No one is ever turned away from My Aunt’s House

OKEECHOBEE — For the last 14 years, Judy and Ralph “Wendy” Watts have been serving the Okeechobee community in many ways, but especially through My Aunt’s House AKA “The Closet.” The Wattses lived in West Palm Beach before moving to Okeechobee, and they were foster parents. When they moved here, they joined the local foster […]

Director of Community Services Albie Scoggins retires

OKEECHOBEE — Albert F. “Albie” Scoggins retired effective Wednesday, June 5, after serving for over seven years as director of community services for the county. He came to Okeechobee with 23 combined years of community service experience at St. Lucie County’s Leisure Services and the City of Stuart’s Community Services. As director of community services […]

U.S. Sugar employees recognized for service

CLEWISTON — At a recent luncheon, U.S. Sugar CEO Robert H. Buker Jr. recognized seven employees working in the administration division for their years of service to the company. The administration employees each reached milestones of five, 10, 15 and 30 years of service with U.S. Sugar. “Our company is successful year after year because […]

Clewiston set to choose manager in May

CLEWISTON — Finance Director Shari Howell, acting interim city manager again for the second time in six months, reported on the search for a permanent replacement in the position that’s been vacant since late November for commissioners last week. “The city has contracted with a search firm, Colin Basinger & Associates, to locate and help […]

Monkey’s owner given probation

OKEECHOBEE — Tina Ballard, the woman who was arrested last year after her pet spider monkey attacked an employee in the Home Depot parking lot, pleaded no contest to two counts of non-native captive wildlife level two violations, one count failure to immunize an animal on exhibit and one count culpable negligence personal injury. She […]

Hepatitis A is not curable but preventable

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee has now joined the ranks along with several other Florida counties reporting cases of hepatitis A in 2019. Okeechobee has reported two cases this year. Saint Lucie also reported two. Martin has reported 16, and Palm Beach has reported six this year. A community is considered high-risk after five cases have been […]