Coronavirus Updates

Hendry County's new covid positivity rate at 7.7%

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

Highlands County new covid positivity rate at 7.1%

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). However, according to health officials, the actual number of …

Florida's new covid positivity rate at 9%

Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).
Community News

Kaylee Tuck speaks at Kiwanis meeting

Florida House Representative Kaylee Tuck, who represents the district of Okeechobee, recently spoke to Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.
Cattleman Square Park is almost ready for the sculptures to arrive.

Contributions make Cattleman Square park possible

A feeling of anticipation and excitement lingers in the air surrounding Cattleman Square Park.

Just in time for prom - advancing girls’ safe driving skills

From April 19 through 22, Pace hosted a week-long initiative across its 21 Florida locations where girls completed lessons, crafted art projects...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities
Kelly Carter-Knapik was sentenced to 19 years in state prison.

Woman sentenced in death of young couple

Nearly three years after she got drunk, jumped behind the wheel of her F-350 and plowed down a young couple walking along U.S. 441 Southeast...

Palm Beach County Arrest Report for the Glades area

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office ...

Former reporter charged with grand theft

Danika Fornear, a former employee of the Lake Okeechobee News, was charged with grand theft on April 21 after...

Stevens and Bradley win big for the first qualifier of the 2022 Season

We’re back on the Big O — in a Big Way! Weather concerns? This is south Florida, we know how to play that game.

Okeechobee County Commission approves food truck rules

At their Thursday, May 12 Okeechobee Commissioners approved adoption of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

LHS athletics had successful school year

On May 14 seniors from the Class of 2022 at LaBelle High School attended their graduation ceremony, celebrating the end of another school year.

Neal will return to Florida to play Jaguars on Oct. 23

Okeechobee residents now know when and where Evan Neal and his New York Giants play this year, including a return to Florida.
Schools
MUSE -- On May 13, West Glades School Alumni Seniors were cheered on by students and staff as they walked the halls one last time before graduating and starting a new chapter in life. [Photo courtesy West Glades School]

West Glades honors graduating alumni

On May 13, West Glades School Alumni Seniors were cheered on by students and staff ...
Students from the Immokalee Foundation’s Healthcare Pathway pose with Mareket CEO for Physicians Regional Healthcare System Scott Lowe (third from left).

Immokalee Foundation and Physicians Regional create Healthcare Education Initiative

As part of an exciting new education initiative, Physicians Regional Healthcare System has stepped up to provide...

Immokalee Foundation announces virtual webinar ~ Change a Student’s Life Through Mentorship

The Immokalee Foundation is recruiting mentors for the upcoming academic year. The hybrid mentorship...
Government
Clewiston resident, Judy Weaver, spoke at the regular meeting of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners May 10 …
At their Thursday, May 12 Okeechobee Commissioners approved adoption of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
Meet Enrique Padron, the Southwest Florida Director for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.
Veterans
JROTC color guard takes down and folds flags at the Okeechobee High School during the presentation ceremony.

AmVets present local schools with new flags

Representatives of the AmVets Post 200 visited Okeechobee High School on May 4 ...…
Marine veteran Bill Grady has really enjoyed his life.

Veteran Bill Grady has enjoyed his life

Veteran Bill Grady was born and raised in Massachusetts. In 1960, at the age of 17, he joined the Marines and went to boot camp at Paris Island.

Support military families in honor of Military Appreciation Month

The American Red Cross provides support to our U.S. military community at every step of their career...
State

20 years since Navy ship sunk for artificial reef in Keys

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The 20th anniversary of the storied intentional sinking of a former Naval ship to become an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is being celebrated …

Jury selection for Florida school killer enters 2nd phase

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz entered its second phase Monday with the attorneys asking questions of potential jurors …

Officials: 3 Florida panthers struck and killed by vehicles

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Three endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles over the past week. They're the 12th, 13th and 14th panther deaths attributed to fatal …
Nation & World

Musk: Doubt about spam accounts could scuttle Twitter deal

LONDON (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his deal to buy Twitter can't move forward unless the company shows public proof that less than 5% of the accounts on the platform are fake or spam. Musk …

From civilian to soldier: Ukrainian army volunteer buried

ZORYA TRUDA, Ukraine (AP) — The countryside was in full bloom when Iuliia Loseva buried her husband in the village cemetery near her home. On her knees in the grass, she bowed her head over the …

Massacre video reopens wounds for missing Syrians' families

BEIRUT (AP) — For years, the Siyam family clung to hope they would one day be reunited with their son Wassim, who they believed was being held in a Syrian government prison after he went missing at …
Opinion

Opinion: Sandra Day O’Connor knew something that America forgot

It’s been more than 40 years since our mother made history.

Love is patient and kind

Dictionaries often define patience this way – the ability to endure difficult circumstances with a positive attitude...
The Weekly Clothesline

Are you prepared for the finish line?

Jesus once told the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. There were ten virgins, lamps in hand, waiting for the bridegroom to come.
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