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How to help children and parents cope with stress during the holidays

It’s considered the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the most...

Yoga for Life: Tighten the abdominal muscles for the New Year

These wide-legged poses are an excellent “wake-up” call for the body.

DCF announces modernized MyACCESS Portal: Same name, new portal

The new MyACCESS portal will be available in English, Spanish, Creole and introduces...
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Human Interest

Two and a half centuries of legends from Boston to Fort Basinger

I was recently asked to tell the story of the Pearce-Lockett Liberty Tree at Pearce Homestead in Fort Basinger...

Trot for Toys raises money for Shop With a Cop

OKEECHOBEE – Trot for Toys, an annual fundraiser for Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Shop With A Cop program ...
Community
What is even more exciting is Safe Mobility for Life Coalition will be hosting an inaugural Older Driver...
For the second straight year, the winner of the statewide Peanut Butter Challenge is...
As AAA prepares to rescue more than 360,000 drivers with car trouble this holiday weekend...
Police/Fire
Help support Florida families in need this holiday season by donating non-perishable foods.
DESOTO COUNTY -- A Lake Placid driver was killed and a passenger seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on SR 70 ...
On Oct. 26, the U.S Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service (Inspection Service) provided an update...
After an exhaustive criminal investigation into a June 28, 2023, single vehicle crash on State Road 70 …
Opinion
The Chinese general Sun Tzo 2500 years ago wrote “if you know your enemy and know yourself...
Congress designates SS/Medicare as non-discretionary spending, which allows...
Weather
The haze over Central Florida on Tuesday was the result of wildfires more than 1,000 miles away, according to the National Weather Service.
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Schools
A CTF tournament is a computer security competition, like a hackathon.
Florida roads are about to get more crowded - and hazardous - as 2.8 million students prepare to return to school.
South Florida State College (SFSC) honored 22 Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ADN) students in a traditional pinning ceremony...
Government

Gov. DeSantis strengthens Florida’s commitment to abused and neglected children

Funding for the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office in Governor DeSantis’ Focus on....

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Standard time returns at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Common Cause Florida to take the stand in case challenging the silencing of black voters

Trial over Gov. DeSantis’ voting map set to begins Sept. 26

Common Cause Florida went to court in the trial over Gov. Ron DeSantis’ congressional voting map...
Health

Gov. DeSantis recognized October as Safe Sleep Month

The ABCs of Safe Sleep is a simple way to remind parents of the best practices to use....

Food safety: Remember the 2-hour rule

Food safety matters to us all. Engaging in safe food handling procedures can prevent...

Yoga for Life: Yoga healing of the body and mind

Yoga is a “mobile” practice that you take with you and apply in daily functions such as cleaning...
Business
This funding includes investments to enhance prevention services, increase access and availability of...
Better Business Bureau® is the trusted source for all things online shopping this holiday season.
The BBB Scam Prevention Guide provides a wide range of resources such as motion...
CareerSource Heartland (CSH) is seeking nominations to fill a private business member seat...
Opinion
Military service entails countless risks, from permanent hearing loss to...
Older adults are at increased risk of loneliness and social isolation...
In a speech following 9/11, President Bush assured us that in spite of this terrorist...
Traffic & Road Work
Road Watch report for Highlands County for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 10
Florida gas prices are declining again after an abrupt increase last week.
AAA projects more than 3 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving.,..
Agriculture

Planning for your animals during the holidays

The holiday season is a cherished time for families to gather, unwind, and create lasting memories.

Enjoy Florida-grown foods at Thanksgiving and through the holidays

When you’re giving thanks this Thanksgiving, consider that much of your food grew in the Sunshine State...
Wildlife & Environment

Enjoy some outdoor fun this holiday season, visit a UF/IFAS demonstration garden

Looking to do something inexpensive and outdoorsy this holiday season?

It’s a bird; it’s a plane: It’s termites in capes for science

Lauren Gawel steadied her hand and lowered the bottle of Elmer’s glue to the tiny termite’s body.
State News
Report: Deputies were justified when they fired at SUV that blasted through Mar-a-Lago checkpoint

A Florida sheriff's office has concluded that two of its deputies were justified when they opened fire on a driver who sped through a checkpoint outside then-President Donald Trump's home. Palm Beach …

Extremely rare white leucistic alligator is born at a Florida reptile park

Asteroid will pass in front of bright star Betelgeuse to produce a rare eclipse visible to millions

National and World
Heavy fighting in south Gaza as Israel presses ahead with renewed US military and diplomatic support

Heavy fighting raged overnight in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis. Israel pressed ahead with its offensive after the U.S. blocked the latest international efforts to halt the fighting and …

Philippines says Chinese coast guard assaulted its vessels with water cannons for a second day

Climate negotiators urged to reach a consensus on curbing warming as COP28 talks near crunch time

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