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Dial 2-1-1 for community helpline

OKEECHOBEE – Need help and don’t know who to call? Call 2-1-1.

Community rallies to help OHS auto shop win contest

The Okeechobee High School Brahman Auto Shop will be receiving some brand new shop equipment after winning a contest on Jan. 23.

Annual poster contest has begun

The Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District has announced its annual poster contest open to all...
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Lake levels
16.08 feet
Last year: 15.07 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest
Meowiser Power! Hi there Catto Peeps. Am I beautiful or what?
More to Life associate pastor James Garner said he went into the ministry because he was “better than nothing.”
OKEECHOBEE — How could you not love this sweet boy?
Schools
On Monday, Jan. 23, fifth grade students at Central Elementary School started a new unit in Science!
These fifth grade students respresented Everglades Elementary School at in the distric science fair...
The Indian River State College (IRSC) District Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on...
Wildlife & Environment
Do you have a Cuban tree frog invasion in your yard? You can help UF/IFAS study these frogs...
Increased state investments and historic momentum are making a difference to protect Florida’s precious natural resources...
Government
Senator Tina Polsky (D-Boca Raton) and Representative Katherine Waldron (D-Wellington) filed Senate Bill 188 and House Bill 173...
Mayor Dowling Watford was recognized for 40 years of service to the city of Okeechobee during the Jan. 17 city council meeting.
Florida Department of Children and Families Announces Additional Resiliency Resource for Floridians Recovering from Hurricane Ian
Police/Fire
After slapping a woman in the face for taking too long at Dollar General, an Okeechobee man was slapped with a jail sentence.
An Okeechobee man was sentenced on Jan. 19 for a burglary which took place in February 2022.
Opinion
To initiate “Half Moon Yoga Pose,” stand against a wall, reach one leg straight out to the side against the wall and reach...
These days, it’s a gamble when flying commercially whether your flight will leave on time...
It is a great honor to serve as your Okeechobee Postmaster.
Hurricane News
If a boat was your primary residence before and during Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida...
SBA announces no interest and no payments for first year...
Veterans

Veteran Lynch is office manager for Total Roadside

Born up north, Veteran Paul Lynch and his family moved to Indiantown in 1980.

4-H club donates Christmas gifts for veterans

On Monday, Dec. 20, the Okeechobee Outsiders 4-H Club presented veteran activist Gregg Maynard with gift baskets and gift cards to distribute to veterans …

Veterans take part in Great Florida Cattle Drive

“The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill

Veteran Mixon is an aircraft mechanic, and he loves it

Veteran Scott Mixon was born and raised in Okeechobee.
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Agriculture
$2.6 million is now available to landowners through the Sequestering Carbon and Protecting Florida Land program ...
Okeechobee County Ag-Venture, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides local fourth grade students...
Starting a food business might seem intimidating, but UF/IFAS Extension courses can help make big dreams a reality.
Health

Low-cost dental services available at Indian River State College

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental cleanings every six months, and recommends X-rays once a year.

You could be smoke-free in 2023

Attention turns to the annual tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Will you be smoke-free in 2023?

Indoor air pollution linked to childhood asthma

Should you be worried about indoor air quality?

Breast milk from those vaccinated agianst COVID may protect infants

A new study from the University of Florida provides more evidence that the breast milk of people vaccinated against COVID-19...
Business
My Aunt’s House, commonly referred to as “The Closet” has been a fixture in Okeechobee since 2003. The Closet has been faithfully funded by the Children’s …
The Chamber Rise-Up Breakfast is hosted by Martha’s House on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at 4134 US HWY 441 N, ...
OKEECHOBEE – Bass Pro has a clear path forward to develop the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area as a world class fishing resort ,,,
Traffic & Road Work

FHP offers tips for driving in fog or smoke

Visibility can change within seconds. It is important for motorist to drive as safely as possible in these conditions.

DeSantis signs Toll Relief Program bill

On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 6A, establishing the Toll Relief Program through the …

9-year-old Okeechobee girl killed in SR 78 crash

A 9-year-old Okeechobee girl was killed in a crash on State Road 78 on Sunday afternoon …
Subscriber exclusive

Charging station availability determines electric car sales

During the July 18 Clewiston Board of Commissioners meeting, Vice Mayor Greg Thompson urged officials to look into installing …
State

Ex-Florida police officers accused of beating homeless man

Two former South Florida police officers turned themselves in to face felony charges over the beating of a homeless man who had been drinking outside a shopping center last month. Miami-Dade State …

NASA marks 20 years since space shuttle Columbia disaster

NASA is marking the 20th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy with somber ceremonies during its annual tribute to fallen astronauts. More than 100 people gathered under a gray sky at …
National & World

Egypt unveils tombs and sarcophagus in new excavation

Egypt has unveiled dozens of new archaeological discoveries at a Pharaonic necropolis just outside of the capital Cairo. The excavation team said Thursday that the items lay beneath an ancient stone …

Meetings with Lindh prompt move to revoke convict's release

A northern Virginia man convicted nearly a decade ago of supporting the Islamic State group as a teenager has now been accused of violating his terms of release by meeting with a convicted Taliban …
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