Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events … Help save lives by donating blood The need for blood donations doesn’t stop for summer vacations. If you are in good health and over the age of 17, you can help One Blood ensure area hospitals have a safe blood supply ready to handle emergencies. The 13th annual Blood Roundup will be […]

Pete Clemons was iconic cowboy

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee community was saddened this week by the passing of Pete Clemons, 91. Mr. Clemons died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 16. Mr. Clemons was a famed former rodeo star, a successful citrus grower and rancher, and the owner/operator of Florida’s premier cattle market, the Okeechobee Livestock Market. Highly regarded for […]

Davis wins Powerlifting World Championship

OKEECHOBEE — Former Okeechobee Brahman Sarah Helen Davis recently traveled as a member of Team USA to compete at the International Powerlfting Federation 2018 Junior Equipped World Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Sarah brought home a World Championship in her 84kg weight class by defeating the world’s best junior lifters from other countries including Norway, […]

Supplies collected for hurricane victims

OKEECHOBEE — As east coast residents watched the National Hurricane Center reports for news of Hurricane Florence and prayed for loved ones in the storm’s path, an Okeechobee man decided to do something about it. Wade Hunt, of Painting and Pressure Cleaning By Big Lake, said he and two of his employees were talking about […]

Brahmans plan to ‘go gold’ for the first home football game of regular season

OKEECHOBEE — The National Cancer Institute dedicates only 4 percent of it’s funding to childhood cancer research. One Okeechobee mom wants to change that. Vanessa Villalpando’s journey into becoming an activist fighting to raise awareness of childhood cancer started 17 years ago when her daughter, Lexi Villalpando, was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after being born. […]

Lake Okeechobee area still recovering from Irma

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY — Although the “picking up the pieces” part of Hurricane Irma cleanup has been over for a good nine months now, the “putting the pieces back together again” part is still ongoing in many places as Florida marks one year this week since the massive storm made multiple landfalls in the state. When […]

Horse gets new leg and new mission in life

FLORIDA — A four-legged victim of Hurricane Irma has found a new purpose in life, thanks to Hopes, Dreams and Horses (HDH). Bet on a Star, known by the barn nickname of “81”, was on his way to becoming a world champion cutting horse in the summer of 2017, when tragedy struck. 81, whose sire […]

‘Winds Over Glades’ music program is Capt. Boudreau’s dream

PAHOKEE — “Winds Over the Glades.” Get used to that name, but never fear: These will not be malevolent tropical winds wreaking havoc. Rather, they will be variably gentle winds, expelled from human lips through instruments that are things of beauty in the act of creating heavenly musical notes. You are likely to hear “Winds […]

1928 Hurricane memorial set for Friday; annual event recalls hundreds of lives lost

PAHOKEE — The City of Pahokee invites the public to join in its annual commemorative ceremony to honor and remember the lives lost in the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928. This year, the 90th anniversary of that deadly storm, the event is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 14, at Port Mayaca Memorial […]

Lake Okeechobee News: We’re stronger together; Newspaper merger planned for publications around Lake Okeechobee on Wednesdays; Friday and Sunday circulation will not change

OKEECHOBEE — In the pioneer days when new cities were founded all around Lake Okeechobee, newspapers were established to bring community members together. In order to organize a new city, town or county, they needed a way to communicate with the people. The newspapers in Okeechobee, Clewiston, Moore Haven and Belle Glade/Pahokee were founded for […]