Hunter safety courses offered in 6 counties -April Classes

Hunter safety courses offered in 6 counties

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in six counties. (List follows.)

All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

Internet-completion Courses


April 1 (7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

April 8 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

April 23 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)


April 1 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)


April 23 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)


April 8 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Palm Beach

April 9 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)


Traditional Courses


April 28 (6 – 9 p.m.)

April 29 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

April 30 (6:30 – 9 a.m.)

Palm Beach

April 8 – 9 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

The specific locations for these classes will be given to those who register in advance. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122.

RoadWatch Advisory – Lane Closure – Summer 2017

RoadWatch Advisory – Lane Closure

SR 78 over Kissimmee River Bridge

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


SR 78 over Kissimmee River Bridge:  Construction project: Motorists should expect alternating eastbound and westbound lane closures on SR 78 over Kissimmee River Bridge for the duration of this project. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during construction, and motorists will take turns crossing the bridge. Traffic control lights will be used to notify motorists of their turn to cross the bridge. The travel lane will be reduced to 12 feet during construction, so wide loads will not be able to cross the bridge. This lane closure is necessary for crews to make necessary updates to the bridge. Improvements include updating the bridge infrastructure, replacing the deck grating and refreshing the paint. Motorists should expect delays and use caution as crews work in the roadway. Work is expected to be completed in summer 2017

SFWMD to Close Lake Okeechobee North Shore Lock for Underwater Inspections

SFWMD to Close Lake Okeechobee North Shore Lock for Underwater Inspections

The Taylor Creek boat lock will be closed for two days

WHAT: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close the S-193 lock at Taylor Creek on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee for underwater inspections by divers.
WHEN: The lock will be closed March 20 and March 21, 2017.
WHERE:  The S-193 lock is located at the Taylor Creek Mariner’s Access on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee County.

Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County Request for Proposal

Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County

Request for Proposal

The Children’s Services Council announces they are seeking proposals from public agencies and legally incorporated not-for-profit and for profit agencies.  Any agency that receives funding for KCSpecial Projects and Summer Programs are also required to attend the meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 The purpose of these proposals is to improve and expand services to the children of Okeechobee County by providing new, expanded or continued services for priority need areas.  This year there will be approximately $350,000.00 available to fund these proposals.

The schedule for the proposals is as follows:

  • March 14, 2017 4:00 p.m. Request for Proposal Meeting

Okeechobee County School Board, Room 303

Application forms available to be picked up at this meeting. There may be more than two Children’s Services Council members attending this meeting.

Any questions should be directed to Cheryl Sutton, Secretary to the Executive Director of Children’s Services Council at 863-462-5000, extension 239 or Cathleen Blair, Executive Director, at 863-610-0176.

Gilbert Chevrolet Teaming Up with Ripken Baseball Clinics 3-23

Gilbert Chevrolet Teaming Up with Ripken Baseball Clinics

Gilbert Chevrolet to provide Okeechobee’s youth with a Free Baseball Clinic and financial assistance to OHS Softball Program

Okeechobee, February 14, 2017 – Gilbert Chevrolet is partnering with Cal Ripken Baseball to provide a free baseball clinic for Okeechobee’s youth as part of the national Chevy Youth Baseball program.  In addition, Gilbert Chevrolet is teaming with the OHS Softball Program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, and an opportunity for community members to earn additional funds for the softball program via a Test Drive fundraiser.

The FREE instructional baseball clinic will be held Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex.  This clinic is op to all boys and girls ages 6-14.  Participants should wear athletic apparel and tennis shoes and bring their own glove.  Early registration is required and the clinic is limited to the first 200 children.

Family members are strongly encouraged to attend the entire clinic and support their child.  To register, visit, select market “West Palm Beach, and enter password “playball”.  Additional information, including detailed location information and itineraries, are also available at that website.

“We are proud to be able to bring our community closer to the game and support the development of the kids in our community through the joy of play,” said Christa Luna, owner of Gilbert Chevrolet.

For more information, please contact J.D. Mixon at 863-824-3612.

WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 3-6-17

  • 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 invites 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
  • 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!






WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country

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