COVID-19 Omicron variant may be even more contagious than Delta

A new variant of the COVID-19 virus is of special concern.

Covid booster shots available for those age 18 and up

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for those over the age of 18 ...

Department of Health encourages residents to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, authorized Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster doses
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Human Interest
"If you write about this, don't tell people I'm dead," said Gordie Peer.

Okeechobee's legendary stuntman is not dead yet

Despite rumors to the contrary, former Hollywood stuntman Gordie Peer is alive.

Mayor Dave Kerner presents update on Covid-19

City officials provided residents of Palm Beach County with information on Covid-19 vaccinations during a press briefing on Aug. 9. 

Parents face special challenges after a hurricane

Nobody ever said family life was a breeze ... yet few are prepared for the gale force impact that hurricanes can pack…
Everyone deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season.
One local church was giving thanks on Nov. 20 …
It's a time to prepare the holiday feast and brush up on home fire safety.
A Belle Glade man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Thanksgiving Day ...
A $3,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the Nov. 6 shooting that took the life of a Greenacres …
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence charges by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office ...
The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges ...
A holiday question persists year after year, probably stretching all the way back to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621: “What are we going to do with all the uneaten turkey?” The Pilgrims, on the other hand, could have asked a different question after that first celebration exactly 400 years ago: “What are we going to do with all the empty kegs?”
Deep-frying a turkey is a great way to get a delicious, moist meal for Thanksgiving; but this method of cooking can be a very dangerous undertaking. Every fall, millions of dollars of damage, trips to the emergency room and even deaths result from attempts to deep-fry turkeys.
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
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A threat made on social media involving Lakeshore Middle School is under investigation ...
National Junior Honors Society at Pahokee Middle School observed “Breast Cancer Awareness Day”.
Pahokee Middle School Student Council celebrated Red Ribbon Day on Friday, Oct. 29.

Muck Tavern lease issues discussed at Pahokee city meeting

A Pahokee Marina restaurant lease was the topic Pahokee City Commission meeting.

City of Pahokee settles lawsuit about emergency meeting

The lawsuit over the July 23 emergency meeting of the City of Pahokee has been settled.

Pahokee City Commission honors Diane Walker

The Pahokee City Commission honored the late Diane L. Walker.

Stay fall-free while decorating this holiday season

Nearly half of Americans – 48% – are planning to keep their holiday decorations up longer ...

Florida Department of Health encourages flu vaccinations

The Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to get vaccinated against flu...

Yoga for Life: one of the best yoga poses for posture

One of the basic yoga postures is Downward Dog, a familiar pose in every Yoga class.
U.S. Sugar announced Nov. 8 that Ken McDuffie has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Derek Pridgen has been promoted to Vice President, Agricultural Operations.
One of the most widely anticipated milestones of the recovery is the US borders.
Many adults report a fear of public speaking. But for youth participating in the Florida 4-H Public Speaking Program, this important life skill is a chance to share what “sparks” their interest ...
Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.65 to $10 per hour on Sept. 30 as the first step under the $15 ballot...

Wreaths Across America Radio hosts the last of four roundtable discussions on Veteran Healing

Wreaths Across America Radio focuses on Veteran Healing through sharing
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...
The tale of mRNA vaccines begins in the 1990s.
Yoga requires disciplining the mind/body for positive results ...
For many people, Thanksgiving looked a little bit different last year.
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.

Farmers get just 15% of money consumers pay for food

Even though consumers are paying more for food this year, farmers do not benefit ...

Read the fine print: Who owns and controls farm data?

Data derived from farms might be more valuable than the crops growers produce.
Wildlife & Environment
An oyster farmer harvesting oysters in the Gulf of Mexico off of Apalachicola, Florida.

UF/IFAS awarded $100K grant to boost shellfish aquaculture industry

Shellfish like clams and oysters can help restore ocean health ...

2020 Wading bird study reveals mixed success for iconic Florida species

White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbills had a successful nesting season in 2020, but many other species failed when an early-arriving rainy season impacted...
State News
Police: Endangered Florida teen may be in North Carolina

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old South Florida girl may have been kidnapped and taken to North Carolina by someone she met in an online video game, police said Sunday. North Miami …

Chief: Officer fatally shoots man suspected of vehicle theft

Man killed after pulling gun on 2 officers on Interstate 4

National and World
Honduran election could oust long-ruling National party

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hondurans voted Sunday for a successor to deeply unpopular President Juan Orlando Hernández in elections that could oust his National Party after 12 years in …

In Iraq, family mourns daughter who drowned crossing to UK

Israeli president celebrates Hanukkah at West Bank site