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Fourth of July Safety Tips Make sure to take extra caution during your holiday celebrations *Sun Safety-Protect your skin against the sun with SPF, and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration *Water Safety-Make sure everyone near water in pools, ponds, lakes or the ocean has the proper skills to swim, keep an eye on young children and check flotation devices for leaks *Grilling Safety-Check to make sure your grill is in proper working order, don’t ignite charcoal with gasoline or lighter fluid, use heat resistant tools and never lean over an open flame *Fireworks Safety-Stay a safe distance away from any fireworks display. Be mindful of children with sparklers, as the wire remains hot en

Helping Hand

You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others… Have a safe weekend. Michele Bell, PIO


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; 1 BRANDED BLM MUSTANG MARE 7-8 YRS OLD (DARK BROWN/BLACK) 1 PASO GELDING 10+ YRS OLD (LIGHT BAY) is now impounded at Okeechobee County Animal Control. 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 _29TH___ day of June, 2017 Posted on Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Website Noel E. Stephen, Sheriff Okeechobee County, Florida


On Friday, June 23, 2017 at approximately 8:12 p.m., a 911 call was received in reference to a choking child. As deputies were responding, they were flagged down by a vehicle with their hands out the window waving the deputies to stop. The child, Jonathan Pineda, age 6, was not breathing. Deputies performed life-saving efforts until Okeechobee County Fire Rescue arrived and continued life-saving efforts. Jonathan was transported to Raulerson Hospital and later transferred to another hospital. On June 26, 2017, the child succumbed. The family is in need for funeral expenses. If you would like to contribute, you may make a deposit at Regions Bank, Okeechobee, Florida in Jonathan’s name or gofu


Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new beginning. Have a great day. Michele Bell, PIO




What can a pet-parent do to prevent heat stroke danger? Be smart and proactive! NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A PARKED CAR, not even if you park in the shade or plan to be gone for only a few minutes. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often in excess of 140 degrees. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your pet. When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation to burns on sensitive paw pads. Keep walks to a minimum. Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but


A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you that it will start to feel like one. Time spent living is time worth appreciating! Michele Bell, PIO


NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN IN A CAR, NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE! HEATSTROKE Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while we quickly run into the store. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies are completely preventable. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke


When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is! Have a terrific Tuesday! Michele Bell, PIO


What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while. Make your day matter. Michele Bell, PIO


The world is so fast that there are days when the person who says it can’t be done is interrupted by the person who is doing it. Have a productive day! Michele Bell, PIO

For a reason

Someday, everything will make perfect sense, so for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. Believe! Michele Bell, PIO


Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to. Have a successful day! Michele Bell, PIO

It's just a number

Do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many… Have a blessed day! Michele Bell, PIO


The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, along with Okeechobee City Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 23, 2017. The checkpoint will be set up on Highway 70 East, Okeechobee, Florida. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of (20) percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drive

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