Coronavirus Updates
Most of Florida is now at high risk of COVID-19. Glades and Hendry County (highlighted on map) are at medium risk. [Image courtesy CDC]

Most of Florida at high risk for COVID-19

Most of Florida is now considered at “high” risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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), ...
Community News

Missionaries to Cuba speak at LaBelle Assembly of God

The LaBelle Assembly of God, 139 Fraser Ave. in LaBelle, invites the public to hear guest speakers Damien and Mirla Zinicola...

Teachers treated to Dress for Success

Committed to the empowerment of women, the nonprofit is hosting its second annual Teacher Appreciation Shopping ...

Republicans wave flags

On the 4th of July , the Republican Club of Lake Okeechobee and the Republican Party joined to start the day ...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

UF releases 4 new caladium varieties

Caladium lovers owe Florida a debt of gratitude. The Sunshine State serves as the sole source of caladiums for the world...

Palm Beach County Arrest Report for the Glades area

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office...

Glades County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges. 
Blackberries and other types of berries from the same orchard at GCREC.

Orchard tour as part of UF/IFAS blackberry growing conference May 25

Several years ago, farmers asked University of Florida scientists to help them produce blackberries as part of an effort...

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office...
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Tryout dates for OHS Brahman sports approaching

Tryout dates are approaching for Okeechobee High School students interested in participating in fall sports in the coming school year.

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.
Schools
NES assistant principal is now Mrs. Heather Briney. She is pictured with her new husband Todd.

NES announces change

North Elementary School students may be surprised to learn their assistant principal Heather  Johnson was married this summer and is now Mrs. Todd Briney. Congratulations!

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
Government
Below is the July 1 newsletter from the office of the Clewiston city manager and staff.
The Okeechobee City Council held a capital projects budget workshop on July 5 prior to its regular meeting.
A ban on abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, BMPs to control the use of fertilizer on golf courses, ...
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

School shooter's use of swastikas is focus of court fight

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors and attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz battled Wednesday over whether jurors at his upcoming penalty trial should learn about the swastikas …

Officials: Worker killed during garbage truck maintenance

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A worker is dead following an accident while performing maintenance on a garbage truck in Florida, officials said. The accident occurred Tuesday evening at a Waste Pro …

Suspect in Haiti president's assassination pleads not guilty

MIAMI (AP) — One of the main suspects in the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a federal court in Miami. Businessman Rodolphe Jaar is …
Nation & World

Iran media: Revolutionary Guard accuses diplomats of spying

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media reported on Wednesday that the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has accused the deputy ambassador of the United Kingdom and other foreigners in the …

Spain's famous Bull Run festival back after 2-year hiatus

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of revelers erupted in celebration Wednesday as the traditional “chupinazo” firework was ignited to start the San Fermín bull-run festival in the Spanish city …

EXPLAINER: How UK Conservatives can change their leader

LONDON (AP) — Britain's beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fighting for his political future Wednesday, after two of his top Cabinet ministers walked out of their jobs and a string of more …
Opinion

Weinbrenner: 4 questions to ask if diagnosed with ALS

Amyotrophic Later Sclerosis — also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease — is a rare, yet fatal disease that can have subtle onset symptoms not to be overlooked.

Lomborg: Here’s an answer to rising energy prices, emissions

For three decades, climate campaigners have fought to make fossil fuels so expensive that people would be forced to abandon them.

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...
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