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Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida delayed by winter storms in other states

Flights canceled due to winter storms have delayed vaccine deliveries to Florida.

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center hosting a walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for eligible veterans

On Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19 the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will be hosting a walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Veterans who ...

Covid-19 vaccines to be given at Walmart

Walmart’s website offered a portal for vaccine appointment registration, though no immediate appointments were available.
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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

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.
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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
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.
Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation...
Business Corner
Melinda Cornelison owns the permanent makeup studio, Always Purdy, that recently opened in LaBelle.

Business Corner: Permanent make-up artist opens shop

Melinda Cornelison is a permanent makeup tattoo artist, who recently opened her studio in LaBelle
This heart shaped taco platter sits, ready for romance, at Paleteria La Victoria.

Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays

Every year there is somewhat of a competition to find the most perfect Valentine’s Day gift, in order to woo your sweetheart...
Chicken and waffle sliders are just one of the awesome specials offered at Short Cakes Sweet Shop and Eatery.

Tall orders filled at Short Cakes

Have you been wondering what happened to LaBelle’s beloved Short Cakes?
Veterans

Missing In America Project – Florida coordinator Kathy Church issues statement

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 VA to host Virtual Veteran Town Hall meeting Feb. 26

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Virtual Veteran Town Hall Meeting on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. using the Microsoft Teams platform...
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...

National Hurricane Center updates projections for Tropical Storm Eta

Sports Around The Lake
The LaBelle High School Cowboy Baseball Team began the 20-21 season with four straight victories before finally losing their first game to Avon Park on Friday night.The Cowboys started with …
The annual Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament is set for Saturday, Feb. 27 at Alvin Ward Park in Moore Haven
LABELLE - The LaBelle White House has developed a Sports Department.
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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.
At approximately 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Florida FHP responded to a traffic accident at Palm Beach Boulevard
Please be advised that, beginning Tuesday, February 23, there will be road work on Cowboy Way from SR 80 eastward
Government

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 …

Governor Ron DeSantis announces $1.64 million Infrastructure Award to Central County Water Control District

On Jan. 22, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that nearly $100 million has been awarded to 24 communities...

Join SFWMD for upcoming public meetings via Zoom

Join the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for several upcoming public meetings scheduled for Feb. 4, 11, 22 and 24...
Schools

Florida soars on Advanced Placement performance

Florida vaulted to #2 in the nation for successful Advanced Placement (AP) performance, with 34.2% of the graduating class of 2020 scoring a 3 or higher...

Virtual series to educate on septic, well water systems

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will host a webinar series about wells and septic

Cattle drive fundraiser through LaBelle

The PTO at Country Oaks Elementary School has come up with a truly unique fundraiser.
Health
Linda Hazellief is known to friends and family as Ms. MacGyver.

Inspiring Okeechobee: Linda Hazellief is a jack of all trades

We know her now as a One Blood recruiter, but Linda Hazellief has had many unusual occupations.
Designer purses wait to be raffled off on February 6, as a fundraiser for Hendry Regional Medical Center.

Designer purse raffle to benefit HMRC

This year, in lieu of the 2021 fashion show, Women Involved in Supporting the Hospital has organized a designer purse raffle
Entertainment
MOORE HAVEN — Dr. John Huysman, left, and wife Sheryl Huysman, second from right, were named 2021 Grand Marshals of the 73rd annual Chalo Nitka Festival and Ranch Rodeo, March 5 and 6 in Moore Haven. The Huysmans were recognized for their long-standing and far-reaching service to the youth of Glades County. Pictured with them from left are daughter-in-law Caitlin, son Tanner, and daughter Brynn, right.

Huysmans named Grand Marshals of 73rd annual Chalo Nitka Festival and Rodeo

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...

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival to feature live bands and foodtrucks

AVE MARIA – Ave Maria Development will host a Blues, Brews & BBQ festival on Saturday, February 20.
Toddlers enjoying the live music at a past Night on the Town event.

Apple TV giveaway and more at Night on the Town

⁣LABELLE - The LaBelle Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Night on the Town is coming, February 23
Opinion
National Social Security Advisor at the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
Dear Rusty: I am a retired Texas teacher receiving my State pension. I retired in February 2009
When we developed the dry season water management strategy for Lake Okeechobee ..
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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 …
Nation & 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 …
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