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Charles Murphy News 7/28
News Cast for July 28th:
The Okeechobee school board presented a 65.3 million dollar budget plan this month. It would lower the tax millage and the average home with a taxable value of 1 hundred thousand dollars would pay 720 cents less in taxes this year.
Chairman of the School Board Joe Arnold said with only one school having a longer school day, there might be wiggle room for employee raises. City Council voiced displeasure with the demolition of the former CSX train station this summer. City councilman Dowling Watford said there were errors on the permit application and the city staff didn’t even realize the demolition would happen. He said the effort to save the train station went on for years but never got traction.
In the courts, 60 year old Barbara Thorne received one year in jail and four years’ probation for grand theft in Glades County. She was accused of stealing 8 hundred dollars from a 76 year old elderly man’s bank account in 2013.
Artavistus Ware received 17 years in prison on various cocaine and drug related charges in Moore Haven. He was also placed on probation.
Sports Cast for July 28th:
Rachel Bryan and Megan Hargraves won the Most Valuable Player Awards for Yearling volleyball this season.
Both move onto the high school this coming season and figure to be impact players for years to come.
Bryan said she appreciated her career at Yearling. Bryan said the team bond was the reason the team played so well over the years. Bryan said she really will cherish this MVP award. She took a little time off this winter to get ready for her high school career. Her goal is to be a four year starter for the high school. The team only lost three matches during her career.
Statement by Commissioner Putnam on Osceola County Agreement to Bring RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo to Florida
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- 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.
- The Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s monthly Chamber Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 29ths from 5-7pm at the Buxton Bass Funeral Home. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. RSVP now at www.okeechobeebusiness.com.
- 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 email@example.com or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!