Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events … Regular events appear after Holiday Happenings. Christmas social set PAHOKEE — Town Center Cafe, 119 N. Lake Ave., will host its first-ever Christmas Social on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. Come out and wear your ugly Christmas sweaters. Christmas presentation set OKEECHOBEE — Fountain of Life Church, together with […]

Heavy rain and poor visibility likely cause of traffic fatality in Okeechobee County

OKEECHOEE – Rogelio Aguilar, 45, of Okeechobee was killed on Saturday, Dec. 15 at approximately 6 a.m. in a traffic crash during heavy rain. He was driving a Nissan Titan pickup eastbound on State Road 710, lost control of his vehicle, ran through a ditch and collided with several fence posts and cabbage trees. The […]

SES recognizes Students of the Week

OKEECHOBEE  – South Elementary School would like to congratulate its students of the week for the week of Dec. 10. They are: Miranda Parada-Medoza, Jocelyn Garcia, Makenzi Lassiter, Wilfredo Sanchez, Willie Jones, Leland Vickers, Martin Sanchez, Jacob Garcia, Chase Hardman, Logan May, Abigail Kars, Devin Diehl, Bryson Sheffield, Madai Almaza, Giselle Arechiga, Wyatt Syples, Haylee […]

Okeechobee resident involved in traffic fatality in Martin County

OKEECHOBEE — One man was killed and another was seriously injured in a car accident involving two Okeechobee residents on Sunday, Dec. 16 at approximately 6 p.m. in Martin County. A Ford F150 driven by Jennifer Shripka, 36, of Okeechobee was traveling east on State Road 710 when the vehicle reportedly swerved into the oncoming […]

Drug Court bids farewell to Judge Bryant

OKEECHOBEE — The Dec. 12 Drug Court graduation proceedings were bittersweet as the team not only congratulated the seven who completed the program but also bid farewell to Judge Jerald Bryant, who was instrumental in bringing Drug Court to Okeechobee County. Judge Bryant said it was a special day for a lot of people including […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: The Phillips family is loved by their church

OKEECHOBEE — Pastor Eric Phillips and his wife Mandy are celebrating their 11th year serving at Everglades Baptist Church (EBC) this month. Both Pastor Eric and Mandy are from Garner, N.C., and Pastor Eric attended North Carolina State University from 1993-1998, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in middle school math and science education. In […]

Okeechobee residents accept Christmas Challenge

OKEECHOBEE — Americans have always loved a challenge, and often it seems as though the challenges involve something dangerous or ridiculous. Take for example the Tide Pod Challenge, the Cinnamon Challenge, the Ghost Pepper Challenge, Car Surfing, Salt and Ice, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the KiKi Challenge or even many years ago the “how many […]

Christmas Parade in Okeechobee is an annual favorite

OKEECHOBEE — Santa flew in from the North Pole to pay Okeechobee citizens and adults alike a visit at the annual lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The parade featured floats from local organizations and schools as well as the traditional lineup of horses and more, all decked out for the holidays with […]

Local 8-year-old is bitten by a pygmy rattle snake

OKEECHOBEE — Eight-year-old Coby Cox was enjoying a visit with his grandparents in Estero, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 1, when he was bitten by a pygmy rattle snake while walking across the yard. Coby said he thought maybe a bee or a wasp stung him on the ankle. It hurt, but not as bad as […]

Move over Christmas, there are other holidays in December

OKEECHOBEE — Although it may seem as if Christmas holds a monopoly on the month of December, there are actually several other occasions and holidays sharing the month. Pearl Harbor Day, Human Rights Day, Hanukkah, Festivus, National Fruit Cake Day and Make Up Your Mind Day are just a few. National Pearl Harbor Day of […]