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Sunday, November 4, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 133 15.75 feetLast Year: 13.60 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Remember to vote Tuesday! Lions tromp Brahmans ...Page 18 Special to the Okeechobee News/ K. ElskenThe 2012 Okeechobee High School Homecoming Parade was held Friday, a week late, but nonetheless a colorful and exciting event for all. (above) The Senior Class oat in the Homecoming parade featured Brahmans aiming for victory. At left, top to bottom are: Homecoming queen and king candidates Aubrey Robertson and D.J. Washington; Savannah Neese and Cade Stokes; Claresha Blair and Jacob Domer; and, Miss Brahman Candidate Krista Ward, volleyball. Kids shing day 2012 photos...Page 9 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Unlike many proposed developments of a few years ago that never came into being because of the failed economy, it appears that one proposed development might have failed to materialize due to alleged illegal activities. The proposed planned community of Destiny was in an ideal location—64 square miles at the intersection of the Florida Turnpike, U.S. 441 and S.R. 60. At buildout it was to contain 10,000 residential units and 7,000,000 square feet for business use. The community’s website touted it as a sustainable, self-contained urban center concerned with renewable energy and clean technology. It was to contain 25,000 acres of preserved open space. There would be shopping, educational facilities, health care facilities and sports and recreation all within walking distance of residential areas. The community’s website lists Anthon y V. Pugliese III as the founder of Destiny and CEO of The Pugliese Company. Fred DeLuca, founder of the Subway sandwich franchise, is described as a Destiny partner. According to the website, Mr. DeLuc a teamed with Pugliese and planned to eventually purchase more than 41,000 acres and develop “America’s rst eco-sustainable city.” Things looked good in August of 2005 Destiny’s fate is unsure 2012 OHS Homecoming ParadeSee DESTINY — Page 5


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Need for blood donations criticalMany of the stories I have written to promote the Okeechobee Blood Roundups have been about young women who have had unforeseen complications due to childbirth. J amie Highberg is one of those women and she wants to share her frightening story in the hope that it will make people realize how critical the need is for donated blood. On Jan. 26, while Jamie was being prepared for her third C-section delivery, she was asked, “Would you refuse a blood transfusion?” Her reply was, “No, I will not refuse because I have three boys and I need to live for them.” Due to the scar tissue in her abdomen from the previous two C-sections, Jamie’s third delivery was not easy. The incision had to be made longer and deeper than normal and Jamie lost a lot of blood; so much of her blood covered her doctor’s surgical gown and boots that he had to change into clean coverings midway through the surgery. The loss of blood caused her blood pressure and hemoglobin to drop to precariously low levels. Jamie did not receive a blood transfusion during the four days she spent recovering in the hospital but she was given iron pills to help rebuild her blood level. Jamie and her perfect baby boy were sent home; however, within twelve hours it was evident that the iron pills did not work. Jamie was taken to Lawnwood Hospital where she received three units of blood over a two-day period. As she received the blood, she felt stronger and her hemoglobin and blood pressure rose to normal levels. Since her delivery, Jamie has spent 19 days in the hospital due to complications from not receiving the much-needed blood sooner to replace all that she lost during the surgery. Initially, she was afraid to receive a blood transfusion, but now she says that it was something she should not have worried about; it went really well and helped immediately. Jamie spends her time caring for her three boys and a lady who has Alzheimer’s disease. She hopes that by sharing her story others will w ant to give blood and also let those who may require a blood transfusion to not be afraid. You can be somebody’s hero by donating the gift of life at the Seventh Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup that will be held at Hammerhead’s on Nov. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m, to 6 p.m. All donors will receive a Roundup Tshirt, a goody bag, and a chance to win a door prize. Susan WilliamsMoose thanks on behalf of charityWomen of the Moose Buckhead Ridge, Chapter 2036, send out a big thank you to all business that donated to our 4th annual Celebrity Servers Nite!! Thank yous go out to all our celebrity servers and everyone who supported this important fun event! Malinda WoodFree enterprise or socialismSocialists, collectivists, progressives—they are really all the same—believe that the wealth, including the money, belongs to all the people. They believe that the role of government in a free republic is to distribute the wealth as equally as possible without severely damaging the mechanisms that drive the economy. That is a legitimate political philosophy. The problem is that it doesn’t work and never has anywhere in the world. It doesn’t work because it ignores human nature in two respects. First, I believe that all babies are born completely sel sh, as are all of the other creatures on earth. We rely on our parents to teach us past that state. We are programmed to take care of ourselves and our progeny rst. Most decent folks will go to the aid of a neighbor or even strangers in need, but not to the extent that their families do without. Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. It doesn’t necessarily follow that I am your brother’s keeper. The second thing that socialists ignore is the power of incentive. That is, effort and reward. How hard will people work knowing that the fruits of their labor will be diverted to others who may not be willing to work. How many will work at all if they can count on government to provide for their needs. Under our free enterprise system, Americans became the most generous people in the world. Many of our successful entrepreneurs gave away most of their fortunes during the lifetimes. A collectivist society would probably not have produced a J. Paul Getty, Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. The debate over the role and scope of the Federal Government is not new to us, but we may have reached a tipping point. This presidential election appears to provide a clear choice as to the direction the country will take. Elder M. Sumner Life InterruptedBy Allen Patterson, pastorOkeechobee Presbyterian Church “Ever notice how life happens while we’re on the way to do something else?” That’s exactly what happens one particular day, as Jesus is on his way to heal some religious dude’s daughter in the middle of a very busy day. While he is on his way, with the crowd pressing around him, this random woman suddenly reaches out and touches his clothes. Weird, right? What does Jesus do? He stops to speak with her and ends up healing her also… (you can read the story in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 5:21-34). I admit, I didn’t see this coming in the story. But Jesus—classic breaker of the status quo—allows her to interrupt his day. Not only allows it, but welcomes it. Around our house, we often start Saturdays with the words, “Rise and shine, boys, we’re wasting daylight!” followed up a short while later with “Come on now, let’s go! Let’s go! We’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see.” I love to work, love the feeling of accomplishing a goal. But I hate interruptions. I have this great ability to get focused on the task at hand. My wife has known that for years, but I’ve only recently admitted the fact that I often have a one-track mind. I want to check it (whatever it may be) off the list. Give me a list of things to do, and my eyes are on the goal, don’t stop me ’till I’m done. But I’ve learned in recent years, that I can actually miss out on life as I’m trying desperately to accomplish life. There’s something to be said for productivity and ef ciency, but when they come before the needs of those around me, I miss out on real beauty, on real life. It was C.S. Lewis who wrote, “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is, of course, that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending day by day.” Here’s a confession—I have a schedule to keep, even when I don’t have a time schedule. I hate to appear to myself or others that I am wasting time. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a great time waster. [Maybe I’ll write about that another time...but have I said yet that I hate interruptions?] Anyway maybe it’s just a guy thing…but I don’t think so. And then there’s this unpleasant reality—I often create my own interruptions. Even while writing this article, and researching random words on Google—like “interruptions” and “synonyms for productivity”—I found myself distracted and off track. The problem is, I want to do what I wan t to do. But often there’s something else altogether that needs to be done. People stop by who need a listening ear. Phone calls come at inconvenient times. Friends break down, accidents happen and dif culties appear. None of them are scheduled. People around us are hurting and need loving, and quite frankly, loving someon e takes time. It is inconvenient to our personal agenda. But it’s where life happens. Real life. Come to think of it, it’s probably the onl y way life can happen. Which actually bothers me a great deal. Because not only do I dislike interruptions, I don’t like to interrupt others. And when that extends to God—as it often does—I nd myself in trouble. How man y times have I not asked for help because I am so damnably independent—typical American male that I am? How many days have I gone on in suffering, pain, grief, loss of “real life” when all I had to do is ask, to reach ou t and touch him, as it were? Over and over again, Jesus—through his life and teachings—offers wholeness, healing and life to any and all who “interrupt” him. In fact, scriptures say, “There is onl y one Lord, and he is generous to everyon e who asks for his help, for all who call out to the Lord will be saved.” You see, God’s “daily schedule” (if he has one at all), is designed speci cally with you in mind. So don’t worry about interrupting him! The truth is, you desperately need th e Life he offers. And so do I. Are you going to ask? Or are you going to go on and try to do it all yourself? How’s that been working for you? I gotta run...somebody’s at the door. November 4, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Re ections from the pulpit Letters to the editor Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held in the county jail on a felony charge after he allegedly tried to run from deputies because he didn’t have a driver’s license. Stephen Lyle Briggs, 41, N.E. 30th Ave., was arrested Friday, Nov. 2, on a felony charge of eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement of cer. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended with knowledge and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Briggs is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $3,000 bond. According to an arrest af davit by a deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO) Street Crimes Unit Briggs tried to escape arrest after he was stopped for inoperative tail lights on his white Toyota. The report states that the deputy rst tried to stop Briggs in the 2700 block of S.R. 70 West. But the driver of the car, later identied as Briggs, would not stop and continued to drive westbound at a speed of 25 mph. Briggs then turned off the highway and after making a couple of more turns he stopped his vehicle at the end of N.E. 19th Terrace, stated the report. He then got out of his car and started to run north through a pasture, added the deputy. After a chase of about 300 yards the deputy stated that he caught up with Briggs and placed him under arrest. When the deputy asked him why he ran, Briggs reportedly said it was because he does not have a current Florida driver’s license. w hen the two partners purchased 27,400 acres from the Matt Laxcey Corporation. It appeared that Destiny was off to a good start and was on track to becoming a reality. However, seven years later Destiny still has not become a reality. It now looks like all those glorious plans could go for naught. Pugliese and his business manager, Joseph Reamer, have been arrested on charges of money laundering over $100,000, conspiracy to commit organized scheme to defraud over $50,000, grand theft over $100,000 (four counts), grand theft between $20,000 and $100,000 (six counts) and grand theft over $300 (seven counts). According to the Oct. 25 probable cause af davit of Investigator Robert Flechaus, of the state attorney’s of ce in Palm Beach County, Pugliese and Reamer stole approximately $1,195,280.61 from Mr. DeLuca and/ or his company FD Destiny, LLC, between Aug. 1, 2008, and Nov. 8, 2009. The Palm Beach County Jail said Pugliese and Reamer were both released Oct. 26 on bond. Bond for each was set at $131,000. Pugliese and Reamer supposedly created ctitious companies and used false invoices to bill Mr. DeLuca for work never done, or for work done for the sole bene t of Pugliese and Reamer and not for the development of Destiny. According to the investigator Pugliese approached Mr. DeLuca in 2005 with a plan to purchase the property and obtain permits that would allow for development of the land and then sell the land at a pro t. Mr. Flechaus stated that Pugliese and Reamer allegedly established seven fake companies to bill Mr. DeLuca for services never performed. Monies paid to these companies were eventually transferred to the operating account of The Pugliese Company. In addition to billings by ctitious companies, Mr. Flechaus stated that the two defendants further defrauded Mr. DeLuca by presenting fake invoices from existing companies that no longer had business dealings with the development. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The fourth annual Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This annual event affords citizens the opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted prescriptions and dispose of them safely with area law enforcement. This year’s event will be held at 307 N.W. Sixth Ave., which is across from the Okeechobee Skate Park. All you have to do is drive up, give your medicines to an of cer and drive away. There are no questions asked and no paperwork to ll out. Any and all outdated and unused medications will be accepted. Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet keeps prescription medications off the streets and out of the hands of young people. This operation is being staged by local pharmacies, the Okeechobee City Police Department and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Backyard Barbeque, Inc. Monday Lunch: 5 oz. Burger 1 side, tea $6.25 Dinner: All U Can Eat Cat sh $11.99 Tuesday Lunch: Open Face Turkey Mashed Potatoes & tea $ 9.99 Dinner: Open Face Turkey Mashed Potatoes & tea $9.99Wednesday Thursday Friday OUR FAMOUS SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS Get em while they last... 9-$6.99 / 12-$8.99 / 18-$12.99 /24-$15.99 Saturday Lunch: Pulled or Sliced Pork Sand. chips & tea $5.99 Dinner: ALL U CAN Eat Ribs 2 sides & tea $13.99 Sunday Lunch/Dinner 15% off with church bulletin NOW serving Breakfast104 SE 6th St. Okeechobee 863-824-0880Put some SOUTH in your MOUTHNEW Specials Open Mon.-Fri. 5am -10pm Sun. 5am to 8pm OPENSat.24 hours 5 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A September home burglary, as w ell as an attempted break in, was apparently cleared with the arrest of a local man whose ngerprints w ere allegedly found at the burglary scene. Arrested Thursday, Nov. 1, was J ames Laton Edison, 18, N.W. 10th St. He was arrested on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling. Although Edison is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $105,000. Detective Augustin Saucedo, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that he arrested Edison after his prints w ere found on a television he apparently left behind. The detective’s report indicated that the Sept. 28 break-in of the home was discovered by a family member who was checking on the home while the owners were away. When the family member entered the home they found drawers had been opened throughout the home, and that an electronic tablet and several pieces of costume jewelry was missing. They also found a television on the back porch that normally sits in the master bedroom. OCSO Crime Scene Technician Jackie Moore was able to lift some latent ngerprints off the TV. She also photographed some shoeprints she found in the home. Detective Saucedo said besides this burglary two vehicles in the same