Coronavirus Updates

Okeechobee County vaccinations lag behind other lake area counties

Statewide, 71% of Floridians over age 12 have been vaccinated with at least one shot.

Okeechobee’s COVID-19 deaths total 105

FDOH shut down the online COVID-19 dashboard, only statewide data was released on a weekly basis...

FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose for certain populations

The Pfizer booster can be administered 6 months after the second dose. At this time, combining vaccine types is NOT recommended. …
Community News

Frey to speak at Audubon

You won’t want to miss this presentation! Masks and social distancing are required at in person events
Pictured are Kiwanis Club officers and board members with Lt Gov Richard Schlitt.

Kiwanis celebrates 50 years

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee celebrated its 50th anniversary and installation of its 2021-2022 officers.

Battlefield Park gets a facelift

In celebration of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 25, personnel from the Kissimmee Prairie State Park and Okeechobee...
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Pedestrian dies in crash in Immokalee

On Thursday, Sept. 23, at approximately 11:03 a.m., a 54-year-old Arcadia man...
Florida Highway Patrola

14-year-old Immokalee boy killed in ATV accident

HENDRY COUNTY -- A 14-year-old Immokalee boy was killed and a 13-year-old Immokalee boy injured in an all terrain vehicle accident on Sept. 19, just after 10 a.m., according to the Florida Highway …

Collier County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 26

Road Watch report for Collier County for the week of Sunday, Sept. 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...

Pregnant woman found dead in Florida city park

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities are investigating the death of a 9-month pregnant woman whose body was found Saturday in a city park. reports the body of Felicia Jones, 21, was …
St. Johns River Connector Florida Forever Project

Key land parcels added to Florida Wildlife Corridor

Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Angler wins $7,000 in Lake Okeechobee tournament

The two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super-Tournament presented by Major League Fishing (MLF)  held on Lake Okeechobee concluded on Sept. 19.

Yearling volleyball team beats Osceola

The Yearling Middle School volleyball team beat Osceola Middle School in two sets on Sept. 21.
Schools

Okeechobee County Schools COVID-19 Update

Last week, 123 students or staff were excluded from in-person instruction.

Dads take kids to school

On Sept. 22, Everglades Elementary celebrated Dads, Take Your Child to School Day. This day was…

Heroes visit Central Elementary

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Corporals Hill and Nash for joined Central Elementary School School Resource Officer…
Government
Clewiston Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting Monday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Clewiston City Hall.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to announce that the Florida Department of Health …
The next regular meeting of the Hendry County BOCC  is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28
Veterans

13th Annual Veterans Memorial Park Benefit planned

The LaBelle Veteran’s Park Committee would like to thank the many people that have helped form and build this special place
9/11 hero signs flag during the Healing Heroes Golf Tournament.

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.
Rolling Thunder rode into LaBelle bright and early on Saturday, August 21.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 5 Florida POW*MIA offers Chair of Honor Program

Rolling Thunder® is a diverse group of like-minded individuals committed POW*MIA awareness and veterans rights
State

Bear spotted near 2 Florida campuses puts students on hold

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Officials at two central Florida schools ordered students to “hold in place" when a black bear was spotted near the campuses. said the caller to 911 on Monday …

Hurricane Sam swirling over Atlantic with Category 4 winds

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sam strengthened again to a powerful Category 4 storm on Tuesday, centered well offshore in the Atlantic Ocean but still capable of sending dangerous swells and rip currents …

Troopers: Woman on bicycle killed by racing motorcycle

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was fatally injured when a racing motorcycle hit her bicycle, officials said. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon near Orlando, according to a Florida …
Nation & World

Lava from Spanish island volcano quickens pace toward sea

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Lava flowing from an erupting volcano in Spain's Canary Islands has picked up its pace on its way to the sea and is now within 800 meters (875 yards) of …

Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little

More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly …

Two Europes: Low vaccine rates in east overwhelm ICUs

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — In a packed intensive care unit for coronavirus patients in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, 55-year-old Adrian Pica sits on his bed receiving supplementary oxygen to help …
Opinion
The Weekly Clothesline

The Weekly Clothesline: Be a “Red Letter” Christian

Many years ago at a conference I attended, the speaker’s focus was on Matthew 25:40.

Challenging the conventional wisdom about meat

One of the jobs of scientists is to challenge conventional wisdom. You don’t want to bet the ranch on something that only seems true.

Social Security Matters

National Social Security Advisor At the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
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