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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...

CDC recommends covid vaccine boosters

Vaccine booster shots are now available to help protect against the latest COVID-19 variants.

CDC recommends covid vaccine boosters

Vaccine booster shots are now available to help protect against the latest COVID-19...

Seniors can get quality help for Medicare open enrollment

Hundreds of counselors with Florida’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)...
Community News

Treasure Coast Food Bank receives $235K from Publix Super Markets

Treasure Coast Food Bank today announced it received a $235,000 donation from Publix...
Past Presidents Betty Chandler Williamson 1989-2014; Annie Raulerson, 1973-1986  and Henry Kelly, 1987-1989.

Okeechobee Historical Society celebrates 50th Anniversary

On Monday, Sept. 18, the Okeechobee Historical Society celebrated a milestone...

Blessings in a Backpack of SWFL receives platinum corporate sponsorship

Blessings in a Backpack SWFL has a generous new donor, O’Donnell Landscapes Inc.,...
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LaBelle Pop Warner opens 2023 season in style!

Lynn wanted to update a large Longhorn logo located next to the scoreboard and remembered...

Sugarland Park policies under review

 The City of Clewiston was provided with a list of proposed uses for Sugarland Park during its Sept. 18 ...

PBSC to host inaugural Emerald Torch Awards Gala on Veterans Day

With the twin goals of honoring community heroes and supporting student scholarships...

Books for Collier Kids receives 4-Star Charity Navigator rating

Books for Collier Kids (BCK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a steady stream...

IRSC to open Advanced Workforce Training Complex

The purpose-built 60,000-square-foot structure houses Florida’s newest, most technologically...
Hendry County commissioners heard the results of a two-year effort by the county’s planning and zoning ...
Okeechobee County Commissioners approved the final millage rate of 8.0 mills at their Sept. 22 meeting.
Veteran Gregg Maynard presents 9/11 flag to Ultimate Flags owner and operator Jonica Hough. Not pictured is co-owner Glenn Hough.

Ultimate Flags receives thank you from veteran

Local Veteran Gregg Maynard acknowledges the efforts of Ultimate Flags  in supporting local veterans and the local town veteran park...
VFW 4423 Okeechobee photo from Facebook public page

VFW post closed after allegations of misconduct

A local VFW post has been ordered to temporarily close due to alleged violations.

Welcome veterans home at PBIA September 16

At 8:20 p.m., the veterans, their volunteer guardians, and volunteer staff will be returning from a full day of being honored and celebrated in Washington, D.C. ...

3 adults and 2 children are killed when a Florida train strikes their SUV

Three adults and two children are dead after their SUV was struck by a freight train at an unguarded crossing in central Florida. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says two other adults …

Toddler and 2 adults fatally shot in Florida during argument over dog sale, authorities say

A 3-year-old child and two adults are dead after being shot during an argument over an apparent dog sale. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief J.D. Stronko says that five people, including …
Felix Llerena, a Cuban immigrant and political activist now living in Texas, poses for a photo at Arthur Storey Park, Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Both parties want to win South Florida. Here's one Cuban activist's view of the political fight

Soon after Felix Llerena arrived in Miami in 2017,  the Cuban activist was drawn to then-President Donald Trump by the Republican's aggressive approach toward Cuba’s communist government. Later, …

Questions and answers to understanding ADHD

People are talking about ADHD. Whether it is on the news or mentioned by your child’s teacher...

AKA urges FDA to regulate kratom in wake of product liability lawsuits

The American Kratom Association (AKA) issued a Consumer Advisory in response to recent wrongful death jury...

Too much social media affects teens' mental health issues

According to the report, 95 percent of teens ages 13-17 say they use social media...
Nation & World
A Ukrainian drone pilot reaches for a reconnaissance drone in the Luhansk Region, Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. The drone unit's task is to destroy Russia's heavy machinery, armored vehicles and infantry. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Ukraine is building an advanced army of drones. For now, pilots improvise with duct tape and bombs

The Ukrainian government wants to spend more than $1 billion to build an army of drones. Drones are cost-effective when compared with conventional weapons, and put fewer lives at risk as a grueling …
Europe's team pose with the trophy after winning the Solheim Cup golf tournament in Finca Cortesin, near Casares, southern Spain, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Europe keeps Solheim Cup after first-ever tie against US. Home-crowd favorite Ciganda thrives again

CASARES, Spain (AP) — It took the home-crowd favorite to help Europe do just enough to keep the Solheim Cup. With a big finish by Spaniard Carlota Ciganda on Sunday, the Europeans retained the …
Busts of Neanderthal and hominins line a table at the studio of paleoartist John Gurche in Trumansburg, N.Y., Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Along with more fossils and artifacts, DNA findings are pointing us to a challenging idea: We're not so special. For most of human history we shared the planet with other kinds of early humans — and those now-extinct groups were a lot like us. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

Science paints a new picture of the ancient past, when we mixed and mated with other kinds of humans

The science of human evolution has made big leaps in recent years, and it’s painting a new picture of our origins. We’re closer than ever to our extinct cousins like the Neanderthals, thanks to …
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