Eight OHS student athletes sign on to play in college

OKEECHOBEE — At a ceremony held on May 9 in the Okeechobee High School gym, eight students from OHS signed on to continue playing their respective sport at the college level. The Brahman football team led the school with three of its athletes signing on to play in college. Andrew Bates signed on to play […]

Meet the Florida Forest Service Communication Tech; Tom Timmons has seen a lot of changes over the years

OKEECHOBEE — Generally, when one thinks of the Florida Forest Service, he thinks of park rangers or fire fighters, but there are many other “behind the scenes” men and women who work together to keep things operating smoothly. Communications Specialist III Tom Timmons, AKA The Radio Guy, is one of those men. “The Florida Forest […]

Lady Brahmans advance to regional final

The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans softball team advanced to the regional final with a dramatic extra inning win against the Dwyer Lady Panthers on May 14. You may be feeling a sense of déjà vu reading this story. The OHS softball team won a playoff game in extra innings in dramatic fashion? Didn’t you […]

Church hosts yard sale on Saturday; lots of other things to do in the community

Businesswomen to meet OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network will meet on Friday, May 17, at Lakeside Grill, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Come share information about your business and learn how others can help you grow. Bring a small exchange gift. For more information, call Raye at 863-467-2557. Shrine club will […]

Aquatic spraying to control hyacinth and water lettuce on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shared a plan this week to use chemical spraying to control the growth of hyacinth and water lettuce in the Eagle Bay and Kings Bar areas of Lake Okeechobee. Hyacinth and water lettuce are considered harmful invasive plants. According to the FWC report, the use of herbicides to […]

Reynolds debunks water myths

OKEECHOBEE — Myths about the South Florida watershed can hurt efforts to save the Everglades, according to Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds’ report to the combined county commissions of Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Martin and Palm Beach counties, May 7 at Okeechobee High School. ‘The greatest problem that I see in many of the conversations is that […]

Pahokee City Manager Williamson answers queries

PAHOKEE — City Manager Chandler Williamson responded to the newspaper’s questions on Monday regarding the recent firing of the city attorney and several other events in the city. Asked to comment on each topic covered his answers, sent by email, were as follows: • On the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General’s May […]

Pahokee manager cites positive projects

PAHOKEE — In answering questions about recent divisive events in Pahokee, City Manager Chandler Williamson said he felt that “some of this has reached its lifespan and appears redundant.” He said he wanted to point out some items that “I feel create the attention Pahokee and surrounding areas so badly need from our media outlets,” […]

Report to commission behind Brandenburg’s ouster

By Chris Felker Lake Okeechobee News PAHOKEE — The day before being abruptly ousted from his position as city attorney April 23, Gary Brandenburg had placed on the city commission’s meeting agenda — and emailed to each commissioner — a four-page report he’d produced that recommended they take immediate actions regarding several issues in the […]

Inspector general’s report confirms Pahokee improprieties

WEST PALM BEACH — The office of Palm Beach County Inspector General John A. Carey issued a report May 6, stating that complaints it received in December 2017 about improper closings of the Pahokee City Hall and unauthorized bonuses paid to employees by City Manager Chandler Williamson were true. Specifically, allegations that Mr. Williamson “inappropriately […]