News Cast 6/16

News Cast for June 16th:

Drugs more available to kids 

Florida’s Attorney General said drug dealers are now targeting kids on social media. 

Ashley Moody said they are using online and popular apps used by kids. 

“They push prescription opioids but often deliver counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl instead.  Just two milligrams of fentanyl is enough to kill a full grown adult.” 

There has been an increase in fentanyl drug overdoses among children in Florida this year. 

Moody put on her website a tool kit to help parents recognize the code words and other tactics used by drug dealers online. 

Two people were killed in a head on crash in rural Osceola County. 

The accident  occurred Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM on state Road 60 at Peavine Road, a few miles west of Yeehaw Junction. 

A sedan headed west bound was trying to pass a tractor trailer and collided with an east bound pickup truck. 

Two occupants in the sedan, a 62 year old man and a 63 year old female from Fort Pierce, were killed. 

Two occupants in the pickup from St. Petersburg suffered minor injury. 

Okeechobee County Commissioners were asked to change liquor laws on Sunday. 

They’d like to mirror the city laws that allow all sales of liquor on Sunday beginning at 7 am. 

Commissioner Brad Goodbread said he’s heard some concerns from retailers about the time differences in the city limits and in the county. 

The city could sell land at SW 3rd Avenue at SW 23rd street and use the funds to improve the Primitive Baptist Church. 

They want to create a church museum and park.  

They’d also like to promote the accomplishments of our ranchers and farmers at the facility. 

Councilmember Bobby Keefe said his top priority is making sure the facility is open to the public for events. 

The Okeechobee Historical Society is working with the city on providing tours once the facility is repaired and upgraded. 

The city also approved the use of fireworks on three days of the year, New Years, New Year’s Eve and July 4th

Mayor Dowling Watford said not everyone likes hearing fireworks. 

“It is kind of hard to stop on the 4th of July.  It is annoying to those that don’t particularly like fireworks.” 

Many complain about fireworks and noise going on for days around these holidays and not just the holidays themselves.