Don’t leave windows blocked with shutters

OKEECHOBEE — Some Okeechobee residents who live in mobile homes were disturbed the week after Hurricane Dorian to come home and find yellow tags on their doors left by the Okeechobee County Tax Collector’s Office. The tags said there was no visible sticker on the mobile home and asked the resident to contact the office […]

Shoplifting suspect identified through Facebook

OKEECHOBEE — An unidentified white male reportedly walked out of Walmart on Sept. 1 with a Vortex Hunter compound hunting bow and a box of carbon express arrows and failed to pay for either item. Walmart’s asset protection associate Joyce Teich contacted Okeechobee Police Officer Savanna Smith, and she provided the police department with a […]

Lady Brahmans shut out Sebring volleyballers

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School varsity volleyball team beat district newcomer Sebring 3-0 on Sept. 12 and took the powerhouse Jensen Beach Lady Falcons all the way to the fifth set before falling 3-2 on Sept. 17. The Lady Brahmans had been looking forward to the Sebring game ever since they lost to the […]

Young boy allegedly steals car

OKEECHOBEE — A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with grand theft auto after allegedly taking his grandmother’s Ford Focus without permission and driving it into a ditch in Oak Park very early on Saturday morning, Sept. 14. He was transferred to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Okeechobee Police Officer Jessica Francis […]

End the Hunger Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday

OKEECHOBEE — According to Feeding America, Okeechobee ranks 35th out of Florida’s 67 counties for food insecurities. We actually have a gap of $2,586,000 for folks in Okeechobee to move from food insecurity to food security. An astounding figure for a county of our size, but it represents the 5,480 people who frequently worry about […]

Two arrested in drug sting

During the month of July, members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force met with a confidential source (CS) for the purpose of purchasing hydromorphone from Tacara Lawton-Holmes, 36, Southeast 14th Avenue. The CS said he/she had purchased hydromorphone from Tacara in the past. While in the presence of the task force, the CS called Tacara […]

Roof problems continue to plague schools

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School District continues to struggle with replacing roofs at the public schools. Last year, the roof replacement at Okeechobee High School performed by Property Renovation and Construction did not go smoothly. What was originally scheduled to be a two-month project stretched into almost a full year. While giving an update […]

Roundabout option considered on SR 710

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners Thursday agreed to add the option of a traffic roundabout at the intersection of Martin County Road 714 (aka Martin Grade) and State Road 710, if the Florida Department of Transportation realigns CR 714. The realignment will take part of CR 714 into Okeechobee County to come out opposite Okeechobee […]

Community rallies to help blind woman

Formerly homeless widow is now a homeowner money where their mouths are, but when Joanne McDuffie learned a blind woman who had just been released from the hospital was going to be evicted from her home, she said, “ Take me to her.” Ms. McDuffie is my mother, and I normally share the interesting stories […]

Fort Denaud Road closures scheduled Sept. 19 through Sept. 24

LABELLE — Hendry County Road & Bridge Contractor, Lynch Paving & Construction Co., Inc., along with its subcontractor CWR, will begin final paving operations on Fort Denaud Road from Fort Denaud Bridge Way to Huggetts Road beginning on Thursday, September 19. The roadway will be CLOSED daily from Fort Denaud Bridge Way to Huggetts Road […]