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,” […]

Winners crowned in ‘Picture: Okeechobee’ photo contest

OKEECHOBEE — “We’re here tonight because we decided to celebrate Okeechobee with photography,” Main Street Art & Culture Director Bridgette Waldau told the group of photographers gathered with relatives, friends and a gaggle of spectators Thursday evening at the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. “That’s how it got started,” Ms. Waldau stated, explaining that over 50 […]

Chain-saw artisan Cactus Jack occupies a rare niche

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee community has a unique artist living and meekly making gorgeous carvings in its midst whom probably not many folks know — except for his neighbors, of course, since he uses a chain saw. Jack Ritter, better known as “Cactus Jack,” has earned a modicum of fame locally as first-place winner a […]

‘Mucksie’ is Glades’ answer to ‘Sandi’

Belle Glade — This holiday season, for the first time, the Glades has its own version of West Palm Beach’s acclaimed “Sandi the Sand Christmas Tree.” While it’s a far cry from behemoth Sandi’s 600 tons of sand, “Mucksie the Black Gold Christmas tree” was created out of the same love for the loam that […]

Glades area up next for fame via PBS ‘On the Town’ series

BELLE GLADE — Crews from South Florida PBS were out and about in the Glades area of Palm Beach County on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7-8, shooting at various locations for an upcoming episode of the twin stations’ “On the Town in The Palm Beaches” series. South Florida PBS is a partnership of the stations […]