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 […]

South Florida dairy farmers fight for survival amidst low milk prices

OKEECHOBEE — A year ago this week dairy farmers around Lake Okeechobee were emerging from their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and beginning to assess the damage done by the category three storm. Farm workers arrived at dairies to find flooded fields, barns that had suffered massive amounts of structural damage, and they […]

WM and Home Depot helps save the bees

OKEECHOBEE — Waste Management and The Home Depot partner to construct and install a “Bee Pollinator Hotel” as an addition to the 2,000-acre certified wildlife habitat at Okeechobee Landfill. Pollinators play a special role in native ecosystems and in managed agricultural systems. Unfortunately, pollinators such as bees, bats, butterflies and ants have slowly suffered from […]

Jiu-Jitsu school opens in downtown Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — Okee Jiu-Jitsu, a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) martial arts school in Okeechobee, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1 followed by an official grand opening and barbecue on June 2. The school, which is located at 211 S.W. Park St. next to Discount Drugs, is offering a one-week free trial to new members […]

The Okeechobee News, in business since 1914; the top source for local information

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee News, Okeechobee’s hometown newspaper since 1914 is Okeechobee’s oldest continuing business. The newspaper office is at 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D. The website is The newspaper also has a popular Facebook page with more than 16,000 followers. Since 1915, the Okeechobee News has celebrated Okeechobee’s accomplishments, pointed out the […]