U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies request to open water control structures early to let more water flow south

Water control structures remain closed to protect sparrow nesting area WEST PALM BEACH — On June 18, South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Drew Bartlett sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking to open two water control structures early in order to address concerns about high water levels in the […]

Meet the firefighter/EMT: Miami native Torres to be new Glades County paramedic

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Michael Torres is a youthful recent addition to the Public Safety Department and plans soon to be a full-fledged paramedic. Originally from Miami, Torres is a Class of 2012 graduate of Miami Sunset High School who played on their vaunted football team for all four years of […]

Woman reportedly creates fake Facebook profile to set someone up for a crime

OKEECHOBEE — A local woman contacted the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to report a text she said she received from a man through Facebook messenger. The woman said it was a sexually explicit text and caused her to remember a time when she was young and this person had attempted to molest her. While she […]

Martin County has total of 2,528 COVID-19 positive as of July 9

MARTIN COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health July 9 report shows 2,528 Martin County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 99. ZIP code 34956 (Indiantown) has 772 cases. The county had 36 deaths and 215 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 to […]

Hendry County has total of 1,135 COVID-19 positive as of July 9

LABELLE — The Florida Department of Health July 9 report shows 1,135 Hendry County persons have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 101. The county had 27 deaths and 98 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 to date. According to FDOH, 5,887 tests have been […]

Glades County has total of 189 COVID-19 positive as of July 9

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Department of Health July 9 report shows 189 Glades County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 1 to 89. Most of the cases are in the Moore Haven area. ZIP code 33471 has 181 cases. The county has […]

Palm Beach County has 18,462 COVID-19 positive as of July 9

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Health July 9 report shows 18,462 Palm Beach County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 105. The county has 578 death and 1,997 hospitalizations (1,970 residents and 27 non-residents) related to COVID-19 to date. According […]

Okeechobee County has total of 459 COVID-19 positive as of July 9

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Health July 9 report shows 459 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Okeechobee County to date, since testing began in March. The positive cases include 457 Okeechobee County residents and two non-residents, and range in age from 0 to 93. The county had no deaths and 46 hospitalizations […]

COVID-19 may leave lasting lung damage

OKEECHOBEE — How long does it take to recover from COVID-19? Health researchers say that depends on the individual. Some doctors believe some people may suffer lasting lung damage. In an article on bannerhealth.com, Dr. Christian Bime, medical director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., noted they […]

Testing by appointment at Health Departments in Hendry and Glades

HENDRY AND GLADES COUNTIES — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties continues to provide free COVID-19 testing. Notices for available testing sites, days and times will be sent out on a weekly basis. • Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven: 1021 Health Park Drive, 863-946-0707 on Monday, July 13 from […]