Clewiston woman killed in rollover accident

SOUTH BAY – A Clewiston woman was killed in a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning, according to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, the accident happened on U.S. Highway 27 approximately 3.5 miles south of South Bay, at 3:30 a.m. on July 14. Lorena M. Lara, 28, […]

Farm Bureau wants ag represented on SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Farm Bureau has reached out to Gov. Ron DeSantis to urge him to include someone from the agriculture industry on the South Florida Water Management District Board. In a June 19 letter to Gov. DeSantis, Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick wrote: “On behalf of Florida Farm Bureau Federation and […]

Foster grandparents have a lot to offer area children

OKEECHOBEE — The Foster Grandparent Program began in 1965 and is an intergenerational program providing aid to children with special and exceptional needs. The program began as a national demonstration to show that people age 55 and over still have something to offer to society in general and to children in particular. With their maturity […]

Community Hero luncheon is a success

OKEECHOBEE — The second annual Community Hero Business Exchange Luncheon, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee, was held on Wednesday, July 10, at Indian River State College, and it was a resounding success. “We will definitely do it again next year,” said Paulette Wise, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. The purpose […]

Should teachers carry guns?

OKEECHOBEE — Earlier this year Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that allowed school districts to expand the school guardian program to permit classroom teachers to carry firearms. The Okeechobee School District had already given non-instructional staff at schools the go-ahead to sign up for the guardian program last year, but now school board members are […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Savannah Callaway is not done yet

OKEECHOBEE — Summer Savannah Callaway has had more than 30 surgeries in the last three years following a collision in which her vehicle ended up underneath an 18-wheeler. In 2016, Savannah worked as a floor nurse at Tradition Hospital and decided to take a drive to visit a friend in Georgia while she had a […]

Blood Roundup planning meeting is this week; and, many more community events are featured

Moose Lodge to host events OKEECHOBEE — Moose Lodge 1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host the following event: On Sunday, July 14, there will be breakfast from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and three-card bingo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. BHR VFW 9528 to host events BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. […]

Back to School Expo scheduled Aug. 3

OKEECHOBEE — Our Village and Florida Community Health Centers will partner again to bring this community event to the children and families of Okeechobee County. The Back to School Expo will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Okeechobee High School. In its fifth year, this expo provides families with […]

County wants stop light on SR 710

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners Thursday voted to offer Florida Department of Transportation a deal. The county will accept responsibility for maintenance of a section of Martin County’s CR 714 only if Florida Department of Transportation puts in a full signal light at the intersection of SR 710 and County Road 15B. FDOT’s plans for […]

Could Okeechobee get a new high school?

OKEECHOBEE — With a new Governor in Tallahassee and fresh faces at the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), there’s renewed hope that Okeechobee might finally be approved funding for a new high school. During the public comment portion of the Okeechobee County School Board meeting on July 9 Greg Kelly of CRA Architects spoke to […]