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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 06-17-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 73 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.86 feetLast Year: 9.66 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.Daughter and father reunited after 70 years ... Page 12 Happy Father’s Day! Special to the Okeechobee NewsSwim season under wayThe Okeechobee County Recreation Department competitive swim team, the Shockwaves, started their summer season last Saturday with their rst swim meet, which was held at the Okeechobee Sports Complex Pool. A second swim meet in Okeechobee was held June 16. The rest of the meets for the season will be out of town, hosted by other league teams. Presenting the ag for the National Anthem were Alex Boon, Joline Sutton, Jay McCoy and Natalie Mitchell. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A former state legislator who is now a highranking of cial with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may have used his in uence to help a local cattle company keep its lease with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). That lease on some 4,700 acres of property in Glades County was renewed in December of 2011 by the recently-retired Ruth Clements, who headed up the district's real estate division and their leases. The new lease allows the Old River Cattle Company to use that property for the next 10 years. After this newspaper received an anonymous tip from a former SFWMD employee, a call was placed to Richard Machek, the USDA Florida state director for rural development. Mr. Machek served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008. He was appointed to his current position by President Barak Obama in 2010. When contacted at his Gainesville of ce and asked about the call made last year, Mr. Machek said he couldn't remember who he spoke with at the district in regard to the lease. He did say that he made the call because "somebody was trying to undermine them (Old River)." Shortly after that, Mr. Machek said he had doubts about answering any more questions. He added that he would think about how to answer questions and would call back. But, he added, if he didn't call back it should be considered that he had no further comment. He did not call back. Glades County rancher John Austin Collier was contacted and veri ed that Mr. Mache k had indeed called the district to help Old River Cattle Company keep their lease. "I will con rm that I have spoken to both Mr. Machek and Mr. Larson in regard to this matter," said Mr. Collier. "However, we (Twin Sisters' Family Lands) have sent a nine-page letter to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Herschel Vinyard asking for an inquiry. The family has made a Did USDA head impact SFWMD lease?See MACHEK — Page 19 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It was appropriate for at least two reasons that the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Board of Governors met Thursday, June 12, in the Okeechobee County Courthouse. It was in that very building in 1949 that the organization that eventually became known as SFWMD had its beginning. Also, they were about two miles from Lake Okeechobee, and the lake was the center of attention for a good part of the meeting. Board members, staff and members of the public spent considerable time in an involved discussion of possible changes to the adaptive protocols, the document SFWMD uses as a tool to make recommendations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) as to the level o f Backpumping proposed to lower salinity in CaloosahatcheeSee BACKPUMPING — Page 18


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012


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Gator bites airboat tour captain In regard to the story about the alligat or biting the man’s hand off, the poor gator had to be murdered because of this fool’s mistake! I say throw him in jail for illegally feeding the alligators.  Basic rule of living with alligators— leave them alone.LS9 It is very cool that they are going to make biofuel in Okeechobee. We can cert ainly use the jobs. Anything that will give us more diversity in the economy is good.Caylee Anthony I am absolutely on board with the boyc ott of any books or movies about the Casey A nthony case. To let this woman pro t from her child’s death is abhorrent. If they make a T V movie, I will make sure I boycott any TV c hannel that runs it. I think we need to let the T V, publishing and movie makers know that t he public will not support anything like this t hat will bene t Casey Anthony. There are s everal Facebook pages that you can “like” to s how your support and to let those in charge know if they back anything that will bene t t his woman, they will lose money. It’s bad enough that the jury let her go. Don’t reward her.Happy Father’s Day I want to wish a happy Father’s Day to all of the dads, step-dads, granddads and also t o those who aren’t even related, but step up and take on the father gure role in a child’s life. Kids need a ‘dad’ in their lives. Moms are great, but they can’t do it all. A boy needs a dad to teach him to be a good man. A girl needs a dad to show her how a real man s upports and protects his family. Sadly, too often the biological fathers don’t measure up. So thanks go to those men who are there for kids whether they are related or not. My Father is the gardenerBy Wendy Schaffer, Pastoral CounselorThe Pregnancy Center I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener. He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and He prunes every branch that does not bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit. You have been made clean already by the teaching (Jesus has) given you. Remain united to (the Father) and (He) will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine” (John15:1-4). In these Bible verses, Jesus is teaching that He is the vine, we are the branches and God is the gardener. