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SR 70 from NW/SW 4th Avenue to NE/SE 3rd Avenue: Construction project: This project improves the intersection at US 441. Crews are installing erosion control, clearing the right of way and beginning signal work. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from Sunday, September 21, to Friday, September 26 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. while workers install barrier wall and temporary striping, weather permitting. Observe posted speed limits, look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and drive with caution in the construction zone. During this project, crews will add turn lanes, widen and resurface the roadway, improve drainage, replace traffic signals and build curb, gutter, and sidewalk. Estimated completion is summer 2015. The contractor is Ranger Construction Industries, Inc.
Okeechobee sports schedule for week of October 13-18
OHS football senior night versus South Fork 7 pm
Moore Haven hosts Doral Academy HS football 7:30 pm
OHS swimming at Heartland Invitational in Lake Placid
OYFL teams in playoffs.
Charles Murphy News 10/17
News Cast for October 17th:
Manuel Navarro was convicted of manslaughter as jurors deadlocked on a charge of 2nd degree murder after about four hours of deliberations on Thursday. Prosecutor Ashley Albright doubted that Navarro had any self-defense claims and even that he was sitting when he stabbed the victim, 29 year old Francisco Soto. He said the stand the ground law had no role in the incident. Both men were extremely intoxicated at the time with Soto’s blood alcohol nearly 4 times the legal limit. Albright said he will seek the maximum sentence when Navarro is sentenced on November 14th.
Brown Cow Sweetery, Waste Management and American Drilling Services took home awards in different categories as businesses of the year at a luncheon put on by the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Thursday at Indian River State College.
Frank Decarlo of American Drilling thanked the crowd for their support and friendship over the years. The Chamber reported that membership increased from 134 to 250 in the past year, with over 19 new businesses holding ribbon cuttings and or grand opening celebrations.
For raw audio of the Chamber Luncheon, click on the link Chamber awards luncheon ! Video footage will be posted to Facebook.
In the courts, 24 year old Hilliard Gopher avoided jail time as prosecutors dropped a charge of trafficking in met amphetamines in his case. Gopher received 18 months’ probation after a traffic stop on state road 78 west last year where 78 grams of the drug were allegedly seized.
An Okeechobee man Lemmie Prescott was hospitalized from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the left thigh on Wednesday night at a home on Lock Access Road. Alcohol was said to be a factor in the incident.
Sports Cast for October 17th:
Percint Wiggins won the most improved player award for Yearling girls basketball this year. She moves on to the high school and is a player to watch over the next four years.
Percint also played travel ball this summer and insists she has improved her game. Percint said she really wasn’t that interested in basketball until her sister started to play. She said that encouraged her to try the sport.
The Brahman boys golf team finished third at districts to Jensen Beach and Lincoln Park and will play in the regional tournament Monday in Plantation.
OHS volleyball swept Sebastian River last night to improve to 12-7 on the year, 25-19, 25-12 and 25-17.
The Junior Varsity squad also swept the Sharks 2-0. The junior girls lost Tuesday to Lake Placid 2-1.
The dean of Treasure Coast football coaches Dennis Lavelle will coach his last game in Okeechobee tonight as the Bulldogs meet the Brahmans in a key district game. Lavelle is retiring at the end of the season. Okeechobee is 2-4 and South Fork 3-3 this year. It is senior night for the Brahmans and nine players and three girls will be honored.
Moore Haven hosts Doral Academy HS football 7:30 pm
OHS swimming at Heartland Invitational in Lake Placid (Fri-Sat)
OYFL teams in playoffs with games in Lake Placid.
Lots of video footage on our Facebook page!
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- Habitat for Humanity is currently looking for someone to write grants for them. They are also looking for anyone who would like to donate furniture, household items, building supplies, etc. They have moved to the building 2 blocks west of W&W Lumber. For more information, stop by or call 863-634-1686.
- 4-H is starting back for the Klever K Nines. They’re looking forward to seeing lots of new and familiar faces this year. They have lot of new and exciting things coming up. If your child would like to join please contact Natalie Travers at 772 -919-5893. For those of you in the club last year the awards banquet is coming up fast, please get with me and the extension office to get your tickets.
- 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
- 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 Okeechobee Adventist Christian School is having their annual Apple Fundraiser. If you love fresh-picked, direct from the orchard apples, then these Michigan apples are for you! Please call Linda @ 863-610-0165 for details.
- The Gathering hosts “Joy in the Mourning” a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one. The event is every Tuesday at 2pm at the Gathering located at 1735 SW 24th Ave. For more info call Gale @ 863-623-8504.
- Big Lake Hobbies is hosting a Free Basic Leather Craft Class this Saturday, October 18th from 2-5pm at 110 SW 14th St. The Leather Craft Class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis, if you would like to reserve a seat in advance, you can call Big Lake Hobbies at 863-357-3592.
- TRUNK OR TREAT will be on Halloween this year, October 31st from 5pm to 10pm! This is a community wide even to offer a safe alternative to door to door trick or treating. Churches from around Okeechobee have been invited to participate as well as other non-profit organizations. Vehicles will be backed into parking spaces on the south side of the parks with their trunks decorated as booths for candy. Some will even have games to play! Along with candy, booths in the parks will have musical performances, puppet shows, popcorn and snow cones as well as a hay maze. This event is free to the community.
Sport Related Events
- 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.
- OHS Bowling Team is having a quarter auction Oct. 17th at the American Legion Doors open at 5 p.m. Auction starts at 6 p.m. Paddles are $2 and all the funds go to the kids so they can pay for their practice time and the games at the bowling alley and all needs of the team. If you want to be a Vendor or for more information contact Donna Watson at 863-634-9043. Please feel free to share this to help get the word out!
VENDORS ARE NEEDED!
Agri-Civic Center Events
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