Know Your Candidates For Suwannee County Board Of Commissioners

American Patriots To Hold Forum May 18


On Saturday, May 18, AMERICAN PATRIOTS welcomes all six candidates running for Suwannee County County Board of Commissioners.

The candidates are: 

District 1:  William Don Hale, Jr. and Kenneth Bryant

District 3:  Travis Land and Charlie McIntosh

District 5:  Franklin White and Kevin Williams

Each candidate will introduce himself and then answer questions submitted by members of the audience.  The questions will be anonymously submitted and randomly selected.

     All interested voters are invited to attend this free event on Saturday, May 18, from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Live Oak City Hall located at 101 White Ave. SE.  Come learn more about the Commission candidates so you can make an informed decision on election day.

     The AMERICAN PATRIOTS of Live Oak are a group of citizens who have come together to work for the good of the country and the community by searching for the truth and then promoting it through educational opportunities like this one.  To learn more about this group, email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at

Florida Folk Festival - May 24-26

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs, Florida.

The best of Florida music, arts & culture.

The festival is a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique.

For more information visit

2024 May Hearthstone Gardens Workshops

Hearthstone Gardens is in Wellborn just off US Hwy 90 at 3300 134th Place. Class size is limited. Check us out at Call (386) 438-3102 to sign up for all workshops as space is limited.

Saturday, May 18th at 10 AM  -  Miniature Landscapes

Create your own unique landscape for your special spot. Materials provided: stones, wood, sand and a variety of items to customize your landscape. Please bring a shallow 8-10 inch pan or choose from forms available. 

Cost: $15.00

Tuesday, May 21st at 10 AM  -  Native Trees in Columbia & Suwanee

Erin Harlow, UF horticultural agent for Columbia County, will lead this workshop which will include a walk through the Gardens to identify native trees and their habitat.

Cost: $10.00

Thursday, May 23rd at 10 AM  -  Stepping Stones

Create your own stepping stone for that special spot using a wide variety of items for decorating. Please bring a metal cake pan or choose from a wide variety of available forms.  Please bring gloves and bring items such as beads, shells, glass to customize your stone.  Cost: $15.00

Tuesday, May 28th at 10 AM  -  Gelli Mono Plate Printing

Make your own customized card with your own freshly gathered materials. Participants may choose to bring their own leaves or soft, thin flowers or they can gather them while perusing the Gardens.

Cost: $10.00

30th Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival, June 1

The 30th Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival will be held on the first Saturday in June at Andrews Square in Wellborn from 7:30 am -3:30 pm. This one-day event features a locally grown blueberry pancake breakfast, live local entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s games, plants for sale, a car show, a petting zoo, and other attractions.

     In addition to over 100 vendor booths, the Country Store will also be open offering homemade blueberry pies, cobblers, jams, jellies, and syrups for sale from the Wellborn Community Association.

     The blueberry pancake breakfast is available at the Wellborn Baptist Church, behind the Fire Station near the country store, and at the Wellborn Community Association Center. It is served from 7:30 am – 10:30 am and the cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Admission to the festival is free.

     Parking is available at the Masonic Lodge on 137 and at the Wellborn Baptist Church. There will be a trolley service to transport you to and from the festival grounds. Bring your lawn chair. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome.

     If anyone is looking for more information please call the Wellborn Community Association at 386-965-4253.

Andrews Square is located at 1340 8th Avenue Wellborn FL.

North Florida College happenings:

Community Theatre

The Greatest Generation: A Tribute to the 40's

 Van H. Priest Auditorium, Madison, FL, 32340

  • Thursday, June 6 | 7 PM
  • Friday, June 7 | 7 PM
  • Thursday, June 8 | 7 PM

$10 - Adults General Admission

$5 - Children (12 and under) General Admission

FREE - Veterans, Current Active Duty and First Responders

An original drama by the NFC Sentinel Upstage Players.

Journey through the WWII era as a U.S. family sends a son off to war and experiences, through radio broadcasts, the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor and the ups and downs of this historic period.

