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Sunday, September 16, 2012 V ol. 103 No. 112 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 14.91 feetLast Year: 10.91 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okee-Tantie campground and bait & tackle shop to close; boat ramps, restaurant stay openBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In an effort to save money Okeechobee County Commissioners have decided to close Okee-Tantie Campground. The action came during the rst public hearing for the adoption of the millage rate and budget for 2012-13 held on Sept. 13. The restaurant and the boat slips will remain open. The bait and tackle shop will be closed. The closing will take place as soon as possible. County administrator Robbie Chartier estimated that the county would save $64,454 the rst year of closing. In subsequent years the estimated savings would be much greater after the estimated closing cost of $111,288 is taken care of the rst year. On-going cost for utilities, insurance and mowing are estimated to be $68,142 the rst year. Any reservations now held by the campground will have to refunded. At this time it is unknown what effect the loss of security and the closing of the campground will have on rental of boat slips. Okee-Tantie currently has two full-time and four part-time employees. The inventory of the bait and tackle shop will be sold. Vehicles used at Okee-Tantie could be declared surplus. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has an of ce there and the Okeechobee County Sheriff's County to close campgroundState closes grocery; owner arrested ... Page 8 OHS Brahmans play St. Lucie W est Eagles ... Page 18 Hospital offers rehabilitative therapy ...Page 12 Crossword puzzle and Sudoku now in every issue! See OKEE-TANTIE Page 2 With the City of Okeechobee giving their seal of approval, Okeechobee Main Street is ready to begin their fth mural project. The mural installation will be historical renderings of the old Okeechobee Hardware store. Two large 16' x 8' panels will be installed on the CarQuest building located in the heart of Okeechobee on State Road 70. George and Mary Beth Cooper, Monrad and Gwen Chandler and Sandra Wherrel are sponsoring the project in memory of the Wherrel family. A call to artists went out in July and several artists responded. A panel of judges including community artists and the OKMS Arts and Cultural Committee, in conjunction with George and Mary Beth Cooper participated in a blindjudging process to select the artist for this project. Arts and Culture chair Bridgette Waldau led the process that included a scoring system as well as verbal discussion for the selection of the artist. Recommendations were made from that process to the mural sponsors. The sponsors ultimately chose Joseph Steiert to paint the mural that will depict the inside, as well as the outside of the Okeechobee Hardware Store. After growing up on a dairy farm in Okeechobee, and attending our local high school, Mr. Steiert graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in 1988. In 1989 he completed an intense Post Graduate program in Fine Arts at Ringling and a study program in Salzburg, Austria in 1991. His work has been featured in the Palm Beach Daily News, The New York Times, Architectural Digest and Southern Accents. Mr. Steiert has been painting commercial and residential murals for 21 years, mostly in the Palm New city mural project in the works Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSArtist Joseph Seiert will paint a mural depicting the old Okeechobee Hardware store on the Car Quest building on State Road 70.See MURAL Page 2 "It's obvious that for years, we've not cared about Okee-Tantie," County Commissioner Frank Irb y
Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 75F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 64F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog early. High of 75F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night : Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 64F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog early. High of 79F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Members of the community met last week at the Freshman Campus for the annual Prayer Walk sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA) to pray for the schools, teachers, students, support staffs, parents and administrators in that area; School Board District Of ce, Faith Academy, Okeechobee Christian Academy, Rock Solid Academy and Central Elementary. The group will meet at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the agpole at Yearling Middle for the next Prayer Walk. The public is invited to attend and pray for a successful year for all that are involved with Okeechobee's schools. Come and be a part of this special hour-long community event. Participants walk or stand as much as they are able. Prayer Walk planned for Tuesday Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandy PerryParticipating in the upcoming Prayer Walk set for this coming Tuesday are: (Left to right, front row): Kylie Shirley-First United Methodist Church (FUMC), Jessica Suits-FUMC, OMA Member-at-Large Rev. Dr. Edward Weiss-Church of Our Saviour Episcopal, OMA Treasurer Rev. Nancy Vaughan-Director of Christian Education at FUMC, & Doc Thrift-First Baptist. In the second row are: Jalen Watts-FUMC, Anthony Metcalf-FUMC, Dennis Crady-First Baptist and Venessa Watt-FUMC. In the third row are: OMA member Bobby Huntley-The Gathering, OMA President Rev. Cary McKee and OMA member Jim Dawson-FUMC Assistant Pastor.
Storage reservoir plus pumping capability to improve Everglades water ows, water qualityThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on Thursday awarded a contract for design and construction of a pump station and 6 massive pumps that will deliver water to the Everglades and natural systems from the 15 billion gallon L-8 Reserv oir in Palm Beach County. This milestone paves the way for the L-8 Reservoir to provide some of the increased w ater storage that is essential for Everglades restoration. With the $63.9 million contract award, the district will begin work to design and construct the pumping facility, which can pull water from 40 feet below the surface. Constructing the L-8 pump station allows us to take full advantage of this reservoirs capabilities, said SFWMD Executive Director Melissa L. Meeker. When completed, the project will meaningfully expand water storage south of Lake Okeechobee, reduce freshwater discharges to tide and maximize w ater quality improvement capabilities to the Everglades. The L-8 Reservoir is a 950-acre former rock mine. Watertight geology allows for deep, below-ground storage. Below-ground storage minimizes water loss through seepage and minimizes levee safety concerns. Initially approved in 2002, the project is capable of storing 15 billion gallons of water. This is enough to ll 34,000 football elds one foot deep. The reservoir will be able to accept up to 3,000 cubic feet per second of in ow from the L-8 Canal. The L-8 Reservoir is included in a suite of projects in the States $880 million plan to improve water quality in the Everglades. Governor Rick Scott, who rst proposed the restoration strategy, announced earlier this week that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued the necessary state and federal permits to move forward with the water-cleaning and water storage projects in the plan. Initially, the deep-ground reservoir will capture, store and deliver water to the federally designated Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River and protect water quality in the Lake Worth Lagoon. The reservoir will eventually become one of three Flow Equalization Basins in the restoration strategies plan, providing 99,000 acre-feet of storage for delivery of consistent ows needed to optimize performance of the regions Stormwater Treatment Areas. The District is working with Palm Beach County to acquire their Mecca property to construct replacement storage and continue delivering water to the Loxahatchee River as the L-8 Reservoir transitions to operating as a Flow Equalization Basin. To safeguard taxpayer investment in the project, the district included several contract provisions to ensure operating costs such as power do not rise above set targets. The contractor, Archer Western Contractors, must also meet construction and operating deadlines. The L-8 Reservoir has already provided regional water resource bene ts. Approximately 3.1 billion gallons of water from Tropical Storm Isaac were directed into the reservoir to help alleviate ooding from historic rainfall. Florida Power & Light (FPL) has used reservoir water for its cooling system, reducing the demand on groundwater supplies. The reservoir also was used for ood control during major rain events, including the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes. 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. 14TH Thurs., Sept. 20THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: THE EXPENDABLES 2Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: MADEA WITNESS PROTECTIONFri., 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 GREENFri., 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 Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Cheri Stevens Amy Barber Hair Cuts Only105 SW 3rd Ave. Okeechobee (863) 467-0418 Walk-Ins Only Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 3 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Pump construction approved for Everglades restoration Courtesy photoThe L-8 Reservoir will add 15 billion gallons of water storage when complete enough to cover 34,000 football elds with a foot of water. Special to the Okeechobee News/ RotaryRotary guestColin Cameron, Rotary Club of Okeechobee member poses for the picture with John Wilson, Big Lake District Executive for Scouting, representing the Boy Scouts of America. We were enlightened to the many services available to the young people in Okeechobee thanks to this program during our weekly meeting (beginning at noon) at the Golden Corral on Sept. 11.
