News Cast for March 4th:

Search picks up steam

Two forums are scheduled today to get public input on the search for a new Okeechobee School Superintendent.

Michael Gaudreau of the Florida School Board Association said the forums will get some valuable input.

“The board approved having a community forum for the community and a staff forum to get input from the community and the staff on their thoughts on the qualities of the next superintendent.”

An online survey to get more input from Okeechobee residents will continue through March 15th.

A winning Fantasy Five ticket was sold in Okeechobee for Saturday’s drawing.

The winning ticket was sold at Publix in Okeechobee.

The winning numbers were 7-20-21-24 and 30.

There were two winners in the state, the other ticket sold in Hudson.

The prize money was $71,407.

The Indiantown Village Council is supporting Sedron Technologies using a portion of village property for a water treatment facility.

They will accept sludge, biosolids and sludge from waste water treatment plans in South Florida instead of these materials being land applied.

The company said they can turn these waste products into clean water, and cement that is kinder to the environment.

Stanley Janicki said they will produce emission free fertilizer.

“It will displace the production of fossil fuel derived nitrogen fertilizer. This is a tremendous accomplishment. Three percent of all world wide green house gas emissions are produced by nitrogen fertilizer.”

He said they won’t add many new trucks going through the residential areas. He said they also take drastic steps to eliminate any odor from the facility.

Mayor Susan Gibbs Thomas said they like what they have seen so far.

“Everyone seems to be in agreement on this that it is a great thing. I’m kind of skeptical. I keep hearing win, win, win. I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop but I haven’t seen it yet.”

The Florida Highway Patrol released more details about a Feb. 28 fatal crash in Okeechobee.

It happened at 8:50 pm at the intersection of US 441 north and NE 308th Street.

A 49-year-old man from Okeechobee was driving a Chevrolet pickup and was pulling out from 308th Street to head north bound.

Troopers said he took too wide of a turn and entered into the south bound lane where he was struck by a south bound tractor trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, a 45-year-old man from West Palm Beach suffered minor injuries.