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Charles Murphy News 5/26
News Cast for May 26th:
A memorial for US Naval submarines was dedicated on Memorial Day in Veterans Memorial Park. 20 year US Naval veteran Paul Hiott was the featured speaker this year. He spoke on the importance of honoring the nation’s military and those that gave their lives for our freedoms. He noted sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance.
The names of all the submarines that were lost in US Military operations were read to the crowd as was the names of Okeechobee’s war dead. There was a tolling of the boats to dedicate the memorial.
In the courts, local charges were dropped against accused rapist Kevin McGruder of Tampa. He was accused of tying his girlfriend to a tree in Fort Drum earlier this year. McGruder will still face sexual battery and other charges in Hillsborough County. He was captured near Yeehaw Junction.
Two Okeechobee residents are recovering from bullet wounds after a disagreement early Saturday in Douglas Park.
Okeechobee deputies say 18 year old Javion Stevens was arrested in Fort Pierce later Saturday afternoon on charges of two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police suspect it was drug related. The victims Sherod and Brad Ware were hospitalized at Lawnwood. Sherod was shot in the back of the head and Brad in the shoulder and lower back.
Sports Cast for May 26th:
John Cox scored on an 89 yard touchdown run on a busted play and Demarcus Ware added a nine yard touchdown run in the first half.
Dwayne Terry caught a 77 yard touchdown pass for Dade Christian. Jordan Wilson added a 40 yard field goal just before halftime for the Crusaders.
Jonathon Wright had two touchdown runs in the second half for Dade Christian.
Coach Roudybush was glad his team played hard until the final buzzer. Roudybush said his team struggled after Cox left the game with an ankle injury. He said the team struggled without him but they have all summer to heal and prepare for next year.
Okeechobee’s spring game will be held this Friday night.
Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of May at any of the following drives.
Thurs., May 28 – Tires Plus, 11 – 4
Fri., May 29 – Publix, 1 – 7
Sat., May 30 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4
- 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
- The Library is hosting a Beach Day on Wednesday, May 27th beginning at 10:30am and 3:30pm. Kids and adults can wear bathing suits, sun glasses and flip flops! They’ll have paper strip pools for the kids to sit in during story time. They’ll also have visors and popsicles! Come out and join the fun for their last story time until September.
- Students at Okeechobee High School began a program three years ago to stop the cycle of hunger at one Okeechobee elementary school. We pack breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks for both Saturday and Sunday. All of the food is kid-friendly and non-perishable. National Honors Society students have provided meals for 36 students every weekend for the last three years by doing their own fundraising. We run the program for a little less $5000 a year.
We recently applied for a grant from State Farm. Of over 4,000 applicants nationwide, we were selected into the top 200. This group will be narrowed down to 40 winners. All 40 groups selected will win $25,0000. If we win the $25,000 we could feed over 180 students in Okeechobee County.
You can help us feed children in Okeechobee. Voting for the top 40 programs will be done on Facebook. Please click the link below to vote. Each “vote” will count for 10 points toward our program. You can vote EVERYDAY until June 3rd. The winners will be announced June 16th.
Please consider taking ten seconds from your schedule to make a difference in our community.
(You may need to forward this message to your personal email account or open the message on your personal computer/cell phone to access the link, as it is from Facebook.)
- Okeechobee County Library invites you to join their Children’s and Adult summer reading program “Be a Hero – Read”. Children’s program runs Wednesday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 29th at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Adult program is open any time. Call or stop by for details. 863-763-3536 and ask to speak to Kellie!
- 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
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