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Coronavirus

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
Community

Operation Santa Letters connects donors with needy children

Everyone deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season.

Muse Community Association to meet

MUSE -- The Muse Community Association is planning a special meeting on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the City of Okeechobee honored Joe Dan Osceola in a special ceremony in the park near city hall on Nov. 17.

Joe Dan Osceola honored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) honored the late Joe Dan Osceola Nov. 17.
Human Interest

Trash dumped at Okee-Tantie Recreation Area

OKEECHOBEE -- Since the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area campground closed, it's not as busy as it once was, but many community residents use the boat ramps there, launch airboats and fish from the …

Glades County EDC has a new executive director

GLADES COUNTY -- The new Glades County Economic Development Council’s Executive Director Rosemary Fllori is focused on bringing new businesses to the county.

Susan Whidden named executive director of Glades County Tourism Development Council

MOORE HAVEN -- Working to make Glades County a destination spot in Florida is the goal of Susan Whidden, the new Glades County Tourism Development Council’s executive director. Those who …

Okeechobee's legendary stuntman is not dead yet

Despite rumors to the contrary, former Hollywood stuntman Gordie Peer is alive.
Weather
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
MOORE HAVEN -- Glades County BOCC met this afternoon (Friday, July 2) at 2:30 p.m. to sign a Local State of Emergency in response to Hurricane Elsa.
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School News
Estela Gonzalez, Teacher at West Glades School, was selected as this year’s 2021 Hispanic Heritage Excellence in Education Elementary Teacher of The Year for the State of Florida.

Gonzalez is Hispanic Heritage Excellence in Education Elementary Teacher of The Year

Congratulations to Estela Gonzalez, Teacher at West Glades School.

West Glades School ‘Pays It Forward’

West Glades School went pink during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Rescue dogs Annie Oakley and Lacey visit MHMHS

Kristine Petersen and her dogs, Annie Oakley and Lacey, visited Mrs. Atkinson’s nursing classes...
Police/Fire
Two people were killed in a head-on crash on SR 70 in Highlands County Nov. 15.
MOORE HAVEN -- A North East, Penn. woman was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash in Moore Haven on Monday morning.
When turning back clocks this weekend, check smoke detectors.
A  Louisiana man has been found guilty of DUI manslaughter in the 2018 accident.
OKEECHOBEE  -- A 17-year-old Okeechobee girl died in  an automotive accident on  Oct. 25, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Government

Glades County Commission approves hiring web-based financial system for Clerk of Court

Glades County will utilize ARP funding to pay for new technology for Clerk of Court.

Veterans Day services planned

Dates for events and services are listed.

Cycling enthusiasts hope to create tours throughout Glades County

A local bicycling enthusiast wants to create annual cycling tours around Lake Okeechobee.
Sports
After Jayce finished taking everything out of the car, a local company volunteered to do the paint job for him.

Teen drives stock cars

He might look like your average teen with an after school job, but Jayce Dupree...

Big Lake Athlete of the Week: Micah Steele

Micah Steele led the Pahokee Blue Devils with 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns...

Volleyball playoffs start around the lake this week

The Okeechobee Lady Brahmans finished third in their district this year...
Traffic & Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Road Watch report for Glades County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...
Health
Nearly half of Americans – 48% – are planning to keep their holiday decorations up longer ...
The Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to get vaccinated against flu...
Veterans
Wreaths Across America Radio focuses on Veteran Healing through sharing
In recognition of Veterans Day, Hendry and Glades health departments will be closed.
The 11th annual Glades Salute to Veterans will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Doyle Conner Building.
Agriculture

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.
Paprika and other spices.

‘Use-by’ dates, how to extend shelf life, and more to boost your holiday feast

Think of the herbs and spices that make your favorite holiday dish ...
Business
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.
Opinion
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 tale of mRNA vaccines begins in the 1990s.
Yoga requires disciplining the mind/body for positive results ...
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

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Police officers responding to a call about vehicle thefts on Sunday morning fatally shot one of the supects, officials said. Coral Gables police officers arriving at …

Man killed after pulling gun on 2 officers on Interstate 4

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Police officers in central Florida fatally shot a man ...
Nation & 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

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Snow globes, teddy bears and makeup brushes — these were the trinkets left behind in northern Iraq by Maryam Nouri who perished this week along with at least 26 others in an …
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ON THE RIO MADEIRA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of barges of illegal miners dredging for gold were navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon on Friday, and researchers said they posed a …
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