Coronavirus
Most of Florida is now at high risk of COVID-19. Glades and Hendry County (highlighted on map) are at medium risk. [Image courtesy CDC]

Most of Florida at high risk for COVID-19

Most of Florida is now considered at “high” risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) map shows counties at high risk for COVID-19 in red, medium risk in yellow and low risk in green. Okeechobee County (medium risk in yellow) is outlined.

Palm Beach County at high risk from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spreading again in Florida, according to data shared June 3 by the Florida Department of Health.

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).
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A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Get the full forecast
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Hendry County WM announces waste amnesty week Aug 15-20

Hendry County Waste Management in conjunction with the city of LaBelle and the City of Clewiston will be hosting...

Clewiston Museum to celebrate teachers

The Clewiston Museum is happy to be hosting the second Annual Teacher Appreciation & Welcome-Back Luncheon on..

Hendry County to conduct aerial adult mosquito treatments

Hendry County will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over the Pioneer Plantation and LaDeca Communities...
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 (HCSO)...
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Police seek person who threw puppy out of moving vehicle

Clewiston police are looking for a person witnessed throwing a puppy from a moving vehicle at the intersection of …

Hendry County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges...
Government
City of Clewiston

Clewiston ... For Your Information

Below is the July 1 newsletter from the office of the Clewiston city manager and staff.

Clewiston grapples with rising energy costs

Representatives from the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) met with Clewiston Board of Commissioners June 23 to discuss …

Hendry County to contract out for impact fee study

During the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners meeting in Clewiston on June 14, the commission approved a resolution …
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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

Clewiston baseball team holds end-of-year banquet

The Clewiston High School Tiger baseball program held their second annual end-of-year banquet on June 10.
CLEWSITON -- James Klein and Craig Mathews won the June 11 Roland Martin Marine Center Series qualifier with five fish totally 37 pounds, 4 ounces. [Photo courtesy Roland Martin Marine Center]

'Dog days of summer' are 'hawg days' on Lake O

When South Florida heats up and the water temperature creeps into the mid to upper 80s, anglers start talking about the Dog Days of Summer.

CYDA announces winners of Jump Rope and Push-Up Challenge

The Clewiston Youth Developmental Academy (CYDA) announces the winners of their End of Year Jump Rope and Push-up Challenge.
Entertainment
The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured in Clewiston, on Sunday, June 12 ...
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.
Business
Pioneer Bankcorp, Inc. (OTC Markets: PBKC) the holding company for First Bank, held their 100th annual stockholders meeting …
The Clewiston Community Resource Center, 957 W. Sugarland Highway, will hold a Career Fair on Wednesday...
Glades Media Group has named radio veteran Warren Orey to the post of director of sales for the company’s four South Florida Markets. 
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Santa Express and U.S. Sugar bring Christmas to local families

The Santa Express today brought the joy of the holiday season to local families ...

Boy dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Jewish center

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …
Health
 Two Florida women pleaded guilty July 20 in connection with their participation in a conspiracy to falsify clinical trial data.
Hendry Regional Medical Center has a new general surgeon. Barry Davis, MD, joined the staff recently and will be official at the end of July.
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!
Agriculture
Sugarcane has been grown in Florida since the late 1760s. The ‘Glades’ area of South Florida recently marked the 90th annual sugar cane harvest for the farms south of Lake Okeechobee.

Charlie Crist plans to 'reignite' effort to buy sugar farm land

Congressman Charlie Crist said if elected he plans to attempt to buy land in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA.)
Giant African Land Snails have once again been sighted in Florida. [Photo by Lyle Bass/UF/IFAS]

Florida again battling Giant African Land Snails

Despite millions of dollars spent on eradication programs, Florida is once again battling Giant African Land Snails.
Wildlife & Environment

House passes Water Resources Development Act with Everglades and Western water provisions

“The TRCP works hard to ensure that the biennial Water Resources Development Act is not overlooked by sportsmen and sportswomen — or lawmakers — because...

Researchers show how forested areas affect water resources in Florida

When rain falls on a forest, some of that water is taken up by trees and other plants and released back into the...
State News

2 dead, 1 wounded in family feud over Florida vacation home

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A family fight over the home of a woman who moved into an assisted living facility left two people dead, and another wounded, police said. A preliminary investigation …

Boy dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Jewish center

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …

Florida man tries to flee deputies on a riding lawn mower

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Florida deputies used a taser to stop a man who tried to avoid arrest by fleeing on a riding lawn mower on Saturday. The Okaloosa County sheriff's office said it was …
National & World
Opinion

Rene: Travel and tourism’s role in our recovering economy

Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...
Opinion

Expert: Taking opioids with some antidepressants may increase overdose risk

Taking oxycodone at the same time as certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a commonly prescribed class of antidepressant...
Opinion

Climate change is intensifying the water cycle, bringing more powerful storms and flooding – here’s what the science shows

Powerful storm systems triggered flash flooding across the U.S. in late July, inundating St. Louis neighborhoods...
Opinion
The cost of eggs and bread is soaring — a trend that’s particularly punishing for the poorest Americans...
The next time you wonder whether to reach out to a friend, family member, classmate or other person who’s been out of touch for a long time...
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