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


Seeing the day through
Working in the fields built character

Workers transplant tobacco plants into the field. -Photo: Submitted

By Jeffry Boatright

Agriculture has always been the economic cornerstone of North Florida. It continues to drive our economy, and probably always will. Every crop is, in a way, a field of dreams. The past few decades, however, have brought immense changes to the social impact that agriculture has on our North Florida communities.

The whole landscape of agriculture in our area has certainly changed. Row crops are grown under pivot irrigation systems and ground is prepared with gigantic tractors that are equipped with global positioning systems.


Medical Students Welcomed at Lake City Medical Center

L-R: Program Facilitator Dominique Greene DNP, APRN,

Student Alozie Mbanaso, Student Hunter White, Student

Abigail Lasta, Physician Facilitator Rolando Domiguez, MD.                                                   -LCMC Photo

Noah Walker, LCMC Director of Marketing and PR

Lake City is welcoming a cohort of three medical school students from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM).


Local Master Instructor/Diver shares love for ocean and life

Master Dive Instructor Jim Hollis tying off to a log in Troy Springs at 50 feet down. -Photo by Dive @nikkil83


Walt’s Live Oak Ford celebrates 25th Anniversary

In celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Walt’s employees, managers and owners gathered in front of the dealership featuring a plaque awarded to them from the Ford Motor Company last week. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson


Drive 4 UR School Event a Success at Branford High School

Sponsored by Walt's Live Oak Ford

Branford High School Teacher Angel Hill enjoyed the ride with her daughter, Maura Hill. Maura, who is a senior at BHS, really, really liked the green Mustang. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright


By Jeffry Boatright

Several cases of new car fever have recently been detected around campus at Branford High School. Of course, it would be difficult for even the most frugal to avoid contracting new car fever after the Drive 4 UR School event, which was held at BHS on May 11.

The event, which was sponsored by Walt’s Live Oak Ford, showcased some very alluring vehicles ranging from the sporty Mustang to the powerful F250 Lariat, which is equipped to handle even the most difficult tasks. It is no doubt the event attracted numerous test-drivers.


NFC’s new Live Oak location is now official

North Florida College President John Grosskopf , center, with Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis cutting the ribbon at the new Live Oak satellite location.        -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson


The Union Depot and Atlantic Coast Line Freight Station is a historic site in Live Oak. Today, it is celebrated as the new satellite location of North Florida College (NFC). More than 200 Suwannee County residents, along with county and city officials, attended the event to show their support earlier this month when NFC held their grand opening at the historic location.


“It’s an exciting time,” exclaimed North Florida College President John Grosskopf. “We are thrilled to be here.”
Streams of visitors kept coming as the jam-packed train depot bursted at its seams with guests excited about the college extending classes to Live Oak. The overflow gathered at the passenger depot located behind the Suwannee County Historical Museum where a long table of inviting hors d’oeuvres and refreshments waited for guests to savour allowing everyone a chance to mingle.


North Florida College Hosting Grand Opening Celebration for New Live Oak Location July 11

Explore the new North Florida College location in Live Oak and enter to win prizes on July 11


Madison, Fla., - North Florida College invites the community to help celebrate the opening of its new location in Live Oak. The new location officially opened at 210 Ohio Avenue North on Monday, July 8, with an open house celebration scheduled for Thursday, July 11 from 3-7 PM. All are invited to attend the grand opening celebration. Refreshments will be served from 4-6 PM. and the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce will help welcome the new location to Live Oak with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 PM.