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South Florida Red Cross calls for support to spread cheer to military this holiday season

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Red Cross is calling on the community to help bring the holiday season to our nation’s heroes. Every year, the Red Cross launches its Holiday for …
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Homeowner’s Handbook updated to prepare Floridians for disasters

The second edition of the Homeowner’s Handbook provides updated guidance for Florida homeowners on disaster preparation and can help residents feel ready for approaching storms.

UF expert available to talk about sea-level rise, climate change impacts

After many residents and business owners in LaBelle experienced heavy rains and flooding on Sunday, Sept. 20, the subject of understanding climate change and how it affects Florida became the topic of discussion on social media and around town.
Community
Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for September fell to 7.0 percent from 7.9 percent in August, marking a second consecutive month of improvement in the county’s employment picture.
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is prepared for potentially heavy rain from a tropical weather system forecast to pass over the southern portion of the state this weekend.
Opinion
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) on ranches and dairy farms represents tremendous potential to benefit the Florida cattle industry.
A concerning consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic that must not be ignored is the unmistakable rise in overdose deaths
Election

Corey Brotherton (right) took matters into his own hands this past weekend when, he wrote in a social media post, his father, Luther Bernard Brotherton, was told he was not registered to vote.

Floridians turned out in record numbers for the first day of early voting in Florida on Monday. According to state election officials, more than 350,000 Floridians cast their ballots on Monday, when …
As the Nov. 3 election nears, local organizations are hosting forums so voters can learn more about the candidates.
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Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Zenogio Costas, 64, Hispanic, male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, gray hair and brown eyes.
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Joel Rodriguez-Gomez, 41 years old, Hispanic, male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 160 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes.
Health

Brain Bus to host virtual events

The Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Brain Bus raises awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementia from any device connected to the internet.
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Avoid use of NSAIDs in pregnancy at 20 weeks or later

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that use of NSAIDs around 20 weeks or later in pregnancy may cause rare but serious kidney problems in an unborn baby.

Enroll kids for Florida KidCare

Head-to-toe coverage is available for all Florida kids from birth through the end of age 18, even if one or both parents are working.
Schools
In the Glades, if you need help, you get help!
The Glades Region of the Palm Beach County School District is recognizing its principals during National Principals Month in October.
Belle Glade Elementary School is United against bullying.
Government

Restart Business Grants Program in Palm Beach County to resume accepting applications

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners has approved an additional $20 million to the Restart Business Grants Program.

BCC approves allocation for increased presence of park rangers

Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth announced the Board of County Commissioners has unanimously approved a $251,000 allocation for increased presence of Park Rangers in county parks due to an increase in vandalism, property damage and ordinance violations within the parks after hours.

Clerk & Comptroller’s Office receives record number of eRecordings

More than 33,000 official records were recorded electronically with the Clerk & Comptroller’s Office in September — an all-time high for a single month.
Business
Comcast invites Black-owned small businesses in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to apply for its newly launched RISE program.
In recognition of National Small Business Week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) highlight resources available to small businesses in Florida.
West Technical Education Center is looking for business partners.
Top Trending Stories

Petition calls for recall of 3 Pahokee commissioners

Five city residents have banded together and begun a petition drive that requires 304 registered voters’ signatures in order to put a recall election on an upcoming ballot to oust the mayor, vice mayor and one other city commissioner.

Babb vows to countersue recall effort organizers

On Wednesday, Pahokeeans heard from their mayor, Keith W. Babb Jr., via a social media post that he’d become aware of the petition drive underway seeking to recall himself, the vice mayor and one of two other Black city commissioners from office.

‘Get Out the Muck Vote’ contest could win you cash

For anyone living in the Glades region of Palm Beach County who’s doing something extra to get family, relatives, neighbors, friends and acquaintances all to cast a ballot in the 2020 general election, you might be able to win a few C-notes doing so.
Opinion
Stop playing games with our water!

Guest Commentary By Matt Caldwell “What can you do … against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself; who gives your arguments a fair hearing and simply persists in his lunacy?” …

Give special thanks to veterans and active-duty military

Shameful attacks must end

Traffic & Road Work
BELLE GLADE — On Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gator Boulevard at the South Central Florida Express (SCFE) Railroad crossing in the City of Belle Glade will be closed for railroad …
MARTIN COUNTY – A Belle Glade man was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Friday morning according to the Florida Highway Patrol report. According to the FHP, at approximately 6:15 a.m. Friday …
Veterans

Honor Flight plans Flyby/Driveby Tribute for veterans awaiting their trip to Washington, D.C.

STUART — Southeast Florida Honor Flight will be saluting, with the help of the community, local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans with air and car parades in two locations on the same day, …

VA to host virtual event recognizing Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action on Sept. 25

Each year the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center hosts an event to honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as Prisoners of War (POW) and remember those who remain unaccounted for (MIA-Missing in Action).

Virtual Enrollment Panel for veterans

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center invites current military service members (to include National Guard and Reservists), veterans and their family members to join its Enrollment Panel to learn about VA Health Care eligibility.
State News
A cellphone alert tells citrus growers when to spray for a disease

In the battle against PFD, UF/IFAS scientists have developed the Citrus Advisory System (CAS), which sends web-based alerts to citrus farmers via mobile devices.

Charlie Morton quietly becomes dominant postseason pitcher

World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night

National and World
Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

ATLANTA (AP) — With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge spaces mostly devoid of fans into …

James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

Protest arrests show regular Americans, not urban antifa