Coronavirus

FDOH warns of COVID-19 Testing scams

Now more than ever, residents should rely on trusted sources of information for access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations ...

COVID-19 cases high in Florida but wave may have peaked

The highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant continued to spread in Florida in last week …

Covid positivity high, but could decline soon says health official

Okeechobee County's new covid positivity rate is 35.28% this week ...
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Community

Miss American Legion Pageant set for Feb. 11

The 57th Miss American Legion will be crowned on Feb. 11. The Miss American Legion contest is Okeechobee’s oldest, continuously running...

CCKids recognizes Demps and Tobon for Going the Extra Mile

Communities Connected for Kids congratulates Shearon Demps and Amanda Tobon ...

Healthy Start liaison speaks to Kiwanis Club

Pam Duenas is the community liaison for the Healthy Start Coalition in Okeechobee.

Seeking a career change? TCFB’s Culinary Training Academy begins Jan. 31

Seeking a career change to the culinary arts? Looking to level up your existing food service career?

New training initiative in Florida helps fight human trafficking

Attorney General Ashley Moody is enlisting more soldiers and creating new tools in the fight to end human trafficking in Florida.
Human Interest

Inspiring Okeechobee: Janet Berry has a heart for children

Very few people have the heart it takes to foster a child.

Some love really does last a life time

As Valentine’s Day nears, many begin to think of love and romance.

Inspiring Okeechobee: Local woman spreads 'Lasagna Love'

Nancy Bright is spreading something new — “Lasagna Love.”

Who are the Social Butterflies?

Social Butterflies are always ready to welcome new members to the group.
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were charged with felony or DUI last week.

DUI checkpoint deemed a success

Sheriff Noel E. Stephen would like to thank all departments that assisted with the recent checkpoint operation.

City police honored at MLK banquet

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. banquet...
Weather
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY -- There is a chance of severe weather including high winds and hail on Friday afternoon from 2 to 8 p.m. ...
Schools
Our first Quarterly Chamber luncheon will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at IRSC, Dixon Hendry Campus.
It's an honor and privilege to prepare our future Brahman cheerleaders for success.
Congratulations to our OMS Band Students who were selected and participated in this year’s Four County Honor Band hosted by IRSC!
Everglades Elementary School congratulates its Students of the Week.
Wildlife & Environment
Recently discovered genetic knowledge of two nuisance western honey bee subspecies will help commercial and hobby beekeepers.
The White House announced the largest ever investment of federal funds for Everglades restoration on Jan. 19.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking input on the management of cattail and torpedograss ...
Government
After discussing the possibility for several years, the city of Okeechobee was successful in purchasing...
Okeechobee County School Board members received an update on planning for the new Okeechobee High School
The Code Enforcement Special Magistrate will hear the following cases on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m., ...
Veterans

IRSC celebrates opening of Veterans Center of Excellence

The U.S. Department of Education, Indian River State College (IRSC) will mark the opening of a new Veterans Center...

Community helps place wreaths on veterans' headstones

Wreaths Across America took place on Saturday, Dec. 18 all across the United States.
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Veterans Koepke were both in the Air Force

Veterans John and Maria Koepke both served in the Air Force.

Thanksgiving baskets delivered to those in need

Okeechobee’s VFW North post celebrated Thanksgiving by donating food baskets to those less fortunate...
Opinion
The fight against human trafficking demands our attention. In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers.
On Florida Arbor Day (Jan. 21), we pay homage to trees as work horses, not show horses.
Agriculture
, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF College of Medicine will screen as many as possible for various health conditions...
Two FFA students from Okeechobee won national honors in the FFA Agriscience competition.
Health

Hospital CEO interviewed by students

OCA appreciates Raulerson Hospital CEO Brian Melear!

Has your home been tested for radon?

One in five homes in Florida has an elevated radon level ...

UF/IFAS & UF College of Medicine offer health screenings for farmworkers

With about 200,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF College of Medicine will screen...

Healing the mind and the body

Thinking is a product of mental focus that manifests in the body. If you think you are sick, you probably will be. If you think and visualize wellness...
Business
Walmart would like to take a moment to recognize one of the hardest working associates at store #814.
Chamber After Hours: Are you ready to talk fast, sharing some business and or personal information?
This column features news and events brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County.
Traffic & Road Work

Temporary road closure today and tomorrow

Okeechobee has issued a traffic advisory for a temporary road closure.

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...
State

Researchers: Shark attacks increase after 3 years of decline

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Shark attacks increased around the world in 2021 following three consecutive years of decline, though beach closures in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could be making …

Florida seeks to stop the arrival of immigrants to state

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — All Florida government agencies would be prohibited from doing business with transportation companies that bring immigrants who are in the country illegally into the state …
National & World

German caution on arms to Ukraine rooted in history, energy

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s refusal to join other NATO members in providing weapons to Ukraine has annoyed some allies and raised questions about Berlin’s resolve in standing up to Russia. The …

EU continues training Libyan partners despite migrant abuses

BRUSSELS (AP) — A confidential European Union military report calls for continuing a controversial EU program to train and equip Libya’s coast guard and navy despite growing concerns about their …
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