Senator Denise Grimsley Announces November Mobile Office Hours
Lake Wales — Senator Denise Grimsley’s (R-Sebring) staff will hold “mobile office hours” during the month of November to assist constituents with state agency concerns and to gather public input on legislative issues.
“Our office is on the road to provide services in person for those who need help,” said Senator Grimsley.
The following are the mobile office hours for Senate District 21:
Polk County Mobile Office hours
Wednesday, November 16th
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mulberry Public Library
1st Floor, Civic Center
905 NE 5th Street
Mulberry, FL 33860
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Bartow Public Library
2150 S. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Fort Meade Community Center
10 SW 3rd Street
Fort Meade, FL 33841
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Latt Maxcy Memorial Library
15 North Magnolia Ave.
Frostproof, FL 33843
Okeechobee County Mobile Office hours
Monday, November 21st
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce
55 South Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Senator Grimsley, Deputy Majority Leader for the 2014-2016 legislative term and represents Senate District 21, which consists of Okeechobee, and parts of Highlands, Martin, Osceola, Polk, and St. Lucie counties. Senator Grimsley served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2004-2012 and was elected to the Senate in 2012.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
On Saturday, October 22, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Flagler Park. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost
5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over
6.4 million pounds- about 3,200 tons-of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take
Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or okeesheriff.com.
SFWMD to Hold Media Briefing on Historic Test to Reduce Discharges to Coastal Estuaries
West Palm Beach, FL – South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Chief Engineer John Mitnik will brief the media on an operation to retain additional water in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to reduce the flow of water into Lake Okeechobee. This operation will also guide future implementation of the Kissimmee Headwaters Project which will improve the ecological health of the Kissimmee River.
DATE: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
TIME: 4 p.m.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION:
- Local: (561) 682-6800
Toll Free: (855) 682-6800
CONFERENCE CODE: 996 493 544
SFWMD to Close Lake Okeechobee North Shore Lock for Gate Repair
The Taylor Creek boat lock will be closed for one month
|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 gate repair.|
|WHEN:||The lock will close Sept. 26 and reopen Oct. 27.|
|WHERE:||The S-193 lock is located at the Taylor Creek Mariner’s Access on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee County.|
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 10-21-16
- 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 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
- 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
- Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene will have their Fall Revival Saturday the 22nd at 7:00pm and Sunday the 23rd at 10:30am and 6:00pm. Join them for spiritual renewal and worship with guest speaker Rev. Douglas Kline. They’re also having their Fall Festival on Saturday November 5th from 3-6pm at 425 SW 28th Street. This is a free event and open to the public. They’ll have bounce houses, games, food and fun! Come out for a great time!
- Northside Baptist Church is hosting their 3rd Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29th from 10am until 2pm. Northside is located at 51 NW 98th Street. Bring your family and friends of all ages to join us for a day of fun, games and fellowship. Feel free to call the office Mon-Thurs from 9-4pm at 863-763-3584.
- 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.
Sport Related Events
Ride for the Fight presents Cross Fit – Forging Elite Fitness “Cross fitters Against Cancer” on Saturday October 22nd at Flager Park in Downtown Okeechobee. Featuring Firefighters Against Cancer Competition. Registration begins at 7:00am with the event starting at 8am. There is a $50-dollar entry fee and divisions include scaled, intermediate, and RX. This event is open to all ages and skill levels. They’ll have a poker run, bounce house and food and beverages provided by Zippy’s. For more info go onto their Facebook page, you can also call 863-634-2422 or 863-634-3971
Agri-Civic Center Events
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!