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Charles Murphy News 10/9

News Cast for October 9th:

The Okeechobee county commission Thursday began engineering work on three significant projects. One would bring a sidewalk across the entire length of North West 36th Street through Basswood and Whispering Pines. Another would spend 1 million dollars to improve drainage in the River Lake Estates neighborhood. The third would spend 250 thousand to improve the parking lot and drainage at the OK Softball fields.

Commissioners also welcomed the FLW Rayovac Bass Fishing tournament to be held in Okeechobee from January 14th thru the 16th. 25 thousand dollars will be spent in host fees and other expenses but the event is expected to attract 5 hundred fishermen, an international audience and over 1 million in economic impacts. The county also agreed to maintain route 68 west after the state resurfaces and widens the shoulders.

They also approved a new security system at the airport that will cost 154 thousand dollars.
Okeechobee will also host the Florida Humanities council Smithsonian Water way Traveling exhibit late next year due to a state grant.

Among arrests, 38 year old Dale Alderman of Glades County was charged with aggravated stalking for violation of a court order on 10 different occasions and with sending harassing and threatening text messages.

38 year old Satena Loper of Lakeport was arrested on charges of ale and possession with intent to sell cocaine in Hendry County and was held without bond.

Sports Cast for October 9th:

Mateo Vasquez opened the game with an 80 yard touchdown run and Shawn Hood recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown to leave the Brahmans junior varsity to a 14-12 victory at home last night over Sebastian River.

Vasquez rushed for over 150 yards in the game. He said he wanted to get off to a good start. Linebacker Buster Mond had some big stops as the defense held on after Sebastian rallied for 12 points in the third quarter. He said the defense had to pick it up.

Mateo Vasquez and Buster Mond on victory over Sebastian

Coach Jeff Whitlock said his team is a bunch of fighters that don’t quit and they showed it against Sebastian.

Jeff Whitlock on victory over Sebastian

Kevin Crosby blocked a punt for Okeechobee.

On the sports schedule tonight, OHS football hosts Fort Pierce Westwood at 7 pm. Moore Haven football visits South West Florida Christian Academy. OHS cross country competes at the Disney, ESPN Wide World of Sports on Saturday and the OYFL will host Belle Glade for senior day at Okeechobee high.

Charles Murphy News 10/8

News Cast for October 8th:

An open carry bill for firearms passed the State house criminal justice subcommittee this week. The bill would allow Floridians with concealed weapons permits to openly carry their firearms in public. Anyone who infringes on the right would face 5 thousand dollars in fines; any government official that infringes could face fines of up to 1 hundred thousand dollars. The state house committee also approved a bill that would ban shooting guns in public for celebratory purposes.

Among arrests, a City of Belle Glade employee was charged with aggravated stalking after being found near Martin Correctional with his estranged girlfriend. Martin prison guards called him in as a suspicious person around the complex. 25 year old Dacoby Wooten allegedly sent threatening text messages to the woman, an employee at the nearby Treasure Coast Forensic Center.   They also found a loaded gun in her vehicle the victim did not own.

38 year old Terrance Willis of Indiantown was charged with the sale of crack cocaine to a confidential informant. Martin county deputies say Willis ran from them near the Best Western in Stuart after concerns over recent drug deals in the area. Deputies say they found some cocaine and marijuana on the suspect. He was arrested near a child care facility.

A Glades County man is charged with battery on law enforcement allegedly grabbing for a state wildlife officers gun at a Glades County cattlemen’s benefit dinner earlier this month. 31 year old Tuyl Oxer earlier allegedly asked the wildlife officer if he could borrow his taser so he could strike another man with it. Alcohol was allegedly a factor. The officer claimed Oxer told him he could take his gun and kill him with it. Additional charges could be filed.

Two Okeechobee men were charged with the theft of 11 thousand dollars in equipment and selling them at a local salvage yard. 24 year old Tyler Elmore and 20 year old Brandon Pitt face charges of vehicle burglary, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property. They allegedly stole a skid steer loader and trailer plus a step van.

