Five charged in connection with string of armed robberies in Hendry and Palm Beach counties

CLEWISTON – Between the dates of Tuesday, March 24 through Friday March 27, Detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a string of armed robberies which occurred in the Clewiston area. Two victims were shot during theses robberies. It was learned through the investigation into these robberies, that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s […]

Beware! Rent assistance phone calls are a scam Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following scam alert: BEWARE: There is an impostor calling members of the community and asking for their personal information to help with rent payments. This is a scam! Never give out your personal information over the phone to anyone claiming to assist with your rent payments. […]

Okeechobee County now has 134 tested; 3 confirmed positive

OKEECHOBEE – So far, about 2.2% of those tested for COVID-19 in Okeechobee County are confirmed positive. Glades County, with only 15 people tested, and four confirmed positive, has a positive rate of 26.6%. Hendry County, with 123 tested and 7 positive, has a rate of 5.7%. Palm Beach County, with 5,572 tested and 988 […]

Walmart limits number of customers in store at one time

By Dacona SmithExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. In this taxing and uncertain time, our associates have gone above and beyond to help Americans get the food, medicine and supplies they need. We care deeply about our associates’ health and well-being, and in recent weeks we’ve taken steps such as expanding our paid […]

CDC: Cover your face in public to protect others

Looks like it’s time to “cowboy up.” A new recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came out on Friday, encouraging people who don’t have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus to cover their nose and mouth in public. A simple bandanna, worn in the style cowboys use to protect themselves from the dust of […]

Fifth Hendry County resident tests positive for COVID-19 virus

LABELLE – A fifth resident of Hendry County has tested positive for COVID-19. The latest case is confirmed to be a 38 year old male resident of Clewiston. All five individuals who have tested positive in Hendry County are currently under isolation. Hendry County officials strongly urge residents to continue following the guidance provided by […]

Hendry Regional Medical Center shares updates

CLEWISTON – Hendry Regional Medical Center shared the following update on April 3: The following only reflects Hendry Regional Medical Center and its rural health clinics. This does not include all the cases/tests in the community. • HRMC has sent a total of 119 specimens for outside testing since the onset of the virus, 52 […]

What can we do? We can protect others

Repeat after me: COVID-19 is not a hurricane. The past few weeks might have felt similar to hurricane season, with people stocking up on supplies and regularly checking a government website for updates. But instead of plywood and batteries, the hard to find items are disinfectant and toilet paper. And instead of checking the National […]

Florida Department of Health Hendry and Glades Counties responds to questions

The Florida Department of Health appreciates the desire to understand how many people in each community have been tested, received a negative test, or are under public health monitoring as a result of suspicion they may have COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Balancing the privacy of the individuals being tested and monitored, […]

Hendry County paving A Road

HENDRY COUNTY — The Hendry County Road & Bridge Department’s asphalt contractor will be paving on A Road on Friday, April 3, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists should expect lane closures and allow extra time for their commute. Please use extra caution when driving through the work zone. Residents with questions or concerns […]