Hendry County honors National Hospital Week

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners honored National Hospital Week at their May 12 meeting at the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston. Commissioners thanked the local health care workers and hospital for their dedication and hard work during these trying times amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The proclamation was followed by an update on […]

Data manager’s removal raises questions about accuracy of FDOH COVID-19 Dashboard; Fried calls for report at May 28 Florida Cabinet meeting

FLORIDA – Just how accurate is the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard? Dr. Rebekah Jones, a scientist key to the website’s development and operation, has told reporters she was removed from the project earlier this month for refusing to manipulate the data to “drum up support” for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen businesses […]

Zoom meeting to review EAA reservoir plan

WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District will host a Zoom webinar about the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir on May 29, starting at 9 a.m. To register for the workshop, go to zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IgiYke4tSgaNTrH_3d9dDQ. This session is for review of the 2020 independent scientific peer review conducted to critically assess the technical […]

Okeechobee City council moves forward with contract for county to provide fire service in the city

OKEECHOBEE — Despite assurances to the contrary, it appears the Okeechobee City Council has made a decision regarding the fate of the city fire department. Back in February, the council assured the city fire department that their intention in asking the county for a contract did not mean they had made a decision. At the […]

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 […]

Gyms may reopen Monday, restaurants to use 50% capacity

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 between booths. The governor said […]

Lake releases designed to help Caloosahatchee River

EAA reservoir still ‘full steam ahead’ JACKSONVILLE — A small change in the amount of water released from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River is designed to help the Caloosahatchee estuaries, according to Col. Andrew Kelly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District commander. In a Friday news teleconference, Col. Kelly said a change from […]

Jesse James* (Simmons) is a candidate for sheriff (*not an outlaw descendant)

OKEECHOBEE — Normally when we hear the name Jesse James, we think of outlaws, but Jesse James Simmons does not have law breaking on his mind. He is more interested in law enforcement and has thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate for sheriff of Okeechobee County. Born and raised in Martin County, […]

Sheriff Stephen has been with the OCSO for 34 years

OKEECHOBEE — Sheriff Noel E. Stephen started out working in the county jail in 1987 and, not long after, was certified as a road deputy. He spent about two and a half years in the jail and approximately five years on road patrol before going into criminal investigations as a detective. He began with property […]

“Hidden heroes” keep county running

Sharon R. BockClerk & comptroller, Palm Beach County WEST PALM BEACH — Doctors, nurses, law enforcement, truckers, grocers and others who have stepped up to keep us healthy, safe and well-fed are heroes who should be celebrated for their extraordinary efforts. However, during this pandemic there have been less high-profile jobs done with little acknowledgment. […]