Inspiring Okeechobee: Jason Egli inspired students & friends

OKEECHOBEE — This week’s Inspiring Okeechobee story is a tribute to Jason Egli, who taught English at Okeechobee High School. He was suggested as a subject for the Inspiring Okeechobee series by multiple people, because of his upbeat attitude and his love for his students. Unfortunately, Mr. Egli lost his battle with cancer on Jan. […]

AME youths raising funds to go to annual competition

OKEECHOBEE — For over 30 years, the young people of the New Saint Stephen AME Church have been making Okeechobee proud as they bring home medal after medal, year after year. Each year, they go to a competition called, “Black Heritage” which is put on by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. According to their website, […]

Project to turn cow manure into natural gas

SAN FRANCISCO — Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced Jan. 21 that it has partnered with four dairy farms in central Florida to build and operate three anaerobic digesters that will convert a total of 230,000 tons of dairy manure per year from 9,900 cows into renewable natural gas. Brightmark […]

Who decides what is considered rude?

OKEECHOBEE — We have all heard the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but can we say the same about etiquette? Is etiquette also in the eye of the beholder? Proper etiquette is important in many areas of life — the workplace, at home, at the grocery store, on the telephone, etc. […]

Inspiring Okeechobee …The face of Hospice has changed

OKEECHOBEE — The face of Hospice is changing, effective immediately, as Margaret Sowell retires and Nicole Talley takes her place. Ms. Sowell is originally from Scotland but has been in the United States a very long time and has been in Okeechobee for about 19 years. She and her husband are raising a grandson, and […]

Meet Glades County Firefighter: EMT Scotty Heflin

MOORE HAVEN — Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Scotty Heflin started his public safety career over 10 years ago as a firefighter volunteering at the Ortona Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Heflin said his family inspired him to go in this direction. “Grandpa gave me $600 to take a fire(fighter) one class in 2007, at Active Fire Training […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Nicole genuinely cares about this town

Nicole Tumoszwicz, who owns the Sublime Juice Garden on Southwest Second Avenue, has lived in Okeechobee for the last 30 years. She started out working as a dental hygienist for 14 years and worked for Dr. Jennifer Laskey at Family Dentistry for the last 10 of those years. Mrs. Tumoszwicz is a Christian and tries […]

Inspiring Okeechobee…Family works as mission team in Nepal

OKEECHOBEE — Jamie and Luke K. (name withheld for safety reasons), along with their five children, serve as missionaries in Nepal. Jamie was born and raised in Okeechobee, and in 2006, she married Luke, who lived in Arcadia. Less than a year after their marriage, Luke began pastoring a small church in Lake Placid and […]

Meet the Firefighter: Glades County’s Angel Cabrera

MOORE HAVEN — Another of Glades County’s new firefighting crew is Angel Cabrera, a Miami-Dade County native who, at 27, is a senior firefighter/emergency medical technician. For a young man who’s been in public safety work for only about three years, he’s got some solid training as well as credentials behind him. He has the […]

Truck forced off road, woman thrown from vehicle

OKEECHOBEE — Rebecca Raines was a passenger in her friend’s truck headed north on U.S. 98 on March 10 at about 5 p.m. when according to Harry Schock Jr., who was in a vehicle in front of Ms. Raines, two vehicles headed south suddenly decided to attempt to pass a line of cars and both […]