Coronavirus Updates

FDOH warns of COVID-19 Testing scams

Now more than ever, residents should rely on trusted sources of information for access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations ...

COVID-19 cases high in Florida but wave may have peaked

The highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant continued to spread in Florida in last week …

HRMC discontinues Regeneron monclonal antibody infusions

Effective today, Jan. 21, 2022, HRMC will no longer offer Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusions.
Community News

Miss American Legion Pageant set for Feb. 11

The 57th Miss American Legion will be crowned on Feb. 11. The Miss American Legion contest is Okeechobee’s oldest, continuously running...

Kravis Center donates custom ballet barres to Ascension 33 Dance Studio

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts recently created custom ballet barres which were donated to Ascension 33 Dance Studio in Belle Glade.

LaBelle Gallery & Cultural Center announces Artist of the Month

Lee Green, one of LaBelle Gallery & Cultural Center’s newest and most prolofic painters is Artist of The Month for January.
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Three arrested during traffic stop

Three people were arrested during a traffic stop conducted by members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on Friday, Jan. 14.
Florida Highway Patrola

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 …

Pedestrian killed in South Bay traffic accident

A pedestrian died early Monday morning after being involved in a traffic accident while crossing a road in South Bay.

IRSC students gain edge with addition of Bloomberg Terminals

Students studying at Indian River State College now have access to the platform used by the world’s leading banks...

Glades County congratulates Watson

Glades County Public Safety congratulates Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Watson for being named Glades County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for 2021.
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Big Lake Athlete of the Week: Morgan Tucker

Okeechobee High School senior Morgan Tucker has been chosen as this week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for her performance with the Lady Brahman varsity basketball team.

Big O Teen Anglers wrap up season with a banquet

The Big O Teen Anglers wrapped up their 2021 season with their annual end of the year banquet ...
Schools

Chamber of Commerce Of Okeechobee County News

Our first Quarterly Chamber luncheon will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at IRSC, Dixon Hendry Campus.
The Immokalee Foundation recently took 46 8th grade students on an exciting field trip to the Collier County Sheriff's Office for the ultimate behind the scenes tour.

Students visit sheriff's office

The Immokalee Foundation recently took 46 8th grade students on an exciting field trip to the Collier County Sheriff's Office
It's an honor and privilege to prepare our future Brahman cheerleaders for success. Tonight Yearling Middle School's cheerleaders got the opportunity to cheer alongside our OHS basketball cheer squad and get the experience of what it is like to be a Brahman cheerleader. The YMS team did amazing and we are extremely proud of them!!

Cheerleaders train next generation

It's an honor and privilege to prepare our future Brahman cheerleaders for success.
Government
Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) has been awarded a Florida Job Growth Grant in the amount of $5.8 million to renovate ...
After discussing the possibility for several years, the city of Okeechobee was successful in purchasing...
Okeechobee County School Board members received an update on planning for the new Okeechobee High School
Veterans

LHS students and staff recognized by VFW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) took time to honor and thank a few LaBelle High School students and staff.

IRSC celebrates opening of Veterans Center of Excellence

The U.S. Department of Education, Indian River State College (IRSC) will mark the opening of a new Veterans Center...

Wreaths placed on veterans' graves in Ortona

ORTONA  -- Glades County community members gathered at the Ortona Cemetery on Dec. 18..
State

Researchers: Shark attacks increase after 3 years of decline

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Shark attacks increased around the world in 2021 following three consecutive years of decline, though beach closures in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could be making …

Florida seeks to stop the arrival of immigrants to state

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — All Florida government agencies would be prohibited from doing business with transportation companies that bring immigrants who are in the country illegally into the state …

Florida district cancels seminar over race theory concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — School administrators in a central Florida county canceled a seminar for history teachers on the U.S. civil rights movement, in part, because it had not been screened to make …
Nation & World

S. Korean officials say North Korea tested cruise missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday test-fired two suspected cruise missiles in its fifth round of weapons launches this month, South Korean military officials said, as it displays its …

Where is Peng Shuai? T-shirts will be OK at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Restrictions which resulted in the removal of a spectator for wearing a T-shirt supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai at the Australian Open have been overhauled …

Report: Anti-corruption fight is stalled, COVID not helping

BERLIN (AP) — Most countries have made little to no progress in bringing down corruption levels over the past decade, and authorities' response to the COVID-19 pandemic in many places has weighed …
Opinion

Change: Help us fight the scourge of human trafficking in America

The fight against human trafficking demands our attention. In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers.
Scott Angle tours Big Trees Plantation with Ed Bravo on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

Trees should be treated as infrastructure

On Florida Arbor Day (Jan. 21), we pay homage to trees as work horses, not show horses.

Dotson: Fact-checking may be important, but won’t help us learn to disagree better

Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?”
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