Some local farms selling produce on-site

Prices drop as supply chain retools to meet changing consumer needs Because of supply-chain disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis, some Florida farmers are bypassing the middlemen out of necessity and selling their fresh produce directly to the public on their farms, reports UF/IFAS Regional Vegetable Extension Agent Emeritus Gene McAvoy. These sales may be […]

Commencement ceremonies in limbo

PB County cancels ceremonies at fairgrounds, causing confusion PALM BEACH COUNTY — Dr. Donald Fennoy, superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District, wrote a letter April 7 to the “Distinguished Class of 2020,” informing thousands of seniors, sadly, that he had to cancel their traditional commencement ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds. He said […]

Thousands of rental cars burn in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS — A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the Southwest Florida International Airport in a rental car overflow lot. More than 3,500 vehicles were destroyed, and 15 acres were burned. Another 3,800 vehicles were parked in the lot but were undamaged. Melinda Avni, wildfire mitigation specialist for the Florida Forest Service, said they […]

DOH launches new public website Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

As the Florida Department of Health continues to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, they have launched a new public website, StrongerThanC-19.This community action survey is intended for you to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Florida Department of Health will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to […]

KEC/CPE teachers are here to help!

CANAL POINT — Students of the KEC/Canal Point Elementary School are encouraged to email if they need any help at all. For technology support: Alvina Angram, alvina.angram@palmbeachschools.org. All student and parent support: Altoria Wells Henley, Altoria.henley@palmbeachschools.org. Don’t forget to share your virtual learning pictures on the school Facebook page. Never forget, you are the best […]

Above-normal hurricane season predicted

Forecasters predict 16 named storms, with four Cat 3 or stronger Florida could be in for an above-average hurricane season, according to forecasters at Colorado State University. On April 2, Philip J. Klotzbach, Michael M. Belle and Jhordanne Jones released the “Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2020.” […]

Lake lower; corps reduces flow to river

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — As Lake Okeechobee’s level continues to fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the flow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River to the minimum of 457 cubic feet per second set by the South Florida Water Management District. Because the flow is measured at the Franklin Lock (which is […]

More cases of COVID-19 reported as testing continues in region

TALLAHASSEE — Total confirmed cases of those infected with the COVID-19 virus in Florida rose to 14,504 on Tuesday, including 14,065 Florida residents and 439 non-Florida residents. The Florida Department of Health designates anyone whose permanent address is not in Florida as a non-resident. When the pandemic began, some of the state’s winter visitors chose […]

Beware! Rent assistance phone calls are a scam Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following scam alert: BEWARE: There is an impostor calling members of the community and asking for their personal information to help with rent payments. This is a scam! Never give out your personal information over the phone to anyone claiming to assist with your rent payments. […]

PBSO warns public about ‘rent assistance’ scam

WEST PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following scam alert. BEWARE: There is an impostor calling members of the community and asking for their personal information to help with rent payments. This is a scam! Never give out your personal information over the phone to anyone claiming to assist […]