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Sunday, November 13, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 136 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.81 feetLast Year: 13.32 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.Brahmans play Tigers in home game ...Page 19 In the military ... Page 18 OHS basketball team ready for season ... Page 20 NEWSTORE1865HWY70WWEACCEPTWHENYOUPURCHASEACARWASHAnyRegularly PricedMenuItem!With Coupon Only Exp. 11/30/1110¢ offa gallon of gas20% offAnyCarWashWith Coupon Only Exp. 11/30/11$2off8633570106 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThe Okeechobee High School JROTC Color Guard consisting of Command Sgt. Maj. G. Martinez, 2nd Lt. B. Bush, Capt. J. Sylvia and Maj. A. Rowe retired the Colors at the end of the Veterans Day Program in Veterans Park. For more photos online, see the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The patriotic and the veterans gathered in the Veterans Park portion of Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on the 90th anniversary of the holiday that was rst known as Armistice Day and later Veterans Day. We are here today to honor our veterans past and present, said featured speaker W. Russ Papy, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10539 and a member of the American Legion. I believe they represent the very best of America. He went on to say that our liberties were earned by their sacri ces. Mr. Papy warned the audience that there are 10 veterans bene ts that Congress is considering eliminating, including lower cost for health bene ts, lowering the cost of living allowance, ending government subsidy of commissaries, and ending the 20 year retirement program. These programs are not gifts, Mr. Papy said. They were earned by veterans. He went on to say that Congress was not considTraditional program honors veteransSee VETERANS Page 12 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaAt 93 George Siehl was probably the oldest person at the Veterans Day Program at Veterans Park. Mr. Siehl is a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean War. V e t e r a n s D a y : Veterans Day: A t i m e t o r e m e m b e r A time to remember SFWMD Board adopts water shortage warning as South Florida heads into dry seasonIn response to improved regional water resource conditions, the South Florid a Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Thursday rescinded all emergency water shortage orders for South Florida, many of which had been in place since March this year. The Governing Board also declared a water shortage warning today to encourage vigilance and voluntary cutbacks. Frequent swings in South Floridas water conditions and the drier-than-normal La Nia forecast indicate a return to water shortage is possible. Its a relief to see an improvement to water supplies throughout the region, especially considering the drier-than-normal forecast for the next few months, said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Joe Collins. We continue to encourage people to conserve water and be mindful that there is still a chance that dry conditions will return in the spring. The Districts 16-county region remains under permanent conservation measures with the Year-Round Irrigation Rule that limits landscaping to two or three days per week based on location. Permitted water Rainfall lessens water shortageSee WATER Page 12 Coquina and CenturyLinks in dispute over cut cable ... Page 10
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New commissioner I am sure Frank Irby will do well and I am con dent that he has the best interest for the community. However, I also feel he had an unfair advantage over the other candidates, since he worked for Governor Scott at 2 or 3 of his hospitals. Hopefully, he will do great, if not election time is right around t he corner. I wish Mr. Irby well in his new position as county commissioner. I hope he will vote in the best interest of all the people and do w hat is right for the county. The voters didnt vote him in before and I doubt they will vote him in next Nov ember. I hope all of those candidates that applied for the vacancy will get on the ballot next year. With my knowledge of the situation, F rank Irby was the only one with a resume even remotely good enough to be interv iewed. Before attacking a mans charact er about where/when/who he worked for maybe you should get to know the person, or do a little research to nd out about the man, rst as opposed to just speculating. If y ou dont like, then do something about it in November. I doubt youll be successful bec ause COMMISSIONER Irby will be a great t to our BOCC! Is it a persons resume that should only b e considered? You do not need a degree t o be a county commissioner, common s ense would suf ce. Also, what happened t o changes from the recently elected? What ever happened about consolidating the departments? Some of the people who put their names in the running for the appointment c annot run for election to that commission s eat because they dont live in the district. T he rule was you did not have to live in the district to be appointed, but you do have to live in the district to run for election or reelection to that of ce. I do hope those who are quali ed and who are interested in serving the county come out and run for elect ion. It is better for the county if the voters have more choices of candidates.Sexual harassment It all boils down the liberals are scared of Cain and will do anything to keep that bum in of ce. Only one woman said anything about the alleged sexual harassment at the time and that was 15 years ago. Now others are coming forward and saying they were harassed 15 years ago too. If whatever he said or did really offended them, I think they would have reported it a lot sooner. Seems like the Democrats are digging for any dirt they can nd. What is funny is that with Bill Clintons history you would think that the Democrats would leave that alone.Bad behavior If you think Facebook is a problem, think what must be in the texts and messages sent by teens on their phones. Back in the day, when there were no phones and toys, everything was much simpler. Before the internet, things were settled face to face and it was done with one way or another and not everyone knew about it. Now everyone thinks that if it is posted, it is true and everyone in Okeechobee believes it to be true, especially the teenagers and parents. These kids have no lters. They dont think before they post things that are very cruel and hurtful. They think its funny and dont care if they ruin someone elses life. And it goes back to the parents who did not teach them empathy. Before you post something, think how you would feel if it was said about you or a member of your family. Being kind is always the best choice. Facebook and other internet postings are not as anonymous as some people think. Be careful what you post online. You may be held accountable for it. And it could cost you a potential job or entry into a college program. Dont post anything that you would not sign your name to.Going Out I enjoyed the Going Out section in the paper on Friday. And it was quite interesting to see all the things there are to do either in Okeechobee or in neighboring communities. I dont think Im up to a hike around the dike, but I might take in a play. Evangelize with your heart 1 Peter 2:9, 2 Peter 1:7, Proverbs 4:23By Rev. Pauline G. LivattNew St. Stephens A.M.E. Church Did you know that when a person rst encounters you they are supposed to know who you are and whose you are? People are generally drawn to you or driven away from you by your very presence, your person and what it is in your heart and spirit. Its the spirit of God that you carry around with you that attracts people of God. As a child of God, there should be something different about you, something special, something that stands out when you walk into a room, something that makes people want what you have. That something should be the heart of God. Within your heart should ow the love o f God. Everything about you should re ect th e heart of God; your speech, your presence, your walk, the way you present yourself and even your smile. The way we should be drawing people to Christ is by love and acts. Let us show kindness to the saved and to the unsaved, because we are all children of God. (Bringing