News Cast 8/19

News Cast for August 19th:

School exclusions increase 

Okeechobee School exclusions hit 325 on Wednesday. 

The total for the year now at 820 students. 

There are 250 exclusions at Okeechobee High School, 165 at Osceola Middle school and 105 at Yearling Middle School. 

Democrats in the Florida congressional delegation blame the governor for the recent spike and hospitalizations. 

Congresswoman Lois Frankel said the spike is being fueled by the unvaccinated. 

“Doctors are telling us that the lives of our sons and daughters are being put in danger but unvaccinated people.  They are spreading the virus to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.” 

Frankel supports mandatory vaccinations for those in the work place. 

Congressman Charlie Crist said the governor should stop trying to remove school board members that want students to be masked. 

“I don’t know who these people think they are.  They don’t understand democracy and I think it’s appalling.” 

Governor Ron DeSantis said 20 rapid response units for monoclonal antibody therapies will be operational in Florida this week. 

He said it greatly reduces hospitalizations. 

“Let’s get real here and let’s be honest about facts.  Let’s try not to pursue partisan agendas that may dissuade somebody from seeking treatments that will keep them out of the hospital and actually save their lives.” 

DeSantis defended the new state law allowing parents to decide on masks in schools.  He said it fell under the Parents Bill of Rights law passed by the legislature this year. 

Corkey arrested again for knife 

City police said a local man brandished a knife and threatened a worker at Wendy’s Restaurant. 

The worker complained about Clarence Corkey, 55, constantly making a mess in the restrooms. 

Corkey was accused by police of being indifferent when his friend drowned a few years ago.  They allege he slept nearby as the friend drowned in Taylor Creek after falling off a boat.  

The new charge for Corkey is aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

A criminal charge from an argument with a female that resulted in an arrest for felony battery earlier this year was dismissed by the court. 

Glades gets promotion from popular country band 

Glades County was the backdrop for a new country music video from the Zac Brown band, Same Boat. 

New Tourist Development Coordinator Susan Whidden set up videos at Sargent’s towing, area ranches, Washington Park, Lake Okeechobee and other parts of the county. 

Whidden said each scene took a lot of time. 

Brown filmed his part of the video in Jupiter. 

Whidden said the video will get a lot of attention for Glades County. 

“We have gotten a lot of great comments on it and a lot of shares on it.  That video was shared over 3,000 as of last week and has brought a lot of light to Glades County.” 

She also produced a video to promote the Fisheating Creek campground in Palmdale and attract new visitors. 

Pahokee discontent and disorder continues 

Pahokee hired its third interim city manager in the past week Wednesday. 

The majority, three members showed up for a commission meeting and hired Greg Thompson. 

They also fired IT director Mark Liskay.   

Brandenberg said he refused to provide the three majority members public records. 

The commission also filed a counter claim in the lawsuit over the firing of former attorney Bernadette Norris Weeks and manager Rodney Lucas. 

Brandenberg alleged the Mayor Keith Babb is sewing discontent and brining in outsider agitators from Broward County. 

The commission majority voted to end the Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency.