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Pictured left to right are: Kiwanis Past-President Roge Azcona, Kiwanis member Dowling Watford, Cindy Maynard and Robyn Gardner of the Pregnancy Center. [Photo courtesy Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee]

Kiwanis donates $2,200 to Pregnancy Center

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held its annual Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Center...

Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Vitunac visits Okeechobee

The Kiwanis Division 16 Lt. Governor Doug Vitunac made an official visit to the Kiwanis Club...

Kitten season is here

According to Best Friends, nearly three times the number of felines enter shelters...
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Lake levels
14.50 feet
Last year: 14.26 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest
Every year for the past 10 years, the University of Florida’s Gator100 program has honored the fastest-growing businesses...
Leah Suarez , Noel Stephen , Shirlene Graham-Stevens and Doris Corde (in no particular order) were honored Saturday night at the inaugural Agape Gala...
The City of Okeechobee hosted the James Family Cyclists Monday morning before sending them off to Sebring on their long journey back to Canada.
Schools
Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 were the two final nights the OHS Drama Club Troupe 7319 performed a classic...
On Tuesday, April 16, students at Everglades Elementary School competed in Battle of the Books!
Okeechobee High School Junior ROTC cadets gathered outside Winn Dixie last week in support of a former cadet who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident.
Wildlife & Environment
The upgrade will provide the public and stakeholders more scientifically accurate information...
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for food security and human survival, and it is an element...
Government
The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, in cooperation with Florida Humanities Council, presents “Voices and Votes:
A traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Voices and Votes: The Story of Democracy in America,” will be in the Okeechobee County Courthouse May 28 to July 12. At the April …
Outdoor enthusiasts who want to spend several days hiking may soon be able to leave their vehicles overnight ...
Police/Fire
An Okeechobee County detective found himself in a chase last week after attempting to stop a reckless driver.
A second Okeechobee resident has complained to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office about someone listing his house...
Opinion
Abuse of any kind, be it physical, mental, emotional, or sexual, must be viewed first and foremost through the lens of what it is: a crime.
I was praying this morning and had a lot of things going through my mind. One being that...
AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
Hurricane News
As Spring approaches, so do hurricane and wildfire seasons, along with an increased threat...
When Hurricane Idalia barreled through the Big Bend region of Florida...
Veterans

Smart & Safe Florida announces statewide Veterans Coalition

On Tuesday, April 23, the Smart & Safe Florida campaign launched its “Vets Vote #YesOn3” statewide Veterans Coalition...

Veteran Wright is a hard working man with a sense of humor

Clyde James “Jim” Wright was known to everyone as Clyde growing up in Jacksonville.
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Agriculture
There is no shortage of consumer appetite for avocados. Frequently incorporated into starters and desserts, demand for avocados...
They’re munching away on landscape plants, citrus and vegetable crops...
The goal of the survey is to get ideas and feedback from various sectors...
Health

Ten questions to ask after being diagnosed with cancer

So many thoughts and questions run through your mind after doctors confirm a cancer diagnosis.

Hanley Foundation to provide emergency overdose boxes

Overdose emergency kits will be installed on county buildings thanks to the Hanley Foundation.

UF and Swedish researchers connect childhood microbiome with development of autism, ADHD

The researchers analyzed data from the first five years of life...

Alzheimer's Association offers virtual caregiver support group

The Alzheimer Association invites caregivers of those with Alzheimer disease and dementia to attend a virtual support group.
Business
Batteries Plus, the nation’s leading battery retailer, opens its newest location at 810 N Parrott Avenue...
Join us for an enriching afternoon at our upcoming Business Exchange Luncheon, hosted by the...
Florida gas prices are on a 9-day streak of declines, falling a total of 15 cents.
Traffic & Road Work

AAA: Florida gas prices rise 13 cents; set new 2024 high

Florida gas prices rose 13 cents early last week. From there, the state average declined 6 cents through the weekend.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week beginning April 21

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, April 21. Motorists are reminded...

Lofton Road improvements planned

Okeechobee County has begun the design and engineering phase for the Lofton Road Improvement Project …

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of April 14-20

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, April 14,...
State

MarineMax: Fiscal Q2 Earnings Snapshot

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — MarineMax Inc. (HZO) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $1.6 million. The Clearwater, Florida-based company said it had net …

Carrier Global: Q1 Earnings Snapshot

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Carrier Global Corporation (CARR) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $269 million. The Palm Beach Gardens, …
National & World

Ferrying voting machines to mountains and tropical areas in Indian elections is a Herculean task

NEW DELHI (AP) — From the Himalayan mountains to the tropical Andaman Islands, Indian officials are using helicopters, buses, trucks, boats, donkeys, and mules to carry electronic voting machines …

Climate change is bringing malaria to new areas. In Africa, it never left

When cases of locally transmitted malaria were found in the United States last year, it was a reminder that climate change is reviving or migrating the threat of some diseases. But across the African …
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