Inspiring People: Lisa Thomas believes you must be positive

OKEECHOBEE — Lisa Thomas is a native of Okeechobee, although she was actually born in Lantana. Her family moved to Okeechobee when she was very young. Ms. Thomas said she felt she was probably nominated for the Inspiring series because her husband, Wyatt Thomas, passed away from cancer in 2011 after they had been married […]

Farm Aid, foundation offer grants to farmers

PITTSBORO, N.C. — The Rural Advancement Foundation International (or RAFI), an organization based in North Carolina that works hard to advocate for farmers’ rights, has partnered with Farm Aid to assist farmers with critical financial needs that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are together offering $500 in support to successful applicants. Please […]

Florida Forest Service Announces Longleaf Pine Incentive Program for Landowners

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, the Florida Forest Service announced the launch of the 2020 Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program. Applications will be accepted Wednesday, June 10, 2020 through Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The primary objective of the Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program is to increase the acreage of healthy longleaf pine forests in […]

Inspiring People: You don’t have to be born here to be part of the family

OKEECHOBEE — Marc and Paulette Bragel prove you don’t have to be born in Okeechobee to be part of the family. Both of them are from New England. Marc is from Danvers, Mass., right near Salem, “Witch City,” he laughed. She was born in Hartford, Conn., but grew up in Palm Beach County. He has […]

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 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 […]