Florida during the war. Union casualties were 1,861 men wounded or missing; the Confederate dead were buried in Lake City. In 1928 a memorial for the Battle of Olustee was established in downtown Lake City. In 1874 Lake City's first newspaper was published in 1874, called the Lake City Reporter. In 1876 the Bigelow Building was completed; the first fire department was established in 1883 to complement the police department. In 1891 Lake City became the first city in Florida to have electric lights from a local power and light company. White violence rose against blacks in the late 19th century in a regionwide effort to establish and maintain white supremacy as Southern states disenfranchised most blacks and imposed Jim Crow.
Whites lynched 20 African Americans in Columbia County from 1877-1950 in the decades near the turn of the 20th century. It was tied with Polk County for the second-highest total of lynchings of any county in the state. Among these murders was the mass lynching on May 21, 1911, of six black men who were taken from the jail by a white mob in Lake City, they were being held on charges of murdering one white sawmill worker and wounding another in Leon County, after whites had attacked them at a private house following an earlier altercation between two men. A group of a dozen white men from Tallahassee, tricked the white youth guarding the jail by posing as officials and gained release of the suspects, they took the men outside town and shot them to death. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 801 square miles, of which 798 square miles is land and 3.8 square miles is water. Osceola National Forest is within the county. Osceola National Forest As of the census of 2000, there were 56,513 people, 20,925 households, 14,919 families residing in the county.
The population density was 71 people per square mile. There were 23,579 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 79.72% White, 17.03% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, 1.42% from two or more races. 2.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 20,925 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.70% were married couples living together, 12.90% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.70% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.02. In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years.
For every 100 females there were 102.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $30,881, the median income for a family was $35,927. Males had a median income of $27,353 versus $21,738 for females
The raccoon, sometimes spelled racoon known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon, or coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm and a body weight of 5 to 26 kg, its grayish coat consists of dense underfur which insulates it against cold weather. Three of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its dexterous front paws, its facial mask, its ringed tail, which are themes in the mythologies of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution to tasks for at least three years, they are nocturnal and omnivorous, eating about 40% invertebrates, 33% plants, 27% vertebrates. The original habitats of the raccoon are deciduous and mixed forests, but due to their adaptability they have extended their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes, urban areas, where some homeowners consider them to be pests.
As a result of escapes and deliberate introductions in the mid-20th century, raccoons are now distributed across much of mainland Europe and Japan. Though thought to be solitary, there is now evidence that raccoons engage in gender-specific social behavior. Related females share a common area, while unrelated males live together in groups of up to four animals to maintain their positions against foreign males during the mating season, other potential invaders. Home range sizes vary anywhere from 3 hectares for females in cities to 5,000 hectares for males in prairies. After a gestation period of about 65 days, two to five young, known as "kits", are born in spring; the kits are subsequently raised by their mother until dispersal in late fall. Although captive raccoons have been known to live over 20 years, their life expectancy in the wild is only 1.8 to 3.1 years. In many areas and vehicular injury are the two most common causes of death; the word "raccoon" was adopted into English from the native Powhatan term, as used in the Colony of Virginia.
It was recorded on John Smith's list of Powhatan words as aroughcun, on that of William Strachey as arathkone. It has been identified as a reflex of a Proto-Algonquian root *ahrah-koon-em, meaning " one who rubs and scratches with its hands". Spanish colonists adopted the Spanish word mapache from the Nahuatl mapachtli of the Aztecs, meaning " one who takes everything in its hands". In many languages, the raccoon is named for its characteristic dousing behavior in conjunction with that language's term for bear, for example Waschbär in German, Huan Xiong in Chinese, orsetto lavatore in Italian, araiguma in Japanese. Alternatively, only the washing behavior might be referred to, as in Russian poloskun; the colloquial abbreviation coon is used in words like coonskin for fur clothing and in phrases like old coon as a self-designation of trappers. In the 1830s, the United States Whig Party used the raccoon as an emblem, causing them to be pejoratively known as "coons" by their political opponents, who saw them as too sympathetic to African-Americans.
Soon after that the term became an ethnic slur in use between 1880 and 1920, the term is still considered offensive. In the first decades after its discovery by the members of the expedition of Christopher Columbus, the first person to leave a written record about the species, taxonomists thought the raccoon was related to many different species, including dogs, cats and bears. Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, placed the raccoon in the genus Ursus, first as Ursus cauda elongata in the second edition of his Systema Naturae as Ursus Lotor in the tenth edition. In 1780, Gottlieb Conrad Christian Storr placed the raccoon in its own genus Procyon, which can be translated as either "before the dog" or "doglike", it is possible that Storr had its nocturnal lifestyle in mind and chose the star Procyon as eponym for the species. Based on fossil evidence from Russia and Bulgaria, the first known members of the family Procyonidae lived in Europe in the late Oligocene about 25 million years ago.
