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Good thought for the day The only right that we have, is the right t o be useful. T een murders parents What kind of world are we living in t hat a teenager murders his parents and t hen throws a party? I know it was in Port St. Lucie, but can you really guarantee that c ouldnt happen here? What kind of amoral monsters is this society raising?County commission Most of our commissioners do not care w hat we as taxpayers think. There is a lot of money wasted that could have been put to b etter use in other places. Now that the county commission meetings are online, people who have to work during the day can still at least watch the meetings when they have time. It would still b e better if they had the meetings at night, s o folks who work could actually participate in the meetings and ask questions. But its b etter than it was. With so many people out of work, the c ounty commission should make it easier for new businesses to come here. It seems like they are putting up so much red tape to keep anything new out of the county.Hurricane shutters Did you know that you have to get a s pecial permit to install the hardware for hurricane shutters so they are ready to use if a storm threatens? But you dont need a permit to nail some plywood to your house and t hen pull it down after the hurricane, leaving b ig holes. Whats wrong with this picture? Shouldnt the county be encouraging people t o install nice hurricane shutters instead of c harging them a fee to protect their homes? Shouldnt the county encourage people to improve their homes, since taxes are based on property value?Phone hacking The scandal about the telephone hacking illustrates just how vulnerable people are when they use a cell phone. It is bad enough that someone can hack in and listen to your voicemail. If you bank online from your phone, they can get all of your nancial information and take your money. They can upload a virus and steal all of your personal information and all of the names and phone numbers of your friends and family. Then they can hack into those peoples phones too.Vacation Bible School I see all the churches advertising their Vacation Bible School events in the paper. It is a shame that these are mostly at night. I remember as a child going to VBS during the day one week every summer, bringing our own sack lunches. VBS was something we looked forward to. I guess they cant nd enough volunteers to help with these programs during the day, but that is a shame. Its just not the same having it a couple hours at night.Teens stealing cars What is going on with these teenagers stealing cars? Where are their parents? Do they just let these punks run wild and do whatever they please? I think the judges need to hold the parents accountable for the damage their kids under the age of 18 cause. These rotten kids are causing a lot of hardships on the people whose cars are stolen and damaged or wrecked.Celebrations It is a shame that this community celebrates the day of the cowboy when they dont celebrate the more important day of the birth of our country. The Fourth of July is more important. Without the Fourth of July there would not even be cowboys.Street lights on the prairie Street lights cost $12 to $34 per month for the electricity from FPL depending on the type. Who is going to pay? Should the county or the school board pick up the tab? For Viking it would be Glades Electric not FPL. If it is a safety issue, the county should pay. The people out here pay county taxes. A Culture in DisarrayBy Rev. James DawsonAssistant Pastor, First United Methodist Church Josh McDowell is a Christian writer who has written many books. After reading one of his books, I want to share with you the message from one in particular, Right From Wrong. I believe it will cause you to pause and think about the importance of teaching young people that there are absolutes in this world that we are to embrace. Enjoy! What is causing young people in todays society to be so hateful and violent? What has happened in our society that young people can be so violent, so callus, and so unmindful of right and wrong? There have always been rebellious people who would go off track and do something wrong, but they knew where the track was a what was wrong. Many in todays society dont seem to know right from wrong. More than ever young people are robbing, maiming and killing on whims, and with no pity and no remorse. -Rowland Nethway You probably worry that your family will become less like your Christian belief system and more like the world where promiscuity, dishonesty, irresponsibility and violence are a way of life. You are not alone in your fears. The fears of not being able to pass on to the next generation your biblical values and belief system, because you fear the in uence of the public school system, the potency of peer pressure and the effects of the media. You wonder if the in uences of the home and church will be suf cient to counter these forces. As it turns out, there is ample cause for concern. We all shared the burden of young people involved in such things as drugs, alcohol, premarital sex, homosexuality, disrespect and violent crimes. But no matter how serious these concerns are and they are very serious, the most dominant problem facing young people today is the loss of a biblicallybased value system. So, how badly can todays culture be affecting our young people? Our young people, who would say they come from a loving family, are living on the moral edge, closer to disaster than ever before. Many ar e the inappropriate, immoral and even illegal behaviors. Sixty-six percent of these Christian young people have admitted to lying to their parents, teachers, and other adults. Most hav e lied to their peers, three-quarters say thei r media devices are very important to them. Over 50 percent have admitted to cheating in school, 40 percent have admitted to drinking alcohol, 20 percent have been approached by the gay community and over half hav e been involved in some kind of sexual relations. This data shows that young people from good Christian homes are succumbing to th e pressure of our society. It is painfully apparent that many of our young people have los t the ability to distinguish right from wrong. Many no longer pursue their parents values, but instead absorb the warped values of a sick society. I believe it is a problem that will never be solved until we identify its sourc e and deal with the root causes. Our young people are being raised in a society that has largely rejected the notions of truth and morality, a society that has somewhere lost the ability to decide what is true and what is right. Truth has become a matter of taste; morality has been replaced by individual preference. Many of our young people simply do no t understand or accept absolute truth, that is de ned as, that which is true for all people, for all times and for all places. Absolut e truth is a truth that is objective, universal and constant. If our young people are going to determine right from wrong then they mus t know what truths are absolute and why. They need to know what standards of behavior are right for all people, for all times and for all places. They need to know tha t the Bible determines what truth is and why. They need dad, mom, and the Church to liv e out their faith by accepting the scriptures as the standards to live by which teach that w e dont talk, walk and act like the world does. We are different. July 24, 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: email@example.