Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 vaccinations available

OKEECHOBEE -- COVID-19 vaccinations are available free to anyone age 12 and over in Okeechobee County.

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Unit to provide vaccinations June 18

The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have partnered to offer a mobile vaccination unit at Las Gemelas Food Store...

State shuts down COVID-19 dashboard

According to the Centers for the Disease Control, those who are fully vaccinated can safely go out in public...
Community News
Atlantic Coast Line No. 1504 will be restored by U.S. Sugar and put into operation as part of the Sugar Express.

U.S. Sugar to restore 101-year-old steam engine and use train for tours

A steam locomotive that traveled the Florida rails 100 years ago will soon have a new home in the “Worlds Sweetest Town.”

Hendry County lifts burn ban

The burn ban on unregulated outdoor fires in Hendry County has been lifted effective June 18, 2021. Residents are asked to always exercise caution when burning outside.

Deacon Kay Mueller named pastor in charge at Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

This will mark the first time since the formation of Church of Our Saviour in 1951 that a woman will be at the helm.
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

Letter to the Editor: Dear Village Board

The 55 acre piece of property in question is already a unique symbol of this town and its old Florida heritage

Bass Pro tournament on Lake O this weekend

Fans of all ages welcome to enjoy FREE outdoor activities, featuring country music star Chris Janson and fishing legend Bill Dance

Corps to release lake water to St. Lucie starting Saturday

JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will begin 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) pulse releases from the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) beginning Saturday, March 6, as …
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

All Star 8U team qualifies for state tournament

The Okeechobee All Star 8U Coach Pitch team placed Runner-Up this past weekend, June 12 and 13, in the District 8 Tournament in Avon Park.

OHS fishing team qualifies for nationals

On June 12 and 13, the Florida Bass Nation High School/Junior series held its State Championship on Lake Okeechobee.
Schools

Okeechobee students gain skills in leadership summer camp

OKEECHOBEE- Members of the Employability Skills and Okeechobee Junior Leadership summer programs celebrated the end of their two week camp at Okeechobee High School on June 18.

UA names Neal to Dean’s List

Evan Neal of Okeechobee was named to the Deans List.

UA names Redish to Dean’s List

Kassidy Redish of Labelle was named to the Deans List.
Government
Hundreds turn out to pay respects to Charles Harvey at the Okeechobee County Courthouse on April 20, 1995.
Board of County Commissioners briefs from the meeting held on June 15.
Jerald D. “Jerry Bryant, Okeechobee County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, is issuing this notice to the public about a recent change in the filing of court records...
Veterans
Jack Sutherland still enjoys playing the guitar at the age of 94.

Veteran Sutherland was known for his sense of humor

WWII veteran Thomas “Jack” Sutherland was born on September 12, 1926...
Palm Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Palm Beach County, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. During its operational use by the military, its major mission was air transport and as a training base. It was closed in 1962. During World War II, it was known as Morrison Army Airfield, taking its name from the civilian airport, Morrison Field, from which it originated.

WPB Morrison Field and the B-29 'Superfortress'

On June 15, 1944, 51 B-29 "Superfortress" bombers dropped their payloads ...

New well at Veterans' Park

A new well is going in at Veterans' Park. It was donated to the veterans by Frank DeCarlo and should be big enough to run water for all of the parks.
State

Driver hits 2 at start of Pride parade in South Florida

WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) — A driver slammed into spectators Saturday at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, injuring at least two people. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirmed …

Historic Florida steam train will become tourist attraction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 101-year-old steam locomotive that once plied the steel ribbons between Jacksonville and Virginia, then was displayed downtown before its move to the Prime Osborn …

Conservative activists heckle Pence at conference in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some attendees at a conference in Florida for conservative activists heckled former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday during a speech. A few attendees shouted, …
Nation & World

As Brazil tops 500,000 deaths, protests against president

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on Saturday as the nation's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a …

Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US

Parades, picnics and lessons in history marked Juneteenth celebrations Saturday in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden to commemorate the end of …

Editor of paper that endured newsroom shooting says goodbye

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The editor of the Capital Gazette, which won a special Pulitzer Prize citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its newsroom, is leaving the Maryland …
Opinion

New House Bill 419 and Early Learning

I have been a preschool director for 10 years here in LaBelle. Not much has changed in the Voluntary Pre- Kindergarten Program that has been governed by the state.
Some of South Elementary School's top readers were invited to select new books from the book vending machine on June 16.

Letter to the Editor: South Elementary thanks community

South Elementary School now has a book vending machine and would like to thank those in the community for their support and making it possible.

Okeechobee businesses have opportunity to emerge stronger

Returning from a year fraught with unexpected challenges Okeechobee businesses have an excellent opportunity to emerge stronger by building for future success.
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