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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
MOORE HAVEN — Some Glades County students came together at their school’s flagpole on Wednesday, Sept. 22, to participate in See You at the Pole™, an event that began with a small group of teenagers in Burelson, Texas back in early 1990.

See You at the Pole™

Some Glades County students participated in See You At The Pole™" at thei schools  on Sept. 22.   The history of See You at the Pole: A small group of teenagers …

Big Lake area churches plan services and events

The church column brings you services and events at churches of the Big Lake area.
Human Interest

Okeechobee's legendary stuntman is not dead yet

Despite rumors to the contrary, former Hollywood stuntman Gordie Peer is alive.

Parents face special challenges after a hurricane

Nobody ever said family life was a breeze ... yet few are prepared for the gale force impact that hurricanes can pack…

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...

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.
Weather
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
MOORE HAVEN -- Glades County BOCC met this afternoon (Friday, July 2) at 2:30 p.m. to sign a Local State of Emergency in response to Hurricane Elsa.
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School News
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GCSD finalizes 2021-2022 fiscal year budget

 The Glades County School District approved in a 5-0 vote a 2022-2022 fiscal year budget during a special board meeting
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Glades County School District welcomes new testing programs

The Glades County School District is anticipating a move away from standardized testing to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative proposal with testing that is more geared toward …

Students build towers

There are many aspects of AVID and collaboration is a big component of the program. This “Fun Friday” activity was challenging for each of the grade levels!
Police/Fire
On Sept. 14 a SUV operated by an 85-year-old Okeechobee man was traveling...
Moore Haven --  An unpopular tax proposal for much needed fire services in Glades County was resolved by the Glades County Board of County Commissioners
Police Chief Bob Peterson passed the torch to his right-hand-man Donald Hagan
A FHP press release stated that on Aug. 31 a 40-year-old Miami Gardens man operating a truck and a 53-year-old Lake Placid man...
FLHSMV is leading the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week campaign to remind motorists of the dangers of drowsy driving...
Government

GCBOCC approves permit fee amendment for private providers

MOORE HAVEN -- Contractors can now hire their own building inspectors in Glades County thanks to a new ordinance …

Glades County proclaims October as Manufacturing Month

MOORE HAVEN -- The Glades County Board of County Commissioners Sept. 14 recognized the month of October as Manufacturing Month

Governor Ron DeSantis recognizes September as Florida Preparedness Month

Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation to declare September as Florida Preparedness Month in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Ready” Campaign...
Sports

Deer hunters: Find answers to your FAQs

Part of many deer hunters’ preseason prep includes brushing up on hunting regulations. We’ve compiled a list of ...

Boating safety and water smart practices can save lives during the holiday

During the Labor Day holiday, the Drowning Prevention Coalition (DPC) of Palm Beach County encourages all recreational boaters to follow safe boating and water...

There's still time to sign up for free Sept. 9 baseball clinic!

Gilbert Chevrolet has again teamed up with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide a FREE instructional clinic to the youth of the Okeechobee area.“While baseball and other …
Traffic & Road Work
Road Watch report for Glades County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Health
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...
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, quitting is more important than ever!
Veterans
VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is proud to announce its partnership with The Grey Team, a local nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to prevent PTSD-related veteran suicides.
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...

UF to open new veterinary hospital at Ocala’s World Equestrian Center

In an effort to support the owners of equine athletes and other animals visiting Ocala’s new world-class World Equestrian Center
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...
Harbor Freight Tools, America’s go-to store for quality tools at the lowest prices, will officially open its new store in Clewiston
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.
Jesus is teaching his disciples about what they can expect when they go out into the world. And he doesn’t mince words! He says, “Don’t think I have come to bring peace to the …
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 …
Nation & World

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 …
Top Trending Stories
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man livestreamed an attack on two Florida police officers, setting up a cellphone before picking up a brick and striking them from behind early Saturday morning, authorities …
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church shows appreciation for the military and those who lost their lives...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The stroke came suddenly. He didn’t remember falling, but the bump seen later on his head was evidence of his collapse. His wife was two hours away, so he was home alone …
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