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


Students Participate in National Signing Day
to celebrate CTE Career Commitments
Event recognizes students pursuing a career in the skilled trades.

RIVEROAK Technical College showing students who participated in the signing event. -Photo: Submitted

Governor DeSantis Suspends All Remaining Local Government Mandates and Restrictions Based on the COVID‑19 State of Emergency and Bans Vaccine Passports

Today, according to the Governor's Press Office, after issuing an executive order to invalidate all remaining local emergency orders based on the COVID-19 emergency, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-102, suspending all remaining local government mandates and restrictions based on the COVID-19 State of Emergency. He also signed new legislation (SB 2006) banning vaccine passports and stem government overreach in Florida.


Rapid Credentialing Scholarships Available for NFC’s Summer EMT and CDL Classes  


Apply Now: EMT Class Begins June 1; CDL Class Begins July 30 


MADISON, FL (April 30, 2021) – Individuals looking to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or commercial truck driver can get fast and potentially free training at North Florida College this summer.

Japanese Garden Dedicated at Hearthstone

New Japanese Garden at Hearthstone Botanical Gardens in Wellborn. -Photo: Submitted

Ribbon cutting featuring Director Judee Mundy in the kimono on the left and Shirley Reaves, President of the Live Oak Garden Club on the right. They are flanked by volunteers. -Photo: Submitted


Wellborn, Fla., – Hearthstone Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce that the Japanese Garden is now open to the public to enjoy. Work on the garden began in January of 2020, and the garden was dedicated April 24, 2021.

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.


**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: