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Charles Murphy News 3/26
News Cast for March 26th:
Okeechobee county commissioners showed no interest this week in a leash law for dogs and are hoping more emphasis on animal control will cut down on dog attacks and bites.
Commissioners also hired Corey Wheeler as their new budget director. She had been account manager for the St. Lucie County Clerk and is a native of Okeechobee.
Glades County hired an engineering firm to design a remodel job of the old health department on US 27. The 15 thousand dollar contract goes to LIS Engineering. The building has been mentioned as a possible home for the Sheriff’s office administration should the county jail close.
Okeechobee planners voted 6-1 Tuesday to recommend approval for a small scale comprehensive plan amendment for 10 aces on the east side of North East 48th Avenue north of route 70. Up to 12 homes per acre would be allowed under urban mixed use land use classification. Commissioners vote on this April 9th.
The Okeechobee Economic Council has asked the City of Okeechobee to conduct a parking study that could cost upwards of 30 thousand dollars. They wrote the city stating there are daily parking issues that hurt local businesses. They want the study to determine the parking demands and plan for future growth.
City council this month reappointed Steve Nelson and appointed Tommy Clay to be voting members for them on the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board. They reappointed Jeff Fadley to be alternate member.
US Marshalls capture one of Eufaula Alabama’s most wanted here in Okeechobee this week. 28 year old James McElroy is facing armed robbery first degree charges in Barbour County Alabama. The warrant for arrest was issued in 2 thousand 7.
In the courts, Juan Gonzales of Okeechobee pled no contest to child abuse as a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation was dismissed at a plea hearing this week. Gonzales received two years’ probation.
Angela Cash pled no contest to a charge of child neglect for allegedly leaving three small children at home alone; the oldest was reportedly 6 years old. She was sentenced to three years’ probation and parenting classes but was not convicted of any crime.
Sports Cast for March 26th:
A rough day for the flag football team as they are shut out by Westwood 34-0. Gloria Clarizio caught two touchdown passes in the first half, Tomika Robinson caught a 35 yard touchdown pass and Antoinette Boothe added a rushing touchdown for unbeaten Westwood.
Their Coach Matthew Harrelson said his team had something to prove. Erica Knight returned an interception 15 yards for a score just before halftime for the Panthers. She noted she knew where the pass was headed
Baylee Farless threw for 47 yards and rushed for 29 yards for Okeechobee. Dracia Peacock had seven tackles and a pass deflection on defense.
Coach Jeff Whitlock said you can’t make mistakes against Westwood. The flag team hosts Lake Placid tonight with JV at 5 and varsity to follow around 6 pm.
Moore Haven baseball lost to Evangelical Christian 11-2.
Also on the sports schedule, boys’ baseball hosts Sebring at 7 pm.
Okeechobee softball meets Lake Nona at the Kissimmee Classic at 1 pm today.
Moore Haven baseball hosts Oasis of Cape Coral at 7 pm.
OHS track competes in the Cobra relays in Ft. Pierce at 3 pm.
Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of March at any of the following drives.
Fri., March 27 – Wal Mart, 11 – 6
Sat., March 28 – Wal Mart, 11 – 6
Sun., March 29 – Wal Mart, 11 – 6
Mon., March 30 – Publix, 1 – 6
- 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.
- The friends of the Okeechobee Library will host A Book Sale! Thursday March 26-Saturday March 28 at the Okeechobee County Public Library located at 206 SW 16th St. For more information call: 863-763-3536 Sale hours are: Thu 9:30 am – 7:00 pm; Fri 9:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sat 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Also don’t miss: Florida Author: Dottie Rexford Saturday, March 28th @ 2:00 P.M. Come meet Florida Author Dottie Rexford. She will be available for a group discussion and a book signing will follow the presentation. “Cora Pooler” won 1st place in the Self-Published Book Award Writer’s Digest Inspirational Category. Twenty years ago, Cora Pooler, a young Amish woman, abandoned a newborn child in the village of Wander Lane. Her deed was discovered and reported to the sheriff-and then to Bishop Herrfort. Because Cora was unwilling to repent and would not explain the circumstances of her actions, the uncompromising Herrfort placed her under the ban. An outcast in her community, she knew the shunning would continue until she obeyed the regulations of the Amish rule book. Cora left the Amish community to live in the English world. Older now, her head and heart are filled with the past. She needs answers. Cora Pooler returns to Wander Lane. Will she discover what happened to the baby she deserted? FREE to the public @ The Okeechobee County Library
- 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.
- Come out and support the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee at their 43rd annual Easter pancake breakfast, Sunday, April 5th, at Cowboy’s Restaurant. All you can eat freshly made pancakes, homemade sausage patties, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee. Served from 7 -10 AM at the restaurant and a satellite location at the First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall. All for a donation of $10. All proceeds from the breakfast benefit the youth of Okeechobee County.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!