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 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 […]