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: email@example.comBilling Department E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: email@example.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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2011 OHS Scholarship Night 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THEATRE III: ZOOKEEPER Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: HARRYPOTTER AND THE DEATHLYHALLOWS PART II 3DFri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 July 22 July 22ND NDJuly 28 July 28TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 PG-13 H a r r y P o t t e r a n d t h e D e a t h l y H a l l o w s P a r t 2 T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 8 C h i l d r e n & S e n i o r s $ 6 5 0 M a t i n e e e s $ 6 0 0 A l l O t h e r M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 5 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSOkeechobee High School grad, Jaiden Barnhart was presented with the Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant scholarship award in the amount of $700 by Bill Black during the 2011 Scholarship Night Awards program held May 26. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC American Legion Auxilliary2011 Okeechobee High School grad, Sarah Brewer received the IRSC American Legion Auxilliary Unit 355 Scholarship award for $500 presented to her by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey at the Scholarship Night Awards program held on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC Hef ebower EndowedOkeechobee High School grad, Jomar Hernandez accepts his IRSC Hef ebower Endowed Scholarship award for $1,250 presented to him by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey. The 2011 Scholarship Awards Night was held on May 26 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC FCAT Day drawingErika Kelly walked away with a $500 scholarhship from the IRSC FCAT Day drawing. The award was presented to her on May 26, by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey at the 2011 Scholarship Awards Night Program. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSElizabeth Turner was presented with the Treasure Coast Chapter Florida Engineering Society/John Donahue Scholarship for $1,000 presented to her by Wendy Padgett on May 26. Pre K accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc., is accepting applications for Okeechobee Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary PreKindergarten). Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2008. Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-3578677 for an appointment orl information.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. A rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 6 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 Moose lodge to celebrate anniversaryLoyal Order of the Moose #1753, 159 NW 36th St. will host a rotisserie chicken dinner in honor of lodge anniversary at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 24. Please join us and enjoy a great meal. Music entertainment will start at 3-6 p.m. V acation Bible SchoolGrab your bandana, dust off your boots and get ready to mine for True Gold as Everglades Baptist Church and Treasure Island Baptist Church partner together for Vacation Bible School. They are heading to the Old W est in Gold Rush: Discovering the Rock of Ages! Youll have loads of fun in 24-Karat Crafts, Rip-Roarin Recreation, Discovery Mine Bible Time, and Lip-Smackin Snacks! They will be meetin together for a Gold Rush Rally each night, July 25 through 29, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 Highway 441 SE. Registration w ill be open on the 25th at 5:15 p.m. So yall w ho are 3 years old through 6th grade completed come on over. You can also register online at http://www.answersvbs.com/vbs/ EvergladesandTreasureIslandBaptistChurch If you need more info contact Lori Williams, V BS Director at 863-801-1414. V BS at Okeechobee Christian ChurchWe at Okeechobee Christian Church are going inside out & upside down on main street this year for VBS and would love for y ou 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. V acation Bible SchoolOkeechobee 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.Okeechobee Orchid Club to meetThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Center, 451 Highway 98N. Bring an orchid to show or a problem orchid to discuss. For more information call Jan at 863-357-9980.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.Main Street sets July meeting dateThe next quarterly general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on July 27, at noon at the Golden Corral. All members are encouraged to attend and receive an update on recent events and activities, as well as meet our new Executive Director, Cindy Birdashaw.Hospice to host Yard SaleHospice of Okeechobees next Yard Sale will be on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and SE 3rd Ave. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page: www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Early Learning Coalition to meet Thursday, 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.Church announces VBSAttention all cowboys and cowgirls. Victory Baptist Church is having VBS Aug. 1-5, from 6-8 p.m. Come help us round up the ten commandments.Marthas House holds Celebrity Server fundraiserGolden Corral will be host to a Celebrity Server fundraiser on July 28, from 5-8 p.m., to bene t Marthas House with the Chobee Steelers serving it up for a great cause! For tickets please call Marthas 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 event with a $120 entry fee, cash only. You must sh three tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Please call 561719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Grab-a-Bag clothing saleThe Salvation Army is holding a Grab-aBag sale on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. 2nd Ave. (rear of New Horizons Bldg.). Clothing will be $5 per bag, shoes $.50 to $1 per bag, hats $.50 and purses $.50 to $1. Cash only, no credit cards or checks will be accepted. There will be no refunds, no exchanges, no returns and no credit. All sales are nal. Call 863-763-6020 for information.Foster parents neededHibiscus Childrens 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: 1-800403-9311 ext. 415.Coffee with the commissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.noon, and will be held in Commissioner Heltons of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee, Florida. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Okeechobee golf team to hold fundraiserSponsors and four man teams are welcome to take part in the annual OHS Gol f team fundraiser tournament scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Okeechobee Gol f and Country Club. OHS Golf Coach Kenn y Buckner said the event is a best ball four man scramble with a shotgun start at approximately 8 a.m. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team. Hole sponsors cost $100 and a two hole sponsorships and one entry fee can be purchased for $200. For more information call Coach Buckner at 863-634-0324 or all Okeechobee High school at 863-4625025.Shingles vaccine offered in Okeechobee by VNAThe Visiting Nurse Association of Florida announces that the Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax) will be available on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community in Okeechobee. The Okeechobee Grand Oaks Community, located at 203 S.E. 2nd Street will have the vaccine available. The fee must be paid prior to immunization. The vaccine is available to adults only. Appointments are necessary. To schedule an appointment, please call the VNA of Florida at: 800-318-0399. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Those who have contracted chickenpox are at risk of contracting shingles. Up to half of the nearly 1 million shingles cases in the U.S. each year occur in people 50 years and older. Community Events
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 7 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 J uly 18 and 19 Monday Sales at noon Tuesday sales at 11 a.m. Cows Breaking $64.00 $74.00 Cutter $60.00 $67.00 Bulls 1000-1500 $80.00 $86.00 1500-2000 $73.00 $79.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 396 1115 Cows 130 466 Str 12 17 Hfrs 17 15 Bulls 23 28 Y rlngs 9 68 Mix 0 34 Total 587 1743 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 145-160 250-300 157-177 140-125 300-350 142-155 130-140 350-400 130-147 123-140 400-450 125-135 115-124 450-500 119-130 113-122 550-600 117-127 113-121 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 150-200 150-175 120-138 200-250 145-165 115-135 250-300 132-152 112-127 300-350 125-135 110-121 350-400 115-129 106-114 400-450 115-124 105-112 Slaughter cows $2-$3 lower, bulls $2 lower. Feeder steers an heifers were pretty steady with a good demand. Slaughter cows and bulls are under pressure due to the drought out west. Rain out west would do us all some good. Prescott family topped the calf market wit a high of $2, bought by D&S. Estate of Tom Chastain topped the cow market with a high of $74, bought by Dairymens Narketing. We have 14 head of 1 1/2-2 year old Charolais bulls for sale. See ya next week Pete Okeechobee Livestock Market Report The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers in states across the country that USDA offers a variety of resources for those affected by recent extreme weather, including oods, drought, res and tornadoes. USDA also urges producers in need or those with questions to contact their local county or state USDA Service Center or Farm Service Agency of ce for assistance. In a recent tour of ooding in Iowa and Nebraska, as well as droughts and wild res in Arizona and New Mexico, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack promised farmers, ranchers and others that USDA would continue to work hard to deliver assistance to those in need. Americas farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nations economy and our values, and my heart goes out to all who are facing hardships because of severe weather and natural disasters, said Vilsack. In the past two months alone, I have visited with hundreds of Americans who have had to put their lives and livelihoods on hold to deal with oods, tornadoes, drought and wild res. Since the beginning, I have instructed USDA staff in the affected states that our main priority must be to work with farmers, ranchers and others to explain the type of aid that is available. We will continue to listen to your concerns and, whenever possible, offer assistance to help you through these dif cult times. USDAs Risk Management Agency reminds producers faced with questions on prevented planting, replant, or crop losses to contact their crop insurance company for more information. Other types of USDA assistance available to those affected by ooding include the Emergency Loan Program and the Emergency Watershed Protection program. USDA reminds producers affected by drought and res that resources are available to cover losses, including losses to livestock, crops, orchard trees, and private forests. Types of USDA assistance to farmers and ranchers may include the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), federal crop insurance, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. To nd the USDA Service Center nearest you, please visit: http://of ces.sc.egov.usda. gov/locator/app?state=us&agency=fsa. A reas affected by extreme weather offered resources
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Have you ever visited a loved one in the hospital?Hospitalization can be a very stressful time for both the patient and their loved ones. As your community hospital, Raulerson Hospital understands this fact. From hightech methods of following your lovedone through a surgical procedure, to the most simplistic gesture of smiling and offering to provide directions, Raulerson Hospital cares for the families of its patients. The staff of Raulerson Hospital believes that whomever a patient identi es as family, is family. If a patient requests their health information be shared with family members or friends, Raulerson Hospital has several ways of providing such communication. When a patient is admitted to the hospital and shares their passcode with loved ones, authorized family members may call the hospital, or speak to the nursing staff in person, to track the patient's progress and recovery. Private health information is only prov ided to individuals authorized to receive it by the patient. Other communication tools patients and their families can bene t from are white boards' and patient diaries. In each room at Raulerson Hospital, patients have the option of utilizing a white board' to facilitate communication with their care team of physicians, nurses and family members. The white boards' are a collection of information, including: the latest scheduled tests or procedures, patient preferences, and even notes from family members. This resource, as well as the patient diary, are examples of how Raulerson Hospital values the participation, feedback and experience of not only patients, but also their family members. The Patient Tracker' is another communication tool for the loved ones of surgical patients. This system could be compared to checking the status of a ight on a monitor at the airport. From the comfort of the waiting rooms, family members who have the patient's passcode may view the Patient Tracker monitors to check on their loved one's progress in preoperative care, surgery and their recovery. Raulerson Hospital has exible visiting hours to help accommodate the needs and wishes of its patients and their families. Other advancements for the comfort and convenience of guests include hospitalwide WIFI access. Often times it is the friendly, helpful personal care and communication family members receive from staff during the challenging time when a loved one is hospitalized that is more meaningful than any technological advancements. Beyond nurses and physicians, all of Raulerson Hospital's staff care about the patients and their families. After all, they are their friends and neighbors. From the gift shop and the housekeeping staff, to the cafeteria staff and volunteers, the team at Raulerson Hospital cares about the experience of the patients and their loved ones. To share an experience or comment, visit the Raulerson Hospital facebook page. This article was provided by Raulerson Hospital. 