Okeechobee woman charged with DUI manslaughter

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee woman is in jail on a $1 million bond in connection with a DUI accident that left two pedestrians dead. Two Okeechobee residents were killed Sept. 25 after being struck by a passing truck while walking along U.S. 441 Southeast. Carly Morgan Walls, 24, and Jesse Joseph Vayda, 21, were walking […]

Deputy helps keep kids safe

By Michele Bell, OCSO OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Deputy Sheriff Ryane Ammons was on routine patrol recently when he was sent to a call in reference to a pregnant woman having pain. Upon arrival, Okeechobee Fire Rescue discovered the mother of four, and expecting twins, was in labor. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue transported the mother to […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Gumz wants her students to be kind

OKEECHOBEE – Cheryl Gumz has been a part of the Okeechobee County school system for so long, she has seen three generations pass through her classrooms. She loves children, and she loves teaching. “It’s nice to see the kids grow up and be happy,” she said. Originally from Indiana, her family moved to Sarasota when […]

City holds first ever strategic planning workshop

OKEECHOBEE — The city of Okeechobee held its first ever strategic planning workshop on July 9 to lay out a framework for the future and establish goals to increase the quality of life in the city. Okeechobee City Council members as well as city administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, fire chief Herb Smith, police chief […]

County considers options for Fire Station 2

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County commissioners have again changed course on plans for County Fire Station 2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave. After lengthy discussion at their June 27 meeting, the commissioners agreed to go back to the drawing board and reconsider the costs and benefits of several options: • Renovate existing Station 2 without enlargement; […]

Lady Brahmans flag down a victory

Gracie Gamiotea sacks Port St. Lucie’s quarterback before she can cross the line of scrimmage in the Okeechobee Lady Brahmans JV flag football game on April 2. The JV team would go on to win 28-0. Lady Brahman pass rushers were relentless against Port St. Lucie while the Okeechobee offense ran a variety of sweeps […]

Glades Central football ready for Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — One of the top flag football teams in the state will be making the trip to Okeechobee to take on the OHS Lady Brahmans on March 28. The Glades Central Lady Raiders are ranked fifth in the state in the 1A region and head coach Sam Curry likes his team’s chances against the […]

Chobee Volleyball Academy earns way into gold bracket at next game

Every Chobee Volleyball Academy team earned their way into the gold bracket at the AAU Big House Super Regional Volleyball Tournament in Tavares on March 2. Three teams went on to win medals! They are halfway through a successful travel season. The next tournament is the ESPN Volleyball Classic held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World […]

South Elementary congratulates Students of the Week for the week of March 4

South Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of March 4. Pictured in no particular order are: Embree Rose, Tatiana Castillo, Zoe Stephens, Miguel Orduna, Mason Fox, Devin Lattimore, Weston Yates, Lyndon Botello, Jayla McElroy, Blaze Hegedus , Andrew Mills, Rachel Brady, Cindy Garcia, Annabelle Forrest-Martin, Gavin Dutton, […]

South Elementary congratulates Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 22

South Elementary School would like to congratulate its Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 18. In no particular order they are: Elaina Seder, Chayton Cornejo, Nicholas Kensel, Elliot Schwier, Ethan Sanchez, Addyson Lyng, Karina Garcia, Isabella Parada, Paisley Daschke, Kylie Morgan, Mackenzie Farrell, Blaine Rolen, Amy Hernandez, Wyatt Syples, Haylee Ricker, Hailey […]