Okee-Tantie What the county needs is REVENUE! T here are two ways for the county to generate revenueto either raise the millage rate on the current property owners at the current property values with all things remaining the same OR increase sales tax receipts and property tax receipts through growth, increase in property values and increase in t ourism dollars. The Agri-Civic Center is being used as a toy. It is not a toy, it is an asset! T he proposal of the Agri-Civic Center was s old to the taxpayers of Okeechobee Count y as an event center to generate revenue t hrough tourism and growth. However, it has become a toy for the select few of our area and has been mismanaged from the s tart. The private sector is much more ef c ient and effective as an event planner, and t he interest of the county would be better s erved if the Agri-Civic Center was placed in t he hands of professionals through a longt erm Lease. The county is not in the event b usiness and has lost money at it since day one. Okee-Tantie is in the same boat! If it w as operated by a private company through a long-term lease, it would be a much bett er destination and revenue generator for the c ounty and the citizens of Okeechobee. I think Okee-Tantie needs a lot of work b ut I am not convinced that leasing it out is the right plan. When the county did that y ears ago, it was a disaster. Okee-Tantie is a jewel that has been hidden away for too long. The potential is t here. I dont understand why the commiss ioners are so concerned that Okee-Tantie c osts the county $100,000 a year more than it brings it. At least the county residents get t o use it. So we pay about $3 a person a year t o have that facility available. Seems like a b argain to me, especially if you like to take a b oat out now and then, or have friends who v isit and want to see the lake. The Agri-Civic Center loses a lot more than that a year and w e are not allowed to use it unless we pay high fees.Flooding In Playland Park area, sending in a backhoe to open/clean the drainage ditches would have been the rst maneuver in helping that area as they were de nitely under water from tropical storm Isaac. New, larger culverts would help; that has always been a low-lying area, but it seems since the concrete plant was built the drainage has worsened as the new roads and buildings now push the rains into the ditches instead of going into the ground like it did when that land was all pasture. Should churches pay EMT fees? There seems to be growing support for requiring that the hilariously excessive number and size of churches in this county stop passing the immense and often hidden costs of planning, infrastructure support and protection for them on to individual homeowners. It is time for the new generation commissioner to make a motion to resume charging churches the re/EMT assessment and reducing the charge to homeowners that seems to have doubled after the prior commissioners revealed how corrupt they were in exempting the business-like properties they were members of. Churches have big crowds of people, sometimes a lot of visitors. If someone has a heart attack, stroke or other health crisis during a church service you want an EMT to come right away. I think it would be reasonable to ask the churches to pay EMT fees. They dont pay property taxes. They could afford the EMT and re assessments.Upset parent I am a very upset and concerned mom. Recently I have been contacted by DCF and the sheriffs of ce about an incident involving my child. A teacher at the school stepped on my childs hand to get him to stop playing with leaves while waiting for the bus. My son cried and said it hurt him and another faculty member called DCF to report it. I have talked to both DCF and the sheriffs ofce. I have the option to press charges. Here I was being the forgiving person I am, thinking this teacher had a momentary lapse in judgement, so I wait to see what the board is going to do about it. The assistant principle cant tell me what is going to happen. The board told me the same thing. Has anyone else in our community had this happen? What did you do? SubmissionBy Mark Mayers, LMFT, CAP Real Life Childrens Ranch In our modern world the idea of submission is not a popular concept. In most cases concepts like assertiveness, con dence and self-esteem completely overshadow the idea of submission. In Gods holy word, however, we are absolutely instructed to submit. 1 Peter 2:13-17 says 13 Submit yourselves for the Lords sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is Gods will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as Gods slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. God commands us to submit regardless of the other persons response or position. 1 Peter 2:19-21 says 18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follo w in his steps. Ultimately our proper submission to others is a re ection of Christ. It is a form o f worship to, in humility, submit to others in a way that places them above us. Contradictory to what the world teaches, putting others rst, regardless of how they treat us, always has the greatest reward. Jesus summed it up this way Luke 27-36 27 But to you who ar e listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is tha t to you? Even sinners love those who lov e them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to ge t anything back. Then your reward will b e great, and you will be children of the Mos t High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. September 16, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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! The names of prominent banks, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, are fraudulently being used in an attempt to steal consumers personal information. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to never provide personal information to anyone you do not know. Consumers are receiving both text messages and phone calls that appear to be from a bank. These texts and phone calls lead consumers to believe there is an issue with their bank account or bank card and immediate action is required. When called by these scammers, consumers are asked to provide their personal information, such as their Social Security number and bank account information, to con rm they are the authorized account holder. Text messages consumers are receiving provide a number for consumers to call, or a web link. When victims call the number, an automated message claims their debit card has been limited due to internal security error. It goes on to instruct the consumer to press 1 to avoid debit card suspension. Consumers who do so are directed to enter their 16-digit debit card number. If you receive a text or call such as these, BBB advises you to: Do not give out your personal information. If you believe there is an issue with your bank, call them directly. Do not respond to the text or click on any links provided. Contact your phone provider to bloc k any suspicious numbers the texts or calls are originating from. If you have already fallen victim to this scam, contact your nancial institution immediately. Scam alert: beware fake bank texts
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 By Rodney L. ClouserUniversity of FloridaPrefaceThis document is the second in a series of six fact sheets intended to provide inform ation on proposed constitutional amendm ents having direct individual or government t ax impacts. As some details of the proposed c hanges may not have been discussed due t o space limitations, the series should not be c onsidered an all-inclusive assessment of the p roposed constitutional changes, and any opinions, ndings, conclusions, or recommend ations expressed herein are those of the aut hor and do not necessarily re ect the views of University of Florida. These fact sheets are n ot intended as a replacement for personal k nowledge about actual or proposed changes b ut are a guide to inform the public on the iss ues.Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3When people go to their polling place in November 2012, they will see information on the amendment, references to the portion of the constitution that will be altered, sponsor of the amendment, the ballot title, and the ballot summary. The information for Amendment 3 w ill be similar or identical to the following and the ballot title and ballot summary are direct quotes from the Florida Department of State w ebsite: Proposed Constitutional Amendment: No. 3 Reference: Article VII, Sections 1 And 19 & A rticle XII, Section 32 Sponsor: The Florida Legislature Ballot Title: State Government Revenue Limitation Ballot Summary: This proposed amendment to the State Constitution replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on Florida personal income growth, with a new state revenue limitation based on in ation and population changes. Under the amendment, state revenues, as de ned in the amendment, collected in excess of the revenue limitation must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum nancial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education nance program, or if the minimum nancial effort is no longer required, returned to the taxpayers. The Legislature may increase the state revenue limitation through a bill approved by a super majority vote of each house of the Legislature. The Legislature may also submit a proposed increase in the state revenue limitation to the voters. The Legislature must implement this proposed amendment by general law. The amendment will take effect upon approval by the electors and will rst apply to the 20142015 state scal year. The Effects and Impacts Constitutional Amendment No. 3 would revise the method by which the state revenue limitation in any given state scal year is calculated. This amendment is one of the more complex of those proposed. The proposed amendment "limits" state revenues collected beginning in FY 20142015 to the same amount collected in the previous scal year (20132014) with adjustments. In other words, the prior state scal year revenue collected determines the base state revenue for the next scal year. This is then multiplied by a "growth factor" and a small adjustment factor (to be phased out after state FY 20172018) to determine the revenue limit. The "adjustment for growth" in the state FY revenue base, as it is referred to in the amendment, is calculated using the preceding ve-year average of an in ation factor and a population growth factor. The in ation factor is de ned as the percent change in the calendar year annual average Consumer Price Index-Urban (CPI-U) plus one. The population growth factor is the percent change in the state's current population on April 1, compared to the state's population in the prior year on April 1, plus one. While the amendment proposes to limit state revenue growth, the term "state revenue" is not all-inclusive. According to the amendment, state revenue is de ned as "taxes, fees, licenses, nes, and charges for services imposed by the legislature on individuals, businesses, or agencies outside of state government." Several items are excluded from the state revenue limitation and include receipts of public universities; receipts from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Property Insurance Corporation; revenue needed to meet bond obligations prior to July 1, 2012; revenues used to provide matching funds for the federal Medicaid program; balances carried forward from prior scal years; and charges for school district services, etc. The proposed constitutional amendment necessitates that if revenue exceeds the limitation level in any year, that excess revenue is to be transferred to the state budget stabilization fund until that fund reaches the maximum amount established in the state constitution (10% of the last completed scal year's net revenue collections for the general revenue fund), then be used to reduce the minimum nancial effort required by school districts, but should that minimum nancial effort be no longer required, the funds are then to be returned to taxpayers. The amendment also proposes three different methods by which the revenue limit can be increased: A two-thirds vote by both houses of the legislature is required. Unless otherwise provided within the legislation, the increased revenue limit would be used in future years to establish the state revenue limit. (Requires a 72-hour "waiting" period before a vote can be taken by the legislative houses.) The state revenue limit can be increased for a single scal year by a three- fths vote of the legislature. This increase would not be used to calculate maximum revenue amounts in future scal years. (Requires a 72-hour "waiting" period before a vote can be taken by the legislative houses.) The legislature can propose a resolution to increase the revenue limitation by a three- fths vote of both legislative bodies with the resolution voted on by Florida voters. Passage by Florida voters would require 60 percent voting for approval. The amendment states that it will become effective upon approval and will rst apply to the 20142015 state scal year. According to analysis by state legislative staff, there is no immediate impact expected if proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 is passed. Why? Staff analysis indicates that while the proposed amendment will reduce the maximum state revenue limit, growth in state revenues included in the proposed amendment will not exceed the revenue limit, at least based on estimates through state FY 20192020. Florida currently has a state revenue limitation, but that limitation is based on the average annual growth rate in Florida personal income for the most recent 20 quarters. Under current law, it is estimated that the state revenue limit would be more than $60 billion in state FY 20192020. With proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3, it is estimated the state revenue limit in FY 20192020 would be approximately $40 billion. However, in state FY 20192020, it is projected that state revenues collected, subject to this amendment, would only be about $3738 billion. Based on these projections, and realizing that it is extremely dif cult to project revenues this far into the future, there would be no excess revenue to transfer to the state budget stabilization fund if this amendment were adopted. That does not mean, however, that the amendment will not have some sort of scal impact at some point in the future. Constitutional Amendment No. 3 falls under the general category of similar legislation across the United States, often bearing the acronym of TABOR. TABOR is the short form for "Taxpayer Bill of Rights." While many states have enacted or considered some form of state revenue limitation, the state with the most stringent program adopted is Colorado. The following quote indicates the impact of the Colorado revenue limitation effort: "Under TABOR, the state has returned more than $2 billion to taxpayers, rather than using these funds to pay for K-12 education, higher education, transportation, public health services, public safety, and other services." Colorado's TABOR was so restrictive that the program was suspended for ve years. Those in favor of this amendment may feel that the only way to restrain government expenditures is to limit the amount of revenue available for the government to expend. Likewise, some in favor of the amendment ma y believe the only way to reduce programs that go beyond the scope of "appropriate" government involvement is by reducing the amount of funds available for government to spend, thereby forcing governments to prioritize program/service importance. A former Governor of Colorado argued that, in Colorado, revenue limits provided more in uence to the taxpayer and less in uence to special interest groups and suggested that this is why revenue limits should be supported. Those who oppose this amendment might argue that the growth factor allowed in the amendment is too restrictive and does not apply to units of government. For example, the market basket of goods used to determine the CPI-U is in no way re ective of government costs for infrastructure. They also might believe the formula used to derive future revenue limits, especially in times of economic downturn, is too restrictive in limiting government revenue in future years. Concerns have been expressed that restrictive revenue limiting measures result in gaps for "safety net" programs for those individuals with low incomes and special needs. Other factors need to be considered when determining your support for or opposition to this proposed amendment. Florida already has enacted revenue limiting requirements. This amendment further re nes the revenue limiting structure. In general, the proposed amendment is more restrictive in terms of the revenue limit. However, based on current analysis, there is no expectation that the revenue limit will have any impact through FY 20192020. Rodney L. Clouser, professor and associate chair, extension public policy specialist, Foo d and Resource Economics Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute o f Food and Agricultural Sciences, University o f Florida, Gainesville, Fla. Constitutional Amendment 3 concerns revenue limitation Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Utility Authority/Roy RenoEmployee recognitionAt the Tuesday, Sept. 11, meeting of the Okeechobee Utility Authority board of directors, acting chair Tommy Hoover recognized Kristy Hamblen, executive directors assistant and customer service supervisor, for ve years of service to the utility. OHS Reunion plannedClass of 1973 Reunion is planned for Oct. 26 and 27. On Oct. 26, the group will meet at the Homecoming game at the north end of the bleachers. At 9 p.m. they will meet at Kahootz for those who want to attend. On Oct. 27, they will meet at Lunker's at 5:30 p.m. for socializing and dinner. Any questions can be directed to e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Vickie at 864-828-2083 or Nancy at 863-467-1565.
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Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 6 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 V FW ladies auxiliary to host monthly breakfastBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary to the V eterans of Foreign Wars host their monthly breakfast Sunday, Sept. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. for a donation of $5. The event is open to the public. For additional information please call the post at 863-467-2882.Garden and Orchid Clubs to meet Sept. 17The Okeechobee Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. and the Orchid Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Extension Center, 458 Highway 98N. You are invited to come and discuss a problem or show a fav orite plant. If you need help with re-potting, be sure to hydrate the plant you are bringing. For more information, call 863-763-6469.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 from 11:30 a.m to 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 by the Chamber. Seating is limited to 25 attendees.Free diabetes seminar plannedLiving With Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at the Grand Oaks A ssisted Living Community, 203 S.E. Second St., located in the activities room on W ednesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. offered by the Visiting Nurses.Hospice yard sale plannedCome and check out the many items at the Hospice yard sale set for Sept. 19 and 20, from 8 a.m. until noon. The Country Store has many new items and collectibles at great prices. Community Events VVA to hold meeting about Agent OrangeThe Vietnam Veterans of America, Florida State council and America Serving Veterans Foundation, will hold a Town Hall meeting to address the birth defects, diseases and learning disabilities affecting the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans. The forum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Florida Seminole Veterans Building--Brighton, at 800 E. Harney Pond Rd., Brighton Reservation. For information contact Donna Kahn at 863-357-7620.Democratic Executive Committee to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will be having its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef OBradys. Information about the upcoming community forum will be presented and several candidates will be visiting. Hope to see any interested Democrats there!Junior rodeo planned in OkeechobeeThe Florida Junior Rodeo Association will hold a rodeo on Sept. 22 and 23 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. This association is for kids ages 5-14. There will be Barrel Racing, Bareback Bronc Riding, Chute Dogging, Steer Riding, Tie Down Calf Roping, Breakaway, Goat Tying, Pole Bending and Cutting. For more information, see the web site at www.afjra.com or contact Kay Hickson at 561-996-2298.Marthas House presents Purple and White NightLets have a fun night featuring T.J. and the Cruisers Rock and Roll Revue. Wear your Purple and White on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post, #10539, Okeechobee. Admission is just $15. For tickets, please call 863-763-2893. Knock Out Spice lecture rescheduledAttention, public servants, parents, students, community members, civic organizations, grandparents, business owners and community leaders: Do you know what SPICE is? The kids do. On Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall you can learn how to protect our children and community from these dangerous drugs. Learn what synthetic drugs are and about unknown dangers and consequences.Collaborative Council to meet in school board of ceThe Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Feathers & Furs 4-H holds Rabbit and Poultry ClinicOn Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Feathers & Furs 4-H Club will host a Rabbit and Poultry Care Clinic, with a drawing for a rabbit with a $1 donation to the club. The clinic will be held at Jones Supply & Feed, at 801 S.W. Park St. (south of Advance Auto Parts). Other 4-H Clubs are welcome to set up with us. For information contact: Cathy Arthur, 863-763-1512.Healthy Start Coalition announces meetingThe board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at their of ce located at 1132 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition please contact executive director, Kay Begin at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. Fun day to help injured teenMOORE HAVENIn July, Glades Count y teenager Kaleb Fred Langdale was swimming in the Caloosahatchee River when he was attacked by an alligator. He managed to get away but lost part of his arm in the ght. A bene t fun day fundraiser is set to help the Langdale family with medical expenses. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Chalo Nitka Grounds in Moore Haven and will include lots of fun activities including a rib cook-off, cornhole tournament, pie eating contest, live/silent auction with hunting and shing trips. There will be something for everyone with live bands, water slides, bounce house, face painting, buggy rides, cake walks and a dunk tank to test your aim. Entertainment will include the music of Chris MacArthur. The Gator Boys alligator show will be noon and the Gator Boys will also participate in a meet and greet. A web site at www.gofundme.com has been set up for donations. The goal is to raise $100,000. A link to the site and other news about Fred Langdale can be found on the Glades County Democrat page on facebook.com.Eagles to host lunchCypress Hut Eagles will be serving homemade meatball subs on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. For more information please call 863-467-1154.
