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Sunday, December 16, 2012 V ol. 103 No. 151 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.17 feetLast Year: 13.78 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. Health report shows 38% of local adults are obese ... Page 7 Lady Brahman golfers honored ... Page 14 OHS wrestlers pin Vero Beach ... Page 22 IRSC graduation ... Page 10 Special to the Okeechobee NewsTeen anglers host tournamentLuke Farmer took rst place in the 11-14 age group in a recent Big O Teen Anglers Tournament. Luke's catch totaled 21.83 lbs. For more on the story, see page 21. Possession of synthetic marijuana products now a felonyBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An emergency rule went into effect earlier this week that outlawed 22 new synthetic drugs commonly referred to as K-2 or Spice but, said a local detective, area stores are still selling the once-legal synthetic cannabinoid. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Dec. 11 that the new drugs are schedule I controlled substances. This, stated the local detective, means i f someone is caught with the synthetic drugswhether they are in possession or are sellingit will be a third-degree felony. Retailers warned about selling SpiceSee SPICE Page 17 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A recent arrest has made members of local law enforcement acutely aware that guns are lying around for residents in Douglas Park to use if they feel the need. When Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), was asked just how many guns are available for those citizens to use he replied he had no idea. I couldnt even begin to tell you, he said, adding that he only knows of two. One was under a box and one was hidden outside of a night club that folks knew was there if they needed it. The hidden guns became known following the arrest of Terrance Hill earlier this month by Detective Suggs. According to the detectives report Hill, 24, was arrested after he traded gunshots with Javas Davon Jones, 21. Witnesses reportedl y told the detective that Hill approached Mr. Jones with a gun in his hand and another in his pocket. Mr. Jones then ran around the side of a building and was hiding from Hill when someone shouted to Mr. Jones that there was a gun hidden under a box. Mr. Jones retrieved the handgun and red two rounds in Hills direction, indicated the detectives report. One of those rounds apparently found its mark and struck Hill in the left buttock. That bullet then traveled to his leg and cracked the femur. It was this case that made Detective Suggs aware of the hidden guns. Since then the OCSO road division has been warned to use caution because of the availabilit y of the rearms. The detective also said the OCSO ... criminal investigations division is also aware of it. Some residents have access to hidden gunsSee GUNS Page 17 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local detective has been assigned the task of solving several car burglaries that were easily perpetrated because each vehicle was left unlocked. Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Ofce (OCSO), said there were as many as eight vehicles burglarized Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Big O RV Resort on S.R. 78 W. He went on to say a boat was also burglarized and a battery charger was taken. 8 vehicles burglarized; all were left unlockedSee CARS Page 17
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Youth programs Im a soldier with the United States Army, and originally from Okeechobee. I enlisted when I was 19, and have been in now for a little over 13 years. On my past visits, Ive noticed how the town seemed to be growing, but I noticed the lack of family-oriented business, youth programs, and also the high numbers of drop outs, and the number of bars and banks in town. In my travels since being in the military Ive lived in small towns, and major cities and they seem to all have certain things in common. They all had wonderful sports programs, involved communities, YMCAs, and other youth centers where kids had a place to not just learn from each other, but from adults placed to mentor them. The wooden jungle is a great place for kids to stretch their legs, but it needs maintenance, the soccer elds need upkeep, and the area seems like it needs some investment of not just personal but nancial. I am aware of budget constraints that each town, of each county, of each state faces, but there has to be some types of grants that can be utilized to bring some sort of perspective to how the kids in Okeechobee are raised. The sports programs in schools are great, but what happens after school is out? As a young boy I found myself in trouble often, but looking back maybe, if there were programs available to us like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, that was centrally located and easily accessible maybe I wouldnt have been in trouble as much. I believe that invests in our future isnt limited to not just our nances and investments, but it starts and ends with our kids and their future.Pet adoption I know the Humane Society does a great job with the dogs and all of the money goes to the care of the animals as everyone there is a volunteer, but the fees are a little high for older folks. How about a senior citizen discount for those who adopt senior dogs? Maybe they could check with the pet food companies and see if there are any programs to help pay for the adoption fees.Graduation rates The low graduation rate is a critical issue. In my opinion and experience it will be dif cult to x. I feel that the family life and structure is the key element. Teachers are not to blame barring those rare and few exceptions. A child raised in a healthy family environment has the best preparation and opportunity to succeed. The poor economy shares some of the cause, but not all. I think if they looked at all the data they would nd the teen pregnancy rate is part of the problem in regard to graduation rates. Girls who get pregnant are less likely to graduate. And those girls are probably less likely to put the emphasis on education when it comes to raising their own children. These teens are not ready to be parents. They are still kids themselves. The babies born to teen moms are less likely to grow up in a home where the parents are married and working as a team, putting the needs and the welfare of the children rst. If we want to improve the graduation rate, we need to do something about the high rates of teen pregnancy.No Lions Club tree sale It is so sad the Lions Club is no longer active and did not have their tree sale this year. Thats where I bought my Christmas tree every year because I knew it was for a good cause. I was very saddened when they werent there this year. So sad to see our traditions