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

Kaylee Tuck speaks at Kiwanis meeting

Florida House Representative Kaylee Tuck, who represents the district of Okeechobee, recently spoke to Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.
Cattleman Square Park is almost ready for the sculptures to arrive.

Contributions make Cattleman Square park possible

A feeling of anticipation and excitement lingers in the air surrounding Cattleman Square Park.

Just in time for prom - advancing girls’ safe driving skills

From April 19 through 22, Pace hosted a week-long initiative across its 21 Florida locations where girls completed lessons, crafted art projects...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities
Lovely lemon cake with frosting by Cheri Chozyn Treats in Clewiston.

Clewiston's Cheri Chozyn Treats is a sweet sensation

Clewiston has a sweet enterprise in town with Cheri Chozyn Treats. Owner Cherica Marshall and partner Carla Williams offer baked goods …

Glades County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges

Okeechobee County Commission approves food truck rules

At their Thursday, May 12 Okeechobee Commissioners approved adoption of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
Kelly Carter-Knapik was sentenced to 19 years in state prison.

Woman sentenced in death of young couple

Nearly three years after she got drunk, jumped behind the wheel of her F-350 and plowed down a young couple walking along U.S. 441 Southeast...

Former reporter charged with grand theft

Danika Fornear, a former employee of the Lake Okeechobee News, was charged with grand theft on April 21 after...
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Sports

LHS athletics had successful school year

On May 14 seniors from the Class of 2022 at LaBelle High School attended their graduation ceremony, celebrating the end of another school year.

Neal will return to Florida to play Jaguars on Oct. 23

Okeechobee residents now know when and where Evan Neal and his New York Giants play this year, including a return to Florida.
Schools
MUSE -- On May 13, West Glades School Alumni Seniors were cheered on by students and staff as they walked the halls one last time before graduating and starting a new chapter in life. [Photo courtesy West Glades School]

West Glades honors graduating alumni

On May 13, West Glades School Alumni Seniors were cheered on by students and staff ...

Immokalee Foundation announces virtual webinar ~ Change a Student’s Life Through Mentorship

The Immokalee Foundation is recruiting mentors for the upcoming academic year. The hybrid mentorship...

The Immokalee Foundation names Marie Hernandez Rubenstein vice president of philanthropy

Under Hernandez Rubenstein’s direction, The Immokalee Foundation’s 2022 Charity Classic Pro-Am raised $610,000...
Government
At their Thursday, May 12 Okeechobee Commissioners approved adoption of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
Meet Enrique Padron, the Southwest Florida Director for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.
At their Thursday, May 12 meeting the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will consider adoption of an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
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

Jury selection for Florida school killer enters 2nd phase

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz entered its second phase Monday with the attorneys asking questions of potential jurors …

SUV hits, kills 2 cyclists on Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway

MIAMI (AP) — A sports utility vehicle struck and killed two bicyclists as they crossed Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway, police said. One person was detained for questioning after the Sunday …

Florida bridge plane crash killed 1 on board, police say

MIAMI (AP) — One of the three people aboard a small plane died when it crashed onto a bridge near Miami this weekend, police said. The aircraft lost power Saturday shortly after takeoff, coming …
Nation & World

Elisabeth Borne appointed France's new prime minister

PARIS (AP) — Centrist politician Elisabeth Borne was appointed France's new prime minister on Monday to become the second woman to hold the post in the country. Borne, 61, who was labor …

Independent probe points to Israeli fire in journalist death

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israel and the Palestinians wrangle over the investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, several independent groups have launched their own …

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the …
Opinion

Opinion: Sandra Day O’Connor knew something that America forgot

It’s been more than 40 years since our mother made history.

Love is patient and kind

Dictionaries often define patience this way – the ability to endure difficult circumstances with a positive attitude...
The Weekly Clothesline

Are you prepared for the finish line?

Jesus once told the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. There were ten virgins, lamps in hand, waiting for the bridegroom to come.
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