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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: 05-27-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, May 27, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 64 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.74 feetLast Year: 10.31 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.D.A.R.E. graduation ... Page 3 Local man dies in airboat accident ... Page 14 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A circuit court judge ruled this week that a local man must take down his web site that accuses Sheriff Paul May of killing his mother, and to stop handing out business cards that lead people to believe the sheriff has cancer. Judge Elizabeth Metzger issued the temporary injunction Monday, May 21. Barry Rhodes’ web site—sheriffmay.com— calls Sheriff May a “moral leper” and accused him of corruption, taking payoffs, being a racist and ignoring violations of law by his deputies. Mr. Rhodes also alleged that his mother, Rhodes ordered to remove web siteSee SHERIFF — Page 17 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “It was very simple. It worked. Everybody loved it.” Those were the words of Charles McGuire, describing the McGuire Rig. From the time he invented it in 1963 until the end of the Vietnam War the McGurie Rig was responsible for the safe rescue of countless U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. Okeechobee resident Charles McGuire, 86, is a 30year military veteran who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. As a small child in Ohio his mother was taking him by the hand as they walked downtown. He saw a soldier and was amazed. He said he thought the man was 20 feet tall. As he stared up he asked his mother who that man was and she said he was a solder. “When I get big that’s what I want to be,” he replied. Mr. McGuire served in the Navy rst. He was 17 when World War II broke out. He wanted to join the army but his parents would not sign the enlistment papers. Then he met a Navy recruiter who told him what to say. This time when he brought the enlistment papers home he told his parents that if they did not sign he was going to hop a train to the west coast and work in a shipyard. It worked and his parents signed the papers. Mr. McGuire Local veteran invented rescue rig Okeechobee News/ le photoThis photo of Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce K-9 Widgen was taken on her 11th birthday. She died May 14. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News K-9 Widgen made her rst drug arrest at the tender age of 10 months. At the age of 13 years, she made her last. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce OCSO says goodbye to K-9 WidgenSee WIDGEN — Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Donald J. Taylor, Project Delta Reconnaissance Team LeaderThe McGuire Rig, invented by Okeechobee resident Charles McGuire, was used during the Vietnam War to rapidly extract troops from the jungle via helicopter.See McGUIRE — Page 14 Charles McGuire


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Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastMemorial Day : A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. South wind around 5 mph. Monday Night : A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tuesday : A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. South southwest wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News For three hours Thursday Okeechobee fth graders got one full-court blitz of antidrug messages from Okeechobee nest and even their peers. The annual D.A.R.E. graduation caps a two month effort to combat the use of alcohol and other drugs in Okeechobee. Terry Allen Jones was the featured speaker this year as he presented 25 minutes of all out anti drug messages and motivated the kids to be able to ght peer pressure and the temptation of drug use throughout their lives. His message also touched on other problems that affect school kids like bullying and event texting and driving. Jones said drugs are something students w ill have to wrestle with for the rest of their life. "This is not a class or program anymore, this is a way of life. The things you've been taught to do must continue into the future," he added. He said kids must be aware of the dangers, understand the problem, and build character in order to say no to drugs and cigarettes. He said character is best de ned as what you will do if you know you could get away with it. "Stop say no, and follow the lifestyle that you have started. Its hard, y ou have to learn, people will laugh at you and call you chicken, they'll make you feel bad." He said kids should admit they are scared of drugs. He said chicken stands for cool, honest, intelligent, clear headed, keen, energetic, and not interested in drugs. "I'd rather be a live chicken than a dead turkey." Christine Groso of North Elementary School was the County Speech Contest winner this year. She focused her remarks on what kids can do to stay off drugs. She went into the health problems caused by tobacco and other drugs. She said if you do drugs you can't do sports or vigorous activities. De ne, access, respond, and evaluate is the D.A.R.E. decision-making model. When presented with the opportunity to do drugs she urged her classmates to change the subject. "You don't have to say no to anyone but yourself. You know how to make a decision so make the right one." Winners of the poster contest this year included Rossa Morales of North Elementary, Kaytlin Moore of Seminole, Emily Hernandez of Everglades, Audra Meara of Osceola, Allen White of Okeechobee Achievement Academy, and Carmon Huntley of Okeechobee Christian Academy. The essay contest winners included Alexis Chittenden of North, Ariel Girardi of Everglades, Abigail Myers of Osceola, Barbara Lewis of the Okeechobee Achievement Academy and Cameron Huntley of Okeechobee Christian Academy. The speech winners at other schools included Patricia Fussell at Everglades, Simran Merchant at Osceola, and Jakeb Blevins at Okeechobee Achievement Academy. The Sheriffs Of ce had booths that explained their traf c unit, K-9 unit, the gang task force, their crime scene unit while Okeechobee Fire Rescue provided an ambulance. The FWC allowed students to see their patrol boat. Deputies were also on hand to explain their ght against narcotics, showed off various rearms and their agriculture unit and ATVs. 5th graders graduate D.A.R.E. program Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyChristine Groso of North Elementary received a $50 check from Okeechobee Sheriff Paul May and School Resource Of cer Mark Roberts as she recognizes the crowd during the D.A.R.E. Graduation. Motivational Speaker Terry Allen Jones speaks to fth graders from Okeechobee Schools at the Annual D.A.R.E. Graduation held Thursday at Okeechobee's Agri-Civic Center. Children’s Ranch needs sale itemsReal Life Children's Ranch is in need of good, saleable donations. Please come and nd great bargains. They are open Tuesday Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month of June.


A dvice for graduates Watch for opportunities. There is still a need for many services that no one is providing. I don’t know Okeechobee well enough t o know if it is totally without opportunities or not. I would wonder, though, how do you get out of Dodge if there is no money to go w ith? A cleaning or window washing business can be started with very little investment. There must be some folks who have t he money to pay for it but not the time. Do a good job and show yourself to be trustwort hy around others’ property and you will get repeat business. I know it seems like lowly w ork but it will get you started and some day s omething you like better may come along.  The job issues is not local. It’s hard to nd a job anywhere these days. A recent s tudy found half of recent college graduates either unemployed or working at minimum w age jobs. If you do nd work, value it. Do a good job so that when you do move on to s omething better—be it another job or more education, you will have a good reference from the employer.Freedom is dying What if Memorial Day reminds us of t imes when we had more freedom? What if freedom is dying right under our eyes? What if the memory of the past is more ful lling t han the reality of the present? What if the federal government could write any law, regulate any behavior and tax any event, no matter what the Constitution authorized? W hat if the majority in Congress rejects the idea of limited government and views the Constitution as granting it blanket power to do whatever it can get away with? What if t he constitutional prohibition on the government’s taking of life, liberty or property w ithout due process of law is only for show and is not for real? What if the House of Representatives seriously considered letting t he military lock up whatever Americans t he president ordered the troops to arrest, without charges led or lawyers present or a judge presiding? What if the House seriously debated this idea of inde nite military detention of Americans in America and actually voted in favor of it? What if this unconstitutional monstrosity becomes the law and your right to due process depends on whether you remain with the majority, stay silent or behave properly? What if the Constitution’s guarantees are not guarantees at all, but are subject to the whims of whoever is in power?  The US as we know it is dying. Cry and I have little hope left for its or our future.  As long as folks are allowed to add to the constitution they can change the effect of the law. As in “freedom of speech”-----”with civility.” Everyone knows and understands freedom of speech, but it is up to personal interpretation what civility amounts to. For instance, in the media and journalistic world many words are now used which were taboo years ago. Some may think it’s better, some may think it’s worse. I do feel it’s unfortunate that many will shrink away under the threat of an outspoken type taking up a debate with ones point of view. This is done during interviews on TV all the time. On the ip side, where is the freedom of speech when one has to be concerned about whether their “speech” is going to be wiped out after they exercise it? Both are, in essence, a threat to freedom of speech. I suggest that we all take a look at what happens when these types of threats exist. It appears to me that speech of any type diminishes when an organization is looking for only a very disciplined and scaled down type of participation. This could be bad or good, depending on your objectives and viewpoint. It causes much more competition to spring up as well as retaining a policy of your mother’s, which was “if you can’t say anything nice about someone, then don’t say it.” If this refers to presidents and congressmen as well as neighbors and other acquaintances, then you have very serious limitations.Tax credits Illegal workers get billions in child tax credit and the IRS knows about this loop hole. Many get more in tax refunds than they ever paid in. They get child tax credit for children who are not even in the United States and have never lived here. Just makes you feel warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? Once again the U.S. is being defrauded of billions of dollars and it is impossible for the IRS to stop it. The blood of heroes never diesBy Wendy Schaffer, pastoral counselorThe Pregnancy Center “We cherish, too, the Poppy red That grows on elds where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.” This poem was written by Moina Michael to honor those men and women who died while serving our nation during war. She conceived the idea of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day. Monies raised were to bene t our servicemen in need. Another tradition is to place a ag on the graves of those who served in wars. Memorial Day gives occasion for expressions of love and honor at gravesites, churches, parks and parades. Remember these men and women died, laid down their lives, for our freedom. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (or countrymen). Originally, Memorial Day was honored for those soldiers who died in the Civil War. Even though there was division in supporting the day, to include both Union and Confederate soldiers; eventually, Memorial Day became a national day of remembrance for our whole nation. My father was a prisoner of war, in Germany, during World War II. When he was captured he was wounded and by a miracle of God was sent to a hospital for treating wounded German soldiers. Miraculously, he was allowed to stay. He was in a room with a German soldier. They began as enemies but ended up friends to this day. They each mourn and remember lives lost. Years later, my Dad wrote a book, “Hatred to Mercy.” In the book, my Dad recalls that he was the youngest and newest addition to his squad. His job was to get mor e ammo for the squad. One day he returned to nd he “was the only left on the line from his squad. He joined another squad and before darkness fell they picked a spot for th e night. The foxhole seemed more like “a shallow grave.” He laid there listening for an y movement and absorbing the huge loss o f his squad. He wondered if he would survive. He wrote, “Looking at the heavens I started to pray, and I felt like I was talking directly to God. I never felt so close to Him. “I told Him I wouldn’t be sel sh enough to ask Him to spare me … I merely placed my life in His hands. As it says in the 23rd Psalm, ‘Though I walk through the valley o f the shadow of death, I fear no evil.’ A grea t peace came over me and I went to sleep.” My Dad closes his book with, “I think I proved that all American soldiers were no t demons, just as I learned the same thing about the German soldiers.” And, “can you imagine what the odds are of being a PO W that winds up the only American in a German town and then rescued by a German lady who had lived for 17 years in (my) home state? Awesome! Think about it! Remember the lives lost. Remember those who mourn. Remembe r those who suffer hardship because thei r loved one is no longer here. Remember th e soldiers, policemen, remen and others who lay down their lives for you and for me. May 27, 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. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Farm Bureau Speech ContestOkeechobee Farm Bureau speech winners included high school students Andrew Smiley, 4th place; Nicholas Kielbasa, 3rd place; Sarah Davis, 2nd place and Brandon McKee, winner. The judges, (back row) were Amy Daniel, and Mickey Bandi. Judges not pictured were Carey Daniel and Ben Butler. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Farm Bureau


