Lower water level benefits lake’s ecology

OKEECHOBEE — After Hurricane Irma hit South Florida in September 2017, the water level in Lake Okeechobee rose to a high of 17 feet. That high water level had a devastating effect on all the submerged vegetation on the lake, including hydrilla, eel grass and pepper grass, which grow best at around a lake level […]

Osceola Middle School holds on to beat PECS

OKEECHOBEE — The Osceola Middle School (OMS) boys basketball team held on to win against Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School (PECS) 29-26 in their game on Jan. 10. The win brings the OMS boys team to 7-2 on the year. If you had only seen the first half you would’ve been surprised to see the final […]

Brahman wrestling earns trip to regionals

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Brahman wrestling team finished second in the district duals held on Jan. 9 at Okeechobee High School, earning them a chance to move on and compete in the regional duals happening on Jan. 16. The Brahmans were able to shut-out South Fork but couldn’t top district rival Jensen Beach, […]

Trail of Hope Animal Rescue finding success in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — In October 2017 when Humane Society Pet Rescue FL founder Belinda Forlifer retired, she passed the torch to a new rescue called Trail of Hope Animal Rescue. The new rescue had been founded in July of that year by Dee Dee Morris and her husband John. The pair were slowly building up the […]

Vegan group holds vigil at livestock market

OKEECHOBEE — The animal rights group Okeechobee Animal Save held what they called a vigil at the Okeechobee Livestock Market on Jan. 2. Okeechobee Animal Save is part of The Save Movement, a network of groups dedicated to promoting vegan causes. There are five chapters of the Save Movement in Florida, including Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, […]

New football classifications could revive old rivalries

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) released new football classifications for the 2019 and 2020 seasons on Dec. 14 and a number of teams in the Lake Okeechobee area will be affected by the changes. One of the bigger changes involving the Lake Okeechobee area is the Clewiston Tigers moving down from […]

Ride for the Fight helps Okeechobee cancer patients

OKEECHOBEE — Local Okeechobee non-profit Ride for the Fight is scheduled to hold its sixth annual bulls and broncs rodeo fundraiser at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Arena on Jan. 5. Tickets will be $5 for adults and all kids will have free admission. Barrel races are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and bull and bronc […]

Google data reveals what people searched in 2018

OKEECHOBEE — Three major events in our area had people across America using Google to search for more information on Okeechobee in 2018. The popular search engine has released their users’ top searches of 2018, and queries for the search term ‘Okeechobee’ spiked at three crucial times this year. Google’s data shows that in the […]

OHS Brahmans Marching Band keeps getting bigger and better

OKEECHOBEE — When Okeechobee High School band director Clint LaFlam took over the reins of the OHS Brahmans Band in 2007 it consisted of only around 60 members. Now, 11 years later, the OHS band boasts over 200 members and consistently qualifies year in and year out for the Florida state marching band championships. This […]

Glades Day and Okeechobee girls basketball battle

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans basketball team defeated the Glades Day Lady Gators 33-11 on Dec. 19 in Okeechobee, thanks in part to a huge 21-point first quarter by the Lady Brahmans. Glades Day had trouble piercing the Okeechobee defense throughout the first quarter, and at the same time the Lady Brahmans […]