Coronavirus

COVID cases increasing: 170 Okeechobee County residents test positive in past 14 days

COVID-19 cases are increasing not only in Florida but across the United States...

Two Okeechobee students test positive for COVID-19; 45 students and one staff member who might have been exposed sent home for 14 days

Twenty-one students have been excluded from Yearling Middle School and 24 students and one staff member excluded from the Okeechobee Freshman Campus for 14 days...

Possible COVID-19 exposures reported at Okeechobee County Schools; 48 students, six staff members sent home for 14 days

Students and staff who may have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive...
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Lake levels
16.13 feet
Last year: 13.10 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community
Thousands of people step up as first-time volunteers, donors during pandemic

2020: Need for emergency disaster lodging surges amid COVID-19

Facing a relentless disaster season, families in the U.S. have spent more nights in emergency lodging in 2020...

Historical Society has holiday ornament

The Okeechobee Historical Society is pleased to announce they have their first historical Christmas ornament available now for purchase.

Quilting is not a dying art

When a group of woman was asked for the name of the best quilter in Okeechobee...

Festival of Trees raises funds for Hospice of Okeechobee

Okeechobee Main Street is grateful to everyone that donated items...

Fall Harvest Online Auction for Hunger supports Treasure Coast Food Bank

Treasure Coast Food Bank will host its first ever Fall Harvest Online Auction for Hunger this year...
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Human Interest

“I love the crafts that you used to do,” wrote 5-year-old Claire Corbitt to her local Home Depot store.

Futch was born with Polycystic Kidney disease — a hereditary disease, and spent many years on dialysis.
Lois Savicki was born in Pennsylvania but, immediately after she graduated from high school in 1944.....
Weather
Okeechobee County opened emergency shelters on Sunday due to the approach of Tropical Storm Eta. On Monday morning, shelters were closed. No one used the shelters. A flood watch is still in effect.
Flood expected from Tropical Storm Eta. Okeechobee County schools will be closed Monday.
Police/Fire
The following report lists fires responded to in Okeechobee County and City by the Okeechobee City Fire Department and Okeechobee County Fire Rescue.
The following report lists crimes investigated by Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office between Nov. 19 and Nov. 24.
Four Okeechobee residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Glades County on Thursday.
Government
The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners voted at its Nov. 25 meeting to approve $25,000 for a broadband internet study.
After months of negotiations, on Nov. 25 the Okeechobee County Commission voted 4-1 to approve the contract for the county to take over fire protection services...
This photo shows the submerged road at the Shark Valley Entrance to Everglades National Park.
Schools
Everglades Elementary School (EES) celebrated their awesome custodial staff for Custodial Appreciation Day!
Indian River State College (IRSC) invites all those seeking degrees, technical certificates or career and technical training to attend Application Week 2021...
South Elementary is honored to present this year’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year awards.
Everglades Elementary School Students had a great time growing celery.
Veterans

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is special to many

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It is dedicated to deceased United States services members...

Veteran Steve Cone had a varied career

In December veteran Steve Cone, after he graduated, was on his way to the Air Force where he spent three and a half years.

Wreaths Across America changes format

For the past four years, Okeechobee has participated faithfully in observing National Wreaths Across America Day...

April and May 2021 Honor Flights canceled amid virus constraints

In another precautionary measure, Southeast Florida Honor Flight announces the cancellation of their scheduled 2021 Honor Flights for April 10 and May 15...
Opinion
Dear Rusty: I’m almost 59 and hope to retire from working soon.
Dear Rusty: I’m 66 now and will be 67 in December and my question is this...
Agriculture
More than 27,000 rural acres near Yeehaw Junction in Florida’s southern Osceola County has been gifted to the University of Florida...
According to a report from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the cost of the damage to crops from the rain dumped...
Health

Alzheimer’s Association’s Virtual Brain Bus hosts events

Join the Brain Bus to learn how to recognize common signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

$1 Million In HRSA funding provided to target opioid crisis; Community leaders in Hendry, Okeechobee, Glades counties form consortium

Thanks to a recent $1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program...

Florida Department of Health recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month

The Florida Department of Health recognizes November as Diabetes Awareness Month...
Business
Please come out and support our small businesses on Nov. 27 and 28 for our Shop Small Business weekend.
Brightmark, a waste solutions company based out of California, broke ground  on a renewable natural gas project at Larson Dairy in Okeechobee on Nov. 13.
At their Nov. 12 meeting, Okeechobee County Commissioners declared Nov. 28 as Small Business Saturday in Okeechobee County.
Traffic & Road Work

Road Watch for Okeechobee County

The following is the Road Watch Report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 29.

Okeechobee County Road Watch Report for week of Nov. 22

Okeechobee Road Watch report for the week of Nov. 22.
State

Toddler survives fall from 4th floor apartment in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — A 2-year-old girl is recovering after falling early Monday from a fourth floor window of an apartment in Miami. A palm tree under the window helped slow the speed of the fall and …

Missing Florida boater found clinging to capsized boat

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 62-year-old boater who had been missing since Friday was found Sunday clinging to his capsized vessel off of Florida's Atlantic coastline, the U.S. Coast Guard …
National & World

'World’s loneliest elephant' arrives safely in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The pachyderm dubbed the “ ” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was …

'Stop the madness,' Tigray leader urges Ethiopia's PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he …
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Jack Albritton, 34, was arrested Nov. 20 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and charged with violation of probation...
While patrolling near the city industrial park just before 1 a.m. on Nov. 19, Okeechobee City Police Officer Jessica Francis...
A 77-year-old man was killed in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m.
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