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Tuesday, January 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am Oath of Office Ceremony in honor of Noel E. Stephen, Sheriff Okeechobee County If you can’t join us, you can watch the ceremony live right here. Michele Bell, PIO


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The Administration Offices will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of New Years Day, 2017. Join us on the steps Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for the swearing in of Sheriff Noel E. Stephen. As you gear up to greet the New Year with a grand salute, I wish for you to have a New Year as hopeful as the dawn, as energetic as the sun, and as peaceful as the dove. Be safe. Happy New Year! Michele Bell, PIO


Chandler and Charlie Schrichte participated in Shop with a Cop!

In Tribute

In tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, please take a moment to read the message below: Always remember: Reserve Deputy George A. Pfeil, Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida

In Tribute

In tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, please take a moment to read the message below: Always remember: Sheriff Thompson Brooks Simkins, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida


You have the power to shrink your stress! The secret? Imagining all that can go right instead of worrying about what might go wrong. Trusting that whatever troubles may come your way, you can handle. And giving yourself permission to relax. More often than not, things turn out even better than we’ve hoped! I’ve always liked this expression and always try to remind people, “the glass is half full NOT half empty!” Have a great day everyone. Michele Bell, PIO

Hump Day!

Supersize your joy! There’s an instant, calorie-free way to boost your happiness: POSITIVE THINKING! Look for the best in yourself, in others and in each day – it’s there! Drink in beauty – it’s all around you! Count your great qualities and your blessings – they are many! LIFE IS GOOD. INDULGE! Have a great day! Michele Bell, PIO


Please join us as we witness Noel E. Stephen take the Oath of Office and be sworn in as the 17th Sheriff of Okeechobee County. Michele Bell, PIO

Today's thought

One step forward is all it takes. The step can be sensibly small or boldly big. Cautious or confident. Sure-footed or unsure. Slow-and-steady or full-steam-ahead. They all count! Because ay step leads to the next step, which leads to your dreams! Have a great day. Michele Bell, PIO

Fast approaching 2017

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. It’s unbelievable how fast 2016 has gone by. It seems like yesterday we were starting to prepare for this year, getting ready to make our list of goals, evaluating the things we did in 2015… And now, pretty much with the blink of an eye, we’re doing the same thing, but heading to 2017! Where has time gone? As the years pass by us, it’s always important to keep our loved ones in our minds and hearts, and always show them how much we care. Wishing you a great, prosperous, blissful, healthy, bright, delightful, energetic and extremely Happy New Year.” Michele Bell, PIO


Deputy Yero Todman sharing the Christmas love with Chief Deputy Bell

Merry Christmas!

The Administration Office will be closed from Friday, December 23 – 26, 2016 in observance of the Christmas holiday. If you have an emergency dial 911. May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, The warmth of Christmas grant you love. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! Michele Bell, PIO

Tis the Reason for the Season...

I recently met two very special young ladies in the DARE speech contest at North Elementary. Each of them had a great speech they had prepared and I believe one day both will be some type of public speaker! While talking to them I learned a little about both. First there was Anatalia Navarrete, age 10. Anatalia talked about several things that she wanted for Christmas. Most of all, to go to Mexico. Then there was Ryleigh Carter, age 11. Ryleigh didn’t have to think twice. She wanted a guitar for Christmas. I went home that day and kept thinking about both of them. The next day I contacted SRO Deputy Steve McKinley. Deputy McKinley contacted both girls’ parents for permission to take their pi


Happiness is headed your way! Life is a stream (sometimes rushing, sometimes slow but steady) of joys and opportunities –some wished for and worked for, some completely unexpected. Either way, all you need to do to experience them is to open your heart and go with the flow! Have a great day everyone. Michele Bell, PIO

Christmas Cookies

Kay Marie Shireman recently brought everyone Christmas cookies. YUM!


NOTICE OF IMPOUNDED LIVESTOCK BY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE/ANIMAL CONTROL To Whom It May Concern: You are hereby notified that the following described livestock; One black bull calf. If the above livestock is not redeemed within 3 days from date hereof, it shall be offered for adoption or disposed of humanely. Dated this 21st day of December, 2016 Paul C. May Sheriff Okeechobee County, Florida


You can jumpstart your happiness! Feeling like your life is on hold? Discover the power of trying something new! Approach a problem you’re facing from a new angle or meet a challenge with a new attitude. Steer yourself in a new direction or dream a new dream. New works! (P.S. Christmas is in 4 days) Have a great day! Michele Bell, PIO

Things to think about...

Things to think about… The best things in life are still 100% free! You hold the key to your happiness! Life is filled with more wonders than worries. Never underestimate the power of a smile. Especially yours! Have a great day. Michele Bell, PIO

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