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 patientsneeds, 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. 10 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 Hospital cares for patients and their families Courtesy photo/ Raulerson HospitalRaulerson Hospital has exible visiting hours and treats patients' families as guests. By Pat DobbinsSpecial to the Okeechobee News Recently, a report was released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute which ranks the health of the people in Florida's 67 counties. The report provides the same breakdown for all 50 states. The study provides a snapshot of how healthy people are considered in one county by comparing their overall health to people in other counties within their state. The 2010 County Health Rankings report looks at a number of factors that can in uence a person's overall health, which can include health behaviors, quality of neighborhoods, access to physical and recreational activities, education, income, employment, teen births, crime-rates, smoking, drinking, premature death, air quality, access to healthy foods, community safety and many others. This report shows that a lot of factors can be correlated with one another. The rankings can be used by publichealth, healthcare providers and community leaders to measure the health of their county to see how well they are doing and where improvements may be needed. The data used in the report includes survey data calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data from the U.S. Census, birth and death records, rates of sexually transmitted diseases, Medicare-claims data and several other resources which are all listed on their Web site. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ranking-methods Counties within the region include: Hendry, Glades, Lee, Collier, Okeechobee, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte Sarasota and Manatee. The results are listed below ("Best to Lowest" rankings in each category). Since there are 67 counties in the state, the worst ranking a county can receive is 67. Health Factors Rankings: Health behaviors (smoking, obesity, binge drinking, traf c deaths, teen births, Chlamydia infections): Sarasota-2nd, Collier6th, Manatee-13th, Highlands-16th, Charlotte-19th, Lee-27th, Desoto-36th, Hendry45th, Glades-53rd and Okeechobee-56th. Social and economic (education, unemployment, childhood poverty, singleparent families, violent crime): Sarasota12th, Collier-21st, Charlotte-22nd, Lee-29th, Manatee-41st, Highlands-47th, Glades-55th, Okeechobee-58th, Desoto-62th, and Hendry-67th. Clinical care (uninsured adults, number of doctors, diabetic screening, and preventable hospitalizations): Sarasota-2nd, Manatee-18th, Charlotte-20th, Collier-30th, Lee-32nd, Highlands-44th, Glades-62nd, Desoto-63rd, Hendry-65th and Okeechobee67th. Physical environment (air quality, access to healthy food): Collier-5th, Okeechobee13th, Sarasota-18th, Lee-19th, Charlotte-20th, Hendry-24th, Manatee-31st, Desoto-53rd, and Highlands-55th. Morbidity (low birth-weight babies, selfreported health status): Sarasota-1st, Collier3rd, Desoto-13th, Hendry-14th, Lee-16th, Manatee-20th, Charlotte-28th, Highlands-33rd, Glades-39th, and Okeechobee-47th. Mortality (premature deaths): Collier4th, Sarasota-13th, Charlotte-26th, Manatee28th, Lee-31st, Desoto-41st, Highlands-42nd, Hendry-56th, Okeechobee-58th, and Glades-61st. County health rankings show areas of risk
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 Dont 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. 11 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 North Elementary has Summer Library Program (Photo at left) Brady and Tanner Seabolt choose the perfect books with the help of Dad as part of the North Elementary School Summer Library Program. Below, Priscila Morales, Rossa Morales, and Angie Morales from North Elementary make sure to keep their reading skills polished! Students have been taking AR tests, earning free books, and enjoying delicious meals. Summer hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. and Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. The program will continue through August 11. All North Elementary students including upcoming kindergarteners may attend! Come anytime, no sign up necessary. Special to the Okeechobee News/ NES The Okeechobee Adventist Christian School, located at 412 N.W. Sixth Street, will have open registration from July 25-29 10 a.m.-3 p.m., daily. Call 863-763-0763 or 863610-1291 for more information. Christian School announces open registration By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News If your are 55 years of age or older, not in the general work force, can pass a background check and like children, the Foster Grandparent Program w ants you. Each Foster Grandparent mentors two to four students in Okeechobee elementary schools. The grade level is from pre-K through the third grade. These students have special needs such a learning disability, speech problems or dif culty reading. The Foster Grandparent stays with these children through the school day and does everything the children do. Foster Grandparents put in 15 to 20 hours a week, receive a small stipend, free school lunch, mileage and training. Anyone interested in volunteering for this program should contact Emily Sawyer by calling 561684-5885 or emailing sawyere@elderaffairs. org. Ms. Sawyer is the volunteer coordinator for the Foster Grandparents Program, a service of the Area Agency on Aging. There are currently nine Foster Grandparents in the Okeechobee schools with two more expected in the fall. Ms. Sawyer would like to see 20 Foster Grandparents in the school system. Schools need foster grandparents Emily Sawyer
