Coronavirus

More than half of Florida adults vaccinated for COVID-19

With COVID-19 vaccine widely available throughout the state, more than half of the state’s adult population has received at least one dost of the COVID-19 vaccine

Okeechobee County Schools Covid Update

101 were excluded from in-person instruction due to possible COVID-19 contact...

Walmart and Sam’s Club now administering walk-up COVID-19 Vaccines

On May 4, Walmart and Sam’s Club announced a new COVID-19 vaccine milestone: Immunizations are now available to customers and associates...
Community

Meet Duke

Duke came to Trail Of Hope Animal Rescue (TOH) several months ago. Duke was found abandoned, in a cage on property in another county and TOH took him in.

Special Olympics Athlete wins silver medal

A local Special Olympic athlete brought home a silver medal in tennis.

Dog survives nine days lost in the Everglades

A rescued dog who was lost in the Everglades after the van carrying him to his new home flipped on U.S. 27 survived nine days on his own.  

CCKids welcomes magistrate to Board of Directors

Communities Connected for Kids welcomes its newest Board member, recently retired magistrate to the 19th Judicial Circuit, Kay Hammond.
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Lake levels
13.71 feet
Last year: 11.20 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest

Local veteran and family need help after a fire

A local veteran and her family are struggling to rebuild after a fire...

Adopt-a-pet event planned May 2 at Freedom Ranch

Freedom Ranch will host a pet adoption drive on May 2 from 2-6 p.m.

Fundraiser in the works for family who lost infant son

Community comes together to help a family through their bereavement.

Community theatre seeks volunteers

The Okeechobee Community Theatre is making a comeback after having to cancel their shows last season due to COVID-19.

Septuagenarian Couple flies sea to shining sea

On a wing and a prayer, a couple in their 70s flew from sea to shining sea in a 70-year-old airplane.
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Police/Fire

Hill sentenced to 10 years in prison

Aaron Hill was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his part in robbery...

Local man is accused of punching a woman in the face during burglary

A local man was charged with burglary with battery...

Woman charged with possession after auto accident

After her truck was found in a ditch, the owner was charged with possession ...
Weather
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office shared this report: On the afternoon of April 1, on a small tornado touched down in the area of Okeechobee County known as Dark Hammock (NE 144th St.) No …
Schools
OKEECHOBEE- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services honored Seminole Elementary food service worker Jeneane Rhuda on May 7. During the month of April, the Florida …
Everglades Elementary School congratulates its Students of the Week for the week of May 3.
Students from the Okeechobee Adventist Christian School participated in a bike-a-thon to help raise funds for the new playground the school will be installing.
Thirty nine students and or staff were excluded from in-person learning this week.
Wildlife & Environment
Now is the time to plan for Florida’s upcoming hunting seasons if you’re interested in applying for the FWC's alligator harvest permits
A social behavior known as the “audience effect” has long been reported among humans. From children tussling on a playground...
But irrigation takes on a new context when you consider the potential of peer pressure on outdoor watering habits.
Government
Noel Chandler is unofficial winner of Okeechobee City Council election.
The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, April 29, at 9 a.m. in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second Street.
The proposed development may include up to 400 single family dwellings, 80 villas, a golf course ...
Veterans

Veteran Bush does not let anything slow him down

Veteran Bill Bush, who is 97 years old, was born in Pennsylvania and worked in a defense plant after he graduated.

Veteran Montesi was a race car driver

Veteran Craig Montesi Sr. was born in Connecticut where his dad was in the restaurant business.

DAR presents quilt to veteran

At a recent joint meeting of the Okeechobee Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution...

Hospice honors Vietnam Veterans

On March 31, Hospice of Okeechobee honored Vietnam veterans at the Hamrick Home.
Opinion
With Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session now behind us, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Lake Okeechobee and what is being done...
The purpose of the National Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance...
Agriculture
OKEECHOBEE  -- Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Okeechobee County on May 10 to celebrate National Beef Month. DeSantis met with cattle ranchers at Williamson Cattle Company.
If you’re impatient for impatiens, a University of Florida scientist has good news for you ...
Health

Raulerson Hospital nationally recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Raulerson Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing...

Interim HealthCare has nurses on wheels

Port St. Lucie  — Nurses on wheels?

Yoga for Life

The last pose in every Yoga class is “Savasana” also called “Corpse Pose.” This pose is wonderful to do whenever the body/mind is exhausted. Practicing Yoga is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety.

Raulerson Hospital breaks ground on $17 million medical office building

As the latest step in an initiative to recruit physicians to our community, construction has now begun on a new 53,000 square foot state-of-the-art medical office...
Business
OKEECHOBEE – Recently an Okeechobee resident posted a message on social media wondering which of the local businesses might be hiring
The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County upcoming events for May 13, 20 and 27.
The Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that in partnership with the County of Okeechobee, 225+ CARES Act business grants...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, May 9

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, May 9...

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, May 2

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, May 2...

Roundabout is open on US 441 S.E.

After months of traffic delays the roundabout on U.S. 441 S.E. is open.

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

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

Florida declares state of emergency after pipeline shutdown

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Tuesday evening in response to gasoline shortages caused the shutdown of a major pipeline by hackers. The …

Groups file federal lawsuit against Florida 'anti-riot' law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Civil rights groups are seeking to invalidate a freshly signed Florida law that takes aim at demonstrations that turn violent, arguing in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday …
National & World

Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Parents, schools and vaccine clinics rushed to begin inoculating younger adolescents Tuesday after U.S. regulators endorsed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as …

Scores of dead bodies found floating in India's Ganges River

NEW DELHI (AP) — Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Authorities said Tuesday …
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