Sugar farmers push back on attacks from politicians and media

OKEECHOBEE — Farmers around Lake Okeechobee are attempting to push back against attacks from politicians and media outlets around south Florida. After toxic algae blooms began to take over waterways in south Florida, some politicians running for election began to single out one scapegoat, ‘Big Sugar.’ During a campaign event in Fort Myers in early […]

2018 Brahman varsity football schedule

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee Brahmans varsity football team will open their new season against Jupiter at Okeechobee High School on Aug. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in their preseason kick-off classic. The Brahmans will be taking the field under the leadership of new head coach Ty Smith who took over after longtime coach Chris Branham left […]

Ray’s Combat Kickboxing returns from IKF World Classic

OKEECHOBEE — Logan Ray, Lacey Campbell, Karana Bernard and Matt Tullio of Ray’s Combat Kickboxing in Okeechobee are back from the 2018 International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Classic held in Orlando, and although none came home with a title belt, Ray’s Combat owner Coleman Ray is proud of his fighters and says they are already […]

Victim blackmailed after performing lewd act on Skype

OKEECHOBEE – At 9:12 a.m. Aug. 4, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO) Deputy Ben Vuleta responded to a call regarding a harassment complaint. Upon his arrival, Deputy Vuleta met with the victim, who articulated that he was being blackmailed by someone on the internet. The victim stated that after experiencing marital problems with his spouse, […]

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 […]

Teacher pay, bullying take front stage at political forum

OKEECHOBEE — School Board District 3 incumbent Dixie Ball and challenger Melisa Jahner answered questions from the public and made the case for why they’re best suited to sit on the school board at the Okeechobee Political Forum held on Aug. 6 at the Osceola Middle School gymnasium. Both candidates have extensive history and experience […]

8U All-Stars come up short in World Series

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee eight and under All-Stars battled hard but couldn’t come away with the championship in the Dixie Youth World Series held in Lumberton, N.C. from July 27 through July 29, 2018. The 8U All-Stars had ridden a wave of momentum throughout the district and state championships, but that momentum wasn’t quite enough […]

Self-driving semi-trailer tested in Hendry County

HENDRY COUNTY — Hendry County has found itself on the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to Starsky Robotics. Back in February, the robotics company tested a self-driving semi-trailer truck along a closed, 7-mile stretch of County Road 833 in Hendry County.  Though the trucks are self driving, there will still be a human element […]

Four Okeechobee fighters competing in kickboxing championship

OKEECHOBEE — Four local residents will be making the trip to Orlando to compete in the 2018 International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Classic being held from Aug. 3 through 5 at the Hyatt Regency. Logan Ray, Lacey Campbell, Matt Tullio and Karana Bernard Okeechobee will be competing against around 300 fighters from all over the […]

Okeechobee rallies in state tournament to earn ticket to World Series

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee 8U All-Stars were losing 4-8 to Bartow in the fifth inning when the umpire attempted to call the game. After winning the three previous games in the state tournament, Okeechobee was staring down it’s first loss. Head coach Ruben Guerrero raced onto the field to make the case that his team […]