Coronavirus Updates

Covid patients taking up 44% of hospital capacity

Okeechobee County’s covid hospitalizations remain higher than state average, according to information shared…

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces new DOH rule

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to announce that the Florida Department of Health …
Okeechobee County Courthouse

County commission to hear update on pandemic

OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Health, Raulerson Hospital and the Okeechobee County Public Safety Department …
Community News

Okeechobee County to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“Domestic violence continues to be a plague on our community of Okeechobee, affecting one in four women in their lifetime,” Jonathan Bean, of Martha’s House
Okeechobee County Courthouse

County may allow use of metal detectors on county property

OKEECHOBEE – Are there historical treasures to find in Okeechobee County?

Fine art competition to benefit local charity

Palm Beach art enthusiasts will launch a fine art design competition on Oct. 1.
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14-year-old Immokalee boy killed in ATV accident

HENDRY COUNTY -- A 14-year-old Immokalee boy was killed and a 13-year-old Immokalee boy injured in an all terrain vehicle accident on Sept. 19, just after 10 a.m., according to the Florida Highway …

Report: Florida men crashed car, carjacked good Samaritians

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two men who were involved in a crash on Interstate 75 are accused of carjacking the good Samaritans who stopped to help them, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash …
Authorities became concerned about Immokalee Middle School, after reports of a threat made on social media flooded in on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

CCSO investigates reports of threats made regarding Immokalee Middle School

Phone calls went out to parents of IMS students on September 16, 2021, after reports of a possible threat

You may be eligible for help with rent and utilities

Do you rent your home? Did you lose your job or experience a loss of income? Are you behind on your rent or facing eviction?

Immokalee pedestrian in critical condition following crash

A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated at approximately 9:51 p.m. on Sept. 18 a 61-year-old Naples man operating a sedan was traveling north in the left lane...
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Sports

Yearling volleyball team beats Osceola

The Yearling Middle School volleyball team beat Osceola Middle School in two sets on Sept. 21.

Football around the lake this week: Sept. 24

Here's the news on high school football around Lake Okeechobee.
Schools

Pace Center for Girls announces Sharon Tolnai as development manager

Pace Center for Girls Collier is excited to welcome Sharon Tolnai to the organization as Development Manager.
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GCSD finalizes 2021-2022 fiscal year budget

 The Glades County School District approved in a 5-0 vote a 2022-2022 fiscal year budget during a special board meeting
EES Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 20.

Everglades Elementary presents Students of the Week

Everglades Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 20.
Government
The next regular meeting of the Hendry County BOCC  is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28
CLEWISTON -- A Clewiston City project is coming closer to becoming a reality.
LABELLE -- Higher than expected renovation costs for a two-story building at the Clewiston Sub Office the Hendry County School District had hoped to renovate has pushed the school board to …
Veterans
9/11 hero signs flag during the Healing Heroes Golf Tournament.

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.
Rolling Thunder rode into LaBelle bright and early on Saturday, August 21.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 5 Florida POW*MIA offers Chair of Honor Program

Rolling Thunder® is a diverse group of like-minded individuals committed POW*MIA awareness and veterans rights
Gregg Maynard (right) is pictured with Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins and Jessica Lynch, who was held as a POW in Iraq.

Veterans' rights activist meets heroes

Veterans' rights activist Gregg Maynard has many heroes, but none of them wear a cape.
State

Florida day care worker accused of breaking baby's leg

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida day care worker is accused of slapping a 4-month-old several times before twisting the baby's leg until it broke, police said. A family member brought the child …

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal …

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against …
Nation & World

Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising doubts Thursday about whether it will fan out across the …

College Football Playoff expansion enters negotiation stage

College Football Playoff expansion has entered the negotiation stage. The road to a new format for deciding major college football's national champion took a detour Wednesday when the CFP …

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was …
Opinion

Social Security Matters

National Social Security Advisor At the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
The Weekly Clothesline

The Weekly Clothesline: Why do bad things happen?

Jesus is teaching his disciples about what they can expect when they go out into the world. And he doesn’t mince words! He says, “Don’t think I have come to bring peace to the …

Letter to the Editor:
Lake Okeechobee, from the heart as a concerned resident

Hello, my name is Lavonne Sherrell. I am a veteran and a lifelong resident of Clewiston for 71 years.
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