Okeechobee Community Theatre postpones 42nd season

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) has announced that they are officially postponing their 42nd season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The theatre’s executive team met last month to discuss the future of the season and made the determination that it would be best to postpone in order to safeguard participants and patrons. “It […]

Locals gamers slay COVID-19 boredom

OKEECHOBEE — Clayton Brown and six of his friends had a weekly ritual. Every Friday the group would meet up either at a local hobby shop in Okeechobee or in one of their homes and they’d play Dungeon and Dragons. Every week they followed the same routine. Meet up, go on adventures and slay dragons. […]

Gyms may reopen Monday, restaurants to use 50% capacity

By Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News JACKSONVILLE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced more plans to reopen state businesses. In a May 15 press conference, the governor said gyms can reopen on Monday, May 18. Restaurants, retail shops, museums and libraries may operate at 50% capacity. The governor said some restaurants may put Plexiglas partitions […]

County clarifies rules on parks, boat ramps By Chris Felker Lake Okeechobee News

WEST PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that it’s fielding lots of questions about the local executive order to reopen parks and other recreational facilities — issued this week before Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the “Safer at Home” edict for the three Southeast Florida counties while lifting it for the rest […]

Michael’s is offering free online craft tutorials

Each week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Michael’s will be offering craft tutorials through Zoom at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Some of the classes are limited to 1,000, so get there early. The classes will teach you how to make a face mask, How to knit a textured dishcloth, cake baking and decorating and […]

North Elementary School hosts virtual talent show

OKEECHOBEE — North Elementary School is hosting a virtual talent show. If you would like your child to participate in tryouts, follow these steps: • Plan your talent for 90 seconds• Log onto flipgrid.com• Using nestalent as the flipcode, log in with your school email• Be creative and record• Submit and wait for approval Video […]

Permit OK green-lights work on EAA Stormwater Treatment Area

“I’m pleased to report that South Florida Water Management received the final federal permit to begin on site work for the EAA Reservoir Project. I look forward to construction starting as soon as possible. The project is not only essential for Everglades restoration, it will also create hundreds of jobs,” Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted on […]

Why not go on a bear hunt?

We’re going on a bear hunt OKEECHOBEE – A suggestion has been making the rounds on Facebook to take children on a bear hunt while your family is social-distancing. The idea originated with a children’s book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. The idea is for participants to place a teddy bear […]

Want to keep the boat ramps open? Keep boats at least 50 feet apart on the water

FLORIDA — Boaters who want to keep enjoying time on the water are advised to make sure they follow the state’s rules for “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Last week Palm Beach County closed some county boat ramps because of mass gatherings on sand bars. If boaters on Florida’s freshwater […]

“How ’bout them cowgirls?” Girl power shines at Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo

OKEECHOBEE – Eight-year-old Juliana Martin held fast to a sheep for 4.3 seconds to win the Mutton Bustin’ competition at Saturday’s performance of the Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo. Juliana was all smiles as she accepted the belt buckle prize. It was her second year to compete in the Mutton Bustin’ event. Another female contestant in Saturday’s […]