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Spring towards preparedness by staying safe from flooding, thunderstorms, and lightning

Springtime weather brings warmer temperatures and flowers, but also a higher likelihood of severe...
The 17th annual Okeechobee Family Health & Safety Expo/Touch event wrapped up another great year..[Photo by Cathy Womble/Lake Okeechobee News]

Health & Safety Expo/Touch-A-Truck Event wrap up another great year

The 17th Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo/Touch-A-Truck Event wrapped up another great year.
Pam Rauch [Courtesy photo]

Powering strong communities across the Treasure Coast

In every Florida city, there’s so much potential to empower strong communities through...
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Lake levels
16.12 feet
Last year: 15.44 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest
An Okeechobee teen recently had the unique experience of visiting Australia.
Okeechobee teens and adults with special needs were invited to Okeechobee’s first Night to Shine last week.
An Okeechobee veteran is seeking a hand up, not a handout, after experiencing a horrific motorcycle accident in December.
Schools
The primary objective of this multi-million-dollar program is to provide individuals with...
Recently, officials in Florida’s Escambia County Public Schools district have plunged into a literary adventure of their own …
Okeechobee High School principal Lauren Myers was selected by Florida Taxwatch as one of their Principal Leadership Award winners for 2023-24.
Wildlife & Environment
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has received reports about an animal in the Kissimmee River with a buoy attached.
Is artificial intelligence (AI) a viable tool in the fight against invasive species?
Government
Okeechobee County Commissioners approved a controversial rezoning to allow a mobile home park across the canal from Blue Cypress Golf and Condominium Resort ...
OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners designated Feb. 18-24 as Engineers Week.
Engineer Steve Dobbs was presented with a proclamation by the city of Okeechobee...
Police/Fire
This weekly report is prepared by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work in Southwest Florida.
Driving impaired has real consequences, negatively impacting thousands of Floridians and visitors...
Opinion
Legislative Republicans in Arizona are advancing a bill to terminate your right to vote…
We all have them, the good, the bad and sometimes downright horrific. I wish we could...
The word “liberal” was once considered a compliment. It meant fair, principled and thoughtful.
Hurricane News
When Hurricane Idalia barreled through the Big Bend region of Florida...
Okeechobee County emergency officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Idalia. Okeechobee County is currently...
Veterans

Wreaths Across America announces new theme for 2024

Wreaths Across America (WAA), the national nonprofit whose year-long mission...

Veterans' Square Park equipment vandalized again

OKEECHOBEE — Once again, vandals have struck Veterans’ Square Park.
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Agriculture
Half of Florida residents don’t know about their local water restrictions, but those who...
Lukas Hallman is about to embark on an internship to investigate the vascular system of trees...
Artichokes, a dominant ingredient carefully crafted into Spanish tapas, are also a versatile...
Health

DCF announces HEART Initiative for Teen Healthy Relationship Month

February is Healthy Teen Relationship Month, and this annual, month-long effort focuses on advocacy...

Strategies to help improve your smile throughout your life

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health...

February is Children's Dental Health Month

During February’s Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s an opportune time to talk about dental health habits that can help improve the oral health of kids and people of all …

New chiropractor adjusts animals as well as people

Dr. Robert Safranski recently joined Platt Chiropractic, 280 SW 32nd St., Okeechobee.
Business
Two weeks ago, the state average jumped 21 cents per gallon.
Florida gas prices moved higher last week, but evened out by the weekend.
As you prepare to celebrate, there are a few common scams that you need to be aware...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of March 3

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, April 25. Motorists are reminded...

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of Feb. 25

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 25...

Okeechobee County Road watch beginning Feb. 18

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, Feb. 18. Motorists are reminded...

Hit the Brakes: Reverse automatic emergency braking isn’t foolproof

New AAA research reminds drivers to not put too much trust in their vehicle technology...
State

4 new astronauts head to the International Space Station for a 6-month stay

SpaceX has launched four astronauts to the International Space Station who will oversee the arrival of two new rocketships during their stint. The U.S.-Russian crew should reach the station on …

Oil spill, fertilizer leak from sinking of cargo ship highlight risks to Red Sea from Houthi attacks

A vibrant fishing industry, some of the world’s largest coral reefs and desalination plants supplying millions with drinking water. They're all at risk from large amounts of fertilizer and oil …
National & World

5 key issues at stake in the upcoming 2024 Mexican elections

Mexico is almost certainly about to get its first woman president. Whoever wins, there’s a lot at stake: migration, anti-drug cooperation, the intertwined economies of the U.S. and Mexico, Latin …

Volcano on uninhabited Galapagos island erupts, sends lava flowing to sea

A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting and lighting up the nighttime sky as lava tumbles down its sides toward the sea. The La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island …
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