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Hunter safety courses offered in 4 counties – 10/22 for Okeechobee
News Cast for September 23rd:
Okeechobee commissioners finalized the 94.5-million-dollar budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1st. The county plans to spend nearly 55 million and keep the rest in reserve. 23.4 million will go to public safety with 15.2 million to the sheriff. The clerk of the court will see 1.3 million, the property appraiser 509 thousand, and the tax collected 421 thousand dollars. The property tax rate will drop 2 percent.
- Commissioners also Thursday requested the city consider renaming South East 10th Avenue as Domer Avenue to honor commissioner Ray Domer and his family.
- Agreed to pursue a lease with K L Trees Incorporated to take over the former Wooley Sheds building. The business has operated for 21 years. The annual lease cost could approach 67 thousand dollars per year.
- Proclaimed the month of September as Hunger Action Month in Okeechobee.
- Agreed to extend a contract with St. Lucie County to extend pretrial services that keep people out of jail. The county saved 3 hundred and 94 thousand dollars in the past year. 74 people were supervised out of jail before trial. It costs the county 80 thousand dollars per year. Commissioner Terry Burroughs urged the state attorney to support this program when possible.
- Tabled action on a new rate card for the Ag Civic Center. One suggestion was lowering the daily rate for the arena by 1 hundred dollars. Camping rates were also described as two low by commissioners.
- The commission also wants a beautification project on the Charles Harvey Memorial Highway. They would add benches and canopy a median strip with flower beds and trees, and improved lighting. Federal and state grants will be sought. The multi use trial would be 10 feet wide. The road would also be four laned. They also want to extend the sidewalk down South East 18th Terrace to 441. Construction estimates would be 2 point 8 million.
The county also will consider a 2.8-million-dollar widening and beautification project along Charles Harvey memorial highway that includes new flower beds, benches with shade, new trees, a wider multi use path and a 4 lane highway. They will request federal and state grants. They also want to put the sidewalks down South East 18th Terrace to 441.
Commissioners also tabled action on a new rate card for the Ag Center. One proposal was to reduce the cost to use the arena by 1 hundred dollars per day to 850 dollars. Commissioners expressed some concerns about low camping rates.
The commission also wants the State Attorney to be more supportive of their pretrial release program that saved 394 thousand dollars last year. 74 defendants were supervised out of jail last year. The county agreed to extend their 80 thousand dollar per year contract with St. Lucie County to continue the monitoring program.
The community welcomed the Aldi’s grocery store with a ribbon cutting Thursday. Hundreds of shoppers were lined up outside before the store opened. Store Manager Bobby Wright says he was thrilled with the turnout. 15 employees were hired to operate the store, all full time jobs with benefits.
Hundreds were lined up outside to await the grand opening of the Aldi’s grocery store in Okeechobee Thursday. Company Vice President Chris Hewitt was very impressed with the turnout. The Mayor cut the ribbon on the store, he says it will be a great help to the city. 15 employees, all full time, were hired to operate the store.
Sports Cast for September 23rd:
Mark Youmans caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter and the Brahman defense made that stand up as they defeated South Fork 21-7 in junior varsity football last night.
Youmans says he knew he had the advantage on the corner back on the touchdown throws from QB Matthew Beard. The Brahmans also scored on a 32 yard touchdown run by Veyon Washington. The defense held South Fork to under 50 yards until the final minutes when they scored on a touchdown pass by Ryan Gross.
Defensive back Elton Pelt says everyone on the defense contributed.
Coach Jeff Whitlock says his team struggled down the stretch and must learn to play a full football game.
Tonight the varsity Brahmans host Somerset Academy, a first year football program from Boynton Beach. They are 3-1 on the season playing mostly small schools.
- Yearling at Storm Grove, volleyball and soccer 4:30 pm
- OHS volleyball at Gainesville tournament
- OHS football hosts Somerset Academy 7 pm
- Pahokee football visits Clewiston 7:30 pm
- Glades Central football visits Palm Beach Central 7 pm
- Glades Day football visits Coral Shores High 7:30 pm
- Moore Haven football hosts Community School of Naples 7 pm
- OHS cross country at Mountain Dew Invite in Gainesville
- OHS volleyball at Gainesville tourney
- OYFL at Lake Wales Steelers
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-21-16
- 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
- The Oasis Lounge at the Okeechobee Shrine Club has again opened their doors and we look forward to serving your favorite beverages while you spend a little time winding down the week. Invite your friends and neighbors to meet you for a quick get together or spend some time and enjoy catching up from a busy week. The Oasis Lounge offers an intimate and friendly setting to relax and unwind every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm to 10pm. The Lounge is always open to the public except during times of private leases of the Club. For information contact Kip Gardner at (863)357-0427 or the Okeechobee Shrine Club at (863)763-3378
- Membership! Are you a Main Street member whom has not paid their dues for the 2015-2016 year? Are you not yet a Main Street member? It is easy to become a part of an organization that is dedicated to the Okeechobee community! Visit Main Street at 55 S Parrott Ave or at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org
- On Thursday, October 27, 2016, communities across the nation will join the NOPE Task Force in hosting the Tenth Annual NOPE Candle Light Vigil in memory of those lost to and those suffering from substance abuse. The NOPE Vigil strives to raise awareness and open the doors to recovery by eliminating the prejudice that has followed the disease of addiction; a disease that shows no prejudice to any walk of life or background. With the removal of shame comes the hope for survival. Acceptance of the disease can be humbling to the soul, and, in turn, empowering to those in need, to seek help. If you would like to participate in the Okeechobee NOPE Candlelight Vigil by submitting a photo of a family member or friend please submit the photo to the NOPE website, www.nopetaskforce.org or contact Connie Curry at 763-3117. The deadline for submitting photos is October 1, 2016. Please join us October 27, 2016 at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 Hwy 98 North, at 6:30 p.m. for the NOPE Candlelight Vigil.
- SEPTEMBER BLOOD DRIVES in OKEECHOBEE
Saturday, September 24 Walmart, 12:00 to 5:30
Monday, September 26 Publix, 1:30 to 6:30
Tuesday, September 27 Raulerson Hospital, 1:00 to 6:00
Thursday, September 29 Walmart, 1:30 to 7:00
Friday, September 30 Seacoast Bank, South, 12:00 to 5:30
Sport Related Events
Attention Parents, Coaches, & Sponsors of OCRA: We are happy to announce that we did have enough participants to hold football for ages 4 – 12! Unfortunately, we did not have enough participants for cheer or our 13 – 15 age group, and will be issuing full refunds to those parents as soon as possible.That being said, we will be tryouts and uniform fittings on Saturday, September 24th during the following times:
- Ages 04-06 Fitting: 09:00 am to 09:45 am
Ages 04-06 Tryout: 10:00 am to 10:30 am
- Ages 07-09 Fitting: 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Ages 07-09 Tryout: 11:00 am to 11:30 am
- Ages 10-12 Fitting: 11:00 am to 11:45 am
Ages 10-12 Tryout: 12:00 am to 12:30 am
Reminder: ALL children trying out WILL be placed on a team. This is just our opportunity to do our best to distribute the talent evenly.
- Okeechobee Health Department is having an upcoming 5K event that we will be hosted in Okeechobee on Saturday, September 24th. The event will be held at the Taylor Creek Water Treatment Facility (which is actually a really beautiful creek and wildlife area) from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This 5K is a walk or run event and is intended to raise awareness for maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. We will also be giving away free T-shirts, water bottles and visors (more gifts may be available in the future). For more info, contact the OHD.
Agri-Civic Center Events