going away. I hope we can get it back. We are small town USA. Merry Christmas, Okeechobee. By Mark Mayers, LMFTCAP of Real Life Childrens Ranch In life, as we interact with others, we will be offended. People will do things that hurt us. Certainly we will experience emotional pain when we are wronged. In extreme cases we can even experience physical pain. Although we often cant control others doing something offensive to us, we do have the authority over our response and reactions to the offense. Ultimately, our response to an offense comes to thisare we going to respond Gods way or react our way. As born again Christians we serve a God who has a forgiving heart. In Nehemiah 9:16-18, God gives us insight into how he responds to wrongs when he re ects on the actions of the Israelites, They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them. God always points us to respond in a way that re ects his character. In James 1:19 God tell us this, Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Numerous times throughout His written word God commands us to be slow to anger and rich in love. As Christians we can do this because Jesus lives inside of us and has transformed us into brand new creatures. We no longer have to look at others through our own judgment because Christ has made us new from the inside out. In 2 Corinthians 5-16, 17 God says, So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one tim e we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! Forgiveness does not mean that we should ignore injustices such as abuse, sexual aberration, rebellion, gossip, etc. It does mean, however, that we are to respond prayerfull y and humbly when others offend us. If w e let Jesus guide us through the times we ar e offended we will experience freedom and peace that cant be explained in words. If we react out of our emotion or hurt, w e will hinder the healing and restorative wor k of the Holy Spirit. Vengeance is Gods responsibly, not ours. We dont have to delive r ourselves, God will do it for us. In fact God longs to deliver us. Psalms 28:8 The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defens e to His anointed. December 16, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Today: Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 64F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Low o f 63F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain, then a chance o f rain in the afternoon. High of 72F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Tuesday Night : Clear. Low of 46F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance o f rain 20%. Wednesday : Clear. High of 73F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSThe spirit of giving The Senior Principal Advisory Group decided to support Toys for Tots with a school-wide community service effort. Pictured with the toys is Mr. and Miss OHS Samantha Rivero and BJ Jonassaint. The group wanted to give back to the community of Okeechobee because the community gives so much to the students at Okeechobee High School.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Imagine ever yday freedom Always need to go?For more information, visit www.everyday-freedom.com or call 1-800-664-5111.Important Safety Information About InterStim Therapy InterStim Therapy for Urinary Control treats urinary retention (inability to completely empty the bladder) and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence (leakage) and signicant symptoms of urgency-frequency. It should be used after you have tried other treatments such as medications and behavioral therapy and they have not worked, or you could not tolerate them. You should have a successful trial assessment before receiving InterStim Therapy. You cannot have diathermy (deep heat treatment from electromagnetic energy) if you have an InterStim device. InterStim Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage. Safety and eectiveness have not been established for pregnancy and delivery; patients under the age of 16; or for patients with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, interactions with certain other devices or diagnostic equipment such as MRI, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling). This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult your physician to decide whether InterStim Therapy is right for you. A prescription is required. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810 and/or consult Medtronics website at www.medtronic.com. USA Rx Only. Rev 0110 Co-sponsored by MedtronicDavid A. Sigalow, M.D. Lakeshore Urology 215 NE 19th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0217 If youve tried treatments that havent been successful, dont lose hope. Finding relief from bladder control problems can be a long journey. InterStim Therapy may be an option for patients who have not had success with, or could not tolerate, more conservative treatments for overactive bladder or urinary retention.Make an appointment today to nd out if InterStim Therapy can eliminate or greatly reduce your bladder control problems by calling Lakeshore Urology at 863-763-0217. 5 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men w ere arrested on felony drug charges after detectives from the Narcotics Task Force stopped their v ehicle for illegal window tint. Arrest af davits indicate that Roosevelt Futch, 36, and Walter Stephen Hopkins, 58, were both arrested Monday, Dec. 10, and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail. Futch, N.E. 15th Ave., was charged with the sale/delivery of a controlled substance (alprazolam). His bond was set at $10,000, and he has been released on bond. Hopkins, S.E. 26th St., was charged with the felonies of traf cking in morphine and possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a prescription. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on $31,000 bond. The arrest reports by a task force detective stated that after stopping the blue 1996 Ford automobile being driven by Futch that pills were found on the back oorboard of the vehicle. Futch reportedly told the detectives he had just picked up the prescriptions for his father in law. The pills were morphine and alprazolam, added the report. When the detective counted the alprazolam pills there were seven missing from the 90-count prescription. Futch, continued the detective, could not explain what happened to the missing pills. As for Hopkins, when detectives asked him to get out of the vehicle he did so with two plastic bags in his hands. One bag contained morphine tablets, and the other contained alprazolam pills. Hopkins reportedly told the detective he had a script for the tablets but did not have it with him. The detective went on to state that a smoking pipe was found in Hopkins' pocket. A eld test was performed on a residue in the pipe and it apparently indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. Also found on Hopkins was a piece of plastic straw that had a white residue on the inside. The straw is used to snort pills, stated the detective's report. According to the detective Hopkins later stated that he does not have a valid script for the pills, and that he had just purchased the 30 morphine tablets for $5 each. Hopkins allegedly told the detective that he had purchased the alprazolam pills a couple of days before being caught with them. The morphine tablets weighed 14 grams, indicated the detective, which led to the traf cking charge. Men reportedly caught w ith prescription pills The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 1500 block of S.E. 35th Circle 2700 block of S.E. 25th Drive BURGLARY 13000 block of N.E. 26th Ave. (vehicle) 4200 block of S.E. 29th Court 7950 S.R. 78 W. 7950 S.R. 78 W. 7950 S.R. 78 W. 7950 S.R. 78 W. 7950 S.R. 78 W. 8900 block of S.R. 78 W. 8900 block of S.R. 78 W. 2800 block of N.W. Seventh St. 36000 block of N.E. 10th Drive 12000 block of N.E. 18th Ave. 7900 block of S.R. 78 W. 1700 block of N.W. 338th St. 3700 block of N.W. Eighth Ave. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3100 block of S.R. 78 W. 8600 block of S.R. 78 W. 500 block of S.E. 36th Terrace FRAUD 6600 block of S.E. 52nd Court 1400 block of S.W. 19th Terrace 19000 block of N.W. 80th Drive ROBBERY 4100 block of U.S. 441 S. THEFT 31000 block of U.S. 441 N 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 7200 block of N.E. 11th Lane (vehicle) 900 block of N.E. 15th Ave. 9800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (license tag & decal) 1500 block of S.R. 70 E. (vehicle) 2800 block of N.W. Seventh St. (money) 1400 block of S.E. Seventh St. 900 block of S.E. 36th Terrace (water pump) 10700 block of N.E. 100th Ave. (license tag) 1000 block of N.E. 13th Ave. (identity) 3200 block of U.S. 441 S. (purse) 13000 block of N.W. 22nd Ave. (horses) 800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (license tag) 9200 block of S.E. 60th Drive (I-pod) 7200 block of N.W. 84th Court (electricity) VANDALISM 3600 block of N.W. First St. Investigations Walter StephenHopkins Roosevelt Futch
Elks Lodge hosts dinnerOn Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. the Elks Lodge will host a pot luck dinner and will follow with the instillation of the newlyformed Elks Lodge and the installation of of cers to follow. The meeting will take place at the VFW South 441. If you have any questions, please call 863-467-2658American Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the nonsmoking bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public.YaYa Angels host bingoThe Buckhead Ridge YaYa Angels will be hosting a 5 card bingo luncheon Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge 1016 Linda Road. There will be a spaghetti with sweet Italian sausage and cheesy garlic bread for a $5 donation. All proceeds will bene t Relay for Life.VFW Auxiliary hosts breakfastBuckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host their monthly Sunday breakfast Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post on S.R. 78. They will be serving biscuits and gravy, sausage, home fries, eggs, toast, coffee and juice. This event is open to the public. For more information please call the Post at 863-467-2882.Clubs plan potluck dinnerGarden and Orchid Club potluck dinner will be Monday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. The Garden and Orchid Clubs will hold a holiday potluck at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. Bring your favorite dish to share. For more information call 863-763-6469.Retired teachers to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association wants to announce that they will meet on Monday, Dec. 17 beginning at 11 a.m. At the home of Sharlene Avant. Members are reminded to bring a covered dish as well as canned food items for the annual food bank drive. For more information call 863-763-5755.Ad Litem group will distribute gifts to childrenAll persons donating to the children represented by the Okeechobee County Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program may leave your unwrapped gift(s) either at the UPS Store, S. Parrott Ave., or D4 Powersports, 1460 S.R. 78 W. The deadline is Dec. 17 They will be picked up and distributed to the child's GAL by Judi Tremain, RN, GAL and Jimmy Jackson, GAL, for delivery prior to Christmas. If you need items to be picked up, please call Judi at 863-697-1717.Historical society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society is having its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 17 beginning at noon in the Historical Society Museum. Members are asked to bring a covered dish as well as school supplies for our Christmas project. Anyone interested in joining the Society is invited to attend. Dues are $10 per year. If interested in joining the Tantie Quilters, they meet on Thursdays in the museum on Highway 98.Free Christmas concert setThere will be a special free Christmas Concert featuring "The Doorkeepers" Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at The Pentecostals of Okeechobee 405 S.W. 10th Ave. Call 863873-447-9140 for more information.Shrine Club hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening Dec. 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer smoke -free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will be provided 5 to 8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.OHS softball meeting slatedIf your daughter is planning to try out for the Okeechobee High School softball team, there is a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20. at 6:30 p.m. In the OHS Media Center. If you are unable to attend, please send another adult to represent you. Important information regarding the season will be presented.ODEC will meet Dec. 20On Dec. 20 the ODEC will be holding their re-organizational meeting at which time of cers will be elected. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's. The positions to be elected include: chairman, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, state committeeman and state committeewoman. Any interested Democrat is invited to attend.Moose Lodge to hold dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge 2417 will be hosting a stuffed pepper dinner Thursday, Dec. 20 from 5-7:15 p.m. There will be ve-card bingo starting at 6:30. All proceeds will bene t Moose Charities.School hosts Winter CarnivalSouth Elementary School will host their annual Winter Carnival on Dec. