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Sunday, January 1, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 1 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.68 feetLast Year: 12.43 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.Cop deaths in Florida increase by 13% ... Page 3 Happy New Year!U-Save store boarded up ... Page 16 HELPSupport OHS Sports ProgramShowYourSupportforOHSBaseball15%86335701061865HWY70WNEWSTOREStop by the car wash W e l c o m e t o B r a h m a n C o u n t r y of Car Wash proceeds go to benefit OHS Athletic Dept. Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonGone shin'Ron Logan and his wife Pat were not doing too bad bringing in eight sh like these during their ve hour outing on Lake Okeechobee on Friday. The couple from Kentucky are winter residents of Okeechobee. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School has gotten interest from nearly three dozen coaches for the open football coach position, but to this point, no decisions have been made. Assistant Principal Dylan Tedders said the classi ed ad for the coaching position went on the Florida High School Athletic Association website on Dec. 16, and was forwarded to a national coaching website known as icoachusa.com, which has fueled a lot of interest. "When we get back to school next week we will know more. Right now we have three to ve guys interested that look good, the question is, will they commit to coming to Okeechobee?" he said. The school only has one open teaching position for a social studies teacher at this point in time. Mr. Tedders said they have had no applicants for that position. Included in the interested School pleased with interest in coach jobSee COACH Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A lawsuit has been led in federal court alleging that a former detective with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce violated the civil rights of a female county inmate by forcing her to have sex with him. The suit, led in the U.S. District Court in Miami, names the sheriff's of ce, former detective T.J. Brock and 10 unnamed John Does as defendants in the case. Because the inmate was an alleged victim of a sexual assault, her name cannot be released at this point. Brock, 53, was red by Sheriff Paul May on July 3, 2009, for allegedly having sex with the female inmate in his of ce. He was then arrested by Special Agent Vaden Shane Pollard of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on Oct. 20, 2009. Brock, who had been in la w enforcement for 28 years and with the sheriff's of ce for 24 years, was charged with the felonies o f sexual battery by a law enforcement of cer and sexual misconduct between detention facilit y employee and inmate. On April 6, 2010, Brock entered into a plea deal with the state and was placed on six years probation by Circuit Court Judge Larr y Schack. Brock entered a plea o f no contest to the sexual misconduct charge and the sexual batter y charge was dropped by the state. The suit, le Dec. 1, claims that the victim "... was used as a sex slave.." by Brock in exchange for him not violating the victim's probation on a previous charge. It also claims that employees at the sheriff's of ce and Okeechobee County Jail knew what was happening and did nothing. Federal suit led against sheriff and ex-detective By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Florida Department of Education reported this month that Okeechobee's graduation rate fell 3 percent while the drop out rate rose during the 2010-2011 school year. The graduation rate stood at 68.9 percent and the drop out rate at 5.3 percent for 2010-2011. The drop out rate has stayed between 4.6 percent in 2009-2010, and 7.2 percent in 2004-2005. The graduation rate has also uctuated with a high of 71.7 percent in 2009-2010, and a low point of 62.8 percent in 2005-2006, according to the state. The rates were skewed a bit b y graduation rates at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy and the Tantie Juvenile Residential program. While 329 of 449 students at OHS graduated, only 2 o f Drop out rate increasesSee SCHOOL Page 5 See LAWSUIT Page 5
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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News After some 45 years in law enforcement, Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May said being a cop today is as dangerous as its ever been. And a report released Dec. 28 by the National Law Enforcement Of cers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) backs up the sheriffs statement. According to that report 173 federal, state and local of cers have been killed in the line of duty this year. Thats a 13 percent increase over the 153 of cers killed in 2010, and a 42 percent spike when compared to the 122 killed in the line of duty in 2009. The report points out that the primary cause of death was gun re. In 2011, 68 ofcers were killed in gun-related incidents. However, in the 13 years prior to this y ear the leading cause of deaths were traf crelated incidents. This year, traf c deaths dropped from 71 in 10 to 64 this year. You have a job that keeps you on the road all the time and thats one of the most dangerous places you can be, said Sheriff May, a former Florida Highway Patrol trooper. NLEOMF chairman Craig W. Floyd stated in the report that pared down spending plans play an integral part in the increase in of cer deaths. Drastic budget cuts affecting law enforcement agencies across the country have put our of cers at grave risk, said Mr. Floyd in the report. At a time when of cers are facing a more cold-blooded criminal element and ghting a war on terror, we are cutting vital resources necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of the innocent citizens they protect. But Sheriff May has a different take on the current situation. Drugs and the economy are probably w hy right now, he said. Because so many people are out of work and struggling to make ends meet, they have turned to crime and drugs. And, he added, people today just dont care and are more willing to kill a cop. The NLEOMF points out that a law enforcement of cer is killed in the line of duty in the U.S. every 53 hours. Since the rst documented line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 law enforcement of cers in the U.S. have lost their lives. And, adds the NLEOMF report, Florida leads the nation in of cer deaths this year with 14. Texas is second with 13, while New York is third with 11 and California and Georgia are next with 10 each. Two Florida of cers have died while on duty just this month alone. On Dec. 21, Of cer Arnulfo Crispin of the Lakeland Police Department was gunned down while checking out some suspicious individuals. As the 25-year-old father of eight was checking out one of the individuals for a gun, he was shot from behind by another person. A second of cer arrived on the scene 7 minutes later to nd Of cer Crispin dead. Deputy Matt Miller, of the Seminole County Sheriffs Of ce, died Dec. 26 in a motorcycle accident while tying to make a traf c stop. He had been with the sheriffs of ce 24 years, and had previously served three years with the Longwood Police Department. The 27-year veteran had his emergency lights and siren on and was trying to catch up to a speeding vehicle when the driver of another vehicle made a left turn in front of him and caused a collision. Deputy Miller, 53, is survived by his wife and children. The NLEOMF report goes on to point out that 27 of cers died this year as a result of job-related illnesses. And because of the rigors and stress of the job, more and more ofcers are now spending hours in the gym to keep themselves in better shape. When asked about that, Sheriff May admitted that while some of his deputies may be overweight the majority of them are dedicated to working out and staying t. Some of the local gyms in town give ofcers a break to use their facility, he said, adding that he not only encourages this but allows his personnel to drive their patrol cars to the gym. But, he continued, no matter the amount of training or the weaponry and safety devices available to law enforcement of cers nothing can assure their safety because more people today are willing to take their lives. Its just the mindset, said Sheriff May. The pendulum has swung away from law enforcement right now. 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Include your name, phone number and the procedure youre interested in. 3 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012 2011 2010 % Change Total Fatalities 173 153 +13% Firearms-related 68 59 +15% Traf c-related 64 71 -10% Other causes 41 23 +78% Law Enforcement Of cer FatalitiesPreliminary 2011 NumbersDec. 28, 2011 Youth Basketball League signups under wayOkeechobee County Parks & Recreation is conducting sign-ups for the 2012 Youth Basketball League Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 6. Registration is $40 per child and is being held at 640 NW 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, and 14 & under. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. The age determination date is March 15, 2012. For more information, call 863-763-6950. Coaches, sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to inquire.
