Eight OHS student athletes sign on to play in college

OKEECHOBEE — At a ceremony held on May 9 in the Okeechobee High School gym, eight students from OHS signed on to continue playing their respective sport at the college level. The Brahman football team led the school with three of its athletes signing on to play in college. Andrew Bates signed on to play […]

Meet the Florida Forest Service Communication Tech; Tom Timmons has seen a lot of changes over the years

OKEECHOBEE — Generally, when one thinks of the Florida Forest Service, he thinks of park rangers or fire fighters, but there are many other “behind the scenes” men and women who work together to keep things operating smoothly. Communications Specialist III Tom Timmons, AKA The Radio Guy, is one of those men. “The Florida Forest […]

Florida officials alarmed over plan to transport migrants to Florida

OKEECHOBEE — Are hundreds of immigrants headed for South Florida? Palm Beach County officials expressed concerns last week over news of a controversial plan to transport migrants from Texas to Florida. “Earlier this week, the chief of Border Patrol out of Miami informed us that their intentions were to bring about 1,000 people every month […]

Church hosts yard sale on Saturday; lots of other things to do in the community

Businesswomen to meet OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network will meet on Friday, May 17, at Lakeside Grill, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Come share information about your business and learn how others can help you grow. Bring a small exchange gift. For more information, call Raye at 863-467-2557. Shrine club will […]

Aquatic spraying to control hyacinth and water lettuce on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shared a plan this week to use chemical spraying to control the growth of hyacinth and water lettuce in the Eagle Bay and Kings Bar areas of Lake Okeechobee. Hyacinth and water lettuce are considered harmful invasive plants. According to the FWC report, the use of herbicides to […]

Reynolds debunks water myths

OKEECHOBEE — Myths about the South Florida watershed can hurt efforts to save the Everglades, according to Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds’ report to the combined county commissions of Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Martin and Palm Beach counties, May 7 at Okeechobee High School. ‘The greatest problem that I see in many of the conversations is that […]

West Palm VA to hold open house for Women’s Health Week

The event is being hosted for women who served in the military WEST PALM BEACH — In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Women Veterans Open House on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 7305 N. Military Trail, West […]

SFWMD governing board looks north to address water quality problems

Slow the flow. Clean it north. Comments at the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board May 8 workshop meeting echoed the slogans of the Anglers for Lake Okeechobee as board members noted the need to clean the water before it goes into the big lake. “These increases in nutrients that are coming out of […]

Nutrient pollution comes from ‘everywhere’

At their May 8 workshop meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board was briefed on the complicated issue of nutrient loading into waterways. The nutrient load from north of the lake is a complicated issue. Even the term “nutrient pollution” can be confusing explained Tom Frick, director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, […]

Glades County plans July summer camp

GLADES COUNTRY — For the second summer, Glades County Summer Camp will be held at Moore Haven Elementary School July 8 through July 26. Glades County campers ages 5 to 12 can attend day camp Monday through Friday during the designated weeks of July. Transportation is not provided to or from camp, but Glades County […]