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Maria Wolfe (left) presents book to Kresta King.

Garden Club presents book to librarian

A new Garden Club has started  and it is called the Okeechobee Garden Club. 
Oxbow Exo Center, Port Saint Lucie trail.

Enjoy the summer on SFWMD’s lands

Did you know the South Florida Water Management District offers many ways for you to explore the natural beauty...

June Book Club meets at the Okeechobee County Public Library

There’s still time to read this month’s Book Club pick “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver...
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Lake levels
13.37 feet
Last year: 14.16 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest
In a state known for year-round water activities, it seems ironic that Florida leads the ...
The word cancer is a scary one, and when we hear it as a diagnosis for a baby, it can be terrifying.
An Okeechobee teen is getting a head start in the business world by starting a business while still in high school.
Schools
Okeechobee’s Megan Williamson was named the Florida FFA Advisor of the Year at the 96th annual state convention this month.
The first group of junior leaders from the Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation’s Summer Leadership program graduated on June 13.
Former Yearling Middle School principal David Krakoff finds himself the center of a third harassment controversy.
Wildlife & Environment
VTIP is a key component of Florida’s derelict vessel prevention program
A well-deserved vacation from instruction and exams doesn’t have to come with the summer slide...
Government
Okeechobee Main Street reports that so far the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition “Voices and Votes...
Postal Service retail locations will be closed, and there will be no regular mail delivery except...
On June 12, Governor Ron DeSantis signed his Focus on Florida’s Future Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-2...
Police/Fire
OKEECHOBEE – Thanks to recent rainfall, Okeechobee County is no longer under a burn ban.
Bennett was arrested on numerous felony weapons charges, resulting in a million-dollar bail being set at his first appearance.
Opinion
Many people do not know what they should do when dealing with a panic attack, here are eight easy steps a person...
AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor answers questions about Social Security.
An independent judiciary is the key to maintaining our constitutional republic. It is the reckoning...
Hurricane News
Growing up in Indiana and then living in Oklahoma -- the heart of tornado alley...
Ahead of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1, Florida Power & Light ...
Veterans

Veteran coalition fights suicide

The Greater Lake Okeechobee Veterans Service Coalition formed in the fall of 2023,

Smart & Safe Florida announces statewide Veterans Coalition

On Tuesday, April 23, the Smart & Safe Florida campaign launched its “Vets Vote #YesOn3” statewide Veterans Coalition...
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Agriculture
Florida Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) has created a new award to honor homeowners who install...
Sweaty cows may not sound like the most exciting company, but in a warming world, researchers can’t get...
Leasing state land for cattle grazing provides income for the South Florida Water ...
Health

Aging America: Tips for reducing Alzheimer’s risk and improving brain health

As more Baby Boomers approach or exceed age 65, they are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease...

Healthy Start hosts annual meeting

Mark your calendars, everyone! Ensure you have the Healthy Start Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 26...

Clearing the air about menthol cigarettes

Studies show flavorings like menthol make it easier to start smoking and harder to quit...

Facts and myths about summer skin protection

You may be surprised to learn that higher SPF does not always mean better protection.
Business
Florida gas prices have declined the past three consecutive weeks, falling to the lowest level since mid-February.
The last few days of heavy rain has caused major flooding in southwest Florida.
Zachary Taylor RV Resort has won a Best Park Award from the Florida RV Park & Campground Association ...
Traffic & Road Work

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of June 16-22

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, June 16...

FDOT to hold in-person and online public workshops for SR 70 PD&E Study

You can participate live online or in-person. The same materials will be displayed at both...

AAA: Florida gasoline prices are the lowest since February

Florida gas prices are now the lowest since February. The state average has steadily declined the past 17...

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of June 9-15

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, June 9...
State

Rapper Travis Scott arrested in Miami Beach for misdemeanor trespassing and public intoxication

Miami Beach police have arrested rapper Travis Scott on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and public intoxication. Police confirmed the early Thursday arrest, but didn't provide any details about …

Jabil: Fiscal Q3 Earnings Snapshot

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jabil Inc. (JBL) on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $129 million. The St Petersburg, Florida-based company said it had …
National & World

Peace must be a priority, say Catholic leaders on anniversary of priests' violent deaths in Mexico

Two years have passed since a leader of one of Mexico’s organized crime gangs stormed into a Catholic church in the remote Tarahumara mountains and fatally shot two Jesuit priests. Among other …

Millions sweating it out as heat wave nears peak from Midwest to Maine

A heat wave is moving closer to the breaking point from the Midwest to New England as millions of people sweat it out for another day. The National Weather Service says the heat will peak Thursday in …
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