Debbie’s Deals and Discounts

OKEECHOBEE — Imagine Black Friday pricing every day on household items, bedding, tools, bathroom accessories, pet supplies, electronics accessories, gun cases, ammo boxes, car supplies, toys and more without having to drive out of town to the big box stores. That’s what Debra Smalls and her husband Vern offer the community of Okeechobee each and […]

Airglades International Airport to break ground in spring

HENDRY COUNTY — Airglades International Airport LLC’s Chief Executive Officer Fred Ford has been busy building momentum behind the private takeover of the former Riddle Field. Now he and his investor groups are putting the last touches on all the myriad details of their 10-year project to convert the public airport into a privately developed […]

Tire and auto care business adds blueberries

OKEECHOBEE — Think of the decor in the waiting room when you last had your vehicle serviced. You probably didn’t see anything that would delight, entertain or inspire you, much less make you suddenly crave dessert or begin dreaming of something delicious you could make with fresh, organic berries. Oh, there might be a display […]

Trade school to open in Clewiston as skills gap widens

OKEECHOBEE — Representatives from U.S. Sugar were in Okeechobee on April 25 to speak to Okeechobee High School students about a new technical skills training program the company is starting later this year. The program runs for three years and not only are students offered a job at U.S. Sugar after graduation, they are paid […]

City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Corner

Often, people are confused by code enforcement, and this new series is an attempt to remedy that. In each story, we will answer some common questions about code enforcement, and if you have a question you would like answered, please submit it to What is code enforcement? The California Association of Code Enforcement Officers […]

UPS store finally reopens after being closed

The doors of the local UPS Store, at 1414 S. Parrott Ave., are finally open again, after being shuttered for more than three months. Shortly before Christmas last year, customers were shocked to find the store closed more and more often when they went to check their mail or send a package. The last day […]

Hwy 55 restaurant set for grand opening on March 25

  OKEECHOBEE — Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, a national retro-themed diner chain, will open its newest location in Florida on March 25. The new restaurant is located at 307 N. Parrott Avenue in Okeechobee. Hwy 55 is a diner with a full menu of American classics served in a fun, 1950s-style dining atmosphere. […]

New ag-industrial plant, Dollar General coming to Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — A new agricultural manufacturer is coming to Glades County, as well as another Dollar General store. One rezoning petition and two proposed comprehensive plan future land-use map amendments were considered by Glades County commissioners Tuesday morning, Feb. 12. First up was Peeples & Storey LLC’s petition for rezoning of part of its […]

Batton Consulting & Construction is one man’s dream come to life

  Mark Twain once said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” and in this goal, Elbert Batton has been a successful man. Although he has always enjoyed things like hunting, fishing or a round of golf, Mr. Batton says his true passion has […]

LaBelle native opens public relations company

LABELLE — On Wednesday, Jan. 16, LaBelle native Bianca Ross opened Story Media Group, based in LaBelle. Story Media Group will provide businesses with a local option for their public relations, digital marketing and communication needs. Story Media Group is a full-service public relations consulting agency whose mission is to help businesses develop and tell […]