Horses impounded by Okeechobee County deputies to go to rescue


OKEECHOBEE — Since April 2, 23 horses have been cared for by Okeechobee County Animal Control and received medical attention worth in excess of $8,000 because of a criminal malnutrition/abuse investigation. After consideration of Florida statutes, the Okeechobee County Animal Ordinance and the fact that these are feral horses, Sheriff Noel E. Stephen has made […]

23 neglected horses impounded by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office


OKEECHOBEE — On April 2, 23 horses were impounded by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office after they were found in distress on property out on the Prairie. Several other animals were found as well, said Sheriff Noel E. Stephen. On April 1, Deputy James Hartsfield was told by a concerned citizen that there were horses […]

St. Lucie County beach allows horseback riding

SOUTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND — If riding a horse on a Florida beach is on your bucket list, the opportunity is nearby. South Hutchinson Island, about an hour’s drive from Okeechobee, offers special permits that allow horse owners to enjoy a beach ride. For those who do not own a horse, St. Lucie County also has […]

Meet the new animal control director

OKEECHOBEE — Amy Fisher has been promoted from within the ranks of animal control and is now director. Although she has worked for animal control for the last three years, she said she was not involved in and knew nothing about the Bobby Travis horse fiasco until after Arlene Durbin resigned. Prior to her promotion, […]

Miniature horses join in on costume fun

OKEECHOBEE — The Chobee Minis 4-H enjoyed their annual Harvest Party on Oct. 22. The 4-H Club members made costumes for themselves and for the miniature horses. Emily Hilderbrand and her horse, Ruby (above), took first place with their “sugar skulls” costumes. Caitlin Desarro dressed as a flight attendant and turned her horse into an […]

Census shows state’s agriculture industries shrinking

The United States Census of Agriculture, which is conducted every five years, shows the amount of land in agricultural use is shrinking while urban development use is growing. The most recent census, conducted in 2017, was released in April. Nationwide, land in agriculture declined by 14.3 million acres in the five-year period between 2012 and […]

Young trainer competes in Extreme Mustang Makeover

OKEECHOBEE — Tatum Bickel, 13, of Okeechobee signed up last December to participate in the 2019 Ocala Extreme Mustang Makeover. She picked up a yearling filly that was assigned to her in Ocala on Jan. 27, 2019. Tatum was one of 18 young trainers from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Kentucky approved for the […]

Cowtown Rodeo 2017

  These photos were taken Saturday, March 11, at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s arena of the 2017 Cowtown rodeo.

Ride for the Fight Rodeo 2016

These photo were taken at the Ride for the Fight Rodeo on Jan. 2 and 3 at the Okeechobee Cattleman’s Arena.

Labor Day Parade

Photos from the Labor Day parade on Sept. 7th in Okeechobee Fla.