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 okeechobeenews.net. 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 […]

Walmart offers free grocery pickup service

OKEECHOBEE — On Thursday morning, May 10, Okeechobee’s Walmart Supercenter #814, held its grand opening ceremony for the new Walmart Grocery Store Pickup service. The location is on the grocery side entrance across the walkway from Subway in the area previously used for the in-store arcade. Walmart is offering a free grocery pickup service to […]

‘Reflections of a Small Town Reporter’ recalls memorable events in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE – Former Okeechobee News reporter/photographer Pete Gawda has written a book about people, politics and events in Okeechobee. In 238 pages, illustrated by about 70 photographs, the author recounts humorous and interesting tidbits about such things as the city’s “perfect” sign ordinance; the unpredictability of the county commission; OBE the Airport Dog who caused […]

Okeechobee Zaxby’s celebrates second anniversary

OKEECHOBEE – Zaxby’s restaurant in Okeechobee will celebrate its second anniversary next week with special promotions and celebrations. Owner Tracy Neely said the past two years have been a learning experience for her and for the employees, and they are working hard to be a productive part of the Okeechobee community. The restaurant currently has […]

Indoor gun range now open in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — Center Mass Gun Range had its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 25. Owners Bob Kreitz and Margaret Kreitz want Center Mass to be family-friendly and able to cater to both experienced and new shooters. “One issue we’ve had,” said Mrs. Kreitz, “is that we’ve been to other gun ranges on the coast where […]

Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters to host Grand Opening on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OKEECHOBEE —  Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters Grand Opening celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Festivities will include vendors, special drawings and food! The store is located at 5286 S.W. 16th Avenue in Okeechobee. Mike Krause is excited to serve local and visiting fisherman in the Okeechobee area. “My goal […]

Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters to reopen Sept. 1

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters is scheduled to reopen Sept. 1, and owner Mike Krause is excited to start serving local and visiting fisherman in the Okeechobee area. “My goal is to be the premier bait and tackle shop in Okeechobee,” said Mr. Krause, who was previously an employee of the store for seven […]