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Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Units arrive at four Hendry County locations

The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have partnered to offer mobile vaccination units at several locations...

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...
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Community News

Memorial Workout held in honor of Officer Julian Keen

LABELLE- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) organized a Memorial Workout for fallen Officer Julian Keen on June 14, 2021, one year after the beloved officer was shot and …

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 Pet of the Week is Gracie

This week's Pet of the Week is Gracie. You can meet her at the Caloosa Humane Society in LaBelle.
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Police/Fire

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

IMMOKALEE — It has been one year since the community suffered the tragic loss of beloved FWC officer, Julian Keen.
Over the last year, ACA audit teams from across the country visited Apalachee, Liberty, Hamilton, Baker, Columbia, Okeechobee...
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...
Wildlife & Environment
The FWC has updated the “Panther Pulse” page with mortality information through June 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems.
Business Corner

Locally famous hot sauce wins Golden Chile award

FELDA- Some like it hot, and local hot sauce and BBQ expert Buddy Taylor knows it. “After years of fine tuning, taste-testing and fiddling around with a pinch of this and a dash of that, …

Black-owned businesses encouraged to attend meeting

CLEWISTON- Close to half of Black small businesses have closed down in 2020, as the pandemic presented challenges to minority communities disproportionately

Amtrak 2035 expansion worth $195 billion to U.S. economy

The Rail Passengers Association applauded Amtrak’s Corridor Vision document released earlier May 28, which provides additional details on the railroad’s plan...
Veterans

Veterans remembered at Ft Denaud Ceremony

One of the largest crowds in years attended the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the Ft Denaud Cometary by the American Legion Post #130 on Monday, May 31.
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. 
LaBele Fire Department helped place flags.

Volunteers place flags on veterans' graves

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn
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.
Sports Around The Lake
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
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...
If you’re looking for a hunting opportunity this time of year, you might want to consider wild hog hunting.
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.
Schools

LaBelle Kiwanis Club offers scholarships for adults

LABELLE- Adult scholarships are available through the LaBelle Kiwanis Club, and they are currently accepting applications.

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 …

Local student named to LaGrange College VPAA’s List

Enrique Hernandez of LaBelle, was recently named to the LaGrange College Vice President of Academic Affairs’ List for the Spring semester.
Government

Hendry BOCC commemorates Juneteenth

Hendry County will honor June Nineteenth

Hendry County honors Alcee Hastings

HENDRY COUNTY- The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners honored and recognized, posthumously, The Honorable Alcee Lamar Hastings on June 8, 2021, during a regular BOCC meeting. Alcee Lamar …

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...
Health

Keep your family safe this summer tips from your Poison Control Center

As we swing into summer, Florida’s Poison Control Centers - Jacksonville is providing some helpful tips to keep your family safe.

Brain Bus presents virtual events to help you understand Alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss

The Virtual Brain Bus will hold the following event that covers Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.

Unlocking the Power of Balance

In this week’s YMCA Yoga class, practitioners awakened this habitual movement, often taken for granted, until there is a fall.
Entertainment
Families can pet an alligator.

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...

Insomniac CEO confirms plans for 2022 Okeechobee Music Festival

OKEECHOBEE – It’s official. Insomniac plans for Okeechobee Music Festival to return to Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee County in 2022.
Opinion
The Kiwanis Club would like to thank the community for all donations. Your donations gives the club the opportunity to give back to the community.
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...
2020 Fall Football Preview
Traffic & Road Work
HENDRY COUNTY — The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, June 13, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Beginning Monday, June 14, Hendry County’s contractor, Community Asphalt Corp., will be conducting construction services and roadwork on Fort Denaud Road...
Some streets in Port LaBelle will soon have new names. At the June 8 meeting of the Glades County Board of County Commissioners...
The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, June 6, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
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 …

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 …
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