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, […]

OCSO issues safety tips for back-to-school time

OKEECHOBEE – The 2018-19 academic year is about to begin in Okeechobee County, and public school students begin attendance on Monday, Aug. 13, along with many private schools starting on or about the same time. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office would like to urge motorists, parents/guardians and children to follow the listed safety tips: • […]

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 […]

Four arrested after alleged robbery victim called OCSO

OKEECHOBEE – In the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 5, a man called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office stating he had been robbed and his truck was stolen. Kayla Awilda Tarbell, Southeast 38th Avenue, and Charles Lynn Spiva III, 23, Okeechobee, were arrested on felony charges of robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment, unarmed […]

Chandler, Culpepper share similar visions in friendly forum

OKEECHOBEE — The two challengers for Okeechobee County Commission, running against District 4’s Terry Burroughs (board chairman) and District 2 incumbent Bryant Culpepper, faced off with the incumbents Aug. 6 at the Okeechobee Political Forum.   The opposing candidates, Noel Chandler in District 2, who’s a sitting Okeechobee City Council member, and Fred Darrell Brown […]

Company presents economic snapshot to city

OKEECHOBEE – A highlight of the Okeechobee City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, besides the marriage proposal that ended in the city administrator’s engagement, was a discussion about the Okeechobee County Economic Strategic Plan. The council talked about the county’s Economic Strategic Plan with William Fruth of POLICOM Corp., who presented a summary of the condition […]

Reservation Road motorcycle crash claims 2 lives

OKEECHOBEE – Two people died from injuries they suffered in an Aug. 4 motorcycle crash on the Brighton Reservation Road. A Florida Highway Patrol news release stated that at 2:52 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, a group of six motorcycles were traveling south on County Road 721 (Reservation Road). While negotiating a left curve, four […]

New NOAA image shows algae in 45 percent of lake

As the long, hot summer continues, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to track cyanobacteria concentrations in Lake Okeechobee. The computer-generated image is derived from data using satellite imagery capturing spectrums of light not visible to the human eye. Cloud cover and wind can affect the satellite data. The image from Aug. 9 “is […]

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 […]

Arrest Report 8-10-18

OKEECHOBEE- The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). • Jennifer Marie Garcia, 34, Southeast 86th Boulevard, […]