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News Cast for November 16th:

The 25th annual National Farm-City Week is in full swing and it all got started with a luncheon and agri-education expo yesterday at the Okeechobee KOA Campgrounds. Okeechobee residents packed the campgrounds to eat some good food, see some kids presenting their 4H projects and more. There were also awards given, specifically one to Gladys Freeman, who received an award for her contributions to agriculture. Freeman, a founding member of the Florida FFA and someone who’s been involved in agriculture all her life, says she’s amazed she got this award knowing there are plenty others who are worthy. Freeman says National Farm-City Week is important because farmers don’t get the recognition they deserve. Sponsors for the event include the local chapter of the Kiwanis Club and Farm Credit of Florida.

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If your blood is Type A, B, AB or O, come on down to the Freshman Campus Auditorium behind Golden Corral this weekend. One Blood will be hosting the 13th annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Blood donations will be accepted all day tomorrow and Sunday, and there will be prizes awarded to some lucky people who donate blood this weekend. Coordinator Raye Deusinger says the Blood Roundup is usually done this time of year because as the holidays come, donations tend to slow down. Deusinger says if you’re on blood thinners, have a fresh tattoo or have donated blood in the last 56 days, you cannot donate blood at this time but you might be eligible to donate platelets. The Okeechobee Blood Roundup runs from 9am until 6pm tomorrow and on Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Every donation saves 3 lives. For more information, log on to oneblood.org.

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It was a very special day for one Okeechobee High School (OHS) student this past Wednesday. OHS Senior Jemal Davis, who plays basketball for the Brahmans, signed with Warner University in Lake Wales to play basketball for them on a full scholarship. Davis, who stands just over six feet six inches tall and is a native of the US Virgin Islands, says he is “excited” to be playing for Warner in 2019 and it wasn’t just about the basketball program that got him interested in signing with Warner. While Davis is looking forward to playing in college next year, it hasn’t stopped him from setting some pretty high goals for the Brahmans this year. The Brahmans begin their season on Monday with a preseason tournament at Vero Beach and begin the regular season Tuesday, November 27th against Lincoln Park Academy. WOKC’s first broadcast of Brahmans basketball will be Friday, November 30th against Sebastian River.

It may technically still be hurricane season in Okeechobee County and we’ve had some rain recently but it didn’t stop a grass fire from happening early yesterday morning. Firefighters were called to the three hundred block of NE 80th Avenue shortly before five o’clock for a fire that involved ground fuels like roots and fine deadwood. Crews needed a few minutes to extinguish the ten by ten foot blaze while using about five hundred gallons of water. No one was injured and no damages. Cause is under investigation.

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s detectives are on the lookout for a dune buggy that was stolen this past weekend. The dune buggy is a 2003 Recreational Industries, six-wheel amphibious dune buggy, Del Max Two, with a gray top, black bottom and the serial number on it is 19006. It was last seen at the 16 thousand block of NW 272nd Street on November 10th. If you have any information on the dune buggy or where it may be, please contact the sheriff’s office as soon as possible.

On the arrest report:

41 year old Jason Edward Strange of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for dealing in stolen property and providing false ownership to a pawnbroker. His bond is set at $12 thousand dollars.

18 year old Gordon Clay Trimble the Fourth of Okeechobee was arrested for tampering with evidence. He was released after posting a $25 hundred dollar bond.

Okeechobee Community Events 11-9-18

Tai Chi at the Senior Center –  Okeechobee Senior Services will again be offering Tai Chi classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 at the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center. Tai Chi offers many potential benefits to seniors such as relieving the physical effects of stress, reducing bone loss in menopausal women, improving lower body and leg strength, reducing arthritis pain and reducing blood pressure. Tai Chi is also known to increase energy by releasing endorphins, increase mental capacity and concentration, improve balance and stability by strengthening the ankles and the knees, and promote faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks. This is a great opportunity to do something good for your mind, body and soul, and who knows, you may make some new friends along the way. These classes are offered to beginners and the experienced at no cost. The Lottie Raulerson Senior Center is located at 1690 NW 9th Avenue, just south of the IRSC campus. For further information, please call Senior Services at 863-462-5180.