News Cast for February 5th:
You probably know a dead beat parent. The Florida Department of Revenue reports that nearly one third of all child support owed to parents last year in Okeechobee, went unpaid, about 1.8 million. Glades County had 30 percent of child support owed go unpaid, about 258 thousand dollars.
Nationwide just 62 percent of child support that was owed was paid last year. The Florida rate was 69 percent paid.
Although the state is making reading gains, a new report shows only 39 percent of 4th graders are reading at grade level. Elizabeth Burke Bryant of the Casey Foundation said there is a large disparity between racial backgrounds, with 83 percent of black children not at grade level and 55 percent of white students.
Martin County Sheriff Deputies investigating a burglary to Roosevelt’s bar in Booker Park near Indiantown. The report stated over 3 hundred and 30 dollars in cash, and a flat screen TV were stolen. A door was busted in to get entry.
Glades County Commissioner Dennis Griffin was found dead at his home in Moore Haven Monday. The 58 year old businessman had only been elected in the last term and took office last January. Doctors say he died from natural causes.
Glades County drug cases will be but Okeechobee drug cases won’t be affected by an FDLE chemist had stolen prescription pills his laboratory had handled in criminal cases in 35 Florida counties. Thousands of cases are now under review.
A 21 year old Clewiston man, Clinton Drake pled no contest to charges he killed his grandfather near Cape Coral. Drake will serve 20 years in prison and 15 years’ probation.
Sports Cast for February 5th:
Chris Watson had 22 points and Stanley Spence came off the bench to add 18 points as South Fork defeated Okeechobee 73-42 at the district tournament last night at Fort Pierce Westwood. Jacob Stewart led Okeechobee with 19 points. Eddie Neal added 10 points in his final Brahman game.
Brahman Coach Shawn Hays was disappointed afterward. South Fork outscored Okeechobee 32-14 in the fourth quarter to clinch the blowout.
Their Coach Tommy Swagger said it was important for his team to slow Okeechobee early. Michael Rivan played a strong overall game with defense, rebounds and assists for the Bulldogs. He said his team. He said effort made the difference
Okeechobee finished the season at 8 and 16. South Fork advances to play Port St. Lucie in the semifinals tonight.