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ASK ALL AROUNDEasy Payment!Call Mitch or Ronnie (863) 763-0330$500Down As low as 3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee Accepting Select Consignment By Appt. Only New Fashions & AccessoriesLadies Collegiate Wearf f e s s i o n a l 13 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jonathan Crawford has joined the Madison Mallards of the Northw oods League in Wisconsin, A collegiate summer baseball team. The Mallards are one of 16 teams in the league and each team plays 70 games from June through mid-August. Crawford has appeared in seven games so far this year with four starts. He has pitched 22 innings, allowed 22 hits, and pitched to a 5.73 earned run average. He said the goal is to get as much experience as possible. When I got here I was in a relief role for about two weeks and then I became a starter, he said. That is where Ill be for the rest of the summer in order to get in as many innings as possible. The goal of the league is to provide an opportunity for college players to spend their summer and display their talent to professional scouts. Players must be enrolled in college and have at least one year of athletic eligibility to participate. Crawford is used to having pro scouts around. He was selected in the 42nd round of the MLB draft in June, 2010. He was the 19th ranked prospect in the state of Florida last year and was ranked number 137 in national prospect rankings. Crawford had a stellar career as a pitcher and hitter for OkeechobeeHigh School. As a senior, Crawford was named Pitcher of the Y ear with a 1.06 earned run average in 52.2 innings. He also had over 200 strikeouts for his career, which included 89 during his senior year. Crawford pitched sparingly for the Florida Gators during his freshman year. The Gators had an outstanding year and made the College World Series. It was very exciting to be apart of what the Gators did this year. Although I didnt get to go to the College World Series it was still v ery exciting to watch my team compete for the championship, he said. Crawford pitched in ve games for the Gators this year and had a 4.91 earned run average. Mallards Manager Greg Labbe said Crawford has been a solid addition to his teams pitching staff. Gator Coach Craig Bell recommended Jonathan to the team. Labbe said Crawford should get a lot of valuable experience in the league. He adds a true power arm to our pitching staff, Labbe said. He can run it up into the mid-90s. He is working on a change-up. The coaches at Florida feel that he is going to contribute next year. Okeechobee fans can watch the Mallard games on the internet at the website, northw oodleague.tv. Crawford joins college summer baseball team Jonathan Crawford
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DEBTCAPITALSPECIALTOTAL GENERALSERVICEIMPROVEMENTREVENUEALLFUNDS FUNDFUNDFUND FUNDS ESTIMATED REVENUES: FEDERALSOURCES25,000.0023.8625,023.86 FEDERALTHROUGH STATE225,000.009,212,583.179,437,583.17 STATE SOURCES32,040,306.00214,400.0051,000.0060,000.0032,365,706.00 LOCALSOURCES10,567,491.002,273,257.00850,780.0013,691,528.00 OTHER FINANCING SOURCES16,000.00 16,000.00 TOTALSOURCES 42,873,797.00214,400.002,324,257.0010,123,387.0355,535,841.03 TRANSFERS IN300,000.00 300,000.00 FUND BALANCE JULY1, 20119,497,187.1439,118.581,458,890.25243,948,5311,239,144.50 TOTALREVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES52, 670,984.14253,518.583,783,147.2510,367,335.5667,074,985.53 EXPENDTURES: INSTRUCTION29,793,492.162,962,675.9932,756,168.15 PUPILPERSONNELSERVICES1,957,104.98810,835.562,767,940.54 INSTRUCTIONALMEDIASERVICES659,414.04 659,414.04 INSTRUCTIONAL/CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENTSERV 628,951.36859,948.831,488,900.19 INSTRUCTIONALSTAFF TRAINING SERVICES137,408.901,106,774.391,244,183.29 INSTRUCTION RELATED TECHNOLOGY736,121.33116,212.78852,334.11 SCHOOLBOARD540,151.00 540,151.00 GENERALADMINISTRATION1,528,406.03208,737.721,737,143.75 SCHOOLADMINISTRATION3,458,711.579,889.763,468,601.33 FACILITIES ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION 171,162.003,483,147.253,654,309.25 FISCALSERVICES424,102.00 424,102.00 FOOD SERVICE 3,879,564.023,879,564.02 CENTRALSERVICES815,942.963,000.00818.942.96 PUPILTRANSPORTATION SERVICES3,242,183.40294,762.003,536,945.40 OPERATION OF PLANT4,193,537.7712,514.004,206,051.77 MAINTENANCE OF PLANT1,319,000.30 1,319,000.30 ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGYSERVICES530,327.0044,000.00574,327.00 COMMUNITYSERVICES352,500.00 352,500.00 DEBTSERVICE217,400.00217,400.00 TOTALEXPENDITURES50,488,516.80217,400.003,483,147.2510,308,915.0564,497,979.10 TRANSFERS OUT 300,000.00300,000.00 FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 20122,182,467.3436,118.5858,420.512,277,006.43 TOTALAPPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES, TRANSFERS AND BALANCES52,670,984.14253,518.583,783,147.2510,367,335.5667,074,985.53 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINALBUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITYAS APUBLIC RECORD PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVY:OPERATING FUND: REQUIRED LOCALEFFORT5.678 DISCRETIONARYOPERATING0.748 DISCRETIONARYCRITICALNEEDS0.000 DEBTSERVICE FUND:0.000 LOCALCAPITALIMPROVEMENT:1.500 TOTAL7.926BUDGET SUMMARY OKEECHOBEE COUNTYSCHOOOLBOARD THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SCHOOLBOARDOF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAARE 15% LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTALOPERATING EXPENDITURES Fiscal Year 2011-2012 14 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two men arrested last year for operating a marijuana grow house on N.E. 304th St. in Okeechobee were both sentenced Thursday, July 21, to three years in prison. William Diaz, 35, and Elman Montero Rodriguez, 36, entered into a plea agreement w ith the state on June 16 and, as part of that agreement, were only sentenced to the minimum/mandatory term. Each man was adjudicated guilty by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger on one count of traf cking in cannabis.Diaz will receive credit for the 65 days he has already served, and Rodriguez will be given credit for the 75 days he has served. As provided by state statute, each man will have to provide a sample of his DNA for the state database. A second charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dropped, as part of the negotiated plea agreement. The men were arrested May 21, 2010, when their residence was raided by detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. An arrest report by a task force detective stated that 82 plants with active root systems that weighed a total of 95.5 pounds were found in the garage. The investigators also found approximately 127.7 grams of marijuana in the kitchen cabinets that was already bagged. Also found were plastic sandwich bags, digital scales, rolling papers and a marijuana grinder. The arrest report described the pot found in the kitchen as " nished product." A task force detective described the pot as being of "fairly good quality" and estimated its street value at $380,000. The plants found in the garage were all 3to 4feet tall. According to the Okeechobee Count y Property Appraiser's Of ce web site the doublewide mobile home where the two men were living was owned by Francisco and Amelia Yanez, who list a mailing address of S.E. Horizon Ave. in Stuart. Detectives also seized equipment associated with pot growing operations. That equipment consisted of timers, grow lights, ballasts, AC units, wooden stakes, capacitors, water pumps, thermometers, AC duct work and fans.A starter house' was also found in one bedroom of the mobile home. Two local pot grow house operators are sentenced Elman Rodriguez William Diaz
