Crime Stoppers seeks whereabouts of Terrell Peak Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Terrell Peak, 25 years old, black, male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 170 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, and he has multiple tattoos. He is at large. Peak is wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault, felon in possession of […]

COVID-19 positive numbers increase in counties around Lake Okeechobee

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health reports 200,111 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 5, with 3,731 deaths related to the COVID-19 virus. The total positive cases include 3,035 non-residents. The testing date includes some duplications, as some people such as first responders and health professionals have been tested […]

CDC expands list of those at risk of COVID-19

News from the CDCSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News ATLANTA — Based on a detailed review of available evidence to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated and expanded the list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions […]

A watered-down bill will not fix our water quality issues

Guest Commentary Special to the Lake Okeechobee News Gov. Ron DeSantis just signed into law SB 712 — the self-proclaimed “Clean Waterways Act” — an ambitious misnomer for a bill that claims to be the solution to our mounting water quality issues, but falls far short of that mark. This bill has been praised by […]

Free food distribution continues July 7 with new times

WEST PALM BEACH — Tuesday and Thursday food distribution continues on Tuesday, July 7. Distributions will now be taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 51 locations across the Palm Beach County School District. Please note that Okeeheelee Middle School has closed as a distribution site. Feeding South Florida will distribute free food […]

Palm Beach County has 15,169 COVID-19 positive as of July 3

WEST PALM BEACH — The Florida Department of Health July 3 report shows 15,169 Palm Beach County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 105. The county has 536 deaths and 1,887 hospitalizations (1,863 residents and 24 non-residents) related to COVID-19 to […]

Wearing masks does not violate Florida law

FLORIDA — Contrary to what you may have read on social media, rules requiring people wear cloth face coverings in public buildings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are not in violation of Florida Statute. This myth has been making the rounds on social media, based on Florida Statute 876.12, enacted in 1951, which states: […]

Robotics program gains nationalattention

PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Subaroos robotics teams at Pahokee Middle School and Pahokee High School are featured in the Summer 2020 issue of Palm Beach County Business Quarterly Economic Development Magazine for gaining national academic recognition for the achievement of its winning robotics program. The article mentioned that the program began during the 2016-2017 school […]

Palm Beach County has 14,859 COVID-19 positive as of July 2

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health July 2 report shows 14,859 Palm Beach County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 105. The county has 523 death and 1,860 hospitalizations (1,836 residents and 24 non-residents) related to COVID-19 to […]

Governor, Florida surgeon general urge Floridians to take action to slow the spread and protect the vulnerable

TALLAHASSEE — As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida surgeon general are reminding all Floridians to protect the vulnerable by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public: • Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that […]