Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 05-20-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, May 20, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 61 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.71 feetLast Year: 10.59 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.Miami man accused of arson of Okeechobee Handy Store ... Page 5 Student accused of shoving school nurses ... Page 13 OHS ag football team honored ... Page 16 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A new plant will soon be opening in Okeechobee. Of cials of LS9, a technology leader in the development of renewable and sustainable products, announced the grand opening of their ne w plant on June 12. Production at the plant is expected to begin in the early third quarter of this year. According to Greg Rood, vice president and director of Florida operations, the plant will be a test facility for the development of biofuels and chemicals. Once a product has been perfected at the Okeechobee facility, it will be commerciall y mass produced at another facility. The rst product to be produced at the Okeechobee facility will be the company's UltraClean diesel which is produced as the result of a one-step fermentation process from cane sugar. Mr. Rood said one of the reasons the Okeechobee site was chosen was because of the availability o f sugar cane. There are 12 people currently employed by the plant and Mr. Rood said they will be hiring three to six more employees, As much as possible he said the company tries to hire Florida residents. The company originally announced acquisition of the Okeechobee facility in February 2010 with production to begin later that same year. Mr. Rood said the delay was caused because the company soon realized that the retro tting of the original facility would take more engineering than originally expected. The Okeechobee facility, on a six-acre N.E. 80th Avenue site leased from Larson Dairy, was Fuel and chemical development plant to open soonSee FUEL — Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Powerboat Superleague, Paul KemielCarol Reno competes on the Power Boat Tour. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jeff and Carole Reno of Okeechobee have built an impressive list of feats as they compete in boat races around the country. Both have competed for over 25 years in the high-speed sport and have been at or near the top of the leader board on the Powerboat Super League and Formula One Prop tour. Jeff has won the Randy Tilton Award for sportsmanship in 1998 and 2011, and has been in the top 10 in points in the Powerboat Super League for nine years during his career. He won the most improved Formula Two racer in 2002, and was named crew person of the year in 2003. In 2009 he earned his rst career win at the Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburg. His career highlight might be last year when he won the Formula 1 prop Tour Formula 2 championship for the rst time. Carole was the rst woman to win Iron Woman Award in 2007 for competing in 30 consecutive races on the Power Boat Tour. She has been in the top 10 in points every year since 1995. She was a winner in Chattahoochee, Fla., her one tour victory. The couple also won the Tilton Award as a team. The Award is voted on by their boating peers. Both moved here with their families in 1968. Jeff met his wife to be as he walked to a pinball game. Reno had an interest in off shore shing and stumbled upon the Summer Nationals in Stuart some 25 years ago. He couldn't get out to sh because the water was too rough so he decided to sit and watch the boat races and became hooked on the sport. He bought a boat three months later and the rest is history. Jeff's boat can travel at top speeds of 115 to 118 miles per hour and Carole's can reach speeds of between 85 and 93 miles Husband & wife racing team makes Okeechobee proudSee RENO — Page 5 Man arrested on felony pot charge ... Page 18


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New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness and addiction by providing accessible, recovery-oriented behavioral health care services to children, adults and families. The driving message is that recovery is real for people with mental illnesses, and that we as a community must work together to eliminate the stigma too often associated w ith these disorders. To learn more about the programs and services for adults and children provided by New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee, call (888)-468-5600. New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee is the non-pro t community provider of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services for adults and children in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, offering accessible, recovery-oriented behavioral health care services to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. May is Mental Health Awareness Month Special to the Okeechobee News/ New HorizonsRobbie Chartier, county administrator, Bryant Culpepper, commissioner, Margaret Garrard Helton, commissioner (chair), John Romano, NHTC, Frank Irby, commissioner, Joey Hoover, commissioner, Ray Domer, commissioner. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The long vacant bank building on the corner of N. Park Street and N.W. Fifth Avenue will soon take on a new life. In the near future murals on the windows and doors of the building, painted by Okeechobee native artist Joseph Steiert, will be unveiled. The murals will depict typical scenes from the bank's short three-year history. The yellow brick building was built around the end of 1923. It rst appears on the tax rolls in 1924. It was the third building to house the Bank of Okeechobee. The rst, according to local historian Judge William Hendry, was built in 1914 and was located diagonally across N.W. Fifth Avenue just south of the present day Masonic Lodge. It w as a small one-story brick front building. The second bank building was on the northw est corner of Park Street and N.W. Fifth A venue and is now called the Boardwalk Building. Judge Hendry said that attorney Tom Conley's father, who was also an attorney, had an of ce on the second oor of that building. In 1924,'25 and early '26 "things went wild" according to Judge Hendry due to real estate speculation. The judge said the bank sold the building in 1925 but continued to do business there. In early 1926, the bank appeared to be thriving. The Jan. 8, 1926, edition of the Okeechobee News contained a full-page advertisement for the bank. The