Boil water notice lifted for areas of Port LaBelle

LABELLE  – (January 25, 2019) The boil water notice in effect for Country Village and the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Port LaBelle has been lifted. Bacteriological tests run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water. Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

West Palm Beach VA to host Suicide Prevention event

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, 7305 N. Military Trail, will host a Suicide Prevention event on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 8:30 a.m. to noon in its Atrium on the first floor of the main medical center. The goals of this event are to increase awareness about the suicide prevention resources […]

Okeechobee shows support for children’s mental health

It seems that wherever we turn in 2018, someone is mentioning mental health. We see it in national news stories, read about it in internet commentary and even hear it discussed in scripted television series and movies. We are inundated with messages concerning the importance of positive mental health but rarely given a reason why. […]

November is World Kindness Day

Sometimes the smallest gestures can make a person’s day completely turn around, whether it is a simple smile or holding a door. Nov. 13 is World Kindness Day. If we expect our children to learn kindness, we must be their teachers! “World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on Nov. 13. On this day, participants attempt […]

Wear green on show support of World Mental Health Day

Mental health is a term that seems to be everywhere lately — a hot-button topic tossed around political forums, on school campuses, across the internet and in our own homes. While we may see mental health as an American issue, the effects of mental illness are being felt on a global level. People experience mental […]

November is Parental Involvement Month

In a fast-paced world like ours, it can sometimes feel easy to become robotic — melding and compressing our schedules. At times we limit the duties and tasks, just to make it through the day thinking about how to de-stress our lives for ourselves and our kids. The thought of adding any additional responsibility to […]

Children’s Mental Health System of Care hosts monthly ‘Family Nights’ at IRSC

The Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care will present monthly Family Nights at IRSC Aug. 28-April 23, 2018. Bring the kids and join in the fun at the Williamson Education Center at Indian River State College for evenings that include dinner, fun and great information from experts on children’s mental health, education, safety and […]

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 […]