Sports Cast for October 8th:

Brahman softball coach Mary Huff said she thinks the program is headed in the right direction. But she was slightly disappointed by how the season ended.

Huff is encouraged that most of her players played summer ball this past year to keep their skills sharp. She says that is almost a necessity nowadays. The softball team only lost two seniors last summer and is expected to be a district title contender again this year.

Huff 1

Huff 2

A full sports schedule today, Yearling soccer and volleyball visit Oslo at 4:30, Moore Haven volleyball hosts Donahue Catholic of Ava Maria at 5 pm, OHS bowlers host Port St. Lucie at 3:30, Osceola soccer and volleyball will visit Storm Grove at 4:30, OHS swimmers visit Sebastian River at 4 pm, OHS JV football will host Sebastian River at 6 pm and Moore Haven JV football hosts Clewiston at 6 pm.



One-third of Americans ignore vehicle maintenance needs

TAMPA, Fla. (October 8, 2015) – Roadside emergencies are one of the fastest ways to put the brakes on travel plans. While some motorists may not encounter problems, travelers can minimize the risk by planning ahead and preparing properly. According to AAA roadside assistance data, millions of roadside breakdowns could be prevented with basic vehicle maintenance. A recent AAA survey revealed that 35 percent of motorists skipped or delayed service or repairs that were recommended by a mechanic or listed in the vehicle’s factory maintenance manual.

“Its important motorists keep their vehicle operating safely,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Neglecting scheduled maintenance can damage your vehicle, leaving you with expensive car repairs.” According to AAA’s certified Approved Auto Repair shops, motorists can save an average of one hundred dollars per visit solely by maintaining their vehicle.

In 2014, AAA responded to more than 29 million calls for roadside assistance, with the majority (17 million) due to battery failure, flat tires and keys locked inside the vehicle. AAA offers these precautionary tips to prevent these common roadside problems:

  • Batteries: Automotive batteries typically last between three and five years, with reduced battery life in hotter climates. To avoid an unexpected battery failure, AAA recommends that drivers have their vehicle’s battery tested when it reaches three years of age and on an annual basis thereafter.  According to a recent survey, two thirds of Americans have never had their car battery tested prior to their vehicle failing to start. AAA’s Mobile Battery Service offers free battery testing to AAA members.
  • Tires: Keeping tires properly inflated and routinely checking tread depth is critical to safety, yet AAA found that 60 percent of Americans do not check tire pressures regularly. Tire pressures, including the spare tire, should be checked at least once a month, and when tread depth reaches 4/32” AAA recommends replacing tires. Additionally, while locking lug nuts are helpful in preventing tire theft, missing keys prevented roadside assistance technicians from changing 21,000 tires in 2014. AAA recommends storing the locking lug nut key with the spare tire or in the glove box.
  • Keys: Despite the rising popularity of Passive Keyless Entry systems, AAA has not seen a significant reduction in the number of calls related to drivers being locked out of their vehicle in the last decade, proving that it is difficult to prevent this common mistake.

“Flat tires, dead batteries, and overheated cooling systems are common reasons motorists call AAA for assistance. There are more than 12 million calls each year related to engine trouble, fuel issues and other mechanical misfortunes,” stated Waiters. “AAA is committed to keeping our roads safe for all motorists; however, this study reveals drivers can save time and money by investing in regular maintenance.”

Other key findings from 2014 roadside assistance data include:

  • AAA towed more than two million vehicles for engine-related issues and an additional 600,000 vehicles for transmission failure.
  • More than 235,000 vehicles were towed due to brake system failures.
  • While most modern vehicles are equipped with low-fuel lights, AAA provided gasoline fuel delivery to more than half a million vehicles in 2014.
  • Due to members incorrectly fueling their gasoline-powered vehicle with diesel fuel, or vice-versa, AAA towed more than 13,000 vehicles to repair facilities.

