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Glades County Democrat

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Title:
Glades County Democrat
Alternate Title:
Democrat
Place of Publication:
Moore Haven, FL
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Independent Newspapers Inc., Jose Zaragoza - Publisher
Creation Date:
January 6, 2005
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Weekly
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English

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Newspapers -- Moore Haven (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Glades County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
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26.833117 x -81.093123

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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Began in 1922.
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Vol. 8, no. 12 (June 21, 1929) issue misdated 1920.
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Editors: R.B. Child, <1926>; Keathley Bowden, <1929>.
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Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 29 (Sept. 24, 1926).

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Our Focus is to Make You Comfortable QualityACokee.com 467-1545 0% Financing LIC NO. CAC029420 Thursday, March 29, 2018 Vol. 90, No. 13 50 plus tax 14.02 feetLast Year: 12.68ww feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Glades at a Glance ... Page 3 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper.gladescountydemocrat.com Haven Fresh shop serves up fresh fruit smoothies, healthy fare ... Page 7 MHES trip still short some cash ... Page 10 Obits ... Page 5 LOBA launches sugarcane burning awareness campaign ... Page 10 Special to the Glades County Democrat/Courtesy photoStudents raised Pennies for Patients: Mrs. Guerrys second-grade class collected $300 to benet the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the Pennies for Patients campaign at West Glades School held by the West Glades Jr. Beta Club. See story, Page 3. By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat The Moore Haven City Council met for a workshop Monday evening, March 26, to discuss future priorities for the city, not quite one month after City Manager David Miller took the reins at city hall. He gave his rst full report to council members only the week before, at their regular meeting (Tuesday, March 20), highlighting several areas of progress in juggling the many issues that were on his to-do list for his rst few weeks. Apparently, he was able to move at least one item off the old priority ranking going by previous council discussions, indicating hed nearly nished with, or lined up plans to put in motion, most of the work needed to get the citys ball elds into shape for the soon-to-begin youth baseball season. About the ballelds, Mr. Miller reported: That was kind of a project that I didnt really see coming. What weve done is the dugout has been completed, and the fencing around the electrical boxes has all been completed. Thats done, looks good. When that dugout was done, there was an electrical cable that had been pulled up so we cut that and buried that cable, thats all taken care of. And, he said, the grounds have been cleaned up, all the trees trimmed and any trash picked up. He said that one light stand in the outeld had not been working, but new wiring was installed and all lights are back in service. We took down that old batting cage and netting and we cleaned up the whole front of that along Avenue R, so thats completed and looks good. Sprinklers have been worked on and repaired, and the grass is starting to turn green, Mr. Miller added. Weve been pressurewashing bleachers and the building is going to be done before opening day, and just today we started cleaning the inside of the concession stand. Thats going to be a project, but we put a good dent in it today, and its going to be spot less by the time were done, he reported. His report prompted Councilman Jake Eighner to say they could take the recreation al grounds off of the new city priority list that they met to discuss this past Monday. On other pressing matters at that March 20 meeting: Mr. Miller reported that he has hired a code enforcement ofcer. She will be start ing April 2, so thats in place. Its Felicia Mid dleton, with 13 years experience. Were still taking applications for a sec retary. I do have some coming in, so were going to have some applicants, he added. He noted that although I signed a con tract with Clyde Johnson for the City Hall im Ballelds nearly ready for season See BALLFIELDS Page 4 By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat Bonnie Shop, director of the Buckhead Ridge ofce of Hope Connections for Hendry and Glades, appeared at Monday nights Glades County Board meeting to thank the county for its help over the past 15 years. The ofce, she said, is closing. During that time, I gratefully served the peo ple of Buckhead Ridge as a Hope Connections employee ... I decided to come and ask you to help us maintain a service where we could continue to provide the information and resources to help not only Buckhead Ridge citizens, but the many who stop for information and directions. In fact, I brought with me a petition containing BHRs Hope Connections ofce closingSee HOPE Page 4

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Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photoMrs. Garcias kindergarten class set their goal at $300 and collected: $660.63. 3 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee March 29, 2018 Scholarship deadline nearingThe deadline for applying for Uncommon Friends Foundation scholarship applications for 2018 is April 1. Visit https://uncommonfriends.org/scholarships/opportunities/ for more information on specic scholarships, application forms and requirements. Completed applications and/or any questions should be directed to scholarships@uncommonfriends.org. For information, call Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9503.American Legion to meetThe Moore Haven American Legion Post 299, 600 River Road in Moore Haven (on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River), will meet on Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m., in the post building. A courtesy dinner will be provided by a Legion member. All veterans and all other interested persons are encouraged to attend and participate. For information, call Kirby Sullivan at 863-946-2556.Free HIV testing April 10April 10 is tagged as National Youth HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day. People 13-24 years old account for about 22 percent of the new HIV infections in the United States, and 51 percent of those dont know that they are infected and are least likely to be in care if infected. The Florida Department of Health in Glades County, 1021 Health Park Drive in Moore Haven, will offer free HIV testing for anyone on Tuesday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Stop HIV. Know your status. Get tested. Benet serves BBQA Benet BBQ for the Patterson Family will take place on Friday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doyle Conner Building on U.S. 27 in Moore Haven. Get a barbeque pork sandwich, coleslaw and baked beans for a donation of $8. Proceeds will go to the family. Anyone wishing to donate or help is more than welcome to. Bob-B-Que will be cooking the pork. Tickets can be purchased at the Glades County EOC, 1097 Health Park Drive in Moore Haven, from Kari West, Susan Whidden, Aletris Farnam, Lenice Hubbard, Alisha Cockram, or by calling 863-946-6020. Pickup is available and delivery options are available upon request depending on the lo cation and amount ordered.Soil and Water meetingThe Glades Soil and Water Conservation District will have its regularly scheduled board meeting on March 29 at 10 a.m. in the main room of the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Building, 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle. Meetings are open to the public.BHR VFW plans dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will serve dinner on Friday, March 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at VFW Post 9528. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and dessert. Live music will be by Deb and Wes. Proceeds will go to homeless veterans. The address of VFW Post 9528 is 29012 State Road 78 West in Buckhead Ridge. For more information, phone 863-467-2882. Free workshop for businessesThe public is invited to a QuickBooks Workshop and lunch for your business on Thursday, March 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Beef O Bradys, 21 South Lee St. in LaBelle. For information or to register email at labelle@simpliedtech.biz, or call 863342-8251.Sunrise Service in BHR Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, on Hunter Road in Buckhead Ridge, invites the public to an Easter Sunrise Service at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. Lords supper will be served, as well as breakfast following the sunrise service. Everyone is welcome to the 11 a.m. morning service. Meet Pastor Cook. There will be no evening service.Lakeport Easter service to be offered at Harney PondAn Easter Sunrise Service will be con ducted by the pastor of Maple Grove Baptist Church in Lakeport at the Harney Pond Ca nal recreation area, east of the intersection of State Roads 78 and 721, at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 1. Pastor Scott Garvin said hell celebrate the service, and that his congregation in vites everyone from the community to take part. A breakfast will be served at the church when those attending gather there after ward. The church is located at 12777 State Road 78 East in Lakeport. Glades at a Glance Special to the Glades County Democrat West Glades Jr. Beta Club is continuing in the school wide initiative to pay it forward. Again this year they hosted the Pennies for Patients campaign, collecting money to benet the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With the help of classroom teachers, students and parents the school raised $3,529.49 all of which goes toward cancer research. Each classroom was challenged to set a goal; many far exceeded their expectations (see pictures). West Glades Jr. Beta Club would like to thank everyone for their help in raising funds for this worthy cause. Jr. Beta Club raises $3,529.49 for cancer research Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photoMs. Raulersons kindergarten class set their goal at $150 and collected $204.12. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photoMrs. Meyers kindergarten class set their goal at $200 and collected $204.12. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photoMrs. Sewells rst-grade class set their goal at $200 and collected $279.84. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photoMrs. Rabers rst-grade class set their goal at $200 and collected $268.37. Published byGlades County DemocratServing Eastern Glades County Since 1923 To Reach Us Address: c/o Okeechobee News. 107 SW 17th St. Ste D., Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Website: gcdnews.comTo Submit Newse Glades County Democrat welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories, ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or emailed. e deadline for all news items is 12 p.m. Monday prior to the following ursday's publication. Email: gdcnews@newszap.com........................................................................To Place A Display Ad Call (863) 763-3134, deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. E-mail: southlakeads@newszap.com To Place A Classied Ad Call (877)353-2424 to place a classied advertisement from home. e deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. Fax: 1-877-354-2424 E-mail: classads@newszap.com Advertising Billing Department E-mail: billteam@newszap.com To Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com e Glades County Democrat is delivered by mail or subscribers on ursday and is sold in racks and store locations in the Glades County area.Call (800)282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Glades County Democrat USPS 117920 Published Weekly by Independent Newspapers, Inc. for $39.00 per year including tax. Periodical Class postage paidPublisher: Katrina Elsken Advertising: 863-763-3134E-mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comWe Pledge ... To operate this newspaper as a public trust. To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER TRANSMITTAL OF A LARGE SCALE PLAN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT in Glades County, Florida, public hearings will be held be fore the Glades County Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 5:05 PM and the Glades County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM, or as soon as the matters may be heard. These hearings will be held at the County Commissioners Chambers, Glades County Courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, and Florida 33471. The purpose of the public hearings for the following item is to consider the transmittal of the amendment to the State agencies for review and comment. This item will be heard at the January 10 and the February 14 hearings. The Parcel ID Number for the subject site is A3342-33-A00-0020-0000 ORDINANCE 2018 ___ AN ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO SECTION 163.3184, FLORIDA STATUTES, ADOPTING A LARGE SCALE FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT TO THE GLADES COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FROM AGRICULTURE/ OPEN TO INDUSTRIAL FOR 60.51 ACRES OF LAND; LOCATED AT 6120 W. US HWY 27 APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER IS LONG HAMMOCK GROVES; CASE NUMBER COMP18-02LS; PROVIDING FOR REVISION TO AND INCLUSION OF THE REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE A COPY OF SAID PETITIONS AND STAFF REPORTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE GLADES COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (198 6TH STREET, MOORE HAVEN). ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE URGED TO ATTEND THESE PUB LIC HEARINGS. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO SPEAK. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, AT ANY TIME IN ADVANCE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING(S). PLEASE CALL 863-946-6018 AND MENTION THE PETITION NUMBER OF THE MATTER YOU WISH TO DISCUSS. IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD, OR COUNTY COMMISSION, WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT THE HEARING, THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND HE OR SHE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PRO CEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTI MONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE HEARD. Glades County Democrat March 29, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee March 29, 2018 4 provements ... on the contract, there was nothing said about engineering. I think we need to go to an engineer and have the bath rooms drawn. They have to be ADA-compli ant (in providing access for the handicapped under the Americans with Disabilities Act), and just to cover ourself for liability. Mr. Miller said he would handle choosing one. Among the work to be done is painting the building, xing the sidewalks and renovat ing the public restrooms. Also, he related, I dont know if you all noticed, the curb repair and the water deection in front of city hall is about 90 percent done. I just want to make sure its ready for our April 2 food truck invasion, which I think were well inside that, no problem. The lighting on the sign out front is completed. Finally, City Manager Miller said: I just want to make sure that I recognize Sam (Water Plant Supervisor Sam Briefman) and Maxine (City Clerk Maxine Brantley) and the crew because they have done an excellent job. I cant say enough for all of them. Theyve been very, very nice, very professional, and have done a good job. Everything Ive ever asked, theyve been right on it, so I just want that noted. BALLFIELDSContinued From Page 1 approximately 200 signatures requesting this, she said. However, after talking with many people and realizing the many things that would need to be implemented, I know that this is not a realistic option. Ms. Shop added, though: I hope you will continue to try to ... provide services so that the elderly in Buckhead Ridge and others can come to (get) the