(OCSO) K-9’s rst nd was in Glades County w here she found a small amount of marijuana a woman had hidden in the front of her pants. In Widgen’s nal arrest, in March of this y ear, she found marijuana and paraphernalia hidden down the front of an Okeechobee w oman’s pants. On Friday, May 25, 2012, members of the sheriff’s of ce and surrounding law enforcement agencies said goodbye to Widgen. The black Labrador who worked with OCSO Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills her entire life died Monday, May 14. She was found to be in the advanced stages of liver cancer. Sgt. Mills had taken his faithful partner to the Tri-County Veterinary Of ce in Fort Pierce to have a 9-pound tumor removed from her stomach. While on the operating table, surgeons found the cancer and contacted Sgt. Mills. “We chose not to wake her up,” said the v eteran narcotics detective. “A lot of labs die of cancer.” Widgen would have been 14 years old on Sept. 18, 2012. Haisley Funeral Home in Fort Pierce cremated Widgen. “I have her remains,” Sgt. Mills said. Sgt. Mills said when he took Widgen in for her surgery she was still attentive and had “never yelped or showed signs of pain.” However, he added, her appetite had w aned the last six to eight weeks and her w eight had dropped from 63 pounds to 58. “Everyone was sorry to hear it. Especially the old timers around here that Widgen made cases for,” Sgt. Mills added. In a memorial service held at the sheriff’s of ce Friday afternoon Sheriff Paul May spoke of Widgen’s accomplishments. Those accomplishments include:  the seizure of 22 pounds of methamphetamine—the largest bust in the county’s history;  con scating over 500 pounds of marijuana;  con scating over 200 pounds of powder cocaine;  nding over 2 pounds of crack cocaine;  helping put over 500 drug users and drug dealers in jail; and,  helping seize over $200,000 in cash. She also gave over 100 demonstrations for the public. Fellow OCSO K-9 handler Detective Rick Voss recounted for the crowd how, during a car search, Widgen alerted on the vehicle but the deputies were having trouble nding the dope. Widgen then went to the back seat of the vehicle to a telephone book. “If I hadn’t seen it I wouldn’t have believed it, but she started turning the pages of that phone book,” said Detective Voss. “She kept turning to, oh, I don’t know, page 250. And, there was the dope.” He said Widgen then looked at the of cers as is to ask if there was anything else she could do for them? Widgen was originally bred to be a duck dog by Doug Knight, who had Knight Kennels in Okeechobee. Mr. Knight named Widgeon after a species of duck. Mr. Knight gave the Lab to Sgt. Mills when she was 7 months old. He then changed the spelling of her name to Widgen. During her career at the OCSO, Widgen worked for three different sheriffs—Ed Miller, O.L. Raulerson and Sheriff May. Besides her talents at nding narcotics, Widgen was also a tracker and could not only nd suspects who were hiding from the law but she was also adept at nding rearms. “She even found a missing sheriff’s of ce radio,” recalled Sgt. Mills with a fond smile. After spending 24 hours a day and seven days a week with Widgen, Sgt. Mills said things have been hard since May 14. “It’s tough. You have a partner for 13 years...” he said, with his voice trailing off. “She was such a good dog.” During the memorial, fellow K-9 handlers urged Sgt. Mills to get another partner. But, he’s not sure when or if that will happen saying that, at a cost of about $8,500 for a trained K-9, that decision will be up the OCSO administration. Also, he added, there are three other people he has to consider. “This has been tough on the family. I’m not the only one to consider. I have a wife and two kids,” he pointed out. So, for the time being, Sgt. Mills will keep on working with and aiding other handlers in the training of their K-9s. The sheriff’s ofce currently has ve K-9s. And he’ll take solace in the fact that any one of us would be happy to still be around and working at the age of 91. “We’ll all be there one day,” he said. “This is nothing like losing an of cer, but it’s still a member of the family.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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“We thought of you today but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and will tomorrow too. We think of you in silence and make no outward show, for what it meant to lose you, only those who love you know. Remembering you is easy, we do it every day, it’s the heartache of losing you that never goes away. Your Loving Family In Memory of June Pearce 5 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 W IDGENContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppDetective Sergeant Jimmy Mills (far right) and his wife Melissa gaze fondly at the harness and lead of K-9 Widgen’s that had been framed in her remembrance. The items were given to Sgt. Mills and his family during a memorial held Friday, May 25, at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce to honor Widgen for her more than 13 years of service to the sheriff’s of ce.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries 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.Billie Waddell Huddle, 102Billie Waddell Huddle, passed away Monday, May 7, 2012. She was a native of W ythe County, daughter of the late Dexter Clauton and Mattie Sutherland W addell. She attended school in Wythev ille, Va., Virginia Intermont College, and Florida State University, and did post graduate work at the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University, holding degrees in Elementary Education and Library Science. Mrs. Huddle was employed by the Palm Beach County school system for 23 years. In 1968, due to the death of her husband, Stephen G. Huddle, she retired from the school system and returned to Virginia to care for her mother until her death in 1972. She was a charter member of the First Methodist Church in Indiantown, Fla., w here she served as organist for many years. She was a member of Unity Chapter 31 Order of the Eastern Star at Stuart, Fla. She served many y ears as a volunteer of the Wythe County Community Hospital and the Red Cross. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a son, Stephen Huddle, Jr. She is survived by son, Bill W. Huddle, of Fla.; daughter-in-law, Barbara Huddle, of Charleston, S.C.; six grandchildren; and a host of loving great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held on May 9, 2012, at Mt. Pleasant UMC Cemetery. The Reverend J oe Mack Taylor of ciated. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church or Hospice of Southw est Virginia, 600 West Ridge Rd., Wytheville, V a. 24382. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.highlandfuneralservice.com. A rrangements by Barnett Funeral Home, W ytheville, VA. Luther ‘Lucky’ Lowe, OKEECHOBEE Luther Lucky' Lowe, passed away on May 21, 2012, in Monroe, Wis. He is survived by his daughter, Calista Lowe; and grandson, Craig Grindrod of Madison, Wis.; sisters, Mamie Bass, and Linda Padgett of Okeechobee, Barbara Galvin of Bushnell, Fla,; brothers, David Lowe and Charles Lowe of Okeechobee. He is preceded in death by his wife, Germaine Lowe; sons, Turk and Will Lowe; parents, Luther and Pearl Lowe; brother, Daniel Lowe; sisters, Juanita Tillman and Laura Clark. There will be an intimate memorial service for close family and friends at Abundant Blessings Assembly of God on Friday, June 1st, at 10:30 a.m. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 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. Okeechobee High JROTC will render honors to all Veterans. Citizens of Okeechobee are invited to attend and bring the kids. Please bring lawn chairs as seating is very limited. Ceremonies are sponsored by Okeechobee Memorial Post 64 of the American Legion.Youth Livestock Show meeting announcedThe annual meeting for Okeechobee Youth 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.Eagles North to host BINGO nightOn Tuesday, May 29 Eagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee, will have BINGO beginning at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Eagles to host BINGOEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have bingo Wednesday, May 30, starting at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community Bene t Fund.Martha’s House holds monthly yard saleMartha's House will hold its monthly yard sale on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4134 U.S. 441 N. Call 863-763-2893, with questions.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. This informative, casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS' adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we tr y 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. Cypress Hut Eagles to host Memorial Day Service The Cypress Hut Eagles will host a Memorial Day service on Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m. Finger food will be served. Following w ll be the installation of new of cers. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund.BHR VFW Post to host Memorial Day ServiceVFW Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge will host Memorial Day Services at 1 p.m. on May 28 with dinner served after services from 1 until 4 p.m. Chicken dinners will be available for just $7 each. Proceeds to bene t the homeless veterans in our area. Open to the public. For more information, please call 863-467-2882.Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightOn Tuesday May 29 Cypress Hut Eagles will host a dinner beef tips with noodles and salad by Noni $6, from 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. The public is welcome.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. Barbecue beef and pork sandwiches available at KOA Putt-Putt from noon til ??? for $5. Prizes*Fun*Giggles*. Reaching out to kids with cancer because laughter really is the best medicine for children. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 Public Meeting The South Florida Water Management District announces a meeting of the Governing Board on June 4, 2012, at 3:00 PM at the SFWMD Headquarters, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406. All or part of the meeting may be conducted as a teleconference in order to permit maximum participation by Governing Board members. The Governing Board may take of cial action at the meeting on any item appearing on the agenda and on any item that is added to the agenda as a result of a change to the agenda approved by the presiding of cer of the meeting pursuant to Section 120.525, Florida Statutes. At this meeting, the Governing Board will discuss, consider and act on District business. A copy of the June 4, 2012, meeting agenda is available at www.sfwmd.gov For an agenda or additional information, you may also contact Jacki McGorty, District Clerk, 561-682-2087, jmcgorty@sfwmd.gov Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com (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 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 7 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Electric bill assistance is available for seniorsOkeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAP grant. You must be sixty or over or have someone in the household sixty and over. This grant will pay for electric bills and space heaters. You must have a Final Notice. Call Sheila at 863462-5180 to nd out the documentation you will have to apply. We saw an improvement on demand & prices this week. Looks like we are settling into a realistic market. Cows & bulls were about steady to $1 higher. Calves were $2-$3 higher on heavier calves and $3-$5 on lighter calves. Rain has been good! Prices are good! Things are looking good. Four L Land & Cattle, Indiantown, topped the calf market with a high of $3.30 bought by Foy Reynolds. Jaye Saunders, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 97.50 bought by Central Beef. We have four, purebred 2 1/2 year old Angus Bulls for sale! Todd


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee County had 64 fewer people collect unemployment bene ts in April as the unemployment rate fell from 9.3 to 9-percent according to the monthly report of the US Department of Labor, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The report said 1,706 residents received bene ts last month which were over 300 fewer than the amount that received bene ts in April, 2011. Glades County had a rate of 8.3 percent in April, down from 8.6 percent in March. The number of residents who collected bene ts dropped from 443 to 418. Around the area, Martin County had 8.1 percent, Hendry County had 10.7 percent, Palm Beach County 8.6 percent, Highlands County 7.9 percent, St. Lucie County 10.7 percent and Osceola County 9-percent. The state average was 8.3 percent, down from 8.6 percent in March. The national rate fell from 8.4 to 7.7 percent last month. Okeechobee County stood at 16th among Florida Counties while Glades County stood 27th highest. The report also showed the labor force declined in Okeechobee by 145 workers in April. The work force declined by 125 people in Glades County in April. Jobless rate continues decline 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Wising you a great 50th birthday and many more!!! WE LOVE YOU!!! Love, Mom, Brother, Bob; Son, Jack; Girlfriend, Cheryl, and the rest of the gang!!!! BILL ANKENY BIRTHDAY 8 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sergio MercadoRoadtrip funThe OHS SWAT Club (Students Working Against Tobacco) visited Universal Studios/Island of Aventures on Friday, May 11, as a reward for their participation and dedication throughout the year. Pictured here are Francisco Sanchez, Paola Prado, Jessica Prado, Jonny Estrada, Claudia Virto, Sergio Mercado, Marcos Pinon, Araceli Quiroz, Cynthia Villegas, Alfonso Portocarrero, Diana Roman, Rohnasya Stewart, Marisol Olvera, Bob Arredondo, Ana Trejo. SWAT advisor Ms. Anselmo, Coordinator Sylvia Zenith, Chaperones were Mr. Jones and Lucy Anselmo. CO-OP ANTIQUES say THANK YOUTo our loyal local customers: We would like to let you know our plans for the summer. Fun and quick craft classes, come in to schedule. Wednesday Seniors 20% off, Thursday Juniors 20% off, Saturday free gift with purchase. Friday open until 6:00 PM. THANK YOU for your continued support, we would not be a business without you! CO-OP ANTIQUES, 1214 SW 2nd Avenue (Behind Dairy Queen). Tues Sat 10 4, Friday until 6:00. Beth (863-532-9138), Judy (863-634-1552) Okeechobee Pickers!!! OCA to host Fun Shoot fundraiserOkeechobee 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 Avenue. 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. Give away drawings will include two one-year sporting clay memberships provided by the O K Corral Gun Club, Team sponsorship is $350 for four shooters and includes lunch. Individial shooter registration is $85 and includes lunch. Lunch fo r non-shooters is $20. For more information, call 863-634-2276.




