May brings return of love bug season

SOUTH FLORIDA — Just as Florida started the first phase of reopening non-essential businesses, those on the roadways found themselves dealing with the annual menace of love bug season. Twice a year, swarms of love bugs hover around roadways and splatter themselves on vehicles. Love bugs (whose scientific name is Plecia nearctica Hardy) have a […]

Okeechobee County Public Library has extended curbside services

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Public Library is extending its curbside service by having patrons place holds online at or call them at 863-763-3536.Once holds are filled, you will receive a confirmation call to pick up items the following day.Items will be placed in the Little Library in the gated area at the back entrance […]

OHS graduate is a hero in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES — A former Okeechobee resident and Okeechobee High school graduate was proclaimed a hero in the Philippines this week. Harley Kemp Jr. and his family moved to Okeechobee in 1960 from the Miami area. Mr. Kemp’s father opened a business called Harley’s Radio and TV Shop on Southwest Fifth Avenue near where Smitty’s Glass […]

Bee lab has open house, tours May 6

GAINESVILLE — Lake Okeechobee region beekeepers may be interested in the open house taking place today, Wednesday, May 6, at the University of Florida/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at Steinmetz Hall on Natural Area Drive in Gainesville, 32611. Open facility tours for individuals or small groups are available on the first Wednesday of […]

Local bus driver Eric Christenson uses art as therapy

OKEECHOBEE — Bus driver Eric Christenson uses art to express his feelings related to the coronavirus. Known as “Mr. C” to all the students on Bus 11, his school bus for the last 10 years, Mr. Christenson said he has always been an art lover and, after he stopped working and began social distancing on […]

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,” […]