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Back to School Expo at OHS

 A Back to School Expo is planned on Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Okeechobee High School, 2800 US 441 North.

National Day of the Cowboy Raffle at the Okeechobee Library

To celebrate National Day of the Cowboy, the Okeechobee County Library is raffling off a copy of the new photobook American Grit: ...

Okeechobee Library to hold Books for Donations Sale on Friday, July 19

The Friends of the Okeechobee Library will hold a Books for Donations Sale on Friday, July 19...
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Lake levels
13.55 feet
Last year: 14.92 feet
Depth given in feet above sea level.
Human Interest
Okeechobee High School alumnus Jamie Furr, who now lives in Hollister, California took a few minutes out of his day to talk about the book
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.
Schools
South Elementary School teachers reported the theft of several chickens over the last two weeks.
SACSCOC’s reaffirmation of accreditation is a mark of Indian River State College’s institutional quality...
On July 1 the Florida Department of Education released official results from the Spring 2024 administration of the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T.) exams.
Wildlife & Environment
As the sun rose over the central Florida prairie on July 16, a tiny bird took a tentative hop into...
Genetics studies confirmed what many anglers and biologists have believed for a long time...
Government
Consumers can purchase qualifying back-to-school supplies exempt from tax during the 2024 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.
The Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate will hear the following cases on July 1...
The deadline to register to vote or to change political party registration for the August Primary Election is July 22.
Police/Fire
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges ...
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges...
Opinion
There is a wooden outline of a large tree on the wall near my front door, and pictures...
Political elections, what a quagmire! I can remember a time, when campaigns were run...
Years ago I wrote several articles referring to our Sheriff’s Department, City Police Department...
Hurricane News
Soldiers underwent a series of rigorous simulations to test their emergency response proficiencies...
Survivors should be aware that con artists and criminals may try to obtain money or steal personal...
Veterans

American Legion installs new officers

American Legion Post 64 held a ceremony July 1 to welcome new officers.

Is newspaper editor targeting certain people?

Once upon a time, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and among what is written in the Constitution is freedom of speech.
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Agriculture
The human body’s inability to break down sucralose, an artificial sweetener found in many zero-calorie food and drink products …
Growing up in rural Douglas, Georgia (pop. 11,000), Stephanie Brown actively participated in Future Farmers...
UF/IFAS requests agricultural producers affected by 2024 Invest 90L, a mid-June weather...
Health

Brain Bus rolls into the Back to School Expo

The Alzheimer Association’s in-person Brain Bus will be at the Back to School Expo on Saturday, July 27...

American Heart Association encourages people to get active with help from their pets

Here are four ways pets can positively impact the health of their humans:

HCA Florida Healthcare welcomes Dr. McCann to its Treasure Coast Facilities

In this role, Dr. McCann will lead gynecologic oncology at HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital...

Alzheimer's Association to host virtual event

The Alzheimer’s Association will host “WINK- The Power of Socialization and...
Business
 The new Slim Chickens restaurant will open July 17 at 3238 U.S. Highway 441.
For the fifth consecutive year, Great Place to Work Institute and its senior care partne...
Learn about the programs and tools the chamber has to offer you and your business.
Traffic & Road Work

AAA: Florida gas prices fall back to week-ago levels

Florida gas prices seesawed last week, but ultimately finished flat.

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of July 14-20

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 14...

Okeechobee County Roadwatch for week beginning July 8

Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week of Sunday, July 8. Motorists are reminded...

AAA: Florida gas prices jumped 18 cents last week

Florida gas prices increased 18 cents per gallon in the final days leading up to Independence Day, last week.
State

The president of Florida's only public historically Black university resigns after donation debacle

The president of Florida’s only public historically Black university has announced he’s resigning. The resignation comes as Florida A&M University faces backlash over the school’s apparent …

Scientists have confirmed a cave on the moon that could be used to shelter future explorers

Scientists have confirmed a cave on the moon, not far from where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed 55 years ago. Researchers suspect there could be hundreds more caves and tunnels that could …
National & World

Ex-North Korean diplomat appointed a vice minister in South Korea, the highest post for any defector

South Korea’s president has appointed a prominent North Korean defector as a vice minister, the highest-level government job for any of the thousands of North Koreans who have resettled in South …

Tons of dead fish cover major river in Brazil after alleged dumping of industrial waste

Several tons of fish have died along one of the main rivers in Brazil's Sao Paulo state after an alleged illegal dumping of industrial waste from a sugar and ethanol plant. Prosecutors say a …
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