Football coach If the kids dont care about football and t he community doesnt care much either, isnt it time to step back and nd out what t hey would come out and support? What do t hey care about? As far as football, considering the number of brain injuries now reported in high school contact sports, maybe it is time to stop depending on football and nd something new. Football means a lot of revenue to the s chool in many ways. We need a team that t he community will support. In the 1980s OHS had good teams and t he games were very popular. From what others are saying, it sounds like the kids are j ust not that interested in or committed to football anymore. I dont have a child in high school right now, so that surprised me a little. I cant imagine high school without football. But I would like to hear what the high school kids think about all this. Do they c are if OHS has a good football team? Are t hey more interested in something else? If s o, what? T houghts to ponder A penny saved is a Government overs ight. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends. The easiest way to nd something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. He who hesitates is probably right. Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL. The sole purpose of a childs middle name is so he can tell when hes really in t rouble. Did you ever notice: When you put the t wo words the and IRS together it spells THEIRS. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Being young is beautiful, b ut being old is comfortable. What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores? Gosh, I remember these!Crazy ants I am seeing what appear to be a new breed of ants. They breed fast in the park next to the skate park. There seem to be many ant mounts. Are re ants and crazy ants the same thing? These creatures are golden to reddish brown in color and are about the size of a typical re ant. If they are disturbed they may bite but it is a pinch. They do not sting. An old man told me a story that a government agency had infested peoples land with these ants in order to make them move and sell out. These ants make one large mound and when you disturb it, you see a million ants with a million eggs and ten to 20 winged ants. I have watched these winged ants y out of a hole in the mound, and I assumed they went off to make a new nest. I dont know about crazy ants, but my wife has a crazy uncle.Small town atmosphere This is in reply to those people who apparently cannot go a day without shopping and want more people and businesses in Okeechobee. Please go to the city where you can sit in bumper to bumper stop and go traf c, stand in line for hours to renew your drivers license, auto tags and get a table at a restaurant. Kudos to the County Commissioners for not dropping the impact fees for new development and making those of us who love the freedom and atmosphere of a small town pay to clog our streets. Just in Time!By Calvin H. Fryar, PastorBrighton Baptist Church But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4) When Jesus was born, sin and superstition had enslaved our world, and was drawing the very life out of it. But instead of turning to God for help, mankind went back to the very source of the deception and problem. The following illustration is a good example of this terrible mistake: The Tomb of Eve in a cemetery near Jedda, Arabia, was visited annually by thousands of Muslims who, after dropping a coin in a slot, asked and received Eves advice through a speaking tube. When this alleged mausoleum was ordered destroyed in 1927, the woman who had run the racket from an underground room retired with a fortune. Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations The Bible tells us that there was a time when the world was in bondage under the elements of the world (See Gal. 4:3). The meaning of this statement, in bondage under the elements of the world, is Pauls way of saying that a mans elementary notions and ideas about God and the various ways he tries to approach God have enslaved the human race. But as we will see, God intervened just in time by sending His Son in the fullness of the time. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN CORRUPTION WAS FULL. Someone said that we have gone from metal images to mental images. Its an interesting thought that modern idolatry centers around our mental imagesour images of success, pride, power and accomplishment. Mans imagination has always been a fertile eld for temptation. At the time of Noah, God concluded that every thought and imagination of mens hearts was only evil continually. Perhaps this underlines the importance of loving God with all your mind.Pulpit Digest We must understand that our minds are exposed to thoughts that are beyond our understandingthat they are in uenced by spiritual warfare which is beyond our ability to ght alone. D. L. Moody gives meaning to our text when he revealed the following: I was at the Paris exhibition in 1867 and I saw there a little oil painting, only about a foot square. The face was the most hideous I have ever seen. On the card attached to it was the title Sowing the Tare. The face looked more like that of a demon than a man. As he sowed th e tares, up came serpents and reptiles, crawling up on his body. All around were woods with wolves and animals prowling in them. I have seen that picture many time since, and its lesson stays in my mind: if a man is sowing to the esh he will reap corruption. D. L. Moody. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN REDEMPTION WAS FULL. God saw our need and sent His Sonthis was the only way the world could avoid th e judgment of God. Someone had to intercede. The missionary was frustrated because h e could not nd a way to explain the gospel to his lost friend. There was a real mental and spiritual block. One day while walking together, they came upon an ant hill. They both were struck by how hard these ants wer e working. As they observed this wonder o f nature, they saw an ant-eater lumbering toward them. Well this looks like the end fo r this ant hill, remarked the missionary. Sorr y that their study of the ant hill should come to a close so soon, he said to himself, I wish I could become an ant and warn them abou t the ant-eater. Thats it! thought the missionary. Turning to his friend he said, My friend, God sa w men as ants working as hard as they kne w how to but sin was killing them. The only wa y to warn them was to become one of them. And along with the warning, Jesus provided a way for their salvation as their redeemer. Peter warned us of this day of terrible deception when he wrote: Knowing this rst, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For sinc e the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that b y the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in th e water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being over owed with water, perished: 7 Bu t the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto re against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2 Pet. 3:3-7) But thanks be unto God, Jesus came at th e fullness of time and He is coming again, as He promised (See Jn. 14), for all those who Look for Him. Dwight L. 