News Cast 8/8

News Cast for August 8th:

A celebration of history 

Okeechobee’s ranching history was honored with the unveiling of the cattle drive sculpture in Cattlemen’s Square on Saturday. 

Mayor Dowling Watford called it a great day for the city. 

“It is just amazing.  I never thought we would come to this day.  A lot of people to thank who donated in kind services.  It shows the heritage of this community in cattle and ranching.” 

Brad Phares, an artist, and 8th generation cattlemen here in Florida, contributed his thoughts to the project. 

He says the artist really nailed it as he completed 10 sculptures of a cowboy and his horse, a cow dog, a Brahma Bull, five head of cattle, a calf and a cowboy at the fence. 

“This is wonderful for the city.  It is a great representation of all of us in the community.   It was supported by donations from everyone in the community and is something we can all be proud of.” 

He said it honors Okeechobee’s cattle industry. 

Okeechobee remains the top cattle producing county in the state with cattle operations dating back to the 1860s. 

Okeechobee Sheriff investigators working a death on Sunday in the 800 block of State Road 441 south east. 

A resident found a body at that location and alerted law enforcement at about 9 am Sunday. 

They’ve released few details at this point. 

Two people were killed in a crash in Glades County Saturday night. 

It occurred on State Road 78 south of Access Road near the L Cross Ranch south of Buckhead Ridge. 

The Florida highway patrol said two Moore Haven men, ages 31 and 36 were killed. 

Also seriously injured was a 45 year old Okeechobee man. 

A sedan driven by the 31 year old Moore Haven crossed the center line and collided head on with a north bound SUV.  Both victims died at the scene. 

All three were wearing their seatbelts. 

The two candidates for Okeechobee school board gave their thoughts on the campaign and how to improve Okeechobee schools. 

They both say they bring different things to the table. 

Leslie Maynor said she thinks she would fill a need on the board. 

She is a teacher and would be replacing a teacher, Joe Arnold, who served on the board for 20 years. 

Both support more career and technical education programs. 

“When you get to college and select a major some realize maybe that is something they don’t want to do.  Schools are kind of like the guinea pigs.  We let them have an opportunity to pursue their interests.  Expanding these programs would be even better,” Maynor said. 

Christine Brennan Bishop said she thinks the difference between the two candidates is her business experience. 

She is on the board of the Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation and also owns a small business. 

She said she talks daily with other business owners and knows their needs. 

“We have to have kids that need to be workforce ready.  Even if you don’t have a child in school, we need to be invested in schools because having employable students coming out will reduce poverty levels.” 

Cooking, heating ventilation and air conditioning were among those skills mentioned by Mrs. Brennan-Bishop. 

Early vote begins on August 13th in Okeechobee. 

The Indiantown village council balked at accepting the donation of a trolley from their supermarket. 

It would cost about $35,000 to repair. 

There are three seats up for election to the Indiantown Village Council this month. 

The candidates for district 3 are Vice Mayor Anthony Dowling and Carmine Dipaolo 

District 4 is Mayor Jackie Clarke and Angelina Perez 

District 5 is Susan Gibbs Thomas and Janet Rosado.