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Charles Murphy News 5/27
News Cast for May 27th:
Three wildfires kept firemen busy over the weekend in Okeechobee County. Lightning strikes caused fires on North West 2 hundred and 90th Street in Viking, burning 7 acres, another on North West 276th Street that burned 22 acres, and one on Taylor Creek at Cemetery Road. No homes were threatened.
Four algal blooms studied on Lake Okeechobee’s west side in Okeechobee and Glades counties, did not contain toxins according to state scientists. Two samples taken near the Franklin locks on the Caloosahatchee River, turned up small levels of toxins. Full article in Local News.
Two candidates will be considered to become the next Okeechobee high school principal. Current assistant Principal Dylan Tedders and Dr. Gina Stafford of the Palm Beach County school system were the only two of nine candidates who met all the qualifications and certifications.
Jobless rates continued to decline in April with 5.6 percent unemployment in Okeechobee and 5.8 percent in Glades County. Okeechobee’s stood at 6 percent in March while Glades stood at 6.2 percent. Okeechobee ranked 27th among Florida counties, tied with Pasco and Jefferson County. Glades were tied with Levy County in 20th place.
Jon Folbrecht recently announced a second try at becoming sheriff. This time he will run as an independent candidate.
Folbrecht has worked 10 years at the Martin county sheriff’s office and is now with their traffic unit in Stuart. He is a US Army veteran and founder of the nonprofit group, the Heroes Memorial Foundation that helps the families of fallen firemen and policemen. Folbrecht said being nonpartisan is a message in itself. Folbrecht said the policies of the current administration caused the death of two Okeechobee women in an automobile crash.
He said he would not be confrontational with the county commission, work within the confines of the budgets available and make tough decisions. He also wants higher salaries for deputies.
Sports Cast for May 27th:
The MVP trophy for boys soccer was handed to senior and four year letterman Daniel Rodriguez this year. Rodriguez also took home the Golden Boot trophy that signifies he led the team in scoring goals with seven.
Rodriguez said the awards banquet was a great night for him.
Rodriguez said he has a lot of great memories about playing soccer at Okeechobee high school that he will carry with him the rest of his life. Rodriguez said he knew he’d have to be more aggressive this year and score more goals for the team.
The boy’s team went 6 and 9 this past season. Rodriguez said there is talent in the younger grades and they should improve next season. Video interview on WOKC Facebook page.
Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of May at any of the following drives.
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 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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