people to Christ through the work of a Godl y heart.) Eventually, the unsaved will wan t what you have, the peace that rests insid e you, the love of God that lls your life and the beautiful smile that you carry around with you regardless of bad times. Yes, even something as little as a smile or a hug could transform someones life. Remember, its the little things that are done that can mak e a world of difference in the lives of others. Prayer: Lord, help us to have the heart o f God so that we may be a blessing unto you r kingdom by bringing people to you through our heart. Margaret Smiths storyMargaret C. Smith is a member of the Okeechobee Quilters Club that meets weekly at the Okeechobee Historical Museum where the members donate their time making lap blankets and baby quilts for those in need of them. Margaret wants to share her story of two life-threatening medical emergencies and how donated blood saved her life each time. Early one morning 40 years ago, when Margaret resided in Hollywood, Fla., she was awakened by terrible abdominal pains. At daylight, she called her doctor who met her at the hospital where Margaret was in so much agony that the doctor could not determine the cause so he had no choice but to operate on her. The surgery revealed that Margaret was bleeding internally from a ruptured ovarian cyst and required a blood transfusion to replace the blood she had lost. In 1988, Margaret suffered another medical emergency that resulted in her needing a blood transfusion to survive. Margaret had moved to Okeechobee by then and loved to go out shing on Lake Okeechobee. At the time she suffered from stomach ulcers and took antacids for the burning pain. One day while she was shing, the ever-present pain suddenly stopped. Margaret was alarmed and went to bed as soon as she got home. When she woke up, she realized she was bleeding internally. She drove herself to her doctor in Hollywood and he promptly admitted her into the hospital. As Margaret walked into the hospital, she fainted and fell as a result of her losing so much blood due to a perforated bleeding ulcer. Once again, Margaret needed a blood transfusion to replace lost blood. Margaret has enjoyed good health eve r since; however, she knows she could hav e died on two separate occasions had it no t been for the donated blood she received. A medical emergency, such as Margare t experienced, can happen to anybody at an y time. Our local hospital keeps an ample supply of blood on hand for these emergencies. The one and only source of that blood suppl y is people like you and me. Be a hero; be a blood donor by giving th e gift of life at the Sixth Annual Okeechobe e Blood Roundup to be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Your unit of blood will help meet the Roundups goal of 600 units of donated blood in two days. One unit of you r blood can be broken down into separat e components and can save three lives. Susan Williams Sunday, November 13, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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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Food-safety experts have long believed that Salmonella bacteria could only enter tomatoes through wounds in the stem or fruit but a new University of Florida laboratory study shows it can also happen another way. Plant pathologist Ariena van Bruggen, a professor in UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, published a paper today in the online journal PLoS One, with research ndings that show for the rst time that Salmonella can enter tomato plants through intact leaves, travel through the plant and end up in the fruit itself. But she says she cant stress enough that it isnt at all easy for it to happen, even in the lab, and would be unlikely under eld conditions. The message is that yes, (Salmonella) can be internalized in tomato, but its rare the chance is so low, she said. I would tell consumers not to worry too much. Although van Bruggen, a member of UFs Emerging Pathogens Institute, described her experiment as a worst-case scenario, she said the ndings suggest tomato growers and packers should continue to review their already-stringent safety standards, taking a look at factors such as irrigation water sources, the possibility of wild animals getting too close to plants and the use of surfactants. Keith Schneider, a food safety expert and IFAS faculty member, called the studys ndings intriguing, but said hand-washing by consumers and food handlers is still likely to have the single biggest impact on whether people become ill from anything they eat. There is probably a far bigger risk of people becoming sick from not washing their hands, or their kids not washing their hands, than the possibility of this route of infection occurring in nature, he said. Tomatoes are a $619 million annual industry in Florida and food-safety scares do tremendous damage to growers. In 2008, the industry lost an estimated $100 million when federal health of cials erroneously blamed a Salmonella outbreak on domestically grown tomatoes, only to announce later that contaminated jalapeo and Serrano peppers from Mexico were responsible. Salmonella is among the most common foodborne illnesses, often spread by ra w or undercooked meat, poultry or eggs, but sometimes through contaminated produce. It can cause abdominal pain, fever, nause a and vomiting. Results from the 2 -year study were published Thursday in the online, openaccess journal Public Library of Sciences (PLoS) One. Reggie Brown, manager of the Florid a Tomato Committee, which has regulator y authority over most of the states tomato production, said the industry has some o f the most stringent safety standards in agriculture, anywhere. In Florida, safe tomato production practices are required by law. Study shows Salmonella can reach tomato through leaves
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Carol Ann Herald, 66OKEECHOBEE Carol Ann Herald, age 66, died at Raulerson Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Carol was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Clinton, Ind., and resided there for 25 years. She then lived in Kentucky until 2006 when she relocated to Okeechobee. She was a member of the Catholic faith. Her owers and animals held a special place in her heart. She is survived by one son, Troy Clemons of Okeechobee; daughters, Sheila Clemons of Okeechobee, Bobbie Jo (Leonard) Gilstrap of Hartford, Ky.; four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; a brother, John Evol; and two sisters, Joyce (Ernie) Strange and Mary (Robert) Y owell, all of Clinton, Ind. There are no services planned at this time. Friends may send online condolences at w ww.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Curtis Parks, 87OKEECHOBEE Curtis Parks, age 87, of Okeechobee, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, in Raulerson Hospital. Born Dec. 7, 1923, in Blackville, Okla., he had lived in Dublin, Ga., before moving to Okeechobee in 1946. He was a retired truck driver from Hector Feed Mills. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam Parks and Mattie McCloud; two sons, Curtis, Jr. and V alton Parks; and his loving wife, Rosie Parks of 54 years. He is survived by ve children, Alma Grace, Algia Cope (Willie) of Okeechobee, Alberta Thomas of Dublin, Ga., Corbin Bethel of Okeechobee, and Jim Parks of New York; brother, Izel McBride of Columbus, Ga.; three sisters, J anet Fountain, Lucy Mae Tolfer of Cleveland, Ohio, and Lena McCoy of Telfair, Ga.; ve Godchildren, Pat Grant, Kim Palmer, Rose (Booker) Ferrell, Manford Cotton and Sharrod Worthen; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, from noon until service time of 1 p.m. in the First Missionary Baptist Church (Deans Court), Okeechobee. