Inspiring Okeechobee: Be thankful every day

OKEECHOBEE — After asking the question, “Who in your life are you thankful for?” there was no shortage of replies. The first person mentioned by Shoney Yates was Clyde Kaufman, who ran the old town pool. He influenced many of the youth in Okeechobee back in the 1960s. He was kind to the kids who […]

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue has a busy weekend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue was kept busy over the Veterans Day weekend beginning with a structure fire on Friday, Nov. 8, at approximately 10 p.m. in the 7700 block of Northwest 81st Court. The home was fully involved and a vehicle in the yard was being threatened nwhen firefighters arrived on the scene. […]

Meet the new animal control director

OKEECHOBEE — Amy Fisher has been promoted from within the ranks of animal control and is now director. Although she has worked for animal control for the last three years, she said she was not involved in and knew nothing about the Bobby Travis horse fiasco until after Arlene Durbin resigned. Prior to her promotion, […]

City, county discuss fire protection

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council and Okeechobee County commissioners sat down together along with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Chief Ralph Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to discuss the possibility of merging the two fire departments. Prior to the meeting, Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs made it clear the commissioners were there to listen. He said […]

Rex Erwin’s family has a long history of service

OKEECHOBEE — Rex Erwin calls himself an Army brat, because his father was a Korea and Vietnam veteran, who did a total of three tours and retired as a sergeant major. He served in the Honduras 173rd Airborne Infantry Division. He was an LRRP (long-range reconnaissance patrol) member in Korea and also served in the […]

Rain won’t keep them from the finish line

OKEECHOBEE — It was pouring rain on Saturday morning, Nov. 9, when a crowd of almost 100 runners gathered at Oakview Baptist Church for the fourth annual Finger Lickin’ 5K Kickin’ run/walk, but they weren’t about to let a little rain keep them from crossing the finish line. According to Open Hands Health Care Center’s […]

Answer census, bring money to your community

OKEECHOBEE — Since Aug. 2, 1790, the United States has been completing a census every 10 years to help with governmental planning. When the time for the census rolls around, it is met with mixed reactions ranging from:“Oh great! Here come those nosy government workers wanting to know my business again” to “I’ll get to […]

Service dog shot while attacking cop

OKEECHOBEE – A service dog was killed Monday night, Nov. 11, around midnight after he reportedly attacked two police officers who were attempting to revive his owner who had suffered a seizure and was unresponsive. According to Okeechobee Police Detective Bill Saum, Officers Luis Rojas and Cody Daigneault responded to a call at approximately midnight […]

Seminole Tribe celebrates Veterans Day

OKEECHOBEE — The 32nd anniversary Seminole Veterans celebration and recognition ceremony was held on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the beautiful veterans building on the Brighton Reservation. According to former chairman of the Seminole Tribe Mitchell Cypress, the first ceremony took place after he, Roy Nash Osceola and Jacob Osceola decided they should honor their boys […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Spend five minutes with Carolyn Douglas

OKEECHOBEE — A common denominator in the Inspiring Okeechobee series is that the featured person is usually shocked when contacted and says something along the lines of, “Me? I’m not inspiring.” Or “I don’t do anything special. I just do what anyone would do.” This week’s inspiring story is about Carolyn Douglas, and she is […]