Coronavirus Updates

Glades County to provide walk-ins & appointments for COVID-19 Vaccination

The Glades County Health Department will be providing a first dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday, April 11.

Health Care District’s online COVID-19 Vaccination appointment scheduling continues

The Health Care District encourages eligible individuals to self-schedule available first-dose vaccination appointments

Johnson & Johnson vaccinations set for Monday

There will be a J&J vaccination site on Monday, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. at Christ Fellowship Church, Belle Glade Campus.
Community News

Okeechobee County announces road closure at SW 28th Street and west side of SW 24th Avenue

Okeechobee County has scheduled a road closure at SW 28th Street at the west side of SW 24th Avenue,

Palm Beach County Library System celebrates Haitian Heritage Month

The Palm Beach County Library System is proud to honor Haitian culture during Haitian Heritage Month

Okeechobee County promotes tourism to international audience

Brand USA gave Okeechobee County a chance to reach an international audience.
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FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

Letter to the Editor: Dear Village Board

The 55 acre piece of property in question is already a unique symbol of this town and its old Florida heritage

Bass Pro tournament on Lake O this weekend

Fans of all ages welcome to enjoy FREE outdoor activities, featuring country music star Chris Janson and fishing legend Bill Dance

Corps to release lake water to St. Lucie starting Saturday

JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will begin 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) pulse releases from the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) beginning Saturday, March 6, as …
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Sports

Aubrie Libroth takes over as coach of Okeechobee Shockwaves

OKEECHOBEE-  The Okeechobee Shockwaves are hitting the water again in 2021 and they have a new head coach leading the way.

Pahokee hires Emmanuel Hendrix as head football coach

PAHOKEE- The Blue Devils officially have their new head coach.
Schools
ROTC cadets listen intently as Mayor Dowling Watford talks about the Seminole Wars.

Mayor Watford instructs ROTC cadets

Army ROTC groups came to hear Mayor Watford speak on the Seminole Wars.

Pre-k class has show and tell

Mrs. Spivey’s Pre-K class had a virtual show and tell on animals. This assignment concluded their monthly theme on pets.

MHES hosts 'Data and Desserts'

Moore Haven Elementary School invited first grade parents to “Data and Desserts”
Government
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record.
Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca was chosen as an outstanding young alumnus recipient.
Six requests for reduction in code enforcement fines were on the consent agenda for the meeting.
Veterans
The current American Legion Post #64 commander, Larry Richardson - served in the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry of the 25th Infantry Division and finished time in the service as an E-5 - ,and past commander, Dan Fennell - served in the 3rd Marine Division with an occupation specialty of motor transport and did two tours, 1965-66 and 1968-69, and retired as a Major - represented Post 64 at the initial placement of the Vietnam memorial stone.

The American Legion is not just a social club

The Okeechobee American Legion is more than just a social club. They are an integral part of the community.
Veteran Michael Fisher spent six years in Germany.

Veteran Fisher is a bishop

While still in 11th grade, Michael Fisher joined the Army on the delayed entry program.
John Kenbeek joined the Navy soon after graduating from OHS.

Veteran Kenbeek found his training useful after his discharge

Veteran John Kenbeek was born in Jacksonville while his dad, Jim Kenbeek, was stationed there
State

Teenager dies when electrocuted during Florida storm

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl died Sunday during a strong storm that swept through central Florida, damaging homes and businesses. The woman was driving in Spring Hill, north of …

Hit-and-run crash in Florida kills New York federal judge

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who claimed she is Harry Potter fatally struck a federal judge visiting from New York and seriously injured a 6-year-old boy after swerving her car onto a …

Trump : The key to Republican success is more Trumpism

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Staking his claim to the Republican Party, former President Donald Trump is casting his populist policies and attack-dog politics as the key to future GOP success. In a …
Nation & World

AP PHOTOS: From Moscow to Pacific, Russia glorifies Gagarin

MOSCOW (AP) — From a giant statue towering over Moscow to a more modest monument on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean, dozens of memorials across Russia commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the …

Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground …

EXPLAINER: Iran atomic sites targeted by diplomacy, sabotage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the latest incident striking its underground Natanz …
Opinion

Faith that moves tramcars

This week's Reflections from the Pulpit is written by Loy Mershimer of Okeechobee Presbyterian Church.

Can Social Security benefits be suspended?

National Social Security Advisor at the AMAC Foundation, Russell Gloor, answers questions about Social Security benefits.

Reflections from the Pulpit:
Easter People

Easter morning was a special event, growing up. We would waken in the middle of the night to our mother’s call.
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