Operation Safe ATV 10/25-26 & 11/1-2


On October 25th and 26th, and 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


KOA and Lazydays RV Partner For First ‘Oktoberfest at Okeechobee’ Rally in Florida October 17-20

KOA and Lazydays RV Partner For First ‘Oktoberfest at Okeechobee’ Rally in Florida October 17-20

This October, the Okeechobee KOA Campground will be transformed into a Bavarian festival for the first KOA/Lazydays RV Oktoberbest at Okeechobee RV Rally.

The event will be held Oct. 17-20 at the campground, one of KOA’s flagship locations in Florida. The rally will include more than 350 sites at the KOA and will have fun activities, workshops, cooking demontrations, entertainment, a Lazydays RV show and catered meals.

Oktoberfest at Okeechobee is a joint effort between KOA and Lazydays, in partnership with Fantasy RV Tours. The event is part Expo, part carnival.

The price of the rally includes access to all Oktoberfest events, including catered pool parties and meals, the Oktoberbest Beer Garden, daily live entertainment, prize drawings, a tennis tournament and clinic, water aerobics classes, a Lazydays RV show, RV tips and tricks seminars, cooking and photography workshops, a pet parade, Bingo for KOA Care Camps for children with cancer, open house tours of KOA deluxe cabins and park models, special craft classes and a last-day mimosa brunch.

“This will be a great chance for campers to enjoy a true rally atmosphere while staying at one of our best KOA campgrounds,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “KOA camping is all about relationships and the fun of interacting with other campers. Rallies like Oktoberfest at Okeechobee can be a showcase for great KOA camping.”

“Lazydays is proud to be partnering with KOA to present this incredible rally to our loyal customers,” said John Lebbad, chief marketing officer for Lazydays RV.

Costs are $495 for two people with an RV; $395 for one person with an RV; and $235 for each additional person.

For more information, call 1-866-265-7289.

OUA Press Release Regarding Tap Water


Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after October 6, 2014. These conditions will last thru October 20, 2014.

These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should contact you local tropical fish store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium.

The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okeechobee Utility Authority.

If additional information is needed, contact Kevin Rogers at 763-3239. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.


WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 10-20-14



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Northside Baptist Church is hosting their Fall Festival on Saturday October 25th 11am-3pm at Northside Baptist Church which is located 6.2 miles north of the intersection of SR 70 & 441 at 51 NW 98th St Fun activities, food and drink for the whole family, along with popcorn, cotton candy, games, bounce house & more! For more information call 763-3584.
  • The First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton will be hosting a Fall Revival on October 22nd through October 26th beginning at 7pm with Evangelist Reverend Fred Lowe, special music nightly. The church is located at 20060 Reservation Rd (721). Everyone is welcome, for more info call 863-357-0013
  • Buckhead Ridge VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting this  Children’s Halloween Party on Saturday , October 25th from 2-4pm at their Post located at 29012 State Road 78 West. Costume prizes, Bobbing for Apples, Pumpkin  decorating , Games, Food, Drinks and Treats. Bring your children out for this event.  We support our local Community plus Veterans and Family. Any questions call the post at 467-2882
  • October 28, 2014 Applebee’s will host our Halloween Business After Hours!We I’ll be having several contests this evening! Get creative and start working on a costume for the Costume Contest! Put your Chef hats on and bake your best tasting PUMPKIN DESERT to be judged at the event and finally pull out your Carving tools and paint, get CREATIVE and DECORATE your PUMPKIN and enter it in the BEST DECORATED PUMPKIN contest (bring pumpkins ready carved and decorated) Prizes will be awarded. We had a great time last year and hope you can join us! For any information on any of the Chamber of Commerce Events go to: Business After Hours is one of our most popular networking events. These events bring together members of the business community in a fun filled atmosphere designed to encourage networking and interaction while enjoying delectable food and drink.
  • 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.

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

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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