Inspiring Okeechobee … Fundraising is local womans’ life’s work

OKEECHOBEE — Janice Pietro is a native Floridian. She lived in Palm Beach County for the first 50 years of her life, but moved to Okeechobee in 2008 to be with her daughter and watch her grandkids grow up. She worked for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years and took early retirement. […]

Inspiring Okeechobee…Althetes learn from FCA rep’s living testimony

OKEECHOBEE — Caleb Cornett’s father was a football coach for over 40 years in Georgia, and that is where Mr. Cornett’s love of the sport began. The family moved around a lot, and by playing ball, he could spend a lot of time with his father. After high school, he went to college in Knoxville […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Nicole genuinely cares about this town

Nicole Tumoszwicz, who owns the Sublime Juice Garden on Southwest Second Avenue, has lived in Okeechobee for the last 30 years. She started out working as a dental hygienist for 14 years and worked for Dr. Jennifer Laskey at Family Dentistry for the last 10 of those years. Mrs. Tumoszwicz is a Christian and tries […]

Inspiring Okeechobee…Family works as mission team in Nepal

OKEECHOBEE — Jamie and Luke K. (name withheld for safety reasons), along with their five children, serve as missionaries in Nepal. Jamie was born and raised in Okeechobee, and in 2006, she married Luke, who lived in Arcadia. Less than a year after their marriage, Luke began pastoring a small church in Lake Placid and […]

Inspiring Okeechobee…Mable’s Place is a ‘home away from home’

Valentina Humphries has always enjoyed taking care of the people she loves, and one of her favorite ways of caring for those people is by cooking for them. She spent many years working as a drug counselor out at the prison and then at a detox program for Saint Lucie County. She even went back […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Sherry tries to make it better than when she walked in

OKEECHOBEE — Sherry Kindell-Pollard does not consider herself inspiring, but then most inspiring people do not see in themselves what others see. She was born and raised in Okeechobee, had a mom, dad, dog and a brother and led a charmed life growing up, she said. “My parents were amazing. They taught us family and […]

Mail carrier helps save lives

OKEECHOBEE — “Taking care of my customers is my job. I see them every day,” said Kim Korbel, who recently went above and beyond the call of duty to help save the lives of two of the customers on her mail route. One of her customers was outside washing her carport in May when she […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Coach Hollimon ‘made it about the kids’

OKEECHOBEE — Who are Okeechobee residents thankful for? Dionna Farmer was one of the first to jump at the chance to talk about which person from Okeechobee’s past she is most thankful for this holiday season. She said she is thankful for Coach Morris Hollimon. She said he went above and beyond as a coach […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Be thankful every day

OKEECHOBEE — After asking the question, “Who in your life are you thankful for?” there was no shortage of replies. The first person mentioned by Shoney Yates was Clyde Kaufman, who ran the old town pool. He influenced many of the youth in Okeechobee back in the 1960s. He was kind to the kids who […]

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 […]