Don’t leave windows blocked with shutters

OKEECHOBEE — Some Okeechobee residents who live in mobile homes were disturbed the week after Hurricane Dorian to come home and find yellow tags on their doors left by the Okeechobee County Tax Collector’s Office. The tags said there was no visible sticker on the mobile home and asked the resident to contact the office […]

Shoplifting suspect identified through Facebook

OKEECHOBEE — An unidentified white male reportedly walked out of Walmart on Sept. 1 with a Vortex Hunter compound hunting bow and a box of carbon express arrows and failed to pay for either item. Walmart’s asset protection associate Joyce Teich contacted Okeechobee Police Officer Savanna Smith, and she provided the police department with a […]

Young boy allegedly steals car

OKEECHOBEE — A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with grand theft auto after allegedly taking his grandmother’s Ford Focus without permission and driving it into a ditch in Oak Park very early on Saturday morning, Sept. 14. He was transferred to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Okeechobee Police Officer Jessica Francis […]

Two arrested in drug sting

During the month of July, members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force met with a confidential source (CS) for the purpose of purchasing hydromorphone from Tacara Lawton-Holmes, 36, Southeast 14th Avenue. The CS said he/she had purchased hydromorphone from Tacara in the past. While in the presence of the task force, the CS called Tacara […]

Community rallies to help blind woman

Formerly homeless widow is now a homeowner money where their mouths are, but when Joanne McDuffie learned a blind woman who had just been released from the hospital was going to be evicted from her home, she said, “ Take me to her.” Ms. McDuffie is my mother, and I normally share the interesting stories […]

What can we learn from Hurricane Dorian?

OKEECHOBEE — Every time a big storm passes us by, we breathe a sigh of relief, and then we usually go back to living life as we always have. Maybe it’s time we begin thinking about what could have been and how we can make some small changes now while we are still able. Okeechobee […]

ATV rider in court: Did he win or lose?

OKEECHOBEE — A Prairie landowner recently went to court after being issued a citation for riding an ATV on the Prairie, and while he raised many arguments that were carefully considered by Judge Bill Wallace, in the end, he was found guilty of operating an ATV on a public road or street. The judge based […]

Teacher reportedly battered at TrueCore

OKEECHOBEE — A local teacher was injured Monday, Sept. 9, at TrueCore Youth Correctional Center after two youths allegedly punched him in the face. Jarahmeel King, 15, and Jerek Nico Orrand, 16, were arrested and charged with battery on a public or private education employee. Both were taken to the Okeechobee County Jail for processing […]

“Pippins, you’re going where I tell you to go.”

OKEECHOBEE — Born and raised in Dalton, Ga., Veteran Jim Pippin had never really been much farther than 50 miles from home before going into the service. When he was 18 years old, he saw a recruiter who talked to him about joining the military. Prior to that, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: All her students are Sherlock kids

OKEECHOBEE — Jean Sherlock has been a member of the Okeechobee school system for over 25 years. She was born in Tampa but raised in Daytona Beach and graduated from Mainland High School in 1990. She went to the Daytona State College for two years, transferred to Stetson University and graduated in 1994. Raised by […]