Pedestrians urged to heedsafety tips

Four pedestrians killed this year while walking along U.S. 441 S.E. OKEECHOBEE — Since last October, at least four people have been killed while walking along U.S. 441 Southeast at night. Howard Cohen was killed last October. Mr. Cohen was walking east on the north shoulder of U.S. 441 Southeast before he attempted to cross […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Kindergarten Krew is something special

OKEECHOBEE — At South Elementary School, the kindergarteners have something that not every kindergarten student is lucky enough to have. They have a unique group of teachers who not only love their job and their students, but they also really like each other and have fun working together and sharing ideas. This not only makes […]

Okeechobee County to contract with law firm

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners moved forward with plans for the county’s legal services at their Oct. 8 meeting. Earlier this year, the Law Firm of Cassels & McCall let the county know they would not be renewing their contract for services as county attorney. The county advertised the options of hiring an attorney as […]

You cannot keep someone else’s package

OKEECHOBEE — When it comes to receiving a package that does not belong to them, there are three types of people in this world — those who immediately try to return it, those who throw it in a corner to return later and those who say, “Merry Christmas to me.” The immediate returners sometimes write […]

Dump truck collides with car, one killed

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee resident was killed Thursday when the vehicle he was driving was hit by a dump truck on State Road 710 near Martin County. Chris Buchanan, 68, Okeechobee, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Deborah Buchanan, was transported to Lawnwood Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The accident took place on […]

New mural planned for downtown area

OKEECHOBEE — Downtown Okeechobee will soon be home to a new mural painted by Kathy Scott, who has painted some of the other downtown murals. Bridgette Waldau spoke at the Okeechobee City Council meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 15, and explained the leadership group of the Chamber of Commerce went to Okeechobee Main Street and asked […]

Cocoa man dies in crash on Flaghole Road

CLEWISTON — A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release stated that at approximately 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, a 2006 Ford Escape driven by a 46-year-old man, of Cocoa, was traveling northbound on Flaghole Road, south of U.S. 27. A 2000 Ford Excursion operated by Michael Varnum, 47, of Clewiston, was traveling southbound on […]

Should fire departments merge?

OKEECHOBEE — Consolidation of fire departments was a topic of conversation at the Okeechobee City Council meeting on Oct. 15, and the end result of the discussion was that they want to have a workshop with the county officials. City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca came prepared with some options that had come from several […]

Hendry County Road Watch Report for week of October 20

HENDRY COUNTY — U.S. 27 from Industrial Canal to Central Street in Clewiston: Construction project: Crews will install architectural signs, lighting, fencing, and landscaping at the eastern (west of San Diego Street North) and western (west of Lewis Boulevard) city limits of the City of Clewiston. The contractor is Weekley Asphalt Paving, Inc. Estimated project […]

Special athletes compete in track and field day

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Special Stars had its second annual track and field day at the Okeechobee County softball fields on Oct. 11. The track and field day featured cycling events, tennis ball rolling and throwing and shot put. Special Stars is a sports and recreational program for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. […]

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