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Gwendolyn Gwen Palmer, 80OKEECHOBEE Gwendolyn Gwen Palmer, 80, born May 13, 1931, in Vancouver, Canada, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, from lung cancer. She moved to Ft. Lauderdale, in 1960 along with her husband, Gordon and her two children, William Ken Kerr and Susan Kerr (May). Gwen and Gordon retired to River Acres in Okeechobee in 1989. They were happily married for 47 years before he left her side in May, 2007. Her fun-loving son, Ken, left this world in March, 2010. They are now catching the big one on some wonderful lake together. Gwen enjoyed spending time with family and friends, always with a joke to tell. Articulate in her beliefs she never let any obstacle slow her down. She may have been blind the last few years of her life, but she remained independent and strong-willed to the very end. Gwen was a wonderful wife, mom, grandma and friend, loved by all who crossed her path and will be missed by all. Including Sam her Basset, who was always right beside her. Her surviving family members are: daughter, Susan (Jim) May of Coconut Creek, Fla.; grandson, Jeff (Krissy) May, their children Kylie and Jacob of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Sandra May of Coconut Creek, Fla.; granddaughters, Jessica (Chris) Clemence; Julie (Dan) King, their children Kylie and William from Oregon; and grandson, David Kerr, of Oregon. Yes, she has two great-granddaughters named Kylie. We all will miss her daily. Wanda Philbrick (Speer), 76OKEECHOBEE Wanda Philbrick (Speer), age 76, of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in the Hamrick Home Hospice. She was born Dec. 7, 1934, to Willis and Mildred Long in Merndon, Mo. She was founder of the original Big Lake Real Estate and was retired from Emory Walker. Wanda enjoyed watching Dr. Charles Stanley on television, reading and quilting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Philbrick. She is survived by ve children, Ricky Speer of Gadsden, Ala., Cheryl Bohannon of Okeechobee, Ronald Speer of Okeechobee, Stephanie Boatwright and Leita Conner, both of Gadsden, Ala., Debbie Wiley of Ft. Lauderdale; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at 3 p.m. in the Okeechobee Church of God with Pastor Mark Smith Of ciating. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News November 13, 2011 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Eagles to host Sunday dinnerSunday, Nov. 13 the Cypress Hut Eagles will have a Fried Chicken Dinner from noon-4 p.m. $6 plate. Public is welcome.Bene t set to help Indiantown VFWOn Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Big Lake VFW Post 10539, 3912 Hwy. 441 South, will be having a bene t for the Indiantown VFW that was totally destroyed by a tornado last month. All proceeds to be donated to their building fund. Come join us for food, music and raf es. The public is welcome. Come out and meet your veterans.Masons to host Sunday breakfastThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. 5th, will host Sunday Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 8-11 a.m. Full breakfast includes eggs, pancakes and all the rest for $6. The public is welcome and carryouts are available. All proceeds will bene t local Mason giving programs.OREA meeting scheduledThe Okeechobee Retired Educators will be meeting on Monday, Nov. 14 beginning at 11 a.m., in the meeting room of Beef OBradys to celebrate Floridas Retired Educators Day. Any retired educator is encouraged to attend.OHS Girls Soccer to hold 5K Run/WalkCome out and join OHS Girls Soccer in a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 a.m. at the Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area on Hwy 441 N. Entry fees prior to Nov. 14 are $20; $25 day of race. Each registerd runner or walker will receive commemmorative t-shirt and goody bag. All proceeds from the event will bene t the OHS Girls Soccer Team. For more information, please call Jeri Raulerson at 863-697-8982.Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club meeting to be heldThe next meeting of the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club (OARC) will be at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Red Cross of ce on North Parrott Ave. All club members and anyone interested in learning more about Amateur Radio is invited to attend. We will be meeting informally at 6 p.m., an hour before the meeting, at Five Guys Burgers and Fries for light meal and everyone is invited to meet with us there as well. For more information contact Tom Timmons (N3RHV) at email@example.com.Nutritional class to openCRA Nutritional Class will be held on Monday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center taught b y Dr. Edward Douglas. For more informational call 863-763-4320. This is a free communit y service. Community Events
Registration is now under way for the 2012 Spring Semester at Indian River State College with a wide variety of educational opportunities to launch a career or re-train for a new direction in life. The College offers convenient one-stop student services centers to help students of all ages plan their educational and career path and obtain nancial aid information. Financial aid and scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students. In fact, over $36 million in nancial aid was awarded to IRSC students last year to continue their education for a brighter future. Students are encouraged to apply for nancial aid now for upcoming semesters. IRSC's growing menu of Bachelor's Degree programs includes Biology, Digital Media, Human Services, Organizational Management, Public Safety Administration, Health Care Management, Nursing, High School and Middle School Math and Science and Exceptional Student Education (ESE). 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November 7 and 8, 2011 Cows Breaking 62.00 69.00 Cutter 53.00 63.00 Canner Bulls 1000-1500 76.00 82.00 1500-2000 70.00 74.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 873 1723 Cows 65 402 Str 9 118 Hfrs 8 68 Bulls 22 38 Yrlngs 10 9 Mix 6 0 Total 993 2358 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-200 130-140 250-300 170-185 125-142 300-350 155-180 117-135 350-400 135-155 112-124 400-450 126-140 110-122 450-500 123-134 105-115 550-600 119-130 100-111 600-650 117-129 98-104 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 155-170 120-137 250-300 145-165 112-127 300-350 120-132 107-123 350-400 112-125 105-115 400-450 110-122 100-111 Lots and lots of cattle this week and guess what? Calf prices were even higher this week! We had good 700# steers bringing prices up to $1.20! Cows and bulls looked to be steady to a little cheaper, especially on medium cows. Good, big yielders were still holding their value. Robert R. Smith, Commercial Ranch and Pearce Cattle topped the calf market this week with a high of $2. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Richard Caleb Smith was born at 3:13 p.m., October 25, 2011, at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart. He weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He is the son of Richard Smith V and Rachel Dickhart of Okeechobee, and little brother of Callie Ann. His maternal grandparents are Scott and Anna Concannon of Okeechobee and Dave and Brenda Dickhart of Fort Pierce. His paternal grandparents are Richard Smith IV of Okeechobee and Anita Burt of Okeechobee. His great-grandparents are Elizabeth Smith of Okeechobee and Allen and Francis Hazellief of Okeechobee.RICHARD CALEB SMITH BIRTHS Danny and Melanie Stinnett of Okeechobee announce the engagement of their daughter Rachel to John F. Trent, son of Donnie and Pam Trent of Okeechobee. Grandparents of the bride are Emily Burdeshaw, Ben and Judy Burdeshaw, and Betty and the late Julian Stinnett all of Okeechobee. Grandparents of the groom are Luther and Gladys Trent of Okeechobee and Harry and Evelyn Risius of Bricelyn, Minnesota.The bride-to-be graduated from Okeechobee High School and the University of South Florida. She is currently a teacher at Everglades Elementary. John graduated from Okeechobee High School and is the manager of Quik-Change Oil & Lube. Their wedding day is November 26, 2011. 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This September Raulerson Hospital was recognized as a top performing hospital in The Joint Commissions Top Performers on Key Quality Measures Program. 