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2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Branford student one of 20 selected in nation

Staff Reports

Branford, Fla., – Barrett Young, a senior at Branford High School, was selected as one of 20 in the nation for the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Three Tax Holidays coming

Staff Reports

Last Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law House Bill 7061, Florida’s Tax Cut Package. It includes three separate tax holidays for the upcoming months.

     The first two will overlap each other. The first is “Disaster Preparedness” beginning May 28 and going through June 6, 2021. The second is “Freedom Week” from July 1 through July 7, 2021 and the third tax holiday is the Back-to-School tax holiday from July 31 through August 9, 2021.

DeSantis signs bill to stop censorship by Big Tech in Florida

Staff Reports

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7072 in an effort to hold Big Tech accountable by driving transparency and safeguarding Floridians’ ability to access and participate in online platforms.

     According to the release, the new bill will give all Floridians the right to sue for monetary damages if Big Tech platforms violate these new laws and Big Tech is prohibited from de-platforming Floridian political candidates.

SUWANNEE MAY 18 AGENDA - REVISED

SUWANNEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JUDICIAL ANNEX BUILDING

218 PARSHLEY STREET SOUTHWEST

LIVE OAK, FLORIDA 32064

TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR MAY 18, 2021, 5:00 P.M.

Invocation

Pledge to American Flag

ATTENTION:

• The Board may add additional items to this agenda.

Local gospel singer/musician becomes full-time pastor

Lighthouse Christian Center, in Mayo, has new pastor, Earl Green, right, along with his wife, Wanda Jean Barrett Green and granddaughter, Sammi Green. -Photo: Submitted

Legal Notice HB 35 is big win for newspapers

By Tami Stevenson

On May 7, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 35 into law. The Legal Notices Bill, which originally sought to remove newspaper publishing requirements all together, in what they called ‘modernizing’ the way legal notices were published, has been amended. After the compromise, the bill passed with a vote of 105 Y’s to 9 N’s.

Lake City Medical Center CEO Rick Naegler accepts Missouri position

-LCMC Courtesy Photo

By Noah Walker

The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today the departure of Lake City Medical Center CEO Rick Naegler who has accepted the Chief Executive Officer position at a regional medical center in his home state of Missouri. His last day with the hospital is Wednesday, June 9. Jill Adams, Lake City Medical Center CFO will serve as Interim CEO while a national search is conducted. 

Respecting the dead
– New monument placed at McClellan Cemetery

Retired archeologist Jennings Bunn sitting with the newly donated monument from Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Lake City. - Photo: Submitted

DeSantis proclaims state of emergency due to Colonial Pipeline cyberattack and shutdown. Motorists dash to pumps.

This photo was taken at the pumps of a gas station, Tuesday evening, in Lake City, along I-75 and may get worse before it gets better. -SVT Photo

LIVE OAK MAY 11 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

City of Live Oak Regular Monthly Council Meeting

A G E N D A

Tuesday May 11, 2021 5:30 P.M.

Meeting called to order

Invocation followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag