Inspiring Okeechobee …Volunteers answer the call for help

OKEECHOBEE — In a call that is reminiscent of those heard during World Wars I and II, health care workers all over the United States are expressing a need for medical supplies, and just like those earlier calls, these cries are being answered by women, and maybe even some men, across the country. During the […]

Meet the Firefighter/Paramedic: Glades County’s James Williams

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County firefighter James Williams, who’s originally from Fort Pierce, has been in the field of emergency medical services for more than 20 years. Mr. Williams started his career as a medic in the U.S. Army and then carried that over to the civilian world. He worked as both a ground and […]

Elzie Smith celebrates 100th birthday

OKEECHOBEE — Yancey Elzie Smith celebrated his 100th birthday on March 12, surrounded by friends and family. Mr. Smith is a Florida boy from way back, having been born in Tallahassee in 1920. The family moved to Fort Pierce in 1923 because his father, J.M. Smith, got a job as the first chief of police […]

Torch Run postponed

OKEECHOBEE – In light of recent events with Covid-19, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has decided to postpone the Torch Run and BBQ. If you have pre-purchased tickets, hold onto them please. They will be good for the new date. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, as always, the health and safety of our […]

#GirlDad tragedy hits close to home

BELLE GLADE — Oscar Boatwright, affectionately known as “mailman” to the community — a motorcycle driving, new jack swing dancing, lover of all people — was first a #GirlDad, above all else. “We are happy to have shared him with each other and the world,” said Kalyn Boatwright. “We love him and will miss him,” […]

Grandmother is inspirational to generations

OKEECHOBEE — Joanne McDuffie is not your typical grandma … or, then again, maybe she is. She just doesn’t realize she is not everyone’s grandma. Ms. McDuffie does do all the normal grandma things like inviting her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren over to spend the day. They go to the skate park or the science […]

Meet the Firefighter/Paramedic: Glades County’s Erin Daniels

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County firefighter and paramedic Erin Daniels — who is one half of a firefighter duo with her husband — has almost 20 years’ experience under her belt here in Southwest Florida. Mrs. Daniels worked for the first responders’ corps in Glades’ neighbor, Hendry County, for 14 years. She’s now entering her […]

Woman awaiting new heart, won’t sit by idly

CLEWISTON — La’Shay Earley is an inspirational and remarkable young woman. La’Shay has survived open heart surgery, after suffering heart failure, and is awaiting a lifesaving heart transplant. But she doesn’t let any of that stop her. Until she is able to receive her new heart, she’s on a mission to educate others about heart […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… Sam Smith has ‘no regrets’

OKEECHOBEE — Sam Smith arrived in Okeechobee in 1973, a 20-year-old man fresh out of college and ready to take on his first official teaching assignment. “He looked like a kid himself,” said his sister-in-law, Susan Smith. Sam’s brother John and his wife, Susan, had moved to Okeechobee in 1972 after John came back from […]

Mother and daughter both need kidney transplants

OKEECHOBEE — When someone you love needs an organ transplant, your entire world tends to revolve around that need. Imagine what it would be like if two people you loved needed an organ at the same time. Friends and family of Bobi O’Neill and her daughter Tanya Christopher know exactly what that feels like, because […]