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News Cast for October 18th:

The issue of permits for installing air conditioning units in Okeechobee, specially by those unlicensed contractors was a major topic of discussion at last night’s city council meeting. The issue was brought to attention by Bud Neese of Quality A/C who says that ultimately the home or business owner should be responsible for getting the permits to install them and stop these unlicensed contractors. Neese says it’s been a problem for quite a while and wonder why it took months before it got to the council’s chambers. Neese says in a word, apathy.

Neese Interview clip

City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca says he did listen to the complaints by Neese and disputes Neese’s claim that nothing was being done.

Montes De Oca Interview clip

Council members decided to discuss the matter further with the city attorney and come up with a plan to combat the problem.

Council members also decided to extend the moratorium on medical marijuana businesses for another six months. Had it not been extended, medical marijuana businesses would’ve been allowed. In the meantime, Mayor Dowling Watford says the council will go through the planning board to change land development regulations before the moratorium ends to allow the businesses in the city. Watford says he objects the way the state set up the regulations regarding medical marijuana.

Watford Interview clip

Council members also approved the purchase of a new lawnmower and presented a five year longevity service award to Cody Rodriguez of the Public Works Department.

If you’re looking to enroll in Medicare, now is the time to do it. Officials say the open enrollment for Medicare will be on in Moore Haven today from 9am until Noon at the Hope Connections facility on 2nd Street in Moore Haven, Clewiston on Tuesday October 24th from 11am to 2pm at the Hope Connections on SW Cowen Ave. Walk ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment by calling 239-208-7090.

Florida Highway Patrol Officiers are investigating a crash that killed a Myakka City woman and her 12 year old daughter last Thursday. Officers say 42 year old Christine McCue was driving her Nissan Versa East on Route 70 near NW Florida Ave when an oncoming car veered into her lane and struck her car head on. McCue’s car spun and ended in a ditch. McCue and her daughter were killed instantly. The driver of the other car, 35 year old Kristina Crawford of Arcadia is being treated for serious injuries.

A Port Charotte man was sentenced to jail yesterday for child pornography charges. Officials from the state attorney’s office say 26 year old Nicholas Albert Berlen was sentenced to 7 years in prison today after pleading guilty to one count of computer pornography and 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

On the arrest report today:

18 year old Noah Cameron Torres was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for marijuana possession following a traffic stop on SE 43rd Ave. His bond is set at 1,000 dollars.

27 year old Luis Alvarez was arrested for driving on a suspended license after he was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies for driving over 100 miles an hour on HWY 441N early yesterday morning. His bond is set at 500 dollars.

46 year old Frank James Stalans was arrested on charges of drunk and disorderly and attempting aggravated assault following an incident at a gas station early Monday morning. Deputies say Stalans was threatening customers with a screwdriver. His bond is set at 3,000 dollars.

23 year old Isaias Guzman was arrested for false imprisonment and resisting arrest after a domestic abuse call. He was released after posting 1,000 bond.

24 year old Jason Beaulieu was arrested for battery and battery on a senior citizen after a domestic abuse call Sunday night. His bond has not yet been set.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 10-16-17

K9 Resque here in Okeechobee is a local non-profit that helps out individuals in our community by providing food and assistance for their pets via their Kibbles Kitchen program. They are in need of the following items if you can help them out:

Laundry detergent

Dish detergent

Odo ban (home depot)

Scrub brushes

Brooms

Rubber gloves

Dryer sheets

Push broom

Any type of cleaning agent except for lysol or pine sol

We hope to start cleaning up the kennel are next week, and our funds are at an all time low

Please do not send bleach

ANY PLASTIC BAGS – PLEASE BRING TO THE STATION

Mailing address :

6976 nw 151st terrace Okeechobee fla 34972

Or call 863-824-5373

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Mark it down on your calendars. We have a mixer coming up in just a few days! Spread the word that the amazing team led by Mrs. Donna at Grand Oaks Living Facility will be hosting their own OKMS Mixer Thursday, October 5th.  So bring your own staff, family, friends, and join us for an eventful mixer I know these ladies are excited for!  Come out, and join OKMS for this exciting event! Mixers are a great time to network with others in our community hear what is going on with Okeechobee Main Street, as well as other community organizations. Light refreshments are provided.

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THE BIG O FLEA MARKET PRESENTS: OCTOBER CAR FEST CAR SHOW – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH AT THE BIG O FLEA MARKET, 3600 HWY 441 South across from Publix. Car show will be from 9am to 1pm with registration from 8-11am, no entry fee – if you’re interested in participating call Ron @ 863-447-9792. All classic cars, trucks and show cars are invited to participate. Trophies will be awarded to our top 3 winners and people’s choice; eat drink and be scary! Wear your favorite Halloween costume if you feel young at heart! The Big O Flea Market is open from 8am until 3pm with over 150 vendors and fantastic food!

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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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Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network This is where you can relax, without a care in the world. You get the share ideas, tell about great experiences with others in our Network, learn about new projects and upcoming events and offers. We meet at Cowboys, 202 NE 7th Ave, next meeting will be October 20th.You will have time to share, pass out business cards and flyers then get to tell about YOUR business. We also have a small gift exchange.  Need more information? Call Raye, 863-467-2557