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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 11-06-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, November 6, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 133 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.69 feetLast Year: 13.45 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.OHS Brahmans f ootball ... Page 14 March of Dimes plans Walk for Babies ...Page 2 Two accused of stealing metal roo ng sheets ... Page 10 NEWSTORE1865HWY70WWEACCEPTWHENYOUPURCHASEACARWASHAnyRegularly PricedMenuItem!With Coupon Only € Exp. 11/30/1110¢ offa gallon of gas20% offAnyCarWashWith Coupon Only € Exp. 11/30/11$2off8633570106 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESThe Science and Math of pumpkinsCentral Elementary School students such as Casey Perry used pumpkins to learn about Science and Math at a fall festival at the school. For more on the story, see page 8. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Even though the presidential election is a year away, there is already a lot of local interest as evidenced by local party of cials and the moving of the date of the Florida Presidential Preference Primary. Joe Arnold, who represents Okeechobee County on the Florida Republican Committee, is still noncommittal about the large eld of Republican presidential candidates. He said it was still too early to make a judgement. Mr. Arnold said he would be interested to hear what an y new candidates might have to say. Election shaping up By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Impact fees might have sounded good at the time they were instituted a few years ago during boom times, but are they now a hindrance to new construction in these tough economic times? In light of the current economic climate should impact fees be suspended or reworked? Both solutions are being tried locally. Impact fees are designed so that new construction pays for such things as the additional wear and tear on roads, the additional impacts Governments may handle impact fees differently SFWMD responds to allegation of breaking state law ... Page 4See ELECTION — Page 5 See IMPACT — Page 5


Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northeast w ind around 5 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Monday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. North wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. North northwest wind around 5 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West northwest wind around 5 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 November 7thNovember 17th Paul Sodahl3545 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee (Publix Shopping Plaza) 467-5333 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News November 6, 2011 Okeechobee County Forecast March for BabiesAbove, the March of Dimes “March for Babies” 2012 Kickoff luncheon was held at Cowboys Restaurant on Oct. 24. Members of the community turned out to support the upcoming event. Cheryl from Cowboy’s Restaurant (center) sponsored the kickoff lunch and is surrounded by some members of the March for Babies 2012 Committee including: Teresa Chandler, Dr. Patricia Cooper, Pat O’Connor, Magi Cable, Event Chair Russ Brown and Sharon Vinson. (at lower right) Mr. and Mrs. Lafferty attended the event from Publix the event’s top corporate partner. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Laura McCall


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Buy American This Christmas buy American. Everyone would appreciate a gift certi cate from a local business instead of buying Chinese j unk. Think about it!  Let’s cancel xmas presents so we can b uy two gallons of gas at a time. Let the gas s it in the tanks of the oil companies and s pend half the money you have been spending. Have TV services cut back to basic, all t he other junk is not worth the money. If you t hink the price is too high for something, don’t buy it. Let it rot on the shelf.Occupy Park Street? INEPT0CRACY—This word may well apply to the youth (s) of America who are c urrently protesting in our streets for somet hing they can’t verbalize well at all. They s eem to want a continuation of the free ride t hat mommy and daddy have provided them all their lives. Sorry boys and girls, the real w orld is about real work and production of something else besides rhetoric and virt ual computer games. It’s time to grow up and join the producing (working) adults of A merica.  What shall we overcome? We won’t have to get up and go to work. We will just let the wealthy take care of us. We won’t have to hide out at mom’s house in case s ome one wants us to go to work. We can s it around and complain about what we don’t have and someone else does. I think t hey ought to overcome their feeling sorry for their selves and get up out of their tents.  If the 1 percent would take some of their millions and start some new businesses and hire some of the 99 percent, then maybe the w hole situation would settle down. Statistics s how that while the middle class has been more productive, we are earning less. And t he upper 1 percent takes more and more of t he pro ts. Why should CEOs be paid millions while the workers don’t even get a cost of living raise? Did SFWMD break state law? I nd it interesting that after being caught not following the state law in regard to bidding, the SFWMD of cials now say they will review their policy and put all leases out for bids. How long have they been breaking the law, and just now they decide it might be a good idea to follow state statute.  I don’t blame the ranchers. They didn’t break the rules. They took advantage of a good deal that was offered, and I think most people would do the same. But the SFWMD board is required by law to put that out for bids and they didn’t. This means the taxpayers got the shaft because had they put it out for competitive bids, we likely would have gotten more money in rent on that piece of public property.Buy American It’s not easy to buy American because the stores carry so much that comes from other countries. But if we want American workers to have jobs, we need to make the effort to buy American when we can. Look at the labels. Ask the store owners if they carry American made goods. If they have enough people asking, they might start carrying more American-made goods to meet the demand. Sure the stuff from other countries is cheaper, but that is because they do not pay their workers minimum wage. They might even be using child labor that is illegal in this country. Do a little research and nd out where your dollars go and what kind of system you are supporting when you buy various brands.Bullying A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take out a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up, not to rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirt...y it was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now, even though they said they were sorry and tried to x the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to x it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they’re sorry, but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Share this if you are against bullying. SFWMD responds to headlineA misleading headline in Wednesday’s Okeechobee News brought into question South Florida Water Management District’s adherence to state law in its land leasing activities. Land leasing is an important and legally valid land management tool for all ve of Florida’s water management districts, as described in state statutes. While land leasing issues can be complex, the article unfortunately confused the facts relating to requirements for competitive bidding and public noticing. First, Governing Board policy allows the District to renew existing leases without competition if the lessee is in good standing, i.e., taxes are paid and all lease conditions are met, and the lessee agrees to an appraisal to establish market rent as well as an annual Consumer Price Index or agricultural commodity index adjustment for future years. Second, the News reported that three weeks of public noticing are required for all leases. State statute is silent on whether renewal of an existing lease in good standing requires this step. The District’s long-standing practice—and those of the other water management districts—has been to publicly notice new leases only. As the District’s new executive director, transparency and public access are important to me—and also to this Governing Board. In recent months, we have been evaluating many of the District’s past practices to nd opportunities for improvement. Land leasing is no exception. This month, the Governing Board will speci cally consider revising the agency’s land leasing policy. They will be looking at policy components such as length of lease term, competitive bidding requirements, public noticing protocols and a number of other options. Their revisions, if any, will be in full compliance with Florida Statutes. We encourage public participation in these policy discussions. I invite your readers to attend the Governing Board meeting, submit their input to ExecutiveDirector@sfwmd.gov or watch the meeting webcast at www.sfwmd.gov. Melissa Meeker Executive Director South Florida Water Management DistrictHealthy Start Educational Baby Shower a huge successOkeechobee is de nitely a tight knit community that is always willing to give a hand to take care of their own! The Healthy Star t Coalition of Okeechobee County would lik e to take this opportunity to not only say Than k You to our contributors, but to make sur e they receive the recognition they deserv e for caring about their community. Withou t the generosity of our contributors, our educational baby shower would not have been the huge success it was! A huge thank you goes out to the following businesses and individuals: Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Okeechobee County School Board, Mag i Cable, Sharon Vinson, Pat O’Connor, CIS / PAL, Jill Rogers, Amanda Blewett, Courtne y Crews, Hungry Howies, Hampton Inn, Subway – Park Street, Lightsey’s, Pueblo Viejo VI, Dora Sanchez, Hair Cuttery, Stacy Voss, Robyn Preis, Kelly Colter, Tires Plus, Winn Dixie, Zippy’s Wings, Amanda Fuchswanz, William Bussey, Rebecca Bussey, Patrici a Hemming, Jeff Begin, Home Depot, Se a Coast National Bank, Lowry Markham, Total Fitness, Walgreens, Lodge at the Lake, Mims Veterinary Hospital, Sue’s Place, Cato’s, Hallmark, First Baptist Church, Jersey Mike’s, Golden Corral. The purpose of the Healthy Start Coalition Educational Baby Shower is to provid e education to the new mothers and mother’s to be in our local community. Education is provided regarding safety issues, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), Shaken Baby, and daily infant care. Educational groups ar e formed and exhibits are placed to provid e valuable information on prenatal care, crib safety, post-partum depression, and poison control. We also provide education regarding the availability of car seat, parenting, childbirth education classes, and care coordination. Again, it is the dedication and support o f our local community that made this even t possible. We Thank You! Sincerely, Jennifer McDonald Community Liaison Sunday, November 6, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News November 6, 2011 Mr. Arnold said he fundamentally had a problem with moving the Presidential Preference Primary to January from March. He said that the National Republican Party has told Florida Republicans that they will lose half of their delegates to the National Republican Convention in Tampa because of moving the date. He said there was also talk of moving the convention to another location outside of Florida. However, Mr. Arnold thought it was too late to consider moving to another location. On the Democrat side, Adean Miller, w ho represents Okeechobee County on the Florida Democratic Committee, was asked if she thought President Obama would be as strong a candidate as in 2008. “I certainly hope so,” she replied. “But it takes all of us to get behind him. We have to work with him.” Ms. Miller stressed the importance of getting young people involved in the election process. She said that at this time the other party does not have a strong candidate. She thinks that once the other party has a strong candidate, the election process will change. Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler said that moving the 2012 Florida Presidential Preference Primary from March to January will not affect her budget. She said it would cost the same whenever it is held. However, it does affect the dates that ballots will have to be mailed out. Ballots to citizens living outside the U.S. and military personnel serving abroad must be mailed by Dec. 17. The remainder of absentee ballots will be mailed between Christmas and Jan. 1. However, with the earlier election, there may be fewer absentee ballots to mail out since many winter residents would be gone in March. Under Florida law, only those voters registered as Republicans can vote in the in the Presidential Preference Primary since there are only Republicans on the ballot. Based on the 2008 Florida Presidential Preference Primary, Mrs. Chandler is guessing that 3,000 people in Okeechobee will vote, the same number as four years ago. However, she predicts the November, 2012 election will be the biggest election of her lifetime. “The more people are concerned about things, the higher the turnout,” she said. Okeechobee will not have to provide bilingual ballots as was once a possibility. Mrs. Chandler said this will eliminate a lot of problems and costs.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. ELECTIONSContinued From Page 1 on corrections, law enforcement, EMS and re services and the additional burden on the school system. Impact fess in each category are earmarked for a speci c project. They are paid at the time building permits are pulled. The Okeechobee County School Board and the City of Okeechobee have both suspended impact fees for one year. It was previously incorrectly reported that the city suspended impact fees inde nitely. At their last meeting Okeechobee County Commissioners voted to retain impact fees. A t the same time they directed staff to look at simplifying the calculation methods. According to interim county administrator Robbie Chartier that could mean consolidating the commercial categories. Currently under the county impact fee schedule there are 26 different commercial categories listed under three divisions, (1) of ce institutional and recreation, (2) industrial and (3) commercial/retail. She said the only way fees could go down was if the projects to be funded by impact fees were changed, or in the case of transportation projects, new traf c studies w ere done to show a different traf c pattern. The school board suspended impact fees because there were no state funds for school construction and surveys showed that the school population would decrease over coming years. The city decided to suspend impact fees temporarily to see if that would stimulate new construction. Since the city’s action there have been two building permits pulled in the city that would have required impact fees, had the fees been in effect. In the city before the suspension of impact fees the impact fee for a single family residence was $1,506. As with the county, commercial rates varied with the use and size of the building. The impact fee on a 5,000 square foot restaurant would be $2,200. Since businesses do not generate school students, there were no commercial impact fees for the school system. The school impact fee on a single family residential dwelling was $3,384. The total county impact fees for a single family residence are $1,790. By comparison a 5,000 square foot restaurant in the county would require $10,150 in impact fees. Before impact fees were suspended the builder of a single family residential unit in the city would pay a county impact fee of $1,790, a school impact fee of $3,384 and a city impact fee of $1,506 for a total of $6,680. The same structure built in the unincorporated area of the county would require $5,174 in impact fees. With the suspension of city and school impact fees, the builder of a single family residence anywhere in the county now pays only $1,790 in county impact fees. Since impact fees started, the school board received a total of $651,660 in impact fees. Of that total $440,240 was spent on school construction, mostly on Seminole Elementary School. Between the time impact fees were implemented in 2007 and their suspension on June 30 of this year, the city collected a total of $112,974 in impact fees. Of that total, to date only $22,412 has been spent. That money was used to help pay for a brush truck for the city re department. When the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) becomes operational some of the city impact fee money will be used to purchase radios for the police and re departments. Since July of 2007 the county has collected $986,000 in impact fees. None of that money has been spent yet. However, there are plans to use some of the money to purchase radios when the SLERS system becomes operational. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. IMPACTContinued From Page 1 Ducks Unlimited event setA Ducks Unlimited event will be held at the Okeechobee Shrine Club on Hwy. 78 W est, on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. For tickets: contact Bill at 863-357-1554 or David at 863-227-0659.Hospice to host Yard Sales Hospice of Okeechobee’s yard sales in November will be Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page: www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab. Farm City Week Luncheon setThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council will be cohosting the 17th Annual Kiwanis/Ag Council Farm-City Week luncheon at the Okeechobee KOA. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Farm Credit 863-763-6466 or Farm Bureau at 863-763-3101.Girl Scouts celebrate 100 yearsGirl Scouts of Okeechobee County will display Girl Scout history at the Okeechobee County Library until Nov. 30 There will be special activities for area Girl Scouts each Saturday afternoon in November from 1 – 4 p.m. For more information contact Claudet at 863-467-6110.Considering adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. This casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent “Forever Families” for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children’s Home Society’s Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001. Community Events


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Fifth Ave. Suggested donation for a full breakfast is just $6 with proceeds to bene t Band trip to Washington, D.C. on May 28, 2012. For ticket information, please call 863-467-0038.Eagles host Sunday breakfastEagles North is having Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Nov. 6. Donation is $5. Proceeds go to Auxiliary bene t fund, and to purchase items for next breakfast. Open to public.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghette dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Dinners begin at 4 p.m. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m., for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds go to Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Joey Hoover on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.noon, and w ill be held in Commissioner Hoover's of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 244. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II set for Nov. 12No questions asked! Turn in your outdated and unused medications. Keep prescription medications out of the wrong hands, off the streets and out of the hands of our youth. J oin the Okeechobee City Police Department, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce and y our local pharmacies to make your medicine cabinet and home a safer place. Meds w ill be collected on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. across from Okeechobee Skate Park at 307 N.W. 6th Avenue.OCEA to host meetingOkeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its second general membership meeting of the 2011-12 school year on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m., in the media center of Central Elementary, 610 S.W. 5th Ave. All OCEA members of the instructional and classi ed bargaining unit are encouraged to attend. Potential members may join at the meeting. Come hear the latest on the Teacher Evaluation System, contract negotiations and current legislative issues affecting public education employees. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Now is the time to get involved in your chosen profession. Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Training plannedAre you ready to make a difference in the life of a child? The Guardian ad Litem Program needs you! We will be hosting our Volunteer Certi cation Training in Okeechobee in November. Trainings will be held Seacoast National Bank Operations Center located at 1835 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee 34974 on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m.4 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.4 p.m. For more information on Guardian ad Litem please contact Keri Hughes, 772.785.5804.Family Fun Fall Fest plannedCome to Okee-Tantie Campgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 12, for a full day of family fun at the Fall Fest for everyone! The fun gets started at 10 a.m. Lots of food, fun, a bounce house, games. Plenty of contests including Corn Hole Competition, barbecue contest, chili cook off, a battle of the bands and more! The event is hosted by Butch's Redneck Yacht Club. Cost for the event is just $5 per carload. Contests have individual entry fees. For more information, please call 863-634-0577. Come one Come all!Craft Fair in the Woods planned at Freedom RanchCraftsmen and artists will have just the right thing for you or someone on your Christmas list at the 5th annual Craft Fair in the Woods at Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E., on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fundraiser will bene t EarlyLynn Early is the person responsible for bringing the Art Show featuring the "Highwaymen" to Okeechobee each year. Now she needs your help with a serious health issue and no insurance. The fundraiser will be held at Eagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 N., on Nov. 12 from 17 p.m. Great food (chicken/ ribs), $7 donation. Auction, both silent and called. A 3-ball tournament at 5 p.m. and Lotto Tree, Gift Basket drawing, and more. Please call Melissa at 863-634-3957 for advance sales, donations, or information.Barbecue dinner to bene t Buddy Mills set for Nov. 12A Barbecue Pork Dinner bene t will be held for Buddy Mills to help offset medical expenses related to cancer treatment. This bene t will be held on Nov. 12 at the ROC (First Baptist Church), 401 SW 4th Street. Take-out dinners may be purchased for $10 from noon until 3 p.m. and a sit-down dinner will begin at 5 p.m. A silent auction will be held from Noon until 7 p.m. with a live auction beginning at 7 p.m. Advance dinner ticket may be purchased at Eli's Western Wear. For further information or donations please call 863-634-2810.Family Fall FestivalButch's Redneck Yacht Club will host a Family Fun Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12 starting at 10 a.m. at Okee-Tantie Recreation Area. The festival will include food, music, a bounce house and games. Cost is $5 per car. Battle of the bands will be from noon to 6 p.m. with a $500 rst place prize. There will be a corn hole and an amateur barbecue cooking contest. There will also be a chili cookoff. For information, contact 863-4671570 or 863-634-1802. Proceeds will bene t My Aunt's Closet, the Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue and other local charities.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghette dinner Tuesday, Nov. 15 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds go to Shrine bene ts. For information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378. Community Events


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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man and woman were arrested after they were accused of stealing some metal roo ng sheets then sold them to a local recycling center. Arrested Wednesday, Nov. 2, were Brittany Marie Daugherty, 23, and William J oseph Keenan Jr., 34. Daugherty, S.E. 34th Lane, was charged w ith grand theft, dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on $15,000 bond. She has since been released on bond. Keenan, S.E. 23rd Court, was charged with grand theft. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $2,500 bond. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Daugherty and Keenan took four corrugated metal roofing sheets. Each sheet was 23-feet in length and, together, had a total value of $400, he added. The detective's report stated that the victim had left the sheets in the front yard of a vacant home. The report added that the pair also took an air conditioner that was sitting in the yard at that home. According to Detective Shireman, the pair borrowed a saw and cut up the metal sheets so that they would t in the back of a pick-up truck being driven by Daugherty. They also cut up the air conditioner, he added. Then, according to surveillance video, the metal sheets along with copper from the air conditioner were sold for scrap at a local recycling center. That facility's records indicated that Daugherty was paid $154.51 for the metal and copper, continued the report. A third man, who was seen on the center's video, reportedly helped Daugherty and Keenan cut up the sheets and load them into the truck. Detective Shireman said the man apparently didn't know the metal was stolen and was not paid for his help. "He will be listed as a witness in this case," stated the detective's report. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours: Thurs. 11am 9pm Fri. &Sat. 11am 10pm Bar until 2am202 NE 7thAve. & HWY 70 E(863) 357-4745 *$5 per month deposit offer applies only to checking accounts that have an active direct deposit, such as payroll or pension de posits. $5 per month deposit offer is valid for a 12-month period beginning the month account holders debit card is activated. Offer m ay be withdrawn at any time. NEW CUSTOMER OFFER! NEW CUSTOMER OFFER! We Believe In You .CenterStateBank.com Equal Housing Lender We believe in a debit card that pays you.Get a debit card„plus free checking and $5 per month in your account for a year.* Tired of big bank fees? At CenterState Bank, we believe you deserve better. So visit your local CenterState Bank of“ce today and pick up a CenterState Bank debit card. Well give you a free checking account too„and put $5 per month in your account for a whole year! Thats our way of saying welcome to CenterState Bank. And another way of saying We Believe In You 10 Okeechobee News November 6, 2011 Charges against local man droppedOn Wednesday, July 8, a story was published in the Okeechobee News stating that J ames Henry Schock had been arrested on felony charges of burglary of a structure and dealing in stolen property. According to Circuit Court records, both of those charges led against Schock were dropped on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Charges dropped... W oman, man charged in theft of metal sheets William J. Keenan Brittany M. Daugherty Chamber to host Concealed Weapons classThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will hold a Concealed Weapons Permit Class at the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee, 1200 S.R. 70 E., to begin at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The rst class date is Nov. 17 Seating is limited. Class topics will include Basics of gun safety, use of weapon, actual usage of weapon on range. Range training will be concluded on the following Saturday morning. Cost for class is $30. Weapon (.38 Special will be provided for use during the class, ammo is not). Concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each student. For information and to pre-register, call 863-467-6246.


