Every 40 second a child goes missing…
A Child Is Missing is an alert program that assists law enforcement in saving the lives of children, the elderly (often with Alzheimer’s), disabled persons and college students via a rapid-response neighborhood alert program utilizing high-tech telephone systems. In the event the system is utilized you would receive a phone call with the following sample alert message: “This is the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. We are currently searching for a missing child in your area. Her name is Jane Doe, a three year old white female, three-feet two-inches tall, 35 pounds, with short blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing white shorts and a pink shirt at 100 Main Street in Okeechobee today at 9:00 a.m. We need your help. Please check your yard, complex, and vehicle and if you have any information, call the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s office at (863)763-3117. Thank you for your help.”
In the past when calls were utilized, only home phones were reachable. Although not a new program, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage everyone to sign up for alerts on their cell phones. You can do this by clicking on www.achildismissing.org/.
Michele Bell, PIO
Imagine Lake Okeechobee as a National Monument
Imagine Lake Okeechobee as a national monument. It’s a new solution presented by one woman running for Congress in Florida…
Could designating Lake O a national monument solve water releases?
Posted: Apr 06, 2016 12:14 AM EDT
By Andrea Hubbell, ReporterCONNECT NBC-2
Imagine Lake Okeechobee as a national monument. It’s a new solution presented by one woman running for Congress in Florida.
A strategy April Freeman says aims to go over the heads of Florida politicians or people who may have their hand in sugar land.
When she announced, advocates cheered.
“Buy the land, send it south,” advocates chanted at Freeman.
“This problem is not science-based, the problem is political,” said John Scott, a water-quality advocate.
Congressional candidate Freeman says she has been following the Okeechobee concerns for year.
“The poisonous water being released from the lake goes through the Caloosahatchee River back here is killing the protected wetlands,” said Freeman.
Freeman told us she found out California was granted three new national monuments last year and thought Lake O could be a good option for the same ruling.
“I have come to the conclusion that makes perfect sense to designate Lake Okeechobee as a national monument through presidential executive order,” Freeman said.
Agricultural engineer John Capece said it could work, but there would be other concerns which wouldn’t be addressed.
“I don’t expect things to change overnight,” Capece said.
April Freeman says she’s already started an online petition to make Lake Okeechobee a national monument.
In the next 60 days, she must get at least 100,000 signatures to ensure the president will hear her request.
Article with Video Report: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/31652825/could-designating-lake-o-a-national-monument-solve-water-releases
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Please read the following in its entirety and the attached flyer:
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving an increased number of frauds and scams. Learn how to protect yourself from scams and frauds.
It’s not always easy to spot con artists. They are smart, extremely persuasive and aggressive. They invade your home through the telephone, the internet and the mail; advertise in well-known newspapers and magazines; and knock on your door. Most people think they’re too smart to fall for a scam. But con artists rob all kinds of people. Cons, scams and frauds disproportionately victimize seniors with false promises of miracle cures, financial security and luxury prizes. One easy rule to remember: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS! (National Crime Prevention Council)
If you receive a call, DO NOT SEND MONEY, until you have determined the call is legitimate.
Please share this with family and friends.
Michele Bell, PIO
Active in Okeechobee
2016 Summer Activity Guide
Summer already? It will be soon enough. What activities have you planned for your children this summer? How about your teens? The Shared Services Network (SSN) released the 2016 Summer Activity Guide on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
A copy of the guide has been sent home with every student in the Okeechobee County School System. Our hope is that this guide will assist you in finding activities to keep your children safe, supervised and active this summer.
If you would like a copy or more information about this guide, please call Erin Moore (863) 462-5000 ext. 257, Shared Services Network of Okeechobee
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 6-2-16
- Okeechobee Christian Church would like to invite children between the ages of 3 years old through the fifth grade to this year’s exciting “Cave Quest” Vacation Bible School where the theme will be “Following Jesus, the Light of the world.” The “Cave Quest” event will be hosted at the church, located at the intersection of SE 18th Terrace and SE 28th Street, from June 20th to June 24th beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 8:30 pm each day. At “Cave Quest,” kids explore what it means to follow Jesus through dark times. They will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one of a kind Bible adventures and test out sciency-fun gizmos that they’ll take home and enjoy all summer. Plus, the kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Cave Quest Closing that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 8:15 pm. Children may register at the door the first evening that they attend. Call the Church @863-467-7858 for more information or call Arlene @ 863-801-1923.
- 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 www.okeechobeemainstreet.org
- Okeechobee Main Street Presents the Art & Wine Walk of 2016. This casual summer experience will take guests through various participating businesses located in the Okeechobee downtown area. Each business will have a featured artist showcasing their art work or music. Businesses will offer guests wine tasting, appetizers and promotional offers. Save the date for Saturday June 18, 2016 from 4-7pm. Tickets are now available online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org and at the Chamber of Commerce/Main Street office located at 55 S Parrott Ave. Main Street looks forward to seeing everyone on Park Street!
Sport Related Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!