Coronavirus

CDC provides information on types of face masks to prevent COVID-19

There are many types of masks you can use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. When choosing a mask, choose one that fits snugly.

CDC provides updates about COVID and variant

We’re learning more about COVID-19 all the time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the latest available evidence to make the best...
Pastor Tom shows some love at Okeechobee Christian Academy.

Inspiring Okeechobee: Pastor Tom is well-loved in the community

Tommaso Pasquarella, known to everyone he meets as Pastor Tom...
Community
Whether you have a beloved mutt at home or are thinking of adding a dog to your family, Katribe suggests visiting your local shelter to see how you can help dogs awaiting adoption.

National Mutt Day is July 31: The top 5 reasons why mutts rule!

America has a long history of affection for mutts. Two of cinema’s most famous dogs – Spike from “Old Yeller” and Higgins from “Benji” - were mutts adopted from shelters.

Caleb Cornett speaks to Kiwanis Club

FCA Minister of Football Director of the Treasure Coast Caleb Cornett (right) pictured with Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen.
Stacey Wickett

Okeechobee couple among CCK GEM winners

Communities Connected for Kids congratulates Rebecca Morgan and Stacey Wickett for winning the most recent Going the Extra Mile...
Current conditions
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A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 105. Calm wind … Get the full forecast
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Lake levels
13.68 feet
Last year: 13.21 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest

Siblings live under the same roof at Waltonwood Ashburn for the first time since 1951

When it comes to family, no one knows us better than the siblings we grew up with. The hours spent playing, fighting ...

Volunteer gives raccoon enclosure a makeover

Volunteer paints raccoon enclosure.

Church gives away more than 200 backpacks

Saint Stephen AME Church and JustShawn Events teamed up to supply backpacks...

Special Olympic athletes compete in county games

Special Olympic athletes competed in county games last week.

Seminole Seamstress has a passion for fashion

Seminole seamstress desires to pass her skills down tot he next generation.
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges:

Truck hits deputy's patrol car

A deputy's vehicle was struck by a truck while he was investigating...

Employee accused of stealing lottery tickets

An employee at a local convenience store was accused of stealing lottery tickets...
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
Indian River State College (IRSC) received a $1,399,999 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support its Building Fort Pierce YouthBuild program.
ORLANDO- Krista Stanley, 2021 Florida Teacher of the Year and Yearling Middle School math teacher, spoke at the 2022 Teacher of the Year Gala.
Indian River State College (IRSC) has furthered its commitment to advancing digital literacy skills...
Back to School tax holiday is July 30-Aug. 9 Floridians can save some money on school supplies during the state tax holiday. The sales tax holiday begins Saturday, July 31 and extends through …
Wildlife & Environment
Caecilians have arrived in Miami. Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists captured one of the obscure legless amphibians in the Tamiami Canal, the first example of an introduced caecilian in the U.S.
Wondering what will happen when water pumped into deep injection wells comes out in the ocean? You’ll have to wait millions of years to find out.
When public interest is high and funding is limited, researchers can rely on citizens to help them measure wildlife populations, research finds. UF/IFAS...
Government
The IRS continues to observe criminals using a variety of scams that target honest taxpayers. In some cases, these scams will trick taxpayers into doing...
Fumero gives an update on the city firefighters separation from the city.
Thursday evening, July 15, the Indiantown village hall was abuzz as Scott Dudley, Florida League of Cities (FLC) Field Advocacy & Federal Affairs director, presented the advocacy guide for citizens.
Veterans

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...

WWII Veteran on 50-State, 50-Governor No Regrets Tour Launches Campaign to Raise $ Millions for Frontline Nurses.

Sidney Walton, 102, Kicks Off Campaign in Downtown Miami...

Veteran Sutherland was known for his sense of humor

WWII veteran Thomas “Jack” Sutherland was born on September 12, 1926...

New well at Veterans' Park

A new well is going in at Veterans' Park. It was donated to the veterans by Frank DeCarlo and should be big enough to run water for all of the parks.
Opinion
What we’ve been through in the last 18 months was surely a test of our faith, trusting that our God would bring us through...
Since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, we’ve seen unprecedented economic growth.
Agriculture
For a few years, University of Florida plant pathologist Natalia Peres has used an ultraviolet light system to thwart strawberry pathogens.
Now, in the middle of summer, when those afternoon or evening rains come, stormwater from lawns, driveways and roofs drains down to any...
Health

Alzheimer Association will hold a Virtual Caregiver College event

The Alzheimer Association will hold virtual Caregiver College - Effective Communication Strategies class on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Tykes & Teens announces 2021-2022 Board of Directors

Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years

Hanley Foundation’s HOGOC assembles overdose rescue kits to help incarcerated

The Foundation serves more than 25 counties across Florida and is the largest provider of prevention services in the state

Campers visit Raulerson Hospital

Students from an IRSC health science camp too a field trip...
Business
The Chamber is excited to invite you to attend our upcoming ribbon cutting on Aug. 11 at noon at the business of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd.
Are you ready to talk fast, sharing some information? Well, Thursday, July 29 at 5 p.m. the Chamber of Commerce will host our July After Hours at the Brown Cow Sweetery.
OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) has been busy over the past three months ...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 1

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 1, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

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

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 25, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, July 18

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 18, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, July 11

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 11, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
State

Chefs leave restaurants to work in private homes

MIAMI (AP) — Melissa Sosa had a 6-year-old at home and a salary as a restaurant chef that hadn’t changed within her son’s lifetime. Forget that she was well respected among her peers and …

Disney requiring US employees to be vaccinated against virus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Company has joined other large companies in requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The company said in a statement Friday that it will be …
National & World

Djokovic's temper flares up in bronze medal match loss

TOKYO (AP) — Novak Djokovic came to the Tokyo Olympics aiming for a Golden Slam. He’ll leave without a medal and will need some time to recover from a draining performance in extreme conditions …

Glimpses of bygone era in English seaside holiday village

SHALDON, England (AP) — They are simple pleasures that hark back to analog, unplugged summer days: a book and a picnic blanket, a bucket and spade, fish and chips. They are also the traditional …
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