Okeechobee school district sees improvement in 2018-19

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has released school and district grades for the 2018-19 school year and while most school districts around the lake were able to maintain the grade from 2017-18, one was able to jump up a grade level. The Okeechobee County School District improved from a “C” to a […]

Should teachers carry guns?

OKEECHOBEE — Earlier this year Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that allowed school districts to expand the school guardian program to permit classroom teachers to carry firearms. The Okeechobee School District had already given non-instructional staff at schools the go-ahead to sign up for the guardian program last year, but now school board members are […]

Could Okeechobee get a new high school?

OKEECHOBEE — With a new Governor in Tallahassee and fresh faces at the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), there’s renewed hope that Okeechobee might finally be approved funding for a new high school. During the public comment portion of the Okeechobee County School Board meeting on July 9 Greg Kelly of CRA Architects spoke to […]

City holds first ever strategic planning workshop

OKEECHOBEE — The city of Okeechobee held its first ever strategic planning workshop on July 9 to lay out a framework for the future and establish goals to increase the quality of life in the city. Okeechobee City Council members as well as city administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, fire chief Herb Smith, police chief […]

Summer months bring more recreational injuries

OKEECHOBEE — With school out and warmer weather not only in Florida but all across the United States, recreational activities like surfing, riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV), biking and more see an uptick in popularity throughout June and July. But that increase in activity leads to more injuries and hospital visits as well. According to data […]

O-Zone All-Stars stack wins in state tournament

BRISTOL — The Okeechobee O-Zone All-Stars are currently tied for first in the round robin portion of the state tournament after three games played. Okeechobee opened the tournament, which is being held in Bristol, Fla., with a game against Spring Hill National on July 6. Spring Hill National went up on Okeechobee early by putting […]

Principal Tedders leaving OHS

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee High School Principal Dylan Tedders won’t be leading off the morning announcements at OHS any longer. Mr. Tedders has accepted a position as the assistant superintendent of administrative services for the Okeechobee County School District for the upcoming school year. “This is one of two jobs at the district level that would […]

Multiple new laws will affect schools in Okeechobee

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bevy of new laws which went into effect on July 1, and many of those laws will bring changes to local school districts throughout the state. One law, HB 7071, seeks to encourage vocational and technical training in high schools. Starting in the 2019-20 school year, school […]

Local business and customer reconcile

OKEECHOBEE — Local health food store Nature’s Pantry and Okeechobee resident Justin Rhodes have reconciled after an initial misunderstanding spiraled into a massive public shaming campaign against the business on social media on June 29. Around 11 a.m. on June 29, Mr. Rhodes entered Nature’s Pantry and started browsing their supplements. According to a police […]

Everglades fire shows benefit of controlled burns

EVERGLADES — A lighting strike on the night of June 23 may have sparked the wildfire that tore through the Everglades and briefly shut down a part of Interstate 75, otherwise know as Alligator Alley. Smoke from the fire led to poor visibility and forced the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to close down the section […]