8 Okeechobee News November 13, 2011 Historically in hospitals, key patient health information, such as vital signs, are captured with various medical devices that do not communicate electronically to the patients medical record. Instead, it is usually documented on paper and re-entered manually in the medical record. By Dec. 1, Raulerson Hospital will be utilizing a new technology, Vitals Now, to automatically communicate data, such as patients vital signs, to their care team in real time. With the implementation of Vitals Now, doctors and nurses will be able to view patients key health information mere seconds after it was measured from the patients bedside, rather than minutes. With this new automation of vitals, manual entry of the data will no longer be necessary, further improving the coordination of care and patient safety. Vitals Now is just one example of the latest technology being introduced to Raulersons medical staff to improve their monitoring and communication of patient health information. Earlier this summer Raulerson Hospital invested in a pointof-care tool, called the I-STAT device, which provides critical care nurses and physicians with an advanced internal evaluation of the patients severity of sepsis, in only two-minutes, all from the comfort of the patients bedside. Raulerson Hospital is committed to providing its patients the best care from its medical team and the latest technology and devices impacting the medical eld. For more information about Raulerson Hospital visit RaulersonHospital. com or call 863-763-2151. Raulerson deploys new technology, enhancing safety By Pat DobbinsSpecial to the Okeechobee News There are increasing concerns about the over-use or improper use of antibiotics. Typically, the best treatment for otherwise healthy adults with acute bronchitis, colds and most types of sore throats is to simply help alleviate symptoms, according to new principles. All too often antibiotics are prescribed for adults with upper respiratory infections caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics meant to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics are appropriate to ght bacterial infections, however, taking antibiotics for viral infections, such as a cold, most sore throats, acute bronchitis and many sinus or ear infections WILL NOT help many problems. In these cases, antibiotics: WILL NOT cure the infection; WILL NOT keep other people from getting sick; WILL NOT help you or your child feel better. The excessive use of antibiotics among outpatients has contributed to the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in many communities. Increasing antibiotic resistance among common pathogens is leaving fewer effective drugs available to treat infectious diseases. When resistance develops in rst-line drugs, the remaining alternative drugs may be less effective, more expensive and more dif cult to administer. Colds and many other upper respiratory infections, as well as some ear infections, are caused by viruses, not bacteria. If antibiotics are used too often for things they cant treat (like colds or other viral infections) they can stop working effectively against bacteria when you or your child really needs them. Antibiotic resistance is when antibiotics can no longer cure bacterial infections. Widespread overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics is fueling an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. So there may come a time when you or your child really needs an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, and it may not work. Did you know? Antibiotic resistance is one of the worlds most pressing public health threats. Antibiotics are the most important tool we have to combat life-threatening bacterial diseases. Increasing antibiotic resistance is compromising the effectiveness of antibiotics. Patients, healthcare providers, health departments, hospital administrators and policy makers must work together to employ effective strategies for improving appropriate antibiotic use which will ultimately saving lives. What can you do to help? Do not demand antibiotics when a doctor says they are not needed. Do not take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or most sore throats. Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else. The antibiotic may not be appropriate for your or your childs illness. Taking the wrong medicine may delay correct treatment and allow bacteria to multiply. For more information about antimicrobial resistance, including the overuse or misuse of antibiotics, visit CDC websites: http:// www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/actionplan/ index.htm; http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.htm. Overuse of antibiotics is a cause for concern
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Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 10 Okeechobee News November 13, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It seems a telephone company and a local government body are at odds. CenturyLink currently has a claim against Coquina Water Control District for cutting their underground telephone cable. That claim was the basis for a good bit of discussion at the Wednesday, Nov. 9, meeting of the Coquina Board of Supervisors meeting. It is Coquinas position that the cable was not where the telephone company marked it. Board attorney Tony Young said the law requires an underground utility to put up a line of ags where an underground line is located. Then he said they are required to mark a line two feet on either side of that line. The underground cable is supposed to be within that four foot wide strip. The CenturyLink cables in Coquina were not identied that way according to Superintendent Danny Faircloth. He stated that the cable that was cut was a little over three feet from the line marked by CenturyLink. Supervisor Ken Childs noted that there are three entities involved in the dispute, Coquina, CenturyLink, and a contracted cable locator company. He suggested and the board concurred that a meeting be set up of the three parties to see if the problem could be resolved. The board voted not to pay the pending claim at this time. Mr. Young suggested that Mr. Faircloth take pictures before and after digging around CenturyLink cables. Turning to other matters, engineer Bryan Clemons reported that he was getting ready to apply for South Florida Water Management District permits to dig for ll dirt on the entire 24 acres Coquina had recently purchased. While all the property will eventually be used, present plans call for clearing and digging on two sites. Chairman Melvin Byars said he was looking at other lots that could be purchased for ll dirt. He also said he was looking at six places where ditch work needs to be done to improve drainage and prevent ooding. As to the guard rail project that had been discussed at a previous meeting, Mr. Byars said the canal levels need to be lower before that work is started. While vegetation does slow the ow if water in the canals, Mr. Byars sad the vegetation also cleans the water. At this time he said that all the canals are now draining satisfactorily. We have to do something, Mr. Byars said of he current mowing program. We are getting nowhere. The board discussed either expanding the scope of the present contract or advertising for a new contract with a larger scope of work. Mr. Young was instructed to put together a written protocol for the entire election procedure to avoid the kind of problems experienced in the recent election of board members. Mr. Childs brought up the question of fences across roadways in Coquina. Mr. Byars said that some of those fences are legal because the road they are blocking is not a legal easement. It was suggested that a list of such fences be made to determine which ones are legal. The board received some good nancial news. Mr. Byars noted that there was $40,000 carried over from last years budget and that some back taxes are being paid. Before adjourning the board went out into the eld to inspect work being done to replace a culvert in a canal and to observe ags put up by CenturyLink to mark their underground cables as well as what the y called an exposed telephone cable that was not buried properly. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Coquina disputes CenturyLinks cable placement Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaTony Young, attorney for Coquina Water Control District, points to ags marking the position of CenturyLink's underground telephone cable in Viking. A Coquina employee recently cut a telephone cable. It is Coquina's position that the line was not where it was supposed to be. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBryan Clemons, engineer for Coquina Water Control District, inspects work being done to replace a culvert in a canal in Viking. The inspection was performed as part of the Wednesday, Nov. 9, meeting of the Coquina Board of Supervisors.
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After dwindling to as few as 300 bears in the 1970s, the Florida black bear population has rebounded to an estimated 3,000 bears today. Bears and their cubs roam forests and swamps from Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle to Ocala National Forest in the states midsection and Big Cypress National Preserve in Southwest Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which worked w ith its partners to increase the states black bear population, Thursday, released a new draft management plan for the bear and is asking for public input. Both a summary of public feedback and the draft plan will go before the Commission at its February, 2012 meeting. The Florida black bear is truly a conserv ation success story. Bear populations have clearly bene ted from broad public support and diligent conservation efforts across Florida, particularly in those communities where black bears have become more common, said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley. We welcome the publics thoughts on how to best continue our bear conservation efforts in the future, as both our human and bear populations expand. The goal of the draft management plan is to maintain sustainable black bear populations in suitable habitats throughout Florida for the bene t of the species and people. It includes measurable objectives regarding bear populations, habitat, citizen education and outreach, and human-bear con icts. The Florida black bear currently does not meet the criteria of being at high risk of extinction, based on the FWCs Biological Status Review on the species completed in early 2011. When a bear management plan is approved, the bear will no longer be on the states list of threatened species. A similar process was followed for the bald eagle, w hich is no longer listed as a state threatened species but is carefully managed through speci c conservation measures established under an FWC management plan. The FWC is seeking public input on the draft bear management plan. The open process will include four public workshops: Bristol (Nov. 22), Naples (Nov. 29), Deland (Dec. 6), and Gainesville (Dec. 13). Go to MyFWC.com/Bear to access workshop details, read the plan and comment online. The draft bear management plan includes: Establishment of seven bear management units (BMUs) to provide localized bear management and public involvement appropriate to the area, from about 1,000 bears in the Central BMU, which includes Ocala National Forest, to about 20 bears in the Big Bend BMU, which includes Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. A section on the history of bear hunting in Florida. A bear hunt is not proposed in the plan. Currently, Florida black bears may not be hunted, harmed or killed, and similar prohibitions would continue under a rule proposed in the plan. Creation of Bear Smart Communities in areas of high bear activity. Human-bear con icts are on the rise in Florida. In 2010, the FWC received more than 4,000 calls from citizens about bears. In the past 10 years, more than half of those calls were related to bears rummaging through garbage. A Bear Smart Community would involve residents, local governments, businesses and schools in changing peoples behaviors to reduce human-bear con icts. Peoples involvement in conserving bears is critical, Wiley said. Black bears are generally shy and nonaggressive toward humans. But bears can smell food from more than a mile away and so are tempted to leave forests and swamps to dine on garbage and pet food that is left outdoors and unsecured. The diet of Florida black bears is mostly vegetarian, with 15 percent insects, and 5 percent animal matter. The bears menu includes saw palmetto, acorns, ferns, blackberries, bees, alligator eggs, armadillo and opossum. Male bears typically weigh between 250 and 400 pounds; females are smaller, weighing 125 to 250 pounds. At birth, a bear cub is about the size of a can of soda and weighs less than a pound. Conservation of Florida wildlife habitats on both public and privately owned lands helped ensure the rebounding bear population had room to grow. However, expected future loss of large forests is the major longterm challenge to maintaining black bears in a growing state of nearly 19 million people. The adult male black bear rambles over a 60,000-acre range; the females range is 15,000 acres. The more immediate danger to a black bear is crossing the road. Being hit by a car or truck is the major cause of known bear deaths in the state, with 158 bears killed or euthanized after being injured on highways in 2010. The Florida black bear is among the 62 wildlife species that soon will join the list of Florida species, like the bald eagle, already under an FWC management plan. Floridas new threatened species conservation model requires that management plans be created for all species that have been state-listed and then updated at speci ed intervals. Those management plans give citizens an active role in Floridas efforts to conserve its diverse wildlife for future generations. Suggestions on revising the bear plan will be accepted online through Jan. 10, 2012, at MyFWC.com/Bear, where more information also is available on the Florida black bear. Public input sought on bear management plan 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sup p lem e n t to th e Ok e ech o bee N e w s J a n u a ry 2 8 2 0 1 1 A lso A v a ilable Onlin e a t ne w s za p .c o m IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 Su pp l em e n t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL 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 w s A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Staff Of The Okeechobee News Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays!Display AdvertisingDEADLINESTuesday, Nov. 22 @ Noon For Friday, November 25th Wednesday, Nov. 23 @ 3 p.m. For Sunday, November 27th The Okeechobee News Front Office will be closed Friday, November 25th 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. 15 Okeechobee News November 13, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A very popular police vehicle is no longer available since the last Ford Crown Victoria recently rolled off the assembly line. Local Ford dealer Dowling Watford said that most Ford dealers were very disappointed to hear of the discontinuance of the Crown Victoria. He said that car had 70 percent of the police and taxi business. Captain Bud Slay of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce called the Crown Victoria an excellent car. He went on to say We havent had any dif culties. In the past year he said the Sheriffs of ce has bought seven new Chevrolet Impalas to replace Crown Victorias. They are also testing Dodge Chargers. Captain Mark Brown of the Florida Highway Patrol said that from the late 1990s through the early 2000s his agency relied heavily on the Crown Victoria since it was the only rear wheel drive vehicle suitable for police use. He said that rear wheel drive is better for interstate highway use. In 2006 and 2007 the captain said the highway patrol began moving toward the Dodge Charger which also has rear wheel drive. City of Okeechobee Police Chief Denny Davis said the Crown Victoria was a good car. At a recent city council meeting, since the Crown Victoria is no longer available, the council lled the gap by voting to purchase 16, 2012 Dodge Chargers. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. Police agencies nd substitute for popular police car model Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghetti 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 more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.IRSC offers Business degreeEarn An IRSC Degree, Your Platform to Business Success. Tuesday, Nov. 15 6 p.m. in B-120, IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia A ve., Fort Pierce. Learn about entrepreneurship, business management, accounting, nance, career development, and agriculture/ golf. One-stop for career planning, nancial aid, scholarships, program options and registration. Call 1-866-866-4722 or visit www. irsc.edu. V FW dinner bene ts vets BHR VFW Post #9528 Ladies Auxiliary w ill host a beef stew dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 16 for a $6 donation. Dinner will be served 5 p.m. till they run out. Music to follow. For info, call 863-467-2882.Hospice to host yard salesHospice of Okeechobees next sale will be Wednesday Nov. 16 and Thursday Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. until noon, 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.Ducks Unlimited event setA Ducks Unlimited event will be held at the Okeechobee Shrine Club on Hwy. 78 West, on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. This is an event to judge interest in starting a local Ducks Unlimited chapter here! Evening features steak dinner, raf e and auctions. For tickets: contact Bill at 863-357-1554 or David at 863-227-0659.Book sale at the libraryFriends of the Okeechobee Library invite you to their fall book sale from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 16 ; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Community Events
IMMEDIATE OPENINGSThe OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has immediate openings for a Water Treatment Plant Operator and a Sludge Press Operator A minimum Class C certi cation from FDEP is required for the operator position. A Class B CDL is required for the Sludge Press Operator. Shift work, weekends, and holidays may be required. As an employee of the Okeechobee Utility Authority you will be provided with uniforms, health bene ts, paid vacation/sick leave and a pension program. The OUA is a drug-free work place and a clean driving record of at least three years is a requirement upon employment within our company. If you feel that this type of position and professional career is your goal, please visit our of ces at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 to complete an application. Applications may also be acquired by visiting the OUA website at www.oua .com. Applications will be accepted until the position is lled. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (M/F/V/D) DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE.MAINTENANCE OPERATORThe City of Okeechobee is now accepting applications for a Maintenance Operator. A complete job description and application packet is available on the Citys web site www.cityofokeechobee.com or pick up at City Hall, Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 21, 2011, 4:30 p.m. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance screening/physical. Drug Free Workplace. EEO/AAP. Lane Gamiotea, City Clerk/Personnel Administrator.G4S Youth Services LLC JOB FAIRWHEN : Thursday, November 17, 2011 TIME : 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. WHERE : Okeechobee Youth Development Center, 7200 Highway 441 North. Variety of positions including Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Therapists (Masters Level), Case Managers (Bachelor Level), Youth Care Workers (24-hour, residential facility), and Nurses (LPN, RN). Must be a minimum of 21 years old (working with juveniles) and be able to pass a drug test and DJJ Background Screen. EOE/Drug Free Workplace Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publishers approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word advertisement. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Auctions*AUCTION* Tues. Nov. 15, 2011 6pm General Merchandise, Tools, Furniture and Lots of Household. American Legion Post 64 Holt Auction Company 863-261-0995 Charles Holt #AU4165AB3011 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads Auctions VERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSAUCTION!SUN NOV 20 @ 2PMTo be included, bring your paintings to Auctioneers of ce at: 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015RennickAuction.com Garage/ YardSalesHuge Community Sale River Oak Acres Saturday Nov 19th 8-3 70W 7 minutes From Town. Shop for Christmas High End Items. MOVING SALE Nov. 12th & 13th 7am ? 1006 NE 28th Ave Behind Bills Mini Mart Everything Must Go!! Garage/ YardSalesOKEECHOBEE 436 S.E. 16th Avenue, Nov 12th & 13th, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. (6th house on left). Clothes, household items and much more. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time COMPUTER PROGRAMMER P/T or F/T. Fax resume to: 863-357-8302OUTPATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR~ Full Time ~ Minimum bachelors degree and previous outpatient substance abuse experience required. Please fax resume to: 863-467-2477 or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org JobFair How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds JobFair One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. We have immediate openings for the following positions: To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL Case Manager, F/T Engineering Manager, F/T RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN Pharmacist: F/T, PRN Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN Occupational Therapist: PRN Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRN Physical Therapist: PRNWe offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Employment Full Time COOK SUPERVISOR Immediate opening at the Okeechobee Juvenile Facility. Institutional management, cooking and hands on experience preferred. Competitive Hourly Wage and bene ts. Must pass background check and pre-employment drug screen. Contact Dawn (ask for kitchen) 863-357-9922 Email resumes to: email@example.com EOE For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Excavation CLEARING & HAULING Dump Trucks, Loader Back Hoe, & Bobcat Services by Jason Summerford (863)634-7771 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pets/SuppliesYorkie For Sale Beautiful, Full Blooded Only One Year Old. $350.00 Call 863-273-1804 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Wanted ToBuy Depth/Fish Finder Self mounted, preferable with a GPS system. Leave Message 863-763-1782 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. FarmEquipment 10,000 lb. 2 axle equipment trailer with ramps. 18 ft. long can be used for heavy equipment, cars, or buggie. Excellent condition, new paint, good tires. $1800.00 Can be seen at Elis or call Tony (561)202-7213 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News November 13, 2011 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds.
