Hard work is the secret behind Lady Brahmans’ success

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans basketball team split a series of two games this week, beating Suncoast and losing a contentious game to Jensen Beach. Okeechobee dominated Suncoast on Jan. 13 at home, winning 70-32. Senior Alkeecia Clayton had a huge game for the Lady Brahmans, leading the team with 29 points […]

Inspiring Okeechobee … Fundraising is local womans’ life’s work

OKEECHOBEE — Janice Pietro is a native Floridian. She lived in Palm Beach County for the first 50 years of her life, but moved to Okeechobee in 2008 to be with her daughter and watch her grandkids grow up. She worked for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years and took early retirement. […]

OHS boys soccer beats Martin County on senior night

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Brahmans varsity soccer team held their senior night during their home game against the Martin County Tigers on Jan. 16. The Brahmans defeated the Tigers 3-0 in what is their last home game of the season. Ruben Martinez scored the first goal for Okeechobee and assisted Connor Rucks for […]

Lollie Raulerson center caters to the ‘Young at Heart’

OKEECHOBEE — The “Lottie Raulerson Senior Center” is now officially known as the “Young at Heart Center of Okeechobee.” The center has been in existence since 1981, thanks in large part to the efforts of the late Lottie Raulerson, who saw a need for a place for seniors to gather in Okeechobee, and worked to […]

Pioneers’ progeny gather at historic cemetery

BASINGER — Okeechobee Historical Society President Magi Cable presided as dozens of local officials and pioneer family descendants came together at the historic cemetery here near the northeastern county line Jan. 15 to dedicate the new Florida Heritage Site marker installed there. “This is a big deal,” remarked Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper about the […]

Who decides what is considered rude?

OKEECHOBEE — We have all heard the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but can we say the same about etiquette? Is etiquette also in the eye of the beholder? Proper etiquette is important in many areas of life — the workplace, at home, at the grocery store, on the telephone, etc. […]

Okeechobee community helps search for missing dog

OKEECHOBEE — Recently, citizens of Okeechobee turned out in droves to hunt for the lost puppy belonging to Judge Bill Wallace. Little Madelyn, a beautiful long-haired dachshund, disappeared from her home on Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, while Judge Wallace was out of town. As soon as it was discovered that she had wandered off, a […]

OHS basketball team wins 12 games in a row

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Brahman varsity basketball team kicked off 2020 the same way they ended 2019, by winning big games. Brahman coach Demetre Riles secured his 100th career win and the Brahmans have now won 12 back-to-back games. The Brahmans got their coach his 100th win by beating Fort Pierce Central 62-45 […]

Mast claims Nikki Fried favoring farmers, Fried response: ‘Mast letter incorrect and purposefully misleading’

JACKSONVILLE — Yet another missive from Congressman Brian Mast was stirring up controversy last week, leading to heated debates on social media. In a Jan. 9 letter to Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Rep. Mast, a Republican representing the Treasure Coast, accused the corps of allowing a “grave conflict […]

Retired County Judge Bryant once was a Marine

OKEECHOBEE — Many years before he became a judge, Jerry Bryant became a Marine. Although his parents lived in Okeechobee, he was born in Jacksonville, because his mother wanted to be with her parents when she gave birth. He grew up in Okeechobee and graduated during the Vietnam War. At that time, if you did […]