Coronavirus
Eastside Baptist Church prays for one of their pastors as he battles COVID-19.

Congregation prays for pastor with COVID-19

Recently, Pastor Tommaso Pasquarella, who has COVID-19, was placed on a ventilator.

Covid hospitalizations and deaths increase in Florida among the unvaccinated

COVID-19 infections in Florida nearly doubled last week, with 45,603 new cases July 9-15 (compared to 23,697 the previous week), according to the Florida Department of Health report released July …

COVID-19 infections on the rise in Florida

TALLAHASSEE -- COVID-19 infections surged in Florida last week, with 23,697 new cases July 2-8.
Community
The annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup is planned for November.

August blood drives planned

If you are at least 17 years old and in good health, you can help save lives by donating blood. Come save Okeechobee lives.

State Farm offers back to school drives, smart savings tips, and CDC guidelines

In addition to purchasing school supplies, uniforms, etc., with COVID-19, families, students and teachers will face many new challenges as they return to school this year.

Make donations to the ‘Tools for Back to School’ campaign at Publix

When you give to Tools for Back to School, you’re helping students who may not have basic learning materials...
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Lake levels
13.51 feet
Last year: 12.89 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest

Cake artist wants to 'bake a difference'

Local cake artist Melissa Ellis says she absolutely loves decorating cakes.

Okeechobee Airport is the scene of a marriage proposal

Patrons at the Landing Strip Cafe were treated to a fun surprise Sunday morning...

'We should all help and respect our elders"

When she realized her neighbor needed help, she took the problem to Facebook...

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

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

Miss Speckled Perch is not just a pretty face

Miss Speckled Perch hopes to make the pageant popular again.
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Police/Fire

The sounds of fire safety

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm?

Okeechobee Fire Report

Okeechobee firefighters responded to the following calls over the last two weeks:

Anonymous caller reports impaired driver

She was reportedly found slumped over in the driver's seat.
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
Indian River State College (IRSC) has furthered its commitment to advancing digital literacy skills...
Back to School tax holiday is July 30-Aug. 9 Floridians can save some money on school supplies during the state tax holiday. The sales tax holiday begins Saturday, July 31 and extends through …
North Elementary School delivered some books to neighborhoods...
The Okeechobee County School Board recognized members of the 2020-21 OHS Bass Club Team and the Okeechobee High School and Yearling Middle School FFA.
Wildlife & Environment
Wondering what will happen when water pumped into deep injection wells comes out in the ocean? You’ll have to wait millions of years to find out.
When public interest is high and funding is limited, researchers can rely on citizens to help them measure wildlife populations, research finds. UF/IFAS...
Many South Florida residents irrigate their yards year-round, with more than 50% of annual home water use being used for outdoor watering or irrigation. However, it is not uncommon for residents to …
Government
Thursday evening, July 15, the Indiantown village hall was abuzz as Scott Dudley, Florida League of Cities (FLC) Field Advocacy & Federal Affairs director, presented the advocacy guide for citizens.
Adding more facilities at the Agri-Civic Center would make it possible to have multiple events at the same time.
Okeechobee Commissioner Terry Burroughs has been elected to serve as Chair of Florida’s Small County Coalition, a position responsible for overseeing the activities...
Veterans

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...

Veteran Sutherland was known for his sense of humor

WWII veteran Thomas “Jack” Sutherland was born on September 12, 1926...

New well at Veterans' Park

A new well is going in at Veterans' Park. It was donated to the veterans by Frank DeCarlo and should be big enough to run water for all of the parks.

Cpl. Earl Hansel's family attends memorial service

OKEECHOBEE - Family members of the late Cpl. Earl Hansel attend the ceremony honoring him for his service. Hansel served in both WWI and the Korean War. He was a POW and was killed in action.
Opinion
Since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, we’ve seen unprecedented economic growth.
My plants and flowers are happy, and while I take time with them, it’s God that makes them grow...
Agriculture
Agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals, and related resources.
It’s National Blueberry Month, a time to savor the fruit’s flavor, reap its health benefits - including fiber and vitamins C and K - and appreciate how it grows.
Health

Campers visit Raulerson Hospital

Students from an IRSC health science camp too a field trip...

Flood waters can hold hidden dangers

 Storms can cause flooding. Skin contact with flood waters alone does not pose a serious health risk.

Blood drives planned

People still need blood. Covid is still around. Car accidents still happen. Surgeries are still being performed. Cancer is still prevalent. Hurricanes and other catastrophes still …

UF scientists show peptide quiets lupus symptoms in mice

Researchers with the University of Florida have used a peptide to reduce symptoms associated with lupus.
Business
Are you ready to talk fast, sharing some information? Well, Thursday, July 29 at 5 p.m. the Chamber of Commerce will host our July After Hours at the Brown Cow Sweetery.
OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) has been busy over the past three months ...
Are you ready to talk fast, sharing some information? Well, Thursday, July 29 at 5 p.m. the Chamber of Commerce will host our July After Hours at the Brown Cow Sweetery.
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, July 25

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 25, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, July 18

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 18, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, July 11

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 11, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, July 4

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 4, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
State

Tampa residents once had direct role in Cuban revolutions

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Locals have taken to the streets in solidarity with those in Cuba protesting the island nation’s Communist leadership. The Tampa City Council approved a resolution voicing …

Florida Keys sea turtle participates in Tour de Turtles

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A juvenile green sea turtle rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital has been fitted with a satellite-tracking transmitter and released from a Keys beach to …
National & World

AP PHOTOS: No cheers amid virus fears at fanless Tokyo Games

Gymnasts raised their arms and struck familiar poses — without the familiar explosion of cheers. Nothing to hear near the beach volleyball courts, either, except the piercing hiss of cicadas in …

Untouchable: Aussie women continue 4x100 freestyle dominance

TOKYO (AP) — You could see by the way they huddled afterward, arms linked and beaming smiles on every face, that this team is tight. Just about untouchable, too. Australia claimed a third …
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