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,” …

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 ...

Okeechobee man and woman arrested on alleged drug charges

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

Startups push into Tampa Bay’s competitive housing market

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For nearly a month, Julie Youngblood has been traveling across Florida to meet with real estate agents. She’s helping the Austin-based company Homeward — which pays cash …

In 107 years, Rose Borusovic has seen a lot

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Rose Borusovic was born during World War I in Czechoslovakia and moved to the U.S. in 1939, a year when the World’s Fair opened in New York and Adolf Hitler invaded her …

Suspect fleeing police jumps in pond, never resurfaces

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A burglary suspect in Florida trying to escape police officers jumped into a pond and never resurfaced, authorities said Saturday. Police officers had responded to …
Nation & World

Albanese elected Australia's leader in complex poll result

SYDNEY (AP) — Australians awoke on Sunday to a new prime minister in Anthony Albanese, the center-left Labor Party leader whose ascension to the nation’s top job from being raised in social …

Ethan Coen on his Jerry Lee Lewis doc and filmmaking return

CANNES, France (AP) — Most in the film industry thought Ethan Coen was done with making movies. Ethan did, too. But on Sunday, Coen will premiere his first documentary, “Jerry Lee Lewis: …

On Venezuelan roads, old cars prevail, break down everywhere

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to haul chairs, tents and tables to gatherings all across …
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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