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 […]

The odds were not in his favor

OKEECHOBEE — A man who was too involved with scratching his lottery tickets to follow law enforcement directions found himself in jail on Tuesday night. According to the arrest report, Deputy Robbie Lamb was on routine patrol when he observed a white Dodge run a stop sign. Taking note that the vehicle was also speeding, […]

New business will sell, service and store boats

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners approved a change in zoning for a property on State Road 78 West from residential mobile home to commercial at their Oct. 11 meeting. The business planned by Bassin Bobby Enterprises will include retail fuel sale and the sale, service and storage of boats. According to the staff report, […]

County considers policy for airport hanger waiting list

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners approved procedures for the airport hanger waiting list, subject to the county attorney’s review, at their Oct. 11 meeting. Okeechobee County Airport maintains a waiting list for those who wish to lease county-owned T and Box Hangar space. In order to efficiently and fairly process requests to be placed […]

Project spruces up Fisheating Creek Outpost

GLADES COUNTY — Employees of Clean Earth of Southern Florida, some of their family members and local volunteers helped clear out a lot of deadwood on the first weekend of autumn at the Fisheating Creek Outpost. “We got more done than we thought we were going to get done, and the trees came down that […]

Glades board told it needs to acquire a so-called county road

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners were a bit surprised to learn Tuesday that they may have to purchase and upgrade the one-lane country road erroneously marked as County Road 78B in Buckhead Ridge. That’s because it is actually named “Access Road” on other signs and on maps and is controlled under a fee simple […]

2018 washed high nutrient load into the lake

OKEECHOBEE — Water Year 2018 (May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018) brought ten times the target phosphorus loads into Lake Okeechobee, with about 90 percent of that load coming from the watersheds north of the lake, Stuart Van Horn, SFWMD Water Quality Bureau Chief, reported to the Water Resources Analysis Coalition meeting in West […]