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News Cast for May 24th:

Okeechobee County Commissioners meet today and they will be having a public hearing on the amendments to the county budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year before approving it. They will also be looking to approve a requisition of funds for the sheriff’s office to purchase a mobile app and a speed trailer.

Later this afternoon, Okeechobee County Commissioners will be having a workshop to discuss economic development in the county by receiving a presentation from Principal VisionFirst Advisors. That workshop is scheduled for 1:30 at the Historic County Courthouse.

For the third straight year, Indian River State College is among ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This award recognizes excellence in community college student success outcomes; an award that IRSC Director of legislative and executive communications Andy Treadwell calls “the Super Bowl trophy of community college excellence.” While being a finalist for the past three years is a great achievement, Treadwell says this year might very well be the year IRSC wins it. Treadwell says IRSC is competing with over eleven hundred schools for this honor. Top prize is a million dollars. It is awarded once every two years.

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The Okeechobee County Airport will soon have a new tenant. Commissioners recently approved the start of building lease negotiations with Lynn Shepard, owner of Powerlift Hydraulic Doors of Florida, to locate his business in the 25 hundred block of NW 16th Boulevard in the Industrial Park area of the airport. Shepard says the airport property is perfect for his business because of logistics and it’s just the right place. Okeechobee County Airport Director Kathy Scott says it’s great to have Shepard’s business there because it will create more jobs and opportunities here. The land has been vacant for about five years following the departure of Wooley’s Sheds.

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Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies have a Mulberry man in custody on charges of armed robbery of a convenience store earlier last month in Okeechobee County. Deputies arrested 42 year old Dwan Sharrod Marshall Tuesday in connection with the robbery of the Circle K store on Route 441 on April 1st just after 4am. Deputies say Marshall robbed the store while holding the clerk at gunpoint. Marshall then grabbed the clerk and shoved her into the bathroom, threatening to kill her if she came out and then he left. Deputies say Marshall was described as African-American, heavy-set, approximately six feet tall and weighing 350 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt, black ball cap with a design on the front and long black shorts at the time of the robbery and fled the scene in a white four door Chevy Lumina. He is being charged with armed robbery, burglary with assault and battery with a firearm and grand theft. His bond is set at $105 thousand dollars.

On the arrest report:

29 year old Jose Domingo of Okeechobee was arrested by police for driving without a valid license after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

18 year old Javaris Jamar Frost of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of and selling cocaine within a thousand feet of a park. His bond is set at $20 thousand dollars.

28 year old Cory Ray Jenkins of Okeechobee was arrested for driving without a license and resisting arrest after a traffic stop. He’s being held without bond.

39 year old Jennifer Nichole Scott of Okeechobee was arrested for giving false information to a pawnbroker and violating probation on past drug charges. She’s being held without bond.

37 year old Michael Lee Millikin of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. His bond is set at five thousand dollars.

37 year old Renee Trevino of Okeechobee was arrested for driving without a license and having knowledge of it after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.

The Crime Stoppers Safe School Hotline seeks to ensure that students have a safe environment for studying and learning by making their school campuses safer. Crime Stoppers Safe School Hotline is an anonymous telephone hotline students can use to provide information on crime. These crimes include but are not limited to:  possession of guns or other dangerous weapons, possession of narcotics/alcohol, fights, extreme bullying, threats of terrorism, gang activity, robberies, sexual assaults, arson, battery, vandalism and bomb threats. If you see something, say something, call 1-800-273-TIPS (8477) or go to      – Michele Bell, PIO

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 5-17-18

Ms. Kim is excited to announce that the “Summer Reading Camp” will be every Wednesday at 10:30 am. beginning on Wednesday, June 20th through July 25th. (no program on July 4th as the library will be closed). The ages are for 8 years old and under. If they have a sibling that is older, they may attend as well (they can be helpers). PARENTS MUST ATTEND!!