Thanksgiving season is a time that many Americans gather with their families and reflect upon many blessings. One of those blessings is a nutritious and diverse food supply produced by our farmers and ranchers.

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The Suwannee River Water Management District has an unenviable task — they are the stewards of one of the last great water supply systems in the world. Florida Water Management District Governing Boards are required to conduct regional water supply planning for areas where existing water sou…

I just want to thank the staff at the Branford Library for doing an outstanding job! They maintain an enriching environment that truly serves this community superbly. I had occasion recently to use the facility extensively over a period of months and was constantly amazed with their professi…

National studies consistently rank power line installers and repairers among the most hazardous jobs in the country, and for good reason. Laboring high in the air wearing heavy equipment and working directly with high voltage creates the perfect storm of a hazardous and unforgiving professio…

The masthead of the Suwannee Democrat constitutes the oxymoron of all oxymorons. No other moniker could be further distant from the publication’s readership. We can recall how the paper’s editorial staff in 2016 departed from its long-standing decision to refrain from endorsing a Presidentia…

Rural America played a significant role in national elections in 2016 when 500,000 more rural voters went to the polls than in 2012. People in small towns and rural communities across our country made their voices heard, and elected officials took notice. This year will be just as important …

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 97 percent of the land in the United States, and 20 percent of the population, are in “rural America.” We’re home to American farmers and ranchers that are essential to our nation’s economy.

Isn't it funny that the Liberals wish larger government and "Democratic" Socialism so that they may get all kinds of free things. Yet, when the Florida Legislature wishes to rescind the "Home Rule", they do not want that. What they wish is to be able to rule themselves, which history has pro…

There is a flyer being mailed from Marc Vann that is funning for State Representative against Chuck Brannan. I hope y’all look at this and see the lies this man has said about Chuck Brannan.

An ad for Democrat candidate Phillip Levine who is running for Florida Governor has his mother at a bowling alley and stating that Mr. Levine will raise all teacher salaries by $10,000 and provide Medicaid for one million more residents – all without raising taxes. Conveniently the ad does n…

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Lafayette High School, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the graduating class of 2018.

The Suwannee Democrat’s February 16th “Digital Dialog” stated that readers were not very excited about The Democrat’s reporting on the proposed work at the I-75/CR 136 interchange. The reason for that is because they have not been properly informed.

Keith will be missed and city government will never be the same. I talked with Keith about an hour over the phone on Friday. We discussed many possible avenues to improve the cities infrastructure and streets in Live Oak. His last words to me were, Let's meet next week. Give me a call Monday…

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The time frame is coming down to the wire as to Sabal Trail and its invasion of our riverbeds and springs systems. They have met with nothing but negative comments throughout Georgia and Florida. People have turned out in droves to express their dissent. In spite of this, they move onward wi…

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Have you ever stopped to try to figure out how much money you spend on taxes, fees, and whatever else governments want to call the money they take from us? Have you ever wondered how your lifestyle would change if you didn’t have to pay as much of this money as you do?


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Obituaries

George William Martin, age 79, of Live Oak, FL passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Lafayette Nursing & Rehab Center in Mayo, FL following a lengthy illness. He was born in Greenville, Florida living most of his life in Live Oak where he owned and operated a used car dealership…

Kenneth "Kenny" McClain, age 32, of Live Oak, FL passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. is in charge of all arrangements.

Mr. Charles Edward Mizell, 84, of Wellborn, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, November 14, 2019 at the Haven-Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center after an extended illness. He was born in Wellborn on January 5, 1935 to the late Carl Mizell and Gladys Blair Mizell. He has been a lifelon…