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

Governor Appoints Madison Correctional Institute Warden to Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

– One of four

Staff Reports

Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Amelia Hill, Skott Jensen, and William Smith and the reappointment of Melanie Bevan to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Amelia Hill

Florida Ranks #1 in Nation for Entrepreneurship

Staff Reports

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida is the most entrepreneurial state in the nation according to a recent study published by researchers at The Digital Project Manager. Florida has the highest percentage of the population that has started a business with 13,238 small businesses per 100,000 residents, which is 3,000 more small businesses per 100,000 residents than the second place state of Georgia.

DeSantis awards more than $1.3M to Mayo and High Springs

Staff Reports

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $8.7 million to nine small and rural Florida communities through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for housing and community development activities. The Town of Mayo and the City of High Springs were among the nine.

Pregnancy Care Center 5K Walk/Run 4 Life in one location this year - THIS WEEKEND!

The above photo was taken in 2015, the first year they held the Lake City event at the Darby Pavillion in Lake City. This year is the first year Live Oak and Lake City participants will join together as one at the Darby Pavillion. -SVT Archived Photo by Gabrielle Stevenson

Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival

~ Coming October 21 at Wilson Park ~

Previous Craft Beer & Wine Festival at Wilson Park: 232 NE Hillsboro St, Lake City, FL 32055 -Photo: Columbia Chamber

The Toys for Tots Hurricane Relief Initiative

The Toys for Tots Hurricane Relief Initiative will kick-off Monday October 9th with toys and books being delivered to The Alton Church of God on US 27 in Mayo, Florida. Distribution begins on TUESDAY October 10th from 10:00am-4:00pm. (click "Read More" below)

Jim Cantore rides out Idalia in UF/IFAS facility in Cedar Key
UF/IFAS facilities rebuild from Hurricane Idalia with help from volunteers, emergency response crews

Jim Cantore, center, talks with UF/IFAS personnel during a cleanup of Cedar Key. -Photo: UF-IFAS

Idalia Recovery Resources

Ongoing recovery resources are available to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Idalia. State agencies continue to deploy resources to the Big Bend region and provide assistance to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Idalia.

Florida Takes Action Against Four Florida Schools with Ties to the Chinese Communist Party

~ Department of Education suspends schools from school choice scholarship program ~

Governor Ron DeSantis
-Photo by Gage Skidmore

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to suspend the availability of school choice scholarships to four schools that have direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

CDS Awarded 2023 Agency of the Year

Submitted

Lake City, Fla., – CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services was presented the 2023 Agency of the Year award at the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Inc.’s Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony (September 13, 2023).