Wal-Mart receives information about a gun threat from unknown source

OKEECHOBEE — On Friday, Aug. 16, at approximately 11:17am, the Okeechobee Police Department received a call from the Okeechobee Wal-Mart, 2101 S. Parrott Ave. Wal-Mart had received a call from an unknown source. The unknown claimed to have received an e-mail containing a gun threat against Walmart. Exercising caution, the Okeechobee Wal-Mart employees called the […]

Woman sought in investigation of truck thefts

SEBRING – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have arrested three of four suspects charged with stealing 16 four-wheel-drive trucks throughout Highlands, Glades, Okeechobee and Polk counties from 2016 to 2018. FDLE began its investigation in 2018. Investigators say the theft ring stole trucks totaling more than $300,000 in value for the purpose […]

Hospital earns Unit of Distinction Award

OKEECHOBEE — Raulerson Hospital’s Critical Care (ICU) has been named an honoree in HCA Healthcare’s Unit of Distinction Awards. The Unit of Distinction designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of advocacy and leadership, consistency in nursing practice and operations, and leveraging scale to drive performance. Nursing units are evaluated and […]

River level rising 

OKEECHOBEE – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers requested South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) increase the S-65D headwaters by 0.2 feet per day beginning Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, with a target of reaching 27.5 feet NGVD by Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The elevation on Aug. 15 was 26.4 feet NGVD. The purpose of holding […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Bonason Barthelus

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Bonason Barthelus, 25, black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 190 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and he has multiple tattoos. His last known address was on Southwest Fifth Street in Belle Glade. Barthelus is wanted on a felony warrant […]

Putting kids first: Back to School Bash

PAHOKEE — The 2019 Back to School Bash was Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pahokee High School gymnasium. The celebration’s sponsors included Waste Management, H.E. Hill Foundation and Florida Crystals.

OHS varsity football vs Jupiter to be held Aug. 16

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School varsity football team will play against Jupiter on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Okeechobee High School football field located at 2800 U.S. 441 North.

Glades County Road Watch Report for week of August 18

GLADES COUNTY — U.S. 27 from Fifth Street to north of State Road 78: Construction project: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway on U.S. 27 from Fifth Street to north of S.R. 78 in Moore Haven. Additional work includes improving the drainage, sidewalks and road shoulders, and installing curb and gutter, signage and […]

Hendry County Road Watch Report for week of August 18

HENDRY COUNTY — State Road 80 from Dalton Lane to County Road 833: Construction project: Crews will widen approximately 11 miles of roadway from two to four lanes and add new turning lanes on S.R. 80 in Hendry County. Additional work includes repaving the current lanes of S.R. 80 and constructing ten new bridges. Three […]

Okeechobee County continues adult mosquito control efforts

OKEECHOBEE — Local authorities in Okeechobee County have announced that adult mosquito control applications will commence on Friday, Aug. 16, during the overnight hours, weather permitting. The backup date in the case of inclement weather is Saturday, Aug. 17. Adulticide attacks adult mosquitoes with a truck-mounted application of ultra-low volume spray. “The recent almost daily […]