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

The majority of Floridians have chosen to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Best defense against covid: 'Get vaccinated'

The first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant was identified in the United States on Dec. 1.

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.
Community News

Florida Coast Equipment donates equipment to OHS

Maintaining a field for high school athletics is a full-time job that requires passion, knowledge and...
SAR member Gary Miles (left) and SAR President Jim Pippin (right)

SAR member receives certificate

At the November meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution, Gary Miles was presented with...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

Investigators trying to identify hundreds of bodies in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, a man feeding ducks with his nephew spotted a cardboard box wrapped in rope and duct tape floating down a Miami Lakes canal. Thinking it might be something …

Invasive tegu lizards survive cold and eat tortoise babies

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Argentine black and white tegu is multiplying and mobilizing in the backwoods and backyards of the Sunshine State — a creature more ominous than pythons because …

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...

‘A Better World is Near’

LaBelle will receive a powerful message of hope this November as Jehovah’s Witnesses...

CCPS Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton named 2022 Superintendent of the Year

Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton, has been named Florida’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year...
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Broncos and Lady Brocos set the standard

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

Kayak rental station opens on Lake Okeechobee

A kayak rental station opened at Cliff Betts Jr. Lakeside Recreation Area
Schools
Students on the first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

IRSC to reveal plans for nursing program expansion

There’s a critical need for more nurses in Florida. According to the Florida Hospital Association...

County Oaks Elementary recognizes November Leaders of the Month

Country Oaks Elementary congratulates November Leaders of the Month ...

Everglades presents Students of the Week

Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Nov. 29.
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

Rosalia, Lizzo, Cardi B wrap up over the top Miami art week

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The over-the-top parties and star-studded shows surrounding Miami's Art Basel wrapped up this weekend with performances by Rosalia, Lizzo, Cardi B and rocker Lenny …

Bradenton isn’t the 1st Florida city sued over sewage spills

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The city of Bradenton could find itself in the same seat as other local governments that have been accused of breaking federal law with repeated sewage spills. Led by …

Police kill Florida Tech student armed with 'edged weapon'

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities killed a Florida Institute of Technology student who lunged at a police officer with an "edged weapon" on the college campus Friday night, police said. The …
Nation & World

Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — Dozens of tanks and hundreds of soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is …

Northam to remove Lee statue pedestal, transfer land to city

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Sunday that his administration will remove an enormous pedestal that until earlier this year held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. …

Teen shootings in Denver suburb renew focus on gun violence

DENVER (AP) — It was lunchtime on a mild day in the sprawling Denver suburb of Aurora when a truck full of teens pulled into a high school parking lot where students were gathered, and gunfire rang …
Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Memories of WWII

Betty Chandler Williamson shares her memories of the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
The latest version of the Approved Congressional Draft Map was adopted on Oct. 28, 2021 by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Learn more about  Arizona’s redistricting process at: irc.az.gov.

Experts: Independent commissions can ditch partisanship, make redistricting fairer to voters

States across the U.S. are drawing new electoral districts for the next decade in a process called redistricting. In some states, districts are drawn by the state legislature; in others, by an independent redistricting commission.

Eland: Having empathy for potential adversaries is not weakness, it’s smart

Although bipartisanship seems to be rare in a polarized Washington, after Donald Trump was defeated for a second term as president, the coast was clear for Republicans to join Democrats in bashing both Russia and China.
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