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OKEECHOBEE — When we were young, our parents taught us to mind our manners. We were taught to say “please” and “thank you.” You didn’t take the last of any food item on the table … more
If those who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 were alive today, they would not recognize the country they knew as America! This was supposed to be “the United States of … more
Is a requirement to wear a cloth face covering in public spaces an infringement on individual freedom? Some Florida counties and cities have made masks mandatory in public buildings. Others … more
Julio Fuentes Guest Commentary By Julio FuentesSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News South Floridians need to pay attention to the fight going on right now in Congress that could have a dangerous … more
By Mark MayersLMFT, CAP of Real Life Children’s Ranch In our modern world the idea of submission is not a popular concept. In most cases concepts like assertiveness, confidence and … more
My name is Damion Smith. I’m writing this email in hopes of getting your attention about putting my poetry in the paper. I recently read the article that was done about the Juneteenth … more
On June 24, the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General made public a 50-page report titled “Investigative Report 2019-0005; City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing Card Expenditures.” … more
By Col. Andrew KellyU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District JACKSONVILLE -- One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is … more
By Casey Crowther Florida law gives commercial and residential property owners up to three years to file insurance claims for hurricane damage. Why so much time?Some damage isn’t … more
At First United Methodist Church we started services back officially on Father’s Day, June 21. What a different world it is. We no longer hug one another or shake hands. We stand at a distance … more
Commentary OKEECHOBEE – In early May, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the arrival of the state’s first-ever mobile testing facility, a RV that had been turned into a lab which can provide … more
Does anyone else feel as if they are living in two different realities at the same time right now? We walk into one store and see everyone acting perfectly normal, no masks, no sign of anything … more
Guest CommentaryBy Johnathan Williams LABELLE – Monday night, it was my pleasure to stand at the side of several men and women in peaceful protest related to the recent movement inflamed by … more
By Aaron K. Angell Chief of Police Clewiston Police Department June 5, 2020 Friends and neighbors, on behalf of the Clewiston Police Department I’d like to take a minute to share … more
Guest Commentary By Jack PayneUF/IFAS We have people going hungry within an hour’s drive of fields where crops are rotting. It shouldn’t be that way. The thing is, it’s a complicated … more
Sorry, but cases (and deaths) here from “2019 novel coronavirus” aka “2019-nCoV,” now, popularly called COVID-19, will soon skyrocket, doubling monthly for a while. Why do I think so? … more
Guest Commentary By Nikki FriedFlorida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida is one of the nation’s most unique states, for a wide variety of reasons. One of those is how … more
These two emails were sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis April 20. To date I have heard nothing. I am concerned about our lake, Lake Okeechobee, and all the communities and businesses that make our lake such … more
I am the proud parent of Nichole Folbrecht, who is a 2020 graduate of Okeechobee High School. I am very heartbroken, devasted, depressed and saddened that parents are not allowed to attend our … more
Guest Commentary By Matt Caldwell “What can you do … against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself; who gives your arguments a fair hearing and simply persists in his lunacy?” … more
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