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


Published 9-15-21


Ricky Gamble To Speak To American Patriots

This month on Saturday, September 18, AMERICAN PATRIOTS welcomes RICKY GAMBLE to share his knowledge and experience serving Suwannee County.  Ricky was born and raised in Suwannee County.  He served from 2012 to 2020 on the Board of Commissioners.  He has been the Property Appraiser since January 2021.  Ricky’s vision for Suwannee county is to protect our heritage and to grow our future through managed growth.

     AMERICAN PATRIOTS Live Oak is a grassroots group of people who love America and are deeply concerned about movements toward non-adherence to our Constitution.  AMERICAN PATRIOTS has been meeting since September, 2020.  Already, it has provided resources and information toward a healthier community, such as local police protection, schools, local government, and the United States Constitution.  We are working to ensure a continuing prosperous America for our youth.  Attendees have come from feeling “there’s nothing I can do” to actually taking part in positive change.  Especially now, with shocking events in the news, we all need to stick together, know each other and share ideas.

     People of all colors, political  backgrounds and faiths are welcome to join in the discussion with other PATRIOTS and be a voice and a force in finding solutions to issues that affect our county, state and beloved America’s future.  See you there on Saturday, September 18, from 2PM to 4PM, at River Oak Technical College, 415 Pinewood Dr. SW, Building One.  The meeting room is around back in  Building One under the sign, “Grow With Us.”  Follow the AMERICAN PATRIOTS signs.

Newberry Parade And Celebration For Us Military Stationed In Afghanistan


The Newberry American Legion Post 149 is hosting a “Welcome Home Afghanistan Veterans” Parade and Celebration on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, from 10am to 9pm in Newberry, Florida.

Parade in Downtown Newberry at 10:00am

The parade will kick off at 10am at the Walker Lee’s Produce Stand, 25100 W. Newberry Road and proceed to the First Baptist Church at 25520 W. Newberry Road.  It is expected that most of the parade vehicles will be on display at the celebration at Clark Plantation that follows.

     Celebration at Clark Plantation; Gate opens at 11:00am

    The opening ceremonies and celebration will be held at Clark Plantation, 3700 SW 202nd Street, Newberry. Gates open at 11:00am, is free and open to the public. Master of Ceremony for the Opening Ceremonies is WCJB-TV20 Anchor David Snyder.

     The event will feature live entertainment, vendors booths and a Kids Zone.

    A silent auction and raffle will also be held to raise funds for military veterans.

The Cornbread Festival

Submitted by Annita Leonard

The Wellborn Community Association is happy to announce a new festival coming to Suwannee County and Wellborn this fall. The Cornbread Festival On November 6, 2021 in

Andrews Square 1340 8th Avenue in Wellborn.

     Mayso Martin and The Wellborn Community Association are working hard to bring this festival to the community. You can look forward to a cornbread and chilli cook off with a cash prize, blueberry pancake breakfast, arts and craft booths, live local Gospel and Bluegrass entertainment, cornhole tournament, quilting exhibit, petting zoo, other children’s attractions and our very own Country Store.

      The festival hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.       

   For the last hour of our gospel and bluegrass entertainment we welcome you to bring your own instrument and come jam with us at the festival from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

     If you are looking for a day full of family fun and great food come on out to our Wellborn Cornbread Festival!

     If you have any questions or would like to be a vendor, please contact Annita Leonard at 386-288-3721 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival returns

The Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the return of the Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival, slated for Saturday, October 23, 2021. The event will be held at Wilson Park.

New Shop Opening - Fabulous Finds

Fabulous Finds – A new gift store that is planning a soft opening this week, inside Blue Goose Studio, located in downtown Lake City at 174 North Marion Avenue. Stop in to say hello and check out their Fabulous Finds!

Scarecrows in the Gardens Festival

Submitted by Lucille Heinrich

Hearthstone Botanical Gardens is calling on all scarecrow creators to submit their scarecrows to be displayed in the gardens on Saturday, October 16, and after that they will be displayed in Live Oak. There is no entry fee, and the scarecrows will be judged in three categories: (1) Children & Youth Groups; (2) Adults & Families; and (3) Businesses or Organizations. The scarecrows must be constructed to withstand weather and be appropriate for family viewing. Entries can be dropped off from 9 AM until Noon, either on Friday, October 8 or Saturday, October 9. The public will vote for their favorite scarecrow in each category and prizes will be awarded.

     The October 16th festival will feature hayrides; bake and raffle tables; plant sales; a cake walk, children and adult games and activities; and food. Hearthstone is located at 3300 134th Place in Wellborn just off US 90. Coming from Live Oak on 90, once you pass Busy Bee, look for 134th on the right just past the Wellborn Church of God. For more information call 386-438-3102.


Talent Contest in Live Oak

Staff Reports

The Live Oak Woman’s Club is having a Talent Contest September 18, 2021, as a fundraiser. Adults, teens, and children from Suwannee County and surrounding areas may participate, amateurs only. Auditions will be held Sept 7, at 5 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, located at 1304 SW 11th Street in Live Oak, next to the Coliseum. Those selected will need to pay a $20 entry fee.

      Rehearsal will be Sept. 17, time TBD.  The Contest will be on Sept. 18, time TBD at the Woman’s Club. Prizes will be first place $300, second place $100, third place $75. Applications are available at Armandos Restaurant in Live Oak, The Music Center in Live Oak and the library.

     Call Joan at 386 208-5267 for more information or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This will be a fun, family-friendly event. Please spread the word and tell your friends and family about their chance to become a STAR.


Looking for crafters


First Annual Gfwc High Springs New Century Woman’s Club Craft Fair on November 20th, from 10-5.

     We are loking for crafters interested in securing a spot at our craft show and sell their handmaid items!!!!  For more information and to receive an application, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applications are due by August 25th, 2021.