Local Vietnam veteran in dire need of help

OKEECHOBEE — A local Vietnam veteran could use your help, said Gregg Maynard. Hurricane Irma hit and caused significant damage to his house. He is 72 years old but was a carpenter all his life, so was determined to fix it himself. He began removing the drywall and insulation but then suffered an accident and […]

Don’t leave windows blocked with shutters

OKEECHOBEE — Some Okeechobee residents who live in mobile homes were disturbed the week after Hurricane Dorian to come home and find yellow tags on their doors left by the Okeechobee County Tax Collector’s Office. The tags said there was no visible sticker on the mobile home and asked the resident to contact the office […]

What can we learn from Hurricane Dorian?

OKEECHOBEE — Every time a big storm passes us by, we breathe a sigh of relief, and then we usually go back to living life as we always have. Maybe it’s time we begin thinking about what could have been and how we can make some small changes now while we are still able. Okeechobee […]

Clewiston was ‘well prepared’ for Dorian

CLEWISTON — City fire and police departments and municipal officials took to the city’s Facebook pages with warnings, essential public information and cautionary videos they shot in the EOC as Hurricane Dorian bore down on the Florida peninsula at the end of August. They started right after Hendry County declared a local state of emergency […]

Dorian preparations went smoothly in Hendry County

LABELLE — Luckily for Hendry County, it was never under the same watches and warnings as the rest of the Lake Okeechobee region last week during Dorian’s brush-by of Florida — and, officials said, it turned into one big but useful practice run. County Communications & Legislative Coordinator Emily Hunter, who was on duty keeping […]

How did kids handle the hurricane?

OKEECHOBEE — As their parents worried and fretted and bought plywood and water, the children of Ms. Candace’s VPK class at Rock Solid Christian Academy weren’t worried at all. As a matter of fact, the 4-year-olds had the time of their lives during their unexpected five-day holiday from school. Zoe did say she helped get […]

Why not donate those hurricane supplies?

OKEECHOBEE — Last Friday, Hurricane Dorian was headed straight toward Okeechobee, and the fact that he never came near us has been met with mixed reactions by the citizens of our town. Some people consider it a huge blessing; some say we were very lucky, and some are annoyed they spent time and money on […]

Labor Day brings hurricane fatigue

Lake Okeechobee area residents spent Labor Day weekend watching the very slow progress of Dorian, which grew to a massive Category 5 hurricane by Saturday and then stalled about 100 miles off the Florida coastline. By Tuesday, the storm had fallen in strength to Category 2 and was slowly moving northwest. The track deviation from […]

Updates from Emergency Operations Centers for Okeechobee, Glades and Palm Beach Counties

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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY OKEECHOBEE – Update from Waste Management on Residential Garbage Collection: Due to Hurricane Dorian, Waste Management will resume Residential garbage collection on Wednesday, Sept. 4 , weather permitting, as follows: The Wednesday, Sept. 4 collection, will include Monday and Tuesday residential route customers only. The Thursday Sept. 5 collection, will include Wednesday residential […]

Okeechobee residents and their pets seek shelter

OKEECHOBEE — As Hurricane Dorian takes its time deciding on a path, some  Okeechobee residents have decided they would rather be safe than sorry and have taken shelter at South Elementary School, a shelter manned by Red Cross volunteers. Shelter manager Kelly Koch has been a Red Cross volunteer for 25 years and has been […]