AAA’s Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program was created more than 35 years ago and includes nearly 7,000 facilities across North America.  Once a shop meets AAA’s high standards, including certifications, technical training, cleanliness, insurance requirements and background checks, it becomes part of the AAR program where it’s re-inspected annually and monitored for customer satisfaction.  AAA members receive several unique benefits by selecting an AAR facility, including priority service, a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty, discounts on repairs, free inspections, AAA assistance with dispute resolutions and more.  To find an AAR facility, visit AAA.com/Repair.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 55 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

Special Needs Housing & Transportation Conversation

Special Needs Housing & Transportation Conversation

Boca Raton, FL – October 7, 2015 – Unicorn Children’s Foundation, in partnership with Palm Beach County Youth Services Department and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, will be hosting a panel conversation on housing and transportation issues relevant to the special needs, disability and/or mental health         community on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 2:30-4:30pm at the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach. The following experts will discuss the landscape of needs and services and will be sharing their company’s role in providing housing and/or transportation options supports, or services to create a more inclusive and engaging community for residents of varying abilities:

Tomas Boiton, Founder & CEO, Citizens for Improved Transit

Commissioner Paulette Burdick, Palm Beach County Government

Genevieve Cousminer, Executive Director, Center for Independent Living Options

Gerry Driscoll, Southeast Region Manager, Agency for Persons with Disability

Louis Ferri, Operations Manager, Palm Tran/Connections

Cathy-Alice Koyanagi, Chair of Palm Tran Service Board

Michael Pecar, Real Estate Development Director, Neighborhood Renaissance

Elaine Rotenberg, Clinical Director, Alpert Jewish Family Services

Maria Rubin, Operation Analyst/Community Affairs, Agency for Persons with Disability

Carlos Serrano, Director of Operations & External Affairs, Department of Economic Sustainability

Clarinda Shabass, School District Transportation

Sheryl Soukup, Executive Director, Florida Residential Options of Florida

Claudia Tuck, Director, Palm Beach County Human Services

Since January 2015, over 190 participants representing more than 100 private, public and civic organizations, as well as parents and individuals challenged by special needs have come together monthly to discuss their experiences, concerns, ideas, and solutions. These community conversations are part of a larger community needs assessment on special needs and disability that was commissioned by The Unicorn Children’s Foundation with funding support from Palm Beach County Government, Quantum Foundation, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, Autism After 21, Els for Autism, and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County. A presentation to the larger community is planned for Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 5-8pm at the Palm Beach County South County Civic Center where we will unveil the current landscape of supports and services, the gaps in available services and supports, barriers to accessing services, and a business model to create a more coordinated and comprehensive continuum of care, engagement, and inclusion for individuals with special needs and/or disability.

Charles Murphy News 10/7

News Cast for October 7th:

Lost dog in Taylor Creek, if found, call the station at 863-467-1570!

Lost dog in Taylor Creek, if found, call the station at 863-467-1570!

Very little environmental comments, but mostly hard cash and jobs, dominated a public hearing on the draft environmental impacts of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Okeechobee.

The Florida southeast connection would take in 20-25 miles in Okeechobee and provide nearly 68 million in government tax revenues for our county over 60 years. It would also create jobs and boost the economy with 36 million in new cash during construction.

Landowner Roy Griffin said he objected to the route because stand land is only 1 hundred feet away that could be used. 30 people attended the hearing, many of them business interests, and many representing labor unions. The pipeline is considered a critical part of the proposed natural gas power plant Florida Power and Light wants to build in our County.

Clewiston police arresting one suspect in a recent homicide and plan several more. 46 year old Joe McCray was also charged with robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for allegedly shooting o death Mohammad Ansari of Miami in September outside the Clewiston Walmart.

A chase early Tuesday lands an Okeechobee man in the county jail. Steven Alderete faces two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. The chase went over 4 miles through several residential neighborhoods on the cities south east side with top speeds of 70 miles per hour. The vehicle also drove across a lawn on South East 8th Avenue. One deputy said Alderete drove right at him at one point in the chase, causing him to jump out of the way.

10.6.2015 Correll Letter Resetting Execution Date

Sports Cast for October 7th:

Ashley Bowers had eight service points and six kills and Yearling defeated Storm Grove 25-6, 21-25, and 15-4 in middle school volleyball action Tuesday.

Samantha Ruiz added 12 service points and four assists.

She said the girls shook off a lackluster second game to win. Kendall Harrison added 10 service points and four blocks for the Lady Bulls.

Samantha Ruiz on win over Storm Grove

Coach Kellyann Campbell said her girls learned a lesson to not relax and remain focused. Yearling won the soccer game outside 3-0.

Kellyann Campbell on win over Storm Grove

OHS volleyball won a five match marathon with John Carroll Tuesday, 25-12, 13-25, 16-25, 25-21 and 15-10. Okeechobee won their 10th straight match.

No sports are scheduled for tonight.

Deputies Warn Public Regarding Debit Card Scam

Deputies Warn Public Regarding Debit Card Scam

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies are warning the public about a debit card scam that targets senior citizens.

Deputies have taken three reports from victims ranging in age from 75-82, who indicated they were contacted by suspects posing as representatives of the victim’s bank.  The victims are told that their debit cards need to be replaced with new cards equipped with enhanced security features.  They are instructed to immediately mail their current debit card and PIN number to the bank’s corporate office.  When the victims point out that the mail has already been picked up or delivered they are told that the Post Office is working with the bank on this issue and that they need to mail their card immediately.  In one case the victim was told to raise the flag on her mail box so the post office would know the letter was ready.  At some point the mail is stolen from the roadside mail boxes and the debit cards are then used to make multiple large purchases at major retailers in Central Florida. On average, the three victims lost more than $9,000 dollars each.

Deputies want to make the public aware of the scam and provide the following safety tips:

  • If you receive a call from an individual claiming to represent your bank, do not provide them any account information by phone and do not mail them your credit/debit card.
  • If your bank is upgrading their security, they will not ask for your card back. Instead, they will mail you a new card and ask you to destroy your old card.
  • Banks do not make special arrangements with postal service for special pick ups.

If you have received a similar call or have information about this scam, call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.

CASTLE Speaks On Family Programs To Kiwanis Club OF OKeechobee (Audio Included)

CASTLE Speaks On Family Programs To Kiwanis Club OF Okeechobee

From left to right, Sara Frahm - Group Services Program Manager for CASTLE, Courtney Moyett - Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee President, Kelly Owens - Kiwanis guest presenter and Jo Norris - Program Facilitator for Strengthening Families and High Hopes for CASTLE

From left to right, Sara Frahm – Group Services Program Manager for CASTLE, Courtney Moyett – Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee President, Kelly Owens – Kiwanis guest presenter and Jo Norris – Program Facilitator for Strengthening Families and High Hopes for CASTLE

The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee welcomed guest speaker Sara Frahm, the Group Services Program Coordinator for CASTLE of The Treasure Coast at a recent meeting. Frahm spoke on two programs present in Okeechobee including a new program coming soon called Strengthening Families.

Strengthening Families is unique in that it is designed to work with the entire family- children and parents. The program is conducted in a central CASTLE location with other parents. The parent groups learn together, are able to have dinner together and have child-care provided during the group sessions. The program is structured this way to reduce pressure on the parents so that they can concentrate on their family-building skills. It builds family time and helps families repair their relationships in a no pressure environment.

The other program Ms. Frahm discussed was a program called High Hopes For Kids. High Hopes for Kids is a program that offers support to children who are experiencing the emotional consequences of parental divorce or separation. In small group settings, children will learn to identify and communicate their feelings, basic anger management, problem ownership and problem solving. Children will discover the skills necessary to respond in a healthy manner to the changes occurring in their family life. This program is available in most elementary schools and in several organizations that would like to host High Hopes for Kids.

Ms. Frahm also spoke on the alarming numbers Okeechobee is registering for teen aged suicides which is the highest In the area.


