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Veteran Gary Walker grew up in Okeechobee and graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1989. Three weeks later, he joined the Navy and spent the next 22 years serving his country. more
The second edition of the Homeowner’s Handbook provides updated guidance for Florida homeowners on disaster preparation and can help residents feel ready for approaching storms. more
After many residents and business owners in LaBelle experienced heavy rains and flooding on Sunday, Sept. 20, the subject of understanding climate change and how it affects Florida became the topic of discussion on social media and around town. more
When her husband of 65 years passed away in July, one of Marlene Burns’s granddaughters suggested a unique way to honor his memory. Richard Burns passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago. more
Betty Dean Bennett was the first female lifeguard in Okeechobee. more
Special Olympics athlete John Howell was born in West Palm Beach, went to Okeechobee High School and graduated in 1992. He is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee. more
Bill McElheny is a Christian, and if you ever meet him, you will know that within minutes. more
A local Special Olympian has become a vocal advocate for others with disabilities. more
Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsPatience Washington believes prayer is an important part of life. OKEECHOBEE — Prayer is one of the things Patience Washington does best. She was brought to my … more
Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsTom Gorney prepares to throw his ball at the Special Olympic bowling tournament in 2019. OKEECHOBEE — Some of the Special Olympic athletes are taking extra … more
OKEECHOBEE — As is the case with all the Special Olympic athletes, Hunter Golden and Theresa Matthews miss their friends and the chance to compete that they had with Special … more
By Brad BuckUF/IFAS Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/UF/IFASFlorida produces a large share of the fish-farm-raised ornamental marine species in the nation. Tropical fish hobbyists are pretty … more
OKEECHOBEE — The possibility of having the city provide its own EMS service was on the agenda at the city council meeting Tuesday night, July 7. City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca went over … more
OKEECHOBEE — Imagine her surprise when 77-year-old Joanne Linehan arrived at Bank of America three weeks ago to withdraw some money from her account and found a note on the door saying the branch … more
After weeks of lockdown and social distancing due to COVID-19, many are ready to get out and about around the country. According to a survey conducted by Civic Science, 43 percent of those … more
OKEECHOBEE — Members of the fire merge “task force” have been working diligently to not only come up with an agreement for the county to perform fire services for the city, but also to ensure … more
OKEECHOBEE — After serving 39 years with the City of Okeechobee, Detective Bill Saum is retiring this week. Lake Okeechobee News/Cathy WombleBill and Gail Saum believe God saved their marriage. … more
BRADENTON — After their school board met to decide whether children would be required to wear masks to school in the fall, Lori Crick took to Facebook to express her opinion on the … more
By Jarred ShellhouseUF/IFASSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE — A new webinar series, focused on professional development for agriculture and natural resources professionals … more
OKEECHOBEE — After spending the majority of last few months in our own homes, most of us are ready for a little freedom, and what better way to celebrate freedom than with fireworks? On April 8, … more
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