Law enforcement recruits flock to Florida

More than 530 People from 48 States and U.S. Territories Relocate to Florida to Become Law Enforcement Officers

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has awarded more than 1,750 bonuses to newly employed law enforcement recruits through the Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program. To date, 530 law enforcement recruits from 48 states and U.S. territories have relocated to Florida, including more than 200 from California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania. Each of the more than 1,750 law enforcement officers have received a $5,000 bonus after taxes, bringing the total amount awarded though the program to more than $11.8 million to-date.

Fillyaw Family Reunion

SUNDAY-APRIL 23, 2023 @11:00 a.m. until.

Location: Hal Y. Maines Community Center

155 NW 3rd Street

Lake Butler, FL 32054

Broadband to expand locally

By Tami Stevenson

Live Oak, Madison, Lee and Perry are among eight Florida communities Governor Ron DeSantis awarded broadband expansion funds to, Monday, April 10, 2023. Live Oak, Madison and Perry seemed to have been awarded the lion’s share, receiving $5,000,000 each of the $22M project.    

9th Annual Fly-In, Cruise-In at Cross City Airport coming April 15

By Tami Stevenson

Cross City, Fla., – Don’t miss the 2023 Fly-In Cruise-In Business Expo in Cross City on April 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is the 9th annual family friendly hometown celebration to show off aircraft, the history of aircraft, and the local area.

Discussing Richardson Center

Columbia County to hold joint meeting with city, April 18

Staff Reports

Lake City, Fla., – Last week, the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners proposed hosting a joint Board of County Commission and City of Lake City meeting to discuss operational processes regarding Richardson Center. The Board postponed accepting the deed to Richardson Center until the meeting takes place.

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 543 – Constitutional Carry

National Nutrition Month

By Kim Griffin

Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

UF IFAS Extension – Suwannee County

During the month of March we celebrate National Nutrition Month, and this year we celebrate it’s 50th anniversary. The goal of this campaign is to highlight the importance of making smart food choices, and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for National Nutrition Month 2023 is Fuel for the Future.  Here are a few tips on how you can fuel your body for a healthy future.

School Choice
Regardless of income

Governor Ron DeSantis

By Tami Stevenson

Are you a parent or guardian that has always wanted to be able to afford for your kids to attend a private or charter school but inevitably did not meet the financial guidelines for grants or government assistance and paying for it all yourself was near to impossible?

Antique Tractor & Engine Show
Coming to Stephen Foster March 30 - April 1

Antique tractor enthusiasts enjoy seeing the implements just as much as the tractors. -SVT Archived Photo by Mark Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

History enthusiasts of all ages are invited to the 33rd Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs from March 30 - April 1. Visitors will be afforded

Suwannee River Catfish Festival - April 8

Visitors from last year’s Catfish Festival at Greenway Park in Branford. -SVT Archived Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

Mark your calendars and grab your lawn-chairs for Saturday, April 8, 2023. The Suwannee River Catfish Festival is coming to Greenway Park in Branford,