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Hendry County provides new option for proper disposal of worn U.S. flags

In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the National Flag Foundation, Hendry County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county...

Free electronic filing options for military members and their families

Active duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation
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Highlands County Heritage Festival planned at Lockett Estate

BASSINGER  -- The historic Edna Pearce Lockett Estate will be the site for the 2021 Highlands County Heritage Festival.
Weather
Five-day Rainfall Totals from Tropical Storm Eta Across South Florida.

Eta was rare November surprise for South & SW Florida and the Keys

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...

National Hurricane Center updates projections for Tropical Storm Eta

MIAMI – The National Hurricane Center has updated the projected path of Tropical Storm Eta.
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Floridians now need to brace for 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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Police/Fire
HENDRY COUNTY -- Two people were critically injured and one killed in a vehicular accident on State Road 29 near A road, at 3:14 p.m. on Feb. 26, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. According …
HENDRY COUNTY -- A pedestrian died in an accident on State Road 29, just after midnight, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
HENDRY COUNTY - The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is participating in a statewide hit-and-run crash awareness month
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Sports

Lady Tigers win big over Glades Day

CLEWISTON- The Clewiston High School Lady Tiger varsity softball team defeated the Glades Day Gators 11-1 on Feb. 25.
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 Tournament takes place Feb. 27

The annual Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament is set for Saturday, Feb. 27 at Alvin Ward Park in Moore Haven
Clewiston Cougars athletes prepare for the 2021 season.

Clewiston Cougars Football and cheer enrollment begins

Playing football and participating in cheerleading, like with all sports, can provide priceless health benefits for children.
Entertainment
The Chalo Nitka Ranch Rodeo which kicks off Friday, March 5 and continues following the festival itself Saturday, March 6. Rodeo action, featuring bull riding, barrel racing and...
⁣LABELLE - The LaBelle Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Night on the Town is coming, February 23
Human Interest
On Feb. 25, the Florida Forest Service announced the launch of a wildfire prevention initiative aimed at educating residents
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this year’s Alzheimer’s “Rally in Tally” – March 9-11 – will be in a virtual format
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Hendry County Arrests

The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges by the HCSO, the CPD, the FHP, the FWC, DOC from Feb. 15 through Feb. 21.

Florida Housing Coalition announces major new initiative: Center for Racial Equity

The Florida Housing Coalition, the state’s leading nonprofit provider of training and technical assistance dedicated to affordable...
The aircraft will be parked at the airport for a short period as part of the study to verify that Airglades Airport can help meet the future needs of the growing fleet of MD-80 Series aircraft.

Airglades Airport welcomes its first MD-80 series aircraft

World Atlantic Airlines successfully landed one of its McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft as part of an Airport analysis study at Airglades Airport.
Government
The IRS urges taxpayers whose identities may have been used by thieves to steal unemployment benefits to file a tax return In 2020, millions of …
On Jan. 22, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that nearly $100 million has been awarded to 24 communities...
Join the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for several upcoming public meetings scheduled for Feb. 4, 11, 22 and 24...
Business
After the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Florida Power & Light Company formally closed its last coal-fired plant in Florida...
FPL began accepting applications for its new Main Street Recovery Credit Program, offering credits to qualifying small businesses
Agriculture
Synthetic dyes are taking a back seat as consumers and manufacturers are driving increased demand for natural dyes
Molting is the annual process through which hens cease to lay eggs and, divert their energy toward replacing their feathers.
Health
We know her now as a One Blood recruiter, but Linda Hazellief has had many unusual occupations.
This year, in lieu of the 2021 fashion show, Women Involved in Supporting the Hospital has organized a designer purse raffle
Traffic & Road Work
Notice of road work for Georgia Avenue

Please be advised that Hendry County Road & Bridge will be conducting road repairs on Georgia Avenue in Clewiston on Feb. 22.

Hendry County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 21

Notice of roadwork in Harlem

State News

Officials: 1 dead in Florida single-engine plane crash

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — One person died when a single-engine plane crashed into the brush near a South Florida airport on Sunday, according to authorities. The Luscombe 8A went down toward the end …

Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won't start another party

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Republican Party unity in a speech at a conservative political …

NTSB to investigate missing plane in Florida

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday that it is investigating the crash of a single-engine plane off the coast of Boca Raton. The NTSB tweeted that …
National & World

Asian shares rise on hopes for US stimulus package

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Monday on hopes for President Joe Biden's stimulus package and bargain-hunting after sell offs last week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 2.2% in morning …

UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights …

Purim celebrations threaten fresh virus outbreak in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Mass gatherings took place in Jerusalem on Sunday as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim in violation of coronavirus restrictions. Authorities had been concerned …
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