“Some things will never change. Some things will always be the same. Lean down your ear upon the earth and listen.
“The voice of forest water in the night, a woman's laughter in the dark, the clean, hard rattle of raked gravel, the cricketing stitch of midday in hot meadows, the delicate we…

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Writing about mass shootings in America would be a full-time job that would regularly require overtime hours. After the tragedy at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, a Florida man was arrested this past week for making threats of shooting up his local Walmart, and in Missouri someone ha…

This past weekend, I was sitting and drinking my morning coffee when the hubby came in and asked if I'd heard the news. No. I hadn't because I do not watch the news so I asked him what about it. Two mass shootings overnight. What? MORE mass shootings?  

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Having lived here all my life, I often come across old buildings, streets, events, etc. for which their history has been forgotten, or at least no longer generally known. The topic of today’s article is one of those pieces of history, at least for me.

The Bible says, “My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.” And, “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.” And, “My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word” (Psalms 119:20, 25, 28).

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The great King David of Israel, wrote a psalm pondering a very great question. He asked, “O Lord, our Lord … What is man, that Thou does take thought of him? And the Son of man, that Thou dost care for him” (Psalms 8:4)?

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With all the frantic uncertainty about money from the White House to my house I wonder if we could all benefit from the tried and true method of bartering as a fair means of exchange.

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“I see trees of green, red roses too 
I see them bloom for me and you 
And I think to myself 
What a wonderful worldI see skies of blue and clouds of white 
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night 
And I think to myself 
What a wonderful world “— Joey Ramone, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

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I went shopping over the weekend. I knew I would be getting at least a seven percent discount on the clothing items that I purchased since it was tax-free weekend. Seeing the widely-varying prices for some of the items made me think seriously about what people are willing to pay for things.

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Whew! By last Friday, I was physically and emotionally drained. I knew by how my body felt that I desperately needed to take a break and have a rest day. That's not easy for me to write either because I am one that will push and push until I literally drop. 


In the city of Jerusalem, possibly during the Passover Feast week, a prominent teacher of Israel came to see Jesus. Having seen the miracles Jesus had done in Jerusalem, this teacher came to the conclusion that Jesus had “come from God as a teacher” (John 3:2).

The Bible says, “...yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts,” (James 4:2c-3).

Solar energy has been in the news lately and Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) would like to offer some helpful advice for avoiding pitfalls often associated with the purchase and installation of a solar energy system for the home.

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Merri and I stepped off of our front porch and walked with sad hearts across the street to the old South Hamilton Elementary School auditorium to attend the funeral services being held there for Mr. Kenny Hutcherson. That sadness began to lift as we were greeted by Kenny’s friends and family…

Tropical Depression Three came and went without much fanfare or news coverage last week. The storm formed and was being monitored, then dissipated before being given a name. I got excited when the forecast track had it coming close to Jacksonville but staying offshore. I decided to take my d…

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Just one exercise? Really Denise? I can "hear" you now as you read this article. Let me clarify. There are many, many reasons why you need to exercise but there is one exercise that you should make sure you do every day.

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Today we continue our review of post offices in Live Oak. We left off last week with the delayed project to build a new post office to replace the relatively new building at the southwest corner of Ohio Avenue and Wilbur Street that was no longer sufficient for postal services.


The writings of the Old Testament Minor Prophets provide some great information as to how God feels and thinks about our dealings with our “brother.” One example is the book of Obadiah.

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The Bible says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, who didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12).

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Congratulations to Jamie Wachter, of the “Suwannee Democrat, Mayo Free Press, Jasper News,” a talented journalist who is our newspaper editor, along with all the staff at the “Suwannee Democrat” for receiving well-deserved accolades at the recent Florida Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Think there is a universal formula for losing weight? Really? Tell me what it is if you've figured it out because I will tell you there is no one size fits all program. 

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We began a review last week of post offices over the years in Live Oak and ended with a discussion of a new post office to be constructed in 1906 just south of the Courthouse. Today, we continue…

The Bible says, “The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it i…

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Shortly before Peter was to die, he wrote a letter to a group of Christians reminding them of some things he previously taught them. He wanted them to remember them after his departure from this earth.