services they have grown to depend on. Since the building we have used already has its county services, it is our hope that someday the building in the area which the county generously allowed us at Hope Con nections to use, might be used to provide a place for information and aid to our commu nity and to others who come to visit us as our community grows. Thank you very much for allowing me this time to express not only my feelings but those of many living in the Buck head Ridge community. Commission Chairman John Ahern asked her to leave the petition with County Manager Paul Carlisle, saying,I think he will be able to explore our options. He already was working on the issue. I actually reached out to United Way and asked them if they would consider putting a second United Way Home up in Buckhead Ridge and provide some of the similar services. Its in the discussion stage; theres no guarantee. Ive opened the door of discussions, told them what we would provide to them, Mr. Carlisle reported. All of this would have to come back to the board, obviously, but I think it would be of benet if we get someone like United Way, who provides a plethora of services all those services they provide here in Moore Ha ven we have the facility, and if they would do it, I think it would be of benet. So we are looking at other ways to help. Were not just saying no and goodbye, were always looking for ways to serve the community, Mr. Carl isle said. He noted that he and Commission er Tim Stanley, who lives in and represents the area, have had long talks about this. So were saying, lets see what we can do. Were totally aware of the benet that building can provide. We dont want it to just sit there empty, adding that well be happy to work with anyone they can nd to keep the ofce open as a community center. Thats what I want, Ms. Shop said. Commissioner Donna Storter Long asked her to read the petition, and she did so: We, the undersigned, would like to save our community center and maintain it (as such). It is an essential place for the seniors and community residents to go, as in for informational and directional help being pro vided to them. As it has been for many years now, with the growth happening around and in our community, our center will become a vital addition to the Buckhead Ridge complex. It will continue to reach out a welcome hand to all who enter. Commissioner Weston Pryor asked, So these people think were taking the community center away from them? They just know that its being closed because of the fact that myself as site coordinator was not able to increase the numbers like the state wanted. Ive tried everything, sir, Ms. Shop answered. She went on: I myself have been in there for 15 years. I have answered questions referencing the tax people ... (and) I have had questions asked of me regarding the building department. I have answered questions pertaining to the Mosquito Control (District); the homeowners association building; the re department. They come in with questions of all kinds, and not just here and there. Ms. Shop said that the space should continue to be used as an informational center, noting that newer, younger residents also need a place to get information on Glades County services. I think with the growth around us its going to be needed, she said. A donor provided the center recently with a 55-inch TV, new chairs and a loveseat, where locals gather for snacks, recreation, movies, games or just conversation. No meals are provided there, she said, but shes encouraged people to bring in lunch and use the space. I thought I had done everything I could possibly do, begging people to take advantage, she said, adding that she told them: If you dont, you know the adage, If you dont use it youre going to lose it. And Im sorry to say that has happened. Commissioner Pryor said, I greatly, greatly appreciate what youve done for those people. Its very pleasing to know we have people in Glades County like you. She responded, Thats my home. I dont call them my friends, theyre my family. Theyve (Hope Connections) provided a great service for the community over the years, said Commissioner Stanley. Hopefully we can get United Way to come in and do some funding or something to help us keep this going on. But until that time, as of now, Ms. Shop is donating to anyone who can use them, things the ofce has accumulated, such as craft supplies, ower arrangements, seasonal decorations, puzzles, party supplies, walkers and other item. The deadline for picking up the items currently is Friday, April 6. Call Bonnie Shop at 863-634-7495 for details. HOPEContinued From Page 1

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5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee March 29, 2018 Reections from the Pulpit Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com. Robert Cooling (Duke) Haman II (March 28, 1956 March 20, 2018) MOORE HAVEN Robert Cooling (Duke) Haman II, was called home to Heaven March 20, 2018. Mr. Haman was born in Wilmington, Del. to father Robert Haman and mother Vivian Brown Haman on March 28, 1956. He was a proud American and served his country in the U.S. Army as an infantryman. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, as well as the National Defense Service Medal and Expert in Rie Medal. He served in the Vietnam War Era and was a member of the Delaware and Florida National Guard. Mr. Hamans 32-year law enforcement career began in Delaware with the Department of Corrections. He served with the Glades County Sheriffs Department as Correction Ofcer, Deputy, Bailiff and Jail Administrator. His later years were spent with GEO Corporation until he retired due to illness in 2013. Robert married his beloved wife Frances Gail Haman, June 13, 1981 in New Castle, Del. He enjoyed reading, singing and music, shing, hunting, bible study and teaching the bible. Mr. Haman is survived by his devoted wife, Frances Gail Haman; and precious daughter, Jennifer Elaine Haman; and four siblings, Michael Haman, Patricia Haman, Dawn Woolen and Candace Romani. He was preceded in death by both parents. He loved his family and his church dearly. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Bethel Holiness Church, 1153 Cornelia Drive, LaBelle, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 also at the church beginning at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jeremy Howell ofciating Burial will follow at Ortona Cemetery, 8898 West State Road 78, Moore Haven with full military honors. Brister Funeral Home is honored to have serviced this family. Come celebrate the life, love and legacy of Robert Cooling (Duke) Haman, II. Obituaries Easter: Life and life abundantlyThe Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Someone I knew had to undergo surgery but had a bleeding problem. Doctors were able to control it and everything went well. Following surgery, she proclaimed Im alive, Im alive! and I shared her joy for those few moments while she awoke from the anesthesia and reveled in a miracle. I anticipate that story has been repeated mil lions of times among those who have gone before us from this life to the life to come. It is a story about Easter and the promise that the Lord has given us; and the message from Him that is for all who believe. Those who believe live out what the Epistle to the Hebrews (chapter 11, verse 1ff) has given us; Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. The answer came to one patient who believed that all would work out and life would continue. Her faith was that assurance, that conviction and she was rewarded for her belief. That faith was known to Jesus followers who also knew fear but believed that His promises to us would be fullled. Those who saw the Lord have given us testimony of His presence after being crucied; and millions after have come to know Him. One clergyman put it very succinctly; Either this is the most preposterous story in history, or it is true! For all who have experienced the risen Lord, the latter is the obvious answer and they will share in those moments of going from life to the greater life to come. Our sciences have given us answers and knowing how but is in our other ways of knowing that we come to understand why. My work includes helping people to come to know Gods presence