News Cast 10/26

News Cast for October 26th:

Girl, 17 dies in crash 

Okeechobee schools said the student killed in a single vehicle crash on route 78 west was a night student at Okeechobee Achievement Academy. 

She died at the scene after the sedan driven by an 18 year old girl went out of control and struck a tree at SW 99th Drive around 2:30 pm. 

A 16 year old female passenger suffered minor injury.  She is a student at the freshman campus. 

The schools will have counselors on site today to speak with students. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said they continue to investigate. 

The victim was not wearing a seat belt. 

A motorcycle crash on route 70 east in the city limits on Saturday night left the operator with critical injury, Police Chief Donald Hagan said. 

The highway patrol did not have any details available. 

A 54 acre development proposed north of River Run doesn’t get support from the City of Okeechobee Planning Board. 

The Davie Developer wants to create multi-family housing and a storage facility. 

Residents say NE 8th Avenue is in poor shape and can’t handle the traffic. 

They also listed drainage and flooding as another concern. 

Planning Board member Doug McCoy said the land owner has certain rights.  He said if residents desire a park there the city staff should start studying that option. 

The project now goes before Okeechobee City Council for another public hearing. 

City officials note if approved to maximum capacity it would impact State Road 70 and perhaps require it be expanded to six lanes. 

Okeechobee deputies collect two 13 gallon containers worth of prescription drugs and paraphernalia at the annual drug take back day. 

Attorney General in Florida, Ashley Moody, said kids can find drugs in your home. 

“Proper disposal of prescription medications insures the drugs do not fall into the wrong hands, even friends, family members and children, that they use to feed an addiction.” 

A new report shows two out of three teens who begin drug abuse find drugs in the medicine cabinet at their home. 

The annual Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce business awards announced. 

The awards for Business Development went to  SourceOne Solutions 

The Community Award to Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition 

Leadership Award:  Raulerson Hospital 

Entrepreneurship Award:  Mixon Real Estate Group 

MVP:  Mixon Real Estate Group 

The Leading Star Award went to Andrea Medellin.   She is Executive Director of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition.