Coronavirus Updates

Back to School COVID-19 Vaccinations for Hendry and Glades Counties

The Florida Health Department Glades and Hendry County COVID-19 back to school vaccinations schedule.

Governor DeSantis: 'Vaccines are saving lives'

COVID-19 infections in Florida continued to increase last week, with 73,199 new cases July 16-22 (compared to 45,603 the previous week).
Medical injection

Health Care District offers COVID-19 mobile vaccinations at various locations

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County continues to offer free, walk-up COVID-19 mobile clinic vaccinations. It’s easy and convenient for families and children as young as 12 years old.
Community News
BELLE GLADE -- Dress for Success has added a Belle Glade Boutique. Left to right are Lamar Weathers, Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce; Mary Hart, Executive Director of Dress for Success Palm Beaches; Pam Rada, Board Chair of Dress for Success Palm Beaches; Kelley Burke, Chief of Staff to County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay; Kathy Rhodes, president-elect Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce.

Dress for Success celebrates the newly opened Belle Glade location

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 21 to celebrate the official opening of Dress for Success in Belle Glade. 
Dean Beavers was the designated cook at the OCA Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

OCA holds Family Fun Day

The Ortona Community Association’s (OCA) Family Fun Day, was held on Saturday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ortona Community Center, 2086 Ortona Locks Road. Festivities included an …

Super Bowl MVP shares his love of a different game with hometown kids

Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes brought his love of the game, not football, but rather golf, to his hometown of Belle Glade.
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A master plan for the Okee-Tantie recreation area is under development.

Okee-Tantie project waiting on corps to release 1938 easement

Big Cedar LLC (the resort arm of Bass Pro) has plans to turn the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area into a world class fishing resort.
The Immokalee Foundation’s students gain hands-on experience at the Career Pathways Learning Lab.

Representative Byron Donalds tours The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways Learning Lab

Representative Byron Donalds recently visited The Immokalee Foundation’s new 18-home Career Pathways Learning Lab construction project...

Young woman charged with premeditated attempted murder

A local woman was charged with premeditated attempted murder.

Three charged with drug trafficking

Members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force arrested three this week.

Boxfit Okeechobee faces adversity after fire destroys gym

OKEECHOBEE- Boxfit Okeechobee has been a training ground and launching pad for aspiring boxers in Okeechobee since 2016.
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Congratulations to the Crushers on becoming National Champions

The Crushers are a local girls softball team made of 13 girls from the ages of 12 and under years old.

Five things you’ll want to do now to prep for archery and crossbow seasons

This time of year, many hunters are getting ready for Florida’s archery and crossbow seasons...
Schools
Children receive free school supplies and more at the annual Lipman Family Farms Backpack Giveaway.

Lipman Family Farms hosts 11th annual Backpack Giveaway

Free school supplies available to children in Immokalee and surrounding communities on August 7

Yearling’s Krista Stanley speaks at 2022 Florida Teacher of the Year Gala

ORLANDO- Krista Stanley, 2021 Florida Teacher of the Year and Yearling Middle School math teacher, spoke at the 2022 Teacher of the Year Gala.

IRSC collaborates with Adobe to build student brands on day one

Indian River State College (IRSC) has furthered its commitment to advancing digital literacy skills...
Government
Thursday evening, July 15, the Indiantown village hall was abuzz as Scott Dudley, Florida League of Cities (FLC) Field Advocacy & Federal Affairs director, presented the advocacy guide for citizens.
Thursday, Sept. 9, has been set as the date for the Hendry County State Legislative Delegation’s Public Hearing for local bills, funding issues and public comment.
Adding more facilities at the Agri-Civic Center would make it possible to have multiple events at the same time.
Veterans
Jonica Hough, owner of Ultimateflags.com, was thrilled to get a package from the Marines who received her flags.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...
Jack Sutherland still enjoys playing the guitar at the age of 94.

Veteran Sutherland was known for his sense of humor

WWII veteran Thomas “Jack” Sutherland was born on September 12, 1926...
State

Brother: Last victim ID'd in Florida condo building collapse

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The final victim of the condo building collapse in Florida has been identified, a relative said Monday, days after rescuers concluded the painstaking task of removing …

Death from 1985 shaken baby case leads to murder charge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Babysitter Terry McKirchy got a light sentence 36 years ago after pleading no contest to attempted murder for shaking 5-month-old Benjamin Dowling so severely that he …

Florida mayor: 'We are in crisis mode,' as virus cases surge

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of the county that hosts Florida's theme park mecca said Monday that “we are in crisis mode” when it comes to dealing with soaring numbers of COVID-19 …
Nation & World

Peru's new first family leaving behind rural, Andean home

CHUGUR, Peru (AP) — The humble two-story, adobe home of the Castillo family, located in one of the poorest districts of Peru deep in the Andes, feels a little empty now. Lilia Paredes packed up the …

Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?

TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to access the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap …

As drought cuts hay crop, cattle ranchers face culling herds

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — With his cattle ranch threatened by a deepening drought, Jim Stanko isn’t cheered by the coming storm signaled by the sound of thunder. “Thunder means …
Opinion

The final shot for economic recovery

Since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, we’ve seen unprecedented economic growth.

City of Pahokee meeting is chaotic

The Pahokee City Commission’s Special Meeting on Monday, July 19 was yet another example of chaos and disruption...
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The Weekly Clothesline - My plants are not fragile

My plants and flowers are happy, and while I take time with them, it’s God that makes them grow...
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