Special Olympic athletes keep busy during their down time

OKEECHOBEE — As is the case with all the Special Olympic athletes, Hunter Golden and Theresa Matthews miss their friends and the chance to compete that they had with Special Olympics. Theresa has been a Special Olympic athlete since she was a young girl in Fort Pierce. Teresa grew up in Fort Pierce and moved […]

Few aquarium fish come from saltwater; with research, that’s changing

By Brad BuckUF/IFAS Tropical fish hobbyists are pretty serious about their pastime. So much so that it’s a $40 million-a-year industry in the United States. Most of the fish in home tanks come from freshwater. Only about 10% are raised in saltwater, according a new UF/IFAS Extension document. However, the saltwater sector of the industry […]

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 […]

‘Banks should be dependable’

OKEECHOBEE — Imagine her surprise when 77-year-old Joanne Linehan arrived at Bank of America three weeks ago to withdraw some money from her account and found a note on the door saying the branch was temporarily closed. “I didn’t know what to think,” she said. “The note didn’t say when they would open again. I […]

Beware of Lyme disease this summer

After weeks of lockdown and social distancing due to COVID-19, many are ready to get out and about around the country. According to a survey conducted by Civic Science, 43 percent of those surveyed said they planned to partake in more outdoor activities this summer than they usually would due to the COVID-19 lockdown. A […]

Task force works to save jobs

OKEECHOBEE — Members of the fire merge “task force” have been working diligently to not only come up with an agreement for the county to perform fire services for the city, but also to ensure that city fire fighters are not hurt in the process. At the workshop on Thursday, June 25, they discussed what […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: The Saums are a team

OKEECHOBEE — After serving 39 years with the City of Okeechobee, Detective Bill Saum is retiring this week. Bill Saum and his family — parents, two sisters and a brother — were originally from a small town in Ohio. They were farmers. Around 1941, his dad made his first trip to Okeechobee. He and some […]

This mom is not in love with the idea of masks in school

BRADENTON — After their school board met to decide whether children would be required to wear masks to school in the fall, Lori Crick took to Facebook to express her opinion on the subject:“Here’s how I think requiring masks might work in elementary school:Please don’t snap Billy’s mask in his face.Your mask is not a […]

Roth is Florida Farmer of the Year

GAINESVILLE — Florida Farm Bureau Federation has named Rick Roth of Palm Beach County as the 2020 Florida Farmer of the Year. A vegetable, herb, rice, sugarcane and sod producer, Rep. Roth is also a member of the Florida House of Representatives. This prestigious honor is awarded to a recipient by a panel of judges […]

UF/IFAS faculty to host webinar series for agriculture, natural resource professionals

By Jarred ShellhouseUF/IFASSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE — A new webinar series, focused on professional development for agriculture and natural resources professionals during a global pandemic, is set to take place this summer. Megan Stein, agricultural education and communications lecturer at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will lead […]