Veteran Story served in Panama and Iraq

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Mordie Story was born in the old annex building that used to be over near the sheriff’s department and he was raised in Okeechobee. He joined the Army right out of high school and went to basic training in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was trained to be a driver and was […]

Legal age to buy tobacco raised to 21

OKEECHOBEE — It’s official! No one under the age of 21 can legally buy tobacco in any form after President Trump signed a new spending package that included an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act on Dec.20. Immediately following this, the FDA officially changed the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco from […]

Veteran Roberson works with homeless vets

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran George Roberson was born in 1958 in South Bay. He comes from a family of migrants, but his mom stopped migrating when he was 5, and they settled down in Tifton, Ga. “In a lot of ways, Tifton is similar to Okeechobee,” he said. “They are both small farming towns.” While he […]

Inspiring Okeechobee …The face of Hospice has changed

OKEECHOBEE — The face of Hospice is changing, effective immediately, as Margaret Sowell retires and Nicole Talley takes her place. Ms. Sowell is originally from Scotland but has been in the United States a very long time and has been in Okeechobee for about 19 years. She and her husband are raising a grandson, and […]

Another woman found behind the wheel in ditch

OKEECHOBEE — For the second time in one week, Okeechobee County sheriff’s deputies responded to a scene involving a woman passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in a ditch. On Christmas Day at approximately 4:30 p.m., Melody Bator, 41, Northeast 342nd Trail, was reportedly discovered behind the wheel of a red Chrysler minivan, […]

Okeechobee city firefighter charged with DUI

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee city Firefighter Mitchell Brydebell, 39, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 28 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock and charged with DUI. His breath test results were reportedly 0.219 and 0.224, and his bond was set at $2,500. On Saturday, Dec. 28, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Deputy Pollock was requested to respond to […]

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, […]

Woman found in ditch, charged with DUI

OKEECHOBE — After she and her car were reportedly found in a ditch shortly after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 22, Sandy Nicole Cook, 29, of Northeast 23rd Way, was charged with driving under the influence. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock responded to the scene after Okeechobee Fire Rescue found a black Hyundai in a […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Nicole genuinely cares about this town

Nicole Tumoszwicz, who owns the Sublime Juice Garden on Southwest Second Avenue, has lived in Okeechobee for the last 30 years. She started out working as a dental hygienist for 14 years and worked for Dr. Jennifer Laskey at Family Dentistry for the last 10 of those years. Mrs. Tumoszwicz is a Christian and tries […]

Man accused of battery on EMS personnel

OKEECHOBEE — Two female emergency medical service personnel were reportedly battered on Dec. 10 while attempting to administer aid to a man in an ambulance. Deputy William Jolly responded to a call in the 2200 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue in reference to a man lying in the middle of the road. When Deputy Jolly […]