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News Cast for January 17th:
A trial began last week over the failed city of Destiny, a 41-thousand-acre project near Yeehaw Junction. The estate of subway chain co-founder Fred DeLuca and real estate developer Anthony Pugliese are blaming each other for the demise of the project. Pugliese pled to criminal fraud charges last year. Allegedly stealing 1.2 million from Deluca. Both sides are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation. The trial is being heard in Palm Beach County. The community was trademarked America’s first eco sustainable city.
A 24-year-old cashier at Walmart was charged Sunday with taking nearly 68 hundred dollars from her employer. Okeechobee city police say Diana Faison faces 13 counts of petit theft and nine counts of grand theft. Her bond was 15 thousand 5 hundred dollars.
In the courts, 20 year old Kyle Abele of Ft. Pierce was sentenced to three years in prison and two years of probation and community service for stabbing a teenager at a mud bog in western St. Lucie County in June of 2 thousand 14. Abele and the victim, Cody Maitland had problems in past. Abele allegedly stabbed Maitland several times at the event on Carlton Road. The state dropped attempted murder and Abele pled no contest to aggravated battery charges.
Sports Cast for January 17th:
Okeechobee boys’ soccer picked up a big district win with a 4-3 defeat of Dwyer on Friday. Brandon Leal had a goal in the second half. He said his team rose to the challenge
Alberto Diaz had a goal and an assist and Javier Hernandez and Gabriel Hernandez added goals for Okeechobee.
Coach Lonnie Sears says the two teams are likely to meet again in the district tournament next week.
On the sports schedule today, OHS boys soccer visits Vero Beach with JV at 4 and varsity to follow. OHS girls basketball visits Heritage at 6 pm. OHS girls soccer plays at the district tournament at Martin County at 6 pm. Moore Haven boys and girls basketball travel to South West Florida Christian
Osceola Middle school will host West Glades with girls at 4:30 and boys at 5:45 pm.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 1-12-17
- 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!
- Indian River State College is offering classes for HVAC Technicians in January; they’re also offering Applied Welding Technology (entire program) beginning in February; their nursing program will begin accepting applications on January 4th, classes begin in late June, register now online at irsc.edu or call 863-824-6000 for more info!
- The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening January 19, 2017 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range qualification will take place on Saturday January 21, 2017. You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during qualification
- The January Mixer will be held on Thursday January 19th, 2016 at Mira Realty located at 104 SW 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Mixers are held on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The business holding the mixer is responsible for location, drinks and light appetizers or hors d’oeuvres. We encourage attending business members and/or visitors to bring items for door prizes. We also have our Mega 50/50 tickets sales at each mixer $1 for 1 ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. The drawing is held at the December Mixer. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight your business during an enjoyable evening with friends. Thanks in advance for your support!