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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-15-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, July 17, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 85 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.00 feetLast Year: 14.40 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Upgrades enhance ood control ... Page 8 Tewksbury plays baseball for IRSC ... Page 13 Sexual predator notice ... Page 7 Party Platters to Go J u l y S p e c i a l P l a t t e r s O N L Y$2 9 9 9 With coupon only 24 hour notice required! Let us cater your next party or event. Serves up to 10 people By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District, Melissa Meeker, explained the budget proposal for her agency to the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee at the Coalition’s quarterly meeting Friday. She explained ood control and emergency response is the main mission of the district who have focused on their core mission amidst major budget reductions and increased state legislative control this year. She recently announced 100 employee layoffs to the District Governing Board. The proposed budget totals just over $557 million. Restoration projects represent 39 percent of the budget. They will Lake coalition hears of SFWMD budget cutsSee LAKE — Page 18 ‘It ( shing on Lake Okeechobee) is fabulous. Bass sherman can catch 100 sh per day and that is not out of the ordinary.’— Don Fox, biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife ConservationCommission By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seized the Chamber of Commerce building Friday morning to satisfy a tax lien, and a city leader is now concerned about what will become of the building since the city holds the deed. While the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce building has been at 55 S. Parrott Ave. since 1985, that Chamber fell on hard times and currently owes the IRS $105,467.50 for unpaid taxes from 2001 through 2009. Brenda Appelton, the former director for the Chamber, said hurricanes and the loss of income from local festivals played a big part in the Chamber’s demise. “Because of the hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 the Chamber lost two of its biggest fundraisers (Speckled Perch and Labor Day festivals) and was never able to come back,” said Mrs. Appleton, who served as the Chamber’s director for nearly 21 years. “The Chamber asked the city and county for help but didn’t get it. It’s not anyone’s fault. We had a lot of good people trying to keep it going.” According to City Administrator Brian Whitehall, the City of Okeechobee purchased the property on which the Chamber sits from the Hamrick Trust with the deed restriction that the building only be used for a chamber of commerce. Mr. Whitehall said he has had prior conversations with the IRS over the building and they are aware of the deed restriction and the city’s stance. “I’ve been told there’s no dispute from the IRS as to who owns the building and they’re not going to pursue liquidating the building itself,” he said in a July 15 interview. “What they’re interested in is the value in the right of occupancy. They believe the lease value amount would help satisfy the tax lien.” In short, the IRS expects to sell the lease to help satisfy the lien. The administrator went on to say that the IRS will accept sealed bids for the personal property and that “they’ve been consistent in telling me that.” Mr. Whitehall said the IRS has apparently marketed lease values in other scenarios and arrived at a dollar amount. He said he has made it crystal clear that, because of the deed restrictions, only a chamber of commerce can occupy the building. IRS seizes Chamber for back taxes Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppInternal Revenue Service representative Wanda Quile x (center, facing) posts a notice on the front door of the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Friday, July 15, that her agency has seized the building in lieu of bac k taxes. As the notice is posted Gloria Scherre (right), from Gary’s Lock & Safe, changes the lock on the door. While the man in the foreground is also from the IRS, his identity was not released. See CHAMBER — Page 19


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CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It’s time for redrawing state and congressional district lines based on the 2010 census. The Florida Legislature, which will make the nal decision when they convene in January 2012 has asked for the public’s help in this complicated process. The number of congressional districts in Florida will increase from 25 to 27 based on the increase in population. However, the number of state house and senatorial districts will remain the same at 120 and 40 respectively. Those are the maximum number of seats allowed under the state constitution. On the congressional level, district lines w ill be redrawn to create two new districts. Each of the 27 districts will contain about 696,345 people. On the state level, while the number of districts will remain the same, district lines will be redrawn to re ect increases and shifts in population. House districts will include approximately 156,687 citizens and senate districts will consist of about 470.033 citizens each. The current population of Okeechobee County, according to the 2010 census is about 40,000, that is up from the almost 35,000 population in 2000. Therefore all or portions of Okeechobee County will have to be lumped together with all or portions of other counties to form new congressional and state districts. Okeechobee County could end up with 1, 2 or even more districts depending on how the county is divided up and grouped with portions of other counties. Currently, on the state level Okeechobee is represented by Representative Steve Perman of District 78 which consists of parts of Broward, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties and Representative Mike Horner of District 79 consisting of parts of Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. On the Senate side we are represented by Sen. J. D. Alexander of District 17 made up of Hardee, Highlands and parts of DeSoto, Glades, Okeechobee, Polk and St. Lucie counties and Sen. Joe Negron of District 28 made up of Martin and parts of Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. On the congressional level, Okeechobee is in the 16th congressional district which is made up of portions of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and all of Okeechobee, Highlands, Glades Charlotte and Hendry counties. That district is currently served by Rep. Tom Rooney. Prior to deliberating the issue of redistricting, the State Legislature is holding a series of public meetings around the state to solicit public input. There are three meetings scheduled near to Okeechobee County. On Tuesday, July 26, there will be a meeting in Wachula at the Hardee County Civic Center at 8 a.m. On Monday, Aug. 15, a meeting will be held in Stuart at the Blake Library at 6 p.m. The last area meeting will be in Clewiston on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 8 a.m. at the health department. As much public testimony as possible will be heard at these meetings. Citizens are welcome to supplement the record with written material. While advance registration is optional, it is recommended that interested persons who wish to attend one or more of these meetings go to www., click on redistricting and ll out the RSVP form. Interested persons can also email comments or suggestions to RedistrictFlorida@ On the county level, commissioners will redraw the commission district lines to ensure each one has about the number of inhabitants. According to the state constitution no district shall be drawn to favor or disfavor a political party, or an incumbent. Neither shall district lines be drawn that deny or abridge the equal opportunities of racial or language minorities. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at Citizen input wanted in redistricting district lines


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By Elder John GarnerMore 2 Life Ministries There is a disease that is affecting fruit bearing trees in a large portion of the U.S. Apparently, the problem is a root problem. You see, on the surface, the tree appears to be healthy, but, underneath, where you can’t see, the root of the tree is being attacked; eventually disconnecting the tree from its’ root system. Unless someone takes the time to do a careful inspection of the fruit the tree produces, it could take years to detect the problem. Too long a delay in dealing with the affected tree could mean that the tree will not be able to produce fruit at all. If the tree is not treated, it will nally die from this disease. This illustrates very well one of the real problems affecting the Church today. The Church of America has a serious root problem. For the Church has become so preoccupied with determining what its purpose is and making sure that it can appeal to the ever-widening religious options that present themselves that it has become disconnected from the “root” or core of what the Church is all about, which is and must always be Christ. Jesus made it very clear that those who would chose to be His disciples to “follow” Him, must be willing to “lose” their life. There is a fundamental truth in Christianity that demands that we have to give it all to Christ, seeking only to live for Him and through Him. Jesus demands that we accept the loss of all things so that we can gain the life that Christ wants to give to those who will sell out completely to Him. This is the only way that we can stay connected to the root or core, Jesus. Disconnected from Christ will mean no fruit for the Christian, and eventually death. So what does that mean in practical terms? It means that we must seek only to do what Christ calls us to do. We have to stop worrying about building the bigges t and the best and start making sure that w e are attending to the needs of the people her e in our mission eld of Okeechobee. It means that we have to make our top priority being right before a righteous God. Let me say it as simply as I know how: “We must seek to be men and women o f God! We must seek to live for Christ and Him only. This is the only way we will produce the fruit that will allow the church to ourish and those who need Christ to desir e to seek Him for Who he really is and not th e sad imitation we present way too often. Reduce spending The rst cuts need to be on Congressional pay and their medical bene ts. Over the years they have cut bene ts to the poor many, many times. Yet not one nickel has been cut from their pay. Why is there no public outrage over this?  