Coronavirus Updates

Florida vaccination rates up, new covid cases down

Florida’s COVID-19 new case positivity rate dropped to 3.4% last week.
Vials of the Covid-19 Vaccine

Do you need a covid vaccine booster shot?

Are you eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot? Do you need one?

Hope Healthcare hosts virtual Covid Loss Support Group

Mary Grimmer, LMHC, of Hope Healthcare will host a virtual Covid Loss Support Group for adults ages 18 and up who have lost a loved one as a result of COVID-19.
Community News
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Upthegrove announces Teacher of the Year nominees

UES announced nominees for Teacher of the Year.

MSTU Advisory Committee to meet for walking tour Nov. 1 at Zocalo Park

MSTU Advisory Committee will meet at Zocalo Park.

LHS announces winners of the 25th Annual Caloosa Chase

The 25th Annual Caloosa Chase took place Saturday, Oct. 23 at LaBelle High School.
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Teen killed when car hits tree

OKEECHOBEE  -- A 17-year-old Okeechobee girl died in  an automotive accident on  Oct. 25, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Okeechobee woman is killed while exiting shopping plaza

An Okeechobee woman was killed early Wednesday morning...

Video: Pahokee and Clewiston battle it out at Cane Field

The Pahokee Blue Devils and Clewiston Tigers battled it out in a heavyweight football fight on Cane Field on Oct. 22.

Groundbreaking set for project bringing housing for low-income Immokalee residents

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in December 2022.

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on DUI or felony charges last week.
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

High School fishing club competes in State Championship

The Hendry County Bassmasters Fishing Club fished in the Bass Nation Pro State Championship - High School Open...

Football around the lake this week: Oct. 29

The Pahokee Blue Devils went into a tough environment at Cane Field in Clewiston and came out with a 28-10 win.
Schools

West Glades School congratulates their Citizens of the Month for August

West Glades School announces their Citizens of the Month students for August.

West Glades School congratulates their Citizens of the Month for September

West Glades School announces their Citizens of the Month students for September.

Steiert appointed principal at South Elementary

Lonnie Steiert is the new principal of South Elementary
Government
Collier County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing on Friday, Nov. 5.
Warfield Elementary celebrated Florida City Government Week with members of the Village Council on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21 & 22.
The new Glades County Manager is Marcos de Oca, P.E.
Veterans
Wanda and Jay Wigginton celebrate 75 years of marriage with a  renewing of their wedding vows.

WWII veteran and bride renew vows

WWII veteran Jay Wigginton and his bride Wanda celebrate 75th anniversary.
David Joyner joined the Navy right immediately after graduating from Okeechobee High School.

God made this Navy veteran to paint

OKEECHOBEE — Navy veteran David Joyner loves to paint. “I’ve never really been good at anything else,” he said. “I just believe God made me to paint.” Joyner …

Treasure Coast Hospice’s We Honor Veterans Program earns highest distinction

On Aug. 8, Treasure Coast Hospice announced that it has earned the highest distinction as a Level 5 We Honor Veterans partner, placing the local program among the Top 5%...
State

Florida penalizes school district over masks, federal grant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida has docked a school district more than $164,000 for defying a ban on classroom mask mandates and for being awarded a federal coronavirus grant, county …

Theme park mecca lets pandemic emergency order expire

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of the Florida county that is home to the nation’s biggest theme park resorts is lifting a pandemic-related state of emergency order. Orange County Mayor Jerry …

'Greatest Show On Earth' circus may return without animals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four years after the “Greatest Show On Earth” shut down, officials are planning to bring back the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — without animal …
Nation & World

A monk, a student, an artist: Tortured by Myanmar military

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A monk was made to hop like a frog, in a humiliation tactic. An accountant was shocked with electric probes. An artist was beaten in the head with a baton until he passed …

Cheap antidepressant shows promise treating early COVID-19

A cheap antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 in a study hunting for existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat coronavirus. Researchers …

How some ‘Jewitches’ embrace both Judaism and witchcraft

(RNS) — In a scene from a recently released movie, three older women in a small room slowly walk clockwise around a table covered in candles, chanting curses softly. A scene from the latest …
Opinion

Beat a cyberbully: Here’s how parents can help

While remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic lowered reported instances of bullying, parents fear that, for some students...

Frank Coker donates in honor of his son

The 16th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup is Nov. 20-21.
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Our “Propping up” from Sunday to Sunday Life lessons make us stronger… The older I get, the more I realize what’s really important. I often think about my choices over …
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