Elvis dinner to benefit Arnold’s Wildlife Rehab

OKEECHOBEE — Just about everyone in Okeechobee knows about Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. It has been a part of this town for over 25 years. Sue Arnold is the woman behind the center. It all began because her husband asked her to find a way to stay home more. She used to be the president […]

Mayor’s foot injury inspires tall tales

OKEECHOBEEE – Okeechobee Mayor Dowling Watford has been seen out and about on crutches, causing many to ask how he injured his foot. The mayor says the tale is not very interesting and he suggests folks come up with their own stories of how he was injured. Lake Okeechobee News fans on Facebook shared these […]

Sheriff and pharmacist speak out for drug pricing transparency

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen joined the staff of Okeechobee Discount Drugs on Feb. 13 for a press conference to call attention to the need for transparency in drug pricing in Florida. Sheriff Stephen said he is concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs, especially for seniors who struggle to pay for […]

Belle Glade Library Happenings

BELLE GLADE — The Belle Glade Branch Library located at 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade will hold the following events in February: Adults• Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” — This feature length documentary takes a deep dive into the lives of black girls and the […]

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library comes to Glades County

GLADES COUNTY — The Glades Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is available to all Glades County children, from birth to 5 years of age. The Imagination Library is underwritten by a generous grant from Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation in Lakeland, Florida. The Glades Education Foundation is utilizing the […]

Voter registration deadline nears

Are you registered to vote? The deadline to register in order to qualify to vote in the March 17 Florida Presidential Preference Primary is Feb. 18. To be eligible to vote, you must: • Be a citizen of the United States of America; • Be a legal resident of Florida; • Be a legal resident […]

Pahokee students commit to colleges on signing day

PAHOKEE– Four Pahokee Blue Devils from the varsity football team signed letters of intent to continue playing at college on National Signing Day on Feb. 5. Octavious Bouie Jr. signed to East Tennessee State University (ESTU), Delonus Kabir signed with Florida A&M University (FAMU), Antonio Kelly signed with St. Thomas University and Tamarick Best signed […]

Shelter dog is trained to help veteran

OKEECHOBEE — Last year, a dog named Nova was surrendered to Trail of Hope Animal Rescue because her family was evicted and ultimately became homeless. They felt the best thing for Nova was to turn her in to Trail of Hope, where she would have a chance for a better life, and things did turn […]

School bus crash early Tuesday morning causes no injuries

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office stated there was a school bus vs. vehicle crash at 6:30 am this morning. There are NO injuries to the students on the bus. The eastbound lane is closed at the 4700 block on Mitchell Road. The crash is under investigation. There is no further information at this time. Again, no […]

Local FFA hosts ‘Run Your Boots Off’ fundraiser

OKEECHOBEE– Local Future Farmer of America (FFA) chapters and the Okeechobee FFA Alumni will be hosting a 5k at the Williamson Cattle Company on Feb. 29. The “Run Your Boots Off” 5k will begin at 8 a.m. and includes a 5k run or walk, a pancake breakfast and information about agriculture in Okeechobee county. Organizers […]