Hometown girl needs help after hurricane

OKEECHOBEE — Linda Parker, who was born and raised in Okeechobee, now lives in a small town called Cottondale, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael last week. Mrs. Parker and her husband, Steve, are fondly remembered by many here in Okeechobee. She owned a small store that sold scrubs, called Linda’s Place, for several years […]

Work under way to get concert boat shipshape

PAHOKEE — Cosmetic renovations are under way on the historic floating arts center docked at the Pahokee Marina, in preparation for the envisioned instruction of young musical instrumentalists aboard it that is the Point Counterpoint II’s main purpose in being here. American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) conductor Robert Boudreau, owner of the vessel built for […]

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 […]

How to help Hurricane Michael victims; what you can do right now

OKEECHOBEE — Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, Oct. 10, wreaking havoc on the communities that lay in its path. The Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the continental United States in 50 years, brought heavy winds, rain, and flooding to the Florida panhandle and Gulf Coast, […]

KOA Oktoberfest to feature dachshund racing

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee KOA’s Oktoberfest celebration, planned for Oct. 19-21 will include music, fun and, best of all — dachshund racing. The races are set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The inaugural races in 2017 attracted about 40 pint-sized racers, who were grouped into heats by age category, with prizes given for each […]

Students learn to ‘Start with Hello’

OKEECHOBEE — As part of the Sandy Hook Promise, Start with Hello week was incorporated into the Okeechobee County Schools. Start with Hello week enabled students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and […]

It’s time to adopt a dog!

OKEECHOBEE — October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and according to the University of Florida’s research, more than 400,000 cats and dogs entered shelters in the state of Florida in 2017. When the time comes to choose a new pet, people are often drawn to pet stores, but there are so many loving animals […]

Wildfires are coming; Is your home ready?

OKEECHOBEE — A hurricane may or may not strike Florida in any given year, but according to Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitigation specialist and public information officer for the Florida Forest Service, a wildfire absolutely will. The National Fire Protection Association explains that when people build their homes in more rural areas, conditions are perfect for […]

Project spruces up Fisheating Creek Outpost

GLADES COUNTY — Employees of Clean Earth of Southern Florida, some of their family members and local volunteers helped clear out a lot of deadwood on the first weekend of autumn at the Fisheating Creek Outpost. “We got more done than we thought we were going to get done, and the trees came down that […]

Rescued German shepherd in young family’s care

BELLE GLADE — An injured German shepherd was rescued from drowning here last week, thanks to a sharp-eyed Farm Credit employee who glimpsed the dog clinging to a canal bank while he was driving home from his job in Okeechobee. Ben Morris called his wife and raced home to get her, then got a hand […]