Health

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

When practicing Yoga, we become consciously aware of our thoughts and actions, thus Yoga awakens the mind and body.

Child wellness visits should be part of 'back to school' plan

As you check off your back-to-school list, don’t forget about your child’s health checklist. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This is a great time to work with your …

Free autism screening for young children

The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Community News

Family Fun Ruck to benefit area veterans scheduled for Sept. 10

Indian River State College (IRSC) is delighted to announce that, In partnership with the #DoYouGiveaRuck team

Firehouse Community Theatre, Inc. hosts open auditions

The Firehouse Theatre will hold open auditions on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m.

Foundation of CCMS announces 2022 Healthcare Scholarship Winners

The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) is pleased to announce the winners...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were charged with DUI or felonies last week.

Santa Express and U.S. Sugar bring Christmas to local families

The Santa Express today brought the joy of the holiday season to local families ...

UPDATED Two bodies found in pond located in Indiantown identified

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a body floating in a pond at SW Warfield Boulevard and SW Indiantown Avenue.

Rene: Travel and tourism’s role in our recovering economy

Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...
L-R Hendry County Sheriff's Office Deputy Hernan Ramirez Garcia, Deputy Larry Rodriguez, Deputy Dayana Calvo Driggs, Deputy Isabel Rodriguez and Sheriff Steve Whidden.

HCSO welcomes four new employees

On Monday, Aug. 1, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden swore in four new employees all four were recent graduates of the …
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Sports

Neal and Giants to kick off NFL preseason Thursday

The NFL preseason kicks off this week and Okeechobee’s Evan Neal will be playing in one of the first games on the schedule.

Big O Teen Anglers host August tournament

The Big O Teen Anglers held their July tournament on Saturday, July 30, out of Okee-Tantie with 19 anglers participating.
Schools

Classroom Grant Portal now open for teachers and community funding

Champions For Learning’s Classroom Grants: Find It, Fund It Collier portal is now open for the community...

Indian River State College to play a key role in new CREATE

CREATE was made possible with a $7.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded July 1, 2022...

Traffic must stop when school bus stops

Traffic in both directions must stop for school buses. The only exception is a highway divided by a median.
Government
Two LaBelle Certified Public Accountants (CPA) shared what the recent Federal Reserve interest rate hike means …
City of Okeechobee residents will pay $30.50 per month for garbage collection starting Oct. 1.
The Okeechobee City Council opted to roll back the property tax millage at their Aug. 2 meeting.
Veterans

Veteran Fite served his country in the Navy

Navy veteran Clarence Fite recently celebrated his 99th birthday. Looking back on his life, you might be surprised to learn that he originally planned on being a horse jockey.

Friends of Army Aviation to host event at Okeechobee Airport

Friends of Army Aviation will be coming to the Okeechobee County Airport on Thursday November 10...

Veteran struggles after botched surgeries

Veteran Christopher Stephens thought things were going to get better after he had surgery on his shoulder, but instead, they were exponentially worse.
State

Sheriff accused of pressuring candidates to drop races

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A third candidate for public office has come to forward to say a sheriff on Florida's Space Coast offered help in getting a job in exchange for leaving a race and backing …

Florida man filming sunrise killed when sand dune collapses

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 35-year-old Florida man who was recording the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean died when a sand dune collapsed on top of him, sheriff's officials said. A …

3 dead in shooting at Florida Narcotics Anonymous meeting

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) — Three people are dead following a shooting and hostage situation at Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida, police said. Officers responded to a report that a man was …
Nation & World

London kids to be offered polio shot after more virus found

LONDON (AP) — Children ages 1-9 in London were made eligible for booster doses of a polio vaccine Wednesday after British health authorities reported finding evidence the virus has spread in …

WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

LONDON (AP) — The number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable, according to the latest weekly pandemic report released by the World Health …

FIFA looks to start World Cup in Qatar 1 day earlier

GENEVA (AP) — The World Cup in Qatar could start one day earlier than scheduled with FIFA looking at a plan to let the host nation play Ecuador on Nov. 20, a person familiar with the proposal told …
Opinion

Experts: Efforts to combat teacher shortages don't address real problems

States have recently focused their efforts to reduce the nation's teacher shortage by promoting strategies...
Katrina and Callie

Cowboy, buckaroo, waddy, cow hunter ... what’s in a name?

In 2022, the Great Florida Cattle Drive will hit the trail, driving approximately 1,000 cattle...

Rene: Travel and tourism’s role in our recovering economy

Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...
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