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Police & Fire
Schools
Allyson Lara and Salome Ortiz, two local high school juniors, were selected to represent Glades Electric Cooperative...
Blessings in a Backpack SWFL will now feed more local students than ever before with the addition of...
Congratulations to Moore Haven Elementary (MHES) School’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Watson.
Students and teachers celebrated Throwback Day
Human Interest
 The week of Dec. 4-10, I lived in a land where the days brought open skies, vast prairies dotted with hammocks of live oaks draped with Spanish moss ....
The Great Florida Cattle Drive, held Dec. 4-10 in Osceola County, included about 350 riders, 14 wagons and one man on foot.
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Veterans

Fallen Heroes Benefit planned for Oct. 8

The 14th Annual Fallen Heroes Benefit will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, in LaBelle.

Wreaths placed on veterans' graves in Ortona

ORTONA  -- Glades County community members gathered at the Ortona Cemetery on Dec. 18..
Cassandra McPeak, auxiliary president VFW Post 4423, and Alicia LaChance, president of the Republican Club of Lake Okeechobee worked together along with members of both groups to pack baskets for those in need.

Thanksgiving baskets delivered to those in need

Okeechobee’s VFW North post celebrated Thanksgiving by donating food baskets to those less fortunate...
Agriculture
Weeds and invasive plants can be a nuisance to a home or business landscape, and some of them are also toxic...
Okeechobee County Ag-Venture, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides local fourth grade students...
Some consumers are experiencing sticker shock at the high price of eggs in the grocery store.
On Dec. 21, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the EPA to reconsider its decision to expand the use of sulfoxaflor …
Managing manure can be a challenge for horse owners. One horse can produce an average...
Government

News from the Glades County Property Appraiser

I have GREAT NEWS! Effective January 1, 2023, the widows, widowers, disability (civilian) and blind exemptions have increased from $500 to $5,000 in value.
Governor Ron DeSantis

Governor signs disaster relief and property insurance bills

On Dec. 16, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed two bills following the special session that took place that week. Governor DeSantis signed …

Commissioners pause plan to spend county funds on internet improvements

OKEECHOBEE – A proposal to spend $4 million to improve internet access was put on hold at the Dec. 22 because internet service providers (ISPs) can apply directly for grant …
Sports

Hookin' Specks fishing tournament planned

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and Glades County Sheriff's Office will host the Second Annual First Responders Hookin' Specks …

Moore Haven's Thompson and Wilcher sign letters on intent

Two Moore Haven Terriers signed their letters of intent on National Signing Day.

FWC adds new rules for boating safety

At its Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Commission Meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved …
Traffic & Road Work
A 9-year-old Okeechobee girl was killed in a crash on State Road 78 on Sunday afternoon …
On March 15, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced upgrades to the Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System...
Health
When the way of the world becomes to much for us, turn over a new leaf into a new yoga practice!
With the beginning of another new year, it’s time to do a physical, mental and emotional tune-up.
Most of South Florida is a “medium” risk of covid transmission according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control …
Business
OKEECHOBEE – Bass Pro has a clear path forward to develop the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area as a world class fishing resort ,,,
Why does gasoline cost more in one state than another?
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Florida Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) today announced a new pilot program geared toward helping businesses …
Access to credit is an important resource for managing personal finances, whether to pay for major purchases...
Opinion
AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security
AMAC certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security Benefits.
Wildlife & Environment
According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approximately 35 wild horses will be available for adoption Feb. 10-11.
In honor of Florida’s Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, we talked with UF/IFAS fire scientist Raelene Crandall about...
Do you have a Cuban tree frog invasion in your yard? You can help UF/IFAS study these frogs...
Eight hundred Florida manatees died in 2022, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
State News

Mexican actor Pablo Lyle gets prison for road rage death

Mexican actor Pablo Lyle has been sentenced to five years in prison for involuntary manslaughter after fatally punching a man during a road rage confrontation in Miami in 2019. The sentence handed …

Jupiter's moon count jumps to 92, most in solar system

Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter, putting the total count at a record-breaking 92. That's more than any other planet in our solar system. Saturn, the one-time leader, comes in …

Florida lawmakers to meet next week on Disney, immigration

Florida lawmakers will meet next week to complete a state takeover of Walt Disney World’s self-governing district and debate proposals on immigration and election crimes, as Republican Gov. Ron …
Nation & World

Olympic echoes of boycott era as Ukraine vs IOC intensifies

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A contest that could define the 2024 Paris Olympics is playing out 18 months before medals are awarded. It's giving the International Olympic Committee a political …

Missing Florida Lyft driver's car found with slaying suspect

The car owned by a missing 74-year-old Florida Lyft driver has been found in North Carolina and the man who was driving it is wanted in connection with a homicide last week in southwest Florida. …
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The following individuals were charged with DUI or felonies last week.
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges last week:
Jimmy passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 from cancer.Jimmy and I dated in the mid 70’s and I was with him when he joined the army, I even took him to airport and we re-connected this past …
A Belle Glade woman died after her car went into a canal at Torry Island in the early morning hours of Jan. 15 ...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital saw an unheard-of spike in deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl mixed with other illegal drugs, …
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