Okeechobee Fire Report

• Okeechobee City Fire Department had 22 medical/EMS and six fire-related calls last week. • Okeechobee County Fire Rescue had 110 medical/EMS, eight fire-related, four dispatched and canceled and six miscellaneous calls last week. Out of 91 possible transports, five were refused. • On May 26 at approximately 6:15 a.m., OCFR responded to a call […]

Ground spraying operations for treatment of adult mosquitoes in Hendry County begins June 1

LABELLE – Hendry County’s mosquito control contractor, Clarke, will commence ground spraying operations for adult mosquitoes on June 1 utilizing trucks in the areas of Hendry County which are assessed for the Hendry County Mosquito Control Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU). This truck spraying will continue weekly until further notice. The treatments will be performed […]

Belle Glade Chamber to close for summer

BELLE GLADE — The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce will be closed on June 1 for summer break and will reopen on Monday, Aug. 3. Even though we may not be in the office every day, we will be available by phone (calls to the chamber will be forwarded to our personal phones) and email […]

Okeechobee High School graduation ceremony seating for parents will be complicated

OKEECHOBEE — Parents of Okeechobee High School’s Class of 2020 will have tickets to attend the OHS graduation on Saturday, but some are not going to be happy with their seats, according to the discussion at the May 28 Okeechobee County Commission meeting. “We have a new plan for graduation, so everybody is getting two […]

Body cams are not used by Okeechobee officers

OKEECHOBEE — Recently, in Hendry County, deputies were involved in a shooting and Sheriff Steve Whidden was quoted as saying, “I cannot say a lot about the evidence or details of the shooting; however, I will say, do not believe everything you see and hear on Facebook or on the news. People will lie. Body […]

Local woman needs community’s help

OKEECHOBEE — A local family is seeking help from the community, particularly from churches, friends and friends of friends. “We aren’t looking for charity,” said Sylvia Mitchell. “We can pay. We just can’t pay a large amount.” Melissa Mitchell-Murphy was born and raised in Okeechobee. She went to school here, started a business and raised […]

State purchases 10,684 acres in Hendry County for preservation

TALLAHASSEE — Property in Hendry County was included in the Florida Forever purchases approved by the Florida Cabinet on May 28. “Protecting places like Devil’s Garden in perpetuity helps us ensure open space for wildlife like panthers and healthy wetlands to protect us from both wildfires and harmful algal blooms,” said Steve Buczynski, a board […]

Dairy Maid milk truck comes to Hendry County

LABELLE — Farmers across the nation, and especially in Florida, have had to get a little creative during the current pandemic. Many have reorganized and begun or increased direct-to-consumer sales — those that have been beneficial both to the public and to farmers, preventing some from having to waste their product. Dairy sales, or lack […]

Okeechobee County welcomes Brightmark Energy

Partnership with dairy will turn manure into to fuel OKEECHOBEE — “Our mission is to create a world without waste,” Colin Kelly of Brightmark Energy told the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners at their May 28 meeting. County commissioners expressed enthusiasm about the company’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by turning cow manure into […]

Walmart donates wall to seniors

OKEECHOBEE — Attention, high school seniors! Welcome to your yearbook wall. Walmart wanted to do something for the Okeechobee High School (OHS) Class of 2020 graduates, so here it is. Walmart is giving you the opportunity to build your own yearbook page and, when it’s full, they will donate it to the high school. It […]