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Charles Murphy News 5/21
News Cast for May 21st:
Florida Governor Rick Scott approved the state budget Monday that included 2 million dollars for a hybrid wetland treatment system for Fish-eating Creek, designed to clean up the water before it enters Lake Okeechobee. The Governor did veto 470 thousand dollars for a Port Labelle utility system. He included money for water infrastructure improvements in Glades County, some 1.5 million total.
In Okeechobee, 250 thousand for storm water retrofit projects and 3 hundred thousand for Pine Ridge Park utility improvements appeared to survive the governor’s veto.
Jobless rates declined in Okeechobee and Glades Counties again in April, rates dropped from 7.8 to 7.6 percent in Okeechobee, with 1415 collecting benefits. Glades Counties dropped from 7.3 to 6.9 percent, with 344 collecting benefits. Florida’s rate dropped to 6.8 percent and the nations to 7.1 percent.
Around the area Hendry County had 9.9 percent, St. Lucie had 8.9 percent and Highlands had 7-percent.
A 22 year old Indiantown man lost his new Ford 2500 pickup in the canal at timer Powers Park. The vehicle was in a boat ramp when the owner, Joshua Brewer accidentally hit the gas and the vehicle plunged into the water and was submerged. There were no injuries.
Among arrests today, 56 year old Jose Caballero was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a knife, after a reported disagreement with a roommate at a home on NE 24th Avenue.
47 year old Curtis King was charged with grand theft firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after a search warrant on NE 6th Street
On the roads, 27 year old Kimberly Ann Flateau of Okeechobee was flown to Lawn wood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce Friday when the 2 thousand 5 Dodge she drove, couldn’t negotiate the on ramp to 710 at route 70. Two passengers, 46 year old Shaun Sibole and seven year old Damian Johnson were treated for minor injury at Raulerson Hospital.
Sports Cast for May 21st:
Jaryaca Baker won the Offensive Player of the Year Award at the Lady Brahman softball awards banquet this month. Baker led the team in batting average, hitting over 400 and led in homeruns with 10. Baker says she felt honored to be the recipient of this award. Baker says after a year off from the game, she was able to focus more at the plate and really swung the bat well all season. Baker is weighing a few college offers for softball from Stephens College in Missouri and Lake Sumter Community College in Orlando.
The Hershey’s Track and Field competition 9 and 10 year old girls division was competitive again this year. Jestice Mond won the 50 meters, Faith Vest the 1 hundred meters, and the 200 meters, Takiya Jones won the 400 meters, Madison Hargraves the softball throw and Alana Schlosser the standing long jump. The 4 by 100 meter team from Central Elementary was also victorious paced by Takiya Jones, Elizabeth Smith, Anja Koivunen and Lynndsy Johnson.
- The Shrine Club will be having the weekly spaghetti dinners on Tuesday night from 4-7pm and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is located at 1740 SW 53rd St. (off HWY 78) with smoke free dining, there will be dancing and music from 5-8pm and the dinner is available for a donation of $6 dollars. Call Kip Gardner for more information @ 863-357-0427.
- The Humane Society & Pet Rescue is looking for 5 to 10 adults’ responsible volunteers to give 2 to 3 hours of their time a week to supervise community service workers. Days and times available (you pick the day or days you want) 8 am until 10 am or 12:30 to 3:30. To sign up please come to our office on any Thurs or Fri 10 until 2 for interview. Own transportation is a must, and clean police record.
- The 2013 OHS Brahman Senior Class is set to graduate June 6th. As in the last twenty-four graduations, our community will unite to offer our best wishes to our graduates by hosting the annual, all-night GRAD NITE Celebration. The celebration is open to all graduating seniors and their guest. This highly anticipated event will continue to be filled with food, fun, games, prizes and as always, NON ALCOHOLIC. Plans are underway to make this year’s event the best ever with new games, events and chances to win! We are keeping the best of the past while raising the standard for this and future events. Your help is needed. A celebration such as Grad Nite does not happen year after year without the support of the community including people and businesses. Whether it is volunteering your time, donating prizes and food, or writing a check, it is all appreciated. If you would like to donate funds, please make your tax deductible check payable to the Okeechobee Educational Foundation and contact Kristy Crawford (Center State Bank) at 863-763-5573 or email her at email@example.com to arrange a pick up. Checks can also be mailed to the Okeechobee Education Foundation at 700 SW 2nd Ave, Okeechobee Florida 34974. To donate prizes and other items to give away, contact Kristi Crawford, information is above. To volunteer your time, contact Jim Benton (Faith Farm Ministries) at 863-763-4224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are needed for everything from set up to clean up, hosting games, serving food and security. To donate food, contact Gena Gray-Lagos (OHS) at 863-462-5025, or email email@example.com
- The Okeechobee County Civil Air Patrol is in need of volunteers and cadets. Cadet membership is for ages 12-18 and has many opportunities for scholarships, training events, camping, even flying. The Civil Air Patrol will pay for cadets to get their private pilot’s license, attend camps, and even college. There are countless opportunities in the cadet program. Senior membership is for anyone above 18, seniors can serve their community by preforming search and rescue, disaster relief, and homeland security missions. Senior membership is a great way to earn community service, serve your community state and nation, and have some fun doing it. For more information on the countless opportunities available in the Civil Air Patrol contact Lt. Angel Garcia at 863-532-0525
- Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation is having a 7 week Summer Play Camp. Signups start May 6th from 8:30am to 5pm at the Sports Complex, 640 NW 27th Lane. There are only 80 spots available and it is on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to pick an application early, just stop by 640 NW 27th Lane or call 863-763-6950. Applicants must have a copy of their reduced or free lunch letter in order to receive the reduced rate for the weekly camp. There is a $5 registration fee, which includes a camp T-shirt. For more information, click on the flyer. Summer Camp Flyer 2013The camp dates are Monday through Friday from June 17th to August 2nd, excluding July 4th at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 HWY 98N. Regular camp hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm, extended hours from 7:30am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 5:30pm for an additional fee. Ages 6 to 12 are welcome to join. Kids will visit Lion Country Safari, Gatorland, SkateTown U.S.A., Stardust Lanes, Brahman Movie Theater, and Legoland. Volunteer opportunities are available for ages 13-15 of the selected youth; they’ll assist the staff with setting up games and activities, camp fees are waived but they’ll have to pay activity fees for that week’s planned trips.
- Okeechobee Goat and Lam 4-H Club hosts a “Farm Swap” this Saturday, May 25th from 9am to 12pm at 801 SW Park St, Jones Supply Parking Lot. Stop by for hot dogs and chips, no vendor fees and they must arrive by 8am. Buy, sell or trade animals, tack, plants and other farm related items. Any questions contact Debbie @ 863-634-6181.
- Considering adoption? Join the Children’s Home Society of Florida at their Adoption Orientation session on Thursday, May 30th at 5:30pm. This session will be at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce, Florida. This is fun, casual and a free open house style orientation will provide overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS adoption process. To RSVP or for more info call Children’s Home Society of Florida at 772-429-2001
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