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Tropical Storm Elsa - Columbia County: Sandbags, Shelters, and Closings


Columbia County, Fla., – Columbia County officials took part in the 11:15 conference call update with the National Hurricane Center, State Emergency Operations, and the Governor’s office. Rain fall in Columbia County is estimated to be between 2-4 inches general and 4-6 inches closer to the eye of the storm.  Some areas may see locally heavier amounts. We urge Columbia County residents to stay posted for updates and ensure you are prepared. Specific topic updates listed below.

Governor Ron DeSantis expands State of Emergency to include North Florida Counties

Governor's Press Office
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-151, regarding Tropical Storm Elsa,
which expands the State of Emergency to include the following counties:

Live Oak Welcomes Radiant Credit Union

The new Live Oak Radiant Credit Union, located at 2231 Ohio Avenue North, next to Publix. -Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson

The Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce, Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis and other city and county officials welcomed Radiant Credit Union to Live Oak during their grand opening ceremony, held June 3, 2021, at their new location in Live Oak Crossing.

Students to receive CPR training

-Photo: Courtesy American Heart Association

By Tami Stevenson

With a unanimous vote by the House and Senate and Governor DeSantis signing the bill (HB 157) the same day it landed on his desk, along with 43 other bills he signed that day, CPR and first aid training for students will be taught in public schools. This measure will potentially save countless lives with a perpetual army of young people being equipped with this instruction each year.

Futch’s Tractor Depot acquires Gordon Tractor

Storefront photo of the Live Oak location. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Staff Reports

Futch’s Tractor Depot is excited to announce they have acquired Gordon Tractor at the Live Oak and Madison locations.

Innovation District

Food truck park vendors now able to sell liquor in Gainesville

By Tami Stevenson

Gainesville, Fla., – Monday, Governor DeSantis signed more than 40 bills into law. One of those bills was HB 751, for the City of Gainesville, which allows a new food truck park, where the food trucks are stationary, located within Gainesville’s Innovation District, to sell alcoholic beverages. 

Fun! Growth! Learning to Succeed
49th Annual Tennis Camp at Suwannee Parks & Recreation

Group photo of some of the kids and counselors that attended the 49th Annual Suwannee Parks & Recreation Tennis Camp. -Photo by Vivian Chastain

Slave grave marker dedicated at McClellan Cemetery

Rev. Larry Jelks, of Mayo, officiated over the dedication ceremony, held last month. -Photo by Joyce Johns

Governor DeSantis Wins Major Victory to Protect Florida’s Cruise Industry

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the federal district court in Tampa delivered a major victory for Governor Ron DeSantis against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its obstructionist No Sail Orders that have flatlined Florida’s cruise industry for over a year. Ruling in favor of Florida’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, Judge Stephen Merryday concluded the CDC’s restrictions are likely unconstitutional and overstepping their legal authority.

Young infants produce strong immune response to SARS-CoV-2, study finds

A new study, published by the University of Bristol, UK, finds young infants have strong resistance to severe COVID-19.

Young infants show strong immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, new research has found.  In particular, compared with adults, young infants produce relatively high levels of antibodies and immune cells that can specifically protect against COVID-19.