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Elizabeth Box with Governor Rick Scott

Elizabeth Box with Governor Rick Scott

Okeechobee Church of Christ with Pastor Jim Day

Charles Murphy News 5/21

News Cast for May 21st:

An Okeechobee woman’s legal nightmare is over. The paralyzed woman, Sandra Silasavage was forced off the road by a St. Lucie Deputy on route 70 because she was driving two miles over the speed limit in the summer of 2013. Defense Attorney Barbara Kibbey Wagner said a circuit judge suppressed all the evidence in the case, and the 4th district court of appeals this spring upheld that ruling. The State attorney dropped all charges against her last month. Wagner says a civil suit is possible in the case.

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Among arrests, 30 year old Joe jones, an inmate at Moore Haven correctional allegedly shoved a guard who discovered he had a cell phone in his cell. Jones allegedly ran and flushed the cell phone down a toilet

46 year old James Vanover faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly cutting with a knife another man during a disturbance at the Dew Drop Inn on route 78 Tuesday evening. Deputies say they also found some marijuana. Vanover allegedly slapped his girlfriend and got into a fight with three gentlemen who took offense.

23 year old Joshua Jackson faces a grand theft charge for allegedly stealing over 8 hundred dollars in items from his employer, the family dollar store located on 441 south east between April 26th and May 12th. Most of the items were cigarettes.

Dropout rates dipped by more than half in Okeechobee schools this past year. The state said 3 point 1 percent of white students dropped out, 2 point 8 percent of black students and point 6 percent of Hispanic students. Glades County had only two students out of 2 hundred and 20 high school student’s drop out last year. The state white dropout rate of 1.3 percent was much lower than the black dropout rate of three percent.

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Sports Cast for May 21st:

Senior Otto Ramirez was named the Most Valuable Player for the OHS boy’s tennis team this year. He shared the award with fellow senior Lucas Penido. Ramirez was a four year lettermen.

He said he really grew to love and admire his teammates and that helped him on the tennis court. Ramirez decided to share his MVP with the entire team, which made regional for the second consecutive year. He said he wanted to reward all his teammates. Ramirez plans to study to become a mechanical engineer at the University of Florida

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The Hershey’s Track and Field championships were hosted by Okeechobee high school earlier this month. In the boys ages 9 and 10 year division, Daron Powers of Seminole won the 50 meter dash, Aidan Garcia of Seminole won the 100 meter dash, Chase Ford of Central won the 200 meters, Bryce Baker of Pemayetv Emahakv won the 400 meter dash. North Elementary won the 4 by 100 meter relay behind Gavin Cracchiola, Gustavo Jaenz, Carson Watford and Conner Rucks. Bryce Ward of Pemayetv Emahakv won the softball throw and Aiden Garcia won the standing long jump.

Spring training begins to OHS Brahman Football!

Spring training begins to OHS Brahman Football!

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

Fri., May 22 – Wal Mart, 1 – 6

Sat., May 23 – Publix, 12 – 5

Mon., May 25 – Memorial Day Gathering, Courthouse, 9 – 1

Mon., May 25 – Wal Mart, 1 – 6

Thurs., May 28 – Tires Plus, 11 – 4

Fri., May 29 – Publix, 1 – 7

Sat., May 30 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4

  • 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
  • The Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Evening Networking Social the “Business After Hours from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. This event has been rescheduled to be held on May 21, 2015 ! This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. The host this month is Stafford’s Salon. Members are $5 dollars, non-members are only $10.
  • The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening May 21, 2015 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber.  The class will last approximately two hours.  Range qualification will take place on Saturday May 23, 2015.  You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class.  You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during qualification.The costs of the class is $40.00 which must be paid in advance.  You may sign up by clicking on register online.  You may pay for the class online with a credit card or stop by the Chamber and pay for the class with a check or cash.  Those people who sign up and do not pay in advance will not be guaranteed a seat in the class.
  • The Library is hosting a Beach Day on Wednesday, May 27th beginning at 10:30am and 3:30pm. Kids and adults can wear bathing suits, sun glasses and flip flops! They’ll have paper strip pools for the kids to sit in during story time. They’ll also have visors and popsicles! Come out and join the fun for their last story time until September.
  • Students at Okeechobee High School began a program three years ago to stop the cycle of hunger at one Okeechobee elementary school.  We pack breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks for both Saturday and Sunday.  All of the food is kid-friendly and non-perishable.  National Honors Society students have provided meals for 36 students every weekend for the last three years by doing their own fundraising.  We run the program for a little less $5000 a year.
    We recently applied for a grant from State Farm.  Of over 4,000 applicants nationwide, we were selected into the top 200.  This group will be narrowed down to 40 winners.  All 40 groups selected will win $25,0000.  If we win the $25,000 we could feed over 180 students in Okeechobee County.
    You can help us feed children in Okeechobee. Voting for the top 40 programs will be done on Facebook.  Please click the link below to vote.  Each “vote” will count for 10 points toward our program.  You can vote EVERYDAY until June 3rd.  The winners will be announced June 16th.
    Please consider taking ten seconds from your schedule to make a difference in our community.
    (You may need to forward this message to your personal email account or open the message on your personal computer/cell phone to access the link, as it is from Facebook.)
  • Okeechobee County Library invites you to join their Children’s and Adult summer reading program “Be a Hero – Read”. Children’s program runs Wednesday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 29th at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Adult program is open any time. Call or stop by for details. 863-763-3536 and ask to speak to Kellie!
  • Leadership Okeechobee is now accepting applications! The purpose of the Leadership Okeechobee Program is to cultivate leadership through education, exposure to the community, and interaction between class members. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for a personal journey along the wonderful and rewarding path to community service. The following are our program objectives: To prepare future/potential leaders to meet the challenges ahead for Okeechobee. You will explore critical issues via a series of seminars and related activities. You will interact with key decision-makers, local leaders and representatives of local government to gain a better understanding of the forces which impact your community as a whole. The key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life is a well-informed citizen. The program begins in September and continues each month until graduation in May. Once accepted, a fee of $425 is required to cover meals, transportation and other program expenses. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber at (863) 467-6246


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Agri-Civic Center Events

May 2015 Ag Center Events

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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