Charles Murphy News 10/6

News Cast for October 6th:

A 62 year old Indiantown man, William Kerr was killed Sunday night after a motorcycle accident on Route 609 or Allapattah Road. The Florida Highway Patrol says Kerr was south bound when for some unknown reason the Harley Davidson motorcycle left the road onto the shoulder and ejected him. Kerr was not wearing a helmet.

Deputies had to chase and or follow a 52 year old suspected drunk driver Sunday night who constantly weaved back and forth across the road in South East Okeechobee. Juan Cartagena faces charges of fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended license and giving deputies a false name. The incident went from 441 south east, to 15A, to 710, to 15B and back onto 441 south east before the vehicle was stopped.

68 year old Gray English was charged by city police with possession of a 32 caliber revolver as a convicted felon. The report said cops responded to an argument in the McDonalds restaurant on Park Street, and learned the loaded gun was in a bag in the passenger door of the vehicle. The report said English’ criminal history included 14 felony charges of cocaine sale, grand theft and homicide.

A 16 year old boy hid in the woods north of the G 4 S school for a time after an alleged escape attempt on Friday. The boy faces escape and resisting arrest charges. The Sheriff’s office K-9 unit after several warnings entered the woods and subdued the suspect. He was treated for two minor bite wounds at Raulerson Hospital.

3 people were arrested after the report of a stolen vehicle on Sunday morning. A juvenile was charged with grand theft auto, allegedly taking the vehicle from her grandmother. Also charged were an adult female with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and 20 year old Eddie Robertson was charged with cocaine possession and fleeing and eluding police.

A short chase ended on North West 6th Street after deputies spotted the vehicle on 70 west.

Coach Charged with Battery on a Referee

Martin Fatal 10-4-15 Allapatah Road MC

Sports Cast for October 6th:

Okeechobee volleyball avenged an early season loss to Sebring with a big three set victory on Monday night, 27-25, 25-21 and 25-19. Raeley Matthews had 11 kills, Andee Garcia had 16 assists, and Cheyenne Nunez 26 digs for Okeechobee as they improved to 9-1 on the year.

Coach Taylor Padrick said her team was motivated and eager to get this win. Sophomore Rachel Bryan had 12 assists and 8 service points. She said the girls are really playing well this year. Okeechobee is now 9-1 on the season.

Taylor Padrick on win over Sebring

The Lady Brahman JV lost in two games.

On the sports schedule today, Yearling soccer and volleyball host Storm Grove at 4:30. Osceola middle school hosts Gifford for soccer and volleyball at 4:30, Moore Haven high school volleyball visits Imagine School in North Port. OHS volleyball visits John Carroll, JV at 5 and varsity to follow. OHS swimming takes on Treasure Coast and Martin County in Stuart at 6 pm and OHS girls golf hosts Clewiston at 3:30 pm.

Palm Beach County Resident Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for his Role in Massive Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Palm Beach County Resident Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for his Role in Massive Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Benoit Placide, a/k/a “Snow,” a/k/a “Mario,” 26, of West Palm Beach, was sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay joint and several restitution in the amount of $742,955 for his role in a massive identity theft tax refund fraud scheme.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office, and Amos Rojas, Jr., United States Marshals, United States Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force, made the announcement.

After a ten day trial, Placide and co-defendant Lukner Blanc, 31, of Royal Palm Beach, were each convicted of conspiracy to receive, conceal or retain monies stolen from the United States, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  Blanc was also convicted of receiving, concealing and retaining monies stolen from the United States.  The defendants were remanded into custody, following their conviction. Blanc is scheduled to be sentenced on October 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley.

At trial, the government presented evidence that the federal investigation began with the arrest of Blanc, on October 29, 2012, for an unrelated state crime. Agents recovered four bank debit cards out of Blanc’s pants pocket, all in the names of other persons.  While incarcerated in the state case, Blanc made recorded calls from the Palm Beach County Jail.  Based on information obtained during the course of the monitored and recorded jail calls, law enforcement officials obtained a state search warrant for the residence of co-conspirator Jean Juste, a/k/a “Junior,” a/k/a “Shorty,” 24, of West Palm Beach.  Inside Juste’s residence, agents discovered items used to facilitate identity theft crimes, including computers, more than sixty-nine Western Union debit cards, lists of employers, and the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of various individuals.  During the course of the investigation, law enforcement learned that Blanc and Juste were associates in the identity theft fraud scheme, alongside co-conspirator Placide.

