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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.
A group of junior leaders present their idea for a new business in Okeechobee. [Photo courtesy OCEDC]

Okeechobee students graduate leadership camp 

Sixty students graduated from the annual Junior Leadership Camp in Okeechobee in June.  

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: ...
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Lake levels
13.57 feet
Last year: 14.97 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
Tilapia are a member of the cichlid family, native to Africa and the Middle East.
As the sun rose over the central Florida prairie on July 16, a tiny bird took a tentative hop into...
Government
OKEECHOBEE -- Several local races will be on the ballot in the August Primary Election in Okeechobee County.
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...
Police/Fire
On July 18, Vector Solutions, the leading provider of technology solutions to help train, prepare, and retain
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges ...
Opinion
AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
Well after 50 years from the end of the Civil War, black Americans in much of the country....
As a people, numbers tend to show that we have become disenchanted with the mechanisms that run our country...
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
In 4-H, youth ages 5 and up have the opportunity to participate in both small and large animal projects.
As we celebrate National Blueberry Month in July, a University of Florida dietitian says the fruit could be called “power berries.”
With Florida in peak passion fruit season, researchers are eyeing the sweet tropical fruit as a cash crop.
Health

Volunteers sought for Okeechobee Blood Roundup

Are you ready for it? FALL is almost upon us. The fall equinox and first day of autumn arrives on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 08:44 a.m.

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...
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

Okeechobee County Road Watch for week of July 21-27

The following column is the Road Watch report for Okeechobee County for the week beginning Sunday, July 21,

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...
State

Woman stabbed inside Miami International Airport, forcing evacuation

Police say a man stabbed a woman inside Miami International Airport. It happened outside the secure area, on the fourth floor of Terminal J. Miami-Dade Police Det. Angel Rodriguez says the man also …

Frozen treats, cold showers and lots of ice; Florida zoo works to protect animals from summer heat

Zoos in hot weather states are working hard during the summer to keep their animals cool. At the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in Florida, keepers throw big piles of ice into the black bear …
National & World

Israel's Netanyahu walks political tightrope on Washington trip following Biden's exit from race

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington on Monday, leaving behind a brutal war to make a politically precarious speech before a joint session of Congress. The visit comes at a …

Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France for the 3rd time and in style with a victory at time trial

NICE, France (AP) — Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France for the third time and celebrated in style with a victory in Sunday's final stage — a time trial ending in Nice. The 25-year-old …
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