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

Register now for JUMPSTART sessions at North Florida College  

Free Technology, Science, English and Math Sessions for NFC Students 


MADISON, FL – Students enrolling in Fall Term 2021 classes at North Florida College are invited to get a JUMPSTART on the essential skills necessary to succeed in their courses.  

Independence Day in Branford

Hundreds turned out to celebrate the Branford River Reunion 4th of July Celebration, Saturday, July 3, 2021 -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

Branford’s 4th of July River Reunion Festival at Hatch Memorial Park was a welcomed event for locals and visitors, held on Saturday, July 3, 2021. After the last significant rain ended around 2 p.m., hundreds lined the streets to watch the parade that began at 6 p.m.

20 Nurses graduate at RIVEROAK

RIVEROAK graduated 20 nurses on July 1, 2021 -Photo: Submitted


RIVEROAK Technical College held its 2020-2021 Practical Nursing Graduation on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., at the Suwannee County Coliseum. Twenty students successfully completed the 11 month, 1,350 clock hour program and received their diploma and nursing pin.

First Hooked on Heroes Benefit Fishing Tournament was great success

1st Place Redfish winner of $1,000 went to Capt. Leslie Hernandez, right, and his crew, Debra and Ted Clarke. Weighing in at 7.55 pounds. -Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson

Hooked on Heroes, the non-profit organization that takes veterans fishing, held its first fishing tournament to help raise funds for the organization, recently. It was a huge success.

Last Mile Scholars: NFC Foundation Helping Students Finish College

Nine Complete NFC Last Mile Scholarship Program, Graduate Spring 2021

MADISON, Fla., - Since Governor Ron DeSantis established the Last Mile College Completion Program in 2019, the NFC Foundation has stepped up to help “Last Mile Scholar” graduates complete degrees.  

Home-based businesses

– Restrictions loosened

– Can now mail cottage food products

-Courtesy Photo Cottage Food Industry

By Tami Stevenson

Governor DeSantis, Tuesday, signed 94 bills into law and vetoed four. Due to the extensive list of new legislature and everyone talking about Auto Insurance SB 54, that was vetoed, two bills have taken somewhat of a back seat in the media, HB 403 — Home-based Businesses and HB 663 — Cottage Food Operations. This new legislation could mean everything to the self-employed and budding entrepreneurs.

Restoring Power - Tropical Storm Elsa Update

Suwannee Valley Electric - Jon Little, Director of Communications

Live Oak, Fla., – After breakfast very early this morning, crews fanned out again across SVEC’s 2,100 square mile service territory to restore power to the 1,158 consumers still out as of 5:00 a.m.

Columbia County Wednesday Morning Update 

Columbia County, Fla., – Columbia County residents should expect the heaviest Storm Elsa impacts between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. today. Rainfall in Columbia County is still estimated to be between 4 to 6 inches and tropical storm force wind gusts (55-60 mph) are anticipated

Columbia County: Storm Elsa Update and Closings


Columbia County, Fla., – Columbia County officials took part in the 6:00 p.m. conference call update with the National Hurricane Center. Rainfall in Columbia County is now estimated to be between 4 to 6 inches during the storm.


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