Madison Republican Roundup Turns Out Hundreds for Volunteer Recruitment

L-R: Madison County Republican Party Chairman Mike Rump, Madison Sheriff David Harper and Congressman Deal Dunn pause long enough for a photo during the Madison Roundup event.
-Photo: Submitted

By Randy Gray

Madison, Fla., - Close to 200 enthusiastic Republicans endured 90+ degree heat to

Farm Swap at Henley Farms

Farm Owner William Henely, left, with step daughter, Marissa Savey, at their Scentsy booth last Saturday.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

William and Melissa Henley own a farm in Suwannee County near the intersection of Highway 51 and 252, just north of Luraville, that has a big, empty field in front of it. They chose not to plant crops there or put livestock on it, instead, they decided to hold a farm swap on the property the first and third Saturday of each month. This August will mark their first anniversary.

New 988 Suicide 7 Crisis Line

Columbia County Combined Communications Center 911

988 Launched Nationwide This Past Weekend. Here’s What You Need to Know

Lake City, Fla., – On July 16, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) transitioned from its previous ten-digit phone number to the 988

dialing code.

Local Actors to Bring Original Play to Life on North Florida College Stage, July 22 and 23

The cast of Four Sons receives notes from Director Johnathan Cooks. -NFC Photo

(left to right) Actors Jenner Wallace (Madison County), Hank Thompson (Madison County), and Miguel Rosalio (Lafayette County) rehearse a scene from Four Sons - NFC Photo

Obit, Obituary

In Memory of Elsie Rizer

Elsie Rizer, age 79, of Trenton, FL, passed away on July 12, 2022, at home under care of Haven Hospice. She was born on October 20, 1942, in O’Brien, FL, to Thonis Barnett and Lillie White.

FDLE kicks off “Dog Days of Summer” campaign

Meet Gatsby, a yellow Labrador retriever. Gatsby is assigned to Officer William Boyer with the Capitol Police.
- FDLE Photo Submitted

▪Meet Gatsby, (pictured top) a yellow Labrador retriever. Gatsby is assigned to Officer William Boyer with the Capitol Police. Gatsby searches vehicles and mail trucks entering underneath the Capitol. He also searches exteriors and interiors in the state offices surrounding the Capitol. The K-9 team supports

Expanding Opportunities for Bright Futures Scholarship

Governor’s Press Office

Governor Ron DeSantis, last week, signed House Bill 461 to expand eligibility requirements for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to include paid work experience as a substitute for service hours. This expansion will allow students who work after school jobs to apply their paid work

High School Students Are Mechatronic Engineers During Summer Camp at NFC

-NFC Photo: Submitted

MADISON, FL – High school students from Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, and Madison counties, and Lake Park, Georgia explores the fields of mechanics, electronics, and computing during North Florida College’s Mechatronics Camp held June 20th-23rd.

Record Breaking Alzheimer’s Funding

Staff Reports

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted record funding for Alzheimer’s and related dementias and signed Senate Bill 806, to establish the Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for You (READY) Act. Additionally, the Governor announced that the final pillar of the five-part Dementia Action Plan, created in 2019, has been fulfilled with the establishment of the Florida Alzheimer’s Center for Excellence. The Freedom First Budget signed

Victory for Special Olympians Restricted from Competing in USA Games

Late last month, Governor Ron DeSantis, after receiving notice of a fine from the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Special Olympics International (SOI) has agreed to honor athletes from across the nation who were unable to attend the 2022 USA Games in Orlando due to SOI’s unlawful vaccine mandate, which was rescinded at the last minute.