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that these precious verses can be applied to fathers and their children. I look at the young men I have seen at the Pregnancy Center and in the parenting classes. Is God their Father, who taught and disciplined them? Did they have an earthly father who trained them to be Christian men, fathers and husbands? If the clients I see were never nourished as the vines, how could they give nourishment to their children – the branches? How dif cult it is for the many fatherless children to grow up and be fruitful? If they bear fruit, what kind of fruit will it be? Jesus says, “A healthy tree bears good fruit, but a poor tree bears bad fruit (Matthew 7:17). The healthy or clean tree is the person who is living righteously. The impurities are pruned away. Then, the person can bear much good fruit. “The fruit … is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (and) self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Here lies the challenge to the Pregnancy Center, to the churches and to the community. We need to be teaching and training these unnourished young men how to become the men and fathers God wants them to be. We do this by sharing God’s Word – the Bible. Along with God’s truth, they need love, encouragement, and instruction on how to apply God’s Word to their lives. When they see God’s love through you, they will be drawn to God. When they realize how much God loves them, they will kno w how precious and valuable their lives are. They can become the leaders in the church and bring their children up in the ways o f the Lord. They “may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between clean and unclean, and that (they) may teach the children … the statutes which the Lord has spoken” (Leviticus 10:10-11). This Father’s Day, I ask that you take a moment to pray to God, our Father, and than k Him for ALL He has done for us, including sending His only begotten Son so we ma y be saved and have eternal life. Thank God for your earthly father, or fathergure, and ask God to bless him. If you can reach out and thank your father, and tell him you love him. Remember, God has commanded us to honor our fathers. In fact, I will be honoring my father’s wishes this Father’s Day by moving to help care for my parents. May God bless each father and his family! May you have a happy Father’s Day! June 17, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION 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. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. 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! Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Monday night: Mostly clear, with a lo w around 68. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. East wind between 5 and 15 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySchool System honors retireeDonna McClanahan retired after 11 years of service to the school system. She worked as a VE teacher at Seminole Elementary School. She was honored at the May 22 school board meeting.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy38 years with the school systemLeisa Snyder retired after 38 years of teaching. Her last position was kindergarten at Everglades Elementary. She called the Okeechobee school system special and unique. She was honored at the May 22 school board meeting. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy18 years with the school systemMayda Gonzales, Food Service Assistant at Central Elementary, is congratulated by School Board member India Riedel as she celebrates her retirement after 18 years of service to the school system. She was honored at the May 22 school board meeting. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy43 years with the school systemAnneliz Watford received a special ower arrangement from Superintendent Ken Kenworthy at the May 22 school board meeting. She is believed to be the longest worker in the district's history, 43 years. Watford is a second grade teacher at North Elementary School. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHigh SAT/ACT scoreJennifer Corwin was honored for a high score on the SAT/ACT by Superintendent Ken Kenworthy at the June 12 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHigh scores on SAT/ACTHannah Rucks Zaoui was among the OHS seniors who were honored for high scores on the SAT/ ACT at the June 12 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHigh scores on SAT/ACTAnna Warren was honored by the Okeechobee School Board for high scores on the SAT/ACT at the June 12 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGreen Apple AwardMegan Williamson (left) of North Elementary was honored by the U.S. Green Building Council Treasure Coast Chapter with the Green Apple Award for the North Elementary Garden project.