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Sunrise on Lake Okeechobee, photo credit to Gary Ritter of the SFWMD.

Sunrise on Lake Okeechobee, photo credit to Gary Ritter of the SFWMD.

Moment of Truth with Jim Day from Okeechobee Church of Christ

Charles Murphy News 8/1

News Cast for August 1st:

Among arrests, 67 year old Michael Lewandowski, a former executive director of lamb of God ministries based in Pompano Beach, was arrested in Lake Placid for allegedly defrauding his former employers, Lewandowski was charged with grand theft, obtaining property by false personation, scheme to defraud and giving false improvement to a financial institution, he was later released on 27 hundred and 50 dollars bond. The incident occurred in April and the arrest on July 23rd. The arrest report said Lewandowski had been voted off the board due to a marijuana possession arrest and that he used fraudulent documentation to withdraw 54 hundred and 42 dollars from the companies account at TD bank.

In the courts, 24 year old Stuart Davis was sentenced to five years in prison for two counts of stalking a minor. He was arrested last November 23 on North West 34th Street for allegedly approaching two girls, ages 13 and 15, and offering them 70 dollars for sex. Six charges were dropped in the plea deal.

Most cases resulted in prison sentences in Operation pill crusher in Glades County. 10 suspects were arrested for sales of hydrocodone and oxycodone. Norman Flemming, and Israel Mathis received two years prison, Sara Lopez received 15 years, Katheryn Lopez three years, Artivistus Ware 17 years and Colton Lee 13 months on various drug charges.

Among arrests, 31 year old Christopher Phillips was charged with two counts of failure to secure workers compensation coverage. The arrest report claimed a construction company RTC, did two projects near Indiantown for CSX railroad like use of heavy equipment and construction without the proper insurance.

62 people died in boating accidents in 2013. There were nine boating accidents on Lake Okeechobee, five accidents in Glades County and four in Okeechobee County, but no fatalities. The report shows 1,193 registered vessels in Glades County and 481 in Okeechobee County.

Katie Purcell with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the statistics are pretty similar to past years in our area. Using life jackets, keeping a proper lookout and being focused while operating a boat are the main safety messages from the state to keep safe on the waterways.

Sports Cast for August 1st:

Artha Jonassaint took home the Yearling award for last year’s volleyball team. She was praised for her positive attitude and leadership skills on and off the court. She also is a scholar athlete.

Jonassaint said she considers this award a real honor. She noted the 2013 season went well for the Lady Bulls as they lost only one match. She intends to keep playing volleyball in high school. The OYFL opens youth football season this weekend with a jamboree in Sebring. Coach of the senior team Bruce Snell says they expect a good test on Saturday. The senior team is looking for kids 15 and under who are not playing high school ball to assist the program this year.

OYFL will have five teams including a flag team this year.

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WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

****Open House for the start of the 2014-2015 school year will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014. In order to help parents who have children in more than one school within the district, times will be staggered:

  • Elementary Schools will be open from 5 PM to 7 PM
  • Middle Schools will be open from 6 PM to 8 PM
  • Okeechobee Achievement Academy will be open from 6 PM to 8 PM
  • Okeechobee High School and Okeechobee Freshman Campus will be open from 7 PM to 9 PM
  • 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 Brahma Bull Restaurant and Lounge is hosting a Christmas in July throughout the entire month of July. They’ll be accepting clothes unwrapped educational toy, books or money donation for children 13 years of age and under. They’re also looking for canned goods or non-perishable items for Big Lake Missions Outreach. All proceeds will remain in Okeechobee. Brahma Bull is located at 2405 HWY 441 SE.
  • Youth Talent Show Saturday, August 2nd 6 pm Free will offering to the Youth Okeechobee Church of God Pastor: Mark Smith Phone (863) 763-4127
  • Join us at Raulerson Hospital to learn about diabetic cooking ideas with our Executive Chef Ron Corrado. Wednesday, August 6th at 5:30 p.m. –Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria Learn new recipes and even sample some of the creations.  There is no fee to participate.  Space is limited. RSVP: 763-9228.
  • Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce’s Power Networking Breakfast on August 12, 2014 will be held @ The Brown Cow Sweetery from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Sport Related Events

  • OCRA Fall Baseball/Softball sign ups will be held on Saturday, August 9th, 16th, and 23rd at the Sports Complex. The cost is $50 dollars per child and they have to be between 8-12 by May 1st. Looking for sponsors and coaches as well. For more info call Mickey @ 863-634-0515 or Bambi @ 772-353-8790.
  • 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.
  • We are now accepting donations for the “Stuff the Bus for School Supplies”  project.   Tickets for the Flapjack Breakfast @ Applebee’s on August 9 to benefit the “Stuff the Bus”  are now being sold at the Chamber of Commerce, Edward Jones Investment and WOKC.

Agri-Civic Center Events

  •  Weekdays, 4-H Horse Camp - Monday 7/14/14 through Friday 8/1/14 Okeechobee 4-H Horse Day Camp is a series of week long day camps that will be conducted three weeks during July. Each week is different, but activities all three weeks focus on youth and horses with the goal to provide meaningful educational experiences for youth. The day camps provided for a continuance of learning opportunities during the summer months as well as motivation to be physically active in a safe supervised venue

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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