ARC reports more home fires as more people are staying home

WEST PALM BEACH — On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic. The virus has caused a chain of event cancellations, school and beach closures, and additional safety measures put in place to prevent the virus from spreading. During this evolving situation, the American Red Cross has […]

Seniors warned about Medicare fraud

TALLAHASSEE — On March 18, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE Program issued guidance to the state’s more than 5.5 million elders on how to protect yourself against Medicare fraud as the state responds to COVID-19. “Medicare provides some easy-to-use and preventive measures you or your loved ones may wish to use to help […]

Yesteryear Village to temporarily close

WEST PALM BEACH — In following the guidelines of the CDC and health department regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. will temporarily close its Yesteryear Village Living History Park. This includes the April and May History & Haunts ghost tours. Reopening dates will be announced after further […]

Sheriffs’ departments institute temporary changes

For the protection of everyone involved, the sheriffs’ departments around the lake have instituted some temporary changes in policy during the COVID-19 outbreak. • Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has temporarily suspended all background fingerprinting. All social visitations to the county jail will be done remotely until further notice. The weekend work program is suspended until […]

Belle Glade area businesses update hours and member services

BELLE GLADE — In an effort to keep everyone informed as much as possible during this very difficult time, the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce has compiled this list of local businesses that are open and operational as of 10 a.m. Monday, March 23. Please note that this is subject to change, and this list […]

Palm Beach County’s Business Development Board has teleconference Friday

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County will be conducting a teleconference Friday afternoon with several officials for the information of local business owners throughout the county. Small-business owners especially are encouraged to participate, and they should start by going to the board’s website at and click on the […]

Two Palm Beach COunty deputies, PBSC teacher test positive for COVID-19

WEST PALM BEACH — “Praying for our deputies,” said an announcement on the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page late Tuesday, March 24. WPTV News Channel 5 first reported the news that two Palm Beach County deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus. PBSO pokeswoman Teri Barbera said they are now self-quarantining at home, […]

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 […]