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Ellianos Coffee Ranked Among Top Franchises

-Photo: Submitted

Staff Reports

Lake City, Fla., – Ellianos Coffee opened it’s first shop in Lake City in 2002 and has been growing ever since. Today, they were recently recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

Prescription drug price relief proposal
-Reining in the middleman

Governor Ron DeSantis

By Tami Stevenson

In an effort to lower prescription drug prices in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a legislative proposal last Thursday to help protect consumers and small pharmacies against the “middlemen” also known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM’s) through accountability in Florida’s drug market. The PBM’s management practices are something that has been an ongoing contention and complaint for years by small pharmaceutical businesses. The Governor said he plans to make this legislation a priority in the upcoming 2023 legislative session, that begins in March.

11th Annual Singer/Songwriter Contest
– Looking for local talent

Alivia Hunter, 3rd place winner of the 10th Annual 2022 RiverFest Song Contest. -Photo used with permission by Ray Carson

Fort White, FL – RiverFest is an Our Santa Fe River Inc. annual fundraising event. The RiverFest Celebration features the 11th Annual Singer/Songwriter Contest. Entries are now

Florida’s 2023 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests

~ Student essay contest winners will receive a 2-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation ~

Last week, the Florida Department of Education and Volunteer Florida officially launched the 2023 Black History Month student art and essay contests with the theme of “Celebrating the Achievements of African American Floridians.”



Lake City, Fla., – Saturday, February 4, at 8 a.m.
The event will be held at the Lake City Police Department,

RIVEROAK Technical College Career Day & Program Showcase coming in February

Submitted by Tracy Henderson

Live Oak, Fla., – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  The RIVEROAK Technical College Career Day & Program Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. 

2022 Year in Review

By Tami Stevenson

Many consumers in 2022 adopted a new mindset, “If it’s not essential, we can do without it.” The chasm between conservatives and liberals, globally, has grown so wide there is no longer a middle ground for anyone to sit on the fence. They have become polar opposites.
In spite of these negative impacts to society, 2022 saw many positive accomplishments. Here are some that took place in our North Florida area:

Jan. 1, 21 Vehicle accident on I-75 near mile marker 414 in Columbia County still under investigation

According to a Jan. 3rd release from Florida Hwy Patrol, FHP continues to investigate an incident that occurred on January 1st at approximately 12:40 am in Columbia County. For reasons to be determined, a series of collisions occurred as twenty-one vehicles

Railroad History in Suwannee County

with Eric Musgrove

January 14, 2023

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Live Oak, Fla., – From the Pensacola & Georgia Railroad, chartered in 1853, to the present-day