Mary Ann Martin: Named 2019 Sugar Fest’s honoree

CLEWISTON — Mary Ann Martin has been named the 2019 Sugar Festival honoree and will be feted during the Breakfast at the Chamber this morning, March 13, at 8 a.m. Said the nomination that won her this recognition, from a person who wished to remain anonymous: “Mary Ann’s enthusiasm in promoting our community has been […]

School buses may soon have cameras to catch illegal passers

TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Emily Slosberg, has introduced a bill to the Florida Legislature allowing districts to install cameras on school buses to record drivers illegally passing stopped buses. The districts would then have the option to use these videos to send citations to anyone who was filmed passing a stopped bus. The cameras would […]

Raiders baseball gets first ever win over Glades Day

The Glades Central Raiders varsity baseball team made school history on Mar. 5 when they were able to finally top their rival the Glades Day Gators, 9-6. The victory marks the first time the Raiders have beaten the Gators since the inception of the baseball program at Glades Central. GCHS senior David Gonzalez and sophomore […]

Meet the firefighter: Justin Hazellief

Delivering his own son was probably the most exciting thing that Okeechobee County Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Hazellief has ever had the opportunity to be a part of and he described it as the most amazing feeling in the world. Although as a paramedic, it was the third delivery he had participated in, that one was different […]

‘Little girl from the Prairie’ turns 100

OKEECHOBEE — Happy 100th birthday Beedie Thomas! Today is Mrs. Beedie Mae Thomas’ 100th birthday, and she has spent every one of those years right here in Okeechobee County. Born in Kilpatrick Hammock on what is now the Prairie Reserve State Park, Beedie Mae was the third child in a family of six children. Beedie […]

Cattle drive thrills spectators at Speckled Perch Festival parade

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association cattle drive was the highlight of the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday in downtown Okeechobee. The festival continues Sunday in downtown Okeechobee in Flagler Park. The Cowtown Rodeo will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Cattlemen’s Arena on U.S. 441. Driving cattle is thirsty […]

Okeechobee County biosolids facility may require rezoning

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a biosolids processing facility in the Dark Hammock area in northeastern Okeechobee County may be stalled. On March 1, the company’s owner was notified by Okeechobee County that the project would require rezoning of the property. “It was determined, that the proposed location zoned Agriculture does not allow for a residual […]

Cattle drive to follow Okeechobee parade Saturday; Speckled Perch Festival and rodeo this weekend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee, “the Speckled Perch Capital of the World,” will host the 54th Annual Speckled Perch Festival March 9 and 10 in Flagler Park. This year’s festival parade will feature a cattle drive, sponsored by the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association. “We’re trying to get enthusiasm back for the rodeo,” explained Dudley Kirton of the Okeechobee […]

Meet the Firefighter: Luis Aguilar

GLADES COUNTY — Florida Forest Service State Wildland Firefighter Luis Aguilar says that although he was born in 1957, he is still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, but until he figures it out, he is thoroughly enjoying his career as a firefighter. Mr. Aguilar was born in Mexico, Jacona […]

Feb. 21 hearing brings more code enforcement wins

LaBELLE — The Hendry County Board received another encouraging report on Tuesday, Feb. 26, regarding the success of their code enforcement efforts against blighted areas. Planning & Community Development Director Margaret Emblidge and Code Enforcement Supervisor Wanda Rota-Reina presented commissioners with a summary of the outcomes of cases brought before Hendry County Judge Darrell R. […]