Coronavirus Updates

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit in LaBelle July 25

The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have partnered to offer a mobile vaccination unit in LaBelle.

Vaccine available for students in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY -- The School District of Palm Beach County, in partnership with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for students, staff, and …

CDC advises all eligible Americans be vaccinated against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control last week warned the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant is likely to become the dominant strain in United States.
Community News
Microcystis and Anabaena, two of the most common cyanobacteria found in estuarine systems today, are bacteria known to produce cyanotoxins dangerous to humans and animals.

Calusa Waterkeeper documentary warns of dangers posed by algae

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA- Calusa Waterkeeper has made the 2019 documentary “Troubled Waters: The Public Health Impacts of Harmful Algae Blooms” available, for free, to the public. Calusa …
A Freedom Walk parade through Harlem and Clewiston kicked off the Hendry County’s second annual Juneteenth celebration.

Juneteenth Celebration becomes federally recognized

CLEWISTON- Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery, is now a federal holiday.

Clewiston Cougars plan adult flag football fundraiser

The Clewiston Cougars will host and adult flag football game fundraiser on July 10.
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

Letter to the Editor: Dear Village Board

The 55 acre piece of property in question is already a unique symbol of this town and its old Florida heritage

Bass Pro tournament on Lake O this weekend

Fans of all ages welcome to enjoy FREE outdoor activities, featuring country music star Chris Janson and fishing legend Bill Dance

Corps to release lake water to St. Lucie starting Saturday

JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will begin 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) pulse releases from the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) beginning Saturday, March 6, as …
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

New wrestling club welcomes ages 6 and up

HENDRY COUNTY- A new wrestling club has been established, with practices being held at LaBelle High School on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Clewiston Cougars on the lookout for more cheerleaders

CLEWISTON- The Clewiston Cougars are looking for girls ages 11-15 for our Junior and Senior Cheer Squads. July 1, 2021 is the deadline for  registration and payment. The first game of the season …
Schools
The Clewiston High School cheerleaders washed cars over the weekend to raise money for the upcoming season.

CHS Cheerleaders work hard to raise funds

CLEWISTON- The Clewiston High School cheerleaders and coach Corie Robertson are working to raise money for new uniforms and game day accessories.

Glades County welcomes new teacher

MOORE HAVEN -- Glades County has yet again found a wonderful new addition in the hiring of Kelly Terebieniec.

Howell has experience mentoring young athletes

MOORE HAVEN -- Glades County Schools are excited to welcome Paige (Raulerson) Howell who is originally from LaBelle.
Government
Governor Ron DeSantis supports bill to help LEO K9s injured in the line of duty
Hundreds turn out to pay respects to Charles Harvey at the Okeechobee County Courthouse on April 20, 1995.
Board of County Commissioners briefs from the meeting held on June 15.
Veterans
Jack Sutherland still enjoys playing the guitar at the age of 94.

Veteran Sutherland was known for his sense of humor

WWII veteran Thomas “Jack” Sutherland was born on September 12, 1926...
Palm Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Palm Beach County, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. During its operational use by the military, its major mission was air transport and as a training base. It was closed in 1962. During World War II, it was known as Morrison Army Airfield, taking its name from the civilian airport, Morrison Field, from which it originated.

WPB Morrison Field and the B-29 'Superfortress'

On June 15, 1944, 51 B-29 "Superfortress" bombers dropped their payloads ...

New well at Veterans' Park

A new well is going in at Veterans' Park. It was donated to the veterans by Frank DeCarlo and should be big enough to run water for all of the parks.
State

Death penalty phase next in Florida double slaying trial

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jurors will determine if a Florida man should get the death penalty or life in prison after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend and disabled daughter. The penalty phase …

Claims of murder plot against GOP candidate in Florida court

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Claims by a Republican congressional candidate that another GOP hopeful plotted to kill her landed Tuesday in a Florida courtroom. Anna Paulina Luna, who plans to run …

250 gators removed from Disney since boy died in 2016 attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have removed 250 alligators from Disney properties in the five years since a 2-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, …
Nation & World

Iran says state-linked sites seized by US, reasons unclear

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran said Tuesday that several state-linked news websites have been seized by the U.S. government under unclear circumstances. While there was no immediate …

Special Tony Awards given to 2 shows, 1 advocacy nonprofit

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards may be months away, but three groups can already celebrate: The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, “David Byrne’s American Utopia” and Lin-Manuel Miranda's …

England players Mount and Chilwell to isolate at Euro 2020

LONDON (AP) — England players Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will have to remain in self-isolation until Monday after their contact with a coronavirus-infected opponent at the European …
Opinion

A look into Florida’s 2021 legislative accomplishments

We are blessed by the Good Lord to live in the Sunshine State. Here in Florida, we’re surrounded by natural beauty, plentiful food and endless opportunity.

New House Bill 419 and Early Learning

I have been a preschool director for 10 years here in LaBelle. Not much has changed in the Voluntary Pre- Kindergarten Program that has been governed by the state.
Some of South Elementary School's top readers were invited to select new books from the book vending machine on June 16.

Letter to the Editor: South Elementary thanks community

South Elementary School now has a book vending machine and would like to thank those in the community for their support and making it possible.
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