News Cast 11/28

News Cast for November 28th:

Schools give go ahead to new building

The Okeechobee County School Board approved going out to bid for a new Career and Technical Education Building.

The building will include labs for automotive, carpentry, ROTC, and perhaps a marine lab.  There will also be classrooms.

Architect Greg Kelly said a final decision has not been made on the marine lab.

“We are bidding it as an alternate.  If the money holds out then we will build it.  If not it will be a covered area.”

Christine Brennan Bishop was sworn in as the new school board member.

County Judge Bill Wallace gave the oath of office.

Brennan Bishop said she was glad to have most of her family on hand.

“It is very exciting to have three kids in public school to represent them, and all the children.  I’m overwhelmed with their support going through the campaign and I know they will continue to support me over the next four years.”

Brennan Bishop said she had been meeting with the superintendent of schools Ken Kenworthy and also viewed some school board association webinars to educate herself on the issues.

The four counties of the Treasure Coast including Okeechobee have a deal on the new medical examiners building in Ft. Pierce.

The estimated price tag is between $16 and $20 million.

Indian River State College is offering land on the Ft. Pierce campus.

St. Lucie County Deputy County Administrator Alfonso Jefferson said the college has been more than accommodating.

“My discussions with the college have been very positive.  In this interlocal agreement they are agreeing to a 30-year lease with a 30 year renewal.  They are asking for just $1 per year or for ownership of the property or the facility.”

The four county commissions are holding a joint meeting in Port St. Lucie next month to discuss issues of concerns and their state legislative agendas.

2 people died in a crash south of Lakeport on Saturday.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a north bound SUV driven by a 43 year old Columbus, Ohio woman crossed the center line and caused a head on collision.  She was critically injured.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 37 year old Lakeport woman, was also killed.

Also killed was a six year old girl from Ohio.  A four year old boy was critically injured.

The crash occurred just before 1:30 pm on State Road 78 west near Banana Grove Road.

Troopers said all of the occupants wore seat belts.

The Buckhead Ridge navigation lock will be closed for maintenance today.

The South Florida Water Management District expects to have repairs done in time to reopen sometime Tuesday.

35 percent of Highlands County school kids could be described as chronic absent for the 2021-2022 school year.

65 percent of students were present over 90 percent of the time.

Assistant Superintendent Melissa Blackman said they want to partner with families to help them achieve and thrive.

One person died Monday morning after a semi-truck collided with a freight train west of Clewiston.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported the crash on Lewis Boulevard.

The road was shut down for several hours and traffic detoured through Harlem, using CR 833, Lewis Boulevard, and Flagler Street.

The train was derailed upon impact and the truck suffered extensive damage.