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Charles Murphy News 7/31
News Cast for July 31st:
The county commission approved a state historic marker at the grave of Peter Raulerson this month. Now the effort goes to the department of state division of historic resources in order to get approval and later money to fund the project. Maggie Cable is spearheading the effort. The great granddaughter of Peter and Louisiana Raulerson, Zelda Mixon, says she wanted something to show tourists and something to honor her relatives, who founded Okeechobee.
Anita Moser is thrilled to work with Okeechobee correctional inmates improving their art skills.Two public exhibitions were held to promote their work in Ft. Pierce and Jensen Beach in recent months.Moser says her two year class at the prison has been really rewarding. She said the public would be surprised how talented some of the inmates are. She insists it helps them in their rehabilitation behind bars.
In the courts, an Okeechobee woman who owns nursing homes in Pahokee, and Gainesville recently pled to charges of bilking the Medicaid system out of over 1 hundred thousand dollars. Maxcine Darville was ordered to repay the money and was sentenced to four years’ probation. She was not convicted of the crime of fraud. Also sentenced to four years’ probation and restitution was her colleague Joanna Carter. Her restitution was 50 thousand dollars. The original allegation was more than 2.75 million had been used for personal expenses, mortgages, internet, utility bills and vehicles.
Among arrests, 26 year old Cameran Page of Moore Haven was charged with aggravated assault after he made threats to burn a house down and battery an elderly person this week.
Sports Cast for July 31st:
Katie McKay did well at the Junior high school rodeo finals in Des Moines, Iowa this summer
She competed in several events including barrel racing and pole bending.
She said she will never forget the experience. Her older sister Amanda and her cousin were in rodeo during high school and she has grown up around the sport and grown to love it. The rodeo schedule can be grueling as they visit different areas of the state throughout the year.
She said for her first time at nationals, she hung in against some talented stars. A highlight of the experience was talking to rodeo world champion in calf roping Tuf Cooper.
She thanked all of the support from Okeechobee.
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****Open House for the start of the 2014-2015 school year will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014. In order to help parents who have children in more than one school within the district, times will be staggered:
- Elementary Schools will be open from 5 PM to 7 PM
- Middle Schools will be open from 6 PM to 8 PM
- Okeechobee Achievement Academy will be open from 6 PM to 8 PM
- Okeechobee High School and Okeechobee Freshman Campus will be open from 7 PM to 9 PM
- 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.
- 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