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dianna R. Peterson, 59OKEECHOBEE — Dianna R. Peterson died at home on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Born in Madison, Tenn. on Aug. 6, 1952, Dianna had resided in Okeechobee for over 30 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Dianna had a love of reading and enjoyed taking care of her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Anna Mosley Stubble eld and nephew, Gerald Hawthorne. Survivors include her sister, Deanna (Phillip) Hawthorne of Okeechobee; nephews, Lucas, Michael, Nickolas; nieces, Sarah, Rachel, Jennifer; great-nephew, Kevin; aunt, Barbara (Truman) Stubble eld of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; and a half-sister, Mary Susan Gibson Allbritton of Georgia. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Buxton-Seawinds Chapel until service time of 1 p.m. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations to Dianna’s nieces and nephews to further their educations. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Pauline Tuttle, 91OKEECHOBEE — Pauline Tuttle, passed away June 14, 2012 in Okeechobee. She was born October 19, 1920, in Rockville, Indiana to Thomas and Nora Carrier. She came to Okeechobee from Indianapolis 25 years ago. She was retired from Diamond Chain of Indianapolis. Mrs. Tuttle was preceded in death by her husband, David Tuttle; three brothers, Herbert Carrier, Milford Carrier and Glenn Carrier; and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Copp and Norma Hawkins. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, family and friends. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2012 at Evergreen Cemetery. As Mrs. Tuttle would say, “Glad you got to see me.” Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. William ‘Bill’ J. Murrish, 66OKEECHOBEE — William ‘Bill’ J. Murrish died at home on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Born in Rochester, Mich., Bill moved to Okeechobee in 1958 with his family. He managed the family owned Williamson Dairy on Highway 98 in Okeechobee for 34 years and drove for Walpole Feed for the past 12 years. He enjoyed a lot of family time and the outdoors; shing, hunting, airboating, and loved to ride his motorcycle. His brothers, Richard and Bob Murrish preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, LaVon Murrish of Okeechobee; sons, Keith (Stephanie), Brian Knaby, both of Okeechobee; daughters, Lesley Watford of Okeechobee, Kimberl y (Jason) Elliott of Bryant, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ellen (Tom) Hilborn of Atlanta, Ga., and Barbara (David) Thomas of Okeechobee. He will be dearly missed by everyone; family, grandchildren, friends and his beloved dogs. Graveside services will be at Basinger Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. Cypress Hut Eagles announce July meeting dateFor all Arie members, due to the July 4 holiday, the meeting date for the month of J uly is July 5.Orchid and Garden Club to meetOn Monday, June 18 at the Extension Of ce, 451 Highway 98N, the Garden Club w ill meet at 6 p.m. followed by the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to hear about the wild orchid hunt the club went on recently. Bring a blooming orchid to show or a problem to discuss. Beginners welcome. For more information call the extension ofce at 863-763-6469OHS Rodeo to host fundraiserThe OHS Rodeo Team will have several fundraisers to help fellow team members, J ustin Mills and Nat Stratton, with the costs of traveling to Rock Springs, Wyo. to compete at the High School Nationals competition. They invite everyone to come out and/ or participate in these fundraisers to show y our support. They will have a Celebrity Server event at Golden Corral on Monday, J une 18 from 5-8 p.m. A drawing for a $500 gas card will be held on June 26. Tickets are available from rodeo team members. They also have a cake auction planned at the Okeechobee Livestock Market on Tuesday, June 26, at 1 p.m. The gas card drawing w ill be done following the cake auction. If y ou have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, please feel free to contact Julie Rogers, at 863-634-4160.Peace Lutheran plans V acation Bible SchoolSky Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 18 through June 22 at Peace Lutheran Church and School, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, Okeechobee. It will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Children three years of age through fth grade will have fun imagining what it w ould be like to bounce among the clouds, soar with eagles, and reach the stars! The Bible comes to life as children explore why nothing is impossible with God! Join the fun activities, crafts, music and more! Register by calling 863-763-5042 or register on-line at w ww.tinyurl.com/PeaceVBS2012.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be having their June meeting on Monday, J une 18 beginning at noon in the Historical Museum on Hwy 98 N. Just bring a covered dish to join in.Eagles North to host BINGOEagles North will have BINGO at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20, at 4:30 p.m. Come join us. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 N. Okeechobee. Shenanigan’s holds chicken wing eating contestCome for the all you can eat chicken wing eating contest, to be held at Shenanigan’s on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. There will be live music provided by Jake Hair and the Flatland Band. BBQ plates of park, baked beans, cole slaw and a roll for $8. Fifty/ fty tickets will be sold with proceeds to buy the Okeechobee Track Team uniforms. Bring the family and lawn chairs. Rules and regulations will apply for the wing eating contest. Contact Karen or talk to management at 863-357-6100. Adult Softball League to openThe Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Department is accepting team registration for the Adult Softball Summer League. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the OK Softball Fields. All interested managers, of cials and players are encouraged to attend. The deadline to register is Friday, July 6. League fees are: Men--$375, Women--$325, Co-ed--$325. For more details, call 863-763-6950.Cypress Hut Eagles announce July meeting dateFor all Arie members, due to the July 4 holiday, the meeting date for the month of July is July 5. Democratic Executive Committee set to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will be having their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 21 beginning at 6 p.m. in the meeting room o f Beef O’Brady’s. Any interested Democrats are encouraged to attend. Free football camp opens next weekChaka’s Stars Foundation presents John Grace’s Proskills Football Camp on Friday, June 22 Check in starts at 8:15 a.m. Camp starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee High School Football practice eld. Ages 5-18 are encouraged to attend this fun camp to learn the fundamentals of football. No experience in football is needed. 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 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. Foreclosure Sale TRANZON.COM 877.374.4437Former Tire and Auto Service Shop Property Address: 10173 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Auction Address: Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Tranzon Driggers | Walter J. Driggers, III, Lic. Real Estate Broker, FL Lic# AU707 & AB3145 See Final Judgment of Foreclosure for complete terms of sale Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 Pretty good volume and demand still good this week. Cows, Bulls & Calves were still steady. Hardie Driggers Jr, Lake Placid, topped the calf market with a high of $3.30 bought by Foy Reynolds. Bexley Bros, Sumterville, topped the cow market with a high of 98.00 bought by Central Beef. We have three good purebred 2 1/2 year old Angus Bulls for sale! Also, 30 head of older BrahmaCross bred cows. Our PCA Internet sales have been high! Next sale is at the FCA Convention in Marco Island on June 21. Deadline is June 12. Pete Livestock Market Report CorrectionThe story headlined “Harvest of Hope Celebration recognizes seniors” in the Sunday, June 10 edition of the Okeechobee News, contained an error. The story referred to Cristal Nunez. who presented Encarnacion Vega and Maria Zapata with a Scholarship Certi cate of Recogintion Award and a check for $250 each, as the manager of Nunez Lawncare & Landscaping. Cristal Nunez is the owner of Nunez Lawncare and Landscaping.


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 863.763.1141300 NW Park St OkeechobeeCall a PRO fessional BABY AUTO SALES BUY HERE PAY HERESe Habla EspaolOwnerAlex Estremera babyauto@embarqmail.com863-763-1000 863-763-1039 fax 711 N. 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Call 863-763-3134 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 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., June 15TH Thurs., June 21STFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN”Fri. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 II: “ROCK OF AGES”Fri. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG III: “MADAGASCAR 3”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 8 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 Public demo of emergency communications June 23-24Okeechobee’s “Hams” will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators who w ill be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wild res, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio—often called “Ham Radio” was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the rst to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 23-24, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Okeechobee’s ham radio operator and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Serv ice is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities. This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio W eek” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency station in parks, shopping malls, schools, and backyards around the country. Their slogan “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works,” is more than just words to the hams as they can provide messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. “We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather’s radio anymore” said Allen Pitts, W1AGP, of the ARRL. The communications that ham people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. And besides that—it’s fun!” In the Okeechobee area, the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating the Amateur Radio at the Walmart Parking Lot, north end, on June 23 starting at 2 p.m. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. There are over 685,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US and 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and nonemergency community services too, all for free. To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to: www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air! Radio Hams join in national deployment SKYWARN training class offered in OkeechobeeThe National Weather Service and Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center with support from the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will conduct a Weather Watching/SKYWARN Basic Training, on Saturday, July 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the EOC, 707 N.W. 6th Street. This is a FREE CLASS and is open to the public. The idea of Skywarn is to train citizens to observe and report severe weather to help the National Weather Service predict the weather and to help keep others safe. The SKYWARN Spotter Training class will provide you with all the information needed to become a registered spotter for the National Weather Service. For more information, see http://SKYWARN.mcaraweb.com. To register for the class, please contact Ron Tagg at kd4pqq@arrl.net or 772-6315846.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THURSDAY, JUNE 14 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20ALL DAYENJOY FREE SAMPLES OF DELICIOUS PUBLIX SEAFOOD AND SPECIALS THROUGHOUT THE SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT. HO OKED HO OKED HO OKED HO OKED HO OKED ON SEAFOOD GET GET GET HO O HO O HO O HO O 12 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksFather and daughter reunionWhen John Cantrell was assigned to go overseas the help ght the World War II, little did he know he would not see his two-year-old daughter, Peggy for 70 years. John returned home from the war in 1945, to nd that his wife and two-year-old daughter were not there. John searched and searched for his daughter but could not nd where she had gone. His wife had met another man and remarried. John settled down after returning to the states and married Gwendolyn, who has since passed away. John and Gwendolyn had a son named Al who lives close to his father, and had never seen his sister Peggy. A recent reunion left tears in everybody's eyes to see a father and daughter reunite after 70 years. This was the rst time Al had ever seen his sister. Peggy said "you can be sure it won't be 70 years before we see each other again."


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We’re moving! New Location! Same great service!Flower Petals Florist & Gifts863.763.5051Newman A/C863.763.7073207 NE Park St. caco#13262 15 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Bonita Hazellief opened BJH Southern A ccessories in response to an often-asked question. “Everybody kept asking me if I had a store,” she said. For three years she travelled around to various fairs and festiv als to sell jewelry, T shirts, handbags and sandals. After being asked that question so many times she recently opened her store at 113A S. Parrott Ave. Ms. Hazellief and her two daughters, Niki Campbell and Ashley Arnold, offer a wide variety of jewelry including necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They also have handbags, belts, caps and sunglasses. BJH Southern Accessories is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Saturday they are open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone, 863-697-6414. Part time job leads to opening store Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4-H ClubPuppies need homesMomma was a Doberman Pinscher and daddy was a Black Mouth Yellow Cur. Both parents are registered dogs and their breeding was accidental. Now the puppies are ready for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue. Four puppies are still available for adoption; all are males. Adoption fee of $175 includes spay or neuter and up to date vaccinations. For more information, visit Pet/Rescue, on U.S. Highway 98 just north of the Okeechobee Livestock Market or call 863-357-1104. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBonita Hazellief, center, and her two daughters, Ashley Arnold, left, and Niki Campbell, right, offer a wide variety of jewelry, belt, caps and more at BJH Southern Accessories.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! (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 • Last Day: July 16, 2012 Party changes must be made 29 days prior to an election. • Remember to take signed, photo ID to the polls or to Vote Early. • If you have any questions, please call the Okeechobee County Elections O ce at 763.4014.Gwen ChandlerSupervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Rm 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 2012 ELECTION DATES: Primary Election August 14th General Election November 6thPolls are open on Election Day 7am 7pm Are you “Election Ready” for 2012? Would you like to receive your ballot by mail? Has your address changed? Would you like to change your political party? Has your name changed? Do you need to update your signature? Call the Okeechobee County Elections O ce at 763.4014 or visit www.voteokeechobee.com Check Your Voter Status! 