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

Local gospel singer/musician becomes full-time pastor

Lighthouse Christian Center, in Mayo, has new pastor, Earl Green, right, along with his wife, Wanda Jean Barrett Green and granddaughter, Sammi Green. -Photo: Submitted

Legal Notice HB 35 is big win for newspapers

By Tami Stevenson

On May 7, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 35 into law. The Legal Notices Bill, which originally sought to remove newspaper publishing requirements all together, in what they called ‘modernizing’ the way legal notices were published, has been amended. After the compromise, the bill passed with a vote of 105 Y’s to 9 N’s.

Lake City Medical Center CEO Rick Naegler accepts Missouri position

-LCMC Courtesy Photo

By Noah Walker

The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today the departure of Lake City Medical Center CEO Rick Naegler who has accepted the Chief Executive Officer position at a regional medical center in his home state of Missouri. His last day with the hospital is Wednesday, June 9. Jill Adams, Lake City Medical Center CFO will serve as Interim CEO while a national search is conducted. 

Respecting the dead
– New monument placed at McClellan Cemetery

Retired archeologist Jennings Bunn sitting with the newly donated monument from Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Lake City. - Photo: Submitted

DeSantis proclaims state of emergency due to Colonial Pipeline cyberattack and shutdown. Motorists dash to pumps.

This photo was taken at the pumps of a gas station, Tuesday evening, in Lake City, along I-75 and may get worse before it gets better. -SVT Photo


City of Live Oak Regular Monthly Council Meeting


Tuesday May 11, 2021 5:30 P.M.

Meeting called to order

Invocation followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag


Students Participate in National Signing Day
to celebrate CTE Career Commitments
Event recognizes students pursuing a career in the skilled trades.

RIVEROAK Technical College showing students who participated in the signing event. -Photo: Submitted

Governor DeSantis Suspends All Remaining Local Government Mandates and Restrictions Based on the COVID‑19 State of Emergency and Bans Vaccine Passports

Today, according to the Governor's Press Office, after issuing an executive order to invalidate all remaining local emergency orders based on the COVID-19 emergency, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-102, suspending all remaining local government mandates and restrictions based on the COVID-19 State of Emergency. He also signed new legislation (SB 2006) banning vaccine passports and stem government overreach in Florida.


Rapid Credentialing Scholarships Available for NFC’s Summer EMT and CDL Classes  


Apply Now: EMT Class Begins June 1; CDL Class Begins July 30 


MADISON, FL (April 30, 2021) – Individuals looking to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or commercial truck driver can get fast and potentially free training at North Florida College this summer.

Japanese Garden Dedicated at Hearthstone

New Japanese Garden at Hearthstone Botanical Gardens in Wellborn. -Photo: Submitted

Ribbon cutting featuring Director Judee Mundy in the kimono on the left and Shirley Reaves, President of the Live Oak Garden Club on the right. They are flanked by volunteers. -Photo: Submitted


Wellborn, Fla., – Hearthstone Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce that the Japanese Garden is now open to the public to enjoy. Work on the garden began in January of 2020, and the garden was dedicated April 24, 2021.