Roundabout option considered on SR 710

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners Thursday agreed to add the option of a traffic roundabout at the intersection of Martin County Road 714 (aka Martin Grade) and State Road 710, if the Florida Department of Transportation realigns CR 714. The realignment will take part of CR 714 into Okeechobee County to come out opposite Okeechobee […]

Community rallies to help blind woman

Formerly homeless widow is now a homeowner money where their mouths are, but when Joanne McDuffie learned a blind woman who had just been released from the hospital was going to be evicted from her home, she said, “ Take me to her.” Ms. McDuffie is my mother, and I normally share the interesting stories […]

“Pippins, you’re going where I tell you to go.”

OKEECHOBEE — Born and raised in Dalton, Ga., Veteran Jim Pippin had never really been much farther than 50 miles from home before going into the service. When he was 18 years old, he saw a recruiter who talked to him about joining the military. Prior to that, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to […]

‘Improved’ pasture does not mean fertilized

There’s a lot of confusion in the media about Florida’s cattle ranches, according to Matt Pearce, president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. A common misconception: Some people think ranchers fertilize their pastures every year with so much phosphorus that excess runs off into waterways. At a recent South Florida Water Management District meeting Mr. Pearce […]

Chobee Volleyball Academy to have first mini-season

OKEECHOBEE — Chobee Volleyball Academy (CVA) is scheduled to host their first-ever mini-season this year. The new season will take the place of their traditional recreational season and run during October and November this year. “We are really excited to grow the game here by creating competitive tournament play right here in Okeechobee,” said CVA […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: All her students are Sherlock kids

OKEECHOBEE — Jean Sherlock has been a member of the Okeechobee school system for over 25 years. She was born in Tampa but raised in Daytona Beach and graduated from Mainland High School in 1990. She went to the Daytona State College for two years, transferred to Stetson University and graduated in 1994. Raised by […]

Operation SOS awarded grant for spaying and neutering

OKEECHOBEE — Operation SOS, a nonprofit that offers low-cost spay and neutering, has been awarded a grant of $10,000 to offer its services to low-income families and individuals in Okeechobee County for the upcoming year. The grant was awarded by Florida Animal Friend, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending pet overpopulation. Operation SOS Executive Director […]

Lessons of Dorian discussed at EOC

MOORE HAVEN — Many of the county and other officials who gather in the event of an emergency also meet for a postmortem after every activation of the Emergency Operations Center, which is housed in the Glades County Fire/EMS station in the Public Safety Complex. The discussion of lessons learned and potential shortcomings during the […]

Clewiston was ‘well prepared’ for Dorian

CLEWISTON — City fire and police departments and municipal officials took to the city’s Facebook pages with warnings, essential public information and cautionary videos they shot in the EOC as Hurricane Dorian bore down on the Florida peninsula at the end of August. They started right after Hendry County declared a local state of emergency […]

Airglades Airport update meeting set Sept. 16

LABELLE — Some discussion came up at the last Hendry County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 27 regarding upcoming developments surrounding Airglades Airport’s conversion into a privately owned facility. District 1 representative Emma Byrd announced during the commissioners’ comments portion of the meeting that there would be a community meeting Monday, Sept. 9, in […]