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Coronavirus Updates

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. …

One in three unvaccinated caregivers will continue to refuse the shot

Caring.com has published results from a survey of caregivers.
Human Interest
Mayor Hernandez and the Village council present Hunger Action Month Proclamation to the Treasure Coast food bank representative. Pictured from left to right: Councilmember Anthony Dowling, Treasure Coast food bank representative Ruby Aguirre, Mayor Janet Hernandez, Councilmember Jackie Gray Clarke and Councilmember Susan Gibbs-Thomas.

Indiantown Declares September 2021 Hunger Action Month

Indiantown’s mayor, Janet Hernandez, proclaimed September 2021 Hunger Action Month and Sept. 17, Hunger Action Day.

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…
Jonica Hough, owner of Ultimateflags.com, was thrilled to get a package from the Marines who received her flags.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

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

Publix continues work to help neighbors in need

During Hunger Action Month®, Publix is highlighting the many ways the company helps alleviate hunger year-round

Virtual College Planning workshop scheduled

A virtual college planning workshop is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20 from 7 - 8 p.m. for Martin County students.

Village of Indiantown hosts hearing about tax rates

A public hearing focused on the adoption of a tentative millage rate for the levy of ad valorem taxation and the 2021-2022 proposed budget.
Government
Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation to declare September as Florida Preparedness Month in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Ready” Campaign...
The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office cautions property owners about solicitation letters periodically mailed to residents.
Mayor Janet Hernandez gave her first state-of-the-village address Thursday evening, Aug. 19
Schools

IRSC Foundation accepting candidates for board of directors

The Indian River State College (IRSC) Foundation — a Florida not-for-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively to receive, hold, invest and administer...

Martin County School District reiterates COVID-19 precautions

Martin County School District reminded parents, students and staff of COVID-19 precautions in their “Martin Moments” email Tuesday.
Wildlife & Environment

Key land parcels added to Florida Wildlife Corridor

Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

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...

FWC seeks public input on beach-nesting birds draft guidelines

FWC is seeking public feedback on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for nesting bird species...
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.
Weather
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...
 Hurricanes bring excessive rain. When heavy rains bring flooding to an area, your private well may not be safe to drink.
Nation & 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 …

Where women took shelter from abuse, Taliban now in control

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban seized power, the operator of the only women’s shelter in a northern Afghan city ran away. Left abandoned were 20 women who had fled a variety of …
State

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 …

Miami commissioners vote to probe Miami police chief

MIAMI (AP) — City of Miami commissioners held a special meeting in which they attacked the chief of police less than six months into his post, and voted to further investigate him and his …
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