Local young man attends United States Air Force Academy

OKEECHOBEE — Nathaniel Bean, who grew up in Okeechobee, was accepted as a student at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and just completed his first semester. Nathaniel was homeschooled and graduated in 2016. During his last semester of high school, he began night classes to learn a trade. It took him two years, […]

Veteran Gill was part of a band while in the Navy

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Clif Gill grew up in Okeechobee and graduated from Okeechobee High School. Immediately after graduation, he got married, which he said was probably not the smartest thing to do. He and his new bride moved to Wisconsin, and it was a real struggle. He was unable to get a job, and they […]

Hendry County women veterans have new organization

HENDRY COUNTY — Florida is home to the second largest population of women veterans in the nation, with more than 144,000. Women veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the veterans’ population. Local veteran, Tyra Bebon is focused on reaching out to all local veterans and helping to form connections and build a […]

Veteran Bass remembers Okeechobee as it was

OKEECHOBEE — Born and raised here, J.C. Bass remembers when things were a lot different in downtown Okeechobee. He was born in 1930 near where the American Legion Hall is now, and back then, there was a sawmill there close to the railroad, he said. The railroad used to meander through the center of what […]

Wreaths Across America to honor veterans

Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee community members will honor veterans on Saturday by placing holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans. A motorcycle procession will gather at the Cypress Hut Eagles Aerie, 4701 U.S. 441, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. At 11 a.m., the procession will leave for the cemetery. At noon, a ceremony […]

Veteran Rodney Stevens has had a great life

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Rodney Stevens was born and raised in Belle Glade and joined the Army in 1970, when he was 25 years old because he got into some trouble and had a choice of going into the service or into jail, and he made the logical choice, he said. His parents were well-respected business […]

Our own Bronze Star WWII awardee: Victor Weiger

OKEECHOBEE — Victor Weiger was one of Okeechobee’s own CCC/WWII heroes, and five years after he died at 93, his widow from Buckhead Ridge continues to go see his fellow conservation warriors in Sebring every fall. Most folks know what “WWII” means. But probably not what “CCC” means. Among the Sunshine State’s millions of retirees, […]

M.O. Kent built that house with his own hands

OKEECHOBEE — I have enjoyed and appreciated the articles about our veterans and their service, and recent happenings spurred me to recall one of our mostly unknown veterans, whom very few citizens will remember. Some may have noticed that the little frame house on the southeast corner of Southwest Third Avenue and Southwest 21st Street […]

Veteran Roy Pearce was ready to come home

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Roy Pearce was born and raised in Okeechobee, and was drafted into the Army after high school. He went to Fort Benning, Ga., for basic training and then was sent to Fort Dix, N.J., for Advanced Individual Training as a truck driver. From there, he went to Fort Campbell, Ky., and that […]

Dillehay takes all the men from his unit with him to reunions

OKEECHOBEE — Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Bill Dillehay was drafted in January of 1967 and was sent to basic at Fort Campbell, Ky., but it was so full that they only spent two days there before they were sent Fort Bragg, N.C. It was funny, he said, because people that were in his unit, B92, […]