CES students of the Week

Central Elementary School would like to congradualte the students of the week for the week of Aug. 13. They are: Amelia Beyel, Aizlee Delacruz, Jayleen Garcia, Trent Green, Stella Litrell, Harlee Arnold, Shyann Yates, Taylor Pendrey, Layla Medina, Natalie Bustos, Christian Pineda.

Young talent brings life to Lady Brahman’s volleyball

OKEECHOBEE — After the Lady Brahman volleyball program went through a self described ‘rebuilding year’ during the 2017 season, coach Taylor Padrick thinks the addition of new talent will give Okeechobee a whole new look in 2018. “This is a completely different year,” said Padrick. “We have five new freshman on varsity. We had a […]

Concert boat moors at Pahokee Marina

PAHOKEE — Point Counterpoint II, the world-famous floating concert hall designed by the late master architect Louis Kahn and constructed for the United States’ Bicentennial in 1976, moored at the city marina last week, and plans are being shaped for it to stay there permanently. Formerly homeported in Talinn, Estonia, and having traveled more than […]

Meet the officer: Police services coordinator Terisa Garcia

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department services coordinator Terisa Garcia was born here in Okeechobee. Ms. Garcia recalled when she was 4 years old, she lived in Hollywood and a family that worked in the circus moved into their neighborhood. “They taught us how to do back bends, flips, splits and all kinds of fun stuff,” […]

Mast argues for lower lake level

OKEECHOBEE — Congressman Brian Mast’s proposal to lower Lake Okeechobee to 8 ft. in the dry season to prevent wet season releases to the coastal estuaries was the topic of discussion at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District briefing on Aug. 17 in Stuart City Hall. Ernie Marks, South Florida Water Management District […]

Magistrate to hear code enforcement cases

OKEECHOBEE — A dozen code enforcement cases are on the agenda for consideration at the Aug. 21 Okeechobee County Special Magistrate hearing in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., at 2 p.m. There are five new cases on the agenda. • The 31650 N.W. 23rd Way property owned by Teresa Hathaway was cited […]

Sugar farmers push back on attacks from politicians and media

OKEECHOBEE — Farmers around Lake Okeechobee are attempting to push back against attacks from politicians and media outlets around south Florida. After toxic algae blooms began to take over waterways in south Florida, some politicians running for election began to single out one scapegoat, ‘Big Sugar.’ During a campaign event in Fort Myers in early […]

Warnings similar for very different hazards

OKEECHOBEE — Warnings given by Florida State agencies about potential hazards in Florida waterways give the same advice for two very different potential hazards. Some of the Florida Wildlife Commission rules for living with alligators can also apply to algae. For example: Don’t feed the alligators/algae. Keep pets away from alligators/algae. Do not swim in […]

Local meeting set to discuss SR 710 extension

OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will host a public hearing to discuss the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Reevaluation for the extension of State Road (SR) 710 from U.S. 441 to the L-63N Interceptor Canal in Okeechobee. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Okeechobee KOA […]

2018 Brahman varsity football schedule

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee Brahmans varsity football team will open their new season against Jupiter at Okeechobee High School on Aug. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in their preseason kick-off classic. The Brahmans will be taking the field under the leadership of new head coach Ty Smith who took over after longtime coach Chris Branham left […]