Agricultural BMPs ARE protecting water resources

Best Management Practices help reduce the nutrient load in runoff from farms and ranches.

Watch for manatees every day

Although Save the Manatee Club works in almost all areas of manatee protection, we focus on the prevention of manatee injuries and deaths from human activity. This includes manatee deaths from boat collisions, which have been record-setting in recent years. Even though no boater would want to intentionally harm a manatee, collisions with boats continue […]

Why we release water

As I travel throughout South Florida, I hear and appreciate the interest, passion and well-founded concerns those living and visiting the area have in how water is managed in and around Lake Okeechobee — the liquid heart of the Everglades. As commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, and as chair of […]

Watch for manatees on Memorial Day and every day

Although Save the Manatee Club works in almost all areas of manatee protection, we focus on the prevention of manatee injuries and deaths from human activity. This includes manatee deaths from boat collisions, which have been record-setting in recent years. Even though no boater would want to intentionally harm a manatee, collisions with boats continue […]

Letter to the editor: Make America Great Again?

OKEECHOBEE — Remember the rallying cry of the Republican Party at the last election?  President Donald Trump, then a candidate said it over and over again at fund raisers and political rallies.  “Make America Great Again”. His message was to take the country back, from the liberals and their agenda to make this a welfare […]

Response to Jill Holcomb’s comments on teacher pay

My name is Lisa Harwas and I am the former president of O.C.E.A. However, I was president at the time of impasse. I feel compelled to respond to Jill Holcomb’s news article to correct some misinformation. The magistrate did side with the district to pay employees a bonus, but he made this decision based on […]

Letter to the Editor

OKEECHOBEE — Community cats? To County Administrator Robbie Chartier, I am writing after reading the article in the Okeechobee News regarding low cost spay/neuter rabies vaccination and ear notch for “community” cats. In that, “community cat” is frequently a synonym for trap/neuter/release free roam cat colonies. My question is, will these “community cats” be considered […]

Guest Commentary: Raises for teachers was complicated issue

OKEECHOBEE — My name is Jill Clericuzio Holcomb, and I am an Okeechobee County School Board member. I would like to clarify the vote denying a raise for school employees that took place on April 9, 2018. This was a difficult decision that was not based on whether teachers and support staff deserve a raise, […]

Participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

By Jennifer Dillard USDA In 2016, Ohio corn and soybean farmer Roger Winemiller lost two of his three children to drugs. Roger is not alone. Last year, over 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. At almost 174 people each day, this is more than the number of Americans who died in a car accident […]

Journalist retires: ‘It’s been a good ride’

OKEECHOBEE — To quote Dandy Don: “Turn out the lights. The party’s over.” When the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback would try to sing that refrain at the end of a Monday night NFL contest, I never thought that it would ever have anything to do with me. Heck, after having a long conversation with Uncle […]