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. June/July blood drives in Okeechobee include: • […]

Club hosts fourth annual Father Daughter Dance

OKEECHOBEE — B.R.A.T. Club held its Fourth Annual Father-Daughter “Ties & Tiaras” event on Saturday, June 16. Fathers and daughters of all ages came out to enjoy the fun. Attendees received a keepsake photo upon entry, a keepsake painted hand-print, and enjoyed dinner consisting of “kid’s fun food.” After dinner the fun began! Games included […]

Skate park re-opens with updates; plans for a completely new park in future

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation department has re-opened the skate park at 350 N.W. Sixth Avenue. Working with skate park designers Spohn Ranch along with the county’s own maintenance department, they’ve installed all new skate lite wood surfaces on all the ramps and made some minor structural repairs. Okeechobee County Parks and […]

Meet the officer: City police dispatcher Pamela Wilkerson

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Pamela Wilkerson was born at the Okeechobee General Hospital in 1973. She has been a member in the Okeechobee community for the entirety of her 45-year life. She recalled her childhood memories of summers spent on the beaches of Boca Grande with her grandparents and cousins. […]

Flag Day ceremony hosted by Elks Lodge

These photos were taken at the Flag Day ceremony on Thursday, June 14 in Memorial Park .

Flag Day, June 14: Because it’s not a painted rag

OKEECHOBEE — June 14 is not a federal holiday, not even a day off for many of us. But it is significant and we should gather in Flagler Park to salute Old Glory and to commemorate the day our flag, the star-spangled banner, was officially adopted as the symbol of our nation. We do this […]

Jersey Mike’s ‘Day of Giving’ results in big donation to charity

    On March 28, Jersey Mike’s of Okeechobee participated in the company’s National Day of Giving. For one day, the store donates 100 percent of its sales to a local charity. Thanks to the support of Jersey Mike’s customers during that day, on June 5 co-owner Krissy Culbreth was able to present a check […]

Meet the officer: City police dispatcher Mary Boeckler

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Mary Boeckler was born in 1985 in Fort Lauderdale. She has been a full-time resident of the community now for three years but has frequented the area on many occasions prior to her move to Okeechobee. “My parents have a home here that we used to […]

Okeechobee Library ‘Art Rocks’ event

These pictures were taken at the ‘Art Rocks’ event hosted by the Okeechobee County Library on June 8. Children and their parents took turns painting canvases with water guns, sponges, and balloons. The library is hosting free events for kids all summer, to learn more information or to register for one of the events call […]

Kids and pets left in cars are in danger of heatstroke

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often in excess of 140 degrees. On average, every eight days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. Young children are particularly at risk, as their body can heat up […]