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Coronavirus Updates
FILE - This March 16, 2020 file photo shows vials used by pharmacists to prepare syringes used on the first day of a first-stage safety study clinical trial of the potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Hendry County provides information about receiving second dose of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County provides information to follow when you receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Hendry & Glades counties Health Departments provide COVID-19 testing

Health Departments in Hendry and Glades counties will provide free COVID-19 testing to adults and children...
Who will be the first to get COVID-19 vaccines? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Vaccines were not received in Hendry & Glades Counties

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties did not receive an allocation of vaccines this week.
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VITA offers free tax preparation

LABELLE — VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a United Way Collaborative, offers free tax preparation on Thursday, March 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Florida SouthWestern State College, …

Local restaurants are ‘Cooking for a Cure’

Once again local restaurants will come together to help finish the fight with cancer...

Community events for the Lake Okeechobee area

Community events in Okeechobee and the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee including, Clewiston, Moore Haven, LaBelle, Pahokee...
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Police/Fire

Sheriff Steve Whidden and the Hendry Country Sheriff’s Office will host the Ride Around the Lake Motorcycle Rally...

On Jan. 13, police released new photos to mark 25 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas...
A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that at approximately 8:54 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, a 22-year-old Clewiston man, operating a motorcycle...
Agriculture

The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is launching a virtual workshop with research and program updates, available online now.

During the first three months of the pandemic, food-secure people did not change their eating habits very much...
With commodities moving quickly around our globe it’s hard to say just where your food is coming from.
Business Corner

Chamber plans ‘Night on the Town’

The LaBelle Chamber of Commerce shall hold their annual “Night on the Town” event...

FPL ends coal-fired power generation in Florida

After the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Florida Power & Light Company formally closed its last coal-fired plant in Florida...
The perfect way to vacation and stay safe.

36th Annual Fort Myers RV Show canceled

The 36th Annual Fort Myers RV Show, the largest dealer-sponsored RV Show in Florida, has been canceled.
Veterans
Volunteers at the American Legion help serve over 600 meals.

Donors and volunteers make the difference

The American Legion Post 130, with the help of our generous donors and wonderful volunteers...
Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America makes a stop in Ortona

On Saturday, Dec. 29, over 25 motorcycles with the Eagle Riders and Leather Necks escorted a semi trailer-truckload of wreaths...

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is special to many

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It is dedicated to deceased United States services members...
Weather
Eta was rare November surprise for South & SW Florida and the Keys

Now that the water has receded and the cleanup is underway, let’s take a closer look at Eta’s track as well as how rare of an event...

National Hurricane Center updates projections for Tropical Storm Eta

Sports Around The Lake
The Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant will award up to 30 high school fishing clubs or teams $500 to assist...
At its December meeting, FWC approved a draft rule amendment that continues the work to protect Florida’s deer populations...
Starting Jan. 1, 2021, anglers using hook-and-line with natural bait to target reef fish like snapper or grouper...
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Hendry County Major Crime Detectives have been working diligently on solving and arresting multiple violent criminal offenders...
Vaccination appointments and waitlist in Hendry County are now full.
As the pandemic continues to complicate lives, many parents have decided to continue to keep their students at home while they learn to navigate virtual classes.
Government

Health Department confronts challenges of mass vaccine distribution

With just 500 vaccines received per week, and an overwhelming tidal wave of demand to receive them...

Social Security Matters

AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers your questions about Social Security.

Social Security Matters

Have questions about Social Security? Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor has some answers.
Schools

How can can they go?

West Glades School enjoyed Spirit Week challenges...

Virtual Urban Landscape Summit starts Jan. 20

A panel of business leaders will offer their perspective on the “State of the Florida Landscape Industry

VPK enrollment opens Feb. 1

If you have a child that will be four years of age on or before Sept. 1, they are eligible to participate...
Health

Blood donation brings health benefits

In March, the Red Cross showed a drop-off of 86,000 fewer blood donations across the United States...

2020 Year in Review: Protecting and promoting the health of all Floridians

In 2020, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has made strides in protecting public health.

UCI researchers create model to calculate COVID-19 health outcomes

University of California – Irvine health sciences researchers have created a machine-learning model to predict the probability that a COVID-19 patient...
Entertainment
Reza, will perform on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College (SFSC) in Avon Park.

Reza: Edge of Illusion performance at South Florida State College

Reza is recognized as one of today’s most sought after entertainers in the touring illusion industry, delivering innovative...

Ortona Cane Grinding Festival carries on pioneer traditions

This year the Ortona Cane Grinding Festival 42nd Ortona Cane Grinding Festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6...
The upcoming South Florida Mini Fair will take place outdoors and include the typical fair foods and beverages and a variety of activities, including swine racing.

South Florida Fair to present two fairs in 2021

Organizers of the South Florida Fair are taking the unprecedented step of presenting...
Opinion
The Hendry & Glades County’s Chapter of Marine Toys for Tots has ended its campaign for Christmas 2020 and wishes to thank all its friends...
"Could newspapers regain public trust and earn the support of their communities with ownership committed to community service, editors who facilitate the community’s civil discussion of public issues instead of dominating it, and newsrooms that report the news with purposeful neutrality?"
Steve Wieland was the love of Debbie Wieland's life and he lost his life to COVID-10 on Dec. 2.
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State News

One fraud after another for teen who faked being a doctor

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The young man who as a teen faked being a doctor, who swindled a “patient,” who once tried to forge his way into a Jaguar, and who was spared from serving decades in …

Florida man sued for not paying up after betting on Trump

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A friendly $100 wager over the 2020 Presidential election has landed in a Florida small claims court. Before the election, Sean Hynes, a Trump supporter from St. …
Nation & World

AP Week in Pictures, Global

JAN. 9 - 15, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from around the world. The selection was curated by …

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on …
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