Coronavirus

Raulerson limits visitors

Raulerson Hospital limits visitors to one per day, per patient.

Okeechobee vaccine distribution scheduled for Feb. 24

Okeechobee County will be offering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Okeechobee County Schools Covid-19 Report

Between Sunday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 20, 65 students and or staff members were excluded.
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Lake levels
15.42 feet
Last year: 12.78 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Ammons talks leadership program with Kiwanis

Karin Ammons spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee recently about the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.

Lilly Maxwell is 2021 Miss American Legion

OFC student Lilly Mazwell is crowned Miss American Legion 2021.

Okeechobee 4H County Council/Junior Leaders club devotes time to helping senior citizens

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Okeechobee 4H County Council/Junior Leaders club filled gift bags for the senior citizens...

Red Cross offers free virtual preparedness classes for older adults, children and their families

The South Florida Red Cross launched its ‘Be Red Cross Ready’ preparedness classes virtually.

Retention study reveals hard truth

Social work – particularly the work of dependency case managers and child protective investigators – is hard.
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Human Interest

The Love-Life Guy walks for panthers and people

LABELLE - Steve Fugate has walked across the U.S. eight times. He is known as the original “LOVE LIFE” guy, who has logged over 30,000 miles with his LOVE LIFE sign. “Love Life …

Memorial ride benefits local non-profits

A memorial ride in honor of Dale Reiss was held on Jan. 30.

Local girl wins Special Olympic title

Carol Marker won the Okeechobee County title in the Special Olympic Tennis County Games.
Weather
OKEECHOBEE  -- Okeechobee County Emergency Management in Partnership with the Okeechobee Chapter of the American Red Cross announced a cold weather shelter opening for tonight (Feb. 2). In …
Police/Fire
Lawrence H. Sikes, 51 years old, white, male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes and Travis Eugene Butts, 27 years old, white, male...
Almost three years after his arrest, Jason D. Osceola was sentenced to one year and eight months in state prison.
Man is free after entering no contest plea to violation of probation on battery of detention staff charges.
Government
Lisa Feltenberger is running for city council.
After a short sabbatical from politics, Noel Chandler has decided to run for city council.
Okeechobee native Beth Lehman decided it was time to do her part for the town she loves so much.
Schools
SES teacher earns the Autism Spectrum Endorsement.
Police Sgt. Skip Eddings visits a class to help with band recruitment.
South Elementary School had over 150 students complete recent AR challenge.
South Elementary announces Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 16.
Veterans

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center helps VA reach milestone vaccinating its 1 millionth veteran

The VA has vaccinated 1 million veterans.

Letter to the editor: It's not easy to get a ramp from the VA

Recently, someone posted misinformation about the VA and ramps.

Veteran Stefanko went over the hill more than once

Veteran Bud Stefanko was forced to join the Navy at 17.

Ramps for Veterans builds a metal ramp

OKEECHOBEE - This month's Ramps for Veterans project had one of the biggest turnouts yet.
Opinion
And when we meditate upon in this verse or word honestly, it explodes the darkness...
Dear Rusty: I am a retired Texas teacher receiving my State pension. I retired in February 2009
Agriculture
Touted as a superfood that promotes heart and gut health, the exotic dragon fruit has gained popularity as it grows in Florida’s
As UF/IFAS joins a university-wide push to increase artificial intelligence research, its faculty will help solve major problems
Health

Raulerson Hospital awards a Great Catch

Raulerson Hospital recognizes Pam Knight.

Quitting smokeless tobacco is more important than ever this Through With Chew Week

This Through With Chew Week, Feb. 21-27, Okeechobee County is encouraging smokeless tobacco users to set a quit date and use Tobacco Fre...

Inspiring Okeechobee: Linda Hazellief is a jack of all trades

We know her now as a One Blood recruiter, but Linda Hazellief has had many unusual occupations.
Business
This column features news and events from the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce by Executive Director Paulette Wise.
The 56th annual Speckled Perch Festival and Parade will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Feb. 22, Dollar General announces its store at 4125 U.S. 441 S.E. in Okeechobee is now open and the normal hours of operation may be found through the Dollar General app...
Traffic & Road Work

FDOT announces S.E. 18th Terrace will be closed near the U.S. 441/98 Intersection

The connection to S.E. 18th Terrace at U.S. 441/98 will be temporarily closed beginning Monday morning, February 22

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 21

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 21.

Okeechobee County Road Watch report for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County beginning Feb. 14. Column provided by FDOT.
State

Deaf Costco worker with mumbling manager won't get award

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A deaf former employee of a South Florida Costco store won't be collecting $775,000 a federal jury awarded her in a discrimination and wrongful termination case. The …

Controversy swirls over lowering of flags for Rush Limbaugh

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving ahead with plans to honor recently deceased conservative radio broadcaster by lowering flags to half-staff despite protests from some …
National & World

Hunters and trappers exceed Wisconsin wolf kill quota

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters and trappers exceeded Wisconsin's wolf kill limit by Wednesday morning and still had hours left to kill more of the animals. The Department of Natural Resources …

2 hard-hit cities, 2 diverging fates in vaccine rollout

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Mario Valdez, his wife and their 18-year-old son were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 this month as part of a special effort to inoculate every resident of Central Falls, …
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After an undercover drug operation, a woman was charged with possession and with the sale of Hydromorphone.
The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges last week.
After he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car, a man was charged with DUI.
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