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News Cast for January 26th:

OHS Improves graduation rates

Okeechobee High School improved graduation rates by nearly eight percent in 2019-2020. The OHS graduation rate was 87.6%.  That compared to 79.8% for the class of 2018-2019. The district graduation rate was 75.5% in 2018-2019 and 84.2% from 2019-2020.

Assistant Superintendent Dylan Tedders said the district was encouraged by the improvements, “We were excited by the numbers.  It shows great improvement from the staff at OHS and OAA.  It was a struggle.“ He said COVID-19 could make it more difficult for students to graduate this year.

He said more students are taking dual-enrollment classes to help them prepare for college level work.

Moore Haven High School reported a graduation rate of 90.7%.  The state average was 90%.

Lakeport man held on several charges

A domestic incident led to a car chase and five days later a foot chase that landed a Lakeport man in the Glades County Jail.

Kyler Jordan, 27, faces charges of reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police, driving while license suspended as a habitual offender, criminal mischief, burglary with an assault or battery, and resisting arrest without violence.

The arrest report stated Glades County Deputies attempted to stop a truck that had no license plate and was travelling 33 miles over the speed limit on state road 78 on January 13.

Glades County deputies said they later learned that Jordan had kicked down a door to a nearby residence on Donna Drive.

The resident said Jordan had made verbal threats.

Jordan was located on January 18 at a Lakeport business.  He allegedly fled officers on foot but was located by a Florida Highway Patrolman on Ehrke Street. Deputies said Jordan was found hiding in a garage. While in custody Jordan complained of chest pains and was treated and released at the Hendry Regional Medical Center.

6 children injured in off road accident

The Florida highway patrol is investigating a side by side utility vehicle accident in Okeechobee. It injured six children, one of them critically. The accident on private land off South East 40th Avenue on Friday. Troopers said the 16 year old driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.

The driver and five other passengers ages four, 11, 16, and 17, were treated at Raulerson Hospital.

A 7 year old girl was flown to St. Marys Regional Medical Center and is listed in critical but stable condition.

A Go Fund Me Page was created to help the family with medical expenses.