advertisement spoke of the Florida land boom, boasted of the bank's "resources of one and half million" and listed the bank of cers. Lewis M. Raulerson, who owned Raulerson's Department Store across Park Street was the bank president. The assistant cashier was John R. DeBerry, who developed DeBerry Gardens. As evidence of the land boom, that same issue of the Okeechobee News contained an advertisement for the real estate rm of Forhdam and Kirkland, which coincidently was located in the Bank of Okeechobee building. The advertisement listed various acreages around the area for sale and predicted that Okeechobee would soon be the "Chicago of Florida." However, the land boom was short lived and the bank failed in late 1926, due to bad loans. Through the years the one story section to the east continued in use and housed various businesses including a grocery store and a drug store. The building eventually came into the hands of the Hunt Brothers who operated a wholesale grocery business. In 1981 the building was purchased by Gil Culbreth and since that time the entire building has been boarded up. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Park Street bank building murals planned


Success At the end of our lives, we will not be j udged by how many diplomas we have rec eived, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. W e will be judged by “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in ...”Smart meters These new smart meters remind me of t he old science ction movies from the 1970s and 1980s where the computers are plotting t o take over the world. Is it far-fetched to c onsider the possibility that if you have one of these meters, someone could hack into t he system and either cut off your electricity or hike up your bill? If I have a choice, I’ll just s ay no to smart meters. T op notch Simple scheduling should be an easy t ask. Sad when it makes the entire system look bad but that’s what we have... T exting while walking Most of these problems could be solved if the laws already on the books were enforced. BUT just because something is not illegal or just because it is not enforced, does not make it any less dangerous or stupid to do. Parents need to educate their children on the dangers of texting or any other activity that can distract them while driving. Make it a rule that the teens are not allowed to use t he phones at all while behind the wheel and take away their driving privileges if they b reak that rule.  Actually, I think I see more offending adults than teens. It would suite me ne if law enforcement of cers would start pulling t hese people over every time they see them on their gadgets and write a ticket for failure t o have vehicle under control/reckless driving and let them ght it out with the judge. W ord would soon get around, and only if it’s in Okeechobee County, at least our populous may think before doing.  I know of a young lad who broke his ankle because he was texting while walking and fell off of the curb.  Life is hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.  Texting while driving endangers everyone else who is on the road as well as the passengers in the car of the person who is texting. The cops should crack down on that because if you are looking at that screen, you are not looking at the road. I have told my teens that if they even use the cell phone at all while driving, and I nd out they will lose both the cell phone and the use of the car. If you have to make a call or send or read a text, nd somewhere safe to pull over rst.FDA warns dog owners about chicken jerky The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. These complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians. FDA issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products to consumers in September 2007 and a Preliminary Animal Health Noti cation in December of 2008. After seeing the number of complaints received drop off during the latter part of 2009 and most of 2010, the FDA is once again seeing the number of complaints rise to the levels of concern that prompted release of our earlier warnings. Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.  So if we want to give a dog chicken as a treat, we should cook it ourselves! I admit I do give our dog an occasional bit of meat leftover from dinner ... but I make sure I put it in his food bowl. Don’t want him begging at the table!OHS band I went to the OHS band concert the other night, and those kids are fantastic. What talented young people we have in this town. No wonder they were invited to play in Washington D.C. The band and the band director are to be commended. They make Okeechobee proud. Judge Hate-GoodBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church John 15:24—“If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be ful lled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” John 3:15—“…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” In John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, we read about Christian and Faithful in a place called Vanity Fair. They meet some interesting characters there; however, one stands out, Judge Hate-Good. We, like Christian and Faithful, are traveling through Vanity Fair and may even be brought before a Judge Hate-Good. John Bunyan’s character, Judge Hate-Good, is a replica of Lord Chief Justice of England, Judge Jefferys. Our history books tell us that Jefferys was the most consummate bully that ever disgraced the English bench. According to Bunyan, Faithful was executed under Judge Hate-Good and Christian was next but he escaped. In our day there are judges like Jefferys who rule against the Word of God almost every day. Two of our neighbors had a falling-out over the boundary line fence between their farms. Feelings became so intense that each built his own fence. These fences were built about four feet apart. Not only were they added expenses, but neither of the neighbors had the use of the four-foot strip of land—it rightfully belonged to neither of them. For lack of a better name, this four-foot strip was called “The Devil’s Lane.” I guess it was rightly named because Old Beelzebub did take control of it. At least he controlled the men involved.—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. There seems to be some people who will ght almost anything that represents good. Some examples of this hatred can be seen in the many attempts to ban the use of the name Jesus in our public prayers, take down the cross of Jesus or even remove the manger scene? FIRST, GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN REVILED— God says “They hated me without a cause.” It would appear that Judge Hate-Good is still on the bench. And his court seems to hate three things more than all of the rest: (1) God’s Law, (2) Jesus and (3) the cross. But these are the very things they need fo r God to pardon their sin and save their eternal soul. That is the very reason Jesus cam e to this world—He came with God’s pardon in His hands. The only requirement is tha t they repent and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. But if there is no repentance, there can b e no pardon. Some years ago a murderer was sentenced to death. The murderer’s brother, to whom the State was deeply indebted for former services, besought the governo r of the State for his brother’s pardon. Th e pardon was granted, and the man visited his brother with the pardon in his pocket. “What would you do,” he said to him, “i f you received a pardon?” “The rst thing I would do,” he answered, “is to track down the judge who sentenced me, and murde r him; and the next thing I would do is to trac k down the chief witness, and murder him.” His brother rose, and left the prison with the pardon in his pocket.—Encyclopedia o f 15,000 Illustrations. SECOND, GOD’S LOVE MUST BE RECEIVED— as God’s Word explains“…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” You must take the pardon out of the hand of Jesus—there is no pardon until you do! Some people will be shocked by the assertion that there are some things the la w cannot do. The law can only reveal sin, but i t is powerless to save from sin. It can show us our weakness, but it cannot provide strength. It can only condemn, but cannot justify. Th e law commands, but does not enable; th e law slays, but grace alone can make alive. Grace disposes and gives the needed power. Law is outward; grace is inward. —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations God loved man so much that He gav e us His law to show our need for Jesus. Paul says that the Law is like a pedagogue (servant) to take us by the hand and bring us to the cross. A little girl who had just moved to a larg e city became lost. She went to the corne r policeman who began plying her with questions without avail. Then the little girl interrupted, “Mister, if you will take me to th e church, I can nd my way home.” —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. The church is established upon the blood of Jesus. And His blood alone can save. But until we understand that we are lost (sinners), we can never understand our need of a savior. May 20, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 A Miami man has been accused of arson in connection with the May 4 re at the Handy Food Store in Okeechobee. Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Of ce, Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Of cer, Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation, Dennis Davis, Chief, Okeechobee City Police Department, Herb Smith, Fire Chief, Okeechobee City Fire Department, and J ames K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), announced Friday that Christopher Van Hatcher, 33, of Miami, w as charged with arson, in violation of Title 18, Untied States Code, Sections 844(i). At a court hearing Friday, Van Hatcher was ordered detained pending trial. If convicted on the arson charge, Van Hatcher faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ve years and a maximum of 30 years in prison. According to the indictment led in the case, on May 4, 2011, Van Hatcher maliciously damaged and destroyed through arson the business known as Handy Food Store, in Okeechobee, Florida, and the property inside. According to statements made in court, Van Hatcher reportedly burglarized the Handy Food convenience store through a hole he made in the roof. Once inside the convenience store, the burglar disabled several security cameras and stole Florida lottery scratch-off tickets and other products. Before leaving the convenience store, the intruder allegedly set re to the remaining lottery tickets. Members of the Okeechobee City Police and Fire Departments responded to the re. According to statements made in court, investigators found evidence on the roof top. Among the items found on the roof were a Turbo Tax refund card issued to Van Hatcher and other evidence. Further investigation revealed that Van Hatcher was attempting to redeem several winning scratch off tickets that had been stolen from the convenience store. Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ATF, Florida's Department of Financial Services, the Okeechobee City Police Department, the Okeechobee City Fire Department, and MDPD. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam McMichael. An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Miami man accused of arson of local store per hour. Speed isn't the only factor when they chose boats. They look at aero dynamics, design, the balance, and how they maneuver in smooth and rough waters. Jeff said while he enjoys the sport immensely he really enjoys the people who are on the tour. "I don't do it to win all the time. I do it for the competition and the camaraderie of all the people you meet. I've watched families grow up over the years and it's a neat family we're involved with." The tunnel boats are the fastest turning v essel on the face of the earth. You don't slow down to take a turn; you just drop the nose of the boat and go on. Jeff said he gets a major adrenaline rush when he takes turns during races. Boat races have occurred on Lake Okeechobee in the past. Reno maintains the Kissimmee River near Okee-Tantie is an ideal location for boat racing. The races drew large crowds in the past and he'd like to see Okeechobee host more in the future. The couple invests up to $50,000 on their boats and travel all across the country. Jeff attended two boat races in one weekend last year so he could remain in the points lead. He competes against other racers with unlimited funds to put in their boats so winning the championship was quite an accomplishment. Carole got the itch to race as she watched Jeff race during his rst year of competition. She attended a car race in her native Quebec, Canada, and knew then she wanted to get involved in some form of racing. She won her very rst race and has been hooked on the sport ever since. "It's not a lot of work and it's enjoyable so it's not work to us," she noted. You must be in top condition to handle these boats as the races can take a toll physically. The Renos joke it keeps them young and