As both Mark Herron and Darren Elkind, the two opposing lawyers in the Oct. 25 public hearing regarding Helen Miller’s seat on the White Springs Town Council, agreed: the council took upon itself a solemn responsibility with the hearing.

When Branford and Suwannee seniors receive their diplomas this weekend, it will mark the end of the school year and the end of graduation season here as Melody Christian and Westwood have both already held their commencements.

The sudden death of Keith Mixon on Saturday not only left a hole in his loving family but also left a void for the City of Live Oak.

Traditionally, The Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and The Mayo Free Press do not endorse presidential candidates.

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On Thursday, August 18 at 6 p.m. at the Suwannee County Agriculture Coliseum, the Suwannee Democrat is holding The Last Word, a non-partisan political rally.

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Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives and were injured in the Orlando nightclub massacre.

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  • By Bill Ketter CNHI News Service

Too many people don’t like the news media because of the conventional notion, advanced by our critics, that journalists are cavalier with the facts and report the news with bias.

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Each February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month, in the United States. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also dev…

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You have heard the saying before that “seat belts save lives”. First responders say it all the time. The Florida Highway Patrol puts out press releases constantly hitting home that point. FHP’s crash reports that are sent out to media outlets have a box under each crash victim’s name that st…

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The Florida Legislature is currently considering several bills this session that seek to restrict the state’s open record laws, again. 

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It’s here and it’s not going away. We know you get tired of all the campaign ads and candidates talking on every program when you turn on the TV. The ads will only continue to grow in numbers.

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First responders are those that help keep the communities in which we live safe. They may or may not wear a uniform, but they are all deserving of our thanks. 

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We want to let our readers know what we are thankful for here at the Suwannee Democrat. 

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You know all those events that Suwannee County has each year? The ones that a lot of you go to, such as Jazz, Arts and Blues Festival, Raid on the Suwannee, parades, and other events?

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Live Oak honored its military veterans Wednesday in grand style with a parade, a moving ceremony and a free lunch for veterans and their families following all that. 

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Their lives do, indeed, matter. All of them. We had a full page dedicated to the Live Oak Police Department in our Wednesday, Oct. 14 edition.

Part of a government’s function is to provide for public services to its citizens when those services couldn’t be provided elsewhere. An early principle of capitalism dictates that markets should be free from government control. However, the government acts when the country sinks into a depr…

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The year 2015 is at the halfway mark so we thought it best to take a look at our editorial objectives and see where we were on them. Each year, the editorial board of the Suwannee Democrat, made up of Publisher Myra Regan and Editor Jeff Waters, chooses five objectives we would like to see a…

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Alvin Jackson has taken the county’s economic development stance further than anyone else has in recent memory. Jackson has been the economic development director for a year now and his contract came up for renewal. What has he done, though, to warrant a $15,000 raise and a renewed contract …

Stand in the middle of the county with a compass and pick which direction you wish to go. Either way you will find something in each part of the county to entertain you at least sometime throughout the year.

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The day is finally here! You have done it. Great job. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. It may not have been easy and it may have taken way too long, in your opinion, but now you can proudly say you completed your grade school years?

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This Memorial Day, many folks are planning a trip to the river or beach, a picnic with the family, a cookout. We as Americans deserve a break. We work hard. But we also need to remember why we work hard and why we are allowed these much-needed breaks. It is thanks to the brave soldiers who f…

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You have spoken and we have listened. Folks have said they can’t find the online Rant & Rave submission form or it won’t work, period. We have made it simpler for you to submit a Rant & Rave online. But did you know that there are other ways to submit to the Rant & Rave? We will …

The month of May is chock full of things that you may not know about, and some that you may.

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County officials did the right thing in holding an emergency press conference Friday to lay to rest any doubts of the character of our county following claims of racial discrimination at a local lodging facility earlier this month. Commission Chair Jason Bashaw led the press conference surro…

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It’s not finished yet, but that doesn’t take away the beauty and wonder that is the new treehouse at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park north of Live Oak. 

Easter Sunday was April 5, an important day on the Christian church calendar because it celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Many believers and non-believers alike will celebrate the day with the timeless Easter egg hunt tradition.

The current Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency district was adopted in 1995. The city has grown since and there are more of us that make up its citizenry. We believe the idea of expanding the CRA district that Councilman John Yulee and Bennie Thomas suggests warrants more in-depth discussion. 

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We are dedicating this editorial to Jack Briggs, Suwannee County resident of the Advent Christian Village who suffered from polio. Jack has been writing to the Suwannee Democrat for some time now. His latest edition caught our attention as he penned the following on the back of his submission:

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We are glad to see the county commission unanimously approve the $500,000 state grant that will help build a library in Dowling Park. While we remained neutral at the county commission meeting when applause broke out, we are certainly applauding now.

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We touched a few nerves when we ran a story in Wednesday’s edition and online at suwanneedemocrat about Suwannee County’s first same-sex married couple.

A municipal government’s duty is to provide services to the taxpayers that was not available from private enterprise at the time. The city of Live Oak provides essential services such as a sanitary sewer system, fire protection service, public works and potable water.

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December has come and December has, mostly, gone. What a wonderful and busy month it has been. The Christmas season kicked off with the lighting on the Christmas tree in Millennium Park, followed by Christmas on the Square. Branford held their annual festival. What a great community we live …

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No, not in jolly old elves as seems fitting this time of year. No, we believe in the Suwannee Bulldog football team. We believe they can beat Godby tonight and we believe they can win the state title next Friday. What’s even more important? The Bulldogs believe! What a great season for the h…

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It’s the season of thanksgiving and we are not immune to it. We are truly thankful for you, our readers. Without you, our words would be meaningless and we would not be doing what we love.  Thank you so much for letting us report the news - the good and the bad - to you on a daily basis onli…

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