Smokey Bear Bumper Sticker Contest

By Florida Forest Service


The Florida Forest Service is holding a Smokey Bear Bumper Sticker Design Contest. The deadline is before September 30, 2020.

Use your artistic skills to create a Smokey Bear Bumper Sticker that sends a message to your community to help prevent devastating wildfires.


North Florida's Soundman will be missed – Donald Johns passes away at age 61

Donald Johns running sound last year at Suwannee River Catfish Festival in Branford. -Archived SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson


Jacksonville chosen as President Trump's host for National Convention

By Tami Stevenson

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a news release, Thursday evening, that Jacksonville was chosen as the destination spot for the Republican Renomination Convention to re-elect President Donald Trump.

The celebration is now set to take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in 75 short days.


A Nation in Protest

Protesters gathered at the steps of the Suwannee County Courthouse recently to denounce racism and violence. -Photo by Demetrius Armstead


Businesses in Live Oak moving forward in spite of pandemic

Construction for Ellianos in Live Oak located in Save A Lot parking lot.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson


Klausner closed
– Employee lawsuit filed over wages

By Tami Stevenson

The sawmill at the catalyst site in western Suwannee County, Klausner Lumber One, closed its doors on March 16, 2020, and filed bankruptcy on April 30. The company allegedly did not tell its employees ahead of time, which would be a violation of the federal Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that states they must provide 60 days advance notice of a large-scale lay-off or firing. As a result, a class action lawsuit was filed against Klausner on March 21, 2020, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Jacksonville, on behalf of the Live Oak employees and its sister mill employees in Halifax County, North Carolina.


Restaurants can operate at 50 percent, gyms and other retail – Starting Monday


By Tami Stevenson

During a press release today in Jacksonville, beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, Governor DeSantis announced restaurants can operate at 50 percent indoor capacity. Gyms and fitness centers can also open up as well as museums and libraries along with other retail businesses at a 50 percent capacity.


Beauticians - Barbers - Nail Techs Back in Business

First day back! Chasity Thomas of Hot Heads Salon & Spa in Live Oak is heavy highlighting Logan Lawson to transition her into a blonde. -Photo: Submitted 


Serving Students Amid a Pandemic

School personnel load a bus before delivering food and instruction packets to students. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright


Suwannee and
Starke ER Open and Providing Critical Emergency Services

-Photo: LCMC