Why cut their pay? How much would it amount to anyway? Let us search for real savings.  What the taxpayers pays them is insigni cant when you consider it does allow the less wealthy to serve. Beating up our elected of cials nancially will only provide a lower class of elected of cial or the wealthy elite.  The base pay for a congressman is $174,000 per year. They pay 1.3 percent into retirement and 6.2 percent to Social Security. The average retirement bene t payment of a retired congressman is about $60,000 per year.Child abuse What happened to protection of our children? Okeechobee is a *family* important town. How can people know things are going on and don’t say anything? These children cannot ght for themselves. Those of you who know things are going on right now with these children need to step up to the plate. Do the right thing. How anyone can sleep at night and know what’s going on without telling someone, I do not understand. If you know or even suspect someone is hurting a child, you need to report it.  The recent cases in the news about child abuse break my heart. Look at the little girl who was beaten so badly she suffered brain damage. And then the little boy whose bones were broken and they sought no medical care. He had to be in agony and still they beat him because he cried. And poor little Caylee Anthony who was killed and her body just thrown away in the swamp in a garbage bag. When did this society stop valuing children? It may not take a village to raise a child, but it is obvious that we can’t just let parents do whatever they want to. Guilty: python kills child case Looking at the case of the python that killed a child makes one wonder why “stupidity” isn’t against the law. My guess is dening it would take eons.  Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and of ces, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering. Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet. C.S. also developed sound nancial policies (don’t spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little ber and orange juice). A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men’s movement, body piercing, whole language and new math. C.S.’s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-FeelsGood, Do-It virus. In the following decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf. His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-yearold boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure. Sunday, July 17, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News 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 e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€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, purposeful neutrality, fairness, 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 conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction 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: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.Extended ForecastMonday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Monday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Tuesday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Okeechobee Forecast The Friday, July 15, article headline “Street lights proposed on Peavine Trail” stated that school bus driver Erma Murrish requested street lights at the school bus stops on the Peavine Trail in the Viking property area. It should have stated that Mrs. Murrish and Susie Walter requested stop lights on roads on both sides of the Viking property. Their concerns about safety issues include but are not limited to the bus stops on the Peavine Trail. We regret this error and any confusion that it may have caused. Clari cation


Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Scholarship was Mariela Gamez. The award was presented by Cathleen Blair and Mary Hurley in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! Visit: Email: Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 2011 OHS Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association Scholarship were Adam Brandel, Kelsey Burnham and Jennifer Jaenz (not pictured). Scholarship awards were presented by Michelle Wilson in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the State Farm Insurance/”Good Neighbor” Scholarship were Emily Berggren and Alexandria Ming. Scholarship awards were presented by Gretchen Robertson in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Children’s Services of Okeechobee County Scholarship were Kayla Born, Shemaiah Henderson, Juan Lugo, Phillip Murray, Brittany Nichols and Tiffany Rowlett. Scholarship awards were presented by Cathleen Blair in amounts between $4,000 to $6,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Okeechobee Educational Foundation/United Way Scholarship were Ashtyn Brown, Teresa Casas, Kyle Foster, Samuel Kenworthy, Celena Letcher, Melissa Lujan and Carma Rowlett. Scholarship awards were presented by Gretchen Robertson, Linda Syfrett and Joseph Stanley in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Okeechobee Educational Foundation/Grow Our Own Scholarship was Mariela Gamez. The award was presented by Gretchen Robertson, Linda Syfrett and Joseph Stanley in the amount of $5,500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


A dvisory board meeting setThere will be a meeting of the Treasure Coast Community Action Agency Advisory Board on Wednesday, July 20, at 2 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Community Service Of ce, 437 North Seventh Street, Ft. Pierce.Democratic executive council meeting plannedThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be meeting on Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's.National Day of the Cowboy celebration is July 22 & 23 The public is invited to the National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration to be held on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center! Gates w ill open Friday night at 5 p.m. with a ranch rodeo, festivities and a barn dance ending at Midnight. Saturday the gates open at 3 p.m., with the cattle drive beginning at 4 p.m. at Eli's W estern Wear and ending at the Agri-Civic Center where all the festivities will go on until midnight. The celebration will be two days of western heritage, dancing, food, fun, vendors and cowboys. Admission is only $5. For more information on the event please contact Teresa Chandler, Event Coordinator at 863-801-4996.Garbage clean up tournament plannedA Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River garbage clean up tournament is planned for Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Prizes for heaviest weight total and more. Sign up at Crappy Jack's in Buckhead Ridge. For more details, call 863-763-7753.VFW Post to celebrate Christmas in JulyVFW Post 10539 will celebrate Christmas in July on Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m. with a traditional turkey dinner for a donation of $6. Proceeds from the fundraiser will bene t "Unmet Needs." Entertainment will be provided by Cheyenne at 7 p.m.OCRA sign ups are July 23Sign ups for football will be held at the sports complex score tower on July 23 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. for ages 8 to 14. The OCRA website is Christian Church plans Vacation Bible SchoolWe at Okeechobee Christian Church are going inside out & upside down on main street this year for VBS and would love for you to join us! The fun begins July 25-29, at 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m. You can visit our website at: www.okeechobeechristianchurch. com to register online or call 863-467-7858 for information on the registration event.Missionary Baptist Church will host VBS July 25-29Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N, is having Vacation Bible School July 25 through 29 from to 7 to 9 p.m. each evening with classes for all ages. For more information, please call 863763-7743.CCC July meeting setThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Early Learning Coalition meeting set for July 28The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. will meet for board orientation on Thursday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m., at ELC Of ce, 10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 400, Stuart.Golden Corral will host Martha’s House fundraiserGolden Corral will be host to a Celebrity Server fundraiser on July 28, from 5-8 p.m., to bene t Martha's House with the Chobee Steelers serving it up for a great cause! For tickets please call Martha's House at 863763-2893.Freedom Outreach holds shing tournamentsThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sundays, July 31 Aug. 28 and Sept. 25. The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and Classic fund. All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Scott Driver will be used as a backup if low water occurs. The Classic, on Sunday, Oct. 30, will be a one-day, cash only event with a $120 entry fee. You must sh three tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Please call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 Community Events Summer Reading Program at the LibraryJoin us at the Library for a Read S'more Books! program every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. during July. This program is for children Kindergarten through fth grade, ages 5 to 12, siblings welcome. Parents or Caregivers must remain with their children during the program. This program consists of Camping Stories, Readers Theater, Craft Projects, and of course, Reading S'more Books! Rewards and Prizes will be given to Celebrate Reading Achievement. This program is provided free to the Public and No Registration is required. The Friends of the Okeechobee Library have generously provided the program materials.Foster parents neededHibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.


