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Some chiropractors oppose vaccinations

Why do some chiropractors oppose vaccinations?

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of vaccine status license scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of a new COVID-19 vaccination text scam. There have been reports of fraudulent text messages …

COVID-19 new cases decreasing in Florida as vaccination rate rises

OKEECHOBEE – Florida vaccinations are increasing and the positivity rate is falling statewide, but the rural areas around Lake Okeechobee continue to have lower vaccination rates and higher new …
Glades County Economic Development Council Executive Director Rosemary Fllori

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 is the new executive director of the Glades County Department of Tourism Council.

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 …

Superintendent twirls with the band

MOORE HAVEN -- Glades County Superintendent of Schools Beth Browning Barfield joined the Moore Haven Middle-High School Band Oct. 8. "After 32 years, I took to the 50 yard line once again with the …
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, 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.
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

Pre-Kindergarten students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

MOORE HAVEN -- Moore Haven Elementary School pre-kindergarten class held a fiesta

iTECH vocational education program to open in January

- On Oct. 15, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a Florida Job Growth Grant for the Glades County Regional Training Center.
State Farm released the results of a survey examining distracted driving.
Police have charged a convicted murderer who was released from prison last year with the slaying of a South Florida...
The crash seen on this video took place at approximately 3:15pm this afternoon. The trooper had stopped with the motorist that had just suffered a tire blow out...
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

State to fine farmers who fail to use best management practices

OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is taking action against farmers who don’t implement best management practices (BMPs).

Home Rule hobbled by new state law

MOORE HAVEN --  Local officials have less to say about how some residential buildings will look after the Florida Legislature enacted House Bill 401 earlier this year.

GCBOCC schedules regular BOCC meeting Oct. 12

GLADES COUNTY -- The next regular meeting of the Glades County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Glades County Board of County …

Volleyball playoffs start around the lake this week

The Okeechobee Lady Brahmans finished third in their district this year...

Big Lake Athlete of the Week: Johnny Crawford III

Johnny Crawford III has helped the Clewiston offense power their way to a 4-0 start.

Football around the lake this week: Oct. 8

The Clewiston Tigers are the last undefeated team around the lake.
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...
Jennifer Hood was appointed as the health officer and administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties in September 2021.
DOH in Hendry and Glades Counties welcomes Dr. Nancy Witham...
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.

Tasty craft beer brewed from UF/IFAS-grown hops

If you hopped over to the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center and tasted the craft beer made from hops grown by scientists...

2022 Florida Ranches Calendar to highlight conservation efforts of Florida Wildlife Corridor

Florida’s cattle ranches are economic powerhouses, leaders in environmental stewardship and the caretakers of breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
St. Johns River Connector Florida Forever Project

SFWMD extends cattle grazing leases on state land

Cattle grazing leases on South Florida Water Management District land were approved at the SFWMD Governing Board...
Many adults report a fear of public speaking. But for youth participating in the Florida 4-H Public Speaking Program, this important life skill is a chance to share what “sparks” their interest ...
Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.65 to $10 per hour on Sept. 30 as the first step under the $15 ballot...
Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security ...
How can I make the world a better place after I put my feet on the floor in the morning?
AMAC Foundation's National Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida.
State News

FBI: Remains found in Florida park ID'd as Brian Laundrie

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The FBI on Thursday identified human remains found in a Florida nature preserve as those of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito …

Florida education board chair charged in illegal excavation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The chairman of the Florida Board of Education has been charged with illegally excavating in waters around his former property in the Florida Keys. Federal prosecutors …

DeSantis to convene legislature to fight vaccine mandates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by …
Nation & World

In South Sudan, flooding called 'worst thing in my lifetime'

MALUALKON, South Sudan (AP) — He feels like a man who has drowned. The worst flooding that parts of South Sudan have seen in 60 years now surrounds his home of mud and grass. His field of …

As virus cases rise, so do pleas for Russians to get vaccine

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — As she stood in the courtyard of the morgue holding the body of her grandmother who died of COVID-19, Ramilya Shigalturina had a message for anyone still resisting …
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Disaster victims must be cautious about employing strangers to remove trees and do repair work on their property...
The driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle and traveled to the right of the roadway entering the grass shoulder.
Police Chief Bob Peterson passed the torch to his right-hand-man Donald Hagan
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