Young trainer competes in Extreme Mustang Makeover

OKEECHOBEE — Tatum Bickel, 13, of Okeechobee signed up last December to participate in the 2019 Ocala Extreme Mustang Makeover. She picked up a yearling filly that was assigned to her in Ocala on Jan. 27, 2019. Tatum was one of 18 young trainers from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Kentucky approved for the […]

Oscar Lopez is no longer waiting for a kidney

“Oscar needs a kidney!” was the cry heard all over Facebook last week after Oscar Lopez’s girlfriend set up a Facebook page to spread awareness about the local man’s situation. Mr. Lopez was born with what is called a horseshoe kidney. He said basically both kidneys were connected in the shape of a horseshoe. No […]

Okeechobee summer activity guide is online

OKEECHOBEE — Parents who are looking for summer camps, classes and activities to keep their children busy this summer can use the Active in the Summer 2019 activity guide, now available online. Click HERE. The guide is produced each year by the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee. Copies are sent home with area school children.

It’s time to buy the graduate a unique gift

Every year when May rolls around, the announcements and invitations start pouring in, and it seems like everyone you ever met is graduating — from your niece Becky to the little girl who lived down the road 17 years ago. Now you are desperately trying to think of gift ideas for all of these scholars, […]

Palm City Crash claims life of Indiantown man

PALM CITY — An Indiantown man died as the result of a traffic crash in Palm City on Sunday, May 19. A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that at approximately 5:39 a.m. a 2015 Mercedes operated by Lavar Fairfax-Byrd, 38, of Port St. Lucie, was traveling westbound on S.W. Citrus Blvd. in Palm City. […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… Torres is a great example of servant leadership

Raised by a single mom, Jovanny Torres was unable to complete his college education, but he hasn’t let that stand in his way. Mr. Torres grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where he helped his mother pay the bills and raise his two younger brothers. He moved to Okeechobee in 2011, and now he is working […]

Meet the Florida Forest Service Communication Tech; Tom Timmons has seen a lot of changes over the years

OKEECHOBEE — Generally, when one thinks of the Florida Forest Service, he thinks of park rangers or fire fighters, but there are many other “behind the scenes” men and women who work together to keep things operating smoothly. Communications Specialist III Tom Timmons, AKA The Radio Guy, is one of those men. “The Florida Forest […]

Martha’s House humbled by community support

OKEECHOBEE — On Wednesday, March 27, the Okeechobee and Sebring communities came out to Jersey Mike’s to do more than eat a sandwich. They showed up for Jersey Mike’s annual Day of Giving to support a local charity. This year Martha’s House was honored to be selected as that charity. The Jersey Mike’s stores in […]

Tractor Supply to host Market Day

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee is full of skilled makers, bakers and producers, and the Okeechobee Tractor Supply store is bringing these talented individuals and businesses together for a community-wide, family-friendly event. On Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., the store will host its annual Market Day event featuring local vendors and their homemade […]

State Road 80 west bound and eastbound traffic lane closures

HENDRY COUNTY — State Road 80 west bound and east bound between Lexington Parkway and Wellington Parkway: Single intermittent lane closures will occur on State Road 80 eastbound and westbound between Lexington Parkway and Wellington Parkway on Monday, May 20, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. while crews test the asphalt in that area.