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Florida Community Health Centers offer COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday, Jan. 16

Florida Community Health Centers will also host vaccination clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to vaccinate those 65 and older, first responders and health care personnel with direct patient contact.

Rural areas wait for more vaccine

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) offices in Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties did not receive any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine...

Public encouraged to contact legislators about vaccine supply

Okeechobee County officials are as frustrated as their constituents about the difficulties local residents are encountering...
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Lake levels
15.67 feet
Last year: 13.04 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Okeechobee, Our Village has a new home

Although everyone will miss the little “starter home” where Our Village set up housekeeping two years ago, like most starter homes, it has been outgrown

Teacher rallies community to donate games for kindergartners

This is McPeak’s first year as a kindergarten teacher. As a matter of fact, prior to this, she was a deaf interpreter...

Local restaurants are ‘Cooking for a Cure’

Once again local restaurants will come together to help finish the fight with cancer...

Virtual roundtable to discuss child welfare

Please join faith leaders and child welfare professionals for An Act of Good Faith, for the Okeechobee and Treasure Coast virtual roundtable event on Jan. 21...

Community events for the Lake Okeechobee area

Community events in Okeechobee and the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee including, Clewiston, Moore Haven, LaBelle, Pahokee...
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Human Interest
With Valentines Day coming up, one of our readers thought an inspiring love story...
The best way to ensure Gwen King will never give up is to tell her to give up...
In addition to being a coach and a teacher, Tyrone Smith is a Man of Distinction.
Weather
Now that the water has receded and the cleanup is underway, let’s take a closer look at Eta’s track as well as how rare of an event...
Okeechobee County opened emergency shelters on Sunday due to the approach of Tropical Storm Eta. On Monday morning, shelters were closed. No one used the shelters. A flood watch is still in effect.
Flood expected from Tropical Storm Eta. Okeechobee County schools will be closed Monday.
MIAMI – The National Hurricane Center has updated the projected path of Tropical Storm Eta.
IMMOKALEE — The National Weather Service provided a special briefing Thursday morning about the expected path and strengthening of Tropical Depression Eta toward the Florida peninsula, which …
Police/Fire
Sheriff Steve Whidden and the Hendry Country Sheriff’s Office will host the Ride Around the Lake Motorcycle Rally...
After he reportedly tried to run over his neighbors and then shot them a bird, a 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The Okeechobee Fire Report lists calls that were reported in Okeechobee City and county and responded to by OCFR and OCFD.
Government
On Jan. 14, the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners issued a Proclamation to County Administrator, Robbie Chartier in honor of her Retirement...
At their meeting, Glades County Commissioners discussed lowering the speed limit on County Road 721 to 30 mph from SR 78 to the Highlands County line.
At their Jan. 14 meeting, Okeechobee County officials struggled with the desire to keep residents safe...
Schools
A panel of business leaders will offer their perspective on the “State of the Florida Landscape Industry
Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 11.
“Students at Rock Solid Christian Academy are very happy and excited to be at school,” said director Joy Yates.
When students first returned to school in Okeechobee in 2020, parents had three options to choose from.
Veterans

Ramps for Veterans seeking next deserving veteran

Ramps for Veterans was founded by Wade Hunt and helps Veterans in need in the community who cannot afford to build their own ramps.

Veteran Whitlock calls himself a motivational specialist for students

Veteran Jeff Whitlock was born and raised in Okeechobee. He was one of the last babies born in the old hospital...

Ramps for Veterans makes 18th free ramp

OKEECHOBEE — Wade Hunt, with Ramps for Veterans advertised recently asking if any local veterans needed a ramp built free of charge. He and his crew try to do one ramp per month for a veteran …

Veteran Glossup is an advocate for peace

When asked to tell his story for this series, Joe Glossup was hesitant. He considers himself an advocate for peace and found himself pondering...
Opinion
The Salvation Army would like to thank all Okeechobee Citizens as well as the volunteers...
This is my 21st year in education and nonprofit management, and crisis is no stranger to any professional in this field. In a pre-pandemic world, our daily efforts faced the realities of every …
Agriculture
The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is launching a virtual workshop with research and program updates, available online now.
During the first three months of the pandemic, food-secure people did not change their eating habits very much...
Health

New Horizons announces new CEO William Wims joins the team as chief executive officer

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee is pleased to announce William Wims has assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer and President.

Visitors are not allowed at Raulerson Hospital due to COVID-19

For the safety of their patients, visitors, physicians, colleagues and community there will be no visitors allowed at Raulerson Hospital.

Blood donation brings health benefits

In March, the Red Cross showed a drop-off of 86,000 fewer blood donations across the United States...
Business
After months and months of speculation, Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca said WaWa...
The Businesswomen's Referral Network will host it's monthly meeting on Friday, Jan. 15.
After the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Florida Power & Light Company formally closed its last coal-fired plant in Florida...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Roadwatch Report for week of Jan. 10

Okeechobee Road Watch for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 10. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution.

Okeechobee County Road Watch Report for week of Jan. 3

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

Road Watch for Okeechobee County for week of Dec. 13

The following is the Florida Department of Transportation’s Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 13.
State

Virgin Island cops charged, 328 kilos cocaine inside luggage

MIAMI (AP) — More than 300 kilos of cocaine bricks were found during a baggage scan at a Miami airport. Two of the men charged in the drug bust are police officers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, …

One fraud after another for teen who faked being a doctor

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The young man who as a teen faked being a doctor, who swindled a “patient,” who once tried to forge his way into a Jaguar, and who was spared from serving decades in …
National & World

Semeru volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on …

Sidelining experts, Brazil bungled its immunization plans

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like many Brazilian public health experts, Dr. Regina Flauzino spent most of 2020 watching with horror as COVID-19 devastated Brazil. When the opportunity to join the …
Top Trending Stories
A mistake by a county office led to a property owner purchasing a mobile home...
After a store manager allowed an employee to come to her home and use her washing machine...
After nearly five months, a man and woman have been arrested and charged with grand theft auto after being accused of stealing a U-Haul...
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