16 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis Club meetsThe Thursday, June 14, Kiwanis Meeting was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. In the photo left to right are Libby Maxwell, Kiwanis member who introduced her speaker, Michele Ritter from the OK Corral Gun Club. Michele talked to the Kiwanis members about what they have to offer at the OK Corral Gun Club such as Sporting Clays, 15 Shooting Stations, Pistol Range, Shooting Classes, 3 D Archery, RV and Tent Camping; Tiki Huts; Catered/Corporate Events; On Site Gun Smithing; Gun and Cart Rentals and much more. They also hosted their rst wedding which turned out to be beautiful. If you enjoy the outdoors, they also have a pond where you can have a relaxing picnic. The OK Corral Gun Club is located at 6341 N.E. 96th Avenue, Okeechobee and you may also visit their website at: www. okcorralgunclub.com. St. Theresa’s Catholic Church will be one of the meal sites for the Glades County School District Summer Food Service Program from June 18 through August 9. Meals w ill be provided Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All children age 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals and activities at no charge. No pre-registration or paperwork is required. There are no residency requirements. In nearby Lakeport, the Lakeport Community Center will also participate in the program, with meals served from 11 a.m. to noon. There will also special activities such as storytellers, craft projects and special visitors such as remen and police. Summer lunch program starts June 18 in Buckhead Ridge


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they meet Tuesday night the Okeechobee City Council will hold the rst readings and public hearings on two ordinances. The rst ordinance would extend the current one-year moratorium on impact fees for another year from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The second ordinance would update the language in the city's zoning regulations to change the wording "standard building code" or "housing code" to "Florida Building Code." Turning to other items, the council is scheduled discuss whether or not the city would be interested in helping the county to fund the S.W. 21st Street drainage project. City clerk Lain Gamiotea will be updating the council on items discussed at the Florida Association of City Clerks Summer Academy and Mayor James Kirk will proclaim the week of June 1824 to be "Amateur Radio Week" in the city. City council to discuss drainage project 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Customer Appreciation Day June 21st • 9am to 3 pm Hot dogs, drinks 20# Grill Bottle Cust. Filled FREE Special Winter Lockin Price Special Summer ll prices Special New Customer FillsRidge Propane Fuel 293 West Lake Isis Ave., Avon Park, Florida 453-3959 or toll free 1-877-528-2510 HD5 Propane • No Delivery Fees 17 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 If you go ...WHAT: Okeechobee City Council WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m. WHERE: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. Special to the Okeechobee News/ FUMCUp Periscope!There is still time to join in on the fun of Operation Overboard at the First United Methodist Church, 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 18-22, by joining one of our Dive Teams for Vacation Bible School. Evenings begin with dinner at 5:30. The church is located at 200 N.W. 2nd Street in Okeechobee. Contact Nancy Vaughan in the church of ce for further information. 863-763-4021.


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These suggested modi cations w ould be used in times of low lake levels to provide freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River to control salinity. The fresh water releases prov ide circulation of water to prevent stagnation which can lead to algal blooms. Mr. Neidrauer was assisted by Dr. Susan Gray, chief environmental scientist of the applied science bureau, who discussed possible changes to lake water quality under the proposal. Mr. Neidrauer noted that when LORS was adapted in 2008 the upper range of the lake w as lowered by about a foot and a quarter w hile the lower range remained the same. "It basically reduces water supply," he said. One of the things Mr. Neidrauer researched was how much fresh water from the lake it would take to reduce the salinity in the Caloosahatchee River at Fort Myers during times of low water. "It's going to take a lot more water than we have. We need storage," he said. What he suggested was pumping water south of the lake from the Everglades Agriculture Area into the lake and then releasing lake water to the Caloosahatchee. Dr. Gary contended that this proposed solution would have little, if any, adverse affect on the quality of the lake water. She said there would be no signi cant change to in-lake nitrogen or phosphorous concentrations. She said the phosphorous and nitrogen loads discharged from the lake to the Caloosahatchee under such a scenario w ould result in an 8 percent increase in phosphorous and a 9 percent increase in nitrogen