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


Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

-Photo by Jeffry Boatright

By Jeffry Boatright

It is perplexing to consider what a difference sixty days can make. Just eight weeks ago, we welcomed springtime with plans of Easter, spring games, and leisurely activities that embody our area. Mission trips, high school proms and spring break vacations were being planned. The economy was growing, business seemed good and preparation for standardized testing in schools was a key concern for parents, students and educators.


Food Shortages or RED TAPE

An empty meat case is becoming the norm.                                    -SVT Photo

Staff Reports

The question Americans are asking, “Why are the store shelves empty if there are no shortages?” It was reported that at one of the dollar stores in Columbia County that when the truck carrying fresh supplies of toilet paper pulled in, customers practically mobbed the driver in the parking lot. People are fighting over toilet paper. When you walk into a store today, signs are all over, “limit two” or “limit one.” What is going on?


Gardening Made Simple
Let’s get outdoors

A hardy selection of vegetable plants are available for transplant at Nobles Greenhouse in Live Oak. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright

By Jeffry Boatright

With its pleasant temperatures and fresh vegetation, springtime usually escorts in an assortment of activities that we enjoy. While many things might be suspended or postponed this unusual year, gardening continues to thrive with seemingly more people embracing the idea of growing their own vegetables.


Feeling the pressure of “stay-at-home” order?
Local Pastor has good advice


Pastor Danny Henderson – Harvest Fellowship Church in Jasper.

-Photo: Ruby Holton

The COVID-19 epidemic has touched each individual, each city, each country, no matter where you live. Economic recovery is vital to every country, state and city–globally.


North Florida weighs in on COVID-19 ramifications
Officials, local businesses and community leaders speak out

By Tami Stevenson


The ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic are ever changing and far reaching to all walks of life on our planet. The hardest hit by the social distancing and economic shut-down seem to be the developed nations where people are used to going to work everyday, used to social gatherings and not used to not knowing if their livelihood is ever going to be the same again. For many, stress levels are up and bank accounts are low, although stimulus checks (economic impact payments) should begin to be deposited this week.


LCPD: Attending Religious Services


There appears to be some confusion about the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) 20-91 and City Ordinance #2020-2146 and its application within the City of Lake City as it relates to “attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship”.


Governor DeSantis to sign executive order for Floridians to stay-at-home

Staff Reports

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor DeSantis announced he will be issuing an executive order to “stay-at-home.”

The order goes into effect Thursday at midnight and will last 30 days.

All non-essential businesses will be ordered to cease. He said he would be releasing a list of all essential businesses allowed to stay open. Businesses may be added to the list if they are deemed “essential”.

There are currently 30 other states that have issued a “stay-at-home” order.