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Here's a shot of the OHS Brahman team at the Okeechobee Bulls Invite this past week. Photo shot by Charles Murphy.

Here’s a shot of the OHS Brahman team at the Okeechobee Bulls Invite this past week. Photo shot by Charles Murphy.

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Moment of Truth with Pastor Jim Day of the Okeechobee Church of Christ

  • City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day. Our website, cityofokeechobee.com allows you access 24/7. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 8 AM. Have a Safe Holiday.
  • OCRA IS HAVING THEIR MONTHLY MEETING THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT 7:30PM IN THE SPORTS COMPLEX TRAILER. IF THERE’S TOO MANY PEOPLE, WE CAN MOVE TO THE FOOTBALL STANDS. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE MESSAGE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE, OCRA

News Cast for September 1st:

Hermance, DanAndrew Wheeler was done in not just by his assault on a 16 year old boy, but his prior record, when he was sentenced to 30 years behind bars Monday. The now 19 year old has been in and out of juvenile hall for over four years. He had prior convictions for grand theft auto, burglary and fleeing and eluding police. Despite an apology and an appeal from his mother for leniency, the judge was faced with either a mandatory 30 year sentence as a prison release reoffender, or a six year sentence as a youthful offender. Judge Sherwood Bauer chose the 30 years.

A shooting in Glades County lands a LaBelle man in jail on attempted murder charges Saturday. 59 year old Gary Wisenmandle is also a convicted felon. He’s being held without bond in the shooting of 59 year old Robert Kunkle, who was hit in the head and arm. He was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injury.

Among arrests, 48 year old Patrick Long was charged with 7 counts of unlawful filing of documents against property. Bond was 80 thousand dollars.

Jones, Shawn28 year old Dustin Felts was charged with three counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing three kittens with an electric guitar after an argument with his girlfriend. He apparently flew into a jealous rage and bit the victim.   Bond was 91 thousand dollars.

The large methamphetamine bust continued over the weekend. Affidavits said 21 arrests were made in Okeechobee, three more in Glades County and three in Highlands County.

40 year old William Brumley, 32 year old Melinda Butts and 60 year old William Carter were jailed in Highlands County, while 49 year old Herbert Rivers, 41 year old John Julian and 50 year old Michael Smith were arrested in Glades County. Those arrested in Okeechobee included 31 year old Thomas Cove, 30 year old Danielle Harmon, 27 year old LaDonna Hopewell, 50 year old Cynthia Carr, 33 year old Aubrey Waldron, 31 year old Jessica Rutherford, 47 year old Andrea Prewitt, and 34 year old Dwayne Ingalls.

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Sports Cast for September 1st:

Bryan Pinon was offensive player of the year for the Yearling soccer team last year.

He led the team in goals and was a main reason the team went undefeated 10-0. Pinon says he was pleased with the way he played. Pinon says the perfect season meant a lot because it included two hard fought victories over cross town rivals, Osceola Middle School. Pinon moves onto the high school this year and hopes to have an immediate impact on the varsity soccer team.

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On the sports schedule today,

Moore Haven volleyball hosts Clewiston at 7 pm, OHS volleyball visits Harmony with a varsity match at 7 pm. OHS boys’ golf opens their season with a match with Vero Beach, South Fork and Wellington at the Ham

 

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-1-15

September Blood Drives:

Tues., Sept. 1 —Publix, 1:30 – 6:30

Thurs., Sept. 3 – Wal Mart, 12 – 5

Sat., Sept. 5 – At the Park, 10 – 3

Sun., Sept 6—Labor Day Festival, 10 – 3

Mon., Sept. 7 – Labor Day Festival, 9 – 2

Sat., Sept 12 – Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge NASCAR drive, 10 – 3

Thurs., Sept. 17 – Publix,  3 – 6

Sun., Sept. 20 – Golden Corral,  11 – 4

Tues., Sept. 22 – Raulerson Hospital, 1 – 7

Sat., Sept. 26 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4

Sun., Sept. 27 – More 2 Life Ministries, 605 SW Park St., 9:30 – 1:30

Mon., Sept. 28 – Winn Dixie, 1 – 6

Thurs., Oct. 1 – SFWMD, 1000 NE 40th Ave., 1 – 5

Fri., Oct. 2 – Harbor Community Bank, 1 – 6

  • 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 Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge (2405 Hwy. 441 S.E.) will be hosting Texas Hold-em Tournaments beginning on each Tuesday.  The games help to support the “Dogs and Cats Forever” no kill animal shelter in Pt. St. Lucie.  Signin is at 7:00P.M. and games start promptly at 7:30P.M.  Buy-in is $20.00.  Bar Service and food is available for purchase.  For more information, call Patty at 772-519-2263.  Look forward to seeing you.
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Labor Day Celebration being held on September 6 – September 7 from 10 – 3. Applications are available at the Main Street office or online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org.  If you are interested in participating in the parade Monday morning please contact Teresa Chandler Bishop at E: tchandler@wm.com Tel: 863-801-4996
  • The Girl Scouts are coming, and we are looking to start new troops in Okeechobee! The Girl Scouts is a non-profit organization meant to encourage young girls ages 5-18, to be confident, courageous, and inspire moral character. We are looking to start troops of all levels and in all schools. However, to start a troop, we need YOU! We need our PARENTS and ADULTS to step up and volunteer to be the troop leaders! Help the Girl Scouts INSPIRE your children to be future leaders by being one yourself, today!An informational session will be held Thursday, September 10th, from 5pm to 7pm at the Freshman Campus Cafeteria; Sunday, September 13th, from 2pm to 4pm at the Episcopal Church; Thursday, September17th from 5pm to 7pm at Chobee Skate n’ Bowl (the first 5 girls and adults to register as a member will be given a free bowling game); and Saturday, September 26th from 9am-11am at the Brown Cow Sweetery. These events are free to attend, but there is a fee associated with membership. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. For more information please email Jessa Little at jlittle@gssef.org.
  • The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening September 17, 2015 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range qualification will take place on Saturday September 19, 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.
  • A “Shoot to kill” cancer charity shooting event will be held Saturday 9/12 at Ok Corral Gun Club 9449 NE 48th St. The tournament will be played in a fist person team format with four shooting events of various courses of fire. For information call: 561-440-4223.
  • The next Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County luncheon which will be held on Wednesday September 16th at noon.  The location of the meeting will be at The Thompson Fellowship Hall at the United Pentecostal Church, 405 SW 10th Ave. Okeechobee FL 34974. This meeting is open to all community partners and anyone interested in Tobacco Prevention.  Please bring a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member to the meeting with you.  Tobacco is the #1 Preventable Death……Together We Can Create Change. Lunch will be provided. Please feel free to email or call (863-801-8277) me with any questions or comments.  Otherwise I hope to see you on Wednesday September 16th at noon!
  • 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

Sport Related Events

Every year in September, the Okeechobee Ministerial Association sponsors a Prayer Walk for our schools.  We go as a group, to different campuses, praying for the students, teachers, administrators and support staff in a very tangible way.  There are 5 Tuesdays this year so the schedule will be a little different.  THIS TUESDAY, September 1st, we will begin at the Freshman Campus at 6:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to come, walk the campus or sit in your car and pray. From there we will travel to two other campuses and do the same.  This will be repeated at different schools, both public and private, throughout the county.  For more information, contact Nancy Vaughan, Acting Secretary for the Okeechobee Ministerial Association, 763-4021.

 

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