Coronavirus Updates

Health official: 'Everybody needs to get vaccinated"

Okeechobee County lifts mask mandate.

Over $1.3 million in relief aid was distributed in Okeechobee

Local businesses received over $1.3 million in relief aid in 2020.

More than half of Florida adults vaccinated for COVID-19

With COVID-19 vaccine widely available throughout the state, more than half of the state’s adult population has received at least one dost of the COVID-19 vaccine
Community News

Local students helping teens in the Glades learn how to have healthy mental awareness through outdoor event

“Soil to Soul” will take place at the Federation of Families located at 101 N.W. First Ave. in South Bay on Friday, May 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Clewiston Chamber of Commerce announces Hendry Regional Medical Center as the 2020 Business of the Year

On May 11, the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce announced Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) as the 2020 Business of the Year.

FCC opens enrollment for new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Starting May 12, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission opened enrollment to the new Emergency Broadband Benefit program.
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FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

Letter to the Editor: Dear Village Board

The 55 acre piece of property in question is already a unique symbol of this town and its old Florida heritage

Bass Pro tournament on Lake O this weekend

Fans of all ages welcome to enjoy FREE outdoor activities, featuring country music star Chris Janson and fishing legend Bill Dance

Corps to release lake water to St. Lucie starting Saturday

JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will begin 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) pulse releases from the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) beginning Saturday, March 6, as …
Lake Okeechobee
Sports

Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association to host Trash Fish Tournament

The 13th Annual Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association Trash Fish Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 12.

Cochran is the Florida High School Rodeo State Cutting Champion 2021

Brilee Cochran of LaBelle captured the title on May 2. Brilee trains with local cutting trainer - Coy Smith Cowhorses . This is her second year qualifying for National Highschool Rodeo Finals going …
Schools

Leidy, Greseth, Kersey, and more retire from school district

OKEECHOBEE- The Okeechobee County School Board recognized six teachers and staff who will be retiring at the end of the school year.

The Immokalee Foundation earns highest rating from Charity Navigator

After examining the foundation’s income tax documents, its website, and other data, Charity Navigator awarded the foundation its third consecutive four-star rating.

Everglades Elementary presents Students of the Week

Everglades Elementary would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of May 10.
Government
OKEECHOBEE – How will the state’s minimum wage increase affect Okeechobee County government?
The Okeechobee Trace development will include up to 400 homes, a golf course and up to 80 golf villas.
On May 10, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs...
Veterans
Palm Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Palm Beach County, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. During its operational use by the military, its major mission was air transport and as a training base. It was closed in 1962. During World War II, it was known as Morrison Army Airfield, taking its name from the civilian airport, Morrison Field, from which it originated.

WPB Morrison Field and the B-29 'Superfortress'

On June 15, 1944, 51 B-29 "Superfortress" bombers dropped their payloads ...
The Grey Team: Major James Hall, Cary Reichbach, Rep. Al Baldasaro (NH), Dr. Frank Marangos, and David Kirkland.

Local nonprofits joins forces to help veterans R.I.S.E.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is proud to announce its partnership with The Grey Team, a local nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to prevent PTSD-related veteran suicides.

American Legion has new Digital Sign

The American Legion would like to Thank Gerard R. Pawloski, a member of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) for the donation he made for the digital sign that now graces the American Legion at 699 …
State

MEGA MILLIONS® Jackpot reaches $430 million

The MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot has been rolling since February 19, 2021, resulting in an estimated $430 million jackpot for the Friday, May 14 drawing!

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announces Florida’s ‘Return to Work’ Initiative

According to Employ Florida, there are more than 400,000 available jobs across the state for job seekers. Florida businesses and employers are hiring across the state...

Florida takes step toward the catching of goliath grouper

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A divided board of Florida game regulators took a tentative step Wednesday that might eventually allow fishermen to catch and kill goliath groupers, a fish that was …
Nation & World

Beset by virus, Gaza's hospitals now struggle with wounded

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Just weeks ago, the Gaza Strip’s feeble health system was struggling with a runaway surge of coronavirus cases. Authorities cleared out hospital operating rooms, …

Radical rabbi's followers rise in Israel amid new violence

JERUSALEM (AP) — In the 1980s, Rabbi Meir Kahane's violent anti-Arab ideology was considered so repugnant that Israel banned him from parliament and the U.S. listed his party as a terrorist …

Chrissy Teigen apologizes to Courtney Stodden for harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Chrissy Teigen, the wife of superstar John Legend, has apologized for harassing a then-teenage Courtney Stodden online years ago. “Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be …
Opinion

A View from the Immokalee Shelter

Over the past 30 years, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children has transformed the lives of thousands of Immokalee families

Dear City of Pahokee Commission:

To say that the April 27 Pahokee City Commission meeting was an utter embarrassment is to say that least.

Anglers for Lake Okeechobee on SB 2516 - Take Action Now!

With Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session now behind us, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Lake Okeechobee and what is being done...
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