Students learn to ‘Start with Hello’

OKEECHOBEE — As part of the Sandy Hook Promise, Start with Hello week was incorporated into the Okeechobee County Schools. Start with Hello week enabled students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Artha Jonassaint is state FFA president

What a whirlwind June for 2018 Okeechobee High School graduate Artha Jonassaint or, shall we say, Madame President. At June’s Florida Future Farmers of America State Convention, Miss Jonassaint was elected state president, and donned her association jacket for the coming year. Artha will delay her enrollment for one year at Harvard University to work […]

Children’s mental health system needs community support

OKEECHOBEE NEWS – Are you concerned about children’s mental health? In light of recent events in our nation, children’s mental health is a discussion that should be taking place in all communities, including ours. A Children’s Mental Health System of Care is being implemented in Okeechobee County, and we need your input to make it […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Backpack program ends hunger, one student at a time

OKEECHOBEE — High school senior, Artha Jonassaint and a cadre of 50 other high school students are inspiring. Artha said the following, “The backpack program has given me a voice; it has given me a platform. I have been able to make a substantial change as a high schooler. I have found what sets my […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Duncan Gregg you inspire me!

OKEECHOBEE — You know how it’s cute to watch children? We watch them as we beam with pride at their piano recital, a dance, a school play, an awards ceremony, or a sporting event. Our children just seem to do that to us. I think we see them as an extension of ourselves — our […]

Boy with alopecia helps to educate other children

OKEECHOBEE — All I can say about this young boy, John Immerfall, is just you wait and see what this child does to change the world! I had the pleasure of meeting John and his mother to talk about why he looks different. With the release of the motion picture “Wonder,” which talks about the […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Civic-minded Mayor Dowling Watford inspires community

OKEECHOBEE — Husband, father, grandfather, mayor, historian, civic-minded, faithful, volunteer, a lover of Okeechobee — Dowling Watford is truly one who inspires. As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida this past September, many people sprung into action to make sure that we citizens of Okeechobee were assisted before, during, and after the storm. One of […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Garcia makes Thanksgiving brighter for local families

OKEECHOBEE — Mariano Garcia, a board certified civil trial lawyer with the firm of Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart and Shipley, was so gracious to the families of the Helping People Succeed Healthy Families program. Thanksgiving for these wonderful families was made a bit brighter, with Mr. Garcia’s donation of 100 complete Thanksgiving meals. Each family […]

Inspiring young minds offer answers to Thanksgiving questions

OKEECHOBEE — Have you ever wondered about Thanksgiving, or do you just sit back and enjoy all that family time with great food? We wondered about Thanksgiving last week. These young minds inspire me to teach everyday, and just when I think I’m teaching them, they’re teaching me! From the mouths of babes, here goes: […]

Inspiring Okeechobee Local veteran goes on honor flight

OKEECHOBEE — As you are waking up this morning, so is Richard “Dick” Mattern; however, he will be waking up after his first whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C. Dick was selected to go on an Honor Flight to our nation’s capital along with nearly 80 other south Florida residents who served in either World War […]