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Coronavirus

More people seek vaccinations as delta variant spreads

COVID-19 cases and covid-related deaths continued to increase in Florida last week, as the highly contagious delta variant spreads. But there’s some good news: More people in South Central …

CDC provides information on types of face masks to prevent COVID-19

There are many types of masks you can use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. When choosing a mask, choose one that fits snugly.

CDC provides updates about COVID and variant

We’re learning more about COVID-19 all the time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the latest available evidence to make the best...
Community
Whether you have a beloved mutt at home or are thinking of adding a dog to your family, Katribe suggests visiting your local shelter to see how you can help dogs awaiting adoption.

National Mutt Day is July 31: The top 5 reasons why mutts rule!

America has a long history of affection for mutts. Two of cinema’s most famous dogs – Spike from “Old Yeller” and Higgins from “Benji” - were mutts adopted from shelters.

Boil Water Notice is in effect for areas of Port LaBelle Utility Service area

A precautionary boil water notice has been issued to the following areas due to an emergency water line repair

MHMHS alum receives scholarship

During the Florida Supervisor of Elections conference held in Tampa in June, Supervisor Aletris Farnam of Glades County received a $1,200 scholarship on behalf of Maricela Rubio.
Human Interest

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.

Summer Work Program helps youth learn and earn

The program aims to impress upon young minds that work is good, necessary and will provide financial sustainability

Business Corner: Newlyweds partner up at The Sign Shop & More

Sonia recently tied the knot with Mike Spencer, and they now co-own the shop together.

Septuagenarian Couple flies sea to shining sea

On a wing and a prayer, a couple in their 70s flew from sea to shining sea in a 70-year-old airplane.
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

Back to School Tax Holiday starts July 30

Back to School tax holiday is July 30-Aug. 9 Floridians can save some money on school supplies during the state tax holiday. The sales tax holiday begins Saturday, July 31 and extends through …
Moore Haven Middle High School

Moore Haven Middle High School offers credit forgiveness, credit recovery or credit acquisition program

Moore Haven Middle High School will offer  an opportunity for credit recovery, credit forgiveness, and/or credit acquisition...

Hodges University, Achieva announce scholarships

Two scholarships each of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 will be awarded to a total of six individuals.
Police/Fire
PORT LABELLE -- A 38-year-old Miami woman was killed in a three-vehicle auto accident in Hendry Countyon State Road 80 near Lexington Parkway on July 31.
The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges last week:
“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm?
LaBelle woman dies in pedestrian v. vehicle accident early Thursday morning.
Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed July 18 – 24 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.
Government

IRS cautions taxpayers about fake charities and scammers targeting immigrants

The IRS continues to observe criminals using a variety of scams that target honest taxpayers. In some cases, these scams will trick taxpayers into doing...

Glades County is closer to hiring a new county manager

Glades County plans negotiations with a candidate.

Glades County to benefit from state funding and CARES Act funding

MOORE HAVEN -- CARES Act funding will help Glades County pay for new  county vehicles and fire department equipment. Glades County Board of County Commissioners July 26 unanimously approved …
Sports

Spiny lobster season starts soon

The 2021 spiny lobster season opened with the two-day recreational mini-season July 28 and 29

Five things you’ll want to do now to prep for archery and crossbow seasons

This time of year, many hunters are getting ready for Florida’s archery and crossbow seasons...

$5,000,000 in scholarship funds for SWFL youth at Immokalee Freedom Day event

IMMOKALEE- A Juneteenth Freedom Day Block Party is planned for June 19, 2021. Jonas Mervilus, owner and founder of MySpeedyX, has announced $5,000,000 in scholarship funding will be available
Traffic & Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 1, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, July 25, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Health
The Alzheimer Association will hold virtual Caregiver College - Effective Communication Strategies class on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon.
The Foundation serves more than 25 counties across Florida and is the largest provider of prevention services in the state
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
This photo is of a ultraviolet light system used to thwart strawberry pathogens.

UF study gives strawberry growers a ray of (UV) light at the end of their pest tunnel

For a few years, University of Florida plant pathologist Natalia Peres has used an ultraviolet light system to thwart strawberry pathogens.

UF/IFAS plants flora to try to reduce pollutants going into lakes, rivers

Now, in the middle of summer, when those afternoon or evening rains come, stormwater from lawns, driveways and roofs drains down to any...

Assistance helps farmers and ranchers conserve natural resources

Agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals, and related resources.
Business
Harbor Freight Tools, America’s go-to store for quality tools at the lowest prices, will officially open its new store in Clewiston
Charity Williams and Beyond Barriers, Inc. are excited about their new location in LaBelle
Opinion
What we’ve been through in the last 18 months was surely a test of our faith, trusting that our God would bring us through...
Since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, we’ve seen unprecedented economic growth.
My plants and flowers are happy, and while I take time with them, it’s God that makes them grow...
Dear Rusty: I turn 62 next year, and I am getting different answers to my questions so I hope you can help me. The amount I would collect is different at 67 and 72.
State News

Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of …

Producer brings Hallmark romance to Tampa Bay movie sets

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Asked if she is a romantic, Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt stoically replied, “I guess.” But when asked about her husband, Schmidt’s business-like demeanor …

Drone boats sent from Jacksonville to face storms' fury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The key to making hurricane forecasts suddenly clearer and more accurate might have floated out to sea from Jacksonville last week on something looking like orange …
Nation & World

Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages

NEW DELHI (AP) — Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has been living in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled violence in Myanmar. Stateless, and now homeless after a fire razed his …

Evacuations lifted as progress made against western fires

BLY, Oregon (AP) — Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation's largest wildfire, while authorities canceled evacuation orders near a major blaze in Northern …
Top Trending Stories
It’s National Blueberry Month, a time to savor the fruit’s flavor, reap its health benefits - including fiber and vitamins C and K - and appreciate how it grows.
The Florida Department of Health will offer mobile vaccination units in LaBelle, Clewiston, and Moore Haven. The community will have the opportunity to choose...
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Two teens found dead at a Florida park might have suffered from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning related to a modified exhaust...
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