Coronavirus Updates

Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19 reduces symptoms and recover faster

Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19 will be administered at the Hendry Regional Medical Center, Building B, 524 W Sagamore Ave. in Clewiston, on Saturday, Oct. 16...
AG consumer alert COVID phishing scam

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of vaccine status license scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of a new COVID-19 vaccination text scam. There have been reports of fraudulent text messages …

COVID-19 new cases decreasing in Florida as vaccination rate rises

OKEECHOBEE – Florida vaccinations are increasing and the positivity rate is falling statewide, but the rural areas around Lake Okeechobee continue to have lower vaccination rates and higher new …
Community News

New non-profit organization created in Moore Haven

MOORE HAVEN -- Beverly Parker of Moore Haven announced at the Glades County BOCC meeting Oct. 12 the formation of the Washington Park Bison Association, Inc. of which she is president.
Left to right: Deidre Brown (HCSD Transportation), Jason Brown (HCSD Director of School Safety) Bob Pastula (HCEM), Richard Lehmkuhl (HCEM Director), Melonie Timgren (HCSD Transportation), and Justin Mosely (HCSD Transportation).

HCSD donates school bus to HCEMD for use as an AMUBUS

The Hendry County School District donated a school bus to the Hendry County Emergency Management Department for use as an AMUBUS.

Manufacturing Job Fair to be held at PBSC Oct. 29

Local manufacturers will be eager to find qualified job candidates at the Manufacturing Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 29...
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Okeechobee woman is killed while exiting shopping plaza

An Okeechobee woman was killed early Wednesday morning...

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on DUI or felony charges last week.

Hearing set abruptly in 2018 Florida school massacre case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A last-minute court hearing is set Friday in Florida for Nikolas Cruz, the man police said has confessed to the 2018 massacre of 17 people at a suburban high …

Colombian cop who ran squad vetted by DEA pleads guilty

MIAMI (AP) — A Colombian police captain who oversaw a unit that worked closely with U.S. anti-narcotics agents has pleaded guilty to charges that he sought to betray the Drug Enforcement …

New law allows bass to be farm-raised, sold in markets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Coming soon to your neighborhood seafood market: farm-raised Florida largemouth bass. Thanks to a law passed this spring, bass will expand its popularity from a favorite …
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

LaBelle Middle School Cross Country team heads to state meet

LABELLE -- The LaBelle Middle School Cross Country Team is going to state! Congratulations!

Kayak and canoe boat launch area planned at Lock 7

OKEECHOBEE – A canoe and kayak rental facility is planned at the Clif Betts Jr. Lakeside Recreation Area (commonly known as Lock 7).
Schools

Everglades Elementary congratulates Students of the Week

Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Oct. 11.

Learning about Africa and music

LABELLE  -- At LaBelle Elementary School, Miss Roberts’ second grade class learned a stick passing game and traditional song from Ghana this week in music class. They also read the book …

Immokalee Foundation hosts exhibition and student art auction

Student artists in Immokalee now have a creative outlet to display their work for potential buyers.
Government
CLEWISTON - The City of Clewiston Board of Commissioners (BOC) will hold its regularly schedulded meeting Monday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. at Clewiston City Hall located at 115 Ventura Ave.
OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is taking action against farmers who don’t implement best management practices (BMPs).
CLEWISTON -- Montura Ranch Estates animal lovers may be asked to register their animals with Hendry County if proposed new regulations are approved by the Hendry County BOCC. The topic is one …
Veterans
David Joyner joined the Navy right immediately after graduating from Okeechobee High School.

God made this Navy veteran to paint

OKEECHOBEE — Navy veteran David Joyner loves to paint. “I’ve never really been good at anything else,” he said. “I just believe God made me to paint.” Joyner …

Treasure Coast Hospice’s We Honor Veterans Program earns highest distinction

On Aug. 8, Treasure Coast Hospice announced that it has earned the highest distinction as a Level 5 We Honor Veterans partner, placing the local program among the Top 5%...

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
State

Freed murderer charged in Florida with slaying of single mom

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Police have charged a convicted murderer who was released from prison last year with the slaying of a South Florida woman whose body was found in a canal after being missing …

Police: Officers kill man who pointed rifle at traffic

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida police fatally shot a man after they say he pointed a military-style rifle at cars and then at officers who arrived in response. Tarpon Springs police say …

Solid waste employee makes 4-year-old's birthday special

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rex Coleman, 4, of Riverside likes everything you’d expect the average 4-year-old boy to enjoy — especially trucks. He’s fascinated by them. “The bigger, louder …
Nation & World

Jury selection to start in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death

Hundreds of people were ordered to report for jury duty Monday in Georgia for what could be a long, laborious effort to find jurors to hear the trial of three white men charged with fatally shooting …

Asian shares slide as Chinese growth data disappoints

Asian shares were mostly lower on Monday after China reported its economy grew at a meager 4.9% annual pace in July-September. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.4% to 3,559.96 while the Hang …

Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

ROSEMONT, Penn. (AP) — Megan Rice, a nun and Catholic peace activist after breaking into a government security complex to protest nuclear weapons, has died. She was 91. Rice died of congestive …
Opinion

Donated blood saved my father's life

In 1971 Susan William's father may have lost his life from internal bleeding if not for the donations of others.

Donated blood saved Alicia Lachance’s life five times

Alicia Lachance is President of the Republican Club of Okeechobee. She wants to share her stories – not one but five – of receiving donated blood.

Reflections from the Pulpit:
Understanding the biblical times that we live in

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know...
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