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News Cast for November 25th:
No injuries were reported after a 20 foot travel trailer went ablaze at Four Acres Mobile Home Park Tuesday afternoon. Okeechobee county firemen reached the scene just after 2 pm and found the travel trailer and attached porch fully involved. One firemen suffered minor injury. The fire was under control in about 10 minutes. The State Fire Marshall will determine the cause.
In the courts 31 year old Craig Morgan of Okeechobee received four years and five months in prison and 10 years’ probation for a violent domestic incident last December 17th. Highlands’s county authorities say Morgan forced a woman to drive him to Okeechobee after beating the woman, slamming into the wall and putting a knife to her stomach. He pled no contest to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.
Glades County commissioners expect better cell phone service now that a court battle between two cell tower companies was decided in circuit court. Judge Jack Lundy ruled both parties can go ahead with their plans for cell towers in Buckhead Ridge. No word on whether there will be an appeal. Commissioner Tim Stanley says cell phone reception hasn’t been good in his district.
Malissa Morgan was elected by her colleagues as chairperson of the Okeechobee school board this month. She said continued improvement of local schools and the construction of a new high school will be her top priorities in the next year. The district plans to apply for state funds in 2016 to construct the new high school.
A mad homeowner helped Glades county deputies run down an alleged burglar in Ortona. 30 year old Julius Wright was charged with burglary and grand theft for allegedly taking a piano and AC unit from a home on Ortona locks road. The incident occurred in April but Wright turned himself in last week on the warrant charges. Bond was 30 thousand dollars. He allegedly dumped the Piano at the Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp. He could face a federal dumping citation.
Four men were charged with felony trespass for hunting hogs on south Florida water management property near Indiantown. 18 year old Thomas Faferko, 24 year old Justin Thododeau, 49 year old Dwayne Thibodeau, and19 year old Stephen Kilgore of Palm Beach county. Three hunting dogs were also in the vehicle stopped on Citrus Boulevard Friday
Sports Cast for November 25th:
Lady Brahman soccer continued to show improvement in their last match, a 3-1 victory at home over LaBelle. Diana Ordonez, Marisol Solis and freshman Gisselle Leal all scored goals for Okeechobee. It was the coaching debut of Eric Swant who replaced Lori Harper Kyle earlier in the week when she resigned for personal reasons.
Swant said the girls played well under difficult circumstances.
Leal said the girls continue to play hard and she was glad to get a scoring opportunity. Brook O’Hagan had five saves in the Brahman net.
Okeechobee is (5-6-1) this season.
Yearling girls’ basketball has gone over a year without a victory and they lost their last game at the buzzer in Brighton 20-19 in overtime.
Janel Aponte led Yearling with seven points while Taylor Gibson added six points.
There are no sporting events scheduled today.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 11-25-15
- 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.
- Small Business Saturday is November 28th, 2015 a day for our community to come together and support our local businesses. By supporting our local businesses we keep our citizens employed and the local economy flourishing. There will be a FREE kick-off breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County starting at 8:30. The chamber will be the hub of information for our local shoppers as the Chamber will be handing out information on all the businesses participating. Every business participating will have some sort of value offer!, Okeechobee’s small businesses are asking that instead of leaving town to shop ‘Black Friday’ that you stay in town and ‘Shop Small Saturday’.
- The 32nd annual Christmas Boat Parade is Saturday night December 19, 2015. All are welcome to participate. Decorate your boat including lights and meet on Taylor Creek by Burger King and Hwy 70 by 5:30. Parade starts at 6 pm. The parade goes south on Taylor Creek to the locks and turns left ending at the VFW. For more info call Arnie: 863-824-0681.
- This is a call to writers for a short story contest. This contest is open to all ages and is being held in conjunction with Okeechobee Main Street 2016 Top of the Lake Art Fest. Prize for first place and winner will be announced at the Top of the Lake Art Fest. Deadline for submission: Dec. 28, 2015. Entry form and guidelines available at OKMS office or online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org
Sport Related Events
- Teen Driver Challenge will have training days on December 11th-12th, first day is a four hour block and the second day is an eight hour block. The training will be at the Okeechobee Driver’s Ed Pad at the High School. They’ll learn service and maintenance, techniques on vehicle control, crash avoidance, and lots more. Students must have either a permit or driver’s license. Certificate of completion can be given to your insurance company for a possible reduction in cost. All instructors are OCSO deputies. They’ll more training sessions on January 8th-9th, February 12th-13th, March 11th-12th and April 8th-9th. for details on how to register, call 863-763-2131 ext 1204.
- The Chobee Wildcats will roar again in 2016. The team will join an 8 on 8 youth tackle program this winter to try and keep the skills of our young football players sharp. Signups for the league will be held on December 12th from 9 am until 1 pm at the skate board park in Okeechobee. The league will be open to boys and girls ages 6-14. The local league will have four teams, one for ages 6-7, another for ages 7-9, a third for 10-12, and the final for boys and girls ages 13 and 14. The Okeechobee league will also host a large jamboree on January 23, 2016 at the youth soccer complex across from North Elementary School. Last year 10 different leagues attended the jamboree in Okeechobee. For more information call 863-801-6014.
Agri-Civic Center Events
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