~ Watch out drivers, little ghouls are haunting the roads ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Everyone loves a good Halloween scare, but not when it comes to safety. Friday, trick-or-treaters will be out haunting the neighborhoods, and the Florida Highway Patrol is reminding motorists and pedestrians to use extreme caution and to safely share the road.

Parents and drivers should take extra care in safeguarding children. Low visibility and heavy pedestrian traffic can make Halloween roadways a bit “tricky;” These safety tips can help keep this holiday a “treat.”

• Pay attention and eliminate distractions; turn off the radio and put down the phone.
• Be patient and slow down. Costumes may impair a child’s ability to see and hear approaching cars, preventing them from getting out of the roadway quickly.
• Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks.
• Enter and exit driveways slowly and always check behind your vehicle before backing.
• Keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters who may suddenly dart into traffic from between parked cars.
• Remember that children will be excited and may forget to “stop, look and listen” before they cross the street.
• Be seen! Carry a flashlight, wear bright clothing, and put reflective tape on costumes and goody bags.
• Use sidewalks whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic as close to the curb as possible.
• Remind children to never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.
• Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones or text while walking.
• Children under the age of 12 should not trick-or-treat unsupervised. Walk with your trick-or-treaters and hold the hands of young children. Review pedestrian safety with teens if they trick-or-treat without supervision.

For more Halloween safety tips, visit

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit, follow us on Instagram at FLHSMV, Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.

Crosstalk a Non-Profit Organization Helping Women Incarcerated

Crosstalk a Non-Profit Organization Helping Women Incarcerated

Crosstalk is a non-profit organization under the direction of Donna Burk, that ministers to women in the local jail and prisons throughout Florida. We go in to the jail every week and communicate via mail.  We help with clothing and personal hygiene items also when the ladies are released from custody. We show these women who have been used, abused, and torn down that they are not worthless and life can change for the better. Everything we do is by donations and fundraising, which is why we are asking if we would be permitted to advertise on air asking for donations for our upcoming yard sale that we would like to advertise when it nears the event date.

Seminole Casino Brighton to Host Job Fair

Seminole Casino Brighton to Host Job Fair

Monday, November 10

BRIGHTON, Fla. (October 23, 2014) – Seminole Casino Brighton will host a job fair on Monday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the casino.

The casino is searching for talented, service-driven individuals, and will be holding on-site interviews for the following current or upcoming positions: chef, line cook, food and beverage supervisors and managers, bartenders, servers, human resource personnel, security staff and managers, Poker dealers and supervisors and phone operators.

Anyone with casino gaming experience or who is looking for part-time work is encouraged to apply.

Team members receive a generous benefits package, including health care benefits, competitive wages, 401K, tuition reimbursement, free uniforms and more.

Job fair participants must be 18 years of age or older and should bring a copy of their résumé to the job fair. For detailed information about available jobs, and to submit an application, visit

Operation Safe ATV 11/1-2


On November 1st and November 2nd, 2014, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from Florida Wildlife Commission will be conducting Operation Safe ATV. This will take place on the Viking Properties, located in the northwest area of Okeechobee County, Florida.

The overall objectives for this operation will be to remind anyone that operates an ATV to exercise good common sense and to adhere to proper usage laws. The operation will also target the recent damage done in the area and inform everyone where they are allowed to ride.

The importance of using safety equipment, underage drinking, reckless usage, possession of weapons and open containers will also be addressed with riders. Those not in compliance, will be issued citations and or face being arrested.

Undersheriff Noel Stephen stated, “This operation is being conducted in a rural section of our county that has been increasing in population over the past several years.  We are experiencing some non-residents that want to bring their ATVs and operate them recklessly along the roadways in this area.  This type of activity is destroying property, roadways and creating havoc for those residents.  This operation will notify these individuals of the laws and that this type of activity will not be condoned.”

Michele Bell, PIO

Seminole Museum Hosts 17th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration (AIAC) in Big Cypress November 7-8

Seminole Museum Hosts 17th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration (AIAC) in Big Cypress November 7-8

Indigenous Cultural Explosion in the Everglades to Feature Native American Arts, Crafts, and Live Entertainment

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Fla. (October 16, 2014) – The Seminole Tribe of Florida Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is pleased to announce the return of the highly anticipated annual American Indian Arts Celebration (AIAC) November 7th and 8th.  Now in its 17th year, the AIAC is one of the top festivals in the Southeast.

The event will feature an exciting array of artisans, food vendors, children’s craft activities, musical performances, dance demonstrations, a wildlife booth, and Native American camp life recreations. The Indian market will showcase some of the finest native craftsmen from around the country including prize-winning Seminole artisans. Daily performances will include an opening ceremony by Seminole Tribal elder Bobby Henry and his team of Stomp Dancers, Gordon Wareham with storytelling and flute playing, and Seminole musical acts including Paul “Cowbone” Buster, Ted Nelson, Sr., and Hybiskus.  In addition, our daily roster includes Polynesian Proud Productions providing authentic Polynesian entertainment and Nakotah LaRance– a 6 time World Hoop Dance Champion and Native American Actor.   The Museum’s very own Van Samuels will emcee the festivities.  Saturday’s line-up will additionally include special performances by the James Billie Band and the Osceola Brothers Band, and a skateboarding contest and skate parade to correspond with our current Smithsonian exhibit: Ramp it Up—Skateboard Culture in Native America.

The event will take place on the festival grounds across from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.

Admission is $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors and students. Children four years and under and Museum members are free. Admission includes entrance to the event and the Museum. Parking is ample and free.

