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News Cast for February 24th:

Chelsey Knutowicz and her horse Oliver enjoyed this year’s Florida Cracker Trail Ride across the state.
The group made camp in Basinger Thursday and will spend Friday night at the Adams Ranch on route 68 east

Michael Saunders received life in prison for several crimes including home invasion robbery, armed burglary with a gun and aggravated battery on a deputy. Deputies got into a high speed chase with Saunders and were forced to shoot the stolen truck in a cattle pasture. Prosecutor Ashley Albright admits Saunders is lucky to still be alive. Saunders still faces another trial for allegedly trying to escape the county jail.

38 year old Michael Spielman is accused of a similar escape Wednesday, allegedly battering a female jail guard as she brought him a meal in his cell and trying to run to the back door.  Other jailers wrestled him down at the booking desk.

The State Attorney filed a notice to seek the death penalty against accused killer Christopher Shows on Tuesday.  He’s charged with first degree murder and other crimes in the shooting death of 25 year old Amanda Suarez on December 7th of last year.

Cracker Trail Riders made it Okeechobee last night at the Bass Ranch and cross the county today headed for Adams Ranch on route 68.

Chelsey Knutowicz of Englewood says she likes to imagine what it was like for the original cattle drives.  Marilyn Whitford of Jacksonville says she wouldn’t miss this for the world.

Prosecutors added an additional charge of aggravated child abuse against Debra Lunt, a local teacher accused of threatening one of her students with a chair last year.

Ott Defoe caught a five bass limit of over 31 pounds to take the lead at the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Lake Okeechobee.

Sports Cast for February 24th:

11 Okeechobee wrestlers compete in the regionals today and Saturday with a dream of making the state tournament. Justin Drawdy won the district title at 220 pounds this year. He says he felt he accomplished a lot. He has trained and practiced with two-time state champion Curtis Tyson of Okeechobee.

Austin Scee won a district title at 1 hundred and 32 pounds. He says it was the highlight of the year

Kallen Pinerio was among three Brahmans who finished second place at regional.  The 1 hundred and 45 pound competitor thinks his legs and power can take him to states.

Evangelical Christian scored six runs in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Moore Haven in high school baseball, 6-0 Thursday.

Sports this weekend include the previously mentioned wrestling regionals at Jensen Beach.

Okeechobee, and several other Big Lake schools compete in the Pahokee Invitational track meet today at 4.  Moore Haven softball visits Palmetto Ridge at 6.  OHS baseball visits Sebring at 7.  OHS softball hosts Jensne Beach with JV at 5 and varsity at 7.  Moore Haven baseball visits Everglades City at 7 pm.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 2-23-17

  • K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
  • The Oasis Lounge at the Okeechobee Shrine Club invites your friends and neighbors to meet you for a quick get together or spend some time and enjoy catching up from a busy week. The Oasis Lounge offers an intimate and friendly setting to relax and unwind every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm to 10pm. The Lounge is always open to the public except during times of private leases of the Club. For information contact Kip Gardner at (863)357-0427 or the Okeechobee Shrine Club at (863)763-3378
  • Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!
  • Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp. (MRC) is a community-based group of medical and non-medical volunteers. They are pre-trained, prepared and ready to respond to emergencies and supplement existing local emergency and public health resources during times of community need. Meeting is open to new volunteers.  Meeting will be at the Department of Health Building, 1728 NW 9th Ave. Okeechobee, park in the rear of the building. Starts at 6pm and ends at 7:30 pm. For more information please call Brian Sell at 863-462-5865