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Coronavirus

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...

West Palm Beach VA to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine evening clinic June 9

The West Palm Beach VA COVID-19 Vaccine crew is leaving their doors open and extending hours of operation to offer the vaccine to veterans...

West Palm Beach VA to host Walk-in COVID-19 Clinic in Fort Pierce

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is proud to partner with the State of Florida to host a Walk-in Vaccine Clinic on Mondays and Fridays beginning June 11...
Community

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.
Ms. Sandra Perry, Administrative Assistant at Clewiston Middle School celebrated Flag Day, June 14, 2021 by wearing her flag shirt.

Flag Day celebrated throughout Hendry County

 HENDRY COUNTY- Flag Day is the day, 244 years ago, when Congress commemorated Betsy Ross' creation of the Stars & Stripes as our national flag.
Police/Fire

Hendry County Arrest Report for June 7 to June 13

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
FWC Officer, Julian Keen, was lost one year ago on June 14, 2020 when he was tragically shot and killed.

UPDATED: One year after a tragic loss, the Julian Keen Foundation makes an announcement

IMMOKALEE — It has been one year since the community suffered the tragic loss of beloved FWC officer, Julian Keen.

Nine FDC correctional institutions earn Reaccreditation by the ACA

Over the last year, ACA audit teams from across the country visited Apalachee, Liberty, Hamilton, Baker, Columbia, Okeechobee...
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Weather
When a hurricane threatens, do you have a plan for your pets? Do you have a safe spot for them in your home? What will you do with them if you can’t stay in your home?
Weathering storms is a part of every Floridian’s life. As the 2021 Hurricane Season begins, please take a few minutes to review some of the mandatory supplies.
Ninety-two years ago a hurricane struck Florida that would change the Lake Okeechobee area forever. It lashed Puerto Rico on its way to South Florida and tore its way directly through Lake Okeechobee...
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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

Watch the Undersea World of the Florida Keys from anywhere!

This summer Friends of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park will install a webcam at the Mosquito Banks patch reef, one of only a handful of underwater webcams...
The FWC offers spring/summer wild hog hunting at 26 wildlife management areas across the state.

Don’t quit hunting just because it’s summer - try wild hog hunting instead

If you’re looking for a hunting opportunity this time of year, you might want to consider wild hog hunting.
Entertainment
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is bringing back everyone’s favorite monthly nighttime event starting on June 25.
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...
OKEECHOBEE – It’s official. Insomniac plans for Okeechobee Music Festival to return to Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee County in 2022.
Human Interest
A baby bird cries for it’s mom while Clewiston Animal Control returns it to the nest.

Animal control rescues baby bird

CLEWISTON- On Monday morning, June 7, 2021, Clewiston Animal Control (CAC) received a call regarding a baby bird that had fallen from it’s nest at Westside Elementary School.
The Prolific Learning Corp. Work Readiness graduates from Clewiston.

Local students graduate from Work Readiness Program

HENDRY COUNTY- This past week, Prolific Learning Corp. Summer Work Program participants, participated in a four day Work Readiness training.
The first total lunar eclipse in two years took place on May 26 and was also a Super blood moon.

Total lunar eclipse and Super Blood Moon were photo op

HENDRY COUNTY- The first total lunar eclipse in two years took place on May 26, 2021 and was a Super Blood Moon.
Business
CLEWISTON- Close to half of Black small businesses have closed down in 2020, as the pandemic presented challenges to minority communities disproportionately
Harbor Freight Tools, America’s go-to store for quality tools at the lowest prices, has announced that it will be opening a new store in Clewiston.
The Rail Passengers Association applauded Amtrak’s Corridor Vision document released earlier May 28, which provides additional details on the railroad’s plan...
Government
Hendry County will honor June Nineteenth
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 …
A new United States federal program is helping to pay funeral expenses of people who died from COVID-19. Unfortunately, scammers are using this...
CLEWISTON- The City of Clewiston Commissioners have called a Special Commission Meeting, to discuss the matter of Clewiston Commons vs. City of Clewiston
Health
As we swing into summer, Florida’s Poison Control Centers - Jacksonville is providing some helpful tips to keep your family safe.
The Virtual Brain Bus will hold the following event that covers Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.
Traffic & Road Work
Hendry County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, June 13

HENDRY COUNTY — The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, June 13, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Hendry County to perform roadwork project on Fort Denaud Road

Agriculture
Strawberries growing in plasticulture at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida.

Robots may eventually help kill weeds that impede strawberry yield

With their research, Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help growers unleash surgical strikes on weeds – without vanquishing their fruit.

New Florida-Friendly plant app guides you to the right plants for a sustainable landscape

The UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping ™ (FFL) program has just released a new mobile app. It’s called the “FFL Plant Guide,” and it has information on over 450...
Wildlife & Environment

Four year old female panther remains found in Hendry County

The FWC has updated the “Panther Pulse” page with mortality information through June 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species

In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems.
State News

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 …
National & 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 …

Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World in Florida is making it easier to see smiles again, but guests still can't hug the characters. Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for visitors …
Opinion
On June 2, Congressman W. Gregory Steube sent the below letter to Secretary Pinkham, Lieutenant General Spellmon, and Colonel Kelly concerning the lake levels of Lake Okeechobee.
In the current discussion over the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), Congressman Mast has been pursuing a plan that would prioritize...
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers shares the concerns of local, state and federal health experts concerning the toxicity of the harmful fresh water algal blooms on...
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