Suwannee Valley Times is distributed into the following cities and towns: Lake City, Live Oak, Madison, Branford, Dowling Park, Falmouth, Lee, Wellborn, Jasper, White Springs, Fort White, High Springs and Alachua

Legislative proposal to fully eliminate common core in Florida

~ Will reduce test time by 75%, give teachers and parents more impactful and timely input ~

Governor’s Press Office - Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a legislative proposal that will eliminate the common-core based, end-of-year, high-stakes Florida Statewide Assessment and create the new Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T) plan, which will monitor student progress and foster individual growth. By creating the F.A.S.T. Plan, Florida will become the first state in the nation to fully implement progress monitoring instead of end-of-year standardized testing, and fully eliminate common core.

Madison County Republican Executive Committee Establishes Scholarship at NFC Foundation

Chairman of the Madison County REC, Bob Bezick presents a $1,000 donation to NFC Director of Resource Development, Judy Lundell. -Photo: Courtesy NFC

Submitted by Kim Scarboro
Director of College Advancement

MADISON, FL - The North Florida College Foundation is pleased to announce a recent donation from the Madison County Republican Executive Committee to establish a scholarship at the NFC Foundation. The scholarship will assist students entering a service-oriented Career and Workforce program at NFC, such as a certificate or degree in Emergency Medical Services, NFC Public Safety Academy programs or Nursing and Allied Health programs. 


City of Live Oak Regular Monthly Council Meeting


Tuesday September 14, 2021 5:30 P.M.

Military display at Suwannee Museum is growing

The military exhibit at the Suwannee County Historical Museum has items from the Civil War all the way to Desert Storm on display and is always growing with donations from local residents that want to honor the memory of their loved ones, many who sacrificed all, by preserving them at the museum and sharing their memory with visitors. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

The Suwannee County Historical Museum in Live Oak is always seeking to upgrade their existing displays and add new ones with historical significance that affected Suwannee County in years past. From ancient artifacts, local American Indian tribes, Lewis Powell and the Lincoln assassination plot to the recent addition of a military display, among many other exhibits, Curator Susan Fennell keeps very busy.

One of the newest additions to their military display is a series of articles that ran for a year in the Suwannee Valley Times. A copy of each newspaper that featured the articles has been donated to the museum. The articles chronicle local veterans that served in the South Pacific combat operations of the 155th Infantry of the 31st Infantry Division in World War II from New Guinea and other locations, by retired educator, veteran and author Wilburn Bell, of Mayo, Florida.

Florida Deploys Resources to Assist Louisiana and Mississippi with Hurricane Ida Recovery

Staff Reports

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that the State of Florida is deploying resources to assist Louisiana and Mississippi with recovery from Hurricane Ida. 

Local Equestrian to join Dressage Foundation’s Century Club

Staff Reports

Jean Brinkman of Valhalla Farm in Wellborn, Florida, qualified to be inducted into a nationally-known group for senior dressage riders and horses on Friday, August 27, 2021.

Live Oak Candlelight Vigil Honoring Fallen in Kabul

Staff Reports

Live Oak, Fla., – The community of Live Oak/Suwannee County is coming together, Thursday, September 2, at 7:45 p.m. at Milennium Park, Downtown Live Oak, to honor the fallen Marines, Army soldier and Navy corpsmen that gave their lives in Kabul. The Suwannee Coalition asks that everyone please bring a candle to help honor our heroes.

     The identities of the 13 U.S. service members has been confirmed. They were killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber outside the Kabul airport while helping to oversee the evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies.

Their names are as follows:

Florida College System Foundation Contributes $22,887 to NFC Student Scholarships

The North Florida College Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce that the Florida College System Foundation (FCSF) has contributed $22,887 for North Florida College student scholarships. 

Afghanistan Emergency Bulletin

Dear Neighbor,

As the situation in Afghanistan deteriorates, I'm sending out this emergency bulletin to give all of Florida's Third Congressional District an update on how we can help evacuate our American citizens as well as those with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). I have also heard from our local veteran community that many are struggling with renewed trauma. 

Local man serving at Pentagon

Major James Bertolino, with his wife, Laramie, and their daughters, Amelia James and Hadley Carter. -Photo: Submitted by Paul & Barb Bertolino

By Tami Stevenson

In 2007, Reverend Paul Bertolino and his wife, Barbara, decided to retire and move to Advent Christian Village (ACV) in Dowling Park. Their son, Major James Bertolino, (Jamie) was serving in the US Army at the time and they were so very proud of him. Today, they are bursting with pride as their son, since then, has not only given them a beautiful daughter-in-law and two adorable granddaughters, but is now serving at the Pentagon.