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He has brown hair and brown eyes, is 5’9” tall and weighs 265 lbs. He is living at 6022 S.E. 95 Trail, Okeechobee, Fla. Wesley Stone was convicted of two counts of Sexual Assault-Offender Over 18 Y OA, Victim Less Than 12 YOA on July 18, 2005, in Okeechobee County. The victim w as a minor. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce at 863763-3117, Ext. 240. Sexual Predator Noti cation Wesley Stone By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Early gures show that Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers issued over 8,500 trafc citations in their heightened enforcement effort during the July 1-4 holiday weekend. “Our troopers worked hard to help our residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,” said Colonel David Brierton, FHP director. “Motorists who operate their vehicles in an unsafe fashion are a danger that puts innocent lives at risk. The men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol did their part to identify the unsafe drivers and take the steps necessary to decrease that risk.” Preliminary gures released by FHP Tuesday, July 12, indicate that during the holiday w eekend troopers: issued 8,541 traf c citations; made 90 arrests for driving under the in uence; issued 3,257 speeding citations; issued 1,060 safety belt citations; and, assisted 2,221 motorists. FHP increased its numbers of troopers on the state’s highways during the four-day holiday weekend and used auxiliary troopers to augment FHP’s force. FHP issued 8,000+ tickets from July 1-4


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Loaded $7995*ONLYU2462$3995* 9 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News One of the hottest topics of 2008 is back on track the restoration of Okeechobee’s historic train depot. In 2008 Okeechobee Main Street (OMS) and the Okeechobee City Council were in discussions with AMTRAK, Okeechobee’s passenger train provider, and CSX Transportation, the owner of the building, over restoration of the depot. Then talk of restoration died down for a while. Interest was renewed by OMS’s month long campaign in June to try to secure a grant to save the building. The depot restoration was entered in the “This Place Matters” contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It was one of the top 100 “This Place Matters” entries. During the month of June residents were asked to email their votes for the depot. The top vote getter w ould receive a $25,000 grant, The second place winner will receive $10,000 and third place gets $5,000 in grants. Voting ended J une 30. “Everything is on hold,” according to Kathleen Shatto of OMS. She said her organization has gotten word from the National Trust that they were overwhelmed by the number of votes cast. So OMS is just waiting to see if they received enough votes to win a grant. The eastern end of the building, which once housed the passenger waiting room has been boarded up for some time. Up until recently, the western end, which was originally used for shipping freight, had been used for a livestock feed business. “It is very solid and can be xed very easily,” stated city engineer Oscar Bermudez about the condition of the depot. The roof over the waiting room would probably have to be replaced because the ceiling has fallen in several places indicating leaks. However, the oors are concrete and the walls are of block construction so there is no water damage to the walls or oors. A replace anked by windows dominates the east side of the waiting room. Doors on the north and south sides of the waiting room gave access to the street and to the track. Rest rooms adjoin the waiting room. Behind a frosted glass window is the ticket booth which is not accessible from the waiting room. The depot was built in 1924 for the Florida, Western & Northern Railroad, a subsidiary of the Seaboard Airline Railway. The building was built in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style that was popular in the 1920s. Okeechobee’s city hall and courthouse are also built in that same style. The depot was designed by the architectural rm of Henry Stephen Harvey and Louis Phillips Clark. These same architects designed the depots at Deer eld Beach and Delray Beach. Both of those structures are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The importance of the railroad to Okeechobee is indicated by the fact that in 1926 the Okeechobee News carried this caption in large letters across the bottom of the front page: ”South Florida’s Chicago Okeechobee the highway, railway and waterway center.” In fact the City of Okeechobee owes its existence to the railroad. In 1912 the Florida East Coast Railroad formed the Model Land Company which laid out the plat for the City of Okeechobee. Flagler Park is named for railroad baron Henry Flagler. The main north-south street, Parrott Avenue, is named for the president of the Florida East Coast Railroad, J. R. Parrott. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at Civic group strives to save Okeechobee train depot


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1796 Highway 441N € Okeechobee, FL34972 (863) 763 2151 € RaulersonHospital.comFor more than 30 years Raulerson Hospital has been your community hospital, providing quality patient care twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Many impactful changes have occurred in healthcare over that time, including: technological advancements in equipment and procedures, introduction of the HIPPAPrivacy Rule and even the very pharmaceuticals used to treat patientsneeds, have evolved from tedious research studies and trials. One thing that will never change is our commitment and responsibility to provide you and your family with safe, quality health care services in a professional manner.Some of the services available include:Emergency Care Twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care Radiology X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CATScan, and Nuclear Medicine Rehabilitation Including physical therapy, speech therapy, & occupational therapy Surgical Services Including colon/rectal surgery, ear nose and throat surgery, endoscopic surgery, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedic, podiatry, stereotactic breast surgery, TIF (for chronic heartburn), vascular surgery and urology If you have not been to Raulerson Hospital recently for your medical needs, come and experience the quality patient care we provide everyday; because We are Raulerson!For a physician referral or health information contact Consult-A-Nurse at 1-800-449-8642 To schedule an appointment contact 877-331-7027. 