Staff member at North Elementary tests positive for COVID-19

The Okeechobee County School District says that a staff member at North Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement published by assistant superintendent of administrative services Dylan Tedders, the district says the individual has not been on campus since their initial symptoms surfaced and that efforts are underway for identification of those who […]

Okeechobee Parks and Rec gets creative this summer

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Department has kicked off its summer activities with three programs for kids. The department has partnered with the Okeechobee County Library and New Horizons to help every child in the county have a chance to have a fun and safe summer. The Parks and Rec Department started […]

FHSAA task force recommends pushing back fall sports

Following their meeting on July 1, the Florida High School Association’s (FHSAA) fall sports task force recommended that the start date for fall sports in the state be pushed back. For now it is only a recommendation. July 27 remains the official start date and the first time teams around the state can begin practicing. […]

OYDC to shut down after December

OKEECHOBEE —The Okeechobee Youth Development Center (OYDC) currently operated by TrueCore Behavioral will be shutting its doors this December. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has chosen to not renew the contract for the facility located at 7200 U.S. 441 North in Okeechobee. “The contract for the Okeechobee Youth Development Center expires in December […]

State says brick and mortar schools must reopen next month

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that all schools in the state must reopen for at least five days per week starting next month. An emergency order issued by Education Secretary Richard Corcoran stated that school districts and charter school governing boards must provide the full array of services that are required by […]

OYDC TrueCore facility to shutdown after December

The Okeechobee Youth Development Center (OYDC) currently operated by TrueCore Behavioral will be shutting its doors this December the Lake Okeechobee News has learned. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has chosen to not renew the contract for the facility located at 7200 Highway 441 North in Okeechobee. “The contract for the Okeechobee Youth […]

Football teams prepare for uncertain 2020 season

MOORE HAVEN — Moore Haven Terrier football coach Brent Burnside spent the early hours of Monday, June 29, helping paint lines on the team’s practice field ahead of a team meeting later that night. At the meeting, Burnside and his fellow coaches will be seeing players for the first time since spring break to go […]

Amtrak cuts back service to Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE —– Amtrak has announced it will be cutting back daily train service on their Silver Star service to only three to four days a week on July 6. The move leaves Okeechobee, Tampa and Lakeland without daily train service. In a memo to employees obtained by CNN, Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing […]

DeSantis signs teacher pay increase into law

HIALEAH GARDENS — At a press conference on June 24, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that will provide funding to school districts and allow them to raise the average minimum salary for teachers. The bill contains $500 million dedicated to raising teacher salaries in Florida. Of that $500 million, $400 million will […]

State turns off tap at bars

TALLAHASSEE — The morning of June 26, Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), announced that effective immediately his department would be suspending on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. The move came on the same day that the State of Florida added 8,942 new COVID-19 cases. The order […]