Summer 2024 Camps

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Madison Police Youth Camp for 8-13 year olds

  • June 4-6 (Tuesday-Thursday): 9 AM-3 PM
  • No Cost

Join us for a whirlwind of fun as we explore arts & crafts, with plenty of colorful creations to spark your imagination. But that's not all! Get ready for special guest demonstrations and speakers who will inspire and entertain you with fascinating stories and talents you won't want to miss.

And let's not forget about staying active and healthy with physical fitness activities that'll have you moving, grooving, and having a blast!

With a variety of other fun-filled activities sprinkled throughout, this camp promises three days of non-stop fun and excitement for everyone! Don't miss out on the adventure – sign up today and let the good times roll!

SUP Drama Camp for 1st-8th graders

  • June 10-27 (Monday-Thursday) *College closed June 19th for Juneteenth Holiday-No camps. 8 AM-4:30PM
  • $245.00 for all 3 weeks

Prepare for an exhilarating journey into the world of theater with Sentinel Upstage Players Camp!

Embark on a thrilling 3-week adventure designed for 1st through 8th graders, where you'll dive deep into the art of drama production. Led by experienced instructors, campers will learn essential acting mechanics, explore the intricacies of costuming and make-up, and unleash their creativity in set design.

But that's not all! At the culmination of the camp, students will come together to showcase their newfound skills in a spectacular production, giving them the opportunity to shine on stage or behind the scenes.

Whether you dream of commanding the spotlight or working behind the curtain, Sentinel Upstage Players Camp is your ticket to an unforgettable summer filled with creativity, collaboration, and endless possibilities. Sign up today and let your theatrical journey begin!

Cross Country Camp for Middle and High Schoolers

  • June 24-27: 8 AM-1 PM
  • $40 for the week

Get ready to elevate your running game to new heights with NFC's Cross-Country Camp. This isn't your ordinary running camp – it's a thrilling adventure packed with expert coaching, cutting-edge techniques, and invaluable insights to help you reach your full potential on the track and trails.

Join us as we dive deep into the world of nutrition, mobility, recovery, and training strategies alongside passionate coaches from local high schools. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just lacing up your running shoes for the first time, there's something for everyone at NFC's Cross-Country Camp!.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to sharpen your skills, push your limits, and unleash your inner champion. Lace up, step out, and let's hit the ground running together!

STEAM Camp for Middle Schoolers

  • July 8-11 (Monday-Thursday): 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
  • $50 for the week

Welcome to our Middle School STEAM Camp, where innovation, science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics come alive! Join us for an immersive experience designed to ignite your curiosity and passion for the wonders of STEAM. Our camp offers a dynamic blend of hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and collaborative projects, providing a platform for you to explore, experiment, and express your ideas in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Pottery for High Schoolers

  • July 15-18 (Monday-Thursday): 10 AM-2 PM
  • $50 for the week

Whether you're a seasoned ceramicist or a complete beginner, our High School Pottery Camp welcomes students of all skill levels to unleash their creativity and passion for pottery in a fun and inspiring atmosphere. Get ready to get your hands dirty, unleash your imagination, and let your creativity soar as you embark on a pottery adventure like no other!

Health Scholars Camp for Middle Schoolers

  • July 30th & 31st (Tuesday-Wednesday): 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
  • $40

Get ready to ignite your passion for healthcare with Health Scholars, the ultimate summer camp experience brought to you by NFC. Join us for two action-packed days on campus, where middle schoolers will dive headfirst into the thrilling world of healthcare alongside NFC's talented RN nursing students.

From mastering life-saving first aid techniques to exploring the latest trends in health and fitness, Health Scholars is your ticket to an unforgettable adventure in learning and discovery. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the diverse and exciting fields of healthcare, all while having a blast with friends old and new. Secure your spot today and get ready to unleash your inner Health Scholar!

Water and snacks are provided throughout the day, but campers will need to pack a lunch or can participate in the free BreakSpot lunch program through Second Harvest.