Coronavirus

West Palm Beach VA to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine evening clinic June 9

The West Palm Beach VA COVID-19 Vaccine crew is leaving their doors open and extending hours of operation to offer the vaccine to veterans...

West Palm Beach VA to host Walk-in COVID-19 Clinic in Fort Pierce

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is proud to partner with the State of Florida to host a Walk-in Vaccine Clinic on Mondays and Fridays beginning June 11...

Department of Health provides updates on vaccination efforts

The Florida Department of Health issued an update on the progress of the state’s vaccination efforts. The State of Florida is in its twenty-fourth week of vaccine distribution.
Community

FRLA launches website to help fill Florida’s hospitality jobs

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced a new easy-to-use website for employers and job seekers to post and find jobs

Fireworks show planned for July 4 in Okeechobee

Independence Day will bring a fireworks celebration at the Agri-Civic Center in Okeechobee

The History Of Flag Day

LABELLE - It has been 70 Years since President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

The AWS: Our Local Eyes on the Sky, 1941-44

As World War II raged in Europe and Asia, hundreds of local volunteers joined the nation's Aircraft Warning Service (AWS), the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Army's …
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12.51 feet
Last year: 12.20 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest

Inspiring Okeechobee:
Chuck Akers has 'always had his hands in fire stuff'

When Inspiring stories are mentioned, the name 'Chuck Akers' is always brought up.

Our Village offers those in need a 'hand up'

Our Village is giving a hand up, not a hand out.

Family thanks OCSO

Narcisse family surprised members of the OCSO with a thank you meal and more...

You're never fully dressed without a smile

Publix employees and shoppers were able to choose for themselves whether to wear a mask.

Reflections from the Pulpit

In the world, ye shall have tribulation...  
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Police/Fire

Okeechobee Arrest Report

OKEECHOBEE -- The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police …

OCSO Investigations

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office investigated reports of the following crimes between June 3 and June 10...

DEA, FDLE, St. Lucie County assist OCSO with drug bust

Narcotics Task force makes arrests.
Weather
When a hurricane threatens, do you have a plan for your pets? Do you have a safe spot for them in your home? What will you do with them if you can’t stay in your home?
Weathering storms is a part of every Floridian’s life. As the 2021 Hurricane Season begins, please take a few minutes to review some of the mandatory supplies.
Schools
OKEECHOBEE- At their June 8 meeting Okeechobee School Board Members approved the appointment of Brian Greseth as principal of Yearling Middle School.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar announced the winners of its fifth annual Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest, which recognized the work...
TALLAHASSEE– On June 2 Governor Ron DeSantis signed the $100 billion state budget for 2021. Included in that budget was $22.8 billion for K-12 education in Florida. The budget includes …
The next series in the free “Living Well Wednesdays” virtual workshop will offer tips to repair and maintain common issues seen inside and outside the home...
Wildlife & Environment
In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems.
Okeechobee District urges residents and visitors to refrain from outdoor burning...
Audubon is calling on beachgoers to help make beaches safer for birds by avoiding their nesting areas during this busy holiday weekend...
Government
June 10 was a historic event as the Okeechobee County Board of County Commission conducted a building dedication and ribbon cutting at the W.C. “Bill” Sherman …
OKEECHOBEE  -- The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 10 in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. Items on the agenda …
A new United States federal program is helping to pay funeral expenses of people who died from COVID-19. Unfortunately, scammers are using this...
Veterans

New well at Veterans' Park

A new well is going in at Veterans' Park. It was donated to the veterans by Frank DeCarlo and should be big enough to run water for all of the parks.

Cpl. Earl Hansel's family attends memorial service

OKEECHOBEE - Family members of the late Cpl. Earl Hansel attend the ceremony honoring him for his service. Hansel served in both WWI and the Korean War. He was a POW and was killed in action.

Ramps for Veterans donates another ramp

Volunteers complete another ramp for a veteran

Stories sought for Veterans History Project

VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
Opinion
Returning from a year fraught with unexpected challenges Okeechobee businesses have an excellent opportunity to emerge stronger by building for future success.
On June 2, Congressman W. Gregory Steube sent the below letter to Secretary Pinkham, Lieutenant General Spellmon, and Colonel Kelly concerning the lake levels of Lake Okeechobee.
Agriculture
With their research, Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help growers unleash surgical strikes on weeds – without vanquishing their fruit.
The UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping ™ (FFL) program has just released a new mobile app. It’s called the “FFL Plant Guide,” and it has information on over 450...
Health

June and July blood drives planned

If you are at least 17 years old and in good health, you can help save lives by donating blood. Come save Okeechobee lives.

Governor DeSantis approves budget to continue improving public health in Florida

On June 2, Governor Ron DeSantis continued his commitment to building a healthier Florida through significant investments during the 2021 Legislative Session.

Keep your family safe this summer tips from your Poison Control Center

As we swing into summer, Florida’s Poison Control Centers - Jacksonville is providing some helpful tips to keep your family safe.

Brain Bus presents virtual events to help you understand Alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss

The Virtual Brain Bus will hold the following event that covers Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.
Business
Ribbon cutting scheduled for Friday, June 4 at noon, for Wildwood Yoga and Wellness located at 2827 S.W. Third Terrace in the Cedar Plaza, behind Holiday Inn Express.
The Rail Passengers Association applauded Amtrak’s Corridor Vision document released earlier May 28, which provides additional details on the railroad’s plan...
OKEECHOBEE – The COVID-19 pandemic has continuing impact on employmen
Traffic & Road Work

Advance notice of road closure

There will be a road closure on Tuesday, June 22 in Treasure Island. Please seek alternate routes during this time.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, June 13

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, June 13, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Portion of U.S. 441 (Parrott Avenue) to be closed June14-23

OKEECHOBEE – A section of U.S. 441 North, from N.E. Fifth Street to N.E. Ninth Street will be closed for 10 days starting June 14 at 6 a.m. for road work by the FDOT

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise now accepts E-ZPass Statewide

A major milestone in national toll interoperability has been achieved with interoperability between two of the largest customer bases in the country.
State

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion …

Florida man charged with manslaughter after toddler drowns

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police searching for a missing toddler in the Florida Panhandle found her drowned in a canal near her home and charged the 1-year-old girl's father with negligent …
National & World

Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients

A small study offers the first hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection. Even as most vaccinated people celebrate …

ICC seeks to probe Philippines' crackdown on drug crime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that she has sought authorization to open an investigation into the Philippine government’s deadly …
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