Ribbon Cutting at Walmart on Friday; many other things to do in Okeechobee

Business Women meets The Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network will meet on Friday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Grill, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. These monthly meetings help expand your circle, improve your business and pick up ideas. Please bring a small exchange gift. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557. Ribbon cutting is […]

Volunteers sought to appear in music video

O-K-E-E-C-H-O-B-E-E I Love You! OKEECHOBEE — “We have a new song, Okeechobee,” said songwriter Chris Fox, “and it’s a country theme song that tells the story of our town.” Mr. Fox’s new song tells the story of how people in our town were raised back when this town was founded, he said. He wants to […]

Airboat captain gladly expanding, but lake health is key

BELLE GLADE — Life around Lake Okeechobee has been good to Captain Steve “MasterGator” Goyette, who’s been operating the business MasterGator Airboat Tours of Palm Beach County for the past two years, mostly from Torry Island. It has been so great, he recently announced via his company’s social media pages, that he and his wife, […]

Resort development gets OK for site near Sportsman Village

MOORE HAVEN — A rezoning petition from Brent Starts, owner of two vacant parcels of land that wrap around the Sportsman Village condominiums, has won final approval from the Glades County Board. It changes the zoning to planned development from residential single-family and will allow the development of slightly over 9 acres into a resort-type […]

Glades area legend ‘Nat-the-Cat’ honored

BELLE GLADE — The Glades area is filled with local icons who have helped establish the identity and culture of the area. Legendary disc jockey (DJ) “Nat-the-Cat” did not fall short of these standards because he set the tone for music and entertainment practitioners around the lake. Joe “Nathaniel” Colbert was born in 1938 in […]

‘We stand with the sheriff,’ say Viking landowners

OKEECHOBEE — Following an article in the July 12 edition of the Lake Okeechobee News headlined “Coquina Water Control sues Sheriff Stephen,” there was an immediate backlash from many of the Viking Estates landowners. “We stand with the sheriff,” and “Coquina does not speak for us,” were some of the sentiments expressed by many of […]

Billboard to honor cattle killed in truck crash

HENDRY COUNTY — PETA has announced plans to put up a billboard in honor of the 37 cattle killed when a truck carrying them overturned on County Road 833 in Hendry County. “More than three dozen cows died when this truck overturned,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s billboard will remind people that […]

Big O Open July bass tourney honors Les Tori

OKEECHOBEE — The Big O Open held its July Tournament, in memory of Les Tori, on Saturday, July 6. Sixteen teams participated in a nice day of friendly competition with the team of Leroy Bauer and Bob Miller placing first, weighing in a total of 19.51 pounds. Second place went to the team of Mike […]

Local organization preserves Glades County history

GLADES COUNTY — Approximately 20 years ago, a small band of Moore Haven residents held a meeting to discuss the colorful history of Glades County, and especially the restoration of some of the pre-war houses in Moore Haven. These enthusiastic folks were sure that many local houses were deserving of restoration. This meeting actually came […]

Senior safety class set for July 17

BELLE GLADE — On Wednesday, July 17, West County Senior Center, 2916 S.R. 15, will host a Situational Awareness Training session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is for older adults concerned about personal safety. This two-hour workshop covers non-contact safety techniques specifically tailored to senior citizens, designed especially for the elderly. For […]