North Florida weighs in on COVID-19 ramifications
Officials, local businesses and community leaders speak out

By Tami Stevenson


The ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic are ever changing and far reaching to all walks of life on our planet. The hardest hit by the social distancing and economic shut-down seem to be the developed nations where people are used to going to work everyday, used to social gatherings and not used to not knowing if their livelihood is ever going to be the same again. For many, stress levels are up and bank accounts are low, although stimulus checks (economic impact payments) should begin to be deposited this week.


LCPD: Attending Religious Services


There appears to be some confusion about the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) 20-91 and City Ordinance #2020-2146 and its application within the City of Lake City as it relates to “attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship”.


Governor DeSantis to sign executive order for Floridians to stay-at-home

Staff Reports

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor DeSantis announced he will be issuing an executive order to “stay-at-home.”

The order goes into effect Thursday at midnight and will last 30 days.

All non-essential businesses will be ordered to cease. He said he would be releasing a list of all essential businesses allowed to stay open. Businesses may be added to the list if they are deemed “essential”.

There are currently 30 other states that have issued a “stay-at-home” order.


Learning from History


By Jeffry Boatright


If we have learned nothing else from the Coronavirus pandemic at this point, we have discovered that it has been accompanied by misconceptions and misinformation. We hear untruths and exaggerations from those who cultivate fear, but we are bombarded with propaganda and hearsay from those who minimize the threat. Most of us simply want to know the facts.



All bars and nightclubs closed by Governor’s Executive Order, restaurants and beaches limited


Governor’s Press Office


Tallahassee, Fla. – Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Can’t find sanitizer? Make it yourself
Sanitizing tips and recipes for family and hom

By Tami Stevenson

The chances of going to the grocery store with a list and coming home with everything on it is iffy right now, to say the least. In an effort to stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19), people are stock-piling food, toilet paper and everything else on the store shelves, it seems. Things like hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes, disinfectant sprays, bleach, alcohol and other common cleaners are nearly impossible to find.


Historic Blanche Hotel open for business

Officials, family and friends gathered at the top of the staircase as Mayor Stephen Witt, center left, along with IDP Properties president Rhett Holmes, of Valdosta, cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the newly-renovated Blanche Hotel in Lake City last week. -Photo Submitted by Dennille Decker