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The COVID-19 map for July 31, 2022 from the CDC shows most of Florida high risk. Only Glades, Collier and Franklin counties are at medium risk.

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.
Over the next few days we'll be recognizing a few of our colleagues who have won an HCA Healthcare Award of Distinction. First up is our Frist Humanitarian Award volunteer winner, Bob Groth!

Volunteer recognized for years of service to hospital

Over the next few days we'll be recognizing a few of our colleagues who have won an HCA Healthcare Award of Distinction.
This July 17 map from the Centers for Disease Control shows counties at low, medium and high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Okeechobee County (highlighted) is at high risk, as our Highlands, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin counties. Glades and Collier counties are at medium risk. [Art courtesy CDC]

New covid variant blamed for increased positive cases

Most of Florida is at high risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
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12.87 feet
Last year: 14.00 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Trail of Hope Animal Shelter to close

Despite a last-ditch attempt to save it, Trail of Hope Animal Rescue is closing.

Republican Party hosts Open House

On Friday Aug. 5, the Okeechobee Republican Party held Open House at their new victory office...

Kiwanis Club donates school supplies

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held their annual Real Life Children’s Ranch (RLCR) School Supply Drive...

Lake Okeechobee News recognized by Florida Press Association

Lake Okeechobee News was recognized in Multimedia Storytelling for the True Okee podcast episodes The Okeechobee Eight and Death of a Sheriff

Reading event include puppies

Okeechobee County Library and Okeechobee Animal Control Service teamed up for a reading event on Thursday, Aug. 4.
Human Interest

Adopt a pet: Meet Otis

Anyone looking for an ole soul online?  Well, I'm your man!

Adopt a pet: Meet Dugg

Looking for a true love bug? Well, look no further! 

Barefoot beekeeper has no fear

While most 9-year-olds are playing ball or playing with Hot Wheels, Levi English is learning how to care for bees.

Inspiring Okeechobee: Starving artists can be inspiring too

Usually, when you hear the term “starving artist,” you kind of know what it means, but don’t really take it literally.
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Police/Fire

OCSO identifies body found in rim canal

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help with information about a man whose body was found floating in the rim canal on Sunday.

Body found off U.S. 441 S.E.; OCSO investigating

OKEECHOBEE -- The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is currently working on a death investigation in the 800 block of 441 SE. Deputies were called to the area around 9 a.m.  on Sunday, …

True Okee episode 7: Crush

True Okee is a podcast featuring true crime and weird stories from the forgotten heartland of South Florida.
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.
Schools
CREATE was made possible with a $7.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded July 1, 2022...
Traffic in both directions must stop for school buses. The only exception is a highway divided by a median.
Christine Bishop and Leslie Maynor are both candidates running for the Okeechobee County School Board District 1 seat.
Mr. C's fundraising hike around Lake Okeechobee ended with a bang when he was able to donate 168 filled backpacks to students in Okeechobee who needed them.
Wildlife & Environment
On July 22, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) added the migratory monarch butterfly...
As new residents move to Florida at the rate of 1,000 people a day, an effort is underway to preserve green spaces ...
Manatee deaths in 2022 are on track to be even worse than in 2021.
Government
City of Okeechobee residents will pay $30.50 per month for garbage collection starting Oct. 1.
The Okeechobee City Council opted to roll back the property tax millage at their Aug. 2 meeting.
City residents and business owners received a flyer last week urging them to attend Tuesday’s city council budget meeting.
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
In 2022, the Great Florida Cattle Drive will hit the trail, driving approximately 1,000 cattle...
Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...
Agriculture
They may be called “aromatic” blueberries, but they don’t just smell nice -- they taste good.
The National Day of the Cowboy, celebrated each year on the third Saturday in July, honors the hard working pioneers who helped establish the American west.
Health

HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital hosts students

IRSC - Indian River State College’s Intro to Healthcare students visited HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital...

Our Village Okeechobee partners with Compass Health

Our Village Okeechobee is helping patients obtain insurance.

FDOH issues safety alert for fentanyl overdoses

The State of Florida has seen an exponential increase in overdoses associated with fentanyl.

Listeria cases linked to Sarasota creamery

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released information regarding the outbreak of ...
Business
NOTE: DATE Change: Our August After Hours will be hosted by and held at Lake and Trail USA...
You don’t want to miss being one of the first to tour the new facility and congratulate them on providing the various services...
During the July 18 Clewiston Board of Commissioners meeting, Vice Mayor Greg Thompson urged officials to look into installing …
Traffic & Road Work

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...

Temporary road closure today and tomorrow

Okeechobee has issued a traffic advisory for a temporary road closure.
State

Florida man filming sunrise killed when sand dune collapses

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 35-year-old Florida man who was recording the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean died when a sand dune collapsed on top of him, sheriff's officials said. A …

3 dead in shooting at Florida Narcotics Anonymous meeting

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) — Three people are dead following a shooting and hostage situation at Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida, police said. Officers responded to a report that a man was …
National & World

Israel-Gaza truce shines light on Palestinian hunger striker

IDNA, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hunger striker who his family says has refused food for the past 160 days and is wasting away in an Israeli jailhouse infirmary has suddenly been thrust into …

Vatican cardinal honors Jewish convert, tells his own story

ROME (AP) — A Vatican cardinal marked the 80th anniversary Tuesday of the gas chamber killing of the Jewish-born Catholic convert Edith Stein by celebrating a Mass near the former Auschwitz death …
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