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Health

Local HeartCorps opportunity will improve rural health

Three individuals in Palm Beach County and one in Martin County will gain on-site public health training...

Alzheimer Association’s announces virtual events

The Alzheimer Association will host virtual Brain Bus events and support groups.

Alzheimer Association’s announces virtual events

The Alzheimer Association will host virtual Brain Bus events and support groups.
Community News
The Santa Express will operate once again on Thursday, Dec. 3. The event is a collaboration of U.S. Sugar and U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots.

Santa Express event is Saturday, Dec. 3

All aboard! It’s time for The Santa Express to once again bring toys and holiday cheer to families across …
A bull and cow were located and captured by HCSO running at large in the area of 6465 CR 78.    Both are black in color; the cow is black and white with an orange fly tag in one ear and a silver metal tag in the other.  The bull is solid black in color with no other markings or tags.

Bull and cow impounded

On Monday, Nov. 28, Hendry County Ag Deputies located and captured one cow and one bull running at large ...

Healthy Start needs sponsors to help provide Christmas to children

The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition developed the Giving Tree Community Christmas program...
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Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were charged with DUI or felonies last week.
This July 17 map from the Centers for Disease Control shows counties at low, medium and high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Okeechobee County (highlighted) is at high risk, as our Highlands, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin counties. Glades and Collier counties are at medium risk. [Art courtesy CDC]

New covid variant blamed for increased positive cases

Most of Florida is at high risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Two killed in head-on crash on SR 78

GLADES COUNTY – Two people were killed in a head-on crash on State Road 78 on Saturday, Nov. 26 ...

Hendry County Arrest Report for Nov. 14 to Nov. 27

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office...
West Palm Beach, Fl - 2012 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame

Pahokee’s Anquan Boldin named semifinalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pahokee football’s Anquan Boldin has been named a semifinalist for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Sports

Pahokee’s Anquan Boldin named semifinalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pahokee football’s Anquan Boldin has been named a semifinalist for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Father and son team win Roland Martin Marine Center Series qualifier

The top finishers in the Roland Martin Marine Center Series Qualifier #3, presented by HUK on Nov. 19, made the event a family affair. 
Schools

Collaboratory scholarship application now open

The scholarship application process will close January 11, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships...

Kane is OMS Employee of the Year

OKEECHOBEE -- Osceola Middle School is pleased to announce the  OMS Classified Employee of the Year, Tiffany Kane.
OKEECHOBEE -- Osceola Middle School is proud to announce Shannon Stripling as our 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year! Shannon has and continues to go above and beyond for her students and colleagues. Her selflessness and commitment to making OMS the best that it can be are greatly appreciated.

Stripling is OMS Teacher of the Year

OKEECHOBEE -- Osceola Middle School is proud to announce Shannon Stripling as the school's 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year!
Government
Does the United States need a new political party? A group of former Democrats and Republicans think so.
Terry Burroughs and Frank DeCarlo were officially sworn in before the Nov. 22 Okeechobee County Commission meeting.
Hendry County Commissioner Darrell Harris was recognized by his fellow commissioners during his final county commission …
Veterans
Steve and Tina Lynn were refused service at Pueblo Viejo this week.

Local veteran refused service ... again

A local veteran was refused service this week when she went to have her nails done.
At the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, the JROTC participated in the Veterans' Day assembly.

Okeechobee County schools do not close for Veterans' Day and this is why

Many have asked why the schools in Okeechobee County are not closed in honor of Veterans' Day.

BBB warns veterans about scammers

As a veteran, navigating government programs and benefits is complicated. Scammers know...
State

Prosecutor suspended by DeSantis testifies as lawsuit begins

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis opened his federal civil trial against the governor Tuesday with testimony that alleged his removal was based on his …

Bribery trial tests US cases against Venezuela kleptocrats

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — For years, as the U.S. has ramped up pressure on Venezuela’s socialist government, dozens of allegedly corrupt insiders have raced through the U.S. criminal justice …

Judge to decide fate of man accused in face-biting attack

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A trial for a former college student who randomly killed a Florida couple in their garage six years ago and then chewed on one victim’s face was set to begin …
Nation & World

Chinese spaceship with 3 aboard docks with space station

BEIJING (AP) — Three Chinese astronauts docked early Wednesday with their country’s space station, where they will overlap for several days with the three-member crew already onboard and expand …

US-Iran match mirrored a regional rivalry for many Arab fans

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. team’s victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four …

Study: U.S. gun death rates hit highest levels in decades

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. gun death rate last year hit its highest mark in nearly three decades, and the rate among women has been growing faster than that of men, according to study published …
Opinion
Insulation in the ceiling of the home of Richard and Janet Shuette had to be pulled down to allow it to dry after damage from Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane Ian damage brings strangers together to help each other

Richard Shuette and his wife Janet have lived in their home in LaBelle for 22 years...

How do I avoid pitfalls and get maximum Social Security?

AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.

Make your mental health a priority this season!

If we work to prioritize our mental health, it allows for building positive life experiences and...
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