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be games, food, entertainment and a silent auction. The public is welcome.OKMC offering hams, turkeysOkeechobee Main Street is again offering the service of ordering honey baked ham products for Christmas. Orders will be delivered directly to Okeechobee Main Street, giving you an opportunity to purchase these wonderful products without ghting the crowds on the coast. Products range from spiral cut hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, large vegetable sides and desserts. Call 863-357-6246 for more information.Fountain of Life hosts musicalPastor Dave and Linda Robertson and Fountain of Life Church present, "Perspectives of Christmas," and original musical, on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. In this original musical drama, the story of the nativity is told from various points of view. Hear from Mary and Joseph as they remember back to that special occasion. Listen as Dimeon and Anna sing of that day they had awaited for so long. See the wisemen and shepherds proclaim the birth of a king; The King! Location: 1302 S.W. 32nd St. Nursery available for ages 3 and under. Call 863-763-8945 or 863-801-1297 for more information.Santa to visit OkeechobeeSanta will travel around inside the city limits on a City of Okeechobee re truck. On Dec. 19 he will drive through the Northwest and Northeast sections of the City. On Dec. 20, he will travel through the Southeast section. On Dec. 21, he will visit the southwest section of the city. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee News Front Of ce will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 & Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 26 ROP DEADLINE Noon on Friday, Dec 21. Classi ed Deadline 3pm on Friday, Dec. 21Obituary Deadline 10 am Mon. Dec. 24 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 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 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTBobcat Run Golf Club 863.655.0202 Panther Creek & Cougar Trail 863.655.0101 18 Holes $1600Tax & Cart Included 18 HOLES Same Day Specials$2400 Before 11:00am$2000 After 11:00am$8800 Tax & Cart Included 9 Holes $900Tax & Cart Included 45 Ho l es Great Golf!Highw a y 9830 miles N of Okeechobee Rates Apply ONLY if Tee Time is Booked Within 24 Hours of Play! Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 14TH Thurs., Dec. 20THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: THE HOBBIT: THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEYFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00 & 7:00 only, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: PITCH PERFECTFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: ARGOFri., 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-13 R 7 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee County Health Department is pleased to announce the release of the Okeechobee County Community Health A ssessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHA and the CHIP are a result of the effort, participation, and contribution of a wide spectrum of health and human service organizations and community leaders and stakeholders that came together around the commitment to improve and enhance services for the betterment of the community. The assessment and planning processes aim to identify and prioritize unmet health care and human service needs of a population and identify possible interventions to meet those needs. In 2011, the Okeechobee County Health Department engaged the Health Council of Southeast Florida to facilitate a comprehensive, county-wide health needs assessment and to help guide the development of the CHIP for Okeechobee County. The CHA report includes secondary data from national, state and local databases. It also includes primary data that encompasses the communitys perspective. A group of stakeholders in the community, the Community Health Advisory Team (CHAT), played an integral role in reviewing the data, identifying priorities and planning for action. The top two priorities identi ed and included in Okeechobees CHIP are:Obesity/Hypertension/DiabetesBackground: In Okeechobee County the rate of obese adults (BMI of 30 or higher) is approximated to be 38.1 percent; the eighth highest among Floridas counties and higher than Florida as a whole (27.2 percent) The rate of hospitalizations in Okeechobee from or with diabetes is 4973 per 100,000, highest among Floridas counties. In Okeechobee 48.5 percent of males and 34.5 percent of females have been diagnosed with hypertension.Teen High Risk BehaviorBackground: The birth rate to mothers ages 14-18 in the county was 47.7 per 1,000 and the birth rate to mothers ages 15-19 was 75 per 1,000 both more than double the rate in Florida as a whole. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, gonorrhea and bacterial syphilis) was 525.7 per 100,000 in 2010, a rate that has increased from 270.6 per 100,000 in 2001. Okeechobee County is faced with the challenge of balancing the desire to provide residents access to quality health and human services with decreasing resources and increasing demand. This community needs assessment enables all of us to better understand the needs of the community and aid in planning for services in an effort to most ef ciently use resources and improve the health of the residents in our community. Community health improvement is improvement of the community and it is done largely by the community. To that, all stakeholders are invited to participate in improving Okeechobee Countys health. To get a copy of the CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan) or for more information or to get involved in the Countys health improvement activities, please contact: Brian Sell, Okeechobee Department of Health Preparedness & Planning Coordinator, 863-462-5865, or via email brian_sell@ doh.state. .us. Health department announces health improvement plan Okeechobee Livestock Market ReportPrices slid off this week, especially slaughter cows. Cows were cheaper everywhere this week by $6-$8, in some cases $10. Bulls were fairly close to steady to $2 lower. Big supply of cows coming to town. Still think once we get past this bottleneck, it will turn around. Calves were also lower on most classes with heavier, better quality calves holding their value the best. Were seeing a lot of cleanup cattle and quality has not been all that good. This price drop is typical for this time of year and I still believe were looking at higher prices later on. Robbies Feed & Supply, Miami, topped the calf market with a high of $2.90 bought by Thomas Cattle. Bishop Bros Dairy, Lorida, topped the cow market with a high of 76.00 bought by Central Beef. We have 87 head of Crossbred Cows, 5-10 years old, bred to Angus & Charolais Bulls to calve in the Spring. $1100. Call Jeff or Todd at the of ce. See ya next week! Todd
