Coronavirus Updates

Health Care District opens online form for local businesses to request mobile COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County invites local businesses and organizations to submit an online request if they would like a Health Care District mobile clinic team...

Palm Beach CSD online portal for emergency rent and utility assistance is open and accepting applications

The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) has opened its online portal for emergency rent and utility assistance.

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Units arrive at four Hendry County locations

The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have partnered to offer mobile vaccination units at several locations...
Community News
A Julian Keen Memorial Workout was held at Labelle High School in remembrance of the much adored and loved fallen officer who was taken from the community one year ago.

Memorial Workout held in honor of Officer Julian Keen

LABELLE- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) organized a Memorial Workout for fallen Officer Julian Keen on June 14, 2021, one year after the beloved officer was shot and …

FRLA launches website to help fill Florida’s hospitality jobs

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced a new easy-to-use website for employers and job seekers to post and find jobs
Gracie

The Pet of the Week is Gracie

This week's Pet of the Week is Gracie. You can meet her at the Caloosa Humane Society in LaBelle.
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FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

Letter to the Editor: Dear Village Board

The 55 acre piece of property in question is already a unique symbol of this town and its old Florida heritage

Bass Pro tournament on Lake O this weekend

Fans of all ages welcome to enjoy FREE outdoor activities, featuring country music star Chris Janson and fishing legend Bill Dance

Corps to release lake water to St. Lucie starting Saturday

JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will begin 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) pulse releases from the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) beginning Saturday, March 6, as …
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

$5,000,000 in scholarship funds for SWFL youth at Immokalee Freedom Day event

IMMOKALEE- A Juneteenth Freedom Day Block Party is planned for June 19, 2021. Jonas Mervilus, owner and founder of MySpeedyX, has announced $5,000,000 in scholarship funding will be available

USA Diving announces the development of educational center in conjunction with IRSC

Under the agreement, the parties will jointly raise funds to construct a world-class, international diving facility on the Indian River State College Fort Pierce campus...
Schools
All proceeds from the Labelle Kiwanis Thrift Store go back into the local community through the support of local schools, library, youth sponsored programs, scholarships, and many other community organizations.

LaBelle Kiwanis Club offers scholarships for adults

LABELLE- Adult scholarships are available through the LaBelle Kiwanis Club, and they are currently accepting applications.

Greseth returning to YMS as principal

OKEECHOBEE- At their June 8 meeting Okeechobee School Board Members approved the appointment of Brian Greseth as principal of Yearling Middle School.
Government
Hendry County will honor June Nineteenth
At the June 8, 2021, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following actions ...
HENDRY COUNTY- The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners honored and recognized, posthumously, The Honorable Alcee Lamar Hastings on June 8, 2021, during a regular BOCC meeting. Alcee Lamar …
Veterans
Palm Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Palm Beach County, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. During its operational use by the military, its major mission was air transport and as a training base. It was closed in 1962. During World War II, it was known as Morrison Army Airfield, taking its name from the civilian airport, Morrison Field, from which it originated.

WPB Morrison Field and the B-29 'Superfortress'

On June 15, 1944, 51 B-29 "Superfortress" bombers dropped their payloads ...

New well at Veterans' Park

A new well is going in at Veterans' Park. It was donated to the veterans by Frank DeCarlo and should be big enough to run water for all of the parks.
OKEECHOBEE - Family members of the late Cpl. Earl Hansel attend the ceremony honoring him for his service. Hansel served in both WWI and the Korean War. He was a POW and was killed in action.

Cpl. Earl Hansel's family attends memorial service

OKEECHOBEE - Family members of the late Cpl. Earl Hansel attend the ceremony honoring him for his service. Hansel served in both WWI and the Korean War. He was a POW and was killed in action.
State

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion …

Florida man charged with manslaughter after toddler drowns

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police searching for a missing toddler in the Florida Panhandle found her drowned in a canal near her home and charged the 1-year-old girl's father with negligent …

Florida town accidentally sells municipal water tower

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A small town in Florida accidentally sold its water tower in a blundered real estate transaction. A businessman purchased a municipal building underneath the city of …
Nation & World

Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients

A small study offers the first hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection. Even as most vaccinated people celebrate …

ICC seeks to probe Philippines' crackdown on drug crime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that she has sought authorization to open an investigation into the Philippine government’s deadly …

Putin calls accusation of cyberattacks against US 'farcical'

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has sharply dismissed allegations that his country is carrying out cyberattacks against the United States as baseless. Putin’s comments in an …
Opinion

Okeechobee businesses have opportunity to emerge stronger

Returning from a year fraught with unexpected challenges Okeechobee businesses have an excellent opportunity to emerge stronger by building for future success.

Letter to the editor: I care about what happens to Indiantown

The facts are plans for urbanization were put together years ago without local resident discussion, examination or approval.

Kiwanis Club of LaBelle thanks the community

The Kiwanis Club would like to thank the community for all donations. Your donations gives the club the opportunity to give back to the community.
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