For more information on the 17th Annual AIAC please visit or contact Carrie Dilley at 863-902-1113 extension 12211 or


WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 10-29-14

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  • Habitat for Humanity is currently looking for someone to write grants for them. They are also looking for anyone who would like to donate furniture, household items, building supplies, etc. They have moved to the building 2 blocks west of W&W Lumber. For more information, stop by or call 863-634-1686.
  • 4-H is starting back for the Klever K Nines. They’re looking forward to seeing lots of new and familiar faces this year. They have lot of new and exciting things coming up. If your child would like to join please contact Natalie Travers at 772 -919-5893. For those of you in the club last year the awards banquet is coming up fast, please get with me and the extension office to get your tickets.
  • 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.
  • Bits and Spurs 4-H is looking for young riders ages 8 – 18 to join the Bits and Spurs Drill Team.  We already have 3 shows to perform in beginning in January.  Our group rides every Tuesday and Thursday night at My Sin Ranch from 6 – 8 pm, weather permitting.  All levels of riders are welcome to come join our 4-H Club.  This is a fun way to get some ride time on your horse and form great friendships with people who LOVE horses.  Please call Laura for more information, 863-801-3599.
  • The Okeechobee Adventist Christian School is having their annual Apple Fundraiser. If you love fresh-picked, direct from the orchard apples, then these Michigan apples are for you! Please call Linda @ 863-610-0165 for details.
  • The Gathering hosts “Joy in the Mourning” a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one. The event is every Tuesday at 2pm at the Gathering located at 1735 SW 24th Ave. For more info call Gale @ 863-623-8504.
  • TRUNK OR TREAT will be on Halloween this year, October 31st from 5pm to 10pm! This is a community wide even to offer a safe alternative to door to door trick or treating. Churches from around Okeechobee have been invited to participate as well as other non-profit organizations. Vehicles will be backed into parking spaces on the south side of the parks with their trunks decorated as booths for candy. Some will even have games to play! Along with candy, booths in the parks will have musical performances, puppet shows, popcorn and snow cones as well as a hay maze. This event is free to the community.
  • The Heartland Volkswagen Club will sponsor a Meet and Greet at Lake Placid American Legion Post #25, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake Placid, FL 33852, Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend and bring your Volkswagen if you have one. Vintage Volkswagens will be on display, club members will be present to answer questions about the club and Volkswagens, and complimentary finger foods will be served. Drinks will be available at the Legion bar. The purpose of the Meet and Greet is to bring together Volkswagen owners, wannabe owners, and lovers of Volkswagens. Membership applications and a split the pot drawing will also be available. For additional information, contact Dennis Anderson, (863) 763-6069, or Jim Dalke (863) 381-1799.

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.
  • Paddock Farms is “driving on” ! Learn how to drive your horse, racing, obstacles and more! Paddock Farms will be available every weekend after to teach you about how to drive your horse. Must be 18 years of age or older, all horses brought to the Paddock Farms must have a negative coggins test and you will be asked to sign a waiver. Not sure if your horse could race? You will have the option to have your horse evaluated. Don’t have a horse? No problem, they’ll provide them for you. No experience is necessary. No horse? No harness? No problem! Call Nancy at 863-634-1440 or 863-634-1438 for more information.

Agri-Civic Center Events

Friday 10/31/14                OYLS Cattle Battle & Market Goat Bonanza,  Youth from around the State compete showing cattle and market goats. Cattle Showmanship 5:00 PM Friday

Saturday 11/1/14       Market Goat Showmanship 8:30 AM Saturday, with the Market Goat show immediately after. Steer show Saturday 10:00AM, after the Market Goat show, Florida Junior Brahman Association point show, Heifer & Bull show after steers

Tuesday 11/4/14              There will be no recreational riding due to setup for the Okeechobee Ag Venture. The next recreational riding night will be Thursday November 20th.    

Wednesday 11/5/14       Okeechobee Ag Venture;  Ag-venture is a free program which provides a great opportunity for 4th graders Thursday 11/6/14  (public, private and home schooled) to gain experience, understanding and appreciation of our local agricultural industry. For more information got to

Friday 11/7/14 -Sunday 11/9/14    Stierwalt Show Cattle Clinic Through these clinics provide a hands-on course for youth livestock competitors to learn proven techniques and tips on clipping, hoof trimming, show day dressing, showmanship, feeding and general care. In the 23 years running, this clinic has been continually updated and improved in order to bring you the best and most sought after clinic you can attend. These clinics are an excellent crash course on everything in the show cattle industry

Saturday 11/15/14 & Sunday 11/16/14  Okeechobee Outdoor Sports Expo   All things outdoors in one location. Hunting, fishing, boating, ATV’s/UTV’s, trucks, boats, RV’s and more. Demonstrations on fly fishing and casting, concealed carry license class, Women in the Outdoors, baby alligator and reptile educational show, and entertainment by Nashville recording artist Tom Jackson Band. A variety of food will be available on site $5.00 admission for adults, children 9 and under are free

Thursday 11/20/14          Recreational riding for local residents  6:30 – 9:30 PM $10.00 per rider, and you MUST have a current coggins certificate

Friday 11/21/14    Turnin’ N Burnin’ Fall Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race. Exhibition runs start at 5:00 PM.  Barrel Race starts at 7:30 PM. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend

Saturday 11/22/14      Turnin’ N Burnin’ Jackpot Barrel Race & Speed Show. Exhibition runs start at 3:00 PM. Barrel Race starts at 5:00 PM, Speed Show follows the barrel race. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend

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 or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!




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