Coronavirus

More than half of Florida adults vaccinated for COVID-19

With COVID-19 vaccine widely available throughout the state, more than half of the state’s adult population has received at least one dost of the COVID-19 vaccine

Use of facial coverings and social distancing on county property

Until further notice, it is the county’s policy that individuals must wear a facial covering or mask and social distance from other individuals...

Free COVID-19 vaccinations available to fairgoers as they exit South Florida Fair

After spending a day or evening at the South Florida Fair during any one of the first four days — May 7, 8, 9 or 10 — fairgoers will have the opportunity to get a free COVID-19 vaccination...
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Human Interest
Smith & Moore Family Teen Center grand opening, March 31, 2021

Belle Glade celebrates opening of Smith & Moore Family Teen Center

BELLE GLADE – The Belle Glade community celebrated the opening of a new Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County facility on March 31.

Okeechobee's Trail of Hope Rescue has puppies galore

OKEECHOBEE – If you’re in the market for some puppy love, check out the Trail of Hope rescue in Okeechobee.

Culvert 12 at Herbert Hoover

The eaglets are growing! This is a recent photo of the Bald Eagle and the growing chicks photographed at Culvert 12 at Herbert Hoover Dike
Community
“Soil to Soul” will take place at the Federation of Families located at 101 N.W. First Ave. in South Bay on Friday, May 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Starting May 12, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission opened enrollment to the new Emergency Broadband Benefit program.
The Glades Democratic Club will hold a virtual meeting on Sunday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Police/Fire
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating: Clinton Panton, a 60-year-old, black, male
WEST PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office DUI Enforcement Unit will be conducting a Traffic/Speed & Aggressive Driving Enforcement...
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) arrest report beginning May 3 through May 9.
On May 5, PBSO reported at 8:11 p.m. Mr. Reyes from injuries sustained in the April 13 crash at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Opinion
To say that the April 27 Pahokee City Commission meeting was an utter embarrassment is to say that least.
With Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session now behind us, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Lake Okeechobee and what is being done...
Weather
Now that the water has receded and the cleanup is underway, let’s take a closer look at Eta’s track as well as how rare of an event...
Palm Beach County schools and government offices closed Monday due to Tropical Storm Eta.
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Schools
Attention Seniors! Glades H&J Agency LLC and You Are Unique LLC by Gina B, will be awarding two $500 book scholarships...
Registration is now open for the 2021 Back to School PBC! drive-up event.
Glades Central High School celebrated School Principals Day by presenting flowers to Mrs. Bolden-Morris.
Government

IRS issues guidance on taxability of dependent care assistance programs for 2021, 2022

On May 10, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs...

Tax Collector Gannon maintains face mask and social distancing requirement

Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon, in a continued effort to protect employees and the public, maintains the requirement for facial coverings and social distancing for staff...

Tax Collector Gannon reminds taxpayers of 2021 Installment Payment Plan enrollment deadline is April 30

On April 26, Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon is reminding Palm Beach County taxpayers that the deadline to enroll in the Installment Payment Plan...
Health
Pictured is a Trauma Hawk landing.

Health Care District marks 30th anniversary of Palm Beach County’s Lifesaving Trauma System

Over 87,000 patients have received rapid-response, quality care since Palm Beach County’s lifesaving Trauma System took flight 30 years ago.

Interim HealthCare has nurses on wheels

Port St. Lucie  — Nurses on wheels?

May is Mental Health Awareness and Trauma-Informed Care Month in PBC

Trauma, no matter when it occurs, affects individuals over their lifetime and can strike at the heart of a community.
Business
OKEECHOBEE – Recently an Okeechobee resident posted a message on social media wondering which of the local businesses might be hiring
Now, Dress for Success Palm Beaches (DFSPB) is bringing its free-of-charge services to Belle Glade and neighboring communities...
Was your small business affected by Covid-19? Are you looking for small business funding?
This approval means CenturyLink—with its affiliate Embarq Florida, Inc.—is a step closer to obtaining federal funding to help bridge the digital divide in Florida.
Veterans
Palm Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Palm Beach County, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. During its operational use by the military, its major mission was air transport and as a training base. It was closed in 1962. During World War II, it was known as Morrison Army Airfield, taking its name from the civilian airport, Morrison Field, from which it originated.

WPB Morrison Field and the B-29 'Superfortress'

On June 15, 1944, 51 B-29 "Superfortress" bombers dropped their payloads ...
The Grey Team: Major James Hall, Cary Reichbach, Rep. Al Baldasaro (NH), Dr. Frank Marangos, and David Kirkland.

Local nonprofits joins forces to help veterans R.I.S.E.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is proud to announce its partnership with The Grey Team, a local nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to prevent PTSD-related veteran suicides.

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...
Opinion
This Week Jails, and Prisons will celebrate National Correctional Officers and Employees week starting May 2...
National Social Security Advisor at the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
The reason for this letter is to give you some facts that are being conveniently over looked …
Traffic & Road Work
TAMPA – The Colonial Pipeline is still down, yet Florida remains well supplied with fuel. While there is not considered to be a gasoline “shortage” in Florida, there are reports of …
Long lines at the pump in some Florida cities were reminiscent of hurricane season this week, as some drivers appeared to panic over a potential gasoline shortage.
The Florida Highway Patrol Troopers in Manatee and Hillsborough Counties have closed a portion of US-41
Agriculture
Liu Tie looking at X-ray CT imaging of an avocado.

UF scientists are using AI to cut food waste, loss

If you have ever brought home seemingly fresh produce from the grocery store only to find it wilted and moldering a few days later, Tie Liu feels your pain.
Pictured is a UF vegetable garden.

UF/IFAS connects small scale growers with post-Covid-19 digital marketing options

Small-scale grower operations have their advantages despite being challenged by access to large markets and limits on resources.
Wildlife & Environment

Water reuse important

WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District has declared May 16-22 as Water Reuse Week.
PAHOKEE - The algal bloom at the Pahokee marina has been cleaned up. The most recent tests show only very low levels of microcystin in the marina and no microcystin toxins in the lake water outside the marina,

FDEP, SFWMD continue to monitor lakes and rivers for algae

As the weather heats up, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) increase water sampling for cyanobacteria
State News
MEGA MILLIONS® Jackpot reaches $430 million

The MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot has been rolling since February 19, 2021, resulting in an estimated $430 million jackpot for the Friday, May 14 drawing!

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announces Florida’s ‘Return to Work’ Initiative

Florida takes step toward the catching of goliath grouper

National and World
Beset by virus, Gaza's hospitals now struggle with wounded

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Just weeks ago, the Gaza Strip’s feeble health system was struggling with a runaway surge of coronavirus cases. Authorities cleared out hospital operating rooms, …

Radical rabbi's followers rise in Israel amid new violence

Chrissy Teigen apologizes to Courtney Stodden for harassment