Coronavirus Updates

Mobile COVID-19 testing bus to visit Okeechobee

The mobile testing bus can provide test results in 45 minutes.

Potential coronavirus exposure at Okeechobee Achievement Academy

The Okeechobee County School District has been notified by the Department of Health that a staff member at Okeechobee Achievement Academy tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last on campus Friday, Oct. 23.

Food & Drug Administration approves COVID-19 treatment

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 …
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — Betty Osceola looks out over the “River of Grass.”

One-time, cut-rate opportunity for Everglades ‘Eco Preservation Tour’

A very unique alternative activity is being offered in South Florida on Election Day of this troubled year of 2020, down deep in the Everglades, out of West Miami.

Two decades in the bag

For more than 20 years, Michael Desposati has been a valuable team member of Publix Super Market at Cove Shopping Center in Stuart.
CLEWISTON – On Oct. 27, the AguaCulture project was presented to the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners. After a great session of question and answer from our engaged politicians, Commissioner Karson Turner made the motion to adopt the resolution in support of the project. It passed unanimously 5-0.

Support growing for AguaCulture project

An innovative process to turn invasive aquatic vegetation and unconsolidated sludge into an organic liquid fertilizer continues to gain support from South Central Florida counties and cities.

Village of Indiantown partners with SLWA to enhance utility services

INDIANTOWN — The Village of Indiantown has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to enhance services and provide optional repair plans to resident homeowners. The National …
BELLE GLADE —  Marchers wearing “Stroll to the Polls” T-shirts act out their slogan on Sunday at the county library branch here.

Convoy rolls to polls in Glades area

Albert V. Polk IV and his daughter along with Kevin Brown shot Facebook Live video to document the “Muck City Convoy to the Polls”.
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Community News

Victim Services and Certified Rape Crisis Center continues to offer assistance

The Palm Beach County Victim Services and Certified Rape Crisis Center staffs a 24-hour helpline, 561-833-7273, that is available every day.

Gilbert Ford hosts test drive to raise cash for dog park

Oct. 30 is the day for Gilbert Ford’s Drive 4UR Community Test Drive event to raise money for the Fraternal Order of Police’s Public Dog Park. The event is being organized by the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge.

Halloween is fast approaching — OCSO has some tips to stay safe

Here are a few Halloween tips to prepare parents and make fun for everyone.
Sports

The Okeechobee Brahmans beat the Glades Day Gators 62-27 in their final regular season game. Okeechobee now moves onto the playoffs where they'll travel to face the Sebastian River Sharks on Nov. 6. …

The Elks Southeast District Soccer Shoot was held in Clewiston on Saturday, Oct. 24.
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Schools

EES celebrates custodial staff

Everglades Elementary School (EES) celebrated their awesome custodial staff for Custodial Appreciation Day!

SES presents Students of the Week

South Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Oct. 19.

IRSC elects new officers for District Board of Trustees

IRSC alumnae Sandra Krischke of St. Lucie County was unanimously elected chairwoman of the IRSC District Board of Trustees.
Entertainment

Moose Lodge to host adult Halloween party Oct. 31

D & K Entertainment will perform Oct. 31 Halloween party.

Last weekend of Spookyville to feature expanded hours

Spookyville will now open at 2 p.m. on its last two days, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31.

Collier County Parks & Recreation Spooktacular Halloween Events

Join Collier County Parks & Recreation for Spooktacular, family-friendly fun all month long. Get ready for some haunted fun!
Veterans

Virtual Enrollment Panel for veterans to be held Oct. 28

A Virtual Enrollment Panel for veterans will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. for veterans and military service members.

Veteran Taylor refueled bombers in flight

Veteran Ed Taylor is originally from North Florida, up around the Georgia line, and he joined the Air Force soon after graduating from high school.

Saturday’s Honor Flight flyby/drive-by to salute veterans awaiting their trip to Washington

With the help of the community, Southeast Florida Honor Flight will be paying tribute to local World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans with air and car parades in two locations on the same day, Saturday, Oct. 24.
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FILE - In this Sunday, March 8, 2020 file photo, the Grand Princess maintains a holding pattern about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco, carrying multiple people who have tested positive for the coronavirus. On Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, U.S. federal health officials issued new rules that will enable large cruise ships to start sailing again in U.S. waters, though not immediately. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

US agency sets rules for cruise ships to start sailing again

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal health officials on Friday issued new rules that will enable large cruise ships to start sailing again in U.S. waters, though not immediately. Among the requirements …
South Florida mole kingsnake

See a Kingsnake? Report it to FWC

Kingsnakes have experienced population declines that biologists can’t explain.
Penn State's Shaka Toney leaves the field after Indiana defeated Penn State in overtime of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Week 9: Ohio State faces its biggest test; Florida returns

The potential Big Ten game of the year lost some luster last week. No. 18 Penn State was upset by Indiana so instead of returning to Happy Valley to host No. 3 Ohio State with an unbeaten record, …
Nation & World

Death toll reaches 26 in quake that hit Turkey, Greek island

IZMIR, Turkey (AP) — Rescue teams on Saturday plowed through concrete blocks and debris of eight collapsed buildings in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey’s Aegean …

Armenia, Azerbaijan vow to avoid targeting residential areas

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan promised Friday to avoid shelling residential areas amid the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a pledge that follows a day of talks in Geneva even as …

Voting, virus, race are hot topics in state high court races

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court isn't the nation's only judicial battleground. The high courts in a number of states are on the ballot Tuesday in races that will determine whether …
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