and purposes in life, how we are called to relate to each other and live together, how we proclaim on Easter He has risen, the Lord has risen indeed! The Easter story is given to us in each of the gospel accounts, the epistles and the lives of the faithful ever afterward. Today, many live in great fear that their lives will be taken from them by acts of vio lence. The fear is for their children and for themselves and they have decided to act. The cries of people today are that there must be a better way! and they have rallied together to seek it. Beneath it all is the recognition that life is sacred and that life is a gift to be cherished and hallowed. Easter is Gods afrmation to us of that recognition within us. Jesus has told us of His reasons for coming among us. Speaking to the crowds one day He told those who were present I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b). He tells them that He will lay down His life for them because He has come to care for them (vss. 12-19), and, as they say, the rest is history. It is that history that is celebrated at Easter; accounts of Jesus appearance after His laying down His life and the encounters with disciples and many others when He arose. His appearances let them know that their faith and hope was not in vain and the witness and conviction of people ever since is celebrated around the world on this day. The sacredness of life, our motivations to protect and see that it can be lived to its fullest is what is being told to us in the Easter proclamation that life is to be lived and then go on. Our efforts to improve life, prolong life, to regard life as worth saving all point to ward the greatest gift possible; that it will go on and on and on, even forever. That gift to us is from God; it is celebrated at our altars, in our homes and in our hearts. Because He lived and lives, we live and will live and have life abundantly one day with Him. May this be a blessed and happy Easter and time of giving thanks to God for the greatest gift we might possibly receive. Amen. SFWMD continues efforts to preserve land near the Everglades headwatersSpecial to INI Florida WEST PALM BEACH On Feb. 8, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board approved another land purchase to help preserve the Shingle Creek Management Area in Orange and Osceola counties, which serves as the headwaters for Floridas Everglades. This board remains steadfast in ensuring the health of the Everglades, and Shingle Creek is critical to achieving this goal, said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman and Orange County resident Dan OKeefe. Every parcel of property we can secure helps preserve Shingle Creek, which is an important step for the Everglades and a worthy investment in the future of our environment, Chairman OKeefe added. The Governing Board approved purchasing 3.61 acres from two willing sellers in Shingle Creek for $101,000. The SFWMD has been purchasing land around Shingle Creek for conservation since 1991 origi nally, through the Save Our Rivers program and, subsequently, with mitigation funds because of the creeks unique hydrologic function and environmental value for the Ev erglades. The SFWMD now owns nearly 2,500 acres for conservation within Shingle Creek. Another 1,100 acres is privately owned. The Governing Board also approved an amendment to this years budget, adding another $375,000 to acquire land from will ing sellers within the Shingle Creek Manage ment Area. Recognized as the headwaters of Floridas Everglades, the Shingle Creek Management Area is the largest natural area in the greater Orlando area. It is comprised primarily of hardwood swamps with some upland habitat and is home to 154 different wildlife species. The swamp plays a critical role in providing regional ood protection and ensuring water quality.

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Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee March 29, 2018 6Lets talk: Prescribed cane burning and our health The outside-generated conict surrounding prescribed cane burnings in Florida con tinues. Does it and will it affect my health or the health of my loved ones? What can I do? These are questions we should be asking regarding many substances and/or activities within our homes and communities. Because of the continued agitation and allegations from the Sierra Club; I decided to do some research. I talked with a Florida pulmonologist (lung specialist), a Florida air quality expert, The American Lung Asso ciation and other physicians. I want to share what I discovered. Up front, I want you to know that I have asthma. So, for transparencys sake, I want ed to share that I do have a very personal interest. I also want to share that I worked in Hendry and Glades counties for 25-plus years at the Department of Health and was the health ofcer for many years, without a personal health episode. I traveled all over these counties in all weather conditions, in cluding during cane harvest season and pre scribed natural area/forestry burns. The Florida air quality expert, having both private and public experience, helped me better understand that to be a Health Threat, one must experience the following three factors: Exposure coming in direct contact with the VOC (volatile organic compounds) Duration the health threat increases with duration of exposure Concentration higher concentration, higher threat If any/all of these are reduced; the threat is reduced. The most important is exposure. Without exposure, there is no health threat. So, when prescribed burning is done on days that maximize smoke rising well into the air (off the ground), exposure is minimized. Some studies have stated that the VOC levels in Belle Glade were 15 times higher during harvest season than during the growth season. It sounds devastating and it scares folks, however, the concentration level is insignicant. There is no health threat. There is a dilution factor often overlooked when smoke leaves its source and rises into the air. Smoke (and VOC) concentration in 1 square mile of air 20 feet off the ground would be diluted by 558 million cubic feet of air. Smoke rising to 4,000 feet off the ground would be diluted even further. This is important for all of us to know and at least basically understand. I did NOT go as deep as the expert did; but general knowledge for us is of great value. It means when we see smoke rising into the air from a prescribed pre-harvest cane eld burn, it is no threat to us because we are not being exposed to it. Another measure of air quality is particulates or small particles in the air. The independent and credible Robert Wood Johnson and University of Wisconsins Annual Report on County Health Rankings states Hendry and Glades air particulate matter is lower than the State of Florida average. This is great for our rural areas. We do have challenges with lung issues and smoking, however. Now, lets continue talking about our health. No burning causes disease without the three factors above. The number one risk to those with any type of respiratory or cardiac illnesses, children and elderly is cigarette smoking. When done in the home, there is exposure, duration and concentration. Secondhand smoke is a risk for children to develop respiratory illnesses. It will also cause respiratory symptoms to someone living in the home with illness. It may also cause the person to use or potentially over use prescribed puffers to control symptoms. The State of Florida received large dollars from the tobacco settlement to offer and assist smokers and chewing tobacco persons cessation programs. Weve all seen the antismoking ads that demonstrate the scope and consequences of the tobacco problem. We contacted Hendry and Glades county healthcare providers and HRMC (Hendry Regional Medical Center) Emergency Room and Urgent Care Center to see if there were an increase in respiratory or cardiac visits during the prescribed burning season. RESULTS: There was not an increase in visits of cardiac or respiratory problems during the harvest season. The literature also speaks loudly to forest res or wood burning dangers. The Florida Forest Service also does prescribed burning. When one has been diagnosed with a respiratory illness, has a cardiac condition, children, allergies or