News Cast for August 30th:

The Okeechobee Library will be CLOSED at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 30th in preparation of Hurricane Dorian. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd, pending further notice.

The reality and the potential danger of Hurricane Dorian hitting Okeechobee County is getting closer as we move into the Labor Day weekend. Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a state of emergency and last night, Okeechobee County Commissioners met and declared a local state of emergency, as of eight o’clock this morning, under the advice of County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin. Franklin says residents need to concentrate on their hurricane plans, prepping their homes, checking on their families and getting necessary supplies, as the hurricane is forecast to be as high as a Category 4 and Okeechobee could be met with hurricane force winds by Saturday evening into Sunday morning. Franklin says to also keep as informed as you possibly can. County schools will be open today and closed on Monday, Indian River State College (IRSC) will be closed as of five o’clock today, and the 19th Circuit Court and most county offices will be closed as of noon today. Any questions on hurricane preparedness can be accessed on our website at wokc.com or you can call the Emergency Management Center at (863) 763-3212.

Since the second week of August, children have been back in school after a few months of summer vacation. With that, officials from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) have declared August as Child Safety Awareness Month. Captain Tom Pikul of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says this is the time for motorists to be more cognizant of children going back to school, whether they’re walking to school, riding their bikes to school or riding the school bus and be aware of children walking in school zones and school bus zones. Pikul says most of all to remember this month is when it comes to schoolchildren, it’s time for motorists to slow down (Pikul-Child Safety Awareness Month 1). A very sobering statistic released says last year there were over 130 thousand children ages zero to 17 involved in a vehicle accident in Florida resulting in just over 14 hundred serious bodily injuries and 155 fatalities.

On the arrest report:

44 year old Jermaine Collins Worthen of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for withholding child support. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.

25 year old Stevie Patrice Brantley of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past drunk driving charges. Her bond is set at a thousand dollars.

20 year old Logan Hunter Etherton of Hobe Sound was arrested for violating probation on past charges of trespassing. His bond is set at $15 hundred dollars.