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Citizen group focuses on proposed Bridge Street bypass

The Second Bridge Group (SBG), a group of citizens formed to collect and share information about the proposed ...

Belle Glade local named to the Dean’s List

Arys Gil Henriquez of Belle Glade has been named to the spring 2023 Dean’s List at Rockford...

Community invited to July 30 Indiantown High School Open House

On July 30, families throughout Martin County and neighboring communities can take a sneak peek inside Indiantown High School...

HRMC welcomes Cathy Rodriguez to Hospital Authority Board

Hendry Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed Cathy Rodriguez...
The Okeechobee School for Boys was built in 1959.

IRSC to take over old 'boys school' property

The property previously used by the Okeechobee School for Boys will be transferred to Indian River State College, under House Bill 1603 which was signed into law …
Health
Dr. Paul J. McConnell

Strategies to help improve your smile throughout your life

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health...
Dr. Paul McConnell is United Healthcare's dental director.

February is Children's Dental Health Month

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health habits that can help improve the oral health of kids and people of all …
OKEECHOBEE -- Regular chiropractic adjustments help keep horses in top condition. [Photo by Katrina Elsken/Lake Okeechobee News]

New chiropractor adjusts animals as well as people

Dr. Robert Safranski recently joined Platt Chiropractic, 280 SW 32nd St., Okeechobee.
Community News

LHS class reunion is April 20

Graduates from the 40s, 50s, 60s of LaBelle High School will hold their class reunion April 20...
OKEECHOBEE -- Okee Poke won the 2024 Best Taste of Okeechobee award for the annual event hosted by Okeechobee Main Street. [Photo courtesy Okeechobee Main Street].

Okeechobee Main Street hosts Taste of Okeechobee

Okeechobee Main Street's Taste of Okeechobee was held Feb. 3 in downtown Okeechobee.

From the Archives: New movie theater opens in Okeechobee

In 1973 news of a new movie theater excited the Okeechobee community. A contest for naming theater resulted in the name The Brahman Theater.
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Sports

Clewiston’s Imani Greaves earns awards at state weightlifting competition

Clewiston High School’s Imani Greaves earned second place in Traditional Lift and fifth place in Olympic Lift at the FHSAA state weightlifting finals.

Golf tournament to benefit Knights of Columbus

INDIANTOWN -- The Buckhead Ridge Knights of Columbus will host a golf tournament on March 18 , at the Indianwood Golf Course ...
Schools
CLEWISTON -- Second graders at Westside Elementary School learned about how plants grow and enjoyed a tasty treat when Clewiston High School FFA students brought them an Ag in the Classroom program. [Photo courtesy Westside Elementary School]

FFA students visit elementary schools

Clewiston High School FFA students visited Westside Elementary School on Feb. 21 to teach second graders about plants.
CLEWISTON -- Holly Sweet's Fifth Grade Class at Westside Elementary School enjoyed their Volume Zoo Animal Project. The hands-on experience allowed them to exploredthe world of composite rectangular prisms and volume calculation in a fun and interactive way. [Photo courtesy Westside Elementary School]

Westside students learn about volume

CLEWISTON -- Westside Elementary School students learned to measure volume with the Volume Zoo Animal project.
LABELLE -- Ace Hardware in LaBelle recently donated plants and seeds to help  teacher Jill Strickland, Deputy Bozzi and third grade students to plant a garden. The store also gave the school a discount on bags of soil. [Photo courtesy LaBelle Elementary School]

LES students learn about plants

Ace Hardware in LaBelle recently donated plants and seeds to help teacher Jill Strickland, Deputy Bozzi and third grade students to plant a garden.
Government
The way the City of LaBelle records property liens is being looked at by the city ...
Okeechobee County Commissioners approved a controversial rezoning to allow a mobile home park across the canal from Blue Cypress Golf and Condominium Resort ...
Veterans

Wreaths Across America announces new theme for 2024

Wreaths Across America (WAA), the national nonprofit whose year-long mission...
For the second time in approximately a month, the door was ripped off the helicopter in Veterans' Square Park.

Veterans' Square Park equipment vandalized again

OKEECHOBEE — Once again, vandals have struck Veterans’ Square Park.
Okeechobee 4H County Council honoring veterans Wednesday morning at Gladys' Restaurant, by taking boxes of Christmas cookies, and Publix gift cards to thank these veterans for their service.

4-H County Council teens serve veterans

Okeechobee 4-H County Council honored veterans Wednesday morning at Gladys' Restaurant...
State

Fidelity National: Q4 Earnings Snapshot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $251 million. The Jacksonville, …

Del Monte: Q4 Earnings Snapshot

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (FDP) on Monday reported a loss of $106.4 million in its fourth quarter. The Coral Gables, Florida-based …
Competitors battle in a muddy pool with weapons made from pool noodles at the Florida Man Games on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in St. Augustine, Fla. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

At the Florida Man Games, tank-topped teams compete at evading police, wrestling over beer

It's a showdown that treats evading police and wrestling over beer like they were Olympic sports. The Florida Man Games debut Saturday in St. Augustine, with a dozen teams expected to compete in …
Opinion

Reflections From the Pulpit: A hurting coon and the Grace of God

A few weeks ago, a little raccoon found his way onto the porch, trying to scrounge some...

Is the White House the world’s finest assisted living facility?

Are President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump running again because...
TORRY ISLAND — At left is the lakeside pavilion and at right the city’s amphitheater. Between and behind them are docks, walkways, gangways and other structures to be rehabilitated, and a sea wall is to be installed as well.

BBQ event benefits Glades Historical Society

Many of you have now heard of the Torry Island BBQ Showdown happening in...
Nation & World
This photo taken from video released by the head of the Russian-controlled Donetsk region Denis Pushilin's telegram channel on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, shows damaged buildings, after Russian forces completed their takeover of Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine. Russian-controlled Donetsk region. (Head of the Russian-controlled Donetsk region Denis Pushilin telegram channel via AP)

Ukrainian troops pull back again as Russia's onslaught pushes ahead in eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian army spokesman says Kyiv's troops have withdrawn from a village in the east of the country, as Russian forces make their advantages in manpower and ammunition tell on the battlefield at …
Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, left, shakes hands with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban at the Carmelite Monastery in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Feb 23, 2024. Nearly two years after Sweden formally applied to join NATO, its membership now hinges on convincing one country - Viktor Orban's Hungary - to formally ratify its bid to join the military alliance. (AP Photo/Denes Erdos)

Hungary's parliament set to ratify Sweden's NATO accession in final step toward membership

Hungary's parliament is set to ratify Sweden’s bid to join NATO, likely bringing an end to more than 18 months of delays that have frustrated the alliance as it seeks to expand in response to …
The city of Rafah, along the border with Egypt, is now home to about 1.4 million people, many of whom fled the Israel-Hamas war when the ground offensive was concentrated on northern and central Gaza. Babies in an overcrowded hospital in Rafah are forced to share incubators, leading to the spread of disease. (Feb. 25 - AP video by Mohammad Jahjouh, Production by Wafaa Shurafa)

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of blocking aid to Gazans in violation of a UN court order

Human Rights Watch says Israel is not complying with an order issued by the United Nations’ top court because it is failing to provide urgently needed aid to desperate people in the Gaza Strip. The …
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