The Right Tree, Right Place principle is a familiar phrase and concept, and is the key to a healthy, sustainable landscape. However, it is not always easily achievable. This seminar is geared towards landscape architects, HOAs, homeowners, developers, contractors, and government employees. It will demonstrate how to complete a project using these principles. Regional horticultural experts, including Okeechobee County Extension Agent Dan Culbert, will share their knowledge and lessons learned throughout the day. Mr. Culbert w ill present a seminar on, New and underutilized plant choices for challenging planting spaces. This workshop will enlighten and educate attendees with sessions on FloridaFriendly Landscaping, Power Lines and Tree Planting, Tree Selection for South Florida, and Landscape and Tree Codes. Enjoy lunch (provided) before the day commences with a tour of Mounts Botanical Garden. The seminar will be held at UF/IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Exhibit Hall A, 559 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30 which includes lunch, program materials and CEUs. Participants must pre-register by calling the Florida Urban Forestry Council at 407-872-1738. View the seminar brochure on-line at: http:// okeechobee.ifas.u .edu/092512.RTRP.WPB. pdf. For other questions, contact Palm Beach County Horticulture Agent Laura Sanagorski at 561-233-1748. This program is made possible by a partnership between the UF/IFAS Palm Beach County Extension Service, the Florida Urban Forestry Council, and the Florida Forest Service. 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. A rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 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: Youve 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 7 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Pretty good run of cattle this week! Prices on calves were steady. Slaughter cows and bulls were dollars higher this week. Please spread the word on our Special October Sales. Martha R. Humphries, LaBelle, topped the calf market with a high of $2.80 bought by Terry Bomhak. Danny Candler, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of $93 bought by Dairymens Marketing. Oct 12: OLM Bred Heifer sale & Little Springs Horned Hereford Bull sale Oct 19: 44 Farms Angus Bull sale Oct 26: Little Creek Farms Brangus Bull sale Todd Livestock Market Report Extension Of ce to be present at Right Tree, Right Place' seminar Are you looking for a fruitful fall and winter? Orders for strawberry plants are now being taken at the Okeechobee County Extension of ce. The of ce will make arrangements with a local grower to have strawberry plants available at 50c per plant if you want to include strawberries in your garden. Strawberry plants need to be planted in during the fall so that they will produce these luscious fruits during our cooler winter climate. It is often hard to locate sources of strawberry plants, so the Extension Of ce make this annual offer to help local gardeners. If you want to learn how to grow strawberries, plan to attend the September meeting of the Okeechobee Garden Club. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday Sept. 17, to be followed by the monthly Orchid Club meeting at 7 p.m. Last year, the Extension Of ce coordinated the sale of nearly 500 plants to home gardeners. The varieties of strawberry plants offered will be Treasure or Festival. The plants are typically grown in Canada or North Carolina, and are planted in the fall in Florida. Call 863-763-6469 or email indianco@ u .edu with your name, email or telephone number and the number of plants you want. No cash is needed at the time or ordering. Plants must be pre-ordered before Friday, Sept. 28. The Extension Of ce will contact you w hen the plants arrive, typically around the rst week in October. You will need to pick up your order and bring your exact cash payment (sorry, no checks) when you take delivery. Strawberry plant orders taken now
By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) will set up a DUI/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Sept. 28, on S.R. 15. These check points are a proven tool and are effective in reducing the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-involved crashes, said Sheriff Paul May. He went on to say research shows that such crashes are reduced by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted enough. Law enforcement of cers will be checking drivers for signs of possible impairment. Drivers will also be checked to make sure they have the proper licensing. Impaired drivers can expect to be arrested and jailed. Besides nes and other fees, impaired drivers can also expect to have their license suspended and the cost of their insurance increased. DUI classes and other expenses can exceed $10,000, pointed out Sheriff Paul May. Motorists are reminded that if they are going to drink they should designate a driver; call a cab; call a family member; or, stay home. Florida law considers a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher to be impaired. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are also in violation of state law. Of cers from the Okeechobee City Police Department and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol will be assisting the sheriffs of ce in this operation. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The state shut down a local food store after the owner was arrested on site for not having workers compensation coverage on his employees. Naser A. Abueqab, 45, S.W. 196th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 13, on two felony counts of failure to secure workers compensation insurance. He was being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond. According to Detective William Hill, from the Florida Department of Financial Services/Division of Insurance Fraud, Abueqab was initially arrested on a warrant signed by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger. One of the stipulations of the warrant was that Abueqab could not be released on bond until he had surrendered his passport. The detective said when he went to serve the arrest warrant an employee of Abueqabs was found working in the Bravo Supermarket, 802 E.N. Park St. When Detective Hill learned that employee was not covered by workers compensation, he arrested the store owner on the second charge. When the detective entered the store he was joined by another state agencythe Bureau of Workers CompensationDivision of Compliance. They also issued a stop work order on that business. Were on the enforcement side and they are on the regulatory side, explained Detective Hill. Before he (Abueqab) can open again, he will have to produce coverage and comply with the penalty assessment from the bureau. He went on to say he didnt know at this time just what the penalty will be. Because the business cannot legally open until the penalty is satis ed, Detective Hill said the bureau will periodically check on the Bravo Supermarket to make sure its doors are closed. The detectives arrest report indicates that Abueqab purchased a workers comp policy on May 3 that was supposed to be in effect for a year. However, the policy was cancelled on Aug. 4 for non-payment of premiums. The store has continued to operate beyond the cancellation of Aug. 4, 2012, without coverage, stated the detectives report. A records check of Abueqabs background showed that he was arrested in Ma y of 2005 for not having his employees covered. However, after paying the penalties and serving time on probation, that charge was dropped by the state. Prior arrests shouldnt effect his ability to get a workers compensation policy, said Detective Hill. Hell just have to shop around. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 General Fund 7.7432CAPITAL IMPROV.CAPITALLAW GENERALPUBLIC FACILITIESCDBGPROJECTS FUNDIMPROVEMENTSENFORCEMENTTOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES: FUNDIMPROVE FUNDFUND-IMPACT FEESPROJECT FUNDSPECIAL FUNDBUDGET Taxes: Millage Per $1000 Ad Valorem Taxes 7.74321,697,570 $ 1,697,570 $ OTHER TAXES (INS. PREM. UTILITY, ETC)602,175 $ 569,224 $ 1,171,399 $ INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE1,246,306 $ 66,308 $ 500 $ 1,313,114 $ CHARGES FOR SERVICES903,908 $ 903,908 $ FINE, FORFEITURES AND PENALTIES22,400 $ 500 $ 22,900 $ USES OF MONEY AND PROPERTY1,000 $ 600 $ 5,500 $ 7,100 $ OTHER REVENUE43,141 $ 831,327 $ 252,000 $ 1,126,468 $ TOTAL SOURCES4,516,500 $ 636,132 $ 831,327 $ 500 $ 257,500 $ 500 $ 6,242,459 $ Transfers In967,080 $ $ $ $ $ $ 967,080 $ Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets3,360,118 $ 648,780 $ 32 $ 76,750 $ 6,734,208 $ 3,108 $ 10,822,996 $ TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES8,843,698 $ 1,284,912 $ 831,359 $ 77,250 $ 6,991,708 $ 3,608 $ 18,032,535 $ EXPENDITURES: LEGISLATIVE115,919 $ 115,919 $ EXECUTIVE174,334 $ 1,000 $ 175,334 $ CITY CLERK190,416 $ 190,416 $ FINANCIAL SERVICES256,404 $ 1,200 $ 257,604 $ LEGAL COUNSEL71,823 $ 71,823 $ GENERAL GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES324,595 $ 11,000 $ 335,595 $ LAW ENFORCEMENT1,962,012 $ 31,003 $ 50,272 $ 500 $ 2,043,787 $ FIRE PROTECTION1,320,331 $ 18,750 $ 24,632 $ 1,363,713 $ TRANSPORTATION1,067,746 $ 620,823 $ 16,950 $ 59,021 $ 1,764,540 $ CAPITAL PROJECTS-VEHICLES LEASE PURCHASE361,970 $ 361,970 $ LAW ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL FUND2,608 $ 2,608 $ CDBG GRANT FUND831,327 $ 831,327 $ TOTAL EXPENDITURES5,483,580 $ 620,823 $ 831,327 $ 66,703 $ 509,095 $ 3,108 $ 7,514,636 $ OPERATING TRANSFER-OUT$ 398,000 $ $ 500 $ 568,580 $ $ 967,080 $ FUND BALANCE/AND TRANSFER/RESERVES3,360,118 $ 266,089 $ 32 $ 10,047 $ 5,914,033 $ 500 $ 9,550,819 $ TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES, TRANSFERS, RESERVES & BALANCES8,843,698 $ 1,284,912 $ 831,359 $ 77,250 $ 6,991,708 $ 3,608 $ 18,032,535 $ BUDGET SUMMARY City of Okeechobee Fiscal Year 2012-2013THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND / OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN TH E OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RE CORD.THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE ARE 2.7% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURE S NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe City of Okeechobee has tentatively adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 6:00. p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 200 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 8 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 State closes local grocery; owner is arrested Naser A. Abueqab DUI checkpoint will be on S.R. 15 The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT 500 block of N.W. Fourth St. 3300 block of N.W. 27th Ave. 3200 block of S.E. 35th Ave. 1700 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARY 500 block of N.E. 28th Ave. 3100 block of S.E. 20th Court 3200 block of S.E. 19th Court 1200 block of S.W. 18th Terrace 28000 block of S.R. 710 1100 block of S.W. 24th Ave. 2600 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3700 block of N.W. 29th Ave. 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 900 block of N.E. 70th Ave. 3900 block of U.S. 441 S. THEFT 3600 block of N.W. 21st Ave 14000 block of U.S. 441 N. 3000 block of N.W. Eighth Terrace (riding lawn mower) 2300 block of S.W. Third Ave. (riding lawn mower) 600 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 17000 block of N.W. 22nd Terrace 1600 block of U.S. 441 N. (cell phone) 1400 block of S.W. 19th Terrace (vehicle) 17000 block of N.W. 248th St. (laptop computer) 10000 block of N.E. 128th Ave. 600 block of N.E. 17th Ave. 700 block of N.W. 39th Circle 14000 block of N.W. 248th St. (laptop computer) OCSO Investigations
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CDA BAND8pm on the patio! DAILY EVENT CALENDAR Applebees Okeechobee 4pm Close $5 off All local orders Weve moved! 207 NE Park St. Okeechobee863-763-5051 Visit us at: owerpetalsokeechobee.com Goodie Bouquets Gifts ~ Candle ~ Silks Largest Selection in Town! 9 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 CASTLE calls for volunteers for safe parenting programIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLEs mission is to stop child abuse before it even happens by empowering parents with the education necessary to create successful, loving, and nurturing families. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Safe Families Program. Were making a difference, one family at a time. Call 772-465-6011 or e-mail email@example.com for more information. Grandparents Day honoredA Childs World Preschool and Daycare held a welcoming Grandparents Day luncheon on Friday, Sept. 7. Children and their grandparents had some great visit time while they enjoyed their lunch. Ryder and his grandma Lollie Laura Johnson (left) sit together during the Grandparents Day luncheon held at A Childs World on Friday, Sept. 7. Special to the Okeechobee News/ A Childs WorldAbby gets to enjoy her Friday lunch with her Poppa Darrell Hazellief during the Grandparents Day luncheon held at the school to honor grandparents. Special to the Okeechobee News/ A Childs WorldMatthew was joined by his grandparents, Fil and Debbie Conroy during the Grandparents Day luncheon held on Friday, Sept 7. Special to the Okeechobee News/ A Childs World
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Federally insured by NCUA.O ers valid as of April 10, 2012. A minimum $5 account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA and access to these o ers. O ers are available for a limited time only and may be cancelled without notice. Existing MIDFLORIDA loans and credit cards do not qualify for the incentive or the special advertised Annual Percentage Rates (APR). Checking incentive is deposited to new checking account. Loan and credit card incentives will be applie d to a MIDFLORIDA Visa Platinum credit card. Other rates and terms are available and are based on credit. Visit mid orida.com or see an associate for details. 1.Anyone who has held a checking account with MIDFLORIDA in the past will not qualify for the $77 incentive. In addition to ope ning a new checking account, you must accept and open online banking, online bill payment, eStatement, eNotice, direct deposit ($500 minimum which must post within 30 days of account opening) and a debit card. For RT4T checking accounts, you must make 5 debit card transactions in the rst 30 days in lieu of the direct deposit requirement. Freedom accounts do not qualify for this incentive. Minimum to open is $50. 2. To qualify for the incentive, you must re nance a loan of $15,000 or more from another nancial institution. Loans of $5,000 to $14,999 will receive a $100 credit. 3. Incentive is o ered on new credit ca rd accounts only. The introductory Annual Percentage Rate available on balance transfers is valid for the rst 12 months on ne w accounts only. A 1% balance transfer fee will apply. START TODAY! CREDIT CARDGET $50 creditwith a new Visa Platinum Credit Card30% Intro APR on balance transfers No annual fee FREE CHECKINGGET $77 cash with a new FREE checking account1 REFI LOANGET $200 creditwith your re nanced loanRates as low as 2.99%2APR MORE POWER TO YOU.Feeling powerless at your big bank? All banks and credit unions arent alike so when it comes to deciding where to bank, ta ke control. (863) 467-0188 Toll Free (866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376www.mid orida.com Earn up to $327 with 7 am to 7 pm Drive-thru and Help Desk Hours Saturday Hours Free Debit Card with Rewards Free Online Banking and Bill Payment ... and More! plusOkeechobee Branch3261 U.S. Highway 441 S 10 Year Anniversary Celebrating our as 10 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary School Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 3, include: Rafael Jimenez, Shnora Fludd, Heaven Platt, Natalie Rebollar, Adrian Orozco, Kaleb Moran, Alex Boswell, Skylar Anderson, Emmett Sumner, Gaury Duran, James Hazen, Carla Colavini, Tyrone Hayes, Paisley Norman, AJ Olvera, Rosalinda Caballero, Shanitria Warner, Diana Rodriguez, Logan Bottari, Giovanni Garcia, Stephanie Alvarado, Magalie Pineda, Morgan Tucker, Emily Gonzalez, Faith Casselton, Yuliana Licea, Julissa Sanchez, Victoria Simmons, Kai Ichimura and Zoyee Ramirez. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Sept. 10-14, include: kindergarten students, Taryn Vest, Alton Azcona, Tatyana Youngblood; rst graders, Anahi Toribio, Joshua O'Shields, Lindsey Hamilton, Manuel Mora, Reyna Bell, John Mowery; second grade students, Jasmine Corona, Taryanna Pryor, Lorenzo Santiago, Derrell Davis, Wiley Vaughn; third graders, Maria Campos, Riley Carver, Victoria Coursson, Blake Joyner, Westyn Boone, Kaley Smith; fourth grade students, Jace Selph, Ronald King, Bryan Dersa, Mason Turner fth grade students, Hailey Macrae, Gage Lowery, Luz Rivera and Kaitlyn Broaderick. Congratulations! to our many outstanding students.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EMERGENCIES DONT WAIT FOR APPOINTMENTS.Our Emergency Rooms wait times are consistently shorter than the national average.We treat kids too.The Right Care, Right Here, Right Now!Take comfort in knowing that if a patient does require alternative, specialized treatment, we have an immediate and seamless transfer process with our sister HCA facilities in the Treasure Coast: Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and St. Lucie Medical Center. Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 12 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Recently Christine Sanchez, PT, Director of Rehabilitative Services at Raulerson Hospital, answered some questions regarding local therapy services available to the community. Question: Describe one of the most unique assets of Raulerson Hospitals Outpatient Rehabilitation Program. Answer: Many patients require three disciplines of therapy and at Raulerson Hospital we are able to provide licensed therapists for Physical therapy, Occupational therapy & Speech Language Pathology all at one location for infants through adults. For example, a patient recovering from a stroke may receive Occupational Therapy to regain hand function, Speech or Swallowing Therapy from the Speech Pathologist, and balance retraining & walking with Physical Therapy. Similarly a child with Cerebral Palsy may require Occupation Therapy for activities requiring use of the arms for coloring or self dressing, Physical Therapy to learn to walk with braces, while also bene tting from Speech Therapy. Question: Does Raulerson Hospital offer one-on-one patient therapy? Answer: Yes. Our patients receive oneon-one Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy by licensed therapists. Our therapists are motivated to help our patients attain or regain their functional abilities while providing them with the tools to manage their conditions during their activities of daily life. I know that our patients will receive great care because our therapists are kind and caring, and we have a team approach to brainstorm the most effective approach for our most challenging cases. Question: Is Raulerson Hospitals Outpatient Therapy Department able to offer wound care or burn care? Answer: Yes. We have been providing the community with wound care and burn care services on an outpatient basis for more than ten years. Much of this type of care is rendered by therapy and focuses on wounds or burns that require: sharps debridement of necrotic tissue, attention to compression bandaging to decrease swelling and enhance venous return of blood (promoting healing & wound closure), Patients require a doctors order before they begin treatment. Question: Are there any services available for people suffering with vertigo? Answer: Yes. We perform Vestibular Rehabilitation therapy for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which can be caused by calcium deposits which break loose in the inner ear. This can cause patients to feel dizzy, light headed, off balance, and nauseous. It can occur suddenly without warning or in some cases can be a chronic, recurrent problem. Our trained Physical Therapists conduct various positioning strategies to relieve the symptoms of vertigo for our patients. Examples of these positioning strategies include: The Epley Maneuver and The Semont Maneuver. The goal of these maneuvers is to move the calcium deposits back to where they belong preventing the sensation of dizziness. We also work on balance with our patients and give them home programs of positions and exercises to continue their treatment independently, to help prevent recurrence. The therapy we perform for patients suffering with Vertigo has been very effective. Question: Explain one Rehabilitation service that most people may not realize is available. Answer: There are several medical conditions which leave people with swallowing problems. If such swallowing issues are not addressed, some patients can be at risk for aspiration which means that food or drin k can actually be inhaled into the lungs instead of being swallowed. Most people can recall a feeling of having food or drink go down the wrong pipe, but for certain people with compromised postures or conditions this problem can result in recurrent pneumonia, pneumonitis, choking and even death. Part of swallowing therapy may include a Modi ed Barium Swallowing Study. During this procedure our licensed Speech Pathologist accompanies the patient to the Radiology Department and provides the patient with different textures of food and drin k mixed with a substance that allows them to view the material through an x-ray machine. These items are given to the patient to ingest and are viewed radiologically as the swallowing occurs to see if the food is going down properly. Based upon the ndings, recommendations can be made to help correct the problem and prevent harm. The patient may need guidance on proper posture to assure proper swallow or an altered diet for food that can be safely eaten. Questions about rehabilitative therapy services answered Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Historical SocietyHistorical SocietyThe Okeechobee Historical Society had a booth in the park during Labor Day that was staffed by Wilma Williams and Zelda Mixon. Zelda shared her stories of life with her great-grandparents, Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson, the rst white settlers of Okeechobee as well as offering a taste of old fashioned bread pudding. The Historical Society will have their rst meeting, after the summer break, on Monday, Sept. 17, beginning at noon in the museum on Highway 98 N. Anyone who is interested in joining the group, just bring a covered dish and dues of $10.
Of ce has a building there which is used for search and rescue operations and Citizens Observation Patrol. The sheriff's of ce and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will now have to pay their own utilities. The facilities maintenance department will be tasked with maintaining the restrooms for day use of the park. It has yet to be determined who would handle boat slip rental. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper noted that Okee-Tantie is not self sustaining and revenues have been on a decline in recent y ears. "To be scally responsible I don't see how you could justify keeping something open that loses money," he said. "It's obvious that for years we've not cared about Okee-Tantie," said Commissioner Frank Irby. He felt that the campground should be closed until the county was ready to improve it and spend the savings on other things such as drainage. "I still think with some work you could still make a pro t," was the opinion of Commissioner Ray Domer. A private developer has presented a plan to the county to rent the park and operate it as a business venture. Action on that proposal is waiting permission from the state to allow the county to lease the park. County attorney John Cassels stated that if the county decides to lease the park to a private dev eloper, it would be better to close it sooner rather than later. Commissioners unanimously approved a tentative millage rate of 8.5470 and a tentative debt service millage of 0.3450 mills to be allocated to the jail repayment fund. One mil equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value. By a 4 to 1 vote commissioners gave approval to a tentative budget of slightly over $86 million which is 6.29 percent less that the current amended budget. Commissioners approved the tentative budget as proposed which included the operation of Okee Tantie with the understanding that the budget could be amended later as necessary to take into consideration the closing of the campground. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Commissioner Domer who was opposed to taking $500,000 from land ll host fees to balance the budget. After the meeting he said that he felt the county should cut spending to be in line with revenues and not use land ll host fees to balance the budget. Dowling Watford thanked the commissioners for their efforts and said that as a business owner he appreciated the fact that the proposed millage rate could give business owners a tax break. Final adoption of the millage rate and budget will come during a public hearing to be held in the Commission Chambers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27,Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. OKEE-TANTIEContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best! Tummy Tuck Breast Augmentation Breast Lift/Reduction Endoscopic Brow Lift Face Lift Nasal Surgery Eyelid Surgery Liposculpture Botox and Fillers NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 13 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSLeft to right are Okeechobee Main Street Arts and Cultural Chair Bridgette Waldau, artist Joseph Seiert, mural sponsor Mary Beth Cooper and Maureen Burroughs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSThe mural will also include a depiction of the inside of the old Okeechobee Hardware Store. Beaches, where he now resides. He is also a successful ne art painter who has exhibited his paintings in London, New York, Florid a and South Korea. Okeechobee citizens will be familiar with his most recent work which is the massive mural installation on the old Okeechobee bank building. The completion of the new mural is expected by Jan. 15, 2013. MURALContinued From Page 1
North Okeechobee Church of God will have BIG MO from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, on Sunday at 6 p.m. and weeknights at 7:30 p.m. He will perform at the church at 15949 N.W. 30th Terrace. MO, known to most as BIG MO, rst started singing at the tender age of 3, standing on a chair in the church where his father was the pastor. Since that time, his musical talent and calling from God has taken him much farther than any little boy could ever dream. In 1977, BIG MO began his professional career in gospel music. In 1979 he moved to Nashville, Tenn. and joined a well-known gospel group and began playing guitar on many recording sessions. But it was in 1983 that he formed his own group called BIG MO and Chosen. That was when his gospel music career really began to take shape. BIG MO has sung on most every major concert stage in America, including the Grand Ole Opry, and singing to as many as 45,000 people at once. He has made numerous television appearances on countless christian TV shows. Now, with more than 40 hit songs to his credit, BIG MO travels and performs with his wife, Sharon and their son, Jeremy, who is also becoming known for his christian comedy. Sharon, the wife of Big Mo, runs the product table and the sound and is the all-around anchor that holds the ministry on course. Together, this family is touching thousands with the great gospel message of Jesus Christ. This family desires nothing more than to please God. After every concert or service, you will hear people saying words like, "touching, powerful, great songs, wonderful voice," but the word used most often is "anointed." That is the word BIG MO treasures most! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens. US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing email@example.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 14 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 BIG MO to perform at Okeechobee Church of God BIG MO Annual Boots and Pearls Gala planned to bene t HospiceThe Seventh Annual Boots and Pearls Gala will be held on Oct. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA. The following are the various sponsorship opportunities and how to order tickets. Please join the party for fun, fellowship, good food and dancing to the music of "Chris Macarthur and the Florida Cracker Boys." This is the main fundraising event of the year for Hospice of Okeechobee and there are many ways for you to participate in this event: Presenting Sponsor $10,000 Trail Boss $3,000 Table Sponsor $500 Single Ticket $50 Purchase at Eli's Western Wear or call the Hospice Of ce at 863-467-2321, for details. There will be live and silent auctions.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO fessional An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo Auto Utility Trailers & Parts 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 Ritas Dont 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 Tree Locators, Inc. Dont 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES 24Hour Customer Service AUTO HOME LIFE RETIREMENTLori C. BergerExclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8737 The Canvas Shop, LLCOn-site servicePrivacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modi cations 909 S. Parrott Ave., Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34974 Carl and Donna Gaiser 863.763.7500 fax 863.763.6754 An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 $2099Offer good for a limited time at participating Papa Johns restaurants. Additional topping may be excluded from special offer pizzas or require additional charge. Not valid with an other coupons or discounts. Limited deliver area. Delivery fee may apply Customer responsible for all applicable taxes. 2012 Papa Johns International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Two Large One Topping & a 2 liter 863-467-PAPA(7272) Affordable Art & Framing LLC (Next to Cowboys Restaurant)Your One Stop Framing Shop Custom Framing ~ Art Gallery Commissioned Art & Logo Design Photography and Display Cases Artwork framed by Artists 110 SW 14th St. Okeechobee 863-357-32005% discount with this ad 15 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012
For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. 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 publishers 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 ServicesDrawing/Painting Classes Adults: Mon. 3:30 pm Kids: Thurs. 3:30 pm Call Fawn Barr at: 763-4537 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeFaith Academy Pre-School Faith Academy is accepting applications for teachers with strong classroom management skills, passionate, Solid communications skills, and Creative. Ability to transfer spiritually and educationally into the lives of young children. Please Call 763-8800 Employment Part TimeGrand Oaks Assisted Living Community Part Time Maintenance Person needed. 10-12 hrs per week. Exp. only apply. Level II Background check required. Apply in person M-F 203 SE 2nd Street Relief Driver Needed CDL Class A, Canker endorsement. Call Monday Friday 9 am till 3 pm 863-467-9800 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds SALES PERSON WANTEDwith the following quali cations: Sales experience preferred, but will train sharp individuals Good people skills Sound work ethic Bene ts of our company: Reasonable work schedule Health bene ts 401K Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our team, contactNeal RobertsNO Phone Calls Apply within Dress to Impress Hours: Mon Fri 9am 7pm Sat 9am 5pm4224 Hwy 441 S. 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Employment Part Time Part Time Teller PositionsMIDFLORIDA Credit Union is seeking part time teller candidates. Responsibilities include serving members, performing transactions, and cross selling credit union products and services. Quali ed candidates will possess excellent customer service, communication and cash handling skills. Applicants must be available to work any assigned shift between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday as well as every Saturday between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. High school diploma or equivalency required, bilingual helpful. Apply on-line at: www.mid orida.com Drug Free Workplace Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans97 Ford Conversion Van color tv,2 stereos, 4 captain chairs, great tires, electric trailer brakes, electric sofa bed, 5.4 V8,everything works great. $3,500 o.b.o 863-357-4442 or 863-610-4830 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 Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop w/Flat screen like new! $75, Also 2 Dell and 2 gateway laptops @ $125 each. Call Tony 863-517-2782. Guns/Supplies*WANTED* Collector is buying older model 22 cal. Ri es & Handguns and some others, any condition Call 863-447-5915 Pets/SuppliesYorkie Pup Toy male CKC Reg.Shots/health cert. 14wks. Very playful. Parents on Prem. $400 cash to good home 863-610-2725. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duple x 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 Kings Bay includes water, sewer,appliances with washer/dryer. Small pet ok. 1st months rent free, $600 Sec. dep. 3 people maximum Call 863-634-8331 BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. (863)467-2784. 16 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!
How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF PALM BEACH/TREASURE COAST, INC. PUBLIC HEARING The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. is holding a public hearing to secure testimony concerning information required for its 2013-2015 Area Plan. The hearing will begin at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 1, 2012 at the Agencys of ces at 4400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. It will end at 4:00 PM that same date. The public is encouraged to attend and to testify concerning services that the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/T reasure Coast, Inc. provides to older persons and their caregivers residing in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties as well as to comment on the planned strategies and action steps for the 2013-2015 Plan cycle. For the 2013-2015 plan cycle, the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. proposes to directly provide Health & Wellness Evidence-Based Programs funded through the Older Americans Act Title IIID in Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties. Persons that wish to offer comment at the hearing are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and to r estrict their remarks to issues related to services provided by the Area Agency on Aging and the draft Area Plan. Those persons wishing to speak at the public hearing should contact Nancy Yarnall at (561) 684-5885. It is also requested that you submit a written copy of your testimony to Nancy Yarnall, Director of Planning and Consumer Care, Area Agency on Aging of Palm B each/Treasure Coast, Inc., 4400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this hearing is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the hearing by contacting: Nancy Yarnall, nyarnall@YourAgingResourceCenter.org or by calling: (561)684-5885. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice). Applicable portions of the draft 2013-2015 Area Plan can be viewed on the Agency website at www.YourAgingResourceCenter.org. To obtain a hardcopy please contact Nancy Yarnall. 426514 ON 9/16,19/2012 NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION AND 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 request a change in zoning from the existing classi cation of Residential Single Family (RSF) to the proposed classi cation of Residential General (RG) and to consider a Special Exception to allow for single family attached or multi-family dwellings at a density of 12 units per acre in a Residential General (RG) zoning district. The property owner is N & A Construction Inc. The applicant is Naser Abueqab. The property address is 114 SW 18th Avenue and is more particularly described as follows: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20, THENCE S 000402 E ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 246.75 FEET; THENCE N 895424 W, A DISTANCE OF 20.01 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S 000402 E, PARALLEL WITH AFORESAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 130.62 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF CLAY DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 19 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 89 5424 W ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID CLAY DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISION, A DISTANCE OF 637.71 FEET TO THE EAST R/W LINE OF S.W. 18TH AVE. (BEING 20 FEET IN WIDTH); THENCE N 000126 W ALONG SAID EAST R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 130.62 FEET; THENCE S 895424 E, PARALLEL WITH AFORESAID NORTH LINE OF CLAY DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISION, A DISTANCE OF 637.61 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS AND EXCEPT FROM THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL A 17 FOOT WIDE STRIP OF LAND IN SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING NORTH OF, PARALLEL TO AND CONTIGUOUS TO LOT 4 AND THE EAST 10 FEET OF LOT 3, CLAY DEVELOPMENT, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 19, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 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 R-2012-0692 and S-2012-0719 425828 ON 9/9,16/12 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 DR86 Donna J. Kellman, Petitioner and Lloyd E. Kellman, Respondent AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Lloyd E. Kellman YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Donna Kellman, whose address is PO Box 2794, Okeechobee, FL 34973 on or before 10-9-2012, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuits Courts of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: 9-5-2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT 425950 ON 9/9,16,23,30/12 Apartments Beautiful Samanthas Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 Downtown Okeechobee 4/2, 3200 sq ft, Large game room, no yard to mow, wi included, no pets. $1250.00 water included. Please call 863-634-7994. EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Utilities & Direct TV included $550 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Call 863-634-8885. FULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. $170 per week + sec. dep. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appointment. IN TOWN1br./1ba. furnished or unfurnished. Nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $690/mo., 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-763-7030 or 561-358-8128. 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 Commercial PropertyOKEECHOBEE 3 units avail., 600 sq ft, 1800 sq ft, and 2500 sq ft, in strip mall, 1 block from main intersection, call 863-634-7994 for pricing. Houses Rent$599/ 3 brBEST V ALUE 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 A pprox 12 minutes Northeast of town center. CBS Home 3/2 with a den and car garage. $1050 a month. (954) 303-9804. OKEE 2br 1ba w/central AC and appls. 310 NE 4th Ave. $700/mo. 1st, last & $500 sec req. (863)467-5965. Houses RentHouse for Rent 3/2 Garage, porch, NO pets. 2874 33rd Ave. Basswood 1st, last, $800 deposit. Call Rafael 561-683-9754 IN TOWN OKEE Clean 2 Br./1 Ba., W/D hookup, lawn serv., Non smkg. Envrnmt. Small pet ok. $700 month. 1st, last, & $300 security. Call 941-504-3954. KINGS BAY 2/2 CBS home w/single car garage. $800/month includes lawn care but not utilities. First, last, $500 security, and references required. Nonsmoking and pets negotiable. Call 863-467-1691 ask for Eddie or Beth for more info. OKEE 2bd/1ba Clean CBS House, furnished, enclosed porch, w/d, large yard ,by 15-B. $700 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 Okee. Seasonal 2/1 House in town, Oct-May, Adults only, nonsmokers, screen patio, includes elec. & water, yard. $1,250 monthly Call 863-801-4220 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds. Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Open HouseOPEN HOUSE 2503 SW 22nd Circle East, Okeechobee, Oak Lake Estates. Sat. 9/15, 10am-1pm Sun. 9/16, 2-4pm 4BR/3BA, 2 story, pool, fenced yard, on small lake, 1 acre. Short Sale. Kimberly 561-262-9834. Siebrecht Properties Inc. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD 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 HomeSaleMobile Home For Sale 2/1 on 4 lots (100x108) Kissimmee River Estates Okeechobee, $5,000 down, $500 a month for 62 months. 863-610-0158 Palm Harbor Village New 2012... 30x76 4bd/3ba $15K Off All Homes 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Fifth Wheels1999 Holiday Rambler 33 ft long 5th wheel w/2 slide outs complete w/queen bdrm, split bath,2a/cs, w/d much more. Good condition $6,500 863-634-8331 Automobiles1979 Ford Red Ranchero, GT 381 V8, $2,600 OBO. 1966 Buick Electra Conv., 425 V8, $12,000 OBO Kissimmee River Estates Call 863-610-0158 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Automobiles2001 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 143,000 miles, AC blows cold, good brakes and tires, 3.8 V6, auto, leather interior. Worn, but not worn out. Air bags, air conditioning, automatic transmission, alloy wheels, bucket seats, CD, cruise control, leather, power locks, V-6 $1,950 /or best offer (863)697-9485 or (863)697-9484 2011 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Navy Blue, good driving car, AC blows cold, good tires, looks a little ratty but will get you to work and back every day. 143,000 miles, 3.8L V6, automatic, power drivers seat, CD player, leather interior. 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Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice ACROSS 1 Island where florins are spent 6 Unoccupied 10 Mental keenness 14 Charged 15 Hold 16 Minimally 17 Where few people live 20 Is that __? 21 Entertainer 22 Rural pro 23 Having no chapters? 25 Prohibit 27 Hardly handy 28 Quiet, in a way 30 Mattinglys predecessor 31 20-20, e.g. 33 Persian for crown 35 Summer arrivals 36 Debugging aid? 41 Bar patron who appears in every Cheers episode 42 Bordeaux bottom 43 Clavells __Pan 44 Marsh bird 46 Norse war god 48 Schism outcomes 52 Jai alai ball 54 Float seller 56 Clarks Mogambo co-star 57 Huge 59 Solid-rock center? 60 Pick wielder 63 Three-time 80s speed skating gold medalist Karin 64 Kathryn of Law & Order: C.I. 65 Um preceder? 