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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-31-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, July 31, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 91 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.30 feetLast Year: 13.90 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. Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonIt’s tough getting uprooted from familiar surroundings to somewhere unknown. That’s the situation this Lion-head rabbit found himself in when he was left at Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Okeechobee. He and other domestic rabbits of all kinds have been left at the center. Other domestic animals have also been left the center when their owners could no longer care for them. These animals cannot be released to the wild and are in need of homes. If you’d like to help, please contact Arnold’s Wildlife Center at 863-634-6804. For another photo from the wildlife center, see page 19.Deputies to enforce ban on synthetic marijuana ... Page 14 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 ‘Hare-raising’ tale: Wildlife Center needs help By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News During a short regular meeting on Thursday evening, July 28, Okeechobee County Commissioners took care of several noncontroversial routine matters. They voted to regulate pain management clinics, acted to administer grants, set preliminary assessment rates and approved a survey for Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. With little discussion, commissioners voted to amend land development regulations to place restrictions on pain management clinCounty limits zoning for pain management clinicsSee COUNTY — Page 14 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News There was no public comment Thursda y on the rst public hearing for the proposed 2011-2012 budget for the Okeechobee School District. The tentative budget to be formally approved in September includes just under $67.1 million in expenses. Chairperson Kelly Owens said it appeared the community is satis ed with the conservative spending practices of the school system. Property taxes would decrease by over $1.1 million or 15.89 percent under the proposed spending plan. There are no layoffs planned but the budget also includes no salary hikes for employees at this point. Ms. Owens said it would be very dif cult to include a raise for employees this year as the board is near the minimum amount the y want to keep in reserves at 5.06 percent. The board would like a minimum of 5 percent left in reserve funds. Most of the tax rate is set by the state with only the basic discretionary millage of .748 decided upon by the local elected board members. The millage rate of 7.926 mills represents a 9.42 percent decrease from last year. Capital outlay millage will raise $2.27 million this year and is down 5.53 percent. The required local effort of 5.678 mills would raise $8.59 million, a 4.83 percent decrease. The budget itself is down $12.4 million or 15.57 percent this year. Each school received a lower budget with the exception of Central Elementary School who will see a small increase in enrollment. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said state projections were down over 9.5 percent and projected student enrollment would decline by 61 students. The district also won't receive the $2.08 million School board budget over $67 millionSee SCHOOL— Page 15Licensing board to reconsider ‘handyman’ license ... Page 3 Local students earn top spots in dairy quiz bowl ... Page 11

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Russ Brown knew as a high school guidance counselor that he really wanted to work with young people to improve their education. He recently was hired to become the new provost at the Dixon Hendry campus of Indian River State College in Okeechobee. “I feel this was the ultimate level that I wanted to get to when I started my career. I really look forward to working with young adults so they can acquire the highest quality of life that they can,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for me and my family. This is a position I looked at for many years. Fortunately things have worked out in my career. I’m very excited and very pleased to work with such a ne institution at IRSC,” Brown said. Mr. Brown worked over 16 years in education for Okeechobee County Schools, and most recently the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He worked for four years at the Brighton Charter School and was instrumental in getting that school off to a good start. Brown replaces Sam Smith, who retired Friday, after a 38-year career in education, the last 11 at IRSC. Mr. Smith served as a mentor to Brown during his career. He served a couple of weeks with Mr. Brown to get him acclimated to the post and introduce him to his new responsibilities. Mr. Brown said his goal is to improve the education for young adults and wants to see adults of all ages improve their training and skills. He said a major goal of IRSC is to assist the businesses in the area to have the best possible work force so they can grow their businesses. He said the college has great access and affordable courses for these workers. He mentioned health care programs and bene ts to assist agriculture as areas that could be expanded. He also intends to work closely with the business community on the issues of economic development. He said the college wants to provide training for area employers and expand programs. “I want to continue the tremendous job Mr. Smith has done. IRSC has high quality programs. I want to continue the personal attention we give students with our small class sizes and create an environment that is bene cial to students,” he added. Mr. Brown said enrollment at the Dixon Hendry campus continues to grow each year. In the past year enrollment has steadily increased and IRSC not only attracts kids from Okeechobee, but from Glades, Highlands and other counties. Mr. Brown served as a guidance counselor, Assistant Principal, was Principal at Osceola Middle School, and was also an administrator at the County Of ces before moving to the Brighton Charter School. “I am very fortunate to have this position I want to expand what we are doing and ge t the community involved in our campus. W e have beautiful facilities and many program s and opportunities for the entire community, ” he concluded. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? 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The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Okeechobee Health Department Auditorium, 1726 N.W. Ninth Ave. Board to re-evaluate ‘handyman license’ Russ Brown Croppin’ Crew to meetThe Croppin’ Crew meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Okeechobee County Library. The next meeting will be Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Bring your pictures, scrapbook pages and/or projects that you are working on. This month there will be a Sizzix Sidekick machine and dies (border and alphabet) available for your use.

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T eens stealing cars After reading the stories regarding the s tolen trucks and the stupid reasons that t hey were bored or they wanted to drive their girlfriends home, or they stole it because t hey always wanted a 4-wheeler. These are people’s personal property and lives. It is very clear that these punks, kids, wanna b e gang members need to be stopped. W here are the parents or guardians? What about the courts and prosecutors? Plain and s imple THEY DON’T CARE. The courts slap t hem on the wrist, the judges show no back b one and the parents, grandparents can’t c ontrol them, so I have no pity when the homeowner or vehicle owner confronts them at 2 a.m., fearing for their safety, ends their w orthless lives.  Is it ALWAYS the parents fault ?? I know a lot of GREAT parents whose kids ended up b eing just plain rotten kids, then on the ip s ide I see rotten parents that have great kids. A s far as the judicial system, I’ll agree, parts of it are broken. Is there a x? I don’t know. A ll I can hope for on given day is that hopefully I make it thru to the next.  No matter what you do there will always b e people who make terrible decisions.  Times are tough, crime will increase, and people are not going to tolerate their hard earned stuff being stolen and life being in danger.  Times are hard and people are on edge. Parents need to make sure that their children do not mess with anyone else’s property. If a man sees someone stealing his truck, and he needs that truck to get to work to support his family, he could well react violently. A man who is already desperate and just making ends meet is much more likely to grab a gun to make sure that thief does not get away with his only means of transportation. T he teen may just think it is a prank but the person whose property is being taken is going to take it very seriously.  In the old west, stealing a horse was a hanging offense, because a man could not live very long without a horse for transportation. Some people are feeling that desperate now. I am not saying that we should have the death penalty for theft. But, these kids need to understand that those they steal from may react violently. So respect the property of others and leave it alone.  