Ribbon Cutting at Walmart on Friday; many other things to do in Okeechobee

Business Women meets The Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network will meet on Friday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Grill, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. These monthly meetings help expand your circle, improve your business and pick up ideas. Please bring a small exchange gift. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557. Ribbon cutting is […]

Veteran Dexter turned 21 the year he was captured by the Germans

BELLE GLADE — Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1924, Veteran Vernon Dexter enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he was a member of ROTC in high school, and he was determined he was not going to be drafted and walk in the Army. When the war started, he said his draft number […]

SFWMD considers use of ASR wells

WEST PALM BEACH — In the last legislative session, the State of Florida set aside $50 million to jump start a project to store water north of Lake Okeechobee. The challenge faced by the South Florida Water Management District governing board, is how to use that money to get the most “bang for the buck.” […]

Should teachers carry guns?

OKEECHOBEE — Earlier this year Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that allowed school districts to expand the school guardian program to permit classroom teachers to carry firearms. The Okeechobee School District had already given non-instructional staff at schools the go-ahead to sign up for the guardian program last year, but now school board members are […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Savannah Callaway is not done yet

OKEECHOBEE — Summer Savannah Callaway has had more than 30 surgeries in the last three years following a collision in which her vehicle ended up underneath an 18-wheeler. In 2016, Savannah worked as a floor nurse at Tradition Hospital and decided to take a drive to visit a friend in Georgia while she had a […]

Blood Roundup planning meeting is this week; and, many more community events are featured

Moose Lodge to host events OKEECHOBEE — Moose Lodge 1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host the following event: On Sunday, July 14, there will be breakfast from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and three-card bingo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. BHR VFW 9528 to host events BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. […]

Could Okeechobee get a new high school?

OKEECHOBEE — With a new Governor in Tallahassee and fresh faces at the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), there’s renewed hope that Okeechobee might finally be approved funding for a new high school. During the public comment portion of the Okeechobee County School Board meeting on July 9 Greg Kelly of CRA Architects spoke to […]

July 4 celebrated with release of two eagles

OKEECHOBEE — Flight For Freedom, a July 4 celebration at Arnold’s Wildlife Center, included the release of two American bald eagles. Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Suarez Museum of Natural Science & History have different missions but the same objective, said Luis Suarez, president and chief curator of the Suarez Museum. He said both organizations […]

Bergeron suggests ranches be perimeter ditched

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board once again turned their attention on the nutrient load from agricultural properties at their July 10 workshop meeting, with one board member even suggesting that cattle ranches spanning thousands of acres should be required to have perimeter ditches. The conversation started with a […]

Palmdale, BHR parks to get new playground fixtures

MOORE HAVEN — The grounds of the Glades County community center in Palmdale — and the one in Buckhead Ridge, too — will be getting long-promised playground equipment. The county commissioners voted unanimously to equip both park areas with brand-new hardware for young children to play on after a brief presentation by Public Works Director […]