asthma, etc., the healthcare provider is prudent if he or she comes up with an action plan during these times. Google search of recommendations: If there is a forest re, or if YOU ever have concerns or symptoms for ANY reason (always document what was happening so it can be shared with your health provider; if symptoms are severe, call 911): Stay indoors. Windows shut with air conditioning on; make sure lter is clean and it is using recycled indoor air. Make sure air lters in the home are clean and changed (monthly). Do not smoke or let anyone smoke in the home. Do not use candles, replaces, gas logs, gas stoves. Dont vacuum, it stirs up particles already in the home that may come inside on feet or open windows. If no air conditioning, go to someones home that does have it. If you have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. Dust masks are not enough. A well-tted N-95 or P-100 respirator (mask) will help if used properly. Scarves and bandannas (wet or dry) will not help. If driving, make sure air is recirculating inside, NOT bringing in outside air. Some people cannot have windows open at all, because of substances, i.e., pollen, etc. that can enter the home. This is a discussion with your healthcare provider. We all want to be healthy and want our families to be healthy. There are safety measures that can be taken to maintain a healthy environment in our home so we dont display symptoms from any cause. It is also helpful to look to credible experts in the eld to help us understand what presents a health threat and what does not. Pre scribed burning is a responsible way the FFS and area farmers maintain a healthy environ ment for the environment, their workers and our communities. Get good health informa tion and use it. Patricia K. Dobbins PKD Consulting Letter to the EditorH ighlands Hammock hosts California Toe Jam Band Concert Special to the Glades County Democrat SEBRING The California Toe Jam Band is scheduled to play on Saturday eve ning, March 31, at Highlands Hammock State Park. Toe Jam, a local band with a following throughout the greater Heart land, is known for playing the best classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s. Although members of the band have come and gone over the last 34 years, the band delights in playing their family-friendly shows and the music remains the same. Visit www.californiatoejam.com/. The Music in the Park series continues into May with two more concerts. T.C. Carr & the Bolts of Blue will play on April 28. Carr, one of Floridas top musical artists, is a harmonica virtuoso whose reputation is known in both the United States and Europe. Country artist Rick Arnold, who worked with Hank Williams Jr., will close the series on May 5 with a night of classic and contemporary country and favorite rock-n-roll oldies. Visit www.rickarnold.com. Admission is $10 per adult. Accompanied children 10 years old and younger are free of charge. Music in the Park concerts are sponsored by the Friends of Highlands Hammock Inc. All proceeds benet park improvements via the Friends. Bring blan kets, lawn chairs and ashlights and enjoy an evening of music under the stars. Food vendors will be on-site. Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle (up to eight people) and $4 per single occupant vehicle are waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Highlands Ham mock is located at 5931 Hammock Road in Sebring. Call the ranger station at 863-3866094 for more information.

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7 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee March 29, 2018 U.S. Sugar Employees Give Back U.S. Sugar and our employees LLaces of Love U.S. Sugar President & CEO Robert H. Buker with Clewiston-area students Haven Fresh shop serves up fresh fruit smoothies, healthy fareBy Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat Moore Haven has a new healthful food option aptly named Haven Fresh, a small oasis serving fresh-fruit smoothies, raw juice mixes and breakfast items also selling justpicked produce thats open all day, every day, except Sunday. On that day set aside to honor the Lord, youll nd the youthful co-owners, Juan Mar tinez and his wife, Nancy Vazquez, worship ping at Agape rather than behind the counter whirring up some special nectar in their little store. Ms. Vazquez tells of their gratefulness for the day about four years ago when, pre occupied with money worries, they listened to the Agape pastor preach a particularly memorable Old Testament lesson, from 2 Kings 4:1-7. We started this business be cause of the Word from church, because we didnt have money for rent we had to pay. One Sunday, he (husband Juan) was going to ask pastor for money to pay the rent. So the pastor started preaching and he said, OK, God is telling me that someone doesnt have money for their rent. And he was thinking that was ME! Ms. Vazquez said she started ruminating in her head, So maybe hes go ing to give ... like, say, Lets give something to that person, some money. But Pastor Ed gar Figueroa went in another direction. And then Pastor started preaching, (telling) about the widow that (had a son to pro vide for) when her husband died, he had a lot of debt. So a prophet told her, Do you have something in your house to sell? And she said No, I have nothing but this jar of oil. And he said, Well, you and your son have to sell that. And he (her husband, Juan) believes in that. And she started putting gallons of oil out, and thats why we started doing that, believing in God, that that was His thing for us, she explained.The Bible story is a bit different than their situation, but it was applicable nonetheless. So we started with $60, selling vegetables house by house, and then decided, with the money we pay for rent, we have more than that. And then Juan said, Well, OK, lets start selling vegetables and fruit, and then we found this place, we rented it, and were here. Haven Fresh is in a small, square building surrounded by a fence along Avenue I Northwest just north of the hunkering U.S. 27 bridge through town, a bit hidden from trafcs view. Ms. Vazquez says they rented a billboard just east of the bridge to announce their presence. She said they do plan to add to their simple menu, with sandwiches and other lunch possibilities, down the road. Hows foot trafc been since they opened their store? (That was back on Jan. 14, 2017.) Its been good. She said they nished months of renovation work inside the building and opened it up for smoothies and breakfasts just in October. Were thinking now about how to x up the outside because a lot of people want to stay and sit, chatting with their friends, while they enjoy their smoothies or food. And were thinking about doing something outside, Ms. Vazquez said, saying business has picked up enough to start planning more. Right now its a plain concrete enclosure surrounding the building with chain link around it, where the couple originally were selling the fruits and vegetables that they traveled to the Immokalee produce market to get. A picnic table or two probably will come rst. That rst small amount of money went a long way. We started with $60, and we bought everything jalapeos, bell peppers, cucumbers and then we started selling it house by house. Theyve lived in Moore Haven for a while. Nancy, 26, said, Ive been here for almost 12 years, and hes been here like 20 years. Juan, whos 28, and she both immigrated from Mexico, her from the border state of Coahuila and him from the southern rural farming state of Chiapas, and they plan now, as permanent legal residents, to have chil dren someday. We are believing in God that this is what God wants us to do to prosper in our life and in the community. We have a little, small town and we didnt have a produce source, before the dollar store that just opened, a place to go and buy vegetables and food. Nancy and Juan hope to be providing for their community for a good, long time.Glades County Democrat/ Chris Felker Co-owner Juan Martinez mixes up a smoothie while frequent patron Chuck Lar rance (left) slides a tip into the jar at the Haven Fresh cafe on Avenue I in Moore Haven. The shop started selling raw juices, mixes and breakfast items last Oc tober after months of selling fruits and vegetables outside and door-to-door.

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Hendry County Clerk of Court is seeking applications for Staff Accountant Staff Accountant job duties: Maintains and balances an automated consolidation system by imputing data, scheduling required jobs, verifying data Analyzes information and options by developing spreadsheet reports, verifying information Prepares general ledger entries by maintaining Prepares payments by accruing expenses, assigning account numbers, requesting disbursements, reconciling accounts searching and interpreting data Protects organizations value by keeping informa Accomplishes accounting and organization mission by completing related results as needed Requires a BS Degree in Accounting or 5 years of accounting experience. Please send resumes to: Clerk of Court, PO Box 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975, Attention: Finance Director Central County Water Control District is seeking a fulltime secretary. Must have a High School diploma or general education Suite experience needed. Must be bilingualEnglish/ Spanish. 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H elp Wanted: ADVERTISING CONSULTANT e Caloosa Belle/Immokalee Bulletin is looking for a highly driven, marketing savvy and creative advertising consultant who will help us grow our print and online advertising sales while producing results for our clients. While experience is preferred, we will train the right person. If you are a self-motivated, out-going and idea-oriented individual, we want to hear from you! e right candidate must be able to work with Mom and Pop businesses one minute and national ad agencies the next. We oer a competitive pay and benets package, on the job training, and the opportunity to be a part of a dedicated group of community journalists who believe in solid teamwork. Our portfolio of advertising opportunities include several weekly newspapers around Lake Okeechobee, tourism and real estate magazines and trac-attracting newspaper websites. While this position will have a LaBelle and Immokalee focus, the position may be expanded to cover Clewiston, Belle Glade, Hendry county and more oering larger commissions for a proven sales representative. Please email resume and references to kelsken@newszap.com H elp Wanted: REPORTER/WRITERLove to write? Enjoy talking to people? Interested in the LaBelle community? e Caloosa Belle needs a reporter to work part-time.Please email resum and writing sample to kelsken@newszap.com Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Business Oppor tunities NOTICE Independent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. R oofing Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 Antiques ANTIQUES: China Cabinet, Sewing Machine w/cabinet, Chair, Dry Sink, School Desk. (11) 5 Ft. Tall Shelving Stands for shop or garage. (954)873-3322 (LaBelle) Apar tments MOORE HAVEN COMMONS 863-946-1262 TDD:711 1101 Cactus Avenue, Moore Haven, FL 33471 Now accepting Applications Affordable Living for low income families Spacious units equipped with central heat and air, carpet, appliances, on-site laundry and playground 1 BR apts start at $545 2 BR apts start at $631 Limited rental assistance available. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer R oofing Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 954-789-7530 Pickup Tr uck s 1999 DODGE DAKOTA Sport, 2 Door w/2nd row seating. Mileage 208,738 Runs well. A/C and Tires good. Has topper. 1 Owner. $1000 or best offer. (863)983-6788 or (863)677-0796 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Everglades Harvest and Haul, LLC is hiring 40 farmworkers to harvest and pack corn in Palm Beach County, FL for a temporary period starting on 04/01/2018 and ending on 05/31/2018. Two (2) rience harvesting crops is required. The wages offered are the highest of $11.29/hr. or applicable piece rates. This job requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Job is outdoors and continues in all types of weather. Workers may be requested to submit to random drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. Workers must be able to lift and carry 50lbs. repetitively throughout the workday. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return home after each working day. Transportation and meal expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State WorkOrder Number: FL10628661. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Apar tments Greentree South Apartments 2 & 3 br apartments. Includes all appliances, window treatments. Coin operated laundry conveniently on site. Bilingual staff. Sewer & trash included in rent. Tenant pays electric & water. Rental Rates from $689 Rental applications available at: 40 Greentree Drive, #101, LaBelle, FL 33935 (863) 675-0313 greentreesouth@ centurylink.net Equal Housing Opportunity Provider Apar tments Now Renting: Sugar Country Apartments 626 West Avenue, Moore Haven new affordable units, starting at $405 for 1BR and $461 for 2BR apartments plus electric. Water, sewer and trash are included in rent. Income limits apply. Energy Star appliances, central heat and air, decorator window treatments. Phone 727-443-3251, ext. 32 or email: southwindgm@ southwind.us.com for a rental application. Equal Housing Opportunity Provider Houses R ent Owner Financing Furnished, 1100 sq. ft., 2br /1ba, 30ft. bulk headed water front, 55 plus, Buckhead Ridge Turtle Cove, unit 62. $79K or rent $700/mo. Call Van 772-519-0962 Boats INFLATABLE KAYAK and Big Foot Sand Trailer for launching Hobie Cat Sailboat or In(954)873-3322 Public Notice REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) NO. 6000000890 Storm Water Treatment Area (STA) Flat Mowing Services, Hendry and Palm Beach Counties, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to the 2:30 P.M. opening time on May 1st, 2018, for STA Flat Mowing Services within the Clewiston Field Station service area. A MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE (CONFERENCE) & SITE VISIT will be held on April 19, 2018, at 9:00 A.M. at the Clewiston Field Station Main Conference Room, located at 2425 Hookers Point Road, Clewiston, Florida. All Respondents who wish to respond to this Solicitation must be present and on time at the Conference and Site Visit. Respondents that attended the Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference and Site Visit for RFB 6000000868 are not required to attend. Bids will not be accepted from Respondents who either did not attend the Conference and Site Visit or who THE DISTRICT WILL NOT ADMIT ANY RESPONDENTS AFTER 9:15 A.M. Work site visits will immediately follow the Conference and may include travel through rough terrain and remote and heavy vegetative areas. Transportation to the Conference and Site Visit shall be the responsibility of the Respondent. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested Respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/procurement; (3) by calling the BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290, option 1. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our website www.sfwmd.gov/procurement 485135 CN 3/29/2018 Public Notice NOTICE FOR BIDS Barron Water Control District will accept SEALED bid proposals up to 2:00 PM, April 5, 2018, for the purchase of one New 95 H.P. Overhead Cab Tractor with air conditioning, 2 wheel drive, 4 cycle diesel motor, hydraulic Port LaBelle or mail to P.O. Box 1606, LaBelle, Florida 33975. 