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Goblins...

Happy Halloween The night is dark and the goblins are out, and the witches and black cats are prowling about. And costumed creatures the strangest I've seen, are knocking on doors 'cause tonight's Halloween Have fun and be safe! Michele Bell, PIO

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Where are sex offenders on Halloween? Worried about your kids knocking on doors of sex offenders while trick or treating? Kids in Okeechobee are busy getting their Halloween costumes ready. The overall focus is to keep children safe, especially on a night when there's so many of them outdoors. Okeechobee County currently has (109) sex offenders and (9) predators, that register with the Sheriff's Office. Florida's number of registered sex offenders is rising dramatically. Restrictions can vary from case to case, depending on court-ordered probation requirements and the crimes committed. Some offenders and predators have no restrictions. But, for the most part, offenders and predators aren't a

Trick or Treat

HALLOWEEN IS FAST APPROACHING Here are a few tips to prepare parents and make fun for everyone. *Encourage the kids to use facial make-up instead of a mask *Spend the extra dollar and purchase quality make-up. You don’t want your kid to have that same look weeks later *If possible, design the costume to accommodate a sweater or even a jacket underneath depending on the weather *Make sure that all costumes and accessories are flame resistant *Keep in mind how much walking they’ll be doing for their age. You don’t want to have to carry your little ghoul home *Carry extra bags to empty candy in so the kids don’t get overly tired *If you have more than one child to supervise, try bringing a wago

Be a Believer...

Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe… Be a Believer! Have a Terrific Tuesday. Michele Bell, PIO

AIM HIGH!

Feel like you’re going backwards? Remember, an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming… Aim High! Happy Monday. Michele Bell, PIO

Be the sunshine...

When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine… Have a Sunny Day! Michele Bell, PIO

Bloom...

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace… Hope you have a beautiful day! Michele Bell, PIO

Refocus...

Don’t forget you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown. Just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out, then refocus on where you’re headed… You can do it! Michele Bell, PIO

Great Attitude...

A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life… Start today with a GREAT attitude! Michele Bell, PIO

Sunny Day...

The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we to can shine our own light… Hope you have a sunny day! Michele Bell, PIO

Letting go...

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is… (Mandy Hale) I hope you have a Fantastic Friday and a Wonderful Weekend! Michele Bell, PIO

Being Thankful

When good things are taking too long to manifest and you’re starting to lose faith… little by little, day by day, what is meant for you WILL find its way. Thankful Thursday! Michele Bell, PIO

BRIGHTER...

Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters… Have a bright, wonderful Wednesday! Michele Bell, PIO

DOG PARK

Gilbert Ford and the Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police are partnering this Friday, October 19, for Ford’s Drive 4 UR Community event. However, we are not asking for your money, just a few minutes of your time and best of all, you get to test drive a brand new Ford vehicle. For every test-drive taken, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 towards the building of a public dog park and Sheriff's Office K9 training grounds. In total, the community can help raise up to $6,000, an amount that will prove to be beneficial to our mission! This fundraising event is a unique way to obtain some of those necessary funds. The event starts at 7:00 am and ends at 7:00 pm. We will also have free hot dogs fr

Help for Hurricane Michael Victims

HOW TO HELP HURRICANE MICHAEL VICTIMS: WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, wreaking havoc on the communities that lay in its path. The Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the continental United States in 50 years, brought heavy winds, rain, and flooding to the Florida panhandle and Gulf Coast, as well as Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence. At least 17 people died because of the storm. The affected communities need help rebuilding. Here’s how you can help: Beginning Monday, October 15th, a trailer will be located in Trading Post’s PARK’N’Sell area, 3100 Highw

Tuesday...

Set yourself up for a great day, think positive… Have a Terrific Tuesday! Michele Bell, PIO

Volunteers of the Quarter

COP Team - Jim and Bev McVeigh received the Volunteer of Quarter Award from Colonel Gary Bell and Sheriff Noel Stephen. The dynamic duo was nominated by their Supervisor, Jack Nash, for their part for recognizing an unknown suspicious vehicle occupied by a subject going door to door within an area they frequently patrol as part of their Citizen On Patrol route. The two realized very fast that this person was up to some criminal activity and notified dispatch immediately. With the vital description of the vehicle and subject, Sheriff's Office deputies located and arrested the subject, who had committed several burglaries in the area. "We are thankful for your tireless dedication and I know th

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