The Great American Smokeout observed on Nov. 15

Nov.15, is The Great American Smokeout! Thousands of Americans will take the first step to quit smoking. The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is encouraging Florida smokers to make a plan to quit using the program’s free resources. Tobacco Free Florida provides FREE tools and services, including nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, […]

Community members share Halloween photos

The Lake Okeechobee invited readers to send in Halloween photos, which were posted in a gallery on our Facebook page. First place winners of the 2018 Halloween Costume contest with 247 “likes” were Francisco Espinoza, Francisco Espinoza Jr., and Celeste Castaneda of Clewiston. Dulce Almaras, of Clewiston, received 186 votes dressed as Boo from Monsters […]

Clewiston’s CES teachers honored

Former 5th grade classmates, and 2009 Clewiston High School graduates, Ms. Samples and Ms. Price, were honored with the title of Support Staff and Teacher of the Year, Monday, Nov. 12. They have gone back to their Clewiston Tiger roots to lead the Central Cubs, to reach their potential, as they both have done! They […]

Lake O regional judicial circuit, legislative election results

These are results, as reported unofficially on Election Night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (floridaelectionwatch.gov), in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]

Bird watching trip planned

CLEWISTON — Would you like to go on a free, escorted birding “driving” trip to Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 (STA 5/6)? On Saturday Nov. 3, local residents will have a special opportunity to participate in a trip. Meet at the Clewiston McDonald’s at 7 a.m. to carpool to the STA 5/6 gate at the “new […]

Pete Kostelnick running from Alaska to Florida – arrives in Clewiston Wednesday late afternoon

Pete Kostelnick is on the 91st day of his historic run from Alaska to Florida (Kenai to Key West). He is running 40-70 miles day and plans to reach Key West in early November. He’s probably one of the few people who’s ever run the Alaska Highway through Canada to the U.S. He’s certainly the […]

Who has the best Halloween Costumes?

As has been our tradition for several years, the Lake Okeechobee News invites readers to share their Halloween costume photos. The newspaper will post the photos on our Facebook pages for Okeechobee, Moore Haven, Clewiston and Belle Glade/Pahokee. Facebook fans will be encouraged to vote for their favorites by “liking” the photos. The photos from […]

Guest Commentary: Don’t Get Swindled by Amendment 1

In an old New Yorker piece entitled “The Perfect Mark: how a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian email scam,” writer Mitchell Zuckoff wrote: “Every swindle is driven by a desire for easy money. It’s the one thing the swindler and the swindled have in common.” Zuckoff’s observation is worth remembering as Florida voters head […]

Amendments on the ballot

Amendment 5 was placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, at the request of Gov. Rick Scott. This amendment would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature in order to increase taxes or fees. As things stand now, the Legislature can increase taxes, except corporate income tax, through a simple majority vote. If it […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: Hard? Yes. Impossible? NO

After a string of average grades, my mother would say, “That’s all right, you get the same diploma as the person who got all of the ‘A’ grades.” It was some comfort and, as I realized, there was a certain truth in what she said. I had no explanations about why I wasn’t an “A” […]