Hunter safety courses offered in 4 counties

Hunter safety courses offered in 4 counties

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in four 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


Oct. 8 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or

Oct. 23 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)


Oct. 22 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Palm Beach

Oct. 2 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Traditional Courses 


Oct. 7 (6 – 10 p.m.), Oct. 8 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) & Oct. 9 (6:30 – 9 a.m.) 

Palm Beach

Oct. 1 & 2 (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

SFWMD to Close Lake Okeechobee North Shore Lock for Gate Repair

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.

Kiwanis Donates To Real Life Children’s Ranch (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Kiwanis Donates To Real Life Children’s Ranch (AUDIO INCLUDED)

From Left To Right: Courtney Moyette, Mark Mayers, Jim Vensel and Dowling Watford

From Left To Right: Courtney Moyette, Mark Mayers, Jim Vensel and Dowling Watford

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held their annual School Supply Drive on July 28th in support of the Real Life Children’s Rach of Okeechobee. For nearly ten years, The Kiwanis Club has collected supplies and monetary donations before the start of each school year. This year the club raised $4000 with the help of two anonymous member donations of $1000 each and $2000 from the rest of the club. The club also brought in several hundred dollars’ worth of school supplies such as notebooks, folders, pens and other supplies.

Real Life Children’s Ranch exists to provide a Christian residential group home that cares for boys and girls who have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected.

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee is a service organization focused on improving the lives of the youth in Okeechobee. The group meets every Thursday afternoon at 12:00pm in the back room at Cowboys Restaurant. Anyone interested in learning more about the club is welcome to attend.


WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-12-16

  • 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
  • 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, 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.
    Tuesday, September 13 IRSC Campus, 11:30 to 5:30
    Saturday, September 17 Walmart, 12:00 to 6:00
    Sunday, September 18 More 2 Life Ministries, Osceola Campus 9:30 to 1:30
    Sunday, September 18 Walmart, 12:00 to 6:00
    Monday, September 19 Publix, 1:30 to 6:30
    Monday, September 19 Walmart, 1:30 to 7:00
    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.

  • The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening September 15, 2016 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber.  The class will last approximately two hours.  Range qualification will take place on Saturday September 17, 2016.  You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during qualification. The costs of the class is $40.00 which must be paid in advance.  You may sign up by clicking on register now.  You may pay for the class online with a credit card or stop by the Chamber and pay for the class with a check or cash.  Those people who sign up and do not pay in advance will not be guaranteed a seat in the class.
  • 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


  • 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!






9.22 Event



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