Okeechobee County virtual meetings provide options for public comment; Commission’s next regular meeting is 9 a.m. Thursday

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OKEECHOBEE — In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, while still allowing the public to provide comments at upcoming Okeechobee County Commission meetings, staff has created several ways to make sure the public’s voice can be heard. The public is encouraged to watch the county meetings remotely while practicing social distancing. Meetings […]

CES roof work nearing completion

OKEECHOBEE — The roof replacement at Central Elementary has been a yearlong headache for the Okeechobee County School District. It was originally scheduled to be completed before the 2019-20 school year. But after a series of setbacks experienced by the low-bid roofing contractor Property Renovation & Construction, the project’s completion date slipped past the Christmas […]

Free WiFi available in parking lots of local businesses

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County public school students will use computers for online learning while the school campuses are closed due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. To help those who do not have internet access, some local businesses have offered to provide free WiFi in their parking lots. Those using the WiFi are asked to stay […]

Okeechobee County declared emergency

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County declares state of emergency By Katrina Elsken Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency (LSE) at their March 18 meeting. The LSE means the county will eligible for reimbursement by federal and state funding, should that become available, for expenses related to the management […]

Okeechobee schools closed, but learning will continue

OKEECHOBEE – School campuses are closed through April 15 but “that doesn’t mean learning is stopping,” Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy told Okeechobee County Commissioners at their March 18 meeting. He said they are working on plans for virtual learning. Mr. Kenworthy said the state has eliminated requirements for standardized testing this year, and will […]

Okeechobee County Commission to meet at 6 p.m.

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OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commission will meet today (March 18) at 6 p.m. in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse to receive updates about the COVID-19 virus from local agencies and to consider adoption of a resolution declaring a local state of emergency. Due to concerns about the gathering of large groups of people, community […]

Bars to close for 30 days; Restaurants must limit customers to 50 percent normal capacity

TALLAHASSEE — Bars in Florida will close at 5 p.m. tonight and stay closed for the next 30 days, by order of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. In a Tuesday press conference, Gov. DeSantis said the president and his team issued a new guidance from the CDC calling for a 15-day plan on Monday. “We look […]

Our Village seeks help for families in need

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee school children will have a longer spring break that expected, due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Okeechobee public schools are on spring break this coming week, but due to the emergency order by Gov. Ron DeSantis, they will be out of the classroom for at least an additional week. For families […]

Okeechobee County Fair extends deadline for creative skills, food and vegetable contests registration to Monday

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fair has extended the entry deadline for all Creative Skills, Foods, Vegetables, etc. to enter until Monday, March 9, at 5 p.m. All who wish to enter items in the fair may register on the fair website, or stop by the Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 and complete a paper entry […]

Electric vehicle charging station coming to Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The City of Okeechobee will soon have an electric vehicle charging station. It will be the first within the county and will be an asset for electric vehicles passing through on State Road 70 said City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca at the Okeechobee City Council meeting on March 3. “Obviously, we want […]