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News Cast for March 29th:

An Okeechobee man won a 5 million dollar Florida lottery flamingo scratch off game. 68-year-old Walter Nelson decided to accept a onetime lump sum payment of nearly 3.7 million. He purchased the ticket at the New Express Food Mart on South East 34th Avenue in Okeechobee.

State representative Dr. Cary Pigman resigned as chairman of the House Health Quality subcommittee after his DUI arrest. An administrative law judge also ruled Pigman should be cleared in an ethics case involving the Okeechobee school district.

The Florida ethics commission last fall found probable cause that Pigman violated a state law in the districts effort to secure 60 million in state funding for a new high school.  A local principal claimed Pigman asked the school superintendent to fire her due to personal reasons. The law judge said the claim lacked credible evidence.

Okeechobee is helping Maine figure out what is happening to their great blue heron. Wildlife biologist Danielle D’’Auria is part of a study that tracks the herons and their winter migration. One of the herons stayed this winter at the Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve and another flew to near Vero Beach. The blue heron is listed as threatened in Maine.

In the courts, 57 year old Miguel Balvino was sentenced to 10 years in prison on sex related charges.  A then 10 year old girl reported Balvino molested her several years ago in Indiantown.

2 locked up on charges of trafficking methamphetamine after a traffic stop for dark window tint on route 710. 33 year old Ervey Ponce of Okeechobee and 20 year old Lynzi Hendrix also were charged with possessing three prescription drugs. 31 year old Christine Maier of okeechobee was charged with child neglect after she allegedly threw three hypodermic needles into the back seat of a car in a traffic stop in Boca Raton with a toddler sitting nearby.

Sports Cast for March 29th:

Okeechobee baseball lost to Port St. Lucie last night 4-1. Baron Stuart pitched five innings and struck out seven and Mason Adams had two hits for the Brahmans. Chess Goodman pitched a complete game, scattered seven hits and struck out four for the Jaguars.

Port St. Lucie Coach Johnny Rhoden says his young team did a good job of keeping their heads in the game. Charles Bowden added an RBI single as the Jaguars scored twice in the third to take a 3-1 lead.

Brahman Coach Eric Kindell says his team needs to get back to basics.

Moore Haven softball defeated Sebring 7-4 and baseball lost to St. John Neumann 10-0.

On the sports schedule today, OHS JV baseball visits John Carroll at 4.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 3-20-17

  • 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!