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LIVE OAK — Members of the Suwannee County School Board used words like "monumental" and "landmark decision" to describe new changes coming to three county schools. 

O’BRIEN — A woman is recovering at a Gainesville hospital after being shot in the head Tuesday evening in southern Suwannee County.


LIVE OAK, Fla. — Space is limited, the paint is peeling in places and it certainly struggles with being handicap accessible, however Blair Beaty is going to miss his current home when the Live Oak Post Office moves in the near future.


LIVE OAK — The life of the late Harry K. Weaver, retired Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches President and a father-figure to hundreds if not thousands of former ranchers, will be honored at a visitation this Saturday at Daniels Funeral Home on U.S. Highway 129 North in Live Oak from 10 a.m. – no…


LIVE OAK — An ordinance passed last year restricting the business hours of restaurants near residential neighborhoods will be reexamined by the Live Oak City Council.

LAKE CITY, Fla. — An escaped inmate was caught Thursday night following a car wreck on Interstate 75 that afternoon led to a search of northern Columbia County.


LIVE OAK — There was no magic formula to Lloyd and Olivia Monds taking home one of three prized trophies at Saturday’s Father-Daughter Dance.


LIVE OAK, Fla. — A desire to serve the community led David Shapiro into law enforcement 30 years ago.

NEW YORK — On May 31, the Riley twins — Sherman and Sherwin — 2000 graduates of Suwannee High School, had the special privilege to visit the New York Stock Exchange.

FORT BLISS, Texas — SGM Benjamin T. Starling just completed the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Course, the Army’s capstone leadership course for senior enlisted soldiers, and was selected for promotion to Sergeant Major.

LIVE OAK — It still isn’t officially 100 percent finished, but the expansion of Heritage Trail has already been seeing traffic.


LIVE OAK — The combination of experience and familiarity with the area separated Hillary Cannon from the pack for the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce.

LIVE OAK — Make plans now for one of the biggest weekends in the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park’s Music Hall when Ted “Teddy Mac Elvis” McMullen and his group puts on a Legends Show June 21 and then Prince Pele and his Polynesian Review dancers, singers and musicians will bring a fabulous…


LIVE OAK — The City of Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency is counting down to the 2019 Freedom Festival to be held in downtown Live Oak on July 4.

LIVE OAK — The American Legion’s Harry C. Gray II Memorial Post 107 has announced its selections for 2019 Boys State from Suwannee High School.

MADISON — North Florida Community College awarded 136 students with degrees or certificates at the conclusion of its Spring Term 2019, including 30 from Suwannee County, 15 from Hamilton County and 17 from Lafayette County. Graduates were honored at NFCC’s Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony o…


MAYO — Scott and Christy Vervisch originally looked at building a gym in Lafayette County more than a year ago.

GAINESVILLE — Veterans, their family members and stakeholders in the area are invited to a North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System town hall discussion on the MISSION Act and Veterans Affairs (VA) and provide their own feedback on VA operations.

LAKE CITY — The Florida Department of Transportation will be conducting a follow-up inspection tonight at the Interstate 75 and Interstate 10 interchange, resulting in lane closures.


LAKE CITY — One lane of Interstate 10 westbound will be closed this afternoon for repairs, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest producer of carrots and the nation’s largest producer of organic vegetables, announced Monday that it has acquired the southern Georgia and north Florida processing facilities and assets of Lake Park, Georgia-based Generation Farms. T…


BRANFORD — From valedictorian Madison McCall to salutatorian Wyatte Eakins to Superintendent Ted Roush, the message delivered at Branford High’s 2019 commencement was to look ahead.

LIVE OAK — On the night their high school careers ended, Class President Marisley Leal took the Suwannee High Class of 2019 on a trip back in time.


LIVE OAK — If the 14 members of Melody Christian Academy’s graduating class of 2019 are going to be successful, salutatorian Natalie Townsend said it will be due to one thing: grit.

LIVE OAK — The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches in conjunction with Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John is providing a free weeklong day camp later this summer that allows children to participate in various outdoor activities and develop positive self-esteem.


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This Week's Circulars


Mrs. Bertha Lee Chancey Eady, age 88, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019. She was born March 26, 1931 in Aripeka, FLorida. She was a long time resident of Live Oak, FL and member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. Mrs. Eady is preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill"; siblings, Isabelle, C…

Ruth Anne Mosteller, age 86, of Live Oak, FL, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Suwannee Health Care Center following a lengthy illness. As per her wishes, finalization will be by cremation. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net. Harris Funeral Home & Cremat…

Roger Williams, age 85, of Dowling Park, FL, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net. Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. is in charge of all arrangements.

John Michael Kelly, age 66, of Jennings, FL, passed away, June 13, 2019 at his home in Jennings, FL. As per his wishes, finalization was by cremation. Please sign the guestbook at http://www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., was in charge of all arrangements.

Ada Virginia Kinsey, age 84, of Live Oak, FL, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center, Haven Hospice in Lake City, FL following a lengthy illness. She was a native and life-long resident of Live Oak, FL and was of the Baptist faith. Ada loved crocheting and sha…