Similar tooth and skull structures suggest procyonids and weasels share a common ancestor, but molecular analysis indicates a closer relationship between raccoons and bears. After the then-existing species crossed the Bering Strait at least six million years in the early Miocene, the center of its distribution was in Central America. Coatis and raccoons have been considered to share common descent from a species in the genus Paranasua present between 5.2 and 6.0 million years ago. This assumption, based on morphological comparisons of fossils, conflicts with a 2006 genetic analysis which indicates raccoons are more related to ringtails. Unlike other procyonids, such as the crab-eating raccoon, the ancestors of the common raccoon left tropical and subtropical areas and migrated farther north about 2.5 million years ago, in a migration, confirmed by the discovery of fossils in the Great Plains dating back to the middle of the Pliocene. Its most recent ancestor was Procyon rexroadensis, a large Blancan raccoon from the Rexroad Formation characterized by its narrow back teeth and large lower jaw.
As of 2005, Mammal Species of the World recognizes 22 subspecies of raccoons. Four of these subspecies living only on small Central American and Caribbean islan
The coyote, Canis latrans, is a canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf, smaller than the related eastern wolf and red wolf, it fills much of the same ecological niche as the golden jackal does in Eurasia, though it is larger and more predatory, is sometimes called the American jackal by zoologists. The coyote is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to its wide distribution and abundance throughout North America, southwards through Mexico, into Central America; the species is able to adapt to and expand into environments modified by humans. It is enlarging its range, with coyotes moving into urban areas in the Eastern U. S. and was sighted in eastern Panama for the first time in 2013. As of 2005, 19 coyote subspecies are recognized; the average male weighs the average female 7 to 18 kg. Their fur color is predominantly light gray and red or fulvous interspersed with black and white, though it varies somewhat with geography.
It is flexible in social organization, living either in a family unit or in loosely knit packs of unrelated individuals. It has a varied diet consisting of animal meat, including deer, hares, birds, amphibians and invertebrates, though it may eat fruits and vegetables on occasion, its characteristic vocalization is a howl made by solitary individuals. Humans are the coyote's greatest threat, followed by gray wolves. In spite of this, coyotes sometimes mate with gray, eastern, or red wolves, producing "coywolf" hybrids. In the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, the eastern coyote is the result of various historical and recent matings with various types of wolves. Genetic studies show that most North American wolves contain some level of coyote DNA; the coyote is a prominent character in Native American folklore in the Southwestern United States and Mexico depicted as a trickster that alternately assumes the form of an actual coyote or a man. As with other trickster figures, the coyote uses deception and humor to rebel against social conventions.
The animal was respected in Mesoamerican cosmology as a symbol of military might. After the European colonization of the Americas, it was reviled in Anglo-American culture as a cowardly and untrustworthy animal. Unlike wolves, which have undergone an improvement of their public image, attitudes towards the coyote remain negative. Coyote males average 8 to 20 kg in weight, while females average 7 to 18 kg, though size varies geographically. Northern subspecies, which average 18 kg, tend to grow larger than the southern subspecies of Mexico, which average 11.5 kg. Body length ranges on average from 1.0 to 1.35 m, tail length 40 cm, with females being shorter in both body length and height. The largest coyote on record was a male killed near Afton, Wyoming, on November 19, 1937, which measured 1.5 m from nose to tail, weighed 34 kg. Scent glands are a bluish-black color; the color and texture of the coyote's fur varies somewhat geographically. The hair's predominant color is light gray and red or fulvous, interspersed around the body with black and white.
Coyotes living at high elevations tend to have more black and gray shades than their desert-dwelling counterparts, which are more fulvous or whitish-gray. The coyote's fur consists of soft underfur and long, coarse guard hairs; the fur of northern subspecies is longer and denser than in southern forms, with the fur of some Mexican and Central American forms being hispid. Adult coyotes have a sable coat color, dark neonatal coat color, bushy tail with an active supracaudal gland, a white facial mask. Albinism is rare in coyotes; the coyote is smaller than the gray wolf, but has longer ears and a larger braincase, as well as a thinner frame and muzzle. The scent glands are the same color, its fur color variation is much less varied than that of a wolf. The coyote carries its tail downwards when running or walking, rather than horizontally as the wolf does. Coyote tracks can be distinguished from those of dogs by less rounded shape. Unlike dogs, the upper canines of coyotes extend past the mental foramina.
