School supplies giveaway happening in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — On July 21 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Okeechobee’s Wireless Zone, located at 2105 S. Parrot Ave, is inviting Okeechobee families and their children to visit and pick up a backpack filled with various school supplies. The goal of the giveaway is to help parents and alleviate the rising costs of school […]

Lakeport area residents warned of aggressive bees

LAKEPORT — The Glades County Emergency Management Office has issued a warning for the Lakeport area about aggressive bees. “A very aggressive beehive was eradicated on Harper Lane in Lakeport. This makes the second hive to be eradicated in the Lakeport area. Please be aware of your surroundings and do not disturb the hive,” states […]

Chemical spraying on Lake O is continuing

OKEECHOBEE — Under the direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, chemical herbicides continue to be used to control invasive plants in Lake Okeechobee. • Now through Aug. 2, phragmites will be treated on the FWC created island, Gourd Island, to protect recently planted shrubs and wildflowers. Treatment will be extremely selective by […]

Swimming lessons save lives in Sunshine State

Florida leads nation in the annual number of child drownings Florida had 21 drowning fatalities involving children from Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2018, according to data gathered by the USA Swimming Foundation. The state is tied with Texas for the most drowning deaths in the nation. That number is down from 2017, when […]

Brother and sister accused of abusing disabled woman

OKEECHOBEE — The woman who was arrested after calling 911 and asking them to make her brother stop looking at her last month is back in jail on charges of neglect of a disabled adult without great bodily harm and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. Cheryl Starbuck, 70, Southeast 23rd Court, was arrested, along […]

FDEP is testing algal blooms as they pop up

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat continues, the lake remains below 12 feet above sea level, and blooms of algae and cyanobacteria (called blue green algae, although it is not actually algae) are common. The heat combined with little movement of water create conditions conducive to the rapid reproduction of the microscopic organisms into “blooms.” […]

Benefit auction list shows Okeechobee’s compassion

OKEECHOBEE — The community has demonstrated selfless generosity in donating items for the “Cancer Sucks Fund” to benefit a local woman. Sympathizers and supporters have been contributing things all during July at Back to Butch’s Bar, where friends and supporters are raising money to aid Okeechobee resident Patti Berglund, who is battling brain cancer. So […]

Two teens face armed robbery, drug charges

OKEECHOBEE — Two teens were charged with armed robbery after allegedly holding guns to the heads of a man and woman on Monday night, July 15, and demanding they give them money. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Devon Satallante responded to a call on U.S. 98 North at the Okeechobee Civic Center at approximately 8 p.m. […]

Okeechobee Angels headed to World Series

BELLEVIEW — The Okeechobee Angels X-Play 10 and Under All-Stars have advanced to the World Series following their stellar performance in the state tournament in Bellview, Fla., on July 12-14. The girls will travel to Hopkins, Texas, for the 2019 X-Play Dixie World Series which runs Aug. 2 through Aug. 7. Okeechobee won three back-to-back […]

Okeechobee City Council considers consolidating fire departments

OKEECHOBEE — During the City Council meeting on July 16, Councilman Bob Jarriel suggested it might be time to consider consolidating the city and county fire departments. “Seventy-five percent of our ad valorem taxes go to the fire department,” Mr. Jarriel said. He explained that he thought they did a wonderful job, but the majority […]