News Cast 5/2

News Cast for May 2nd:

Officials with Indian River State College have been meeting with various local governments to explain the Promise Project. 

It provides free tuition so graduates of the high schools on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee can earn an Associate’s degree. 

Dixon Hendry Campus Provost Russ Brown called it a great opportunity for our kids. 

“It gives the opportunity public school graduates.  The biggest stumbling block to get a student onto the next level is money.  My goal is to try and remove stumbling blocks for our youth.” 

County Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs said his goal is to try and keep young people in Okeechobee.  He said a better trained workforce would be good for economic development. 

Last week was Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship week in Florida 

The Okeechobee Commission approved a proclamation as well. 

Robbie Sumner told Commissioners they provide a number of services to our community by helping farmers and ranchers with best management practices. 

“We also provide many educational outreach programs in the community about the soil and water conservation district.” 

The Florida Department of Transportation is expected to install a new red light at the intersection of 441 north and Cemetery Road by the end of the year. 

Some 2,000 military personnel are taking part in the Southern Strike exercise at the Avon Park Bombing Range. 

The exercise runs through Tuesday. 

It includes training for conventional operations, counter insurgency, close air support, search and rescue, noncombatant evacuation and maritime special operations. 

Local residents may see and hear more Air Force planes and helicopters with the increasing activity during the exercise. 

Candidate for Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson wants to take better advantage of the Fresh from Florida program. 

Simpson noted people like to buy local products. 

He said it has been very successful for citrus so why not expand it to include Florida beef and dairy products. 

“If we can promote more Fresh from Florida products and consume more in the state, maybe that will create a better profit center for our beef and dairy.” 

Simpson visited with local ranchers and farmers in April and heard a bit about their concerns. 

“We have some very large concerns with the costs of input, feed, fuel, shipping, all of the things that really hamper our industries today.  As agriculture commissioner I plan to help bring common sense to Washington and work to get higher prices for Florida grown products, including beef and dairy.”