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News Cast for September 21st:

The Okeechobee City Council met Tuesday night. Among the agenda items was the final public hearing for the 2017-2018 City Budget. The budget passed. The use of 96% taxable values and the millage rate of 7.9932 will generate $160, 984 more revenue than last year’s  budget of $1,914,819. With other amended revenue categories, the total increase excluding reserves is 5.37% as compared to the increase in expenditures in the amount of 3.13%

All items on the agenda passed Tuesday night with the exception of item C, which was recommendation from city attorney John Cook to proceed with foreclosure proceedings for Super Stop Petroleum, Inc., located at 510 NE Park Street, due to property owner’s failure to honor terms of the Lien Release Agreement with a lien in the amount of $29,500.00, which was to be released if the new owner brought the property into compliance; nothing has been done as of this date to bring the property into compliance with City ordinances. The Council decided to postpone the decision based on the owners said intentions to come into compliance. The Council decided to look at it again in sixty to ninety days.

One item was added to the agenda and that was a motion to recommend Okeechobee Utility Authority to prioritize the Taylor Creek area for sewer as one of their legislative items.

Four new deputies were sworn into the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

In a statement, Sheriffs Deputy Jack Nash stated, “Please welcome Deputies Hernandez, Feldman, Gonzalez and Lacerte who were sworn in earlier today on to the Uniformed Patrol Division by Sheriff Stephen. We wish them well as they continue on from their orientation process to starting their field training,”

Sheriff Noel E. Stephen administered the Oath of Office at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The new deputies are Deputy Kenneth Hernandez, Deputy Robert Feldman, Deputy Robert Gonzalez and Deputy Joel Lacerte. The four new deputies all recited the Oath of Office and their families got the chance to pin their badges to their uniforms.


In County Business, when the Board of County Commissioners met last week, one of the items discussed was money that will go to the Airport Industrial Park. Commissioner Chair Terry Burroughs explains.

Terry Burroughs on Airport money 9-21-17

The next County Commission meeting will be on Tuesday at 9am, the second public hearing on the budget will be that same day at 5:01pm both meetings will be at the second floor of the courthouse building at 304 NW 2nd Street.

On the arrest report for today:

Jennifer Hill of Okeechobee was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond will be set at first hearing.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-17-17


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!


Okeechobee County is celebrating it’s Centennial 2017!  Special Events are planned throughout this year to mark this special time in our Community’s history. The Centennial Committee meets the first Monday of every month at noon for planning and discussion. If you would like to become a member of the Committee it is on a volunteer basis outside normal business hours.  Sponsorships are available to help support the Okeechobee County Centennial Committee in making history.  To become a sponsor or for questions regarding any of the events please contact Sharie Turgeon, Facilitator at (863) 763-3959 or



The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be starting a new program for seniors in Hendry/Glades county.  It is a Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program offering a once a month delivery for pick-up of the shelf-stable food for low income seniors who are 60 years or older.   If you would like information about the program, please contact: Annie Noel:  Commodity Supplemental Food Program Coordinator at 239-344-7007 ext. 143 or Bonnie Shop:  Nutrition Site Coordinator for Hope Connections in Buckhead Ridge at  863-763-2404 or come by 30082 East State Road 78  Buckhead Ridge (next to the Fire Dept.)