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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

Walmart and Sam’s Club now administering walk-up COVID-19 Vaccines

On May 4, Walmart and Sam’s Club announced a new COVID-19 vaccine milestone: Immunizations are now available to customers and associates...

Get your COVID-19 Vaccination

The Health Department in LaBelle, 1140 Pratt Blvd., will administer Free Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccinations on Wednesday, May 12...
Community

Clewiston Chamber of Commerce announces Hendry Regional Medical Center as the 2020 Business of the Year

On May 11, the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce announced Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) as the 2020 Business of the Year.

FCC opens enrollment for new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Starting May 12, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission opened enrollment to the new Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

Hurricane season starts June 1; Red Cross urges people to get ready now

National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 9 through May 15, and the American Red Cross urges everyone to plan now for any possible dangerous storms this year.
Police/Fire

Hendry County Arrest Report for May 3 to May 9

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges

Grieving father of Brown Sugar Festival shooting victim, dies suddenly

“I had to do CPR on my baby sister, and then, I had to do it on my daddy,” Tillman, Evereonna’s sister, said.
Larance De’Angelo Humphrey, 29, of Tallahassee, Florida has been arrested in connection with the Brown Sugar Festival shooting.

Man arrested in connection with Brown Sugar Festival shooting

HCSO asks for any photos or videos anyone may have, regarding the shooting that took place on Saturday, May 1, 2021,
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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...
MIAMI – The National Hurricane Center has updated the projected path of Tropical Storm Eta.
IMMOKALEE — The National Weather Service provided a special briefing Thursday morning about the expected path and strengthening of Tropical Depression Eta toward the Florida peninsula, which …
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Sports

Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association to host Trash Fish Tournament

The 13th Annual Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association Trash Fish Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 12.
Brilee Cochran shows off the saddle she won as the State Cutting Champion.

Cochran is the Florida High School Rodeo State Cutting Champion 2021

Brilee Cochran of LaBelle captured the title on May 2. Brilee trains with local cutting trainer - Coy Smith Cowhorses . This is her second year qualifying for National Highschool Rodeo Finals going …

Kia Motors donates $50,000 to Tiger football program

CLEWISTON- The Clewiston High School Tiger football program was one of 10 schools in the country to be chosen ...
Entertainment
On May 10, Vibra Urbana Music Festival announced its biggest artist lineup to date, bringing a diverse array of Latin music’s brightest stars and respected veterans...
OKEECHOBEE – It’s official. Insomniac plans for Okeechobee Music Festival to return to Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee County in 2022.
The Florida Museum of Natural History announced the 2021 winners of the Austin and Bullen Awards for student research...
Human Interest
Mothers of all ages dance, while the Derek Mack Band plays, during the Mother’s Day Celebration event in Harlem Tree Park.

Community comes together to celebrate moms

The celebration was organized through collaborative efforts between US Sugar Corporation, the Harlem Tenants Association, and the Harlem Civic Improvement Council.

Summer Work Program helps youth learn and earn

The program aims to impress upon young minds that work is good, necessary and will provide financial sustainability
Mustang Makeover Challenge youth trainer, Sevyn Jathnielle, works to strengthen the bond with her mustang.

Local youth work to gentle wild horses

A group of wild horses from the west coast, including California, have been rounded up
Business
OKEECHOBEE – Recently an Okeechobee resident posted a message on social media wondering which of the local businesses might be hiring
“I will always appreciate and feel a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our community going forward.”
LABELLE- Frank Pohill and Bebe Pohill are a local, husband and wife team who own Aaction Power Equipment.
Government
On May 10, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home.
The Hendry BOCC meeting will also be broadcast live on Facebook.
On April 22, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing nearly 2 million
The premium tax credit helps pay for health insurance coverage bought from the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Health
Hendry and Glades WIC has opened the WIC lobbies for onsite services including direct distributions, EBT card pick-ups...
The last pose in every Yoga class is “Savasana” also called “Corpse Pose.” This pose is wonderful to do whenever the body/mind is exhausted. Practicing Yoga is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety.
Traffic & Road Work
Surge in demand for gas creates localized shortages

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 …

Road work to be performed on County Road 835 May 14

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.

What you need to know about applying for alligator harvest permits

Now is the time to plan for Florida’s upcoming hunting seasons if you’re interested in applying for the FWC's alligator harvest permits
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

According to Employ Florida, there are more than 400,000 available jobs across the state for job seekers. Florida businesses and employers are hiring across the state...

Florida takes step toward the catching of goliath grouper

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A divided board of Florida game regulators took a tentative step Wednesday that might eventually allow fishermen to catch and kill goliath groupers, a fish that was …
National & 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

JERUSALEM (AP) — In the 1980s, Rabbi Meir Kahane's violent anti-Arab ideology was considered so repugnant that Israel banned him from parliament and the U.S. listed his party as a terrorist …

Chrissy Teigen apologizes to Courtney Stodden for harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Chrissy Teigen, the wife of superstar John Legend, has apologized for harassing a then-teenage Courtney Stodden online years ago. “Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be …
Opinion
With Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session now behind us, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Lake Okeechobee and what is being done...
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 …
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