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Coronavirus Updates

Pfizer vaccines for children 5 years and older at the health departments

FDOH in Hendry and Glades Counties is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 years and older by appointment.

COVID-19 Omicron variant may be even more contagious than Delta

A new variant of the COVID-19 virus is of special concern.

Covid booster shots available for those age 18 and up

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for those over the age of 18 ...
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Recipe of the Week: Spaghetti Squash Boats

Make this spaghetti squash dish in less than an hour!

Pet of the Week

This is Tortie. She is a seven month old kitten that is up to date on vaccinations and has been spayed.

Operation Santa Letters connects donors with needy children

Everyone deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season.
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Police/Fire

The Hendry County Sheriff's welcomes Tereza Domingo and Guadalupe Lopez...

Hendry County Agricultural Deputies impounded a white donkey Nov. 24.
A small engine plane crash in rural Western Hendry County was reported Nov. 30.
Agriculture
University of Florida plant pathologist Romina Gazis studies fungal-associated diseases affecting many types...
About four years ago, Fernando Alferez started to test if citrus trees grown inside a protective mesh cover ...
Wildlife & Environment
Taking an extended look inside a subterranean termite colony ...
Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 season of the Hendry-Glades Audubon program series!
Business Corner

Give, save and be safe! Stretching your holiday budget

The holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends. A time to give a helping hand to those in need. Even though COVID-19 continues to change...
Congratulations to First Bank, 2021 LaBelle Business of the Year!

First Bank is Business of the Year

LABELLE -- The Greater LaBelle Chamber of Commerce proudly announced First Bank as their recipient of the Chamber’s 2021 Business of the Year Award.

U.S. borders reopen to fully-vaccinated travelers

One of the most widely anticipated milestones of the recovery is the US borders.
Veterans

Wreaths Across America Radio hosts the last of four roundtable discussions on Veteran Healing

Wreaths Across America Radio focuses on Veteran Healing through sharing

13th Annual Veterans Memorial Park Benefit planned

The LaBelle Veteran’s Park Committee would like to thank the many people that have helped form and build this special place
Rolling Thunder rode into LaBelle bright and early on Saturday, August 21.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 5 Florida POW*MIA offers Chair of Honor Program

Rolling Thunder® is a diverse group of like-minded individuals committed POW*MIA awareness and veterans rights
Weather
Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
Sports Around The Lake
The following are the results of the Hendry County Jr./High School students who placed in the Bassmaster Fishing Club on Lake Seminole.
On Nov. 20 LaBelle Wrestling hosted their 4th Annual Preseason Classic Tournament.
Check out the new soccer goals and bleachers at the AA Thomas Park ...
Micah Steele led the Pahokee Blue Devils with 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns...
Schools

STEM students learn about planes

Thrust and lift: K-3 students experimented with paper airplanes

High school class makes tables

LHS Building/Trades students have another happy customer!
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Hendry County School Board elects new chairwoman and vice chair

The Hendry County School District elected a new chairwoman ...

Upthegrove Elementary honors Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the October Citizens of the Month for Upthegrove Elementary School.
Government
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Hendry County moves forward with EMS assessments

The Hendry County is considering a special assessment for the county’s EMS needs.
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Hendry County tweaks redistricting map to meet Dec. 31 deadline

Hendry County is nearing the completion of its redistricting map.

USPS warns about scams

The USPS is warning of new scam involving text messages.
Health

Yoga for Life: Yoga stimulates thinking

At the present time, in this New Age of Technology, the computer does much of the thinking. When human beings use technology to think and reason in determining...

Legion to host blood mobile

Help save lives by donating blood when the Big Red Bus visits the Legion on Dec. 9…

Stay fall-free while decorating this holiday season

Nearly half of Americans – 48% – are planning to keep their holiday decorations up longer ...
Entertainment

Wharf Walk Artisan Weekend planned in downtown LaBelle

LABELLE – The LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation will host Wharf Walk Artisan Weekend Nov. 13 and 14.

Firehouse Community Theatre Inc. announces 29th season

The Firehouse Community Theatre announces its 29th season.

'SEE IT LIVE!' at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in 2022

Palm Beach State College’s Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade is celebrating their 40th Anniversary “SEE IT LIVE!” 2022 performing arts season...
Traffic & Road Work

Phillips Road closes for road maintenance Oct. 28

On Thursday, Oct. 28, Phillips Road in LaBelle will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon for road maintenance activities.

Hendry County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10

The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Hendry County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3

The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Clewiston resident asks for drainage and road repairs during HBOCC meeting

LABELLE -- A Clewiston resident pleaded with the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners Sept. 28 to remember to tend to the little things
Opinion
When you enter your personal information or credit card number into a website, do you have a moment of hesitation? A nagging sense of vulnerability prompted by the parade of headlines about data breaches and hacks?
Another Thanksgiving is just a memory.
The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a case study in why public opinion doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter in a court of law. Everyone, White or Black, should be able to plead self-defense. Even if the public hates them.
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Sheriff: 'Prolific offender' accused of assaulting woman

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal history is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman as she delivered pizza to a central Florida apartment complex, officials …

Florida man charged with killing 21-year-old woman in 1983

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man who had long been considered a person of interest in the killing of a 21-year-old South Florida woman has been arrested after 38 years, officials said. Ralph …

Face masks now optional at Archdiocese of Miami schools

MIAMI (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami is making face coverings optional for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students whose parents sign opt-out paperwork. The archdiocese …
Nation & World

Mysteries of omicron variant could take weeks to untangle

A pandemic-weary world faces weeks of confusing uncertainty as countries restrict travel and take other steps to halt the newest potentially risky coronavirus mutant before anyone knows just how …

Death of bullied Utah girl draws anger over suicides, racism

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — When her 10-year-old daughter tried spraying air freshener on herself before school one morning, Brittany Tichenor-Cox suspected something was wrong with the sweet little girl …

Volcanic lava threatens church, more homes on La Palma

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A fresh river of lava from the volcano on Spain’s La Palma island threatened Wednesday to engulf a parish church that has so far survived the eruption …
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