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Coronavirus Updates

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...

Department of Health provides updates on vaccination efforts

The Florida Department of Health issued an update on the progress of the state’s vaccination efforts. The State of Florida is in its twenty-fourth week of vaccine distribution.
Human Interest
Mustang Makeover Challenge youth trainer, Sevyn Jathnielle, works to strengthen the bond with her mustang.

Local youth work to gentle wild horses

A group of wild horses from the west coast, including California, have been rounded up

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
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Community News

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

The History Of Flag Day

LABELLE - It has been 70 Years since President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

The AWS: Our Local Eyes on the Sky, 1941-44

As World War II raged in Europe and Asia, hundreds of local volunteers joined the nation's Aircraft Warning Service (AWS), the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Army's …
Government
A new United States federal program is helping to pay funeral expenses of people who died from COVID-19. Unfortunately, scammers are using this...
WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board will meet Thursday, June 10, at 9 a.m. at SFWMD Headquarters - B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West …
Following Governor DeSantis’ signing of the state’s budget on June 2, and through support from the Legislature, Florida is continuing to fund key transportation...
Schools

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...

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 …
Wildlife & Environment

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.

Give birds space this Memorial weekend and save the original beach babies

Audubon is calling on beachgoers to help make beaches safer for birds by avoiding their nesting areas during this busy holiday weekend...

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission panther mortality update

The FWC has updated the “Panther Pulse” page with mortality information through May 21, 2021...
Opinion
The facts are plans for urbanization were put together years ago without local resident discussion, examination or approval.
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...
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.
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
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 …

Putin calls accusation of cyberattacks against US 'farcical'

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has sharply dismissed allegations that his country is carrying out cyberattacks against the United States as baseless. Putin’s comments in an …

Eriksen's teammates to 'play for Christian' at Euro 2020

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Christian Eriksen had a simple message for his Denmark teammates when he spoke to them from the hospital for the first time following his collapse at the European …

NATO nations ready to jointly respond to attacks in space

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders on Monday will expand the use of their all for one, one for all, collective defense clause to include attacks in space, the military organization’s top civilian …
State

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 …

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 …