Inspiring Okeechobee: Spend five minutes with Carolyn Douglas

OKEECHOBEE — A common denominator in the Inspiring Okeechobee series is that the featured person is usually shocked when contacted and says something along the lines of, “Me? I’m not inspiring.” Or “I don’t do anything special. I just do what anyone would do.” This week’s inspiring story is about Carolyn Douglas, and she is […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… McKillop practices what he preaches

OKEECHOBEE — Andy McKillop believes we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Until last year when he was injured in a car accident, Mr. McKillop was the administrator of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility (OHCF). He always told the ladies taking care of the residents at OHCF that he […]

Inspiring Okeechobee…Family loves Halloween

OKEECHOBEE — While some people are dreading the thought of having to spend extra money on candy and costumes this month, the Sorensen family has been looking forward to it all year. As a matter of fact, they have been getting ready for it for months. Halloween is their favorite holiday. Stephen and Taylor Sorensen […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Kindergarten Krew is something special

OKEECHOBEE — At South Elementary School, the kindergarteners have something that not every kindergarten student is lucky enough to have. They have a unique group of teachers who not only love their job and their students, but they also really like each other and have fun working together and sharing ideas. This not only makes […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Celeste believes in lifting others

OKEECHOBEE — Celeste Harvey was born and raised in Okeechobee. Her maiden name was Hawk, so many may know her by that name. Her uncle, Jimbo Hawk, owns Okeechobee Feed here in town. Okeechobee is the only place she has ever lived, and she has never even had a notion to go anywhere else, she […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Daniel Kidd believes no kid is a lost cause

OKEECHOBEE — Daniel Kidd has changed a lot now that he has grown up. He said a friend asked him who turned him on to God. But really, no one turned him on to God, because he grew up in a church, but you know how you read that the pastor’s child is the worst […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Marci Lookabill doesn’t feel inspiring

OKEECHOBEE — Marci Lookabill has spent most of her life in Okeechobee. She is a business owner, a wife and a mom. “I’m not a quitter, and I don’t let things get in my way of being responsible and being the kind of parent that a lot of single parents miss out on,” she said. […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… ‘Seeing them happy makes me happy’

OKEECHOBEE — Bernard Marker began his work with people with disabilities approximately 28 years ago at the Rehab here in Okeechobee. He worked there for about seven years, and then took a little time off and worked as a truck driver. While he was doing that, Doris Hargraves approached him about working with her nephew, […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: All her students are Sherlock kids

OKEECHOBEE — Jean Sherlock has been a member of the Okeechobee school system for over 25 years. She was born in Tampa but raised in Daytona Beach and graduated from Mainland High School in 1990. She went to the Daytona State College for two years, transferred to Stetson University and graduated in 1994. Raised by […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: God has guided Madlin Kane all her life

OKEECHOBEE — Madlin Alice Kane has been in Okeechobee since her father retired from the military in 1962, and he was hired at the Florida School for Boys as the assistant food director in 1963. It was a huge culture shock for the family, she said, because when you are an Army brat, you swim […]