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County commission to hear update on pandemic

OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Health, Raulerson Hospital and the Okeechobee County Public Safety Department …
Lisa Wilson

Belle Glade family loses six to COVID-19 in three weeks

BELLE GLADE – A Belle Glade family lost six family members in just three weeks to COVID-19.

One in three unvaccinated caregivers will continue to refuse the shot

Caring.com has published results from a survey of caregivers.
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Lake levels
15.20 feet
Last year: 15.22 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Trevor Fitzgerald to be special guest speaker at chamber dinner

He began fishing in tournaments in high school and steadily worked his way up to the professional level
The donation is part of the Florida-based grocery chain's $5.5 million in support to Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit organizations in the communities within Publix's operating area.

Publix continues work to help neighbors in need

During Hunger Action Month®, Publix is highlighting the many ways the company helps alleviate hunger year-round

Big Lake area churches plan services and events

The church column brings you services and events at churches of the Big Lake area.
Human Interest

Welcoming service for new residents offered

The newly formed Welcoming Party of Okeechobee held its first meeting...

Community holds drive by birthday party for 8-year-old

OKEECHOBEE --  Little Miss Candelaria Diaz-Martin  turned 8 years old on Monday, Sept. 13. 

Trail of Hope in desperate need of volunteers

Do you have a few hours you can spare to help?
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals have been charged with a felony or DUI this week.
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In the Courts

The following cases are now considered closed.
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Deputies use boat to capture suspect

Deputies were forced to use a boat and pepper spray to capture this suspect.
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
Lillian Stead, a fifth grade student at Seminole Elementary, recently placed second in her grade division at the...
South Elementary School congratulates Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 13.
Last week, 210 students and/or staff were excluded from in-person learning and 19 tested positive.
An Okeechobee County deputy was involved in an incident at Okeechobee High School this week.
Wildlife & Environment
Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts...
FWC is seeking public feedback on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for nesting bird species...
Government
The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners received an update on the COVID-19 pandemic at their Sept. 9 meeting.
OKEECHOBEE- Longtime Okeechobee County Capital Improvements Projects Director Donnie Oden will be officially retiring from the position on Sept. 30 of this year.
Okeechobee Main Street requested and received permission...
Veterans

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.

Veterans' rights activist meets heroes

Veterans' rights activist Gregg Maynard has many heroes, but none of them wear a cape.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...

WWII Veteran on 50-State, 50-Governor No Regrets Tour Launches Campaign to Raise $ Millions for Frontline Nurses.

Sidney Walton, 102, Kicks Off Campaign in Downtown Miami...
Opinion
National Social Security Advisor At the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
Jesus is teaching his disciples about what they can expect when they go out into the world. And he doesn’t mince words! He says, “Don’t think I have come to bring peace to the …
Agriculture
As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers...
Proper nutrition for disease damaged citrus trees is critical to extending their productivity. Growers can learn more...
Health

Yoga for Life: Yoga props for stability

Yoga props can be used to reduce stress and calm the mind when learning new postures to create a wider range of motion. Props help to stabilize the body...

Yoga for Life: Stimulating the life force within

The life breath within is manifested in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects...

Five important tips to keep babies safe

Caution and uncertainty are natural emotions for any new parent. But for some – including first-time, young and low-income parents struggling...

Refuse to Sink to host Memorial Bass Tournament and Fish Fry fundraising event Sept. 11

Refuse to Sink, Inc. is hosting its Annual Fundraiser Memorial Bass Tournament and Fish Fry Saturday, Sept. 11
Business
We want to welcome RiteLife, one of our new businesses in our community, with a Ribbon cutting and...
The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, September 20, 2021, to consider Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) petition for a rate increase...
The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and Okeechobee Main Street are excited to announce that SBDC is offering Better Business classes to all our local businesses.
Traffic & Road Work

Roadwork on U.S. 98 starts Monday

OKEECHOBEE -- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will start construction on a project along U.S. 98 on Monday, Sept. 27.  

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 5

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, April 25. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

Road closure begins Sept. 10 on Francisco Street at railroad crossing

Beginning Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, South Central Florida Express (SCFE) will be conducting railroad improvements at the railroad crossing on Francisco Street in Clewiston.
State

Florida day care worker accused of breaking baby's leg

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida day care worker is accused of slapping a 4-month-old several times before twisting the baby's leg until it broke, police said. A family member brought the child …

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal …
National & World

Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising doubts Thursday about whether it will fan out across the …

College Football Playoff expansion enters negotiation stage

College Football Playoff expansion has entered the negotiation stage. The road to a new format for deciding major college football's national champion took a detour Wednesday when the CFP …
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