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News Cast for April 1st:
Okeechobee counties health grade improved last year according to the annual study by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Okeechobee was ranked 46th out of 67 Florida counties and improvement from 52nd the year before.
A community health advisory team in Okeechobee has helped tackle some of the issues the community faces that include high rates of cancer and smoking, obesity, a lack of mental health services, and high rates of poverty.
Health Department Administrator Erin Hess says things are improving. Okeechobee score highest in physical environment with good air, and clean drinking water.
Glades County was ranked 51st out of Florida counties.
Among arrests, 51 year old Dennis Henslee of Lorida was charged with sexual assault of a female over 12. The alleged incident occurred in a Lorida home on March 23rd, the victim was hospitalized for treatment.
In the courts, 30 year old Curtis Brown of Lorida received three years in prison for crashing into three Deputy cruisers in an attempt to elude them at a mud bog last March 23. Two small children, ages 3 and 5, were in the vehicle. 17 charges were dropped by prosecutors as Brown pled no contest to aggravated assault on law enforcement with a deadly weapon.
A St. Petersburg mother will appear in court in Osceola county to face a traffic citation for the death of her child. 31 year old Luz Harris was turning left into a private drive between Yeehaw Junction and Kenansville in August, 2 thousand 13 and was struck by a passing truck. 6 year old Heidi Harris was killed.
An assault incident in the Spring Haven community of Martin County resulted in deputies calling in troopers to investigate a single vehicle crash. 68 year old Patricia Moir was flown to St. Marys with serious injuries after being found inside her locked home. Her entrance to the driveway and vehicle were found damaged and the woman suffering from a head in jury in her home.
Sports Cast for April 1st:
Luis Martinez broke Brahman hearts with a two run homerun to tie the game and a two run single in extra innings to lead Avon Park to a 5-4 victory over Okeechobee in high school baseball last night.
Brahman Coach Eric Kindell said the team hit the ball hard and played a good game but just got beat. Kindell said despite the loss his team should gain some confidence from the game as they hit the ball hard and just didn’t take advantage of their scoring opportunities. Kevin Coleman started and pitched five strong innings for the Brahmans.
Okeechobee hosts Lake Placid on Thursday night.
Three Brahman seniors, Hailey Greeson, Taylor Trent and Sha’Dajia Williams will compete tonight in the Treasure Coast high school girls’ basketball showcase at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce. Tip is at 5:30 pm. No Okeechobee boys were named to play in the boys’ game.
Moore Haven baseball loss to Immokalee 2-1.
On the sports schedule, flag football tonight hosts Glades Central with JV action at 6 pm and varsity at 7 pm. OHS girls’ softball hosts Glades Day with JV at 5 and varsity at 7 pm.
Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of March at any of the following drives.
Wed., April 1 – Wal Mart, 12 – 5
Thurs., April 9 – IRSC Campus, 3 – 8
Fri., April 10 – Harbor Community Bank, 12 – 5
Fri., April 10 – Walgreen’s, 2 – 7
Sun., April 12 – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hwy 78W, BHR, 8 – 2
Fri., April 17 – Samboree at KOA, 10 – 3
Sat., April 18 – Martha’s House – Celebrate Life – in the park, 10 – 3
Sun., April 19 – Golden Corral, 11 – 4
Thurs., April 23 – SFWMD field office on Hwy 70E, 1 – 5
Fri., April 24 – Seacoast Bank, South, 10 – 4
Sat., April 25 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4
Tues., April 28 – Raulerson Hospital, 1 – 6
- Habitat for Humanity is now open here in Okeechobee! They’re located at 1321 HWY 70E in the Old Apple Crate building. Open Monday through Friday 9-5. Accepting donations of any kind except clothes! Call for more information at 863-763-1371, volunteers are always needed!
- K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
- A meeting of the “Stroke Support Group” will be held at the Heritage Assisted Living Facility on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm. This is a good chance to talk to others about their experience. Light refreshments will be available, for more information phone the Heritage at 863-763-1700 or 863-634-8412.
- Tickets are on sale to the 43rd annual Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee Easter Pancake Breakfast. Only $10 for all you can eat pancakes, home made sausage and fresh squeezed orange juice. Proceeds help The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee fund scholarships for local students, mini-grants for our hard working local teachers and other projects that benefit the youth of Okeechobee. Get yours from any member or at the Chamber office. Easter is April 5th this year and you can enjoy the breakfast at either Cowboys Restaurant or First United Methodist Church Of Okeechobee from 7am-10am.
- The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening April 16, 2015 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range qualification will take place on Saturday April 18, 2015. You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during qualification. The costs of the class is $40.00 which must be paid in advance.You may sign up by clicking on register online.You may pay for the class online with a credit card or stop by the Chamber and pay for the class with a check or cash.Those people who sign up and do not pay in advance will not be guaranteed a seat in the class.
- . If you have never been to a Chamber Business After hours please join us for the next one on April 21st being hosted by Staffords Salon (A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon) located at 313 SW Park Street. Please RSVP at www.okeechobeebusiness.com everyone is welcome. See you then
- Celebrate Earth Day witnessing the beauty and biodiversity in your own backyard. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, 54000 acres of unique Florida dry prairie in Okeechobee County, is reminiscent of the Florida’s past, as described in Patrick Smith’s book “A Land Remembered.” Join us for a Spring Prairie Wildflower Walk led by two of Florida’s leading wildflower experts: Roger Hammer & Craig Huegel.Cost is $24 for Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve members and $34 for non-members. A $4 per vehicle entry fee is also required and must be paid at the gate when you enter the park. Each walk is limited to 20 participants, and many spots are already filled.Participants may also sign up for a free 45 minute buggy ride in the Prairie.Visit the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve website for more information and to register
Sport Related Events
- Papa Johns is presenting their weekly fundraiser every Thursday when you order from Papa John’s they’ll donate 10% of your total order to the Okeechobee High School Brahman Band. Valid for carry out or delivery, you can also order online by using the PROMO CODE OCSD2014. Be sure to mention that you are a supporter of the Okeechobee High School Brahman Band when you are placing an order.
Agri-Civic Center Events
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