Super ladies awarded for life saving

OKEECHOBEE — Missie Peaden, Jackie Timmons and Kim Koble were awarded the Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award for Life Saving. Missie Peaden and Jackie Timmons came upon a traffic crash involving a motorcyclist who was bleeding out due to injuries. Using recent training, they assisted each other in applying a tourniquet on the subject’s leg, which […]

Local girl receives award

OKEECHOBEE — Ashlyn Paige Burdeshaw was recently honored by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. Miss Ashlyn was at a local function, found a large sum of money and wasted no time turning it in. School Resource Officer Deputy William Hill applied for Ashlyn to be awarded the “Just-Us” award for her honesty and integrity. Deputy […]

Brothers receive award

OKEECHOBEE — School Resource Officer (SRO) K-9 Deputy Donnie Holmes recently awarded Ryder and Hunter Gorham the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) “Just-Us” award for their recent act of integrity. The brothers found over $300 in an unmarked envelope that had been dropped by someone. Later it was found that the money had been donated […]

May brings return of love bug season

SOUTH FLORIDA — Just as Florida started the first phase of reopening non-essential businesses, those on the roadways found themselves dealing with the annual menace of love bug season. Twice a year, swarms of love bugs hover around roadways and splatter themselves on vehicles. Love bugs (whose scientific name is Plecia nearctica Hardy) have a […]

Okeechobee County Public Library has extended curbside services

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Public Library is extending its curbside service by having patrons place holds online at myhlc.org or call them at 863-763-3536.Once holds are filled, you will receive a confirmation call to pick up items the following day.Items will be placed in the Little Library in the gated area at the back entrance […]

OHS graduate is a hero in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES — A former Okeechobee resident and Okeechobee High school graduate was proclaimed a hero in the Philippines this week. Harley Kemp Jr. and his family moved to Okeechobee in 1960 from the Miami area. Mr. Kemp’s father opened a business called Harley’s Radio and TV Shop on Southwest Fifth Avenue near where Smitty’s Glass […]

Bee lab has open house, tours May 6

GAINESVILLE — Lake Okeechobee region beekeepers may be interested in the open house taking place today, Wednesday, May 6, at the University of Florida/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at Steinmetz Hall on Natural Area Drive in Gainesville, 32611. Open facility tours for individuals or small groups are available on the first Wednesday of […]

Local bus driver Eric Christenson uses art as therapy

OKEECHOBEE — Bus driver Eric Christenson uses art to express his feelings related to the coronavirus. Known as “Mr. C” to all the students on Bus 11, his school bus for the last 10 years, Mr. Christenson said he has always been an art lover and, after he stopped working and began social distancing on […]

Inspiring Okeechobee …Volunteers answer the call for help

OKEECHOBEE — In a call that is reminiscent of those heard during World Wars I and II, health care workers all over the United States are expressing a need for medical supplies, and just like those earlier calls, these cries are being answered by women, and maybe even some men, across the country. During the […]

Meet the Firefighter/Paramedic: Glades County’s James Williams

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County firefighter James Williams, who’s originally from Fort Pierce, has been in the field of emergency medical services for more than 20 years. Mr. Williams started his career as a medic in the U.S. Army and then carried that over to the civilian world. He worked as both a ground and […]

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