News Cast for December 6th:

Okeechobee County Commissioners meet this morning and they will discuss a new time to meet with the Coquina Water District Board regarding the increasing problems out there as it pertains to residents’ complaints about weekend partiers and they will also consider a request by the Historical Society to place a State Historical Marker at Basinger Cemetery. The meeting will begin at nine o’clock in the Historic County Courthouse.

Speaking of the Okeechobee County Commissioners’ meetings, they will soon be in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) as it pertains to their live streamed meetings on their website. At their last meeting, commissioners approved a budget transfer of $35 thousand dollars to fund services that will allow commissioners’ meetings to be closed captioned while it’s being live streamed on the website. County Administrator Robbie Chartier says this service will benefit those who are hearing-impaired and the company that will provide this service is called Granicus, a Minnesota-based software company which Okeechobee County knows well and has worked with before. Chartier says commissioners also approved funding for a company called SiteImprove which will go through the commissioners’ website to pages that are most utilized to determine that they are readable and in compliance with ADA law.

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It was a close call for an Okeechobee man following a vehicle accident early yesterday morning. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 52 year old Jesse J. Simmons was driving a Hyundai Elantra sedan south on SW Citrus Boulevard, then turned onto SW 96th Street in Martin County a little before 5:30, when an oncoming motorcycle, driven by 25 year old Wesley Ayala of West Palm Beach, didn’t stop at a stop sign, resulting in his bike hitting the left side of Simmons’ car, ejecting Ayala from the bike. Simmons was not injured in the accident, but Ayala was not as lucky; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Tonight will be an “evening of festive fun” at Center State Bank in Okeechobee County. Center State Bank has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to present December Business After Hours. Center State Bank Vice President and Chamber of Commerce President Tabitha Trent says this is an event where bank customers as well as the community as a whole are invited to share information about Center State Bank and show appreciation to the community. Trent says this is the second year in a row that they are putting this event on and she hopes it’s as lively as last year. December Business After Hours will be held at Center State Bank on the 21 hundred block of South Parrott Avenue beginning at five o’clock. Refreshments will be served.

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Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft and subsequent destruction of a car that was found Tuesday morning. Deputies were dispatched to a pasture on the six thousand block of NW 288th Street just after 10:15 and found a white 2013 Dodge Charger parked there that had been completely burned to the ground, leaving nothing more than a steel frame. Deputies say a further check on the vehicle revealed it had been stolen on November 30th in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials were notified and the car was towed to the nearest tow yard. No other evidence was found at the scene.

On the arrest report:

29 year old Bobbi Jo Santelius of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for violating probation on past charges of cocaine possession. She’s being held without bond.

33 year old Fay Marie Centers of Okeechobee was arrested for grand theft of a firearm, grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond has not been set.