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Billy Dean with Donald Hagan and Robert Peterson of the Okeechobee County Police Department!

News Cast for July 25th:

Okeechobee schools proposed a near 71 million dollar spending plan for the new  year. The plan increases spending by 0.68 percent, lowers the tax rate by 3.59 percent, collects 2.3 percent more in local taxes and receives 2.7 percent more from state aid.

The millage rate was reduced by .246 mills to just over 6.6 mills. Just under 12 million will be collected in local taxes.

Superintendent Ken Kenworthy says taxable values are up which means more revenue. The state projects a slight decrease in student enrollment in the district this year.

The district has 20 teaching vacancies to fill by the start of the year and could use some substitute teachers. The school board has also not committed to any salary hikes this year as union negotiations continue.

Among arrests:

27 year old Thomas Simon of Decatur, Tennessee was charged with sexual battery of a now 10 year old female with alleged sexual incidents occurring in Okeechobee County.  The alleged crimes occurred between 2012 and 2016.

Triple A reports a 7 cent per gallon increase in gas prices across Florida in the past week.

Sports Cast for July 25th:

Justin Drawdy was the Brahman Award winner and District wresting champion at 2 hundred and 20 pounds this year. Drawdy says he appreciated getting the recognition. He still has his senior year ahead and high hopes of making it to the state tournament. He thanked former Brahman wrestlers Bobby Jablonski and Curtis Tyson for helping him to become a better wrestler. He wants to be in better shape this coming year.

He also volunteers to help with the youth wrestling club.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 7-11-17

Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!

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In July, the Harry Chapin Food Bank will be starting a new program for seniors in Hendry/Glades county.  It is a Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program offering a once a month delivery for pick-up of the shelf-stable food for low income seniors who are 60 years or older.   If you would like information about the program, please contact: Annie Noel:  Commodity Supplemental Food Program Coordinator at 239-344-7007 ext. 143 or Bonnie Shop:  Nutrition Site Coordinator for Hope Connections in Buckhead Ridge at  863-763-2404 or come by 30082 East State Road 78  Buckhead Ridge (next to the Fire Dept.)

 

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Okeechobee County is celebrating it’s Centennial 2017!  Special Events are planned throughout this year to mark this special time in our Community’s history. The Centennial Committee meets the first Monday of every month at noon for planning and discussion. If you would like to become a member of the Committee it is on a volunteer basis outside normal business hours.  Sponsorships are available to help support the Okeechobee County Centennial Committee in making history.  To become a sponsor or for questions regarding any of the events please contact Sharie Turgeon, Facilitator at (863) 763-3959 or tourism@co.okeechobee.fl.us.

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A community 2 day event that includes local business owners, clubs and talent to say a fond farewell to summer. The dates of the event will be Sept 3-4, 2017 from 10 – 3 each day. There will be a parade sponsored by the B.R.A.T club at 10 the morning of Labor Day. There are fun events scheduled  contests and more to come. There will be a number of vendors with great food, arts and crafts, club information and so on.  The admission is free we just ask for you to support the vendors. Parade contact Teresa Chandler Bishop at 863-801-4996 or  tchandler@wm.com .Vendor and Parade applications are on our website.