Some local farms selling produce on-site

Prices drop as supply chain retools to meet changing consumer needs Because of supply-chain disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis, some Florida farmers are bypassing the middlemen out of necessity and selling their fresh produce directly to the public on their farms, reports UF/IFAS Regional Vegetable Extension Agent Emeritus Gene McAvoy. These sales may be […]

Commencement ceremonies in limbo

PB County cancels ceremonies at fairgrounds, causing confusion PALM BEACH COUNTY — Dr. Donald Fennoy, superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District, wrote a letter April 7 to the “Distinguished Class of 2020,” informing thousands of seniors, sadly, that he had to cancel their traditional commencement ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds. He said […]

Thousands of rental cars burn in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS — A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the Southwest Florida International Airport in a rental car overflow lot. More than 3,500 vehicles were destroyed, and 15 acres were burned. Another 3,800 vehicles were parked in the lot but were undamaged. Melinda Avni, wildfire mitigation specialist for the Florida Forest Service, said they […]

DOH launches new public website Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

As the Florida Department of Health continues to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, they have launched a new public website, StrongerThanC-19.This community action survey is intended for you to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Florida Department of Health will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to […]

5 charged in connection of armed robberies

Between the dates of Tuesday, March 24, and Friday, March 27, detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating a string of armed robberies that 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 Office […]

Glades town hall offers essential information

BELLE GLADE — The Guardians of the Glades put on a Facebook Live presentation Thursday evening, April 2, titled the “Glades-Area Virtual Town Hall Meeting,” that was intended to calm public fears and uncertainty, and instill confidence in local leaders striving to help people stay safe through the coronavirus pandemic. Scheduled speakers were: State Rep. […]

Above-normal hurricane season predicted

Forecasters predict 16 named storms, with four Cat 3 or stronger Florida could be in for an above-average hurricane season, according to forecasters at Colorado State University. On April 2, Philip J. Klotzbach, Michael M. Belle and Jhordanne Jones released the “Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2020.” […]

High school spring sports could continue

GAINESVILLE — The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) is offering some student-athletes a glimmer of hope. Baseball, softball, flag football and tennis teams all around the lake were stopped cold in the middle of their seasons right as COVID-19 hit. Now, they may get to finish them. “Pending schools are back in session and […]

Lake lower; corps reduces flow to river

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — As Lake Okeechobee’s level continues to fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the flow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River to the minimum of 457 cubic feet per second set by the South Florida Water Management District. Because the flow is measured at the Franklin Lock (which is […]

More cases of COVID-19 reported as testing continues in region

TALLAHASSEE — Total confirmed cases of those infected with the COVID-19 virus in Florida rose to 14,504 on Tuesday, including 14,065 Florida residents and 439 non-Florida residents. The Florida Department of Health designates anyone whose permanent address is not in Florida as a non-resident. When the pandemic began, some of the state’s winter visitors chose […]

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