Coronavirus

Florida now requires proof of state residency for COVID-19 vaccinations

Following weeks of complaints that scant vaccination supplies were being taken up by those from out of state, or even tourists...

Publix vaccination appointments fill up quickly; more appointments to be open Wednesday

Some Florida Publix pharmacies are now distribution points for the COVID-19 vaccine, and appointments fill up quickly.

Frustration grows for those seeking COVID-19 vaccinations

Area residents continue to be frustrated with problems securing COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
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Lake levels
15.58 feet
Last year: 12.83 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Calling all blood donors to Raye’s Birthday Bash blood drive Jan. 30

“Raye’s Birthday Bash” blood drive will be held Saturday, Jan. 30...

Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County News

Ribbon cutting - on Friday, Feb. 5 at noon celebrating the new location for “Our Village” at 205 NE 2nd Street (old Bass funeral home).

2021 Clewiston Sugar Festival canceled

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the annual Sugar Festival has been canceled.

Foundation contributes more than money, it delivers on dreams

The Kathryn A. Basile Foster a Dream Foundation contributed $10,000 to...

Christmas duo recognized for going the extra mile

Communities Connected for Kids congratulates Linda Beland and Christina Kaiser for winning the most recent Going the Extra Mile...
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Human Interest
Family Dentistry is always looking for new ways to support the community, but there are a few groups they regularly support...
OKEECHOBEE – Baby Bottle Boomerang is a simple program, and a great way for kids and people of all ages to get involved in the life-saving ministry of the Pregnancy Center of …
When it comes to art, there are possibly as many reasons for the creations as there are creators.
Weather
Now that the water has receded and the cleanup is underway, let’s take a closer look at Eta’s track as well as how rare of an event...
Police/Fire
After reportedly rear-ending the vehicle in front of her, a local woman was charged with DUI with property damage.
The following individuals were arrest for on felony and DUI charges. This column lists arrests and NOT convictions unless otherwise stated.
The following felony cases have either been tried in a court of law or have been settled without trial and are considered closed.
Government
On Jan. 14, the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners issued a Proclamation to County Administrator, Robbie Chartier in honor of her Retirement...
At their meeting, Glades County Commissioners discussed lowering the speed limit on County Road 721 to 30 mph from SR 78 to the Highlands County line.
At their Jan. 14 meeting, Okeechobee County officials struggled with the desire to keep residents safe...
Schools
A pilot study, funded by Florida Sea Grant at UF/IFAS Extension, is underway to evaluate if the brown sargassum collected from beaches can eventually be used as compost.
Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 18:
South Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 11...
Students learn principles of cooking, but also emerge from the course with an understanding...
Veterans

Veteran Ackland enjoys working indoors and playing outdoors

Graduating from Cooper City High School in Fort Lauderdale in 1975, veteran Bryan Ackland joined the Air Force when he was 18 years old.

Ramps for Veterans seeking next deserving veteran

Ramps for Veterans was founded by Wade Hunt and helps Veterans in need in the community who cannot afford to build their own ramps.

Veteran Whitlock calls himself a motivational specialist for students

Veteran Jeff Whitlock was born and raised in Okeechobee. He was one of the last babies born in the old hospital...

Ramps for Veterans makes 18th free ramp

OKEECHOBEE — Wade Hunt, with Ramps for Veterans advertised recently asking if any local veterans needed a ramp built free of charge. He and his crew try to do one ramp per month for a veteran …
Opinion
Today I thought I would give you all a word of encouragement. With all of the uncertainty in our world there is one thing that is certain.
There are nearly 300 crops produced in Florida, most of which come in vast array of varieties.
Agriculture
Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers them...
Can the biological impulse that prompts a dormancy period in some living beings be activated in other organisms, including humans?
Health

VA’s Veterans Health Administration celebrates 75 years

This year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) commemorates 75 years of...

New Horizons announces new CEO William Wims joins the team as chief executive officer

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee is pleased to announce William Wims has assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer and President.

Visitors are not allowed at Raulerson Hospital due to COVID-19

For the safety of their patients, visitors, physicians, colleagues and community there will be no visitors allowed at Raulerson Hospital.
Business
After months and months of speculation, Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca said WaWa...
The Businesswomen's Referral Network will host it's monthly meeting on Friday, Jan. 15.
After the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Florida Power & Light Company formally closed its last coal-fired plant in Florida...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch Report for week of Jan. 24

Crews are working in the manholes between southeast Second Street and southwest Park Street.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of Jan. 17

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 17.

Okeechobee County Roadwatch Report for week of Jan. 10

Okeechobee Road Watch for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 10. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution.
State

Sheriff: Boy was handcuffed, left in closet; couple arrested

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man and woman are accused of handcuffing a young boy and locking him in a closet for hours each day as a form of punishment, authorities said. The Hillsborough County …

Coast Guard searching for small plane that crashed in ocean

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States Coast Guard continued to search early Monday for a small plane that reportedly crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off of the South Florida coast. Petty …
National & World

EU urges Navalny's release but no talk of Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign ministers on Monday condemned the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the detention of thousands during protests backing the most …

Kerry: US will make up for 4 years of lost action on climate

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The world must take decisive action to build resilience to the devastating effects of climate change, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told a global virtual summit …
Top Trending Stories
After the car he was riding in was pulled over for speeding, a local man was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.
A local woman was charged with child abuse after she reportedly hit another woman’s baby in an effort to convince the child’s mother to fight her.
If everybody in the PD gets COVID, they still gotta come to work.
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