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Utilities* Call863-763-4417 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE Curry Island management plan public hearing Set for December 7, 2011 November 3, 2011 Contacts: Julie Morris (941)485-6001 Jeff Allen, (772)370-5781; or David Sumpter (813)610-0051 The Lake Okeechobee Habitat Alliance will conduct a public hearing on the proposed management plan for Curry Island. The hearing is scheduled for 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, at the Glades County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, at 500 Avenue J in Moore Haven. The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment regarding the development of the management plan for the Curry Island lease obtained from the state of Florida by Lake Okeechobee Habitat Alliance. The meeting will start with a presentation on components of the draft management plan, followed by a question and answer session and public testimony. A management prospectus for the Curry Island lease is available by going to www.lake-o-habitat.org or by calling Jeff Allen at (772)370-5781. 402220 ON 11/6/2011 NOW ACCEPTING BIDS FOR LAWN MOWING/ MAINTENANCE CONTRACT For gated community (Seminole Cove) Must have own insurance and be licensed. Please direct all inquires to Jack Crayton At (863) 357-4982 400210 ON 11/2,11/6/11 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACASE NO. 2010 CA 80 RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, Plaintiff, v. JOSEPH L. STRONG A/K/A JOSEPH LESTER STRONG; DAVE VAN HORN; AND DELTA PETROLEUM & INDUSTRIAL, INC., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: DAVE VAN HORN 956 MILL CREEK DRIVE PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA 33410 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described real property in Okeechobee County, Florida: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 3; THENCE N 8948’48” E, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 3, A DISTANCE OF 651.20 FEET; THENCE S 0007’12” W, A DISTANCE OF 239.03 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15 (CONNERS HIGHWAY); THENCE CONTINUE S 0007’12” W, A DISTANCE OF 112.31 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE; THENCE S 6256’48” W, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 136.21 FEET; THENCE S 2519’14” E, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 56.75 FEET; THENCE S 6439’40” W, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 146.73 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 6439’40” W, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OFWAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 240.14 FEET; THENCE N 2625’11” W, A DISTANCE OF 154.87 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15 (CONNERS HIGHWAY); THENCE N 6355’28” E, ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 240.00 FEET; THENCE S 2627’24” E A DISTANCE OF 157.95 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. has been led against you and Joseph L. Strong a/k/a Joseph Lester Strong and Delta Petroleum & Industrial, Inc., and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Patrick F. Healy, Esq., GrayRobinson, P.A., the Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 1795 NASA Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida 32901, on or before thirty (30) days from the date of the rst publication of this Notice and le the original with the Clerk of this Court, either before service on the Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated on November 2, 2011 SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court BY: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk 402202 ON 11/6,13/2011 SPECIAL NOTICE FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE Pursuant to Florida Statue 590.125(5), be advised that the Florida Forest Service will be performing prescribed burning and/or other treatments to create fuel breaks in selected parcels within the townships, taxing districts, or subdivisions of Okeechobee County Florida including but not limited to: Dixie Ranch Acres, Viking, Okeechobee Little Farms, Lazy Seven, Four Seasons, Fort Drum, Pineland Estates, Basswood Estates, and Basinger. These projects are to occur during the period of November 1, 2011 through November 1, 2012. These efforts are to reduce fuel loads and wild re occurrence. This service is provided at no cost to the landowner. If you should have any objections or questions contact: Florida Forest Service 5200 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 (863)462-5376 402167 ON 11/6, 9, 11/2011 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 402183 ON 11/6/2011 13 Okeechobee News November 6, 2011 Houses Rent Mobile Home Rent READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Walnard Fortner, 20, S.W. