Coronavirus Updates
Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties are at medium risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control map published June 26. [Art courtesy CDC]

Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties at 'medium' risk for COVID-19

With much of Florida now considered at high risk for COVID-19, Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades Counties remain at “medium” risk ...
The Centers for Disease Control map for June 18 shows Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Collier and Desoto counties at medium risk for COVID-19 and the rest of South Florida at high risk. Okeechobee County is highlighted on the map. [Graphic courtesy CDC]

Know the risk for COVID-19

Most of South Florida is in at “high risk” for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ...
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) map shows counties at high risk for COVID-19 in red, medium risk in yellow and low risk in green. Okeechobee County (medium risk in yellow) is outlined.

Palm Beach County at high risk from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spreading again in Florida, according to data shared June 3 by the Florida Department of Health.
Community News
Yasha Williams received diapers from Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Parents in need of diapers can get help from food bank

The tax-free holiday that begins July 1 will be welcome relief for parents whose children wear diapers.

Cattle Drive Sculpture dedication planned for July 23

Okeechobee will celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy on July 23 with the dedication of the Cattle Drive Sculpture ...

Palm Beach County Libraries Happenings for July in the Glades area

The Belle Glade Branch Library, Clarence E. Anthony Branch and Loula V. York Branch will hold the events listed below in July.
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

Lake Placid Caladium Festival planned in July

The 31st Annual Caladium Festival, set for July 29-31 in downtown Lake Placid, will include caladium bulb and plant sales, tours of the caladium fields ...

Avon Park Air Force Range to hold Policy Committee Meeting March 8

The Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) is working with the Avon Park Air Force Range ....

Workforce partnership tackling worker shortage on the Treasure Coast

Indian River State College and its workforce and economic development partners have identified a growing skills gap...

19-year-old charged with four counts of attempted murder

Shots were fired at an apartment in South Bay. No one injured.
Pedro Bruno [Photo courtesy HCSO]

Clewiston man arrested on child porn charges

In the early morning hours on July 1, 2022, Clewiston Police Officers, assisted by members of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office ...
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Safety tips for boating and water sports this holiday weekend

Many are looking forward to celebrating a long July 4th weekend by heading out to the water in Florida.

Torres to step down as OHS Lady Brahman basketball coach

Okeechobee High School girls’ basketball coach Jovanny Torres has announced he will not return to the program next season.
Schools

Immokalee Foundation launches 'Family Society' monthly giving program

The Immokalee Foundation has launched a new monthly giving initiative called...

Okeechobee School Board Chair Melisa Jahner attends FSBA conference

Over 360 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders attended the Florida School Board Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents Annual Conference

Second session of Okeechobee Junior Leadership Camp wraps up

Thirty-seven Okeechobee students celebrated the completion of their two-week stint in the Okeechobee Leader Skills camp on June 30.
Government
A ban on abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, BMPs to control the use of fertilizer on golf courses, ...
TALLAHASSEE -- The Freedom Week  sales tax holiday on outdoor activity supplies and some event admissions starts July 1.
Okeechobee City Council Members received annual reports from various city departments during their June 21 meeting.
Veterans
LABELLE -- The First Baptist Church Trail of Life Group helped with the flag ceremony. [Photo courtesy American Legion Post 130]

Legion post holds Flag Retirement Ceremony

LABELLE -- On June 14 Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion Post 130 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the post.

June is PTSD Awareness month

June is PTSD Awareness month, and local veteran Gregg Maynard shared his thoughts on the subject.

How to celebrate Flag Day on June 14

Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777...
State

Miami trauma surgeon went to Ukraine to work on war victims

MIAMI (AP) — A woman whose arm and leg were shattered from mine-like projectiles shot into her apartment. A young man whose face was nearly blown away by a rocket-propelled grenade. A man whose …

Officials: Girl seriously injured in shark attack in Florida

PERRY, Fla. (AP) — A teenage girl was seriously injured when a shark attacked her off Florida's Gulf Coast, authorities said. The attack occurred Thursday afternoon off Keaton Beach, according …

Shifting abortion laws cause confusion for patients, clinics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Abortion providers and patients were struggling Friday to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access across the country since the U.S. Supreme …
Nation & World

Russians press assault on eastern Ukrainian city

KYIV, Ukarine (AP) — Russian forces are pounding the city of Lysychansk and its surroundings in an all-out attempt to seize the last stronghold of resistance in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk province, …

South Africans struggle in the dark to cope with power cuts

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are struggling in the dark to cope with increased power cuts that have hit households and businesses across the country. The rolling power cuts have been …

Russia's messages with missiles tell West to back off

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest in a litany of horrors in Ukraine came this week as Russian firepower rained down on civilians in a busy shopping mall far from the front lines of a war in its fifth …
Opinion

Struggling with your mental health? You’re not alone.

If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, remember: You’re not alone. One in five U.S. adults...
The Weekly Clothesline

Please stand six feet apart

How many times have we read those words. Hopefully, what they stood for will never return.
Florida State Senator Ben Albritton

Florida voters deserve to know the positions of school board candidates

When voters go to the polls in November, they will make decisions about the future of our nation, the future of our state and...
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