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UF/IFAS helps Floridians launch food business dreams

Starting a food business might seem intimidating, but UF/IFAS Extension courses can help make big dreams a reality.

Citizen group focuses on proposed Bridge Street bypass

The Second Bridge Group (SBG), a group of citizens formed to collect and share information about the proposed ...

Belle Glade local named to the Dean’s List

Arys Gil Henriquez of Belle Glade has been named to the spring 2023 Dean’s List at Rockford...

Community invited to July 30 Indiantown High School Open House

On July 30, families throughout Martin County and neighboring communities can take a sneak peek inside Indiantown High School...

HRMC welcomes Cathy Rodriguez to Hospital Authority Board

Hendry Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed Cathy Rodriguez...

How to help children and parents cope with stress during the holidays

It’s considered the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the most...

Clinics implement best practices for patient health

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States...

Health Care District launches Prevent Falls PBC app to combat falls

Falls were the leading cause of traumatic injuries in Palm Beach County last year...
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Torry Island BBQ Festival planned for March

The Torry Island BBQ Festival is planned for March 2, 2024 on Torry Island ...

STARability Foundation receives $35,000 grant from the Collier Community Foundation

The new van will allow STARability to expand services and opportunities for participants...

Drucilla Davis celebrates 92nd birthday

On October 8, 2023, longtime Belle Glade resident, Mrs Drucilla Davis celebrated her 92nd birthday...
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Elks Hoop Shoot is Dec. 13

The local Elks Hoop Shoot, a free throw contest for children 8-13 years old...

Upthegrove students enjoy Sea School

Upthegrove Elementary School students enjoyed an educational visit to the ocean on Dec. 1.
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OHS student places second at regional Incubate Debate tournament

On Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, students from Brevard, Saint Lucie, and Okeechobee counties...
During its Dec. 5 meeting, the Okeechobee City Council recognized the achievemnts of three local youths. Pictured left to right (front row) are Paula Daniel, Emily Hilderbrand, Lila Bishop and Alyssa Cortez. (Back row) Councilman Bob Jarriel, Councilman David McAuley, Mayor Dowling Watford, Councilman Noel Chandler and Vice-Mayor Monica Clark.

City council recognizes FFA and 4-H youth

During its Dec. 5 Okeechobee City Council meeting, the council recognized the achievements of three local youths.

Supervisor of Elections offers scholarships

Hendry County Supervisor of Elections Sherry Taylor invites eligible students to apply for one of three $1,200 scholarships …
On Dec. 8, Secretary of State Cord Byrd announced the release of a public survey to gather input...
Funding for the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office in Governor DeSantis’ Focus on....

Veterans Day ceremony honors local heroes

The Okeechobee community honored area veterans on Nov. 11 with a special service at the Veterans Memorial in Flagler Park.
MOORE HAVEN -- The Glades County Courthouse participated in Operation Green Light to honor veterans.

Operation Green Light honors veterans

Area buildings are lit up in green to show support for veterans ...
MOORE HAVEN -- The Glades County Courthouse participated in Operation Green Light to honor veterans.

Operation Green Light honors veterans

Area buildings are lit up in green to show support for veterans ...
This image made with the Hubble Space Telescope and released by NASA on Aug. 10, 2020 shows the star Alpha Orionis, or Betelgeuse, a red supergiant. The star, one of the biggest and brightest in the night sky, will momentarily vanish as an asteroid passes in front of it late Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, into early Tuesday. The event should be visible to millions of people along a narrow corridor stretching from central Asia’s Tajikistan and Armenia, across Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain, all the way to Miami and the Florida Keys, and, finally, Mexico. (Andrea Dupree (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), Ronald Gilliland (STScI), NASA and ESA via AP)

Asteroid will pass in front of bright star Betelgeuse to produce a rare eclipse visible to millions

One of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky will momentarily vanish. That's because an asteroid will pass in front of it in a one-of-a-kind eclipse. The rare event will occur late Monday …
Dan Durica gestures during an interview at the Sweetwater Community Farm Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Drought vs deluge: Florida's unusual rainfall totals either too little or too much on each coast

In Florida, this year has been a tale of two states as far as rainfall totals, with the southeast coast deluged by sometimes-record rainfall and much of the Gulf coast facing a major precipitation …

Mother of Florida boy accused of football practice shooting now charged with felony

A Florida woman whose 11-year-old is accused of shooting two teenagers at a football practice in October is now charged with a felony. Sharell Johnson was charged Thursday with negligence by leaving …

Reflections from the Pulpit: Far as the curse is found

“Is there hope?” “Is there healing for my soul condition?” “Is there forgiveness and purpose for me, personally?”

Guest Commentary: To succeed in war, we must understand our enemy

The Chinese general Sun Tzo 2500 years ago wrote “if you know your enemy and know yourself...
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The Weekly Clothesline: Merry “Anxious” Christmas!

It begins with an angel telling a teenager that she is being asked to become the mother...
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FILE - The U.S. Embassy is seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 3, 2020. A rocket attack at the sprawling U.S. embassy in Baghdad Friday Dec. 8, 2023 caused minor material damage but no casualties, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

A rocket attack targets the US Embassy in Baghdad, causing minor damage but no casualties

U.S. and Iraqi officials say a rocket attack at the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has caused minor damage but no casualties. Iran-backed militias in Iraq have claimed responsibility for dozens of …
Palestinians carry a child killed in the Israeli bombardment on Rafah, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

Palestinians crowd into ever-shrinking areas in Gaza as Israel's war against Hamas enters 3rd month

Desperate Palestinians fleeing Israel’s expanding ground offensive crowded into an ever-shrinking area of the Gaza Strip as the Israel-Hamas war entered its third month Friday. The United Nations …

Bloodshed, fear, hunger, desperation: Palestinians try to survive war's new chapter in southern Gaza

In recent days, Israeli tanks have rumbled into southern Gaza, starting with Khan Younis. It marks a grim new chapter in the war that the Gaza Health Ministry says has already killed over 17,000 …
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