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Cajun Navy Ground Force helping Pine Island recover 3 months Post Hurricane Ian

At 81-years-old, Douglas Guy is still strong enough to roll a wheelbarrow down his driveway.

SBA and SBDC Network launch pilot initiative to help businesses with appeal

The SBA and SBDC are working together to assist Florida businesses recovering from the impact of Hurricane Ian.

SBA extends deadline to Jan. 12 for businesses and residents

On Nov. 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it will extend its deadline to Jan. 12...
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Wildlife & Environment
A photo of a Cuban tree frog in the act of eating a Florida native green treefrog.

What happened to the Cuban tree frogs in the freeze? Help UF/IFAS find out!

Do you have a Cuban tree frog invasion in your yard? You can help UF/IFAS study these frogs...

Cold weather brings falling iguana alerts

Cold temperatures expected this weekend in South Florida mean some areas are issuing falling iguana alerts.

Everglades National Park celebrates 75th anniversary

America’s iconic River of Grass is celebrating a major anniversary. Seventy-five years ago...
Agriculture
The owner of a Florida farm labor company was sentenced to 118 months in prison for leading a multi-state conspiracy involving forced labor of Mexican farm workers.
On Dec. 21, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the EPA to reconsider its decision to expand the use of sulfoxaflor …
Faster plant breeding and improved mosquito surveillance are among the 11 projects collectively awarded...
Coronavirus
Police/Fire

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers one day boating safety class

The class presenters are trained US Coast Guard Auxiliary Members who facilitate sharing experiences...

K9s United encourages community support through K9 Corps

K9s United, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting law enforcement K-9 units with vital equipment and training...

Robbery victim shot in Felda

On Sept. 19, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Hendry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a robbery that occurred in Felda.

DEA warns of brightly-colored Fentanyl used to target young American

The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl...
Sports

Immokalee Seminoles Youth Sports is seeking board members

Immokalee Seminoles Youth Sports, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is part of the national Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.

Catch a tagged bass and win cash

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program is ending another successful season. Any bass caught in Season 10 (Oct. 1, 2021 - Sept. 30, 2022) must be …

Former Immokalee star signs with Los Angeles Chargers

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Former Immokalee Indian J.C. Jackson has signed a 5-year, $82 million deal to play with the Los Angeles Chargers according to a report from ESPN.
Schools
Suncoast Credit Union Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to The Immokalee Foundation...
To drive economic opportunity for individuals and families, Bank of America recently awarded The Immokalee Foundation...
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has generously supported The Immokalee Foundation’s education...
Human Interest

Farmworkers plan Build a New World March

A five-day march to draw attention to the plight of farmworkers is planned March 14-18, traveling 40 miles from Pahokee to Palm Beach.

On the Trail with Katrina and Callie: The Great Florida Cattle Drive 2022

 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 ....

Hiker follows 2022 Great Florida Cattle Drive

The Great Florida Cattle Drive, held Dec. 4-10 in Osceola County, included about 350 riders, 14 wagons and one man on foot.
Government

Apix, Fla.: Fictional town was cover for government experiment

According to government records, Apix, Fla. was platted for 7,000 homes and had a census population. It was all a lie ...
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Mail-in voters have until 5 p.m. Aug. 25 to fix ballots with signature issues

 Voters contacted by their county Supervisor of Elections office about signature issues on their vote-by-mail ballot envelopes have until 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 to …

Collier County Supervisor of Elections office announces Canvassing Board Schedule

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office has scheduled the Canvassing Board meetings for the 2022 Primary Election.
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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has rescheduled a workshop for the SR 29...

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FDOT invites you to join us in-person or online for a public meeting regarding the roundabout...
Veterans

Veterans Business Owner Outreach receives funding from SBA

On Oct. 14, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a new funding opportunity for up to $400,000...

Wreaths Across America Radio hosts the last of four roundtable discussions on Veteran Healing

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Wreaths Across America Radio focuses on Veteran Healing through sharing

Collier County SOE 'Calls for Heroes' this Veterans Day

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The Collier County Supervisor of Elections invites the community to nominate local veterans and current service...
Entertainment

Celebrate the Centennial with Music

One of the first events in this momentous year when Collier County has its 100th Anniversary...

Gala of the Royal Horses Traveling Horse Performance is Dec. 29 and 30

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), a non-profit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding...
Weather

Evacuation orders issued for Gulf Coast at Hurricane Ian nears

Florida officials waived toll collections to facilitate evacuations as local officials issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in anticipation of Hurricane Ian.
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the U.S. east coast as seen from the International Space Station. Astronaut Alexander Gerst, who shot the photo, tweeted: "Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space." (Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP)

FEMA advises Floridians to prepare for a hurricane

WASHINGTON -- President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. approved Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s request for an emergency declaration on Sept. 24, ahead of Tropical Storm Ian. The declaration authorizes …
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DOH-Collier reminds residents and visitors to have a plan

No matter the path of a storm, it’s always important to be prepared and have a plan.
State

Early prescription refills permitted under State of Emergency

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-219, expanding the State of Emergency statewide....

$12 million in down payment assistance awarded to hometown heroes

On July 26, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that since the Hometown Heroes housing assistance program launched...

Boy dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Jewish center

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …
Nation & World
Thousands gather to mark Srebrenica massacre, bury victims

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of people converged on the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica Monday to mark the 27th anniversary of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the …

New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond

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