Coronavirus

Many sites offer covid vaccinations without appointments

The recent increase in vaccination sites means COVID-19 vaccinations are easier to get in South Florida. Many sites do not require appointments.
MOORE HAVEN -- Nurses are ready to administer shots. The team had six cubicles set up on Sunday, and  can add three more if needed.

Glades County has walk-in covid vaccinations on Sundays

Walk-ins are welcome at the Sunday vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Sundays at the Glades County Regional Training Center.

Okeechobee County Schools' COVID-19 Update

The Okeechobee County Schools' COVID dashboard reports no new exclusions this week.
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Last year: 11.42 feet
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Community

Crowns for a Cure pageant seeking contestants

OKEECHOBEE- A new pageant, Crowns for a Cure, is seeking contestants in Okeechobee. All proceeds from the event will go to a good cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

SAR presents Purple Heart Cane to veteran

Jay Molyneux (left) was presented with a Purple Heart Cane by President Jim Pippin (right) of the Okeechobee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Summer Activity Guide to be published online

The Shared Services Network of Okeechobee will be publishing the Summer Activity Guide online this year.

SAR presents awards

OKEECHOBEE — At the April meeting of the Okeechobee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, past President Gary Miles (left) was presented the National Society Lafayette Volunteer …

2021 Southwest Florida Climate Summit announced

A free public virtual event to share knowledge, showcase climate action, engage leadership, and mobilize the collaboration needed to build more resilient communities.
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Human Interest

Septuagenarian Couple flies sea to shining sea

On a wing and a prayer, a couple in their 70s flew from sea to shining sea in a 70-year-old airplane.

Missy needs a home

Wheelchair fundraiser exceeds goal by thousands, helps more special needs kids

With a goal of $4,000 in mind, Bernard Marker and Sheriff Stephen organized a barbecue fundraiser.
Weather
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office shared this report: On the afternoon of April 1, on a small tornado touched down in the area of Okeechobee County known as Dark Hammock (NE 144th St.) No …
Police/Fire
Charged with five counts DUI and five counts leaving the scene of an accident with damage...
Months of investigation went an investigation involving drug sales and distribution within Okeechobee County.
After a 911 call complaining of people walking around outside a motel with flashlights, two men were accused of conducting a drug deal.
Government
OKEECHOBEE – An Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate hearing is set for April 20 in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. at 9 a.m. New business on the …
The May 17 deadline for individuals to file and pay their federal income tax is fast approaching. While paying taxes is not optional, people do have options...
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record.
Schools
On April 9, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) issued Emergency Order 2021-EO-02.
OHS basketball coach Demetre Riles was accused of pulling a gun on a man while on school property last month.
Northside Head Start and Seminole Head Start in Okeechobee are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Indian River State College (IRSC) Welding Technology program is hosting a special open house Wednesday, April 28.
Veterans

DAR presents quilt to veteran

At a recent joint meeting of the Okeechobee Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution...

Hospice honors Vietnam Veterans

On March 31, Hospice of Okeechobee honored Vietnam veterans at the Hamrick Home.

Mayor Watford instructs ROTC cadets

Army ROTC groups came to hear Mayor Watford speak on the Seminole Wars.

The American Legion is not just a social club

The Okeechobee American Legion is more than just a social club. They are an integral part of the community.
Opinion
This week's Reflections from the Pulpit is written by Loy Mershimer of Okeechobee Presbyterian Church.
National Social Security Advisor at the AMAC Foundation, Russell Gloor, answers questions about Social Security benefits.
Agriculture
As you bite into a peach, remember farmers are harvesting the fruit this month and next in Florida.
As April starts this week, we’re getting into another Florida blueberry season and the sweet taste that comes with the fruit.
Health

Rural health network offers programs on chronic disease management and health literacy

PALM BEACH GARDENS – The Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN) will offer two free workshops for rural residents around Lake Okeechobee in April and May.

LORHN to host upcoming health workshops

As COVID-19 continues to impact the nation and our rural communities, it’s more important now than ever to

Upcoming Alzheimer’s Association program delves into potential of ocular biomarkers

On April 2, the Alzheimer’s Association will continue its virtual “Ask the Expert” series with “Seeing the Brain Through the Eyes,”...
Business
The Outpost and Staffords Salon, 311 S.W. Park St., will host the Okeechobee Main Street Mixer (OKMS) on Thursday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in joining the local chapters, Tropical Trekkers or FishEating Creek chapters to assist with maintenance or for social hikes can find information at...
Our April Chamber After Hours is being sponsored by our very own County Community Services departments.
Traffic & Road Work

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

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, April 4. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

FDOT won't narrow lanes on SR 70 East

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials brought good news to the Okeechobee commission's April 8 meeting.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Monday, April 5

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Monday, April 5. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...
State

Police: Bullet kills sleeping 7-year-old boy in Florida

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida are searching for the person who shot into an apartment and killed a 7-year-old boy who was sleeping inside. The boy's 28-year-old mother was injured …

Nurse accused in scam that cons victims into sending cash

MIAMI (AP) — A nurse practitioner in South Florida has been arrested as part of a scam that cons senior citizens into wiring or mailing large amounts of money. Paulette Padilla, 31, who …
National & World

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

GENEVA (AP) — GENEVA — A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million …

Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to sell Afghan leaders and a wary public on President Joe Biden’s decision to …
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