50TH ANNIVERSARYDR. EDWARD DOUGLAS Happy 50th anniversary as a Chiropractic Physician and welcome to the 50 year Club from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), Chicago. Congratulations from Southern Adventist University from Collegedale, TN, and presentation of the Honorary Diploma from the University. Thank you, Okeechobee, for allowing me to bring you alternative Health Care with Chiropractic for 49 years at 916 NW Park St. Dr. Douglas is a native of Okeechobee, class of 51, Military US Army Medic (SAU 55 57), Doctor of Chiropractic May 61. He has 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was married to Carolyn Sue Mitchell. Dr. Douglas opened his practice in Okeechobee on July 19, 1962. His studies have been ongoing and his practice includes Acupuncture, Nutrition, Kinesiology, CRA, Contact Re” ex, Nutrionist Analysis-Neurolink (NIS) and Physiotherapy (limited). For the last 35 years, he has operated the Douglas Fitness Center (gym) next door. His community services include 16 years of City Council, 6 years Mayor, 16 years teaching nutrition classes, 2 years Board of Director Florida League of Cities in Tallahassee, 2 years Board of Directors of HUD (Housing and Urban Development), 2 years Board of Directors Local Chambers of Commerce and School Board Chairman of a Local Christian School. 10 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 Where do business owners in Okeechobee turn to for the pre-employment screenings and occupational health needs of their staff? Since 2008, Company Care, a department of Raulerson Hospital, has offered occupational health services to over sixty businesses in the community, in both the private and public sectors. These employers choose Company Care because Raulerson Company Care offers employers one-stop shopping for injury prevention, emergency care, pre-employment testing, and workers’ compensation treatment in Okeechobee. Raulerson Company Care is a comprehensive, proven solution for local businesses. It provides 24-hour access for any medical care required for injured employees. Utilizing Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Department for acute injuries/illnesses after hours and its free-standing Clinic during normal business hours, allows Company Care to keep costs low for employers, yet still prov ide the care and access they expect. Raulerson Company Care has positive, working relationships with large workers’ compensation insurance companies including: Summit, FCCI, Florida School Board Insurance Trust, Gallagher Basset, Sedgwick, Liberty Mutual and FFVA. Keeping up with OSHA and Florida workers’ compensation laws can be a challenge, and Company Care works with employers to keep them informed and current with relevant legal and employee health issues. Raulerson Company Care performs Department of Transportation (DOT) certi ed Physicals, Alcohol, and Drug Screen testing. Company Care also provides comprehensive case management services to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the medical care of the injured employee. In conjunction with physicians, trained personnel manage patient cases, coordinate all clinical appointments, including referrals to specialist, and provide communication to the employers and/or insurance carriers. Ensuring the Medical Plan of Treatment is being adhered to for an aggressive return to work status. Company Care understands lost time due to an injured employee equals lost productivity for a business. Company Care is dedicated to getting employees healthy and back to work. Representatives from Company Care can even come to your place o f business and facilitate occupational health services, health and safety education and ergonomic compliance. Company Care strives to have complete customer satisfaction and the exibility local employers need. Company Care is located at 1930 Hwy 441 North, in the blue-roof building, north of Raulerson Hospital. For more information visit the Services section of or contact Melanie Giles at 863-763-2670. This column was provided by Raulerson Hospital. Company Care: Locals’ choice for Occupational Health Services Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raulerson HospitalRaulerson Hospital’s Company Care department offers many occupational health services to local businesses in the area.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 312 SW 2ndSt € Okeechobee € (800) 741-3994 F F P L PARTICIPATING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR Dont risk the chance of a hot weather breakdown. Call Okeechobee Air Conditioning today to schedule a precision tune-up and safety check. It will not only reduce your energy bills, but it will prolong the life of your unit. REBATES AVAILABLE UP TO $3,755 Unit Trade-In. . . . . (up to) $500 Carrier Spring Promo. (up to) $1250 Federal TaxCredit. . (up to) $300 FPLRebate. . . . . (up to) $1705Carrier Spring Promotion, FP&LRebate and Federal Tax Credit are based upon unit model, size and efficiency rating. FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 11 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 Seminole Elementary students kicked off their summer with “s’more” reading fun. Seminole is hosting its third annual Summer Reading Program with this year’s theme being “ The s’more you read, the s’more you’ll know!” Each Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m., Seminole opens it’s library doors for students to check out some books, enjoy some reading activities, and enjoy a snack. Students are encouraged to continue to read throughout the summer to prevent the summer reading loss that typically happens to school age children who do not read over the summer. How can you prevent this reading loss in your child? Here are a few quick tips to help you.  Have your child read for 20 minutes a day.  Talk about places you and your family travel to during the summer.  Create a picture book with your child about his or her summer.  Look over any materials sent home with your child from the school. Summer fun starts with reading at Seminole Elementary School Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMThe summer reading program is open to all Seminole Elementary School students every Thursday night from 6-8 p.m. through the month of July in the school library. Okeechobee News/Charles MurphySchool Board honors Mary HurleyMary Hurley (at left) received an award for helping lead the district as the interim Superintendent of Schools in May and June of this year at the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board on July 12. Also in the photo is Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy.


