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Coronavirus
Lisa Wilson

Belle Glade family loses six to COVID-19 in three weeks

BELLE GLADE – A Belle Glade family lost six family members in just three weeks to COVID-19.

One in three unvaccinated caregivers will continue to refuse the shot

Caring.com has published results from a survey of caregivers.

Florida's COVID-19 death rate, up slightly to 1.5% of positive cases

Florida added 2,468 covid deaths to the state’s total last week.
Community

Clewiston seeking nominations for Outstanding Community Service Award

CLEWISTON -- The City of Clewiston City Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Outstanding Community Service Award .

Big Lake area churches plan services and events

The church column brings you services and events at churches of the Big Lake area.
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Clewiston Museum’s "Fancy Pantsy Arty Party" is set for October 7

CLEWISTON --  The Clewiston Museum is happy to announce the "Fancy Pantsy Arty Party" will be on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Clewiston Museum, 109 Central Ave. This year’s event …
Police/Fire
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is taking any and all threats to the Hendry School District very seriously.

HCSO investigates threats made on social media

Should anyone have additional information regarding this threat or any others, please contact HCSO immediately.

Hendry County Arrests for Sept. 13 - Sept. 19

HENDRY COUNTY – The following individuals were arrested ...
The HCSO works hard to educate the community about the dangers of driving under the influence.

Hendry County Arrest report from Sept. 4 to Sept. 12

This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated.
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Weather
Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
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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Sports

Football around the lake this week: Sept. 24

Here's the news on high school football around Lake Okeechobee.

Elks Lodge announce Soccer Shoot winners

Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 hosted the local Soccer Shoot on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Clewiston Youth Development Academy

Football around the lake this week: Sept. 17

Was there football around the lake last week? There were attempts to play some games …
Entertainment
The Silver Spurs Southern Showdown will bring together professional roughstock riders and the Silver Spurs’ biggest broncs and baddest bulls in the Silver Spurs Arena...
Lighthouse of SWFL will hold an online auction in conjunction with the center’s 11th annual Dining in the Dark virtual fundraiser.
Yesteryear Village will hold their 30th celebration event on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yesteryear Village is one of Palm Beach County’s most unique...
Business
The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, September 20, 2021, to consider Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) petition for a rate increase...
A modular home-building company seeking to build a manufacturing plant in Clewiston is having problems finding housing for the employees it will need to build them.
HENDRY COUNTY  -- There is an interruption in service by CenturyLink, now known as Lumen, for a portion of Montura Ranch Estates near Woodland Blvd. A CenturyLink cable was damaged by the …
Government
The next regular meeting of the Hendry County BOCC  is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28
Hendry County residents will pay more for trash removal for fiscal year 2021-2022, but not as much as they might have…
CLEWISTON -- The City of Clewiston Board of Commissioners held a brief public hearing Sept. 13 to announce tentative city budget and millage rates for fiscal year 2021-2022. The board approved in …
The Clewiston Board of Commissioners held a special meeting Aug. 7 for the first reading of a firefighter pension …
Health
Hendry Regional Medical Center will resume elective surgeries Monday, Sept. 27, with safety guidelines in place.
Yoga props can be used to reduce stress and calm the mind when learning new postures to create a wider range of motion. Props help to stabilize the body...
Traffic & Road Work
Hendry County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19

The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Road repairs coming to Phillips Road in LaBelle

Agriculture
Dr. Zhengfei Guan, the UF/IFAS economist who led the study.

Tomato trade with Mexico could cost U.S. growers $250M a year

As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers...

Citrus Nutrition Day seminar to be offered Oct. 26 in Lake Alfred

Proper nutrition for disease damaged citrus trees is critical to extending their productivity. Growers can learn more...
Wildlife & Environment
St. Johns River Connector Florida Forever Project

Key land parcels added to Florida Wildlife Corridor

Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Gopher tortoises are long-lived reptiles that occupy upland habitat throughout Florida including forests, pastures, and yards. They dig deep burrows for shelter and forage on low-growing plants.

FWC seeks landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts...
State News

Florida day care worker accused of breaking baby's leg

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida day care worker is accused of slapping a 4-month-old several times before twisting the baby's leg until it broke, police said. A family member brought the child …

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal …

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against …
National & World

Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising doubts Thursday about whether it will fan out across the …

College Football Playoff expansion enters negotiation stage

College Football Playoff expansion has entered the negotiation stage. The road to a new format for deciding major college football's national champion took a detour Wednesday when the CFP …

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was …
Opinion
National Social Security Advisor At the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
Jesus is teaching his disciples about what they can expect when they go out into the world. And he doesn’t mince words! He says, “Don’t think I have come to bring peace to the …
Hello, my name is Lavonne Sherrell. I am a veteran and a lifelong resident of Clewiston for 71 years.
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