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


Learning from History


By Jeffry Boatright


If we have learned nothing else from the Coronavirus pandemic at this point, we have discovered that it has been accompanied by misconceptions and misinformation. We hear untruths and exaggerations from those who cultivate fear, but we are bombarded with propaganda and hearsay from those who minimize the threat. Most of us simply want to know the facts.



All bars and nightclubs closed by Governor’s Executive Order, restaurants and beaches limited


Governor’s Press Office


Tallahassee, Fla. – Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Can’t find sanitizer? Make it yourself
Sanitizing tips and recipes for family and hom

By Tami Stevenson

The chances of going to the grocery store with a list and coming home with everything on it is iffy right now, to say the least. In an effort to stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19), people are stock-piling food, toilet paper and everything else on the store shelves, it seems. Things like hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes, disinfectant sprays, bleach, alcohol and other common cleaners are nearly impossible to find.


Historic Blanche Hotel open for business

Officials, family and friends gathered at the top of the staircase as Mayor Stephen Witt, center left, along with IDP Properties president Rhett Holmes, of Valdosta, cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the newly-renovated Blanche Hotel in Lake City last week. -Photo Submitted by Dennille Decker


Shands Live Oak Hospital

and Shands Starke SOLD

Will become emergency only facilities by April, 2020

According to a press release today, February 27, 2020, affiliates of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) will cease inpatient operations and facilities will be acquired by hospitals affiliated with HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division and operated as off-campus emergency departments


42nd Annual Olustee Festival - A Civil War remembrance

Officials gathered as the Blue-Grey Army’s Major General Dr. Tony Buzzella and Brigadier General Jeanie Wilks began the opening ceremonies at their new venue in Wilson Park with beautiful Lake DeSoto as the backdrop. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson



Career Day at RIVEROAK drew hundreds interested in their future

Suwannee Seniors at RIVEROAK on Career Day. L-R: Tat Van Ette, Jax Sansouci (on top) and Reagan Berry. After graduation, Tat said he wants to pursue a career in the medical field and has his sights set on becoming a registered nurse. Jax said he wants to attend college for wrestling and study criminology. Reagan, 6’ 4,” wants to play college football. - SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson