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March is National Pet Poison Prevention Month: keep your pets safe with tips from best friends animal society

Watching your dog or cat get sick from toxic items or poison is a nightmare for any pet owner.

Free electronic filing options for military members and their families

Active duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation
Edna Pearce Lockett

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

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...

Okeechobee County closes emergency shelters; flood watch in effect

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.

Glades County Schools closed Monday, Nov. 9 due to tropical storm

Glades County schools will be closed Monday, Nov. 9.
Human Interest
Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America
A few miles southeast of Lake City, a 439-acre pristine sandhill ecosystem thrives.
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School News

History classes showcase famous baseball players

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

UF/IFAS, FDACS to help teach science, engineering through aquaculture

Farm to Schools program to help K-12 educators teach science, technology, engineering, math and agriculture

Tom Brady backing First Lady DeSantis’ new resiliency initiative for students

Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is lending support to a new resiliency initiative for Florida students...
Police/Fire
MOORE HAVEN – The speed limit on County Road 721, from north of Brighton Seminole Reservation to the county line, is now 40 mph. At their Feb. 22 meeting Glades County Commission voted to...
FWC Division of Law Enforcement received recognition Feb. 18
As home fires continue to surge throughout the South Florida Region, the Red Cross urges residents to test their smoke alarms and practice...
Sheriff Steve Whidden and the Hendry Country Sheriff’s Office will host the Ride Around the Lake Motorcycle Rally...
On Jan. 13, police released new photos to mark 25 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas...
Government

Glades County Commission meets Tuesday, March 9

Glades County Commission meets March 9.

People should be on the lookout for identity theft involving unemployment benefits

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 …

Glades County Commission meets Feb. 22

Water conservation will be a topic of discussion at the Glades County Commission meeting on Monday, Feb. 22
Sports

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 …

Guardian ad Litem Foundation opens March Madness Bracket Challenge

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation is inviting college hoops fanatics and amateur bracketologists...

Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo takes place March 11-14

Join us for the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust 93rd Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, sponsored in part by...
Traffic & Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning March 7. Motorists are reminded to drive with caution
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, provided by...
Health
The Inner Truth Project will be hosting a virtual screening of “If They Had known” on Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
We know her now as a One Blood recruiter, but Linda Hazellief has had many unusual occupations.
Each year, Through With Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use
Veterans
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 — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Veteran Enrollment Event on Saturday, Jan. 30
Agriculture
A new study shows that UV light kills powdery mildew, a disease that can significantly damage strawberries.

UV light system means ‘lights out’ for strawberry pathogen

Just imagine this: Pulling an ultraviolet lamp behind a tractor out into your farm in the middle of the night ...

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program marks 28th year of protecting Florida’s waters

Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) celebrates its 28th birthday this month
Florida farmers grow more than 37,000 acres of sweet corn annually.

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida.
Business

Okeechobee KOA is under new ownership

Okeechobee KOA is under new ownership.

FPL ends coal-fired power generation in Florida

After the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Florida Power & Light Company formally closed its last coal-fired plant in Florida...
Opinion
The Chalo Nitka Big Bass Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank, the great sponsors
We have had great momentum in our fight for the health of our lake, and we cannot thank the Florida Environment and Natural Resources...
Editor's note: This article was first published on Military.com.  James H.  Binns is a Phoenix resident and former nonproft trustee of Independent Newsmedia. Mr. Binns, a Vietnam War …
State News

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 …
Top Trending Stories
MOORE HAVEN  -- The Chalo Nitka Festival and Rodeo is set for March 5 and 6 in Moore Haven. 
Glades County Superintendent of schools Dr. Alice Barfield announced the hiring of Brian Greseth as the district’s new director of...
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
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