Veteran Jack Sutherland always honored his parents

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Jack Sutherland always thought it was his duty to help his parents and younger siblings, and he believes God blessed him for his faithfulness. Mr. Sutherland was the 10th of 14 children, and when he was 16, he left his home in Dickerson County, Va. to go to NYA Training School. The […]

City helps hurricane victims by donating surplus fire truck

Councilwoman Monica Clark’s father served as a volunteer firefighter for 50 years, she said at the City Council meeting on April 16, and she was thrilled to make a motion to donate a surplus firetruck to a volunteer fire department in the Panhandle. Originally, the truck was scheduled to be sold at auction. “It’s pretty […]

Monkey’s owner given probation

OKEECHOBEE — Tina Ballard, the woman who was arrested last year after her pet spider monkey attacked an employee in the Home Depot parking lot, pleaded no contest to two counts of non-native captive wildlife level two violations, one count failure to immunize an animal on exhibit and one count culpable negligence personal injury. She […]

Comment sought on watershed plan

OKEECHOBEE — The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Protection Plan (LOWPP) was approved by the Florida Legislature in 2000 “to protect and restore surface water resources by improving hydrology and water quality for the Northern Everglades Systems, according to Ansley Marr, project engineer, Office of State Policy and Coordination, South Florida Water Management District. On April 18 […]

Woman runs over her baby’s father

With her 9-month-old baby in the car, a woman allegedly ran over the child’s father after an argument outside a local restaurant. On Tuesday, April 16, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Cross was dispatched to the 2200 block of Northwest 22nd Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute in progress. Deputy Cross reportedly found the […]

Our Village to host an open house

OKEECHOBEE — Our Village Okeechobee will host an Open House Saturday, April 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. in their adorable little white house at 1703 S.W. Second Ave., one block south of Dominoes Pizza. Our Village Okeechobee was begun in the summer of 2015 after the founder, Leah Suarez, had a near-death experience and […]

Sheriff says Jack’s Camp is closed for business

OKEECHOBEE — On Tuesday, March 12, members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force conducted an undercover operation that led to the arrest on April 16 of six individuals on charges ranging from possession of ammo by a convicted felon to possession of cocaine. A search warrant was executed early on the morning of April 16, […]

Community Events features Easter celebrations

Stations of the Cross setOKEECHOBEE —The Church of Our Saviour (Episcopal) invites the public to Stations of the Cross in the Park on Good Friday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m., at the gazebo located at Flagler Park #4. Businesswomen’s meeting set Whether a businesswoman, an entrepreneur, a job-seeker or would-be volunteer, you will benefit from […]

Man killed in single-car accident

OKEECHOBEE — After failing to negotiate a curve on Lofton Road on Tuesday, April 16, 55-year-old Neal Prescott’s vehicle rolled over three times before ejecting him through the driver’s side window, said County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, who was right behind Mr. Prescott and watched in horror as it happened. Mr. Prescott landed approximately 100 feet […]

Hepatitis A is not curable but preventable

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee has now joined the ranks along with several other Florida counties reporting cases of hepatitis A in 2019. Okeechobee has reported two cases this year. Saint Lucie also reported two. Martin has reported 16, and Palm Beach has reported six this year. A community is considered high-risk after five cases have been […]