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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.
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– 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.

Clewiston For Your Information

Solid waste collection will remain on the regular schedule through the Christmas and New Year Holidays. Roll off ...
St. Nicholas is usually depicted in his Bishop's robes.

Dec. 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas

While most Americans hang stockings on Christmas Eve, those whose ancestors came from...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

Clewiston resident accused of internet crimes

On Dec. 1, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Genesis Chavez

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were charged with either DUI or felonies last week.
A small plane crashed in rural Hendry County on Nov. 30.

Small plane crashes in Hendry County

A small engine plane crash in rural Western Hendry County was reported Nov. 30.

Breakthrough laminitis research shows promise for the future

Horse owners usually dread hearing the diagnosis of “Laminitis.”
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 …
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

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.
Students from South Elementary School brought in donations for Trail of Hope.

South Elementary students donate to Trail of Hope

South Elementary School third graders have been practicing social-emotional learning ...
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

Man arrested on murder charge in Florida missing woman case

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A man has been charged with second-degree murder in the case of a missing Florida woman who disappeared a week ago. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news …

Police: Florida boy, 3, accidentally shoots self in shoulder

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old Florida boy is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the shoulder with a gun, police said. The shooting happened Sunday at an apartment complex …

Funeral planned for former Florida congresswoman Carrie Meek

MIAMI (AP) — A wake and funeral services are being held in Florida for former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, who died last week at 95. Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper’s daughter …
Nation & World

EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia-Ukraine tensions?

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has …

End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's first female chancellor on Nov. 22, 2005. Over the next 16 years, she was credited with …

EXPLAINER: Why does Beijing have the Olympics again?

The Beijing Winter Olympics open in just under two months and are now the target of a diplomatic boycott by the United States, with others likely to follow. So how did Beijing land the Winter …
Opinion

Coronavirus vaccine update: 5 ways to adjust mRNA vaccines for Omicron variant

If the omicron variant of the coronavirus is different enough from the original variant, it’s possible that existing vaccines won’t be as effective as they have been. If so, it’s likely that companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron.

The gift of college makes a generational impact

As far off as college is for him, I always knew a Prepaid Plan would be part of his upbringing...

Letter to the Editor: Memories of WWII

Betty Chandler Williamson shares her memories of the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
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