Lakeport pastor accused of molesting child

GLADES COUNTY — A March 26 court date has been set for Franklin Edwin Woodham II, 56, of Sunset Strip in Lakeport, on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a person under the age of 16. According to the Glades County Sheriff’s Office report, the investigation into allegations against Woodham began on Dec. 20, […]

Delays in reporting hurt animal abuse cases

OKEECHOBEE — When it comes to cases of animal abuse, the sooner the suspected abuse is reported, the greater the chances the case can be successfully prosecuted, and just as importantly, the faster an abused animal will be helped. When a call is received, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office dispatch sends a deputy to take […]

State inspectors find problems at Burnham Dairy were storm-related

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspectors have reported that the alleged animal welfare abuses referenced in a complaint from the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) were connected to Hurricane Irma, and that the deficiencies had been addressed by the dairy owners even before FDACS received the complaint. ARM reportedly had an undercover […]

Okeechobee County sheriff says delay in reporting abuse hindered arrests in animal cruelty case

  OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one person on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty in connection with the Animal Recovery Mission video from Larson Dairy #5. The 49-year-old man was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty for kicking an animal. Felony warrants have been issued for two adults and […]

There’s something special about this place: Images from the 2017 Okeechobee Music & Art Festival

Sunshine Grove is a magical place.

Audrey May shares story of overcoming hardships

OKEECHOBEE — Audrey May is a great example of faith and determination. Mrs. May grew up in Okeechobee, attended local schools, and is now a college graduate. But her story is far from ordinary. Last Friday, she was the Student Commencement Speaker for her class at South Florida State College in Avon Park. Her speech was […]

Everglades Elementary assistant principal accused of using excessive force to restrain child

A mother’s allegations that Everglades Elementary School Assistant Principal Billy Ball used excessive force when restraining a student generated a lot of discussion on social media Tuesday.