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
Camera trap image of a Roseate Spoonbill nest in Florida Bay.

Camera traps provide valuable data in Roseate Spoonbill nest monitoring

Audubon’s Everglades Science Center (ESC) has completed a pilot study to determine if the use of camera traps for...
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 ...

Florida police lieutenant gets life for molesting sisters

MIAMI (AP) — A judge sentenced a former South Florida police lieutenant to life in prison Friday for molesting two young girls who are now in their 20s. “There will be no closure here,” …

Okeechobee man and woman arrested on alleged drug charges

On May 16, the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force received information about a marijuana grow operation...

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 ...
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Sports
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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
Second grade field trip to Freedom Ranch we learned some interesting facts about cattle, horses and their history here in FL. We also got to play some fun games and enjoyed lunch there. What a fun day!

Second graders visit Freedom Ranch

During the Okeechobee Christian Academy second grade field trip to Freedom Ranch...
Our Seniors went to court today! They learned about jury duty, had a mock case, toured the holding cells, and all the other places inside the Okeechobee County Judicial Center. Thank you to Judge Wallace and Clerk of Courts Jerry Bryant for your time this morning. Thank you also to the countless others who work in this beautiful building who helped us along today during our field trip.

Students go to court

OCA Seniors went to court on May 16!
Seniors went to the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee this morning to volunteer. They got a tour and learned what resources were available, talked with Miss Donna about their Learn To Earn program, and did some chores. Some of the students sorted silverware while others changes ac filters and dusted fans. Thank you for letting us stop by!

OCA seniors volunteer at Pregnancy Center

Okeechobee Christian Academy seniors went to the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee on May 18 to volunteer.
Government
The Hendry County School District is making some changes for the 2023-2024 school year that will impact a “second chance” policy for students.
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.
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

2 separate groups of Cuban migrants land in South Florida

GOLDEN BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two separate groups of migrants from Cuba landed in South Florida on Sunday, authorities said. The first group of 10 migrants made landfall in the Florida Keys early …

Presumptive case of monkeypox probed in South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A “presumptive" case of monkeypox is being investigated in South Florida, state health officials said Sunday. Health officials in Broward County and the Centers …

Florida suspends abortion clinic after hospitalizations

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An abortion clinic that serves women from all over the U.S. South had its license suspended this weekend under an emergency order from Florida health officials after two …
Nation & World

Iran Revolutionary Guard colonel is shot dead in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior member of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed outside his home in Tehran on Sunday by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike, state TV reported. Although …

Taliban enforcing face-cover order for female TV anchors

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Sunday began enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air. The move is part of a …

WHO chief: The COVID pandemic is 'most certainly not over'

BERLIN (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Sunday, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the omicron …
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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