County offices use phones, drop boxes to continue work

OKEECHOBEE — The COVID-19 crisis again topped the agenda at the Okeechobee County Commission meeting on Thursday. As of the March 26 report from the Florida Department of Health, Okeechobee County has no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. The commissioners voted unanimously to extend the Local State of Emergency for another week. Fire/Rescue Chief […]

Cold weather shelters open in Big Lake Area

A cold weather shelter will open at 6 p.m. at the Douglas Brown Community Center

Moore is new county Road and Bridge Director

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County recently named Bryan Moore as the new road and bidge director. Mr. Moore has over 35 years of road and bridge experience. Mr. Moore came to Okeechobee County from Okaloosa County. He has extensive knowledge and experience in spearheading complex municipal infrastructure projects; strong working knowledge of local, state and federal […]

Okeechobee County Road Watch

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • NW 6th Street from US 98 to NW 12th Avenue: (Construction project) Crews will improve drainage along NW 6th Street from US 98 to […]

Brahmans fall in overtime after heroic effort

  By all accounts, when the Okeechobee Brahmans varsity basketball team stepped onto the court to face the Dillard Panthers in the regional quarterfinal of the state tournament on Feb. 21, they were the underdogs. Dillard is ranked as one the top teams in Florida and makes yearly appearances in the state tournament, including when […]

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) […]