Events

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY LIBRARY EVENTS

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY LIBRARY EVENTS 

206 SW 16TH STREET 863-763-3536

National Adoption Awareness Month

Camelot Community Care will have an informational display available at the Okeechobee Library during the month of November in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month.

Camelot is a non-profit Foster Care agency located in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. A representative from Camelot will be at the Library to provide information and answer questions on:

Friday, November 1st @ 11:00 a.m.
Friday, November 15th @ 4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 22nd @ 11:00 a.m.

After-school Program

November is National Native American Heritage Month. The Okeechobee Library will be celebrating with an afterschool program focusing on stories and activities that recognize Native American authors and traditions.

Native Stories
Friday, November 15th
@ 4:00 p.m.

Programs are free and open to everyone. All afterschool programs require registration. Please call 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up.

Parent participation and supervision is required.

The True Blood Story

Did you know that donating blood can improve your health? Did you know that just one pint of donated blood can save 3 lives?

Learn more about the benefits, facts, and myths about donating blood on Thursday, November 14th @ 4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Okeechobee Blood Roundup.

“Express Yourself” Empowerment Workshop

The Sexual Assault Assistance Program will be hosting an empowerment workshop at the Okeechobee Library on Saturday, November 23rd @ 1:30 p.m.

Group activities will be available to help you empower and rebuild relationships with others, but most importantly with yourself. This workshop will start you on your journey of healing.

All supplies will be provided by the SAAP. Advocates will be present to provide emotional support.

3rd Annual Cookie Swap Party – Sat 12/7 @ 3pm

Get out those baking supplies because it’s time for our 3rd Annual Cookie Swap Party! Bring a dozen of your cookies or desserts to swap with others and take home a box of amazing holiday treats.

This year, the Cookie Swap will be helping Guardian Ad Litem with their Christmas Toy Drive for local foster youth. Please bring a toy to donate during the party.

Winter Concert Series

The Okeechobee Library is happy to present our 2nd annual Winter Concert series. Featuring performers in a variety of musical styles, be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

“Celtic Folk Christmas”
Performer: Living By The Stream
Friday, December 13th @ 4:00 p.m.

“Hits of the 40s, 50s, & 60s”
Performer: Dave Kilbride
Thursday, January 16th @ 4:00 p.m.

“Happy Trails: Songs of the West”
Performer: KG & The Ranger
Thursday, February 6th @ 4:00 p.m.

“Cajun ABC”
Performer: Rickey Pittman
Thursday, February 27th @ 4:00 p.m.

“All Shook Up: Early Hits of Elvis”
Performer: Dave Deluca
Saturday, March 7th @ 4:00 p.m.


SFWMD Intermittently Closing Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail Bridge over S-191 Water Control Structure For Public Safety Maintenance

SFWMD Intermittently Closing Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail Bridge over S-191 Water Control Structure For Public Safety Maintenance

Periodic closures necessary to ensure public safety during construction, access to trail still available  

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – Access to a short section of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail will be intermittently closed for brief periods of time between Nov. 4, 2019 and May 7, 2020 to ensure public safety during maintenance of the S-191 water control structure near Okeechobee.

The bridge over the S-191 structure and about 300 feet of the trail in both directions from the bridge will be intermittently closed for brief periods of less than a week at a time. SFWMD is improving two gates at S-191 and the closure is necessary to ensure public safety.

The closures include:

  • Nov. 4, 2019 through Dec. 5, 2019: the structure will be closed to pedestrians on Mondays through Thursdays and open on Fridays through Sundays.
  • Jan. 13, 2020 through Feb. 6, 2020: the structure will be closed to pedestrians Mondays through Thursdays and open on Fridays through Sundays. The structure will also be open on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Jan. 20, 2020.
  • Feb. 10, 2020 through March 12, 2020: the structure will be closed to pedestrians on Mondays through Thursdays and open on Fridays through Saturdays.
  • April 13, 2020 through May 7, 2020: the structure will be closed to pedestrians on Mondays through Thursdays and open on Fridays through Saturdays.

The structure will reopen permanently to pedestrian traffic on Friday, May 8, 2020.

The public may still access the trail for walking, biking or other recreation.

SFWMD will continue to provide recreation updates to the public whenever new public recreational opportunities become available. To learn more about recreational opportunities on SFWMD-managed land, click HERE.


F.C.A Speaks At Kiwanis (Audio Included)

F.C.A Speaks At Kiwanis (Audio Included)

Caption: from left to right: FCA representatives Caleb Cornett, Chris Regan, Kiwanis President Don Hanna and Kiwanis guest presenter Greg Thogerson.

Area Director Chris Regan and Football Director Caleb Cornett from Fellowship of Christian Athletes spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee recently discussing their expanding presence in Okeechobee. FCA has been active for 65 years and aim to continue to build on their vision for the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a Christ centered organization that challenges coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the platform of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA uses “Character Coaches” to work with local coaches and not talk x’s and o’s but to talk to a higher order.