Live by the sword, die by the sword. Some teenagers have less respect for life than many adults. They do not think they will be held accountable for their actions. Or they just don’t care. Years ago, teenagers were terrorizing my neighborhood. I let them know that I had a gun and would use it to protect myself and my property. They left me alone.Get over it The Pity Train has derailed at the intersection of Tough It Out & Move On, and crashed into We All Have Problems before coming to a complete stop at Get Over It. Any complaints about how we operate can be forwarded to 1-800-Waa-Waaa. This is Dr. Snif e reporting LIVE from Quitchur Fussin’. If you don’t like it ... Life doesn’t revolve around you.Volunteers I am a volunteer and love it! But I just found out how low in line we are. The place where I volunteered was run by all volunteers and all for a great cause. We had a small thrift store and not a lot of storage space. We keep our over ow in a couple of rooms at the main of ce. I guess the directors thought it was taking up too much room. They saw junk and we saw money. They called another thrift store not af liated with us to come pick it up. If I had donated any of that stuff I would be upset. So, now our store is closed. Just please remember we as volunteers cared about these people and we’re there to help them. You cut off part of the chain of volunteers that helped these people.Phones I keep seeing more in the news about how the cell phones can be hacked. If you use the cell phone application for banking, you can risk having your bank account cleaned out by hackers. Phones are much more at risk than computers are because phones do not have all the security software most people now have on their computers. Facing the truthBy Rev. Calvin H. FryarPastor, Brighton Baptist Church “And it came to pass that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the re which was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the re that was on the hearth. Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king nor any of his servants that heard all these words.” (Jeremiah 36:23,24) God’s word was destroyed by King Jehoiakim and burned. (Jeremiah 36:11-26) The king should have been copying the law for himself. (Read Deuteronomy 17:18-20) and heeding its message. Instead, he destroyed what Jeremiah had spoken and Baruch had written. You can try to destroy the Bible, but you will fail. Jeremiah was told to rewrite the part destroyed by the King and add more words words that foretold the King’s judgement. An innkeeper was greatly annoyed by the barking of his dog in the backyard one night. He got out of bed, yelled at the dog to be quiet, then returned to bed. The dog only barked louder; so the innkeeper, nally exasperated, exclaimed, “Peace at any price and a good night’s sleep,” tumbled out of bed, got his gun and shot the animal. “Now I shall have peace,” he said to his wife as he dozed again, but it was peace that cost him his life. Assassins and robbers were at the hotel window and they entered and killed the innkeeper. The faithful animal had been desperately trying to warn his master of the state of affairs. Like the innkeeper’s dog, Jeremiah got into trouble because he dared preach the truth. And as it was in Jeremiah’s day, the truth will cause a division among the people who hear it. After all, the Bible is called the Sword of the Spirit. It will always divide the truth seeker from those who hate the truth. The men and women of our day are deaf to the warning voices. There are many true prophets like Jeremiah trying to warn us today but are we listening? Jeremiah had a full-time ght to counteract the false teachings of religious of cials in his day. To warn the people that God means business is not popular and please, don’t mention repentance! A new minister came to a certain church. He was full of sophisticated knowledge and taught little from the Bible. At the end of two years he was told that one of the leading men of his church was ill. He went to se e him. There was no chance of recovery; th e man was dying. After a little talk the ministe r said, “Shall I read to you and pray with you?” “Yes,” replied the man, and beckoned to his wife to bring a Bible. A Bible was brough t and the minister opened it and saw a strang e sight. Some books were taken out of it, som e pages were torn away, some chapters gon e and some verses cut out; it was a shamefull y mangled Bible. The minister said, “Have you not a bette r Bible than this?” The dying man said:” When you came to our church, I had a whole Bible. But as soon as you told me that one boo k was ction I tore it out; and that one chapte r was not true, I removed it; and that som e verses were inauthentic, I cut them out. And if you had another year under you, I think I should have had the two covers, and nothing else.” “The Evangelical Christian” The Bible warns that our day will be a day deception, (Matthew 24:11) and boy, is it! Paul warned Timothy that our day was coming when he wrote, “The time will com e when they will not endure sound doctrine.” (II Timothy 4:3) The people of the world wouldn’t know the truth if they looked i t in the FACE and they did: ”Pilate therefor e said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this caus e came I unto the world, that I should bea r witness unto the truth. Every one that is o f the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I nd in him no fault at all. But ye have a custom, that I should releas e unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of th e Jews? Then cried they all again, saying, No t this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.” (John 18:37-40) They rejected the TRUTH and chose Barabas need I say more? Sunday, July 31, 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. 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If you have any clothing that you would like to donate, please call 863-634-2306 and make arrangements to drop the items off at 202 N.E. 2nd Street, Suite 1 (of ce building behind CVS Pharmacy). School supplies BBQ and car wash bene tA BBQ and car wash bene t will be held at Shenanigans on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., to help families in need with school supplies. There is also a donation drop box at Shenanigans on Hwy. 98N. For information, call Karen at 863-357-6100.Big Lake Missions to sponsor annual school driveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for their needy families. Last year, the group helped many children with their list, but this year, the need is even greater. They will accept donations up until school starts which is Aug. 22. Most all school supplies are needed. For a complete list, check local stores or call the school. The organization will also gladly accept checks made out to the Mission or gift cards and staff can do the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815 for more information or drop off locations.Third Annual Tween Summit plannedCome one Come all ‘Tweens and parents to the Third Annual Shared Services of Okeechobee County ‘Tween Summit.’ The event for children ages 10-12 was designed to link parents and children through communication. The Summit is set for Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 612 S.W. Second Ave. The event is free. The rst 100 children (4th and fth graders) accompanied by a parent/ guardian will receive a backpack lled with school supplies. Pizza, soda and cookies will be provided for all who attend. A drawing will be held for a family gift basket. For more information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext 257.Pre K accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc., is accepting applications for Okeechobee Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2008. Birth Certi cate and Social Security number for the child applying and proof of family income is required. Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. Of ce hours are as follows, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m., until 4:30 p.m.Register now for the Voluntary Prekindergarten ProgramThe FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) program is available. This program is not income based and the following are the only requirements: Child must be a Florida resident; Child must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2011; Child must NOT have participated in a VPK program during the school year or summer. Please call the Early Learning Coalition at, 863-357-1133, to schedule an appointment.Kits4Kids donations soughtGuardian’s For New Futures (GFNF), the non-pro t organization supporting the Guardians ad Litem on the TreasureCoast is seeking support from the community to provide back to school supplies to abused, abandoned and neglected children. The “Kits4Kids” program is designed to provide a good quality backpack and new school supplies to children in need within the district, which includes Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. The identity of the children in dependency court is con dential, and the children living with friends and relatives are in dire need of tools for school. A $20 donation will provide a book bag and all the basic supplies needed for back to school. Residents and public can sponsor a child or children by donating online via website www.gfnf4kids.org, or, mail a donation to GFNF, 1850 SW Fountainview Blvd., Suite 201, Port St.Lucie, FL 34986. All donations, large or small bene t the children. Back To School ‘Kits4Kids‘ is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or organizations to give back to the community and signi cantly help less fortunate children. School News in Brief Special to the Okeechobee NewsMattson Memorial ScholarshipRecipients of the R.C. Mattson Memorial Scholarship were William Corona, Joshua Radford, Jodi Raulerson, James Sharpe III, and Wayne (Trey) Watson, III. Scholarship awards were presented by Landon Mattson in the amount of $600 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsVFW Post Auxiliary ScholarshipRecipients of the Okeechobee VFW Post-Ladies and Mens Auxiliary Scholarship were Cashara Jarvis and Meaghan Thomas. Scholarship awards were presented by Russ Papy and Fred Jones in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.

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W omen of the Moose w ill hold indoor picnicThe Buckhead Ridge Women of the Moose will hold a STARS family dinner indoor picnic on Sunday, July 31 for a donation of $8. Serving will begin at 4 p.m. and last until they run out. Menu: appetizer of chicken soup, barbecue country style ribs, baked beans, potato salad deviled eggs, rolls, butter and pineapple upside down cake. Members and guests welcome. Buy y our tickets in advance as there will be a limited number. For information, call 863763-2250.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 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.American Legion to host NASCAR Sunday On Sunday American Legion Post 64 will host NASCAR Sunday at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the race. Everyone is welcome.Community Wide Fifth Sunday ServiceThe Okeechobee Ministerial Association presents a Fifth Sunday Community Wide Service on Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Rev. Bruce Simpson, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church will be preaching. A preacher's quartet will be singing. The Okeechobee Community Choir will be singing old fashioned shape note hymns. Members of the ministerial association will also be participating in this unique community service. A love offering will be taken. There will a social after the service. Plans for MLK weekend madeO.C.I.A. will meet on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at Douglas Brown Community Center. We are asking all members and anyone who is interested to join us. We will discuss and plan for Martin Luther King weekend next year and if you have any suggestions to makethis is a big event. Please come. The contact person for questions is Rita Jones at 772-380-3518.Church hosting 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.American Legion to meet Aug. 2American Legion Post 64 will have its monthly meeting on Aug. 2 Installation of 2011/2012 of cers and a meal will be provided.Conkerr Cancer pillowcase sit & sew Conkerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth, love and a smile through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next ConKerr Cancer "sit and sew" will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. This will be held at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child.Food stamp help availableTreasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy. 441 SE, on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information please call 772-9713316. Healthy Start Coalition announces meetingThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. Class of 1982 holds reunionThe Class of 1982 Reunion meeting is Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at Kahootz. For more information, call Tammy at 863-6347359 or on Facebook, search "Class of 1982 Reunion Okeechobee, Fl."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 o f 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. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.comObituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. A nn Herrick Murphy, 91OKEECHOBEE Ann Herrick Murphy, 91, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee. Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1918, she remained there with her husband, George H. Murphy, who was a railroad engineer with the New Y ork Central Railroad. Together they raised their family there vacationing in Florida during the 50's and 60's. In 1973, they relocated to Okeechobee. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, Bible studies, and many friends in the Jehovah's Witness communities in both Ohio and Florida. She was predeceased by her husband, George H. Murphy; and her daughter, Judith Ann Kinty. Survivors include her son, Dennis (Jill) Murphy of Okeechobee; ve grandchildren, including A aron (Emma) Kinty of Okeechobee and Philip (Karen) Kinty of Canton, Ohio; seven greatgrandchildren, including Xavier Kinty of Okeechobee; three great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Natalie Herrick MacKeller of Portland, Oregon. Services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 8250 Highway 70 West, Okeechobee. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in A nn's memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Condolences may be sent online to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974.William Harold Holbrook, 75OKEECHOBEE William Harold Holbrook, 75, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Lawnwood Medical Center in Ft. Pierce. He was a resident of Okeechobee for the past 20 years relocating from the Miami area. During the mid 1950's he was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a pilot and refueler. In 1959 and 1960, Bill obtained a commercial pilots license and instrument rating. In 1962, he started with the FAA as an air traf c control specialist at the ight service stations in Key West, Hickory, N.C. and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1965, he made a career change and became a specialist in the control tower. While still in San Juan, he obtained an instructor rating and became the instructor for the Navy Flying Club and the FAA Flying Club. In 1966 he was hired by Eastern Airlines and in 1983 began serving as Captain on DC-9's, B-727's and the B-757's. Bill retired early from Eastern Airlines in 1989. Following his retirement, he ew for two far part 135 operators in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in Miami. Along with ying, he also enjoyed shing and model trains. He is survived by his friends and caregivers, Tom and Jeanine Gran. Captain Bill will also be greatly missed by his River Acres family. A private memorial service will be arranged at a future date. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Obituaries

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If you are a female farmer or rancher or a Hispanic farmer or rancher and you believe that the United States Department of A griculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan bene ts to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because you are a female, or because you are Hispanic, you may be eligible to apply for compensation, the USDA State Food & Agriculture Council (SFAC) in Florida announced in joint news release issued July 11. You might be eligible if: you sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing from USDA during that period; and the loan was denied, provided late, approved for a lesser amount than requested, approved with restrictive conditions, or USDA failed to provide an appropriate loan service; and, you believe these actions occurred because you are female or Hispanic. "We want all producers who may be eligible to be aware of this claims process for female and Hispanic farmers and ranchers, as well as the recent settlements with Native American and African American farmers and ranchers, so they can come forward and participate in these processes," said Richard Machek, State Director of Rural Dev elopment (RD) in Florida, who serves as this year's chair of the SFAC. The SFAC is comprised of State-level agency heads of the three USDA partner agencies RD State Director Richard Machek, Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Tim Manning and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Carlos Suarezwith membership from other USDA agencies in Florida. If you want to register your name to receive a claims package in the female and Hispanic farmers claims process, you can call the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429 or access the Website: www. farmerclaims.gov. A class administrator will mail claims packages to those who have requested one through the Call Center or Website. The claims package will have detailed information about the eligibility and claims process. In order to participate, you must submit a claim to the Claims Administrator by the end of the claims period. The claims process offers a streamlined alternative to litigation and provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. The claims process provides up to $50,000 for each woman or Hispanic farmer who can show that USDA denied them a loan or loan servicing for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. Hispanic or female farmers who provide additional proof and meet other requirements can receive $50,000. Successful claimants may also be eligible for funds to pay the taxes on their awards and for forgiveness of certain existing USDA loans. There are no ling fees or other costs to claimants to participate in the program. Participation is voluntary, and individuals who opt not to participate are not precluded by the program from ling a complaint in court. If you are currently represented by counsel regarding allegations of discrimination against USDA or in a lawsuit claiming discrimination by USDA, you should contact your counsel regarding your claims process. USDA cannot provide legal advice to you. You are not required to hire an attorney to le a claim, but you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider in your community for additional guidance. This announcement follows the Obama Administration's settlement of litigation brought by Native American farmers and ranchers and African American farmers. Any Native American farmer or rancher who was denied a Farm Loan or Loan Servicing by the USDA between Jan. 1, 1981 and Nov. 24, 1999, may be eligible for bene ts from a Class Action Settlement. To request a Claims Package or for more information, call 1-888-233-5506 or visit www.IndianFarmClass.com. African-American farmers who submitted a request to le a late claim on or between Oct. 13, 1999 and June 18, 2008 under the 1999 settlement in the earlier class action known as Pigford v. Glickman ("Pigford") and who did not receive a merits determination of their discrimination claim should call 1-866-950-5547 or 1-866-4727826 or visit www.blackfarmercase.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 S u pp lem e nt to th e Ok e e c ho be e N e w s € J a nua ry 28 2 0 1 1 € A ls o A v a ila ble O nlin e a t n e w sz a p.c o m SCHOOL Superintendent letters€ CalendarINF ORMATIONSchool Bus Schedule€ OPEN HOUSE August 20, 2010Okeechobee County 20102011 S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e ws Au g u s t 1 8, 2 0 1 0GUIDE D D r . 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Report Card Schedule€ School Listings Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant :http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide :http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 7 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 O keechobee Livestock Market Report July 25 and 26, 2011 Cows Breaking 65.00 70.00 Cutter 62.00 68.00 Bulls 1000-1500 80.00 85.00 1500-2000 81.00 85.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 732 798 Cows 121 254 Str 35 110 Hfrs 58 6 Bulls 9 8 Y rlngs 3 75 Mix 0 0 Total 958 1260 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-190 145-165 250-300 170-185 140-157 300-350 155-162 128-142 350-400 139-150 121-130 400-450 130-140 116-125 450-500 124-134 113-122 550-600 121-129 113-117 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 150-200 167-175 200-250 145-165 130-140 250-300 133-152 120-135 300-350 125-138 114-127 350-400 115-123 110-120 400-450 109-120 105-115 Runs were off a little this week. Don't know why, but calf prices are steady. Cows and bulls are still sliding down, $1 lower. Holt Cattle topped the calf market with a high of $2.05 bought by Curt Wilson. D Ranch topped the cow market with a high of $77, bought by Central. We have some Charolais bulls for sale! See ya next week Todd Those unfairly denied farm loans may be compensated

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Not wearing a seat belt turned very serious for two area men when they were allegedly found to have nearly a pound of marijuana in their car. Arrested Wednesday, J uly 27, on felony drug charges were Martin Martinez, 20, N.W. Third St., South Bay; and Matthew Craig Peaden Jr., 19, S.R. 78 W., Okeechobee. Martinez was charged with the felonies of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $6,000, and has since been released on bond. Peaden was arrested on a felony charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Jail records indicate that he is being held in jail in lieu of $6,000 bond. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that Martinez, who was driving a 2001 Lincoln automobile, was initially stopped because he was not wearing his seat belt. During a search of the car, the detective said 33 grams of suspected pot was found in a back pack, and another 5 grams of suspected marijuana was found in a drink can that had a false compartment. Another 397 grams of suspected marijuana was found in the trunk of the car, added the investigator. A eld test of the suspected pot indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. Besides the suspected marijuana, the detective said small plastic bags and a digital scale were found in the car. In all, 439 grams (approximately 15.4 ounces) of suspected marijuana was found in the car. Some of the suspected pot was already packaged in small "nickel" plastic bags, added the detective. Martinez was also issued a traf c citation for not wearing his seat belt. Men reportedly arrested with nearly 1 lb. of pot 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 980 Henscratch Rd € Lake Placid € 863-699-2060 € www.henscratchfarms.com Cost:$6.00 per person Children 6 and under FREE !You stomp, We Ferment &Bottle, You Build Your Holiday Gift List, We Put Your Picture on the Bottle with Foot Stomped By My Diligent Feet.Ž PETAPPRECIATIONWEEKWednesday, AUG 3RD -Sunday, AUG 7THBring in your pet Win Prizes, Specials and Give-A-Wayssponsored by Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Co-sponsors Science Diet and Pet Finders.comNutrition demos (by TSC Pet Food Vendors) Pet Adoptions (by Humane Society) a no kill dog shelterCats & Dogs from our local rescue TSC has invited local breeders & vendors to make chicks, bunnies, birds and other small livestock available for purchase. Tractor Supply Company 3371 Hwy 441SOkeechobee OPEN INVITATION to public to contact Carlin at TSC if any vendor or club would like to participant in this event. Great fundraiser for local club. 8 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When Avery Robinson saw the law approaching him Thursday night, he ran into an apartment but it did little good as he w as cornered there and subsequently arrested on felony gun and drug charges. Robinson, 22, S.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, w as arrested July 28 on charges of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon, trespass of a structure while armed and possession of cocaine. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that as he w alked toward Wright's Plaza in Douglas Park he saw a man turn and run. The deputy gave chase as the man ran behind a grocery store and through the open door of an apartment. Cpl. Thomas stated that he gave chase and saw the man throw a black object from his hand as he ran into the bathroom. He then took the man into custody and identi ed him as Robinson. A woman in the home reportedly told the corporal that the man who ran into the apartment not only did not live there, but she did not want him there. The owner of the apartment, who was outside the apartment walking his dog, told Cpl. Thomas that a man ran past him and into his apartment. The owner went on to tell the deputy that he did not invite the man into his home and gave Cpl. Thomas consent to search the apartment, added the report. According to the report, Cpl. Thomas found a black 9mm semi-automatic handgun lying on the bathroom oor. The gun was fully loaded and had a live round in the chamber with the hammer cocked, added Cpl. Thomas. Neither the woman nor the apartment owner own a gun, stated the report. OCSO Deputy Joey Hall then took Robinson to the county jail. After Robinson had exited the patrol car, Deputy Hall searched his back seat and reportedly found a small packet of a white, powdery substance. The substance was eld tested and indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. Cpl. Thomas said Deputy Hall had searched the back seat of his patrol unit before placing Robinson in the car, and that the search had been witnessed by an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective. The suspected cocaine weighed about 1 gram, Cpl. Thomas added. A check of Robinson's background indicates that in 2007 he was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted of child abuse. Then, in 2008, he was found guilty on felony charges of sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was sentenced to six months in the county jail on each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently. Convicted felon faces new charges Avery Robinson Matthew Peaden Martin Martinez

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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. O u r f o c u s i s t o m a k e y o u c o m f o r t a b l e www.qualityacokee.com467-1545Repairs must be made by us to receive the free diagnostics. This offer valid Monday Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 PM. Does not apply to holidays, overtime or travel charges (if applicable). Offer Expires July 31, 2011. Call for details.Clip this ad and receive a FREEdiagnostics. ($75 value) Lic # CAC029420 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 9 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 In June, the CDC issued a report regarding sepsis, based on data collected from the 2008 National Hospital Discharge Survey. It found that nationally the proportion of hospitalizations that ended in death were higher for patients with septicemia or sepsis (17 percent) than for others (2 percent). Raulerson Hospital has recently invested in new equipment that can facilitate in the early recognition and quick treatment of sepsis patients. First it is important to understand that sepsis is your body’s response to infection. Any kind of infection—bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal—anywhere in the body can trigger sepsis. Sepsis can strike anyone at any age, although the very old, very young, hospital patients and people with preexisting medical conditions may be at greater risk. Raulerson Hospital’s Early Identi cation of Sepsis Program is focused on detecting patients who may be at risk due to: underactive immune system, post-surgery, receiving mechanical v entilation, having invasive procedures or IV lines in place to provide uids. Sometimes your body’s normal defenses in battling an infection go into overdrive, causing severe sepsis. Severe sepsis can entail blood clotting in tiny vessels throughout the body, impaired clot breakdown, widespread in ammation and acute organ dysfunction or failure. Due to problems with their vital organs, people with severe sepsis are likely to be very ill and are more likely to die (in 30-35 percent of cases), than those w ith uncomplicated sepsis. The affects of sev ere sepsis can cause septic shock, or failure of the cardiovascular system. During septic shock, a patient’s blood pressure drops, depriving vital organs of adequate oxygenated blood. Another form of sepsis is Septicemia, an infection in the actual bloodstream. Since sepsis can develop very rapidly, early diagnosis and treatment is essential. This is what makes the new equipment and sepsis program at Raulerson Hospital so signi cant. While community hospitals such as Raulerson Hospital, and tertiary centers like medical universities can offer different medical services, they can both offer the same evidence based, standardized level of care for certain critical conditions, such as sepsis. In fact, providing international guidelines to reduce mortality rates and improve the standard of care for severe sepsis was exactly the goal of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, when it was published in 2004. Diagnosis of sepsis can be particularly challenging since many of the signs and symptoms of sepsis can mock other conditions. There is not a single treatment strategy that is effective for treating sepsis. Discovering and eliminating the underlying infection is the rst step in treating sepsis. A de nite source of infection cannot be identi ed in approximately 20 to 30 percent of patients. Other treatments that may or may not be utilized, include a drug that increases activated protein C, as well as steroids. Understanding, creating awareness, prevention and detection of sepsis are all important elements in Raulerson Hospital’s Sepsis Program. Once identi ed as a having sepsis, a pointof-care tool called the I-STAT device provides the critical care nurses and physicians with a blood evaluation of the patient’s severity of sepsis, in only two minutes, all from the comfort of the patient’s bedside. Based on the results from the I-STAT tool and other indicators, severe sepsis patients receive specialized “bundles” of clinical care going forward. A “bundle” is a group of therapies for a given disease that, when implemented together, may result in better outcomes than if implemented individually. Part of Raulerson Hospital’s program for severe sepsis patients includes monitoring on the hospital’s new Edwards Vigileo Monitors. The monitors are designed to provide the critical care team with continuous monitoring of a patient’s oxygenized blood at a cellular level, providing rapid insight on a minimally invasive platform. Raulerson Hospital’s parent company, HCA, recently invested in four of the advanced monitors for the facility. The monitors are considered a single monitoring solution for advanced hemodynamic management. Raulerson Hospital is committed to early identi cation and prompt treatment of sepsis. Your community hospital participates in the Surviving Sepsis guidelines and is equally prepared as other facilities to treat the common, yet serious condition of sepsis. For more information about Raulerson Hospital visit the website at www.RaulersonHospital. com. This column was provided by Raulerson Hospital. New equipment aides in sepsis detection, treatment

