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Florida Community Health Centers offer COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday, Jan. 16

Florida Community Health Centers will also host vaccination clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to vaccinate those 65 and older, first responders and health care personnel with direct patient contact.
FILE - This March 16, 2020 file photo shows vials used by pharmacists to prepare syringes used on the first day of a first-stage safety study clinical trial of the potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Hendry County provides information about receiving second dose of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County provides information to follow when you receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Hendry & Glades counties Health Departments provide COVID-19 testing

Health Departments in Hendry and Glades counties will provide free COVID-19 testing to adults and children...
Community News

VITA offers free tax preparation

LABELLE — VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a United Way Collaborative, offers free tax preparation on Thursday, March 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Florida SouthWestern State College, …

New Year’s Resolution: Volunteer to help your neighbor

WEST PALM BEACH — As the New Year brings the tradition of resolutions, consider helping people in need as a volunteer in South Florida. During the coronavirus pandemic, families continue to …
Okeechobee Friends of the Library present a donation of $500 to the OCSO K-9 program. Pictured are Okeechobee Conty library staff, OCSO Deputies Brian Cross with Magnum and Ashley Waskiewicz with Storm and the Friends of the Library.

Friends of the Library donate to K-9 program

During their meeting on Jan. 12, the Friends of the Library non-profit group presented a check to Deputies Brian Cross and Ashley Waskiewicz...
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Original “Missing” flyer police created after her abduction on Jan. 13, 1996 (note, last name misspelled).

Police release new photos in murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, whose abduction launched AMBER Alerts

On Jan. 13, police released new photos to mark 25 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas...
Medical injection

COVID-19 vaccinations continue

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and open to those age 65 and older with no residency requirements.

4 dead, 3 teens injured in New Year's Day crash near Miami

MIAMI (AP) — Four people were killed and three others were injured in a crash that happened near Miami early on New Year's Day, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A Chevrolet Tahoe was heading …

Demand for COVID-19 vaccine overwhelms supply

South Central Florida residents over the age of 65 are scrambling to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations, only to be disappointed with busy signals, health department phone systems failing, …
WEST PALM BEACH – Retired Army Veteran John Sullivan became the first Veteran to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.

DOH-Collier and Healthcare Network will distribute COVID-19 vaccines beginning Jan. 11

NAPLES – The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier), in partnership with the Healthcare Network, will provide COVID-19 vaccine administration beginning Monday, January 11, …
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Lady Brahmans tame Lady Tigers to become 10-1

OKEECHOBEE– The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans came back to defeat the Martin County Lady Tigers on Jan. 11, winning 36-29.

Motorsports park celebrates dirt racing, with caution

CLEWISTON — After a long, tough year of dirt racing during a pandemic, Hendry County Motorsports Park will be holding their Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. To keep everyone …
Schools

Learning about plants

At Moore Haven Elementary School, students in Mrs. Woodward’s third grade class have been learning about...

How can can they go?

West Glades School enjoyed Spirit Week challenges...

Socially distant scientists

At Rosenwald Elementary School, Ms. Iles’ scientists used their knowledge about light to create...
Government
At the Jan. 12 The Board of County Commissioner meeting took place Jan. 12.
On Jan. 14, the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners issued a Proclamation to County Administrator, Robbie Chartier in honor of her Retirement...
At their meeting, Glades County Commissioners discussed lowering the speed limit on County Road 721 to 30 mph from SR 78 to the Highlands County line.
Veterans

Ramps for Veterans seeking next deserving veteran

Ramps for Veterans was founded by Wade Hunt and helps Veterans in need in the community who cannot afford to build their own ramps.
Veteran Jeff Whitlock coaches at Okeechobee High School and considers it his dream job.

Veteran Whitlock calls himself a motivational specialist for students

Veteran Jeff Whitlock was born and raised in Okeechobee. He was one of the last babies born in the old hospital...
“We had a great turn out this time,” said Wade Hunt, founder of Ramps for Veterans.

Ramps for Veterans makes 18th free ramp

OKEECHOBEE — Wade Hunt, with Ramps for Veterans advertised recently asking if any local veterans needed a ramp built free of charge. He and his crew try to do one ramp per month for a veteran …
State

Virgin Island cops charged, 328 kilos cocaine inside luggage

MIAMI (AP) — More than 300 kilos of cocaine bricks were found during a baggage scan at a Miami airport. Two of the men charged in the drug bust are police officers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, …

One fraud after another for teen who faked being a doctor

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The young man who as a teen faked being a doctor, who swindled a “patient,” who once tried to forge his way into a Jaguar, and who was spared from serving decades in …

Florida man sued for not paying up after betting on Trump

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A friendly $100 wager over the 2020 Presidential election has landed in a Florida small claims court. Before the election, Sean Hynes, a Trump supporter from St. …
Nation & World

Semeru volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on …

Sidelining experts, Brazil bungled its immunization plans

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like many Brazilian public health experts, Dr. Regina Flauzino spent most of 2020 watching with horror as COVID-19 devastated Brazil. When the opportunity to join the …

Uganda says president wins 6th term as vote-rigging alleged

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s electoral commission says longtime President Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term while top opposition challenger Bobi Wine alleges rigging and officials struggle …
Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The Salvation Army would like to thank all Okeechobee Citizens as well as the volunteers...

Marine Toys for Tots thanks all of Santa’s Helpers for successful 2020 Christmas Campaign in Glades and Hendry Counties

The Hendry & Glades County’s Chapter of Marine Toys for Tots has ended its campaign for Christmas 2020 and wishes to thank all its friends...

Nonprofits in a pandemic: The strongest year yet

This is my 21st year in education and nonprofit management, and crisis is no stranger to any professional in this field. In a pre-pandemic world, our daily efforts faced the realities of every …
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