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Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 cases high in Florida but wave may have peaked

The highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant continued to spread in Florida in last week …

COVID-19 positivity rates remain high in Florida

TALLAHASSEE -- The new COVID-19 positivity rate for the State of Florida dropped slightly for the seven day period Jan. 7-13 ...
FDOH-Okeechobee staff vaccinating the Douglas Brown Community residents in the Douglas Brown Community Center.

Florida's covid positivity rate continues to climb

Florida’s COVID-19 rate continued to climb last week.
Human Interest

New training initiative in Florida helps fight human trafficking

Attorney General Ashley Moody is enlisting more soldiers and creating new tools in the fight to end human trafficking in Florida.
INDIANTOWN — The Indiantown Village Hall’s new address is 15516 S.W. Osceola St. The move away from the shared Martin County Indiantown Branch Office was completed Sept. 24.

Village of Indiantown invests in infrastructure

Indiantown Village Council recently prioritized multiple infrastructure projects for the fiscal year 2022.
Denim & Diamonds Gala table setting with a favorite honeybun for everyone, courtesy of Nicholas.

Chamber hosts Denim & Diamonds Gala

The Indiantown Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Denim and Diamonds Gala, a fundraiser for the Nicholas Batchelor Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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Community News

CCKids recognizes Demps and Tobon for Going the Extra Mile

Communities Connected for Kids congratulates Shearon Demps and Amanda Tobon ...

Foster parents make sure children woke up Christmas morning to their mom

Communities Connected for Kids congratulates the year’s first Topaz Award recipients

Seeking a career change? TCFB’s Culinary Training Academy begins Jan. 31

Seeking a career change to the culinary arts? Looking to level up your existing food service career?
Government
Effective Dec. 27, 2021, the U.S. State Department has raised the price for first time applicants and renewal of U.S. passport books.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the Indiantown Village Council considered presentations from Architectural engineering firms bidding to design the new town hall.
The USPS is warning of new scam involving text messages.
Schools

IRSC students gain edge with addition of Bloomberg Terminals

Students studying at Indian River State College now have access to the platform used by the world’s leading banks...

Discover IRSC Week begins Monday, Feb. 7

The public is invited to learn about all that Indian River State College (IRSC) offers ...
Wildlife & Environment

Bee appearance and behavior may be related, genetic study reveals

Recently discovered genetic knowledge of two nuisance western honey bee subspecies will help commercial and hobby beekeepers.

Federal funding increased for Everglades restoration

The White House announced the largest ever investment of federal funds for Everglades restoration on Jan. 19.

FWC seeks input on cattail and torpedo grass management

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking input on the management of cattail and torpedograss ...
Opinion
The fight against human trafficking demands our attention. In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers.
On Florida Arbor Day (Jan. 21), we pay homage to trees as work horses, not show horses.
Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?”
Weather
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
 Hurricanes bring excessive rain. When heavy rains bring flooding to an area, your private well may not be safe to drink.
Nation & World

Cruise ship changes course after US judge orders seizure

MIAMI (AP) — A cruise ship that was supposed to dock in Miami sailed to the Bahamas instead after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over unpaid fuel. Cruise …

UAE bans flying of recreational drones after fatal attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has banned the flying of drones in the country for recreation after Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed a fatal drone attack on an oil facility …

Water cannon, tear gas at COVID-19 protests in Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police fired water cannons and tear gas in Brussels on Sunday to disperse protesters marching against COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictions. The march followed demonstrations …

US detains smuggling ship, UK seizes drugs in Mideast waters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized a boat in the Gulf of Oman carrying fertilizer used to make explosives that was caught last year smuggling weapons to …
State

Gloria and Emilio Estefan mural unveiled in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — A new mural honoring Gloria and Emilio Estefan has been unveiled in Miami’s Little Havana. Local artist Disem305 painted the giant mural depicting the power couple of Latin pop …

Realtor takes to water to show off South Florida mansions

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — On a recent Saturday afternoon, real estate agent Bonnie Heatzig was escorting her clients, visiting from Washington, D.C., on a tour of luxury properties in Boca Raton. …

Buccaneers find Gasparilla style at Pirate Fashions

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tucked on a quiet street, the plain building at 4006 W Cayuga St. is easy to miss — until you spot the pirate flag waving near the entrance of the parking lot. Inside, …

Florida waterfront eatery deck collapses, injuring 2 diners

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A group of diners fell in the water after the deck of a Florida waterfront restaurant collapsed, injuring two of them who had to be taken to a hospital. Fire …
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