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


Serving Students Amid a Pandemic

School personnel load a bus before delivering food and instruction packets to students. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright


Suwannee and
Starke ER Open and Providing Critical Emergency Services

-Photo: LCMC


Florida reopening Monday- Phase 1


Governor DeSantis issues Executive Order 20-112 this evening

Phase 1 in reopening Florida: Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step plan for Florida's recovery

Effective Monday, at 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020.

The order stated that data collected by the Florida Department of Health indicates the State has achieved several critical benchmarks in flattening the curve, including a downward trajectory of hospital visits for influenza-like illness and COVID-19-like syndromic cases, a decrease in percent positive test results, and a significant increase in hospital capacity since March 1, 2020.


Aerion Supersonic moving global headquarters to Florida

World’s first privately built supersonic aircraft

The AS2 Supersonic Business Jet will be able to fly from New York to California in just over 3 hrs.                       -Courtesy Image by Aerion


Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

-Photo by Jeffry Boatright

By Jeffry Boatright

It is perplexing to consider what a difference sixty days can make. Just eight weeks ago, we welcomed springtime with plans of Easter, spring games, and leisurely activities that embody our area. Mission trips, high school proms and spring break vacations were being planned. The economy was growing, business seemed good and preparation for standardized testing in schools was a key concern for parents, students and educators.


Food Shortages or RED TAPE

An empty meat case is becoming the norm.                                    -SVT Photo

Staff Reports

The question Americans are asking, “Why are the store shelves empty if there are no shortages?” It was reported that at one of the dollar stores in Columbia County that when the truck carrying fresh supplies of toilet paper pulled in, customers practically mobbed the driver in the parking lot. People are fighting over toilet paper. When you walk into a store today, signs are all over, “limit two” or “limit one.” What is going on?


Gardening Made Simple
Let’s get outdoors

A hardy selection of vegetable plants are available for transplant at Nobles Greenhouse in Live Oak. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright

By Jeffry Boatright

With its pleasant temperatures and fresh vegetation, springtime usually escorts in an assortment of activities that we enjoy. While many things might be suspended or postponed this unusual year, gardening continues to thrive with seemingly more people embracing the idea of growing their own vegetables.