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Red Sox player from Okeechobee restricted from entry to Canada

Former Brahman Kutter Crawford missed an opportunity to play in the club’s series in Toronto last week due to his vaccination status.

Florida's new covid positivity rate at 6.1%

The Florida Department of Health report for the week of April 15 to April 21, Florida’s new case positivity rate was 6.1%

Mask mandate for airplanes and mass transport struck down by judge

Despite the CDC's recent recommendation to extend the mask mandate for airplanes, airports, public transportation, etc.,
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Masonic Lodge to hold BBQ fundraiser

Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 Northwest Fifth Ave., will host a BBQ fundraiser on Friday, May 30.

Kaylee Tuck speaks at Kiwanis meeting

Florida House Representative Kaylee Tuck, who represents the district of Okeechobee, recently spoke to Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.

Contributions make Cattleman Square park possible

A feeling of anticipation and excitement lingers in the air surrounding Cattleman Square Park.

Mailbox Improvement Week arrives in time for spring cleaning

The U.S. Postal Service is asking Florida homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 15–21.
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Calling all prayer warriors to gather together on May 14

All prayer warriors are called to pray fervently for God’s will on Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Better Living Center...
Human Interest

Adopt a pet: Geniva gets along great with other dogs

Geniva is about 2 years old, is spayed and heart worm negative. 

Adopt a pet: Honey is a sweet, sweet girl

Beautiful Honey has been staying at the Okeechobee Animal Control since November.
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USPS annual food drive takes place this weekend

The 30th annual Letter Carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is Saturday, May 14.

Adopt a pet: Hank needs a new home

Hank is a 1-year-old chocolate Lab mix. He is friendly with people and gets along well with other dogs.
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee man and woman arrested on alleged drug charges

On May 16, the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force received information about a marijuana grow operation...

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were charged with felonies or DUI last week.

OCSO serves narcotic search warrant

On May 13, 2022, Tony Andrew Jackson was arrested by the narcotics task force during a narcotic probable cause ...
Weather
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center.
Emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday warned Floridians not to get complacent during the upcoming hurricane season, particularly in coastal areas that haven't …
Schools
Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Student of the Week for the week of May 9.
Students interested in attending Indian River State College (IRSC) this fall may register for classes beginning Monday, May 16.
Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Student of the Week for the week of April 25.
An additional $15,609,863 for the replacement of Okeechobee High School has been added to Florida House Bill 5001.
Wildlife & Environment
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved staff moving forward with proposed regulations changes ...
The oldest roseate spoonbill ever recorded was found in Florida Bay this spring.
Dairy cows in Okeechobee are now playing a role in creating a renewable fuel source for the future that will also reduce greenhouse gas.
Government
At their Thursday, May 12 Okeechobee Commissioners approved adoption of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
At their Thursday, May 12 meeting the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will consider adoption of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
Back in March when it looked like the Governor and the Legislature were unlikely to agree on a congressional map, …
Veterans

AmVets present local schools with new flags

Representatives of the AmVets Post 200 visited Okeechobee High School on May 4 ...…
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Veteran Bill Grady has enjoyed his life

Veteran Bill Grady was born and raised in Massachusetts. In 1960, at the age of 17, he joined the Marines and went to boot camp at Paris Island.

Veteran perfected dental skills in Vietnam

OKEECHOBEE – Veteran John Denney served his time in the military perfecting his newly acquired dental skills in Vietnam.

Ancient Oaks honors veterans

An event was organized to honor veterans in Ancient Oaks Condominium and RV Resort.
Opinion
Autism is among the most misunderstood of all the human conditions.
It’s been more than 40 years since our mother made history.
Agriculture
Large scale migration of dairy herds from the densely populated Gold Coast area to the grasslands of Okeechobee County, is turning this area into a "land of milk"
Water quality and quantity are and will continue to be important issues for Floridians. The precious resource is always one of the top research...
Health
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Labcorp moving to Walgreens

You may have noticed new signage at Walgreens in Okeechobee.

May 19 is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

It is a day to break the silence and end the shame about HIV and AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities...
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The Okeechobee County Commission declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month at their May 12 meeting ...
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Luncheon honors Mental Health Awareness heroes

Mental Health Awareness was the focus of a luncheon held May 6 at the Okeechobee Civic Center, hosted by Our Village Okeechobee.
Business
This is Economic Development Week May in Okeechobee County.
At their May 12 meeting, the Okeechobee County Commission approved a change in zoning for a State Road 78 property ...
Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation marks the week of May 9 to May 13...
Traffic & Road Work
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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.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
State

Gay student says school stopping run for student leadership

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now …

Ringling Bros. announces comeback tour but without animals

MIAMI (AP) — “The Greatest Show on Earth” is making a comeback — without animal acts — five years after shutting down its three-ring circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced …
National & World

Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A 21-year-old Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded Ukraine pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an unarmed civilian. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin …

Mozambique declares polio outbreak linked to Pakistan

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the …
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