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

Ellianos Coffee Offering Free Coffee and Discount for Linemen Working During Hurricane Ian

Lake City, Florida (September 28, 2022) - As Hurricane Ian makes landfall on Florida's southwest coast as a Category 4 storm, thousands of linemen are poised throughout the state to offer assistance to restore power to those affected by the devastation. Many of these linemen are from out-of-state, sacrificing time with their families to give aid to Florida in its state of emergency.

LAKE CITY, FLA., – A small army of power trucks and other emergency vehicles readying for Hurricane Ian at Columbia County Fairgrounds in Lake City. -Photo by Gabrielle Stevenson

Judge Lin Williams retiring

Suwannee County Judge Lin Williams siting at his desk in his office during an interview with the Suwannee Valley Times. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

The first time Judge William “Lin” Williams appeared in the Suwannee Valley Times, it was December 1, 2010. He was featured in the newspaper’s very first edition. He had just won the election for Suwannee County Judge and had agreed to an interview.

$25,000 Grant Awarded to NFC Foundation for Last Mile Scholarships

Karla and Herschel Rooks -Photo: NFC

By Desiree James

MADISON, FL – The North Florida College Foundation is honored to receive a $25,000 grant from the Homer N Allen Charitable Trust. These funds are presented as a memorial gift in remembrance of the late Karla and Herschel Rooks and will support the Last Mile Scholarship program at NFC.

FPL battery storage technology at Suwannee County Solar Energy Center

FPL Photo Submitted

By Jack Eble - Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently unveiled a solar-powered battery storage system located at the FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center in Live Oak, Suwannee County, Fla.

New Action by Governor counteracts malign influence by China and other hostile nations in Florida

Staff Reports

Last Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced executive action and legislative proposals to address threats posed by the Communist Party of China and other hostile foreign powers in cyberspace, real estate, and academia. There are seven countries on Florida’s list of countries of concern,

Obit, Obituary, 

Raynor Randall Frost

Raynor Randall Frost, aka “Frosty”, previously of Branford FL, Tamms, IL and New Milford CT, passed away peacefully on Labor Day, September 5th, 2022, in Sharon CT. He was 82 years old.

Monday, September 26, 2022, 10:45 a.m. EST 

Columbia County: Sandbags and Hurricane Ian Update


(Columbia County, FL) Columbia County emergency officials are monitoring Hurricane Ian currently moving through the Caribbean Sea. The County is organizing hurricane preparation and emergency response efforts. There is no immediate threat to the area.

Columbia County will distribute sandbags beginning Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at three locations:

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare to Host Job Fair

 Lake City, Florida

When: Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Where: Meridian’s Lake City location at 439 SW Michigan St, Lake City, FL, 32025

Corbett’s Mobile Home Center in Live Oak now in its third generation

Ashleigh Corbett, left, stands with her sister, Brooke Corbett, in front of the sign at their family business at 1126 East Howard St. (Hwy 90) in Live Oak. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

Live Oak, Fla., – Even through these hard times our economy is facing, there are businesses that are not only surviving, but thriving. One such business is Corbett’s Mobile Home Center in Live Oak. Since 1968, they are now in their third generation and show no signs of slowing down.