Coronavirus

Hendry County's new covid positivity rate at 7.7%

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

New covid positivity in Florida at 3.8%

TALLAHASSEE – For the week of April 1-7, Florida’s new COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.8%.

FDA restricts the use of Sotrovimab

On April 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for sotrovimab.
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Community
Just past the railroad tracks as you arrive in Clewiston, a sign announces the Harlem Community entrance.

Brown Sugar Festival events canceled for 2022

The Brown Sugar Festival will be celebrated privately in homes and backyards this year.

U.S. Sugar Supports STEM Learning and Careers in Aerospace

Recognizing the need to empower students with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the people of U.S. Sugar recently announced a partnership with …

UPDATE: Church to hold BBQ & yard sale

New Hope Deliverance Christian Ministries, 924 Georgia Ave., will hold a Bar-B-Q/Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 30...
Police/Fire

Hendry County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office...

Woman claims alleged burglary victim is trying to get out of paying her

After she was accused of burglary, a Clewiston woman claimed the homeowner was trying to stiff her for cleaning services.

Hendry County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence DUI charges by HCSO, CPD, FHP...
Government

Hendry County discusses Hendry Isles Boulevard roadwork

Clewiston resident, Judy Weaver, spoke at the regular meeting of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners May 10 …

Hendry County Commission meeting location change

The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, hereby gives notice of a meeting location change. ...

Clewiston to create a recreation board

The Clewiston Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of creating a five-member recreation board to manage the city’s various recreational activities ...
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Weather
Hurricanes and other storms may leave vehicles underwater. Some will likely end up being repaired and sold to unsuspecting buyers ...
Following on the heels of a record-breaking 2020 hurricane season, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season was another active one ...
Emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday warned Floridians not to get complacent during the upcoming hurricane season, particularly in coastal areas that haven't …
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Sports

Stevens and Bradley win big for the first qualifier of the 2022 Season

We’re back on the Big O — in a Big Way! Weather concerns? This is south Florida, we know how to play that game.

Clewiston High School wins Big Lake Track and Field Invitational

The Clewiston High School track and field team came out victorious at the Big Lake Invitational on March 31.
Strike-King Co-Angler Adam Giran of Wesley Chapel

MLF Bass Fishing League winners

Boater Stanley Hunt of Jacksonville, Florida, caught five bass Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League …
Entertainment
The Okeechobee Music Festival continued on March 5, with Tame Impala closing out the night.
"It's interesting to see how far the project has come. I only have good memories of this festival," Two Feet said.
Tasty Vibrations will be bringing their Fort Lauderdale beach sound to the Be Stage this year.
Human Interest

Mason's Puzzle to host 4th Annual Free Community 5K Walk April 2

On Saturday, April 2, Mason’s Puzzle, Inc., will be hosting its 4th annual free community 5K walk in Clewiston…
MSN, AGPCNP-C, Nurse Practitioner Tamika Cooke has been a nurse at Hendry Regional Medical Center for four years.

HRMC nurse committed to being the best she can be

Ask Tamika Cooke why she chose to become a nurse, and she’ll tell you she was inspired by her grandmother, Evelyn Thomas, …
Tracy Victory

HRMC nurse says hospital is like a family

There was a time not too long ago that Hendry Regional Medical Center Nursing Supervisor Tracy Victory, RN-MSN, left the nursing profession ...
Business
Clewiston has a sweet enterprise in town with Cheri Chozyn Treats. Owner Cherica Marshall and partner Carla Williams offer baked goods …
The people of U.S. Sugar today recognized two growers ...
Hendry County is moving forward with a plan to bring in an outside economic development firm …
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Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt, next stop moon

For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts.

SUV hits, kills 2 cyclists on Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway

MIAMI (AP) — A sports utility vehicle struck and killed two bicyclists as they crossed Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway, police said. One person was detained for questioning after the Sunday …
Health
The South Region of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Clewiston Team Hope Walk on Saturday, May 14th …
Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal at their Annual Social Celebration raising over $176,000!
National Public Health Week is a time to recognize progress Public Health has made in strengthening and protecting the public’s health and …
From the moment we are born and throughout our lives, providers are critical to our health and wellness.
Agriculture
Three teams of scientists from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received nearly $4.5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to study new ways to manage the invasive insect causing millions of dollars’ worth of damage to Florida’s citrus crops.

New context for understanding citrus greening renews commitment to finding a solution

Sometimes in science, a new perspective brings an “a ha!” moment. That’s what one senior researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural...
Contestants review a pit to evaluate the soil.

Soil & Water Conservation District hosts land judging contest

The Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation District coordinated a three-county land judging contest on March 1 ...
Wildlife & Environment

Florida love bugs are back

May has once again brought Florida’s “Love Bug” season.
Everglades landscape in Water Conservation Area 3A.

USACE hosts meeting about Central Everglades Planning Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will host a virtual informational meeting May 18 ...
State News

Gay student says school stopping run for student leadership

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now …

Ringling Bros. announces comeback tour but without animals

MIAMI (AP) — “The Greatest Show on Earth” is making a comeback — without animal acts — five years after shutting down its three-ring circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced …

Florida killer clown trial delayed again -- for a sixth time

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has reluctantly delayed the trial of a woman accused of dressing like a clown and fatally shooting her lover's wife more than 30 years ago after defense …
National & World

Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A 21-year-old Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded Ukraine pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an unarmed civilian. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin …

Mozambique declares polio outbreak linked to Pakistan

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the …

EXPLAINER: What's behind difficult Taiwan-China relations?

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. authorities say the gunman behind an attack on a church in southern California in which one person was killed and five injured was motivated by a hatred for Taiwan. …
Opinion
Autism is among the most misunderstood of all the human conditions.
It’s been more than 40 years since our mother made history.
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