Chili Cook-Off & Brewfest -Fundraiser coming to Madison

By Tami Stevenson

Madison, Fla., – Chili lovers, craft beer connoisseurs and event goers mark your calendars for the first Chili Cook-Off & Brewfest event at Lanier Field in Madison, February 18, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This inaugural fundraiser will include live music, vendors, dog demonstrations and more.

Rep. Chuck Brannan introduces “Constitutional Carry” bill

Florida State Representative Chuck Brannan (R- Lake City), speaks about the bill he is sponsoring, during a press conference, in Tallahassee, Monday. -Photo: Florida House of Representatives

African American History Display At Live Oak Public Library

NFC President’s List and Academic Dean’s List Announced for Fall 2022

 JANUARY 26, 2023

Submitted by Allison Finley

MADISON, FL – North Florida College is proud to recognize its Sentinels for outstanding academic achievement at the conclusion of its Fall Term 2022.

Students included in the President’s List are full-time students who, during the term, earned a grade point average of 3.8 or higher for at least 12 college credit hours of coursework. 

Those who are recognized in the Academic Dean’s List have earned a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.79 on coursework of at least 12 hours.

Congratulations to these outstanding Sentinels.

John Denver Tribute Concert Sunday February 12

Lighthouse Christian Center
FREE CONCERT

Christian Country & Southern Gospel

Ellianos Coffee Ranked Among Top Franchises

-Photo: Submitted

Staff Reports

Lake City, Fla., – Ellianos Coffee opened it’s first shop in Lake City in 2002 and has been growing ever since. Today, they were recently recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

Prescription drug price relief proposal
-Reining in the middleman

Governor Ron DeSantis

By Tami Stevenson

In an effort to lower prescription drug prices in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a legislative proposal last Thursday to help protect consumers and small pharmacies against the “middlemen” also known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM’s) through accountability in Florida’s drug market. The PBM’s management practices are something that has been an ongoing contention and complaint for years by small pharmaceutical businesses. The Governor said he plans to make this legislation a priority in the upcoming 2023 legislative session, that begins in March.

11th Annual Singer/Songwriter Contest
– Looking for local talent

Alivia Hunter, 3rd place winner of the 10th Annual 2022 RiverFest Song Contest. -Photo used with permission by Ray Carson

Fort White, FL – RiverFest is an Our Santa Fe River Inc. annual fundraising event. The RiverFest Celebration features the 11th Annual Singer/Songwriter Contest. Entries are now

Florida’s 2023 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests

~ Student essay contest winners will receive a 2-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation ~

Last week, the Florida Department of Education and Volunteer Florida officially launched the 2023 Black History Month student art and essay contests with the theme of “Celebrating the Achievements of African American Floridians.”