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 […]

Toni Wiersma, Brendan Pritchard retire from Okeechobee school district

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board recognized employees who retired after the 2017-2018 school year at their monthly meeting on June 12. One of the employees retiring this year was director of student services Toni Wiersma, who spent 37 years working for the Okeechobee County School District. Mrs. Wiersma began as a seventh and […]

Brahman football head coach Chris Branham resigns

OKEECHOBEE — After spending 16 years with the Okeechobee Brahmans, head coach Chris Branham has resigned from the program. Branham announced his decision on Twitter and has also announced that he has accepted a position as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Toombs County High School located in south eastern Georgia. “I want […]

Jersey Mike’s ‘Day of Giving’ results in big donation to charity

    On March 28, Jersey Mike’s of Okeechobee participated in the company’s National Day of Giving. For one day, the store donates 100 percent of its sales to a local charity. Thanks to the support of Jersey Mike’s customers during that day, on June 5 co-owner Krissy Culbreth was able to present a check […]

Okeechobee Library ‘Art Rocks’ event

These pictures were taken at the ‘Art Rocks’ event hosted by the Okeechobee County Library on June 8. Children and their parents took turns painting canvases with water guns, sponges, and balloons. The library is hosting free events for kids all summer, to learn more information or to register for one of the events call […]

Victim in Okeechobee monkey attack doesn’t blame animal

OKEECHOBEE — Marilyn Howard was on her break outside of Home Depot when she saw what looked like a monkey approaching her from the parking lot. A short while later she would have multiple bites and scratches on her body and be headed for Raulerson Hospital. Ms. Howard, a cashier at Home Depot, had overheard […]

Shockwaves swim team starts new season

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Shockwaves summer swim team will has its first meet of the season scheduled for June 9 at Riviera Beach. Shockwaves coach Jack Boon has high hopes for the team this year. “I’m very proud of the work these young athletes have put forth,” said Boon. “The hours of practice have really […]

Local residents search for security after thefts

OKEECHOBEE — A wave of burglaries in Okeechobee over the month of May left some local residents searching for a way to keep both themselves and their property safe. Linda Harper, who had a pressure washer stolen out of her back porch in early May, is looking for ways to be proactive in her home […]

Jiu-Jitsu school opens in downtown Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — Okee Jiu-Jitsu, a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) martial arts school in Okeechobee, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1 followed by an official grand opening and barbecue on June 2. The school, which is located at 211 S.W. Park St. next to Discount Drugs, is offering a one-week free trial to new members […]