Organizers cancel Fright Nights 2020

WEST PALM BEACH — The only experience that’s more scary than Fright Nights is the toll that the spread of the COVID-19 virus is taking worldwide. Known as one of the scariest events in South Florida, Fright Nights organizers have decided to cancel this year’s event, which usually takes place over a period of three […]

Seminole Gaming upgrades its ‘Safe + Sound’ program guidelines

HOLLYWOOD — On July 25, Seminole Gaming announced an upgrade to its “Safe + Sound” program guidelines, which have been in place since five of its six casinos reopened over the past two months. Effective immediately, all guests must be stationary when lowering their masks or face coverings for eating, drinking or smoking. The change […]

Wreaths Across America’s Giving in July LIVE Virtual Concert offered nationwide

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine, and NASHVILLE — National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) is proud to announce that, this year, it is producing a free, virtual “Giving in July” concert on Facebook to replace its annual “Stem to Stone Rally in the Valley” weekend event in Maine. This family-friendly, virtual concert event will air live, nationwide […]

Nik Wallenda’s Daredevil Rally Drive-in Thrill Show heading to Hertz Arena in Estero

ESTERO — Following a successful string of shows earlier this month in his hometown of Sarasota, the “King of the High Wire” — Nik Wallenda — announced June 30 that he will be bringing his Daredevil Rally Drive-in Thrill Show to the Hertz Arena parking lot, July 9-12. The shows will feature Wallenda and his […]

Players, workers welcome Brighton reopening

BRIGHTON — The Seminole Brighton Casino reopened to guests — basically all but the bingo players — on June 16 at a state-mandated 50% of capacity. During a lunchtime visit Friday, June 19, all signs seemed pointed to a bell-ringing, flashy comeback for the entertainment venue, as the player and Josiah restaurant crowds were substantial, […]

Free food, drinks and music provided at Peace, Love and Unity BBQ in Okeechobee on Saturday

OKEECHOBEE – Dwight Chandler, David Altman, Daniel Kidd Sr. and several other business owners have come together to remind everyone of the unity that the Okeechobee community displays every day. No matter what the circumstances, this community continues to love, support and respect each other. The community is invited to gather (with appropriate social distancing) […]

Okeechobee Community Theatre postpones 42nd season

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) has announced that they are officially postponing their 42nd season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The theatre’s executive team met last month to discuss the future of the season and made the determination that it would be best to postpone in order to safeguard participants and patrons. “It […]

Locals gamers slay COVID-19 boredom

OKEECHOBEE — Clayton Brown and six of his friends had a weekly ritual. Every Friday the group would meet up either at a local hobby shop in Okeechobee or in one of their homes and they’d play Dungeon and Dragons. Every week they followed the same routine. Meet up, go on adventures and slay dragons. […]

Gyms may reopen Monday, restaurants to use 50% capacity

By Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News JACKSONVILLE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced more plans to reopen state businesses. In a May 15 press conference, the governor said gyms can reopen on Monday, May 18. Restaurants, retail shops, museums and libraries may operate at 50% capacity. The governor said some restaurants may put Plexiglas partitions […]

County clarifies rules on parks, boat ramps By Chris Felker Lake Okeechobee News

WEST PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that it’s fielding lots of questions about the local executive order to reopen parks and other recreational facilities — issued this week before Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the “Safer at Home” edict for the three Southeast Florida counties while lifting it for the rest […]