Coronavirus

Hendry County has 41 COVID-19 related deaths; Okeechobee County, 20; Glades County, 4

TALLAHASSEE — Since reporting started in March, 12,115 Floridians and 154 nonresidents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, according to the Florida Department of Health report updated …

Florida Department of Health updates COVID-19 report

TALLAHASSEE — Since reporting started in March, 11,915 Floridians and 152 non-residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died according to the Florida Department of Health report updated …

Florida Department of Health updates COVID-19 report; Glades County has fourth COVID-19 death

TALLAHASSEE — Since reporting started in March, 11,650 Floridians and 150 non-residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died according to the Florida Department of Health report updated …
Police/Fire

Jury trials to resume in Collier County - slowly and cautiously

NAPLES – After a suspension of jury trials that has lasted for seven months, jury trials will slowly and cautiously resume in Collier County beginning in October.

Deputy involved shooting in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE – Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the area of Edenfield Way in Immokalee at 1:12 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in reference to a disturbance. Deputies arrived …

Hendry County Arrest Report

Hendry County felony/DUI arrests for Aug. 31 through Sept 6 include: • Thomas Eugene Cherry, 36, Immokalee, was arrested by Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputy M. Afonso on …
Sports

FHSAA votes to start sports on Aug. 24

On Aug. 14 the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) board of directors voted 11-5 to approve the start of high school sports in the state.

NBA sees seven of the eight first-round matchups set

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff bracket is nearly set. Wednesday’s results filled in five of what were the six unknown matchups for Round 1 of the postseason, which starts next …

Florida High School Athletic Association is working on options for start of sports

The Florida High School Athletic Association is currently working on three options for schools ahead of the tentative start of sports around the state.
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Schools
The Immokalee Foundation has selected 61 students to join its Career Pathways program for the 2020-21 school year.
NAPLES – The Immokalee Foundation (TIF) has received a $15,000 grant from the Clifton Larson Allen (CLA) Foundation to support Career Pathways, the foundation’s innovative, career-oriented …
Submitted photo: Kency Cesar, Shayia Nelson and Yvelande Astreide doing store promotion post COVID19. IMMOKALEE - This summer, when so many businesses are closed and unable to hire, as an essential …
Government

President Donald J. Trump approves Florida Emergency Declaration

FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area …

Your business can help the census

Having an accurate census count is important to our community, and local businesses can help make this happen. Celia and Joe Ward-Wallace, who own South LA Cafe, are passionate …
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Traffic/Road Work

Collier County Road Watch report for week of August 23

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

Entertainment

Time To Hit The Open Road? Rent An RV!

(NAPSI)—Consumer preferences have changed drastically since the start of the pandemic, with travel being no exception. Thousands of Americans have opted out of airline tickets and hotel …

Business

Jimmy Perry is a hard-working football coach and commercial fisherman who owns and operates Big Jimmy’s.

We all worry about the small businesses that have had to reduce their services or completely close down during the viral crisis we are experiencing. However, some local, family-owned businesses, …
State

Upcoming Virtual Brain Bus event scheduled Sept. 29

The Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Brain Bus is here to help. This statewide outreach initiative raises awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementia from any device connected to the internet.

FWC virtual meeting Oct. 7-8 open to the public

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet virtually Oct. 7 and 8 beginning at 9 a.m. ET each day.

FPUC’s Hurricane Michael settlement hearing

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct a hearing on Monday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. to consider a settlement agreement for Florida Public Utilities Company’s Hurricane Michael cost recovery.
Nation & World

Department of Labor revises regulations to clarify paid leave requirements under the FFCRA

WASHINGTON, DC — On Sept. 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted revisions to regulations that implemented the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical …

Disney criticized for filming 'Mulan' in China's Xinjiang

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Disney is under fire for filming part of its live-action reboot “Mulan” in Xinjiang, the region in China where the government has been accused of human rights abuses …

Neighbors with hoses target fires as crews urge them to stop

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — With California firefighters strapped for resources, residents have organized to put out flames themselves in a large swath of land burning south of San Francisco, …

Europe is going back to school despite recent virus surge

PARIS (AP) — A mother and her three children scanned the school supplies in a Paris supermarket, plucking out multicolored fountain pens, crisp notebooks – and plenty of masks. Despite resurgent …