in the river due to increases in water ow, not changes in water quality. Dr. Gray did concede that the proposed changes would have a minor effect on water control area water levels and ows to the Everglades National Park. The Department of the Interior is not supportive because it would divert water from the Everglades. Under LORS, water that historically would ow south to the Everglades is being diverted to the Caloosahatchee. About 17 people responded during the public comment time. Many of the speakers represented various environmental groups that were adamantly opposed to backpumping. Jane Graham of the Audubon Society suggested tweaking existing protocols without backpumping water into the lake. "This would not improve water quality," she asserted. "It's nutty," Paul Gray of the Audubon Society said. "This is bad water. It is not good for Lake Okeechobee. This is the same water you have been having trouble getting into the Everglades. We are not sold on it. We think there are other options." "We need to work with nature, not against it," said Jonathan Allman of the Sierra Club, "backpumping does not make sense." Martha Musgrove of the Florida Wildlife Federation said her organization cannot support backpumping. Joe Collins, chairman of the board, said he had not seen the presentation before. The dramatic improvement in the salinity of the Caloosahatchee surprised him. "This is something we can accomplish that is real," he said. Mr. Collins conceded that there might be local impacts as with everything else water management does. He said that if the same quantity and quality of water were north of the lake there would be no question of allowing it to enter the lake. Board member Juan Portuondo suggested asking COE to raise the upper level of the regulation schedule to allow for more water storage in the lake. "I think the current solution is not acceptable and we need to take action," was the opinion of board member Daniel O'Keefe. No formal action was taken. It was the consensus of the board to take up this question again at their August meeting. On Friday, July 15 COE announced another 10-day pulse release to the Caloosahatchee under the adaptive protocols.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. BACKPUMPINGContinued From Page 1


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EXAMPLE 19 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 decision to let the process work and, out of respect for Mr. Vinyard, I have no further comment.” DEP was asked to get involved because it has supervisory authority over all of the water management districts in Florida. Mr. Collier did add that when Mr. Machek made the call, Twin Sisters’ was in negotiations with the district over a settlement in regard to a 2008 ooding issue, and a public/ private partnership for a load reduction facility that would have been used to remove phosphorus from runoff water before it reached Lake Okeechobee. Twin Sisters’ had been in those negotiations for three years. The document to which he referred was sent to Sec. Vinyard late last month. It asked the DEP head to open an investigation into the actions of the district in regard to the L-59 canal, and a 1961 eminent domain agreement between Austin Pearce and the Central and South Florida Water Management Districts. That agreement allowed Mr. Pearce’s family, as well as other families along the canal, use of water from the L-59 for irrigation purposes and for ood protection. However, since 1989 the Twin Sisters’ group has been denied use of water from that canal, which runs from the Indian Prairie Canal to the Kissimmee River. Their land was also ooded in 2008 when SFWMD allowed water from the canal to ow freely across the district’s land and onto land owned by Twin Sisters’ during Tropical Storm Fay. Since that 1961 pact, the district has purchased approximately 4,700 acres of land surrounding the Twin Sisters’ property and has leased that land to the Old River Cattle Company. Mr. Larson, who is listed as the principal agent for Old River, said he did contact Mr. Machek. “We didn’t ask him, speci cally, to talk to water management. We did ask him to talk to Ralph Poppell because we knew they (SFWMD) were working on it,” said Mr. Larson. “We thought they could talk to see what the problem was.” Mr. Poppell is also a former state legislator. He represented District 29 (Indian River and Brevard counties) from 2002 until he termed out in 2010. He was in the legislature with Mr. Machek and knows him well. He has also addressed the district about their leasing program and their selective application of Florida statutes. In a phone interview, he con rmed that Mr. Machek called him. “He (Mr. Machek) said some friends of his in Okeechobee had asked him to get involved. He said his friends could lose their cattle lease with water management if the Collier (Twin Sisters’) deal went through,” said Mr. Poppell. “He said he was calling on their behalf and he didn’t want them to lose the cattle lease.” When Mr. Poppell asked who his friends were, Mr. Machek told him he was talking about Mr. Larson and Jeff Clemons. Mr. Clemons is listed as a manager for Old River. “I told him I know Woody extremely well because we’re friends, and I asked him: ‘Why would Woody have you call me, when he can call me?’” said Mr. Poppell. A