Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 vaccination open to those with health issues that make them more vulnerable

Those who are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 may be vaccinated even if they are under the age of 65.

Testing for COVID available in LaBelle

Drive-thru testing for covid-19 will be available on Monday, March 8, at the Hendry County Health Department, 1140 Pratt Blvd.
Community News

Locals recall fond memories at the 'sticky' Brahman Theater

OKEECHOBEE- After an article on the Brahman Theater property being sold was posted on March 1, current and former Okeechobee residents reminisced on memories they had made at the longtime local ...

Okeechobee airport to replace fuel terminal; fuel sales to be unavailable Monday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for changeover

On Monday, March 8, 2021, the Okeechobee County Airport will be replacing the existing QTPod M3000 Self-Service Terminal

Indiantown holds public hearing as part of CDBG Grant Application Processfor Pedestrian and Sidewalk Master Plan

Whether walking home, traveling to and from work, jogging for exercise or making the trip to school; most Village of Indiantown residents are pedestrians at some point
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

Fewer children removed from home; Rate of removal at a 10-year low

Communities Connected for Kids has much to celebrate this month, beginning with the number of children removed from home due to abuse or neglect...
Pictured is black and white tegu.

FWC approves rule changes to help protect Florida from 16 high-risk invasive reptiles

FWC approves staff recommendations to create new rules to address the importation, breeding and possession of high-risk invasive reptiles.
Brian Greseth will be returning to work in education in Glades County this year.

Brian Greseth takes position in Glades school district

Glades County Superintendent of schools Dr. Alice Barfield announced the hiring of Brian Greseth as the district’s new director of...

Glades County offers walk-in vaccinations TODAY (Monday, March 1) from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

MOORE HAVEN --  Numerous individuals did not show for their appointment on Sunday, Feb 28, therefore, the Glades County Health Department will take WALK-INS on Monday, March 1
MOORE HAVEN —  Glades County’s stately courthouse, build in the 1920s, will have a new roof within a few months.

Glades County Board of County Commissioners to hold meeting Feb. 9

The Glades County Board of County Commissioners will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Glades County Court House located at 500 Avenue J S.W. in Moore Haven...
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

OHS tennis serves up wins over FPC

OKEECHOBEE- The Okeechobee High School boys and girls tennis teams beat Fort Pierce Central on March 4 at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex.

Cowtown Rodeo set for March 13 and 14 in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo will bring rodeo excitement back to the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena, 1885 U.S. 441, on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14. Gates …
Schools

History classes showcase famous baseball players

For Black History Month, Mr. Burnside’s history classes researched famous baseball players

Mabiarely Rios named to Abilene Christian University’s Fall 2020 Dean’s List

Mabiarely Rios of LaBelle was named to the Abilene Christian University Fall 2020 Dean’s List. Rios is a junior majoring in interior design...

IRSC launches new Event & Venue Management Certification in conjunction with AAG Live

Students in the Event & Venue Management Certification program receive elite instruction designed and taught by professionals in the field and work with professional industry gear...
Government
Glades County Commission meets March 9.
Join the Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) for a virtual WebEx meeting hosted by the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) on Tuesday, March 16...
OKEECHOBEE  -- The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will interview four applicants for the county administrator position on Thursday, March 4. Deborah Manzo is scheduled for 9 …
Veterans
Manchu Warriors

Nick Cutinha honored

Manchu Warriors are at the Ft Denaud Cemetery, March 2, 2021 honoring Nick Cutinha

Missing In America Project – Florida coordinator Kathy Church issues statement

Today, February 25, 2021, at 11:00am, MIAP – Florida, in cooperation with Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapels in Miami-Dade County, and the...

West Palm Beach VA to host Virtual Veteran Town Hall meeting Feb. 26

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Virtual Veteran Town Hall Meeting on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. using the Microsoft Teams platform...
State

Florida House votes to shield businesses from COVID lawsuits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida businesses would be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under a bill passed by the …

Former Florida chief justice Gerald Kogan dies at 87

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan has died, a court spokesman said Friday. He was 87, and known as a champion of opening public access to legal …

DeSantis says Floridians 60 and up will soon get COVID shots

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Sometime this month, all Floridians age 60 and up will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, an expansion beyond the current restriction limiting the shots to people age 65 …
Nation & World

Canada clears Johnson & Johnson vaccine, first to approve 4

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is getting a fourth vaccine to prevent COVID-19 as the country's health regulator has cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two, officials …

Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 still wait for advice

More than 27 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from federal health officials for what they should and shouldn’t do. The Biden …

Israel postpones drive to vaccinate Palestinian workers

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Friday postponed plans to vaccinate Palestinians who work inside the country and its West Bank settlements until further notice. COGAT, the Israeli military agency …
Opinion
The annual Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament is set for Saturday, Feb.  27 at Alvin Ward Park, Moore Haven, FL 33471, from safelight until 1 p.m. Pictured is a lighter bass caught by one of the contestants from a previous year.

Chalo Nitka Big Bass Committee thanks sponsors

The Chalo Nitka Big Bass Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank, the great sponsors

Reflections from the Pulpit: The decretive, perceptive, and permissive will of God

People sometimes think, “If God is all-powerful and good, as the Bible says, then why is there evil in the world?”

Letter to the Editor:
Anglers for Lake Okeechobee on Senate Bill 94

We have had great momentum in our fight for the health of our lake, and we cannot thank the Florida Environment and Natural Resources...
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