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News Cast for October 19th:

Business owners, managers and others from Okeechobee County met yesterday for the Business of the Year Awards Luncheon at Williamson Center at IRSC. The luncheon was put together by the Chamber of Commerce and four lucky businesses were recipants of awards. One was the National Corporate Award, given to Waste Management – Okeechobee Landfill. Senior District Manager in charge of the landfill, Tony Bishop, says hard work and great employees are a big part of his winning the award and the community itself for which he’s proud of.

Tony Bishop Interview Clip

Other winners today were Green Design Construction and Development for achieving gross sales over a million dollars. Managing partner Sean Coget says the award was sweet considering his business’ humble beginnings.

Sean Coget Interview Clip

Another winner was The Lounge at Sacred Sanctuary for under a million dollars in gross sales. Owner of The Lounge Bianca Keefe says she was not expecting to win but winning the award means so much to her, her business and the community.

Bianca Keefe Interview Clip

Martha’s House won the award for Non-Profit Organization. Executive Director Jonathan Bean says the award is an affirmation to the work they do and he’s looking to continue that trend.

Jonathan Bean Interview Clip

Officials from the Okeechobee Co Solid Waste Department say all tree limbs must be cut in four to six foot lengths and neatly stacked on the city or county right of way. All leaves, small branches and stumps may be piled with tree limbs. They ask you don’t mix bagged leaves, vegetation, household waste, construction debris, furniture and other appliances with tree limbs. Construction debris must be cut in 6-8′ lengths and neatly stacked. Large items like furniture and appliances must be kept separate from trees and construction debris. Hazardous items like paint, oil or chemicals won’t be collected.

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.

A Lehigh Acres man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for exploiting the elderly. Officials from the State Attorney’s office say 41 year old Ryan Todd Powers became power of attorney for his victim and her husband, opened a fraudulent checking account in her name without her knowledge and had her Social Security checks redirected into the fraudulent account for nearly a year while refusing to provide car to her and her husband. Powers also fraudulently deeded his victim’s home to himself.

On the arrest report:

23 year old Charles Lynn Spiva The 3rd was arrested for home invasion with a firearm. His bond is set at 25,000 dollars.

21 year old Edgar Vasquez was arrested for reckless driving, fleeing and disregard for other’s safety after a high speed chase with deputies on US 441SE. His bond is set at 5,250 dollars.

37 year old Jason Edward Gillis and 37 year old David John Tewksberry, both of Okeechobee were arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana in the presence of a child following a traffic stop. Their bonds have no been set.

43 year old Reyes Garcia of Indiantown was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana after sheriff’s deputies stopped his car. His bond is set at 2,500 dollars.

27 year old Bryan Daniel Corwin was arrested for stealing and resisting arrest. 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


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


Mailing address :

6976 nw 151st terrace Okeechobee fla 34972

Or call 863-824-5373


The Okeechobee High School Cross Country Team is hosting a Celebrity Server Night at the Golden Corral Wednesday October 25th from 5-8pm. Tickets are $11 If you would like to make a donation or purchase a ticket, the team will be at the high school from 4pm to 5:45pm in front of the auditorium week nights through Tuesday the 24th. Proceeds will help fund the 2 time state competing Cross Country Team


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!


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!


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