Coronavirus

Okeechobee County Schools' COVID-19 Update

The Okeechobee County Schools' COVID dashboard reports no new exclusions this week.

Six cases of covid variant reported in Okeechobee County

COVID-19 vaccinations in Okeechobee County are going well.

Okeechobee residents have seven options for covid vaccinations

Currently there are 7 locations providing COVID-19 vaccines in Okeechobee County. All require an appointment.
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Last year: 11.49 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Okeechobee County announces road closure at SW 28th Street and west side of SW 24th Avenue

Okeechobee County has scheduled a road closure at SW 28th Street at the west side of SW 24th Avenue,

Okeechobee County promotes tourism to international audience

Brand USA gave Okeechobee County a chance to reach an international audience.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners designated the month of April 2021 Child Abuse Prevention Month...

Rotary plans Wine & Chocolate Gala

Okeechobee Rotary Club plans a Wine and Chocolate Gala

Agri-Civer Center hosts food bank distribution

These pictures are from the April Treasure Coast Food Bank (TCFB) food distribution held at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center.
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Human Interest

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.

Okeechobee woman reportedly discovers husband is a bigamist

"I need the judicial system to wake up," said Audra Clemons.
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
A three-vehicle accident on SR70 at CR721 North brought units from multiple agencies to the scene.
After they convinced him to come down off the roof, he was charged.
Okeechobee firefighters responded to the following calls last week:
Government
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record.
Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca was chosen as an outstanding young alumnus recipient.
Six requests for reduction in code enforcement fines were on the consent agenda for the meeting.
Schools
Army ROTC groups came to hear Mayor Watford speak on the Seminole Wars.
Everglades Elementary School presents its Students of the Week for the week of April 5.
Indian River State College has made key leadership appointments to advance the areas of technology, finance, student success...
The Glades Electric Educational Foundation (GEEF) is awarding $47,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in 2021.
Veterans

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.

Veteran Fisher is a bishop

While still in 11th grade, Michael Fisher joined the Army on the delayed entry program.

Veteran Kenbeek found his training useful after his discharge

Veteran John Kenbeek was born in Jacksonville while his dad, Jim Kenbeek, was stationed there

Veteran Snowden is a teacher

Veteran Tamecia Snowden teaches students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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 April starts this week, we’re getting into another Florida blueberry season and the sweet taste that comes with the fruit.
A tastier strawberry may come from a computer.
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
Our April Chamber After Hours is being sponsored by our very own County Community Services departments.
This approval means CenturyLink—with its affiliate Embarq Florida, Inc.—is a step closer to obtaining federal funding to help bridge the digital divide in Florida.
On April 1, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a fuel factor increase for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) customers...
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

Woman fatally struck by bullet as neighbor's gun discharges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was fatally shot in the head when her neighbor's gun discharged as he was cleaning it a short distance from her home, sheriff's officials said. The …

Teenager dies when electrocuted during Florida storm

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl died Sunday during a strong storm that swept through central Florida, damaging homes and businesses. The woman was driving in Spring Hill, north of …
National & World

AP PHOTOS: From Moscow to Pacific, Russia glorifies Gagarin

MOSCOW (AP) — From a giant statue towering over Moscow to a more modest monument on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean, dozens of memorials across Russia commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the …

Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground …
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Since the death of their daughter seven years ago, the Medrano family has been seeking retribution.
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