Coast Guard searching for missing boaters

ST. PETERSBURG – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two boaters who have been missing for the past week. Gerald Cook, 81, and Peter Cook, 55, along with four of their dogs, left Panama City on Feb. 13 with plans to travel to Vero Beach via the Okeechobee Waterway. They left a Panama Beach […]

South Elementary School presents Students of the Week

OKEECHOBEE — South Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 18. They are, in no particular order: Kylie Stephens, Rory Van Wormer, Ausum Allen, Tationa Thomas, Aaryianna Henry, Garrett Schwier, Corliessa Carter, Cassidy Garelick, Lily Johnson, Yeshua Martinez, JR Stanley and Madai Almanza.

Cracker Trail Ride replays Florida cowboy lore

OKEECHOBEE — A piece of history passed through Okeechobee County last week with the annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride. Approximately 150 horses and riders participated in the 2020 Cracker Trail Ride. While most came from Florida, some came from Colorado, Washington state and even from England. Riders of all ages found camaraderie on the journey. […]

History preserved at 1890s-era Lockett Estate

HIGHLANDS COUNTY — There’s new life in the Edna Pearce Lockett Estate, which was in ruins just three years ago. On the main house, the rotting porch was replaced and a new roof keeps the interior dry. The old carpet has been pulled up to reveal the original wood floors. The old schoolhouse, built in […]

Driver accused of tailgating off-duty detective

OKEECHOBEE — An off-duty sheriff’s detective was surprised when a car approached him at a high rate of speed near the 7200 block of U.S. 441, tailgated him, then slowed down and began to swerve. He notified dispatch, and Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock responded to his location in the 700 block of U.S. […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’

OKEECHOBEE — There is a song, written by Martin Charnin, called “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and if you’ve ever met Amy Cortez, you would swear she lives by that motto. No matter what she is doing or how she is feeling, she has a smile on her face. Amy has lived in […]

Brahmans win regional game for first time since 1986

OKEECHOBEE — Brahman basketball head coach Demetre Riles has guided Okeechobee not only to back-to-back district championships but, now, their first regional playoff win in nearly 34 years. The Okeechobee Brahmans varsity basketball team won their first regional playoff game since 1986 thanks to a dominating second-half performance against the Belen Jesuit Wolverines to secure […]

Two local men killed when car hits tree

OKEECHOBEE — Two Okeechobee men died Friday, Feb. 21, in a single vehicle accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Samuel R. Curbelo, 28, of Okeechobee was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer westbound on Southwest 28th Street at 5:31 a.m., when for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Mr. […]

City residents ask: Where will merger end?

OKEECHOBEE — “Consolidation is akin to diabetes,” said Dale Ann Watford at the city council meeting on Feb. 18. “You start cuttin’ a little bit. It starts with your toe. Then it’s your foot. Then it’s your leg. If y’all ain’t careful, this is just my knower (hand gesture over heart) y’all might be out […]

FWC seeks input on lake plan

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began work on a new management plan for Lake Okeechobee on Feb. 18, with a public meeting at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 to gather stakeholder input. Ryan Hamm, regional fisheries administrator, said FWC is drafting a management plan for Lake Okeechobee. He said […]