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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...

Democratic Executive Committee to host important meeting

The Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will be having an important meeting on July 17.
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Lake levels
13.52 feet
Last year: 14.88 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
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.
Summer break is almost over and in just a few short weeks students in Okeechobee will be back in school.  
Wildlife & Environment
OCHOPEE, Fla. - On July 10, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD...
The FWC became operational July 1, 1999, after Florida voters elected to replace the Florida Game...
Government
Court-ordered drug testing will cost Okeechobee County  $40,000 in the next fiscal year …
The Okeechobee County Commission honored Debbie Conroy on her retirement on July 11.
On July 1 a wide range of new laws officially took effect in Florida. From regulating the use of AI in political campaign ads to giving recent mothers a way out of jury duty
Police/Fire
Two Okeechobee residents were cited after allegedly street racing on U.S. 441 North.
Sheriff Noel Stephen is pleased to announce that the OCSO Detention Division...
Opinion
A massive development known as Kingston has been proposed for the core breeding habitat of the Florida panther ...
The 4th of July just passed, and I can’t help but to think about why the colonists decided to seek their independence from Great Britian.
We now know that many Americans have only been pretending to love representative government, always referring with pride...
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
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.
A recent economic and fiscal impact study shows Ever After Farms Stockyard’s approach to agritourism is a benefit to the county, itself and even local businesses
Traffic & Road Work

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: Independence day gas prices are likely to remain higher than last year

Florida gas prices jumped 9 cents last week. The state average then reversed course, declining 7 cents...

AAA activates ‘Tow to Go’ for Independence Day holiday period

As AAA prepares to rescue nearly 800,000 drivers nationwide with car trouble during the week...
State

375-pound loggerhead sea turtle returns to Atlantic Ocean after 3 months of rehab in Florida

A 375-pound sea turtle has been released back into the Atlantic Ocean after three months of rehabilitation in Florida. Officials with the Brevard Zoo released a male loggerhead named Bubba on …

SpaceX rocket accident leaves company's Starlink satellites in wrong orbit

A SpaceX rocket has failed for the first time in nearly a decade, leaving the company's internet satellites in the wrong orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday night, …
National & World

Shelling kills 4 in Ukraine as a drone attack sparks fire at an oil depot in Russia

Russian shelling of Ukraine has killed four people as the two countries exchanged drone attacks, one of which set ablaze a Russian oil depot. Ukraine has in recent months stepped up aerial assaults …

An Israeli attack targeting the Hamas military commander kills at least 71 in southern Gaza

Israel says it has targeted Hamas’ shadowy military commander in a massive strike in southern Gaza that local health officials say killed at least 71 people. It's not immediately known whether …
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