Lady Brahmans comeback to stun South Fork in final seconds

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans varsity basketball team came back to stun the South Fork Lady Bulldogs 36-33 on Dec. 13 in the OHS gym. The victory was a little bit of sweet revenge for the Lady Brahmans, who were beaten by South Fork two times in 2017. Okeechobee took an early […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: The Phillips family is loved by their church

OKEECHOBEE — Pastor Eric Phillips and his wife Mandy are celebrating their 11th year serving at Everglades Baptist Church (EBC) this month. Both Pastor Eric and Mandy are from Garner, N.C., and Pastor Eric attended North Carolina State University from 1993-1998, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in middle school math and science education. In […]

Okeechobee residents accept Christmas Challenge

OKEECHOBEE — Americans have always loved a challenge, and often it seems as though the challenges involve something dangerous or ridiculous. Take for example the Tide Pod Challenge, the Cinnamon Challenge, the Ghost Pepper Challenge, Car Surfing, Salt and Ice, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the KiKi Challenge or even many years ago the “how many […]

FWC asked to stop chemical spraying of aquatic plants

ST. AUGUSTINE — At the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Dec. 12 meeting, concerned citizens spoke out against excessive chemical spraying of aquatic plants. “I’ve spent the better part of the last six months trying to figure out what is going on with the red tide,” said Jim Abernethy, author of the “Stop the […]

Christmas Parade in Okeechobee is an annual favorite

OKEECHOBEE — Santa flew in from the North Pole to pay Okeechobee citizens and adults alike a visit at the annual lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The parade featured floats from local organizations and schools as well as the traditional lineup of horses and more, all decked out for the holidays with […]

Playing leapfrog in the truck doesn’t fool OPD officer

OKEECHOBEE — After performing a traffic stop on a silver Ford truck, Officer Michael Jordan of the OPD noticed the truck moving and reportedly saw a shadow jump from the driver’s side of the vehicle to the passenger’s side. Officer Jordan went to the passenger side of the vehicle and ordered the person who was […]

OHS Bass Club member catches a whopper

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Bass Club fielded 16 teams in the eighth annual Bobby Lane Cup fishing tournament held at Camp Mack on Lake Kissimmee on Dec. 1 and all but two were able to weigh a bag. OHS anglers battled the windy conditions on the lake as well as the cold front […]

Should high school day start later?

OKEECHOBEE — At their monthly meeting on Dec. 11 the Okeechobee County School Board set the date for a workshop to discuss moving back the start time for Okeechobee High School. The workshop is scheduled to take place on Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. in the school board’s regular meeting room. Moving the start time […]

Coquina chairman runs stop sign – ends up in jail

OKEECHOBEE — David Ryan Law, chairman of the Coquina Water Control District’s board of supervisors, was arrested Nov. 30 after several members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force witnessed him run a stop sign out on the Prairie where he lives. The van Mr. Law was driving was also observed by the task force to […]

Prescribed burn today (Dec. 12) between Moore Haven Canal and Sportsman Cut

MOORE HAVEN — A prescribed burn is underway today (Dec. 12) on 3,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee between the Moore Haven Canal and Sportsman Cut, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake. This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission […]