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Coronavirus Updates

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

Get your Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccination May 12

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

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...
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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.
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Police/Fire

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

The Florida Highway Patrol press release state at approximately 11:03 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, the FHP responded to a traffic crash...
Small aircraft wreckage spotted in Port LaBelle.
Agriculture
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.
Small-scale grower operations have their advantages despite being challenged by access to large markets and limits on resources.
Wildlife & Environment
WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District has declared May 16-22 as Water Reuse Week.
As the weather heats up, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) increase water sampling for cyanobacteria
Business Corner

Businesses have trouble finding workers: It's a job-seeker's market

OKEECHOBEE – Recently an Okeechobee resident posted a message on social media wondering which of the local businesses might be hiring
Andrew Jones and Doug Richardson stand outside Frost, PLLC.

Business Corner: Frost Accounting Services aims to give back to the community

“I will always appreciate and feel a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our community going forward.”
Shirley Willis, Financial Advisor and Kendall Owens, Branch Office Administrator head up the office at 100 South Hall Street, LaBelle.

Edward Jones ranks high in investor satisfaction

Did you know that Edward Jones has two branch offices in LaBelle?
Veterans
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.

American Legion has new Digital Sign

The American Legion would like to Thank Gerard R. Pawloski, a member of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) for the donation he made for the digital sign that now graces the American Legion at 699 …
Pictured from left to right: Thomas Ayala State Commander, David Randant Chapter Commander, Fran Koebert Senior Commander, Charles Davis Junior Commander, Bill Alderman Adjutant, Bob Kirkwood Chaplin, Gene Woolwine Treasurer, Bob Schall Judge Advocate, David Johnson Historian, Ken McConnell Sergeant at Armsand John Brown Officer Of The Day.

DAV LaBelle elects new officers for the year

On Wednesday, April 14 the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #144 of LaBelle held their annual elections of officers at the Quart House.
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.
Sports Around The Lake
The 13th Annual Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association Trash Fish Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 12.
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 …
Fisheating Creek snakes its way through 40 miles of cypress swamps, oak hammocks and marsh
From surf fishing to offshore expeditions, there are opportunities for everyone to catch a Florida memory!
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...

Hendry BOCC supports water conservation efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home.

Much to discuss at next BOCC meeting

The Hendry BOCC meeting will also be broadcast live on Facebook.
Schools

Hendry Sodexo celebrates National School Lunch Hero Day

HENDRY COUNTY-  The first Friday in May is National School Lunch Hero Day, a day that is dedicated to the awesome humans who make the cafeterias and schools a better place to be

Principal who paddled student won't be charged with a crime

On April 13, after the child damaged a computer, Carter and Self spanked the child with a wooden paddle three times.

West Glades School Citizens of the month for March

West Glades School announces their Citizens of the Month of March.
Health

WIC lobbies opens for onsite services

Hendry and Glades WIC has opened the WIC lobbies for onsite services including direct distributions, EBT card pick-ups...

Yoga for Life

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.

Upcoming Alzheimer’s Association program delves into potential of ocular biomarkers

On April 2, the Alzheimer’s Association will continue its virtual “Ask the Expert” series with “Seeing the Brain Through the Eyes,”...
Entertainment

Vibra Urbana Music Festival announces phase one artist lineup

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...

Insomniac CEO confirms plans for 2022 Okeechobee Music Festival

OKEECHOBEE – It’s official. Insomniac plans for Okeechobee Music Festival to return to Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee County in 2022.
Ana Paula dos Santos de Carvalho was a winner of the 2021 Austin Award for her research on reproductive traits and their impact on butterfly biodiversity.

Florida Museum honors 2021 Austin, Bullen student research award winners

The Florida Museum of Natural History announced the 2021 winners of the Austin and Bullen Awards for student research...
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.
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.
2020 Fall Football Preview
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 following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, May 9...
The Hendry County Road & Bridge will be installing rumble strips on the east side of County Road 832 just before the intersection of County Road 833 on Thursday, May 6.
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 …

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 …
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