Watch for manatees on Memorial Day and every day

Although Save the Manatee Club works in almost all areas of manatee protection, we focus on the prevention of manatee injuries and deaths from human activity. This includes manatee deaths from boat collisions, which have been record-setting in recent years. Even though no boater would want to intentionally harm a manatee, collisions with boats continue […]

Letter to the editor: Make America Great Again?

OKEECHOBEE — Remember the rallying cry of the Republican Party at the last election?  President Donald Trump, then a candidate said it over and over again at fund raisers and political rallies.  “Make America Great Again”. His message was to take the country back, from the liberals and their agenda to make this a welfare […]

Response to Jill Holcomb’s comments on teacher pay

My name is Lisa Harwas and I am the former president of O.C.E.A. However, I was president at the time of impasse. I feel compelled to respond to Jill Holcomb’s news article to correct some misinformation. The magistrate did side with the district to pay employees a bonus, but he made this decision based on […]

Letter to the Editor

OKEECHOBEE — Community cats? To County Administrator Robbie Chartier, I am writing after reading the article in the Okeechobee News regarding low cost spay/neuter rabies vaccination and ear notch for “community” cats. In that, “community cat” is frequently a synonym for trap/neuter/release free roam cat colonies. My question is, will these “community cats” be considered […]

Guest Commentary: Raises for teachers was complicated issue

OKEECHOBEE — My name is Jill Clericuzio Holcomb, and I am an Okeechobee County School Board member. I would like to clarify the vote denying a raise for school employees that took place on April 9, 2018. This was a difficult decision that was not based on whether teachers and support staff deserve a raise, […]

Participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

By Jennifer Dillard USDA In 2016, Ohio corn and soybean farmer Roger Winemiller lost two of his three children to drugs. Roger is not alone. Last year, over 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. At almost 174 people each day, this is more than the number of Americans who died in a car accident […]

Journalist retires: ‘It’s been a good ride’

OKEECHOBEE — To quote Dandy Don: “Turn out the lights. The party’s over.” When the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback would try to sing that refrain at the end of a Monday night NFL contest, I never thought that it would ever have anything to do with me. Heck, after having a long conversation with Uncle […]

Lake Okeechobee is rising — why can’t they send the water south?

When the sun rose on Monday morning, we could see Hurricane Irma’s immediate damage — homes damaged or destroyed, roads flooded, massive trees toppled, power lines down. But the hurricane’s aftermath continues to threaten South Florida as the water left by the storm drains south into Lake Okeechobee. Before the storm, the lake was around […]

Hurricane recovery will take time, patience and community spirit

As the Okeechobee community recovers from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the Okeechobee News staff has done our best to keep our readers up to date with the latest information about the local community.  As we report the news, some community members are questioning the reasons behind some decisions made by officials. Why didn’t […]

For some, sheltering close to home makes sense

OKEECHOBEE — It’s all the waiting that really gets on your nerves. We knew days ahead that the hurricane was coming to Okeechobee. We watched the “cone of uncertainty” and the “spaghetti plots” on TV. Which one to believe? Would it hit us or not? Finally, we realized the hurricane called Irma was so large, […]