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Wildlife & Environment
Palmetto is a native Florida plant.

Florida-friendly landscape plants help the environment

Home gardeners can help the environment by choosing Florida-friendly plants.
A new guide developed by UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County outlines which plants to avoid and which plants to embrace in a Florida landscape.

Plant this - not that!

Florida’s climate makes a cozy environment for a variety of plant species. The downside is that invasive and potentially destructive species often try to call Florida home, too. A new guide …

Stormwater management and why it matters

Stormwater runoff begins as rain. It carries pollutants from land surfaces on its way to water bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Agriculture
A new study led by researchers at the University of Florida predicts that the supply chains for two of American’s most popular plant-based foods...
Scientists will conduct research at the 27,000-acre DeLuca Preserve with more than $600,000 in funding awarded to UF/IFAS...
If you hopped over to the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center and tasted the craft beer made from hops grown by scientists...
Coronavirus
Police/Fire

Are 90% of drivers are distracted?

State Farm released the results of a survey examining distracted driving.

Freed murderer charged in Florida with slaying of single mom

Police have charged a convicted murderer who was released from prison last year with the slaying of a South Florida...

Florida Highway Patrolman narrowly escapes being struck by vehicle

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...

Red Cross helps 1 person affected by a home fire in Immokalee

On Oct. 5, local American Red Cross responded to a home in Immokalee ...
Sports

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.

Advice for introducing new hunters – from a new hunter!

For many hunters, there’s nothing quite like the great feeling that comes from introducing someone to hunting.

Big Lake Athlete of the Week: Chauncy Cobb

OKEECHOBEE — This week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week is Clewiston’s Chauncy Cobb for his performance in the Tigers’ 38-23 victory over Calvary Christian on Sept. 17.
Schools
- On Oct. 15, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a Florida Job Growth Grant for the Glades County Regional Training Center.
Student artists in Immokalee now have a creative outlet to display their work for potential buyers.
Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will hold college Preview Days at FSW campuses on various dates through November.
Human Interest

Deputies help man whose bicycle was stolen

Three Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies took action when an Immokalee man’s bicycle was stolen…

Coalition of Immokalee Workers calls for justice for Nicholas Morales

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers work to amplify their community’s demands for justice and common-sense police reforms.

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…
Government

Governor Ron DeSantis recognizes September as Florida Preparedness Month

Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation to declare September as Florida Preparedness Month in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Ready” Campaign...

Disagree with the assessed value of your property?

Deadline to File with the Value Adjustment Board is September 10, 2021

Be on guard when a stranger knocks on your door

Collier County Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel is urging residents to exercise caution whenever a stranger knocks on their door, and to refrain from conducting business with door-to-door solicitors who do …
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Traffic/Road Work
Drive carefully in areas where road work is underway ...
The following column is the Road Watch report for Collier County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Veterans
Jonica Hough, owner of Ultimateflags.com, was thrilled to get a package from the Marines who received her flags.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...
Congressman Greg Steube

Stories sought for Veterans History Project

VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
Entertainment

Music festival tickets selling well

OKEECHOBEE – More than half of the tickets for the 2022 Okeechobee Music Festival (OMF) have already been sold, according to a report shared at the Oct. 12 meeting of the Okeechobee County …

Exclusive Tour of Everglades Bank

What’s upstairs? Visitors to Everglades City have probably seen the old Bank Building and might even have taken a peek inside if...
Weather

Emergency assistance to be available for Florida if storm causes damage

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, local and tribal response efforts …

National Weather Center update on Tropical Storm Elsa 2 p.m. UPDATE

The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
This Oct. 8, 2020 photo made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico at 12:41 EDT. (NOAA via AP)

How much water do you need for your hurricane supply?

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
State

Orlando fire chief resigns citing North Carolina charges

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando fire chief has resigned his post citing a legal case where he is accused of punching two people inside a North Carolina restaurant. The Orlando Sentinel reports …

Police arrest Florida boy after girl dies with gunshot wound

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy is facing manslaughter charges for being suspected of shooting a 15-year-old girl, who later died of complications. The Tampa Bay Times police first found …

May-Stringer House owns its ‘Florida’s most haunted’ title

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The May-Stringer House looks like a gingerbread-trimmed Victorian home overlooking the city of Brooksville. It’s reportedly one of Florida’s most haunted spots. The …
Nation & World
Colombia's most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raid

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who evaded a decade long manhunt by corrupting state officials and …

No 'blank slate' jurors in county shaken by Arbery slaying

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