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InterStim Therapy now available to treat Chronic Fecal IncontinenceRaulerson Hospital is now offering a new treatment option for patients with the debilitating and stigmatized condition of chronic fecal incontinence (an accident or leaking involving stool) who have not found relief from more conservative treatment options. According to a National Institutes of Health-funded study, more than 18 million A mericans suffer from bowel incontinence problems, and as a result they often struggle w ith everyday activities, such as traveling or spending time with friends and family. Now, Raulerson Hospital is offering InterStim Therapy for Bowel Control, a minimally inv asive option proven to improve or restore bowel control. This speci c therapy was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 14, 2011. Bowel control problems can signi cantly impair a patients quality of life, and many patients are too embarrassed or uncomfortable to talk about the problem with their physician, said Dr. David Sigalow, the physician who performs InterStim Therapy at Raulerson Hospital. Until now, there have been limited treatment options for people w ith fecal incontinence. InterStim Therapy for Bowel Control gives these individuals hope for living a more normal life. The implantable InterStim system uses mild electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves to in uence the behavior of the pelv ic oor muscles and bowel. As a result, the therapy signi cantly reduces fecal incontinent episodes for most patients. One of the bene ts of InterStim Therapy is the patients and physicians ability to determine the patients probable success with the therapy through a trial assessment, prior to the actual implantation of the device. Originally approved by the FDA in 1997 for urinary urge incontinence, InterStim Therapy now can be used for both urinary control and bowel control in many geographies, including the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. To date, more than 100,000 people have received InterStim Therapy worldwide. Throughout 2011 and 2012 Raulerson Hospital has been performing InterStim Therapy for patients seeking relief for urinary incontinence, performing eleven of the minimally invasive procedures already this month. Now, in addition to the InterStim Therapy procedures performed at Raulerson Hospital for patients suffering with urinary incontinence, patients seeking treatment for bowel incontinence problems can also be treated with InterStim Therapy. Raulerson Hospital is always striving to offer our community additional healthcare services, explained Brian Melear, Chief Nursing Of cer at Raulerson Hospital. We are excited to provide a procedure that can mean so much to those suffering from either form of incontinence. In addition to risks related to a surgical procedure such as infection and swelling, neurostimulator or lead related problems may occur and require surgery or cause return of symptoms. Fecal incontinence is more common in adults, predominately women, and it is not a normal part of aging. Fecal incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors, including damage to the nerves or muscles in the rectum from trauma such as childbirth, or other pelvic health disorders. Important Safety Information about InterStim Therapy for Bowel Control: InterStim Therapy for Bowel Control treats fecal incontinence (an accident or leaking involving stool). It should be used after you have tried other treatments such as medications and dietary modi cations and they have not worked, or if you are not a candidate for them. You should have a successful trial assessment before receiving InterStim Therapy. You cannot have diathermy (deep heat treatment from electromagnetic energy) if you have an InterStim device. Safety and effectiveness have not been established for pregnancy and delivery; patients under the age of 18; or for patients with progressive, systemic neurological diseases. In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, interactions with certain other devices or diagnostic equipment such as MRI, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling). This therapy is not for everyone. Patients should consult their physician to decide whether InterStim Therapy is right for them. A prescription is required. 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Bachelors Degree graduates are the most rapidly growing group with 242 students to be awarded a Baccalaureate degree from IRSC. Twenty-two Bachelors Degree students who have been inducted into honors societies will be recognized at the Commencement ceremony. Since the college began offering Bachelors Degree programs in 2008, over 800 students have earned a four-year degree from IRSC. Treasure Coast residents increasingly recognize the importance of obtaining a degree to increase their skills and earning potential, said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. They are attracted to IRSC by the combination of quality education, affordable tuition and strong commitment to student success. The Fall Commencement speaker will be Senator Joe Negron who represents District 32 in the Florida Senate, where he serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Sen. Negron is a native Floridian, born in West Palm Beach. He holds an undergraduate degree from Stetson University, a law degree from Emory University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He practices law with the statewide law rm of Gunster. A resident of Stuart, Sen. Negron has focused his legislative efforts on the budget, insurance issues and the protection of individual liberties. Following an era of signi cant growth the May 2012 IRSC Commencement Ceremony marked the 10th consecutive year of record class sizes with 2,950 graduates. The colleges rst Commencement Ceremony was held on June 11, 1962 with 28 Associate Degree graduates. IRSC has been recognized recently at the national level, with ranking as the 10th top public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report 2013 rankings of Best Colleges. IRSC is also designated as the fth Most Affordable College in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education Established in 1960 in Fort Pierce, Florida, IRSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The comprehensive state college offers over 150 programs, including Bachelors Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees for college and university transfer, Associate in Science Degrees for career training and Quick Job Training. Campuses are located in Fort Pierce, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach and Okeechobee. For more information, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772. IRSC holds second fall commencement, Dec. 18 IRSC Okeechobee County students who applied for graduation by Nov. 27, 2012 include the following. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman golf team celebrated another strong campaign (6-4) in 2012 as they said goodbye to two solid seniors Kailey Hoover and Katlyn Haymond, and saw the emergence of two golfers, Cameron White and Hannah Raulerson, who have bright futures. The program held their annual Awards banquet last Friday at Okeechobee High School. Golf Coach Brent Stuart thanked the KOA and the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club for allowing the team to use their facilities free of charge. He also thanked the parents and businesses and school administrators who have helped the program this year. Stuart said the season was disrupted a lot this year by bad weather. He said the team missed a lot of practice time and even matches due to thunderstorms, a tropical storm and other weather factors. The highlight of the year might have been a third-place nish at the Hawkins Crutch eld Tournament held annually in Highlands County. White also did the program proud as she quali ed for her rst regional as a sophomore. "I felt the season went pretty well. I believe I could have done better but overall I'm proud of what I did, I worked really hard and I hope to get better," she added. White said she learned something about the regional; she wants to go back next year. She played a lot of golf in the summer and will play summer leagues in Highlands County to sharpen her skills. Stuart said eight of the girls improved their average this year and ve players improved their average scores by more than four strokes. The team nished fourth in the district this year. "I feel the girls did something right with hard work this year. We will have a big corps of seniors next year and we'll rely on that group to take us as far as we can." Letters were handed out to Meredith Hilliard, Kristin Higgins, Jessica Wisener and Kirsten Doney. Scholar athletes this year included Danyelle Shef eld, Hannah Raulerson, Bethany Stuart, Haymond, Hoover and White. Raulerson was named the Brahman Award winner and White won the MVP Award. Hannah, who also plays soccer, said she felt she played very well at the beginning of the year but kind of lost her game at the end. She also plays in the Sertoma tour in Highlands County in the summer and said that should continue to improve her game. "Last year it really helped me. I feel like we're going to improve and we'll have a strong team for the next two years," she said. Stuart said there is a lot of talent on the team and a lot of promise for the future. He said the dads push their girls to play a lot in the summer and with the leadership of his two sophomores, Morris and Raulerson, they could go a long way. He also thanked his wife, his assistant coach Hank Raulerson, and several others who volunteered to assist the program this year. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 has blessed you with a beautiful baby boy for Christmas. We all love you, Gramie, Papa, Chelsey, Brandon, Ashley, Marc, Rebecca, Jacob and Aunt Jill. Noah Kingsley Shatzer born on December 7, 2012. 7 lb 7 oz 18 1/2 in long. Congratulations! Christy & Dustin. God BIRTHS God With Usand other seasonal favoritesThe beautiful blend of 54 voices comprising this seasons choir represents singers from 18 local churches. Frank Carter, a very talented concert pianist, arranger, composer & Director of Arts & Music at Good Shepherd United Methodist of West Palm Beach has once again composed the Christmas cantata as he did for Easter. In addition to accompanying, Frank will play some of his Christmas Carol arrangements. Nicolle Wood will again share her unique talents as our inspiring narrator. Singers from the audience will be invited to join the choir in singing the nal selection, Handels Hallelujah! Chorus. Admission is Free, but a love offering will be taken to defer advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 634-7714 14 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012 OHS lady linksters are honored at banquet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHannah Raulerson won the Brahman Award for Lady Brahman golf. Also in photo is golf coach Hank Raulerson. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCameron White received Most Valuable Player Award for Lady Brahman golf. She is anked by OHS golf coach Brent Stuart and coach Hank Raulerson.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 17 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012 The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective said after the rule went into effect Tuesday, task force detectives then went to retailers in the county and warned them. We advised them of the law and told them if theyre caught it would be a felony, said the detective. With the addition of the new 22 synthetic drugs, that brings the total of outlawed chemical compositions to 169. Governor Rick Scott signed a bill on July 1 that made it illegal to sell, manufacture, distribute or possess synthetic marijuana or Spice. Spice is referred to as a synthetic marijuana because it contains chemicals that mimic THCthe active ingredient in marijuana and produces a marijuana-like high. According to the detective even though the sale of Spice, which is also referred to as bath salts, is a felony, retailers are still making it available to their customers. Theyre not selling it like they were, but its still being sold out of convenience stores and were still making undercover buys, the detective said. Normally, a 3-gram bag of Spice will sell for $10 to $14, added the investigator. The task force is still conducting an investigation into the raid last month of a building at 1107 U.S. 441 S.E. where they found a suspected Spice lab. Inside the rented concrete block building the detectives found over 50 boxes of empty packages that were already printed with such names as Scooby Snax, Toxic Classic, Cloud Nine and Zero Gravity. Detectives also found a large amount o f a plant material lying on a piece of plastic, along with a small cement mixer and bottles of acetone. The investigators explained that to make Spice all one needs is a plant material, acetone and a powder that contains the illegal substance and will dissolve in the acetone. These products are then put into the cement mixer where they are mixed until the y bind together. Once its bound together the mixture is spread out on a piece of plastic and allowed to dry. When its dry, the material is scooped into a machine that shoots it into a pre-printed package. All of these items were found in the building. However, simply having the chemicals was not illegal. When asked, the task force detective said no arrest has been made as of yet but their investigation is ongoing. Before anyone can be arrested for possessing or selling Spice, the product has to be sent to a crime lab where its analyzed to see if it contains