863-675-0346 or ltaylor@bwcd.net The District reserves the right to reject any or all bids with or without cause and to accept the bid that, in its judgment, will be in the best interest of the District. Mark Colbert, Chairman 485127 CN/GCD/CB 3/29/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 26-2017-CA-000092 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. GLORIA VIGIL; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF GLORIA VIGIL; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on March 08, 2018, in this cause, in the Circuit Court of Hendry County, Florida, the clerk shall sell the property situated in Hendry County, Florida, described as: ALL OF LOT 23 AND LOTS 24 AND 25, EXCEPT THAT PART OF LOT 25 LYING SOUTHEASTERLY FROM A RADIAL LINE WHICH INTERSECTS THE CIRCLE DRIVE FRONTAGE OF LOT 25 AT A POINT 20 FEET SOUTHEASTERLY FROM THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 25, ALL IN BLOCK 171, OF THE GENERAL PLAN OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, AS REVISED SEPTEMBER 7, 1937, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGES 71 THROUGH 78, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 242 E CIRCLE DR, CLEWISTON, FL 33440-2506 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at 25 E Hickpochee 2nd Floor Labelle, FL 33935, on May 9, 2018 beginning at 11:00 AM. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you Dated this 13th day of March, 2018. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: J. Bevis Deputy Clerk If you are a person with disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Dawn OliCounty Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935, and whose telephone number is (863)675-5229, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 485006 CN 3/22,29/2018 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF LANDOWNERS EAST SHORE WATER CONTROL DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the landowners of East Shore Water Control District is scheduled to meet Wednesday, April 18, Street, Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, Florida, for the purpose of: 1. Electing one (1) Supervisor for a term of three (3) years. 2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect thereto as the landowners may determine, and; 3. Transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the meeting herein referred, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is made. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF EAST SHORE WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 484846 SUN 3/29;4/5/2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 04/09/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 2005 CHEV 1G1AK52F557600629 485133 CN 3/29/2018 9 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee March 29, 2018 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064 (863) 983-8559 528 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL See our other listings at www.rawlsrealestate.comCLEWISTON HOMES / MOBILE HOMES 4/4 4155 Pioneer 13th Street $149K 4/3.5 Large lot w/pool 1205 Pinewood $439,9K 2/2 MH 551 Fleetwood St. $55K Reduced 53,9K 3/1 Cottage Style, updated 420 W. Circle $139K $119,9K 1900 Ridgill Rd 2/2 $96K (waterfront) SOLD 825 S.Quebrada 3/2, granite upgrades $195K 909 Sawgrass St. 4/3 w/pool & theatre room $269K PENDING 428 E. Pasadena 2/2 w/apt, that is 2/2 $149K PENDING 565 Gratton Rd. 2.84 ac, $89K RENTALS RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL 2BR/1BA, (1) Unit, 550 S. Lopez., $650 mo ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS MOORE HAVEN / LAKEPORT/SEBRING 2/2 Waterfront/Lake Access Lowry Ln CBS $174,9K 2/2 with large workshop, 1370 Ted Beck Rd. $82,5K 1016 Glover Ln 3/2 $89k (lake access) Res. Lot 402 Pinecrest, Moore Haven $7K 8 Buildable lots available in Sky Valley, Clewiston Starting at $19K 2755 Milum Dr. Lakeport, Fl 3.18 ac. Lake Access, Waterfront, MAKE OFFER! $175K 28 ac. Hwy 27 Frontage $9,9K per acre, Venus, FL 77 ac. $7,9K per acre, Venus, FL 10 ac. $9,9K per acre, Venus, FL 901 Yacht Club Way $8,9K COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT PROPERTY lndustrial Park 3013 C.R. 835 (Open storage and Warehouse) Call for details 516 E Sugarland Hwy $59,9K Fishing Getaway w/Lake Access only $89K Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 2009-CA-001247 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF AND WITH RESPECT TO AJAX MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2016-1; MORTGAGE-BACKED NOTES, SERIES 2016-1, Plaintiff v. ISABEL BLANCO et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above styled cause in the Circuit Court of Hendry County, Florida, the Clerk of Hendry County will sell the property situated in Hendry County, Florida, described as: Description of Mortgaged and Personal Property THE WEST ONE-HALF OF THE NORTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST ONE QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST ONE-QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST ONE-QUARTER OF SECTION 26, TOWNSHIP 44 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT FOR AN ACCESS ROAD OF THE WEST 30 FEET THEREOF SUBJECT TO EXISTING OIL, GAS AND MINERAL RESERVATIONS, CONDITIONS, RESTRICTIONS, ZONING ORDINANCES, ENFORCEABLE EASEMENTS OF RECORD AND SUBJECT TO TAXES AND ASSESSMENT-OF CENTRAL COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT. ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 1093 IN MONTURA RANCH ESTATES. The address of which is 472 Avenida Del Sur, Clewiston, Florida 33440. at a public sale to the highest bidder, on 4-18-18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, Second Floor, Labelle, Florida 33935, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus f1mds from the sale, if any, other than the property owner, as of the date of the Lis PenDated: 4/15/2018. CLERK OF THE COURT BY: J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please coned at the Lee County Justice Center, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, and whose telephone number is (239) 5331723, within two working days of your receipt of this Notice of Sale, if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 485084 CN 3/22,29/2018 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITYHENDRY COUNTY STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) PROGRAM Hendry County hereby announces that funds for Housing Assistance are available from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program. assistance. Hendry County will be hosting two homeowner orientations to explain the homeowner orientation will be conducted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Boulevard, LaBelle, FL 33975. The second homeowner orientation will be conducted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Hendry County ton, FL 33440. Individual applications for down payment assistance will be available beginning on Friday, April 27, 2018 through Friday, May 25, 2018 or until funds are expended. The applications will be available on the Hendry County website and at the Hendry County Housing Department locations at 133 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida and 1100 S. Olympia Street Clewiston, Florida. Contact the Hendry County Housing at 863-675-5297 or reimburse for homes that has already been purchased. The application period is for thirty (30) days, beginning Friday, April 27, 2018 or until all funds have been expended. Applications will be available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All applications must be received by the Housing Department, 133 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018. Wednesday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ThursMonday through Wednesday 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Thursday and Friday 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. All SHIP assistance