Miles is a Son of the American Revolution

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Gary Miles was born in Pahokee but has lived in Okeechobee all his life. He graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1966 and, at that time, the guys had a choice. Either they went to college, or they went into the military, he said. “Everybody I knew didn’t have money to go […]

Inspiring Okeechobee …Volunteers answer the call for help

OKEECHOBEE — In a call that is reminiscent of those heard during World Wars I and II, health care workers all over the United States are expressing a need for medical supplies, and just like those earlier calls, these cries are being answered by women, and maybe even some men, across the country. During the […]

Man accused of stealing truck from new friend

OKEECHOBEE — After his new friend told him he could not borrow his truck, Brian “Red” Guzowski reportedly took it anyway. On Sunday, March 22, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy William Jolly responded to a call in reference to a stolen vehicle. When he arrived, the complainant told him Guzowski had asked to borrow his truck, […]

Woman accused of spitting on detention staff

OKEECHOBEE — A local woman was accused of spitting on a staff member at the Okeechobee County Jail early Tuesday morning, March 24. Maryann Puglia, 53, Southeast 44th Street was charged with battery on detention staff with fluids, and her bond was set at $2,500. According to the arrest report, the staff member was in […]

Sod truck reportedly involved in hit and run

OKEECHOBEE — After a traffic crash, a sod truck reportedly left the scene and almost struck another vehicle before finally coming to a stop. On March 22 at approximately 2 p.m., Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Cauley responded to the area of Southwest 16th Street and Southwest 48th Avenue in reference to a traffic accident. […]

Sheriffs’ departments institute temporary changes

For the protection of everyone involved, the sheriffs’ departments around the lake have instituted some temporary changes in policy during the COVID-19 outbreak. • Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has temporarily suspended all background fingerprinting. All social visitations to the county jail will be done remotely until further notice. The weekend work program is suspended until […]

WWII veteran Smith is 100 years old

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Elzie Smith, who turned 100 last week, served in the Navy during WWII. He was in an aviation outfit, in the Southwest Pacific. He was 21 years old in 1941 and had to be registered. He knew he would rather be in the Navy, because someone he knew had gone in the […]

Are conflicting messages contributing to a lackadaisical attitude toward social-distancing?

OKEECHOBEE — Very few people in Okeechobee seem to be taking the COVID-19 virus or the recommendations about social-distancing seriously. Could this be due to what they might be perceiving as mixed messages? Every day, they are told there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Okeechobee County, yet they are urged to stay […]

Bicyclist killed while crossing highway

OKEECHOBEE — A man on a bicycle was killed Sunday afternoon, March 22 at approximately 1 p.m. when he attempted to cross U.S. 441 North. Zefrino Flores-Oviedo, 61, of Indiana, was attempting to cross U.S. 441 North near Northwest 30th Lane when he was struck by a car driven by Barbara L. Manniello, 67, of […]

Elzie Smith celebrates 100th birthday

OKEECHOBEE — Yancey Elzie Smith celebrated his 100th birthday on March 12, surrounded by friends and family. Mr. Smith is a Florida boy from way back, having been born in Tallahassee in 1920. The family moved to Fort Pierce in 1923 because his father, J.M. Smith, got a job as the first chief of police […]