Grand jury finds law enforcement officers justified in August shooting

A grand jury determined on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that law enforcement officers were justified in their actions on Aug. 6, 2018, says 19th Circuit State Attorney Ashley Albright. The grand jury was convened on Tuesday to hear testimony and review evidence regarding their use of deadly force. The case in question involved a domestic violence […]

Meet the Firefighter: Levi Ruiz

  County firefighter Levi Ruiz was born in Pembroke Pines in 1996 and grew up in West Palm Beach, where he still resides today. As a child, his hero was Bruce Lee, and he aspired to be a musician in a rock band, but if that didn’t work out, he planned to become a firefighter. […]

Tucker: Lies about lake must stop

WEST PALM BEACH — South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member Brandon Tucker blasted Congressman Brian Mast’s efforts to drastically lower the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting at district headquarters in West Palm Beach. “Lowering the lake to 10.5 feet, in my opinion, is asinine,” he said. Rep. Mast, […]

The Battle of Okeechobee returns

  OKEECHOBEE — It’s that time again. The Battle of Okeechobee, of the Second Seminole War, will be re-enacted in Okeechobee County on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park, 3500 S.E. 38th Ave. We are pleased and excited to announce that Seminole recording artist Rita Youngman will be […]

Barn and a trailer saved from 25-acre wildfire

OKEECHOBEE– On February 10, 2019 at 2:06 p.m., the Florida Forest Service and Okeechobee County Fire Rescue suppressed a 25-acre wildfire in the off N.E. 101 street, west of N.E. 128th Ave. Gusty winds blowing out of the south east at ten miles an hour spread the wildfire quickly in the dry grass (invasive cogongrass) […]

Deputy saves horses from fire

Tensions may be high between some of the residents out on the Prairie and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, but when he was needed, Deputy Bryan Holden did not hesitate to jump in and rescue some horses from a deadly fire last Saturday, Feb. 9. According to the owner of the horses, Joni Davis, he […]

Residents of mobile home fire lose everything

OKEECHOBEE — A structure fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the 4100 block of U.S. 441 Southeast at Jim’s Place, a mobile home park. Neighbors looked on as the fire raged and black smoke billowed across the road into traffic — several ran across the highway to distance themselves from […]

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 […]

When I grow up: Ethan wants to paint like a master

  “I want to become like Leonardo Da Vinci,” says 13-year-old Ethan Dupree. Ethan explained he has been painting for almost three years now. He started taking classes at Fawn Barr’s Art Studio after his parents suggested it to him. He said his dad told him art was in his blood. “Both of my grandmas […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Betty and Sonny Williamson

“He’s the wind beneath my wings,” said Betty Williamson of her husband, Frank “Sonny” Williamson. “We’ve been married for 66 years, and it was love at first sight,” Betty explained. “That first date was the best date I ever had in my life, and I knew he was the one for me.” Sonny laughingly said, […]