Coronavirus Updates

Florida now requires proof of state residency for COVID-19 vaccinations

Following weeks of complaints that scant vaccination supplies were being taken up by those from out of state, or even tourists...

Publix vaccination appointments fill up quickly; more appointments to be open Wednesday

Some Florida Publix pharmacies are now distribution points for the COVID-19 vaccine, and appointments fill up quickly.

Frustration grows for those seeking COVID-19 vaccinations

Area residents continue to be frustrated with problems securing COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Community News

PBC is calling all artists!

Artists are invited to create original art in diverse media inspired by contemporary and historical attributes...

Deputies deliver soccer equipment

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office decided to kick off 2021 with a surprise visit to a soccer match in the City of Pahokee.

Students illustrate dream speech

Mrs. Browning and Mrs. Palladino’s second grade classes at Moore Haven Elementary School have been learning about the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr
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Allapattah Ranch Wetland Reserve project ribbon cutting Jan. 21

MARTIN COUNTY – The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will meet on Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Allapattah Ranch Wetland Reserve project site in Martin County for an …

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County prepares to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is preparing to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations.
Medical injection

COVID-19 vaccinations continue

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and open to those age 65 and older with no residency requirements.
Medical injection

Florida Community Health Centers offer COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday, Jan. 16

Florida Community Health Centers will also host vaccination clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to vaccinate those 65 and older, first responders and health care personnel with direct patient contact.

Florida COVID-19 deaths at 24,274

Florida has documented 24,274 resident deaths and 383 non-resident related to COVID-19 as of Jan. 19...
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Sports

Big O Teen Anglers wrap up their 2020 season

Dinner found all of the family, friends, and captains enjoying a vast array of potluck dishes, casseroles, and wonderful pulled pork.

Clewiston soccer hosts Senior Night

The Clewiston Tiger varsity soccer team hosted its Senior Night on Jan. 20 before their game against the Glades Day Gators. Among the seniors recognized before the game was captain Josue Gonzalez, …
Schools
Practical Nursing and Medical Coder/Biller students from Immokalee Technical College (iTECH) were able to assist at a recent vaccination clinic.

Students First ...iTECH students help administer vaccine

Through a cooperative effort between the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida and the Department of Health-Collier (DOH-Collier)...

Everglades Elementary School presents Students of the Week

Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 18:

South Elementary presents Students of the Week

South Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 11...
Government
The Glades County Board of Commissioners will consider lowering the speed limit on County Road 721 (aka Reservation Road)...
The Palm Beach County Library System is now an official Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State.
BELLE GLADE – 2021 is going to be a very good year not only for revenue for the city but also for residents in job opportunities, Belle Glade City Manager City Manager Lomax Harrelle told …
Veterans
Veteran Bryan Ackland has works at Optical Gallery with his sister Gwen since 1989.

Veteran Ackland enjoys working indoors and playing outdoors

Graduating from Cooper City High School in Fort Lauderdale in 1975, veteran Bryan Ackland joined the Air Force when he was 18 years old.

Ramps for Veterans seeking next deserving veteran

Ramps for Veterans was founded by Wade Hunt and helps Veterans in need in the community who cannot afford to build their own ramps.
Veteran Jeff Whitlock coaches at Okeechobee High School and considers it his dream job.

Veteran Whitlock calls himself a motivational specialist for students

Veteran Jeff Whitlock was born and raised in Okeechobee. He was one of the last babies born in the old hospital...
State

Miami music festival looking to reschedule to next year

MIAMI (AP) — Organizers of a major electronic music festival that is held in South Florida annually are making plans to cancel the festivities for a second year in a row due to the …

Florida police officer fired over Capitol riot posts

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in Florida has been fired for making social media posts supporting the Capitol riot and posting other comments considered insensitive. The Kissimmee …

USF player balances MS diagnosis, basketball career

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kristyna Brabencova’s life took a drastic turn in February. Instead of prepping for a game at Memphis with the USF women’s basketball team, the freshman wing sat in a …
Nation & World

1 winner of Mega Millions $1B prize; 3rd largest ever in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the in U.S. history. The winning numbers drawn Friday are: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 …

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

WUHAN, China (AP) — A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world's first coronavirus lockdown that would last 76 days. Early Saturday morning, residents in the …

A year after Wuhan lockdown, a world still deep in crisis

Nearly a year to the day after the Chinese city of Wuhan went into lockdown to contain a virus that had already escaped, President Joe Biden began putting into effect a new war plan for fighting the …
Opinion

UF scientists study shopping trends

There are nearly 300 crops produced in Florida, most of which come in vast array of varieties.

Letter to the Editor: Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The Salvation Army would like to thank all Okeechobee Citizens as well as the volunteers...

Marine Toys for Tots thanks all of Santa’s Helpers for successful 2020 Christmas Campaign in Glades and Hendry Counties

The Hendry & Glades County’s Chapter of Marine Toys for Tots has ended its campaign for Christmas 2020 and wishes to thank all its friends...
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