Election

GOP's hard-line tactics on migrants refocus midterm debate

MIAMI (AP) — They’ve delivered migrants on planes and buses to Washington, D.C., New York City — even Martha’s Vineyard. And the Republican governors of Florida and Texas may be just getting …

How Floridians can register to vote for Nov. 8 Election

Sept. 20 is National Voter Registration Day, a day designated to focus attention and efforts on registering new voters across...

DeSantis puts his imprint on school board races in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — In her 24 years as a school board member in Florida, Marta Perez proposed a Bible study class for students, opposed a measure to boost anti-racism curricula after the killing of George …
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Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Rose Baile becomes CCKids’ First Kinship Navigator

Communities Connected for Kids unveiled its Kinship Navigator Program earlier this month...

Department of Health provides Mental Health Crisis Line numbers

The Department of Health - Okeechobee provides the Mental Health Crisis Line for before, during and the storm are listed below...
From left to right are Club President Alicia Lachance , School Superintendent  of Glades Schools Dr. Alice Barfield, Okeechobee Republican Chairmanship Jim Craig and Republican Club Vice President Sallie Craig.

Republican Club distributes pocket constitutions

On Sept. 14, Republican Club members passed out pocket constitutions to area schools.
Hurricane News
The Emergency Operations Center is currently at Activation Level 2: Partial Activation focused on recovery efforts.
Rock Solid Christian Academy staff and volunteers gather to clean up after Hurricane Ian blows through.
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Police/Fire
An Okeechobee man was arrested after allegedly stealing more than $20,000 from a family member.
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges...
Human Interest
OKEECHOBEE — Hi Doggo Peeps, are you looking for a Handsome young man with amazing eyes, look no further.  My name is Jack and I would love to be part of your family.  I am up to date …
Am I beautiful or what? My name is SASHA, and I'm ready for my forever home with you.  
Schools
Before they were so rudely interrupted by Hurricane Ian, Okeechobee High School students were in the middle of celebrating Homecoming Week.
Happy Johnny Appleseed Day from the amazing kindergarten team at North Elementary School!
FORT PIERCE—Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Ian, Indian River State College will be closed to employees, students, and visitors at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. All classes (including …
OKEECHOBEE — Students at Central Elementary School celebrate Crazy Sock Day on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Wildlife & Environment
Pumpout Nav, a free iOS and Android app, uses a boater’s location information to suggest the nearest...
FLORIDA — As millions of birds are flocking through Florida to reach their wintering grounds...
The most common type of septic system includes the tank and a drain field – sometimes called a leach field.
Government
During its Sept. 26 meeting, the Okeechobee City Council declared a state of emergency due to the predicted path of Hurricane Ian.
Lazy 7 residents will be disappointed to learn the golf cart issue won’t be on the agenda for a county commission meeting in October.
The Okeechobee County Airport/Industrial Park has a new director.
Veterans

Central Elementary School students support Red Shirt Friday

Central Elementary School students riding bus #1503 proudly wore the red t-shirts given to them by the Amvets Riders of Post 200 on Friday.

Veterans work on the big guns: You can help

Local veterans, city employees and volunteers are busily working on refurbishing the big guns from Veterans’ Park.

Big guns moved from Veterans' Park

You may have noticed a couple things missing from Veterans' Park this week. Have no fear, the guns were not taken for nefarious reasons but have been transported to a secure …
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Veteran Folbrecht packed parachutes for the Army

Veteran Jon Folbrecht packed parachutes for the Army.
Opinion
For the first time in my career as an advocate for children, we are on the cusp of seeing...
A social media post recently shared: “Watching a hurricane approach is like being stalked by a giant turtle.”
Agriculture
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okeechobee Livestock Mark will closed all week, due to the approaching storm.
Managing manure can be a challenge for horse owners. One horse can produce an average...
Health

Alzheimer’s Association offers webinars to the public

The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the following webinars to the public...

Yoga for Life: Challenging Balance through Half-Moon Pose

“Balancing” the human body incorporates all of the appendages to walk straight, run and sit without falling.

Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning

As Floridians finalize preparation for Hurricane Ian and the potential for power outages, the Florida Department of Health is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking …

DOH warns of the possible health risks of flood waters

Storms can cause flooding. Skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk.
Business
Our Business of the Year Awards Dinner, “Pearls Under the Sea” will be on Saturday, Oct. 15...
Grand Opening/Ribbon cutting for Health Synergy Clinical Research on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m.
The Construction Industry Licensing Board of Okeechobee made the decision not to restrict the privileges of Slayton Construction at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.
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 deaths rise to 47 amid struggle to recover from Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Rescuers evacuated stunned survivors on a large barrier island cut off by Hurricane Ian and Florida's death toll climbed sharply, as hundreds of thousands of people were …

Residents leave Florida's Pine Island, Hurricane Ian's ruin

PINE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Paramedics and other volunteers with a group that helps rescue people after natural disasters went door to door Saturday on Florida's devastated Pine Island, offering to …
National & World

EXPLAINER: What's behind Indonesia's deadly soccer match?

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Violence and a deadly stampede that erupted following a domestic league soccer match Saturday night marked another tragedy in Indonesian football. Here's a look at how the …

Brazil holds historic election with Lula against Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 120 million Brazilians will vote Sunday in a highly polarized election that could determine if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s …
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