Coronavirus
Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties are at medium risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control map published June 26. [Art courtesy CDC]

Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties at 'medium' risk for COVID-19

With much of Florida now considered at high risk for COVID-19, Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades Counties remain at “medium” risk ...
The Centers for Disease Control map for June 18 shows Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Collier and Desoto counties at medium risk for COVID-19 and the rest of South Florida at high risk. Okeechobee County is highlighted on the map. [Graphic courtesy CDC]

Know the risk for COVID-19

Most of South Florida is in at “high risk” for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ...
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) map shows counties at high risk for COVID-19 in red, medium risk in yellow and low risk in green. Okeechobee County (medium risk in yellow) is outlined.

Palm Beach County at high risk from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spreading again in Florida, according to data shared June 3 by the Florida Department of Health.
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12.92 feet
Last year: 12.77 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Parents in need of diapers can get help from food bank

The tax-free holiday that begins July 1 will be welcome relief for parents whose children wear diapers.
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Cattle Drive Sculpture dedication planned for July 23

Okeechobee will celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy on July 23 with the dedication of the Cattle Drive Sculpture ...
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Chobee Kickback plans July 9 party

Chobee Kickback will host an outdoor event on July 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Douglas Brown Community Center.

The Welcoming Party welcomes new residents to Okeechobee

The Welcoming Party of Okeechobee will hold a Welcome to the Neighborhood event on Tuesday, June 28...

Sumner is Florida Cattlemen's Association Sweetheart

MARCO ISLAND – Shelby Summer, of Okeechobee was crowned the 2022 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Sweetheart on June 15 ...
Human Interest

Adopt a pet: Meet Chap

Hi Peeps,  My name is CHAP  I'm a handsome boy.

Adopt a pet: Meet Lobo

Hi my friends, Have you ever seen a more handsome boy?

Adopt a pet: Gracie has earned her name

Woof Woof Ruff! Are you looking for a sweet, beautiful girl with a touch of class?  You have found her.  It's me!

Adopt a pet: Reign is looking for love

Hi, are you searching for a new love in your life? It is your lucky day! My name is Reign,  and I'm looking for love too!
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office...

Pool contractor convicted of fraud

Washburn induced homeowners in Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie...

Under new law, drivers could be fined for loud music

Can other people hear your car stereo 25 feet away? Starting tomorrow, you could be fined up to $115.
Weather
A tropical wave is coming off the coast of Africa.
The hurricane season of 2004 is seared into the memory of those living in the Okeechobee area that year.
Schools
Over 360 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders attended the Florida School Board Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents Annual Conference
Thirty-seven Okeechobee students celebrated the completion of their two-week stint in the Okeechobee Leader Skills camp on June 30.
OKEECHOBEE – The Your Child Nutrition Program started the summer feeding bus routes on June 6. Bring your children and you eat with them.
Twenty-seven Okeechobee students celebrated the completion of their two-week stint in the Okeechobee Leader Skills camp on June 15.
Wildlife & Environment
Manatee deaths in 2022 are on track to be even worse than in 2021.
The summer season brings warm temperatures, bright sunshine – and an increased demand for water to irrigate lawns, gardens, and landscapes. 
The wet season has started, but water levels remain low in the Kissimmee River. 
Government
A ban on abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, BMPs to control the use of fertilizer on golf courses, ...
TALLAHASSEE -- The Freedom Week  sales tax holiday on outdoor activity supplies and some event admissions starts July 1.
OKEECHOBEE -- Fliers local residents found in their mailboxes sparked a discussion at the June 23 Okeechobee County Commission meeting about the PACE loan program.
Veterans

June is PTSD Awareness month

June is PTSD Awareness month, and local veteran Gregg Maynard shared his thoughts on the subject.

How to celebrate Flag Day on June 14

Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777...

Memorial Day ceremony in the park was appreciated by families of the fallen

When local veteran Gregg Maynard heard there would be no Memorial Day ceremony in the park this year, he immediately got to work planning a small service.

Community gathers to place flags on graves on Memorial Day

Members of the American  Legion, VFW and the community gathered early Saturday morning to place flags on the graves...
Opinion
When voters go to the polls in November, they will make decisions about the future of our nation, the future of our state and...
With summer officially here, as an Arizonan, you’re likely looking for ways to continue enjoying the outdoors while also staying cool...
Agriculture
Earlier this year, 10 homeowners across 10 Florida counties were chosen to have either their front yard or their back yard...
Brewers like the flavor and aroma that come from Florida-grown Cascade hops...
Health

FDOH encourages safety this 4th of July

July 4th weekend is rapidly approaching, and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) encourages...

What do you need to know about the monkeypox virus?

There’s a new virus in town, and public health officials want to get the word out about what it is, who is at risk, what the symptoms are and how to treat it.

Arthritis is defined as joint inflammation

Arthritis simply means “joint inflammation.”  There are many causes and some dangerous medications that can help.  The most common is degenerative arthritis (or osteoarthritis) …

Borderline Personality Disorder affects many

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), affects approximately 6% of the population. Major symptoms include provoked and unprovoked mood swings …
Business
Ken Keller has been named General Manager of Glades Media’s Okeechobee stations WOKC and WLMX effective immediately. In his new position, Keller will …
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce News brought to you by Chamber Executive Director Paulette Wise.
This column features news from the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County.
Traffic & Road Work

Notice of road closure

Okeechobee County has scheduled a road closure at westbound NW 144th Drive (Potter Road) to install...
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City public works department hires first female 'in the field' employee

The city of Okeechobee hired its first "in the field" female employee in March of this year. 

One lane access at N.W. 344th Trail during drainage work

Okeechobee County has scheduled a partial road closure (one-lane access will be provided) at N.W. 344th Trail...

Temporary road closure today and tomorrow

Okeechobee has issued a traffic advisory for a temporary road closure.
State

Shifting abortion laws cause confusion for patients, clinics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Abortion providers and patients were struggling Friday to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access across the country since the U.S. Supreme …

Judge won't delay Florida school shooting sentencing trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has refused to delay the sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz in the 2018 shooting at a high school in which 17 people were killed. Cruz's lawyers had …
National & World

Monkeypox cases triple in Europe, WHO says, Africa concerned

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe chief warned Friday that monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and urged countries to do more to ensure the …

Seeking parole, Pistorius meets with girlfriend's father

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African former track star Oscar Pistorius has met with the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot to death in 2013, as part of his parole process, the …
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