Coronavirus

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. …
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15.47 feet
Last year: 15.43 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community
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...

Halloween event planned at Agri-Civic Center

Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 plans to host a community Halloween event at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Oct. 30.
Human Interest

Welcoming service for new residents offered

The newly formed Welcoming Party of Okeechobee held its first meeting...

Community holds drive by birthday party for 8-year-old

OKEECHOBEE --  Little Miss Candelaria Diaz-Martin  turned 8 years old on Monday, Sept. 13. 

Trail of Hope in desperate need of volunteers

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Police/Fire

Sheriff's department welcomes new chaplain

The OCSO held an Oath of Office and Promotion ceremony on Sept. 23.

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals have been charged with a felony or DUI this week.
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In the Courts

The following cases are now considered closed.
Weather
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
Schools
Last week, 123 students or staff were excluded from in-person instruction.
On Sept. 22, Everglades Elementary celebrated Dads, Take Your Child to School Day. This day was…
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Corporals Hill and Nash for joined Central Elementary School School Resource Officer…
Students and staff of Okeechobee Christian Academy participated in the annual See You at the Pole Day
Wildlife & Environment
Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts...
FWC is seeking public feedback on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for nesting bird species...
Government
The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners received an update on the COVID-19 pandemic at their Sept. 9 meeting.
OKEECHOBEE- Longtime Okeechobee County Capital Improvements Projects Director Donnie Oden will be officially retiring from the position on Sept. 30 of this year.
Okeechobee Main Street requested and received permission...
Veterans

9/11 heroes honored at mountain retreat

Local veteran Gregg Maynard was honored to take part in a retreat.

Veterans' rights activist meets heroes

Veterans' rights activist Gregg Maynard has many heroes, but none of them wear a cape.

Flag company surprised with gift from Marines

Several months ago, UltimateFlags.com received a request from a Marine...

WWII Veteran on 50-State, 50-Governor No Regrets Tour Launches Campaign to Raise $ Millions for Frontline Nurses.

Sidney Walton, 102, Kicks Off Campaign in Downtown Miami...
Opinion
Many years ago at a conference I attended, the speaker’s focus was on Matthew 25:40.
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.
Agriculture
As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers...
Proper nutrition for disease damaged citrus trees is critical to extending their productivity. Growers can learn more...
Health

Yoga for Life: Yoga props for stability

Yoga props can be used to reduce stress and calm the mind when learning new postures to create a wider range of motion. Props help to stabilize the body...

Yoga for Life: Stimulating the life force within

The life breath within is manifested in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects...

Five important tips to keep babies safe

Caution and uncertainty are natural emotions for any new parent. But for some – including first-time, young and low-income parents struggling...

Refuse to Sink to host Memorial Bass Tournament and Fish Fry fundraising event Sept. 11

Refuse to Sink, Inc. is hosting its Annual Fundraiser Memorial Bass Tournament and Fish Fry Saturday, Sept. 11
Business
Paulette Wise brings you news from the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County.
We want to welcome RiteLife, one of our new businesses in our community, with a Ribbon cutting and...
The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a hearing at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, September 20, 2021, to consider Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) petition for a rate increase...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 26

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

Roadwork on U.S. 98 starts Monday

OKEECHOBEE -- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will start construction on a project along U.S. 98 on Monday, Sept. 27.  

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for the week beginning Sept. 5

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, April 25. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and...
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 …
National & 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 …
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