Meet JTK Bike Shop star Woodjy Flezinord

BELLE GLADE — JTK Bike Shop began in June 2017 in Belle Glade. It is a non-profit youth development project where local teens learn to fix bicycles, operate a business and develop strength of character. Although the team does not receive a paycheck, they are entitled to participate in the family meal at the end […]

Life of local legend Ann Rust to be celebrated

CANAL POINT — The long, colorful life of the late Ann O’Connell Rust, a Glades native who left the area to become a successful New York model, then returned and pursued careers as a talent agent, writer and entrepreneur here, will be celebrated in early August. At the age of 89, Mrs. Rust passed away […]

July 4th barbecue will benefit Patti Berglund

OKEECHOBEE — One Fourth of July celebration this year in the Okeechobee community — a free pig roast and barbeque at a local tavern — is being staged to help a longtime area resident in her battle against brain cancer. A former employer and many friends of Patti Berglund, who was the office manager for […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Omar Alverado believes in working a little harder

OKEECHOBEE — Despite what some might consider insurmountable obstacles, Omar Alverado lives a full and complete life. Born without sight and with no pituitary gland, he spent the first 18 years of his life in and out of hospitals. His mother, Anita Nunez, said he spent the first three years of his life in the […]

Veteran Scott Viens enjoyed the ‘super cool secret’ missions

“In hindsight, I probably should have chosen a job that I could have done when I got back home, but I was young and I just wanted to ride around in tanks, shoot things and blow things up,” said Scott Viens. “You don’t think about that when you are young.” Mr. Viens was born in […]

Family survives every parent’s nightmare

Every parent’s worst nightmare came true for Flint and Stephanie on what began as a typical Monday morning when they discovered their 16-month-old daughter Hannah Kate had a rash on the back of her legs. Flint said he wasn’t too worried at first. He was planning to take her to the pediatrician that afternoon, and […]

Local man created Bring Smiles to Seniors

  OKEECHOBEE — While visiting his grandmother, Lola Mae, in the nursing home, Ron Tyson noticed that many of the nursing home residents did not have regular visitors or even receive cards or gifts in the mail, and he vowed to do something about that. Mr. Tyson was born and raised in Okeechobee and graduated […]

Costa Rican artist running cross-country for a cause

LaBELLE — A South Florida resident who’s a legal immigrant from Costa Rica started a little jog for a cause in the aid of illegal immigrants last weekend at Miami’s Freedom Tower. His ultimate destination: the Mexican border with the United States, around 1,200 miles away. Solo, an up-and-coming Latino hip-hop musical artist whose parents […]

Brighton Casino to stage hiring event

BRIGHTON — Seminole Brighton Casino will host a hiring event on Tuesday, March 12. There will be two separate hiring sessions in the Bingo Hall, one from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another from 6 to 9 p.m. Positions available are in the areas of finance, security, food & beverage, Player’s Club, player development, […]

Meet the Firefighter: Jarrod Akins

  Okeechobee County firefighter Jarrod Akins is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee who, along with his three brothers, attended Okeechobee High School. Growing up, his hero was Captain America, and it was his intention to follow Captain America’s lead and join the military when he grew up, and he did. During high school, his favorite […]