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Obit, Obituary

In Memory of Bill Gunter

TALLAHASSEE - William Dawson “Bill” Gunter, Jr., age 89, died peacefully at his home in Tallahassee, FL, surrounded by family on April 8, 2024. He was part of a group of Florida public officials in the nineteen seventies and eighties, including Governors Reubin Askew, Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham, following the tradition of Governor LeRoy Collins in their commitment to the principles of good government and social justice. Gunter served in the Florida Senate, the U.S. Congress, and on the Florida Cabinet as Insurance Commissioner, State Treasurer and Fire Marshall for 12 years.

Live Oak’s Dixie Grill chosen finalist in General Mills recipe contest

Staff Reports

Rebecca Thomas from the Dixie Grill in Live Oak has already won $5,000 for her Strawberry Cream Biscuit Bites recipe from General Mills and is now a finalist for the Grand-Prize of $20,000, competing with three other finalists.

The little studio with a Nashville sound

Wichita Sound Studio

A new professional recording studio has come to Live Oak, Wichita Sound Studio. Owner, Jerry Guy, a retired Nashville studio musician that traveled the country for many years, working as a side-man for artists like Vern Gosden, The Hager Twins, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Herold White and others.

During his years in Nashville as a studio musician, he learned the industry from the ground up and fell in love with the engineering side of the music industry.

Total Solar Eclipse Coming April 8

Map Courtesy of NASA

By Tami Stevenson

North America is all abuzz as many throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico prepare to see the April 8, 2024 total eclipse sweep across these three nations.

Although Florida is not in the path of totality, according to NASA, Florida will still see a partial eclipse beginning around 1:35 p.m. with the midpoint at approximately 2:55 p.m. Do not look directly at the eclipse with your naked eye. It can instantly damage your eyes. Be sure to wear eclipse glasses, not regular sunglasses.

Sharon Jordan Seeks Re-Election

Staff Reports

Suwannee County Tax Collector Sharon Jordan announced she is seeking re-election in a press release last week.

Jordan said, “I have proudly served the citizens of Suwannee County in the Tax Collector’s office for 45 years with 16 of those years serving as ‘Your Tax Collector’.

Suwannee Valley Unsolved Announces Formation of Victims Advocacy Program

Lake City, FL – Suwannee Valley Unsolved, Inc. (SVU), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families impacted by unsolved homicides and missing persons cases, today announced the establishment of a formal Victims Advocacy Program.

Social Security Lowers Overpayment Burden for Social Security Beneficiaries

Social Security News Release 

The Social Security Administration announced it will decrease the default overpayment withholding rate for Social Security beneficiaries to ten percent (or $10, whichever is greater) from 100 percent, significantly reducing financial hardship on people with overpayments.

Suwannee County Fair - Thru March 23

All SVT Photos by Tami Stevenson

Regret not finishing high school?

CS/SB 7032 may help

Staff Reports

Called the GATE Program (Graduation Alternative to Traditional Education), this legislation may be able to help.

OBIT - Obituary

In Loving Memory of

Lola Mae Hunter-Head

Lola Mae Hunter-Head age 92 of Starke