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Charles Murphy News 6/19
News Cast for June 19th:
The Okeechobee Sheriff’s office raided a Pioneer Estates home and found nearly 5 grams of methamphetamine. Jailed were Timothy Cox and Marian Cox after the operation on SE 59th Drive. Three children live in the home. Charges include possession with the intent to sell methamphetamine.
Glades County deputies have ruled a shooting in Buckhead Ridge a suicide from Monday night.
Archeologist Catherine Smith gave a presentation on the People of the Water, she said these people lived in our area many centuries ago and used canals to trade goods and fished to provide foods throughout South Florida. She is part of the museum of the Glades project in Belle Glade. She was asked what inspired her to do the research.
Lake Okeechobee releases continue to ruffle feathers on the coast. Gary Ritter with South Florida Water Management District told city council last night that the Lake levels are close to 14 feet and that necessitates water flowing out the estuaries. A meeting of the Lake Coalition on Friday should address the lake levels issue.
City council last night honored city patrolman Ryan Holroyd for five years of service and firefighter Adam Crum for 10 years of service. They approved a street sweeping contract with a Stuart firm for just fewer than 25 thousand dollars annually, and approved plans for a parking lot on NE 6th Street and 1st Avenue for a new fitness center.
Sports Cast for June 19th:
Alex Estremera was named the Brahman Award winner for the Okeechobee high boy’s baseball team this year. Estremera will attend Indian River State college in the fall and play baseball. Estremera said the award vindicated the hard work he put in this year. Estremera said the team was disappointed with their record this year, 5-20, but really still got a lot out of their efforts. Estremera also got to play in the Treasure Coast Senior all-star classic this year.
The high school continues to look for a new baseball coach after the resignation of Jeff Blackstone after three seasons.
- 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.
- A Tent Revival will be going on between June 17th and 22nd nightly at 7pm. Everyone is welcome for fellowship, prayer, healing and salvation. The tent is set up off HWY 70 E in the vacant lot next to Racetrack. For more information contact 863-763-4127.
- Tour the globe with Jesus as First United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School will be from June 17th to 21st with an Everywhere Fun Fair on Sunday the 23rd. Christan worship may look a little different around the world but Jesus is the lord. Their evenings begin at 5:30pm with a light dinner. Registration can be found at the church office, 200 NW 2nd St or call 863-763-4021 to sign up, space is limited!
- The Okeechobee Historical Society will have it’s last meeting before summer break on Monday, June 17th beginning at noon at the museum building. Anyone interested in attending is welcome, we just ask you bring a covered dish to share. There are no July or August meetings.
- On Wednesday, June 19th, Deaf and Heard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast will be in Okeechobee distributing FREE amplified telephones for dead, hard of hearing, speech impaired and deaf/blind individuals by appointment only. For more information contact 772-334-2233.
- Okeechobee Christian Church invites families to Kingdom Rock, a preregistration event for vacation bible school will be hosted at Okeechobee Christian Church on June 22nd for kids from age 4 to 8th grade. Contact Angie for more information at 980-521-7033
- Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition presents the 2nd Annual Chobee Idol, on Saturday June 29th at 7pm at the KOA Campground. Call for more information at 863-623-7336.
- The Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police is proud to announce that they will be hosting an Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4th at Okee-Tantie park located off State Road 78 and Kissimee River. This is a family oriented event with a Kid’s Fun Zone sponsored by Dairy Queen that will include 3 giant bounce houses, face painting, dunk tank, and a variety of other children’s games. The Public Safety Educational Expo will consist of educational booths, presentations, demonstrations by a large variety of public safety organizations including Law Enforcement, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, Glades County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and much more. The Huey 205 helicopter that will have it’s permanent placement in Veteran’s Park will be on display at the event. Music and a variety of other activites throughout the day including a watermelon, hot dog and ice cream eating contest, frozen t-shirt contest, and a blue ribbon baking contest. The event grand finale will be an amazing Zambelli firework show synchronized with music. (tune in to WOKC 100.9FM/1570AM during the event) The fireworks can be viewed from Okee-Tantie Park, Lock 7, Nubbins Slough, or any area on the waterways near Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee. Boaters coming out for Fireworks are only encouraged to use C. Scott Driver Park boat ramp access. Presenting sponsors are Children’s Service Council of Okeechobee County and Florida Public Utilities Company with Dairy Queen, Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee, WOKC, Zambelli Fireworks.
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