Hendry County has total of 1,694 COVID-19 positive since March

LABELLE — The Florida Department of Health Aug. 5 report shows 1,694 Hendry County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 101. The county has had 37 deaths and 145 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 to date. According to the Agency of Healthcare […]

Sheriffs try to prevent COVID-19 spread in county jails

County jails in the Lake Okeechobee area have taken precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by isolating new prisoners and screening jail staff. According to data collected on July 31, Okeechobee County has no prisoners who are COVID-19 positive; Hendry County has six; Glades County has one; and Palm Beach County has one. Okeechobee […]

Hendry County Schools to open fully virtually

LABELLE — During the July 28 Hendry School Board meeting, the original reopening plan for Hendry County Schools was approved by the board. The plan was approved with haste, due to the State’s deadline looming over the board, as they worked hard to make the best, safest decisions for children and staff. However, changes were […]

UF studies phosphorus in EAA farm runoff

WEST PALM BEACH — Why do best management practices (BMPs) work better to reduce phosphorus in runoff in some areas of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) than others? A new study to be conducted by the University of Florida will conduct extensive testing on six farms in the EAA to answer that question. The South […]

FDEP monitors algae blooms

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducts weekly samples of algae blooms in designated regular testing sites as well as at sites where algal blooms have been reported. On July 27, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff collected a sample from Lake Okeechobee at the Pahokee Marina. The Pahokee Marina sample was […]

Mechanical harvesters to return to Lake O

Mechanical harvesters will return to Lake Okeechobee in the next few months, according to information shared at the July 28 virtual meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force. The harvesters are currently working on Lake Kissimmee. They were preapproved to use the harvesters in the Indian Prairie Canal but ran into […]

Hendry County sheriff stands behind Trump

TAMPA — President Donald Trump delivered a campaign speech at the Tampa International Airport on Friday, July 31, while 15 Florida sheriffs — including Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden — stood behind him. “Yesterday, I had the honor of representing Hendry County, while standing with my fellow sheriffs and our president, showing our support for […]

Thomson recalls onions due to salmonella risk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020,through the present, according to a notice form the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can […]

14.1% of Florida ICU beds are open

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s ICU bed availability was above 14% this week, with little change over the past seven days. Some smaller hospitals in rural areas have no available ICU beds, but larger hospitals in neighboring counties do have available beds. Data from Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as of Aug. 4 show the […]

Florida High School Athletic Association is working on options for start of sports

GAINESVILLE — The Florida High School Athletic Association is currently working on three options for schools ahead of the tentative start of sports around the state. The first option being considered would have Sept. 7 become the new first date of the regular season, with the last date falling in line with the normal calender. […]