thinking all the time. Carole has been very successful recently landing in the top ve of the APR Superleague for the past ve years. "We have no children so we're having fun spending our children's inheritance. The people that you meet along the way are super -they are our racing family," Carole added. The Reno's also marvel at how close the teams are, unlike in NASCAR when you're likely to see disputes every week and even violence. Jeff said the reason is you can't just jump out of a boat and get into a ght after an accident. You have to dock the boat, get out and by then minutes have passed by and you are able to talk rationally. "Most of the time if you have a wreck or your boat has mechanical problems the other teams chip in to help. I crashed a boat in Pittsburgh and the others helped me put it back together so I could nish on the podium," Jeff said. Jeff said he thinks boat racing should be on television more because it is an exciting sport to watch. He said he really doesn't know why more networks don't carry the races. "Everybody owns a car but not everybody owns a boat so I guess that's why people are more apt to watch an auto race," he concluded. RENOContinued From Page 1 acquired by LS9 as the result of the bankruptcy of a company that was experimenting with developing cattle feed by fermentation. The grand opening will include tours of the facility and Congressman Tom Rooney will be the featured speaker. In June 2010, LS9 was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's highest environmental honor for its revolutionary technology. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. FUELContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Powerboat Superleague, Paul KemielCarol and Jeff Reno enjoy power boat racing.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012Betty Jane Martin, 88OKEECHOBEE — Betty Jane Hathaway Martin of Okeechobee, Florida, widow of the late Donald James Martin, died Friday, May 11th, 2012 in her home after battling cancer. She was born in Pasadena, Calif., July 15th 1923, to the late Ernest Vincent Hathaway and Marjorie Clupper Hathaway. She was a retired electronics machinist and owned her own consignment shop. Left to cherish her memories are her children, Steven Glenn Steed and wife Carol of Cape Coral, Fla., William Steed and wife Jenny of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Raymond Miller and wife Cindy of Central, S.C., Donita Powell and Steven McCall of Royston, Ga., Nancy Druckenbrod and husband Mark, of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Rodger Steed; and her daughter, Carol Jean Lutz Gordon. Celebration of Life services for Betty Martin and her daughter Carol Jean Gordon will be held June 9th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 616 Orange Ave., Ft. Pierce, FL 34950. Camila ‘Ama’ Gomez, 88INDIANTOWN, Fla. — Camila ‘Ama’ Gomez, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, in Stuart, Fla. She was born July 18, 1923, in Tyler, Texas. She was a member of the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Jesus Christ. Mrs. Gomez is preceded in death by her grandson, Juan Gomez, Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Felix Gomez; daughters, Leonor Gomez of Indiantown, Angie Rodriquez (Willie) of Palm Springs; sons, Juan Gomez (Rosa) of Okeechobee, Jesus Gomez (Lupe) of Indiantown, Victor Gomez (Bertha) of Miss., Ramiro Gomez (Cecilia) of Plainview, Texas, Andres Gomez of Indiantown, Felix ‘Jose’ Gomez of Jacksonville, 28 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 21, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. and services will be on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 10 a.m. both at the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 E. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fla. Pastor Armando Mendoza will be of ciating and 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. Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.comObituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. Obituaries Eagles Post serving breakfastSunday, May 20 is our famous, you can’t eat it all breakfast for a $5 donation at the Eagles North Post. Last one until fall season. Don’t miss it! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Ladies Auxiliary bene t fund.Fla. House hopeful hosts meet and greetCome meet Randy Johnson, candidate for Florida House of Representatives. He will speak at the Republican Party of Okeechobee monthly meeting Monday, May 21 7 p.m. Meeting will be in the Farm Bureau Insurance building board room at 401 N.W .Fourth St. where the Republicans have their of ce. Call 863.532.9623 for more informationHistorical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will meet on Monday, May 21 beginning at noon at the Okeechobee Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98. Bring a covered dish and join the fun!Orchid and Garden Clubs to meet May 21The Orchid Club will meet on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. Growers will be available to help with orchid problems. Bring your blooming plants to show. The Garden Club w ill meet at 6 p.m. with Extension Agent Dan Culbert and a Master Gardner. For more information please call the Extension Of ce at 863-763-6469.CCC meeting announcedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce, 700 S.W. Second Ave. OHS Scholarship and A wards Nights announcedOHS will host Scholarship Night on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. and OHS Awards Night on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m.Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightTuesday, May 22, from 5 p.m. until. Cypress Hut Eagles will be having Lasagna dinner $6. All proceeds go to Charity Community Fund. The public is welcome. Y outh Livestock Show meeting announcedThe Annual Meeting for Okeechobee Y outh Livestock Show will be held at 7 p.m. on May 29 at Osceola Middle School gym. Exhibitors who sold an animal must bring their buyer’s plaque to this meeting. Chobee Steelers to performThe “Chobee Steelers” will appear at the Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at the Seasoned Senior meeting Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. The group of 14 young people who play the steel drums, is a part of a violence prevention program under the direction of Shirlean Graham. Everyone is welcome to attend and a pot luck dinner will be served. An offering will be taken to help fund this worthwhile program.Memorial Day services announcedMemorial Day Honors will be held on May 28 at the Okeechobee Veterans Park beginning at 10 a.m. All local veteran units are asked to post their colors by 9:45 a.m. and to introduce themselves at that time for honor recognition. Members who have passed during the 2011/2012 will be announced during ceremonies. Please bring lawn chairs as seating is very limited. Ceremonies are sponsored by Okeechobee Memorial Post 64 of the American Legion.Putt-Putt Tourney to bene t Care CampsGood Habits and Old Spirits 9th Annual Putt-Putt Tournament at the KOA for KOA Care Camps. Memorial Day Monday, May 28. Sign up at Good Spirits, 245 U.S. 441 S.E., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tee-off time is 2 p.m. at KOA. Must be 21 to play. $8 entry-2-man scramble-blind draw. BBQ beef and pork sandwiches available at KOA PuttPutt from noon til ??? for $5. Reaching out to kids with cancer because laughter really is the best medicine for children.