any of the illegal chemicals. The detective said its too early to tell i f the addition of these new chemicals will put a stop to the sale of Spice. Most likely, added the detective, the manufacturers will simpl y reinvent their formulas. While Spice produces a high thats similar to that produced by pot it can also cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, tremors, vomiting and, in some cases, death. SPICEContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Aimed at helping employers curb lost productivity due to alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace, a new drug-testing company has opened locally. USA Mobile Drug Testing (USAMDT) of the Treasure Coast, operated locally by David Cook, provides onsite drug testing for employers. We have collectors who come on site to do collections, then submit those collections to laboratories, said Mr. Cook. Employers will then have the results of those tests in 24 to 48 hours, he added. Besides alcohol and narcotics the company can also do testing for school board employees, such as teacher and bus drivers, as well as high school athletes. In a phone interview, Mr. Cook said his company can test for steroids, human growth hormone (HGH) and other drugs. The company is also available to do testing for the court system, as well as DNA testing in child custody cases. Mr. Cook said he is not only available to perform this service in Okeechobee County but all along the Treasure Coast, all around Lake Okeechobee and in Highlands County. A press release announcing Mr. Cooks business states that employers lose $81 billion annually in lost productivity due to alcohol and drug abuse. Nearly 75 percent of illegal drug users are employed, as are most heavy alcohol users, said Mr. Cook in the release. Our message to employers is that there are ways to avoid hiring these people, as well as ways to manage and assist them once hired. We want to save local business owners from being part of the $81 billion lost annually in lost productivity caused by drug and alcohol abuse. Mr. Cook, a U.S. Navy veteran with 15 years experience as a nuclear eld engineer and planner, not only spent six years in the Nuclear Submarine Service but was president of Cook Nuclear Services. And because of those positions, he said he has ... been drug tested for like 30 years now as a condition of my employment. So he knows the importance of these tests for employers. The company collects a variety of specimens including hair, saliva and urine. It does not, however, collect blood samples at this time but may start to do so in the near future. The USAMDT can also perform breathalyzer tests. Mr. Cook said hes looking to hire sales people and collectors, and is interested in hiring people from the medical eldespecially, experienced phlebotomists. For more, visit the companys web site at www.usamdt.com. Mr. Cook is married to Karen Williamson Cook, who is a lifetime resident of Okeechobee County. Company helps employers identify drug abusers Detective Suggs explained that these guns w ere likely dropped or hidden by street level drug dealers. Usually, if a car pulls up and they dont w ant to get caught they set it down and walk away from it, he explained. The investigator went on to point out that from time to time deputies and detectives from the sheriffs of ce will do an article search in the Douglas Park subdivision and theyll ... pick up one from time to time. Hill is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond on felony charges of attempted rst degree murder with a weapon and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. GUNSContinued From Page 1 As he spoke, his frustration about the unlocked vehicles was palpable. Every vehicle was left unlocked, he said, with his voice trailing off. We never have a break-in anymorethey (the thieves) just open the door. An Okeechobee man was arrested at the resort early Sunday morning as he was reportedly going through an open vehicle. Bryan Lee Gene Walburn, 19, S.W. Third St., was charged with two counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, providing a false name and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $16,000 bond. Detective Suggs said Walburn is also a person of interest in the remaining six burglaries. Of the two cases in which Walburn is charged, the detective said money appeared to be the mans motive. He was grabbing change and dollar bills. He was using the money to buy Spice, the investigator offered. Walburn was arrested around 4:40 a.m. by OCSO Deputy Marcus Collier as he was ri ing through an unlocked vehicle owned by a resident at the resort. When asked if he had any advice for area residents, Detective Suggs had a quick answer: Lock your doorsits just that simple. CARSContinued From Page 1
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Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting 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. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 432749 ON 12/16/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 CA 408 VELOCITY COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION f/k/a FLORIDA AIRCRAFT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, v. RICHARD G. KLINGLER, JR. and TAMMY JEAN KLINGLER, his wife, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, TRUSTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, TENANT #1 and TENANT #2, the names being ctitious to account to parties in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: TAMMY JEAN KLINGLER Whose last known address is: 9250 NE 101st Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 and all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against TAMMY JEAN KLINGLER and all parties hav18 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012ing or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described herein. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to or foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOT 12, PINE ISLAND, PHASE I, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 52, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA with an address of 9250 NE 101st Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Brett A. Duker, Esq., the plaintiffs attorney, whose address is Arnstein & Lehr LLP, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, within 30 days of 1st publication, and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. DATED on 12/5/2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Cler k 432284 ON 12/9,16/2012