neighborhood had been burglarized, and that someone had tried to break into another home in the same neighborhood. OCSO Deputy Matthew Crawford was called back to the same home the next day, Sept. 29, because it had been burglarized a second time. The deputy found shoeprints under an outside window that matched shoeprints found the day before in the same home. Besides an electronic gaming console, several pieces of jewelry were reported missing. Detective Saucedo indicated that items totaling $1,475 had been taken from the home. According to Detective Saucedo someone had tried to break into another home just down the block, but was scared away when the homeowner was awakened by a ashlight shining into their bedroom. The homeowner got out of bed and saw the shadow of someone running from the home with a ashlight. The next morning that homeowner found four window screens on the home had been moved, and that the back door had been pried open and left ajar. On Nov. 9 Mrs. Moore told the detective she had a hit on the ngerprints she found on the television and that they were Edison’s. Detective Saucedo went on to state in his report that during an interview Edison said he sold the gaming console for $100. When asked about the jewelry, Edison reportedly told the investigator that he threw it away in the garbage. When the investigator asked about the attempted burglary Edison reportedly told Detective Saucedo that he tried to enter the home but “... got spooked at that house because he saw someone inside so he ran.” Fingerprints lead to burglary arrest DESTINYContinued From Page 1 A clari cation needs to be made for an article appearing on the front page of the Friday, Nov. 2, edition of the Okeechobee News under the headline “Number of county employees dwindling.” The article stated the number of employees of the sheriff’s of ce dwindled from 205 in the 2007/2008 budget year to 200 in the current budget year. Those gures were the total numbers of full-time funded positions. The total number of funded full-time and part-time positions at the sheriff’s of ce in 2007/2008 was 225. The total number of funded full-time and part-time positions in the current budget year is 208. We apologize for any confusion caused b y these gures. Clari cation James Laton Edison Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet slated Deputy: Driver ees after traf c stop Stephen L. Briggs BURGLARY  3300 block of S.E. 25th St.  900 block of N.E. 31st Terrace  2900 block of N.W. 38th Ave. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  2000 block of N.W. 46th Ave.  900 block of S.E. 38th Terrace FRAUD  18000 block of N.W. 184th Drive THEFT  200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (tools  20000 block of N.W. 176th Ave. (dog)  6600 block of S.E. 51st Lane (medication)  14000 block of N.W. 268th St. (metal container)  13700 block of S.E. 127th Terrace (identity)  3800 block of S.E. 25th St. (air conditioner & refrigerator)  800 block of S.E. 37th Terrace (credit card) OCSO Investigations


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 A legitimate role for the press is that of the publics watchdog.Ž Most citizens cant spend the time necessary to personally observe their public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions are carrying out their public mission. But too many newspapers these days act more like mad dogsŽ than watchdogs.Ž Were proud to be different. We try to carry out our watchdogŽ role as humble representatives of the public, always maintaining a courteous tone and our reputation for purposeful neutrality. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 6 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 Trust Quartet to perform at BHR churchBuckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 1731 Hunter Road, would like to invite everyone to listen to Trust Quartet, Sunday, Nov. 4 at 10:45 a.m. Come worship and get a great blessing from great gospel singing. The church will also host a block trailer party on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m. Everyone is w elcome. There will be free food, music and games. Kids, come have a good time and bring your parents with you. Pastor Arlen Cook will give the message at 7 p.m. on Sunday. A merican Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night Bingo on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. A smoking section will be provided in the bingo hall. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the Anerican Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public.Fundraiser planned for cancer victimA bene t 8-ball tournament is set to assist w ith medical bills for cancer patient Aaron Sorensen. The bene t is planned for Sunday, Nov. 4 at Mama Flegos. Aaron is a member of APA and loves the game of pool. Registration begins at noon and tourney begins at 1 p.m. Music by DJ Scott Eddings. There will be a 50/50 drawing for a Lucasi Cue Stick; a y ear's worth of Mama Flegos and more. For more information, please call Earle Strickland at 863-634-7581 for more information.Shrine Club hosts spaghetti dinnerBack for another season, the Okeechobee Shrine Club offers a delicious Spaghetti Dinner Tuesday evening, Nov. 6 serving from 4 until 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke free dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided from 5 until 8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6. Proceeds bene t Shrine Charities. The dinner is held every Tuesday.Ducks Unlimited Banquet plannedOkeechobee Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Bream Room and catered by Speckled Perch Steakhouse. The cost is $85 per couple or $60 for a single. There will be dinner, raf es, silent auction, live auction, lots of fun. All charitable contributions are used for Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation efforts across North America. For more information, please call David at 863-227-0659 or Brian at 863-634-9361. Community Events Golf tourney planned to support Blood RoundupA golf tournament to support the Okeechobee Blood Roundup will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m., at Blue Heron Golf Club, 1925 SE 9th Ave. This will be a four-person scramble at the special price of $30 per person. This is open to everyone; golf experience optional. The whole point is to have fun while helping The Roundup save Okeechobee lives. Sign up at 863-532-1790 or call Blue Heron at 863-467-1651. OCEA to hold general membership meetingThe Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its second general membership meeting of the 2012-2013 school year Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the new OCEA of ce located at 210 N.W. Park St. Suite 201just west of Walgreens. All employees of the Instructional and Classi ed Bargaining Unit are encouraged to attend. Potential members may join at the meeting. We will brief attendees on the status of recent Classi ed and Instructional negotiation sessions, and give an update on the team trainings occurring at every school which cover how to achieve the best teacher evaluation possible. Door prizes and refreshments will be served. For questions, call Candy Walker at 863-634-2268.Shared Services execs to meetThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.TOPS Take off pounds sensibly hosts open houseCome to First United Methodist Church in Okeechobee for an open house meeting of TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly on Friday, Nov. 9 200 NW Second Street, Room 18, Okeechobee from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Contact Debby Beck for information, 863-532-0953.Masons offer traditional turkey dinnerThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will offer its annual turkey dinner on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 4 7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Children's plate not available for takeout. For ticket information, call Hugh Alger at 863532-1097. Fifth Annual Commander’s Ball announcedAttend the fth annual Commander's Ball on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. for cocktails, door prize/drawings. At 7 p.m. there will be a roast beef dinner that will be followed by entertainment by Saxman and Posse. Tickets are $35/couple---$17.50/single. Please purchase tickets before Nov. 2, at VFW Post #10539, VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. For information call 863-763-2308.Redneck Yacht Clubs to host Family Fun Fall FestButch's and Bubba's Redneck Yacht Clubs will host the Family Fun Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. The event will take place at Okee-Tantie Campground and will feature lots of fun for the whole family including music, bounce house, games and much, much more! Entry is just $5 for a carload. Live entertainment will begin at noon and a Corn Hole Tournament is also planned. For more information on the tournament, please call Mo at 863634-0577. If you get hungry, Mexican food will be available; there will be sliced pork sandwiches available by Butch's Redneck Yacht Club as well as an Amateur Homeboy Barbecue Cooking Contest. Entry fee for each category is $25. Barbecue contest information call Billy at 863-467-1570. Sponsorships for businesses are available by calling Ellen at 863-634-4460. Proceeds from this event will bene t local charitable organizations. Craft Fair in the WoodsAn error appeared in an article on page 2 of the Friday, Nov. 2, edition of the Okeechobee News under the headline "Craft fair to be held in unique setting." The time for the event was incorrectly listed as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error. Correction


