Local law enforcement will never call you for donations

OKEECHOBEE — Recently, Okeechobee residents have been receiving phone calls soliciting donations on behalf of the Florida Police and Troopers Association. The caller, who gave his name as Eric Gordon, claims to be from Sebring, and says he is collecting for local law enforcement officers who have been killed or injured in the line of […]

Okeechobee woman dies in St. Lucie County traffic crash

ST. LUCIE COUNTY An Okeechobee woman succumbed to injuries sustained in a Wednesday, June 19, traffic crash. A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that at approximately 11:43 a.m. a 2017 Ford Cargo van operated by Jamie L. Tindall Woodham, 27, of Okeechobee was traveling northeast on County Road 709, Glades Cutoff Road, in St. […]

SFWMD reopening S-193 navigation lock weekends

OKEECHOBEE — For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has reopened the S-193 lock on Saturdays and Sundays. The lock had been closed to prevent injury to boaters, damage to boats, or lock damage that could occur if boats pass through this structure when water levels are […]

Legislators to host town hall meetings

HENDRY COUNTY — State Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (Florida Senate District 28) and Rep. Byron Donalds (House District 80) will host town hall meetings in Clewiston and LaBelle on Tuesday evening, June 25. The public is cordially invited to come out and share their comments, questions and concerns with these state legislators. The events are at […]

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to those who love Okeechobee

As an avid fisherman and waterman, I’ve seen the changes that impacted the waterways in Stuart, and thus feel compelled to reach out to anyone who loves the “Big Lake.” The lake is sick. From tainted water flowing in, to chemical aquatic weed control, legacy muck and cyanobacteria blooms, there’s a vicious cycle taking place […]

Okeechobee commissioners recognized as advocates

ORANGE COUNTY — The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recognized Okeechobee County Commissioners Terry Burroughs and Kelly Owens as FAC Presidential Advocates for their work during the 2019 legislative session. Both commissioners received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC annual conference in Orange County. “I am very proud to accept the […]

SFWMD governing board to hold workshop

CLEWISTON — The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board will have a workshop on Wednesday, June 19, starting at 10 a.m. at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, 34725 West Boundary Road in Clewiston. This workshop will be strictly informative in nature and no votes […]

ECO campaigns to improve school district

OKEECHOBEE — The Economic Council of Okeechobee is campaigning to both improve and increase community support for the Okeechobee County School District, and an informative luncheon on Wednesday, June 5, at IRSC supported this initiative. ECO members, public officials and special guests from the school district welcomed guest speaker Tim Weisheyer as the president-elect of […]

7 represent Okeechobee at 2019 rodeo nationals

OKEECHOBEE — Carson Davis, Kaelin Hegarty, and Klane Lewis will travel to Huron, S.D., to compete in the 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo, June 23 through June 29. Ryan Albers, Brighton Bauman, Clayton Culligan and Lacey Nail are headed to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 14 through 20. […]

Chobee Wrestling Club attends Sunshine State Games

OKEECHOBEE — Chobee Wrestling Club attended the Sunshine State Games with six wrestlers at Keiser University in West Palm Beach on June 1. Back row: Thomas Crum, Tyler Wagoner, Peyton Vonderau, William Crum and Aidan Koos. Front row: Zachariah Laughlin.