FCA is present in Okeechobee and working with several programs such as football, basketball and baseball with designs on impacting all sports at the high school and youth levels.

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AREA DIRECTOR CHRIS REGAN SPEAK ON FCA (RUN TIME 2:27)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO FOOTBALL DIRECTOR CALEB CORNETT TALK ABOUT FCA PRESENCE IN OKEECHOBEE (RUN TIME 2:16


Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office on Overdoses

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office on Overdoses

Amid the nationwide opioid emergency, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is issuing an overdose alert as seen by the recent overdoses in Okeechobee County. OCSO responded to eight overdose cases within a three day period. One of the overdose victims unfortunately succumbed to the use of the powerful drug. One deputy was affected by coming in contact with the powerful drug and was treated by EMS. That deputy sustained no permanent injuries.

Of those eight 911 calls, deputies responded to the same address three different times within two days. The first call was received on 9/28/19 at 4:54 pm regarding a female that had overdosed. Less than four hours later, a second 911 call at 8:43 pm was received in reference to a male that had overdosed. And on the following day, 9/29/19, a third 911 call was received at 5:37 pm in reference to the same male overdose victim, less than (24) hours later.

Narcan, a life-saving medication used during an opioid overdose, was used to revive those who suffered from the overdose.

The recent spike in overdoses can be contributed to potent heroin or other narcotics mixed with fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid.

Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stated, “This is a scary place we are at in our society today. All my men and women have to remain vigilant as we attempt to save these individuals from themselves.

It is taxing on our resources as well.  Everybody I had working this weekend, along with numerous extra called into work overtime, were involved in working these overdose cases. We have to prove these individuals injected or ingested the drugs themselves and attempt to discover where their bad drugs come from. This does not allow us to do any other Law Enforcement duties during these times.

Sadly one of the individuals received Narcan Saturday, was transported to Raulerson by EMS, released from Raulerson, overdosed again Sunday, Narcaned and transported to Raulerson again. Monday we had to transport this individual to New Horizons for substance abuse assistance.

I do not know what the answer is at this moment but I feel it’s time we all work together for a solution!!!!”

No further information at this time.

Michele Bell, PIO


Happenings in Okeechobee

Happenings in Okeechobee

We need your help to sell tickets, take tickets, and chauffeur people around the parking in golf carts.As you know we moved our Labor Day Bull Event to Thanksgiving Weekend because of the weather and we added PRCA Bronc Riding event to it. The event starts Friday Nov 29 at 7:30 PM and Saturday Nov 30 at 2:30 PM If you can help Please contact me. We can find a job for anyone that is willing to volunteer their time and it’s for a Great Cause. We are sending out post card invitations for our Annual Christmas Dinner that is being held Thursday Dec 5. This dinner is for the entire Family so plan to attend. For information on volunteering, call Jim Colgan at 863-801-6127


Washington Commits To FAU, Named To ESPN West Palm Top 63 (Audio Included)

Washington Commits To FAU, Named To ESPN West Palm Top 63 (Audio Included)

Caption: Kristina Costanza from ESPN West Palm presents Okeechobee senior Veyon Washington with an invitation to the ESPN West Palm Top 63 List

It was a busy week for Brahman senior Veyon Washington who verballed his commitment to play college football at Florida Atlantic University in the fall of 2020 and was also named by ESPN West Palm as one of the top 63 players of the Palm Beaches and Treasure coast, an area that covers over sixty high schools.

Washington announced on Twitter Sunday night that he is 100% committed to playing for Coach Lane Kiffin at FAU. Veyon sited the attention received from the coaching staff and his experience on campus during a summer camp as his main reasons for choosing the Owls. The plan is for Washington to play defensive back. Washington received interest from several other schools but FAU was the first to offer a scholarship, something that made an impression on him.

On Wednesday, ESPN West Palm came to Okeechobee’s practice to present an invitation to their annual Top 63 banquet spotlighting their list of the top players in the Pam Beaches and Treasure Coast. With his teammates behind him, Washington accepted the invitation from Kristina Costanza. Costanza spoke to the team about what an honor it was not only for Veyon, but Okeechobee as a program to have a player on this list. There are over 60 high schools and a couple thousand football players within the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast Schools.

Washington played several positions last season for the Brahmans including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, kick returner and defensive back. Washington recorded 63 tackles last year and five interceptions. He also tallied over six hundred yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns.

Okeechobee begins their season on August 16th with the preseason Kickoff Classic at Jupiter High School. All games will be broadcast live on WOKC.

CLICK THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO VEYON WASHINGTON TALK ABOUT FAU AND ESPN WEST PALM (RUN TIME 2:04)

CLICK THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO KRISTINA COSTANZA FROM ESPN WEST PALM TALK ABOUT VEYON WASHINGTON MAKING THE TOP 63 LIST (RUN TIME 1:25)