News Cast for October 31st:
Okeechobee county submitted their brief to the Governor on the Sheriffs Budget. They suggest a worsening fiscal problem for the county due to economic woes, high rates of poverty, one of the highest rates of foreclosures in the state, lower revenue from tipping fees at the landfill, and an over 21 percent decrease in business tax receipts in the past six years.
In his appeal the Sheriff proposed a new tax, or MSTU to help fund law enforcement.
County Administrator Robbie Chartier suggested the sheriff cut costs like other departments who have been doing so since 2 thousand 8. She rejected the idea of the new tax for law enforcement.
She noted the school board should pay the entire costs of School Resources officers or 3 hundred and 76 thousand dollars. She suggested 84 employees should not have take home vehicles at the Sherifsf office including maintenance workers. Only 7 of 1 hundred and 40 county employees take home vehicles. She also argued that the Okeechobee Sheriffs budget was larger than comparable counties like Hendry, Levy, Hardee and Desoto. She said with the new judicial complex there should be fewer security concerns than at the old court house.
Local dairy farmers won a top state award from the Florida Farm Bureau. Jacob and Danielle Larson received the 2 thousand 13 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award at the state Farm Bureau convention this month.
They will represent Florida in the national competition this January in San Antonio, Texas.
A 41 year old Okeechobee man was charged with sale and possession of cocaine near a local church. The narcotics task force claims Livan Ramos sold an ounce of powder cocaine to a confidential source on March 27th for 12 hundred and 50 dollars. His bond was 2 hundred thousand dollars.
21 year old Joe Morales was charged with two counts of child abuse and aggravated assault after an alleged domestic dispute combined with an incident of road rage in Deans Court. The victim claimed Morales tried to run her off the road and strike her vehicle with two children inside on North West 9th Avenue. City police found Morales at a nearby gas station.
Safety for Halloween will be stressed for all Trick or Treaters. Motorists should stay alert, be patient, slow their speeds and keep an eye out for trick or treaters and look for children in the streets where there are no sidewalks. Parents should be with their children, talke to them about safety, purchase light colored costumes that are easily visible, carry a flashlight, and make sure the costumes are short enough so children don’t fall.
Sports Cast for October 31st:
Lady Brahman volleyball advanced to the regional semifinal with a four set win over Pembroke Pines Charter School last night, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, and 25-23 in a tense battle in Fort Lauderdale last night.
Okeechobee advances to meet Jensen Beach again on Tuesday, November 5th at 7 pm.
The girls swim team took fourth place in districts. Martin County was the district champion. The boys team took fifth place, and Jensen Beach was the district champion.
The college soccer career of Hunter Pritchard has gotten off to a good start at Florida Atlantic University.
He did suffer an injury that cost him a trip to South Carolina and New Mexico but has adjusted well to college life, and continues to gain much needed experience with the college game.
He says playing time has been scarce but he’s not discouraged. Some older players have taken him under their wing to give him advice and guidance. He said that has really helped.
On the sports schedule today, girls’ soccer visits Jensen Beach at 6 pm. Boys’ soccer continues at the Lake Wales preseason tournament this evening.