MEGACON: A geek’s playground

For most people, Memorial Day weekends means loading the kids up in the family car and trekking to one of Orlando’s multitude of theme parks. For more than hundred thousand in Orlando this year, that weekend means one thing — MEGACON. Comic book conventions have long been a staple in the fandom world. Beginning in […]

Ink Fusion Empire brings tattoo artistry to MEGACON and more

Getting a tattoo at a comic book convention might seem like a crazy idea, but one man saw the hidden potential. Established as a fully fledged entity in 2007, the Ink Fusion Empire currently does eighteen shows in the United States, with a few international dates as well. With forty artists hailing from far and […]

Be wary and safe during alligators’ active season, FWC advises

OKEECHOBEE — A funny video showed up on Facebook recently, by Daniel McNamara via Storyful, that shows a resting alligator, awakened by an errant golf drive, then devouring said ball and slinking off into the water hazard. So far they haven’t been trained to fetch by Florida golf course owners, but a local trapper tells […]

Osceola Middle School Drama Club presents ‘Seussical Jr.’

By Jennifer Shatto Dodd OKEECHOBEE Who can forget all the zany characters from the imaginative mind of Dr. Seuss? Remember the Cat in the Hat and the trouble he created for two bored children on a rainy day? How about Horton who protected a tiny community that lived on a single clover? The list of […]

Okeechobee High School Drama Club presents ‘Shrek, the musical’

OKEECHOBEE There are two more chances to see the Okeechobee High School Drama Troupe production of “SHREK the musical!” on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the OHS lecture hall. Adult tickets cost $10 and student tickets are $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets […]

Consider a cruise vacation: Okeechobee is a short drive to the ports

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee is one of the few places in the country, that I know of, that is within three hours’ drive or less to five different cruise ports. This means that cruise vacations of all costs and duration are very close to home. My wife and I like to take a cruise about once […]

Okeechobee County fair opens

OKEECHOBEE — The 2018 Okeechobee County Fair opened Tuesday at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center and fairgrounds. The fair continues through Sunday with midway rides, a livestock show, arts and crafts competitions, cooking competitions, special entertainment and plenty of tempting fair foods. Public entrance is off State Road 710. Fair visitors will enjoy a variety […]

Friday Night Lights shine at the Cowtown Rodeo

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena hosted a night performance of the Cowtown Rodeo on Friday, March 9. Rodeo performances are also planned for Saturday and Sunday, with gate opening at 1 p.m. and the rodeo starting at 2 p.m. The Okeechobee Speckled Perch Festival will be Saturday, March 9 in downtown Okeechobee.

Okeechobee Community Theatre presents ‘Showtime at First Baptist’; Friday is opening night

OKEECHOBEE Contrary to what its title suggests, “Showtime at First Baptist,” which opens Friday evening for a five-performance run, is actually the latest comedy offering from the Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT), and does not take place at First Baptist Church. “That title could easily be misleading,” said Ron Hayes, who is directing the play. “The […]

More photos from the 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival

The 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival, held March 1-4 at Sunshine Grove (also known as Sundance Trails) in northeastern Okeechobee County attracted thousands of visitors who enjoyed the art, music, great weather and unique atmosphere of the annual event. Photos by Katrina Elsken and Michael Muros Photos by Richard Marion