MEGACON: A geek’s playground

For most people, Memorial Day weekends means loading the kids up in the family car and trekking to one of Orlando’s multitude of theme parks. For more than hundred thousand in Orlando this year, that weekend means one thing — MEGACON. Comic book conventions have long been a staple in the fandom world. Beginning in […]

Ink Fusion Empire brings tattoo artistry to MEGACON and more

Getting a tattoo at a comic book convention might seem like a crazy idea, but one man saw the hidden potential. Established as a fully fledged entity in 2007, the Ink Fusion Empire currently does eighteen shows in the United States, with a few international dates as well. With forty artists hailing from far and […]

Hush money and threats and thievery, oh my!

OKEECHOBEE — Hush money and threats couldn’t stop a Florida Power & Light (FPL) whistle blower from exposing an elaborate scheme that involved thieves — one of whom was an Okeechobee man — defrauding the mega utility out of hundreds of thousands of gallons of mineral oil. After a five-month investigation Detective Alfredo Forgione, of […]

Stolen truck recovered two years after theft

OKEECHOBEE — A local man unknowingly purchased a vehicle from a friend that had been stolen two years prior. The original report on the stolen truck was filed by Deputy Mark Margerum of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), and stated that on Feb. 11, 2015 at 9:08 a.m., Deputy Margerum was dispatched to 100 […]

Man’s four wheeler stolen for the fourth time

OKEECHOBEE — An unknown thief made off with a local man’s four wheeler — and it wasn’t even in running order. According to the report filed by Deputy Tim Higgins of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, on June 1, he responded to the 6200 block of N.E. Ninth Way in reference to a theft complaint. […]

Scams now come in text message form

OKEECHOBEE — If you receive a text message that you’ve been approved for a loan, the chances are high that it’s a scam. A local man received a text message on Friday, May 26, that allegedly came from Lending Tree, according to the report filed by Deputy Tim Higgins. The text was supposedly from someone […]

Brother-sister fronted band proves siblings can get along

OKEECHOBEE — The 2017 Okeechobee Music Festival has drawn to a close, but many musicians gave memorable performances that will keep fans buzzing. Among those bands was Lawrence, a New York-based soul-pop group led by brother-sister team Clyde and Gracie Lawrence. The rest of the band is comprised of Sam Askin on drums, Sumner Becker, […]

Gainesville band rocked the stage at Okeechobee Music Fest

OKEECHOBEE — While lead vocalist Gytis Garsys admits the Delta Troubadours like to joke around a lot and considers it to be a double edged sword in terms of being productive, the Gainesville-based band managed to put on a fantastic show at the 2017 Okeechobee Music Festival, held March 2-5. The rock ‘n’ roll band […]

Yardij to perform at Okeechobee Music Fest; South Florida Band wins spot in festival lineup thanks to Destination Okeechobee contest

From 3,600 narrowed down to 36 and culled to just six — all by popular vote. That’s the seemingly insurmountable obstacle South Florida band Yardij faced when they entered the Destination Okeechobee contest. Those final six musical acts would be added to the festival line-up and given the opportunity to perform for the crowds at […]