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Home Transformation (863) 688-3733(866) 913-3733 Federally insured by NCUA. 1. The approval of a second mortgage is subject to application, credit and acceptable property. This oer available for primary residences and excludes manufactured homes. A $5 savings (share) account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union. A $20,000 second mortgage at 3.99% for 60 months would have payments of $368.30 with an eective APR (Annual Percentage Rate) of 4.234%. Rates may vary based on your credit and the term of your loan. MIDFLORIDA is an equal housing lender. 2. To qualify for incentive, this must be a new second mortgage (closed-end loan) of $15,000 or more. Loans of $5,000 to $14,999 will qualify for $100 credit. If you do not have a MIDFLORIDA Visa Platinum Card, one will be opened for you. Allow up to two weeks for receipt of credit to Visa Platinum Card an d new card, if applicable. This oer is not valid on the renance of any MIDFLORIDA loan. Emory Walker Company (863) 763-6742 208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www .energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. Receive up to $1,300 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 10 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Now there is a shop in Okeechobee for the best in leather goods. Bobby Johns has been working with leather for 15 years. He and his wife, Christy, recently opened Johns Leather and Saddles where they sell saddles as well as new and used tack, belts and leather book covers. He will soon be making his own saddles to sell. In addition they have paintings of Florida cow country scenes by local artist Brad Phares. Mrs. Johns said they wanted to be known as an old time leather shop. They are located at 113-A S. Parrot Ave. and the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Leather worker opens shop in Okeechobee By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A new shop in Okeechobee has unique, one of a kind, handcrafted jewelry. Jenna Howell had been making and painting polymer clay jewelry for her own use for less than a year. She recently decided to open up her own business, Designs by Jenna. She also makes wine glasses and homedecor items. Ms. Howell likes the challenge of custom made jewelry if a customer can produce a drawing of the jewelry they would like. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Designs by Jenna is located 113-A South Parrott Ave, inside Johns Leather and Saddles. New shop offers unique jewelry Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBilly and Christy Johns operate Johns Leather and Saddles at 113-A S. Parrott Ave.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Caden Charles was born on June 8, 2011, at 8:39 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs., 3oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. His parents are Amanda and Charles. Caden was welcomed home by cousin, Christopher; grandparents (maternal), the late Stephen Arnold and Michele Barkle, and Frank, (paternal), Scott Gates, Tina, and Donna Prosser; great-grandparent (maternal), Ann Hathaway, (paternal), Charles and Mary Lepley; aunts, Amanda, Danielle and Stefanie; and uncles, Eric and Andrew. CADEN CHARLES HOLLAND BIRTHS 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. 11 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 Local youth won big during two National Dairy Quiz Bowl competitions in Richmond, V a., and Hagerstown, Md. Some of the awards won include Junior Team who won rst place in the Quiz Bowl contest. Juniors and seniors placed second during the Jeopardy contest. The seniors team placed second in the Quiz Bowl contest. Juniors won high test score in competitions. Also, the Florida Teams won rst place in the banner contest. The youth participating in the competitions would like to thank their coach Diann Spann for all her time and dedication for getting the teams ready for these contests. The teams would also like to thank several local dairies and feed companies who helped sponsor their travel expenses. Local students earn top spots in Dairy Quiz Bowl Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kim PluskotDairy Quiz Bowl competition participants included (back row) Fallon Curren, Raychel Rabon, Austin Pluskot; (front row) Poss Laskey, Billy-Bob Wehde and Alex Pluskot. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A re started behind the seat of a parked RV at 637 S.E. 32nd Avenue Wednesday night and caused close to $8,000 worth of damage, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue paramedic David Harris said. Firemen dispatched three units to the scene just before 9 p.m. and found smoke and re coming from the RV, the re report said. Neighbors told remen they head two loud explosions of propane tanks before remen arrived. The State Fire Marshall had not determined the cause of the re as of press time. Approximately 2,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the ames. No injury was reported. The RV is owned by Jerry Tillman. RV re under investigation

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Samantha Harrell was named ‘all state’ in softball for the second straight year. The Miracle Sports All State Team for Class 4A included seven athletes from the Treasure Coast region. Harrell nished 13-4 with 147 strikeouts and a strong earned run average of 0.72 during her junior year as the Lady Brahmans had another strong year. “I feel all state is a great honor and I’m really happy that I got,” Harrell said, “It is an individual award but softball is a team sport so I want to congratulate my team.” Harrell, 17, has been busy this summer with several tournaments in Florida and one in Denver, Colo. She also has received several phone calls and letters from college coaches who are interested in offering softball scholarships to help with her college education. The Lady Gators won ve of six games at a Rising Stars tournament in Colorado in July. Harrell said she wished she could travel and play softball all the time. Harrell has not yet made a decision on where she might like to play but has decided to seek a career in the medical eld. While she admits it is attering and exciting to get the interest of colleges, it is also a stressful time in her life. She plans on continuing to work on her strength and agility. She now is over 5’7” and is considered one of the top recruits in Florida. She also won the District 17 Player of the Year Award in Class 4A for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast this year. Harrell has played softball for over 10 years and grew up with Dixie Youth softball, moved to the Firestix and onto the Seahawks based in Jupiter and most recently the Palm Beach Lady Gators. The strong armed Harrell also broke a single season school record in strikeouts as a sophomore and is believed to be one o f the only Lady Brahmans to earn All State two years in a row. She said she intends to brea k her own single season record and hold the all-time strikeout record at OHS when she graduates. “I think the team will do ne this year. We have a lot of young and talented girls coming up through the ranks,” she added. Harrell is excited about the chance to play other positions and get regular at-bats in the lineup this year and will work on her batting skills throughout the fall. “I start in the cages next week and I’m looking for a really good year,” she said. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.GilbertGolfCars.com GilbertGolfCars@Hotmail.com 315 S. Parrot Ave. Okeechobee FL 34974(863) 763.6434 Snapper & Dolmar products come with a 2 year warranty! Scan this QR code with your smart phone to save our contact info directly to your phone! Dolmar Handheld Equipment Snapper MowersSNAPPER & GOLF CARS % % A A P P P R R F F I N N A A N N C C I I N N G G F F O O R R U U P P T T O O 3 6 6 M M O O N N N T T H H H S S coupon for your business by simply demoing our commercial products! $549 MH2556 Hedgetrimmer PE251 Edger PS45-14 Chainsaw MS22 Weedeater PB7601 Backpack Blower PB251 Handheld Blower $339 $199 $199 $399 PS6400 Chainsaw $449 P5105 Chainsaw $399 $189 MS245.4 Weedeater $249 $2,699 21hp 42in 150Z Residential $6,999 26hp 52in S150x Commercial $4,499 26hp 48in S50x Commercial $3,199 26hp 52in 285z Residential $7,499 28hp 61in S200x Commercial 12 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 Samantha Harrell named ‘all state’ in softball Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis Club guestThe Thursday, July 28, Kiwanis meeting was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. In the photo left to right are J.D. Mixon, club vice president who introduced his speaker, Corey Lee, a biologist, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Greg Thogersen, club president. Mr. Lee gave a very interesting slide show of Lake Okeechobee, which is the heart of the Everglades. He has been in Florida for three years and has seen tremendous growth in the amount of largemouth bass, black crappies and many other species and he mentioned that 213 shing tournaments were held in Okeechobee from January through June 2011 with 8,206 anglers participating which helps boost our economy. He said Florida is truly the shing capital of the World and there are so many beautiful birds here such as egrets, pelicans and shorebirds to not take for granted and to learn more. Please visit their website at: www.MyFWC.com. Samantha Harrell

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Like Us on Facebook and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card fromUltimate Gamer S e a r c h  O k e e c h o b e e N e w s  o n F a c e b o o k t o f i n d u s 13 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Sunday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Extended ForecastMonday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Monday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm w ind becoming east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Tuesday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. W eather Forecast By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Initially wanted on a bad check charge, an Okeechobee man is now facing a more serious charge after he was allegedly found to be in possession of a substance suspected to be crack cocaine. David Earl Earnest, 56, S. Parrott Ave., was arrested Friday, July 29, on a felony charge of possession of cocaine. He was also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. Earnest was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of worthless check over $150. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $8,500 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Michael Hazellief, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), stated that he stopped a white van on S.R. 68 because it had crossed the center line and the white shoulder line several times. He stated that the van was being driven by Earnest, but it was not registered to him. After stopping the van, he was told that Earnest was wanted on the worthless chec k warrant. Deputy Hazellief stated that he placed Earnest under arrest and that OCSO Deputy Matthew Crawford had since arrived as backup. With a woman still in the van, Deputy Crawford approached the vehicle and reportedly saw what appeared to be crac k cocaine lying on the driver’s seat. The substance was eld tested and indicated a positive result for the presence o f cocaine, stated Deputy Hazellief. According to the arrest report the deputies also found a pipe stuffed with Brillo, which is commonly used when smoking crack, and a metal push rod on the driver’s side oorboard. The suspected cocaine weighed less than 1 gram, indicated Deputy Hazellief. Deputy Hazellief went on to state that the woman was also arrested on a misdemeanor Okeechobee County warrant charging her with failure to appear. Jail records indicate that she is being held without bond in the county jail. She apparently had no knowledge o f the suspected cocaine being in the vehicle, pointed out Deputy Hazellief. Deputy says crack cocaine found in local man’s van David Earl Earnest By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held on $90,000 bond following his arrest for allegedly selling prescription medication in an undercover drug sting operation. Donny Ray Phillips, 50, S.E. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, July 26, on felony charges of traf cking in a controlled substance (oxycodone), sale of a controlled substance (carisoprodol), possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (carisoprodol), sale of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (alprazolam). According to an arrest report by an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective, Phillips twice sold the prescription pills to a con dential source. The report stated that the source met with Phillips at a predetermined site and made the purchases with prerecorded money. The transactions were also recorded. Phillips reportedly sold 10 carisoprodol and eight alprazolam tablets during the initial buy. On the second buy he sold 57 oxycodone tablets, the report added. Carisoprodol (soma) and alprazolam (xanax) are both schedule IV narcotics, while oxycodone is schedule II opiatebased narcotic. Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant, while alprazolam is an anti-anxiety medication and oxycodone is a powerful pain killer. Drug sting nets felony arrest Donny Ray Phillips

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SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 14 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A new law signed by Governor Rick Scott that bans the sale of synthetic marijuana w ent into effect July 1, and Sheriff Paul May is vowing to vigorously enforce it. “These synthetic drugs can be more dangerous than the real thing. We don’t know w hat the people that made them, put in them,” he said. “This law will be strictly enforced. In the coming weeks, operations will be conducted to see if this is being sold in our county. If it is, arrests will follow.” Under the new law it is a third-degree felony to purchase, sell, manufacture or possess these synthetic substances. Prior to July 1, these synthetic cannabinoids—commonly referred to as K-2 or Spice—were legally sold by retail shops, smoke shops, convenience stores and head shops. So far, 12 states and many European counties have banned the substance. Spice is a combination of herbs mixed with a lab-produced strain of marijuana and is being sold as incense or, sometimes, bath salts. And because it was labeled as incense with a warning “Not For Human Consumption,” it was sold legally. Spice is sold under a number of names including: Voodoo Spice; Mr. Nice Guy; Genie; Yucatan Fire; Smoke; Blaze; Blueberry Haze; Dank, Demon Passion Smoke; Hawaiian Hybrid; Magma; Ninja; Nitro; Ono Budz; Panama Red Ball; Sativah Herbal Smoke; Skunk; and, Ultra Chronic. Smoking this synthetic substance can cause seizures, vomiting, paranoia, delusions and, in some cases, death. It damages the lungs, the cardiovascular system and can cause brain damage. K-2 originated at Clemson University as researchers were developing synthetic cannabinoids to create therapeutic drugs. The cannabinoids also have effects that are similar to THC—the main ingredient in marijuana. Sheriff vows to enforce new Spice law ics. They approved an ordinance that limits pain management clinics to light commercial and heavy commercial zoning districts. Pain management clinics cannot be located w ithin 100 feet of any other pain management clinic or within 500 feet of a pharmacy. Pain management clinics are also restricted, under the ordinance, from locating within 250 feet of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70. Extensive record keeping is also required. Turning to grants, commissioners adopted a plan to implement a Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant of $1,029,844. This program provides the funds to purchase foreclosed houses in order for them to be rehabilitated and sold to income-eligible households. The board also awarded contracts to Roumelis Planning and Development to administer this grant and to administer a Disaster Recovery Enhancement Funds Grant. In addition the county received a $877,005 Energy Ef ciency and Conservation Block Grant to retro t various county buildings with energy savings improvements. The board authorized staff and Deborah Belcher, the county’s grant administrator, to negotiate a contract with GLE Associates, Inc. for engineering services in connection with this grant. Yet another grant, a $113,380 Hazard Mitigation Grant, has been received for drainage improvements in Oak Park subdivision. Commissioners approved a one-year extension to the grant and voted to incorporate any additional grant funds, if available. In order to carry out the master plan for Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina a boundary and topographical survey is necessary. Commissioners awarded a contract for this service in the amount of $14,970 to Caul eld & Wheeler, Inc. of Boca Raton. As to assessments, commissioners approved a preliminary rate resolution setting $193.02 for the residential solid waste collection assessment, an increase over the current $187.40. However, preliminary re and EMS assessment rates remain the same. They set Sept. 8 as the date to approve permanent assessment rates. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Does Okeechobee Schools have a problem with bullying? A Florida Department of Education report appears to show the problem here is miniscule compared to urban school districts. The report for the 2009-2010 school year lists incidents on campus related to alcohol, arson, battery, drug sales, bullying and harassment, burglary, threats or intimidation, sexual harassment, weapon possession and other categories. The report said the district had 310 total incidents with 158 of them reported to law enforcement. None of the incidents were related to gang activity, but 11 were alcohol related, 37 related to bullying and 47 incidents resulted in injury. The report said 36 of the incidents were drug related. The Okeechobee freshman campus had 38 incidents, Central Elementary one incident, Okeechobee High School had 88 incidents, South Elementary had ve incidents, New Endeavor had 53 incidents, Yearling Middle School had 50 incidents, North Elementary one incident, Everglades Elementary six incidents, Seminole Elementary ve incidents, and Osceola Middle School had 63 incidents. The most common incidents at Elementary schools were ghting, bullying and threats or intimidation. The middle schools biggest issue was ghting with 28 incidents at Osceola, and 14 at Yearling. The biggest issue at OHS was tobacco possession (37 incidents). The freshman campus had 10 ghts. State Department of Education of cials said schools are given guidance on how to report the incidents but admit how the numbers are reported vary from district to district. The state does mandate that all incidents of bullying are reported even if the claim is unsubstantiated. There are various resources and websites available to teachers, administrators and students and parents to help them to respond to incidents of bullying. Cyber bullying is also on the increase nation wide but is not among the categories listed on the state report. The state claimed Palm Beach County had 5,659 incidents related to bullying, Broward 2,285, and Hillsborough (Tampa) 1,113 incidents between 2007 and 2010. Glades County schools had 41 incidents reported in 2009-2010. There were 21 ghts at Moore Haven Jr.-Sr. High School. State releases report on bullying 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. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 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. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 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 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 15 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 in federal stimulus dollars they received for 2010-2011. In addition, voters rejected a .25 super majority millage at the polls last summer. Capital projects were also cut dramatically by 57 percent, or over $5 million. The major construction project is the completion of the Okeechobee Achievement Academy. The school board is scheduled to tour the new school on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. In other school business, psychologist for the district Bill Wilson retired and Seminole Elementary Principal Brian Greseth has left the district to take over the leadership of the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School at the Brighton Reservation. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Main Street invites Labor Day event participantsOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for vendors and parade participants for the 2011 Labor Day Festival in the Parks. The festivities will take place Sept. 3, 4 and 5 with the parade scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 5. Anyone interested in participating, please see Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd St., or call 863-357-6246.

