OCPD seeks help identifying woman

OKEECHOBEE —The Okeechobee City Police Department is asking for help identifying the subject pictured. The woman, who appears to be Hispanic, accompanied by a small child, stole a victim’s wallet that contained money, credit cards, a social security card and a driver’s license. If you know the identity of the subject, contact Detective James Pickering […]

Local gamers start own weekly tournament

  OKEECHOBEE — After Thunderdome Gaming, a comic book and board game store in Okeechobee, closed its doors back in 2015, many of their local customers found themselves traveling to the coast to find the same kind of niche products they had grown accustomed to having in town. One of those customers was Alex Clifford, […]

Corps effort to lower Lake Okeechobee level questioned

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee in anticipation of the wet season has local community leaders concerned about the safety of the water supply. Since the start of the dry season in October, the corps has released an average of 1,000 cubic feet per second to the Caloosahatchee […]

Meet the Officer: Law enforcement is in the blood of the Pickering family

OKEECHOBEE — Howard “Sport” Pickering’s great, great grandfather, Henry Hudson Hancock, moved to the east side of Taylor Creek from the Fort Meade area in 1902. Henry Hancock was appointed justice of the peace and cattle inspector for district 6 of Tantie in 1905. In 1917 Hancock was appointed the first judge of Okeechobee County. […]

When I grow up: 7-year-old Chloe wants to handle reptiles

OKEECHOBEE — Seven-year-old Chloe Dutton thinks reptiles are really cool and wants to be a reptile handler when she grows up. Her older brother got a bearded dragon when she was young, and she has liked them ever since. Herpetologist Billy Johnson fell in love with snakes when he was about Chloe’s age. He said […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Ralph & Grace Baker enjoying life

OKEECHOBEE — It may be hard for some to believe, but Grace Baker was not always a fan of bluegrass music. When she married Ralph, bluegrass was part of the deal. Both of them had lost their spouses and Ralph had been a friend of Grace’s daughter Bev for years, but Grace had never met […]

SFWMD hires executive director, approves C-43 reservoir bid

WEST PALM BEACH — The new governing board for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), who met for the first time on March 14, hired a new director, approved a contract for multi-million dollar reservoir, and authorized a settlement for a key piece of property for the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The later two […]

Bass Pro working on Okee-Tantie plans

OKEECHOBEE — Bass Pro is still working on plans for development of the Okee-Tantie recreation area, according to a report given at the March 14 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. County administrator Robbie Chartier said she met with a Bass Pro representative last week and saw some preliminary plans. She said they have had […]

Multiple drug arrests were made this week

On March 13, six people were arrested on drug-related charges by members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force after they utilized one or more confidential sources. According to the reports, the source has proven reliable in the past and was searched prior to the operations to ensure he or she had no weapons, cash or […]

School board approves calendar for 2019-20

  At their monthly meeting on March 5, the Okeechobee County School Board approved the instructional calender for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. New teachers are scheduled to report on Aug. 1 this year, with returning teachers reporting on Aug. 5. Students will begin the school year on Aug. 12. Schools will start their winter […]