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On the rare occasion that there seems to be nothing going on in White Springs, you don’t have to travel far to have new adventures. There are plenty of them nearby if you’re willing to look. We discovered a wonderful place of the type that people normally associate with more urban/metropolit…

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“Plant a watermelon up above my grave,And let the juice, ‘Slurp’ through.Just plant a watermelon up above my grave,That’s all I ask of you.Now a chocolate chip cookie.It tastes mighty fine.But nothing’s quite as pleasing as that watermelon rind,So plant a watermelon up above my grave,And let…

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By the time you read this, we will all know exactly where Barry made landfall and how much rain and flooding it produced. The prediction as I am writing this is for Barry to hit near New Orleans. Some areas could get up to 20 inches of rain, and New Orleans is already having trouble with the…

Every time I go into our local grocery store, I run into someone I know from the gym. And also just about every time, they say to me, "don't look in my cart." Cracks me up because I honestly don't focus on things like that nor would I ever judge someone from what's in their grocery buggy. 

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Until the advent of the digital age, post offices were the primary means of receiving and sending messages to locations outside of Suwannee County. Since email, the internet and other related digital applications, post offices have had to redesign themselves within the confines of the Federa…

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In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, as found in our Bible, he is explaining some of his inner most feelings as they relate to his service to Jesus. He is contrasting his desire to live in “the earthly tent” (his body) and “a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal i…

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Now, I don’t really want to escape White Springs, but this is certainly the time of year that makes people here think about escaping the heat. Most of us do so by staying indoors, preferably in a home or workplace that is air conditioned. What did folks do before AC? Many of the homes back t…

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Not too long ago, I visited an area eatery, and observed a young mother spoon-feeding her toddler, that marvelous, colorful, shaky, jiggly dessert with whipped cream on top, Jell-O. Now, I am not touting any brand or brand name, but who hasn’t enjoyed Jell-O in one form or another? It is use…

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After a dry few weeks, it has been raining a lot more around here. By the time you are reading this, we may be under a tropical storm warning. These long-term predictions are hard to pin down, but the hurricane center says there is about a 60 percent chance that a storm will be forming in th…

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Happy July! Summertime. And the living is easy. Losing weight? Not so easy. The commercials say it's easy. Ads we get bombarded with every moment of the day will have you thinking you can drop 20 pounds in a few days. Don't buy into it. 

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Often it is said, “We must live on God’s schedule.” Things will get done in “God’s time, not ours.” While this statement is very true in our world, it was also true in the world of Jesus. He had to live according to God’s schedule and not His own.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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The auditorium curtain was pulled, and there we stood, about 30 second graders, dressed in red, white and blue. Blue pants for boys, blue skirts for girls, white shirts or blouses, and red kerchiefs made by our teacher around our necks. In our hands we held small American flags. Our second g…

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Thursday was Independence Day! It iwas celebrated all across this great nation and today I’ll share with you some past and present observations about this grand American holiday, the Fourth of July! In small towns, White Springs as well as Jasper, Jennings, Live Oak, Mayo and Dowling Park, w…

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I enjoy finding fossilized shark teeth. I sometimes find them in the Suwannee River. People are frequently surprised to learn that all of Suwannee County was once under water. There are many places people go to find shark’s teeth. Venice, Florida, has even proclaimed itself the Shark Tooth C…

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There are many things that we experience as kids that shape us as we take our journey through life. One of the most, if not the most, important things that has changed the way I view many things including health and fitness is the death of my dad.

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The Bible says, “For these things I weep, mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me” (Lamentations 1:16).


One of the many uses of the book of Psalms by the Israelites was to instruct each other how and why to worship God. They would either read or sing or sometimes do both to each other to encourage one another in their daily living.

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Obituaries

JoAnn Christie, 57, Live Oak, FL passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019. The Jacksonville, FL native moved to Live Oak from Jacksonville in 1977 and was of Baptist faith. Mrs. Christie is survived by her husband of 31 years: Howard Christie, Live Oak, FL; three sons: Robert E. Moore, Jr., Liv…