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OFTAX FOR SCHOOLCAPITALOUTLAYThe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a measure to impose a 1.500 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed herein. This tax is in addition to the school boards proposed tax of 6.4260 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $2,268,257. to be used for the following projects:CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELINGSchool Classroom ConstructionMAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIRReimbursement (as permitted by Florida Statutes) of maintenance, renovation and repair expenses incurred by the General Fund District-Wide HVAC projects Communications cabling projects District-Wide flooring Lighting replacements and upgrades District-Wide electrical projects District-Wide roof repair District-Wide security enhancements District-Wide painting projects District-Wide playground improvements District-Wide ADAcompliance projects District-Wide maintenance, renovation, and repair of existing facilities State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) compliance Telephone systemsMOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASESPurchase of (6) school busesNEWAND REPLACEMENTEQUIPMENTAND ENTERPRISE SOFTWAREDistrict-Wide furniture and equipment District-Wide computer hardware and software Playground equipment & Band instruments PAYMENTOF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTYAND CASUALTYINSURANCE NECESSARYTO INSURE THE EDUCATIONALAND ANCILLARYPLANTS OF THE SCHOOLDISTRICTAll concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 28, 2011 at 6:00 P.M., at the Okeechobee County School Board office building, Room 303, 700 SWSecond Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. ADECISION on the proposed CAPITALOUTLAYTAXES will be made at this hearing. PUBLISH: 7-24-2011 Okeechobee News NOTICE OFBUDGETHEARINGThe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a budget for fiscal year 2011-2012. Apublic hearing to make a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: July 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. At Okeechobee County School Board, Room 303, 700 SWSecond Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974Publish: 072411, Okeechobee News 15 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 $3.78 million. Mr. Kenworthy said local property owners will pay $19.50 less in taxes for a home with an assessed value of $100,000 after all exemptions. He said taxpayers will see additional relief due to the drop in value of their homes. Im happy for them that they are getting a decrease. The savings comes as a result of the .25 mills that werent levied this year, he added. Voters rejected the Super Majority Millage last summer. School Board Chairperson Kelly Owens said the district can survive this year without any cuts in programs but she had a dim view of next year. I dont know where the money will come from, she said. Board member India Riedel said the State Legislature kept their promise made to public education: They said they would cut us to the bone and they kept their word. Mr. Kenworthy said while there were cuts across the board he doesnt think any programs will be cut or that layoffs will be necessary. We were worried about that but well be ne this budget year. We will use our fund balance and weve been conservative in our spending in the past and controlled our costs. It will be a more dif cult year for us next year, he predicted. Union negotiations also began Thursda y on issues like the Race to the Top requirements, and new teacher evaluations. Mr. Kenworthy said salary issues wont be discussed until August or even September. We always look for the opportunit y to enhance salaries but we havent talked about that yet, he said. The budget includes a ve percent fund balance of just under $2.2 million per board policy. The fund balance declined b y $480,000. The budgets of nine schools were reduced between $39,000 and $310,000. Central Elementary received a budget increase of just under $52,000. We are fortunate enough to keep the status quo with all programs. We were able to retain good teachers by placing them in at large spots in the district until we found a slot for them. I dont think the students will see any cuts in the classroom when they return on Aug. 22, he added. Capital Projects funded included the purchase of six new school buses for $602,000, $110,000 for new computer hardware and software, an additional $1.3 million to complete the Okeechobee Achievement Academy project, $131,360 to pave the drivers education lot at OHS, and $176,177 to remodel some classrooms at Yearling Middle School. The next meeting on the budget is Thursday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at the school board of ces. SCHOOLSContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man caught a break Thursday when he agreed to plea offer and will likely avoid another stint in prison. Walter Roy Peanut Powell, 43, entered a plea of no contest July 21 to a felony charge of possession of oxycodone and misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended-prior conviction and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. He was arrested April 6. With the deal, he will likely get 140 days in the Okeechobee County Jail instead of ve years in prison and/or a $5,000 ne, or both. Powell will be sentenced Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. He will receive credit for the two days he has already spent in the county jail. As part of the plea agreement, Powells drivers license will be revoked for two years. Quite frankly, with your record this is a pretty good deal, Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger told Powell. A check of Powells arrest history showed that in December 2007 he was found guilt y of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, as well as the misdemeanors of driving while license suspended and possession o f drug paraphernalia. Then-Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer sentenced him to six months in the county jail on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. County Judge Jerald Bryant sentenced Powell to four months in the county jail in April of 09 after he was found guilty on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. Powell next went before Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Mirman and on March 26, 2009, he was sentenced to nine months in the county jail for being found guilty of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are misdemeanor charges. On March 15, 2010, Judge Belanger sent Powell to prison for 15 months after he was found guilty on a felony charge of possession of oxycodone. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show that Powell was sent to the Taylor Correctional Institution in Perry on March 31, 2010. He was released from the minimum security facility on Jul y 1, 2010. Powell avoids prison with plea Walter Roy Powell Marthas Closet Thrift Store has daily hoursMarthas Closet Thrift Store, at 105 S.W. 2nd Avenue, will be open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse through a variety of items including clothing for the whole family, housewares, shoes, paintings, etc. At Marthas Closet you will nd quality items at yard sale prices. For information, call 863-763-2893.
