Coronavirus Updates

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces new DOH rule

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to announce that the Florida Department of Health …
Okeechobee County Courthouse

County commission to hear update on pandemic

OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Health, Raulerson Hospital and the Okeechobee County Public Safety Department …
Lisa Wilson

Belle Glade family loses six to COVID-19 in three weeks

BELLE GLADE – A Belle Glade family lost six family members in just three weeks to COVID-19.
Community News

Clewiston seeking nominations for Outstanding Community Service Award

CLEWISTON -- The City of Clewiston City Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Outstanding Community Service Award .

Trevor Fitzgerald to be special guest speaker at chamber dinner

He began fishing in tournaments in high school and steadily worked his way up to the professional level
The donation is part of the Florida-based grocery chain's $5.5 million in support to Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit organizations in the communities within Publix's operating area.

Publix continues work to help neighbors in need

During Hunger Action Month®, Publix is highlighting the many ways the company helps alleviate hunger year-round
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14-year-old Immokalee boy killed in ATV accident

HENDRY COUNTY -- A 14-year-old Immokalee boy was killed and a 13-year-old Immokalee boy injured in an all terrain vehicle accident on Sept. 19, just after 10 a.m., according to the Florida Highway …

Report: Florida men crashed car, carjacked good Samaritians

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two men who were involved in a crash on Interstate 75 are accused of carjacking the good Samaritans who stopped to help them, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash …
Authorities became concerned about Immokalee Middle School, after reports of a threat made on social media flooded in on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

CCSO investigates reports of threats made regarding Immokalee Middle School

Phone calls went out to parents of IMS students on September 16, 2021, after reports of a possible threat

You may be eligible for help with rent and utilities

Do you rent your home? Did you lose your job or experience a loss of income? Are you behind on your rent or facing eviction?

Immokalee pedestrian in critical condition following crash

A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated at approximately 9:51 p.m. on Sept. 18 a 61-year-old Naples man operating a sedan was traveling north in the left lane...
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Football around the lake this week: Sept. 24

Here's the news on high school football around Lake Okeechobee.

Elks Lodge announce Soccer Shoot winners

Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 hosted the local Soccer Shoot on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Clewiston Youth Development Academy
Schools
Hendry County School Board logo

HCSD student COVID-19 cases decreasing

Superintendent Michael Swindle informed board members of the latest COVID-19 developments
In the above photo, Program Specialist with the Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation District Robbi Sumner presents Lillian Stead with her award check.

Student places second in state contest

Lillian Stead, a fifth grade student at Seminole Elementary, recently placed second in her grade division at the...

Immokalee Foundation students give Representative Lauren Melo tour

During a recent tour of The Immokalee Foundation’s 18-home Career Pathways Learning Lab construction project...
Government
The next regular meeting of the Hendry County BOCC  is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28
CLEWISTON -- A Clewiston City project is coming closer to becoming a reality.
LABELLE -- Higher than expected renovation costs for a two-story building at the Clewiston Sub Office the Hendry County School District had hoped to renovate has pushed the school board to …
Veterans
9/11 hero signs flag during the Healing Heroes Golf Tournament.

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.
Rolling Thunder rode into LaBelle bright and early on Saturday, August 21.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 5 Florida POW*MIA offers Chair of Honor Program

Rolling Thunder® is a diverse group of like-minded individuals committed POW*MIA awareness and veterans rights
Gregg Maynard (right) is pictured with Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins and Jessica Lynch, who was held as a POW in Iraq.

Veterans' rights activist meets heroes

Veterans' rights activist Gregg Maynard has many heroes, but none of them wear a cape.
State

Florida day care worker accused of breaking baby's leg

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida day care worker is accused of slapping a 4-month-old several times before twisting the baby's leg until it broke, police said. A family member brought the child …

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal …

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against …
Nation & World

Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising doubts Thursday about whether it will fan out across the …

College Football Playoff expansion enters negotiation stage

College Football Playoff expansion has entered the negotiation stage. The road to a new format for deciding major college football's national champion took a detour Wednesday when the CFP …

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was …
Opinion

Social Security Matters

National Social Security Advisor At the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
The Weekly Clothesline

The Weekly Clothesline: Why do bad things happen?

Jesus is teaching his disciples about what they can expect when they go out into the world. And he doesn’t mince words! He says, “Don’t think I have come to bring peace to the …

Letter to the Editor:
Lake Okeechobee, from the heart as a concerned resident

Hello, my name is Lavonne Sherrell. I am a veteran and a lifelong resident of Clewiston for 71 years.
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