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Sunrise on July 2nd, 2014  by Gary Ritter. -TM

Sunrise on July 2nd, 2014 by Gary Ritter. -TM

Moment of Truth with Jim Day from Okeechobee Church of Christ

Charles Murphy News 7/23

News Cast for July 23rd:

The Corps of Engineers increased flows out of Lake Okeechobee to the west this weekend. 15 hundred cubic feet per second is being sent out the Caloosahatchee. Lake levels stood at 13.6 feet about a foot and a half lower than at this time one year ago.

Corps to adjust target flows from Lake Okeechobee to Caloosahatchee

In the courts, 40 year old Jose Luis Carrasco of Okeechobee received three years prison for lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 15. He was arrested April 25th.

24 year old Shea Etter received four years’ probation for allegedly stealing 85 hundred dollars from his employer, the Cash 2 Gold Store in Okeechobee.

Charges were dropped in a road rage confrontation in Okeechobee Little Farms that sent a 16 year old child to the hospital after being run over. All charges were dismissed against 19 year old Eduardo Sanchez and 28 year old Robert Koedam.

Indian Hammock residents requested improved fire protection in northern Okeechobee County, perhaps by getting a grant to hire new firemen and building a living quarters out of the Fort Drum volunteer fire station. Budget reviews continue today by commissioners.

State Representative Dr. Cary Pigman says he will do all he can to support the counties efforts to bring a natural gas power plant to the Fort Drum area.

He said a key element is the use of water at the plant that might have otherwise gone into sensitive areas like the Indian River Lagoon. County Consultant John Rhodes says there is a lot of support for the plant and that bodes well for our chances. A key meeting will be held Friday at quail creek plantation about the power plant.

Katie McKay at the NJHSRA finals.

Katie McKay at the NJHSRA finals.

Sports Cast for July 23rd:

April Hogenkamp won the Brahman Award for Okeechobee girls’ tennis this year. She said the award came as a total surprise. Hogenkamp became a key player in the lineup at the end of last season in both singles and doubles play.

She said she liked the sport and wanted to relieve some stress. Hogenkamp said she felt she was a better doubles player this year.

She predicts the girls tennis team is young and should have some good years ahead.

More News:

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation Banning Six New Synthetic Drugs

SHINE Gives Elderly Help Options For Health Insurance Questions (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Governor Rick Scott Signs Charlotte’s Web Legislation

Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Daddy Songs: A Dozen Salutes and Smacks to the Old Man

Sales Tax Holiday on Hurricane Supplies

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Jeffrey Adams to Southwest Florida Water Management District

Okeechobee County K9 Officers Retire

Statement by Commissioner Putnam on Osceola County Agreement to Bring RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo to Florida

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Two to E911 Board

Gov. Scott: Florida Businesses Created 33,700 jobs in April 2014


WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

  • 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.
  • The Brahma Bull Restaurant and Lounge is hosting a Christmas in July throughout the entire month of July. They’ll be accepting clothes unwrapped educational toy, books or money donation for children 13 years of age and under. They’re also looking for canned goods or non-perishable items for Big Lake Missions Outreach. All proceeds will remain in Okeechobee. Brahma Bull is located at 2405 HWY 441 SE.
  • Living Word of Faith is holding their food bank this Thursday July 26th from 6:30am to Noon at the Living Word of Faith.
  • Friends of the Okeechobee County Library presents “Gordie Peer and the history of cattle ranching in the United States”. Mr. Peer will be presenting on Thursday, July 24th beginning at 5:00pm. The event is FREE at the Okeechobee County Library.
  • The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 is hosting a dinner on Thursday, July 26th. The menu will consist of meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, bread, and dessert for a donation of $6 dollars; call 863-763-2250 for more info.
  • Okeechobee YMCA Children’s Art Auction.  Thursday July 24 6 PM at the Sacred Heart Church (pavilion behind the main church) 901 SW 6th St.  Come out and hear the children share stories and their art.  Money raised will be to continue Y Summer Camps.  For more information call Shawn Keil 772-215-9780 /863-484-0202 or e mail
  • Christian Singles will host a potluck this Friday, July 25th beginning at 6pm. The potluck will take place at The Gathering Fellowship Hall. All of Okeechobee is invited. For more information call 863-763-7195 and ask for Mollie or 863-763-9626
  • Am Vets Riders Chapter 2001 is hosting their annual crawfish boil and fish fry this Saturday, July 26th beginning at 1pm at the Okeechobee Moose 1753 located at 159 NW 36th St, off 441. All proceeds from the event will benefit their veterans charities and a 16 year old named Baily who is undergoing cancer and treatment. They’re asking a $10 dollar donation per person at the event. For more information call 863-261-6381, 863-532-0734, 239-214-5219.
  • Lake Placid Caladium Festival will be this Saturday, July 26th. They’ll have caladium floral competitions, bus tours, arts and crafts, foods, air boat and swamp buggy show, murals, among other activities. They’ll be leaving from The Gathering at 8am and driving their own vehicles caravan style to the festival. If you would like to share your ride with another person, let them know at 863-763-9629 or 863-801-0184
  • The Women of  The Moose Chapter 2036, Buckhead Ridge, will host a “Cute Apron Bake Sale” Sunday July 27, 8-12AM. Please stop by and vote on your favorite apron. There will be delicious cakes, pies, cookies and other goodies. All proceeds directly benefit the children on Mooseheart and elders of Moosehaven  Call 863-763-2250 for more information.
  • Youth Talent Show Saturday, August 2nd 6 pm Free will offering to the Youth Okeechobee Church of God Pastor: Mark Smith Phone (863) 763-4127
  • Join us at Raulerson Hospital to learn about diabetic cooking ideas with our Executive Chef Ron Corrado. Wednesday, August 6th at 5:30 p.m. –Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria Learn new recipes and even sample some of the creations.  There is no fee to participate.  Space is limited. RSVP: 763-9228.

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.
  • Paddock Farms is “driving on” ! Learn how to drive your horse, racing, obstacles and more! Beginning this Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th Paddock Farms will be available every weekend after to teach you about how to drive your horse. Must be 18 years of age or older, all horses brought to the Paddock Farms must have a negative coggins test and you will be asked to sign a waiver. Not sure if your horse could race? You will have the option to have your horse evaluated. Don’t have a horse? No problem, they’ll provide them for you. No experience is necessary. No horse? No harness? No problem! Call Nancy at 863-634-1440 or 863-634-1438 for more information.
  • The Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s monthly Chamber Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 29ths from 5-7pm at the Buxton Bass Funeral Home. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. RSVP now at
  • We are now accepting donations for the “Stuff the Bus for School Supplies”  project.   Tickets for the Flapjack Breakfast @ Applebee’s on August 9 to benefit the “Stuff the Bus”  are now being sold at the Chamber of Commerce, Edward Jones Investment and WOKC.

Agri-Civic Center Events

  •  Weekdays, 4-H Horse Camp - Monday 7/14/14 through Friday 8/1/14 Okeechobee 4-H Horse Day Camp is a series of week long day camps that will be conducted three weeks during July. Each week is different, but activities all three weeks focus on youth and horses with the goal to provide meaningful educational experiences for youth. The day camps provided for a continuance of learning opportunities during the summer months as well as motivation to be physically active in a safe supervised venue
  • Friday 7/25/14  – Turnin’ N Burnin’ Summer Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race. Exhibition runs start at 5:00 PM. Barrel race starts at 7:00 PM. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend

If you’re a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event please send all of your information to 210 WN Park St. Suite 102, email it in at or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!


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