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Indiantown Road, Chasewood Plaza € JupiterQuality Dentistry at Affordable Prices A l l P h a s e s o f D e n t i s t r y I m p l a n t s F u l l M o u t h R e c o n s t r u c t i o n V e n e e r s / L u m i n e e r s D e n t u r e s P o r c e e l a i n C r o w n s a n d B r i d g e s R o o t C a n a l T h e r a p y a n d S e d a t i o n D e n t i s t r y IMPLANTOLOGYISNOTARECOGNIZEDSPECIALTYBYTHEAMERICANDENTALASSOCIATIONANDFLORIDABOARDOFDENTISTRY. NEWTREATMENTPROGRAMONLY. THEPATIENT ANDANYOTHERPERSONRESPONSIBLEFORPAYMENTHASTHERIGHTTOREFUSEORPAY, CANCELPAYMENTORBEREIMBURSEDFORANYSERVICE, EXAMINATIONOR TREATEMENTWHICHISPERFORMEDASARESULTOFANDWITHIN72 HOURSOFRESPONDINGTOTHEADVERTISEMENTFORTHEFREE, DISCOUNTEDORREDUCEDFEE, SERV-ICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATMENT. 13 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Former Brahman catcher A dam Tewksbury will return home this fall and play baseball for the Indian River State College Pioneers. Tewksbury signed a letter of intent earlier this month and should compete for the starting job at catcher for IRSC. “It’s good to be close to home but I’m excited to get a chance to play. The coaching is pretty good. I’ve been around these coaches and they de nitely have a good name as a program. I hope to play a lot,” he said. Tewksbury was “redshirted” last year by Tallahassee Community College but continued to work out and practice with the team and served as the bullpen catcher. He did not appear in any games and has four y ears of college eligibility left. He said he is glad to get another opportunity. “I hope to play a lot. I kept working and I tried to work hard in the off season and learn from the guys around me,” he added. The 19 year old Tewksbury was a four y ear letterman for Okeechobee High School. The team won a district championship during his junior year. His twin brother Cameron, a left handed pitcher, plays for Tallahassee Community College and is a sophomore this year. Tewksbury said his personal connection w ith IRSC pitching coach and former Brahman Coach Mark Ward, assisted him in getting the scholarship. “The college game is de nitely a little quicker. The pitching is a lot better,” he added. He intends to seek an associate degree in general education and has not pinpointed a major of study. His father Harry Tewksbury, played baseball at OHS under Tim Gillis. Harry coached both of his son’s as they grew up. He is now the Athletic Director at the Brighton Charter School, which could start a boy’s baseball program this school year. This will be the rst time Adam has been played without his twin brother. He said that will be quite the experience. “I think getting a chance to play against him would be a pretty good experience. I have never played against him at a higher level.” Tewksbury was named MVP of the Senior All Star Game played at Met Stadium in 2010 and hit a three run homerun in the game. He said that moment, and the Brahman district championship, were two of his fondest memories. “I have a lot of memories from high school. My senior year I was injured and missed half the season. That all star game was kind of the height of my career. The MVP was a pretty big honor,” he added. Tewksbury signs to play for IRSC Special to the Okeechobee News/ Linda TewksburyAdam Tewksbury is anked by IRSC Athletic Director Scott Kimmelman (sitting) and Coach Mitch Markham.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 AUNIQUE FIND!302+/acre parcel with a 130+ acre beautiful lake that was a former sand/crystal mine.Paved road frontage. Nice home with screen enclosed swimming pool on-site. Zoned Agriculture with an Outdoor Recreation Activity Area Future Land Use/possible RV park on lake. Property is located in NE Okeechobee County just 3 miles east of US 441 North and NE 304th St. Very close to new presitigious Pine Creek Sporting Club $1,440,000. Call Brandon at (772)-201-8722 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol CALL FOR A LIST OF FORECLOSURESDavid Hazellief € 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief € 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt € 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder € 863-610-2485€ Email: € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. F F O O R R E E C C L L O O S S U U R R E E 5010-H: Remodeled and multiple upgrades, whole house generator, fenced and cross fenced, barn/workshop all on 5+/-acres in Quail Woods. MLS #204669€ FORECLOSURE Buildable Lots in Oaks at Okeechobee total of 5 sites each $8,900 € FORECLOSURE 20+/acres enough room for your dream home and livestock (1139 Cabbage TRLLOT #76) $69,900 MLS #204700 € VIKING 6+/acres $20,000 €VIKING 10+/acres $45,000 MLS#2045352 € 50.4 +/ACRES SR 710 MLS#2040685004-M: MH w/lg screened front porch & rear deck, Metal roof, several upgrades. Shed and hurricane shutters. Great for east cost commuters. $49,000 MLS #204619 5001-H: Fixer upper. 3 bdrm frame home on 1+/acre located behind 4 Seasons (S.E. 68th St). Needs some TLC. Easy to show. $45,000 NOW $39,900 MLS #204615 5015-H: Dixie Ranch Est 3 bdrm 2 ba concrete blk home at the end of the cul-de-sac on 2 lots. One lot has fence yard, concrete drive, back screen porch. $95,000 $84,000 MLS #204757 5018-M: Pine Ridge Park 3/2, 2006 DWMH. Split bdrm plan and det 2 car garage with loft for storage, 2 driveways. Close to the convenience store. MLS #204938 2002-H: Taylor Creek lake access CBS home with large addition, large open back porch, dock, boat lift, seawall, garage, concrete drive. $139,500 MLS #204703 R R E E D D U U C C E E D D V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. BUYER BROKERAGE CO. OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 1039 S.E. Everglades Blvd € Okeechobee(863) 763-2334 € (863) 801-9497 CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S M O N E Y BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,CRS, GRI, APPRAISER CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 14 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) is responsible for testing seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico to ensure they are safe to eat. Laboratory testing shows that Florida seafood products are plentiful, safe and have not been affected by the oil spill. Between August 2010 and June 2011, the Department’s Division of Food Safety has screened 298 seafood samples, including 208 n sh, 38 shrimp, 34 oysters, 15 crabs, 2 lobsters and 1 clam for possible oil contamination from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Except for n sh (at least 1.0 lb llet), samples represent a composite of multiple organisms (10 crabs, 15 oysters, 0.5 lbs shrimp). All ndings are well below the FDA’s levels of concern. With $10 million in additional funding over the next three years, the DACS Division of Food Safety will enhance its laboratory capabilities to conduct seafood inspections in an effort to further restore public con dence in the safety of Gulf of Mexico seafood. In addition to PAH analyses, nearly half of the samples have also been screened for the dispersant dioctylsulfosucciante (DOSS). All ndings for dispersant are also well below the FDA’s levels of concern. In the future, the laboratories will expand their screening of seafood to include metals. Current analyses include PAH analyses using the liquid chromatography uorescence screening and analysis of the dispersant, dioctylsulfosuccinate by liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy. Continued testing will assure the safety of Florida’s seafood for several years to come. Tests show Gulf seafood is safe Okeechobee Livestock Market Report July 11 and 12, 2011 Cows Breaking $70.00 $77.00 Cutter $63.00 $70.00 Bulls 1000-1500 $82.00 $83.00 1500-2000 $84.00 $94.