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 VOTEBIBLICAL VALUES TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical de“nition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.Billy Graham MONTREAT, N.C. PAID ADVERTISEMENT BY THE BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELIST ASSOCIATION 7 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012


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Hundreds enjoy the 27th Annual EventAn enthusiastic group of 213 children, ages 4-14 turned out at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on Sunday, Oct. 28, for the 27th Annual Kids Fishing Day. This event is sponsored by the Taylor Creek Bass Club, with assistance from the “Big O” Teen A nglers Club. This year’s event was enhanced by a gift of a new rod and reel donated by Fish Florida for every participating child. The “Big O” Teen Anglers gave training on proper casting and shing line knot tying, and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department provided information on boating safety. Kids Fishing Day is always provided free of cost to the children. This is made possible by generous assistance from merchants and organizations. Assistance came from Fish Florida, FLW Outdoors, Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters, Marathon – Fast Break, Pure Fishing, Charlie’s Worms, Crappy Jack’s, Oakview Baptist Church, Publix, CVS, Home Depot and Sherwin Williams. Winners in the events included: Casting 6-10 Years Old First Place: Landon Olier; Second Place: Joseph Lopresti; Third Place: Trey St. Pierre 11-14 Years Old First Place: Adrian Smith; Second Place: Ronnie Eckerwieler; Third Place: Jerran Hall Fishing 4-6 Years Old First Place: Brice Simmons, Second Place: Korbyn Lewis, Third Place: Michael Stewart 7-10 Years Old First Place: Zackary Friend Second Place: James Bullock, Third Place: Darian Bronson 11-14 Years Old First Place: Danny Usry Second Place: Cody Bigford Kids Fishing Day awards big surprises for participants 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT:Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation**Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 valid through December 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service In the Woods Saturday November 10, 20129:00AM 4:00PMFREEDOM RANCH 11655 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974Christmas Decorations • Jewelry • Woodcrafts Fine Art • Baked and Canned Goods Fabric, Yarn, Paper and Wire Crafts, Home and Yard Decor and so much more Come join us for a day in the woods. Craftsmen and artists will have something just right for you or for those on our Christmas list. Relax in the beautiful surroundings as you enjoy a barbecue dinner and a bowl of swamp cabbage. Experience nature up close on a Swamp Buggy Ride and be intrigued in the Arena Demonstration and let the kids enjoy a pony ride.There will be plenty to do, see and buy for the whole family.INTERESTED IN BEING A VENDOR?Contact Freedom Ranch/Alpha Ministries 863-763-9800 or craftfairinthewoods@gmail.com6th Annual Handmade and Homemade Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Phil Baughman, Democrat, County Commissioner for District 1 County Commissioner District 1 for Phil BAUGHMAN I want to make a difference for YOU, the taxpayer“Let Me Be YOUR Voice!”Phil BaughmanMake a difference. VOTE Phil Baughmanfor County Commission, District 1 Resident of Okeechobee County for 34 years Married to Michelle for 27 years Two sons and a daughter-in-law Served as National President of the Land Improvement Contractors of America Currently on the Okeechobee City Planning and Zoning Board Board member of Lake Okeechobee Airboat Assoc. Active in Okeechobee County Vast knowledge of parlimentary procedures Some of my GOALS are: To be available to hear YOUR concerns To work hard to achieve YOUR goals To fight for OUR tax dollars to be spent locally To maintain and help create new jobs for our graduates and community To help preserve our Okeechobee Lifestyle while stimulating positive economic growthQUALIFIED AND READY TO BE YOUR VOICE! 10 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaCommission recognitionAt the Thursday, Sept. 27, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Charles Yingling, park maintenance technician I with facilities services, was honored by Commission Chair Margaret Garrard Helton for ve years' service to the county. Mr. Yingling was born in Indiantown. His work tenure has included security, lawn maintenance while working for his brother, and yard man at W & W Lumber. He moved to Okeehcobee in 2002 and did contract mowing for FPL until he came to the county as a ground maintenance technician in April, 2007. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaEmployee recognitionRogelio Yanez, equipment operator I with road maintenance, was recognized by Okeechobee County Commission Chair Margaret Garrard Helton for ve years' service to the county. The recognition came at the Thursday, Sept. 27, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. Mr. Yanez was born in Mexico. He came to Okeechobee when he was six years old and has remained, attending Okeechobee High School. Mr. Janez worked for Evans' Groves and Blue eld as an equipment operator and St. Lucie Battery and Tires before coming to work at the county road department in April of 2007 as an equipment operator. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaTen years’ serviceAt the Thursday, Sept. 27, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Commission Chair Margaret Garrard Helton, left, honored Shellie Mitchell, right, pool manager in parks and recreation, for 10 years' service to the county. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Elkins, WVA. Her family relocated to Okeechobee in 1978. She graduated form Okeechobee High School in 1994 at which time she was employed during the summers as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the county pool. In February of 1997 Mrs. Mitchell was promoted to pool manager. She left the county in October of 1999 but returned in May of 2002 to the pool manager position.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For your support in this campaign and your support of me and the Property Appraiser’s Of ce over the years. It has been, and still is, an honor and a privilege to serve you in this capacity. May God bless you with His richest blessing. Paid by W.C. Sherman, Republican, for Property Appraiser Thank You Okeechobee I Love You All Bill Sherman Remember to Vote on November 6 CAC014022 Offers expire 11/30/2012. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. 11 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the WeekYearling Middle School is proud to announce our Students of the Week for Oct. 8, as follows: Left to right standing in the back, Kennedee Brewer, Raylee Coleman; sitting left to right are: Laquavius Williams, Pricille Garza, Taylor Jordan and Jennifer Ehrlich; sitting on second step, Brett Sprano; sitting on front step, Campbell Platt. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Oct. 15-19 include: kindergarten students; Abigail Mata, Annisette Villalobos, Corbin Flynn, Patryk Jaskot, Emily Steen, Caleb Ford, rst graders; Austin Oliver, Angelina Rodriguez, Miguel Tapia, Aydian Cruz, Clea Judilla, Landon Lackman, Alissia Rodriguez, second grade students; Alicianna Nunez, Jasell Rueda, Ruben Castaneda, Amanda Nash, Zane Hawk, Kaitlyn Yerkes, third graders; Jacklin Hernandez, Joann Hickman, Shane Irwin, Abraham Torres, fourth grade students; Alex Aguilera, Mackenzie Crum, Taylor Smith, Cameron Johnson, fth grade students, Emily Barnes, Brook Jullian, Desiree Daniel, Noelia Ruiz-Hernandez and Brianna Hight. