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Florida gains House seat

Surpasses New York to become 3rd largest state

By Tami Stevenson

The U.S. Census Bureau on Monday published its long-awaited 2020 census results. Florida’s population has grown over 14 percent in the last ten years, according to the apportionment data, from 18,900,773 in 2010, to 21,570,527 in 2020.

Great turn-out for Madison Down Home Days 2021

Long lines remained steady throughout the day in Madison.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Bailynn, from Texas, braved the popular cross-over bridge the Boy Scouts had set up at the Madison Down Home Days event. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

Madison, Fla., – Visitors were not deterred by the threat of inclement weather and packed the streets to celebrate Madison’s 40th Anniversary of Down Home Days last Saturday, April 24. The welcoming sweet and savory aromas of funnel cakes, smoked meats, cheese fries and other carnival treats wafted through the streets from the various food vendors, whetting everyone’s appetite. Visitors were not disappointed and long lines remained steady at the food booths throughout the event.

Siegmeister says, “Not Guilty”

Remains in custody - Trial set for June

By Tami Stevenson

Live Oak, Fla., – Former state attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit, Jeff Siegmeister, pleaded not guilty to all counts in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Thursday, April 22, 2021. The charges accumulate to 129 years in prison, if found guilty and given a maximum sentence for each offense.

Tobacco Free Lafayette and Tobacco Free Suwannee To “UPROOT THE TRUTH” About Tobacco’s Harmful Effects On Black Communities

Mayo and Live Oak, FLA. – Tobacco Free Lafayette and Tobacco Free Suwannee will use the upcoming Tobacco Free Florida Week to draw attention to the root causes of tobacco’s deadly toll on Lafayette and Suwannee County’s Black population.

State Park Fees Changing

According to a release from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) today, some fees will be going up for State Parks.

DOWN HOME DAYS IN MADISON - Event updates

**UPDATED 4/22/21***

Madison, Fla., – On April 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Madison County Chamber is proud to announce this year will be their 40th Anniversary of Down Home Days.

Saturday events - UPDATED 4/22/21:

Coming April 24 – Cross City Airport Fly-In, Cruise-In & Business Expo

-Photos: SVT Archives

 

Health experts discussing pandemic with Governor taken down by YouTube

Staff Reports

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable with renowned doctors and epidemiologists to discuss Big Tech censorship and the COVID-19 pandemic. Monday’s meeting follows the recent decision by Google to remove video footage of a previous roundtable the Governor held in March, with these experts from its video-sharing platform, YouTube.

Hamilton County student named to NFC 2021 All-Florida Academic Team

NFC President John Grosskopf congratulates Julia Willis on being selected for the 2021
All-Florida Academic Team. -NFC Photo: Submitted

Lake City Medical Center Makes Major Investment In Advancing Robotic Surgery

~ $1.6M investment in new technology will add to multi-million dollar expansion to increase access to advanced healthcare in Columbia County and surrounding areas ~

-Photo: Courtesy of LCMC

-Photo: Courtesy of LCMC