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Joey Hoover on Tuesday, June 12 from 10 a.m.–noon, and will be held in Commissioner Hoover’s ofce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., Room 244. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Considering Adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent “Forever Families” for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children’s Home Society’s Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.OCA sponsors Fun ShootOkeechobee Christian Academy will host a Fun Shoot on June 9 with registration at 8 a.m. at the OK Corral Gun Club, 6341 N.E. 96th Ave. The last shooter must take the course at 10 a.m. All proceeds will bene t the Okeechobee Christian Academy Scholarship Fund to help make a quality Christian education available to more children. Team sponsorship is $350 for four shooters and includes lunch. Individial shooter registration is $85 and includes lunch. Lunch for nonshooters is $20. For more information, call 863-634-2276.Golf scramble to bene t OHS basketballA golf scramble will be held to bene t the OHS basketball program for transportation and equipment on Saturday, June 9, at the Blue Heron Golf Course. Tournament begins at 8 a.m. participants should be earl y to register in order to start promptly at 8 a.m. The cost per person is $35 or $140 per team. Breakfast will be provided. There will be prizes for rst second and last place. For more information, please contact the school at 863-462-5025.Pet rescue needs volunteersLooking for a summer volunteer project? The Okeechobee Pet Rescue Humane Society is in dire need of volunteers. Students can commit volunteers hours as Communit y service hours for school credit. Probationers can serve hours helping out the pups and any local animal lovers can help us to make a better place for the pets. This is a nonpro t organization with no paid staff. Pet / Rescue cannot stay in business without support from the community. Any takers? Call 863-357-1104. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com Call 863-763-3134 to reserve your space or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com1/8 — $75 + $30 color1/4 — $100 + $50 color1/2 — $200 + $75 colorATTENTION: PARENTS!The Okeechobee News will be publishing a special tribute to OHS 2012 Seniors, it will be published in the June 10, 2012 edition.Deadline: June 5, 2012 7 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Farm BureauFarm Bureau Speech ContestThe Farm Bureau Speech High School Contest participants were from (top photo) left to right, Brandon McKee, winner; Sarah Davis, second place; Nicholas Kielbasa, third place; and Andrew Smiley, fourth place. Judges in the back row were from left to right are judges Amy Daniel and Mickey Bandi. Not pictured are Carey Daniel and Ben Butler. For the Middle School (bottom), the Farm Bureau Speech rst place winner was Zachary Kielbasa (left) and Christine Smiley, who nished in second place (right).


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The friends, family and staff at CenterState Bank encourages everyone to give their nurse(s) a big hug in appreciation of their countless hours and sel ess acts of noble dedication, as we all count on nurses to make us feel better during our weakest moments. In addition to serving the a picnic style lunch, CenterState Bank provided a chance to win coolers and a BBQ grill. CenterState Bank pays tribute to Nurses Week Special to the Okeechobee News/ CenterState BankFrom left to right are: Shannon Conrad and Tabitha Trent, CenterState Bank; RN Tonya Jackson and RN Wendi Miller. Summer already? It will be soon enough. What activities have you planned for your children this summer, how about your teens? The Shared Services Network (SSN) released the 2012 Summer Activity Guide on Thursday, May 3. A copy of the guide was sent home with every student in the Okeechobee County School System. Their hope is that this guide will assist parents in nding activities to keep local children safe, supervised and active this summer. If you would like a copy or more information about this guide, pl call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257, Shared Services Network of Okeechobee. Active in Okeechobee 2012 Summer Activity Guide


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 13 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A student at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy (OAA) was arrested after he allegedly shoved two female nurses and then ran from the school. Gannon Lee Chapman, 15, S.E. 93rd Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, May 16, on a felony charge of battery on a school board employee. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy John Fisher, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that a teacher took Chapman to the nurse’s of ce at the school after he appeared to “pass out at his desk.” One of the school nurses placed a blood pressure cuff on Chapman’s right arm then turned away to answer the telephone. Chapman apparently took off the cuff, so a second nurse bent over to pick it up. When she did, the teen allegedly pushed her with both hands. The force of the push propelled her backward, stated the report. At that point he reportedly started running for the door and pushed the second nurse into the door jam and out of his way, Deputy Fisher’s report stated. According to the deputy Chapman ran out of the school, through the playground and jumped over a perimeter fence. Deput y Fisher added that he found Chapman sometime later in a wooded area on the east side of the school campus. The deputy’s report does not indicate i f the nurses were injured. Student accused of shoving school nurses By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee Achievement Academy (OAA) student was arrested on a felony drug charge after he was reportedly found to have pills in his possession while at school. Deputy John Fisher, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), stated that Austin Shay Holmes was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a medication outside its original container. Holmes, 17, S.W. 87th Terrace, Okeechobee, was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. The deputy’s report stated that an OAA teacher contacted the school’s principal about a student, Holmes, who possibly had some pills in his possession. Principal Randy Weigum searched Holmes and the student allegedly told Mr. Weigum that he had some medication on him. Holmes then handed the principal a plastic bag containing four pills and a capsule, stated the deputy’s report. The pills were then turned over to the deputy. According to Deputy Fisher four of the tablets were identi ed as acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrocholoride. The capsule was identi ed as cephalexin, which is an antibiotic. Deputy Fisher went on to state that Holmes told him he is prescribed the pills for an injury but, when asked, could not explain why the pills had not been given to the school nurse. School policy mandates that medications can only be dispensed by the school nurse. OAA student arrested on drug charge Austin Shay Holmes Gannon Lee Chapman Foster parents needed Free training programHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.Okeechobee Blood Drives planned for MayThere are fewer people in town, but the need for blood continues. If you are at least 17 years old and in good health, you can help save lives by donating blood. Blood drives planned in Okeechobee this month include:  Tuesday, May 22 -IRSC Campus, 2 8 p.m.  Wednesday, May 23 -Okeechobee Correctional Institution, public welcome, noon 5 p.m.  Saturday, May 26 -Wal-Mart, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.  Sunday, May 27 -St. Theresa Catholic Church BHR (KofC drive), 10 a.m. 3 p.m.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “I’m a dog baby sitter,” said Lisa Marie Turner, owner of Claws and Paws. “This is not a job, this is my passion,” she added. Claws and Paws offers day care and boarding for dogs in either kennels or suites. Ms. Turner has kennels for small dogs, large dogs and, her favorite, geriatric dogs. Each of the six suites is decorated in a different theme and all have television and DVD players. Unless necessary, doors are not closed in the suites. The dogs are con ned by the use of baby gates. In the kennels the dogs listen to a variety of music. The dogs also play outside in a large, fenced yard. The entire facility is air conditioned. Currently, Claws and Paws offers dog bathing and grooming. However, starting J une 1, those functions will be handled by Mike Guerrero, who will be operating a separate business at the same location. Ms. Turner worked for veterinarian Dr. J im Harvey, handling his boarding. When the veterinarian built a new building, he offered to lease her his old building to operate her own business. Her long-range future plans include buying adjoining property for more outdoor play area for the dogs. She has worked in the medical and cosmetic elds but she says she would rather be with dogs. Paws and Claws is located at 2949 S.R. 70 W. The hours are Monday through Frida y from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone numbers are 863-697-3716 and 863-357-6700.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Claws and Paws boards dogs in style and comfort 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 24Hour Customer Service AUTO • HOME • LIFE • RETIREMENTLori C. BergerExclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8737 The Canvas Shop, LLCOn-site servicePrivacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modi cations 909 S. Parrott Ave., Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34974 Carl and Donna Gaiser 863.763.7500 fax 863.763.6754 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts www.inkwell4ink.com 909 So. Parrott Ave Okeechobee 863-357-4INK •VIP Discounts (4465)Tattoos & Piercings 863.532.1077Free Estimates Lic# 1862 Lic#10355 Licensed & Insured New Fashions, Accessories, Unique Gifts, & Jewelry OPENMon Thurs 10am to 6pm Friday 10am 7pm Sat. 9am-3pm863-357-8664 tonischicboutique@centurylink.net Toni Bennett DoyleNotary Service Available Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES 863.763.1141300 NW Park St OkeechobeeCall a PRO fessional EliUNISEX HAIR SALONErica 863.261.6584 Juanita 863.990.6132 Elizabeth 863.532.1321 Doc 863.697.8549All Beauty ByIn the Curren Electric Building 143 NW 36th St. Okeechobee BABY AUTO SALES BUY HERE PAY HERESe Habla EspaolOwnerAlex Estremera babyauto@embarqmail.com863-763-1000 863-763-1039 fax 711 N. Parrott Ave. An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 14 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaLisa Marie Turner sits with one of her furry friends in one of the decorated suites at Claws and Paws pet care. Big ‘O’ Boats has moved to a new location and is now open for business at 106 N.W. 36th St. in Okeechobee. The company was previously located at 1000 N.W. Ninth St. Big ‘O’ Boats will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and by appointment on weekends. For more information, call 863-763-8650 or 863-484-0427. Big ‘O’ Boats opens in new location


