Burroughs, Brown spar over issues, county’s conditions

OKEECHOBEE — The two challengers for Okeechobee County Commission, running against District 2 incumbent Bryant Culpepper and District 4’s Terry Burroughs (the board chairman), faced off Monday evening, 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 were […]

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 […]

Online threats to Lake O communities taken seriously

OKEECHOBEE — The sheriff’s offices in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are investigating veiled threats that have been made online toward some residents of communities along Lake Okeechobee over water pollution issues affecting the coasts. A running cyber-debate over responsibility for algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and red tide along Gulf Coast communities […]

Being a Skywarn spotter not for everyone; but during a storm, they help everybody

OKEECHOBEE — From a young age, humans become fascinated by the sky with its big bright yellow blob and endless clouds in which you can see everything your imagination tells you is there. Then, usually soon after our first storm scares us inside, most of us find more important things to focus on, and weather […]

Be wary and safe during alligators’ active season, FWC advises

OKEECHOBEE — A funny video showed up on Facebook recently, by Daniel McNamara via Storyful, that shows a resting alligator, awakened by an errant golf drive, then devouring said ball and slinking off into the water hazard. So far they haven’t been trained to fetch by Florida golf course owners, but a local trapper tells […]

Moore Haven WWII vet gets Honor Flight experience

OKEECHOBEE — May being one of two months each year when the nation pauses to recognize the sacrifices made by countless soldiers in America’s military engagements, the people at Honor Flight Hub have been extremely busy. And a couple with local ties also was busy these past few months, getting their 93-year-old, World War II […]

More Okeechobeeans becoming ‘food-insecure,’ food bank says

OKEECHOBEE — While more affluent people on the Treasure Coast face higher food costs than do Okeechobee County residents, more of the people living here are becoming “food-insecure” and falling deeper into poverty, according to the Treasure Coast Food Bank’s report of new study data released this week. Feeding America is the nation’s largest hunger […]

G. Harvey Estates homes in final planning stages with state

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The wide-open rangeland just southwest of here along State Road 78, where presently only cows and cattle egret dwell, is set to soon become G. Harvey Estates, a new subdivision with hundreds of homes and a strip of commercial development. As soon as developer Glenn Harvey gets the go-ahead on his plans […]

Buckhead Ridge’s Bonnie Shop will be back

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The big room inside the Buckhead Ridge Community Complex where a Hope Connections (HC) office was, is nearly empty now of all the touches that gave it a homey atmosphere. Bonnie Shop, who’s been Hope Connections’ site coordinator for going on 13 years, plans to return at least once a month, though, […]

Wild@Heart sanctuary may reopen

GLADES COUNTY — The couple who took over the former Animal Adventures wild animal park in northern Glades County and renamed it the Wild@Heart Animal Sanctuary almost 15 months ago still are laboring to get it open to the public on a regular schedule. “We are open now, but we’re open for private tours only,” […]