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 […]

It’s time to adopt a dog!

OKEECHOBEE — October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and according to the University of Florida’s research, more than 400,000 cats and dogs entered shelters in the state of Florida in 2017. When the time comes to choose a new pet, people are often drawn to pet stores, but there are so many loving animals […]

Wildfires are coming; Is your home ready?

OKEECHOBEE — A hurricane may or may not strike Florida in any given year, but according to Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitigation specialist and public information officer for the Florida Forest Service, a wildfire absolutely will. The National Fire Protection Association explains that when people build their homes in more rural areas, conditions are perfect for […]

Lady Brahmans volleyball ‘purr-fect’ in win over Tigers; ready for playoffs

OKEECHOBEE — The Lady Brahmans volleyball team cruised to an easy win over their south lake rivals the Clewiston Lady Tigers on Oct. 11. Okeechobee won in three back-to-back sets, 25-10, 25-9 and 25-8. The Lady Brahmans have now swept Clewiston in both games this year. The Lady Brahmans also honored their seniors before the […]

OHS Bass Club reels in first place at tournament

OKEECHOBEE — From Oct. 6 through 7 over 100 high school teams competed in the two-day B.A.S S. Nation Regional and National qualifier on Lake Okeechobee. The Okeechobee High School Bass Club brought home two, top-10 finishes in the first weigh-in on Oct. 6. Brahmans Logan McMasters and Tyler Alexander took 8th place, while John […]