Herbert Hoover Dike getting better every day’

OKEECHOBEE — The 2019 wet season has brought “average” rainfall according to information shared at Sept. 13 meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. After the series of years of “above average” rainfall which meant high levels in Lake […]

EAA reservoir still 9 years away

WEST PALM BEACH — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project is on track but even if everything runs smoothly, the reservoir won’t be complete until 2028 according to a report shared at the Sept. 12 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. SFWMD Governing Board Member Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch shared an […]

What can we learn from Hurricane Dorian?

OKEECHOBEE — Every time a big storm passes us by, we breathe a sigh of relief, and then we usually go back to living life as we always have. Maybe it’s time we begin thinking about what could have been and how we can make some small changes now while we are still able. Okeechobee […]

Athlete of the Week: Veyon Washington

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee High School senior Veyon Washington is this week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Brahmans game against the South Fork Bulldogs on Sept. 13. Against the Bulldogs Washington had three touchdowns, 115 rushing yards, five tackles on defense and one pass breakup. Veyon had some help from […]

Big O Open announces winners of September tournament

OKEECHOBEE — The Big O Open held its September tournament, in Memory of Les Tory, on Saturday, Sept. 7. Nineteen teams participated in a nice sunny day of friendly competition with the team of Brandon Medlock and Darren Eaton placing first with a total of 19.51 pounds. First Big Fish was awarded to the team […]

Football Around the Lake

The scheduling hiccups from Hurricane Dorian continue to be worked out as teams around the lake will be looking to build some momentum this week as we head into the heart of the football season. • Pahokee Blue DevilsThe Pahokee Blue Devils showed some mental toughness as they came back to defeat Dwyer 20-16 and […]

ATV rider in court: Did he win or lose?

OKEECHOBEE — A Prairie landowner recently went to court after being issued a citation for riding an ATV on the Prairie, and while he raised many arguments that were carefully considered by Judge Bill Wallace, in the end, he was found guilty of operating an ATV on a public road or street. The judge based […]

Dr. Paul Gray wants more wildlife habitat

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Paul Gray of Florida Audubon has been asked to be part of the new Aquatic Plant Management Technical Advisory Group (TAG). When it comes to aquatic plant management, Dr. Gray said his focus will be on wildlife habitat. Rather than trying to eradicate non-native plants from Florida waters, Dr. Gray promotes controlling […]

Teacher reportedly battered at TrueCore

OKEECHOBEE — A local teacher was injured Monday, Sept. 9, at TrueCore Youth Correctional Center after two youths allegedly punched him in the face. Jarahmeel King, 15, and Jerek Nico Orrand, 16, were arrested and charged with battery on a public or private education employee. Both were taken to the Okeechobee County Jail for processing […]

Brahmans and Bulldogs battle in back-and-forth bout

STUART — The Okeechobee Brahmans and South Fork Bulldogs had a wild, back-and-forth game when they met up on Sept. 13 at South Fork High School. The game had plenty of offense, great defensive plays and a controversial call from officials that may have changed the outcome of the game. Ultimately Okeechobee ended up falling […]

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