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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.
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Community News

U.S. Sugar invites the public to view historic steam locomotive Oct. 1

CLEWISTON -- The City of Clewiston invites the public to view U.S. Sugar’s historic steam locomotive Engine No. 148 …

Frey to speak at Audubon

You won’t want to miss this presentation! Masks and social distancing are required at in person events

Big Lake area churches plan services and events

The church column brings you services and events at churches of the Big Lake area.
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Police/Fire

This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated.

Should anyone have additional information regarding this threat or any others, please contact HCSO immediately.
HENDRY COUNTY – The following individuals were arrested ...
Agriculture
As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers...
Proper nutrition for disease damaged citrus trees is critical to extending their productivity. Growers can learn more...
Wildlife & Environment
Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts...
Business Corner
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Hendry County School district to seek historical renovation grants

LABELLE -- Higher than expected renovation costs for a two-story building at the Clewiston Sub Office the Hendry County School District had hoped to renovate has pushed the school board to …

Florida PSC holds FPL rate case hearing on Sept. 20

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...
Scott Perry, long time resident of LaBelle and regular customer at the LaBelle Brewing Company, tries the new, giant, one pound meatloaf.

Business Corner: LaBelle Brewing Company a new and improved version

“The portions are giant, staff is attentive and wonderful, and the entire atmosphere is perfect,” said Wendy Hassenplug.
Veterans

13th Annual Veterans Memorial Park Benefit planned

The LaBelle Veteran’s Park Committee would like to thank the many people that have helped form and build this special place
Rolling Thunder rode into LaBelle bright and early on Saturday, August 21.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 5 Florida POW*MIA offers Chair of Honor Program

Rolling Thunder® is a diverse group of like-minded individuals committed POW*MIA awareness and veterans rights
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...
Weather
Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
Sports Around The Lake
Part of many deer hunters’ preseason prep includes brushing up on hunting regulations. We’ve compiled a list of ...
During the Labor Day holiday, the Drowning Prevention Coalition (DPC) of Palm Beach County encourages all recreational boaters to follow safe boating and water...
The FWC 2021-2022 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs...
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Schools

HCSD student COVID-19 cases decreasing

Superintendent Michael Swindle informed board members of the latest COVID-19 developments

HVAC training program opens in LaBelle

Previously, the program was available in Clewiston, and has now expanded to LaBelle.

Marching bands impress the crowd at Band Night

LABELLE- On Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 LaBelle High School (LHS) and Clewiston High School came together for Band Night ..

HCSD sets 2021-2022 budget

LABELLE -- Hendry County School District (HCSD) adopted a 2021-2022 fiscal year budget during its regular meeting Sept. 7.
Government

HCBOCC regular meeting set for Sept. 28

The next regular meeting of the Hendry County BOCC  is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28

Hendry County raises solid waste removal fees for fiscal year 2021-2022

Hendry County residents will pay more for trash removal for fiscal year 2021-2022, but not as much as they might have…

HCSD votes against temporary mask mandate 4-1

Like all school districts in Florida, the Hendry County School District struggles with concerns over student and staff safety …
Health
Hendry Regional Medical Center set to resume elective surgeries on Monday, Sept. 27, with safety guidelines in place. Surgeries and elective procedures have been on hold for the past month while staff battled the covid-19 pandemic.

Hendry Regional to resume elective surgeries

Hendry Regional Medical Center will resume elective surgeries Monday, Sept. 27, with safety guidelines in place.

Yoga for Life: Yoga props for stability

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...
K&M drugs offers flu shots for the 2021-2022 season starting Tuesday, September 14.

Flu shots offered at K&M Drugs

LABELLE- K & M Drugs will be starting to give flu shots Tuesday, September 14, 2021. They will offer both regular and high dose, for 65 and older.
Entertainment

Silver Spurs celebrates Southern Showdown with over 77 years of rodeo action and tradition

The Silver Spurs Southern Showdown will bring together professional roughstock riders and the Silver Spurs’ biggest broncs and baddest bulls in the Silver Spurs Arena...

Online auction benefits Lighthouse of SWFL’s programs

Lighthouse of SWFL will hold an online auction in conjunction with the center’s 11th annual Dining in the Dark virtual fundraiser.

Firehouse Community Theatre, Inc. will present “Don’t Talk to the Actors”

Firehouse Community Theatre presents “Don’t Talk to the Actors” by Tom Dudzick.
Traffic & Road Work

Hendry County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 26

Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

Hendry County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19

The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Road repairs coming to Phillips Road in LaBelle

CLEWISTON -- An old topic came up during the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners' regular meeting on Sept. 14

Phillips Road work planned

LABELLE – Please be advised that on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, Hendry County will be conducting emergency roadway repairs to Phillips Road in LaBelle.
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.
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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

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 …
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