Coronavirus Updates

Hendry County's new covid positivity rate at 7.7%

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

Highlands County new covid positivity rate at 7.1%

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). However, according to health officials, the actual number of …

Florida's new covid positivity rate at 9%

Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).
Community News

Attend free virtual workshop on elder abuse

June 15 is National World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Masonic Lodge to hold BBQ fundraiser

Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 Northwest Fifth Ave., will host a BBQ fundraiser on Friday, May 30.

Keep LaBelle Beautiful event May 21

Last year the first Keep LaBelle Beautiful campaign collected 362 pounds of garbage throughout the city …
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

Cajigas: Children with autism pose special foster care challenges

Autism is among the most misunderstood of all the human conditions.
The Lundy Family will be honored in the Chalo Nitka Parade.

Lundy Family named Chalo Nitka Grand Marshals

The Chalo Nitka Committee would like to congratulate this year’s Grand Marshals ...

12 hour standoff ends with death of armed suspect

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Sunday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. from a property owner ...

Taste of Immokalee and UF team to ignite awareness and advance careers

Taste of Immokalee announces a new collaboration with the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences...

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 ...
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Brahmans host Gators tonight for spring football match

Okeechobee High School will play host to a spring football game tonight, when the Glades Day Gators make the trip to the top of the lake to take on the Okeechobee Brahmans.

OHS baseball and softball teams conclude seasons

The Okeechobee High School baseball and softball teams ended their seasons last week. Both advanced to the regional tournament this year.
Schools
The Hendry County school board recognized Denise Brookins, a 33-year school district employee, during its May 17 meeting. Brookins is retiring after serving the district as a LHS cafeteria worker and school bus driver. L-R: Board Chairwoman Amanda Nelson, Vice Chairman Dwayne E. Brown, board members Jon Basquin and Stephanie Busin, Tony Busin, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Transportation, Denise Brookins, Superintendent Michael Swindle.

Hendry County school board recognizes Denise Brookins for 33 years of service

The Hendry County School District said a fond farewell to long-time employee, Denise Brookins, …
Everglades Elementary School Students of the Week for the week of May 16.

Everglades presents Students of the Week

Everglades Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of May 16...
Immokalee Foundation juniors pose for a photo at Santa Fe College's Teaching Zoo.

Immokalee Foundation students explore university life

Twenty-four Immokalee Foundation students spent their spring break a little differently than most.
Government
Two major programs will lead the funding Governor DeSantis is committing to nurses and nursing student this year, these include: ...
Longtime fire chief Herb Smith was recognized at the May 17 Okeechobee City Council meeting ahead of his retirement.
OKEECHOBEE- Okeechobee Main Street’s Bridgette Waldau gave an update on the Cattle Drive Sculpture project ...
Veterans
JROTC color guard takes down and folds flags at the Okeechobee High School during the presentation ceremony.

AmVets present local schools with new flags

Representatives of the AmVets Post 200 visited Okeechobee High School on May 4 ...…
Marine veteran Bill Grady has really enjoyed his life.

Veteran Bill Grady has enjoyed his life

Veteran Bill Grady was born and raised in Massachusetts. In 1960, at the age of 17, he joined the Marines and went to boot camp at Paris Island.

Support military families in honor of Military Appreciation Month

The American Red Cross provides support to our U.S. military community at every step of their career...
State

Surgeon: Pilot had remarkable recovery after passing out

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The 64-year-old pilot of a small plane who became incapacitated, leaving his passenger with no flying experience to land the Cessna in Florida earlier this month, …

Boeing crew capsule launches to space station on test redo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s crew capsule rocketed toward orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the …

Sheriff: Deputy charged after stun gun sets biker on fire

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy who accidentally set a gasoline-covered motorcycle rider on fire with a stun gun is facing a misdemeanor charge, officials said Thursday. Osceola County …
Nation & World

Monkeypox spreads in West, baffling African scientists

LONDON (AP) — As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's …

Bach says Russia ban is to protect athletes, not punish them

GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sporting events because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic …

In Ukraine, surviving when your home is blasted

VELYKA KOSTROMKA, Ukraine (AP) — The explosions started in the middle of the night, shaking the house to its foundations. Roof timbers splintered and windows shattered, sending shards of glass …
Opinion
The Weekly Clothesline

Prayer …24 hours a day

When I was in seminary, I often wrote prayers directly to God, as if I could put the letter in an envelope, take it to the post office...

Farmers need community support now more than ever

Last month, the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida celebrated the close of our 60th crop. …

Thyroid disorders can cause serious problems

Proper levels of thyroid hormones are critically important for metabolism and neurological function.. 
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