Coronavirus Updates

More people seek vaccinations as delta variant spreads

COVID-19 cases and covid-related deaths continued to increase in Florida last week, as the highly contagious delta variant spreads. But there’s some good news: More people in South Central …

PBC updates policy on use of facial coverings for county employees and public

On July 27, the CDC updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people in order to address rising numbers of the COVID-19 virus and its associated new variants in our area and across the country.

CDC provides information on types of face masks to prevent COVID-19

There are many types of masks you can use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. When choosing a mask, choose one that fits snugly.
Community News
Whether you have a beloved mutt at home or are thinking of adding a dog to your family, Katribe suggests visiting your local shelter to see how you can help dogs awaiting adoption.

National Mutt Day is July 31: The top 5 reasons why mutts rule!

America has a long history of affection for mutts. Two of cinema’s most famous dogs – Spike from “Old Yeller” and Higgins from “Benji” - were mutts adopted from shelters.

Caleb Cornett speaks to Kiwanis Club

FCA Minister of Football Director of the Treasure Coast Caleb Cornett (right) pictured with Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen.

Boil Water Notice is in effect for areas of Port LaBelle Utility Service area

A precautionary boil water notice has been issued to the following areas due to an emergency water line repair
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities
Children receive free school supplies and more at the annual Lipman Family Farms Backpack Giveaway.

Lipman Family Farms hosts 11th annual Backpack Giveaway

Free school supplies available to children in Immokalee and surrounding communities on August 7

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges:

Kissimmee River Project restores about 40% of river's twists

After decades of construction, the Kissimmee River Restoration Project has restored 40 miles of river and floodplain and returned almost 25,000 acres to wetlands.

Woman arrested in Flamingo Inn parking lot

After she was reportedly found sleeping in the parking lot of the Flamingo Inn...

Employee accused of stealing lottery tickets

An employee at a local convenience store was accused of stealing lottery tickets...
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Free Youth Fishing Clinic set for Aug. 5, let your 8- to 14-year-old get hooked with skills

FORT PIERCE — Getting youth hooked on fishing brings a host of benefits that goes beyond developing a sport, a hobby and a skill. From building confidence to increasing perseverance, …

IRSC’s Linton Brown named FCSAA 2020–21 Male Athlete of the Year

Indian River State College Men’s Basketball team member Linton Brown has been named the 2020–21 Male Athlete of the Year by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA).
Schools

RCMA receives a grant of $37,500 from the United Way of Collier and the Keys

RCMA, Florida’s largest non-profit provider of early childhood education, received a $37,500 grant from the United Way of Collier and the Keys from an application submitted earlier in the year.

IRSC awarded $1,399,999 U.S. Department of Labor Grant to continue YouthBuild program

Indian River State College (IRSC) received a $1,399,999 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support its Building Fort Pierce YouthBuild program.

Nearly 20 Immokalee Foundation students graduate in the top 10% of the Class of 2021

Overcoming the intense challenges of the 2020-21 school year with hard work and perseverance, The Immokalee Foundation and its 57 high school seniors celebrated graduation.
Government
The City of Clewiston Board of Commissioners set the property tax rate at 6.5134 mills during a special meeting held July 29.
The IRS continues to observe criminals using a variety of scams that target honest taxpayers. In some cases, these scams will trick taxpayers into doing...
Glades County plans negotiations with a candidate.
Veterans
Jonica Hough, owner of Ultimateflags.com, was thrilled to get a package from the Marines who received her flags.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...
Jack Sutherland still enjoys playing the guitar at the age of 94.

Veteran Sutherland was known for his sense of humor

WWII veteran Thomas “Jack” Sutherland was born on September 12, 1926...
State

Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of …

Producer brings Hallmark romance to Tampa Bay movie sets

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Asked if she is a romantic, Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt stoically replied, “I guess.” But when asked about her husband, Schmidt’s business-like demeanor …

Drone boats sent from Jacksonville to face storms' fury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The key to making hurricane forecasts suddenly clearer and more accurate might have floated out to sea from Jacksonville last week on something looking like orange …
Nation & World

Analysis: Iran strikes hard-line pose ahead of new president

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Once a protégé of Iran's supreme leader is sworn in as president this week, hard-liners will control all parts of the Islamic Republic's civilian …

Death toll jumps to more than 300 in recent China flooding

BEIJING (AP) — More than 300 people died in recent flooding in central China, authorities said Monday, three times the previously announced toll. The Henan provincial government said 302 people …

Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages

NEW DELHI (AP) — Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has been living in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled violence in Myanmar. Stateless, and now homeless after a fire razed his …
Opinion
Pastor Tom shows some love at Okeechobee Christian Academy.

Inspiring Okeechobee: Pastor Tom is well-loved in the community

Tommaso Pasquarella, known to everyone he meets as Pastor Tom...
The Weekly Clothesline

The Weekly Clothesline - Moses would have liked social distancing

What we’ve been through in the last 18 months was surely a test of our faith, trusting that our God would bring us through...

The final shot for economic recovery

Since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, we’ve seen unprecedented economic growth.
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