City welcomes new construction

OKEECHOBEE — “Okeechobee is starting to be a prominent place to be,” said Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca. New construction is underway on some projects and planned on others. He said the Wawa Convenience Store is still on track, and though it seems to be taking longer than normal to be built, nothing […]

Pedestrian killed in hit and run on SR 70 in Okeechobee; FHP seeks public’s help to find driver

OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Highway Patrol has asked for the public’s help for information about a hit and run accident that claimed the life of an Okeechobee man early Sunday morning. According to the FHP report, the accident happened around 2:43 a.m. on Dec. 1. A 27-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car as he […]

Images from the XTREME Bronc and Bullriding event in Okeechobee on Nov. 30

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Arena was the venue for the XTREME Bronc and Bullriding competition on Saturday. Nov. 30.

Mutton Bustin’ always a hit at the Okeechobee rodeo

OKEECHOBEE — The XTREME Broncs and Bulls event at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s and Cattlewomen’s rodeo arena on Saturday started with a crowd-pleasing round of Mutton Bustin’.

Small plane crashes at Okeechobee County Airport; Deputy pulls pilot from burning plane; pilot and two passengers hospitalized

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office reports there was a plane crash at the Okeechobee County Airport on Saturday afternoon. OCSO received a call at approximately 12:45 pm in reference to a plane crash. Deputy Richard Varnadore was first on scene and found the plane in flames. Two occupants were able to escape. Deputy […]

Okeechobee is a good place for Halloween

OKEECHOBEE — “We have never had any problems on Halloween,” said Okeechobee City Police Chief Bob Peterson. “The people of Okeechobee know the kids are out trick-or-treating, and, for the most part, they are careful.” He would like to see parents or a responsible person go with the children when they are out trick-or-treating. “Don’t […]

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 […]