News Cast 11/29


November 29, 2023

News Cast for November 29th:

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages…it’s Santa time again and the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237, F&AM would like to invite you to come take your pictures with with Santa… Saturday, December 2nd from 6-9pm at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory..any and all donations will benefit the Shop with a Cop with Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 69

City ushers in Christmas Holiday Season with Lighting the lights

City fathers said they were happy with the turnout for their 25th annual Christmas lighting ceremony in City Hall Park last night.

A group of 70 South Elementary Students entertained the crowd with Christmas carols including Jingle Bells and Silent Night.

Librarian Pam Hudson worked with the kids for several weeks to get ready and said she had kids volunteering to sing the entire time.

She was asked how the kids grow from this experience.

“I think they get a lot of self-esteem.  They get to be seen by their families and the community.  Sometimes the kids can’t be part of a sports team at school but they can be part of a song.”

Mayor Dowling Watford said this is a very special time of year for everyone and is a great way to show the spirit of Okeechobee.

He encouraged the crowd to remember the true meaning of the season, the birth of Jesus Christ, savior of the world.

Okeechobee City Council could decide next week whether to allow a bio-medical company to buy land at the city commerce park.

They have concerns about odors created by the facility based in Miami.

The applicant said they have special equipment that eliminates the odors.

Our congressman Scott Franklin predicts the house will move forward with the impeachment of President Joe Biden in early 2024. 

Franklin said he has questions about the president’s business dealings with China, his son Hunters activities, the border crisis and the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Franklin said there is evidence like cancelled checks from China.

“The best this could ever come out being is a worst case of poor judgment and bad ethics.  That’s the best it will be.  All indicators show something more nefarious than that.  Time will tell.  They are in the later stages of the investigation and they will soon make a determination in regard to impeachment.”

The principal at South Fork High school was reassigned by the superintendent to the district office for perhaps the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year.

Dr. Timothy Aiken was disciplined for participating in a strip search of a male student as staff looked for nicotine vape pens.

The male was asked to remove his clothing down to his underwear.

Martin County Sheriff Deputies said no crime was committed.  Three other school employees were disciplined.

Victoria Defenthaler said the investigating into the incident was biased and the district is not supporting their employees.

“It created a climate of distrust about the motive of the district, who was behind it, and the direction the district was going in.  Today on social media, the same questionable person posts, do the crime, do the time, it makes you wonder who will be the next target.”