News from Buckhead Ridge

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The Aug. 29 meeting of the Buckhead Ridge Community Association (BHRCA) saw 46 people turn out for a great fried chicken potluck supper. Many were concerned about Hurricane Dorian, but evidence around the community indicated that Buckhead Ridge residents were aware and prepared. Following dinner, they heard Neil Chapman, retired fireman/instructor, lead […]

SFWMD re-opening public access to recreation land after Hurricane Dorian passed

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has re-opened public access to SFWMD-managed land and all land managed in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as of Thursday, Sept. 5. Access was temporarily closed for public safety last week because of the expected impacts of Hurricane Dorian. Information on all SFWMD-managed lands […]

Why not donate those hurricane supplies?

OKEECHOBEE — Last Friday, Hurricane Dorian was headed straight toward Okeechobee, and the fact that he never came near us has been met with mixed reactions by the citizens of our town. Some people consider it a huge blessing; some say we were very lucky, and some are annoyed they spent time and money on […]

Glades Inn site sale agreement OK’d

MOORE HAVEN — A little over a year after they accepted a plan to buy and develop the site of the old Glades Inn, the Glades County commissioners approved a purchase and sale agreement with New Moore Haven LLC on Aug. 26. The matter had been tabled from their Aug. 13 meeting. Commissioner John Ahern […]

Dorian relief efforts for Bahamas under way in earnest

Relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas are being mounted in nearly every community around Lake Okeechobee and across South Florida. Floridians are finding it only natural, not to mention a little heart-wrenching, to take the attitude of “There but for the grace of God go we.” It easily could have been us […]

Mesloh is Glades’ top pick, again

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board has selected Jennifer James-Mesloh as its top choice to be the next county manager, for the second time in just over a year. Ms. Mesloh, a resident of Michigan, was Glades commissioners’ top-ranked applicant last summer, too, before withdrawing her name from consideration last Aug. 3. Their second […]

Labor Day brings hurricane fatigue

Lake Okeechobee area residents spent Labor Day weekend watching the very slow progress of Dorian, which grew to a massive Category 5 hurricane by Saturday and then stalled about 100 miles off the Florida coastline. By Tuesday, the storm had fallen in strength to Category 2 and was slowly moving northwest. The track deviation from […]

USPS restores mail delivery, retail operations

SOUTH FLORIDA — The South Florida District of the U.S. Postal Service has announced the resumption of mail delivery and retail operations, which had been temporarily suspended, due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. The following 3-digit ZIP Code areas will have delivery and retail services effective Wednesday,Sept. 4: 334 and 349. USPS Service Alerts […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Inspiring people are everywhere

OKEECHOBEE — Since school began this year, Facebook has been inundated with stories of people who have gone out of their way to make life a little better for others in some way. Instead of the expected complaints about confusion surrounding picking children up at school or bus schedules, the stories were praises for jobs […]

Update for Big O area counties: Okeechobee schools to reopen Thursday; Hendry County and Glades County schools reopen Wednesday; Government offices reopen

NINETEENTH JUDICIAL COURT The 19th Circuit Court confirming reopening of 19th Circuit Courts on Thursday, September 5th. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY OKEECHOBEE – The City of Okeechobee will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 8 a.m. Okeechobee County School District teachers return to work on Wednesday, as a teacher work day. Students return to school on Thursday, Sept. […]