Walpole, Inc. has a full-time supervisory position in the Accounts Receivable Department. Applicants must be detailed oriented, possess excellent communication skills and critical thinking skills. One must have the ability to meet deadlines efficiently and is proficient in Microsoft Applications.You may fax your resume to (863) 763-7874 or email to: email@example.com 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 Floridas 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. 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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 *. Lost2 Black and Brown Doberman Pinchers last seen in the Okeechobee Little Farms area REWARD OFFERED Call 863-261-3706 Lost Female Border Collie in the vicinity of Hwy 441 and Hwy 68 W. All Black&White her name is Rose. Please contact Kaley(863)763-6520 or (863)261-5040 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! We haveimmediate openings for the following positions: PHYSICALTHERAPY ASSISTANT PRN PHARMACIST FT PHARMACYTECH FT& PT Case Manager PRN RNs F/T, PT, PRN MAINTENANCE MECHANIC PRNULTRASOUND 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Administrative Assistant Position available for Rollins Ranches, near Yeehaw Junction. General administrative tasks consist of preparing and compiling reports, assisting in preparation of budgets, tracking the status of assignments/projects, backing up of ce staff in accounts payable and data entry. Above average skills in Excel necessary, exceptional organizational, planning and writing skills. Competitive wages and bene ts, including 401K. Rollins Ranches, LLC is a drug-free workplace, background checks performed. Email resume to: email@example.com or fax to 772-567-7808 and complete application at www.rollinsranches.net Full Time CDL Driver for a Roll-off Truck experience and bi-lingual a plus but is not required. Fax Resume to: 863-763-7002 NAIL TECH NEEDED @ DaVi Nail (inside Walmart) Full or part time. Call Pam or stop in (863)763-6488 or (863)610-0046 Need 2 MH Therapists for childrens OP services in H-G Co. Must have Masters For info, call 863-983-1423 Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. 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You take down and move $3,000 OBO call for more info (315)486-0935 Pets/SuppliesMini dachshund pups CKC reg.super tiny lively 2 male pups, 1 merle & 1 black $350.00. (863)801-6144 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo includes water and lawn maintenance $200 deposit. NO DOGS Call 863-610-0001 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 Employment Medical Apartments Nice 2/1 Apt. over commercial of ce space in the city. $800/mo. or $1000 including utilities. Dishwasher and microwave. No pets. First and Last name and $800 sec. dep. req. Please contact Sandra at (863)697-6082. OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Employment Medical Apartments 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. OKEECHOBEEON RIM CANAL 1 BR Cottage w/screen porch. Overlooking rim canal. $150 week, utilities included. (772)359-1640 16 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!
NOTICE The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking persons to nominate for appointments to the Childrens Services Council. The Councils duties are to provide and maintain such preventative, developmental, treatment and rehabilitative services for children as it determines necessary. It also allocates and provides funds for other agencies in the county which operate for the bene t of children. The Board of County Commissioners will nominate at least three (3) applicants each for four (4) appointments to be made by the Governor. A quali ed applicant must have resided in Okeechobee County for at least twenty-four (24) months prior to making application and must complete a Questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments form, which may be obtained in the County Administration Of ce, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida or from the County website www.co.okeechobee. .us. These must be submitted no later than Noon on August 29, 2011. Margaret Garrard Helton, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners 393021 ON 7/24/2011 ApartmentsTAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished Available August 1st. $650 mo. + 1st & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Commercial Property 3 Commercial Lots off SW Park Street, 150x142 1/2 (21,375 sq ft). $79,000 possible owner nancing or trade for House or Duplex. Call 863-634-8037 Great SW Park Street Commercial Building for sale 3,500 square feet with, 2 entrances, new roof and air conditioners. $235,000 Call 863-634-7219 for Details Condos/Townhouses Rent 2 Bdrm Townhome Furnished in Kings Bay, Also 2 Bdrm Duplex Unfurnished in the City w/New Carpet. 863-634-8331 TAYLOR 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. 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. Large 2/1 on water in Treasure Island. Adults, no pets, $700/mo. + $500 sec. (863)467-1308. 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 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $650 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414 Houses-Rent OKEE 2/1, $495 mo. or 3/2, $650 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon Fri. (863)467-9800. No Pets. OKEE 2bd/1ba CBS House, large lot, freshly painted, new carpet, w/d, well water, Located by 15-B $650 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE MODERN BRICK: 3BR, 2.5BA, 1 car garage. New carpet. On Rim Canal w/Boat dock. Rent Negotiable. Opt. 1/BR cottage w/dining room. Call (772)359-1640 OKEECHOBEE Nice 3br/2ba Brindeban Forrest, fenced yard, garage & shed. $650 mo. 1st & sec. Avail. August 1st! 863-634-0042 TREASURE ISLAND 4br/3ba On the water. New carpet, new paint. Lots of room. Covered porches. Fenced yard. $1100 mo 561-262-1390 RoommateFEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED 2 BR apt. Everything included Cable, internet, A/C. $100/wk each room Call (863)801-8278 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, Youll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale 2 Houses on 5 acres with pond asking $239,900 Call 772-260-3068 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (513) 875-4395. 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When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. PublicNotice 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs2006 Winnebago Sightseer 30, 2 slide outs, 20K miles, excellent condition. $55,000 or negotiate for real estate. 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men arrested last year on armed burglary charges entered into a plea deal with the state and were given 36 months probation instead of prison. Taylor Ross Osceloa, 20, and Tallbird Richard Scott Pewo, 20, were adjudicated guilty Thursday, July 21, on a single count of burglary of a dwelling. Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger sentenced both to probation and ordered them to pay $500 each in restitution to the victim. Both men were arrested Aug. 16, 2010, and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling while armed which is a life felony. Osceola and Pewo agreed to plea to the lesser included felony. Judge Belanger also ruled that both men had to submit a DNA sample and they can have no direct or indirect contact with the victim. An additional charge of criminal mischief was dropped by the state. A third defendant in the case -Daylon Sam Youngblood, 19 -did not go before Judge Belanger with the other two defendants. According to the Okeechobee County Clerk of Courts web site his case is slated for an Aug. 18 docket call. The three men were arrested after they reportedly went to the victims home and broke out some windows in a sunroom so they could enter the home. However, Pewo apparently cut his hand on some broken glass so the men left. They were later stopped by detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force after running a stop sign. During a search of the truck in which they were traveling the detectives found a .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun, stated an arrest report. The arrest report by Deputy Tammy Sera ni of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) stated that both Osceola and Pewo were armed with handguns. The report went on to state that witnesses at a party overheard the men state that they planned to get the male victim ... wasted and beat him up and kill him. The report went on to state that Pewo thought the victim had stolen his electronic gaming system and he wanted to kill him for taking it. At a party hosted by Pewo, the men reportedly tried to get the victim to drink alcohol and take xanax. Men found guilty of 2010 burglary 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (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 www.century21okeechobee.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 1200 S.Parrott Ave. N N E E W W L L I I S S T T I I N N G G 5011-H: On 1+ acres Four Seasons 3/2, lots of trees, garage, carport, sheds, 2 utility rms, fenced. Remodeled Kitchen. 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Lots of activities and amenities to keep you entertained. $49,900 MLS #204975 2002-H: Taylor Creek lake access CBS home w/lg addition, lg open back porch, dock, boat lift, seawall, garage, concrete drive. $139,500 NOW $120,000) MLS #203697 R R E E D D U U C C E E D D R R E E D D U U C C E E D D R R E E D D U U C C E E D D 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. 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 email@example.com 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 18 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 Taylor Ross Osceola Tallbird Richard Scott The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Rodney McClure, 25, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Keith Murrish on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant person. His bond was set at $2,500. Jimmie Lee Howling, 65, N.E. Center St., was arrested July 20 by the OCSO Crimes Unit on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation obtaining a controlled substance by fraud ( ve counts). He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held without bond. Tommy Malone, 78, S.W. 35th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by Deputy Sergeant Charles Hood on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Timothy A. Lefebvre, 26, S.W. 87th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by Deputy Bryan Holden on charges of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam). He is being held without bond. 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. A rrest Report Bloodmobile to visit OkeechobeeThe Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee for blood drives on Tuesday, July 26, at the IRSC Campus, from 4-8 p.m.
