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CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of vaccine status license scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of a new COVID-19 vaccination text scam. There have been reports of fraudulent text messages …

COVID-19 new cases decreasing in Florida as vaccination rate rises

OKEECHOBEE – Florida vaccinations are increasing and the positivity rate is falling statewide, but the rural areas around Lake Okeechobee continue to have lower vaccination rates and higher new …
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Lake levels
16.32 feet
Last year: 13.50 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Lake Okeechobee Elks seek members

The Lake Okeechobee Elks are in need of members, volunteers, and sponsors for upcoming events.
Ruth and Calvin Fryar have served at Brighton Baptist Church for 24 years.

Brighton Baptist Church pastor steps down

Brighton Baptist Church pastor steps down but doors still open.

Meet Winner

Meet Winner, his name is perfect for him. He is a winner in every way. Winner was brought to Trail of Hope Animal Rescue because his human passed away...
Human Interest
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Sharon Wallace was the voice of Breast Cancer Awareness

“Not everything is meant to last ... You don’t think about that when it’s perfect ... and when it’s over, there’s a huge hole, but there’s also a pair of wings,”...

Martha's House celebrates survivors

A luncheon hosted by Martha's House Wednesday honored survivors of abuse.

Max is just chill

Best friends Hayes and Max enjoy making folks smile.
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Police/Fire

Orlando man held on $500,000 bond on aggravated assault charge

An Orlando man is jailed on a $500,000 bond  after incident outside of a restaurant.

Okeechobee Arrest Report

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

Are 90% of drivers are distracted?

State Farm released the results of a survey examining distracted driving.
Weather
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
Schools
Mr. King got to take the Student Body Government Senior officers, of Okeechobee Christian Academy, on a field trip to see Judge Wallace on Oct. 21.
Everglades Elementary congratulates its Students of the Week for the week of Oct. 18.
Yearling Middle School is one step closer to having a baseball team.
Photographer Sandra Pearce was honored at the Oct. 16 Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet with the...
Wildlife & Environment
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently stocked channel catfish in the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center and OCSO gun range ponds.
Home gardeners can help the environment by choosing Florida-friendly plants.
Michael J. Collins was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board in 1999.
Government
OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is taking action against farmers who don’t implement best management practices (BMPs).
At their Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will hear a presentation from Brightmark ...
A dispute over who came up with the original park designs made for a lively meeting.
Veterans

WWII veteran and bride renew vows

WWII veteran Jay Wigginton and his bride Wanda celebrate 75th anniversary.

God made this Navy veteran to paint

OKEECHOBEE — Navy veteran David Joyner loves to paint. “I’ve never really been good at anything else,” he said. “I just believe God made me to paint.” Joyner …

Treasure Coast Hospice’s We Honor Veterans Program earns highest distinction

On Aug. 8, Treasure Coast Hospice announced that it has earned the highest distinction as a Level 5 We Honor Veterans partner, placing the local program among the Top 5%...

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.
Opinion
The 16th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup will be held at the Freshman Campus Auditorium Nov. 20 and 21.
In 1971 Susan William's father may have lost his life from internal bleeding if not for the donations of others.
Agriculture
A new study led by researchers at the University of Florida predicts that the supply chains for two of American’s most popular plant-based foods...
Scientists will conduct research at the 27,000-acre DeLuca Preserve with more than $600,000 in funding awarded to UF/IFAS...
Health

Governor DeSantis recognizes October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Florida

October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month.

Veggies and fruits increase extended for WIC families

The Florida Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is continuing the temporary increase to WIC’s Cash Value Benefit (CVB) of fruit and vegetable purchases...

Yoga for Life: An Inward Journey

What is wonderful about yoga is that you can take it with you.

11th annual Race for Recovery raises awareness about mental health in community

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee raised funds for and awareness about mental health and addiction recovery at the 11th annual Race for Recovery...
Business
Many adults report a fear of public speaking. But for youth participating in the Florida 4-H Public Speaking Program, this important life skill is a chance to share what “sparks” their interest ...
Executive Director of the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce News Paulette Wise shares this week's chamber news.
The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County news ...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 26

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

Roadwork on U.S. 98 starts Monday

OKEECHOBEE -- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will start construction on a project along U.S. 98 on Monday, Sept. 27.  
State

Orlando fire chief resigns citing North Carolina charges

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando fire chief has resigned his post citing a legal case where he is accused of punching two people inside a North Carolina restaurant. The Orlando Sentinel reports …

Police arrest Florida boy after girl dies with gunshot wound

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy is facing manslaughter charges for being suspected of shooting a 15-year-old girl, who later died of complications. The Tampa Bay Times police first found …
National & World

Colombia's most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raid

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who evaded a decade long manhunt by corrupting state officials and …

No 'blank slate' jurors in county shaken by Arbery slaying

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — No. 218 joined a bike ride supporting Ahmaud Arbery's family after the young Black man was chased down and shot dead. No. 236 was a longtime co-worker of one of the white men …
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