Coronavirus

Vaccine available for students in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY -- The School District of Palm Beach County, in partnership with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for students, staff, and …

CDC advises all eligible Americans be vaccinated against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control last week warned the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant is likely to become the dominant strain in United States.

State shuts down COVID-19 dashboard

According to the Centers for the Disease Control, those who are fully vaccinated can safely go out in public...
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Human Interest
At age 11, Damon Weaver interviewed President Obama at the White House.

Young Pahokee reporter who interviewed Obama has died at age 23

WEST PALM BEACH - Damon Weaver, the KEC Canal Point Elementary School student who famously interviewed President Barack Obama in 2009, has died at the age of 23.
At age 11, Damon Weaver interviewed President Obama at the White House.

Stories from the past: Kid reporter lands Obama interview

Stories from the past: Weaver lands Obama interview
Smith & Moore Family Teen Center grand opening, March 31, 2021

Belle Glade celebrates opening of Smith & Moore Family Teen Center

BELLE GLADE – The Belle Glade community celebrated the opening of a new Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County facility on March 31.
Community
A steam locomotive that traveled the Florida rails 100 years ago will soon have a new home in the “Worlds Sweetest Town.”
Spring is in full swing, and temperatures in many parts of the country are already alarmingly high. While some states may still be enjoying spring...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will start a new study in south Florida during the 2021 algal bloom season to assess the health effects of exposure to …
Police/Fire
Governor Ron DeSantis supports bill to help LEO K9s injured in the line of duty
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) arrest report beginning June 14 through June 20.
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Xavious Kenarus Harris , a 41-year-old, black, male, 6 feet tall, 165 pounds...
A young school teacher in Okeechobee disappears from a laundromat. At the same time, reports come in of a car seen driving through town erratically, with a struggle going on between the driver …
Opinion
We are blessed by the Good Lord to live in the Sunshine State. Here in Florida, we’re surrounded by natural beauty, plentiful food and endless opportunity.
On June 2, Congressman W. Gregory Steube sent the below letter to Secretary Pinkham, Lieutenant General Spellmon, and Colonel Kelly concerning the lake levels of Lake Okeechobee.
Weather
When a hurricane threatens, do you have a plan for your pets? Do you have a safe spot for them in your home? What will you do with them if you can’t stay in your home?
Weathering storms is a part of every Floridian’s life. As the 2021 Hurricane Season begins, please take a few minutes to review some of the mandatory supplies.
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Schools
Palm Beach County Library System locations will serve as meal distribution sites for the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
If you think mentoring kids in middle and high school only helps students, Elizabeth MacEwan, a Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County mentor, has something she wants you to know.
New degree and certificate programs in construction and the health sciences are slated to begin this fall term at Palm Beach State College to meet industry hiring demands.
Government

Palm Beach County BOCC briefs for June 15

Board of County Commissioners briefs from the meeting held on June 15.

Opportunity available for emergency rental and utility assistance through online portal

The Palm Beach County Community Services Department’s (CSD) online portal for emergency rent and utility assistance is currently open and taking applications.

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners news in brief

At the June 8, 2021, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following actions ...
Health

Live, Love and Laugh through Yoga

Breaking through unproductive thoughts and behaviors requires attention to a new dimensional awareness beyond “the now.”

Keep your family safe this summer tips from your Poison Control Center

As we swing into summer, Florida’s Poison Control Centers - Jacksonville is providing some helpful tips to keep your family safe.

Brain Bus presents virtual events to help you understand Alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss

The Virtual Brain Bus will hold the following event that covers Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.
Business
The Rail Passengers Association applauded Amtrak’s Corridor Vision document released earlier May 28, which provides additional details on the railroad’s plan...
Leadership for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties announced new officers and members of the Board of Directors...
Consumers can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
OKEECHOBEE – Recently an Okeechobee resident posted a message on social media wondering which of the local businesses might be hiring
Veterans
Palm Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Palm Beach County, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. During its operational use by the military, its major mission was air transport and as a training base. It was closed in 1962. During World War II, it was known as Morrison Army Airfield, taking its name from the civilian airport, Morrison Field, from which it originated.

WPB Morrison Field and the B-29 'Superfortress'

On June 15, 1944, 51 B-29 "Superfortress" bombers dropped their payloads ...
Congressman Greg Steube

Stories sought for Veterans History Project

VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
The Grey Team: Major James Hall, Cary Reichbach, Rep. Al Baldasaro (NH), Dr. Frank Marangos, and David Kirkland.

Local nonprofits joins forces to help veterans R.I.S.E.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is proud to announce its partnership with The Grey Team, a local nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to prevent PTSD-related veteran suicides.
Opinion
In the current discussion over the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), Congressman Mast has been pursuing a plan that would prioritize...
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers shares the concerns of local, state and federal health experts concerning the toxicity of the harmful fresh water algal blooms on...
The burdens and responsibilities of the pandemic have strained organizations, families, and each of us in very personal ways.
Traffic & Road Work
A major milestone in national toll interoperability has been achieved with interoperability between two of the largest customer bases in the country.
TAMPA – The Colonial Pipeline is still down, yet Florida remains well supplied with fuel. While there is not considered to be a gasoline “shortage” in Florida, there are reports of …
Long lines at the pump in some Florida cities were reminiscent of hurricane season this week, as some drivers appeared to panic over a potential gasoline shortage.
Agriculture
Farm Bureau members were invited to attend a three-part webinar series focusing on the significance, substance and strategy of federal advocacy. This photos is from Highlands County.

Florida farmers meet with national lawmakers

Florida farmers, ranchers and small business owners spoke up for agriculture during Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Hill to the Field Advocacy Week, June 1-4, 2021.
Picture of a vanilla flower.

UF/IFAS, Miami chocolatier cook up winning recipes with Florida-grown vanilla

What happens if you mix a cacao bean with a vanilla bean produced from a specific Florida-grown vanilla cultivar? The outcome was a winning combination...
Wildlife & Environment

UF wildlife ecologists teach public to help boost bluebird population

As pest-eaters, Eastern bluebirds benefit Florida farmers. Not only that, they’re cute. Two good reasons Hance Ellington has started a program to preserve them.
Monitoring has occurred so far at one week, two weeks and four weeks after outplanting and will continue monthly for two years. The photographs and observations are now being entered into a database. Information on the fate of these corals during this critical time will be available in early July.

Reef-wide outplanting of corals susceptible to stony coral tissue loss disease begins

Reef restoration experiments in Florida have never been replicated on such a large scale before, with 24 outplanting sites spanning from Martin County down the coast of southeast Florida to Key West.
State News
Florida governor: Students will be taught communism is evil

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Civics education will be expanded in Florida, including instruction about communist and totalitarian governments, and state universities will be prevented from quashing …

Death penalty phase next in Florida double slaying trial

Claims of murder plot against GOP candidate in Florida court

National and World
5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves

LONDON (AP) — Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors. Fat …

AP Interview: Belarus regime 'frightened,' says opponent

Iran likely had failed rocket launch, preparing for another