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U.S. Sugar, Glades cities, sheriffs partner to give families safe trick-or-treat options

CLEWISTON — This Halloween, the people of U.S. Sugar are teaming up with the cities of Moore Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston, Belle Glade and Indiantown as well as local sheriffs’ offices to …

Peanut Butter Challenge spreads statewide

The Peanut Butter Challenge, an annual jar collection that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is expanding statewide in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

Ways to stay safe and have this fun this fall amidst a pandemic

Creating community during COVID-19Fall celebrations, such as Halloween and Día de los Muertos, often include crowded parties and other large gatherings of families and friends that may put …

One-time, cut-rate opportunity for Everglades ‘Eco Preservation Tour’

A very unique alternative activity is being offered in South Florida on Election Day of this troubled year of 2020, down deep in the Everglades, out of West Miami.

Village of Indiantown partners with SLWA to enhance utility services

INDIANTOWN — The Village of Indiantown has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to enhance services and provide optional repair plans to resident homeowners. The National …
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Government
State and federal officials gathered at the S-333 water control structure on the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 to celebrate the start of work on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), which will increase the capacity to move water from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park (ENP).
On Oct. 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.
An update on the COVID-19 pandemic will top the agenda at the Oct. 8 regular meeting of the Indiantown Village Council.
Schools

IRSC elects new officers for District Board of Trustees

IRSC alumnae Sandra Krischke of St. Lucie County was unanimously elected chairwoman of the IRSC District Board of Trustees.

IRSC partners with FDOE for New Workforce Education Initiative

IRSC is partnering with FDOE on a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term career and technical education (CTE) programs.

IRSC opens Spring 2021 Registration

Registration for Spring 2021 at Indian River State College (IRSC) started Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Opinion
Artificial intelligence revolution comes to cattle country

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) on ranches and dairy farms represents tremendous potential to benefit the Florida cattle industry.

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Nation & World

Pelosi scolds White House over no response in virus talks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a scolding assessment of COVID-19 relief talks on Thursday, blaming Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for failing to produce answers to her …

US vetted stars' politics to showcase Trump virus response

Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted political views of hundreds of celebrities for a planned $250 million ad blitz …

Typhoon, landslides leave 19 dead, 64 missing in Vietnam

Typhoon Molave set off landslides that killed at least 15 people and left 38 missing in central Vietnam, where ferocious wind and rain blew away roofs and knocked out power …

Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign

The fatal shooting of another Black man on America's streets by police — with subsequent unrest — has brought the fraught issues of policing and racism in the nation back to the fore of the election.
Get-out-the-vote letter writer Nancy Gehman poses for a photo at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gehman is one of 182,000 people who have participated in Vote Forward, a 50-state letter-writing campaign to more than 17.5 million homes. In the best of times, it’s a massive logistical challenge to get millions out to vote. In 2020, the difficulty has been dramatically compounded: by fear of the coronavirus, by complications and confusion over mail-in ballots, by palpable anxiety over the bitter divisions in the country. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters

Sometimes her hand hurt, but Nancy Gehman kept writing. Every evening from July until mid-October, the 85-year-old retiree sat with a gel pen, writing notes imploring fellow Americans to find a way …

Trump paints apocalyptic portrait of life in US under Biden

The suburbs wouldn't be the suburbs anymore, the economy would sink into its worst depression ever and police departments would cease to exist. Even America's older adults would …
State
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See a Kingsnake? Report it to FWC

Kingsnakes have experienced population declines that biologists can’t explain.

FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).
FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections Christina White, right, examines signatures on vote-by-mail ballots with members of the Canvassing Board Judge Raul Cuervo, left, and Judge Betsy Alvarez-Zane, center, at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections in Doral, Fla. Florida will never experience another election meltdown exactly like the one that made the state an international laughingstock in 2000, when after a five-week recount and court battle George W. Bush edged Al Gore and won the presidency. State leaders eliminated computer punchcard ballots, implemented statewide recount laws and made it easy to cast and process ballots before Election Day. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready

Even if the presidential election hinges on a Florida recount like 20 years ago, hanging chads and butterfly ballots won't be around to trip up voters and officials.
November is Manatee Awareness Month, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public to watch out for these large marine mammals while boating, because they’re on the move.

Make a difference for manatees this November

FWC TALLAHASSEE — November is Manatee Awareness Month, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public that these large marine mammals are on the …