Voter registration deadline nears

Are you registered to vote? The deadline to register in order to qualify to vote in the March 17 Florida Presidential Preference Primary is Feb. 18. To be eligible to vote, you must: • Be a citizen of the United States of America; • Be a legal resident of Florida; • Be a legal resident […]

Letter to the Editor: New session, same old tricks

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks — or, so they say. Conversely, I was taught — and teach my children — you’re never too old to learn. This rule applies to dogs, cats and people — even Florida lawmakers. Nevertheless, some Tallahassee politicians refuse to learn. Florida’s legislature is about to begin a […]

Lake O regional judicial circuit, legislative election results

These are results, as reported unofficially on Election Night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (, in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]

Hendry and Glades County elections hotly contested

In elections south of Lake Okeechobee, two seats on the Glades County Board of Commissioners and one Hendry County Board seat were contested, and there were seven candidates for Clewiston City Commission, including the three members whose terms end this year. One challenger collected more votes than even the mayor of Clewiston, and longtime Commissioner […]

Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 22

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County voters can start casting their ballots in the general election on Monday, Oct. 22, at the Supervisor of Elections Office in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 302 N.W. Second St. Early voting will be offered through Nov. 3, every day, including weekends. The polls will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 […]

Four compete for three seats on city council

OKEECHOBEE — City of Okeechobee voters will choose men to fill three seats on the city council in the November election. The seats held by Dowling Watford, Gary Ritter and Noel Chandler are up for re-election this year. Mr. Chandler did not seek re-election to the council. Mayor Watford and Mr. Ritter hope to retain […]

Constitutional amendments 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 explained

OKEECHOBEE — Amendment Seven was another amendment placed on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Committee. This is a three-part bundled amendment. It is another one of those all or nothing votes. You cannot split it up and vote yes for the parts you like. Part one specifies mandatory death benefits for first responders and […]

Constitutional amendments 3, 4, 5 & 6 on the ballot

OKEECHOBEE — Amendment 3 requires voter approval of casino gambling and was placed on the ballot by petition of Florida citizens. Some 766,200 signatures are required in order to have a measure put on the ballot. The League of Women Voters supports this amendment because it would put the responsibility for deciding whether to allow […]

Teacher pay, bullying take front stage at political forum

OKEECHOBEE — School Board District 3 incumbent Dixie Ball and challenger Melisa Jahner answered questions from the public and made the case for why they’re best suited to sit on the school board at the Okeechobee Political Forum held on Aug. 6 at the Osceola Middle School gymnasium. Both candidates have extensive history and experience […]