Don’t miss PBS’s ‘American Experience: The Swamp’

OKEECHOBEE — The Public Broadcasting System’s series “American Experience,” the network claims, is the most-watched history series on television, now in its 31st season. The first episode of the 2019 season, which first aired Jan. 15 and has been repeated several times on WXEL-Channel 42, South Florida PBS, is titled “The Swamp” and relates the […]

November is World Kindness Day

Sometimes the smallest gestures can make a person’s day completely turn around, whether it is a simple smile or holding a door. Nov. 13 is World Kindness Day. If we expect our children to learn kindness, we must be their teachers! “World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on Nov. 13. On this day, participants attempt […]

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, […]