The Army Air Corps was good to Red Larson

OKEECHOBEE — When he saw that beautiful uniform and the silver wings his friend was wearing, Louis “Red” Larson’s first question was, “What do you have to do to join up?” When World War II began, he, along with several of his buddies was working as a newspaper delivery boy for the Miami Daily News. […]

Weather affects turnout for hiring event at OCI

The turnout for the recent hiring event at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) was less than hoped for, possibly due to the weather, said Human Resources Director Kunta Braswell, but he and Capt. Cheryl Marshall were hopeful that more people would come out later in the afternoon. Capt. Marshall is in charge of recruitment for […]

Cattle are an important part of local economy

Okeechobee has once again earned the nickname “Florida’s Cow Town.” The county continues to lead the state in the number of cattle. A study released March 6 by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture (UF/IFAS) found the top five Florida counties for beef and dairy cow inventory were Okeechobee (110,000), Highlands (75,500), […]

Presentation highlights CCC’s crucial links to Florida state parks

  SEBRING — A lecture given by the curator of the Florida CCC Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park on Tuesday night was enhanced by the quiet presence of a 90-something gentleman sitting in the audience. David J.W. Schmidt, who’s also a Roosevelt scholar, began his audio/visual presentation at the state park’s recreation hall in […]

Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events … VETERANS NEWS —- VFW Post 9528 events OKEECHOBEE — The VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge will host the following events:  The Post will serve dinner on Friday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Menu includes grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried fish […]

Road Watch for Glades County

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • SR 80 from Birchwood Drive to Collingswood Boulevard: (Maintenance permit project) Crews will be landscaping near the roadway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Road Watch for Hendry County

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • SR 80 at Riverbend RV Park: (Maintenance permit project) Crews will be installing underground utilities near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday, […]

Local children compete in Future Chef Challenge

  LaBELLE — On Wednesday, March 6, things were really heating up in the LaBelle Elementary School cafeteria for the 2019 Future Chefs National Challenge, presented by the Hendry County Schools Food Service Department. A panel of distinguished judges sat on the stage, watching ravenously, as the kids worked hard to prepare the recipes they […]

Clewiston’s AYSO thanks City of Clewiston

Clewiston’s American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 1267, would like to thank the City of Clewiston for city staff’s support this past season. You helped make our 20th year of soccer a success for our youths.  

Pahokeeans celebrate their city’s legacy

PAHOKEE — The annual “I Love Pahokee Day” festivities took place at the city’s waterfront over St. Patrick’s Day weekend this year, drawing hundreds to the relaxing parklike setting on Lake Okeechobee’s shore to enjoy music, food, games and camaraderie. An election had just taken place on Tuesday, March 12, and the gathering Saturday had […]