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A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind around 5 mph becoming … Get the full forecast
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Hendry County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges by HCSO, CPD, FHP, FWC and...

FWC officers patrol Lake Okeechobee area

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report...

It's a crime to leave the scene of an accident involving injury or damage

The FLHSMV, its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and our public safety partners at the Florida …
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As hurricane season ends, FPL highlights value of strengthening power grid

The 2023 hurricane season ends today, Thursday, Nov. 30. Thankfully, most Florida Power...
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Agriculture

Scientists see bright future as they seek savory strawberries

Strawberry consumers love the fruit’s sweet flavor, and University of Florida scientists are trying to meet that desire...
Wildlife & Environment
Sports Around The Lake
Volleyball HOME vs Palmetto Ridge 6/7 p.m. …
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Samuel “Sam”, age 70, of Starke, Florida passed away on June 8, 2023, in Newberry. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 19, 1953, to the late Milus Allison and Margaret Isabel Fowler …

Schools

FSW launches Buccaneer Bound summer bridge program

“FSW’s new summer bridge program, Buccaneer Bound, is designed to give new first-time-in-college...
Government

LaBelle LPA approves RaceTrac development

The LaBelle Land Planning Agency Feb. 8 approved three ordinances for a ....

New year brings new laws in Florida

Several new laws take effect Jan. 1 in the state of Florida. Ethics Requirements ...
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LaBelle and Hendry County to hold joint meeting re Bridge Street bypass

The City Commission of the City of LaBelle and the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold ...
Health
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Florida provides 9,000 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to AIDS Healthcare Foundation for vulnerable populations

The Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health announced a new partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Entertainment

True Okee: special Halloween podcast

In this Halloween True Okee special… Stories of strange creatures and ghosts surround the area around Lake Okeechobee.

True Okee bonus episode: Death of a Sheriff

In this bonus episode of True Okee, we examine the death of Okeechobee County Sheriff John Collier
Traffic & Road Work

Hendry County Road Watch for week beginning May 12

Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week of Sunday, May 12. Motorists are reminded...

Hendry County Road Watch Report for week of Feb. 25

The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 25...

Hendry County Road Watch Report

The following column is the Road Watch report for Hendry County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 1...
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FILE - State Sen. Kelli Stargel looks through redistricting maps during a Senate Committee on Reapportionment hearing on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. Civil rights groups have challenged how four congressional districts and seven state House districts in South Florida were drawn by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, claiming they were racially gerrymandered. The civil rights groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday, May 23, 2024, claiming the districts are unconstitutional and asking a federal court in South Florida to stop them from being used for any elections. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Groups claim South Florida districts are racially gerrymandered for Hispanics in lawsuit

Progressive civic groups have challenged how four congressional districts and seven state House districts in South Florida were drawn by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature. They claim they …

Florida priest accused of biting woman who grabbed Holy Communion wafers during Mass

The Diocese of Orlando is defending a Catholic priest accused of biting a woman who tried to grab Holy Communion wafers during Mass at a central Florida church. The confrontation occurred Sunday …

Rapper Sean Kingston and his mother stole more than $1 million through fraud, authorities say

Authorities say Sean Kingston and his mother committed more than a million dollars in fraud in recent months, stealing money, jewelry, a Cadillac Escalade and furniture. Arrest warrants released …
Nation & World
People queue up to cast their vote in the sixth round of polling in India's national election in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Millions vote in India's grueling election with Prime Minister Modi's party likely to win a 3rd term

Millions of Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of a grueling national election in the searing summer heat. The combined opposition is trying to rattle Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s …
FILE — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa shows the signed bill for National Health Insurance signed into law in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Several polls have the African National Congress' support below 50% ahead of next Wednesday's, May 29, 2024 vote, raising the prospect that it might not be the majority party for the first time since Nelson Mandela led it to victory in the first all-race elections that ended white minority rule in 1994. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

It's possible no party will get a majority in South Africa's election. Here's what that would mean

The focus for South Africa’s national election next week is on the fate of the African National Congress party and whether it is going to lose its parliamentary majority for the first time. Several …
A tourist takes a photographs of cats gathered at a restaurant at Nitoda Port on Tashirojima island in Ishinomaki, northeast of Japan, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Shrine honors cats at a Japanese island where they outnumber humans

TASHIROJIMA, Japan (AP) — On a small island off Japan’s northeastern coast, visitors make offerings at a shrine for unlikely local guardians: cats. The “Neko Jinja,” or Cat Shrine, …
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