Landowners question LOWRP plan

OKEECHOBEE — Glades County residents who own the land within the footprint of the tentatively selected Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Plan want assurances that the project will actually benefit Lake Okeechobee. At the June 18 meeting with South Florida Water Management District Officials at Indian River State College, many expressed frustration with past dealings with […]

Wetlands project proposed north of lake

OKEECHOBEE — A shallow reservoir and increased wetlands are proposed just north of Lake Okeechobee adjacent to the Kissimmee River in Glades County. The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project LOWRP) includes a Wetland Attenuation Feature with a footprint of approximately 12,500 acres, 80 Aquifer Storage and Recover (ASR) wells, restoration of the Paradise Run wetland […]

School board delays decision on changing school start times

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board has decided to delay a decision on whether or not to change school start times in the district. The topic was on the agenda at a workshop held on June 19. The school board will take up the issue of school start times again at their January 2019 […]

Local baseball teams wins district championship; now headed to state tournament

OKEECHOBEE — The 2018 8U Okeechobee All-Stars came away with the championship in their district tournament held in Avon Park on June 15, 16 and 17. The All-Stars played teams from Sebring, Lake Placid and Avon Park over the course of the three-day tournament. The tournament began on June 15 with the All-Stars losing to […]

Sheriff to “maintain transparency” with public meeting to discuss 2018-19 budget

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen will be presenting a Town Hall Meeting with the focus being to host a discussion for the agency’s 2018-19 budget on Wednesday, June 27, between 6-7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse in the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners Chamber Room 122. The event will be […]

Governor’s order has little effect on lake releases

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance structures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the Interior make that difficult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May — some areas received more than 400 percent of average […]

Governor issues emergency order to send lake water ‘south’; Water conservation areas south of lake already full; Flow south from WCAs blocked by Tamiami Trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance structures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the Interior make that difficult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May — some areas received more than 400 percent of average rainfall — […]

USACE to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee over the weekend. Starting Friday, June 22, the target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be reduced to 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) located near Fort Myers. The target flow for […]

Woman arrested after a scene at movie theater

OKEECHOBEE — A 19-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested after she allegedly harassed employees and patrons of the Brahman Theatre III and became involved in a physical altercation with law enforcement. Helena Elizabeth Hoehn, Southeast 43rd Trace, was arrested June 16 on felony charges of unauthorized possession of a forged driver license, resisting an officer with […]

Club hosts fourth annual Father Daughter Dance

OKEECHOBEE — B.R.A.T. Club held its Fourth Annual Father-Daughter “Ties & Tiaras” event on Saturday, June 16. Fathers and daughters of all ages came out to enjoy the fun. Attendees received a keepsake photo upon entry, a keepsake painted hand-print, and enjoyed dinner consisting of “kid’s fun food.” After dinner the fun began! Games included […]