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 683 1081 Cows 289 496 Str 0 162 Hfrs 114 73 Bulls 32 33 Yrlngs 84 115 Mix 18 17 Total 684 1977 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-190 152-160 250-300 170-195 140-160 300-350 157-177 130-139 350-400 145-157 124-135 400-450 132-145 117-127 450-500 125-140 115-125 550-600 120-128 112-119 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 150-200 147-170 200-250 140-160 128-137 250-300 132-155 115-135 300-350 124-143 118-128 350-400 119-131 108-122 400-450 115-124 110-115 Vacations are over and it’s back to work! Large sales this week, over 3,000 head! Cows and bulls a little weaker. Calves were a little stronger, $1-$3 higher. Fundamentals are good still lots of variables out there including federal budget, etc. that could play into things. H & P & Hardie Driggers topped the calf market with a high of $1.95. Williamson Cattle topped the cow market with a high of $79. We have a handful of Charolais Bulls on hand if you need a bull, just under two years old Good bulls $2,000. See ya next week, Todd The public is invited to the National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration to be held on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center! Gates will open Friday night at 5 p.m. with a ranch rodeo, festivities and a barn dance ending at Midnight. Saturday the gates open at 3 p.m., with the cattle drive beginning at 4 p.m. at Eli’s Western Wear and ending at the Agri-Civic Center where all the festivities will go on until midnight. The celebration will be two days of western heritage, dancing, food, fun, vendors and cowboys. Admission is only $5. For more information on the event please contact Teresa Chandler, Event Coordinator at 863-801-4996. National Day of the Cowboy celebration set for July 22-23


TREASURE ISLAND 3035 SE 36th Ave, July 16th & July 17th, 8:30am til 4pm. Lots of stuff. Tools, bikes, PS2/games, Ninendo/games, Christmas stuff, PC games, shing items, computer moniters, TV’s, and lots more! 70 Absolute AuctionEquestrian retreat at ...13.5+/acres10730 NE 26th St., Okeechobee 7.5 miles from SR 710 (772) 219-8448 Selling to highest bidder, regardless of price! NE112thAve. Auc tion NE 26th St. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) offers some of the most dynamic career opportunities on our planet, and a world of new experiences. We cover 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serve a population of 7.5 million residents. We currently have an outstanding opportunity available for a Professional Supervisor. In this position, you will assist with managing the physical, fiscal, and human resources of a remote regional field facility. You will also supervise water resource operations and maintenance program efforts including the coordination, implementation, tacking and communication of comprehensive program and project objectives, milestones and schedules. To qualify, you should have a Bachelors degree in Engineering or a related field along with a minimum of six yearsexperience in the operation and maintenance of water management works including increasingly responsible experience in construction, maintenance and operation of program area of responsibility. At least 3 of those years experience should be in a supervisory capacity. You should have a valid State of Florida drivers license. For immediate consideration, please apply to and reference job code 627BR. We are an equal opportunity employer. For more listings, go to Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ YardSales For more listings, go to Auctions AuctionsSoftware Company needs BOOKKEEPER FT/PT. Quickbooks Exp. Fax to 863-357-8302. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Healthy Families OkeechobeeFAMILY SUPPORT WORKERHelp families succeed! Bilingual (Spanish/English) position providing educational home visits to families with newborns in Okeechobee County. Comp pay. Apply Helping People Succeed, Inc. 1100 S. E. Federal Hwy. Stuart or Fax resume (772)320-0180 or to careers@hps .org. DFW/EOE. Live in Nanny Room / board/ weekly salary/ most weekends off. Privacy, your own bathroom/ bedroom/ Television with cable. Must be able to handle children ages 18 months – 13 years. All inquires should be submitted to silvermoon@sil and reference “Nanny Position” in subject line. Equal opportunity employer with pre-employment background check and drug test requirements. 15 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifiedsCelebrations For a modest charge, each package includes: Just married? Share your news in print and online


Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Assistant Manager Turnpike C-Store Florida Turnpike Services is seeking an assistant manager for our gas and C-store at the Ft. Drum service plaza on Florida’s Turnpike. The successful candidate will train to supervise staff and represent our company working the 3-11 shift and weekends. A competitive starting wage will increase as the applicant demonstrates a commitment to the position and learns operational responsibilities. Bene ts include paid vacation and transportation reimbursement. Advancement opportunities exist for motivated individuals as our company opens new stores which are currently under construction. Convenience store/retail experience and a strong commitment to customer service are required. Management or supervisory experience is preferred. Applicants must pass a drug screen and background check. Submit resume to Employment Medical We haveimmediate openings for the following positions: €Case Manager PRN €RNs F/T, PT, PRN €MAINTENANCE MECHANIC PRN€ULTRASOUND TECH F/T, PRN To complete an online application please visit www.raulersonhospital.comor you may come to Human Resources at Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL We offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Employment Full Time Employment Medical For more listings, go to Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent 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. For more listings, go to RealEstate Services Ride by and see beautiful 2 bedroom duplex. All new remodeled interior. 2 bdrm 2 porches $650 1002 SE 8th Drive washer/dryer Call anytime (772)231-4919 For more listings, go to Buildings& ShedsCovered carport and screened in Aluminum porch with shed all in excellent condition. You take down and move $3,000 OBO call for more info (315)486-0935 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Guns/SuppliesBROWNING SHOTGUN Belgium made Browning 16 gauge semi-auto. Very nice condition. NOT a sweet 16. $650.00/neg. (863)824-0835 or (863)634-5023 Pets/SuppliesTiny YORKIE PUPS Shots/Health cert.CKC Reg./Females 8 wks.Also Female Morkie Pup 11 wks.$ only.863-610-2725. ToolsWelder For Sale 10,000 BTU with extra, 25 hours. $2,500 or best offer Call 863-801-2852 For more listings, go to Apartments 1,2 or 3 Bedroom Apartments For Rent and Yearly RV Spots for Rent located by 15b and 441. Call 561-386-5636 or 561-968-2083 Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances, W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo., $300 Sec. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo includes water and lawn maintenance $200 deposit. NO DOGS Call 863-610-0001 FURNISHED APT ON WATER Including all utilities, some restrictions, apply by appt. only. (863)357-2044 leave name and number if no answer. IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area, $650/mo 1st & Sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Apartments KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 KISSIMMEE RIVER 1 Bdrm., 1 Bath, fully furnished, Dock, includes utilities, Dish TV, WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $700 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 634-3313. OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA inside laundry, $725/month. First, last, Sec. Call 772-215-0098 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1 Power/water/sewer/pool included. $725 per mo. 1st mo. FREE! Call 863-824-0981 Houses-Rent 2bd/2ba Den and Fl room on 5 acres. Rent with option to buy. Between Indiantown and Okeechobee. $995.00 monthly Call 772-260-3068 3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. 3BR 2BA beautiful ranch home located 12 miles from town. Lawn, trash, and water included. $650/mo. Pasture available. Call for move in special Mon. Fri. (863)467-9800. No Pets. Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 INDIAN HAMMOCK House on 2.5 acres 3/2 equine friendly. Horse Barn. $1400/mo (863)467-0831. Location, Location Location CBS House 3bd/1 1/2ba SW section, near Wal Mart 1600 SW 3rd Ave Okeechobee. First,last and sec $875 a month $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 Houses-RentTREASURE ISLAND 3br/2ba (CBS on the water). Nice area. Small pets OK. $1100 (561)262-1390. OfficeSpace Rent2300 sq.ft. Beautiful Historic Commercial Rental, 1 block off State Rd. 70, highly visible from highway. $1500 per mo. (863)447-0092 VacationRentalsChoose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, You’ll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 For more listings, go to Houses-Sale 2 Houses on 5 acres with pond asking $239,900 Call 772-260-3068 CBS 3/2/2, Metal Roof, Screen Porch, Corner Lot, Patio,Sprinklers,Freshly painted in/out, Space for Motor Home and Boat. Ideal investment or starter home,asking $69,800 Owner 863-763-7998 Large 2/1 on water in Treasure Island. Adults, no pets, $700/mo. + $500 sec. (863)467-1308. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land-SaleDixie Ranch Acres 1 Acre lots $9,000 $500 down Owner Financing Call 863-763-6358 Lots -Sale Lot For Sale Lot Size .462 3225 NW 28th Ave Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 Asking $6,000 Call 863-447-4318 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Waterfront PropertyWATERFRONT PROPERTYLake Okeechobee, FL. Bass Fishing Paradise, 2 Lots (apx 1/3 acre) each with sewer & well, 1100 sq. ft. Mobile home with Florida room, screened porch, carport, 32’ x 40’ garage, covered boathouse with lift, seawall. Pics available upon request. Priced to sell @ $67,500 OBO. Email: or Phone: (513) 875-4395. For more listings, go to MobileHome LotsMOBILE HOME LOT ONLY Fence, City Water, Electric, Pad, Septic Tank 50’x127’, Shade Trees NW 2nd St $7,500 Call 763-4588 After 10 am. MobileHome Rent BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 Double wide mobile home 3/2 in Treasure Island, 2/1 mobile home in Little Farm, 2/1 Mobile home off highway 68 west on 1.5 acre. From $450 $700. (863)447-2172 or (863)467-2563 TREASURE ISLAND 3/2, large yard. Clean. On water. Move in now for $900, rst month free! $725/mo inclds lawn service. 863-824-0981 MobileHomeSale $17,000 STEAL 2-2 Double Wide Includes Lot Nice Wood Floors, Great Interior, Some TLC Call 863-801-1739 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Palm Harbor Homes Red Tag Sale... Over 10 Stock Units Must Go Save Up To 35K! 800-622-2832 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to Motorcycles 2004 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic in Smokey Gold/Black Two Tone, Screaming Eagle Exhaust w/Free Breather, Lot of Chrome, A Must See. Only 9800 Miles Garage Kept Real Clean. Call For App. 863-697-1636. Asking $12,995.00 2007 Honda SHADOW 600CC Black with windshield and leather saddlebags. New tire and battery. Just been serviced and has new tire and battery. Ready to ride with 2 helmets. $3,500.00 (863)801-5078 or (863)381-4992 For more listings, go to Automobiles2008 PRIUS 55mpg@55mph. Immaculate, new tires & transferable Factory 7/100 Warranty $16,995 Will take reliable pickup partial trade(example:90-93 S-10 under 100,000=$2,500 Photos on (516) -318-3515 PickupTrucks1996 FORD RANGE R XLT 5 spd manual, New Tires, New Clutch, Cold A/C, New Sony Stereo w/ In nity Speakers, Royal Blue. Runs Great! $1,200 (561)758-1628 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 16 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!


For more listings, go to Public NoticeNotice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 392447 ON 7/17/2011 INVITATION TO BID Sidewalk Rehabilitation Bid No. PW 05-00-07-11 Sealed BIDS will be received by the City of Okeechobee GENERAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT in Room 101 at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 no later than 1:00 p.m. on August 8, 2011 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in the City Council Chambers. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The bids are for one unit price per Linear Foot for new construction sidewalks, curb cuts and handicap accessibility within the City. Description and speci cations are available in the bid packets from the City General Services Department for the non-refundable purchase price of $50.00. Questions may be directed to Betty Clement, General Services Coordinator 863-763-3372 ext. 218. A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, Room 201. The City has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE SIDEWALK REHABILITATION BID NO. PW 05-00-07-11. By: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 392558 ON 7/17,24/2011 NOTICE On July 30, 2011 there will be sold to the highest bidder At the premises of SABAL PALM SELF STORAGE, 14040 Hwy 441 N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (Landlord) the contents of storage spaces rented by Tenants, for failure to pay rent due on the spaces. Sealed bids will be accepted until the day of the sale. The contents of the spaces consist of personal property including household goods, furnishings, clothing, boxes, bags, and totes, and other miscellaneous property. The names of the tenants whose property will be sold are: Michelle Gunnaldsen Unit # A-08 Minimum Bid $400 Sabel Palm Self Storage 863-357-1110 392000 ON 7/10,17/2011 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: PURSUANT TO F.S. 713.78 ON JULY 30, 2011 @ 9:00AM SILVERMOON’S TOWING & RECOVERY 3197 NW 20TH TRAIL OKEECHOBEE, FL. WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES AND/OR VESSELS. VEHICLE INFO: 1995 OLDS VIN: 1G3AJ55M7S6422213 SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO BID. SOLD AS IS, NO WARRANTY. SELLER GUARANTEES NO TITLE, TERMS CASH. SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY OR ALL BIDS 91750 ON 7/17/2011 Public Notice School Board Executive Session and Negotiations The Okeechobee County School Board will meet in closed Executive Session on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. in the of ce of the Superintendent, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The meeting is for School Board members, their attorney, and chief negotiator to prepare to continue negotiations with Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 regarding Race To The Top and Senate Bill 736. The School Board and Education Association will resume negotiations at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2011, and will continue as needed on Friday, July 22, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public and will be held in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 392426 ON 7/15,17/2011 17 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 For more listings, go to READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. The Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate will hear four new cases and review one old case on July 19, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Avenue.  A structure on 804 N.E. 13th Avenue owned by Suternes V LLC has been condemned. The owner has been noti ed that the structure is unsafe and creates a hazard. A demolition permit must be obtained from the Department of Planning and Development and the structure must be removed from the property in accordance with county codes.  A NW 80th Way property owned by Edwardo and Marcela Pineda was cited for junk and debris. Owners must immediately remove the lid from a deep freezer, which creates a safety issue. Accumulations of household goods, mechanical parts, trash and debris must be removed. All vehicles must have current license tags or be stored completely inside an enclosed structure.  Church of God in Christ, 651 N.E. 16th Avenue, was cited for an unsafe structure on the property. The structure has been condemned by the building of cial and must be demolished with the required demolition permit.  