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Last Mile Scholars: NFC Foundation Helping Students Finish College

Nine Complete NFC Last Mile Scholarship Program, Graduate Spring 2021

MADISON, Fla., - Since Governor Ron DeSantis established the Last Mile College Completion Program in 2019, the NFC Foundation has stepped up to help “Last Mile Scholar” graduates complete degrees.  

Home-based businesses

– Restrictions loosened

– Can now mail cottage food products

-Courtesy Photo Cottage Food Industry

By Tami Stevenson

Governor DeSantis, Tuesday, signed 94 bills into law and vetoed four. Due to the extensive list of new legislature and everyone talking about Auto Insurance SB 54, that was vetoed, two bills have taken somewhat of a back seat in the media, HB 403 — Home-based Businesses and HB 663 — Cottage Food Operations. This new legislation could mean everything to the self-employed and budding entrepreneurs.

Restoring Power - Tropical Storm Elsa Update

Suwannee Valley Electric - Jon Little, Director of Communications

Live Oak, Fla., – After breakfast very early this morning, crews fanned out again across SVEC’s 2,100 square mile service territory to restore power to the 1,158 consumers still out as of 5:00 a.m.

Columbia County Wednesday Morning Update 

Columbia County, Fla., – Columbia County residents should expect the heaviest Storm Elsa impacts between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. today. Rainfall in Columbia County is still estimated to be between 4 to 6 inches and tropical storm force wind gusts (55-60 mph) are anticipated

Columbia County: Storm Elsa Update and Closings


Columbia County, Fla., – Columbia County officials took part in the 6:00 p.m. conference call update with the National Hurricane Center. Rainfall in Columbia County is now estimated to be between 4 to 6 inches during the storm.


Please be advised of the following information:

Tropical Storm Elsa - Columbia County: Sandbags, Shelters, and Closings


Columbia County, Fla., – Columbia County officials took part in the 11:15 conference call update with the National Hurricane Center, State Emergency Operations, and the Governor’s office. Rain fall in Columbia County is estimated to be between 2-4 inches general and 4-6 inches closer to the eye of the storm.  Some areas may see locally heavier amounts. We urge Columbia County residents to stay posted for updates and ensure you are prepared. Specific topic updates listed below.

Governor Ron DeSantis expands State of Emergency to include North Florida Counties

Governor's Press Office
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-151, regarding Tropical Storm Elsa,
which expands the State of Emergency to include the following counties:

Live Oak Welcomes Radiant Credit Union

The new Live Oak Radiant Credit Union, located at 2231 Ohio Avenue North, next to Publix. -Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson

The Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce, Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis and other city and county officials welcomed Radiant Credit Union to Live Oak during their grand opening ceremony, held June 3, 2021, at their new location in Live Oak Crossing.

Students to receive CPR training

-Photo: Courtesy American Heart Association

By Tami Stevenson

With a unanimous vote by the House and Senate and Governor DeSantis signing the bill (HB 157) the same day it landed on his desk, along with 43 other bills he signed that day, CPR and first aid training for students will be taught in public schools. This measure will potentially save countless lives with a perpetual army of young people being equipped with this instruction each year.