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute St. Lucie Medical Center When Seconds Count, Count On Us! For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, call Consult-A-Nurse 863-763-9228, a FREE service sponsored by Raulerson Hospital and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Registered Nurses. 10 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 Raulerson Hospital invites members of the community to learn more about their medications. Join us for a Medication Review on June 13. A pharmacist from Raulerson Hospital will be available for complimentary, one-on-one meetings to discuss medications, possible side effects, drug interactions and perhaps even money saving advice. If you are interested in attending the Medication Review with the pharmacist call 863-763-9228 to register. Please bring a list of your medications with you. The Medication Review will be held on June 13 in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. New service availableRaulerson Hospital‘s newest patient service is also related to medication and pain management. The Walgreens Bedside Prescription Delivery Program is designed to provide patients being discharged from Raulerson Hospital with a convenient way to obtain the medications their doctor prescribes for their continued care at home. Before a patient is discharged from the hospital, they can elect to have the doctorprescribed medication necessary for their care at home, lled while they are still at the hospital. Registering is easy. Patients complete a simple form choosing to have the medications their doctor prescribed lled using the Walgreens Bedside Prescription Delivery Program. Participating in the bedside delivery program does not delay a patient’s discharge. The delivery itself is free. This bedside delivery service contributes to a smooth transition from the hospital without having to stop by a pharmacy and endure lines and waiting. Upon discharge, patients who utilized the bedside delivery program are under no obligation to continue using Walgreens for their pharmacy needs. For more information about the Walgreens Bedside Delivery Program or other services available at Raulerson Hospital contact: 863-763-2151 or visit www.RaulersonHospital.com Raulerson Hospital hosts complimentary review of prescription medication Special to the Okeechobee NewsA Raulerson Hospital pharmacist will be available for complimentary oneon-one meetings with local residents to discuss medications, drug interactions and possible side effects on June 13. Those interested in attending are asked to call 863-763-9228 to register. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPet of the WeekDude is a young, male Dachshund/ Miniature Pinscher mix, He loves other dogs and people too! He is laid back and quiet most of the time. He is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/ Rescue, on U.S. 98 next to the Livestock Market. Adoption fee is $175 which includes neuter and current shots. For more information, call 863 357-1104 Pet/Rescue is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 13 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of May 14-18 are: kindergarten students, John Mowery, Hailey Strout, Tanner St. Pierre; rst grade, Connor Peacock, Taylor Elgin, Kaylen Yarbrough, Austin Sperry, Mark Newton; second grade, Morgan Jackson, Kevin Leon, Phoenix Drake, Adrian Santamaria, Keenan Rucks; third grade, Jalyn Garcia, Ashley Brown, Charles Stevens, Shane Hubbard, Anela Tiu, Jace Selph; fourth grade, Bianca Fulks, Yamilet Reyna, Brenda Sixto, Chelsea Burgos; fth grade, Elizabeth Berry, Nayeli Urbina, Abi Morales-Medrano, Morgan Tripp and Luz Rivera. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSES Students of the Week Congratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of May 14-18. They are: Jennifer Aguilar, Adriana Garcia, Isabelle Wildey, Mason Boney, Zayda Ramirez, Emma Hickox, Lyndsey Jarriel, Ryker Waddell, Nathan Wilson, Yesenia Leon, Haley Joles, Alex Miller, Elly Mann, Joseph Rivera, Jonathan Rivera and David Dougan. Looking for a summer volunteer project? The Okeechobee Pet Rescue Humane Society is in dire need of volunteers. Students can commit volunteers hours as Community 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. Are you a cat lover? The Pet Rescue now has a special place just for cats. The cats and kittens need your help too! They need to be fed, watered and cared for. Can you donate an hour and a half to help them? This is a non-pro t organization with no paid staff. Pet/ Rescue cannot stay in business without support from the community. Any takers? Call 863-357-1104. Okeechobee Pet Rescue/Humane Society needs volunteers Okeechobee Stitchin' meets every Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and come join us for socialization and crafting fun. All crafts are welcome: knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, beading or embroidery. Have a question about something or want to learn a new craft or technique, this is the place to be. Work on your project, our current project, try something new, or teach us something new, we love to work and learn together. The last Thursday of each month is our pot luck luncheon. For more information call Sandy Brown, 863-697-3099, or Correy Geissinger, 863-467-2231. Okeechobee Stitchin’ Craft and sewing club meets


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 An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 14 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 spent three years in the Navy and then 27 years in the Army. In 1963 he was Sergeant Major of Project Delta, which involved long-range reconnaissance of Vietnam. Some of his men were heavily outnumbered in the jungle and called for extraction. A 35-foot rope ladder was dropped from a helicopter. As the men were climbing the rope ladder, the helicopter came under heavy re. As was standard procedure, the pilot ordered the rope ladder to be cut to hasten their escape. Fortunately the two men still on the ladder survived the fall and were picked up the next day. However, that night changed the course of events. Sgt. Maj. McGuire lay awake all night trying to think of a better way to extract troops. In the morning he put his thoughts on paper. The rst McGuire Rig was completed in three weeks. The extraction of a reconnaissance team was cut from minutes to seconds. The rigs were made in parachute maintenance shops in Vietnam from materials on hand such as nylon rope and cargo straps. Each rig had a seat and hand straps to hold on to and was attached to a nylon rope over 100 feet long. The long rope allowed the helicopter to hover at 100 feet. During an extraction three ropes with McGuire rigs attached could be thrown from a helicopter. A sand bag with a line attached to the McGuire Rig was thrown out of the helicopter to unfurl the line and pull the rig to the ground. Troops on the ground had to dodge the sand McGUIREContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man died from injuries he received after the airboat he was operating reportedly collided with a second airboat on a stormwater treatment area (STA) in Hendry County. Richard Ramsey, 20, died as a result of the Thursday morning accident, said Carli Segelson, public information coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). On the 15-foot Combee airboat with Mr. Ramsey was Mark E. Joiner, 23, also of Okeechobee. Ms. Segelson said he was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers. She did not know the extent or severity of his injuries. Ms. Segelson went on to add that the operator of the second boatJoshua C. Yates, 23, also of Okeechobeewas not injured in the 11:30 a.m. accident. While the May 24 incident is still under investigation, Ms. Segelson could say that the two boats collided in a marshy area of STA #5, which is located just west of the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County. She said the two airboats were traveling together, with Mr. Yates in front. Mr. Yates apparently lost the trail and slowed down, added Ms. Segelson. At that point he noticed the second boat coming in his direction. Mr. Yates then accelerated but the second airboat, operated by Mr. Ramsey, allegedly struck the rst boat in the right side. Ms. Segelson said both Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Joiner were thrown from their airboat. She did not know Friday, May 25, if Mr. Yates was ejected from his 15-foot Combee airboat. She said the accident is still under investigation by of cers from FWC's south region. Okeechobee man dies in airboat accidentCO-OP ANTIQUES say THANK YOUTo our loyal local customers: We would like to let you know our plans for the summer. Fun and quick craft classes, come in to schedule. Wednesday Seniors 20% off, Thursday Juniors 20% off, Saturday free gift with purchase. Friday open until 6:00 PM. THANK YOU for your continued support, we would not be a business without you! CO-OP ANTIQUES, 1214 SW 2nd Avenue (Behind Dairy Queen). Tues Sat 10 4, Friday until 6:00. Beth (863-532-9138), Judy (863-634-1552) Okeechobee Pickers!!! bags. Once the troops were safely in the rigs, the helicopter rose straight up. When the helicopter reached a safe area, if there was enough fuel, the men were lowered to the ground and the helicopter landed for them to board. Otherwise, they had to ride all the way back to the forward operating base dangling 100 feet beneath the helicopter. There was no device to reel in the rig. "I didn't name the rig," Mr. McGurie asserted. "The reconnaissance teams said, This is the McGuire Rig,' so I am honored that it carries my name." The question he is most often asked is, "How much did the Army pay you for coming up with that rig?" His reply: "Not a penny, but money can't buy the satisfaction I received from handshakes, hugs and man y thanks!" Golf scramble to bene t OHS basketball programA 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. 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, contact the school at 863-462-5025.


