January Events 1-10-21

A FREE testing site for the COVID-19 virus will be open at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center (4601 Highway 710). The site will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Adults and children needing a COVID-19 test should enter the Agri-Civic center through the Hwy 710 gate and follow the signs on site. This testing site is being operated by Curative and will be providing the PCR test results within 24-48 hours from receipt of the sample at the lab. In person at the testing site at the Agri-Civic Center or online at https://curative.com. Okeechobee County reminds our residents that Raulerson Hospital is not an open testing or vaccination location. The public is encouraged to take advantage of these testing and vaccination locations. Information about those locations is updated as needed on the Okeechobee County Government Facebook page and at www.co.okeechobee.fl.us.

Upcoming Closures for BOCC Offices: • All BOCC County Offices will be closed Friday, 1/14/22 from 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. for Employee Appreciation Day• All BOCC Offices will be closed on Monday, 1/17/22, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All Offices will re-open Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 8:00 AM.As always, our County Fire Department is not affected by this closure and will continue to provide emergency services

The memorial tribute is set for January 29th at 11:00. Kathie Papasso and Diane Thrift were both very much involved in Trail of Hope. Trail of Hope is making a meet and greet area in the front between the 2 big oaks. This area will be for when people bring their animals to meet one of the dogs at rescue to see how they get along. It will have 2 benches one for each of them. And we are asking if anyone would like to get a stepping stone from wherever and write whatever they would like on it in memory of them or their dogs name or just a drawing. They need to be brought up to the shelter by the 20th of January so the area can be finished by the 29th. The contact number is Trail of Hope for any info (863)357-1104. And of course if anyone would like to make a donation in either one of their names would be awesome

The Okeechobee Historical Society is excited to announce that the museum at 1850 US Hwy 98 North will be open one Saturday a month beginning on Saturday, January 15th between the hours of 9 and noon.  For those who have never visited the museum and Tantie School House, please come and see what we have on display!  The museum will also be open on its regular Thursdays from 9 til 1. 

The 5k Love Run is Saturday February 12 starting at 8 AM. Tickets are on sale now through our website RSCa soldiers.com for $25 and that price does increase to $30 after the new year.

Trail Of Hope Animal Rescue is a non profit, no kill Animal Rescue in Okeechobee. TOH is located at 1201 Hwy 98 N, next to the livestock market.
In the four years that Trail of Hope has been open, over 1,300 dogs have been rescued. Trail Of Hope Animal Rescue operates strictly on the generosity of donations made from community members. We are always in need of monetary donations as well as paper towels, laundry soap, fabuloso, bleach, old towel, sheets and blankets. Mostly, TOH is in need of volunteers who can lovingly help these pups until they find their forever home. They need to be fed, loved and given Hope. Please come visit any day from 10-2:00 and meet the pup of your dreams!!