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News Cast for March 5th:

Moore Haven expects boost from Chalo Nitka

The City of Moore Haven took over planning and operations for the annual Chalo Nitka Festival this year.

The event kicked off Friday with a list of activities for children.

They included a small fry fish contest, a pet parade, a midway tonight, and a ranch rodeo at the Bronson Arena.

Saturday events include a 5 K walk and run, a pancake breakfast, a parade at 10 a.m., a special ceremony to honor the Grand Marshall’s of the parade, Dr. John and Cheryl Huysman, afternoon entertainment, and the ranch rodeo.

Vice Mayor Jacob Eighner said volunteers and city staff have done a great job in making the event possible this year.

He predicted this will give the population a boost in morale, “People have been shut up in their homes.  They haven’t been able to get out.  That is one reason we are excited about it.  We can see people we haven’t seen since last year because of the pandemic.”

The annual event began in 1948 and was originally celebrated to mark the paving of Main Street in Moore Haven.

Governor DeSantis visits Sebring

The governor vowed to improve vaccine distribution to rural areas during a stop at the Lakeshore Mall Thursday.

DeSantis said he is working on a Rural Surge Program to increase vaccinations in Glades, Highlands and other small counties.

Only 29% of seniors in Glades County have received a vaccine shot.  Highlands County reported 37%.

Some 3,600 shots were expected to be administered at the Highlands Clinic on Thursday.

“If you look at all those counties, Glades is the lowest in the state for senior vaccinations.  Highlands is close to the bottom.  The good thing is with rural counties you can bump up those numbers very quickly.”

DeSantis added that the state has partnered with Health Hero to increase resources to any existing vaccinating pods in those rural counties.

He expects a continued surge in vaccine supplies in the next few weeks.