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Local News for August 22nd:

The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee has a new Pastor after Pastor Bruce Simpson retired after thirteen years in Okeechobee.

Pastor Don Hanna comes to Okeechobee after eighteen years of service in Marion County and most recently in Palatka.

Pastor Hanna has held service in Okeechobee for about six weeks and greatly appreciates the support he and his wife Joy has received from the community. Joy is a P.E teacher now at Everglades Elementary.

Interview with Pastor Don Hannah

On the Arrest reports from over the weekend..


Brandon Lee Simmons was arrested for violating Florida State Statute 843.23 by removing, destroying, altering, damaging or circumventing the operation of an electronic monitoring device.

Luis Daniel Severino was arrested and charged with five counts including possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver. His bon


d has been set at $35,000

Curtis Randolph Sutton was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after being stopped for operating a motor vehicle without a valid tag


Timmy Lee was arrested for possession of Methamphetamine after we was pulled over for failure to obey a stop sign

Erica Marie Delacruz was arrested on charges of attempted murder depraved without premeditation. Her bond was set at $250,000

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 8-21-17

August Blood Drives – Come Save Okeechobee Lives

Thurs., Aug. 24 — High School  7:30 – 2:30 Whole Blood and Platelets

Fri., Aug. 25 — Publix,  1:30 – 6:45

Sat., Aug. 26 — Wal Mart,  1:30 – 7:00


Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!


Chobee Volleyball Academy will be holding registration for Recreational (NON travel) Volleyball THIS week. This league is ALL local and super fun! Everyone makes a team and all abilities are welcome. Practices are 1-2 times per week with games on most Saturdays at Osceola Middle School. The cost is $80 total and the season is Sept 9 through October 28th. Find the link to register on our Facebook page and come to the draft on Tuesday 8/15 for ages 12 and under and Thursday 8/17 for ages 13 and up from 6-8pm.



Okeechobee Main Street’s August mixer will be held at the Seminole Brighton Casino, located at, 17735 Reservation Rd, on Thursday August 24th from 5 pm – 7 pm. Come out, and join OKMS for this exciting event! Mixers are a great time to network with others in our community hear what is going on with Okeechobee Main Street, as well as other community organizations. Light refreshments are provided. Also bring a door prize and enter into our drawing!! Monthly mixers are open to the public.

Okeechobee High School Class of 2018 Senior Picture Dates

The following are the only remaining dates for students in the class of 2018 at Okeechobee High School to take their formal and casual pictures. These pictures will be used in the yearbook, Skyward, scholarship booklet, with graduation announcements and in the Okeechobee News. Prestige will be on campus to take pictures but parents or students must make their appointment now.

August 21 (1 pm to 9 pm)

August 22 (1 pm to 9 pm)

August 23 (1 pm to 9 pm)

August 24 (1 pm to 9 pm)

Students have received mailings that included log-in information.

The link to our website is

Students and parents may call 800-749-2796 to schedule their appointments. They may also use their username and pin and schedule online.


Okeechobee County is celebrating it’s Centennial 2017!  Special Events are planned throughout this year to mark this special time in our Community’s history. The Centennial Committee meets the first Monday of every month at noon for planning and discussion. If you would like to become a member of the Committee it is on a volunteer basis outside normal business hours.  Sponsorships are available to help support the Okeechobee County Centennial Committee in making history.  To become a sponsor or for questions regarding any of the events please contact Sharie Turgeon, Facilitator at (863) 763-3959 or


A community 2 day event that includes local business owners, clubs and talent to say a fond farewell to summer. The dates of the event will be Sept 3-4, 2017 from 10 – 3 each day. There will be a parade sponsored by the B.R.A.T club at 10 the morning of Labor Day. There are fun events scheduled  contests and more to come. There will be a number of vendors with great food, arts and crafts, club information and so on.  The admission is free we just ask for you to support the vendors. Parade contact Teresa Chandler Bishop at 863-801-4996 or .Vendor and Parade applications are on our website.


The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be starting a new program for seniors in Hendry/Glades county.  It is a Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program offering a once a month delivery for pick-up of the shelf-stable food for low income seniors who are 60 years or older.   If you would like information about the program, please contact: Annie Noel:  Commodity Supplemental Food Program Coordinator at 239-344-7007 ext. 143 or Bonnie Shop:  Nutrition Site Coordinator for Hope Connections in Buckhead Ridge at  863-763-2404 or come by 30082 East State Road 78  Buckhead Ridge (next to the Fire Dept.)