Okeechobee Fire Report

• Okeechobee City Fire Department responded to 19 medical/EMS and 13 fire-related calls last week. Seven of the fires were motor vehicle accidents. • Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to 124 medical/EMS, 14 fire related, six dispatched and cancel and 10 miscellaneous calls last week. Out of 90 possible transports, 15 were refused. • On […]

SCGC of Florida appoints new CEO and president

BELLE GLADE — The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative (SCGC) of Florida Board of Directors announces Matthew B. Hoffman has been promoted to president and chief executive officer and Michael Michuda to vice president of operations, both effective July 1. “Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative has been blessed with excellent leadership during its 60-year history,” said John […]

Meet the firefighter/EMT: Miami native Torres to be new Glades County paramedic

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Michael Torres is a youthful recent addition to the Public Safety Department and plans soon to be a full-fledged paramedic. Originally from Miami, Torres is a Class of 2012 graduate of Miami Sunset High School who played on their vaunted football team for all four years of […]

Saharan dust can fuel conditions for red tide

Is there a Saharan dust — Trichodesmium — red tide connection? According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, reports of a bloom of Trichodesmium have been reported in Southwest Florida. FWRI biologists verified a bloom offshore of Pinellas County on Monday, June 22. Trichodesmium is a marine cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) found in tropical […]

Red Cross responds to an apartment fire in Belle Glade

BELLE GLADE — On July 8, the local American Red Cross volunteers from the Palm Beach & Treasure Coast Chapter virtually responded to an apartment fire on Southwest 16th Street in Belle Glade. Local Red Cross volunteer members of the Disaster Action Team helped coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials say three people […]

Tuesday night fire destroys abandoned building in Belle Glade

BELLE GLADE — Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reports that at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, crews responded to reports of a fire on the 500 block of Orange Avenue Circle in Belle Glade. First arriving firefighters reported an abandoned building that was fully engulfed in flames with no additional structures was threatened. […]

Suspects in an Okeechobee carjacking were arrested in Desoto County

Update July 10 6:30 a.m. : According to Desoto County Sheriff’s Office, Edison claimed there was a third man in the vehicle at the time of the accident. He said he did not know the names of the other men in the vehicle, but said one was called, “Man.” OKEECHOBEE — A car jacking which […]

Sheriff makes history by being first in Okeechobee to run unopposed

OKEECHOBEE — Sheriff Noel E. Stephen is the first sheriff in the history of Okeechobee County to ever run unopposed for the office of sheriff. He was surprised when the man who planned to run against him did not at least run as a write-in candidate, but he could not say he was unhappy about […]

Mobile Market returns to Okeechobee on Monday, July 13

OKEECHOBEE – The United Against Poverty Mobile Market will return to Our Village, 1703 S.W. Second Ave., Okeechobee on Monday, July 13. Boxes of mixed produce will be available. A $5 handling fee per box is requested. Cash only, please. The market will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until they run out […]

Is an interlocal fire agreement between City of Okeechobee and Okeechobee County legal?

OKEECHOBEE — The possibility of having the city provide its own EMS service was on the agenda at the city council meeting Tuesday night, July 7. City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca went over the details saying he and Finance Director India Riedel had gone over the figures so many times they practically had them […]