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

Proposed legislation could allow businesses to sue local governments

By Tami Stevenson

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 on SB 620, November 30, to allow businesses to sue if local ordinances cause at least 15 percent losses of revenue or profits.


Tuesday, December 9, 2021, a free event by the Lake City Police Department

Governor Ron DeSantis Proposes Sweeping Pay Increases for State Law Enforcement Officers, $1,000 Bonuses for First Responders and $5,000 to Support State and Local Level Recruitment Efforts 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $400 million in new funding proposals to increase the salaries of Florida’s state law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and state special risk firefighters,

Thanksgiving food drive helps 565 families in Columbia County

Prior to the event, food had to be sorted and re-bagged. This huge box was filled to the top with various canned goods. As student volunteers emptied the contents, it became too far for them to reach the cans towards the bottom, so Amani Tunsil, a government student from Lake City Middle School, jumped inside the huge cardboard container to fish the rest of them out. -Photo: Submitted

Pilgram’s invests in Live Oak community

City of Live Oak Check Presentation from September 14, 2021. -Photo: Submitted

By Nikki Richardson, Corporate Communications

Live Oak, Fla., – In a November 18, 2021 press release, Pilgrim’s provided an update on how its Hometown Strong funds are being invested in Live Oak to support the community’s future.

Suwannee Valley agricultural community celebrates UF/IFAS center pavilion

Ribbon Cutting L-R: Ken Kuhl, Kevin Heinicka, Jay Hatfield, Jeanna Mastrodicasa, Erny Sellers, Bob Hochmuth, Andra Johnson, Rachel Garland, Kevin Morgan, Randall Dasher, Barry Tillman and Jeb Smith. -Photo Credit - Tyler Jones

Live Oak Garden Club

Barbara Clark - Photo: Submitted

Submitted by Lucille Heinrich

Live Oak, Fla., – At the November general meeting of the Live Oak Garden Club, members welcomed Barbara Clark, RPA, MSA who is an archaeologist with the North Central & Northwest, Florida Public Archaeology Network from the University of West Florida.

Local McDonald’s Awarding $100,000 in Golden Grants for Educators

The North Florida Operators Association will award grants to advance education across the counties in which it serves

Haven Hospice Honors Healthcare Heroes at Annual ViVA! Event

Event attendees honored Haven’s healthcare heroes at ViVA! 2021, held at Valley View in Alachua, Florida. -Photo: Haven Hospice

Vaccine mandates for employees and students are now prohibited in Florida

Staff Reports

BRANDON, Fla. – Thursday, November 18, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson to sign legislation that will protect Floridians from losing their jobs due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and protect parents’ rights to make healthcare decisions for students. The bills were passed through a Special Session of the Florida Legislature and are effective upon the Governor’s signature. The legislation signed today is the strongest pro-freedom, anti-mandate action taken by any state in the nation and is effective TODAY.

In Florida, effective immediately: