News Cast for October 11th:

Okeechobee County Commissioners meet today and they will look to approve proclamations for this month for Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. They will also look at approving a grant agreement between Okeechobee County and the Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation. The meeting begins at nine o’clock in the Historic County Courthouse. It will be streamed live on the County Commissioners’ website.

The Okeechobee County School Board on Tuesday night paid a special recognition to certain businesses and people responsible for bringing in a special exhibit called “Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank.” This exhibit, which is now in the Okeechobee High School, coincides with the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” being performed there this week. Okeechobee High School drama teacher Debbie Raulerson says while doing research for the play she came across this traveling exhibit and through sponsorship with Green Design, and Helping People Succeed, she was able to get the exhibit brought to Okeechobee County area schools. Raulerson says the exhibit has made a very large, lasting impression. Raulerson says she chose “The Diary of Anne Frank” to be performed because it teaches empathy. The exhibit will be open to the public tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday night starting at six o’clock before the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” begins each night. Tickets are five dollars apiece.

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This last school board meeting on Tuesday night also marked the last school board meeting for one of its members. Dixie Ball served her last night on the board after four years and she was recognized for her service. Ball says she’ll miss the friends she made on the board as well as her ability to contribute to education. Ball’s educational career spanned nearly thirty years, over twenty of those years here in Okeechobee County. Ball believes her educational experience was her best attribute as a board member. Okeechobee County Exceptional Student Education paraprofessional Melisa Jahner, who defeated Ball in the primary election last August, will succeed Ball at the next school board meeting on November 20th. Ball will now devote more time to her embroidery business in Fort Pierce.

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An Okeechobee man is in county jail on a host of charges following a traffic stop with police Saturday night. Police were attempting to stop a Hyundai sedan, driven by 31 year old Joe Anthony Jenkins, after he failed to yield the right of way to an officer while turning onto Route 70 East. Police finally stopped Jenkins’ car in the parking lot of Zaxby’s. As officers returned to their vehicles to run Jenkins’ name through dispatch, he attempted to flee the scene on foot, running across the parking lot. Officers used shots from a taser to finally stop Jenkins and he was arrested and charged with fleeing the scene and resisting arrest. His bond is set at six thousand dollars.

A traffic stop turned into a drug related arrest for an Okeechobee woman late Monday night. Sheriff’s deputies stopped a Ford pickup truck on the eight hundred block of Highway 441 just before midnight because the driver was speeding. Deputies say after the driver provided his license and registration and when asked if his vehicle can be searched he declined, prompting deputies to search the truck with a K-9 unit. Both the driver and his passenger, 28 year old Amber Nichole Busby, were asked to get out of the truck. The search turned up a backpack, which belonged to Busby, in the passenger floorboard and inside of it there were syringes with methamphetamine in both of them. Busby was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She was released from county jail after posting a $55 hundred dollar bond. The driver was not charged.

On the arrest report:

42 year old Steven Lee Batton of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on a warrant from Polk County on cash purging charges. His bond is set at $19 thousand dollars.

39 year old Robert Davis Rawls of Okeechobee was arrested for petit theft. His bond is set at two thousand dollars.

59 year old Robert Lee Harris of Okeechobee was arrested by police for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.

64 year old Lerisson Remy of Fort Pierce was arrested for failing to appear in court on charges of harvesting an endangered plant without permission. He was released after posting a thousand dollar bond.