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14.42 feetLast Year: 10.77 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Friday, September 7, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 108 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.OHS Brahmans to play DeSoto Bulldogs in away game ... Page 14 County will not raise tax rate ... Page 3 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTBig shTuff Durrance (above) and his shing partner Buck Durrance won rst place and the big sh prize in the Christian Team Trail Tournament on Lake Okeechobee, Sept. 1. For more on the story, see page 8. Drug rehab patients to be housed on part of rst oor of assisted living centerBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee could soon have its rst resident drug and alcohol rehabilitation center thanks to action taken by the Okeechobee City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 4, meeting. The council gave unanimous approval to a request to change the zoning of The Heritage Assisted Living Center at 608 N.E. Second Ave. from Commercial Professional Of ce (CPO) to Light Commercial (CLT). The property had been zoned CPO with a special exception for an assisted living center. At their July 19 meeting the City of Okeechobee Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals approved a special exception allowing for a group home that would provide for an alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation center and an assisted living center within a CLT zoning district. The special exception was contingent upon the requested zoning change to CLT because group homes are a special exception under CLT zoning. City planner Jim LaRue stated that the zoning change request met all the requirements City OKs zoning for drug rehab‘Granny scam’ strikes again ... Page 4 See REHAB— Page 5 OHS golf team starts new season ... Page 15 Man who was deported in 2008 entered the country again illegallyBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A documented sexual predator apparently in the United States illegally has been arrested for allegedly groping a child under the age of 12. Juan Carlos Monterroso Gutierrez, 37, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 5, on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious molestation victim under 12, suspect over 18. He has been denied bond on that charge. Gutierrez was initially booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on Aug. 15 following his arrest by Of cer Belen Reyna, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation. While Monterroso was being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on that charge Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO,) learned from OCSO Public Information Of cer Michele Bell that Monterroso was a convicted sexual predator. Mrs. Bell is also a member of the OCSO Sex Offender Unit. Mrs. Bell said Monterroso was arrested in Martin County in 2006 on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition. He was then convicted of that crime and sentenced to two years in prison. Convicted predator is charged with another sex crimeSee PREDATOR Page 5 Juan Carlos Monterroso

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 2 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012 Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind. Extended ForecastSaturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Sunday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsParade organizers and sponsorThe Labor Day Parade held Sept. 3 in downtown Okeechobee was organized by The B.R.A.T. Club and sponsored by American Drilling Services Inc. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenOkeechobee Steelers performThe Okeechobee Steelers performed at the Labor Day Festival in downtown Okeechobee over the weekend. The popular steel drum band also participated in the parade on Monday. Special to the Okeechobee News/ J. SchoonmakerCheck presentationOn Friday, Aug. 31, Emory Walker from W & W Supply Co of Fla, Inc, presented a check to the Okeechobee FFA Chapter. W & W Supply, together with P zer Animal Health, participate in the "Performance Pays Spring 2012 Program." A portion of product purchases made go to the local chapter. The promotion will be running again for the fall. Left to right are Emory Walker, Ashley McDuf e, Felipe Soto Jr, and Roger McWaters. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has reopened the remaining sections of the Kissimmee River to navigation. Recently, portions of the river had been closed to navigation for public safety reasons, due to dangerous currents caused by discharging oodwaters. For more information about closings and reopenings affecting FWC-managed areas and FWC of ces, go to MyFWC.com/ DisasterPlan and select "Open/Closed Status." You can also check SFWMD.gov for additional information and updates regarding access to the Kissimmee River. Kissimmee River locks open

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Sept. 7TH Thurs., Sept. 13THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE EXPENDABLES 2”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “STEP UP REVOLUTION”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG 3 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Like many family budgets, the proposed county budget for the coming year will include some belt tightening. Okeechobee County Commissioners will have less money to spend and will have to make some cuts. The budget total now stands at $85.1 million which is a $6.4 million, or 7 percent, reduction over the current budget. Commissioners declined to raise taxes to bring in more revenue. Unlike the federal government, county governments in Florida must live within their means and produce a balanced budget. The proposed millage rate remains the same as last year’s rate of 8.547. Overall, property values in the county have declined since last year. That means that some people will see a reduction in their taxes from last year and the county will take in less tax money than last year. One mil equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value. The commissioners and all constitutional of cers’ portions of the proposed budget, with the exception of the tax collector, have been reduced from last year. The tax collector’s funding remains the same as last year. However, that of ce is funded, in part, from fees it generates. The sheriff’s of ce made the largest reduction. Their spending plan is $14.5 million from the county’s general fund -a reduction of $1.5 million from the sheriff’s general fund. Juanita White, executive assistant to Sheriff Paul May, said the sheriff will be able to operate law enforcement, the jail and courthouse security for that amount with no layoffs. However, she said two positions will be eliminated. There is a vacant road patrol deputy’s position that will not be lled. Also, a clerical position in the jail will soon be coming open but it will not be lled. For their part, commissioners reduced almost $1 million from their budget. The commission’s portion of the total budget is 25.5 percent. At the Thursday workshop commissioners discussed closing Okee-Tantie Campground as a means of savings money. The restaurant and the marina would still be open but the campground would be closed. “I, for one, think we ought to close it until we decide what we want to do with it,” was the opinion of Commissioner Frank Irby. A large portion of the campground is unusable due to unrepaired hurricane damage. Recently, a private investor offered to lease the park and develop it. Commissioners also looked at a prioritized list of capital projects. The $5.5 million list included projects currently under wa y and listed facility repairs in order of priority. At the top of the high-priority list was $20,000 in repairs for senior services. Next was $78,240 for improvements on the county annex on U.S. 98, followed by $500,000 for jail plumbing. There were six other projects of varying costs on the high-priority list. Repairs to the wooden jungle, the health department building, the ag center horse barn gutters, equipment for the inmate crew and racquet ball courts were considered low priority. The proposed budget will be presented at a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13. It will be voted on after a second public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County tax rate doesn’t change; revenue decreases By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Okeechobee youth football league swept ve games when they visited the Winter Haven Wolverines on Saturday. The Flag team prevailed 26-6, the Mighty Mites won 20-12, the Pee Wee won 19-13, the Junior squad won 40-14, and the senior squad won 20-0. Okeechobee has won 13 of 15 games played during the rst three weeks of the season. Okeechobee will host Desoto-Arcadia on Saturday with games to begin at 9 a.m. at Brahman Stadium.  