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LaBelle Health Department to administer Covid-19 Vaccinations and boosters

The Health Department in LaBelle is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 years to 17 years (Parent must be present).

LaBelle Health Department offers Pfizer vaccines to children 5-17 years

The Health Department in LaBelle is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 years to 17 years.  

69% of Floridians over age 5 vaccinated; New covid positivity rate down

The majority of Floridians have chosen to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Community News
Atlantic Coast Line No. 1504 will be restored by U.S. Sugar and put into operation as part of the Sugar Express.

U.S. Sugar and Toys for Tots Partner for a Sweet Holiday Donation with the Sugar Express

The Sugar Express is bringing special holiday joy to children in Glades, Martin, Hendry, Palm Beach and Highlands Counties.
– Kimberly Hernandez and Haylee O’Bannon from LaBelle High School in LaBelle, FL are two of  more than 600 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the Varsity Spirit Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, HI from December 4-8,2021.

Local cheerleaders perform in Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu Hawaii

Kimberly Hernandez and Haylee O’Bannon from LaBelle High School  are two of more than 600 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the countrywho are representing the camp brands …
Chief of Police Tom Lewis and Chase from Paw Patrol visit VPK classrooms at area schools to teach children about Stranger Danger.

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Solid waste collection will remain on the regular schedule through the Christmas and New Year Holidays. Roll off ...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities
A master plan is under development for the Okee-Tantie recreation area.

Good news coming soon on Bass Pro project, says Okeechobee County Commissioner

“The Bass Pro Project is going to happen,” said Commissioner David Hazellief.

Clewiston resident accused of internet crimes

On Dec. 1, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Genesis Chavez
Former Hendry County Sheriff Thomas Vaughn and his wife, Dawn

Update on accident involving former Hendry County Sheriff Tommy Vaughn

  The Hendry County Sheriff's Office shared this update on former Hendry County Sheriff Thomas (Tommy) W. Vaughan and wife, DawnDuring the evening hours of Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, Former …

Faith on the frontlines: Healthcare workers battle burnout with spirituality

Dupe Adeogun has dealt with the painful reality of what happens when COVID-19 patients don’t recover...

Can antiviral agents help immune systems fight mosquito-borne dengue?

Can the dengue virus be prevented using antiviral agents such as antibiotics or vaccines?
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Elks South Region Soccer Shoot announce winners

The Elks South Region Soccer Shoot took place at the Clewiston Youth Development Academy playfield on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Broncos and Lady Brocos set the standard

LaBelle Middle School would like to congratulate the Lady Broncos and the Broncos for setting the expectation
Schools

Education Foundation releases applications for $42,500 in mini-grants

Okeechobee County School District teachers are encouraged to apply for Classroom Mini-Grants ...

It's great to be a gator

Holiday Movie Night enjoyed

North Elementary School students go to court

South Elementary school students participated in a mock trial.
Government
The city considers splitting the Public Works Director position into two separate jobs.
A movement to recall Pahokee City Commissioner Regina Bohlen could require a special election
Crews are in the process of wrapping up the beach renourishment across a two-mile section of Naples Beach...
Veterans

Philippine American Cultural Foundation dedicates Veteran Memorial Park in Okeechobee

The Philippine American Cultural Foundation dedicated a new Veterans' Memorial Park ...
Veteran Steve Cone started X-22 Adventures to help other veterans combat PTSD and depression.

Non-profit set to cruise around the coast

X-22 Adventures will soon be embarking on a trip around the Florida Coast to promote PTSD and suicide awareness.

New Veterans Memorial Park to be dedicated at Philippine American Park

A new Veterans Memorial is planned at the Philippine American Park, 5154 S.W. 16th Street
State

Florida deputy shoots, kills 88-yr-old after he pulls gun

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an 88-year-old man while doing a welfare check at the man’s home on Tuesday, officials said. A woman called the Hillsborough County …

Unprecedented feeding plan mulled for dying Florida manatees

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Normally giving food to wild animals is considered off limits, but the dire situation in Florida with more than 1,000 manatees dying from starvation due to manmade …

Tall sailing ship built in 1914 stops in Miami on expedition

MIAMI (AP) — A tall sailing ship built more than 100 years ago has arrived in Miami as part of an environmental expedition that will end in 2023. The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is 321 feet (98 meters) …
Nation & World

Michigan attorney general will review Oxford school shooting

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday her office will review events that occurred before the mass shooting that left four students dead at Oxford High School, despite the …

Saudi suspect in Khashoggi killing arrested in France

PARIS (AP) — A suspect in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested Tuesday in France, according to a French judicial official. The official said the suspect was being …

Study can't confirm lab results for many cancer experiments

Eight years ago, a team of researchers launched a project to carefully repeat early but influential lab experiments in cancer research. They recreated 50 experiments, the type of preliminary …
Opinion

Political rage: America survived a decade of anger in the 18th century – but can it now?

Americans have an anger problem. People rage at each other. They are angry at public officials for shutting down parts of society. Or for the opposite reason because they aren’t doing enough to curb the virus. Democrats vent their rage at Republicans. And Republicans treat Democrats not as opponents but as enemies.

APS: 8 life-saving safety tips for decorating the holidays

With the Thanksgiving gatherings concluded and the leftovers long-since eaten, many of us are starting to put up decorations for the holiday season. And we’re fortunate that here in the Valley, there’s a pretty good chance the weather will be perfect while you string the lights.

Deadline approaching for Socks 4 Seniors

Time is fast approaching and this will be our 3rd year that the Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring our, Socks 4 Seniors, and once again we need YOU to help make this event one that will put …
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