Coronavirus

Pfizer vaccines for children 5 years and older at the health departments

FDOH in Hendry and Glades Counties is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 years and older by appointment.

COVID-19 Omicron variant may be even more contagious than Delta

A new variant of the COVID-19 virus is of special concern.

FDOH works to increase vaccination rates

FDOH-Okeechobee had the third highest increase in COVID-19 vaccination rates ...
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Lake levels
15.94 feet
Last year: 16.12 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Volunteers needed to help Head Start children learn about gardening

Share your love of gardening with head start children.

Chamber hosts 'Socks 4 Seniors' holiday drive

The chamber needs YOU to help make this event one that will put smiles on the faces of seniors ...

Operation Santa Letters connects donors with needy children

Everyone deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season.
Human Interest

Adopt an Athlete Project has begun

The Adopt an Athlete for Christmas Project is underway again this year.
Subscriber exclusive

Inspiring Okeechobee: Marty Thomas does not feel inspiring

Marty Thomas does not feel inspiring ...

Trash dumped at Okee-Tantie Recreation Area

OKEECHOBEE -- Since the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area campground closed, it's not as busy as it once was, but many community residents use the boat ramps there, launch airboats and fish from the …
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Police/Fire

Please drive safely

As our northern friends return to Okeechobee for the winter and traffic increases ...

Yes Okeechobee! There will be a city Santa visit this year ...

Yes Okeechobee! There will be a city Santa this year.
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Father and sons accused of aggravated assault

A 71-year-old man is accused of using his sons to help him commit a crime.
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) will hold its Fall 2021 Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m.
OCA is proud to announce the Lions and Acorns of the week.
The Okeechobee High School Brahman Band made history at the state championships ...
Okeechobee County School Board members approved the master agreement for the new high school ...
Wildlife & Environment
Taking an extended look inside a subterranean termite colony ...
Florida has experienced numerous harmful algal blooms in recent years.
Audubon presents 2021 National Audubon Society Charles H. Callison Awards.
Government
Are you interested in meeting with Senator Marco Rubio and his staff?
City employees were recognized during the Nov. 16 Okeechobee City Council meeting.
An Okeechobee County Legislative delegation convened on Nov. 9.
Veterans

New Veterans Memorial Park to be dedicated at Philippine American Park

A new Veterans Memorial is planned at the Philippine American Park, 5154 S.W. 16th Street

Wreaths Across America Radio hosts the last of four roundtable discussions on Veteran Healing

Wreaths Across America Radio focuses on Veteran Healing through sharing

Okeechobee community honors veterans

Okeechobee community members gathered in downtown Okeechobee on Nov. 11

OCA observes Veterans' Day

In remembrance of Veterans' Day, OCA students and staff...
Opinion
Betty Chandler Williamson shares her memories of the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
When you enter your personal information or credit card number into a website, do you have a moment of hesitation? A nagging sense of vulnerability prompted by the parade of headlines about data breaches and hacks?
Agriculture
University of Florida plant pathologist Romina Gazis studies fungal-associated diseases affecting many types...
About four years ago, Fernando Alferez started to test if citrus trees grown inside a protective mesh cover ...
Health

Yoga for Life: Yoga stimulates thinking

At the present time, in this New Age of Technology, the computer does much of the thinking. When human beings use technology to think and reason in determining...

Yoga for Life: Yoga Rhythm

A Yoga practice can be orchestrated into a beautiful sequence composed of postures that flow from one position...

Brennan Eyecare offers day of free service to the needy

Brennan Eye Care will provide free eye care for those in need on Dec. 13.

Stay fall-free while decorating this holiday season

Nearly half of Americans – 48% – are planning to keep their holiday decorations up longer ...
Business
The holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends. A time to give a helping hand to those in need. Even though COVID-19 continues to change...
After several years in a store front, the Country Boutique is moving online.
News from 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

Sheriff: 'Prolific offender' accused of assaulting woman

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal history is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman as she delivered pizza to a central Florida apartment complex, officials …

Florida man charged with killing 21-year-old woman in 1983

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man who had long been considered a person of interest in the killing of a 21-year-old South Florida woman has been arrested after 38 years, officials said. Ralph …
National & World

Mysteries of omicron variant could take weeks to untangle

A pandemic-weary world faces weeks of confusing uncertainty as countries restrict travel and take other steps to halt the newest potentially risky coronavirus mutant before anyone knows just how …

Death of bullied Utah girl draws anger over suicides, racism

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — When her 10-year-old daughter tried spraying air freshener on herself before school one morning, Brittany Tichenor-Cox suspected something was wrong with the sweet little girl …
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