Palm City Crash claims life of Indiantown man

PALM CITY — An Indiantown man died as the result of a traffic crash in Palm City on Sunday, May 19. A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that at approximately 5:39 a.m. a 2015 Mercedes operated by Lavar Fairfax-Byrd, 38, of Port St. Lucie, was traveling westbound on S.W. Citrus Blvd. in Palm City. […]

Corps offers webinars about lake

Starting Monday, May 20, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will offer a series of lunchtime webinars to provide background information on water management in South Florida as it pertains to Lake Okeechobee and the region. Jacksonville District staff will conduct six webinars, the first beginning at noon, May 20. The intent is […]

Chobee Wrestling coach makes case for wrestling room

Chobee Wrestling Club coach Curtis Tyson spoke to the Okeechobee County School Board on May 14 on the need of a wrestling room at Okeechobee High School. In addition to coaching Chobee Wrestling Club, Tyson is an assistant coach with the OHS wrestling team. Despite producing three of Okeechobee’s four state titles, the wrestling program […]

Another drug house closed

At approximately 7 a.m. Friday, the Okeechobee County Sheriff Office’s Narcotics Task Force, along with the OCSO Special Response Team and agents from DEA, served a narcotics search warrant in the 7800 block of Northwest 86th Court. The search yielded methamphetamine, THC resin, marijuana, heroin and two rifles. Three subjects were arrested and face multiple […]

Okeechobee man charged with aggravated assault

Two women and a child were allegedly threatened by a gunman on Thursday evening, May 16, in the 200 block of Northeast 11th Street. Okeechobee Police Sgt. Belen Reyna was reportedly conducting a traffic stop when approached by a female who said she had just been assaulted by Ryan Tiger. The woman said he had […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… Torres is a great example of servant leadership

Raised by a single mom, Jovanny Torres was unable to complete his college education, but he hasn’t let that stand in his way. Mr. Torres grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where he helped his mother pay the bills and raise his two younger brothers. He moved to Okeechobee in 2011, and now he is working […]

Eight OHS student athletes sign on to play in college

OKEECHOBEE — At a ceremony held on May 9 in the Okeechobee High School gym, eight students from OHS signed on to continue playing their respective sport at the college level. The Brahman football team led the school with three of its athletes signing on to play in college. Andrew Bates signed on to play […]

Meet the Florida Forest Service Communication Tech; Tom Timmons has seen a lot of changes over the years

OKEECHOBEE — Generally, when one thinks of the Florida Forest Service, he thinks of park rangers or fire fighters, but there are many other “behind the scenes” men and women who work together to keep things operating smoothly. Communications Specialist III Tom Timmons, AKA The Radio Guy, is one of those men. “The Florida Forest […]

Martha’s House humbled by community support

OKEECHOBEE — On Wednesday, March 27, the Okeechobee and Sebring communities came out to Jersey Mike’s to do more than eat a sandwich. They showed up for Jersey Mike’s annual Day of Giving to support a local charity. This year Martha’s House was honored to be selected as that charity. The Jersey Mike’s stores in […]

Wrestling Club places seventh

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Wrestling Club (OWC) attended the Florida AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) 2019 Spring States on Saturday, May 11, at Bayside High School in Palm Bay. Thirty-two members of the OWC team participated in the tournament. Okeechobee placed seventh over all out of 70 teams. The results are as follows: • Kindergarten through […]