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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
Medical injection

Get your COVID-19 Vaccination May 10

Florida Department of Health in Moore Haven will administer first and second dose of  Moderna COVID-19 Vaccinations on Monday, May 10...

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...
Community

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.

What’s your food safety plan for hurricane season?

During Hurricane Preparedness Week, develop your action plan before a storm hits.
Human Interest

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

Business Corner: Newlyweds partner up at The Sign Shop & More

Sonia recently tied the knot with Mike Spencer, and they now co-own the shop together.

Septuagenarian Couple flies sea to shining sea

On a wing and a prayer, a couple in their 70s flew from sea to shining sea in a 70-year-old airplane.

Business Corner: Sassy Pies offers delicious plant-based treats

This new vegan micro bakery sold 60 slices and 30 bags of their locally famous crusties less than an hour.
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...
Okeechobee County opened emergency shelters on Sunday due to the approach of Tropical Storm Eta. On Monday morning, shelters were closed. No one used the shelters. A flood watch is still in effect.
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School News

MHMHS thanks businesses for their support

Moore Haven Middle High School would like to say thank you to the following local businesses for their support during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

Students show growth on diagnostic assessment

Miss Van Wagner’s fifth graders at West Glades School had the most growth on the third diagnostic assessment.

Students celebrate an ice cream party

Mrs. Devine’s first grade class at Moore Haven Elementary School was rewarded with an ice cream party for making 100’s on their iReady lessons.
Police/Fire
MOORE HAVEN – Glades County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to provide fire protection service as well as EMS service in western Glades County.
The Florida Highway Patrol press release state at approximately 11:03 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, the FHP responded to a traffic crash...
After deliberating exactly one hour, a Glades County jury found Cheryl Mickler, 39, guilty of abuse or neglect of a disabled adult in connection with the Sept. 10, 1990 death of her husband.
Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed the week of May 1-7, 2021, as Florida Correctional Employees Week.
MOORE HAVEN – On Jan. 31, 2014 Mario Monroy Hughes was gunned down in his parents’ Park Avenue S.E. home in Moore Haven just days before he was scheduled to testify against Ware …
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...
Lorie Ward, C.F.A.

News from Glades County Property Appraiser

For those of you that have recently applied for the 2021 tax roll year, please keep in mind that the last day to submit your proof of income to my office is June 1, 2021.

Fire Services Assessment, Hendry/Glades Public Safety coverage on Glades County agenda

Discussion of a possible agreement between Hendry and Glades counties for fire protection and EMS services is on the agenda …
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 …
Paddlers will find miles of undeveloped landscapes that remain the domain of alligators, ibis, herons, egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, hawks, ospreys and owls.

Connect to nature and history at Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area

Fisheating Creek snakes its way through 40 miles of cypress swamps, oak hammocks and marsh
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.
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.
Veterans
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.
Today, February 25, 2021, at 11:00am, MIAP – Florida, in cooperation with Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapels in Miami-Dade County, and the...
The VA has reached a milestone having vaccinated 1 million veterans with their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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.

UF/IFAS hosts English, Spanish COVID-19 safety webinars for farm labor supervisors to protect workers

By popular demand, UF/IFAS experts at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center will hold bilingual webinars later this month titled, ‘Farm Labor Supervisor COVID-19 Safety UPDATES...
Business
OKEECHOBEE – Recently an Okeechobee resident posted a message on social media wondering which of the local businesses might be hiring
Was your small business affected by Covid-19? Are you looking for small business funding?
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 …
Dear Rusty: I am 62 and have been a homemaker for much of my adult life. I have a small Social Security account from working years ago.
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 …
Nation & 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 …
Top Trending Stories
The Moore Haven Lock and Dam will have a width restriction of 25 feet until further notice.
The 2021 Chalo Nitka Festival was held Saturday morning in downtown Moore Haven
Fans of all ages welcome to enjoy FREE outdoor activities, featuring country music star Chris Janson and fishing legend Bill Dance
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