Local officials ask public to urge governor to ‘open up Okeechobee’

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County officials would like to open more local businesses, but their hands are tied by the governor’s executive order. At the April 30 county commission meeting, County Attorney Wade Vose said county regulations can be more strict than those set by the state, but they can’t be more lenient. The county attorney […]

Okeechobee Health Care Facility staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The Okeechobee Health Care Facility has confirmed that a staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Recovery rate not shared with public


OKEECHOBEE — Each day the Florida Department of Health posts the new numbers on the website, showing how many people have been tested for COVID-19 and how many have tested positive. At the April 16 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners, one commissioner asked if those numbers will ever go down. “It looks […]

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. […]