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City offices close for July 4

The offices at City Hall Public Works, and the administrative offices of the Police Department, will be closed on Thursday, July 4
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...
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Lake levels
13.39 feet
Last year: 14.37 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
Christina Norman is set to be the next principal at Okeechobee High School for the upcoming school year.
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.
Wildlife & Environment
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is actively addressing the impacts of rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and changing rainfall and flood patterns. As part of our ongoing …
FWC invites you to attend the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area 10-year Land Management Plan public hearing on Tuesday, July 23.
Government
The qualification period for Okeechobee County elected offices closed June 14.
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...
Police/Fire
An Okeechobee man called law enforcement earlier this month to report he thought his neighbor was spraying poison...
OKEECHOBEE – Thanks to recent rainfall, Okeechobee County is no longer under a burn ban.
Opinion
We are elated to be the first to bring the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office into compliance...
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.
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
An orange teeming with antioxidants and other health benefits may be a shot in the arm...
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...
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 23-29

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, June 23...

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...
State

Prosecutors in classified files case to urge judge to bar Trump from inflammatory comments about FBI

The federal judge presiding over the classified documents prosecution of Donald Trump is hearing arguments on whether to bar the former president from public comments that prosecutors say could …

3 caught in Florida Panhandle rip current die a day after couple drowns off state's Atlantic coast

Authorities say three Alabama men who went for an evening swim soon after arriving at a Florida Panhandle beach were caught in a rip current and died. The deaths Friday evening were the latest in a …
National & World

Gunmen kill 15 police officers and several civilians in Russia's southern Dagestan region

Russian authorities say more than 15 police officers and several civilians, including an Orthodox priest, have been killed by armed militants in the southern republic of Dagestan. They say the gunmen …

Netanyahu says Israel is winding down its Gaza operations. But he warns a Lebanon war could be next

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the current phase of fighting against Hamas in Gaza is winding down. He says that could set the stage for Israel to send more troops to its northern …
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