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

27th Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival – Glad to be back

Wellborn Blueberry Festival 2021

L-R Volunteers Jim Bezaire and Jennifer Petit manned the griddles, flipping pancakes and cooking up sausage links for hungry visitors. -WCA Photo

Class of 2021 Graduation photos for Suwannee, Madison, Branford, Columbia and Hamilton Counties in North Florida.

Florida Folk Festival - 2021

This Memorial Day weekend, the 69th Annual Florida Folk Festival will take place online as a virtual event beginning tonight at 6 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube. 

In-Person programs starting June 1 at Regional Libraries

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The hours for our regional libraries will be increasing and in-person programs will begin at all branches of the Suwannee River Regional Libray, starting June 1. 

North Florida College Honors Spring 2021 Graduates

NFC is proud to recognize its Class of 2021 spring graduates and applauds their accomplishments. Thirty-five Madison County students were awarded degrees and certificates at the conclusion of NFC’s Spring Term 2021. Twenty-six Suwannee County students were awarded degrees and certificates and eleven Hamilton County students were awarded degrees and certificates. 

Return to work initiative

Staff Reports

Monday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that Florida will end its participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, the $300 per week supplemental FPUC payment, effective June 26, 2021, as part of DEO’s ‘Return to Work’ initiative. The DEO stated this is another key step to returning more Floridians to work, following April’s labor statistics which show total private-sector employment increased by 18,800 jobs and more than 460,000 online job postings available throughout the state for job seekers.

2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Branford student one of 20 selected in nation

Staff Reports

Branford, Fla., – Barrett Young, a senior at Branford High School, was selected as one of 20 in the nation for the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Three Tax Holidays coming

Staff Reports

Last Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law House Bill 7061, Florida’s Tax Cut Package. It includes three separate tax holidays for the upcoming months.

     The first two will overlap each other. The first is “Disaster Preparedness” beginning May 28 and going through June 6, 2021. The second is “Freedom Week” from July 1 through July 7, 2021 and the third tax holiday is the Back-to-School tax holiday from July 31 through August 9, 2021.

DeSantis signs bill to stop censorship by Big Tech in Florida

Staff Reports

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7072 in an effort to hold Big Tech accountable by driving transparency and safeguarding Floridians’ ability to access and participate in online platforms.

     According to the release, the new bill will give all Floridians the right to sue for monetary damages if Big Tech platforms violate these new laws and Big Tech is prohibited from de-platforming Floridian political candidates.

SUWANNEE MAY 18 AGENDA - REVISED

SUWANNEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JUDICIAL ANNEX BUILDING

218 PARSHLEY STREET SOUTHWEST

LIVE OAK, FLORIDA 32064

TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR MAY 18, 2021, 5:00 P.M.

Invocation

Pledge to American Flag

ATTENTION:

• The Board may add additional items to this agenda.