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News Cast for February 8th:

Clerk wants to help reinstate driver’s license

The Okeechobee Clerk of the court plans to expand hours later this month to help residents try and reinstate their driver’s license.

The effort is part of Operation Green Light.  It is a plan by the state to get more drivers back on the road legally.

Clerk of the Court Jerry Bryant said five percent of Okeechobee drivers currently have their license suspended.

He says traffic tickets need to be paid promptly or you face consequences, “There are over 27,000 drivers in Okeechobee County and over 1,200 drivers have a suspended license.”

Bryant said if you don’t pay your traffic fines on time you can lose your license.

“Four percent of them are those that don’t pay their traffic fines within 30 days,” he added.

The clerk’s office will extend hours to 7 pm on Friday February 26 and Monday March 1.

They also will be open on Saturday March 6 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Qualifying begins today for council seat

Okeechobee City Council voted to set the special election for a city council seat for May 4th.

Candidate qualifying begins today at noon at city hall and runs through Friday at noon.

One council seat to serve a four year term is up for grabs. The winning candidate would serve until January 6, 2005