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 […]

OPD needs help finding stolen ATV

  Okeechobee Police Department had a 2017 Green Yamaha ATV four-wheeler reported stolen at 4:05 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. The ATV was on a homemade flatbed trailer and the ignition switch had been cut from the ATV. The ATV has been entered into Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC). A store captured video of two […]

President budget falls short in CERP funding

OKEECHOBEE — Federal funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) once again has come up short. In 2000 Congress authorized CERP as a framework for restoring, protecting and preserving the greater Everglades ecosystem. CERP was to be a 50-50 partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida, with the […]

Support groups offered for mental wellness

“Do you have concerns about your child’s mental wellness?” This is the question asked by The Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care, and if your answer is yes, the group offers many ways to help. On the second and fourth Mondays each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m., they offer Mental Wellness Support groups for elementary […]

Man seriously injured in golf cart crash (updated)

An Okeechobee resident was critically injured after reportedly driving a Club golf cart into the path of an oncoming vehicle on U.S. 98 in Sebring on Tuesday, March 5 at approximately 12:20p.m. 27-year-old Phillip Kinzie was allegedly traveling south across U.S. 98 North from the driveway of the Circle K gas station on U.S. 27 […]

Okeechobee City Police seeking identity of suspect

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Police Department is currently asking the public for its help identifying the subject in this picture. For more information, contact Detective Bettye Taylor at 863-763-9783 or you may remain anonymous and contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.

School buses may soon have cameras to catch illegal passers

TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Emily Slosberg, has introduced a bill to the Florida Legislature allowing districts to install cameras on school buses to record drivers illegally passing stopped buses. The districts would then have the option to use these videos to send citations to anyone who was filmed passing a stopped bus. The cameras would […]

Meet the firefighter: Justin Hazellief

Delivering his own son was probably the most exciting thing that Okeechobee County Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Hazellief has ever had the opportunity to be a part of and he described it as the most amazing feeling in the world. Although as a paramedic, it was the third delivery he had participated in, that one was different […]

Information sought for missing teen

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has reported that 17-year-old Kailee Grace Pasley has been missing since Feb. 23. Kailee is 5 feet 2 inches tall, 105 pounds, brown eyes, and brown hair. If you have any information on Kailee’s whereabouts, contact Detective Ted Van Deman at 863-763-3117 ext. 5104 or you may remain […]

Palm Bay man killed in traffic accident

A Palm Bay man was killed early Monday morning, March 11 after reportedly entering the path of oncoming traffic. 26-year-old Jose Emilio Reguero was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer on County Road 68 when he initiated a left turn onto U.S. 441 South and entered the path of a 2006 Chevrolet traveling Northbound. Mr. Reguero’s […]