At the time of the European colonization of the Americas, coyotes were confined to open plains and arid regions of the western half of the continent. In early post-Columbian historical records, distinguishing between coyotes and wolves is difficult. One record from 1750 in Kaskaskia, written by a local priest, noted that the "wolves" encountered there were smaller and less daring than European wolves. Another account from the early 1800s in Edwards County mentioned wolves howling at night, though these were coyotes; this species was encountered several times during the Lewis and Clark Expedition, though it was well known to European traders on the upper Missouri. Lewis, writing on 5 May 1805, in northeastern Montana, described the coyote in these terms: The small woolf or burrowing dog of the prairies are the inhabitants invariably of the open plains.
Taxodium is a genus of one to three species of flood-tolerant conifers in the cypress family, Cupressaceae. The generic name is derived from the Latin word taxus, meaning "yew", the Greek word εἶδος, meaning "similar to." Within the family, Taxodium is most related to Chinese swamp cypress and sugi. Species of Taxodium occur in the southern part of the North American continent and are deciduous in the north and semi-evergreen to evergreen in the south, they are large trees. The needle-like leaves, 0.5–2 cm long, are borne spirally on the shoots, twisted at the base so as to appear in two flat rows on either side of the shoot. The cones are globose, 2–3.5 cm diameter, with 10-25 scales, each scale with 1-2 seeds. The male cones are produced in pendulous racemes, shed their pollen in early spring. Taxodium species grow cypress roots, when growing in or beside water; the three extant taxa of Taxodium are treated here as distinct species, though some botanists treat them in just one or two species, with the others considered as varieties of the first described.
The three hybridise where they meet. †Taxodium dubium Heer Glyptostrobus pensilis K. Koch Sequoia sempervirens Endl; the trees are prized for their wood, of which the heartwood is rot- and termite-resistant. The heartwood contains, it takes decades for cypressene to accumulate in the wood, so lumber taken from old-growth trees is more rot resistant than that from second-growth trees. However, age increases susceptibility to Pecky Rot fungus, which attacks the heartwood and causes some damaged trees to become hollow and thus useless for timber. Bald Cypress wood was much used in former days in the southeastern United States for roof shingles; the shredded bark of these trees is used as a mulch. In earth's history Taxodium was much more widespread in the Northern Hemisphere than today; the oldest fossils were found in Late Cretaceous deposits from North America. The trees persisted in Europe during the Pliocene. Bükkábrány mummified forest Gymnosperm Database - Taxodium Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary website National Audubon Society, undated.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. A Companion Field Guide. Artype Inc. Ft. Myers. 25 p
Hamilton County, Florida
Hamilton County is a county located in the U. S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,799, its county seat is Jasper. Hamilton County was created in 1827 from portions of Jefferson County, it was named for first United States Secretary of the Treasury. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 519 square miles, of which 514 square miles is land and 5.3 square miles is water. It is the only county in Florida north of Interstate 10. Echols County, Georgia - north Columbia County - east Suwannee County - south Madison County - west Lowndes County, Georgia - northwest Interstate 75 U. S. Route 41 U. S. Route 129 State Road 6 State Road 100 State Road 136 State Road 143 As of the census of 2000, there were 13,327 people, 4,161 households, 2,995 families residing in the county; the population density was 26 people per square mile. There were 4,966 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 58.79% White, 37.72% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, 1.17% from two or more races.
6.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 4,161 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.30% were married couples living together, 16.80% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.00% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07. In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 10.80% from 18 to 24, 31.80% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 135.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 145.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $25,638, the median income for a family was $30,677. Males had a median income of $26,999 versus $20,552 for females; the per capita income for the county was $10,562.
About 21.70% of families and 26.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.70% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over. Hamilton County School District operates public schools in the county; the sole high school is Hamilton County High School. Hamilton County is served by the Suwannee River Regional Library System, which contains eight branches and serves Madison and Suwannee counties. Libraries in Hamilton County include: Jasper Jennings White Springs Jasper White Springs Jennings National Register of Historic Places listings in Hamilton County, Florida Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners Hamilton County Supervisor of Elections Hamilton County Property Appraiser Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Hamilton County Tax Collector Hamilton County Schools - dead link Suwannee River Water Management District Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Public Defender, 3rd Judicial Circuit of Florida serving Columbia, Hamilton, Madison and Taylor Counties Office of the State Attorney, 3rd Judicial Circuit of Florida Circuit and County Court for the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Florida Hamilton County Tourism Development Council Suwannee Online