Crisis forcing dairies to dump thousands of gallons of milk

OKEECHOBEE — The economic impact of COVID-19 is forcing dairy farms around Okeechobee to dump their own product down the drain — literally. The closure of schools, theme parks and some restaurants has led to a dramatically smaller demand for milk products. That decreased demand has resulted in a situation where dairy farms have containers […]

74 year old man is Okeechobee County’s third COVID-19 positive

OKEECHOBEE – A 74 year old man is the third person in Okeechobee County to test positive for the COVID-19 virus. He has been hospitalized. He is listed as a “non resident” on the Florida Department of Health dash board. The first positive, a 41 year old man, has an Okeechobee address, but was tested […]

Hendry Regional Medical Center shares updates

CLEWISTON – Hendry Regional Medical Center shared the following update on April 3: The following only reflects Hendry Regional Medical Center and its rural health clinics. This does not include all the cases/tests in the community. • HRMC has sent a total of 119 specimens for outside testing since the onset of the virus, 52 […]

ALDI updates customers regarding enhanced safety measures

As everyone navigates the changes brought about by the spread of COVID-19, ALDI wants shoppers to know that, above all else, it remains committed to the safety and well-being of its employees and customers. Over the past several weeks, ALDI has intensified cleaning practices in all facilities and have issued health and safety guidance for […]

First responders will be warned of COVID-19 cases

OKEECHOBEE — If first responders are sent to an address where a person who has COVID-19 lives, or whose COVID-19 test is pending, will they be warned? That was the question Okeechobee County Commissioner David Hazellief had for Tiffany Collins of the Okeechobee County Health Department at the commission’s March 30 meeting. Ms. Collins assured […]

Missionaries have flight almost to themselves

OKEECHOBEE — Paul and Anna Smith (names changed to protect their identities) are missionaries to Japan, along with their young son and daughter. Anna grew up in Okeechobee and then went off to college where she met Paul. Together they felt the call to go serve the Lord in Tokyo, Japan, and they packed their […]

OHS tennis team recognizes seniors

OKEECHOBEE — Originally the Okeechobee High School boys and girls tennis teams were scheduled to hold their senior night on March 31 before their match against Lake Placid. But after COVID-19 caused the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to press pause on all spring sports at high schools in the state, the seniors on […]

Medical marijuana deemed an essential business

OKEECHOBEE — If you heard about Gov. Ron DeSantis issuing a stay-at-home order, which asks residents to stay at home unless working or getting essential supplies, and wondered if medical marijuana dispensaries would be considered essential, the answer is yes. Florida statute defines dispensaries as an essential service that should be treated like retail pharmacies. […]

PBC Animal Care and Control offers drive-up vaccine clinic for pets

WEST PALM BEACH – In an ever-evolving effort to continue essential operations, and to assist with limiting potential exposure to coronavirus, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, has limited hours for residents to bring pets for rabies and other vaccinations. As of March 27, pet owners have not […]

U.S. Sugar is doing its part

BELLE GLADE — U.S. Sugar is proud to support federal, state and local efforts in fighting the pandemic. One of the country’s most successful agribusiness operations has been doing its part to support the world to include South Florida during the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, March 31, U.S. Sugar donated hand sanitizers to West County […]