During the course of the identity theft fraud scheme investigation federal agents obtained additional warrants to search the computers recovered from Juste’s residence.  Forensic examinations of the computers revealed that more than 1,000 fraudulent federal personal income tax returns had been filed using the operating system.  The returns were submitted over the internet to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) using TaxHawk.com and TurboTax.  The actual taxpayers had filed or authorized the filing of the fraudulent income tax returns.  Co-conspirators of the fraud scheme opened bank accounts in Florida, in order receive the fraudulently obtained federal income tax refunds.

The co-conspirators attempted to obtain more than $1,200,000 in unauthorized income tax refunds.  The co-conspirators received more than $700,000 in fraudulent tax refund payments, which were sent to bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards they controlled.  After the fraudulent refunds were sent by wire transfer to the bank accounts and debit cards, the defendants and their co-conspirators withdrew the funds at automatic teller machines (ATMs) and point of sale electronic terminals at various retail establishments.

Co-conspirator Jean Juste previously pled guilty to conspiracy, theft of government funds, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  On February 17, 2015, Juste was sentenced to 84 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $668,947 for his participation in the conspiracy.

Co-conspirator Shelda Phadael, 28, of Lake Worth, previously pled guilty to conspiracy and theft of government funds.  On May 29, 2015, Phadel was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,327.

Co-Conspirators Marie Claude, 25, of Lantana, and Marie Demesyeux, 29, of Lake Worth, previously pled guilty. On April 16, 2015, both defendants were sentenced to time served.

Co-conspirator Frank Fleuzinord, 29, of Cape Coral, is a fugitive.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI, the United States Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Carlton.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Charles Murphy News 10/5

News Cast for October 5th:

The dairy industry is fighting an anti-dairy message that has been attacking the nutritional value of milk in recent years. The British Medical Journal released a study that found drinking lots of milk led to earlier deaths and higher incidents of fractured bones. Zolfo Springs dairy farmer Thomas Watkins said this is misinformation and lies. The Get Real social media campaign has been launched by the National Dairy Council and Dairy Management Inc which represents dairy farmers to fight these misleading messages. Studies show consumption of milk is down 33 percent in the US over the past 45 years. The average America drinks over 14 gallons of milk per year.

The new Health Department administrator is off to a flying start as she attacks the communities’ health needs. Tiffany Collins says her local knowledge has to be a benefit when she works on local health issues. She said the top risk factors for Okeechobee include hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and risky teen behavior. The community health advisory team holds monthly meetings to discuss ways to improve the communities’ health and tackle these issues.

October 6 Tiffany Collins at Kiwanis

Hit and Run in Highlands County

Citizens Encouraged to Shine a Light on Crime

Sports Cast for October 5th:

WOKC photo JV football Jensen BeachHeritage scored 34 unanswered points sparked by a touchdown on the last play of the first half and went on to defeat Okeechobee 41-14 in high school football action on Friday.

Josh Gaines rushed for 117 yards on five carries and caught the 42 yard touchdown pass from Daeshawn Mills on the last play of the first half. He said his team started slowly but got things rolling in the second half.

Mills said he saw an opening in the Brahman defense and was able to hit Gaines in stride in the end zone to change the momentum in the game.

Bubba Fludd threw a touchdown pass to Fred Bradley and rushed for 99 yards in the game. Bradley said when Okeechobee played well in the first half.

Gaines, Mills, Branham after Heritage Palm bay

Lamar Williams rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Brahmans. Zeke Matthews had an interception for Okeechobee.

This week the Brahmans will host Fort Pierce Westwood.

Moore Haven defeated Evangelical Christian 37-0 to inch closer to a playoff berth in their district.

John Cox had a 20 yard touchdown run to lead the Terriers to a (5-1) record.

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