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Birthday Bash planned to bene t Ryan ArnoldCome to Ryan’s Birthday Bash on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 2-7 p.m. at Oakview Baptist Church Recreation Area. The party is planned as a bene t for Ryan Arnold (mom and dad Donny and Madonna), who turns 7 on Nov. 12. Ryan was diagnosed with Moyamoya (a rare brain disorder) and suffered a stroke on Aug. 12. He is set to have brain surgery on Dec. 4. A donation of $2 is requested per person to help offset costs of medical care. Other donations will be much appreciated in lieu of gifts. Lots of fun for all attending the party which will help Ryan to enjoy his birthday. A bounce house, obstacle course and slides; clowns, face painting and balloons, snow cones, popcorn and hot dogs and drinks will be available. A softball game is set for teens and adults as well as a cornhole tourney, a silent auction, 50/50 and cake walk and sliced pork dinners will be available. For information please contact Wendy Crum 863-697-1390, Bobbi Poole 863-467-2164, Pat Yeates 863-634-6985, Lynn Manke 863-634-4102 and Donny Arnold 863-6346464.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Were Opening Our Doors to the CommunityEnter our rae and be one of three attendees to win a Thanksgiving turkey (must be present to win).Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:30 p.m. Raulerson Hospital CafeteriaOur Emergency Department Director and Sta will be meeting the public and teaching adults and children about their life-saving processes and equipment used daily in the Emergency Department. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself, and even your children with our facility, learn about our wait times and all the ways you can reach us in the event of an emergency. R.S.V.P. TODAY: 763-9228 12 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 Raulerson Hospital is beginning a new, free, education series for the community. For y ears the public has enjoyed attending the Hospital’s Dine with the Doctor Physician Lecture Series and learning about various health related topics and procedures. Beginning this fall, Raulerson Hospital is expanding the facility’s educational events to include a monthly series of Open House Meet & Greets, featuring the Directors of various Hospital Departments. The public, including children, are welcome to attend the monthly events. During these Open Houses, Raulerson Hospital Department Directors and key staff members from each department will be offering educational information about their speci c roles in patient care as well as answering y our questions. Some of the featured departments will include: The Operating Room, Physical Therapy, Radiology and more! November’s Open House Meet & Greet w ill feature Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Department. Come learn all about the Emergency Department. Meet the Emergency Room Director and staff members who help save patients’ lives every day and night. Watch demonstrations about how some of the medical equipment is used. In some instances, tours will even be available for the public. The Open House is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with the services offered, before you and your loved ones are ever in a situation where such services may be necessary. Meeting the staff and attending the Open House can also be comforting to children anxious about receiving medical care. Whether you are on a rst-name basis with the staff or if you haven’t been inside the facility in twenty years, mark your calendar and RSVP to attend the ER Open House on Nov. 14. Raulerson Hospital’s Open House Meet & Greet is a service for the community. Come learn how this Emergency Room Department is prepared to handle Okeechobee’s emergencies; big or small. Refreshments will be served and three lucky attendees will even get prepared for the holidays early by taking home a Thanksgiving turkey—just for attending. Hospital hosts ER Meet and Greet—Open House Event Courtesy photo/ Raulerson HospitalRaulerson Hospital will host an Emergency Room Meet and Greet, Open House Event on Nov. 14. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Heritage Assisted Living CenterResident activityThe Heritage Assisted Living Center resident Betty Robertson, center activity director, Ann Bowser and resident Minnie Holder. Residents enjoy painting at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, just one of the many activities provided. Grand Oaks Social hourRaulerson Hospital CEO Robert Lee and his team enjoyed touring Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility and meeting residents during Happy Hour. Happy Hour is a weekly event where residents can come together and socialize while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvers provided by Chef Rose Ruiz and specialty drinks such as Strawberry Daiquiris. In addition, residents are able to sample Grand Oaks Brew which is an ale made on the premises by residents and kitchen staff. Mr. Lee is with Grand Oaks resident, Evelyn Staedelin Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand Oaks


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NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 429949 ON 11/4/2012 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gives notice of its intent to issue a Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Plan Lake Okeechobee Protection Permit Modi cation (NEEPP/LOPP) (File No. 0259591-004), in accordance with Section 373.4595 Florida Statutes (F.S.), for Phase II (20 cfs) operations and continued facility expansion (30 cfs) of the Grassy Island Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology (HWTT) facility. The application is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department’s Of ce of Ecosystem Projects, Program Coordination and Regulation Section, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS-24, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3000, telephone number (850) 2453166. The purpose of the Grassy Island HWTT is to reduce total phosphorus (TP) concentrations in the surface waters from Taylor Creek, which ultimately enter Lake Okeechobee through the S-133 structure. This HWTT Project, along with the other projects in the Lake Okeechobee Phase II Technical Plan, is designed to achieve load reductions consistent with the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for TP developed for Lake Okeechobee by the Department in 2001. The permit is intended to authorize the operation of Phase II (20 cfs) facility components and construction of Phase III (30 cfs) expansion components. Authorized work also includes adding a hydrated lime dosing system to buffer both pH and alkalinity of the raw creek water to optimize the effectiveness of treatment. The Grassy Island HWTT Project is located within the following property descriptions in Okeechobee County: The site is bounded by Taylor Creek to the east and Hillard Road to the west (Section 20, Township 36 South, Range 35 East). The Department’s proposed agency action shall become nal unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led pursuant to sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department’s proposed permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) in accordance with sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be led (received) in the Of ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Petitions led by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.63(3) of the Florida Statutes must be led within 21 days of publication of the notice or receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs rst. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above, at the time of ling. The failure of any person to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department’s action is based must contain the following information: a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency’s le or identi cation number, if known; b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination; c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action; f) A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes; and g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency’s proposed action. A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department’s action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain the same information as set forth above, unless modi ed by rule 28-106.301. