OCFR provided vehicles for state certified extrication course

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue conducted advanced extrication training over the past several weeks after receiving a donation of 12 vehicles from Total Roadside Services Towing and Recovery, greatly reducing the overall cost of the training block. According to OCFR Captain Justin Hazellief, the course was taught over a two-week block with the […]

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 […]

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 […]