Coronavirus

One in three unvaccinated caregivers will continue to refuse the shot

Caring.com has published results from a survey of caregivers.

Florida's COVID-19 death rate, up slightly to 1.5% of positive cases

Florida added 2,468 covid deaths to the state’s total last week.

COVID-19 death numbers for small counties still unclear

More COVID-19 information is being released for Florida, but the information is still not complete...
Current conditions
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A Few Clouds, 84 °F
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 89. Heat index values as high … Get the full forecast
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Lake levels
15.06 feet
Last year: 15.17 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community
The donation is part of the Florida-based grocery chain's $5.5 million in support to Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit organizations in the communities within Publix's operating area.

Publix continues work to help neighbors in need

During Hunger Action Month®, Publix is highlighting the many ways the company helps alleviate hunger year-round

Big Lake area churches plan services and events

The church column brings you services and events at churches of the Big Lake area.

Heartland Coalition offers assistance for the homeless

Heartland Coalition will hold a Community Outreach for the counties Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee at the John B Boy Auditorium, 1200 South WC Owens Avenue in Clewiston on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Human Interest

Welcoming service for new residents offered

The newly formed Welcoming Party of Okeechobee held its first meeting...

Community holds drive by birthday party for 8-year-old

OKEECHOBEE --  Little Miss Candelaria Diaz-Martin  turned 8 years old on Monday, Sept. 13. 

Trail of Hope in desperate need of volunteers

Do you have a few hours you can spare to help?

CNA mourns the loss of a client

A local CNA was heart broken this week when one of her elderly clients died.

Okeechobee's legendary stuntman is not dead yet

Despite rumors to the contrary, former Hollywood stuntman Gordie Peer is alive.
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Police/Fire
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Teen accused of pawning stolen items

A local teen is accused of stealing and pawning several items...
Subscriber only

Man arrested after threatening a security guard

After a security guard was threatened at the Speckled Perch...

In the Courts

The following felony cases are now considered closed.
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
South Elementary School congratulates Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 13.
Last week, 210 students and/or staff were excluded from in-person learning and 19 tested positive.
An Okeechobee County deputy was involved in an incident at Okeechobee High School this week.
Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 13. Pictured, in no particular order:
Wildlife & Environment
FWC is seeking public feedback on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for nesting bird species...
Fall is approaching and that means Florida black bears are traveling and searching for food. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds...
A State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings Judge ruling resulted in the SFWMD changing the bid award on a project to …
Government
OKEECHOBEE- Longtime Okeechobee County Capital Improvements Projects Director Donnie Oden will be officially retiring from the position on Sept. 30 of this year.
Okeechobee Main Street requested and received permission...
OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will hear an update on the COVID-19 pandemic
Veterans

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.

Veterans' rights activist meets heroes

Veterans' rights activist Gregg Maynard has many heroes, but none of them wear a cape.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...

WWII Veteran on 50-State, 50-Governor No Regrets Tour Launches Campaign to Raise $ Millions for Frontline Nurses.

Sidney Walton, 102, Kicks Off Campaign in Downtown Miami...
Opinion
Jesus is teaching his disciples about what they can expect when they go out into the world. And he doesn’t mince words! He says, “Don’t think I have come to bring peace to the …
Hello, my name is Lavonne Sherrell. I am a veteran and a lifelong resident of Clewiston for 71 years.
Agriculture
In an effort to support the owners of equine athletes and other animals visiting Ocala’s new world-class World Equestrian Center
Funding for student fellowships is included in a new $1.4 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant ...
Health

Yoga for Life: Yoga props for stability

Yoga props can be used to reduce stress and calm the mind when learning new postures to create a wider range of motion. Props help to stabilize the body...

Yoga for Life: Stimulating the life force within

The life breath within is manifested in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects...

Five important tips to keep babies safe

Caution and uncertainty are natural emotions for any new parent. But for some – including first-time, young and low-income parents struggling...

Refuse to Sink to host Memorial Bass Tournament and Fish Fry fundraising event Sept. 11

Refuse to Sink, Inc. is hosting its Annual Fundraiser Memorial Bass Tournament and Fish Fry Saturday, Sept. 11
Business
We want to welcome RiteLife, one of our new businesses in our community, with a Ribbon cutting and...
The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, September 20, 2021, to consider Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) petition for a rate increase...
The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and Okeechobee Main Street are excited to announce that SBDC is offering Better Business classes to all our local businesses.
Traffic & Road Work

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.  

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 5

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, April 25. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

Road closure begins Sept. 10 on Francisco Street at railroad crossing

Beginning Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, South Central Florida Express (SCFE) will be conducting railroad improvements at the railroad crossing on Francisco Street in Clewiston.
State

Gabby Petito story boosted by social media, true-crime craze

MIAMI (AP) — The disappearance and almost-certain death of Gabby Petito and the police hunt for her boyfriend have generated a whirlwind online, with a multitude of armchair detectives and others …

Report: 2 Florida school buses shot with BB gun; no injuries

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in north Florida are investigating reports of two school buses being shot with a BB gun on Tuesday morning. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said on …
National & World

'Dear Evan Hansen' filmmakers refine a hit Broadway musical

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people will get a chance to get to know the shy, teenager Evan Hansen this month, but Ben Platt is waving farewell. The actor and singer is intimately intertwined …

Authorities search preserve for Gabby Petito's boyfriend

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Authorities were once again searching a swampy preserve area Tuesday near the home of the boyfriend wanted for questioning in the death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, whose …
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