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CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of vaccine status license scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of a new COVID-19 vaccination text scam. There have been reports of fraudulent text messages …

COVID-19 new cases decreasing in Florida as vaccination rate rises

OKEECHOBEE – Florida vaccinations are increasing and the positivity rate is falling statewide, but the rural areas around Lake Okeechobee continue to have lower vaccination rates and higher new …

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy offered in Okeechobee on Sundays

OKEECHOBEE  -- Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19  is now available in Okeecobee County...
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15.88 feet
Last year: 16.21 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Lake Okeechobee Elks seek members

The Lake Okeechobee Elks are in need of members, volunteers, and sponsors for upcoming events.
Ruth and Calvin Fryar have served at Brighton Baptist Church for 24 years.

Brighton Baptist Church pastor steps down

Brighton Baptist Church pastor steps down but doors still open.

Meet Winner

Meet Winner, his name is perfect for him. He is a winner in every way. Winner was brought to Trail of Hope Animal Rescue because his human passed away...
Human Interest

Max is just chill

Best friends Hayes and Max enjoy making folks smile.

Come help raise funds and eat good food too

Help raise funds to build a ramp for member of your community.

Inspiring Okeechobee
Pastor Jarriel has been serving his community for 44 years

October — Pastor Appreciation Month — is the perfect time to feature Pastor Johnny Jarriel...
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on DUI or felony charges last week.

OPD visits Head Start

City police officers visit Head Start,
Subscriber exclusive

Man accused of attempted sexual battery on a child

Local man was arrested after a young relative accused him of sexual abuse.
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
- On Oct. 15, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a Florida Job Growth Grant for the Glades County Regional Training Center.
Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Oct. 11.
South Elementary School congratulates its Students of the Week for the week of Oct. 4
At their Oct. 5 meeting the Okeechobee County School Board selected Morganti Abney as the contractors for the new Okeechobee High School.
Wildlife & Environment
The USACE, Jacksonville District invites partners, stakeholders, and the public to join us for the release of...
Florida’s climate makes a cozy environment for a variety of plant species. The downside is that invasive and potentially destructive species often try to call Florida home, too. A new guide …
Stormwater runoff begins as rain. It carries pollutants from land surfaces on its way to water bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Government
At their Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will hear a presentation from Brightmark ...
A dispute over who came up with the original park designs made for a lively meeting.
The Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation will convene on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Veterans

Treasure Coast Hospice’s We Honor Veterans Program earns highest distinction

On Aug. 8, Treasure Coast Hospice announced that it has earned the highest distinction as a Level 5 We Honor Veterans partner, placing the local program among the Top 5%...

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.

Veterans' rights activist meets heroes

Veterans' rights activist Gregg Maynard has many heroes, but none of them wear a cape.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...
Opinion
In 1971 Susan William's father may have lost his life from internal bleeding if not for the donations of others.
Alicia Lachance is President of the Republican Club of Okeechobee. She wants to share her stories – not one but five – of receiving donated blood.
Agriculture
Cattle grazing leases on South Florida Water Management District land were approved at the SFWMD Governing Board...
OKEECHOBEE – A project to turn cow manure into renewable fuel while at the same time reducing greenhouse gases is underway in Okeechobee County. Anaerobic digesters will convert 230,000 tons of …
Health

11th annual Race for Recovery raises awareness about mental health in community

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee raised funds for and awareness about mental health and addiction recovery at the 11th annual Race for Recovery...

Long-term care lockdowns banished visitors, but not joy

Bedridden in a nursing home, Sharon Southerland’s lifeline was the weekly visits she received from her friends.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OKEECHOBEE -- At their Oct. 12 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month The proclamation notes, breast cancer takes the lives of …

Yoga for Life: Yoga the purpose of body sculpting

Yoga is the enhancement of a balanced healthy regimen of postures to build and maintain a healthy body at any age a...
Business
Many adults report a fear of public speaking. But for youth participating in the Florida 4-H Public Speaking Program, this important life skill is a chance to share what “sparks” their interest ...
Executive Director of the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce News Paulette Wise shares this week's chamber news.
The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County news ...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 26

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

Roadwork on U.S. 98 starts Monday

OKEECHOBEE -- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will start construction on a project along U.S. 98 on Monday, Sept. 27.  
State

Solid waste employee makes 4-year-old's birthday special

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rex Coleman, 4, of Riverside likes everything you’d expect the average 4-year-old boy to enjoy — especially trucks. He’s fascinated by them. “The bigger, louder …

3 years after hurricane, regeneration, a possible new beach

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. (AP) — Three years after Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction spanning hundreds of miles along the Forgotten Coast, Tonya McNabb decided to move to Alligator Point …
National & World

Father of suspect in UK lawmaker's slaying is 'traumatized'

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) — The father of a man held for the fatal stabbing of a British lawmaker during a meeting with local voters has told British media that he was shocked and …

Gambian Toufah Jallow tells of surviving rape by dictator

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Toufah Jallow’s name resonates deeply in Gambia as one of the few women who has taken a public stand against sexual assault in the small West African state. She gained …
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