News Cast 9/16

News Cast for September 16th:

Vandalism reported at Moore Haven School 

Glades County Schools posted a warning to parents on Facebook on Wednesday after vandalism was reported at Moore Haven Middle High School. 

“Devious Licks” is the latest TikTok trend where students are stealing things from their school and posting about them. 

There is another challenge where students are taking liquid Kool-Aid drops and spraying them all over the bathroom.  They can look like blood.  

The district said if students are caught participating in these challenges, they will be placed in the alternative learning center for a minimum of 45 days.  

Charges will also be filed with the Glades County Sheriff’s Office. 

“We WILL NOT tolerate these actions and the complete disregard for our taxpayers’ hard-earned money to provide all students with safe and clean learning environment,” Glades County Schools said in a statement on Facebook. 

Officials said not only will students be held responsible, but parents’ will also be responsible for the financial impact of fixing the damaged or stolen items. 

Corps expected to abandon easement 

The US Army Corps of Engineers staff will recommend they abandon the flowage easement at Okee Tantie. 

An official decision likely in 30 to 60 days. 

Okeechobee County Attorney Wade Vose said the county staff will continue to work with the Corps on documents they need. 

Bass Pro wants to develop the Big Cedar Lodge on the property and the easement had held up the project for about a year. 

Okeechobee high school held a ceremony after Josh’s Benches made a donation to the school. 

Assistant Superintendent Dylan Tedders explained the bench was in memory of a Palm Beach County teen that committed suicide. 

The district reported three staff members had committed suicide in recent months. 

Okeechobee County also received an awareness bench to place at a county park. 

Executive Director at New Horizons William Wims said suicides had risen on the Treasure Coast in 2021. 

He said only 1 in 25 suicide attempts are successful. 

The Okeechobee school board honored former superintendent Danny Mullins for his 38 years of service. 

Mullins passed away in July. 

His family was on hand to accept the resolution. 

School Board Attorney Tom Conely said Mullins did a wonderful job for the school system and his hire ended a mostly unsuccessful habit of hiring from out of county superintendents. 

“His hire was like a breath of fresh air.  Our district had been a laughingstock due to the rapid turnover of superintendents.” 

His widow Anny Liz Watford Mullins said Mullins chose Okeechobee after looking on a map and seeing a large body of water. 

She said he was very proud of his accomplishments in Okeechobee Schools and would have really appreciated this honor. 

She thanked the public for their many thoughts and prayers on Mullins death.  

“He was my love.  He was truly a compassionate, loving and caring man.  He fought for what he believed in and didn’t quit until he got the job done.” 

Colonel Jamie Booth took over as commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District last week. 

He’s worked around the country and served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. 

He also was director at the New Mexico District. 

He has 24 years of service to the Corps. 

He visited Okeechobee last week and committed to pushing forward on projects. 

The Corps also is continuing work on the lake regulation schedule amid push back from various areas and interest groups. 

The committee reviewing the inter-local agreement for the OUA has discussed removing the Buckhead Ridge representative in the board.   

Glades County has opposed the proposal. 

Residents of Buckhead Ridge remain on the utility water system.