West County Senior Center distributes bottled water from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today

BELLE GLADE — As more people venture out, West County Senior Center is at it again helping families during the coronavirus pandemic by hosting an impromptu distribution of 3,500 16-ounce bottles of Zephyrhills water from 4 to 6:30 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, Aug. 5, during a community grab and go drive-thru in the parking lot of […]

Schools to continue with free meals

OKEECHOBEE — The Child Nutrition Department of the Okeechobee County School District is pleased to inform the public that it will be continuing with the USDA federal program for breakfast and lunch called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for this coming school year 2020-21. All of the schools will be participating and will provide healthy breakfast […]

Hendry County sheriff stands behind Trump

TAMPA — President Donald Trump delivered a campaign speech at the Tampa International Airport on Friday, July 31, while 15 Florida sheriffs — including Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden — stood behind him. “Yesterday, I had the honor of representing Hendry County, while standing with my fellow sheriffs and our president, showing our support for […]

Belle Glade woman dies in vehicular crash

BELLE GLADE — A Belle Glade woman died in a two vehicle crash on Monday, according the Florida Highway Patrol. A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that at 5:56 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, a 25-year-old Belle Glade woman driving a sedan (vehicle 1) and a 48-year-old Belle Glade man (vehicle 2) were traveling eastbound […]

USDA reveals contents of “mystery seed” packets

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified at least 14 of the different types of seeds in the mysterious seed packets received by residents across the country. “We have identified 14 different species of seeds, “said Osama El-Lissy, the deputy administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. “Including mustard , […]

Okeechobee County office buildings to be closed Aug. 3 for maintenance

OKEECHOBEE — The following Okeechobee County office buildings will be closed to the publicfor building maintenance on Monday, Aug. 3. Normal business operations will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 4. • Okeechobee Community Development Building located at 1700 N.W. Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee (building consists of Planning, Permitting, Code Enforcement, Parks & Recreation, Senior Services, CIP […]

Clewiston crash sends woman and child to hospital

CLEWISTON — A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that at 11:12 a.m. on Friday, July 31, a 22-year-old Clewiston woman was operating an SUV (vehicle 1) and a 59-year-old Clewiston man was operating a SUV (vehicle 2) Vehicles 1 and 2 were traveling northbound on U.S. 27 in the inside lane. Vehicle 1 was […]

SFWMD to reopen most locks Monday

  WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is reopening navigational locks today and tomorrow. Locks had been temporarily closed as Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the region. The following locks will reopen today at 4 p.m.: Hendry County: S-310 boat lock, Clewiston. The following locks will reopen at the start of […]

Lake Okeechobee under wind advisory warning; Shelters close

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center continues to track Tropical Storm Isaias. As of 12:15 p.m. Aug. 2, Okeechobee County is under a Wind Advisory Warning, with inland winds 20-25 mph, and gusts at 50 mph. Lake Okeechobee is currently under a wind advisory until 8 p.m., August 2, 2020. Okeechobee County Emergency Management […]

Okeechobee County Advisory #8 on Tropical Storm Isaias

News from the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Emergency Management continues to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Isaias and its impacts to Okeechobee County. At this time, the county and Lake Okeechobee continue to be undera Tropical Storm Warning. • As of August 2 at 8 a.m., National Hurricane Center advises […]