Gun ranges adjust to rules

Ammunition sales up OKEECHOBEE — Across the country the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a run on hand sanitizer, cleaning products and, for unknown reasons, toilet paper. Another product is also flying off shelves — ammunition. Distributors nationwide are having trouble keeping up with the spike in sales, with some seeing their stock run out. Center […]

Amount of travel up in Okeechobee after COVID-19

OKEECHOBEE — According to data collected by the location tech company Unacast, despite calls for social distancing, residents in Okeechobee aren’t traveling any less than before the COVID-19 pandemic and, in some cases, may actually be traveling more. Unacast is a data location start-up and newcomer to the growing business of using smartphones to track […]

First confirmed COVID-19 case in Hendry County

According to data released on March 28 by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Hendry County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. According to FDOH the first case of the virus in the county belongs to a woman between the ages of 35-44 The Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m. FDOH update shows that […]

FTC warns of scams ahead of COVID-19 checks

OKEECHOBEE — As the U.S. Congress works through a relief package that is likely to give most Americans a one-time payment of $1,200, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is already issuing warnings about possible scams. “As the coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending […]

Rep. Pigman reports increase in ER patients

LAKE PLACID — As both a doctor and an elected official, Florida’s House District 55 Rep. Cary Pigman has a unique perspective on the COVID-19 crisis that not many else have. March 25 marked his fourth consecutive 12-hour shift at an emergency room in Highlands County. Rep. Pigman says there has been a definite increase […]

Fishing can be an escape from COVID-mania

OKEECHOBEE — If your eyes are fried from reading about coverage of COVID-19 and the stress of searching stores for a roll of toilet paper has you down, there’s scientific research that says a fishing trip might be the relief you need. A study published by researchers from the University of New Hampshire, Indiana University […]

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 […]

School sports postponed until further notice

GAINESVILLE — Following an announcement by Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 17 that schools in Florida would be closed through April 15, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) released a statement on March 18 confirming that there will also be no athletic events until at least April 15. “In response to Gov. DeSantis’ closure […]

Farmers working to keep food supply alive during crisis

BELLE GLADE — In the early morning hours of March 17, forklifts buzz in and out of the back of tractor-trailers docked at warehouses located just south of Lake Okeechobee. While other businesses in Florida are shut down or limited due to the coronavirus, the workers at these warehouses are helping ship one of the […]

Schools move to online learning

OKEECHOBEE — Schools across Okeechobee County will sit empty for at least the next three and a half weeks. Although no students will be present on campus, kids in Okeechobee will still be learning. For the next few weeks instruction will be delivered in an online format. At the present time the Florida Department of […]