Community Events for Okeechobee

Community events … Help save lives by donating blood The need for blood donations doesn’t stop for summer vacations. If you are in good health and over the age of 17, you can help One Blood ensure area hospitals have a safe blood supply ready to handle emergencies. Blood drives in Okeechobee include: Tues., Aug. […]

Concert boat moors at Pahokee Marina

PAHOKEE — Point Counterpoint II, the world-famous floating concert hall designed by the late master architect Louis Kahn and constructed for the United States’ Bicentennial in 1976, moored at the city marina last week, and plans are being shaped for it to stay there permanently. Formerly homeported in Talinn, Estonia, and having traveled more than […]

Meet the officer: Police services coordinator Terisa Garcia

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department services coordinator Terisa Garcia was born here in Okeechobee. Ms. Garcia recalled when she was 4 years old, she lived in Hollywood and a family that worked in the circus moved into their neighborhood. “They taught us how to do back bends, flips, splits and all kinds of fun stuff,” […]

Meet the officer: Police records clerk Jeanna Kovac

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) records clerk Jeanna Kovac was born as the middle child of five in Jacksboro, Texas. She and her family later relocated to Okeechobee when she was in the fourth grade of her elementary school years. She continued her education here in the county and graduated from Okeechobee High School. […]

Random act shows community kindness

OKEECHOBEE – Sheriff Noel E. Stephen presents David Daniel with an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Just-Us Citation Random Acts of Kindness Award. This award recognizes youth within our community who demonstrate an act of bravery, selflessness or notable deed for the betterment of another. On May 30, 2018, 16-year old David and his mother, Paula, […]

Couple honored for helping after horrific, fatal car crash

OKEECHOBEE – At their Aug. 9 meeting, the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners presented Dr. Jonathan Adelberg and his wife, Kelly Adelberg, with a Humanitarian Service Award for their efforts in helping victims of a horrific head-on traffic crash involving two cars and semi-trailer that occurred on May 11 north of town. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper […]

Florida Main Street Awards honor Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE – Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the winners of the 2018 Florida Main Street Awards. This annual awards program showcases the innovative practices and projects that make each historic community successful. Two award categories were presented, including the Honor Awards, which highlight the very “best of the best” Main Street communities, and the […]

Engagement at City Council meeting

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7, became somewhat irregular in a fashion that will not soon be replicated or forgotten. Members of the council, the five who had applied to be appointed to a council vacancy, personnel from the Okeechobee Police and Fire departments, City Hall staff, close friends and […]

Meet the Officer: Officer Todd Burk

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department Officer Todd Burk was born in 1980 and spent all 37 years of his life as a resident of the community. When he was not in school, he would take part in America’s Pastime, baseball. Officer Burk graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1999. His baseball talents progressed as he […]

Self-driving semi-trailer tested in Hendry County

HENDRY COUNTY — Hendry County has found itself on the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to Starsky Robotics. Back in February, the robotics company tested a self-driving semi-trailer truck along a closed, 7-mile stretch of County Road 833 in Hendry County.  Though the trucks are self driving, there will still be a human element […]