iTech Glades grant is ‘a rolling application’

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Schools Superintendent Scott Bass told the assembled Hendry and Glades county commissioners last week that a grant applied for to finance more courses has become a five-county initiative but was not approved for the training center “this cycle.” Mr. Bass said, however: “There’s $40 million for this year. This is […]

Heartland library co-op split under intense study

MOORE HAVEN — Okeechobee County Library Director Kresta King told Glades and Hendry county commissioners last week how splitting the Heartland Regional Library Cooperative in two would get its more rural, southern two counties plus Hendry additional state money. The cooperative now takes in five counties (DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee) and, if Hendry […]

Support group meant a lot to Rhonda Townsend

OKEECHOBEE — Rhonda Townsend was at work when she found out she had breast cancer. When she got the news, she was in a meeting, and she left the room to take the call then promptly went into the bathroom to throw up, she said. She had gone for her annual mammogram after missing a […]

Debbie Clemons is on a mission to raise awareness

OKEECHOBEE — It takes a special person to deliver a message of hope and healing to people dealing with mental health and addiction issues. But, Debbie Clemons is more than just a special person — she’s an angel of mercy. Debbie has ministered to women in jail, counseled adults struggling with substance use disorders, represented […]

Florida Crystals makes land available for STA

Florida Crystals is living up to the promise to make leased land available as needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). On Sept. 30, the New Hope Sugar Company (part of the Florida Crystals Corporation) sent a letter voluntarily terminating its lease on lands needed to expedite completion of […]

Why lease out the state land?

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The site of the future EAA reservoir has been in state ownership for more than 20 years. It was purchased in anticipation of the future need for the land for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). There are many reasons for leasing out the land until the corps is ready to […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Daniel Kidd believes no kid is a lost cause

OKEECHOBEE — Daniel Kidd has changed a lot now that he has grown up. He said a friend asked him who turned him on to God. But really, no one turned him on to God, because he grew up in a church, but you know how you read that the pastor’s child is the worst […]

2019 OHS Homecoming ceremony

Pictures from the homecoming ceremony which occurred during halftime of Okeechobee’s game against Seminole Ridge on Oct. 4. Logan Johnson and Taylor Gibson were crowned homecoming king and queen. Okeechobee fell to Seminole Ridge 20-0.

Motorcycle driver killed in collision with semi

An Okeechobee man was killed Thursday afternoon, Oct.3, when the motorcycle he was riding reportedly swerved to the left, entering the path of an oncoming semi. Terry Ray Plank, 58, of Okeechobee was traveling northbound on U.S. 441 south of the Okeechobee County line in Martin County. Yohandy Chavez de Armas, 34, of Homestead, was […]

Our Village health fair is Saturday

OKEECHOBEE — Our Village Okeechobee will hold a health and wellness fair on Saturday, Oct. 5. The plan is for everyone to come out and have a good time together. The vendors will get a chance to pitch their products and sell, which they don’t usually get to do at health expos, said founder Leah […]