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 1 by Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $10,000.  Billy Welch, 49, was arrested Nov. 1 by Deputy Steven McKinley on an Arkansas fugitive warrant as a parole absconder. He is being held without bond.  Peter Allan Brege, 26, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 1 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of an occupied dwelling. He is being held without bond.  William Harold Hardy, 45, N.W. 352nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 1 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond.  Michael Ditas, 29, N.W. 169th Terrace, Miami, was arrested Nov. 1 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on charges of attempting to obtain a prescription by fraud and criminal use of personal identi cation. His bond was set at $20,000.  Tonnette Learn, 48, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with forgery. She was released on her own recognizance.  William James Cabello, 22, S.E. 17th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a warrant charging him with interference with child custody. His bond was set at $2,500.  Shannon Jaudon Underhill, 41, N.W. 33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a warrant charging him with grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500.  Jamie Lailani Tindall, 20, N.E. 56th Parkway, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a charge of retail theft over $300 in concert with other person. She was released on her own recognizance.  Sheena M. Egan, 25, N.E. Third Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a charge of retail theft over $300 in concert with other person. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Merri Joella Spearow, 42, S.E. 22nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 2 by Deput y Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell, violation of probation sale or delivery of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held without bond.  Ralph Henry Buchheit, 18, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 3 by Detective M.D. Faulkner on felony charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. His bond was set at $15,000.  Luis Alvarez, 21, N.E. 224th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 3 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Norma Miriam Colon, 46, N.E. Linda Road, Jensen Beach, was arrested Nov. 3 by Deput y Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with 15 counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud. Her bond was set at $150,000. This column lists arrests an d not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rme d and printed. Arrest Report Christmas Festival plannedThe 2011 Annual Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Parade are scheduled for Dec. 10. Main Street is taking applications now for both the festival and the parade. Booth fees are as follows: regular vendor, $50 per space; food vendor, $75; nonpro t, $20 if you are in competition with vendors; there will be no charge for booth spaces for nonpro t organizations. If you would like to participate, need an application or further information, please call the Main Street Of ce (863) 357-6246. Volunteer support for Pet RescueCommunity support and volunteers are the backbone of our local Okeechobee Pet Rescue. The are always in short supply but always appreciated. Volunteers are needed to help the Pet Rescue with the upcoming Christmas in the Park event. A oat for the parade is planned and creative helpers are invited to make this year’s oat a big success. Greeters are needed for the Pet Rescue’s information and pet supplies table. Do you have some extra time to donate to help a homeless pet? Call the shelter and come give a dog a hug. 863-3357-1104.


