Okeechobee County Judge campaign creates controversy

OKEECHOBEE — Allegations of a “whisper campaign” and information from a personnel file circulated anonymously have cast a shadow on the Okeechobee County Judge race. At the Oct. 8 political forum and on her campaign Facebook page, county judge candidate Deborah Hooker has accused her opponent of obtaining and using a 2011 memo written by […]

County approves grant for economic development

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners Thursday approved a grant agreement of $250,000 with Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation. Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs recused himself from the vote due to his affiliation with the Economic Development Corporation. According to the staff report, The Grant Agreement is for a one-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2018 and […]

New business will sell, service and store boats

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners approved a change in zoning for a property on State Road 78 West from residential mobile home to commercial at their Oct. 11 meeting. The business planned by Bassin Bobby Enterprises will include retail fuel sale and the sale, service and storage of boats. According to the staff report, […]

County considers policy for airport hanger waiting list

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners approved procedures for the airport hanger waiting list, subject to the county attorney’s review, at their Oct. 11 meeting. Okeechobee County Airport maintains a waiting list for those who wish to lease county-owned T and Box Hangar space. In order to efficiently and fairly process requests to be placed […]

Glades board told it needs to acquire a so-called county road

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners were a bit surprised to learn Tuesday that they may have to purchase and upgrade the one-lane country road erroneously marked as County Road 78B in Buckhead Ridge. That’s because it is actually named “Access Road” on other signs and on maps and is controlled under a fee simple […]

Political forum set for Monday, Oct. 8

OKEECHOBEE — A political forum for the general election will be held this Monday, Oct. 8, at 5:45 p.m. in the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium. This event is free and open to the general public. Come out to meet the candidates seeking to represent you! Candidates participating in the forum will include: • Okeechobee City […]

Did the President just send an alert to my phone?

OKEECHOBEE — The question on everyone’s lips Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3 was, “Did the President just send an alert to my phone?” The answer to that question is both yes and no. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the alert that went out is called a presidential alert because it will be used […]

‘Stalker Sams’ heading to town soon

OKEECHOBEE — Two “Stalker SAMs” will be taking up residence in the City of Okeechobee in the near future. In a unanimous vote, the city council at its Oct. 2 meeting agreed to purchase two speed awareness monitors (SAM), known as Stalker SAMs. Police Chief Bob Peterson explained that one of the biggest complaints people […]

Constitutional amendments on November ballot

OKEECHOBEE — There are 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the Nov. 6 ballot. Amendment 1 Amendment number one, which was proposed by the Florida Legislature, deals with the Homestead Exemption. The Homestead Exemption Act was initially introduced in 1933, after the Great Depression, and was intended to give some tax relief to […]

Roundabout plan questioned; public hearing set for Oct. 16

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners are less than enthusiastic about the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plan for a roundabout on U.S. 441 S.E. at Southeast 18th Terrace. The commissioners agree the intersection is dangerous. Between 2011-2013, there were 14 recorded crashes at that intersection: Three with injuries and 11 with property damage, according to […]