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Department’s nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such nal decision of the Department on the application have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the r equirements set forth above. In the event the issuance of this permit is subjected to a request for hearing pursuant to section 120.569 of the F.S., the permittee may, pursuant to section 403.088(2)(g), F.S., move for an order authorizing the interim construction phase of the facility. Mediation is not available in this proceeding. Any party to this order has the right to seek judicial review of it under section 120.68, F.S., by ling a notice of appeal under rule 9.110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with the clerk of the Department in the Of ce of General Counsel, Mail Station 35, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000, and by ling a copy of the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable ling fees with the appropriate district court of appeal. 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Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 429301 ON 11/4,11/2012 Contract Negotiations The School Board and Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 will continue negotiations for the Instructional and Classi ed bargaining units on Monday, November 12, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building, 700 SW 2nd Avenue. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 430016 ON 11/4/2012 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Pressure Cleaning 1 Under which we expect to engage in business at: Pressure Cleaning Okeechobee, FL 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Juan Carbajal Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 1st day of November, 2012. 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MurphyOkeechobee News Deago Sama caught a 30-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 65 yards for a second touchdown to lead Olympic Heights (7-2) to a 21-10 victory over Okeechobee in a District 14-6A game Friday night in Okeechobee. The Lions spoiled the Brahmans homecoming festivities thanks to a tough defensive effort that held the Okeechobee offense to only a eld goal. Al Fludd's 71-yard punt return was the only touchdown for Okeechobee, (4-5). Brahman Coach Chris Branham said his defense played well in spots but the offense w as all over the place and couldn't get a consistent attack going, "We couldn't hang onto the ball and had no consistency. The offense put our defense in some tough positions." Okeechobee held to only 17-yard passing on the night without starting quarterback LaV ante Spivey who sat out due to concussion like symptoms. Replacement Jack Radebaugh coughed up two fumbles in the rst half inside the Lions 20-yard line. Okeechobee lost three fumbles in the rst half. Okeechobee had driven to the Lions 25y ard line on their rst series when Radebaugh made a nice cut on a quarterback option but lost the football at the 17-yard line. The Lions responded with a ve-play, 83-yard drive to go ahead (7-0) behind a 28-yard pass from quarterback Richard Thompson to Wally A ime, a 13-yard run by Thompson and a perfect pass in the end zone to Sama. Okeechobee got another shot to score when Olympic Heights muffed a punt late in the rst quarter. However, Radebaugh's pitch caromed off the leg of tailback DJ Washington and the Lions recovered. Okeechobee also got some breaks as Al Fludd picked up a poor Lion punt on the nal play of the rst quarter and ran untouched for a 70-yard score to tie the game at (7-7). The Lions roared back with a 28-yard drive in 12 plays that took up half the time in the second quarter. Key plays included a 15-yard run by Jim Derival, a 13-yard run by Thompson and a 10-yard touchdown run by Wesley Innocent, (118 yards rushing). Okeechobee cut the lead to three late in the half after a 23-yard run by Washington gave Okeechobee a rst down inside the Heights 25-yard line. Adel El Hindi easily cleared the cross bar on a 42-yard eld goal to make it 14-10 at the half. Heights Coach Kevin Fleury said he was pleased with the way his defensive and offensive lines played and knew they would have to play aggressively to counter Okeechobee's large running backs. "We came to play tonight. This is almost like a foreign land to us. The players and the coaches responded to a short week and really played well." Okeechobee couldn't get untracked on offense in the third quarter as they drove to the Lions 40-yard line but failed on a fourth down and ve. After a fumble by Thompson at mid eld, Okeechobee's drive was stalled when Radebaugh was sacked by Austin Redinger for an eight-yard loss. On fourth down Sama picked up a short punt at the 35-yard line and ran untouched down the sideline for the back breaking touchdown to put the Lions up 21-10. A 38-yard run by Washington late in the third set up a scoring chance for the Brahmans but the Lions blocked a 40-yard eld goal attempt by El Hindi. The Lions put together a 60-yard drive in the fourth quarter to help kill the clock. Sama said he felt his teammates played hard and only wished they had played this well against South Fork on Monday night. "We played really well. We prepared hard this week. We knew we would have to stop their running backs." Game notes Okeechobee can avoid a losing season if they defeat arch-rival Clewiston in Hendry County next Friday night. Okeechobee had a solid game on defense as Adrian Minondo had a tackle for loss, Cor y Vickers had several big hits and a sack, and Jose Garcia had a quarterbac k sack. Elijowan Williams had a tackle for loss. Patrick Philippe recovered a fumble and Austin Redinger and Andy BienAime had QB sacks for the Lions. Game statistics are online at: orida.newszap. com/okeechobeenorthlake/sports. OHS Brahmans lose to Olympic Heights, 21-10 Jack Radebaugh made two great stops of errant snaps to save Okeechobee from huge mistakes in Friday’s game Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAdel El Hindi follows through on a 42-yard eld goal in the rst half.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 B Section 2 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 Residents living in and around the Okeechobee community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Okeechobee Shrine Club will host Life Line Screening on Nov. 20. The site is located at 1855 S.W. 53rd St. in Okeechobee. Mary Lou Alvadi of Niceville attended a Life Line Screening and said, “Thank you, Life Line Screening, for making me aware of a problem I never knew existed.” Four key points every person needs to know:  Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability,  80% of stroke victims had no apparent w arning signs prior to their stroke,  Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke,  Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit the website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Many sites offer nger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose. Packages start at $149. All ve screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of preventive screenings. Shrine Club to host Stroke and Osteoporosis Screenings By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In his quest to provide the best cancer treatment possible, Dr. Ramesh Kumar of Big Lake Cancer Center recently acquired a new tool. Dr. Kumar has the Siemens Artiste, a machine which provides radiation treatment for all types of cancer. Through the use of laster beams the area treated by radiation can be very precise which minimized the side effects. Dr. Kumar says his machine will accommodate patients up to 500 pounds instead of the usual 350 pounds. Dr. Kumar relies heavily on his skilled technicians who have had to undergo extensive training to operate this machine. “For a small town w e have a big machine,” commented Dr. Kumar’s colleague Dr. Armando Santelices. Dr. Kumar is extremely dedicated to his patients. “We will never turn away a patient just because they don’t have the money to pay,” Dr. Kumar told the Okeechobee News in an Aug. 2007, interview. “We even help with transportation if a patient can’t get to the of ce. W e will do whatever it takes. Come talk to us. We want to make sure that all of the right things are being done. We are available anytime. All day, any day I’m there for them.” Patients calling after hours will reach Dr. Kumar’s cell phone. He has a second of ce in Fort Pierce. Big Lake Cancer Center is located at 1115 N. Parrott Ave. and the telephone number is 863-467-9500. