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Coronavirus

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...

COVID-19 Vaccinations available by appointment at health departments

HENDRY & GLADES COUNTIES — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties will now offer the Moderna Vaccine by appointment only.
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

$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

Fireworks show planned for July 4 in Okeechobee

Independence Day will bring a fireworks celebration at the Agri-Civic Center in Okeechobee
Human Interest

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.

Summer Work Program helps youth learn and earn

The program aims to impress upon young minds that work is good, necessary and will provide financial sustainability

Business Corner: Newlyweds partner up at The Sign Shop & More

Sonia recently tied the knot with Mike Spencer, and they now co-own the shop together.

Septuagenarian Couple flies sea to shining sea

On a wing and a prayer, a couple in their 70s flew from sea to shining sea in a 70-year-old airplane.
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.
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School News
A Florida Friendly Yard in NW Gainesville, Florida.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

Free virtual series to share home maintenance tips

The next series in the free “Living Well Wednesdays” virtual workshop will offer tips to repair and maintain common issues seen inside and outside the home...
wood word block 2020 and graduation hat with small plant tree on coins money. Saving money for education or scholarship concepts. Conception of education fee, education expenses, school tuition cost.

Jan La Belle Scholarship helps Florida residents with disabilities with post-secondary dreams

FLORIDA- The Jan La Belle Scholarship Program was established in 2009 to provide a financial resource to Florida residents with disabilities who desire to pursue their personal and career goals …

Teachers & staff treated to lunch

In celebration of the last week of school MHES teachers and staff were treated to an extra week of appreciation.
Police/Fire
Over the last year, ACA audit teams from across the country visited Apalachee, Liberty, Hamilton, Baker, Columbia, Okeechobee...
Florida historically had a cycle of drought, fire and flood. Wildfires are common in the dry season in Florida, especially in areas with a lot of open brush or trees. Fires may be sparked by …
Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature made positive investments to support the Florida Department of Corrections public safety mission...
On April 12, 2020, at approximately 7:10 p.m., a hit and run crash with a serious injury and property damage occurred at Third Street S.W. and Avenue R in Moore Haven...
The Bobcat Fire, which started in the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area on Saturday afternoon, had burned 23,000 acres by noon on May 31, according to the Florida Forest Service (FFS).
Government

Scam Alert: FEMA calling? It’s yet another government impostor scam

A new United States federal program is helping to pay funeral expenses of people who died from COVID-19. Unfortunately, scammers are using this...
GLADES COUNTY — This map shows area to be the site of Phase 1 of the Glenn Harvey Estates residential development planned on the 531 acres outlined in green, near Buckhead Ridge.

Glades County Commission reviews progress of Glenn Harvey development

MOORE HAVEN -- Glades County Commissioners reviewed the Glenn Harvey development agreement at their June 8 meeting.

Some Port LaBelle street names to change

Some streets in Port LaBelle will soon have new names. At the June 8 meeting of the Glades County Board of County Commissioners...
Sports

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.
Boaters enjoying a nice day on the water in St. Marks, FL

FWC: Need-to-know tips for beginner boaters

With summer drawing near, it’s no secret that anglers want to be on the water. Learn about everything from boat ramp etiquette to need-to-know safety tips.
Traffic & Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, June 13, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
The following column is the Road Watch report for Glades County for the week beginning Sunday, June 6, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
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.
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.
Today, February 25, 2021, at 11:00am, MIAP – Florida, in cooperation with Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapels in Miami-Dade County, and the...
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...
A watermelon sits among leaves in a watermelon field.

UF/IFAS Extension helps watermelon industry nip disease in the bud

And as consumers around the nation enjoy slice after slice of cool watermelon this summer, they can thank a dedicated network of Florida growers...
Business
The Rail Passengers Association applauded Amtrak’s Corridor Vision document released earlier May 28, which provides additional details on the railroad’s plan...
The Mosquito Control Board is its own taxing district with responsibility for the BHR canals as well as mosquito control.
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...
Parents concerned about child care during a pandemic/covid, don’t worry, every childcare has stepped up its sanitizing protocol...
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 …
Nation & World

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 …
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The Moore Haven Lock and Dam will have a width restriction of 25 feet until further notice.
The 2021 Chalo Nitka Festival was held Saturday morning in downtown Moore Haven
Fans of all ages welcome to enjoy FREE outdoor activities, featuring country music star Chris Janson and fishing legend Bill Dance
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