News Cast 5/6

News Cast for May 6th:

America’s hope in prayer 

100 people attended the 82nd observance of the National Day of Prayer in Okeechobee. 

Prayers were said for national harmony, race relations, and world peace. 

City councilman Robert Jarriel prayed for judges and the courts. 

“We do have problems.  We have judges that we count on.  We pray that they will make decisions that are best for this country.” 

Emmaline Harris prayed for the victims and the families hurt by the pandemic. 

“Touch those that are burdened with broken hearts and those that have lost loved ones to this pandemic.  We know you know all about it, but we ask you to mend the broken hearted.” 

Loy Mershimer prayed for the leaders of the world and promoted world peace. 

“World leaders have intermingled themselves in darkness.  When world leaders align themselves with darkness, the world suffers.” 

The Glades County school board will hold a workshop to discuss whether to make the superintendent of schools an appointed position. 

It would have to be approved by the voters. 

Felicia Lachance told the board she wished the Okeechobee superintendent was elected. 

“The parents want the right to choose who their superintendent is in Okeechobee.  They feel that they have a man there that isn’t doing the job and if he were elected, he might work a little bit harder.” 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Beth Barfield has not taken a position on the ballot question. 

She did point out some of the downfalls of an appointed superintendent. 

“If an appointed superintendent is brought in from outside Glades County, the learning curve of that person would be huge.  An outsider would not have any skin in the game and would not know the history of our growth in education or our economic and social background.” 

A $683 million dollar settlement was reached between the state and Walgreens over the opioid epidemic. 

The state has now secured over $3 billion from pharmaceutical companies who sold powerful pain medications that fueled the epidemic. 

Attorney General Ashley Moody says every Floridian could be touched by this settlement as it will provide funding for cities and counties to fight the epidemic. 

A fatal crash in Moore Haven reported on Thursday afternoon. 

Troopers said a van ran the stop sign on route 78 at US 27. 

The victim was passenger in one of the three vehicles involved, a 58 year old man from Tampa. 

As many as six people suffered minor injuries. 

The former Pahokee city hall property could be developed into a hotel. 

The old high school may become the new city hall. 

Pahokee interim city manager Rodney Lucas urged the commission to expand his administration. 

He wants to hire a new assistant city manager and an operations manager. 

The city also heard a presentation from a private firm that provides municipal services, Inframark Infrastructure management. 

They potentially could run public works, or the marina and campground for the city. 

The Florida Cabinet recently approved a lease for the Muck Tavern at the campground and marina.  The restaurant is funded by a group of former NFL players from the Glades.