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Food bank at Ag Center

The Treasure Coast Food Bank Mobile Pantry will be at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Friday, Aug. 19.

Sweetheart visits Kiwanis Club

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club had royalty to visit at their Aug. 11 meeting. Shelby Sumner, Florida Cattlemen’s Association Sweetheart, attended the meeting. Pictured is …

Okeechobee Blood Roundup seeking volunteers

The Okeechobee Blood Roundup is coming Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20.

South Central Florida Weekly podcast: August 12

Weekly podcast with the latest news from the South Florida heartland, including the Lake Okeechobee area and more.

Glades Electric members give $9,500 to back-to-school programs

Through Operation Round Up (ORU), Glades Electric Cooperative (GEC) members granted $9,500 to support students...
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Lake levels
12.73 feet
Last year: 14.42 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest

Adopt a pet: Meet Tater

Woof, Bow Wow! Are you searching for a little heartbeat at your side?

Adopt a pet: Meet Rocky

Hi everyone my name is ROCKY,  and I am wishing and hoping for a forever home with you.  

Brighton baby born in helicopter

A young mom from the Brighton Reservation found herself giving birth in a helicopter after her third child decided he was ready to enter the world.
Weather
A new study reveals how historic building trends on U.S. coastlines overlap with sea level rise projections...
A tropical wave is coming off the coast of Africa.
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Police/Fire
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges.  
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City …
Two Okeechobee women were killed Thursday morning in a head-on collision on Martin County Highway at approximately 11 a.m.
Schools
The Okeechobee County School Board is looking to hire veterans to fill teaching vacancies in its schools.
The Okeechobee County School Board will review plans for the construction of a new Okeechobee High School on Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. in the School Board Office.
Central Elementary School had mini pilots and scientists in fifth grade science class
OHS staff has been busy learning names and welcoming back familiar faces!
Wildlife & Environment
Audubon and the Florida Park Service have signed an historic agreement for Audubon to fund construction...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces a 30-day public comment period...
WEST PALM BEACH – The algae bloom in Florida Bay is not from Lake Okeechobee.
Government
The city of Okeechobee announced the candidates who qualified to run for city council today.
If you thought Cattlemen's Square was beautiful, hold on to your hats as the city prepares for Butterfly Square!
Last week, Mayor Dowling Watford and his wife, Cheri, attended the 100th Anniversary Florida League of Cities Conference where Mayor Watford was recognized for 40 years of Service. …
Veterans

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...
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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.

June is PTSD Awareness month

June is PTSD Awareness month, and local veteran Gregg Maynard shared his thoughts on the subject.
Opinion
If you have questions about cowboy hats, Jay “Jaybird” Crews at Eli’s Western Wear is the man to see.
There's more to the story about insulin prices ...
Agriculture
WEST PALM BEACH – Protecting Florida’s waters is everyone’s responsibility.
OKEECHOBEE – Senator Marco Rubio was in Okeechobee County on Aug. 11 to meet with Florida ranchers.
Health

Florida's covid risk remains high, per CDC

Florida's COVID-19 risk remains high: 994 new covid deaths...

Yoga for Life: Try Iyengar yoga

One of the best Yoga practices was created by B.K.S. Iyengar which he describes fully...

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

When practicing Yoga, we become consciously aware of our thoughts and actions, thus Yoga awakens the mind and body.

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.
Business
Event is sold out! NOTE: Venue change: Thursday, Aug. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Chamber Hero Appreciation Awards Luncheon at IRSC...
NOTE: Venue change: On Thursday, Aug. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be our annual Chamber Hero...
NOTE: DATE Change: Our August After Hours will be hosted by and held at Lake and Trail USA...
Traffic & Road Work
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Charging station availability determines electric car sales

During the July 18 Clewiston Board of Commissioners meeting, Vice Mayor Greg Thompson urged officials to look into installing …

Notice of road closure

Okeechobee County has scheduled a road closure at westbound NW 144th Drive (Potter Road) to install...
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City public works department hires first female 'in the field' employee

The city of Okeechobee hired its first "in the field" female employee in March of this year. 

One lane access at N.W. 344th Trail during drainage work

Okeechobee County has scheduled a partial road closure (one-lane access will be provided) at N.W. 344th Trail...
State

Florida utility gets $500K fine, probation for fatal blast

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida utility has been fined $500,000 and placed on three years' probation for a 2017 deadly explosion at a coal-fired power plant that killed five workers. The U.S. …

Sheriff: 85 arrests in California-Florida drug flight scheme

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Eighty-five people have been arrested and millions of dollars in illicit drugs seized in a smuggling operation that used checked bags on commercial flights from California to …
National & World

AP PHOTOS: Brazil slave descendants revive rites after COVID

CAVALCANTE, Brazil (AP) — For three long years, Vandeli Matos was an emperor in waiting. The symbolic coronation of the 33-year-old finally occurred this week when the Kalunga quilombo — as …

EU regulator OKs plan to increase monkeypox vaccine supplies

LONDON (AP) — A smaller dose of the monkeypox vaccine appears to still be effective and can be used to stretch the current supply by five times, the European Medicines Agency said Friday, echoing a …
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