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease. The American Cancer Society predicts that there will be about 1,638,910 new cases of cancer this year.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Big Lake Cancer Center acquires latest equipment Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDr. Ramesh Kumar of Big Lake Cancer Center demonstrates the latest technology for ghting cancer, the Siemens Artiste which uses laser beams to precisely direct radiation treatments for cancer. Quit smoking nowA program for those who wish to quit smoking cigarettes or quit using other tobacco products will be held on Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 28 and Dec. 5, 12, 19, at Raulerson Hospital 1796 U.S. 441 N. (in the cafeteria). The program is free and will include a support group and help with relapse prevention. Free nicotine replacement therapy (gun, patches and lozenges) will be provided for those who quality. To register, call 877-819-2357.Hospital hosts open houseMark your calendars for Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Department Meet & Greet Open House. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. to familiarize yourself, and even your children, with your local Emergency Department. Our ER Director and staff will be meeting the public and teaching adults and children about their lifesaving processes and equipment. Three lucky attendees will receive a free Thanksgiving turkey. RSVP: 863-763-9228Stroke Support group to meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a “ Stroke Support Group” on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Facilit y located at 608 N.E. Second Ave. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family and patients. For more information feel free to call 863-7631700.Diabetes seminar plannedOn Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Living with Diabetes will be presented by Wand a Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 SE Second Street located in the activities room at 10 a.m. Offered b y the Visiting Nurses. Health News in Brief There are VA bene ts available for veterans and their widows. The bene ts can be sometimes be as high $3,000, depending on the status of the individual. There are companies advertising to assist veterans in obtaining these bene ts and say they can guarantee results, usually for a price. The County Veterans’ Services Of ce can assist veterans and their widows in obtaining these bene ts free of charge. For assistance call the County Service Of cer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-6441 x5, or stop by the of ce at the historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Ave, Room 106. Free bene ts for veterans and their widows


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If the local runoff is higher than the target releases, no discharges will be made from the lake. This water release level will be maintained until a new recommendation is made based on future conditions. “Although the lake level is still high and in ows continue, overall conditions present an opportunity to reduce releases,” said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District deputy district commander for south Florida. “We’ll continue to monitor the system and make adjustments as necessary, to most effectively balance multiple needs. Public safety remains the Corps’ top priority.” The release is being conducted in accordance with the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), the master plan for managing the lake. Under LORS, the Corps strives to keep the lake level between 12.5 and 15.5 feet. Today, the lake stage is 15.82 feet, which is within the Low Operational Sub-Band, but also within 1 foot of the Intermediate Band of the 2008 LORS. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management webpage at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions / CivilWorks/WaterManagement.aspx. A rmy COE reduces Lake Okeechobee water releases By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Rev. Clinton Curington came out of a seven-year retirement to accept his present position as pastor of Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church. However, he says you never really retire from the Lord’s service. Rev. Curington has been in the ministry since 1959. He has served for 34 years in full time ministry positions and also served many interim and temporary positions. Before his retirement, he served as pastor at Eustis for 10 years. Among other places, he has also served churches at Keenansville and Frankfort, Ky. “Our goal is to help people,” Rev. Curington said. He wants to w ants to meet the needs of the community and reach people for Christ. He would like to see the church grow and lives changed. “I look forward to growth,” Rev. Currington said of his church. In the near future he is planning several themed events. He and his wife, Joyce, have three daughters, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. “I have found the people to be very friendly,” Rev. Curington said of Okeechobee. He likes Okeechobee because the style of life is laid back and is not fast paced. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist has new pastor Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaRev. Clinton Curington is the new pastor of Okeechobee Missionary Baptist church. Preterm births fell for the fth straight year in 2011, and the improvement was across the board—every racial and ethnic group bene tted, and there were fewer preterm babies born at all stages of pregnancy, according to preliminary birth data released on October 3, 2012, by the National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. preterm birth rate peaked in 2006 at 12.8, after rising steadily for more than two decades and dropped by more than 8 percent to 11.7 in 2011. The March of Dimes estimates that this single year improvement means about 16,000 babies were spared the health consequences of an early birth. “About 64,000 fewer babies were born preterm in 2010, when compared to 2006, the peak year. All this improvement means not just healthier babies, but also a potential savings of roughly $3 billion in health care and economic costs to society,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “The March of Dimes credits this success to prevention efforts by its many partners including state and local health departments and hospitals.” Despite the continued improvement in prevention of preterm births, an estimated 460,000 babies were born preterm in the United States last year. Preterm birth, (before 37 weeks of completed pregnancy,) is the leading cause of newborn death (death in the rst month of life) and is the second leading cause of infant death (death in the rst year). Babies who survive, face an increased risk of life-long health challenges, including cerebral palsy, breathing problems, intellectual disabilities and other problems. The March of Dimes set a goal of lowering the national preterm birth to 9.6 percent of all births by 2020. The March of Dimes says this goal can be achieved by a combination of activities: fully implementing proven interventions to reduce the risk of an earl y birth, such as not smoking during pregnancy, getting preconception and early prenatal care, avoiding elective c-sections and inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy unless medically necessary, and by accelerating investment for new research on the prevention of preterm birth. The March of Dimes is the leading nonpro t organization for pregnancy and bab y health. The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. To register for the March of Dimes premier fundraiser, March for Babies, or for information on sponsorship opportunities, call Laura McCall at 863-763-3131. Preterm births decline