WASHINGTON — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has announced awards to help states expand availability of wireless technology in farmers’ markets not currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The $4 million in funding provides SNAP participants greater access to fresh and healthy food, while supporting American farmers and local economies. “Our country’s 7,100 operating farmers markets offer opportunities to our children and their families to access healthy food across the country,” said Deputy Secretary Merrigan. “SNAP participation at farmers’ markets helps provide fresh fruit and vegetables to families and expands the customer base for local farmers a win-win for agriculture and local communities.” USDA National Farmers Market Directory lists farmers markets that accept SNAP and these other federal nutrition programs. It is available at: http://farmersmarkets.usda.gov. In the past, farmers’ markets, which usually do not have access to phone lines or electricity, have had dif culty redeeming SNAP bene ts through the Electronic Bene t Transfer (EBT) system. As a result of funding provided by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, States may provide wireless equipment to currently non-participating farmers’ markets, opening the door for their participation in the Program. “This funding will help SNAP customers increase their opportunities to access healthy, local foods,” added Deputy Secretary Merrigan. “And evidence suggests the y will take advantage of that access. When we couple this approach with strategies like the education, cooking demonstrations, and community support often found at farmers markets, consumption of healthy foods should rise even more.” There are currently over 1,500 farmers markets using EBT technology. Since 2008, SNAP expenditures at farmers markets have risen by 400 percent. USDA grants to increase farmers market participation in SNAP 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Payroll Service Taxes Consulting Bookkeeping/Accounting Charles T. Thornton Accounting 8761 St. Rd. 78 W Okeechobee, FL 34974 Tel: 863-455-2029 Fax: 800-240-9558Chuck1040@aol.comBusiness & Personal Accounting Solutions Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com Call a PRO fessional AllŽ UPHOLSTERYAuto Boat Airplanes M&M Auto Brokers, Inc. Buy Here! Pay Here!As low as $500 Down Easy Payment CASH FOR JUNK! We’ll Work with you! C all Mitch (863) 763-0330 Cell 954-214-8877 mandmautobrokersinc.com3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee your 1st class is free just call # 863-467-1806 415 s.w. park street okeechobee, fl 34972 haganah / f.i.g.h.t. combat fitness, muay thai, j.l.f.s. kickboxing Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 15 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 Cows and bulls sold steady compared to last week. Calves under 400# steady to $2 Higher. Over 400# mostly steady. Numbers are still off. Expect prices to remain relatively steady until runs pick up. Corn estimates were Higher than expected could help the feeder calf market a little. Legg Cattle Co, Palm City, topped the calf market with a High of $3.40 bought by Foy Reynolds. Zipperer Farms, Ft. Myers, topped the cow market with a High of 95.00 bought by Central Beef. We have 4 Purebred 2 1/2 year old Angus Bulls for Sale! Todd


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The exciting season of Okeechobee High School ag football came to an end W ednesday with Kyla Hargraves named Most Valuable Player, Paige McCrary and Carley McCoin named Offensive Players of the year, and Sha'Dajia Williams named the Defensive Player of the year at their annual awards banquet. Coach Bruce Jahner said the 2012 season had its highs and lows but was the best ag football season in school history. The team set a record for wins with eight, points, and touchdown passes. Maci Thomas broke a school record with a 75-yard touchdown reception. Quarterback Hargraves threw 21 touchdown passes and McCrary caught a school record seven touchdown passes. Morgan Crawford ended a four-year career w ith four interceptions. Brooke Snyder, Carley McCoin, Destiny Nunez, Tiffany Bowers and Aubrey Robertson all had three interceptions. The team also ended the season with three teams and 48 active players. The Lady Brahmans were also the district runners-up for the rst time. District Champion Seminole Ridge won the state championship. Williams, only a freshman, said her teammates really helped her understand her responsibilities. She intends to play next year and work hard to continue to improve. "The team was awesome. We had our ups and downs but we always came together when we needed to," she said. Crawford said she was excited to win the Brahman Award for the second time. She began her career with two winless teams but saw the team become competitive over the last two years. "I like being competitive and when you're on defense it's up to you to win the game. Coach Jahner always said offense sells tickets and defense wins the games. I had a passion for defense," she explained. Crawford intends to enroll in Miami Dade Community College and become a doctor. McCrary said she felt she did a good job this year. She was a tall target down the eld and was able to catch passes in traf c. "I really enjoyed my senior year. The girls need to keep it up and believe in themselves because they can do anything." She intends to play volleyball and attend Indian River State College. Another option is joining the U.S. Army. Jahner said the program moved in the right direction this year. He praised assistant coaches Robert Coleman and Jimmy Mills for their help. He said the girls were fun to coach even when they were grumpy. "We keep basically everybody. We lose four seniors but we have some younger girls and a really good nucleus of our team's offense and defense coming back," he explained. There were a number of scholar athletes on the team, McCoin, Nunez, Hargraves, Robertson, Darby Jones, Thomas, Snyder, Crawford, Maranda Serrana and Cheyenne Thibodeau. JV Awards for two teams were also announced. For coach Jahner's team, Kailey Arnold was named Offensive Player of the Year and Hunter Hair won the Defensive Player o f the year award. For coach Todd Jones' team Kaitlin Jolly was named Defensive Player o f the Year, Taylor Trent won Offensive Player of the Year, Natasha Sullivan took home the Brahman Award and Thaddricka Sanders won the Most Valuable Player Award. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. 301 N.E. 19th Drive(Across from the old hospital)112 South W. C. Owens Ave. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but more than 98 percent of skin cancers can be cured with early detection. Schedule your skin check today if: Youve ever spent time in the sun for work or play You have a spot on your skin that has changed shape or color You have a spot that bleeds and never seems to healMost insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid 16 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 OHS ag football team honored at awards banquet Kyla Hargraves won the MVP Award for OHS Flag football as she set school records for touchdown passes. Sha’Dajia Williams won the Defensive Player of the Year Award for OHS ag football. Carley McCoin and Paige McCrary were named Offensive Players of the Year for OHS ag football. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMorgan Crawford took home the Brahman Award from the OHS Flag Football Banquet. She poses with coach Bruce Jahner.


