New shade structures installed in OHS courtyard

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee High School finished installing new shade structures in the courtyard on March 20, replacing the trees that have long been a mainstay in the center of campus. The Okeechobee County School Board approved the decision earlier in the school year when Director of Operations Brian Barrett proposed the change after explaining how […]

Hwy 55 restaurant set for grand opening on March 25

  OKEECHOBEE — Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, a national retro-themed diner chain, will open its newest location in Florida on March 25. The new restaurant is located at 307 N. Parrott Avenue in Okeechobee. Hwy 55 is a diner with a full menu of American classics served in a fun, 1950s-style dining atmosphere. […]

Bauman wins Patriot rodeo

  FORT WORTH, Texas – Okeechobee’s Brighton Bauman was crowned the 2019 breakaway champion at the Priefert Patriot rodeo held in Fort Worth, Texas from Feb. 2­5 through March 4. Bauman placed first out of 183 competitors in the open breakaway roping category with an average time of 8.84 seconds and was earned $6,375 for […]

Local gamers start own weekly tournament

OKEECHOBEE — After Thunderdome Gaming, a comic book and board game store in Okeechobee, closed its doors back in 2015, many of their local customers found themselves traveling to the coast to find the same kind of niche products they had grown accustomed to having in town. One of those customers was Alex Clifford, who […]

School board approves calendar for 2019-20

  At their monthly meeting on March 5, the Okeechobee County School Board approved the instructional calender for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. New teachers are scheduled to report on Aug. 1 this year, with returning teachers reporting on Aug. 5. Students will begin the school year on Aug. 12. Schools will start their winter […]

Raiders baseball gets first ever win over Glades Day

The Glades Central Raiders varsity baseball team made school history on Mar. 5 when they were able to finally top their rival the Glades Day Gators, 9-6. The victory marks the first time the Raiders have beaten the Gators since the inception of the baseball program at Glades Central. GCHS senior David Gonzalez and sophomore […]

Brahman baseball team keeps Bulldogs on a leash

  The Okeechobee Brahman varsity baseball team improved to 4-1 on the year after they took advantage of some critical miscues by the South Fork Bulldogs and secured a 3-1 victory on March 7. The game against the Bulldogs took place in the middle of a three-game home stretch for the Brahmans. Sebring traveled to […]

School board recognizes basketball team for historic season

  The Okeechobee County School Board recognized the Okeechobee High School Brahman varsity basketball team for its accomplishment in winning the district championship against rival Jensen Beach on Feb. 16. It was the first time the basketball program had won a district championship since 1991. “If you have been living under a rock for the […]

Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show gears up for 50th anniversary

On March 9, the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show (OYLS) will officially kick off at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center starting with the poultry show at 9 a.m. It’ll be the 50th anniversary of the show, which was first held in Okeechobee back in February 1969. Throughout those 50 years, the livestock show has evolved and grown […]

Lady Raider flag football ranked as top team

BELLE GLADE — The Glades Central Lady Raiders flag football team know that expectations are high for the program following their record breaking season in 2018. Last year the team rode a wave dominating performances throughout the regular season all the way to a district championship over Jensen Beach. Headed into the district championship game […]