Okeechobee County Judge campaign creates controversy

OKEECHOBEE — Allegations of a “whisper campaign” and information from a personnel file circulated anonymously have cast a shadow on the Okeechobee County Judge race. At the Oct. 8 political forum and on her campaign Facebook page, county judge candidate Deborah Hooker has accused her opponent of obtaining and using a 2011 memo written by […]

Hometown girl needs help after hurricane

OKEECHOBEE — Linda Parker, who was born and raised in Okeechobee, now lives in a small town called Cottondale, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael last week. Mrs. Parker and her husband, Steve, are fondly remembered by many here in Okeechobee. She owned a small store that sold scrubs, called Linda’s Place, for several years […]

Work under way to get concert boat shipshape

PAHOKEE — Cosmetic renovations are under way on the historic floating arts center docked at the Pahokee Marina, in preparation for the envisioned instruction of young musical instrumentalists aboard it that is the Point Counterpoint II’s main purpose in being here. American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) conductor Robert Boudreau, owner of the vessel built for […]

Big Lake Athletes of the Week: John Pearce and Justin Hevey

OKEECHOBEE — John Pearce and Justin Hevey from Okeechobee High School’s Bass Club are this week’s Big Lake Athletes of the Week for their performance in the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation Regional/National two day tournament held on Lake Okeechobee on Oct. 6-7. The duo were able to take first place out over 100 teams that made […]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

OKEECHOBEE — October is Domestic Violence Awareness month in Okeechobee County. At their Oct. 11 meeting, the Okeechobee County Commission approved the proclamation, which states: “the crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse including abuse […]

How to help Hurricane Michael victims; what you can do right now

OKEECHOBEE — Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, Oct. 10, wreaking havoc on the communities that lay in its path. The Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the continental United States in 50 years, brought heavy winds, rain, and flooding to the Florida panhandle and Gulf Coast, […]

Possible homicide in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible homicide in Okeechobee. According to a press release issued on Friday, Oct. 12, deputies responded to the area of Northeast 14th Avenue and 6th Street at approximately 5:21 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. At the scene, they found an unresponsive adult male. Okeechobee County […]

KOA Oktoberfest to feature dachshund racing

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee KOA’s Oktoberfest celebration, planned for Oct. 19-21 will include music, fun and, best of all — dachshund racing. The races are set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The inaugural races in 2017 attracted about 40 pint-sized racers, who were grouped into heats by age category, with prizes given for each […]

County approves grant for economic development

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners Thursday approved a grant agreement of $250,000 with Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation. Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs recused himself from the vote due to his affiliation with the Economic Development Corporation. According to the staff report, The Grant Agreement is for a one-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2018 and […]

Students learn to ‘Start with Hello’

OKEECHOBEE — As part of the Sandy Hook Promise, Start with Hello week was incorporated into the Okeechobee County Schools. Start with Hello week enabled students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and […]