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Call Pam or stop in (863)763-6488 or (863)610-0046 Employment Medical We haveimmediate openings for the following positions: € HIM-FT, ED Coder/EM Assignment €PHYSICALTHERAPY ASSISTANT PRN €PHARMACIST / FT €PHARMACYTECH FT& PT €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 Medical Employment Medical LPN Must have current FL LPN License. Looking for strong customer relations skills and cultural sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish / English preferred. Excellent bene ts. Fax resume to: (863) 357-2991 or apply at: Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North Okeechobee, FL. Email hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Employment PartTime DISABLED, Older Man: Needs a ride from Ft. Drum to Town at least once a month. 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Call 863-634-3200 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 LOCATION, LOCATION 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. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $650 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 634-3313. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 16 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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ApartmentsTAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished Available August 1st. $650 mo. + 1st & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 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 2/1, On water, furnished Pool, Dock. $850/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8757 Houses-Rent 3 BR 1 BA house in Okeechobee Estates. $800/mo. + $200 sec. (863)634-6038. 3/2/1 CBS Home 3307 SW 17th St Oak Park fenced in back yard $975.00 per month. 2bd/1ba 809 SE 8th St on 1/2 acre, carport and shed lots of oak trees $775.00 per month Call for info 863-634-5586 BASSWOOD 3 BR, 2 BA, Garage, Screened Porch. New in 2008. $900 mo., 1st, last and $500 security. 863-610-7824 Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 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. $650/mo. + sec. (863)467-1308. OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. or 3/2, $650 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, pest, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Houses-Rent OKEECHOBEE3BR/1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $650 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414 OLDER MOBILE HOME with nice 12x50 addition. 3BR, 1BA. $650/mo. incl. all utils, lawn care. Avail. 8/1 Laundry available. 815-412-0639. 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 www.newszap.com Houses-Sale 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 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, No Pets, At Spot in Sun $700 a month rst, last and security deposit. Call 772-260-0078 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 Country Living $450.00 Monthly, Negotiable Security and Deposit Call 863-697-2486 or 863-763-9207 and leave a message. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds MobileHome RentDouble wide mobile home 3bd/2ba on water in Treasure Island. $700 a month Call 863-467-2563 MobileHomeSale2bd/2ba Double wide mobile home on 1 acre or 2 half acre lots. asking $70,000 Call 863-634-3200 BANK REPOS Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, 20’ $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes “DIVORCE” SAVE On This Short Sale 800-622-2832 ext. 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs27 ft. Allegro Motor Home 1987 everything works, good tires. Only 47,000 miles. $8,250 (863)447-5490. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE, 3.3 Eng., 6 month old Trans., $2,600 Call 863-467-4210 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice NOTICE OF VACANCY OKEECHOBEE CONTRACTOR INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking a candidate for appointment to the County’s Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB). The CILB conducts monthly public hearings in accordance with Section 12.03.05 of the County Land Development Regulations, as amended; determining requirements for application, issuance, suspension, or revocation of Certi cates of Competency; sponsors applicants who meet the criteria to take required Block examinations; hears cases regarding construction industry code violations; hears appeals of certain administrative determinations. Membership is on a volunteer basis without compensation. Candidates must be residents of the County. The current vacancy is for an active (state certi ed or registered) Contractor (e.g. General, Residential, Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Roo ng, etc.) The applicant chosen will step into a recent opening with a term that expires on March 1, 2012. Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator’s Of ce, Okeechobee County Courthouse at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 or can be downloaded at www.co.okeechobee. .us. A completed application and residency veri cation must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 19, 2011 to the County Administrator’s Of ce. Margaret Garrard Helton, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners 393193 ON 7/31/2011 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. THE 2011-2012 BUDGET WILL BE ADDRESSED. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 393469 ON 7/31/2011 Request for Bids The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive Sealed Bids, for the purpose of purchasing the following: Automatic Self-Cleaning Agricultural Filter Detailed speci cations are available upon request from the of ce of the Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Authority, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Telephone 863-763-9460, Facsimile 863-763-9036. The OUA reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive formalities in any bid wherever such rejection or waiver is determined to be in the best interest of the OUA. Bids must be delivered to John F. Hayford, Executive Director, on or before 3:00 PM on August 17, 2011. Bids shall be contained within a sealed envelope with the bidders name and labeled as a sealed bid for the above listed product or service, both clearly marked on the outside of the bid package. John F. Hayford Executive Director 393789 ON 7/31/2011 17 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 PublicNotice Crossword Puzzle PublicNotice PublicNotice ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds ACROSS 1 Actress Messing of Will & GraceŽ 6 Nothing, in Latin 11 6-Across suffix 14 Typical 15 Endangered layer 16 Boston __ Party 17 Toon rodent whos a British secret agent 19 Long in the tooth 20 Scenic routes, often 21 Look Homeward, AngelŽ author Thomas 23 Attempt 24 Online birthday greeting 26 Suitors proposal 32 Baseballs Big UnitŽ __ Johnson 33 Cattle drive buddy 34 Dinghy propeller 35 TiVo predecessors 36 Bouquet 38 Litter weakling 39 Barely manage, with outŽ 40 German name for Cologne 41 Cup for caf 42 Shipwrecked literary hero 46 __ directedŽ: medication warning 47 Ship, to a sailor 48 Name 50 Mike Nicholss comedy partner 56 Aardvarks snack 57 TV sci-fi series, first aired 9/15/1965, on which a robot spoke the catchphrase formed by the first words of 17-, 26and 42Across 59 Nippers co. 60 Writer Bagnold et al. 61 Pinball no-nos 62 Buddy 63 Thick 64 Two foursomes DOWN 1 Bombs that dont go off 2 Actor Morales 3 1930s-40s German-American political group 4 Fury 5 In a wary way 6 Hold the HellmannsŽ 7 Shirt that once had a reptilian logo 8 Male servant 9 Aetnas business: Abbr. 10 Moving toward the calmer side, at sea 11 Shoulda listened to me!