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Election

More than 15,000 Florida vote-by-mail ballots flagged for signature, other issues

People who voted by mail in Florida should track their ballot online to ensure it was accepted without issue, given that more than …
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Early voting underway throughout Florida

Early voting is underway in Florida  through Nov. 5.

Last day to request a ballot be mailed to you in Florida is Saturday

All voters have until Saturday Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. to ask their Supervisor of Elections office to send...
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16.45 feet
Last year: 15.86 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Iris Wall is proud to be a Florida Cracker

Iris Wall, 93, of Indiantown, happily shared information about Florida Crackers to participants...
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the keynote speaker at First Bank's centinnial celebration Nov. 16.

First Bank celebrated centennial celebration Nov. 16

First Bank celebrated 100 years of service and centinnial celebration at the Bronson Arena in Moore Haven on Nov. 16. 

Postal Service closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2

Post Offices will be closed for the observation of both federal holidays on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.
Hurricane News
Disaster Recovery Centers for Hurricane Ian survivors have reopened...
Better Business Bureau warns consumers that in the aftermath of Hurricane Nicole...
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Police/Fire
ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of ...
On Saturday, Dec. 3, an altercation took place at a banquet being held at the Okeechobee KOA...
Human Interest
When it comes to high school classes, there are some more popular than others.
The story of a beautiful Native American girl saving a captured white man from a death sentence might sound familiar.
Schools
Join North Elementary School in congratulating their 2022-2023 First Year (Project ONE) Teacher of the Year...
Join North Elementary School in congratulating the 2022-2023 Related Employee of the Year - Mrs. Ana Waldron.
North Elementary School congratulates their 2022/2023 Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Emily Streelman...
South Elementary School congratulates Nicola Coker (center) as the School Related Employee of the Year...
Wildlife & Environment
Go big this holiday season when you Adopt-A-Manatee® from Save the Manatee Club!
On Dec. 1 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved staff’s recommendation to update ...
At its Nov. 30-Dec. 1 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved …
Government
According to an update given at the Nov. 22 Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners meeting, the ongoing expansion and renovation project at the Okeechobee County Jail
Does the United States need a new political party? A group of former Democrats and Republicans think so.
Terry Burroughs and Frank DeCarlo were officially sworn in before the Nov. 22 Okeechobee County Commission meeting.
Veterans

Local veteran refused service ... again

A local veteran was refused service this week when she went to have her nails done.

Okeechobee County schools do not close for Veterans' Day and this is why

Many have asked why the schools in Okeechobee County are not closed in honor of Veterans' Day.

Church hosts spaghetti dinner for veterans

Attention veterans! The Gathering Church is hosting a Veteran Appreciation dinner TONIGHT in your honor.

Veteran Pancake needs help

Veteran Joshua Pancake was born and raised in Southern Indiana. He considered going into the military after 911...
Opinion
A very large THANK YOU goes out to all those who donated at the 17th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup...
AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
Agriculture
FAWN stations can come in handy for farmers and nurseries this time of year, as we approach cooler weather in Florida.
With inflation continuing to rise and the holidays just around the corner, keeping produce fresh...
Health

Yoga for Life: A yoga practice for holiday calmness

The pace of the day can be exhausting when our lives become filled every minute with working...

Mosquito spraying planned Dec. 5-7

OKEECHOBEE -- Mosquito control spraying is scheduled for Monday, Dec.  5, through Wednesday, Dec. 7 ...  

Alzheimer Association’s announces virtual events

The Alzheimer Association will host virtual Brain Bus events and support groups.

Cleanliness and temperature key to safe holiday meals

Q: What makes holiday food safety different from everyday meals?
Business
The 50-year anniversary celebration for Garrard’s Bait and Tackle is on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mark your calendars and let’s help them celebrate an amazing 50 …
Access to credit is an important resource for managing personal finances, whether to pay for major purchases...
The Chamber of Commerce has been given a special “scout elf” this year and we have named him Jolly.
Traffic & Road Work

9-year-old Okeechobee girl killed in SR 78 crash

A 9-year-old Okeechobee girl was killed in a crash on State Road 78 on Sunday afternoon …
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Charging station availability determines electric car sales

During the July 18 Clewiston Board of Commissioners meeting, Vice Mayor Greg Thompson urged officials to look into installing …

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. 
State

Florida beach erosion uncovers wooden ship from 1800s

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Severe beach erosion from two late-season hurricanes has helped uncover what appears to be a wooden ship dating from the 1800s which had been buried under the sand …

Florida lawmakers set to meet on ailing insurance market

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature will meet next week for a special session on property insurance and property tax relief in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Ian, officials …
National & World

World Cup Viewer's Guide: Quarterfinalists bid for title

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — After non-stop soccer for the past two weeks, the World Cup is taking a small break. There will be two days of rest before the quarterfinals start in Qatar with at least one …

Donors race to get generators, other aid to hard-hit Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — When Russian forces launched a military campaign against infrastructure in Ukraine nearly two months ago, they opened a front that carried the war along power lines, water …
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