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


Drive 4 UR School Event a Success at Branford High School

Sponsored by Walt's Live Oak Ford

Branford High School Teacher Angel Hill enjoyed the ride with her daughter, Maura Hill. Maura, who is a senior at BHS, really, really liked the green Mustang. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright


By Jeffry Boatright

Several cases of new car fever have recently been detected around campus at Branford High School. Of course, it would be difficult for even the most frugal to avoid contracting new car fever after the Drive 4 UR School event, which was held at BHS on May 11.

The event, which was sponsored by Walt’s Live Oak Ford, showcased some very alluring vehicles ranging from the sporty Mustang to the powerful F250 Lariat, which is equipped to handle even the most difficult tasks. It is no doubt the event attracted numerous test-drivers.


NFC’s new Live Oak location is now official

North Florida College President John Grosskopf , center, with Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis cutting the ribbon at the new Live Oak satellite location.        -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson


The Union Depot and Atlantic Coast Line Freight Station is a historic site in Live Oak. Today, it is celebrated as the new satellite location of North Florida College (NFC). More than 200 Suwannee County residents, along with county and city officials, attended the event to show their support earlier this month when NFC held their grand opening at the historic location.


“It’s an exciting time,” exclaimed North Florida College President John Grosskopf. “We are thrilled to be here.”
Streams of visitors kept coming as the jam-packed train depot bursted at its seams with guests excited about the college extending classes to Live Oak. The overflow gathered at the passenger depot located behind the Suwannee County Historical Museum where a long table of inviting hors d’oeuvres and refreshments waited for guests to savour allowing everyone a chance to mingle.


North Florida College Hosting Grand Opening Celebration for New Live Oak Location July 11

Explore the new North Florida College location in Live Oak and enter to win prizes on July 11


Madison, Fla., - North Florida College invites the community to help celebrate the opening of its new location in Live Oak. The new location officially opened at 210 Ohio Avenue North on Monday, July 8, with an open house celebration scheduled for Thursday, July 11 from 3-7 PM. All are invited to attend the grand opening celebration. Refreshments will be served from 4-6 PM. and the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce will help welcome the new location to Live Oak with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 PM.


School Choice Expands in Suwannee County

Suwannee Intermediate School in Live Oak.

-Photo by Jeffry Boatright

By Jeffry Boatright

The Suwannee County School Board voted unanimously on the evening of June 25 to expand school choice, according to a press release from Suwannee County Superintendent of Schools Ted Roush.

It is widely recognized that today’s technology has ushered in an array of new career choices that were unimaginable just a decade ago. With that, educators understand that a new era of instruction must be embraced to prepare students for the careers of the future.


Lt Col Allen West to speak at Camp Weed in Suwannee County


Submitted by Layne E. Schultetus

Lt. Col. Allen West
-Courtesy Photo

The Suwannee County Republican Party in conjunction with the Republican Party of Florida ( RPOF) is proud to announce that Lt. Col. Allen West will be speaking at the Camp Weed Cerveny Conference Center on September 5th 2019.  The theme of this event is Restoring American Patriotism.

The Honorable Lt. Col Allen West, (U.S. Army Retired) is a Life-long Republican.  Born in Atlanta GA, in 1961; His education includes a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s Degree from Kansas State University.  He graduated with an MMAS from U.S Army Command & General Staff College.


Mexican farm imports deeply affecting fruit and vegetable growers in Florida

Florida Farm Bureau

A new economic analysis conducted and released by a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) team has confirmed that Mexican imports have significantly harmed fruit and vegetable producers in the Sunshine State.

A steadily increasing surge of Mexican products has entered the U.S. domestic market during Florida’s peak winter seasons since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1993. Florida growers have lost large portions of the U.S. domestic market as well as sales volumes.


Colossal changes at NFCC


North Florida College’s new satellite campus in Live Oak is located at the Historic Train Depot, next to the museum in Live Oak.
-NFCC Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson

Some monumental changes are taking place at North Florida Community College (NFCC) in Madison. In a few short days NFCC will officially change its name to North Florida College and open a new satellite campus in Live Oak.

The name change has been in the works since November 2016. Governor Ron DeSantis officially approved and signed HB 525 into law on June 7, 2019, an act to rename “Florida Keys Community College” to “The College of the Florida Keys”; and changing the name of “North Florida Community College” to “North Florida College.” The name changes will take effect on July 1, 2019.


Lake City pays ransom for cyber attack

Staff Reports

Ransomware attacks are a growing threat that have spread to cities in the United States and have now hit home in North Florida.

Lake City was hit around June 10 with a malware attack called “Tipple Threat,” according to news sources, that crippled the cities computers. A few days later they received a ransomware demand of 42 bitcoins. The price for the untraceable electronic currency fluctuates but is likely the city paid around $460K to $490K for the decryption key.

The City held a special meeting Monday and decided to pay the ransom as they were advised it was cheaper to pay the attackers than to try and restore the data on there own.

The city will only wind up paying a $10K deductible as their insurance, the Florida League of Cities, will reimburse them for the remainder of the ransom.


Representation in Washington?
You be the judge

By Jeffry Boatright

Democrats in Congress claimed victory last week with the defection of a dozen republican senators siding with their democratic colleagues on a reversal of President Trump’s emergency declaration along our nation’s southern border. While it is likely that Senator Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a host others celebrated their victory, they might consider re-corking their champagne bottles for now.


Stephen Foster's

Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Day

Crowds gathered to enjoy the vintage and classic cars on display at the Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Day event at Stephen Foster last Saturday. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Car enthusiasts were able to savor 71 vintage and classic cars at the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Day at Stephen Foster, last Saturday. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson


By Tami Stevenson

With a military opening ceremony honoring WWII Veterans and the Hamilton County High School ROTC presenting colors, the Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Day event was off to a great start at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, last Saturday.