Air Force Veteran Way was a radar operator

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Nedra Whitten Way was born in Princeton, Ind. She joined the service in 1957, when she was 18 years old. Her plan was to join the Navy, because that was the branch in which her dad, uncle and all of her family had served, but when she went to the nearest recruiting […]

The Air Force is a family thing for the Radford men

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Wayne Radford joined the Air Force and went to basic training in San Antonio, Texas. He was trained to be a part of the military police. “Back then it was called security police,” he said. “But, in 1995 or so, they changed it to security forces.” He was sent to Plattsburgh Air […]

Shelter dog is trained to help veteran

OKEECHOBEE — Last year, a dog named Nova was surrendered to Trail of Hope Animal Rescue because her family was evicted and ultimately became homeless. They felt the best thing for Nova was to turn her in to Trail of Hope, where she would have a chance for a better life, and things did turn […]

Veteran Story served in Panama and Iraq

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Mordie Story was born in the old annex building that used to be over near the sheriff’s department and he was raised in Okeechobee. He joined the Army right out of high school and went to basic training in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was trained to be a driver and was […]

Veteran Preston is young at heart

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Paul Preston was raised in Kentucky and was attending Southeastern Christian College, but his family was poor, he explained. “Daddy didn’t have enough money to keep me in college, and once you drop out of college and are not carrying 12 credit hours, they pick up on that information real easy. I […]

Randy Tucker has a heart for veterans

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Randy Tucker was raised in Okeechobee and joined the Army in 2002. He was a 13MIKE, which is a multiple launch rocket crewman, a rocket launcher on wheels. He went to basic in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and completed his advanced individual training for artillery in Oklahoma. After that, he was deployed to […]

Retired County Judge Bryant once was a Marine

OKEECHOBEE — Many years before he became a judge, Jerry Bryant became a Marine. Although his parents lived in Okeechobee, he was born in Jacksonville, because his mother wanted to be with her parents when she gave birth. He grew up in Okeechobee and graduated during the Vietnam War. At that time, if you did […]

Wreaths Across America honors heroes

HENDRY COUNTY — Wreaths Across America Day is an annual tribute to veterans, where donated wreaths are laid throughout cemeteries nationwide, in an act that aspires to raise awareness of the sacrifices veterans make for our country. It is observed on a Saturday in mid-December each year. This year it was on Dec. 14. It […]

Veteran Gill was part of a band while in the Navy

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Clif Gill grew up in Okeechobee and graduated from Okeechobee High School. Immediately after graduation, he got married, which he said was probably not the smartest thing to do. He and his new bride moved to Wisconsin, and it was a real struggle. He was unable to get a job, and they […]

Wreaths Across America to honor veterans

Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee community members will honor veterans on Saturday by placing holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans. A motorcycle procession will gather at the Cypress Hut Eagles Aerie, 4701 U.S. 441, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. At 11 a.m., the procession will leave for the cemetery. At noon, a ceremony […]