Coronavirus Updates

PBC updates policy on use of facial coverings for county employees and public

On July 27, the CDC updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people in order to address rising numbers of the COVID-19 virus and its associated new variants in our area and across the country.

CDC provides information on types of face masks to prevent COVID-19

There are many types of masks you can use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. When choosing a mask, choose one that fits snugly.

CDC provides updates about COVID and variant

We’re learning more about COVID-19 all the time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the latest available evidence to make the best...
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Whether you have a beloved mutt at home or are thinking of adding a dog to your family, Katribe suggests visiting your local shelter to see how you can help dogs awaiting adoption.

National Mutt Day is July 31: The top 5 reasons why mutts rule!

America has a long history of affection for mutts. Two of cinema’s most famous dogs – Spike from “Old Yeller” and Higgins from “Benji” - were mutts adopted from shelters.

Caleb Cornett speaks to Kiwanis Club

FCA Minister of Football Director of the Treasure Coast Caleb Cornett (right) pictured with Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen.

Boil Water Notice is in effect for areas of Port LaBelle Utility Service area

A precautionary boil water notice has been issued to the following areas due to an emergency water line repair
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Fire Chief Herb Smith will soon be watching the doors of his station close for the final time.

City fire department to close its doors August 1

Fumero gives an update on the city firefighters separation from the city.

Woman arrested in Flamingo Inn parking lot

After she was reportedly found sleeping in the parking lot of the Flamingo Inn...
Pastor Tom shows some love at Okeechobee Christian Academy.

Inspiring Okeechobee: Pastor Tom is well-loved in the community

Tommaso Pasquarella, known to everyone he meets as Pastor Tom...
Children receive free school supplies and more at the annual Lipman Family Farms Backpack Giveaway.

Lipman Family Farms hosts 11th annual Backpack Giveaway

Free school supplies available to children in Immokalee and surrounding communities on August 7

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges last week:
Lake Okeechobee

Free Youth Fishing Clinic set for Aug. 5, let your 8- to 14-year-old get hooked with skills

FORT PIERCE — Getting youth hooked on fishing brings a host of benefits that goes beyond developing a sport, a hobby and a skill. From building confidence to increasing perseverance, …

IRSC’s Linton Brown named FCSAA 2020–21 Male Athlete of the Year

Indian River State College Men’s Basketball team member Linton Brown has been named the 2020–21 Male Athlete of the Year by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA).

RCMA receives a grant of $37,500 from the United Way of Collier and the Keys

RCMA, Florida’s largest non-profit provider of early childhood education, received a $37,500 grant from the United Way of Collier and the Keys from an application submitted earlier in the year.

IRSC awarded $1,399,999 U.S. Department of Labor Grant to continue YouthBuild program

Indian River State College (IRSC) received a $1,399,999 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support its Building Fort Pierce YouthBuild program.

Nearly 20 Immokalee Foundation students graduate in the top 10% of the Class of 2021

Overcoming the intense challenges of the 2020-21 school year with hard work and perseverance, The Immokalee Foundation and its 57 high school seniors celebrated graduation.
The City of Clewiston Board of Commissioners set the property tax rate at 6.5134 mills during a special meeting held July 29.
The IRS continues to observe criminals using a variety of scams that target honest taxpayers. In some cases, these scams will trick taxpayers into doing...
Glades County plans negotiations with a candidate.
Jonica Hough, owner of, was thrilled to get a package from the Marines who received her flags.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, received a request from a Marine...
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...

Chefs leave restaurants to work in private homes

MIAMI (AP) — Melissa Sosa had a 6-year-old at home and a salary as a restaurant chef that hadn’t changed within her son’s lifetime. Forget that she was well respected among her peers and …

Disney requiring US employees to be vaccinated against virus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Company has joined other large companies in requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The company said in a statement Friday that it will be …

Florida governor to bar schools from requiring masks

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he will issue an executive order barring local school districts from forcing students to wear masks when classes resume next month …
Nation & World

Glimpses of bygone era in English seaside holiday village

SHALDON, England (AP) — They are simple pleasures that hark back to analog, unplugged summer days: a book and a picnic blanket, a bucket and spade, fish and chips. They are also the traditional …

West African health officials race to vaccinate amid spikes

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A resurgence of coronavirus cases in West Africa is hitting the region hard, inundating cemeteries where funeral numbers are rising and hospitals where beds are becoming …

Hong Kong police arrest man for booing national anthem

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested a man Friday on suspicion of insulting the national anthem, after he was allegedly caught booing the Chinese national anthem while watching an …
The Weekly Clothesline

The Weekly Clothesline - Moses would have liked social distancing

What we’ve been through in the last 18 months was surely a test of our faith, trusting that our God would bring us through...

The final shot for economic recovery

Since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, we’ve seen unprecedented economic growth.

City of Pahokee meeting is chaotic

The Pahokee City Commission’s Special Meeting on Monday, July 19 was yet another example of chaos and disruption...
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