Oscar Lopez is no longer waiting for a kidney

“Oscar needs a kidney!” was the cry heard all over Facebook last week after Oscar Lopez’s girlfriend set up a Facebook page to spread awareness about the local man’s situation. Mr. Lopez was born with what is called a horseshoe kidney. He said basically both kidneys were connected in the shape of a horseshoe. No […]

Man accused of stealing from an elderly woman’s bank account

OKEECHOBEE — A local woman called the police after her bank notified her that her account had a balance of only $10, and she knew she had not spent the money. The woman told Okeechobee Police Department Sgt. Skip Eddings after her bank emailed her about her low balance, she went looking for the debit […]

Stop the bleed: You are the help until help arrives

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue in partnership with the Trauma Training Group presented the nationally recognized Bleeding Control (B-Con) course free of charge to Okeechobee residents on May 14 and 18. The three instructors were Capt. Brian Anderson, retired battalion chief from Miami-Dade County, and his wife, Georgia (an RN), who both work with […]

It’s time to buy the graduate a unique gift

Every year when May rolls around, the announcements and invitations start pouring in, and it seems like everyone you ever met is graduating — from your niece Becky to the little girl who lived down the road 17 years ago. Now you are desperately trying to think of gift ideas for all of these scholars, […]

Before he was a legend, Gordie Peer was a Marine

OKEECHOBEE — Local legend Gordie Peer is known as a stunt man, a cowboy and a Wild West entertainer, but what might not be known about Gordie is before he was any of those things, he was a Marine. Raised in Canandaigua (which is the Indian word for the chosen spot), N.Y., Gordie enlisted in […]

Okeechobee man charged with aggravated assault

Two women and a child were allegedly threatened by a gunman on Thursday evening, May 16, in the 200 block of Northeast 11th Street. Okeechobee Police Sgt. Belen Reyna was reportedly conducting a traffic stop when approached by a female who said she had just been assaulted by Ryan Tiger. The woman said he had […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… Torres is a great example of servant leadership

Raised by a single mom, Jovanny Torres was unable to complete his college education, but he hasn’t let that stand in his way. Mr. Torres grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where he helped his mother pay the bills and raise his two younger brothers. He moved to Okeechobee in 2011, and now he is working […]

Meet the Florida Forest Service Communication Tech; Tom Timmons has seen a lot of changes over the years

OKEECHOBEE — Generally, when one thinks of the Florida Forest Service, he thinks of park rangers or fire fighters, but there are many other “behind the scenes” men and women who work together to keep things operating smoothly. Communications Specialist III Tom Timmons, AKA The Radio Guy, is one of those men. “The Florida Forest […]

Local woman accused of felony child neglect

A 7-year-old child was allegedly locked out of his home all day and left to fend for himself because his mother was angry with her boyfriend. On Tuesday, May 14, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carl Jones responded to a call regarding a suspicious incident. When he arrived, the caller informed him that a young […]

Vietnam Veteran Mike Spaulding spent his time loading bombs on planes

OKEECHOBEE — Vietnam veteran Mike Spaulding was born and raised in Battle Creek, Mich. He graduated from high school in 1966, and then went to school in Indianapolis for tool and dye machine design and graduated in 1968. He knew there was a possibility he could be drafted any day so he took his tests […]