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Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com 14 Okeechobee News November 6, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News John Cleristor rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns as Olympic Heights secured third place in District 7A-12 with a 21-13 victory over Okeechobee Friday night in Boca Raton. Okeechobee rallied in the fourth quarter as Jack Radebaugh threw for a touchdown and rushed for a second score, but it wasn’t enough. “It was just a little too late,” Brahman Coach Myron J ackson said, “In the second half we started to run the ball better. It came down to us getting mentally ready to play and execute.” Olympic Heights used a tight formation w ith two tight ends and two fullbacks to run the ball nearly at will in the rst half. After Okeechobee picked off a pass on the Lions rst possession, Eddie Neal returned it 11 yards to put the Brahmans at the Lions 44-yard line. Elijowan Williams, career high 75 yards rushing, rushed for 14 yards and a key off side penalty on fourth down gave Okeechobee a rst down at the Lions 22-yard line. The drive stalled however as Okeechobee could not convert a 4th and one from the Lion 13-yard line. From there the Lions went 86 yards in 10 plays to take the lead. Key plays included a 33-yard run by QB Devin McKinney and an 11-yard run by Cleristor. He ran he nal three yards to give the Lions a 6-0 lead. Okeechobee put together another good drive after a 25-yard kick return gave them the ball near mid eld. Tyronte Files caught a pass and ran for six yards DJ Washington carried 11 yards for a rst down, and Eddie Neal caught a slant pass for another 14 yards during the drive. Okeechobee also got a rst down on an off-side penalty. With rst and goal at the eight, McKinney slashed through and stopped Washington for a ve-yard loss, which proved to be vital for the Lions defense. Okeechobee moved it back to the three-yard line on the next two plays which set up a fourth and goal. Okeechobee went for it by Williams was stopped just inches from the goal line. Coach Jackson explained he decided not to attempt eld goals on those opportunities because he was taught to score touchdowns by FSU Coach Bobby Bowden. “Where we are right now, even if we get those touchdowns we’d still be behind. We need to score touchdowns. Our eld goal kicker can do the job, he’s good inside the 30, but three points don’t help us, when we get inside the ve-yard line, we want touchdowns,” he added. Okeechobee forced Olympic Heights (3-6) to punt four times in the second half and were able to score two touchdowns. A 55-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter was helped along by a personal foul on Olympic Heights and a 15-yard run by Files. Will Jackson caught an eight-yard touchdown pass for the Brahmans rst points. Okeechobee drove 69 yards in 10 plays in the nal three minutes of the game thanks to a 19-yard run by Williams, a 27-yard pass from Radebaugh to Neal, and a 13-yard pass from Radebaugh to Files on a second and long. Radebaugh ran six yards on a quarterback draw to pull the Brahmans to within 21-13. Their last hope failed when Olympic Heights recovered an onside kick with just over a minute left.Game notes Files had an excellent night returning kicks with return of 23 and 25 yards. Ricardo Garza had a nice 11-yard punt return. Okeechobee struggled again on third down as they converted only (1-11). Olympic heights converted ve of their rst six and were (7-13) on third down. Okeechobee fumbled the ball four times but were able to recover all four. Radebaugh was intercepted twice, once on a hail mary at the end of the rst half by Maynard Ligeurre, and in the second half by Wesley Innocent. DJ Washington sat out much of the second half due to a leg injury. He had two tackles for loss. Zac Win eld and Juan Garcia also had stops behind the line of scrimmage for the Brahmans. Will Jackson had a QB sack for Okeechobee (2-7). Okeechobee versus Olympic Heights game statistics Okeechobee 0 0 0 13----13 Olympic Heights 6 8 7 0----21 How they scored: First Quarter Olympic Heights Cleristor three-yard run. (Kick blocked) 6-0. 2:31. Second Quarter Olympic Heights Cleristor eight-yard run. (Borofsky pass from McKinney" 14-0. 2:41. Third Quarter Olympic Heights Cleristor 53-yard run. (Bein Aime PAT) 21-0. 10:20. Fourth Quarter Okeechobee, Jackson eight-yard pass from Radebaugh (El Hendi PAT) 21-7. 6:27. Okeechobee Radebaugh six-yard run. (Kick blocked) 21-13. 1:22. Team Statistics Okeechobee Olympic Heights First Downs 16 13 Third Downs 1-11 7-13 Penalties 4-53 7-50 Rushing yards 145 303 Passing yards 85 2 Punts 2-67 4-92 Punt returns 2-9 0-0 Kick returns 3-61 0-0 Fumbles/lost 4-0 0-0 Interceptions 1-11 2-6 Too little, too late–Brahmans lose to Lions Will Jackson


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