March blood drives announced

The Blood Bus will be accepting blood donations at the following locations in the month of March:
OKEECHOBEE -- Okee Poke won the 2024 Best Taste of Okeechobee award for the annual event hosted by Okeechobee Main Street. [Photo courtesy Okeechobee Main Street].

Okeechobee Main Street hosts Taste of Okeechobee

Okeechobee Main Street's Taste of Okeechobee was held Feb. 3 in downtown Okeechobee.

From the Archives: New movie theater opens in Okeechobee

In 1973 news of a new movie theater excited the Okeechobee community. A contest for naming theater resulted in the name The Brahman Theater.
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Human Interest
An Okeechobee teen recently had the unique experience of visiting Australia.
Okeechobee teens and adults with special needs were invited to Okeechobee’s first Night to Shine last week.
An Okeechobee veteran is seeking a hand up, not a handout, after experiencing a horrific motorcycle accident in December.
Recently, officials in Florida’s Escambia County Public Schools district have plunged into a literary adventure of their own …
Okeechobee High School principal Lauren Myers was selected by Florida Taxwatch as one of their Principal Leadership Award winners for 2023-24.
The project underscores Indian River State College’s vision to provide development and testing...
Wildlife & Environment
A non-native lung parasite, Raillietiella orientalis, has reportedly spread across 25 counties..
Changes in power plant technology could create problems for Florida manatees according to information shared at the Feb. 21 FWC meeting ...
OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners designated Feb. 18-24 as Engineers Week.
Engineer Steve Dobbs was presented with a proclamation by the city of Okeechobee...
After all the details are hashed out, some city employees will most likely see an increase in their pay.
A 51-year-old Okeechobee man was killed in a crash on U.S. 441 S.E. at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26...
A family living near Everglades Elementary School found themselves the targets of a burglar last week.
The word “liberal” was once considered a compliment. It meant fair, principled and thoughtful.
A few weeks ago, a little raccoon found his way onto the porch, trying to scrounge some...
Are President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump running again because...
Hurricane News
When Hurricane Idalia barreled through the Big Bend region of Florida...
Okeechobee County emergency officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Idalia. Okeechobee County is currently...

Wreaths Across America announces new theme for 2024

Wreaths Across America (WAA), the national nonprofit whose year-long mission...

Veterans' Square Park equipment vandalized again

OKEECHOBEE — Once again, vandals have struck Veterans’ Square Park.
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‘Pinky Swear,’ ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Salsa.’ Those are the catchy names of the three new caladium...
The plants were launched as seeds to the ISS in May, grown in July, harvested by astronauts...

Strategies to help improve your smile throughout your life

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health...

February is Children's Dental Health Month

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health habits that can help improve the oral health of kids and people of all …

New chiropractor adjusts animals as well as people

Dr. Robert Safranski recently joined Platt Chiropractic, 280 SW 32nd St., Okeechobee.

Yoga for Life: Body by Design

Every day each person has a choice on how to shape the body through daily habit patterns.
Two weeks ago, the state average jumped 21 cents per gallon.
Florida gas prices moved higher last week, but evened out by the weekend.
As you prepare to celebrate, there are a few common scams that you need to be aware...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of Feb. 25

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 25...

Okeechobee County Road watch beginning Feb. 18

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, Feb. 18. Motorists are reminded...

Hit the Brakes: Reverse automatic emergency braking isn’t foolproof

New AAA research reminds drivers to not put too much trust in their vehicle technology...

Florida gas prices drop 9 cents

Florida gas prices declined 9 cents last week. The state average fell from $3.23 per gallon...

Florida lawmaker pulls bill on wrongful death of unborn children after Alabama IVF ruling

A Florida bill to allow people to file wrongful death lawsuits over the death of a fetus is being shelved because of the political fallout from an Alabama Supreme Court decision that frozen embryos …

New York doctor's husband suing Disney for negligence in wrongful death case

The husband of a New York doctor who died shortly after dining at a Disney Springs restaurant last year accused Walt Disney Parks and Resorts of negligence in a 19-page lawsuit filed in Florida. …
National & World

Here's what to know about a US couple missing in the Caribbean

Authorities in the eastern Caribbean are scouring waters in the region in hopes of finding a missing U.S. couple who were aboard their catamaran Simplicity when police say it was hijacked by three …

A deal between Israel and Hamas appears to be taking shape. What would it look like?

Israel and Hamas are inching toward a new deal that would free some of the roughly 130 hostages held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a weekslong pause in the war. U.S. President Joe Biden says a …
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