For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 2/1 duplex, w/d, NW 5th St. $700 + $500 Security & 2/1 2 story apt. Oak Lake $650 + $500 security & 2/2 Villa $800 + $600 security 863-634-3312. Beane Point Apartments Apts. are furnished and all utilities paid. Adult complex, no pets or children. Required sec. dep. + one week rent. A background check will be done, also verify employment. (863)357-2044 Leave name and number if no answer. DONT MISS OUT AFFORDABLE APART. IN TOWN 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 FEMALE BOARDER Studio Apts. in quiet country setting, 5 minutes from town, furnished, hi-speed internet, 200 channel cable, a/c, electric, all included with private entrance. $125 per week or $450 a month. Reference required 863-763-0675 FURN EFFICENCY T CI, On Lake with dock, util/cable included. No pets, $600/mo. 1st & last month. (863)697-3351 LG. CLEAN APT in town. 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572. NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom A partments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. Ranging from $650mo., $700mo. and $750mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses RentFOR RENT WATERFRONT CONDO. FULLY FURNISHED, ONE BEDROOM/ONE BATH. LONG OR SHORT TERM, NO PETS (863)610-0512 OR (863)357-7520 Houses-Rent 2/2 Very Clean and Beautiful Home in Kings Bay. 1st and Security $750 mo. Ask for Vicki 561-255-4377 3/2 Located in Kings Bays $850.00 per month includes Lawn maintenance and access to Pool and Tennis Courts. Call for Info 863-697-9680 3Bd/1Ba CBS House In SW Section 2200 SW 3rd Ave. Okee. Close to Wal-Mart, Tile Floors. $850 Monthly. $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 Dixie Ranch 3 Bdrm/1 bath $700.00 a month. Also 2 Bdrm/1 bath $675.00 a month FLS. No Pets 863-634-2820 For Rent 2br/1ba $700.00 mo. 3br/1ba $750.00 mo. 1st months and security Single Family Non Smoker Call 863-801-3700 FT. Drum 33692 NE 9th Ave. 4 acre pasture, 1bdrm CBS home, old barn, Pet Fee. $500 deposit $500 monthly Call 912-224-4658 IN CITY: 2 BR, 1 BA @ 920 NW 4th St. Big yard. Mature oak trees. $675/mo. Call (561)261-0077 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE2br, 2ba, one car garage, Den, screen room, FP, fenced yard, close to town. $825/mo, 1st, last and sec. HOME REALTY SERVICES, LLC Diane Dangremond, Lic Real Estate Broker 863-801-4498 OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $1000 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Houses-Rent OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK2br, 2ba, $800/mo, furnished or unfurn., 1st, last and Sec. Utils not included (561)735-6050 or (561)254-0478. Waterfront Bargain in Buckhead, 3bd/1ba CBS, all Tile, Carport, Utility Room and Large Florida Room $725.00 mo. plus Security,Located at 1137 4th Street. Call 561-968-4018 OfficeSpace RentProfessional of ce space for rent. Park Street Of ce Suites Down Town Okeechobee Starting@ $250.00 per month 863-634-7622 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land-SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres $2,000 down. Park your own trailer or house, owner nancing $49,000. 863-763-6358 Lots -Sale Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income Vacant Land, located at, 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee, $59,900. Visit www.roselandco.com/82HDrive by then call (866) 249-0680. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2/2 Furnished M/H Includes Water, Garbage, Lawn care. No Pets Requires References on Rim Canal $595 mo. Plus $300 Security. Call 863-697-6412 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. MobileHome Rent BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 LAKEPORT: 3 BR, 2 BA, Bonus Room, Washer & Dryer. Screen Porch. $600 mo. + Security deposit. (573)686-6145 or (573)718-8074 M/H Rentals 2/1 & 3/1 Country Living $450.00 monthly & $450.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 OKEECHOBEE 2/1 single wide Treasure Island, quiet street, dead end, sea wall, boat slip, lake access, $495/mo (423)237-8948 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2 w/ detached suite, storage shed. $750/month, move in now $800. Call 863-634-0663. TREASURE ISLAND 4 /2, tile, fenced yard, lrg. Shed. Move in $850. 1/1, unfurnished Condo with utilities. Move in $750. Call: 863-634-0663. MobileHomeSaleBANK REPOS Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEE 2br & 2ba, 1400 sq. ft. Furnished, ceramic tile throughout, new counter tops, new at top stove, large shed and parking for 3 vehicles. Park Rent $305. $14,900.00. Call (772) 597-1130. OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go! Save Up To 35K 800-622-2832 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com RVSpace Rent Limited Time Only* Water Front RV Lots $400.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Covered Dockage Incl. W/Lot Rent* Cabin $500.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Call863-763-4417 Fifth Wheels2001 33 Foot Sandpiper 1 push out, Queen Size Bed, excellent condition, Never had pets or smoked in. Call for more information 863-357-2311 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2005 FORD TARURS SE Air bags, air conditioning, alarm system, anti-lock brakes, automatic transmission, CD, cruise control, power locks, power wheels, rear defrost, tinted windows, V-6 $3,500 /or best offer (863)634-3500 or (863)634-3138 PickupTrucks 2002 Franklin 36 Ft. Camping Trailer Good Shape. 1997 GMC Box Truck 24 Ft.,New Clutch, Good Shape,Cat Motor Runs Good. Call 772-215-2089 For Sale 2000 Ford 150 XLT Mark III, 110K miles, Loaded w/Fiber Glass Lid 863-610-1362 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Jennifer Busbin at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3074. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Jennifer Busbin Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 402645 ON 11/13/2011 IN 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 894848 E, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 3, A DISTANCE OF 651.20 FEET; THENCE S 000712 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 000712 W, A DISTANCE OF 112.31 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE; THENCE S 625648 W, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 136.21 FEET; THENCE S 251914 E, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 56.75 FEET; THENCE S 643940 W, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 146.73 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 643940 W, ALONG SAID LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT-OFWAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 240.14 FEET; THENCE N 262511 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 635528 E, ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 240.00 FEET; THENCE S 262724 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 Plaintiffs 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 Plaintiffs 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News November 13, 2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! 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MurphyOkeechobee News It was a tale of two halves as Okeechobee dominated the rst half but Clewiston rebounded to dominate the second half and win their annual rivalry game, 34-21, Friday night at Brahman Stadium. Clewiston (7-3) got three touchdown runs from tailback DeMarcus Terry but it was a defensive player who changed the outcome of the game. Brahman Quarterback Jack Radebaugh, red hot to start the game, made one costly mistake midway through the fourth quarter with the Brahmans clinging to a 21-20 lead. He was intercepted near mid eld by Ty'Kwan Fryson and the Clewiston senior ran untouched into the end zone to give the Tigers a 27-21 lead. "I sat back and read and knew it was coming. I stepped up to make a big play when my team needed it," he said. Okeechobee dominated play in the rst half and held a 21-10 halftime lead. Radebaugh hit his rst ve passes and D.J. Washington rushed 38 yards for a touchdown. An eight play, 63-yard drive ended with a four-yard Radebaugh touchdown run to give Okeechobee a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. Clewiston responded with a big night from tailback DeMarcus Terry who rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler Clemmons went (8-16) for 158 yards. Fullback Derry West had 62 yards rushing and tight end Chauncey Thicklin had 44 yards in receptions. Clewiston Coach Joe Roth said in a rivalry game like this he expected Okeechobee to play hard. "Okeechobee had our number in the rst half and we couldn't do anything. In the second half our defense created turnovers and opportunities for our offense." Brahman senior Will Jackson caught a touchdown pass with under a minute left in the rst half to give Okeechobee an 11-point advantage at the break. He said the catch gave him the best feeling he ever experienced. "I felt like I was given a million bucks. It felt like the world to go into the half time with that great feeling," he added. Okeechobee couldn't keep up the momentum in the second half as the Tigers outscored the Brahmans 24-0. They prevented the Brahman offense from a rst down in the third quarter. Two Brahman fumbles also gave the Tigers scoring opportunities one on a questionable call on a pass reception to Ty'Ronte Files. It appeared Files hadn't held the ball long enough to make a catch. Clewiston, who missed two eld goals, also got two eld goals from senior Grant Polhill. West capped an eight-play 58-yard drive to start the third quarter with a short touchdown run to pull Clewiston two within four. Files' fumble at the Brahman 21 led to a Polhill eld goal to make it 21-20. Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said turnovers were the team's Achilles heel in this game. He felt the team played very well in the rst half but couldn't sustain the momentum, "We executed and did what we wanted to do in the rst half. Maybe if we score one more touchdown we push them over the edge and keep that rst half momentum." Jackson was one of six Brahman seniors who were honored at the senior night game. Others this year were John Kemp, Thor Harden, Seth Hedrick, Dan Beyel, Ty'Keshe Files, Raul Piedra and Will Jackson. "We gave it everything we had. We didn't have the greatest season by far, but we were family out there and put it all on the gridiron," Will said, "I love to play football and to hear that last buzzer really set me off."Game notesTeAngelo Ulett had a tackle for loss for Clewiston. Washington had a tackle for loss for the Brahmans. GW Jarrell had a passed defended for Okeechobe e and CoBryant had a tackle for loss and pass de fended for Clewiston. Elijawon Williams had thre e tackles for loss for Okeechobee, (2-8). Okeechobee versus Clewiston game stats Clewiston 3 7 10 14--34 Okeechobee 7 14 0 0--21 How they scored: First Quarter Okeechobee Washington 38-yard run. (El Hendi PAT) 7-0. 3:45. Clewiston Polhill 31-yard field goal. 7-3. 1:01. Second Quarter Okeechobee Radebaugh four-yard run. (El Hendi PAT) 14-3. 9:28. Clewiston Terry 57-yard run. (Polhill PAT) 14-10. 8:40. Okeechobee Jackson 20-yard pass from Radebaug h (El Hendi PAT) 21-10. );18. Third Quarter Clewiston West one-yard run. (Polhill PAT) 21-17. 7:46. Clewiston Polhill 21-yard eld goal. 21-20. 0:01. Fourth Quarter Clewiston Fryson 53-yard interception return. (Polhil l PAT) 27-21. 6:38. Clewiston Terry one-yard run. (Polhill PAT) 34-21. 0:43. Team Statistics Clewiston Okeechobee First Downs 12 16 Third Downs 4-11 5-10 Penalties 8-40 1-5 Rushing Yards 187 174 Passing Yards 158 134 Punts 2-51 3-69 Punt returns 00 1-1 Kick returns 3-42 4-47 Fumbles/lost 0-0 4-2 Interceptions 1-53 0-0 Individual Statistics: Okeechobee Passing Att Comp Yds TD INT Jack Radebaugh 15 9 134 1 1 Rushing No. Yds Avg LG TD Jack Radebaugh 4 12 3.0 4 1 D.J. Washington 14 97 6.9 38 1 Ty'Ronte Files 10 33 3.3 10 0 Elijawon Williams 6 43 7.2 20 0 Eddie Neal 1 -11 -11.0 -11 0 Totals 31 174 5.6 38 2 Receiving No. Yds Avg Lg TD D.J. Washington 3 19 6.3 15 0 Ty'Ronte Files 2 29 14.5 23 0 Will Jackson 2 39 19.5 20 1 Eddie Neal 2 48 24.0 23 0 Totals 9 134 14.9 23 1 OHS Brahmans lose to Clewiston Tigers in second hal f Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS honored veterans during the Veterans Day season nale with a beautiful painted ag at mid eld. Jack Radebaugh played his best game of the year Friday as he got Okeechobee off to a great start against arch rival Clewiston.
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