John and Kristina Hendricks were cited for demolition of a burned mobile home without the required permits. On April 1, a building of cial found four unlicensed individuals engaged in the demolition of the structure without the required permit and issued a stop order. On May 31, building ofcials found the demolition had been completed still without the required permit, and in violation of the stop order. Under old business, Florida Prairie o f Pompano Beach is on the agenda in regard to the use of a property on NW 252nd Street as a campground. To come into compliance, a special exception is needed for this property. The property owners have also been ordered to remove the of cial seal o f Okeechobee County from any advertising. Code enforcement hearing Tuesday SFWMD lifts burn ban on district lands open to the publicDue to recent rainfall that has reduced wild re danger, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is once again allowing the careful building of camp res in designated areas on certain District lands open for recreation. The action follows the July 7 lifting of a similar ban on camp res in state forests by the Florida Division of Forestry. While conditions have improved, regional water levels will need time and signi cant rainfall to recover from a record drought. The SFWMD continues to ask residents and businesses to conserve water and follow landscape irrigation restrictions to stretch and protect the public water supply. For water saving tips, visit www.savewater .com. The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee Count y Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florid a Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Winston Clyde Collins, 58, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Deput y DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee Count y warrant charging him with felony battery. He was also arrested on another Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a misdemeanor battery charge. His bond was set at $2,500.  Richard Moore, 41, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a Martin County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear driving while license suspended habitual offender. He is being held without bond.  Jamie Louis Douglas, 38, S.R. 70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee Count y warrant charging him with grand theft and giving false information to a metal recycler (two counts). His bond was set at $22,500.  Gray Curtis English, 64, N.E. Fifth Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Deput y Brian Cross on felony charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $35,000.  Hugh Edgar Phillips, 41, N.E. 120th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 14 by Of cer Bryan Enderle on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) (two counts), possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $21,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report


also spend more money from reserves to possibly lower property tax rates and build Everglades’ restoration projects. The district plans to have $60 million in reserve within ve years. Projects funded in this area included the Lakeside Ranch STA Phase I, the C-44 reserv oir north of Indiantown, continued work on the Kissimmee River restoration and work in the Caloosahatchee River watershed. Spending is down $105 million in the proposed budget. In other business, Glades County Commissioner Russell Echols was elected chairman of the Coalition. Commissioner Carson Turner of Hendry County was elected vice chairman. Okeechobee Commissioner Margaret Helton said she would like to see the Corps of Engineers address low water levels in the Kissimmee River. Highlands County Commissioner Jack Richie said his county received 15 inches of rain in the past two months. He noted the levels of Lake Istokpoga have risen by nearly a foot during that time. Mr. Turner urged the district to start construction on the C-43 reservoir in Hendry County because the land is overgrown with invasive plants and has sat idle. He said public access should be allowed on this property for activities like horse back riding and A TV use. Ms. Meeker said the district needs to get something done in the Caloosahatchee basin to increase water storage and improve w ater quality. Colonel Al Pantano of the US Army Corps of Engineers announced $50 million had been awarded from Congress for the C-44 project phase one. Col. Pantano said the Kissimmee River project should be complete by 2014. Contracts for the reach 2 and 3 Oxbow excav ation, the S-65 boat ramp and the S-69 weir will all be awarded in the next three months. Approximately 7.2 miles of The Herbert Hoover dike wall rehabilitation between Port Mayaca and Belle Glade have been completed. Another 13.2 miles are under construction. The Corps awarded two contracts to remove culverts around the dike. Fourteen culverts are already under construction and contracts to remove four more will be awarded this fall. He also defended the Corps decision to remove water out of Lake Okeechobee in April, 2010. He said he had no other choice due to the threat of water to lakeside communities. He said a philosophical discussion is needed to determine the future role of Lake Okeechobee because it can’t be everything to everyone. “If you want it to be a very deep reservoir it can be, but you will make sacri ces (to the environment),” he noted. There is an argument to make it more of a reservoir but that is a philosophical change from where we are headed since we have tried to repair the dike, he added. Col. Pantano said the ecology of the lake is healthy when the lake levels are between 12.5 and 15.5 feet. “It is not as simple as xing the dike, raising the lake to 20 feet and say there it is,” he added. The dike belongs to the federal government and the water belongs to the state. That is where the friction is, he explained to the coalition. He said many people don’t like the fact that the federal government makes decisions about Florida water. There hasn’t been a serious incident where people have lost their life because of how the lake has been managed, Col Pantano said. He explained the dike was built in 1930 to standards that would not be accepted today. “We are trying to x it and it is a tough task. It is a big dike, it’s massive,” he said. Commissioner Echols criticized the Corps because his county hasn’t gotten permits to dredge the Harney Pond canal. He said businesses depend on the lake and lake access and levels of the lake should remain higher. “You have more of an ability to say ‘we can’t’ than any agency I have ever dealt with,” he noted. Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick said it is imperative that farmers in the Glades receive enough water to provide produce to the nation, a $2 billion industry. Tommy Stroud of the SFWMD reported that July rainfall has helped raise the levels of the Lake. He predicted the drought conditions would improve during the wet season. “It is a relatively low possibility that we will be hit by a Tropical Storm that raises the lake to high levels,” he added. He said there is a 65 percent chance that the lake levels will not leave water shortage levels by the end of the wet season. Biologist Don Fox of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the lake is in great shape. He praised the lake regulation schedule because it allows agencies to make good, common sense decisions. Aquatic vegetation has thrived in the lake. Mr. Fox agreed that shing has never been better on Lake Okeechobee. “It is fabulous. Bass shermen can catch 100 sh per day and that is not out of the ordinary,” he said. Black crappie have not recovered as well as bass. According to a FWC study, shermen could catch 30 black crappie per minute in 1997. That rate is three crappie per minute in 2011. He said they are building up the black crappie population. The coalition will meet again on Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Okeechobee County Courthouse. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 18 Okeechobee News July 17, 2011 LAKEContinued From Page 1


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