City clerk still loves her job after 16 years

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee City Clerk Lane Gamiotea was recently re-elected, when no challengers qualified to run against her in the November election, and began serving her fifth term in office. Mrs. Gamiotea has served the public in this capacity for the last 16 years and spent 14 years as deputy clerk prior to her first […]

Meet your first responders: Jeremy Crews

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee City Fire Department firefighter Jeremy Crews decided to become a firefighter the day his father passed away. “I became a firefighter because the day my father passed away the fire fighters and medics that arrived on scene tried so hard to help,” said Crews. “It made me want something more, so I […]

Debbie Clements honored by 4-H

OKEECHOBEE — It all started with a Holstein calf named Twinkle. Twinkle was not the biggest or best calf in the barn, but the little girl would not be swayed as she insisted she wanted the little black and white bovine for her very first 4-H project. Months later, Twinkle, raised with love and care, […]

The score for ‘Winds Over the Glades’ goes like this

PAHOKEE — When Robert Boudreau arranged with the encouragement of local officials and investors to bring his historic “floating arts center” to the marina here this summer, the intent of everyone involved was to give the old vessel a new life as a centerpiece of Glades culture. The Point Counterpoint II, which is the ship’s […]

Pete Clemons was iconic cowboy

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee community was saddened this week by the passing of Pete Clemons, 91. Mr. Clemons died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 16. Mr. Clemons was a famed former rodeo star, a successful citrus grower and rancher, and the owner/operator of Florida’s premier cattle market, the Okeechobee Livestock Market. Highly regarded for […]

Davis wins Powerlifting World Championship

OKEECHOBEE — Former Okeechobee Brahman Sarah Helen Davis recently traveled as a member of Team USA to compete at the International Powerlfting Federation 2018 Junior Equipped World Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Sarah brought home a World Championship in her 84kg weight class by defeating the world’s best junior lifters from other countries including Norway, […]

Supplies collected for hurricane victims

OKEECHOBEE — As east coast residents watched the National Hurricane Center reports for news of Hurricane Florence and prayed for loved ones in the storm’s path, an Okeechobee man decided to do something about it. Wade Hunt, of Painting and Pressure Cleaning By Big Lake, said he and two of his employees were talking about […]

Brahmans plan to ‘go gold’ for the first home football game of regular season

OKEECHOBEE — The National Cancer Institute dedicates only 4 percent of it’s funding to childhood cancer research. One Okeechobee mom wants to change that. Vanessa Villalpando’s journey into becoming an activist fighting to raise awareness of childhood cancer started 17 years ago when her daughter, Lexi Villalpando, was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after being born. […]

Lake Okeechobee area still recovering from Irma

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY — Although the “picking up the pieces” part of Hurricane Irma cleanup has been over for a good nine months now, the “putting the pieces back together again” part is still ongoing in many places as Florida marks one year this week since the massive storm made multiple landfalls in the state. When […]

Horse gets new leg and new mission in life

FLORIDA — A four-legged victim of Hurricane Irma has found a new purpose in life, thanks to Hopes, Dreams and Horses (HDH). Bet on a Star, known by the barn nickname of “81”, was on his way to becoming a world champion cutting horse in the summer of 2017, when tragedy struck. 81, whose sire […]