Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Housing Approval of Additional $45 Million Coronavirus Relief Funds for COVID-19 Affected Households


Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Board of Directors for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) approved the remaining $45 million of the $120 million to local governments to assist Floridians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rental and mortgage assistance.


No signs or symptoms needed to be tested
You must bring a valid ID
Remain in your vehicle at all times

Hwy. 129 - Downtown Live Oak will temporarily close for two weeks

Live Oak – According to a release from the Florida Department of Transportation, U.S. Highway 129 will close for approximately two weeks beginning September 8 at 9:00 a.m., in the immediate area of the railroad crossing from Duval Street to the intersection at U.S. Highway 90 in downtown Live Oak

Klausner sold for $61M

-Photo: SVT Archive Courtesy of Suwannee County Economic Development

By Tami Stevenson

After closing its doors in March of this year and filing for bankruptcy in April, Klausner Lumber One LLC, based in western Suwannee County, was auctioned off August 21, 2020. The winning bidder, binderholz Group from Fügen, Austria paid $61M to purchase all assets of the company.

Extra $300 a week unemployment approved for Florida

By Tami Stevenson

Last week, Governor DeSantis announced he applied for a grant for Florida’s participation in the Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor announced approval of the grant over the weekend for Florida to receive a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Florida to provide $300 per week - on top of their regular unemployment benefit - to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

NO-COST drive-thru COVID testing in Lake City, Jasper

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health will conduct NO-COST drive-thru testing for COVID-19.
Testing is available for anyone that wants to get tested; no signs or symptoms needed to be tested. Children can be tested with parental consent.

State record flathead catfish

Angler Lavon Nowling from Santa Rosa County, caught this catfish weighing 69.9 pounds, measuring 48.5 inches long, with a girth of 38.25 inches. -Photo: FWC Courtesy