short time after that conversation, Mr. Poppell said he received a call from Mr. Larson. “He was a little more reserved about what was going on than Richard,” Mr. Poppell added. Mr. Poppell was asked his thoughts about DEP’s possible probe into the actions of water managers. “If that would be the case,” he replied, “I don’t think I should say anything that would circumvent what Sec. Vinyard is trying to do.” According to Sec. Vinyard’s of ce in Tallahassee no decision has been reached on whether or not he will open an investigation into the allegations made by Twin Sisters’. Numerous phone calls have been made to Governor Rick Scott’s press of ce asking if he has also received the document, and i f he will ask DEP to look into water management’s actions. However, none of those calls have been returned. MACHEKContinued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:THEFT 80000 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  7100 block of N.E. 11th Lane (boat motor, compressor)  2900 block of S.E. 35th Ave. (bicycle)  1500 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2200 block of N.W. 36th Terrace  13000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (trailer)  4000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (bath tub)ASSAULT 2100 block of S.E. 35th Lane  N.E. 64th Ave.BURGLARY 4600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.VANDALISM 1900 block of S.E. 33rd St.  28000 block of N.E. 55th Ave. OCSO Investigations Summer Teen Dance plannedCome to the B.R.A.T. Club Summer Teen Dance set for Saturday, June 23 from 7-10 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 SW Second Avenue. Admission price of $7 includes pizza, soda, chips, entertainment. ‘Tweens and teens from 12-16 are invited. For more information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 22 Okeechobee News June 17, 2012 The lymph system helps your body ght illness. Lymph uid travels throughout the body in lymph nodes and vessels. If these nodes or vessels are damaged or missing, the uid builds up. Fluid build-up in the arms or legs is called lymphedema. There are two types of lymphedema: Primary lymphedema is uncommon and occurs because people are born without lymph nodes and vessels. Secondary lymphedema occurs when there is injury to the lymph nodes or vessels. While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be controlled. If you suspect you have this condition, contact your doctor promptly for treatment. There are factors that increase your chance of developing lymphedema. Tell y our doctor if you have had surgery that removed lymph nodes, like breast cancer surgery (lumpectomy, mastectomy). Other risk factors include: radiation treatment, cancer, infection, parasites from tropical/subtropical regions, being overweight and having a poor diet. If you are at risk for developing lymphedema, there are measures you can take to help reduce your chance of getting the condition: Do not allow anyone to take blood or y our blood pressure on your affected arm or leg. Wear a medical bracelet warning of y our risk for developing lymphedema. Keep your affected arm or leg clean. Avoid crossing your legs or carrying items on your shoulder if either area is at risk. Keep hands and feet protected by wearing gloves and shoes. Maintain a healthy weight and eat properly. Use an electric razor to shave. Use sunscreen when outdoors. Avoid ice packs or heating pads to the affected area. If you had lymph nodes in your armpit removed during breast cancer surgery, participating in a physical therapy program may help to prevent lymphedema. If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to lymphedema. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these: Swelling in arms, legs, ngers, or toes Loss in range of motion Infection Aching, pain, or discomfort Heaviness or tightness of skin Your clothes, shoes, or jewelry feel tight Hardening of the skin Redness of skin Cases of lymphedema can vary from mild to severe. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Tests may include the following: Measurement of your arms and/or legsto assess the severity of uid build-up Lymphoscintigraphytest that uses dye to trace its travel through your lymph system MRI scan magnetic waves are used to make pictures of body structures; used to look at tissue affected by lymphedema CT scan type of x-ray that uses a computer to make images; used to look at tissues affected by lymphedema Duplex ultrasound or Doppler ultrasound test that uses sound waves to make images; used to look at blood ow and rule out blood clot. These testing services are provided locally at Raulerson Hospital. If you are diagnosed with lymphedema, talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options can include: drainage via physical therapy, compression (stockings, sleeves or bandages), medicine for infection and in some severe cases, surgery to remove extra tissue from your arm or leg. For information on Physical Therapy services offered at Raulerson Hospital, call 863-467-6659. For information about Wound Care services offered at Raulerson Hospital call: 863-8242704. For a free physician referral or answers to a healthcare question, contact Consult-aNurse at 863-763-9228. Testing and treatments for Lymphedema offered


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