Coronavirus

COVID-19 Omicron variant may be even more contagious than Delta

A new variant of the COVID-19 virus is of special concern.

FDOH works to increase vaccination rates

FDOH-Okeechobee had the third highest increase in COVID-19 vaccination rates ...

Covid booster shots available for those age 18 and up

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for those over the age of 18 ...
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Last year: 16.16 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Operation Santa Letters connects donors with needy children

Everyone deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season.

Celebrate the spirit of giving back through Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Holiday Online Auction

Celebrate the holidays and the spirit of giving back to the community through Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Holiday Online Auction.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the City of Okeechobee honored Joe Dan Osceola in a special ceremony in the park near city hall on Nov. 17.

Joe Dan Osceola honored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) honored the late Joe Dan Osceola Nov. 17.
Human Interest

Trash dumped at Okee-Tantie Recreation Area

OKEECHOBEE -- Since the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area campground closed, it's not as busy as it once was, but many community residents use the boat ramps there, launch airboats and fish from the …

Women deal with grief in unique way

In an attempt to combat her grief after losing her dad to COVID-19 ...
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Sharon Wallace was the voice of Breast Cancer Awareness

“Not everything is meant to last ... You don’t think about that when it’s perfect ... and when it’s over, there’s a huge hole, but there’s also a pair of wings,”...
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were charged with either DUI or felonies last week.
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Son accuses mother of hitting him with hammer

A 78-year-old woman was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon ...

Arrest made in counterfeiting case

Thanks to the hard work and determination of Okeechobee City Police Officer Trenton Moutschka, multiple counterfeiting cases have been solved.
Weather
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
Schools
Okeechobee County School Board members approved the master agreement for the new high school ...
After joining the Sea Cadets at age 10, Wyatt Garcia knew...
With an undergraduate career filled with what could have been insurmountable obstacles Sabby Hightower persevered ...
OCA presents Lions and Acorns of the Week.
Wildlife & Environment
Florida has experienced numerous harmful algal blooms in recent years.
Audubon presents 2021 National Audubon Society Charles H. Callison Awards.
Shellfish like clams and oysters can help restore ocean health ...
Government
Are you interested in meeting with Senator Marco Rubio and his staff?
City employees were recognized during the Nov. 16 Okeechobee City Council meeting.
An Okeechobee County Legislative delegation convened on Nov. 9.
Veterans

New Veterans Memorial Park to be dedicated at Philippine American Park

A new Veterans Memorial is planned at the Philippine American Park, 5154 S.W. 16th Street

Wreaths Across America Radio hosts the last of four roundtable discussions on Veteran Healing

Wreaths Across America Radio focuses on Veteran Healing through sharing

Okeechobee community honors veterans

Okeechobee community members gathered in downtown Okeechobee on Nov. 11

OCA observes Veterans' Day

In remembrance of Veterans' Day, OCA students and staff...
Opinion
Betty Chandler Williamson shares her memories of the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
A holiday question persists year after year, probably stretching all the way back to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621: “What are we going to do with all the uneaten turkey?” The Pilgrims, on the other hand, could have asked a different question after that first celebration exactly 400 years ago: “What are we going to do with all the empty kegs?”
Agriculture
Even though consumers are paying more for food this year, farmers do not benefit ...
Data derived from farms might be more valuable than the crops growers produce.
Health

Yoga for Life: Yoga Rhythm

A Yoga practice can be orchestrated into a beautiful sequence composed of postures that flow from one position...

Stay fall-free while decorating this holiday season

Nearly half of Americans – 48% – are planning to keep their holiday decorations up longer ...

Florida Department of Health encourages flu vaccinations

The Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to get vaccinated against flu...

Yoga for Life: one of the best yoga poses for posture

One of the basic yoga postures is Downward Dog, a familiar pose in every Yoga class.
Business
After several years in a store front, the Country Boutique is moving online.
News from the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County.
Every year Kampgrounds of America (KOA) collects guest surveys ...
Traffic & Road Work

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.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 3, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 26

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...
State

Police: Endangered Florida teen may be in North Carolina

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old South Florida girl may have been kidnapped and taken to North Carolina by someone she met in an online video game, police said Sunday. North Miami …

Chief: Officer fatally shoots man suspected of vehicle theft

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Police officers responding to a call about vehicle thefts on Sunday morning fatally shot one of the supects, officials said. Coral Gables police officers arriving at …
National & World

Honduran election could oust long-ruling National party

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hondurans voted Sunday for a successor to deeply unpopular President Juan Orlando Hernández in elections that could oust his National Party after 12 years in …

In Iraq, family mourns daughter who drowned crossing to UK

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Snow globes, teddy bears and makeup brushes — these were the trinkets left behind in northern Iraq by Maryam Nouri who perished this week along with at least 26 others in an …
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