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Coronavirus Updates
Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties are at medium risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control map published June 26. [Art courtesy CDC]

Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties at 'medium' risk for COVID-19

With much of Florida now considered at high risk for COVID-19, Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades Counties remain at “medium” risk ...
The Centers for Disease Control map for June 18 shows Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Collier and Desoto counties at medium risk for COVID-19 and the rest of South Florida at high risk. Okeechobee County is highlighted on the map. [Graphic courtesy CDC]

Know the risk for COVID-19

Most of South Florida is in at “high risk” for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ...
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) map shows counties at high risk for COVID-19 in red, medium risk in yellow and low risk in green. Okeechobee County (medium risk in yellow) is outlined.

Palm Beach County at high risk from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spreading again in Florida, according to data shared June 3 by the Florida Department of Health.
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Caloosa Humane Society seeks forever homes for pets

The Caloosa Humane Society has lots of dogs and cats just waiting to be your new best friends.

Help the library with collecting school supplies

Barron Library is proud to partner with Hendry/Glades United Way and Hendry/Glades Health Department...

Barron Library presents ‘Ocean Speaks’

On June 21, Mrs. Jessica with Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership gave an awesome interactive presentation “Ocean Speaks”...
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Police/Fire

The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges by the HCSO, CPD, FHP, FWC, and DOC...

 The Hendry County Sheriff's Office warns the “100 Deadliest Days” has begun. It is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day …
HCSO Sgt. Wanda Hainley took some time from her busy Human Trafficking schedule to get real with some kids participating at YMCA …
Agriculture
Following the launch of the new Unity Gardens Initiative by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried ....
Florida citrus growers can learn more about the use of plant-growth regulators (PGRs) and how they can fight against fruit drop...
Wildlife & Environment
Two proposed projects on private land could help improve water quality in the Caloosahatchee River.
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Business Corner

LDRC receives 2022 Main Street America Accreditation

LABELLE — LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program …

LaBelle Tractor Supply reveals new garden center

Just in time for spring, the Labelle Tractor Supply announced the completion of an exciting upgrade that has completely transformed...

In-home massage services for women available in LaBelle

LABELLE -- Women suffering a tight muscle from overworking the garden or a sore back from hours hunched over a workstation can be conveniently remedied in the comfort of their own homes with a visit …
Veterans
LABELLE -- The First Baptist Church Trail of Life Group helped with the flag ceremony. [Photo courtesy American Legion Post 130]

Legion post holds Flag Retirement Ceremony

LABELLE -- On June 14 Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion Post 130 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the post.

American Legion Post 130 hosts Memorial Day Services

FORT DENAUD -- American Legion Post #120 held Memorial Day Services in Felda and at the Fort Denaud Cemetery on May 30. …

Support military families in honor of Military Appreciation Month

The American Red Cross provides support to our U.S. military community at every step of their career...
Weather
The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties (FDOH-Hendry/Glades) is urging the public...
Heavy rains are predicted to impact our area this weekend. It is important to be prepared for flooding.
Sports Around The Lake
These guys just won over North Naples 8-4 and won the Little League 10U district 18 championship.
Get your fishing pole and head to Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café for the Annual 4th of July Kid’s Fishing Tournament
Board members from Hendry County and the City of LaBelle joined the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Department May 24, ...
Top Trending Stories

LaBelle Middle School teacher Tracie Smith Murphy was recognized by the Hendry County School Board during its regular June 21 meeting …

ARCADIA, Fla. (AP) — A 44-year-old Florida woman brought her infant grandchild along with a stash of cocaine and heroin to a recent prison visit, officials said. But guards searching visitors …
Tyler Brooks Burton, of LaBelle, graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology...
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Burton receives degree from Radford University

Tyler Brooks Burton, of LaBelle, graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology...
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Hendry County School District considers expanding Guardian Program to teachers, veterans

Hendry County School Superintendent Michael Swindle said he’d provide some data for the board to consider which school district employees …
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School board approves allocation request for new dean

The Hendry County School Board approved in a 4-0 vote a new personnel allocation request to hire a dean for Country Oaks Elementary School.

Hendry County Schools and Sodexo are serving free meals during summer

LABELLE -- Hendry County Schools and Sodexo are serving FREE MEALS to kids and teens while schools are closed. Site Locations: LaBelle High 7:30-8 a.m.  & 11:30 a.m. - 12 …
Government
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Hendry County to contract out for impact fee study

During the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners meeting in Clewiston on June 14, the commission approved a resolution …
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South Florida Ops asks court to quash plans for a recycling plant

A Naples developer has filed a petition to stop the building of a biosolids and horticultural recycling facility ...
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LaBelle to apply for community grant

City of LaBelle commissioners voted 5-0 to apply for a community development block grant during its regular meeting June 9.
Health

Residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses

The Florida Department of Health is urging all residents and visitors, especially those that are spending time outdoors...

FDOH Hendry/Glades seeking feedback about Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign

The Health Departments in Hendry and Glades counties are requesting your feedback.

Free Autism screening for young children

Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference...
Entertainment
"The Little Shop of Horrors" production at The Fireside Theatre

Firehouse Theatre approaching 30 years of entertaining LaBelle

When a small dinner theater located in the Hendry Isles RV Resort closed in 1993, …

Firehouse Theatre presents ‘Barefoot in the Park’

LABELLE — The Firehouse Theatre will present a romantic comedy by Neil Simon; “Barefoot in the Park.” ...

First Christian Church hosts annual Wild Game Dinner

The First Christian Church Wild Game Dinner is back! Come enjoy a wide variety of items on Saturday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Traffic & Road Work

SR 80 construction update

Crews will be resurfacing and widening portions of …

Wheeler Road area surveying planned

Beginning the week of June 20,  AIM Engineering and Surveying will be performing surveying services on Wheeler Road from 13th Place to 23rd Terrace.
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Hendry County discusses Hendry Isles Boulevard roadwork

Clewiston resident, Judy Weaver, spoke at the regular meeting of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners May 10 …
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Notice of road work on Schooner Drive

Please be advised that on Tuesday, April 26, Hendry County’s contractor and their subcontractor will be conducting...
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How many times have we read those words. Hopefully, what they stood for will never return.
With summer officially here, as an Arizonan, you’re likely looking for ways to continue enjoying the outdoors while also staying cool...
President Joe Biden signed into law on June 25 a bipartisan bill that is the first significant change in federal gun legislation in nearly three decades.
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Shifting abortion laws cause confusion for patients, clinics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Abortion providers and patients were struggling Friday to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access across the country since the U.S. Supreme …

Judge won't delay Florida school shooting sentencing trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has refused to delay the sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz in the 2018 shooting at a high school in which 17 people were killed. Cruz's lawyers had …

Judge won't dismiss parent lawsuit in Gabby Petito slaying

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit in which the parents of Gabby Petito claim that Brian Laundrie told his parents he had killed her before he returned home …
Nation & World

Monkeypox cases triple in Europe, WHO says, Africa concerned

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe chief warned Friday that monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and urged countries to do more to ensure the …

Seeking parole, Pistorius meets with girlfriend's father

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African former track star Oscar Pistorius has met with the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot to death in 2013, as part of his parole process, the …

Environmental justice advocates slam Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court decision to limit how the Environmental Protection Agency regulates carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could make an already grave situation worse for those affected most by …
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