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 B Section 5 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 The number of voting locations has been reduced to save money and because of the legislative redistricting. WHERE DO YOU VOTE? IMPORTANT NOTE!If you are a registered voter and do not know where to vote immediately contact the Elections Of ce at 763-4014, elections@voteokeechobee.com or www.voteokeechobee.com There will be NO VOTING at the following locations: American Legion #64 Episcopal Church of Our Savior First United Methodist Church FPL Service Center The Gathering Moose Lodge Okeechobee Christian Church Sacred Heart Catholic Church VFW #10539Precinct Location Change NOTICE Precinct 5 NOW LOCATED AT Gracious RV Park 6500 Hwy 441 SE Precinct Number Precinct location 01 Abundant Blessings Church 4550 Hwy 441 North 02 Basinger Community Center 20350 Hwy 98 N 03 Oakview Baptist Church 677 SW 37nd St. 04 Okeechobee Civic Center 1750 Hwy 98 N 05 Gracious RV Park 6500 Hwy 441 SE 06 First Baptist Church R.O.C. 310 SW 5th Ave 07 Hampton Inn 1200 Hwy 70 E 08 KOA 4276 Hwy 441 South 09 New Testament Baptist Church 535 NE 28th Ave 10 Cornerstone Baptist Church 18387 Hwy 441 No. 11 Palm Village Ranch Clubhouse 1200 SW 44th Blvd All poling places provide disability compliant voting equipment. If voting at the polls, you must vote in the precinct of your legal residence!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News B Section 6 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The state’s largest recycler of scrap metal recently opened a facility in Okeechobee. According to John Bianculli, an of cial w ith Trademark Metal Recycling, the company recently opened a recycling plant at the Okeechobee land ll. The Okeechobee facility receives what is called “ uff”—the st-sized nished product from shredding automobiles at some of Trademark’s other facilities around the state. The 60,000 square foot state of the art facility on N.W. 128th A venue extracts the last bit of usable metal from the uff before it goes to the land ll. No recyclable materials are purchased at the Okeechobee facility. This is a processing facility only. The new facility will help the local economy in two ways. Currently abut 20 people are employed in two shifts. Mr. Bianculli anticipates the plant eventually working three shifts and employing about 30 people. Trademark will also be paying a tipping fee to dispose of the processed uff at the landll. This tipping fee will, in turn, increase the host fees the county receives from Waste Management, operators of the land ll. Trademark has locations throughout Florida including four in the Orlando area and three in the West Palm Beach area. They buy, sell and process automobiles, aluminum, copper, steel, cast iron, stainless steel, high temperature alloys, appliances, sheet iron, industrial discards and all grades of ferrous and nonferrous metals. Trademark has mobile crushing crews throughout Florida. They offer mobile baling of light material, industrial demolition services, plant cleanup, container and roll off boxes, land ll services, radio dispatched trucking, certi ed/computerized scale transactions and secondar y aluminum melting. Scrap metal recycling plant opens in Okeechobee Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMBosses DayNational Bosses Day was celebrated at Seminole Elementary with a day full of surprises and gifts for a very deserving Principal, Tracy Downing, and Assistant Principal, Brian Barrett. Presentations, cards, gifts, lunches, dessert trays and much, much more were bestowed upon the much-loved administrators of this local elementary school. Basketball giveawayJessica Smith was the lucky winner of a basketball in the Total Roadside Services drawing at the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta on Oct. 6. Presenting the prize was Angelo Izzo, tire manager. (top photo) Conner Mehren was the lucky winner of a football in the Total Roadside Services drawing at the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta on Oct. 6. Presenting the prize was Angelo Izzo, tire manager. (bottom photo) Special to the Okeechobee News


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. B Section 7 Okeechobee News November 4, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Drama Class recently invited the residents of Grand Oaks for their exciting presentation of the play “Lost in Y onkers.” The residents all truly enjoyed the show and were amazed at the talent of the y oung actors. High school students went out of their way to make the residents feel welcome. Ushers met them at the bus and assisted residents into the theater, including those in wheelchairs. They also brought concessions into the theater to offer it to them so they didn’t have to get up and walk to the lobby. The connection between Okeechobee High School and Grand Oaks began early this year w hen Shands Hospital organized a community forum in Okeechobee to assess interest and support for their “Arts in Medicine” (AIM) for rural communities program. Shands Arts in Medicine Program is focused on transforming healthcare environments through the arts, and providing leadership for hospital arts programs throughout the nation. Shands is known internationally as one of the leaders in the eld of arts in healthcare. Arts in Medicine is not an alternative to traditional medical practices, nor does it distract or take away from them. Instead it works in conjunction with agencies providing any level of healthcare to improve the patients/residents ability to deal with their situation. In 2008, Shands, in partnership with Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs and the Kresge Foundation, began to seed arts in healthcare programs in rural communities throughout the state of Florida. Okeechobee was chosen as a potential site for the program in 2011. Okeechobee Main Street agreed to take the lead and organized a steering committee to develop a community program. Grand Oaks Activities Director Jennifer Dodd, Main Street Art and Culture Director Bridgette Waldau, Okeechobee High School Principal Toni Wiersma and Jim Vensel from the community agreed to head up the committee to bring this opportunity to Okeechobee. Throughout the year the committee will work to connect High School students who have an interest in the arts with our local seniors. Grand Oaks has agreed to kick off the program, which is now known as the Community Partners for Health through the Arts program. The residents at Grand Oaks also decorated the Halloween Candy Drop Boxes for the Halloween Festival and this play was their second venture. Upcoming plans include attending the winter play at the Community Theater and additional events at the High School. The residents of Grand Oaks truly appreciate this op-portunity. Resident Fran East said that she really enjoyed the show and was so excited to meet the students involved; Mary Ann Welborn said that all the children were so nice. Grand Oaks Activities Coordinator Jennifer Dodd summed it all up when she noted, “This event was truly the embodiment of what we had envisioned the program to be. Young people and seniors coming together to gain enjoyment, ful llment and a sense of accomplishment through the arts.” She expressed much appreciation to the high school for providing complimentary tickets for this event and for their hospitality. Anyone interested in this program and would like additional information should contact Cind y Birdashaw at Okeechobee Main Street, 55 South Parrott Avenue or call 863-357-6246. Okeechobee High School welcomes Grand Oaks residents Just in time for ChristmasMartha’s House will offer the Classic Color Portraits on Dec. 1, which is an 8”X10” portrait for only $10. Please schedule your appointment by Nov. 27. Your photos will be back in time for Christmas. This is a fundraiser for Martha’s House. For more information contact: Martha’s House at 863-763-2893, Monday Friday. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. ConKerr Cancer’s mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary’s Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. The group received a generous donation of Christmas fabric that will be available to sew into holiday pillowcases at this meeting. If you have child-friendly cotton fabric you would like to donate please call Joan at 863-467-0290. Additionally, if you would like to help the cause but do not sew, we are also accepting cash donations to purchase fabric. ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew” Special to the Okeechobee News/ Joan RueffSeptember was ConKerr Cancer’s Third Annual Miles of Pillowcase Smiles (MOPS) month. Our Okeechobee sewists made 313 pillowcases during this campaign. Pictured are a few of the sewists: Anna Wilson, Wanda Matthews, Joan Rueff, Gail Williams and Betty Steele. Special to the Okeechobee New s Grand Oaks residents enjoyed their visit to Okeechobee High School for a per formance of “Lost in Yonkers.”


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