Smith to lead Economic Development Corp.

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Economic Development Corp. leaders have named their first president and chief executive officer. Megan Smith is set to take the lead of the newly formed public-private partnership in late March. “The board of directors has been very focused on finding the right professional to take the helm as the inaugural leader […]

Biosolids treatment facility planned on N.E. 120th in Okeechobee County

OKEECHOBEE – Plans for a facility to convert sewage biosolids into class AA fertilizer have northeast Okeechobee County residents concerned about the impact on their rural neighborhood. A legal advertisement published Nov. 9, 2018, in the Lake Okeechobee News states a new facility will be built at 11403 N.E. 120th Street. The owner is listed […]

LORE to have premiere Business After Hours Mixer Feb. 28

BELLE GLADE — A heads-up is going out to business owners and entrepreneurs in the greater Lake Okeechobee region, especially the Glades agricultural areas of western Palm Beach and eastern Hendry counties. The Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County is having its inaugural “Business after hours” gathering beginning at 5:30 p.m. on […]

New ag-industrial plant, Dollar General coming to Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — A new agricultural manufacturer is coming to Glades County, as well as another Dollar General store. One rezoning petition and two proposed comprehensive plan future land-use map amendments were considered by Glades County commissioners Tuesday morning, Feb. 12. First up was Peeples & Storey LLC’s petition for rezoning of part of its […]

Batton Consulting & Construction is one man’s dream come to life

  Mark Twain once said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” and in this goal, Elbert Batton has been a successful man. Although he has always enjoyed things like hunting, fishing or a round of golf, Mr. Batton says his true passion has […]

LaBelle native opens public relations company

LABELLE — On Wednesday, Jan. 16, LaBelle native Bianca Ross opened Story Media Group, based in LaBelle. Story Media Group will provide businesses with a local option for their public relations, digital marketing and communication needs. Story Media Group is a full-service public relations consulting agency whose mission is to help businesses develop and tell […]

Hospice of Okeechobee will soon have competition

OKEECHOBEE — Hospice is not a service one usually thinks of as a business, but in reality, explained Gail Gerntrup, CEO of Hospice of Okeechobee, a hospice is a business just as Winn-Dixie and Publix are businesses, and not all hospices are the same. People tend to think hospice is one big company and Hospice […]

Danish students spend a morning on Southern Accent Farm

OKEECHOBEE — On Tuesday morning, 39 college students from Denmark spent a few hours learning about cattle ranching in the U.S. from Southern Accent Farm owner Allen Smith and his wife Nicki. The students are enrolled in Dallum Agricultural College in Denmark, and were accompanied by economics teacher, Nina Riis and dairy teacher Jorgen Nordby. […]

Coffee, tea or CBD? Shop opens to offer edibles, oils, vapes and java

OKEECHOBEE — One of the area’s newest businesses is selling a line of product that is new or unfamiliar to many people, so the owners are working to create a space where those who’d like to learn about and try CBD, or cannabidiol, for themselves in a safe environment can do so, even over coffee […]

What’s so special about Pogey’s

November 2018

OKEECHOBEE — The hospitality industry, which includes restaurants, has had an employee turnover rate exceeding 70 percent for the last three years. Knowing this makes it all the more surprising to learn how many employees have been working at Pogey’s Restaurant for many, many years. Customers who spend any amount of time at Pogey’s notice […]