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News Cast for March 12th:

For the second time in a week, volunteers and officials from the Okeechobee County chapter of the American Red Cross received a proclamation deeming the month of March as American Red Cross Month. The proclamation was approved by county commissioners at their meeting Thursday to remind people of the lives that are helped and saved by the Red Cross volunteers’ efforts. Peggy Dubose, a CPR and water instructor at the local chapter of the Red Cross says she’s quite happy with the proclamation and March is American Red Cross Month because of the upcoming “Giving Day” on the 27th. Volunteers of the Red Cross’ local chapter received a proclamation by the city council at their meeting last Tuesday night.

The proposed multi-use building project in Okeechobee County is progressing. At their Thursday meeting, County Commissioners authorized the county administrator to have a selection committee review the list of architects who submitted for this project and ranking them and short listing them to determine the best one for the project which will house the property appraiser, tax collector and driver’s license departments. Facility Maintenance and Development Services Director Donnie Oden says this project now will have one major difference. Oden says once the architect is selected, it will be about six to nine months before a design is completed.

New Multi-Use Building 1

New Multi-Use Building 2

A special group of people consisting of residents, city and county officials and more are joining forces to create the Citizens Advisory Board with Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen. The Citizens Advisory Board is designed to help maximize the sheriff’s connection with the community and determine how he’s being received by the community. Stephen says this group of sixteen people will tell the sheriff not what he wants to hear, but what he needs to hear. Some of the people on this board include Mayor Dowling Watford, Kiwanis Club President Ken Keller and County Administrator Robbie Chartier. They will have their first meeting next month.

Sheriff Stephen-Citizens Advisory Board

The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center will soon have some much needed work done. County commissioners gave the green light to Native American Construction LLC of Okeechobee to construct and install covers on two areas of the horse arena. Facility Maintenance and Development Services Director Donnie Oden says Native American Construction is very familiar with the Agri-Civic Center. Oden says the project was awarded to Native American Construction for their bid of just over $425,000.00 dollars, outbidding four other companies. The work should be done in about six months.

Oden-Agri-Civic Center Additions


On the arrest report:

35 year old Brandon Christopher Hunter of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and driving an unregistered vehicle after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a $4,000.00 dollar bond.

59 year old Cathy Friedman of Okeechobee was arrested for aggravated battery after a domestic dispute. Her bond has not been set.

24 year old Cristal Marie Estrella of Okeechobee was arrested for failing to appear in court on charges of driving without a license. She was released after posting a $3,000.00 dollar bond.

34 year old Kimberly Kay Lyons of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop where 34 year old Joseph Moore, also of Okeechobee, was driving. Moore was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Lyons and Moore are being held without bond.