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Citizen group focuses on proposed Bridge Street bypass

The Second Bridge Group (SBG), a group of citizens formed to collect and share information about the proposed ...

Belle Glade local named to the Dean’s List

Arys Gil Henriquez of Belle Glade has been named to the spring 2023 Dean’s List at Rockford...

Community invited to July 30 Indiantown High School Open House

On July 30, families throughout Martin County and neighboring communities can take a sneak peek inside Indiantown High School...

HRMC welcomes Cathy Rodriguez to Hospital Authority Board

Hendry Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed Cathy Rodriguez...
The Okeechobee School for Boys was built in 1959.

IRSC to take over old 'boys school' property

The property previously used by the Okeechobee School for Boys will be transferred to Indian River State College, under House Bill 1603 which was signed into law …
Dr. Paul J. McConnell

Strategies to help improve your smile throughout your life

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health...
Dr. Paul McConnell is United Healthcare's dental director.

February is Children's Dental Health Month

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health habits that can help improve the oral health of kids and people of all …
OKEECHOBEE -- Regular chiropractic adjustments help keep horses in top condition. [Photo by Katrina Elsken/Lake Okeechobee News]

New chiropractor adjusts animals as well as people

Dr. Robert Safranski recently joined Platt Chiropractic, 280 SW 32nd St., Okeechobee.
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LABELLE -- The theme of the 2024 Swamp Cabbage Festival was "Under the Big Top.' [Photo by Katrina Elsken/Caloosa Belle Independent]

LaBelle celebrates Swamp Cabbage Festival

LABELLE -- Saturday, Feb. 24 was a beautiful day for the 2024 Swamp Cabbage Parade. • …

LHS class reunion is April 20

Graduates from the 40s, 50s, 60s of LaBelle High School will hold their class reunion April 20...
OKEECHOBEE -- Okee Poke won the 2024 Best Taste of Okeechobee award for the annual event hosted by Okeechobee Main Street. [Photo courtesy Okeechobee Main Street].

Okeechobee Main Street hosts Taste of Okeechobee

Okeechobee Main Street's Taste of Okeechobee was held Feb. 3 in downtown Okeechobee.
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Clewiston’s Imani Greaves earns awards at state weightlifting competition

Clewiston High School’s Imani Greaves earned second place in Traditional Lift and fifth place in Olympic Lift at the FHSAA state weightlifting finals.

Golf tournament to benefit Knights of Columbus

INDIANTOWN -- The Buckhead Ridge Knights of Columbus will host a golf tournament on March 18 , at the Indianwood Golf Course ...

Oversight committee can choose to livestream meetings

Five members of a newly-formed half-cent sales tax oversight committee will ...

LaBelle schools close due to water main break

The Hendry County School District has notified parents and guardians that all ...
CLEWISTON -- Second graders at Westside Elementary School learned about how plants grow and enjoyed a tasty treat when Clewiston High School FFA students brought them an Ag in the Classroom program. [Photo courtesy Westside Elementary School]

FFA students visit elementary schools

Clewiston High School FFA students visited Westside Elementary School on Feb. 21 to teach second graders about plants.
The way the City of LaBelle records property liens is being looked at by the city ...
Okeechobee County Commissioners approved a controversial rezoning to allow a mobile home park across the canal from Blue Cypress Golf and Condominium Resort ...

Wreaths Across America announces new theme for 2024

Wreaths Across America (WAA), the national nonprofit whose year-long mission...
For the second time in approximately a month, the door was ripped off the helicopter in Veterans' Square Park.

Veterans' Square Park equipment vandalized again

OKEECHOBEE — Once again, vandals have struck Veterans’ Square Park.
Okeechobee 4H County Council honoring veterans Wednesday morning at Gladys' Restaurant, by taking boxes of Christmas cookies, and Publix gift cards to thank these veterans for their service.

4-H County Council teens serve veterans

Okeechobee 4-H County Council honored veterans Wednesday morning at Gladys' Restaurant...
These photos provided by NASA show images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team which confirmed Odysseus completed its landing. After traveling more than 600,000 miles, Odysseus landed within 1.5 km of its intended Malapert A landing site, using a contingent laser range-finding system patched hours before landing. (NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University via AP)

Sideways moon landing cuts mission short, private US lunar lander will cease operations Tuesday

A private lunar lander is expected to cease operations Tuesday, its mission cut short after landing sideways near the south pole of the moon. Intuitive Machines, the Houston company that built and …

Fidelity National: Q4 Earnings Snapshot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $251 million. The Jacksonville, …

Del Monte: Q4 Earnings Snapshot

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (FDP) on Monday reported a loss of $106.4 million in its fourth quarter. The Coral Gables, Florida-based …

The shootings shook my world

Life altering. That's what this weekend was to me. I've never had an event shake my existence the way Saturday night did.   …

Reflections From the Pulpit: A hurting coon and the Grace of God

A few weeks ago, a little raccoon found his way onto the porch, trying to scrounge some...

Is the White House the world’s finest assisted living facility?

Are President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump running again because...
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Police spray a water canon during a farmers demonstration in the European Quarter outside a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. European Union agriculture ministers meet in Brussels Monday to discuss rapid and structural responses to the crisis situation facing the agricultural sector. (AP Photo/Harry Nakos)

Protesting farmers spray Brussels police with liquid manure near EU's base in a new display of power

Farmers have clashed with police in Belgium, spraying officers with liquid manure and throwing eggs and flares at them in a fresh show of force as the European Union’s agriculture ministers met in …
People watch the sunset at a park on an unseasonably warm day, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. A warm front is sweeping springlike weather across a large swath of the country in what is usually one of the coldest months of the year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Wild weather's coming: West readies for snow as Midwest gets a taste of summer

A strong winter storm is expected to dump heavy mountain snow in parts of West while much of the Midwest will be basking in unseasonable warm conditions. The National Weather Service says the winter …
FILE - Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, left, shakes hands with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban at the Carmelite Monastery in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Feb 23, 2024. Sweden’s bid to join NATO — held up for almost two years — cleared its last hurdle when Hungary gave its go-ahead Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, to let the Nordic country into the alliance. (AP Photo/Denes Erdos, File)

Here’s what to know about Sweden’s bumpy road toward NATO membership

Sweden’s bid to join NATO — held up for almost two years — cleared its last hurdle when Hungary gave its go-ahead Monday to let the Nordic country into the alliance. It brought an end to more …
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