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Sunrise on Lake Okeechobee, photo credit to Gary Ritter of the SFWMD.

Sunrise on Lake Okeechobee, photo credit to Gary Ritter of the SFWMD.

Moment of Truth with Jim Day from Okeechobee Church of Christ

Charles Murphy News 7/25

News Cast for July 25th:

The county commission endorsed tax incentives for Florida Power and Light to try and entice the company to build a natural gas power plant near Fort Drum. They also applied for various state tax credits and would like to rezone industrial, 1 thousand acres near the proposed site. Chairman Frank Irby says local support could be critical. Voters will decide in November whether the county should offer industrial tax breaks for up to 10 years. County commissioners approved no increase in fire tax this year, it’ll still cost 90 dollar per residence.

The commission also approved a 417 thousand dollar bid to refurbish the US 98 annex to house Facilities Maintenance.

Among arrests, 53 year old Carlton Comfort was charged with four counts of sexual battery on a child under 12. The alleged molestation took place between 1990 and 1996.IMG_8321

In the courts, 55 year old Edward Hammond received a suspended one year jail term and 18 months’ probation for an earlier marijuana case. Hammond was not convicted of violation of probation. He claimed he uses marijuana for medical purposes to deal with pain issues.

Felony marijuana charges were reduced to misdemeanors against former Okeechobee school bus driver, Sheila Goolsby. The 50 year old was caught in a drug raid on North East 31st Terrace where several ounces of marijuana was seized on May 15th.

28 year old Osmon Orozco pled no contest to sexual activity with a minor and trespassing and received five years’ probation. A parent found him sleeping with her teenage daughter and he fled out the window and later located on route 70 west.

Sports Cast for July 25th:

LaPorshe Morris won the Most Valuable player award for the girls’ flag football team this year. Morris led the team with 14 touchdown receptions. She said she enjoyed getting the award. The flag team finished 3 and 7 this past year but lost only one senior to graduation.

Areana Robshaw won the defensive MVP for Yearling girls’ volleyball this year. She was the team’s Labero and was a leader on the court.

She said her best memory from the season will be a victory over the Brighton Charter School in Okeechobee.

The Dixie boys 14 year old all-star team was eliminated at the State Tournament in Sebring.   Okeechobee lost to West Volusia 10-0 and West Seminole 7-4.

More News:

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation Banning Six New Synthetic Drugs

SHINE Gives Elderly Help Options For Health Insurance Questions (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Governor Rick Scott Signs Charlotte’s Web Legislation

Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Daddy Songs: A Dozen Salutes and Smacks to the Old Man

Sales Tax Holiday on Hurricane Supplies

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Jeffrey Adams to Southwest Florida Water Management District

Okeechobee County K9 Officers Retire

Statement by Commissioner Putnam on Osceola County Agreement to Bring RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo to Florida

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Two to E911 Board

Gov. Scott: Florida Businesses Created 33,700 jobs in April 2014


WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

  • 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.
  • Christian Singles will host a potluck this Friday, July 25th beginning at 6pm. The potluck will take place at The Gathering Fellowship Hall. All of Okeechobee is invited. For more information call 863-763-7195 and ask for Mollie or 863-763-9626
  • Am Vets Riders Chapter 2001 is hosting their annual crawfish boil and fish fry this Saturday, July 26th beginning at 1pm at the Okeechobee Moose 1753 located at 159 NW 36th St, off 441. All proceeds from the event will benefit their veterans charities and a 16 year old named Baily who is undergoing cancer and treatment. They’re asking a $10 dollar donation per person at the event. For more information call 863-261-6381, 863-532-0734, 239-214-5219.
  • Lake Placid Caladium Festival will be this Saturday, July 26th. They’ll have caladium floral competitions, bus tours, arts and crafts, foods, air boat and swamp buggy show, murals, among other activities. They’ll be leaving from The Gathering at 8am and driving their own vehicles caravan style to the festival. If you would like to share your ride with another person, let them know at 863-763-9629 or 863-801-0184
  • The Women of  The Moose Chapter 2036, Buckhead Ridge, will host a “Cute Apron Bake Sale” Sunday July 27, 8-12AM. Please stop by and vote on your favorite apron. There will be delicious cakes, pies, cookies and other goodies. All proceeds directly benefit the children on Mooseheart and elders of Moosehaven  Call 863-763-2250 for more information.
  • 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 it will be held @ The Brown Cow Sweetery from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m

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! Beginning this Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th 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.
  • The Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s monthly Chamber Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 29ths from 5-7pm at the Buxton Bass Funeral Home. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. RSVP now at
  • 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
  • Friday 7/25/14  – Turnin’ N Burnin’ Summer Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race. Exhibition runs start at 5:00 PM. Barrel race starts at 7:00 PM. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend

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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