Coronavirus Updates
Most of Florida is now at high risk of COVID-19. Glades and Hendry County (highlighted on map) are at medium risk. [Image courtesy CDC]

Most of Florida at high risk for COVID-19

Most of Florida is now considered at “high” risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties are at medium risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control map published June 26. [Art courtesy CDC]

Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties at 'medium' risk for COVID-19

With much of Florida now considered at high risk for COVID-19, Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades Counties remain at “medium” risk ...
The Centers for Disease Control map for June 18 shows Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Collier and Desoto counties at medium risk for COVID-19 and the rest of South Florida at high risk. Okeechobee County is highlighted on the map. [Graphic courtesy CDC]

Know the risk for COVID-19

Most of South Florida is in at “high risk” for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ...
Community News

Teachers treated to Dress for Success

Committed to the empowerment of women, the nonprofit is hosting its second annual Teacher Appreciation Shopping ...

Republicans wave flags

On the 4th of July , the Republican Club of Lake Okeechobee and the Republican Party joined to start the day ...

Beemer is Pet of the Week

Beemer came to Caloosa Humane Society in critical condition. After receiving a blood transfusion and lots of love...
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Trending Stories Within Our Communities

UF releases 4 new caladium varieties

Caladium lovers owe Florida a debt of gratitude. The Sunshine State serves as the sole source of caladiums for the world...

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...

Glades County Arrest Report

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

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office...

Computer networking and cybersecurity now offered at Clark Advanced Learning Center

A $10,000 grant from Project Lead the Way has provided students at Clark Advanced Learning Center, an “A-rated” public, charter high school
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Safety tips for boating and water sports this holiday weekend

Many are looking forward to celebrating a long July 4th weekend by heading out to the water in Florida.
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Chobee Dirtbags prepared to represent Okeechobee in Cooperstown

The Chobee Dirtbags are headed to Cooperstown, New York, to compete in a tournament and visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July.
Schools
NES assistant principal is now Mrs. Heather Briney. She is pictured with her new husband Todd.

NES announces change

North Elementary School students may be surprised to learn their assistant principal Heather  Johnson was married this summer and is now Mrs. Todd Briney. Congratulations!

Immokalee Foundation launches 'Family Society' monthly giving program

The Immokalee Foundation has launched a new monthly giving initiative called...

Okeechobee School Board Chair Melisa Jahner attends FSBA conference

Over 360 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders attended the Florida School Board Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents Annual Conference
Government
A ban on abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, BMPs to control the use of fertilizer on golf courses, ...
TALLAHASSEE -- The Freedom Week  sales tax holiday on outdoor activity supplies and some event admissions starts July 1.
Okeechobee City Council Members received annual reports from various city departments during their June 21 meeting.
Veterans
LABELLE -- The First Baptist Church Trail of Life Group helped with the flag ceremony. [Photo courtesy American Legion Post 130]

Legion post holds Flag Retirement Ceremony

LABELLE -- On June 14 Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion Post 130 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the post.

June is PTSD Awareness month

June is PTSD Awareness month, and local veteran Gregg Maynard shared his thoughts on the subject.

How to celebrate Flag Day on June 14

Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777...
State

Officials: Nine fatal drug overdoses in rural Florida county

QUINCY, Fla. (AP) — Nine people died over the holiday weekend from likely drug overdoses in a rural Florida Panhandle county, officials said. After two women were found dead of an apparent …

CDC: Florida ice cream possible source of listeria outbreak

MIAMI (AP) — The estate of an Illinois woman who died earlier this year from a listeria infection filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against a Florida ice cream company that health officials have …

Florida judge blocks new 15-week abortion ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a new 15-week abortion ban days after it took effect in the state, an expected move following an oral ruling last week in …
Nation & World

As 'Run 3' begins, CERN touts discovery of exotic particles

GENEVA (AP) — The physics lab that’s home to the world’s largest atom smasher announced on Tuesday the observation of three new “exotic particles” that could provide clues about the force …

Wimbledon's all-white clothing bothers some, delights others

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Before being interviewed on Centre Court about his return to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Nick Kyrgios traded in his all-white grass-court shoes for a red-and-white pair …

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative …
Opinion

Lomborg: Here’s an answer to rising energy prices, emissions

For three decades, climate campaigners have fought to make fossil fuels so expensive that people would be forced to abandon them.

Struggling with your mental health? You’re not alone.

If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, remember: You’re not alone. One in five U.S. adults...
The Weekly Clothesline

Please stand six feet apart

How many times have we read those words. Hopefully, what they stood for will never return.
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