OHS alumnus Lonnie Pryor got his senior season off to an excellent start as he rushed for three touchdowns as Florida State routed Murray State, 69-3 on Saturday. Pryor scored three touchdowns on only ve rushing attempts.  Rain postponed the swim team meet Tuesday between Okeechobee High School and Lake Placid High School.  The boys golf team nished fourth in a four team match on Tuesday at the PGA Country Club. Jensen Beach scored 150, Lincoln Park 164, Community Christian 169, and Okeechobee 170. Kodi Stephen led Okeechobee with a 1-under par 35. Kyle Mullins shot 43, Kutter Crawford 44, and Eli Finney and Zach Hudson 48. Coach Kenny Buckner said he thinks the team is working hard to improve and have shown signs of progress, “We improved from the previous match and that is all I’m asking from the kids at this point.” Stephen tied for the low score of the match with Liam Snyder of Jensen Beach. Sports news in brief Chamber offers Victim Awareness classThe Chamber of Commerce will host a “Refuse to be a Victim” crime prevention seminar on Saturday Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the chamber building. This class is designed primarily for women by the National Ri e Association to provide common sense information geared toward awareness and avoidance of criminal attack. The class will be conducted by Laurinda Garner who is a certi ed NRA instructor. The cost of the class is $35 which includes the workbook and the instruction on carjacking prevention, self-defense training options and other helpful hints for personal security. To sign up for this class, you can access the chamber web site at www.okeechobeebusiness.com. Click on the event calendar, search for Oct. 20, then click on register on-line. You may pay via credit card on-line or via cash or check prior to the date of the class. For more information or assistance in signing up for the class, please call Mariah at 863-467-6246. IRSC is calling all graduates to become members of the IRSC Alumni Association. The Association is open to graduates of Indian River Junior College, Indian River Community College and now Indian River State College. There are many activities planned for the 2012-2013 academic year including receptions with visiting lecturers, student productions, Speed Networking, special event invitations and a professional development workshop. An annual membership in the Alumni Association is $10 and lifetime membership is $200. All funds received from alumni membership goes to scholarship support. Visit irscfoundation.org and click on the Alumni tab for more information on the bene ts of membership and how to join or contact Terrea Cinkovic at tcinkovi@irsc.edu or 772462-7254. IRSC Alumni Association seeks graduate members September Blood DrivesSeptember is a special month for donating blood in Okeechobee. If you donate at one of the September drives on or before Saturday, Sept. 22, you will still be eligible to donate at the November Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Check which drive suits you best and get out and donate to save the life of your neighbor, your friend, and your family. Blood drives are planned for:  Sunday, Sept. 16 Golden Corral, 11 a.m.4 p.m.;  Saturday, Sept. 22 Publix, 1-6 p.m.; and,  Saturday. Sept. 29 Wal Mart, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Euchre Club changes meeting nightsThe Euchre Club meeting at the VFW on 441 South is now meeting on Monday and Wednesday evenings. They start playing at 5:30 p.m. Any Euchre players are welcome.

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Labor Day parade I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU t o the B.R.A.T. Club, run by Teresa Chandler, for another amazing Labor Day Parade! I really enjoyed seeing all of the different oats t hat were in the parade this year. Since the B.R.A.T. Club took over the responsibility last year for this parade, it has doubled in size and been a HUGE success. Again, I w ant to thank Teresa Chandler and all the v olunteers that came together to make this parade so much fun! I am thankful to live in a community where so many individuals v olunteer their time for the children.FCAT I was not pleased to nd out that during my child’s rst week in Kindergarten she was asked to take a long math test. She also had t o learn how to correctly ll-in the bubble for the correct answer on the test. I unders tand the importance of coloring inside the lines, but this is just standardized test prep. T here’s nothing like getting them ready for t he FCAT on the rst week of school.  FCAT is a big business and that is all t hat they teach in school is “how to pass t he FCAT.” The more that pass the better t he grade the more money they receive and w here does all of that money go?  The very rst week, my second grade grandchild came in telling us all about “preparing for and the importance of” the FCAT t hat he will be facing next year .. and since, he has brought home I suppose what’s cons idered pre-tests to see where he/they are and what needs to be worked on. And alt hough I understand the FCAT is a type of “learning,” I just found it odd one so little has had so much about FCAT and it’s “importance” and how the information struck him as anticipation/dread/pressured/worried as he is a good student and is already c onscious of his grades. It seems the FCAT already has dominated his schooling and he is only in the second grade.  Humans are complex creatures, and society is a complex machine. It’s like trying to sum up your entire life in a single word. You really need a few sentences, and that’s what we need. A system of evaluation that takes into account multiple factors across the year, not a single exam. High schools are moving toward this as they have dozens of factors that go into creating their grade (which is why the high school scores take forever to be released sometimes). High school grades look at student growth, drop out rates (GED doesn’t count towards the graduation rate), graduation rate of regular and at risk students, students in advanced courses AND their performance, and students in vocational programs who graduate certi ed in their eld are just some of the factors beyond FCAT. FCAT is still almost half of the high school grade, and it can be that a handful of students having a bad day can result in a school losing an entire letter grade (this has happened in Okeechobee a few times). The only way to change these things is to tell your representatives you want it to change, and it has to be something that entire communities will have to come together to create this change.Raised garbage pickup rates Regarding garbage pickup, you are not just paying for someone to drive to your house and pick up the garbage. You are also paying for that garbage to be disposed of at the land ll. If you take your garbage out there yourself, you will still have to pay that fee. Operating a land ll is not cheap. There is a lot involved to that, especially to meet the standards for health and safety. They had to put in a system of liners. They have to monitor it to make sure nothing leaks into the groundwater. They have to deal with the gases produced by the decomposition. There is a lot of expense ... it’s not just burying garbage in the ground. Plus the alternative is disposing (legally) of the garbage yourself. I think paying $4 a week is a lot better than having to haul the garbage out to the land ll myself.  I don’t mind paying the garbage tax, and I wouldn’t mind paying a little extra tax to know we have a sheriff’s of ce that is funded to be able to do what it needs to protect me and my family. Granny scamThis story has been told many times but the game is still being played. The one about a grandson calling needing money. I had heard about it but never had it happen to me until this past Saturday. A young man called and said, “Hi Grandma, this is your grandson.” I asked, “Really? Which one?” He said, “Your oldest.” When I asked how he was doing, he started saying he had been in a car wreck and was hurt pretty bad and couldn’t work. All the time I kept saying, “Really?” He nally said, “you don’t seem upset.” I told him that I was not really concerned and he hung up. First of all, he sounded young but he had a touch of an accent. My oldest grandson lives with his mom and dad not far away. If there had been a problem, my daughter would have called. I did the star 69 on the phone and got his number. I called the police and gave them the number but the number was traced back to a throw away phone in New York. Please grandparents, ask questions and make sure that you are helping your own. Mary Lynn OkeechobeeFCAT replaced with more testsThere is greatness in children that cannot be measured by a test, and yet, our state is intent on testing our students with an even more rigorous test than the FCAT by 2014. It was recently reported in the news that Florida’s schools will be phasing out the FCAT. What was not mentioned was that Florida is replacing the FCAT with an even more dif cult test in 2014, known as the PARCC test. This test is based on ‘common core’ standards that will be used across the U.S. by numerous, but not all, states. Florida has spent over fteen years creating our own standards and untold dollars revising and editing them to achieve perfection. All of this work, time and money have apparently been wasted. Students who struggled with the FCAT, will no doubt nd the PARCC test even more dif cult as it is an even more rigorous test. The move to common core standards is supposedly going to stop Florida teachers from “teaching to the test.” This phrase means that a teacher sees the test questions in advance and only teaches students to memorize the answers to those speci c questions. Since Florida teachers are strictly prohibited from seeing the FCAT in advance, this is impossible. Therefore, Florida teachers are not “teaching to the test.” However, we are constantly aware that our students will be tested and that their performanc e will affect their educational progress and ou r reputations as professionals. Indeed, we ar e continually trying to prepare our students to perform at optimal levels and trying to ge t them over arbitrarily set bars of achievemen t that have gone higher and higher since 1998. In addition, there is no discussion on th e state level concerning the detrimental affects of school grades on economic developmen t efforts. Businesses who need to attract professionals to an area realize that good schools are vital to recruiting employees, even mor e important than downtown revitalization projects and beauti cation attempts. What mos t Florida citizens don’t realize is that school grades are misleading. Often schools meet th e federal guidelines that require every student to show a year’s academic growth, which in itself, is a worthwhile and dif cult task for which teachers and schools should be praised. However, Florida then adds to its grading criteria th e number of students tested, the dropout rate, and whether or not students performed at th e ‘randomly’ placed level of achievement each year with no consideration of where the individual student’s achievement level was at th e beginning of the year. Many people also do no t realize that ALL students’ scores are now calculated in school grades. So even test scores o f students with documented learning disabilities and speakers of other languages are used to calculate school grades. School grades are undermining economic development in Florid a and are misleading the public about the condition of their local schools. Please join me and ght for our children and against ALL high-stakes testing in our schools. Children, teachers and schools are more than test scores. Parents from throughout the world strive to get their children into American universities and schools because they realize our educational system does more than create roboti c test takers. America’s schools always have and always will produce creative problem-solving citizens, IF teachers are once again allowed to teach students the joy of and the importance o f learning and are once again able to create authentic learning situations, instead of constantly preparing for the ‘all-important’ high stakes test, whatever its name may be at the time. Crystal DrakeConservative Democratic Candidate fo r Florida House of Representatives – District #55Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades & the western portion of St. Lucie Counties September 7, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In Loving Memory of Tim ClayJuly 27, 1981 September 8, 2002 We have created a Facebook page for Tim. It’s a place his friends and family can go to share their memories, stories, photos and videos. We look forward to seeing pictures and reading stories of Tim we may never have known about. Feel free to post just let us know that you still think of Tim. His page on Facebook is Tim Clay Rip. Tim has a memorial page on the Nope Task Force website. Please take a look at the website and then check out his memorial and feel free to light a candle or make a donation to the cause. www.nopetaskforce.org It has been... 10 years 120 months 520 weeks 3,562 days 87,648 hours 5,258,880 minutes...and not one second has passed without you in our hearts. We love and miss you more with each passing day. Our comfort c omes from knowing we will all be together again when we reach Heaven’s gate. 5 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012 Following his release from prison on March 12, 2008, Monterroso was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and returned to his native Guatemala. In his most recent arrest report, Detective Shireman stated that Monterroso has apparently been back in the U.S. for over a year. A nd, since his return, he has not registered w ith the sheriff’s of ce as a sexual predator. So, on Aug. 17, 2012, Detective Shireman charged Monterroso with a felony charge of failure to register as a sexual offender. Since that arrest Monterroso has been held without privilege of bond. According to the OCSO detective’s current arrest report Monterroso was arrested for grabbing a 10 year-old boy’s crotch several times while they were wrestling. The report stated that the man continued to grab the boy even though the child told him to stop. Since that alleged incident the boy has stayed away from Monterroso. Detective Shireman also pointed out that Monterroso grabbed the boy “... on the outside of his clothing.” The detective said ICE has placed a hold on Monterroso. This means that when the man is released from jail the federal agency will take him into custody. PREDATORContinued From Page 1 for such a change and recommended approval. In his presentation Mr. LaRue said, “The proposed use will not have an adverse effect on the public interest.” However, that opinion was not shared by others who spoke at the meeting. Jim Vensel, who had spoken against the proposal at the previous city council meeting was back once again to v oice his disapproval. He mentioned some of the problems that can happen with detoxi cation. “Our concern comes in with the co-mingling,” Mr. Vensel said. “It only takes one incident.” He acknowledged the need for such a facility but added, “Put it someplace else but not in an assisted living center.“ When contacted after the meeting Mr. V ensell said that he had no ill will toward the city council. However, he was disappointed w ith the planning board for approving the special exception. He said he planned to remove his mother-in-law from the facility. “I can’t believe the ordinance allows mixed use,” said attorney Tom Conley w hose mother is a resident of The Heritage. He said he could not envision common areas shared by what he called “a mix of incompatible people.” He urged the council to restrict the use of the property to either an assisted living center or a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Another speaker expressed concern for the safety of her mother who is a resident of The Heritage. City Clerk Lain Gamotea said she had received a letter of disapproval from Janet Holder whose grandmother is a resident of The Heritage. “This is one of those very dif cult decisions we are forced to make,” said Councilman Dowling Watford. “Sometimes we can’t go by popular opinion.” He said the council was simply considering a rezoning, adding that he assumed the state agencies involved with licensing would have a better knowledge of location requirements. “The owner has certain rights,” the councilman asserted. “As long as what they are proposing meets all the requirements I don’t think we can deny it.” “It doesn’t really matter to this board whether we agree or disagree to how he runs his business,” was the opinion of Mayor James Kirk. “The only thing before us is should we grant the zoning? I personally don’t see any way not to grant the zoning.” Councilman Clayton Williams suggested that work might need to be done on the zoning ordinances. “It may be legal,” he said, adding, “in reality I think it’s bad policy.” He said that a drug rehabilitation center was not compatible with the current residents of the facility. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. REHABContinued From Page 1 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Okeechobee City Council held the rst public hearing on the proposed budget and hired a director of public works at its Tuesday, Sept. 4, meeting. The city council set Sept. 25 as the date of the nal public hearing on the proposed millage rate and budget. The proposed millage rate remains unchanged from last year’s tax bill at 7.7432. One mil equals one dollar for every one thousand dollars of assessed value. Since overall property values in the city have decreased some taxpayers will see a lower tax bill this year. The total proposed budget is $6.6 million which is a 3.9 percent decrease from the current budget. The proposed budget contains no pay increases for city employees, just longevity or step increases. Councilman Dowling Watford made a motion to delete the step increases from the proposed budget. That motion failed to pass with councilmen Devin Maxwell, James Kirk and Mike O’Connor voting against it. In a related matter the council approved a new rate schedule for commercial solid waste collection that is a 2.8 percent increase over the current rate. The city will soon have a new Director of Public Works. Upon the recommendation of city administrator Bryan Whitehall the council approved the hiring of David Allen of Loxahatchee. The new job description incorporates some of the duties formerly performed by the city engineer. Mr. Allen will start as soon he completes pre-employment drug testing, a pre-employment physical, a criminal background check and a driver’s license veri cation. The starting salary for that position is $62,500. In his report of the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac Councilman Watford said the city staff was very responsive to the situation. “With a few exceptions I thought the drainage system as a whole worked well,” he said, adding that it was amazing how much water ran off between Monday morning and Tuesday morning. “The new EOC building is outstanding,” Mr. Watford said. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District’s Okeechobee Service Center, said that 10 inches of rain fell in less than 16 hours. “All systems worked admirably, given the circumstances and the rainfall,“ Mr. Ritter said. He said that on Monday morning the Rim Canal was up to 15 feet but in less than three days it was down to 13.8 feet. City Council hires new public works director

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Midge P Ellenberger, 75HIRAM — Midge P. Ellenberger, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic surrounded by her family. She was born in Kent Feb. 7,1937, to the late Frank and India (Brown) Ackerman. Midge worked as a clerk for Wal-Mart and in the Hiram College candy shop. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and baking; she was a snow bird who loved playing beanbag baseball, bingo and playing cards. For Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital she made hats for premature infants, and made pillow cases to try to put smiles on the faces of children battling cancer. Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, Stanley Ellenberger; daughters, Darlene Jacobson and Terrie Ellenberger; son, Daniel Ellenberger; sister, Dottie (Robert) Eckerman; sister-in-law, Brigitte Ackerman; grandchildren, Danielle (Phil) Jolliff, Shannon Kerr, Emma Kerr, Jebidiah, Cody, Jessamynn, Dana, Corey; great-grandchildren, Meadow, M.J., and Zayas. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary, Delores, Isabella, Gene, Glenn, Fredrick, and Frank. A memorial gathering will be held from 1 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, P.O. Box 74947, Cleveland, Ohio 44194.Condolences may be expressed at www.sscfuneralhomes.com Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012Noah “Bud” Cooper, 82OKEECHOBEE — Noah “Bud” Cooper, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at his residence. He was born Nov. 28, 1929 in Conway, South Carolina to Noah and Clarkie Cooper. He proudly served in the United States Arm y and had been a residence of Okeechobee since 1990 coming from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mr. Cooper is preceded in death by sisters; Elizabeth Collins, Bonnie Turbeville; and a brother, Robert Cooper. He is survived by sister, Ruby Clark (Champ) of Mississippi; two brothers, Sims Cooper (Barbara) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Jerr y Cooper (Leonesa) of Okeechobee, FLA.; and many loving nieces and nephews. There will be no public services. All arrangements are 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. Eagles North announces upcoming special eventsEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host a steak dinner night on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. Music will be provided by Lisa. On Sept. 8 card bingo starts at 5 p.m. A ll proceeds will bene t the F.O.E. 4137 Community Bene t Fund. Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightOn Friday, Sept. 7 Cypress Hut Eagles w ill host a 16 oz rib-eye steak dinner, or sh, or shrimp dinner which is open to the public to support the club’s membership drives. The Eagles is a charitable club which helps local and national community chairity events. They strive to help to the best of our ability our communities locally and nationwide. For more info please call 863-4671154.Lucky Lanes will host chess social on Sept. 8All area chess players are invited to participate in an open games social on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lucky Lanes on U.S. 441 S.E. For details, call Jim at 561-577-1964. Y ard sale planned to bene t Chobee FirestixA multi–family yard sale is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8 from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. at 1 Stop Party Shop, 319 S.W. Park St. Proceeds w ill bene t the Chobee Firestix travel softball program. A mvets to host bene t fundraiser barbecueAmVets Post 200, 8591 S.R. 78 W., located across from the Big O Resort is having a pulled pork barbecue on Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sale will bene t veterans programs. Call post for more information,, 863-532-8292.Preschool to host Open House eventStepping Stones Academy I Preschool, 400 S.W. Fourth St., in Okeechobee is planning an Open House at our school for Monday, Sept. 10 at 6 to 8 p.m. and VPK Orientation at 6-6:30 p.m. At this orientation we will introduce our V PK teachers Ms.Laurie Snow and Rose Ochoa. Mrs.Pat Hickman from ELCIRMO w ill also present a power point on what your children will be learning in VPK. We are so excited to show parents what we have to offer. Each classroom will have a activity for the kids to do and give everyone the opportunity to meet our Loving Staff. There will be refreshments and snacks to anyone who would like to come. The event is open to the public and we encourage anyone who would like to visit to come on out. Freedom Outreach shing tournaments slatedThe Freedom Outreach shing championship will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9. The entry fee is $120. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina boat ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Amateur Radio Club to hold September meetingOkeechobee Amateur Radio Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 10 at Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant in the Club Room. Meal time is from 6 to 7 p.m. The business meeting begins at 7 p.m. Major topic of discussion for the meeting will be planning for the Hamfest in the Woods to take place on Saturday, Nov. 24. All club members and anyone interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Tom Timmons, club president, at 863-467-5435Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Okeechobee County Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – noon in room 261 of the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Children Services Council announces Public meetingThe Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee will have their rst public budget hearing for the year 2012-13 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, room 303 at 700 S.W. Second Ave.Patriot’s DayLadies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423 will sponsor a Patriot’s Day Ceremony to honor our First Responders. It will be in Veterans Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 There will be guest speakers, honored guests and special guests. These men and women put their lives on the line for us every day so please give one hour of your time to honor them. Contact the Dannye Strickland at 863763-0589 for any questions.Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightCypress Hut Eagles 4509 U.S. 441 S.E. will host a baked chicken dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. For more information please call 863-467-1154. Lake Okeechobee Elks will meet at VFW SouthThe Lake Okeechobee Elks meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the VFW South on U.S. 441 S.E. in Treasure Island. We will be discussing our upcoming installation and getting our charter. Fancy ME Machine Embroidery GroupDo you have an embroidery machine, or want to learn about them? Then join this club for their monthly meeting on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the local Red Cross of ce at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Call Corry 863-467-2231, Linda at 863-697-2450 or Mary 863-697-1920 for more information.Habitat ReStore announces upcoming saleThe Habitat ReStore (at the Trading Post Flea Market) will have a 50 percent off sale on all merchandise on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday. Sept 16, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Chamber to host Enterprise Zone seminarThe Chamberof Commerce will host a seminar on Enterprise Zone tax credits for both new and existing businesses that reside in the Enterprise Zone on Tuesday, Sept. 18 beginning at 11:30 a.m until 1 p.m. Chamber member Tom Johnson of Ryan Tax Service will conduct this seminar. To attend this seminar, please register on-line by accessing the event calendar on the Chamber web site, search for Sept 18, click on the event name and use the register online tab to register for the event. This is a free event sponsored b y the Chamber. Seating is limited to 25 attendees.Relay for Life Kickoff celebration plannedPlease come and join us at Lunker’s Sports Grill on Thursday, Oct. 11 to help kick off our 2013 Relay for Life year. The theme for this year’s event is All-Star Relay Scoring Against Cancer so wear your favorite sports memorabilia and join the fun. If you are interested in nding out more information related to joining this wonderful cause on any level, please contact Missy Fipps 863634-8674 or Lacey Summerall 863-634-7765. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 HEALTH RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE Cancer Scare? From Diagnosis to Treatmen t, We are Here for You Okeechobee Cancer Center301 NE 19th Avenue • Okeechobee 863.357.1395 • 772.202.0151Free Second Opinions • Courtesy Transportation • Free ConsultationThe only ones on the Treasure Coast with a Pet/CT simulator All insurance accepted including MedicaidBy Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi“cant side effects, while continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor.Ž What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee.20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dolla r machine is available at the of“ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtes y transportation is available to get to this of“ce for those patients in need. Please call 863467-9500 for more information. 9 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL YOUR CHURCH EPISCOPAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to pastor@okeechobeecog.com 301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 3666 E. Hwy 70 • Okeechobee (0ld Elks Lodge)“Celebrating 25 years of Pastoral Leadership”Sunday School 9 am Worship: Sun. 10 am • Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 pm Prayer Service: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 7:30 pm Nursery Available at All Services Of ce Hours CLOSED Mondays Tuesday Friday 9 am to 5 pm (863) 357-2264 Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr., Pastor “Your Place of Destiny” Jeremiah 29:11 To Advertise YOUR Church! Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 11 Okeechobee News September 7, 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).  Keith Gordon Woods, 50, N.W. 80th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of sale of marijuana. His bond was set at $5,000.  Leeanna Jean Kirkey, 27, N.W. 36th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. She is being held w ithout bond.  James Smith, 22, S.E. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with violation of probation torture of an animal. He is being held without bond.  Jeffrey Allen Jones, 45, Patricia Drive, W est Palm Beach, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of failure to appear possession of marijuana under 20 grams, failure to appear driving while license suspendedforcible felon and failure to appear tampering with physical evidence. He is being held without bond.  Charles Edward Hall, 32, W. Imgene St., Arcadia, was arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of v iolation of probation burglary. He is being held without bond.  Wayne Rosko Vinson, 35, S.W. Seventh Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of driving under the in uence/impairment. His bond was set at $1,500.  Darrell Anthony Blackburn, 16, S.R. 78 W., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy Cody Hurst on a Broward County warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary and grand theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Flavia Escobar, 19, N.W. Seventh Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (two counts), violation of probation introduction of contraband into a detention facility (two counts) and violation of probation sale/ delivery/manufacture of other drugs (two counts). That warrant also charged him with the misdemeanors of violation of probation possession of marijuana under 20 grams and violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. EDITOR’S NOTE: On Aug. 12 William Jeffrey Bennett, 28, of Okeechobee was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft auto and a misdemeanor charge of expired driver’s license over four months. According to Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson both of those charges were dropped on Aug. 30. 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 Five years after creating Florida’s rst Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a revised plan intended to guide continued recovery of the gopher tortoise through 2022. The plan includes conservation of both the gopher tortoise and species inhabiting its burrows, including the indigo snake, Florida pine snake, gopher frog and Florida mouse. “We must consider the whole gopher tortoise community. Gopher tortoise burrows are extensive, typically 6 feet deep and 15 feet long, and more than 350 other animals depend on them for food and shelter,” said Deborah Burr, the FWC’s gopher tortoise plan coordinator. “Florida plans to focus on conserving both the gopher tortoise and other wildlife living in its burrows.” The overall goal of the revised Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, available at MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise, is to restore and maintain secure, viable populations throughout Florida so the species no longer w arrants listing. Now a state-threatened species, the gopher tortoise is also a candidate for listing as a federally threatened species. The FWC will use the new plan to collaborate with numerous partners and work toward achieving a level of gopher tortoise conservation that would assist in precluding the need to list the species under the federal Endangered Species Act. The revised Gopher Tortoise Management Plan shifts the emphasis from the relocation guidelines and permitting implemented under the original 2007 plan to long-term, nonregulatory conservation actions and incentives. The new plan underwent three drafts and was shaped by extensive input from a core group of diverse stakeholders, several public comment periods and meetings and outreach with stakeholders, the public and scientists. It builds upon achievements over the past ve years, such as implementation of online permitting, relocation of 13,385 tortoises from development sites, and managing 92,500 acres of tortoise habitat. FWC updates state plan for gopher tortoise conservation

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Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesCOSTON MARINE SERVICES Seawalls/Docks. Repaired & Installed, Dregging. Fully Licensed & Insured company. Of ce 561-747-4382. Contact 561-262-1390. Drawing/Painting Classes Adults: Mon. 3:30 pm Kids: Thurs. 3:30 pm Call Fawn Barr at: 763-4537 Shop here first! The classified adsGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dan’s Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeBMJ Towing Accepting applications for Class A Driver with wrecker experience. Clean MVR must pass back ground check. Apply in person at: 414 S Parrott Ave. Employment WantedCLEANING PERSON for vacation rental properties. MUST BE FLEXIBLE. E-mail resumes to: fromson1@yahoo.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm MiscellaneousPasture wanted for 3 horses, I will feed and care for them daily just need place for them to live. Call 863-634-0360 and leave message. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business PlacesRESTAURANT & BAR 6,000 sq. ft. Located SE 441 & 15B. 200+ seating turn key operation. Plus 3bd/1ba House. Call for more information. $379,000 (561)662-2202 or (561)-662-3169 Condos/Townhouses RentCLEWISTON 2BR/2BA, Bass & Sun Condo. Pool. Tennis Courts. Boat Ramp. On canal view lake view/access. Furnished. Tile oors. All appl’s including W&D. $950/month. 305-360-2236.cmbultra@terranova.net For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MiscellaneousWTB: Plecostomus Eggs Will Pay $6 cash each. Up to 50. Delivered to Lakeland. Baseball size good condition. No Cat sh eggs. 863-608-7103. Pets/SuppliesShih-tzu Puppies 3 males 2 females brown black and tri-colored 1st shots and worming 8 weeks old $350.00. (863)634-2110 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean u p a breeze! Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it?2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, & 2bdrm/1bath Duplex in Kings Bay, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 2bedroon/1 bath in Kings Bay includes water and sewer, appliances with washer and dryer. Small pet ok. 1st months rent free. Call 863-634-8331 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Utilities & Direct TV included $550 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Call 863-634-8885. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 Houses Rent2/1 1/2 Furnished Home w/garage near hospital and schools. $750/mo. & $500 sec.No children or smoking in home. Small pet negotiable. Lawn service included. Call (863)447-2715 Clean 2 Br./1 Ba., in town. W/D hookup, lawn serv., Non smkg. Envrnmt. Small pet ok. $700 mo., 1st, last, & $300 security. Call 941-504-3954. Houses Rent$599/ 3 brBEST VALUE ON MARKET (OKEECHOBEE COUNTY) 3 bedroom, 2 bath situated on beautiful Ranch. Newer interior upgrades, paint, carpet, ooring, etc. Water, trash, pest control and lawn service included. Call Monday Friday: 863-467-9800. NO PETS Approx 12 minutes Northeast of town center. BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, split plan, dishwasher, W & D Hookup. $1200 month. (561) 307-2502. FOR RENT: FURNISHED & UNFURNISHED 1 & 2 BEDROOM DUPLEXS. STARTING AT $700.00 A MONTH LONG OR SHORT TERM LEASE-1ST & SECURITY-MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. 863-447-0742 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. 12 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012

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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow the sale of new or used recreational vehicles within a Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is Robert Shaffer. The property address is 4259 Highway 441 S and is more particularly described as follows: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF THE SOUTH ONEHALF (S 1/2) OF THE NORTHEAST ONE-QUARTER (N.E. 1/4) OF THE SOUTHEAST ONE-QUARTER (S.E. 1/4) OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SAID S 1/2 OF THE N.E. 1/4 OF THE S.E. 1/4 OF SECTION 33; THENCE BEAR NORTH 8958’19” EAST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID S 1/2 OF THE N.E. 1/4 OF THE S.E. 1/4 OF SECTION 33, FOR A DISTANCE OF 520.20 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 8958’ 20” EAST, ALONG SAID NORTH LINE OF THE S 1/2 OF THE N.E. 1/4 OF THE S.E. 1/4 OF SECTION 33, FOR A DISTANCE OF 355.00 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF PARROTT AVENUE (U.S. HIGHWAY 441 S); THENCE BEAR SOUTH 0005’26” EAST, ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF PARROTT AVENUE (U.S. HIGHWAY 441 S), FOR A DISTANCE OF 270.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 8958’20” WEST, ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE SAID NORTH LINE OF THE S 1/2 OF THE N.E. 1/4 OF THE S.E. 1/4 OF SECTION 33, FOR A DISTANCE OF 355.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR NORTH 0005’26” WEST, ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF PARROTT AVENUE (U.S. HIGHWAY 441 S), FOR A DISTANCE OF 270.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 2.20 ACRES In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department. William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition S-2012-0718 425827 ON 9/7/2012 NOTICE There will be a meeting of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of Okeechobee County on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tourist Development Council Of ce located at 2800 N.W. 20th Trail (Airport Terminal Bldg.), Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator Tourist Development Council Okeechobee County On 9-4-12 ON 425805 9/7/2012 School Board Executive Session and Negotiations The Okeechobee County School Board will meet in closed Executive Session on Monday, September 10, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the of ce of the Superintendent, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The meeting is for the School Board members, their attorney, and chief negotiator to prepare for negotiations with Okeechobee County Education Association #1604. Bargaining sessions will be held on Friday, September 14, and Thursday, September 20, 2012, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the School District Administration Building, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 425178 ON 9/7,9/2012 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 9-15-12 @ 10:00 AM Unit #118 Suuwonner S. Johnson Unit #120 Denise N. Jackson Unit #246 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #259 Ladonna Brown Unit #407 Eddy L. Lundy Unit #425 Tina M. Elder Unit 429 Danielle C. Arnold Unit #435 Stephen H. Kemp Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 424264 ON 8/31;9/7/2012 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive Committee to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Friday, September 14, 2012 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda and access information may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 772/335-3030 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review.425855 ON 9/7/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Sale$47,900 STEAL 3br./2 ba. Built in 2004, needs nothing. Fenced yard, City water. Call 863-801-1739. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots SaleVACANT LOT, JUST UNDER 1/2 ACRE, SW 5TH AVE/SW 7TH, NO CITY TAXES. CALL 863-801-9163 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent4bd/2ba Mobile Home In town, on water $800 monthly, 1st and last. Call 863-467-5709 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 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. Just 15 minutes from Okeechobee and 1 1/2 mile from Kissimmee River boat ramp. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, with detached 1/1 suite, large yard. $700/mo. + sec. dep. 2 Weeks free! No pets. 863-634-0663. V ery Nice 2bd/1.5bath MH in TI,C/A/H,W/D hook up,large front screened porch,large attached shed on nice large lot. $600 monthly, 1st,last & Security. 863-357-7409 or 863-447-0616 Mobile HomeSale35 Ft. Trailer, Carport, screen room, Fl. room, furnished, W/D, new A/C, vinyl siding. $35,000 Ancient Oaks. Call 863-467-2146 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Village New Homes Start at $39,900. $5K for your used mobile home. Any condition! 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsFor Sale 25 ft. 2011 Stream Lite RV, 1 slide out, sleeps 6, self contained, hardly used. $15,000 Call 863-467-2146 Wanted 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 Four WheelDrive1989 JEEP WRANGLER SAHARA alloy wheels, bucket seats, air conditioning, CD, 5-speed, four wheel drive $5,700 /or best offer (863)357-5986 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 13 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012 ACROSS 1 Lea low 4 Rocket interceptors, briefly 8 Doesnt tip 14 DJs array 15 Atahualpa, notably 16 Sci-fi author __ K. Le Guin 17 Completely dark 19 Took an intersecting road 20 Its not butter 21 Getting-to-knowyou party activity 23 Soft baseball hit 25 Facility 26 Dirty fighting? 33 WeedsŽ airer, in TV listings 36 Latvian capital 37 Eastern principle 38 Liven (up) 39 Wearisome routine 43 Expressive rock genre 44 __ of Good Feelings 45 Zounds!Ž 46 Old boys? 47 Wow, shes good-looking!Ž sounds 53 Wrath, in a classic hymn 54 Fat cat 58 Funny GirlŽ leading role 64 Quayles successor 65 Orbital extreme 66 Some sculpted abs ... and what the starts of 17-, 21-, 26-, 39-, 47and 58-Across are altogether? 68 Mother with a Nobel Prize 69 Depilatory brand 70 AFL partner 71 Turns over, as an engine 72 Film pooch in a tornado 73 Tolkien tree creature DOWN 1 Low-paying position 2 Nancy whos slated to replace Mary Hart on Entertainment TonightŽ 3 Bone: Pref. 4 Have a bug 5 __ Brith 6 Cornerstone 1300 7 Benefit 8 Hindu aphorisms 9 Most loyal 10 Its anthem is HatikvahŽ 11 Wagnallss partner 12 Make a run for it 13 1980-81 Iranian president Bani-__ 18 Busts opposite 22 Spelling contest 24 Music to a cat lovers ears 27 Day in Durango 28 Lb. or oz. 29 Filet mignon requests 30 Couple in People 31 Tom, Dick or Harry 32 Continue 33 Eject, as lava 34 Medal recipient 35 Stone for many Libras 40 Rep. with a cut 41 Berkeley school, familiarly 42 First ladys home? 48 Identify, as a perp 49 Most ironic 50 __ corpus 51 Suffix with hotel 52 BeowulfŽ or Star WarsŽ 55 Bologna ball game 56 Pest control name 57 Stupefy with drink 58 Pool legend Minnesota __ 59 In __: peeved 60 Director Ephron 61 Fails to be 62 Giovannis goodbye 63 Stage direction 67 Tour golfer By Joon Pahk and Andrea Carla Michaels (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 03/29/11 03/29/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Sebastian River swept Okeechobee at the rst swim meet of the year for the Brahmans Thursday at the North County Aquatic Center in Sebastian. The Brahman boys fell 111-45 and the Lady Brahmans fell 144-36. Coach Brian Turner said Sebastian River has a strong team this year and the match w as a one-sided affair. "At this point in the season we can't worry about what our opponent is doing," he said. "We did see some good things in the pool." The Brahman boys had several strong efforts in the pool. William Castillo ran the 50 free style in a time of 26.5 seconds in his rst v arsity swim meet. Brandon Ball recorded a time of 25.28 to nish in third place in the 50 free style. Ball nished in second place in the 100 meter free style with a time of 59.06 seconds. The 200 free style relay teams comprised of Will Castillo, Michael Muros, Ball and Dalton Hodges took second place. The 400 relay team of Muros, Nathanael Bean, Ball and Hodges took second place. The 400 relay team of Lucas Penido, Castillo, Trey Howard and Danny Usry took third place. Usry took second place in the 100 back stroke event. The Lady Brahmans were led by Sage Douglas who swam a personal best of 6:47.47 in the 500 free style to nish in fourth place. Douglas nished in third place in the 200 free style with a time of 2:32.32. The 200 medley relay team, the 200 free style relay, and the 400 free style relay team nished in third place. Katie Vanbeek nished in third place in the 100 breast stroke. Hunter Bosworth nished in third place in the 200 individual medley. The 200 free style relay team of Aubrie Reister, D.J. Nunez, Jordan Bolan, and Vanbeek took third place. The 400 free style relay team of Bosworth, Nunez, Bolan and Vanbeek nished in third place. Sebastian River takes win over OHS swim teams in rst meet By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Brahmans travel west to Arcadia Friday night to take on a team that is almost a carbon copy of themselves. Both teams feature talented and physical defenses. They try to stuff the run and harass opposition quarterbacks and running backs. On offense the Bulldogs feature a Wing-T offense w hich likes to keep the ball on the ground. In the Desoto 28-6 victory over Sebring last Friday, they ran for 303 yards as a team, and completed just one forward pass. They feature QB Reggie Jones and running back J ordan Washington on offense. They will use several different backs in the offense. On defense, the Bulldogs feature two outstanding linebackers in Qua Hightower and DaWayne Hearns and are strong against the rush. Okeechobee had a balanced attack in their 28-11 win over Port St. Lucie. They threw for 158 yards and rushed for 160 yards in the game. The defense limited Port St. Lucie Quarterback D.J. Juste to one touchdown and also recovered three fumbles. Likewise Desoto forced several Sebring turnovers last week. Brahman Coach Chris Branham said he has been impressed with how hard his team has worked. He also praised their practice habits and attention span during lm sessions. "Our kids won't get out worked on the football eld. Arcadia also brings it every down. They get after it up front, on offense they have some skilled kids like us, I'm hoping were a little better on the offensive line," he added. Branham praised his offensive line as they dominated the line of scrimmage at times during the win over Port St. Lucie. "The trenches might make the difference tonight. It is a typical heartland area game. It will be physical and a war of attrition," he added. On the injury front Cory Vickers suffered a hand injury last Friday but shouldn't be limited in tonight's game. Place kicker Adel El Hendi will again be sidelined due to a leg injury. Branham said he was unsure who would do the place kicking for the Brahmans tonight. Running back Fabian Howard suffered a slight hamstring strain and was limited last Friday. Howard practiced this week and should be 100-percent for the game. Coach Branham said Howard, DJ Washington and Elijowan Williams will continue to rotate at running back. The Brahmans also get linebacker Rico Garza back on the eld. He injured a knee over the summer. Brahmans face Desoto Bulldogs in away game 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Okeechobee County School Board 2012 Annual Report Student Scoring as Level 1 and Level 2 on the Reading Portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Student Retained (not promoted) in Grades 3 through 10 Third Graders Promoted to Fourth Grade for Good CauseChanges proposed to the Student Progression Plan include addition of language on Common Core State Standards, explanation and criteria for Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning Options, language on the Early High School Graduation option, changes in Dual Enrollment, and details about end-of-course exams. Grade Total Number Tested Number Scoring at Level 1 Percent Scoring at Level 1 Number Scoring at Level 2 Percent Scoring at Level 2 Numbers Scoring at Levels 1 and 2 Percent Scoring at Levels 1 and 2 349011824%14730%26554% 44859219%17035%26254% 549210822%14830%25652% 647311424%16134%27558% 746510222%14431%24653% 84929820%15331%25151% 94848718%17937%26655% 103948722%15439%24161% ELL/LEP students with less than 2 years in ESOL Students with disabilities (SWD) not tested on FCAT per IEP Students passing an alternative assessment Students demonstrating pro“ciency through a portfolio SWD retained once with 2+ years of remediation Students retained twice with 2 or more years of remediation Total promoted with Good Cause 4320133263 Grade Number Retained End-Of-Year Membership Percent Retained 34949610% 4115012.1% 585001.6% 644850.82% 774681.5% 8104982.01% 95252110% 10404169.6% 15 Okeechobee News September 7, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School would like to continue unprecedented success experienced by the girls golf team this fall. Last y ear the golf team nished (7-1) in the regular season. Despite the loss of six seniors, which included top players like Emily Raulerson and Raychel Rabon, Coach Brent Stuart said the potential is there to have a solid season in 2012. "We have a little bit of rebuilding to do this year. We hope a couple of the seniors w ill show leadership and duplicate the success we had last year," he explained. He expects the team to be led by sophomore Hannah Raulerson and seniors Kailey Hoover and Katlyn Haymond. Other golfers in the mix include Cameron White, and Bethany Stuart. Other girls on the team include Kirsten Doney, Kristin Higgins, Meredith Hilliard, Danyelle Stuart, and Jessica Wisener. Stuart expects to rotate them in and out of the lineup and said the better the girls play, the more they will play. Last year the team reached the golf regional for the rst time in program history. They'll have a tough task again this year as they compete with very tough squads from Jensen Beach, Vero Beach and Martin County High School. "We always hope to reach the regional. Obviously the competition changes each year so our chances will depend on how tough the district teams are," he said. Stuart said the corps of the team is in the sophomore class but that there is talent that should allow the team to compete. Both Raulerson and White play a lot of summer golf to sharpen their skills. He has emphasized work and practice time on the short game, and approach shots. He predicts the success of the team will be measured by how well the girls putt, chip and hit their approach shots from within 100 yards of the green. "We feel like that will be the secret to keeping our scores low and to get the scores down into the 40s this year," he added. Assistant Coach Hank Raulerson was praised for his instruction of the girls at practice and his advice on game day. Stuart also thanked the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, golf pro Terry Lanman and the Curren family for their support of the golf program. OHS girls golf team starts new season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHannah Raulerson lines up a shot in the fairway at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. The OHS sophomore should be one of the leaders of the girls golf team this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySenior Kailey Hoover putts for par during a recent OHS girls golf team match at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. The golf team would like to return to the regional tournament for the second year in a row. Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Golf Scores for August 24 include: First place tie, Gary Lee and Chuck Groves; s econd place, Chet Henden; and, third place tie, Dan Birdashaw and Rick Jordan. Gold Tee Winners

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