Ž 12 Ego 13 Created 18 Actor Calhoun 22 Hockey legend Bobby 25 Golfers wheels 26 Loony one 27 How a debaters response is made 28 Mormons gp. 29 Philly Ivy League sch. 30 Ministers home 31 Art Deco designer 32 Trailer park resident, for short 36 Slugger Sammy 37 Forms an increasingly smaller circle around, with onŽ 38 Coll. dorm VIPs 40 Prepared to say 26-Across 41 Seeks help from 43 Cuba or Aruba: Abbr. 44 Common poolside chair 45 Bridle part 48 Ball field protector 49 Peruvian of old 51 Former Ford cars 52 DeMille film, say 53 Enhanced milkshake 54 Entr__: intermission 55 Mon., on Tues. 58 Four quarters By Donna S. Levin (c)2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/15/09 09/15/09 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Tree Locators, Inc.Plants -Trees Natural Stone Decorative Gravel Manufactured Stone Design Installation Full Garden Center Dont Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate ItŽ863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL34972 S S t i n n e t t , I n c .R R e e s s i i d d e e n n t t i i a a l l l & & & C C o o m m m m e e r r c c i i a a l l € € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n g Serving Okeechobee Since 1969Lic. #1406-01€ € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n gS t i n n e t t , I n c (863) 763-5251(863)634-0614 Call a PRO 24-Hour Customer Service Lori C. Berger Exclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8437 AO58810@Allstate.com Auto € Home € Life € Retirement D D i a n e W o o d R N A d m i n i s t r a t o rw w w g r a n d o a k s o r g License AL11944 909 So.Parrott Ave Okeechobee863 357-4INK4465€ VIP Discounts w w w w i n k w e l l 4 i n k c o m A FULLSERVICEREPAIRFACILITYChoiceAutomotive Computer Diagnostics € Exhaust € A/C Service € Brakes € Window Motors € Tune Ups € Welding € Engine Mechanics Located Behind RitasDont Make the Wrong Choice!704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL863-467-6633 AN AFFORDABLE WAYTO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!!!& Custom ExhaustTattoos & Piercings Privacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modificationsT T h e e C a n v a s s S h o p , L L C On-site service 909 S. Parrott Ave. Ste B Okeechobee, FL34974 863.763.7500 Fax: 863-763-6754 Carl & Donna Gaiser2 2 0 3 S E 2n dS t O k e e c h o b e e P h o n e : 8 6 3 8 2 4 6 7 7 0 Contact Adam Homer863.467.4522 office € 863.801-0999 cell 3 0 y r o l d m a l e 2 5 0 k $ 1 1 3 1 p e r m o n t h 4 0 y r o l d m a l e 2 5 0 k $ 1 4 5 7 p e r m o n t h 5 0 y r o l d m a l e 2 5 0 k $ 3 0 8 9 p e r m o n t h h Rates shown as non tobacco preferredAffordable Term Life Insurance ElviePosey Realtor863-634-4399 elvieposey@aol.com BergerReal Estate425 W.S Park Shreet 863.763.5335   S e c o n d t o N o n e Ž Brandon D. Tucker Lic. Real Estate Broker863-763-4010104 N.W. 7thAve., Okeechobee, C o m m e r c i a l & A g r i c u l t u r e S p e c i a l i s t Concerned About Funeral Costs?www.QualityDiscountedCaskets.com€ 20-Guage SteelNon-Gasketed € Crepe Interior € Available in 7 Colors € Priced at $450.00 ea.(Includes 50 Mile Delivery) Other Models Available Call for More Details: (561) 906-1786Email: geraldbudd@ymail.com P h i l i p D e B e r a r dI n j u r y A t t o r n e y Let 37 Years Experience Work For You w w w P h i l w i l l H e l p c o m1 1 2 0 S P a r r o t t A v e .8 8 8 7 6 3 4 8 7 8 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 Cindy Murphy General ManagerBestWestern Lake Okeechobee3975 Hwy. 441 S. Okeechobee, Florida 34974 (863) 357-7100; FAX (863) 357-7100 Toll Free: 1-800-WESTERN www.bestwestern.com BWLAKEOKEECHOBEE@HOTMAIL.COM 3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee Call Anytime!(863) 763-0330 or Cell (954) 214-8877for Junk CAR$! C A $ H M&M Auto Brokers, Inc. M&M Auto Brokers, Inc.Buy Here! Pay Here! Well work with you! ASK ALL AROUNDEasy Payment!Call Mitch or Ronnie (863) 763-0330$500Down As low as 3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee Place your business card hereemailadsales@newszap.com Accepting Select Consignment By Appt. Only New Fashions & AccessoriesLadies Collegiate Wearf f e s s i o n a l TheAlarmCompanyofOkeechobee,Inc.Providing Expert Security Solutions EF20000613OCSL3100-01 Surveillance Cameras Fire Alarm Systems Surround Sound Systems Medical Alert Systems 919 NW Park St. Okeechobee Security Systems 24 Hr. Monitoring (863)357-2004www.thealarmco.org Okeechobee Christian Academy Equipping Minds and Nurturing HeartsŽ Okeechobee Christian Academy Equipping Minds and Nurturing HeartsŽ (863)763-3072701 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 www.okeechobeechristianacademy.net 18 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 God has blessed RSCA with outstanding new faculty. We are excited about diversifying educational opportunities for children. TheAcademy is now offering Spanish and individual and team sports with a Christian emphasis. 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 R e c e i v e u p t o $ 1 3 0 0 i n R e b a t e s *w i t h t h e p u r c h a s e o f a q u a l i f y i n g L e n n o xH o m e C o m f o r t S y s t e m A N D u p t o $ 5 0 0 i n F e d e r a l T a x C r e d i t s * S p e c i a l F i n a n c i n g t h r o u g h G E M o n e y B a n k * o r CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include indep endently owned and operated businesses. 19 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011 Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonCat-talesCaracal, meaning “black-eared” is a species of cat known throughout the southern part of Africa as the African lynx or Desert lynx. Although it looks adorable enough, it is a territorial, predatory feline that can grow to weigh as much as 40 lbs., feeding on a diet of birds, rodents and other small animals. This young Caracal and his litter mate are just three weeks old and are two of only about 70 in the U.S. They can be seen along with other cats and wildlife at Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours: MonFri 7:30 am 7:00 pm Sat 8 am to 5 pm 4224 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee,FL 863-357-0500www.okeechobeedodgechryslerjeep.com $9.95O i l C h a n g e E v e r y D a y !Some models may be more due to engine size. Diesel Engines Start At$39.95 T T e r r y M i l l e r Assistant Service ManagerCertified Factory Trained Technicians Transmissions Diesel EnginesYOUR COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP WE HAVE 4 TRANSMISSION TECHS!J o h n D e e lService Manager W e S e r v i c e R e p a i r R e b u i l d o r R e p l a c e a l l M a k e s a n d M o d e l s Ž 20 Okeechobee News July 31, 2011


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