Study links phones to increase in teen suicides

A research study published in November 2017 in “Clinical Psychological Science” indicated that the combination of “smartphones” and social media could be linked to the increase in depression and suicide among teenagers in the United States. The researchers noted a sudden increase in teen depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates starting in 2012. Teenagers […]

Mother posts video about teen suicide pact in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee mother posted a tearful video online Wednesday, warning others about a teen suicide pact, and asking all teenagers to report it if one of their friends talks about taking their own life. The parents were alerted to their daughter’s suicide attempt when an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) deputy came to […]

Okeechobee man dies in traffic crash

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee man died in a collision on U.S. Highway 441 Saturday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, Ricky Pruitt, 70, of Okeechobee was driving a Honda CN250 motorscooter southbound on U.S. Highway 441 around 1:34 p.m. on March 17. Jeffrey Adams, 69, also of Okeechobee was driving a Ford […]

Prayers and memories shared at candlelight memorial for Nik Kayler

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee community gathered at Scott Driver park on the evening of Jan. 10, for a candlelight vigil held in honor of Nik Kayler, the fisherman who went missing during the second day of the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Costa Series Tournament held on Lake Okeechobee, Jan. 4-6. After an exhaustive six-day search, […]