News Cast 10/3

News Cast for October 3rd:

Thursday, October 6. 2-7 pm at Winn-Dixie. Pre-order at until Wednesday. Proceeds go to the OHS Swim Team.

Hibbetts is collecting donations for hurricane relief. All listed items can be dropped off to either their store or Our Village. They have received word from the west coast that people are in desperate need of hygiene / feminine hygiene products along with clothing. ALL donations listed are needed. For question please call 863-357-3709.

Save your tattered flags for proper disposal. Sheriff Noel E. Stephen is again teaming up with Matt Buxton from Buxton Bass Funeral Home and Crematorium. Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 9 am to 2 pm the little white collection trailer will be out front of our administration building at 504 NW 4th St., Okeechobee, Florida, 34972.

Continuing to recover

Schools reopened in Okeechobee and Glades County after the three day break due to Hurricane Ian.

Only 97 customers of Glades Electric were out of power as of this morning.

All Florida Power and Light customers in Okeechobee have been restored.

Showers were made available at secondary schools for students of families who may still be without power.

South Florida Water Management opened the boat locks at J and S Fish camp, Henry Creek, Taylor Creek, Buckhead Ridge and Lakeport this weekend.

They are going to be sending more water down the Kissimmee River over the next few weeks.

They have closed the lock on the Kissimmee River.

Libby Pigman, spokesperson for the South Florida Water Management District said the restored river was made to handle more water and clean it before it reaches Lake Okeechobee.

She noted the Kissimmee Chain had been drier until recently.

“Leading up to Ian they started to get a lot of rain.  We sent a lot of water down into the restored Kissimmee River flood plain.  Its good news that we were able to use that flood plain and rehydrate that area near Chandler Slough.”

The Governor visited the Heartland as efforts are picking up to assist Hardee, Highlands and DeSoto County.

Three distribution sites were set up in Highlands County in Lake Placid, Sebring, and Avon Park.

Ron DeSantis said this was more rainfall than the state has ever received.

“This is such a big storm that brought so much water that you are having a 500 year flood event in DeSoto and surrounding counties.”

He’s urging rural counties to take advantage of 100 percent reimbursement for storm debris cleanup in many affected areas.

Water management public lands south and east of Lake Okeechobee will open at 5 pm today.

Glades County still had 310 customers without power this morning, almost evenly split between Glades Electric and Florida Power and Light.

The state set up a fueling station to help southwest Florida residents returning home purchase gas in Ortona in Glades County this weekend.

The state gas tax holiday for October went into effect on Saturday.

Gas buyers will see a savings of 25.3 cents per gallon.

Okeechobee County Commissioners have moved the site for the fire training tower to the vacant land between the main fire station and the Emergency Operations Center on NW 6th Street.

Fire Chief Ralph Franklin said they should save money long term on training at the new facility.

The cost of putting the tower at Indian River State College would have exceeded $1.5 million.

The county received a $500,000 grant for the facility.

Glades County hopes to get some tourists and attention from another country music video.

Jake Owen’s ‘Up There Down Here’ was released last week.

Much of the video was filmed around Moore Haven and Glades County including ranches, pasture and a local rodeo at the Bronson Arena.

Susan Whidden with Visit Glades said these video companies do have an economic impact on the county.

“They usually hire 10-15 locals and spread some money and love around.  It is good for the economy and really good for getting our name out there.”

The Zac Brown Band also filmed a video in Glades County in the past year.

Moore Haven Vice Mayor Jake Eigner said he thinks this helps his city, “Anything that we can get public that gets us on the map in a positive way will help us grow.  That is what we are looking for.  It is 100% good publicity for the city of Moore Haven and Glades County.”

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