Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 06-24-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, June 24, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 76 11.79 feetLast Year: 9.57 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Youngsters enjoy football camp ... Page 19 Scholarship night photos inside By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When a young local woman found an ad for a three-bedroom, two-bath home for rent it sounded perfect for her. There was just one problem—the person renting the home didn’t own it. “When I saw the property on rent.com it was only $650 a month, which was amazing,” said the 21-year-old college student. “It was under $800 a month, was in a perfect place in town and it seemed like a perfect house.” The student, who will remain unidenti ed, said she had used rent.com previously without any problems. Scam takes advantage of renters By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News John Lilley, 91, and a World War II veteran, recently got to visit his memorial in Washington, DC—the World War II Memorial. Mr. Lilly was one the passengers on an Honor Flight. Honor Flight is a volunteer organization that provides trips for World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. Since 2005, Honor Flight has own more than 30,000 World War II veterans from across the country, at no cost to the veterans, to honor them for their service. Mr. Lilley, who claims to be the WWII veteran honored (Photo top right) The 89 World War II veterans, including John Lilley of Okeechobee, who were on a recent Honor Flight, pose at the Iwo Jima Memorial. (Photo bottom right) John Lilley, right, was a passenger on a recent Honor Flight. At left is Harold Price, who was Mr. Lilley’s escort or guardian on the ight. Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaSee LILLEY — Page 11 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThis is a typical bank transaction of the early 1920s. It is one of artist Joseph Steiert’s murals on the old bank building that was unveiled Thursday evening, June 21. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Area residents and visitors can look bac k through the window of time and see what Okeechobee businesses looked like in the early part of the 20th century thanks to murals in downtown Okeechobee. On June 21, the much anticipated unveiling of the ban k mural project took place in Flagler Park in Bank murals unveiledSee MURALS — Page 12 See SCAM — Page 11 Phares named Outstanding Cattlewoman ... Page 10




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Marco Rubio I can’t believe Marco Rubio’s citizens hip status is even an issue. Marco Rubio was b orn in this country. Of course he is eligible t o run for vice president or even president. Birthers need to get over themselves and look at a candidate’s character and quali cations instead of who his or her parents were.Dead voters in Florida If there were 53,000 dead voters found on the rolls in Florida, 10,000 were probably in Glades County. That’s the only logical explanation.  What with the dead people voting and t he people who aren’t even citizens voting, no w onder Florida elections are such a mess. T houghts to ponder I was going to complain about the heat t oday, but then I realized: It isn’t 120 degrees. I am not 5,700 miles from home. I’m not dressed in full uniform. I’m not carrying 70 plus pounds of gear. And there is little chance of me driving over a bomb today. Thanks to all to serve.Fast and Furious Why isn’t the mainstream media covering t he Operation Fast and Furious scandal? Now Obama invokes Executive Privilege to seal the documents about things that he claims he never knew about. Well if the president didn’t know anything about the gun-traf cking plan, t hen why is he sealing t he documents? How c an anything in them qualify for Executive Privilege if he didn’t know about the plan? A nd whether he knew about it or not, isn’t his administration responsible for all of t he guns that wound up in the hands of drug dealers and other criminals? Fundraisers Somebody said in the paper that they were tired of all the fundraisers in front of stores. They were not referring to the occasional fundraisers like Girl Scouts or Salvation Army, but to the ones who seem to be there every week. The answer is to give to those who give you spiritual food rst. Anything else is optional.  I think the youth groups should be encouraged to earn the money and not just beg for donations. For example, Girl Scouts sell cookies. Because the cookies are good, people look for them and are happy to buy them. One group I thought was particularly creative was the 4H horse club that cleaned saddles as a fundraiser. They really worked hard for their money as cowboys brought in saddles that were really covered in crud. If you want to raise money, offer a service people would pay for. If a youth group wants to make money by pulling weeds or washing windows, I think if they just put a notice in the newspaper they would get lots of customers. June 24, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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! Mmmm...? Sunday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. South southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Sunday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.Extended ForecastMonday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. South wind around 10 mph. Monday night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. South wind 5-10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast By Pat DobbinsAs the school year winds down, children look forward to the summer and having more time to play outdoors, but risks for childhood injuries increases. Water Safety: Florida leads the country in accidental drowning of children between the ages one year to four years old. Please use water safety measures to help to prevent accidental drowning. Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water. Teach children basic water safety tips. Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly. To get more information on Pool Safety, visit: http:// www.poolsafely.gov/.Heat and Sun SafetyThe American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children do not tolerate heat and humidity as well as adults. Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to stay hydrated to void heatrelated illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or stroke. Everyone is at risk for skin cancer —regardless of age, race or ethnicity. Everyone should practice these sun-safe habits.  Dress for summer by wearing lightweight, light-colored and loose tting clothing to re ect heat and sunlight. Wear wide-brimmed hats to shade your face and neck from the sun.  Consider swim shirts for the pool and beach. Swim shirts are designed for swimming, and some have SPF ratings of up to 150.  Protect your eyes and skin by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher that protect against both UVA and UVB rays).  Wear a hat to protect your face, scalp, ears and neck.  Exercise and play in the shade during the hottest parts of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest: between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Drink plenty of uids, and avoid beverages that promote dehydration (such as alcohol, drinks with large amounts of sugar, and caffeinated sodas).  Rest in shady areas when outside, or go inside to an air-conditioned space.  Schedule an annual exam with your doctor that includes checking for any changes to your skin and, between exams, you should check your skin monthly for any changes (don’t forget your back!). Bicycle and walking safetyRide with traf c and walk against traf c. Be aware of your surroundings, use sidewalks, trails, and lanes whenever possible and look for well-lit routes at night. Helmets are required for bicycle riders under the age of 16 and being visible, however body injuries can occur at any age so it is safer for all persons to wear a bike helmet. Also, be visible by wearing bright or re ective colors at night. Please remember that bicycle riders must obey the same traf c laws as motorists such as stopping at stop signs, staying in your lane, and using hand signals. Be a responsible bicyclist! We enjoy great weather all year in Florida, but as we prepare for the summer months and rising temperatures, please use precaution and have a safe and healthy summer! Tips for summer safety Pet Rescue hosts dog behaviorist, Tibor FeigelDog Training Seminar with Dog behaviorist, Tibor Feigel of ZEN K-9 is returning to the Okeechobee Pet/Rescue shelter by popular demand on July 15, from 1 until 3 p.m. Tibor Feigel lead trainer of Zen-K9 will address owner behavior concerns and behavioral modi cation during a two-hour seminar. Tickets are on sale in advance at the Pet/Rescue shelter. Seating is limited. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per family. Those who adopted dogs from the shelter will get a $5 discount.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 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 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., June 22ND Thurs., June 28THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “BRAVE”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, 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 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 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 5 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012 2012 OHS Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSJunior League ScholarshipThe IRSC Junior League of Martin County Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24 in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Provost Russ Brown, Morgan Crawford and Advisor Specialist Janine Merriman. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSFine Arts Dance ScholarshipThe IRSC Fine Arts Dance Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24 in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Provost Russ Brown, Abagail Queen, Advisor Specialist Janine Merriman. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC President’s Challenge ScholarshipThe IRSC President’s Challenge Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24 in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Provost Russ Brown, Jennifer Ran te and Advisor Specialist Janine Merriman. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSAccess & Opportunity ScholarshipThe IRSC Access & Opportunity Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24 in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Provost Russ Brown, Encarnacion Vega, and Advisor Specialist Janine Merriman. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSAccess & Opportunity ScholarshipThe IRSC Access & Opportunity Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24 in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are: Provost Russ Brown, Andrea Estrada and Advisor Specialist Janine Merriman. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSKimberly & Wihlma Broadhurst MemorialThe IRSC Kimberly & Wihlma Broadhurst Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24 in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are; Provost Russ Brown, Omar Alvarado, Advisor Specialist Janine Merriman.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Christopher J. Gale, 35OKEECHOBEE — Christopher J. Gale passe d away Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born December 25, 1976, in Philadelphia, Pa. to Donald Gale and Dora Cole. He was a truck driver. He is predeceased by his parents. Mr. Gale is survived by his wife, Samirah K. Gale; children, A’Dedra Lewis, Precious Lewis Robinson, Avery Lewis Robinson and Caton Lewis Robinson; four grandchildren; and brother, Michael Cole of Philadelphia, Pa. The family held a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Express, Hwy 441 S, Okeechobee. All arrangements were entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Florrie Walters, 88OKEECHOBEE — Florrie Walters passed away June 22, 2012, in Fort Pierce. She was born January 18, 1924, in Okeechobee to J.W. and Belle Jordan. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Mrs. Walters was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Breland. She is survived by her son, Charles Jordan (Letta); daughter, Debbie Sparkman all of Okeechobee; brother, J.W. Jordan, Jr. (Helvia) of Fort Lauderdale; six grandchildren, Kathleen Carnley, Robert Sparkman, Deborah Courson, Ricky Jordan (Christy), Jamey Jordan (Crystal), Michael Jordan (Rebecca); and fourteen greatgrandchildren. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2012, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee with Pastor Randy Huckabee and Pastor Steve Wigman of ciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 SW 4th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972. 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. Jeanine Jankowski, 72OKEECHOBEE — Jeanine Jankowski, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at the Hamrick Home after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Jeanine was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and had lived in the Ft. Lauderdale area before relocating to Okeechobee in 1994. While in Pompano Beach, she served as Commander for USCG Auxiliary Flotilla #34. Once in Okeechobee, she cofounded and served as Commander for Flotilla #57. Jeanine held the additional Flotilla quali cations; vessel examiner, public education instructor, air crew, boat crew, coxswain, and marine dealer visitor. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Moose. An accomplished organist and accordionist, she had a great love of music. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Tom Jankowski of Okeechobee; son, William Jankowski of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; ve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Cliff (Lyn) Orphal of Crystal Lake, Ill.; and a sister, Christeeda (David) Mies of West Bend, Wis. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, service will begin at 11 a.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Entombment will take place, following the service, at 2:30 p.m. at Riverview Memorial Park, 1109 North U.S. #1, Fort Pierce, Fla. In lieu, of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Jeanine’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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. Reverend Dewey ‘Hank’ E. Rich, 90OKEECHOBEE — Reverend Dewey ‘Hank’ E. Rich, 90, of Okeechobee, went Home to be with the Lord June 22, 2012. He was born December 18, 1921 in Clay, Kentucky to Brodie and Suzie Rich. Rev. Rich p roudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force, during WWII he was stationed in Iceland. He was a pastor, founder of Faith Tabernacle-Good Samaritan Home in Providence, Kentucky and preached at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and The Gathering. He enjoyed woodworking and building. His last project was three lighted crosses in the yard at his home. Rev. Rich is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Dawn Rich of Okeechobee; children: Shelia Rogers of Port St. Lucie; Brodie Rich (Denise) of Hollywood, FL; Theresa Brown (Rev. Mike) of Okeechobee; Glenn Rich (Debbie) of Coral Springs; Sharon Gar eld (Glen) and Beverly Lahti all of Tennessee; step-children: Vicki Stadelman (Bill) of Coconut Creek; Keith Kelly of South Carolina; Kevin Kelly of Columbus, Ohio; Kale Kelly (Deb) of Kentucky and Michele Bauer of Canton, Michigan; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at The Gathering, with Pastor Mike Brown, Pastor Arlen Cook and Rev. Gene Roddenberry of ciating. Memorial contributions may be made to, The Gathering, 1735 SW 24th AVE, Okeechobee FL 34974. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing obits@newszap.com Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com 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.Eagles North hosts BINGOEagles North will host BINGO on Tursday, J une 26 at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 BINGO starts at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will bene t the FOE 4137 Community Bene t Fund. 9985 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee.CCC meeting planned for JulyThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Serv ices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce. Health Department participates in National HIV Testing DayThe Okeechobee County Health Department will offer free HIV testing on Wednesday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in support on National HIV Testing Day. Testing is con dential and will take place at the Health Department located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue. No appointments are necessary; walkins are welcome. National HIV Testing Day is an annual event meant to raise awareness of the importance of knowing one's HIV status and encouraging at-risk individuals to receive an HIV test. The Centers for Disease Control estimates approximately 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV; of these, an estimated 21 percent do not know they are infected.Considering adoption?Please join the Children's Home Society of Florida at our Adoption Orientation session on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Early Learning Coalition of ce, 804 Sixth Street, Ft. Pierce. Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is invited to attend this informative, casual, free open house orientation event. The information includes an overview of foster care adoption along with a Q&A session. To RSVP or for more information, please contact our of ce at Children's Home Society of Florida Adoption info line at 772-429-2001.Yard sale for Children’s RanchReal Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will be open Tuesday Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the month of June. The ranch welcomes all donations that are in good condition and can be sold, including clothing items. SKYWARN training class offeredThe 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. Community Events


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News State Representative Denise Grimsley was able to secure a $5 million grant for a new Emergency Operations Center in Glades County this year. The Glades Commission accepted the grant and began the process of building the new complex on June 14. Grimsley has worked since 2004 to get the grant to build the EOC. She noted during the storms of 2005 county staff had to stay in the hallways of the 100 year court house and that was simply not safe. “I’m very happy and delighted that Governor Scott chose to approve the EOC. Glades accepts evacuees from both coasts and this building will set them up for times of disaster,” she explained. Scott had vetoed the item in 2011 but Grimsley and Senator JD Alexander continued to lobby him and were able to convince him to approve the grant this year. Grimsley said she thinks the state has done a good job reducing spending during her career. She did express some disappointment in the Governor’s vetoes of water projects sought by Okeechobee and Glades County this year. Grimsley grew up in Hardee County and has been part of agriculture for most of her life. She admitted that representing Okeechobee in the senate would be a natural t. “I’m looking forward to it. For the past few years both Hardee and Okeechobee have continued to grow and bring in more industry,” she admitted. Other projects she will work on include the proposed Heartland Parkway that one day will connect Naples to Orlando with a four lane highway. The road would alleviate traf c congestion on portions of US 27 in her district and could bring in more industry and development. Possible routes include a segment through Glades County. The Department of Transportation has the project in the ve-year work plan but have only funded environmental studies and survey work at this point and no asphalt or right of way purchase. “I can’t tell you the exact location of the road but there is a possible route through Glades County,” she added. Another road project she will focus on is the widening to four lanes of State Route 70 between Okeechobee and Arcadia. Grimsley said the house did not debate prison privatization this year. She said the Moore Haven prison is a model for private prisons. She said her goal is to improve ef ciency in state government and private prisons are one way to do that. She will also focus on reduction of regulations and laws that affect small businesses. “Most businesses simply want to be left alone,” she added. The legislature did include $2 million to ght citrus greening and some tax breaks for citrus plants this year. Grimsley said she will support additional tax exemptions for agriculture in the future, if elected to the Senate. 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 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! 7 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012 Grimsley eager to have Okeechobee in Senate District Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Not too many cattle this week on account of the Cattleman’s Convention, I guess. Cows & Bulls looked to be quite a bit cheaper Monday but a little better on Tuesday, still $2-$3 Lower. Good calves were selling steady to a $1-$2 higher. Don Vanosdol, St. Cloud, topped the calf market with a high of $3.35 bought by Foy Reynolds. H.W. Rucks & Son Dairy, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 89.00 bought by Brown Packing. We have three good purebred 2-1/2 year old Angus Bulls for Sale! Also, 30 head of older Brahma cross-bred cows. Todd


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012 Okeechobee is unlike some of the other areas of Florida that experience a surge of tourism during the summer months. The offseason for many in Okeechobee can equate to slower schedules. Make the most of your slower schedule by having your screening mammogram at Raulerson Hospital. Each year many women across the country intend to have a screening mammogram performed to detect any abnormalities as early as possible, understanding the early detection is crucial in ghting breast cancer. Often life gets in the way and the important screening many women resolve to have done is not ever scheduled or completed. Consider slowing down enough this summer to talk with your physician about orders for your screening mammogram. The process is very quick and a simple pre-registration for the screening can be done online at RaulersonHospital.com. When you do come in for your mammogram appointment, you may notice that the Raulerson Hospital's mammography suite has been remodeled recently. The appearance of the mammography suite was updated during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. The beautiful new pink tone in the room reinforces the spirit of hope and power. Raulerson Hospital's Radiology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology in ve imaging modalities, including digital mammography. The digital mammography system provides outstanding image quality and a more comfortable exam experience for patients. Raulerson Hospital's Radiology Department uses the Computer Aided Diagnosis System (iCAD) to assess each exam, in addition to the radiologist. This double read' system looking for any suspicious areas on the breast is just an example of the precision and attention Raulerson Hospital provides to patients. If you are a busy woman who has been meaning to schedule your screening mammogram, take some time this summer and focus on your health. It will be time well spent, for you and your family since having regular mammograms is the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer. For a free physician referral or healthcare question contact Consult-a-Nurse at 863763-9228. For more information about digital mammography at Raulerson Hospital, please visit RaulersonHospital.com. Schedule preventive screenings this summer Special to the Okeechobee News/ Audrey DriggersFCW Past President Wendy Pettaway presents Nancy Phares with the Outstanding Cattlewoman of the Year Award at the Florida Cattlewomen’s Annual Convention and Meeting. During the 2012 Florida Cattlemen Association Annual Convention, Nancy Phares of Lazy JP Ranch was awarded the Outstanding Cattlewoman of Year by Florida Cattlew omen, Inc. Mrs. Phares was nominated by her local association, the Okeechobee County Cattlew omen Association. Every year, nominees from various county associations compete for this prestigious award. Mrs. Phares is the eldest child of Past Florida Cattlemen Association President, J .O. Pearce, Jr. She was an active member of the former Florida Cowbelles and its successor, the Florida Cattlewomen, Inc. (FCW). Working her way through the ranks, Nancy became President of FCW in 2005 and served as the FCW State Director for the Okeechobee County Cattlewomen Association (OCCWA) until 2008. She also belongs to regional and national beef associations. Throughout her life and these ful lling years of service, Nancy has given her time promoting the mission of FCW, OCCWA and the importance of Florida agriculture. She gave many presentations, not only in the classroom but at local grocery stores and fairs on nutrition and food safety. Nancy's rm belief is that the future of Florida's cattle industry lies in educating people about the positive attributes of raising beef cattle and its integral relationship of private land stewardship and conserving our natural resources. Phares named Outstanding Cattlewoman of the Year


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Mr. Lilley's wife passed away a few years ago after 64 and a half years of marriage. The day of the Honor Flight was a long one in hours and miles. It began at 4:30 a.m. in Florida. The participants ew to Washington and were back in Florida by 9:30 p.m. Each Honor Flight veteran has a guardian who accompanies him at their own expense. Mr. Lilley's guardian was Harold Price w ho had served in the Marines. Mr. Price's father, Kent, was a passenger on an Honor Flight last year. "I had a good man," Mr. Lilley said of his guardian. "He took care of me." Mr. Lilley was impressed with the reception at the airport in Washington. They were met by an Air Force General and hundreds of military people and civilians including Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. Mr. Lilley rst saw the World War II Memorial in 2003 when it was under construction. This was his rst time to see the completed memorial. The Honor Flight participants also went to the Iwo Jima Memorial where they had a group picture taken. In addition they visited the Tomb of the Unknown Solder at Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Lilley had been to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1949. This time he had his picture taken beside the grave of Audie Murphy, a muchdecorated World War II veteran as well as with Elizabeth Dole, whose husband, Bob Dole, was instrumental in the construction of the Word War II Memorial. "We were the last ones to get a memorial," he said. "We were the forgotten group for years." Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. LILLEYContinued From Page 1 "I really trusted that web site. Now, I don't," she said. When she found the home on S.E. Eighth Drive in Wilcox Shores, she contacted the alleged owner by e-mail. The man e-mailed her back and described the house to her and con rmed that it was for rent. He told her he would be working in the United Kingdom for the next three years as a "team relations specialist in the human resources department of the Guided Grand Canyon Hiking Tours U.S. Luxury Travel Company in Wembley, U.K." And because he would be out of the country, he wanted to rent his home. He then told her that once he received the rst and last month's rent, a $500 security deposit, a $100 pet deposit and a $40 application fee, she could move into the home. The man told her that once he received his money he would send her the key. "I had, maybe, ve telephone messages from him. Most were short and sounded like I was talking to a real person because they w eren't automated replies," she said. But after she asked to see the home three different times, the e-mails and messages stopped. She did not send any money, insisting on seeing the inside of the home before paying anything or signing a contract. When he didn't reply to her when she asked to see the home in person, she knew something wasn't right. Her mother then went to look at the home. When she arrived, she received quite a shockanother woman was preparing to move into the home. "She's going to be in the home by July 1. She knew about the scam but found the real owner," said the young lady. The real owner of the home is Principal Lenders Group, Inc., in Miami. The company purchased the home when it went into foreclosure. "The owner of Principal Lenders is an attorney and he was furious about this. He wanted the people arrested," said company spokesman Hans Rescuccia. "We did not know it was on rent.com. We hate it more than you can imagine." In fact, Mr. Rescuccia said he nearly fell for the same scam when he rst moved to Miami a few years ago. He said he found the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood and the rent was only $500 a month. He told his wife to jump on the dealuntil he found out the owner was out of the country and wanted the money before giving out the key to the house. "You never, never pay for the right to look at a property," said Mr. Rescuccia, who has been a paralegal for 20 years. "You look rst and then ll out the application. They prey on the sense of urgency." When contacted, a local detective who has handled a lot of scams said this one is new to him. "No one has told me about it," said Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD). "That's an easy one to perpetrate. How common that must be with people moving for jobs?" He went on to echo Mr. Rescuccia's suggestions for would-be renters by saying they should rst ask for a local agent who's handling the property and then ask for the keys. If they can't do this, he said, they aren't renting the house. It's also a good idea to ask to meet with the owner just to make sure it's OK to rent the home. As for the young woman, even though she was "kind of devastated" by the scam, she's still looking for a home to rent. But, she's no longer using the internet. "Now I'm really skeptical. If there's one home like this in Okeechobee, how many more are there?" she asked. "I'm not using rent.comthat ruined it for me." Detective Saum said if anyone else has had this happen to them he wants to know about it"whether they took the bait or not." He can be reached at 863-763-5521. SCAMContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaMural dedicationLocal historian, Judge William Hendry was the featured speaker at the dedication of the old bank building mural project which was held Thursday evening, June 21. The judge is well versed in the history of the area and gave an interesting presentation of the businesses and the bank which were housed in the building. Seated to his left were Joseph Steiert, the artist, and Marie Culbreth, who along with her husband, Gil, own the building.


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Ms. Waldau said the project was almost two years in the making. At rst the project was only going to include the doors and windows of the bank portion of the structure. Then Gil Culbreth, who owns the building, decided he wanted the remaining windows and doors of the building covered in murals. The nished project has 51 individual images on 1,240 square feet. At the unveiling, Judge William Hendry spoke from the gazebo in the park. As he was describing each section of the project, workmen on ladders across the street uncovered that section. He informed the large crowd that the businesses depicted were from different time periods. They were not all in existence at the same time. He said the plat of Okeechobee was laid out in 1914 by the Okeechobee Company. By 1915 the community started to grow. The street directly behind him a block to the north and south became the commercial hub of the city. In 1916, the corner on the north side of Park Street was occupied by the Anthony Building which housed a men's clothing store. In 1923 the Anthony Brothers sold the property to the Bank of Okeechobee which moved to that location in 1924. Working from an old photograph Mr. Steiert created a likeness of Mr. Culbreth's father in the bank. A woman pulling a manila le out of a le drawer is seen through the glass of the back door the bank, The name on the le is "Joseph Steiert." In May, 1925, the judge said the bank sold the building but continued to operate at that location. The land speculation bubble burst and the bank was only in existence for two and a half years. The bank went out of business and the building was sold. The rst store next to bank was occupied by the Okeechobee Pharmacy which opened in December of 1924. W. F. Gavin was the druggist. After one and one-half years, it was sold to J. R. and Ruth Minehan. The judge called Mrs. Minehan a political activist since she was the rst woman to run for city council. In the mural, there is a display of cigarettes and cigars in the window. One of the cigar boxes has the name "Joseph Steiert" painted on it like a cigar brand and the date 2012. The drug store mural also includes a jar of red penny licorice candy. There is the traditional soda fountain with the malted milk machine and the tall glasses. Then there is the Ye Dress Shop which was opened in 1925. In 1927 the judge's grandmother purchased the dress shop. He said he still has the spool cabinet from the dress shop which has over 100 spools of silk thread of various colors. Okeechobee Jewelry and Optical is depicted next. This business was run by Myron Goldman, a watchmaker, and his wife Minnie. The judge said his grandparents were friends of the Goldmans. The H & H Store, depicted at the end of the row was opened by Homer Hunt in 1934. Mr. Hunt served on the city council. This store was operated by Mr. Hunt until 1956 when the business was sold to the Davis Brothers and became D & D Grocery. Working from photographs, Mr. Steiert was able to create a likeness of the brothers in their store. He was also fortunate enough to have a oor plan of the store. The judge remembered a large meat case in the back of the store with a butcher bloc k and sawdust on the oor. The judge lived about a block from the store. He recalled how his oldest daughter and her friend used to slip off and enter the back door of the grocery where they were always given a piece of baloney. Judge Hendry could always tell when his daughter went on a baloney run because her shoes were covered in sawdust. The judge noted that Mr. Culbreth and Philip Berger, who renovated the historic Raulerson Building across the park from the bank, both deserve a lot of thanks for preserving a valuable section of the county's heritage. MURALSContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThis is the soda fountain in the Okeechobee Pharmacy, one of the murals that was unveiled Thursday, June 21. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThese ladies appear to be shopping for jewelry at Okeechobee Jewelry and Optical.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.comCall a PRO fessional Located Behind NAPA Auto Parts 101 NW 5th St. Okeechobee, FL Hours...8-4:30 Tues-Fri 8-12 Saturday(863) 634-3304 Mary Bullington and Trish Smith are now at Appliances • TV • FurnitureOf ce: (863) 357-3301 • Fax: (863) 357-2804UP TO3389 US Hwy 441 S Okeechobee, FL manager033@buddyrents.comJUAN CORTEZManager An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 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 15 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012 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 Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  April Lynn Moore, 18, S.R. 78 W., Okeechobee, was arrested June 21 by Detective Rosemary Farless on a felony charge of unlawfully and intentionally procure to intercept wire, oral or electric communication. She was also charged with the misdemeanors of ling a false report to a law enforcement of cer, giving false information to a law enforcement of cer during an inv estigation, obstructing an investigation and perjury when not in an of cial proceeding. Her bond was set at $5,500.  Amanda Dean, 24, N.W. Sixth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 21 by DOC’s Joseph Cracchiola on a charge of violation of probation possession of oxycodone. She is being held without bond.  Cheyanna Watford, 17, N.E. 26th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 21 by Deputy Raul Marrero on a juvenile take and hold warrant charging her with the felonies of burglary of a conveyance, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATIONS A SSAULT  5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. BURGLARY  7000 block of N.E. 11th Lane FRAUD  5700 block of N.E. Third Lane THEFT  8600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (tractor batteries)  3500 block of N.W. 18th St. (bicycle)  3400 block of N.W. 22nd St. (bicycle)  2700 block of U.S. 441 S. (copper wire) OSCO Investigations


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Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 1105 SW 5th St, June 23, 7 a.m. Moving Sale. Dresser bunk bed antiques desks bookshelves clothing appliances toys books and more! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Full Charge Bookkeeper Dfwp. Full time. Submit resume to: 312 SW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL. Employment Full TimeRN’s, LPN’s, HHA’s, CNA’sImmediate Work Leading Home Health Agency job fair – now hiring RN, LPN, HHA, CNA w/min 1yr exp – St Lucie/Martin/Indian River/Okeechobee. FT/per diem. Join us on 6/26/12 @ 6905 LTC Pkwy, PSL (Midway Rd east of 95) from 4p – 7p Interim Healthcare 772-497-8002 DRIVERS : Dedicated Account! Top Pay, Bene ts, Miles, Weekly Home-Time & More! Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 Experienced Auger Driver for local deliveries. Must know the area,have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Bene ts Available. Apply at: Walpole Feed & Supply, 2595 NW 8th St. Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Immediate Openings:• PCA: PRN • Housekeeper: PRN • Infection Control Coordinator: FT • Case Manager: RN, PRN • Pharmacy Tech: PRN • Respiratory Therapist (RRT): FT, PRN • RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN • Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN We offer competitive wages & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL Employment MedicalNeed LPN / RN for outpatient services in Hendry Co. Temp. Position (35 hours a week) to start ASAP! Bilingual (Eng/Span) preferred due to the population being served. For info, call Dir. of HR at (863) 983-1423 or send an email to hgbhc13@ embarqmail.com. OUTREACH WORKER ~ Full Time ~ Must have valid FL driver’s license & reliable transportation. Associate Degree with 3 years exp. in public health, economic services and counseling. Community service related to health education helpful. Bilingual Spanish/English pref. Fax resume to: (863)357-2991 email to hr@fchcinc.org or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Health Ctr., 2015 US Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. Employment WantedI am looking for a job, Nanny, companionship, I do cooking and light housekeeping. Call 305-797-7981 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Medical Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PsychicsFree Psychic Reading Reader, Healer and Adviser. Help in all life problems. Open 9 am to 9 pm. 941-979-5940 Call today for a better tomorrow! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pets/SuppliesFOR SALE BLUE PIT PUPPIES 5 MONTHS OLD. HAD ALL SHOTS. $150.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Mini Doxie pups TIN Y 3Fs 2Ms, all colors, CKC reg $450.00. (863)801-6144. Yorkie Puppy 15 weeks old. Needs a good home. $350.00 OBO Call 863-801-5420 Yorkipoo Pups shots, health cert. Male $400/Female $500. Deposit holds for June 30 PU. Parents on Prem. “adorable must see! ” 863-610-2725. 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. Call 863-634-7051 Farm ProducePEAS FOR SALE BLACKEYE, PINKEYE, AND ZIPPERER PEAS. BUSHEL UNSHELLED $16.00 8-LBS SHELLED $16.00 TO ORDER CALL 863-634-1316 OR 863-634-7051 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 16 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012


OMC Professional Supervisor Auto req ID 862BR Organization: OM5305355 Clew FS-Trd Supt-Mech/Elec/Inst Maint Location: Clewiston Field Station Job Description: This position will assist with managing the physical, scal, and human resources of the Trades Support Mechanical/Hydraulic unit of the Clewiston Field Station. Supervise water resource operations and maintenance program efforts including coordination, implementation, tracking and communication of comprehensive program and project objectives, milestones and schedules. Document, report, budget, and integrate with other District activities. Supervises Diesel Engine Specialist, Millwright, Electronics I/C and Industrial Electrician personnel. Incumbent works with both the superintendent and assistant superintendent to ensure staff’s readiness to respond and support the eld station’s emergency management operations. This includes addressing all regional issues/concerns speci c to a eld station location. Provides direct input to the emergency management operations procedures used by all eld stations. Conduct interviews, train, motivate, assign and evaluate work. Provide technical and programmatic coordination and interaction with other District units, government agencies, and the public. Employment Guideline: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related eld and 6+plus years experience in the operation and maintenance of water management works including increasingly responsible experience in construction, maintenance, and operation of program area of responsibility which also includes 2+ years supervisory experience. Preference will be given to candidates with Certi cations in Mechanical and/or Hydraulic eld(s). Valid State of Florida Driver’s License is required. Due to the District’s response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role. Salary Minimum: $44,740.80 Salary Midpoint: $53,164.80 Salary Maximum: $76,668.80 To apply and learn more about South Florida Water Management District please visit our website at www.sfwmd.gov. Click on Careers, Scroll to Find Search and Apply and click on Search Openings. In the keyword search window insert job #862BR. South Florida Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsAPARTMENT 2/1 Duplex Center of Town Painted, Tile, W/D, Very Clean, Corner lot. $700 monthly $350 Security Deposit. No Pets Call 24/7 Dave 863-634-9899 Attention Residents of Clewiston, Indiantown, Okeechobee and nearby areas!!! The Pahokee Housing Authority, Inc. is accepting applications for 3 and 4 bedroom apartments. Preference is given to working families, disabled families, veterans, families of veterans and victims of domestic violence. The Pahokee Housing Authority offers equal housing opportunities and promotes drug free housing. For more information please call Jacquelyn Baker at 561-924-5565 MondayThursday from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Residents of Clewiston, Indiantown, Okeechobee and nearby areas as well as Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay are encouraged to apply!!! Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 VIKING/PRAIRIE 1 br. Apartment. Very clean! $650/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call Ron 561-329-8205. Houses Rent1004 SE 8th Drive Newly Remodeled 2 bed, 1 bath $685.00 All appliances, tile oors, hurricane windows. July occupancy Last, security, references. Chris 863-447-3282 anytime Dixie Ranch Acres Area, 3 BR, Clean, Quiet. $700/mo., water and lawn care included. $600 Security. Pets allowed upon approval. Call 863-610-0001 Kings Bay CBS Home, 2/2, 1 car garage, $950 mo., F/L/S, References. Call 561-707-0868 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Houses RentNEWLY RENOVATED 3/2 house w/garage in SE section near Everglades Elementary. Backyard fenced with shed. rst, last & security required. Call 863-697-3949 for more information. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleOKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba, in River Oak Acres, riverside. Call for information (863)824-0311 Land SaleSALE/TRADE 1 Acre Suwannee Riverfront in Airpark between Live Oak and Mayo. Assessed in Suwannee County at $31,200 sale price $18,000 negotiable. 863-763-6683 leave message. Lots SaleGreat Building Lot Located in Brentwood Estates. 0.65 acres, water deposit paid, house pad in place to accommodate up to 3500 SQ. ft. home. REDUCED TO $39,500 CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home LotsMobile Home Lot for Rent Off North West 30th Street, close to Elementary School and Hwy 98. Call for more info. 863-697-1168 Mobile Home Rent2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Mobile Home, central air, most utilities paid, small deposit $500.00 a month. Call 812-989-3022 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 Mobile HomeSaleNew Jacobsen doublewide only $49,900 on your lot. Easy nancing available. Call 863-357-4848 Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 from $499 mo loaded 3/2 from $399 mo loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 ext 210 TREASURE Island Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. 863-634-9119. Very large bank repo doublewide 4br/2bath. Like new Zone III Excellent family home on your lot or acreage. $49,900 includes a/c, skirting and setup. 863-357-4848 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats1997 Godfrey “SWEETWATER” 80 HP Yamaha, seats 15, live well, privacy change and more. Must see. $5,800.00 (863)763-4775 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee Utility Authority tends to apply for a Wastewater Loan/Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service for design and construction of the Treasure Island Vacuum Sewer Collection System. The project is intended to remove septic tanks and package wastewater treatment plants near the north shore of Lake Okeechobee and to replace these with a publically owned collection system, as part of the effort to improve the water quality of Lake Okeechobee. Any questions or comments should be directed to the Okeechobee Utility Authority, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974, or by telephone during the hours of 7 AM and 6 PM Monday through Thursday, Telephone (863) 763-9460. 420339 ON 6/22,24,27/2012 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Public NoticeNOTICE OF ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT DECISION(S) The District has granted permit(s) for the following applicantion(s): Sanchelima Dairy Farms Inc, 1783 NW 93rd Ave, Miami, FL 33172, application #130628. The District proposes to allocate 0.02 million gallons per day (mgd) of groundwater to irrigate 40 acres of pasture, 0.004 mgd of surface water to irrigate 7 acres of pasture, and 80 gallons per day of groundwater to water up to 40 head of livestock. The withdrawals used by this proposed project will consist of Groundwater from FAS Upper Floridan Aquifer via 1 active well and 1 proposed well in Okeechobee County, located in Section: 29, Township: 33 South, Range: 35 East, known as Sanchelima Dairy Farms, Inc. If you wish to receive a copy of a Technical Staff Report (TSR) that provides the St. Johns River Water Management District (District) staffs’ analysis of a permit application, please submit your request to: Director, Bureau of Regulatory Support, P.O. Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178-1429. Once a TSR becomes available, you may also review it by going to the Permitting section of the District’s website at oridaswater.com/permitting/index.html. To obtain information on how to nd and view a TSR, visit https://permitting.sjrwmd. com/epermitting/html/EP_FAQs.html, and then follow the directions provided under “How to nd a Technical Staff Report (TSR) or other application le documents.” A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected has the right to request an administrative hearing by ling a written petition with the District. Pursuant to Chapter 28-106 and Rule 40C-1.1007, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), the petition must be led (received) either by delivery at the of ce of the District Clerk at District Headquarters, P. O. Box 1429, Palatka Florida 32178-1429 (4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177) or by e-mail with the District Clerk at Clerk@sjrwmd.com, within twenty-one (21) days of newspaper publication of the notice of District decision (for those persons to whom the District does not mail or email actual notice). A petition for an administrative hearing is deemed led upon receipt of the complete petition by the District Clerk at the District Headquarters in Palatka, Florida during the District’s regular business hours. The District’s regular business hours are 8 a.m. 5 p.m., excluding weekends and District holidays. Petitions received by the District Clerk after the District’s regular business hours shall be deemed led as of 8 a.m. on the next regular District business day. A petition must comply with Sections 120.54(5)(b)4. and 120.569(2)(c), Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, F.A.C. The District’s acceptance of petitions led by email is subject to certain conditions set forth in the District’s Statement of Agency Organization and Operation (issued pursuant to Rule 28-101.001, F.A.C.), which is available for viewing at oridaswater.com. The District will not accept a petition sent by facsimile (fax). Mediation may be available if you meet the conditions stated in the full Notice of Rights (see last paragraph). The right to an administrative hearing and the relevant procedures to be followed are governed by Chapter 120, F.S., Chapter 28-106, F.A.C., and Rule 40C-1.1007, F.A.C. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means the District’s nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Failure to le a petition for an administrative hearing within the requisite time frame shall constitute a waiver of the right to an administrative hearing. (Rule 28-106.111, F.A.C.). If you wish to do so, please visit http:// oridaswater.com/nor_dec/ to read the complete Notice of Rights to determine any legal rights you may have concerning the District’s decision(s) on the permit application(s) described above. You can also request the Notice of Rights by contacting the Director, Bureau of Regulatory Support, P. O. Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178, tele. no. (386)329-4268. 420437 ON 6/24/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2012-CA-000174 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, VS.JOHN RIVERA; ROSIE MERINO-RIVERA A/K/A RO MERINO-RIVERA; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JOHN RIVERA 17226 NW 308TH STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 12224 NW 48TH DRIVE CORAL SPRINGS, FL 33076 2551 NW 118TH DR, CORAL SPRINGS FL 33065 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN And any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under the above-named Defendant(s), if deceased or whose last known addresses are unknown. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covering the following real and personal property described as follows, to-wit: EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 26, SECTION 11, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, A/K/A LOT A, TRACT 26, VIKING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Amber B. Parker, Butler & Hosch, P.A., 3185 South Conway Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida 32812 and le the original with the Clerk of the abovestyled Court on or before 30 days from the rst publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 14 day of June, 2012. NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In Accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days proper to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this NOTICE: IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 420049 ON 6/17,24/2012 17 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012


Florida is one of the few states that offers this many elaborate displays over water, allowing spectators to view the celebration from the comfort of their boat and making for the perfect holiday outing. There are, however, a few things you should keep in mind before venturing out for an evening on the water. Rusty Gardner, founder of Florida By Water, reminds boaters that although this can be a great boating experience, safety must always come rst. He offers up a few suggestions: Make sure that all of your navigation lights are working. It is imperative that other boaters are able to see you in the dark. It is very helpful to have a chart plotter or other navigation device on board when navigating at night. Slow speeds are always better in these conditions and an extra lookout can be invaluable. Ensure that you have all of the required safety equipment on board and always wear your life jacket! Never drink and boat. As the captain you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your vessel. With so many boats on the water, the 4th of July is not a time to take risks. Be patient. Boat ramps and waterways will be congested after the reworks. Hang around for a few extra minutes after the display and let the crowds clear out before you head home. July 4 reworks by water use precaution 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 ListingsRIVER OAK ACRES~KISSIMMEE RIVER HOME. Polished 2 Bd/ 2 Ba/ of ce (3rd Bdrm), 2+ Garage. 1943 SF under air – 2779 TLA. Sitting room, split plan, spacious kitchen, oak cabinets, bkfast nook w/water view. Luscious master suite. Lots of storage. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News June 24, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A former Brahman football player returned brie y to give back to the community. John Grace, a 1995 graduate of OHS w as in town Friday, June 22, to take part in a football camp at Brahman Field. This is the sixth year that Chaka Smith of Chaka's Stars, a sports oriented youth organization, has sponsored this event. Grace said he and Smith are life-long friends who grew up together. Smith was quick to point out that sponsorship of the sports camp was a community effort. He said that since the community supports Chaka's Stars, in effect, the community was sponsoring the event. He said the Children's Services Council, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and other organizations and individuals also helped. There were about 150 young football players in attendance who ranged in age from 5 to 18. In addition to OHS, which had about 47 participants, there were three other high schools represented, Martin County High School, John Carroll High School from Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie High School. Most of the pre-high school participants were from the Okeechobee youth football program. The schedule called for stretches and drills in the morning with the afternoon to be spent in 7-on-7 competitions. Grace played on the rst Brahman football team to make it to state playoffs. He said it seemed like only yesterday. Carey McKee, who was football coach at the time, said Grace was a great football player and a ne person. Current Brahman coach Chris Branham was the quarterback on that team. Grace's rst coach in Pop Warner football was Branham's father. After high school Grace played for the Thundering Herd of Marshall University in Huntington, WVA. He was part of class that won the most games in Marshall history. In 4 years they lost only 5 games. At the end o f the movie, "We are Marshall," there is a lm clip of Grace's team coming off the eld. Grace went on to play eight seasons in the Canadian Football League and was named a CFL All Star in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2005 he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Currently Grace is a regional safety manager in West Virginia. He said things like this football camp did not happen when was growing up. Former Brahman player helps at football camp Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaJohn Grace, a former Brahman football player who also played for Marshall University and the Canadian Football League was in town to help with a football camp on Friday, June 22. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaJohn Grace, a former Brahman football player who also played for Marshall University in Huntington, WVA and the Canadian Football League was in town Friday, June 22, to help with a football camp at Brahman Field. Here Grace, center, in white T shirt, encourages participants to give it their best.