Palm Beach County schools distribute food

PALM BEACH COUNTY — While all Palm Beach County schools are closed at least through April 15, School Food Service will continue serving meals to district students throughout the school closure. Nutritionally-balanced “Grab and Go” meals will be offered at school locations around the district. The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 […]

Pandemic disrupting small businesses

TALLAHASSEE — The NFIB Research Center’s latest survey on the current impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on small business offers a stark contrast from the survey released on March 13. The magnitude of disruption now on the small business sector is profound. Currently, 76% of small businesses are negatively impacted by the outbreak of the […]

Beware of coronavirus scams

Florida residents be aware! More reports are being received of reports of people dressing in white lab coats wearing masks and gloves knocking on resident’s doors, identifying themselves as representatives from the Department of Health or the CDC and want to test residents for the COVID-19 virus. Please know, representatives from the CDC or Department […]

Florida death count rises to 13 as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Florida has 830 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus, as of the Florida Department of Health update posted at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 22. • Okeechobee County has tested 16 people with no positive tests, 13 negative and 3 pending. The 16 people tested included 7 men and 9 women and ranged from age 13 […]

Three rescued after boat capsizes

BELLE GLADE — Palm Beach County Fire/Rescue reports that at 7:17 p.m. crews responded to reports of a capsized vessel off the ramp near the 1500 block of Torry Island Road. First arriving crews reported a capsized vessel with three people in the water. The three people were safely brought back to shore and transported […]

School sports postponed until further notice

GAINESVILLE — Following an announcement by Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 17 that schools in Florida would be closed through April 15, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) released a statement on March 18 confirming that there will also be no athletic events until at least April 15. “In response to Gov. DeSantis’ closure […]

Don’t forget to complete the census

OKEECHOBEE — With all the talk of sickness and quarantines and toilet paper, most people probably haven’t had time to think about the census, but it is that time. Many received a little card in the mail with a code on it and an invitation to go online and fill out the census this week. […]

FDOT Turnpike Enterprise will process all vehicles electronically through toll-by-plate

TALLAHASSEE — To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to help keep toll collectors safe, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) will temporarily not accept cash as a form of payment for tolls. Tolls will still be required, but they will be collected through an electronic process. The change […]

Okeechobee and Hendry counties have 0 cases of COVID-19; Glades County has not tested anyone yet; Palm Beach County has 45 confirmed positive

According to the latest data released by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) at 11 a.m. on March 21, 15 residents of Okeechobee County have been tested for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Ten of those tests have came back negative while five results are still pending. Eight residents in Hendry County have been tested for […]

Palm Beach County beaches closed

WEST PALM BEACH — On Friday March 20, a press conference was held at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center. Mayor Dave Kerner and officials provided an update of community actions identified in Executive Order 20-70 issued by Governor Ron DeSantis pertaining to the COVID-19 virus. Palm Beach County declared a State of Emergency […]