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Billy Dean with Donald Hagan and Robert Peterson of the Okeechobee County Police Department!

News Cast for July 21st:

Arrests today include

  • 20 year old Gabriel Perez of Moore Haven, accused of driving to Okeechobee to meet with a 15 year old girl and have sexual relations. Charges include four counts of lewd and lascivious battery and four counts of computer solicitation of a minor.
  • 28 year old Erica Delacruz is charged with attempted murder.  She allegedly stabbed her husband with an 8 inch knife in the chest overnight Tuesday. Manuel Alvarez was flown to Lawnwood for treatment.   Authorities are unsure what prompted the argument between the two at a home on North West 20th Avenue.

Okeechobee county commissioners Thursday:

  • Set the tentative tax millage at the roll back rate and don’t  plant to collect additional property taxes this year.
  • Commissioners did extend local option gas taxes that add 5 cents to each gallon of fuel sold to help pay for local road and drainage work.
  • The county is considering hiring another code enforcement officer to check that contractors pull permits.  The county has learned that permit fee revenues are not increasing despite an increase in construction activity.
  • Commissioners rezoned 271 acres to agriculture on North East 31st Lane for a family ranch.
  • Commissioner Brad Goodbread urged the county to repair North East 80th Avenue.
  • Commissioner Bryant Culpepper urged the county to place a drop box at the animal shelter so residents can drop off cats and dogs after hours.
  • The county also signed off on modifications to the Okeechobee Utility authority interlocal agreement and a deal to allow the utility board to meet in the commission chambers for the next six months.

Sheriff Noel Stephen plans to apply for Federal Cops grants to hire four new deputies.  He wants to create a criminal apprehension team to work on special projects like speed enforcement, extra patrols at the sports complex and lock 7, and more patrols in high crime areas.  The cost of the deputies would be over a quarter of a million per year with the federals pay 2/3 of the salary for the next three years.

Sports Cast for July 21st:

Cade Pearce won the MVP trophy for boy’s tennis. The freshman really enjoys the sport and thought it was a good decision to join the team. He said his goal in the off season is to improve his endurance and also continue improvement on his volley game. He says he had to play a number of older strong players this year, but was able to hold his own.

He plans to recruit some younger players to join the team next year as they build the program.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 7-11-17

Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!

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In July, the Harry Chapin Food Bank will be starting a new program for seniors in Hendry/Glades county.  It is a Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program offering a once a month delivery for pick-up of the shelf-stable food for low income seniors who are 60 years or older.   If you would like information about the program, please contact: Annie Noel:  Commodity Supplemental Food Program Coordinator at 239-344-7007 ext. 143 or Bonnie Shop:  Nutrition Site Coordinator for Hope Connections in Buckhead Ridge at  863-763-2404 or come by 30082 East State Road 78  Buckhead Ridge (next to the Fire Dept.)

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Okeechobee Main Street’s July mixer will be held at The Brahma Bull Restaurant and Lounge, located at, 2405 HWY 441 SE, on Tuesday July 18th from 5 pm – 7 pm. This mixer will be their “Christmas in July” and everyone is asked to bring Toys, Food Donations, and Donations of any amount as well. All is greatly appreciated! Mixers are a great time to network with others in our community hear what is going on with Okeechobee Main Street, as well as other community organizations. Light refreshments are provided and you can enter into our 50/50 drawing that will take place at our December mixer.  Also bring a door prize and enter into our drawing!! Monthly mixers are open to the public.

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Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network. This organization is where you can relax, without a care in the world. You get the share ideas, tell about great experiences with others in our Network, learn about new projects and upcoming events and offers. They meet at Cowboys, 202 NE 7th Ave., the next meeting will be in July 21 You will have time to share, pass out business cards and flyers then get to tell about YOUR business.  We also have a small gift exchange.  Need more information? Call Raye, 863-467-2557

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Okeechobee County is celebrating it’s Centennial 2017!  Special Events are planned throughout this year to mark this special time in our Community’s history. The Centennial Committee meets the first Monday of every month at noon for planning and discussion. If you would like to become a member of the Committee it is on a volunteer basis outside normal business hours.  Sponsorships are available to help support the Okeechobee County Centennial Committee in making history.  To become a sponsor or for questions regarding any of the events please contact Sharie Turgeon, Facilitator at (863) 763-3959 or tourism@co.okeechobee.fl.us.

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A community 2 day event that includes local business owners, clubs and talent to say a fond farewell to summer. The dates of the event will be Sept 3-4, 2017 from 10 – 3 each day. There will be a parade sponsored by the B.R.A.T club at 10 the morning of Labor Day. There are fun events scheduled  contests and more to come. There will be a number of vendors with great food, arts and crafts, club information and so on.  The admission is free we just ask for you to support the vendors. Parade contact Teresa Chandler Bishop at 863-801-4996 or  tchandler@wm.com .Vendor and Parade applications are on our website.