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Detective Augustin Saucedo, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said the stolen tools were found during a check of local pawn shops. Estes was paid $20 for the two tools, which were valued at $450, stated the detective’s arrest report. According to the report the business owners noticed a $300 grinder missing on May 17, but they didn’t report it at the time because they thought it may have been misplaced. However, when an air ratchet turned up missing they contacted the sheriff’s of ce. The detective said Estes apparently took the tools while working at the auto body shop. Estes reportedly took the tools to the pawn shop on May 15. Pawn shop records indicated that Estes not only provided the shop with his identi cation, but also signed and put his thumbprint on transaction paperwork, stated the detective. Detective Saucedo said a hold has been placed on the tools and the owners will now have to reimburse the pawn shop in order to get their items back. Stolen tools found; ex-employee charged Kevin Chad Estes The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Curtis Ardley, 49, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 13 by Deputy Joseph Hall on a charge of battery on a detention deputy. His bond was set at $10,000.  Teresa Medecke Watson, 53, S.E. 91st Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested May 22 by Deputy John Ashby on a charge of driving under the in uence. She was released on her own recognizance.  Ronald William Feldpusch, 41, N.E. 31st Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 23 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on a charge of burglary of an occupied structure. His bond was set at $25,000.  Edgar Vazquez Delgado, 29, S.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 23 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of failure to appear refusal to submit to breath/blood/urine test, failure to appear driving while license suspended habitual offender and failure to appear possession of marijuana under 20 grams. He is being held without bond.  Dwayne A. McGee, 43, N.E. 168th St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 23 by Deputy Joe Gracie on felony charges of batter y on a law enforcement of cer and resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. He was released on his own recognizance.  Rebecca Marie Smith, 26, S.E. 88th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested May 24 b y Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation o f probation petit theft, violation of probation possession of hydrocodone and violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held without bond on those charges.  Charles Eugene Sadler, 20, N.E. 70th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 24 b y Deputy Joe Gracie on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Kevin Oscar Larson, 26, S.E. 86th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested May 25 by Detective Rosemary Farless on a felony charge o f child abuse. His bond had not been set as o f newspaper deadline. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Of ce located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. and you may call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Come nd out about the Baby Boutique!Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs playersThe Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs players! Even if you haven’t played euchre in a while, but want to brush up or learn, consider coming to the club sessions. Call John for more information at 863-357-0803. The club plays on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW on Hwy. 441 SE.


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We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Employment Part Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pets/SuppliesFOR SALE BLUE PIT PUPPIES 12 1/2 WEEKS OLD. HAD ALL SHOTS. $300.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Morkie Pups(Toy yorkie/maltese) 2 males,shots,health cert. Reg.papers.Adorable must see! Parents on Premises. $500.ea. cash. 863-610-2725/ email:looskin@aol.com. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. 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CALL TODAY (863)447-0742 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 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 Office Space RentFOR RENT OFFICE BUILDING 2,000 SQUARE FEET CLOSE TO COURT HOUSE TELEPHONE AND ALARM SYSTEM INSTALLED CALL 863-763-4831 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. 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Air conditioning, automatic transmission, four wheel drive, diesel, cruise control, power locks $9,800 /or best offer (863)678-8295 17 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 Fifth Wheels Pickup Trucks ACROSS 1 Grew older 5 American __: Pacific territory 10 Employee protection org. 14 Chore list heading 15 Old Geo model 16 Carrot or turnip 17 Legendary spring that creates spring chickens? 20 Garment border 21 Ill treat!Ž 22 Three, in Turin 23 College concentration 26 Pungent salad green 27 Mighty long time 28 Stat for Mariano Rivera 29 CEOs degree 31 Ford classics 33 Carvey of Waynes WorldŽ 35 Karaoke singer, usually 38 Grammy revoked from Milli Vanilli 42 Polite Ready to go?Ž 43 Linger in the tub 45 Start to melt 48 Bordeaux brushoff 50 Paranormal showman Geller 51 Fresh AirŽ airer 52 Rear end 55 Political aficionados station 57 Absorbed, as a cost 58 Circular cookie 59 Stable tidbit 60 Portland Trail Blazers home 66 Good fortune 67 Cursor controller 68 Diabolical 69 Fawns father 70 Campfire remains 71 Name that can precede the first word of 17-, 38or 60-Across DOWN 1 DOJ division 2 Bit of baby babble 3 Academic URL ender 4 Hawaiian who sang Pearly ShellsŽ 5 Inbox junk 6 Magnate Onassis 7 23-Across opposite 8 Atmospheric layer 9 Car sound system 10 El Dorado gold 11 Justice replaced by Sotomayor 12 Souped-up ride 13 Aegean capital 18 Time in office 19 I agree, however ... 23 __ school 24 Part of U.A.E. 25 Dicks storybook partner 26 Caravan creature 30 Girl group with the 1986 #1 hit VenusŽ 32 Spring blossom 34 Admin. aide 36 Pointy tool 37 Like a lions coat 39 It comes on little cat feet,Ž in a Sandburg poem 40 Campbells product 41 Fictional plantation 44 Reunion group 45 Entangles 46 Decline to participate 47 Grapefruitflavored diet drink 49 Academic sports org. 53 Detective Wolfe and an emperor54 Obviously!