Brahmans defensive coordinator Ty Smith named head coach

OKEECHOBEE — Longtime Brahman defensive coordinator and assistant coach Ty Smith has been named the new head coach of the football program. Smith takes over for former head coach Chris Branham who announced his resignation from the program on June 11 to pursue another coaching opportunity in Georgia. The decision to make Mr. Smith the […]

Skate park re-opens with updates; plans for a completely new park in future

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation department has re-opened the skate park at 350 N.W. Sixth Avenue. Working with skate park designers Spohn Ranch along with the county’s own maintenance department, they’ve installed all new skate lite wood surfaces on all the ramps and made some minor structural repairs. Okeechobee County Parks and […]

Emergency Estuary Protection Wells proposed as temporary fix to lake releases

OKEECHOBEE — An emergency fix to harmful freshwater releases to the coastal estuaries could be built in just two to three years, while long-term solutions may be decades away. “We are working on long-term solutions. We are working on projects such as C-43 and the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration projects. Even on the most aggressive […]

Meet the officer: City police dispatcher Pamela Wilkerson

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Pamela Wilkerson was born at the Okeechobee General Hospital in 1973. She has been a member in the Okeechobee community for the entirety of her 45-year life. She recalled her childhood memories of summers spent on the beaches of Boca Grande with her grandparents and cousins. […]

Teens accused of stealing two vehicles

OKEECHOBEE — Four Okeechobee youths were arrested Wednesday afternoon for their alleged involvement in two vehicles being reported stolen. Justin Scott Clendenin, 14, Southwest Third Avenue, Pablo Martinez, 17, State Road 70 West, and Martin Soto, 14, Northwest Fourth Street, were arrested June 13 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on a felony charge of grand theft […]

Algae in St. Lucie coming from many sources

OKEECHOBEE — Record rainfall in May and continuing heavy rains this month are causing ecological damage, according to a report given by South Florida Water Management District Water Resources Director Terrie Bates at the June 14 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board. Algae found in the St. Lucie watershed is coming from many sources, not […]

Flood control systems protect South Floridians

OKEECHOBEE — The Central and South Florida Flood Control Project, had some unintended consequences, but the project did what the engineers set out to do, and because of that flood control project millions of people now live, work, play and farm in areas that would otherwise be under water part of the year. The South […]

Will feds pay their share for EAA reservoir?

OKEECHOBEE — Will the federal government fund 50 percent of the cost of the planned Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir? At their June 14 meeting, members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board expressed concern that the federal government might not provide the expected 50-50 match to build the EAA reservoir. The reservoir […]

Algae testing takes time, says FDEP

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Algae is part of the natural ecosystem in lakes, rivers and streams worldwide. Algae is ever-present in Lake Okeechobee, even when it is not visible in a bloom; boaters and fishermen are used to seeing algae in the water column or blown about by the winds. Since the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Felony arrest charged intent to defraud

OKEECHOBEE — A 22-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested Monday morning after she allegedly deposited money into a Boynton Beach man’s account with an intent to defraud. Veronica Nicole Garcia, Northwest 19th Avenue, was arrested June 11 by Deputy Corporal Bryan Lowe on two Okeechobee County felony warrants charging her with 12 counts of cashing or […]