66 Early Sam & Dave record label 67 Club income 68 Head lock DOWN 1 Lawyers suit? 2 Spoil, as a picnic 3 How a knot may come 4 Like some judgment 5 Kennebec River outlet, with the 6 Same here 7 2008 Adam Brooks romantic comedy 8 Contact, e.g. 9 Show anger, say 10 Do __ Diddy Diddy: 1964 hit 11 Start of a rule with numerous exceptions 12 Trunk item 13 Most severe 18 __ tu: Verdi aria 19 Sold (for) 24 Bouncy 26 Kicks 29 Drink from a dish 32 What an ellipsis may mean: Abbr. 34 Black shade 36 Big-time 37 Tempest in a teapot 38 Colombos country 39 Same old same old 40 Youll be busted if you use it45 Blues singer James 47 Extents 49 One in a cruise ship line 50 Chucks 51 Floods 53 Had something 55 Full deck in old Rome? 58 Drive-__ 61 St. with a panhandle 62 Easter opening? 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Okeechobee fought to the nal bell with two scoring chances inside the Eagles 20y ard line in the game's nal minutes but w ere unable to crack the Centennial defense. Greg Green rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown for Centennial, (1-2). AJ Villareal added 93 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Eagles. Okeechobee was led by D.J. W ashington who rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown. Fabian Howard rushed for 73 y ards and a touchdown. Elijowan Williams added 70 yards rushing and LaVante Spivey had 123 yards in offense and a 32-yard kick return in a losing cause. Okeechobee Coach Chris Branham was frustrated after the game because his team had chances to score but didn't make plays in the red zone. "It was a great effort by both teams tonight. I told my players to ght until there w as no time left and to never give up," he stated. He praised his offensive line which did a good job stopping Division I recruit Jay-nard Bostwick. Okeechobee had 344 total yards and 16 rst downs their best offensive effort of the year. However, they had two costly interceptions and could force just one Eagle turnover. The Eagles had 347 yards in total offense and 13 rst downs in a very even ball game. Green said he felt his team worked hard all week to run the football and diligently practiced every running play to make sure it w ould work in the game. "I think we did well. The line blocked w ell. I thought this game would be tougher than it was. I watched Okeechobee on tape and I told my teammates we can't take these boys easy," he added. Green's 24-yard run in the fourth quarter gave Centennial their nal score. His rst quarter runs helped fuel an 80-yard drive that was capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Villareal. Centennial Coach Ron Parker said his team made a few mistakes and must x them if they intend to play ball control and w in games. "The win feels good. We made some plays. We just can't give up big plays like that that keep teams in the game," he added. Every time Centennial would score, Okeechobee somehow battled back Friday. It was a no-quit attitude from the rst play from scrimmage. After the Eagles took a (7-0) lead, Okeechobee drove 80 yards in only four plays to tie the game. LaVante Spivey threw an option pass for 33 yards to Al Morris and Howard followed with a 43-yard run behind offensive tackle Cody Walker and left guard Corey Vickers. Centennial turned an interception by Drevion Johns into a 78-yard drive late in the half that ended when QB Kevin Lowe found Ricky Rodriguez in the end zone for a 20y ard touchdown pass. Okeechobee started the second half with an onside kick that was recovered by the man who kicked it Jose Garcia. Radebaugh found Zach Wing eld for a 38-yard pass on fourth down to set up a three-yard rushing touchdown by Washington. Okeechobee missed the extra point and trailed 14-13. Backup QB Dee Shockley helped drive the Brahmans down eld on their next drive thanks to a 28-yard run by Spivey. On third down Spivey caught a swing pass for 24 yards and an apparent rst and goal but the play was called back by a costly holding penalty. After the Eagles went up by eight points Okeechobee drove 65 yards to the Eagles 15. Williams 26-yard run on fourth and one brought the Brahmans into the red zone. Two incomplete passes later, Radebaugh appeared to have a chance to run for a rst down on a scramble but threw a pass after he crossed the line of scrimmage to end the drive. Coach Branham said that was a key point in the ball game, "There comes a point in the ball game when you have to make a football play and we didn't do it. We had a couple of shots and we didn't get the plays." Okeechobee had one last chance in the last two minutes and drove from the 20yard line to the Centennial 20 in less than a minute. Washington threw an option pass to Spivey for 33 yards and ran on a sweep for 20 yards. Radebaugh followed with an 11-yard scramble. However, Radebaugh couldn't nd open receivers and threw four incomplete passes to end Okeechobee's nal chance to score. Coach Branham said despite the loss the team is coming along and is still ghting and looks forward to another battle when they open up district play in Sebastian. "Our offensive line did a fantastic job and were exhausted but they kept ghting, I've been very proud of that group from day one. The bottom line is we have to start making some plays. I don't know what else to say. I'm at a loss right now," he added. Game notes The Brahmans used their entire roster it seemed in the physical battle. Greg Hernandez, Ethan Parriott and Cade Stokes played well all night on the offensive line. Okeechobee had just three penalties. Wing eld had an interception and a 25-yard return for the Brahmans, (1-2). Al Morris had a sack for the Brahman defense. Tyler Leo had an interception for Centennial. Elijowan Williams had a tackle for loss. Devin Clements kicked three kickoffs into the end zone for Centennial. He missed a 38-yard eld goal attempt in the fourth quarter. Game statistics can be found on Newszap at: orida.newszap.com/okeechobeenorthlake/sports/. OHS Brahmans lose to St. Lucie West Eagles Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJack Radebaugh is sacked for an eight-yard loss in the rst quarter of Friday's game between Okeechobee and Centennial.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School lost to another tough volleyball team Thursday as the Lady Rams of John Carroll swept Okeechobee 25-13, 25-21, and 25-16 in one of the more lopsided home losses for Okeechobee in recent years. Sarah Davis had 10 assists and four kills. Maci Thomas had 16 digs and Krista Ward added 14 digs for the Lady Brahmans, who fell to (1-2) John Carroll improved to (3-1). John Carroll controlled the match from the start as they jumped out to early leads in game one. The second game was competitive throughout as the Lady Brahmans held 4-1, and 12-8 leads. The Lady Rams jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the third game and the Lady Brahmans never threatened. Coach Todd Jones said Okeechobee purposely scheduled tougher opponents this year because they know they have got to raise the level of play to compete in the post season. We shouldnt have lost on Tuesday (Sebastian River). We worked on our rotation and made adjustments. I was much more pleased with our performance tonight. John Carroll was tall, strong, and they attacked the ball at the net. No doubt about it, they are a strong team. Jones and the Lady Brahmans competed this weekend in the East Coast Challenge which included top teams like Dwyer, Jensen Beach, Merritt Island, Martin County, Cardinal Gibbons and Cardinal Newman. He expected the Brahmans to get a lot of work in this tournament. Our offense needs improvement. We need to put the ball away. We are not a strong blocking team without height. We dig the ball well but given the opportunity we have got to put the ball on the oor and get more kills, he added. The JV Brahmans won a tough match 2325, 25-20 and 19-17. Delaney Osceola had 12 digs and 16 kills. Sarah Hurst had seven service points and 20 assists. Jacie Harvey had seven service points and 18 assists. Makayla Root had 10 kills. Jacalyn Sutton had eight kills. The Lady Brahmans changed the date of a match with South Fork from Sept. 25-20. OHS volleyball team loses to John Carroll Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLexi Ward (left) and Sarah Davis (right) await a John Carroll serve during the second game of Thursdays match. Okeechobee fell to (1-2) with a threeset loss to the Lady Rams. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDarby Jones had seven kills and several digs in a losing cause as OHS lost to John Carroll Thursday night. FWC announces plans for wild hog huntFlorida Fish and Wildlife Commission announces they will issue permits for two wild hog hunts on Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, west of U.S. 27. The control hunts will be on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28. Twentyve permits will be issued for each hunt to those 16 years of age or older. Permit distribution is at Fisheating Creek WMA checkstation at the FEC Campground in Palmdale on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10 a.m.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 20 Okeechobee News September 16, 2012