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Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $650 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. S.W. Section 3BR/2BA 1 Car garage. Lrg back yard with mature Oak Trees. $875.00 monthly. 1st and security total $1,750 to move in. Call 863-634-5586 SW Section CBS House 2/1, tile oors, near WalMart. $700 a month, $1,500 to move in. 712 SW 15th St. Okee. 863-634-0512 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads 17 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week:ASSAULTS 500 block of N.W. Fourth St.  1600 block of N.E. 13th St.  100 block of U.S. 98 N.  500 N.W. Fourth St.  300 block of N.W. 32nd Ave.  3200 block of S.E. 33rd TerraceBURGLARIES 10000 N.W. 33rd Terrace  2000 block of S.W. 67th Drive  8800 block of S.E. 57th Drive  7400 block of S.W. 21st Parkway (vehicle)  7400 block of S.W. 21st Parkway (vehicle)  7400 block of S.W. 21st Parkway (vehicle)  2700 block of N.E. Sixth Court  1600 block of N.W. Sixth St.  8800 block of S.E. 68th Drive (vehicle)  7400 block of S.W. 21st Parkway  2300 block of S.W. 28th St.  900 block of S.R. 78 W.  700 block of N.W. 21st Lane  2200 block of S.E. 40th Ave.FORGERY 1900 block of U.S. 441 S.E.THEFTS 8100 block of U.S. 441 S.E. ( rearm)  11000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (boat motor)  5900 block of N.E. Second St. (trailer)  6000 block of N.E. Ninth Way (medications)  1500 block of S.R. 70 E. (phone)  2600 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace (bicycle)  1700 block of N.W. 45th Terrace (phone)  200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (identity)  1500 block of N.W. 45th Terrace (scrap metal)  2800 block of U.S. 441 N. (cell phone, I-phone)  28000 block of N.W. 12th Terrace (two AC units)  11000 block of N.E. 84th Ave. (medications)  6000 block of S.E. Eighth St. (check)  S.W. 67th Drive (generator)  3400 block of S.E. 34th Ave. (copper wire)  2300 block of S.W. 24th Ave (air compressor, medications)  1600 block of S.R. 70 W.  3700 block of S.W. 13th Terrace (medications)VANDALISM 2300 block of N.W. 32nd Ave.  1600 block of N.E. Fifth St. Office Space Rent SUN PLAZA 2 Of ce Spaces avail. immediately. Approx. 1200 sq. ft. each. 909 S. Parrott Ave. Call Brenda Kemp at: 863-447-9246. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lots SaleGreat Building Lot Located in Brentwood Estates. 0.65 acres, water deposit paid, house pad in place to accommodate up to 3500 SQ. ft. home. REDUCED TO $39,500 CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $100 A Week Pay your own electric. Call 863-610-4625 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 RV Park Fully Furnished Trailer w/Florida Room. $500.00 a month For more information please call Laura at 863-357-1050. TREASURE ISLAND -3/1 mobile home, on water, dock, $700/mo (561)262-1390 Mobile HomeSale3br, 2bath singlewide zone II mobile home only $8,800. Excellent for Glades County. Call 863-357-4849 3br and 4br Jacobsen Homes built with quality construction. Easy nancing available with low down payment. Average credit accepted. Call Larry or Sandy 863-357-4849 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Mobile HomeSaleNew 3br, 2 bath doublewide only $49,900 Very easy nancing. No money down with your trade-in. 863-357-4849 New 4br, 2 bath Jacobsen doublewide only $59,900 includes setup, a/c, skirting and steps. Very easy nancing. Low down payment 863-357-4849 PALM HARBOR VILLAGE New 2012 Models Doubles & Singles $15K Off All Homes 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pickup TrucksFor Sale 2002 Nissan Frontier Excellent Condition for $8,900. Call Kaley at (863)261-5040 18 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds By Eric KoppOkeechobee News With the use of a con dential source, the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force was able to seize a large amount of cash and over 6 ounces of suspected marijuana from a man’s home. Jacob Kenneth Bryan, 25, S.W. 15th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, May 16, on felony charges of sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $16,000. Jail records indicate that he has been released on bond. An arrest report by a detective with the task force stated that a condential source was used to buy marijuana from Bryan. The detective then stated that Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger signed a search warrant to be served on Bryan’s home. During that search task force detectives reportedly found a digital scale, various pipes usually used to smoke marijuana, $1,200 in cash and 179.6 grams (approximately 6.4 ounces) of suspected marijuana. All of the suspected marijuana was eld tested, continued the detective’s report, and those tests indicated positive results for the presence of marijuana. Local man arrested on felony pot charge Jacob K. Bryan Investigations Crimes Victims Assistance The Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. offers advocacy services in the Treasure Coast, (Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties) to people with disabilities who are victims of crime or who have become disabled as a result of their victimization. The services CILO can provide include advocacy, to assist crime victims and witnesses through the criminal justice systems including court accompaniment. Also, CILO offers referral services to the appropriate community resources or social service agencies to help meet victim needs. This assistance includes navigating the community agency groups to nd the right services to assist the victims. A few other services now offered include: Assistance with Crime Victim Compensation Claims, bene t assistance, relocation funds, restraining orders, information, referral services, and education and training to individuals and groups pertaining to the Victim of Crime Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act..


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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook 19 Okeechobee News May 20, 2012 May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month. Regardless of which type of business you are in, healthy employees are crucial to productivity. Raulerson Company Care offers a wide variety of Occupational Health Services to maintain a strong and healthy workforce in both the public and private sectors. Company Care offers pre-employment physicals and/or drug and alcohol screenings, right here in Okeechobee, for fast results. Company Care also offers Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) certi ed physicals and drug and alcohol testing, for employers requiring this standard. In addition to pre-employment needs, Company Care is also a trusted partner in providing healthcare and case management services for employees injured on the job. Company Care utilizes the Raulerson Hospital Emergency Room to treat injured employees after hours. The Company Care free-standing clinic is utilized during normal business hours for acute injuries/illnesses. Company Care even accommodates Workers' Compensation cases, offering an ongoing communication with employer and the w orkers' compensation carrier. This comprehensive occupational health services provider coordinates, monitors and evaluates the medial care of injured employees. In conjunction with physicians, trained personnel manage patient cases, coordinate all clinical appointments including referrals to specialists, and provide communication to the employer and/or insurance carriers to ensure the Medical Plan of Treatment is being adhered to for an aggressive return to work status. Company Care provides 24-hour access for any medical care that companies in the community request, including many onsite services. More than 50 businesses and municipalities in our community rely on the network of healthcare provided by Company Care. If your business needs an occupational health partner to keep your workers safe and healthy, contact Company Care today about receiving information on hospital sponsored classes and events, as well as employer based health and wellness fairs. May is health & tness month Courtesy photoRegardless of which type of business you are in, healthy employees are crucial to workplace productivity.