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- City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day. Our website, cityofokeechobee.com allows you access 24/7. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 8 AM. Have a Safe Holiday.
- OCRA IS HAVING THEIR MONTHLY MEETING THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT 7:30PM IN THE SPORTS COMPLEX TRAILER. IF THERE’S TOO MANY PEOPLE, WE CAN MOVE TO THE FOOTBALL STANDS. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE MESSAGE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE, OCRA
News Cast for September 3rd:
Okeechobee schools wants to improve academic performance, attendance rates and graduation rates while building a new high school over the next five years. A strategic planning workshop was held by the school board to discuss the future.
Better training and having a qualified teacher in every classroom is another goal of the board. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy says another goal is to raise the graduation rate to 75 percent by 2020. Other goals include more students with industry certifications when they graduate, more students in dual enrollment or college courses, and improvements on the end of course exams for biology, US History and Civics. A student survey found only 68 percent are proud of their school and only 37 percent felt like they ate nutritious food at school.
A Kenansville man picked up on a Osceola County warrant charging him with grand theft of livestock. 53 year old Robert Collins was later released on a 5 thousand dollars bond.
Among arrests, 57 year old Vernson Dortch was held on 1 hundred thousand dollars bond charged with the theft of three rifles and a silver and copper coin collection worth 3 thousand dollars. Deputies say the rifles were pawned in Okeechobee. Charges include dealing in stolen property.
September is Hunger Action Month and the Economic Council of Okeechobee is showing their support by wearing orange. The Treasure Coast Food Bank works diligently to combat hunger in Okeechobee, learn more by visiting www.stophunger.org. Paul McGehee, Chairman of the Glades County Economic Development Council spoke during the September 2nd meeting about the Glades County Regional Training Center, a $5.3 million training facility in our region. Updates were also provided by local officials.
Sports Cast for September 3rd:
Bobby Gomez was the Most Valuable player for the Yearling soccer team last year. He played all over the field and was one of the best goal keepers around. He said he was unselfish because he wanted his team to win.
Gomez and the Bulls went undefeated last year. He said that is something to be proud of. Middle School soccer games begin in September.
The boys swim team lost to Jensen Beach on Tuesday.
Nathanael Bean broke a school record held by Stephen Lenfest in the 200 Individual Medley.
On the sports schedule today, Moore Haven volleyball hosts Glades Day at 6 pm, OHS volleyball will travel to Lake Placid with Junior Varsity at 6 pm and varsity to follow.
OHS Junior Varsity football hosts South Fork at 6 pm.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-1-15
September Blood Drives:
Sat., Sept. 5 – At the Park, 10 – 3
Sun., Sept 6—Labor Day Festival, 10 – 3
Mon., Sept. 7 – Labor Day Festival, 9 – 2
Sat., Sept 12 – Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge NASCAR drive, 10 – 3
Thurs., Sept. 17 – Publix, 3 – 6
Sun., Sept. 20 – Golden Corral, 11 – 4
Tues., Sept. 22 – Raulerson Hospital, 1 – 7
Sat., Sept. 26 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4
Sun., Sept. 27 – More 2 Life Ministries, 605 SW Park St., 9:30 – 1:30
Mon., Sept. 28 – Winn Dixie, 1 – 6
Thurs., Oct. 1 – SFWMD, 1000 NE 40th Ave., 1 – 5
Fri., Oct. 2 – Harbor Community Bank, 1 – 6
- 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 Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge (2405 Hwy. 441 S.E.) will be hosting Texas Hold-em Tournaments beginning on each Tuesday. The games help to support the “Dogs and Cats Forever” no kill animal shelter in Pt. St. Lucie. Signin is at 7:00P.M. and games start promptly at 7:30P.M. Buy-in is $20.00. Bar Service and food is available for purchase. For more information, call Patty at 772-519-2263. Look forward to seeing you.
- Applications are now being accepted for the Labor Day Celebration being held on September 6 – September 7 from 10 – 3. Applications are available at the Main Street office or online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org. If you are interested in participating in the parade Monday morning please contact Teresa Chandler Bishop at E: email@example.com Tel: 863-801-4996
- The Girl Scouts are coming, and we are looking to start new troops in Okeechobee! The Girl Scouts is a non-profit organization meant to encourage young girls ages 5-18, to be confident, courageous, and inspire moral character. We are looking to start troops of all levels and in all schools. However, to start a troop, we need YOU! We need our PARENTS and ADULTS to step up and volunteer to be the troop leaders! Help the Girl Scouts INSPIRE your children to be future leaders by being one yourself, today!An informational session will be held Thursday, September 10th, from 5pm to 7pm at the Freshman Campus Cafeteria; Sunday, September 13th, from 2pm to 4pm at the Episcopal Church; Thursday, September17th from 5pm to 7pm at Chobee Skate n’ Bowl (the first 5 girls and adults to register as a member will be given a free bowling game); and Saturday, September 26th from 9am-11am at the Brown Cow Sweetery. These events are free to attend, but there is a fee associated with membership. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. For more information please email Jessa Little at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening September 17, 2015 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range qualification will take place on Saturday September 19, 2015. 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 online. 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.
- A “Shoot to kill” cancer charity shooting event will be held Saturday 9/12 at Ok Corral Gun Club 9449 NE 48th St. The tournament will be played in a fist person team format with four shooting events of various courses of fire. For information call: 561-440-4223.
- The next Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County luncheon which will be held on Wednesday September 16th at noon. The location of the meeting will be at The Thompson Fellowship Hall at the United Pentecostal Church, 405 SW 10th Ave. Okeechobee FL 34974. This meeting is open to all community partners and anyone interested in Tobacco Prevention. Please bring a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member to the meeting with you. Tobacco is the #1 Preventable Death……Together We Can Create Change. Lunch will be provided. Please feel free to email or call (863-801-8277) me with any questions or comments. Otherwise I hope to see you on Wednesday September 16th at noon!
- Leadership Okeechobee is now accepting applications! The purpose of the Leadership Okeechobee Program is to cultivate leadership through education, exposure to the community, and interaction between class members. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for a personal journey along the wonderful and rewarding path to community service. The following are our program objectives: To prepare future/potential leaders to meet the challenges ahead for Okeechobee. You will explore critical issues via a series of seminars and related activities. You will interact with key decision-makers, local leaders and representatives of local government to gain a better understanding of the forces which impact your community as a whole. The key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life is a well-informed citizen. The program begins in September and continues each month until graduation in May. Once accepted, a fee of $425 is required to cover meals, transportation and other program expenses. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber at (863) 467-6246
Sport Related Events
Every year in September, the Okeechobee Ministerial Association sponsors a Prayer Walk for our schools. We go as a group, to different campuses, praying for the students, teachers, administrators and support staff in a very tangible way. There are 5 Tuesdays this year so the schedule will be a little different. THIS TUESDAY, September 1st, we will begin at the Freshman Campus at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come, walk the campus or sit in your car and pray. From there we will travel to two other campuses and do the same. This will be repeated at different schools, both public and private, throughout the county. For more information, contact Nancy Vaughan, Acting Secretary for the Okeechobee Ministerial Association, 763-4021.
Agri-Civic Center Events