Farm to table is a complicated journey

Guest Commentary By Jack PayneUF/IFAS We have people going hungry within an hour’s drive of fields where crops are rotting. It shouldn’t be that way. The thing is, it’s a complicated journey from field to fork. The customers of a Lee County farm may be at a hotel, or aboard a cruise ship. Those customers […]

Around the Big Lake: Okeechobee County has 75 positive COVID-19 cases; Hendry County, 405; Glades County, 29; western Palm Beach County communities, 712

The State of Florida has 55,424 positive COVID-19 cases, with 10,113 hospitalizations and 2,447 deaths, according to the May 30 report from the Florida Department of Health. Of those tested so far in Florida, the positive rate is 5.6%. Around Lake Okeechobee: • In Okeechobee County 75 residents and one non-resident have tested positive for […]

Corps reopens campgrounds

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces the gradual reopening, starting June 1, of some corps-managed recreation areas along the Okeechobee Waterway that were closed to protect against the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “The health and safety of our employees, volunteers and visitors is our top priority. Our […]

Health department monitors longterm care facilities

FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Health continues to monitor longterm care facilities due to the higher risk for older people should they contract the COVID-19 virus. The report on deaths at longterm care facilities is updated weekly. The report on COVID-19 positive cases in longterm care facilities is updated daily. As of the May […]

FDC joins 211 Referral Service to extend inmate/offender support

TALLAHASSEE — ­Following the direction of the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) established a partnership with the Florida 211 Network to provide support and post-release resources to inmates and offenders. Services such as crisis counseling, health and human services and employment assistance will fill gaps between incarceration or probation and enable a […]

Nature Conservancy to preserve working Rafter T Ranch

By Fran PerchickThe Nature Conservancy SEBRING — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and partners announce the protection of the critical and diverse landscapes of Rafter T Ranch, a working cattle ranch of more than 5,000 acres along the eastern edge of the Lake Wales Ridge in Sebring. This region of Central Florida is part of the […]

OHS Class of ’62 had two 5-year lettermen

OKEECHOBEE — When the Okeechobee High School Class of 1962 graduated, they had two five-year lettermen in their ranks. Mike Long and David Allgood both began their high school sports careers in eighth grade, and earned a letter in baseball at OHS for five years. Both were recruited by longtime OHS baseball coach Johnny Mack […]

Okeechobee Fire Report

• Okeechobee City Fire Department had 22 medical/EMS and six fire-related calls last week. • Okeechobee County Fire Rescue had 110 medical/EMS, eight fire-related, four dispatched and canceled and six miscellaneous calls last week. Out of 91 possible transports, five were refused. • On May 26 at approximately 6:15 a.m., OCFR responded to a call […]

Letter to the Editor from Steve Rolling

Sorry, but cases (and deaths) here from “2019 novel coronavirus” aka “2019-nCoV,” now, popularly called COVID-19, will soon skyrocket, doubling monthly for a while. Why do I think so? Windshield survey plus more testing. I see local noncompliance is flagrant, arrogant and often ironic. Federal law warning sign on post office door: “Masks required to […]

OCSO Investigations

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT• 800 block U.S. 441 Southeast• 4900 block U.S. 441 NorthBURGLARY• 8500 block Northwest 189th Avenue• 1600 block Northwest Fourth Street• 1800 block Southwest Eighth Street• Southwest Ninth StreetCRIMINAL MISCHIEF• JailFRAUD• 12000 Block U.S. 441 Southeast• 2300 block State Road 70 West• Jail […]