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Get ahead of the curve this flu season, get your shot now

As COVID-19 pandemic numbers show some hoped-for improvement, health officials are issuing a companion health alert for residents: Get a flu shot and get it now. The Florida Department of Health-Lee and the Centers for Disease Control are making their annual pleas early this year in advance ...

George Floyd

..."We lost a life in our community on Tuesday his name was George Floyd. George did not deserve to die! Never in the world should a non violent 911 call equate to the death of patron! Never should our black people feel that they are in danger of their life if the police are present! Never ...

Facts, not Fear III

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday the first phase of his plan to reopen the state as the number of COVID-19 cases appear to wan.Saying it is built around his first priority -- maintaining the health and safety of all Floridians -- the governor extended his "Safer at Home" order until May ...

Collateral damage from county’s reopening

As officials at the state and local level look toward a soft reopening of some public places, health officials are warning of a new normal."While we work together to determine the next steps, one thing we know is that reopening will not be a return to life as we knew it before COVID-19," Lee ...

Our newsroom commitment to you: Facts, not fear, information, not speculation

The past few weeks have been tough ones for Southwest Floridians.We've seen government operations pare down to the bare bones essentials, with offices closed and meetings and services moved online.We're seen many of our favorite businesses temporarily close or wholly revamp their operations to ...

Words to live by: Safer At Home

A "limited movement" mandate is now in effect throughout Florida.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday issued an executive order that states that as of 12:01 this morning, those 65 and older and those medically at risk "shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to ...

Many thanks

To the editor:I am reminded this morning of the opening lines of one of my favorite books by Charles Dickens--"A Tale of Two Cities"--""It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of ...

SWFL Stronger Together

State, county and local officials continue to stress the need for all of us to stay home to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.That's common-sense advice and, if everyone who could adhere did, there would be little need for what is likely coming: emergency stay-at-home edicts ...

Facts, not fear: Monitoring coronavirus disease

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued some advice regarding the new coronavirus disease formally dubbed COVID-19: Share the Facts, Stop Fear.The top takeaway from the CDC fact sheet that can be found on the agency's website along with a wealth of information on ...

Tallahassee fog — You can barely see the Sunshine

A bid to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered yet again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.Senate Bill 1340, a 51-page regurgitation of last year's perennial effort, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...