Inspiring Okeechobee: Ginny Staines stays on the move

OKEECHOBEE — There is no excuse good enough to keep 92-year-old Ginny Staines from her daily, hour-long walk, and if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is. Ginny said she used to walk two hours a day, but recently, her doctor told her it was time to cut back a little so she did. […]

Meet the state wildland firefighter: Forest Ranger Chuck Mullin

OKEECHOBEE — Forest Ranger Chuck Mullin grew up in the suburbs of Lindenhurst, N.Y. on an island east of New York City. After high school he moved with his family to Florida where he loves the country living, being able to see the stars and the wide open spaces. Helping his father in his accounting […]

Know the law before burning yard waste

Often residents desire to burn yard waste but aren’t sure if it is legal to do so. According to the Florida Forest Service, it is legal to burn yard waste without a permit as long as there are no city or county restrictions in effect at the time and you meet certain restrictions: • You […]

OHS students prepare Thanksgiving meal for 200

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School CTE Program along with the non-profit Helping People Succeed prepared and served a free Thanksgiving dinner to over 200 people in the Okeechobee community on Nov. 22. The event was held at Okeechobee High School in the cafeteria. Not only was there a warm Thanksgiving dinner offered to whomever […]

Meet the Firefighter: Alex Hernandez

OKEECHOBEE — Firefighter, Alex Hernandez was born in Hollywood, Fla. but grew up in Okeechobee and has lived here for 20 years. He and his family enjoyed spending time at the beach and just taking vacations together as a family. He remembers having lots of fun with friends when they got together and played hide-and-seek, […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: The show must go on

OKEECHOBEE — Dedicated, hard-working and dependable are just a few of the words you might use to describe Ron and Jacque Hayes. Ron has lived in Okeechobee since 1959. He said one of the first things he and his sister did after arriving in Okeechobee was to perform on the stage now used by the […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Swinfords live a life of service

OKEECHOBEE — Many people do good deeds occasionally. They may donate money once in a while to a worthy cause or volunteer to help feed the homeless on Thanksgiving every year. Maybe they give all their old clothes to the local mission and feel like they have really sacrificed, but how many people do you […]

Okeechobee: Where’s the tank?

OKEECHOBEE — The question on everyone’s lips Friday morning was, “where’s the tank?” It disappeared from its home in Flagler Park before the sun was even up. Local volunteers met at 6 a.m. to move the tank to a nearby location to be sandblasted, repaired and painted. BMJ Towing volunteers did all the heavy work […]

Meet the state wildland firefighter: Forest Ranger Jose Bautista

OKEECHOBEE — Forest Ranger Jose Bautista was born and raised in Okeechobee County and graduated from Okeechobee High School, where his favorite subjects were history and science. Ranger Bautista received his State Wildland Firefighting Certificate in 2015. He explained he had worked for G4S and for Taylor Rental in Okeechobee, where he learned to operate […]

Farm-City Luncheon celebrates agriculture

OKEECHOBEE — This week marked the 25th annual Farm City Week, and on Nov. 15 a celebration luncheon was held to honor award winners, thank sponsors and allow some of the local youth who are involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) to explain what their clubs are all about. Three young people […]