Random act shows community kindness

OKEECHOBEE – Sheriff Noel E. Stephen presents David Daniel with an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Just-Us Citation Random Acts of Kindness Award. This award recognizes youth within our community who demonstrate an act of bravery, selflessness or notable deed for the betterment of another. On May 30, 2018, 16-year old David and his mother, Paula, […]

OCSO issues safety tips for back-to-school time

OKEECHOBEE – The 2018-19 academic year is about to begin in Okeechobee County, and public school students begin attendance on Monday, Aug. 13, along with many private schools starting on or about the same time. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office would like to urge motorists, parents/guardians and children to follow the listed safety tips: • […]

Florida Main Street Awards honor Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE – Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the winners of the 2018 Florida Main Street Awards. This annual awards program showcases the innovative practices and projects that make each historic community successful. Two award categories were presented, including the Honor Awards, which highlight the very “best of the best” Main Street communities, and the […]

Main Street brick project to raise money for art

OKEECHOBEE – The Hamrick Butterfly Garden is home to the Butterfly Sculpture Project presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Okeechobee County and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Did you know that you can support the arts by purchasing a personalized brick that will be placed in the Hamrick Butterfly Garden, located in […]

BHR gets more involved with Glades community

  OKEECHOBEE – On Monday, July 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. a United Way food truck came to the Buckhead Ridge Community Center along with representatives of 14 agencies to respond to citizens’ questions and concerns. More than 150 people representing 105 households received information, aid and food. Buckhead Ridge (BHR) is more than […]

Hospital presents annual Frist awards

OKEECHOBEE – The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction, which include the Frist Humanitarian Awards and the Innovators Awards, are the highest honors that HCA bestows on its employees, physicians and volunteers. These awards honor exceptional individuals whose work and lives reflect the patient-centered, entrepreneurial and humanitarian values upon which HCA was founded 50 years ago. […]

Corps to resume releases from Lake Okeechobee on Friday

With Lake Okeechobee approaching 14.5 feet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will resume water releases this weekend as part of its continued efforts to manage flood risk throughout south Florida. The discharges are scheduled to resume Friday (July 13). The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is a 14-day average of […]

Flow suspended from Lake Okeechobee to coastal estuaries

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District suspended water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries effective this morning (July 9). The Corps had halted Lake Okeechobee flows to the St. Lucie Estuary on June 30, but were still releasing some lake water to the Caloosahatchee River […]

Giveaway to benefit Martha’s House

OKEECHOBEE – This year Martha’s House will serve 600 women and children in Okeechobee — victims of abuse in their own homes. They aren’t statistics; they aren’t “those” people. These are your daughters, nieces, neighbors, sisters and friends. It is always a challenge for Martha’s House to provide their services, and they get excited when […]

Corps urges boaters to use caution in Kissimmee River Restoration project area

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is advising boaters to use extreme caution when navigating in the Kissimmee River Restoration Project Area near the C-38 Canal to the east of Hidden Acres Estates. Draft depths are extremely shallow in the area causing it to be non-navigable by most vessels. “We are […]