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Coronavirus

Okeechobee County vaccinations lag behind other lake area counties

Statewide, 71% of Floridians over age 12 have been vaccinated with at least one shot.

FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose for certain populations

The Pfizer booster can be administered 6 months after the second dose. At this time, combining vaccine types is NOT recommended. …
Lisa Wilson

Belle Glade family loses six to COVID-19 in three weeks

BELLE GLADE – A Belle Glade family lost six family members in just three weeks to COVID-19.
Community

Frey to speak at Audubon

You won’t want to miss this presentation! Masks and social distancing are required at in person events
The above photo is of the experiments’ target species,  Aedes aegypti, which is known to spread deadly diseases to humans.

Montura Ranch Estates and Flaghole to be sprayed for mosquitoes

Hendry County will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over the Montura Ranch Estates and Flaghole Communities. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, weather permitting through, …

Clewiston seeking nominations for Outstanding Community Service Award

CLEWISTON -- The City of Clewiston City Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Outstanding Community Service Award .
Police/Fire

Hendry County Arrests for Sept. 20 thru Sept. 26

This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated.

'Coffee with the Chief' event well-attended

Community members gathered at Common Grounds Coffee Shop in Clewiston for “Coffee with the Chief” …
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is taking any and all threats to the Hendry School District very seriously.

HCSO investigates threats made on social media

Should anyone have additional information regarding this threat or any others, please contact HCSO immediately.
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Weather
Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
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Sports

Angler wins $7,000 in Lake Okeechobee tournament

The two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament presented by Major League Fishing (MLF)  held on Lake Okeechobee concluded on Sept. 19.

Football around the lake this week: Sept. 24

Here's the news on high school football around Lake Okeechobee.

Elks Lodge announce Soccer Shoot winners

Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 hosted the local Soccer Shoot on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Clewiston Youth Development Academy
Entertainment
CLEWISTON --  The Clewiston Museum is happy to announce the "Fancy Pantsy Arty Party" will be on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Clewiston Museum, 109 Central Ave. This year’s event …
The Silver Spurs Southern Showdown will bring together professional roughstock riders and the Silver Spurs’ biggest broncs and baddest bulls in the Silver Spurs Arena...
Lighthouse of SWFL will hold an online auction in conjunction with the center’s 11th annual Dining in the Dark virtual fundraiser.
Business
The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, September 20, 2021, to consider Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) petition for a rate increase...
A modular home-building company seeking to build a manufacturing plant in Clewiston is having problems finding housing for the employees it will need to build them.
HENDRY COUNTY  -- There is an interruption in service by CenturyLink, now known as Lumen, for a portion of Montura Ranch Estates near Woodland Blvd. A CenturyLink cable was damaged by the …
Government
Clewiston Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting Monday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Clewiston City Hall.
The next regular meeting of the Hendry County BOCC  is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28
CLEWISTON -- A Clewiston City project is coming closer to becoming a reality.
Hendry County residents will pay more for trash removal for fiscal year 2021-2022, but not as much as they might have…
Health
Hendry Regional Medical Center will resume elective surgeries Monday, Sept. 27, with safety guidelines in place.
Yoga props can be used to reduce stress and calm the mind when learning new postures to create a wider range of motion. Props help to stabilize the body...
Traffic & Road Work
Hendry County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 26

Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

Hendry County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19

Agriculture
Dr. Zhengfei Guan, the UF/IFAS economist who led the study.

Tomato trade with Mexico could cost U.S. growers $250M a year

As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers...

Citrus Nutrition Day seminar to be offered Oct. 26 in Lake Alfred

Proper nutrition for disease damaged citrus trees is critical to extending their productivity. Growers can learn more...
Wildlife & Environment
St. Johns River Connector Florida Forever Project

Key land parcels added to Florida Wildlife Corridor

Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Gopher tortoises are long-lived reptiles that occupy upland habitat throughout Florida including forests, pastures, and yards. They dig deep burrows for shelter and forage on low-growing plants.

FWC seeks landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts...
State News

Bear spotted near 2 Florida campuses puts students on hold

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Officials at two central Florida schools ordered students to “hold in place" when a black bear was spotted near the campuses. said the caller to 911 on Monday …

Hurricane Sam swirling over Atlantic with Category 4 winds

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sam strengthened again to a powerful Category 4 storm on Tuesday, centered well offshore in the Atlantic Ocean but still capable of sending dangerous swells and rip currents …

Troopers: Woman on bicycle killed by racing motorcycle

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was fatally injured when a racing motorcycle hit her bicycle, officials said. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon near Orlando, according to a Florida …
National & World

Lava from Spanish island volcano quickens pace toward sea

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Lava flowing from an erupting volcano in Spain's Canary Islands has picked up its pace on its way to the sea and is now within 800 meters (875 yards) of …

Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little

More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly …

Two Europes: Low vaccine rates in east overwhelm ICUs

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — In a packed intensive care unit for coronavirus patients in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, 55-year-old Adrian Pica sits on his bed receiving supplementary oxygen to help …
Opinion
Many years ago at a conference I attended, the speaker’s focus was on Matthew 25:40.
One of the jobs of scientists is to challenge conventional wisdom. You don’t want to bet the ranch on something that only seems true.
National Social Security Advisor At the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
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