Ž 56 Throat bacteria 59 Tip jar bills 61 Heart test letters 62 Suffix with Canton 63 Anticipatory time 64 Trivial point 65 Drink by a dartboard By Angela Olson Halsted and Doug Peterson (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 02/21/11 02/21/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Visit our NEW and IMPROVED Website Florida.newszap.com Audrey, “died prematurely at the hands of Sheriff May.” According to the judge’s ruling, Mr. Rhodes had to stop handing out the business cards and take down his web site prior to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Those cards state: “Stop the cancer, pray for May, sheriffmay. com.” If he fails to do as ordered, Mr. Rhodes could face arrest. In a May 16 hearing, Sheriff May testi ed in circuit court that people who saw the cards took them to mean he has cancer. As he was questioned by his attorney Marc Sugerman, the sheriff said he didn’t know about the cards until someone said something to his wife at her place of work. “They were inquiring about my health,” he told Judge Metzger. He then stated emphatically that he does not have cancer and is not terminally ill. Mr. Rhodes, who represented himself at the hearing, claimed there was nothing personal intended with the cards or the web site and that he had no intention of trying to inuence the upcoming election. “I do believe the election is what this is all about. Absolutely,” said Sheriff May, who is seeking his third term in of ce. “The whole thing, Mr. Rhodes, is that I’ve spent 35 years in Okeechobee trying to build my reputation and now someone has taken about ve minutes to destroy it.” While on the witness stand Sheriff Ma y told the judge that the cards and web site interfere with his ability to run his of ce and, for those who don’t know him, could severely hinder his re-election bid. Referring to the business cards as cancer cards, Judge Metzger stated in her order that the sheriff has received 30 to 40 phone calls a day from people asking when he was diagnosed with cancer and how long he is expected to live. “This court nds that publication of materials attempting to suggest that the sheriff, who is running for re-election, has a potentially fatal disease when he does not, improperly interferes with the sheriff’s abilit y to perform his current job functions as well as his ability to fairly run for re-election,” opined Judge Metzger. She also stated that while Mr. Rhodes has a right to express his personal opinions, the y must clearly re ect that they are his opinions and not the opinions of a third person. “Rhodes use of ‘sheriffmay.com’ improperly suggests that the opinions/views of Rhodes are that of the sheriff/his of ce, which they are not,” added the judge’s order. Even though the judge ruled in his favor, under Florida law Sheriff May must now put up a $5,000 surety bond. The bond is to be used by Mr. Rhodes in the event he suffers any damages. Sheriff May is not seeking any monetar y relief in this action. All he wants is for the web site to be removed and for Mr. Rhodes to stop handing out the cards. SHERIFFContinued From Page 1 Methodist Church to host charity golf tournamentOn Saturday, June 2 the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee will host a Four-Person Golf Scramble at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club set to begin at 8 a.m. There will be team prizes for rst, second and third place and also for next to last teams. There will also be a hole in one contest for a new car from Okeechobee Motors; a longest drive contest, a closest to the hold contest and a longest putt contest. There will be many free giveaways, door prizes and drawings and much, much more. Purchase a chance for a bullseye contest at Mulligan’s The tourney will end with a free Boston Butt lunch at the church. Proceeds from the tourney event will bene t the Youth Mission trip. The cost is $200 per team a-nd you cansign up by calling Pastor Jim Dawson at the church at Register your team now. Check in begins at 7:15 a.m. on the day of the event.B.R.A.T. Club hosts School’s Out DanceThe end of another school is upon us and to celebrate B.R.A.T. Club style, a teen dance is planned for Saturday, June 2 from 7-10 p.m. at Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 SW Second Ave., for teens and ‘tweens aged 12-16. Tickets are $7 and include pizza, drink, chips and plenty of great entertainment. There will also be a special chance to win one week at H2O Camp in Okeechobee.Residents invited to coffee with a 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 Count y Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 244, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. OHS Rodeo to host fundraiserThe OHS Rodeo Team will be having several fundraisers to help fellow team members, Justin Mills and Nat Stratton, with the costs of traveling to Rock Springs, Wyoming to compete at the High School Nationals competition. They invite everyone to come out and/or participate in these fundraisers to show your support. A drawing for a $500 gas card will be held on June 26 Tickets are available from rodeo team members. They will be have a Celebrity Server at Golden Corral on Monday, June 18 from 5-8 p.m. They also have a cake auction at the Okeechobee Livestock Market on June 26 at 1 p.m. The gas card drawing will be done following the cake auction. If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, please feel free to contact me, Julie Rogers, at 863-634-4160. Community Events


Brahman Alumnus James Greeson made it big in Saddle Bronc riding at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas this y ear. James won rst place in Saddle Bronc riding in the Southern Region and won the honor of most valuable team member for the Sam Houston Rodeo Team this year. he is ranked second in points for Saddle Bronc riding in the nation. James will be competing in the College National Rodeo Finals in Casper, Wyo., June 6-10. He was a past member of the Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team. He placed second in High School Rodeo his senior year. He was eligible to compete in the High School Rodeo Finals at Farmington, N.M. James was asked to compete on the Georgia/Florida Rodeo Team that same year, at the International Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla. He placed fth in this rodeo competition and was offered a rodeo scholarship to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas by rodeo coach Brent Batton. Several students from Okeechobee High School have accepted rodeo scholarships at Trinity Valley Community College since James attended. His second year at Trinity Valley Community College, James placed fth in the Southern Region when Rodeo Coach, Bubba Miller offered him a scholarship to Sam Houston State University. James's life was changed and he would like to thank all of the people in Okeechobee who had a positive in uence on his life. There are many and they probably don't realize it, he said, from teachers to football coaches, to his past high school rodeo coach, Melissa McCay; and to his priest from the Church of Our Saviour, the Rev. Dr. Edward A. Weiss where James attended church. James would advise young students to study hard, follow your dreams and worship Jesus Christ. "If you do that, your life will be productive," he said. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co Century21okeechobee.com m • • 20+/-ACRES 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. $40,000 $40,000 or better offer or better offer MLS #205495 • • Blue Blue Heron Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 $6,000 or better offer or better offer. MLS #205239 • • 319+/acres 319+/acres on Hwy 441 North $4,000,000 • Okeechobee Hammock $4,000,000 • Okeechobee Hammock Clean corner lot 100x104 (9002 SE 65th Way) $5,900 • Viking $5,900 • Viking acreage David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 (863) 763-2104 • • Se Habla Espaol Se Habla Espaol 1016-H: Foreclosure Blue Heron Lake access, waterfront 3/2 on half an acres. Living 1,858 Sq ft., Lg garage, large driveway. $179,900 MLS #205879 2000-H: Taylor Creek, 2000-H: Taylor Creek, Lake Access and beautiful view of the canal. 2 car garage, dock, seawall, awnings, fenced back yard, Extra RM for an of ce or guest, sewer, septic, and much more. $115,000 $115,000 MLS #205873 3000-M: 3000-M: Treasure IsTreasure Island land 2 bedroom 1.5 bath mobile home with additions waterfront/lake access. Get ready to go shing! $39,900 $39,900 MLS #205768 3002-H: Treasure Island Concrete block home with screen porch, dock, boathouse, boat slip..fenced. 840 living sq. ft. $70,000 NOW $54,000 MLS #205491 3007-M: Treasure Island 3007-M: Treasure Island Deep Canal Access. Lg family rm addition, deck, seawall, dock, boat shed, two sheds, CBS att. garage, Tile oors kitchen & living rm. New roof in 2001. A/C 2 years old. $69,000 $69,000 MLS #205854 4000-H: 4000-H: Buckhead Ridge Buckhead Ridge Wow!! Water w/lake access. Boat slip, concrete seawall, furnished, 2 master bdrms, 2 ba. Split plan, appliances. Hardwood and tile oors. Fireplace. Ready to move into condition. $125,000 $125,000 MLS #205694 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS LAKE ACCESS LAKE ACCESS 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 2739 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$7,250,000 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y Over 100 ListingsHAPPY HORSES WELCOME~ Five Acres. 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 2 Garage. 1690 SF under air – 2998 SF TLA. Open concept, country style kitchen, granite counters and black appliances, pantry. Full length back deck overlooks pasture. Anderson double pane windows, 2009 Roof, engineered wood oors. 5 stall Barn with tack room. SHORT SALE $179,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 5 ACRES V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 18 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 Hometown cowboy makes it big in Texas Special to the Okeechobee NewsJames Greeson won rst place in Saddle Bronc riding in the Southern Region riding for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas this year. Sign up for youth football or cheerleadingOkeechobee Youth Football League would like to invite 7 & 8 year olds to join their travel football team. There will be 10 games, ve on the road and ve at home. Contact Charlie at 863-610-1718 or stop in at Golden Corral to sign up. The Okeechobee Football League is also signing up cheerleaders from ages 5 through 14. This is a noncompetitive cheerleading team. Call Paige at 863-531-1006 or Charlie at 863-610-1718.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 for 1 Drinks 2 for 1 Drinks All Day All Day PRICE APPETIZERS PRICE APPETIZERS with a beverage purchase with a beverage purchase & More! & More! Late Night Late Night 3075 SouthWest 3rd Terrace • OkeechobeeSERVICE TIME: 6:30pm863.272.9880 • www.faf4u.com 19 Okeechobee News May 27, 2012 TOTAL SAVINGS ON YOUR LENNOX HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM. $3,300 It all adds up. CAC014022 Offers expire 6/15/2012. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. IN FP&L REBATES** I R $1,175 $ UP TO+ EWC DISCOUNT** E D $750 UP TO+ $1,375RECEIVE UP TO NF F P P& &L L I REBATE*on a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemEmory Walker Co., Inc. (863) 763-6742Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox DealerAsk About Our $75 Spring Tune-Up Special(Regularly $95!) The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Serv ice has issued a warning to Floridians to use re responsibly while celebrating Memorial Day weekend because of dangerous w ild re conditions. Long-term drought, low humidity and windy conditions have created high wild re danger throughout parts Florida. This Memorial Day weekend, in particular, may come with added wild re danger due to an extra push of dry air from Tropical Storm Alberto. "Memorial Day weekend is a time to celebrate our nation's freedoms with friends and family while enjoying the outdoors," said Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. "However, it is important for Floridians to celebrate responsibly and be careful w ith re." Despite recent rains in portions of the state, overall re danger remains elevated due to extended drought. Even the smallest spark has the potential to become a w ild reendangering property, homes and even lives, according to Jim Karels, state forester for the Florida Forest Service. Elevated re danger has also contributed to burn bans in Glades, Hendry and Okeechobee counties. The Florida Forest Service is encouraging citizens to follow several re safety tips for safe celebrating this Memorial Day: Dispose of charcoal briquettes properly; Use dedicated camp re rings where possible; Clear vegetation and dry debris down to bare soil within 10 feet around your camp re; Never leave a re unattended; Make sure a re is out before leaving; Take care when operating equipment such as lawn mowers, tractors, chainsaws, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as any spark can start a wild re under the current conditions; Avoid parking cars in areas with tall grasses. A hot catalytic converter can easily ignite dry grass and debris; and, Report wild res by calling 9-1-1 or a local Florida Forest Service of ce. W ild re danger remains high this weekend Special to the Okeechobee News/ Cassandra PerrySoftball ChampsCongratulations to the team of Boswell Septic-O.C.R.A. Angels (10 & Under) Softball Champions (13-2). In the front row are: Riley Owens, Abby Whitlock, Justice Rodriguez, Ashlyn Lafferty, Yulanie Cruz; in the back row are: Hiasley Kessler, Haley Underhill, Alani Garcia, Jade Ford, Megan Boswell, Not pictured Hannah. Coaches from left to right are: Asst. Coach, Heath Underhill, Asst. Coach, Johnny Jones, Head Coach Brett Boswell.


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