Drug abuse prevention speaker visits

OKEECHOBEE – When it comes to tough conversations with children and youth, most adults struggle to find the right thing to say. We do our best to avoid sounding too critical, or too “preachy,” but sometimes in doing so we come across sounding less genuine than we might have hoped – and sometimes we drop […]

Be extra wary of mosquito bites as heat lingers

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County reported Wednesday, Oct. 17, that its sentinel chickens in communities near Lake Okeechobee have tested positive for West Nile virus. Confirmation of the virus’s presence in Pahokee followed earlier reports that it had been found in Belle Glade and Jupiter Farms, as well. Although […]

FDEP answers questions about algal blooms

What is blue-green algae? Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, is a type of algae found naturally in freshwater environments. This algae is a microorganism that functions like a plant in that it feeds through photosynthesis and derives its energy from the sun. Blue-green algae can be found all over the world, and occur in Florida’s freshwater […]

Childhood depression: may be more than a passing phase

OKEECHOBEE — How often have we looked at the past through rose-colored glasses, reminiscing back to the days of childhood as a time of freedom and ease? We recall with fondness the joy of holidays, the excitement of school field trips, and the simple adventures of zipping down a warm metal slide or hanging from […]

Daughter helps save father after allergic reaction

OKEECHOBEE — As the public health preparedness planner of the Okeechobee County Health Department, Brian Sell has plenty of experience in preparing others for unexpected emergencies. But on the night of May 17 he found himself in an unexpected emergency of his own and some quick thinking by his 19-year-old daughter, Brilyn Sell, may have […]

Study links phones to increase in teen suicides

A research study published in November 2017 in “Clinical Psychological Science” indicated that the combination of “smartphones” and social media could be linked to the increase in depression and suicide among teenagers in the United States. The researchers noted a sudden increase in teen depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates starting in 2012. Teenagers […]

Participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

By Jennifer Dillard USDA In 2016, Ohio corn and soybean farmer Roger Winemiller lost two of his three children to drugs. Roger is not alone. Last year, over 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. At almost 174 people each day, this is more than the number of Americans who died in a car accident […]

OCSO will participate in the 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. This one-day collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous prescription drugs from homes will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the sheriff’s office, 504 N.W. Fourth St. This initiative will […]

Children’s mental health system needs community support

OKEECHOBEE NEWS – Are you concerned about children’s mental health? In light of recent events in our nation, children’s mental health is a discussion that should be taking place in all communities, including ours. A Children’s Mental Health System of Care is being implemented in Okeechobee County, and we need your input to make it […]

Learn the early signs of late development in your child

OKEECHOBEE – It’s devastating to hear that your child isn’t developing as expected. Well-meaning family, friends and even your pediatrician will say things like, “She’s not even 2 yet; she’ll catch up,” and, “He’s not talking because you baby him too much” or “Let’s just wait and see where he is developmentally in six months.” […]