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 74-year-old Okeechobee man is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail following his arrest for allegedly threatening a former tenant and her family with a handgun. Raymond Marrell Reyer Jr., S.W. 144th Parkway, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 29, on eight counts of aggravated assault with a rearm without intention to kill. He is being held on $40,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Joseph Hall, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated the incident centered around the fact that someone had used the toilet in the home even though the water was turned off. "Raymond said he walked around the house and became mad because of the condition of the house. Raymond told me he became real furious when he looked inside the toilet ...," stated Deputy Hall's report. According to the deputy's report, Reyer confronted the woman about the toilet and her 16-year-old son stepped between them "... with balled sts..." and told Reyer not to threaten his mom. Reyer reportedly told the deputy that he felt threatened so he went to his Chevrolet pickup truck and returned to the home armed with a Smith & Wesson .38 special handgun. At that time there were eight people in or around the home, including two children, ages 1 and 5, and two teenagers. The 16-year-old boy reportedly told the deputy that when Reyer returned with the gun in his hand "... he ran out the front door because he thought it was meant for him." Deputy Hall said foreclosure proceedings on the home started in early November and the home had been empty since Nov. 14. Reyer, added the deputy, was allowing the woman and her family to move their things out of the home Thursday. Witness statements indicated that when Reyer returned to the house he was armed with a silver handgun and was "... waiving the gun at everyone." Reyer apparently told everyone that he was a retired law enforcement of cer and that he had a gun and wasn't afraid to use it. Report: landlord threatened ex-tenant with gun The lawsuit also alleges that Brock's sexual relationship started with the victim w hen she was 21 years old when Brock, then a road patrol deputy, stopped her on suspicion that she was driving under the in uence. The suit goes on to claim that Brock allegedly told her if she had sex with him she could avoid going to jail. "The sex was coercive and not consensual, and accordingly, was rape," alleges the suit. The victim is currently 41 years of age. According to the papers led with the court, the victim is now a resident of MiamiDade County. A records check shows that she is currently housed at the Homestead Correctional Institute where she is serving a ve-year sentence following her conviction for aggrav ated assault with a deadly weapon with no intention to kill. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show that she was sentenced to prison on July 26, 2010, and is slated to be released May 24, 2014. She was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger following her Oct. 19, 2009, arrest for burglary of a dwelling with assault/battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony battery and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. All of those charges against her were dropped, except for the aggravated assault charge for which she was ultimately sentenced to prison. A records check with the Okeechobee County Jail shows that she has been booked into that facility a total of 22 times. Several of those bookings were for misdemeanor infractions. However, her record includes felony arrests for possession of cocaine and possession of propoxyphene. Both of those were eventually dropped by the state. She does have convictions for driving under the in uence, resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence, trespass and driving while license suspended. She has also been designated as a habitual traf c offender. When asked about the lawsuit, Sheriff May said he could not comment at this time. The victim is being represented by David John Glatthorn of West Palm Beach. The suit was led in federal court by Matthew Sarelson of Miami. LAWSUITContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. 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A few of the applicants have listed NFL coaches as references. "Some are from Florida, some want to move to Florida, and some want to move back here. It's really all across the board," he noted. Mr. Tedders said once school resumes next Tuesday, he will sit down with High School Principal Toni Wiersma and chart a game plan for the search. The school could create a citizens committee to interview candidates or just interview them with school administrators. Local applicants will also be considered for the job. Coach Myron Jackson resigned as football coach on Dec. 14, after three years in the job. He is continuing as a teacher at the school. COACHContinued From Page 1 24 at OAA graduated within four years and none of the 26 students at the Department of Juvenile Justice program graduated. The state reported that 211 of 279 white students graduated within four years of entering ninth grade, or 75.6 percent. The report added that 24 of 41 black students or 58.5 percent, and 82 of 113 hispanic students, 72.6 percent, graduated in four years. The report added that 51 of 900 white students dropped out for a rate of 5.7 percent. The drop out rate for black students was 9 percent, with 11 of 122, and 3.9 percent for Hispanic students, with 13 of 134. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said there is always room for improvement when it comes to graduation rates and drop out rates. He praised OHS Principal Toni Wiersma for developing new strategies to keep students in school. He noted the Florida Board of Education recently increased the FCAT scores needed for graduation and that will affect these results. "We are constantly preparing for the FCAT and we will continue to try and improve our graduation and drop out rates," he added. Glades County Schools had a drop out rate of 2.4 percent in 2010-2011 with only 3 of 125 students dropping out. The drop out rate had been as high as 13 percent during 2006-2007 in that school system. The graduation rate stood at 59.2 percent last year. It has uctuated from a low of 43.7 percent in 2007-2008, to a high of 67.1 percent in 20042005. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Raymond M. Reyer The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce. Brittany Marie Daugherty, 23, S.E. 34th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 29 by Deputy Keith Murrish on a charge of grand theft. Her bond was set at $5,000. Tommy G. Perry, 43, S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 29 by Detective Captain John Rhoden on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with giving false information to a pawnbroker and failure to return leased property. His total bond w as set at $7,500. Elaine Camille Lamb, 38, S.R. 78 E., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 29 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a Glades County warrant charging her with v iolation of probation possession of a controlled substance. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not conv ictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone l isted here who is later found innocent or h as had the charges against them dropped i s welcome to inform this newspaper. The i nformation will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report
ConKerr Cancer sit & sewConKerr Cancers mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth, love and a smile through the simple gift of a pillowcase. The next ConKerr Cancer sit & sew will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. For more information, please call Joan at 863-467-0290. Eagles North host Bingo NightThe Eagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will have Bingo at 1 p.m. until? Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Deadline approaches for Parks and Rec Basketball leagueThe deadline to register for Parks & Recreations Youth Basketball League is Friday, Jan. 6. Sign-ups are being held Tuesday-Friday. this week from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). The of ce will be closed Monday, Jan. 2. The fee is $40 per child and will require a birth certificate at registration. The league will consist of boys and girls in three age divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under and 14 & under. For more details, call 863-763-6950.Eagles to host Friday Steak Dinner NightJan. 6, 2012 (Happy New Year) Eagles North at 9985 Hwy. 441 North will be having their weekly Steak Dinner with music by The Harpers. Come Join us for Gooooood Food and lots of fun. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 863-763-2552 Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Denise A. Slater, 50OKEECHOBEE Denise A. Slater, lost a courageous battle with cancer at the Mof tt Cancer Center in Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Born in Stuart, Denise had lived in Okeechobee since 1988. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Her favorite hobby was doing cross-stitch. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Theran Slater; son, Randall Veazie of Ft. Pierce; daughters, Lottie McCorts, Tabitha (Eric) Vonderau, Joni Slater, all of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Alyssa, Charles and Justice; sisters, Linda (Fransisco) Diaz of Vero Beach, Michelle (Matt) Creech of Virginia, Melissa (Leroy) Nowell of Indiana, Marcy (Curtis) Nowell of Sebring; and a niece, Shyanna. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, from 2 p.m. until service time of 3 p.m. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in memory of Denise be made to Susan G. Koeman for the Cure, South Florida Af liate, Good Samaritan Medical Center 5th Floor, 1309 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Friends may send online condolences at w ww.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Anne Grace LaffertyOKEECHOBEE Anne Grace Lafferty peacefully passed away early Friday morning on Dec. 30, 2011 at the Hamrick House in Okeechobee. She went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer. Anne was born Mar. 5, 1932 in Williamson, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Verland and Della Grace; and beloved son-in-law, Pat Pendrey; and infant granddaughter, Theresa Suzanne Pendrey. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bill Lafferty of Okeechobee. They moved to Okeechobee from West Palm Beach 23 years ago. She retired after working as a bookkeeper for a large construction company in West Palm Beach. She is also survived by her daughter, Katherine Pendrey (late Pat Pendrey); son, Steve (Jennifer) Lafferty; grandchildren, Brett (Melissa) Pendrey, Keith (Angela) Pendrey, Austin and Ashlyn Lafferty. She and her husband Bill also have ve great-grandchildren, Peyton and Taylor Pendrey, Shayla, Rance, and Haylee Rae Pendrey. She is also survived by her two sisters, Lee (Mickey) Neal of Palm Beach Gardens and Norma Smith of Williamson, West Virginia; and one niece; and three nephews. Anne will always be remembered by her family and close friends for her great love of her family. She and her husband enjoyed doing ceramics together for many years. All who knew her loved her. The family would like to thank all of the workers at Hospice of Okeechobee because without them this would have been more dif cult to bear. She received loving care from them at home and at their facility. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. until service time of 1:00 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Brother Joe Bishop and Pastor Randy Huckabee will be of ciating. 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. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Edna J. Schmaltz (Bergman) Edna J. Schmaltz (Bergman), passed away Monday, December 26th, 2011, in Sunrise, Fla. She was 83. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Schmaltz. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Vernon; grandson, George Copeland; granddaughter, Carrie Anne Ven Meter; and great-grandchildren, Ashley and Joshua Van Meter. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday, J anuary 2, 2012, at Evergreen Cemetery in Okeechobee, FL. She was loved and will be missed dearly. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Life Insurance Annuities Health Insurance IRARollover C a l l o r e m a i l f o r a f r e e q u o t e T o m W a l s h2 5 0 S A u s t r a l i a n A v e W e s t P a l m B e a c h F Lt w a l s h 2 @ m e t l i f e c o m 5 6 1 2 0 7 2 3 0 6 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Local ForecastNew Years Day: Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming north northwest between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. North northwest wind around 10 mph. Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. North northwest wind around 10 mph. Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 61. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2151 RaulersonHospital.com For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call 1-800-449-8642 Surgical Services Available Include:Everyday highly skilled surgeons and our professional surgical services nursing staff perform many elective, as well as, medically necessary procedures to treat the health needs of our patients, who are your friends and neighbors. These procedures provide a dramatically improved quality of life for our patients.Many of these procedures are laparoscopic, resulting in less scarring and a quicker return to normalcy, like the laparoscopic hysterectomy performed by Board Certied Gynecologist Dr. James Bradeld, who has more than thirty years experience in his eld.Visit our website RaulersonHospital.com for more information about the surgical services offered at Raulerson Hospital. Colon/Rectal Surgery Ear Nose & Throat Surgery Endoscopic Surgery General Surgery Gynecology Orthopedic Podiatry Stereotactic Breast Surgery TIF (for chronic heartburn) Vascular Surgery Urology (including InterStim for bladder/bowel incontinence) 7 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012GAINESVILLE Skipping doses of medicine or taking it at the wrong times can worsen a patients condition and lead to costly complications even organ rejection in patients who have undergone a kidney transplant. A consortium of researchers in the United States and Canada, including at the Univ ersity of Florida, has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test techniques that may increase medication adherence in perhaps the most challenging population of patients: teenagers. Newer medicines and technologies have improved the lives of people with illness. But such improvements have much less of an effect if patients dont take their medicines on time or use the technologies appropriately, said Dr. Vikas Dharnidharka, division chief of nephrology in the UF College of Medicine department of pediatrics and one of the studys investigators. Teenagers who have chronic diseases really struggle with being adherent. As part of the ve-year grant, researchers w ill study whether a menu of techniques, including a high-tech pillbox, will improve how well adolescent kidney transplant patients stick to their medication regimens. The pillbox, produced by MedMinder, is connected to a monitoring service that tracks when patients take their medicine. The device can also send reminders about w hen a dose is due, through texts, emails or phone calls, features the researchers hope w ill appeal to tech-savvy teens. Study participants will be able to choose w hat options on the pillbox will best work for them. They also will work with health professionals to discuss what hinders them from taking their medications and develop plans to tackle these obstacles, said Dr. Beth Foster, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGill University in Montreal and the grants primary investigator. Using MedMinders Maya device, patients can also pinpoint problem times and patterns, like always forgetting to take a dose on Saturday mornings. After a transplant, patients must take drugs that suppress the immune system so the body does not ght off the new organ. Not taking them or even just deviating from the medication schedule can have dire consequences, Foster said. (Non-adherence) is probably the single most important reason for graft losses and rejections, Dr. Foster said. If you look at the risk of graft failure related to the age of patients and plot it, you can see a hump during the adolescent years. It is de nitely the highest-risk interval, and the reason is likely adherence. Adherence dips during this period. The researchers also will examine how outcomes differ from patients in the Canadian and U.S. health systems. Although their study focuses on kidney transplant patients, the researchers think the ndings will translate to patients with other chronic diseases and conditions as well. It could be something that could be applied across all populations for all chronic conditions, Dr. Dharnidharka said. We often spend 20 years developing new drugs, but they will have a limited effect if patients dont take them. Researchers look for ways to get teens to take their medicine Beginning Jan. 9, Raulerson Hospitals medical records will be stored electronically. This will not change the manner in which you receive your copy of the medical records you request. It may take the Health Information Management Department (Medical Records) up to 48 hours to process your medical records request. If you know that you will require a copy of your medical records, please contact Raulerson Hospitals Health Information Management Department as soon as possible to initiate your request. To contact Raulerson Hospitals Health Information Management Department (Medical Records), call 863-824-2881.Cancer awarenessJanuary is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer. All women are at risk for cervical cancer. It occurs most often in women over age 30. Annually, approximately 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. The good news is that cervical cancer is highly preventable in the United States, thanks to screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV infections. The Pap Test (Pap smear) is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available (It only screens for cervical cancer). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pap smear is recommended for all women. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Early on cervical cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms, so see your doctor annually for a Pap smear and follow up on any results that are not normal. Gynecological procedures, including minimally invasive procedures, are performed at Raulerson Hospital by the Surgical Services team. For more information about Raulerson Hospital, call them at 863763-2151 or visit their website: RaulersonHospital.com. For a free physician referral or health information, contact Consult-ANurse Referral Service at 863-763-9228. Medical records stored electronically Raulerson Hospital hosts health support classesRaulerson Hospital will host free Freedom From Smoking Classes for anyone ready to quit smoking on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in Raulerson Hospitals In-Service Classroom. The new year, is a great time for a new start. Register at 1-800-449-8642. Raulerson Hospital hosts a Better Breathers Support Group for COPD sufferers and others with respiratory conditions, on the rst Wednesday of each month (beginning Feb. 1) in the Raulerson Hospitals In-Service Classroom. To register or for more information, call 1-800-449-8642. Raulerson Hospital hosts free Dine with the Doctor medical lectures on the last Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There is no charge for the lecture, but those who wish to eat dinner at the hospital must pay for their meals. The events are held in Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria. Preregistration is requested. For information or to register, call 1-800-449-8642.
By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their rst meeting of the new year the Okeechobee City Council will hold the rst reading and set the date for a nal public hearing on an ordinance that would change the zoning on the N.W. Fourth Avenue property owned by the Okeechobee Church of God from residential single family one to light commercial. This proposed change w ould allow the church to open a cafe on the property. In a related matter, the council w ill be asked to consider a parking arrangement pertaining to a special exemption request for the proposed cafe. Turning to other new business, the council will hold the rst reading and set the date for a nal public hearing on an ordinance that would grant a non-exclusive franchise to Florida Public Utilities Company for the manufacture, transmission, distribution and sale of gas including natural, manufactured or mixed gas. They will also be asked to ratify approval of a police grant application for electronic equipment. In two other land use issues the council will be asked to vote on an ordinance changing the zoning on property at 204 S.E. Seventh St. from residential single family-one to multiple family. The council will also hold the rst reading and set the date for a nal public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would make miscellaneous changes to update the city's land development regulations. Council members will also take up some un nished business when they consider a parking waiver for CR Associates for a V A Clinic at 210 N.W. Fifth St. to allow less than 18 parking spaces.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. City council to consider zoning change ordinance 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. 8 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012 If you go...WHAT: Okeechobee City Council meeting WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3 WHERE: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. Mary Kay sales director, Gayle Molyneaux and local consultants spearheaded an "Adopt A Grandparent Program," for those residents of Okeechobee Health and Rehab Center and Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc., for those who would not be receiving gifts on Christmas. For a $20 donation, businesses and residents of Okeechobee and outside of Okeechobee could, "Adopt a Grandparent." For the donation each senior resident of the facilities participating received a beautifully wrapped present of hand cream, foot cream and warm socks. Thanks to the generosity of our community, 85 presents were distributed. Also, the Mary Kay consultants matched many of the contributions. A dopt a Grandparent program brings holiday gifts to local seniors Special to the Okeechobee News/ Gayle MolyneauxBusinesses and residents who contributed to the Adopt a Grandparent program in Okeechobee included Crossroads Restaurant, Melinda Hawk hairstylist; Sherry Watford; Pats Floral, Shannon Parrish, Michelle Perkins, Frannie Keever, Heartland Pharmacy, Yvonne Aaragon, Stichin Post, Mary Hernandez hairstylist; Krissi OCarn Western Wear, Custom Graphics and Signs, Barnies Hair Cuts, Farm Bureau Insurance; Ken Kenworthy School Superintendent, Dee Harden, Emory Walker, Inc., Davie Dairy William Berman, Badcock Furniture, Mathey Plumbing, Mr and Mrs. Meddars, Treasure Island Discount Liquor, Alan Sy, Pogeys Restaurant, Tonis Chic Boutique, Lisa Smith, Shine and Glow Custom Polishing; Laura McCall, Attorney at Law; Pueblo Viejo Restaurant, Dairy Queen, The Alarm Company, Hallmark Cards of Okeechobee, Hampton Inn of Okeechobee. Also contributing were, Dr. George Estrada, Dentist of Loxahatchee and Ed Aiello, nancial advisor, Wells Fargo of Palm Beach Gardens.
Speci c type shark shing restricted The recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and smooth, scalloped and great hammerhead sharks will be prohibited in Florida state waters beginning Jan. 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the management change at its Nov. 16 Commission meeting in an effort to further protect these top predators. The new measures also prohibit the possession, sale and exchange of tiger sharks and great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks harvested from state waters. These sharks can still be caught and released in state waters and can be taken in adjacent federal waters. Prohibited species that die while on the line after being caught in state waters should be returned to the water immediately. The FWC is also working on an educational campaign highlighting shing and handling techniques that increase the survival rate of sharks that are caught and released while ensuring the safety of the anglers targeting them. These techniques include: Use tackle heavy enough to land a sh quickly, reducing exhaustion. Release the sh while it is in the water when possible. Use a de-hooking device to remove hooks safely. Use non-stainless steel hooks that can dissolve if they remain in a sh. Use non-offset circle hooks to avoid gut-hooking a sh. Florida waters are considered essential habitat for these and other species of shark, especially juveniles and pregnant females. For more information on shark shing, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater Fishing" and either "Recreational Regulations" or "Commercial." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Federally insured by NCUA. Entering is simple.Beginning October 23, just use your MIDFLORIDA debit card as a signature-based (credit) transaction to pay for your everyday purchases and all your holiday shopping! Each qualifying swipe gives you an entry. And theres no limit to the number of times you can win.*Dont have a MIDFLORIDA debit card? Stop by any branch to have one issued to you instantly.***A $5 minimum savings account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA and a checking account (opening balances may vary depending on checking account opened) is required for access to a debit card. Credit approval is required. You will be automatically entered to win when you use your MIDFLORIDA debit card as a signature-based (credit) transaction during the promotional period and the transaction posts between October 23, 2011 Janu ary 14, 2012. One prize will be awarded each week for 12 weeks. Log on to MIDFLORIDA.com/swipeit for a complete set of rules. **James A. Haley, LRMC and Bay Pines branches do not offer instant issue debit cards.No monthly fee and no per-transaction fee D ont have a St op by any branch to ha Cred Cred C Cred Cred d d d d d d d d d d d d ed ta it a ita ita t it ita t a t t ppro pp p val val l val l l va a v a i sign sign g t atur atur b e-ba eba d sed sed ( (cre (cre ( dit) dit) dit) ) t tra tra 14, 2012 On e pr ize wi Entering is Beginning Octo b er 23, ju s MIDFLORIDA debit card as a signa t (credit) transaction to pa y for y ou r purc h ases and all y our h olida y s h op p qu alif yi ng swi pe gives y ou an entr y. A nolimittothenumberoftimesyou www.midorida.com/swipeit Toll Free (866) 913-3733OKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S. ($1000 a week for 12 weeks) Skip the PIN to be entered to WIN your share of $12,000! Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 9 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Hendry Glades Audubon SocietyChristmas Bird Count under wayThe 112th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count has of cially begun. The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends. Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun. For more on the Christmas Bird Count in Florida, go online to http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count. Pictured here, species number 186, the white-faced whistling duck, was photographed at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 on Saturday Nov. 27, 2010. Courtesy photo/ FWCSpeci c types of sharks are now off limits to shermen.
Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck, according to a University of Florida IFAS publication The History of New Years. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes coming full circle, completing a years cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Years Day w ill bring good fortune. Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new y ear by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another good luck vegetable that is consumed on New Years Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Years Day. According to one tradition, the more black-eyed peas you eat on New Years Day, the more prosperous you will be in the coming year. While the connection to wealth may be debated, black-eyed peas can have a connection to health, according to Registered Dietician Victoria Shanta Reteln. Black-eyed peas are full of ber, packed with protein and low in fat. They are an excellent source of folic acid and a good source of potassium, iron and thiamin. Black-eyed peas can be steamed and served as a side dish, on their own, seasoned with pepper and a little garlic. There are many ways to prepare the vegetable, including this recipe for Hoppin John.Hoppin John2 tsp vegetable oil 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1 cup chopped onion 1 lb dried black-eyed peas 1/2 lb diced turkey ham 1 bay leaf Pinch red pepper akes 6 cups water 1 cup brown rice 1/2 cup chopped parsley Black pepper to taste Directions: 1. Heat oil in Dutch oven or other large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saut until golden. 2. Add black-eyed peas, diced turkey ham, seasonings and water and bring to boil. 3. Add rice and parsley and return to a boil. Lower heat, cover tightly and simmer until peas and rice are tender, about 30 minutes. 4. Season with pepper to taste and serve hot. Serves 8. Each serving: 313 calories, 3 g fat, <1 g saturated fat, 8 mg cholesterol, 158 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 7 g ber, 18 g protein. UF: New Years foods thought to bring good luck 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First! Tractor Trailer Crashes Auto Crashes Motorcycle Crashes Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 10 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012 Courtesy photo/ UF/IFASIn many cultures, it is considered lucky to eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day.
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Viking 6+/-acres (Owner financing a possibility) 55.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D 1011-H In Town 3 bedroom 2 bath CBS home has been remodeled, new windows, new floors, fenced yard. Must take a look inside. $107,000 MLS #203354 7002-C: Tanning salon business, high traffic location. 7 tanning beds, 5 lay down tanners & 2 standup tanners. Lots of inventory. Only includes business, not real estate. $55,000 MLS #205434 3003-H: Kings Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 MLS #205169 12 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A state champion in boys golf and solid y ears from several team sports highlighted 2011 for Okeechobee High School sports. The Brahman boys basketball team nished three games under .500 but had a competitive year. Coach Bryan Van Camp resigned at the end of the year and was replaced by Shawn Hays. Deforest Shanks w as named the team's most valuable player. Former Brahmans David Jeune and Duelle Gore continued college basketball careers. The Brahman girls basketball team struggled with a mostly inexperienced group last w inter. Ami Edwards became one of the better inside players and rebounders on the Treasure Coast. The boys soccer team won their district title and hosted a pair of thrilling post season matches at Brahman Stadium in front of large partisan crowds. Diego Rodriguez was a school hero when he scored a match winning goal in the rst playoff game. Okeechobee also won the district title at their home eld in an exciting match with Fort Pierce Central. The Brahman baseball team enjoyed a w inning season under rst year head coach J eff Blackstone. Drew Selvey decided to play college baseball for Indian River State College. Selvey, Mark Weir, Brandon Farless and Kevin Christensen played in the Treasure Coast All Star Game in Port St. Lucie. Tyler Finney was named the team's most valuable player. He went on to sign a scholarship to play in 2012 at Flagler College. Former Brahmans like Jonathan Crawford, University of Florida, Dustin Stokes at Oklahoma Northern, and Cameron Tewksbury, Tallahassee Community College, continued their baseball careers in college. Crawford was part of a college baseball W orld Series team at Florida and played this summer in Wisconsin to sharpen his pitching skills. The Brahman softball team had several girls sign college scholarships this year. A shtyn Brown, Taylor Douglas and Naomi Stephens agreed to play for Indian River State College and Courtney Wilson signed to play at Hillsborough Community College. Unfortunately the Lady Brahmans were shocked at their district tournament by Lincoln Park Academy and didn't reach the post season under rst year coach Christina Jaholkowski. The Brahman ag football team reached their district tournament for the rst time and showed signs of progress under coaches Todd Jones, Bruce Jahner, Robert Coleman and Jimmy Mills. Many of the girls return this year including QB Kyla Hargraves, and receivers Darby Jones and Maranda Serrano. The OHS volleyball squad continued a long line of success with another winning season and a trip to the regional tournament. Okeechobee hosted Venice and lost a marathon ve game match in the regional match. Rebekah Bryan was named Team MVP. OHS football struggled to a (2-8) record and Coach Myron Jackson resigned at the end of the year. Okeechobee lost their starting QB Jack Radebaugh to a freak hand injury for half the season. D.J. Washington was named to the All District squad for his all around outstanding play. Former Brahman football player Erick McQueen had a solid year at Weber International University. Cory York nished up a strong career for Mississippi College. Lonnie Pryor continued to excel at Florida State University. Colby Frank made the junior varsity squad at Northern Ohio University. Chris Tullio and Nate Pollard were apart of a playoff team at Concord University. Richard Donegan won the state title in Boys Golf in Class 2A. He is being recruited by several large schools including Maryland. Donegan and Kodi Stephen were able to qualify for the regional tournament. Brahman girls golf enjoyed their best season ever as they went to the regional tournament for the rst time and won seven of their eight matches. Emily Raulerson and Raychel Rabon were named the team's most valuable golfers by rst year coach Brent Stuart. OHS sophomore Tabatha Henry won the District championship for cross country and competed in the state nals in Dade City. The Brahman boys cross country squad quali ed for the regional meet led by Hernan Baltazar. 2011: OHS sports teams saw some wins, some problems
