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Charles Murphy News 4/27

News Cast for April 27th:

383Attendance went down slightly at the 2015 Okeechobee County fair. Still over 16,600 hundred entered the gates this year.

Fair President Linda Syfrett gave her annual state of the fair to the county commission last week. The fair did report a profit of over 21 thousand dollars this year.

Still some weren’t that happy as the Youth Livestock Show was concerned about having to hold their sale at a different date this year during Speckled Perch rodeo weekend.

Chairman of the Commission Frank Irby took issue that the fair gets the Ag Center for free while other groups have to pay to use it. A contract will be negotiated, perhaps with both groups, in the coming weeks.

City administrator Brian Whitehall told city employees last week that he will retire effective June 15th. Whitehall has worked for the city for 10 years.

The US Army Corps of Engineers temporarily suspended releases out the Port Mayaca locks Friday due to an algae bloom. A state team of scientists were sent by the Governor to study the bloom.

The Corps this morning will close a portion of the Lake Okeechobee scenic trail between Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough as they replace a nearby water control structure, culvert 8. The closure starts this morning and runs through Mid-May.

Smoke from a wild fire in Glades County near Moore Haven closed down US 27 for several hours on Sunday afternoon and reopened about 7 pm.

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Sports Cast for April 27th:

Okeechobee’s softball season came to an end with a 3-2 loss in the regional quarterfinal to Pembroke Pines Charter School 3-2 on Friday.

Jordan Lawlis pitched five innings plus and allowed one earned run. Cheyenne Nunez and Peyton Campbell had RBI singles for the Brahmans.

Coach Mary Huff said in post season you have to be perfect and her team wasn’t in this game. Huff was mostly frustrated that the team constantly got girls on base but was unable to get big hits in clutch situations.

Brahman football spring practice starts back up today.   They hope to have a good turnout of about 50-55 upperclassmen and 30 incoming freshmen. The practices last 20 days with five without pads. The Purple White game isn’t until May 29th.

Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of March at any of the following drives.

Sat., April 25 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4

Tues., April 28 – Raulerson Hospital, 1 – 6

  • Habitat for Humanity is now open here in Okeechobee! They’re located at 1321 HWY 70E in the Old Apple Crate building. Open Monday through Friday 9-5. Accepting donations of any kind except clothes! Call for more information at 863-763-1371, volunteers are always needed!
  • 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
  • Okeechobee Storm Chasers vs. Military at the tradition Field. It is on May 16th and the Gates open at 2.30 and our game starts at 3. The tickets will get the people also in the Mets game at 6.30. The tickets cost $10 each or $9 for 4 or more tickets. Call 467-2001 to get tickets

Sport Related Events

Celebrate Earth Day witnessing the beauty and biodiversity in your own backyard. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, 54000 acres of unique Florida dry prairie in Okeechobee County, is reminiscent of the Florida’s past, as described in Patrick Smith’s book “A Land Remembered.” Join us for a Spring Prairie Wildflower Walk led by two of Florida’s leading wildflower experts: Roger Hammer & Craig Huegel.Cost is $24 for Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve members and $34 for non-members. A $4 per vehicle entry fee is also required and must be paid at the gate when you enter the park. Each walk is limited to 20 participants, and many spots are already filled.Participants may also sign up for a free 45 minute buggy ride in the Prairie.Visit the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve website for more information and to register

Agri-Civic Center Events

April Ag Event

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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