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News Cast for November 24th:
Big O Hike is on! Hikers are making their way around the Northern parts of Lake Okeechobee this week. Sunday’s rain did not dampen any spirits. Photo by Paul Cummings. There were two hikes Sunday, an official one and “the Wimp Walk,” which is a shorter fee free walk for beginners. This years wimp walk was on the Rafael Sanchez Trail, “A beautiful little trail from Port Mayaka north,” says Paul Cummings, a Florida Trail Association volunteer hike leader and FTA Loxahatchee Chapter Board Member. Other chapter members and participants from the general public are camping out in the lake area and will be taking daily walks for the next few days. They finish by attending a group Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Hiking in paradise is truly something for which to be thankful, rain or shine!
City police reported a fatal wreck near the intersection of South Parrott Avenue and South West 7th Steet last Thursday. 31 year old Robert Alfano of Valrico was south bound in a Toyota sedan when he collided with a semi-tractor trailer making a left turn onto 441. Cops say Alfano was rushed to Lawnwood regional medical center where he died late Thursday. About 10 thousand dollars in property damage was reported to the truck operator, 68 year old Alberto Hernandez Vasquez of Snyder, Texas. Cops say they smelled marijuana coming from the sedan and also located a backpack that included some marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Glades County deputies served a warrant on 28 year old Adam Osceola of Brighton that includes alleged crimes from Okeechobee, Glades and Desoto counties last week. Osceola faces three counts of dealing in stolen property and three counts of theft of a commercial farm animal. It alleged Osceola sold stolen cattle on January 26th in Okeechobee, and February 11th in Desoto County. Bond was set at 1 hundred and 5 thousand dollars.
A 21 year old St. Petersburg man was killed in rural Highlands County near Lorida in a single vehicle crash Friday night. Troopers say Tylor McCue was west bound near the intersection of Pine Island Ranch Road, when he lost control of the Ford Taurus, it left the road and struck a utility pole.
Jobless rates continued to decline in October by half a percent in Okeechobee to 6 percent and to 6.6 percent in Glades county, reduction of point 6 percent. The state report showed 139,000 residents of Okeechobee collected benefits and 320 in Glades County. The report said 16,277 people had jobs in Okeechobee and 4,548 in Glades County.
The State rate dropped from 5.4 to 5.1 percent.
Around the big lake Hendry County had 9.4 percent, Palm Beach County 4.9 percent and Martin County 5.1 percent.
Sports Cast for November 24th:
Demetrius Clark had 25 points and Bubba Fludd had 12 points and 6 assists to lead Okeechobee to a 72-61 victory over Pahokee Friday night to push their record to 3-0 on the season.
Okeechobee played well in the first half as they built a 40-22 lead.
Coach Demetri Riles said his team’s defense slipped a little in the second half. Zachary Kielbasa had 11 points off the bench, and Shaquoy Ferrol had 10 points and five rebounds for Okeechobee.
Clark said the team holds each other accountable and really works on finishing ball games
Okeechobee also won the junior varsity contest 56-50 and the freshman contest as well.
Girls basketball won at Clewiston both varsity and junior varsity.
Osceola middle school broke a school record as they held Moore Haven scoreless in girls’ hoops last Thursday, in a 34-0 victory. LaFasia Smith had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for Osceola. She said the team is improved over last year.
Brook Julian had nine steals, five points and five rebounds and Piper Hans added six rebounds, five points and four steals for Osceola.
Girls’ basketball hosts Jensen Beach at 6 pm tonight.
Boys’ basketball visits Hardee County with JV at 5:30 and varsity to follow
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 11-20-15
- 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 Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge (2405 Hwy. 441 S.E.) will be hosting Texas Hold-em Tournaments beginning on each Tuesday. The games help to support the “Dogs and Cats Forever” no kill animal shelter in Pt. St. Lucie. Signin is at 7:00P.M. and games start promptly at 7:30P.M. Buy-in is $20.00. Bar Service and food is available for purchase. For more information, call Patty at 772-519-2263. Look forward to seeing you.
- Small Business Saturday is November 28th, 2015 a day for our community to come together and support our local businesses. By supporting our local businesses we keep our citizens employed and the local economy flourishing. There will be a FREE kick-off breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County starting at 8:30. The chamber will be the hub of information for our local shoppers as the Chamber will be handing out information on all the businesses participating. Every business participating will have some sort of value offer!, Okeechobee’s small businesses are asking that instead of leaving town to shop ‘Black Friday’ that you stay in town and ‘Shop Small Saturday’.
- The 32nd annual Christmas Boat Parade is Saturday night December 19, 2015. All are welcome to participate. Decorate your boat including lights and meet on Taylor Creek by Burger King and Hwy 70 by 5:30. Parade starts at 6 pm. The parade goes south on Taylor Creek to the locks and turns left ending at the VFW. For more info call Arnie: 863-824-0681.
- This is a call to writers for a short story contest. This contest is open to all ages and is being held in conjunction with Okeechobee Main Street 2016 Top of the Lake Art Fest. Prize for first place and winner will be announced at the Top of the Lake Art Fest. Deadline for submission: Dec. 28, 2015. Entry form and guidelines available at OKMS office or online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org
Sport Related Events
- Teen Driver Challenge will have training days on December 11th-12th, first day is a four hour block and the second day is an eight hour block. The training will be at the Okeechobee Driver’s Ed Pad at the High School. They’ll learn service and maintenance, techniques on vehicle control, crash avoidance, and lots more. Students must have either a permit or driver’s license. Certificate of completion can be given to your insurance company for a possible reduction in cost. All instructors are OCSO deputies. They’ll more training sessions on January 8th-9th, February 12th-13th, March 11th-12th and April 8th-9th. for details on how to register, call 863-763-2131 ext 1204.
- The Chobee Wildcats will roar again in 2016. The team will join an 8 on 8 youth tackle program this winter to try and keep the skills of our young football players sharp. Signups for the league will be held on December 12th from 9 am until 1 pm at the skate board park in Okeechobee. The league will be open to boys and girls ages 6-14. The local league will have four teams, one for ages 6-7, another for ages 7-9, a third for 10-12, and the final for boys and girls ages 13 and 14. The Okeechobee league will also host a large jamboree on January 23, 2016 at the youth soccer complex across from North Elementary School. Last year 10 different leagues attended the jamboree in Okeechobee. For more information call 863-801-6014.
If you’re a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event please send all of your information to 210 WN Park St. Suite 102, email it in at email@example.com or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!