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Lot at 521 East Haiti Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 on Thursday the 12th of JANUARY from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Persuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storge. Year, Make, Model & Vins as follows: 1988 FORD TRUCK VIN# 2101F47G8JCA50088 1999 CADI 4DOOR VIN# 1G6KD54YXXU773736 1998 GMC PICKUP VIN# 1GTFC29R5WE518390 2001 CHEV VAN VIN# 1GCFG15W911243746 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in AS IS with no guarantees. 406536 ON 1/1/2012 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Region 20 Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast, dba/Workforce Solutions, is seeking statements of quali cations/resumes from individuals interested in developing, coordinating, and monitoring a Summer Youth Employment Program beginning February 20, 2012 through August 31, 2012. Please consider this document a formal Request For Quali cations (RFQ) Responses will be used to determine the best quali ed individual for the aforementioned services and will be the basis for negotiating a contract. Please submit (by U.S. mail, courier or hand delivery) one original cover letter, resume, proposed fee schedule and references with three copies in a sealed envelope labeled RFQ# 11-005-SYCONSULT no later than 5:00pm on January 17, 2012. Responses received after this date will not be considered. The request for quali cations (RFQ) package may be viewed at www.yourworkforcesolutions.com or picked up at 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. 406353 ON 1/1,4,6,8/2012 NOTICE The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom 304 N.W. 2nd Street, in Okeechobee Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board 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. Commissioner Joey Hoover, Chairman Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 406562 ON 1/1/2012 Change in School Board Meeting Date The regular meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board for January will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is consideration of regular School Board business. The meeting will be held in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. The meeting is open to the public. There will be no meeting on January 10, 2012, as previously scheduled. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 405836 ON 1/1,8/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTS OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 406177 ON 1/1/2012 14 Okeechobee News January 1, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice RV Space Rent READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman is being held on $70,000 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail following her arrest on charges of doctor shopping. Margaret Nell McBride, 48, S.E. 34th Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 28, on 14 counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that McBride had signed pain management agreements with two different doctors in South Florida. The agreements, basically, state that she is not receiving similar medications from any other physicians. However, stated the detective, McBride had received as many as 540 schedule II and schedule III narcotics and 60 schedule IV benzodiazepines from the two doctors in a 30-day period. According to the detective, the physicians signed af davits stating that they did not know that McBride was seeing another doctor and receiving the same type prescriptions. Drug charges led against local woman Margaret Nell McBride Okeechobee Upcoming Blood DrivesOver the winter holidays, blood donors are still needed to help provide a safe blood supply for area hospitals. The Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee on the following dates: Friday, Jan. 6 Blockbuster Video, 2 p.m.6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 PhilFiesta Celebration, times TBA.
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According to federal election laws, Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler stated that the only documentation needed to register is either a Florida Drivers License or a Florida Identi cation Number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Y ou may print an application from the supervisor of elections website at www.voteokeechobee.com and bring it to the supervisor of elections of ce in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. on Tuesday, or you can pick up an application in person on Tuesday. In either case, Mrs. Chandler stressed that all blanks on the application must be lled in. Early voting is from Saturday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 28, including Sunday, Jan. 22, at the supervisor of elections of ce. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On voting day some of the precincts will be combined. Mrs. Chandler said that voters will be receiving a notice in the mail as to where to vote on voting day. The hours for voting on voting day will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mrs. Chandler is predicting that 2,800 will turn out to vote. By comparison 8,385 people voted in the 2010 general elections. The names on the ballot in the Florida RPPP will be: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Register for Republican primary By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It appears, based on court documents, that the owners of U-Save have gotten behind on taxes causing the assets of the building to be seized by Okeechobee County Tax Collector Celeste Watford. Subsequent action by the owners have caused the building to be sealed. On Dec. 26 at 2:32 p.m. Of cer Kelly Margerum of the Okeechobee City Police Department responded to a call that several subjects were removing property from the rear doors of U-Save. She observed that Naser A. Abueqab, who was identi ed as the owner of U-Save and his son Ali Naser A bueqab, had loaded three compressors into a trailer. The senior Abueqab stated that he was taking them to another business that had compressor failure. When asked by the of cer, he replied that he didnt know if the business had been seized. Mr. Abueqab claimed that Mrs. Watford had told him she w as willing to work with him. He said he knew signs were posted on the front doors, but said he didnt read them. Of cer Margerum advised the Abueqabs to return the property to the building and secure it, which they did. The of cer advised them that it was a criminal offense, subject to jail and/or a ne for removing the property. The signs referred to stated that the building had been seized for unpaid 2010 tangible personal property tax. The signs stated in part: Do not remove anything from this property without contacting the Tax Collectors of ce. The signs were posted under authority of a court order issued on Dec. 14 by Circuit Judge Robert Schack which allowed the Okeechobee County Tax Collector to seize the assets of U-Save for unpaid taxes and impose interest of 1.5 percent per month. The notices stated that as of Dec. 19 that amount totaled $15,237.36. As a result of that police report, Mrs. Watford feared that property might be removed from the building before the tax issue could be settled. Therefore, on Wednesday, Dec. 28 she had the two sliding glass doors at the front of the building closed off with sheets of plywood and padlocks placed on the rear doors of the building to prevent anything from being removed from the building. However, she said she is still hopeful the matter can be resolved. The Okeechobee News made several calls to the corporate of ces of U-Save in Fort Myers and to the residence of Nasar Abueqab but there was no answer. U-Save building sealed