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Charles Murphy News 3/31
News Cast for March 31st:
Okeechobee schools want a new high school and plan to seek special state funds to replace 15 buildings on the existing high school campus. One option would cost nearly 48 million, a second, a combination of the freshman campus and high school would cost about 60 million. The school board would like to apply for state funds by this August in time for next year’s state legislative session. Dr. John Watson spoke to the school board about the decision. Watson has worked with the district on Seminole Elementary, Everglades elementary and Osceola Middle school in the past. Local tax dollars would only pay for a small percentage of the costs. With a 1 billion dollar budget surplus this year, it appears to be a good time to ask for state funds.
The school board would have control over bids and how the buildings look. One decision would be whether to build an auditorium and gym or a larger gymnasium.
Cadaver dogs have a date to visit the former Okeechobee school for boys, now operated by G4 S youth development. The Sheriff’s office would like to put to rest allegations of bodies being buried there similar to ones at the Marianna School for boys. The search will occur from April 14th thru the 16th.
In the courts, 30 year old Jose Montes Rodriguez pled no contest to the first degree murder of his coworker. The two worked together on a sod crew in Kenansville when Rodriguez shot Cesar Francisco Rodriguez during an argument last March 24th. Rodriguez received 30 years in prison for the crime.
Among arrests, 28 year old George Timmes was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of battery after a domestic dispute involving a knife near Treasure Island. Timmes allegedly turned the knife on himself and was injured.
Sports Cast for March 31st:
The cross country teams had a decent 2 thousand 14 and Coach AJ Mayernik said it was all about effort.
Mayernik said he got everything he expected out of the runners this year. The girls finished fourth in districts and Vernice Leon qualified for regional.
The boys’ team finished district runners up and had a strong showing at the regional race. Coach Mayernik said the experience gained in that race will be big next year.
The Brahman boys tennis team is tied with Jensen Beach at the district tournament , each team with 10 points. Singles finals and doubles play continues today. All five singles players and two doubles teams are still alive for Okeechobee.
The girls team has just one team alive, the #2 doubles of Artha Jonassaint and Chelsea Walker and are in fourth place.
On the sports schedule tonight;
OHS tennis district tournament continues at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart 9 am.
OHS baseball visits Avon Park 7 pm
Moore Haven softball at Glades Day JV 4 pm/ 5:30 pm
Moore Haven baseball at Immokalee 5 pm
OHS JV softball at PECS 5 pm.
Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of March at any of the following drives.
- 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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