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News Cast for January 4th:

The New Year brings new changes with WOKC News I’m Charles Murphy

Okeechobee residents began to receive $600 stimulus checks over the holiday weekend. Our local congressman Greg Steube voted against the stimulus package. He said the payments are not enough to make a difference and are not needed

It’s the first day in charge for Okeeechobee County’s two new constitutional officers. Jerry Bryant takes over the Clerk of the Courts office after a long run as County Judge. Malissa Arnold begins her operations at the Supervisor of Elections Office. Okeechobee City Council will have an active start to 2021. They hold their investiture ceremony on Tuesday night at 5 p.m.

Newly re-elected city councilman Monica Clark will take the oath of office. The council’s regular agenda features the annual two year election of a Mayor. That meeting gets underway at 6 p.m.

Police arrested two men in Polk County for allegedly assaulting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer. The officer was on routine patrol on River Ranch next to the Avon Park bombing range. He spotted something suspicious followed the suspects and heard gunshots. When he confronted the trio, two of them jumped on him and then fled. An all-out man hunt from various agencies in Highlands, Polk and Osceola Counties led to two arrests. The Polk County Sheriff offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the third suspect.

A 74 year old South Carolina man died 10 days after being struck by a vehicle on State Road 80 near LaBelle. The Florida Highway Patrol said the accident occurred near the Burger King located near State Route 29 on December 21. The driver of the sedan involved was a 31 year old Moore Haven man. The name of the man killed was not released by troopers. The investigation into the crash continues.