recipients must agree to comply with all SHIP Program criteria and requirements as set forth in Chapter 67-37, Florida AdministraBoard of County Commissioners reserves the right to close any program application period by Board resolution. Hendry County SHIP programs do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, disability, age or any other protected classes. HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS A FAIR HOUSING, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, AND DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE JURISDICTION 485015 CN/CB 3/22,29;4/5,12,19/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2015-CA-548 JUDGE: THOMAS REESE H.E. HILL FOUNDATION, INC., Plaintiff, vs. SUSY BOGARDUS, et al. Defendants RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 2, 2017, entered in Civil Case No. 2015-CA-000548 in the Circuit Court in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein H.E. HILL FOUNDATION, INC. is the Plaintiff, and SUSY BORGARDUS and the SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, are the Defendants, that: The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash, at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935 at 11:00 a.m., on the 11th day of April, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: WISTON, FLORIDA, AS REVISED SEPTEMBER 7th 1937, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED ON PLAT RECORDS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 6th day of March, 2018. BY: J. Bevis, Deputy Clerk 484924 CN 3/22,29/2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:Arthur N. Bonker 675 N Nogal St. Clewiston, FL. 33440 Beatriz Perez 3302 Everhigh Acres Rd. Clewiston, FL. 33440 Joyce M. Goode 3787 Ft. Keis Ave. Ft. Denaud, FL. 33935 Darrell L. Sweet II 202 Trocadero Ave. Clewiston, FL 33440 Wilbert James 891 W. Lincoln Ave. LaBelle, FL. 33935 Robert L. Koff Jr. 4005 Tanglewood Dr. LaBelle, FL. 33935 Jose L. Rodriguez 1116 Carlyle St. LaBelle, FL. 33935 required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Hendry County, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. Call 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592.El Aviso se da por Este Medio:Informamos que su eligibilidad para votar esta en cuestion. Usted tiene que comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones, del condado de Hendry, Florida, a mas tardar 30 dias despues de la fecha de este aviso publicado para recibir la informacion al respecto de su inelegibilidad potencial y el procedimiento de resolver este caso. La falta de respuesta puede resultar en la determinacion de ineligibilidad por parte del Supervisor, y su nombre sera eliminado del sistema estatal del registro de votantes. Llame al 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. Brenda K. Hoots Supervisor of Elections PO Box 174 LaBelle, FL 33975 Hendry County, Florida F.S. 98.075 485100 CN 3/29/2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee March 29, 2018 10 Real Estate Directory LOBA launches sugarcane burning awareness campaignSpecial to the Glades County Democrat The Lake Okeechobee Business Alliance (LOBA) announced on March 21 an initiative to support farmers in the Glades communities and push back attempts by outside anti-farmer activists that seek to put local jobs at risk. The initiative, known as the Sustainable Agriculture Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Com munities program, will educate local resi dents on why pre-harvest agricultural burns are carefully regulated by the Florida Forest Service, are not linked through any medical research to negative health conditions and are necessary in South Floridas damp cli mate. The Glades communities enjoy some of Floridas cleanest air, and we plan to keep it that way, said Miller Couse, chairman of the board of First Bank and a member of S.A.F.E. Communities. Through LOBAs S.A.F.E. Communities initiative, we will make sure our friends and neighbors here in the Glades know that pre-harvest burns are a safe, regulated and necessary tool that has been utilized by Glades farmers for decades. S.A.F.E. was formed partly in response to a rise in local activity by a Fort Lauderdale-based chapter of Sierra Club and other organizations who have dispatched paid operatives into Glades communities to try to shut down the practice of pre-harvest burning and ultimately put local farmers out of business. The Sierra Club has made false accusations against Florida sugarcane farmers in the past. It was also involved in litigation that contributed to the end of sugarcane farming in Hawaii, which shut down in 2017. Our communities and our very way of life are under constant attack by special interests determined to put folks in this region out of business, said Rev. Gary McNealy, a local minister and a member of the S.A.F.E. Communities alliance. The people of the Glades need to know these attacks on the regulated, safe and necessary pre-harvest burn program conducted by our farmers are meant to divide our communities and are lled with misinformation. Contrary to claims made by the Sierra Club, the Glades communities enjoy some of the best air quality in the state of Florida, with Palm Beach and Hendry counties ranking among the top of all of Floridas 67 counties. (Source: Robert Wood John son Foundation County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, 2018). Additionally, the Palm Beach and Hendry County health de partments have only averaged one veried complaint linked to a pre-harvest burn from a sugarcane eld annually for the past 10 years, according to publicly available data from both health departments. In 2015, the Palm Beach County Health Department con rmed that air-monitoring equipment near the sugarcane elds and in nearby commu nities show that the burning doesnt violate federal air-quality standards. (Palm Beach Post, June 19, 2015). For more information on S.A.F.E. Com munities, visit www.agreeducation.org. The Lake Okeechobee Business Alliance is an association of business and commu nity leaders dedicated to protecting and pre serving the communities and farmland that make up the Lake Okeechobee Region. Special to the Glades County Democrat The Moore Haven Elementary School Safety Patrol still is seeking to raise several thousand dollars after receiving a contribution from the City of Moore Haven for the planned trip to Washington, D.C., in several weeks. Coordinator Sarah Tillery emailed an update last week: We have 22 students going on the trip and 13 parents accompanying them, as well as two chaperones from the school. We will y from West Palm Beach on Monday, May 7, and return on Friday, May 11. We will visit Arlington National Cemetery, tour the Capitol and go to the Smithsonian museums and various national monuments. While the city did make a contribution, we still need to raise about $7,000. Anyone who can pitch in is asked to contact the school or email Ms. Tillery at sarah.tillery@gladesschools.org. MHES trip still short some cash UF approves industrial hemp research project GAINESVILLE Floridas farmers may have a new crop to grow if the University of Florida is successful in a pilot project to grow industrial hemp across the state. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) received approval from the UF Board of Trustees to develop hemp management and cropping systems that could be eco nomically viable for the state. Industrial hemp is a cannabis sativa plant that has been cultivated for 10,000 years as a ber and grain crop. Industrial hemp may have applications for ber, building materials, forages and pain relief as a topical oil.

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