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

Public Invited to comment on Law Enforcement

Submitted by FDLE

Tallahassee, Fla., – Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be visiting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on March 14-16 to examine all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.  As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

Electric cooperatives collaborate with
U of F to conduct “Smart Garden” project
Understanding impacts indoor agriculture has on electric grid

Smart Garden Indoor Ag Facility - Photo: Submitted by Jon Little

By Jon Little - SVEC

Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the University of Florida (UF) North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC)-Suwannee Valley, have come together to conduct a new indoor agriculture research project in Live Oak, Florida.


Career Day  Feb 17, 2022 – In person this year!

Submitted by Tracy Henderson

Live Oak, Fla., – This is a reminder that the RIVEROAK Career Day & Program Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17th from 9:00 to 1:30. Our goal is to once again have the opportunity to provide Suwannee area students and the general public with information about career, education and training choices that are available.  Many of our adult citizens are completing their CTE courses and will be entering the job market in the near future.

4-H Disc Golf Club Sparks Youth Interest While Teaching Life Skills

4-H Disc Golfers at the end of a round of Golf. Left to Right, Brandon Stallings, Club Leader Carolyn Saft, Lacey Hermanson, Club Leader Amanda Law, Peyton Hermanson, Austin Stallings, Tanner Hermanson. -Photo: Submitted

New COVID variant BA.2 more contagious – Rapidly spreading throughout US

-Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson

The spread of a new variant of the Omicron strain, BA.2 was detected in Denmark in December. It has now spread throughout the UK and is rapidly spreading in the US. Early last week, US health officials reported only three cases. By the end of the week, officials said that half of the states in the US reported BA.2 cases.

SRWMD welcomes Troy Roberts


Live Oak, Fla., – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has announced the hiring of Troy Roberts as its new Communications and Outreach Manager.

Honoring Black History Month - Flora Batsen

Flora Batsen
-Photo: CC Courtesy

Staff Reports – According to historical research, Flora Batson (1864–1906) was a popular and well-known concert singer, nicknamed “The Double-Voiced Queen of Song” because of her soprano-baritone range. She was often compared to the great Jenny Lind in the press.

Obituary - OBIT

In Memory of

Anita Whitmore Brown

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Submitted by

Tom Moffses, M.Ed.

Administrator, Columbia/Hamilton County Health Departments

Robbie’s Café expands in midst of pandemic

Back, L-R: Tyler Gibson and Jimmy Stansel, Front: Owners Cindy and Robert Gibson
-Photo: Submitted