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News Cast for March 30th:
8 people are dead after a church van crashed in Glades County early today. The Florida highway patrol says the victims were from Fort Pierce. The van was east bound on state route 78 and ran a stop sign and through the intersection of US 27 north of Moore Haven and landed in a canal. 10 other passengers were taken to four area hospitals for treatment.
The Army Corps of Engineers continues to reduce flows out of Lake Okeechobee. 5 hundred cubic feet per second will be sent out the St. Lucie locks this week. 25 hundred cubic feet per second will be sent out the Caloosahatchee. The lake dropped more than a quarter foot last week to 14.18 feet.
Two teenage killers in Okeechobee will have their chance at parole and freedom. A ruling from the Florida Supreme Court eliminates the life without parole sentences against Mark Alvarez and Kevin Cutts, who were 17 when they killed. A new sentence hearing will be ordered should the two men ask for them. The two men would face a minimum of 35 years in prison.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said victims’ families will be notified should the hearings be ordered. City Administrator Brian Whitehall was given another strong evaluation by city council. He said it’s the city hall staff that makes him look good. He said he has enjoyed his 10 years in Okeechobee and has no plans to leave. Goals for the new year are getting the Centennial Park off the ground and improving drainage in the community.
Sports Cast for March 30th:
The boys and girls tennis teams compete at their district tournaments today. While the Lady Brahmans would be a long shot to advance, the boy’s team is considered one of the favorites. #1 singles player Otto Ramirez has been in that position for the past four years and says a district title would be a nice way to end his career.
He noted he has enjoyed his high school career nonetheless. Ramirez has been a tennis lifer, having started the sport early in life. Ramirez plans to study mechanical engineering in college.
Jensen Beach figures to be the biggest threat to Okeechobee this year.
Lady Brahman softball fell short at the Kissimmee Klassic as they fell to Winter Springs 10-3, Oak Park 5-1 and Kissimmee Osceola 12-3 over the weekend.
Moore Haven softball defeated Clewiston 5-1 and Community School of Naples 10-4 in games last week and remain ranked in the state.
Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of March at any of the following drives.
Mon., March 30 – Publix, 1 – 6
- 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
- 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.
- March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Join Raulerson Hospital and guest speaker, Gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Tarugu to learn about screenings, prevention and treatment at Dine with the Doctor on Tuesday, March 31st. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m. ($5) and the free lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. Please RSVP to 763-9228.
- Tickets are on sale to the 43rd annual Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee Easter Pancake Breakfast. Only $10 for all you can eat pancakes, home made sausage and fresh squeezed orange juice. Proceeds help The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee fund scholarships for local students, mini-grants for our hard working local teachers and other projects that benefit the youth of Okeechobee. Get yours from any member or at the Chamber office. Easter is April 5th this year and you can enjoy the breakfast at either Cowboys Restaurant or First United Methodist Church Of Okeechobee from 7am-10am.
- The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening April 16, 2015 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range qualification will take place on Saturday April 18, 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.
- . If you have never been to a Chamber Business After hours please join us for the next one on April 21st being hosted by Staffords Salon (A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon) located at 313 SW Park Street. Please RSVP at www.okeechobeebusiness.com everyone is welcome. See you then
- Celebrate Earth Day witnessing the beauty and biodiversity in your own backyard. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, 54000 acres of unique Florida dry prairie in Okeechobee County, is reminiscent of the Florida’s past, as described in Patrick Smith’s book “A Land Remembered.” Join us for a Spring Prairie Wildflower Walk led by two of Florida’s leading wildflower experts: Roger Hammer & Craig Huegel.Cost is $24 for Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve members and $34 for non-members. A $4 per vehicle entry fee is also required and must be paid at the gate when you enter the park. Each walk is limited to 20 participants, and many spots are already filled.Participants may also sign up for a free 45 minute buggy ride in the Prairie.Visit the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve website for more information and to register
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.
Agri-Civic Center Events
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