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News Cast for April 26th:

Unemployment levels hit historic lows in March across the Treasure Coast. Okeechobee’s fell to 4.4 percent, with 808 workers receiving benefits. Last March levels were 5.1 percent.  The jobless rate was 4.9 percent in February. Okeechobee tied with Hamilton, Suwannee, Bay and Osceola County for 31st among Florida counties. Glades county had 5.4 percent unemployment.  That was lower than February’s 6 percent and last March’s 5.6 percent.  Around the area Hendry had 6.4 percent, highest in the state, Hardee 5.9, Highlands 5.4 and Indian River 4.9 percent.

The city of Moore Haven has asked the state to look at the light at 10th Street and US 27.  A person in a wheel chair was recently struck and killed there. The city also is considering regulations on golf carts being used in the city limits, especially by teens. They also suggested a small skate park in the downtown area for kids.

Charges of introduction of contraband and bribery of a state official were dropped against 29 year old Freddy Roque who accepted nearly 9 thousand dollars from inmates to bring in tobacco and marijuana.  A search located some rolling papers on the guard last April 12th.  The judge ruled that the state prison policy of requiring random searches and truth ful answers with threat of termination was a violation of Roques fifth amendment rights to self-incrimination.

Okeechobee county is under two day per week lawn watering, addresses with odd numbers can water on Wednesday and Saturday, even can water on Thursday and Sunday.

Commissioners approved a six month moratorium until November 5th on medical marijuana.  They also discussed whether to have voters approve a bond issue to build a 28 million dollar new jail.

Sports Cast for April 26th:

Okeechobee softball earned another regional berth with a 14-3 run rule victory over Jensen Beach last night. Haley Underhill had three hits and four RBI including a three run homerun.

Jillian Crosby threw a complete game and gave up five hits and three runs. Underhill injured her shoulder and is unable to pitch.  She has focused on her hitting lately to continue making contributions to the team.

Coach Mary Huff says Crosby will have to do a better job of pitching well from the start of games as Jensen Beach scored twice in the first.

South Fork defeated Martin County 10-0 in the other semifinal.

The two teams meet in the district finals Thursday at 7 pm at OHS.

Boys baseball defeated Avon Park 4-2.  Cody Louthan and Alex Lopez each drove in two runs.  Mason Adams pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts.

On the sports schedule today, the OHS wrestling team holds their annual awards banquet at 6 pm at the High school cafeteria.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 4-20-17

The Okeechobee County School Board will be holding Kindergarten registration at the following schools: 

May   9,  Everglades Elementary School       462-5108

May 10,  South  Elementary School               462-5087

May 11,  Seminole Elementary School          462-5116

May 16,  North Elementary School                462-5100

 May 18,  Central Elementary School             462-5077

If your child will be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2017, you should begin gathering the following information required by law to enter public school:

Legal Proof of Birth Date – Up-to-Date Immunization Record – Health Exam Record that has been completed by a physician since September 1, 2016 – Proof of Residence (FPL statement; OUA statement, etc.)

Please contact the school your child will attend to schedule an appointment for kindergarten registration.  If you do not know which school your child should attend, contact the Student Services Office at 462-5000 extension 260.

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