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For applications, call (863) 763-1847 or visit www.rocksolidca.com I w i l l t e a c h y o u r c h i l d r e n a n d t h e y w i l l e n j o y g r e a t p e a c e I s a i a h 5 4 : 1 3 19 Okeechobee News July 24, 2011 The Kissimmee Basin: the Northern Everglades invites the viewer to take a trip up the Kissimmee Valley back through time to discover the well reasoned, yet unforeseen consequences of a ood control project that turned the 103 mile-long meandering river full of life, into a 52-mile long, multi-million dollar over-engineered channel that over drained the surrounding wetlands, caused the disappearance of large ocks of wading birds and caused a signi cant decline of an abundant freshwater shery. The lm features the cattle ranchers w hose families have cared for the Kissimmee River Basin for generations. It lets the viewer discover the high stakes surrounding Kissimmees future and how changes made to its waterway are directly affecting the well-being of millions of people and many species of sh and wildlife, and w itness innovative and collaborative solutions actively at work among interests traditionally in competition with one another. Lush and ethereal cinematography and rare historic photos bring the Kissimmees story into sharp focus. In-depth interviews bring you face-to-face with the engineers, activists, ranchers, military personnel and politicians who populate the pages of this rivers history. The Kissimmee Basin: the Northern Everglades takes an in-depth and fascinating look at how changing the Kissimmee Rivers shape has, in turn, changed lives and ultimately the history of this beautiful landscape. PBS will show the documentary sometime in early 2012, Mr. Stolzfus said, although the date has not been set. This fall, there were will three public showings in Florida, including one in Okeechobee County. Local viewers will see familiar landscapes and familiar faces. Those interviewed for the documentary include Sonny, Betty and Wes Williamson of Williamson Cattle Company; Bud, Mike and LeeAnn Adams of Adams Ranch; Irene Loftin, former manager, the Flying B Ranch and owner, Lofton Ranch; Patrick Smith, author of A Land Remembered, and many other Florida tales; Charles Bronson, former Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Florida rancher; Rock Salt, principal deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works); Adam Putnam, Former U.S. Congressman and current Florida Commissioner of Agriculture; U.S. Senator Bill Nelson; Paul Ebersbach. Chief, Environmental Flight Of cer, Avon Park Air Force Range; Lt. Col. MacLaughlin, Avon Park Air Force Range Commander; photographer and conservationist Carlton Ward photographer; Jeff Danter, former executive director of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Paul Gray of the Florida Audubon; Dr. Hilary Swain, executive director of Archbold Biological Station, Buck Island Ranch; Nathaniel P. Reed, former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior; Lawrence Glenn, director, Kissimmee Division at SFWMD; Brent Anderson, environmental scientist, Kissimmee Division, SFWMD; Loisa Kerwin, director, FAUs Riverwoods Biological Station; Jennifer Milikowsky, TNC researcher; Estus Whit eld, policy coordinator/chief environmental advisor to four governors; Stan Bronson, executive director, Florida Earth Foundation; Howard Searcy, engineer for the Kissimmee River channelization and restoration; Cary and Layne Lightsey, owners, Lightsey Cattle Company; Keith Fountain, TNC; Jim Black, operations Manager of Creek Ranch; Charlie Pelizza of the Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge; Willie Johns, history specialist for the Seminole Tribe; Alex Johns Seminole Cattle Operations Manager; and, Paul Miller, biologist at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. Clyde Butcher, world renowned black and white photographer, is the host for The Kissimmee Basin: the Northern Everglades. Jim Fowler, host of Mutual of Omahas Wild Kingdom, is the narrator. Mr. Stolzfus said he gathered a weath o f information from the interviews. One exciting thing about this project -the people interviews are very knowledgeable and ver y passionate. The knew a lot of details. We came away with great information to wor k from. The documentary was sponsored b y Creek Ranch, Lightsey Cattle Company and the South Florida Water Management District. Mr. Stolzfus said SFWMD will provide copies of the lm to school districts in the 16 county area served by SFWMD. KISSIMMEEContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/Joe Davenport At Disney Wilderness Preserve, Elam Stolzfus lms biologist Jennifer Milikowsky, who is doing research on red Cocaded Woodpeckers.
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