Okeechobee County has only four foster homes

OKEECHOBEE — On any given day in Okeechobee County, over 130 children are in out-of-home care, and according to Tricia Curl, foster care recruitment and licensing supervisor for Camelot Community Care, Okeechobee County has only four foster homes in which to place them. These four homes have six available beds, and when they are full, […]

School Guardians ready to carry guns

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee’s Guardians in the Schools program had its first graduation ceremony on Thursday, April 11, and according to Lt. Chris Hans, they couldn’t have asked for a better group to start out with. In an effort to increase the safety of local schoolchildren, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and the Okeechobee County School […]

Seek alternate route on U.S. 441 in Port Mayaca

At 7:02 a.m. on April 16, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that both directions of traffic is closed at U.S. 441 S.E. in Port Mayaca in Martin County. Traffic is being diverted at S.E. 126th Avenue, County Road 15B. It is not known at this time when the road will re-open. There […]

Motorcycle rider and passenger killed

OKEECHOBEE — A motorcycle driver and his passenger were killed on Saturday, April 13 at approximately 1 p.m. when for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the motorcycle. Christopher Biedenkapp, 43 of Northport was traveling westbound on State Road 70 when he lost control. The motorcycle traveled across the median and both eastbound lanes […]

Road Watch Advisory in effect through April 20

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Transportation issued a Road Watch Advisory, to be in effect through April 20, for State Road 710 from S.E. 8th Avenue to State Road 710. State Road 70 from S.E. Eighth Avenue to S.R. 710: Permit project: Crews are setting poles along S.R. 70 from S.E. 8th Avenue to […]

Veteran Monteith was not afraid to die

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Thomas Monteith made $60 a month during boot camp but said it went “way” up to $72 a month after he got his first ship, the USS Wadsworth DD516. “They pay you a lot more for someone to shoot at you,” he said. Mr. Monteith grew up in East Cleveland, Ohio, and […]

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. • S.R. 80 at Riverbend RV Park: (Maintenance permit project) Crews will be installing underground utilities near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday, […]

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. • S.R. 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. […]

Community Events for the Okeechobee area

Funeral education event set Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, would like you to attend its free “Ducks in a Row” educational program on Friday, April 12, at noon. Lunch will be served and you will learn how to go about planning your final arrangements. For more information, call 863-357-7283. Ride for Rights event […]

Clewiston FYI

Dates to Remember • April 15 — City Commission workshop and meeting • April 18 — Golf Course Advisory Board meeting • April 18 — Library Advisory Board meeting • April 19 — Good Friday: City offices closed Library Director Natasha Hayes reports: Library Amnesty Week is April 8 through 13. Any patron who has […]