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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

Big Lake area churches plan services and events

The church column brings you services and events at churches of the Big Lake area.

Heartland Coalition offers assistance for the homeless

Heartland Coalition will hold a Community Outreach for the counties Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee at the John B Boy Auditorium, 1200 South WC Owens Avenue in Clewiston on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Heartland Rides offers transportation for Okeechobee residents

Heartland Rides is the source for finding a ride in Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, DeSoto or Hardee counties.
Human Interest

Okeechobee's legendary stuntman is not dead yet

Despite rumors to the contrary, former Hollywood stuntman Gordie Peer is alive.

Parents face special challenges after a hurricane

Nobody ever said family life was a breeze ... yet few are prepared for the gale force impact that hurricanes can pack…

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...

Local students graduate from Work Readiness Program

HENDRY COUNTY- This past week, Prolific Learning Corp. Summer Work Program participants, participated in a four day Work Readiness training.
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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Glades County School District welcomes new testing programs

The Glades County School District is anticipating a move away from standardized testing to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative proposal with testing that is more geared toward …

Students build towers

There are many aspects of AVID and collaboration is a big component of the program. This “Fun Friday” activity was challenging for each of the grade levels!

Students learning about government

Ms. Odom’s US Government Honors class at Moore Haven High School is working in groups to create anchor charts for National, State, and Local branches of government.
Police/Fire
On Sept. 14 a SUV operated by an 85-year-old Okeechobee man was traveling...
Moore Haven --  An unpopular tax proposal for much needed fire services in Glades County was resolved by the Glades County Board of County Commissioners
Police Chief Bob Peterson passed the torch to his right-hand-man Donald Hagan
A FHP press release stated that on Aug. 31 a 40-year-old Miami Gardens man operating a truck and a 53-year-old Lake Placid man...
FLHSMV is leading the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week campaign to remind motorists of the dangers of drowsy driving...
Government

GCBOCC approves permit fee amendment for private providers

MOORE HAVEN -- Contractors can now hire their own building inspectors in Glades County thanks to a new ordinance …

Glades County proclaims October as Manufacturing Month

MOORE HAVEN -- The Glades County Board of County Commissioners Sept. 14 recognized the month of October as Manufacturing Month

Governor Ron DeSantis recognizes September as Florida Preparedness Month

Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation to declare September as Florida Preparedness Month in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Ready” Campaign...
Sports

Deer hunters: Find answers to your FAQs

Part of many deer hunters’ preseason prep includes brushing up on hunting regulations. We’ve compiled a list of ...

Boating safety and water smart practices can save lives during the holiday

During the Labor Day holiday, the Drowning Prevention Coalition (DPC) of Palm Beach County encourages all recreational boaters to follow safe boating and water...

There's still time to sign up for free Sept. 9 baseball clinic!

Gilbert Chevrolet has again teamed up with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide a FREE instructional clinic to the youth of the Okeechobee area.“While baseball and other …
Traffic & Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Road Watch report for Glades County for the week of Sunday, April 25. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...
Health
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...
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, quitting is more important than ever!
Veterans
VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is proud to announce its partnership with The Grey Team, a local nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to prevent PTSD-related veteran suicides.
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...

UF to open new veterinary hospital at Ocala’s World Equestrian Center

In an effort to support the owners of equine athletes and other animals visiting Ocala’s new world-class World Equestrian Center
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...
Harbor Freight Tools, America’s go-to store for quality tools at the lowest prices, will officially open its new store in Clewiston
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.
AMAC National Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
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 …
Nation & 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 …
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A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 9 a 61-year-old Jupiter woman was driving a Fiat 500X eastbound on State Road 78....
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