Dairies get much-needed PPP loans

OKEECHOBEE — According to data released by the United States Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA), local dairies in Okeechobee were able to receive some much needed relief from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Only July 6 SBA announced it was releasing detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under PPP designed to help […]

Walmart to require masks to be worn inside stores

By Dacona Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S., andLance de la Rosa, Chief Operating Officer, Sam’s Club From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus and priority has been and continues to be on the health and safety of our associates, members and customers. As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities […]

Martin County has total of 2,935 COVID-19 positive since March

MARTIN COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health July 15 report shows 2,935 Martin County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 99. ZIP code 34997 (includes all or part of Stuart, Palm City and Port Salerno) has 880 cases. ZIP code […]

Okeechobee County has total of 586 COVID-19 positive since March

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Health July 15 report shows 586 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Okeechobee County to date, since testing began in March. The positive cases include 583 Okeechobee County residents and three non-residents, and range in age from 0 to 94. The county has had two deaths and 53 […]

SFWMD analyzes ‘What’s stopping flow south?’

What’s blocking flow of freshwater south to Florida Bay? That question was once again addressed at the July 9 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board. “The proper name for this is the Central Everglades,” said Ron Bergeron. “I think there is confusion when we call the Central Everglades, nearly three […]

SFWMD monitors algae in Lake Okeechobee

WEST PALM BEACH — Increases both in the number and frequency of water samplings from Lake Okeechobee are helping the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) track and learn about “blooms” of algae and cyanobacteria (commonly called blue-green algae) in Lake Okeechobee. During the July 9 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board, Lawrence Glenn provided […]

City and county closer to fire services agreement

OKEECHOBEE — The COVID-19 pandemic could delay plans for the county to take over fire protection services inside the Okeechobee city limits. At the July 9 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Fire/Rescue Chief Ralph Franklin said six of the city firefighters are in paramedic school. He said they could not be added to Okeechobee […]

Baby Needs Drive-Thru helps local families

OKEECHOBEE — On Saturday, July 11, Okeechobee’s Healthy Start Coalition collaborated with local agencies including Our Village and Hibiscus Children’s Center to host A Baby Needs Drive-Thru. Due to COVID-19 they could not host this event as originally planned in person, but wanted to still ensure local families were able to receive the education and […]

Douglas Park neighborhood cleanup planned for July 25

OKEECHOBEE — A plan to have a neighborhood cleanup day in Douglas Park has “confirmed my faith in unity,” Tamisha McQueen told the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners at their July 9 meeting. “I hope you can come in solidarity with us and get some work done,” she said. “I think it is absolutely wonderful,” […]

IRSC expands pool of final candidates for presidency

FORT PIERCE — At the special meeting of the Indian River State College (IRSC) District Board of Trustees, board members voted to expand the pool of final candidates for the IRSC presidency to include Dr. Towuanna “Porter” Brannon and Dr. Ian Neuhard. The decision brings the finalist pool to four. Virtual open forums and interviews […]