Four Okeechobee fighters competing in kickboxing championship

OKEECHOBEE — Four local residents will be making the trip to Orlando to compete in the 2018 International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Classic being held from Aug. 3 through 5 at the Hyatt Regency. Logan Ray, Lacey Campbell, Matt Tullio and Karana Bernard Okeechobee will be competing against around 300 fighters from all over the […]

Main Street brick project to raise money for art

OKEECHOBEE – The Hamrick Butterfly Garden is home to the Butterfly Sculpture Project presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Okeechobee County and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Did you know that you can support the arts by purchasing a personalized brick that will be placed in the Hamrick Butterfly Garden, located in […]

BHR gets more involved with Glades community

  OKEECHOBEE – On Monday, July 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. a United Way food truck came to the Buckhead Ridge Community Center along with representatives of 14 agencies to respond to citizens’ questions and concerns. More than 150 people representing 105 households received information, aid and food. Buckhead Ridge (BHR) is more than […]

Hospital presents annual Frist awards

OKEECHOBEE – The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction, which include the Frist Humanitarian Awards and the Innovators Awards, are the highest honors that HCA bestows on its employees, physicians and volunteers. These awards honor exceptional individuals whose work and lives reflect the patient-centered, entrepreneurial and humanitarian values upon which HCA was founded 50 years ago. […]

Work is underway to preserve the Raulerson cabin

OKEECHOBEE — For decades, the oldest dwelling in Okeechobee was hidden in plain sight, inside the white house at the corner of Ninth Street and Southwest Second Avenue. The log cabin was built by the first white settlers to the area, Peter and Louisiana, who moved to what would become the City of Okeechobee in […]

Meet the officer: City police dispatcher Savanna Smith

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Savanna Smith was born in 1985, the youngest of three, in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in nearby Palm Beach County and attended BAK Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach when they first opened and was a part of the first graduating class […]

Day of the Cowboy Rodeo 2018

These photos were taken at the Day of the Cowboy Rodeo, on Saturday, July 21, at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena.

Back to School event hits a successful fourth year

OKEECHOBEE — Summer is almost over, and with the end of the season comes the excitement of heading back to school! New backpacks are carefully chosen by excited children, filled to the brim with paper and pencils, crayons and highlighters, binders set to organize and lunch boxes filled for hungry bellies. But what happens when […]

Meet the officer: OPD’s Sgt. Aurelio Almazan

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department Sergeant Aurelio Almazan was born 1986 in Torrance, Calif. He is the middle of five children – having an older brother and sister along with a younger brother and sister – and grew up in Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., before moving to Okeechobee in 1997. He has now been a resident […]

Meet the officer: OPD’s Jeremy Larue

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department Officer Jeremy Larue was born in 1976 in Hyde Park, N.Y., just down the street from the home of the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. He has been a resident of Okeechobee now for 32 years. Asked what he […]