Health

Alzheimer’s Association offers webinars to the public

The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the following webinars to the public...

Alzheimer’s Association offers webinars to the public

The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the following webinars to the public...

Alzheimer’s Association offers webinars to the public

The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the following webinars to the public...
Community News
Fritz was the winner of the 2022 Grandstander Division

Howl-O-Ween and Doxie Dash return Oct. 22

Mark your calendars for some howling good Halloween fun Saturday, Oct. 22, the date for the third annual Howl-O-Ween event and Lenny’s …

Rose Baile becomes CCKids’ First Kinship Navigator

Communities Connected for Kids unveiled its Kinship Navigator Program earlier this month...

Health Care District of PBC resumes normal operations

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County resumes normal operations tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 30...
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Last year: 15.57 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Trending Stories Within Our Communities

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were charged with DUI or felonies last week.

Palmetto woman dies in crash on SR 70 in Highlands County

A 21-year-old Palmetto woman was killed and three others were seriously injured in a traffic accident on State Road 80 in Highlands County on Sept. 17 …
If the water rises too quickly, it can damage or destroy the vegetation that helps clean the lake and provides habitat for fish.

Lake O level: One big storm can change everything

What will Hurricane Ian mean for Lake Okeechobee?
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Collier County urging residents to shelter in place

Collier County is urging residents not to leave their current location for the duration of Hurricane Ian.

IRSC cancels Wednesday classes

FORT PIERCE—Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Ian, Indian River State College will be closed to employees, students, and visitors at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. All classes (including …
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Sports

OHS JV volleyball stacks 15 back-to-back wins

The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman junior varsity volleyball team went on an impressive win streak this season.

Football around the lake this week: Sept. 30

Every game scheduled this week hangs in the balance as the entire state of Florida waits to see what course Hurricane Ian will take.
Schools
Palm Beach State College’s fall enrollment is up 6% this fall term compared to the previous year.

All Palm Beach State College campuses will reopen Friday, Sept. 30

In-person and online classes will resume as scheduled.
Hurricane Ian interrupts Homecoming Week, but students were able to hold "Anything but a Backpack" Day before the fun came to an end.

OHS students celebrate 'Anything but a Backpack' Day prior to school closings

Before they were so rudely interrupted by Hurricane Ian, Okeechobee High School students were in the middle of celebrating Homecoming Week.
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Hendry County Schools will be closed tomorrow

Hendry County School District Superintendent Michael Swindle has made the decision to close schools Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28...
Government
During its Sept. 26 meeting, the Okeechobee City Council declared a state of emergency due to the predicted path of Hurricane Ian.
LABELLE -- Hendry County Officials have declared a local State of Emergency effective at 7p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in preparation for the potential threat of Hurricane Ian.
Due to the possibility of impacts from Hurricane Ian, Hendry County Government Offices will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Veterans
Central Elementary School students from bus 1503 proudly wear their red shirts in support of Red Shirt Friday.

Central Elementary School students support Red Shirt Friday

Central Elementary School students riding bus #1503 proudly wore the red t-shirts given to them by the Amvets Riders of Post 200 on Friday.
You may have noticed a couple things missing from Veterans' Park this week. Have no fear, the guns were not taken for nefarious reasons but have been transported to a secure location to be cleaned and refurbished.

Veterans work on the big guns: You can help

Local veterans, city employees and volunteers are busily working on refurbishing the big guns from Veterans’ Park.
You may have noticed a couple things missing from Veterans' Park this week. Have no fear, the guns were not taken for nefarious reasons but have been transported to a secure location to be cleaned and refurbished.

Big guns moved from Veterans' Park

You may have noticed a couple things missing from Veterans' Park this week. Have no fear, the guns were not taken for nefarious reasons but have been transported to a secure …
State

Florida deaths rise to 47 amid struggle to recover from Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Rescuers evacuated stunned survivors on a large barrier island cut off by Hurricane Ian and Florida's death toll climbed sharply, as hundreds of thousands of people were …

Residents leave Florida's Pine Island, Hurricane Ian's ruin

PINE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Paramedics and other volunteers with a group that helps rescue people after natural disasters went door to door Saturday on Florida's devastated Pine Island, offering to …

Ian leaves dozens dead as focus turns to rescue, recovery

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Rescuers searched for survivors among the ruins of Florida's flooded homes from Hurricane Ian while authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage from its strike …
Nation & World

EXPLAINER: What's behind Indonesia's deadly soccer match?

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Violence and a deadly stampede that erupted following a domestic league soccer match Saturday night marked another tragedy in Indonesian football. Here's a look at how the …

Brazil holds historic election with Lula against Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 120 million Brazilians will vote Sunday in a highly polarized election that could determine if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s …

A look at some of the world's major crowd disasters

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — Police fired tear gas after several fights broke out at an Indonesian soccer match in East Java province when Persebaya Surabaya beat Arema Malang 3-2. Panic and a rush for …
Opinion

No Kid Hungry in Florida is possible

For the first time in my career as an advocate for children, we are on the cusp of seeing...

Things to do while waiting on Hurricane Ian ...

A social media post recently shared: “Watching a hurricane approach is like being stalked by a giant turtle.”

Know the risk factors for suicide

This article discusses issues in mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health or substance abuse crisis...
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