Coronavirus

Sign up online or call to get in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Sign up at myvaccine.fl.gov or call 866-201-1060 to get on the waitlist.

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.
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15.34 feet
Last year: 12.75 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Community

Free electronic filing options for military members and their families

Active duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation

Highlands County Heritage Festival planned at Lockett Estate

BASSINGER  -- The historic Edna Pearce Lockett Estate will be the site for the 2021 Highlands County Heritage Festival.

Okeechobee County Commission meets Thursday

OKEECHOBEE  -- Okeechobee County Commissioners will hear an update on the county's COVID-19 vaccination program at their regular meeting on Feb. 24...

Counties impacted by tropical storm Eta granted a Secretarial disaster declaration

The Secretarial disaster declaration names Collier, Hendry, Lee, and Miami-Dade Counties as primary disaster areas, as well as Glades...

Ammons talks leadership program with Kiwanis

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

Florida Forest Service launches “Be Wildfire Ready” campaign to educate Panhandle residents

On Feb. 25, the Florida Forest Service announced the launch of a wildfire prevention initiative aimed at educating residents

Alzheimer’s advocates to gather virtually for annual ‘Rally in Tally’

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this year’s Alzheimer’s “Rally in Tally” – March 9-11 – will be in a virtual format

FWC approves rule changes to help protect Florida from 16 high-risk invasive reptiles

FWC approves staff recommendations to create new rules to address the importation, breeding and possession of high-risk invasive reptiles.
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
The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges.
An inmate was charged with possession after cocaine was found under his bed.
Okeechobee's fire departments were busy this week.
Government
OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County code that prohibits the use of shipping containers on residential properties will continue
Okeechobee County Commissioners appointed some new members to county boards on Thursday
The IRS urges taxpayers whose identities may have been used by thieves to steal unemployment benefits to file a tax return In 2020, millions of …
Schools
MOORE HAVEN — On Feb. 25, Mrs. Lara’s class - at Moore Haven Elementary School - practiced their sight words
Florida vaulted to #2 in the nation for successful Advanced Placement (AP) performance, with 34.2% of the graduating class of 2020 scoring a 3 or higher...
Rock Solid Christian (RSCA) Academy’s Inaugural Love Run was a huge success!Our hometown people showed up by the droves to support our...
Student is recognized for her hard work.
Veterans

Missing In America Project – Florida coordinator Kathy Church issues statement

Today, February 25, 2021, at 11:00am, MIAP – Florida, in cooperation with Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapels in Miami-Dade County, and the...

West Palm Beach VA to host Virtual Veteran Town Hall meeting Feb. 26

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Virtual Veteran Town Hall Meeting on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. using the Microsoft Teams platform...

Memorial ride benefits local non-profits

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

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

The VA has vaccinated 1 million veterans.
Opinion
To answer this question honestly, we must understand something true about the character of God...
National Social Security Advisor at the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
Agriculture
Synthetic dyes are taking a back seat as consumers and manufacturers are driving increased demand for natural dyes
Molting is the annual process through which hens cease to lay eggs and, divert their energy toward replacing their feathers.
Health

Okeechobee County youth use smokeless tobacco at more than double the state average

Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 21-27 as “Through with Chew Week” in Okeechobee County. About Tobacco Free Florida

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...
Business
An outdoor Chamber of Commerce Mixer took place at Centennial Park on Feb. 25
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.
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

Officials: 1 dead in Florida single-engine plane crash

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — One person died when a single-engine plane crashed into the brush near a South Florida airport on Sunday, according to authorities. The Luscombe 8A went down toward the end …

Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won't start another party

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Republican Party unity in a speech at a conservative political …
National & World

UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights …

Purim celebrations threaten fresh virus outbreak in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Mass gatherings took place in Jerusalem on Sunday as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim in violation of coronavirus restrictions. Authorities had been concerned …
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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.
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