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Police/Fire

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...

Map shows active wildfires in Florida

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 …

Public safety prioritized through Governor DeSantis’ approval of budget

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature made positive investments to support the Florida Department of Corrections public safety mission...
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...

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.
Schools
Executives from Babcock Ranch discussed careers and employment possibilities with students in The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways program...
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...
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.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission panther mortality update

The FWC has updated the “Panther Pulse” page with mortality information through May 27, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
Agriculture
With their research, Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help growers unleash surgical strikes on weeds – without vanquishing their fruit.
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...
And as consumers around the nation enjoy slice after slice of cool watermelon this summer, they can thank a dedicated network of Florida growers...
Human Interest

Okeechobee's Trail of Hope Rescue has puppies galore

OKEECHOBEE – If you’re in the market for some puppy love, check out the Trail of Hope rescue in Okeechobee.

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America

A Natural Treasure: Florida’s Sandhills & Grasslands

A few miles southeast of Lake City, a 439-acre pristine sandhill ecosystem thrives.
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...

Collier Clerk’s Office to hold a Job Fair

The Office of the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will hold a Job Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 12...

Hunker down for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season started June 1 and ends Nov. 30, and making a hurricane plan ahead of time and stocking up on vital supplies will go a long way toward helping you and your loved …
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Traffic/Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Collier County for the week beginning Sunday, June 13, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
The following column is the Road Watch report for Collier County for the week beginning Sunday, June 6, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Veterans
Congressman Greg Steube

Stories sought for Veterans History Project

VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
The Grey Team: Major James Hall, Cary Reichbach, Rep. Al Baldasaro (NH), Dr. Frank Marangos, and David Kirkland.

Local nonprofits joins forces to help veterans R.I.S.E.

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.

Missing In America Project – Florida coordinator Kathy Church issues statement

Today, February 25, 2021, at 11:00am, MIAP – Florida, in cooperation with Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapels in Miami-Dade County, and the...
Entertainment

Monthly Nights at the Museum return to South Florida Science Center

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is bringing back everyone’s favorite monthly nighttime event starting on June 25.

Vibra Urbana Music Festival announces phase one artist lineup

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...
Weather

Make a hurricane plan for your pets

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?

2021 Hurricane Season: Be prepared

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.

Stock up on storm supplies before a hurricane threatens

As hurricane season approaches (June 1-November 30), all residents and visitors of Okeechobee County are encouraged to get prepared by creating a family hurricane plan
State

Florida gets another legal challenge to new elections rules

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two more groups sued Florida over its new restrictive elections laws Monday, adding to a growing chorus of voter rights advocates who say the rules could keep some people …

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 …
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