‘We stand with the sheriff,’ say Viking landowners

OKEECHOBEE — Following an article in the July 12 edition of the Lake Okeechobee News headlined “Coquina Water Control sues Sheriff Stephen,” there was an immediate backlash from many of the Viking Estates landowners. “We stand with the sheriff,” and “Coquina does not speak for us,” were some of the sentiments expressed by many of […]

Veteran Dexter turned 21 the year he was captured by the Germans

BELLE GLADE — Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1924, Veteran Vernon Dexter enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he was a member of ROTC in high school, and he was determined he was not going to be drafted and walk in the Army. When the war started, he said his draft number […]

Foster grandparents have a lot to offer area children

OKEECHOBEE — The Foster Grandparent Program began in 1965 and is an intergenerational program providing aid to children with special and exceptional needs. The program began as a national demonstration to show that people age 55 and over still have something to offer to society in general and to children in particular. With their maturity […]

Community Hero luncheon is a success

OKEECHOBEE — The second annual Community Hero Business Exchange Luncheon, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee, was held on Wednesday, July 10, at Indian River State College, and it was a resounding success. “We will definitely do it again next year,” said Paulette Wise, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. The purpose […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Savannah Callaway is not done yet

OKEECHOBEE — Summer Savannah Callaway has had more than 30 surgeries in the last three years following a collision in which her vehicle ended up underneath an 18-wheeler. In 2016, Savannah worked as a floor nurse at Tradition Hospital and decided to take a drive to visit a friend in Georgia while she had a […]

Coquina Water Control sues Sheriff Stephen

OKEECHOBEE — In June, Coquina Water Control District (CWCD), on behalf of landowners in the Viking Subdivision, filed suit against Noel E. Stephen in his official capacity as sheriff of Okeechobee County. In the complaint, it is mentioned that on Feb. 28, 2008, William M. Byars, who was the chairman of the board of CWCD […]

Veteran LaRose did it for his country

BELLE GLADE — John F. Kennedy said, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” That speech was the inspiration for Veteran Nicholas S. LaRose’s decision to join the Air Force when he was 18 years old. Born in Syracuse, […]

Clock repair is becoming a dying trade

OKEECHOBEE — We live in a world where most of the things we use are consumable and disposable, and some trades are no longer as in-demand as they once were. In years gone by, shoes weren’t just tossed in the trash when they were worn out. They were taken to a cobbler to be re-soled. […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Justin Rhodes believes a disability is just a reason to try harder

OKEECHOBEE — Just one month shy of the third anniversary of the accident that changed his life forever, Justin Rhodes says he wouldn’t change a thing about his life even if he could. Justin was born in Fort Pierce and raised in Okeechobee. After high school, he worked at The Okeechobee Correctional Institute for eight […]

Another driver is found passed out in drive-thru

OKEECHOBEE — For some reason, McDonald’s seems to be the “place to go” when one wants to take a nap in the early morning hours, and once again, a motorist was arrested after being found passed out in the drive-thru. On Saturday, June 29, at 1:10 a.m., Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting […]