Child wellness visits should be part of 'back to school' plan

As you check off your back-to-school list, don’t forget about your child’s health checklist. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This is a great time to work with your …

Free autism screening for young children

The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
The COVID-19 map for July 31, 2022 from the CDC shows most of Florida high risk. Only Glades, Collier and Franklin counties are at medium risk.

Florida at high risk for COVID-19

Florida’s COVID-19 new case positivity rate remains high, at 20.7% for July 22-28, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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Foundation of CCMS announces 2022 Healthcare Scholarship Winners

The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) is pleased to announce the winners...
Hilda Navarrete and Mr. Winston met at Trail of Hope.

Trail of Hope Animal Shelter to close

Despite a last-ditch attempt to save it, Trail of Hope Animal Rescue is closing.

Republican Party hosts Open House

On Friday Aug. 5, the Okeechobee Republican Party held Open House at their new victory office...
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Okeechobee Arrest Report

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

Santa Express and U.S. Sugar bring Christmas to local families

The Santa Express today brought the joy of the holiday season to local families ...

UPDATED Two bodies found in pond located in Indiantown identified

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a body floating in a pond at SW Warfield Boulevard and SW Indiantown Avenue.

Rene: Travel and tourism’s role in our recovering economy

Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...
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Clewiston residents voice concerns about teachers leaving local schools

Three Clewiston residents questioned the Hendry County School District during its July 19 meeting regarding the exodus of veteran teachers at Clewiston middle and high …
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Big O Teen Anglers host August tournament

The Big O Teen Anglers held their July tournament on Saturday, July 30, out of Okee-Tantie with 19 anglers participating.

Photos: Brahman football kicks off season with Midnight Madness

The Okeechobee High School Brahman football program kicked off the start of their season with Midnight Madness in the early morning hours of Aug. 6.

Indian River State College to play a key role in new CREATE

CREATE was made possible with a $7.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded July 1, 2022...

Traffic must stop when school bus stops

Traffic in both directions must stop for school buses. The only exception is a highway divided by a median.

Campus volunteers give youth a new look at Back to School PBC

Volunteers across Palm Beach County, including instructors and alumni from the Cosmetology and Barbering...
Two LaBelle Certified Public Accountants (CPA) shared what the recent Federal Reserve interest rate hike means …
City of Okeechobee residents will pay $30.50 per month for garbage collection starting Oct. 1.
The Okeechobee City Council opted to roll back the property tax millage at their Aug. 2 meeting.

Veteran Fite served his country in the Navy

Navy veteran Clarence Fite recently celebrated his 99th birthday. Looking back on his life, you might be surprised to learn that he originally planned on being a horse jockey.

Friends of Army Aviation to host event at Okeechobee Airport

Friends of Army Aviation will be coming to the Okeechobee County Airport on Thursday November 10...

Veteran struggles after botched surgeries

Veteran Christopher Stephens thought things were going to get better after he had surgery on his shoulder, but instead, they were exponentially worse.

Florida man filming sunrise killed when sand dune collapses

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 35-year-old Florida man who was recording the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean died when a sand dune collapsed on top of him, sheriff's officials said. A …

3 dead in shooting at Florida Narcotics Anonymous meeting

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) — Three people are dead following a shooting and hostage situation at Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida, police said. Officers responded to a report that a man was …

Vegan Florida mom faces sentence in starvation death of son

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A vegan mother who said she and her family followed a strict diet of only raw fruits and vegetables faced sentencing on Monday in the malnutrition death of her 18-month-old …
Nation & World

Israel-Gaza truce shines light on Palestinian hunger striker

IDNA, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hunger striker who his family says has refused food for the past 160 days and is wasting away in an Israeli jailhouse infirmary has suddenly been thrust into …

Vatican cardinal honors Jewish convert, tells his own story

ROME (AP) — A Vatican cardinal marked the 80th anniversary Tuesday of the gas chamber killing of the Jewish-born Catholic convert Edith Stein by celebrating a Mass near the former Auschwitz death …

India's parliament passes energy conservation bill

BENGALURU, India (AP) — On the heels of finalizing its updated climate targets, the Indian government took another step toward their climate goals by passing amendments to a 21-year-old energy …
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Cowboy, buckaroo, waddy, cow hunter ... what’s in a name?

In 2022, the Great Florida Cattle Drive will hit the trail, driving approximately 1,000 cattle...

Rene: Travel and tourism’s role in our recovering economy

Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...

DIY tips to keep your A/C cool, efficient through the summer

Air conditioning systems are complex machines filled with wires, coils, fans and electrical components.
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