Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events … Okeechobee will host Christmas events Santa will also be available for photos in Okeechobee City Hall on Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa will tour Okeechobee on a city fire truck Dec. 20-22. On Dec. 20, he will tour the Northwest and Northeast sections within the city limits; on Dec. […]

Prescribed burn today (Dec. 12) between Moore Haven Canal and Sportsman Cut

MOORE HAVEN — A prescribed burn is underway today (Dec. 12) on 3,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee between the Moore Haven Canal and Sportsman Cut, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake. This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission […]

IRSC has Fall commencement ceremonies with Okeechobee grads

FORT PIERCE — Indian River State College (IRSC) will have two commencement ceremonies for its fall 2018 graduates on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Havert L. Fenn Center at 2000 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. The ceremonies will recognize more than 2,000 students who have earned their bachelor’s degree or associate degree during the 2018 […]

OCT presents a feel-good patriotic show

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) observes the 77th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, with a special presentation that honors American veterans of all wars. The show entitled “Mail Call” is a surprisingly funny and highly entertaining patriotic show that should leave audiences, with and without military experience, feeling […]

‘American Pickers’ to film in Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA — Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to Florida. They plan to film episodes of the hit series “American Pickers” throughout the region in February 2019. “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History channel. The hit show follows […]

Lake Okeechobee prescribed burn planned for Monday; 8,000 acres near Moore Haven to be burned to clear dead vegetation

MOORE HAVEN — A prescribed burn will be conducted on 8,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee east of the Moore Haven Canal on Monday, Dec. 3, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake.   This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission […]

Bartenders accused of selling alcohol to minors

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted “Operation Beer Buy.” Alcohol compliance checks were conducted at random establishments, where an underage person was sent into stores with instructions to attempt to purchase alcohol. These compliance checks are done periodically to make sure the merchants, who sell alcohol, check identification if there’s any chance […]

Music festival might return in 2020

OKEECHOBEE — An email from the Okeechobee Music Festival Thursday confirmed that there will not be a festival in 2019 — but added they are looking forward to returning in 2020. “Greetings, Okeechobeeings,” the email states. “After much consideration and looking at many different options, we have decided to take a fallow year and not […]

Know the law before burning yard waste

OKEECHOBEE — Often residents desire to burn yard waste but aren’t sure if it is legal to do so. According to the Florida Forest Service, it is legal to burn yard waste without a permit as long as there are no city or county restrictions in effect at the time and you meet certain restrictions: […]

Study shows need for economic development

OKEECHOBEE — Leaders in Okeechobee County with a concern for the future of the community have taken action in response to an economic analysis conducted earlier this year. In May 2018, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners conducted a workshop to evaluate the county’s approach to growth and development. After careful discussion and deliberation, the […]