System of Care provides mental health help

OKEECHOBEE — We wrote our first article in April of 2018 about the Children’s Mental Health – System of Care in Okeechobee County. We’ve come a long way since then! This is just an update to let you know the progress we have made in less than two years. What is a system of care? […]

Fire captain proposes plan to save city fire department

OKEECHOBEE – A plan was proposed at the Okeechobee City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21 to save the city fire department. Captain Lalo Rodriguez, with the city fire department, introduced his plan as an alternative to what the council has been discussing which they have been calling a merger of the city and county fire […]

OCI inmate climbs radio tower at the prison

OKEECHOBEE – An inmate from Okeechobee Correctional Institution climbed the radio tower at the prison on Thursday, Jan. 16 at approximately 10 a.m. A passerby noticed the man climbing the tower and said he was waaaay up there! “You’ve got to come out and see this. Birds are flying around his head and guards are […]

System of Care provides mental health help

OKEECHOBEE — We wrote our first article in April of 2018 about the Children’s Mental Health – System of Care in Okeechobee County. We’ve come a long way since then! This is just an update to let you know the progress we have made in less than two years. What is a system of care? […]

Soccer around the Lake this week

• Glades Central Raiders: The Glades Central Raiders record of 4-4-2 is their best since 2010. The Raiders opened the season with four back-to-back wins over Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Royal Palm Beach, Inlet Grove and Glades Day. Their biggest win of the season came over Glades Day, when the Raiders rode a big […]

Randy Tucker has a heart for veterans

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Randy Tucker was raised in Okeechobee and joined the Army in 2002. He was a 13MIKE, which is a multiple launch rocket crewman, a rocket launcher on wheels. He went to basic in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and completed his advanced individual training for artillery in Oklahoma. After that, he was deployed to […]

OHS wrestlers advance to state dual

PALM BAY– The Okeechobee High School Brahman wrestling team advanced to the state tournament after winning the regional championship on Jan. 16 at Heritage High School. Last week the Brahmans won the district tournament after advancing to the finals where they defeated Suncoast in a rout 72-12. In the first round of the regional tournament […]

Senate bill addresses nutrient pollution

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is expected to address the nutrient pollution that feeds algae blooms during their 2020 session. Florida Senate Bill 712, has been tagged Florida’s Clean Waterways Act. It was filed by Senator Debbie Mayfield on Oct. 30, 2019, and is on the Jan. 22 agenda of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, […]

Cold weather shelters open in Big Lake Area

A cold weather shelter will open at 6 p.m. at the Douglas Brown Community Center

Project to turn cow manure into natural gas

SAN FRANCISCO — Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced Jan. 21 that it has partnered with four dairy farms in central Florida to build and operate three anaerobic digesters that will convert a total of 230,000 tons of dairy manure per year from 9,900 cows into renewable natural gas. Brightmark […]