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SFWMD prepared for potential heavy rainfall over weekend

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is prepared for potentially heavy rain from a tropical weather system forecast to pass over the southern portion of the state this weekend.

GCWC begins new year with upcoming projects

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Woman’s Club began its new fiscal year with a huge slate of projects on its agenda. At a called meeting, president, Marina Langdale, noted that the club …

Free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) giveaway at Bell Tower

On Saturday, Oct. 17, between the hours of 9 and 11 am, United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee; in conjunction with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Bell Tower Shops, Lee County …
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Human Interest
The second edition of the Homeowner’s Handbook provides updated guidance for Florida homeowners on disaster preparation and can help residents feel ready for approaching storms.
After many residents and business owners in LaBelle experienced heavy rains and flooding on Sunday, Sept. 20, the subject of understanding climate change and how it affects Florida became the topic of discussion on social media and around town.
Police/Fire

Fire Prevention Week: Test smoke alarms, practice escape plan

Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross urges residents to test their smoke alarms and practice their escape plan as home fires continue during COVID-19.
A beautiful handmade bench has been stolen from the grave of Julian Keen Jr.

Julian Keen’s memorial bench stolen from grave site

Friends and family of Julian Keen are in disbelief after a memorial bench made in his memory was stolen from his grave site in Immokalee. Keen is buried at the Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Burglar alert issued for Glades County

On Sept. 9, the Glades County Sheriff’s Office reports, Deputy Josh Woods stopped a suspicious vehicle in a residential area within Buckhead Ridge.
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Health
The Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Brain Bus raises awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementia from any device connected to the internet.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that use of NSAIDs around 20 weeks or later in pregnancy may cause rare but serious kidney problems in an unborn baby.
Government
The EVERGLADES – Federal and state officials gathered near the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 for the groundbreaking of the first contract in the Central Everglades Planning Project.

Corps breaks ground on Central Everglades Planning Project

State and federal officials gathered at the S-333 water control structure on the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 to celebrate the start of work on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), which will increase the capacity to move water from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park (ENP).

Glades puts off supporting planned state toll road

County commissioners were asked to endorse a resolution backing the M-CORES selection of the Southwest Central Florida Corridor — where a new Florida’s Turnpike extension from Polk County to Southwest Florida is planned — but declined to on Oct. 13 and put off further consideration for two weeks.
MOORE HAVEN —  Glades County’s stately courthouse, build in the 1920s, will have a new roof within a few months.

Glades County seeks to loosen development rules

At the Oct. 13 Glades County Board of Commissioners meeting, a public hearing was conducted for transmittal of a Comprehensive Plan amendment to the Future Land Use Element allowing development of up to 12 units per acre of residential uses.
Sports
The Okeechobee Brahmans were able to take care of business in the second half of their game against PSL.

Football Around the Lake

Football Around the Lake covers Moore Haven, Clewiston, Okeechobee and Belle Glade.
The 3-1 Clewiston Tigers will be hosting another 3-1 team this week at Cane Field.

Football Around the Lake

Football news for Moore Haven Terriers, Glades Day Gators, Okeechobee Brahmans and Clewiston Tigers.
The Brahmans, Tigers, Gators and Terriers now all know who they’ll face in the playoffs this year.

Schools around Lake Okeechobee set for football playoffs

The Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) has revealed how the football playoffs will look next month, and teams around Lake Okeechobee now know who they’ll be facing.
Traffic & Road Work
Glades County Road Watch Report covers the week of Oct. 4.
Road Watch for Glades County for the week of Sept. 20 through the 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense and patience as they travel through work zones.
School News
During the week of Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, the prekindergarten class of Moore Haven Elementary School learned about the colors of the rainbow.
Over the past 15 years, FSW’s Radiologic Technology Program graduates have maintained a 99.7% pass rate for the national certification exam.
Veterans

Each year the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center hosts an event to honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as Prisoners of War (POW) and remember those who remain unaccounted for (MIA-Missing in Action).

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center invites current military service members (to include National Guard and Reservists), veterans and their family members to join its Enrollment Panel to learn about VA Health Care eligibility.
Agriculture
Sam Hutton, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center and a tomato breeder, examines tomatoes in his greenhouse.

Tomato juice with UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem pleases palates

Florida-grown tomatoes — particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem — pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows.
GAINESVILLE – Researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have developed genetically modified citrus trees that show enhanced resistance to greening, and have the potential to resist canker and black spot, as well.

UF scientists make big stride toward greening-resistant citrus trees

University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees.
FORT PIERCE — Rhuanito “Johnny” Ferrarezi will host the first drive-through citrus grove field day for growers and other citrus industry stakeholders on Friday, Oct. 9, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s Indian River Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS-IRREC).

University of Florida citrus research grove hosts drive-through event

Rhuanito “Johnny” Ferrarezi will host what will probably be the first drive-through citrus grove field day — a view of a large-scale research trial — for growers and other citrus industry stakeholders.
Opinion

Artificial intelligence revolution comes to cattle country

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) on ranches and dairy farms represents tremendous potential to benefit the Florida cattle industry.

Business

Governor DeSantis, DEO highlight Florida small business resources

In recognition of National Small Business Week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) highlight resources available to small businesses in Florida.
Election
As Glades County early voting begins, turnout already at 19%

Supervisor of Elections (SOE) Aletris Farnam wants all residents to know that the start of early voting on Saturday, Oct. 24, in Glades County coincides with the final day to request the vote-by-mail option.

Voting under way in Florida

Early voting starts next week

State News

A cellphone alert tells citrus growers when to spray for a disease

In the battle against PFD, UF/IFAS scientists have developed the Citrus Advisory System (CAS), which sends web-based alerts to citrus farmers via mobile devices.

Charlie Morton quietly becomes dominant postseason pitcher

Charlie Morton has slowly and quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever.

World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night

The World Series drew a record-low audience of television viewers for the second straight night.
Nation & World

Enroll kids for Florida KidCare

Head-to-toe coverage is available for all Florida kids from birth through the end of age 18, even if one or both parents are working.

Drug abuse and addiction: What’s the difference?

While many people use the terms drug abuse and addiction interchangeably, abuse and addiction have separate and distinct meanings.
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West Glades School congratulates Citizens of the Month for August.
The corps has approved a planned deviation from LORS 2008 in anticipation of and following freshwater algal blooms, to help reduce the risk of potential concerns associated with algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie, and Caloosahatchee estuaries while maintaining other project purposes.
If trick-or-treating is allowed in your community, The Florida Department of Health has tips to ensure a safe and healthy Halloween.
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