By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling Middle School continued a recent trend of strong volleyball and soccer teams as both squads only lost once this year. The two teams were honored Dec. 9 with an awards banquet at the school cafeteria. Athletic Director Brent Stuart told the group that he was very proud of their accomplishments and said the two teams w ere great and had a great bunch of kids this year. The soccer team has gone (38-1-1) over the past four years. The volleyball team has gone (50-2) over the last three years. Soccer Coach Erick Rios named Jesus Garcia as his best defensive player, Brandon Leal and Alfredo Reeria as most improved, and honored Ricky Perez with the Yearling A ward. Giovanni Garcia Aguirre and Gabriel Hernandez won the offensive player of the y ear award and Alberto Diaz won the most v aluable player award. Volleyball Coach Bruce Conrad handed out awards for best server to Rachel Bryan who had 58 aces this year, Taylor Amadon for most improved, Bryan for the conference and tournament most valuable player, Josie Grif n for most blocks, and Raylee Coleman received the Yearling Award. Megan Hargraves was named defensive player of the year. She had 13 saves and 37 digs this year. Carrie Wharin and Raylee Coleman shared the team MVP award. Diaz said it felt really good to win the MVP award. He lost just one match in his threeyear career. He said he will try and improve and try out for the high school team. "This award isn't about one player. Soccer is a team sport. You must have good defense, mid elders and a good goal keeper to win games. We have a lot of good players in the school," he added. Bryan said she was very, very happy to win some awards this year. She said the older girls are very encouraging and willing to help the younger players improve and do their best. "I'm glad we've been able to keep up the winning. I get a lot of support from my team, my friends, my sisters, and my entire family," she added. Grif n said she was excited to win the award and is more excited about playing for Okeechobee High School next year. She said height, timing, and good form is the key to playing good defense at the net. "I want to play for the high school so bad because they have great coaches and a great reputation. The coaches here were always there to help and we worked on many things to get better," she added. Coleman said she felt very special to win two awards this year. She said she is proud of the team's record in the past three years. She noted many girls play Big Lake Juniors and have a lot of talent. "We just are con dent in ourselves. We know we are capable of winning. Both of these awards are very special to me and to know the coaches think you are a good player means a lot to me," she added. Wharin said she was glad to share the MVP award with her best friend. She said the key to a good setter is patience, fast re exes and a willingness to help out teammates. She said the team never got overcon dent despite their success. "A bunch of girls play Big Lake Juniors and it helps to know you have the talent. We gave it all we had at all times," she said. Y MS volleyball, soccer athletes honored for efforts 19 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012 ACROSS 1 Colorless 5 Dairy Queen treat 9 1972 Olympics star Mark 14 Get a better int. rate, perhaps 15 Genesis victim 16 Hidden repository 17 Qualify for 18 Jeopardy! creator Griffin 19 Clay who was the Idol runner-up to Ruben Studdard 20 Good place for a run 23 Doesnt bother me 24 Logo on many a Richard Petty race car 25 Inventor Whitney 28 Bug-loving org. 29 Lethargic 32 Schindler portrayer 34 Bad place for a run 36 Raced 39 Reuben bread 40 Hairpieces, slangily 41 Good place for a run 46 Portnoys Complaint writer Roth 47 Sweet companion 48 Aptly named Quaker cereal 51 Gloomy guy 52 Eastern philosophy 54 Danshui River capital 56 Bad place for a run 59 It might end in a sack 62 Molecule part 63 Singer with Crosby and Stills 64 Lofty abode 65 Discipline with poses 66 Oklahoma tribe 67 Long (for) 68 Hostage-rescue acronym 69 Travel DOWN 1 Attracted 2 Provides with more heat? 3 #1 Toto song that mentions Kilimanjaro 4 Game played in a hall 5 Arthurs castle 6 Pass wedding vow word 7 Soft ball 8 Lisa Maries dad 9 Going under the knife knife 10 What dues need to be 11 Gross! 12 Pop __ question 13 Meditative sect 21 Love interest in the song Copacabana 22 Sicilian volcano 25 Biblical twin 26 __ Island 27 Signs, as a deal 30 The __ With the Dragon Tattoo 31 Chuckleheads 33 River through Aragon 34 1994 role for Jodie 35 Fiddling emperor 36 Common sitcom rating 37 Honolulus island 38 Reformer Jacob 42 Inhabitant 43 Autumn birthstone 44 Horn & Hardart eatery 45 Neck-biting nickname 48 Morphine or codeine, e.g. 49 Muppet man 50 Sounded relieved 53 Signs off on 55 You dont have to remind me 56 Cooking instruction 57 Pack away 58 Forum attire 59 Chestnuts stablemate, perhaps 60 Wrangler competitor 61 401(k) alternative, for short By Doug Peterson and Angela Olson Halsted (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 05/10/11 05/10/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edi te d b y Ri c h N orr i s an d J oyce Ni c h o l s L ew i s email@example.com Crossword Puzzle Want daily updates on local news? Find us on Facebook! Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyYMS soccer coach Erick Rios (center) honors Brandon Leal and Alfredo Renteria (right) as most improved players. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRachel Bryan took home several awards which included MVP for the conference matches, MVP for the postseason tournament and the award for most service aces. Coach Bruce Conrad p resented her with the awards. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyYearling soccer coach Erick Rios and Most Valuable Player for 2012 Alberto Diaz. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRaylee Coleman (left) and Carrie Wharin won the Most Valuable Player Awards for YMS volleyball in 2012. Coach Bruce Conrad gave them their awards.
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RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR Okeechobee email@example.com 20 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Jorge Murguia Rodriguez, 39, S.W. Arkansas, Port St. Lucie, was arrested Dec. 11 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). His bond was set at $10,000. Penny Lyn Bickel, 35, Summit Place Circle, West Palm Beach, was arrested Dec. 11 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation failure to return leased property. She is being held without bond. Ronald Joe Pena, 50, N.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 11 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $50,000. Nicholas Thomas Pereira, 19, N. 62nd Lane, Loxahatchee, was arrested Dec. 11 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a Palm Beach County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation robbery and v iolation of probation carrying an electric w eapon or device. He is being held without bond. Andrew J. Kennedy, 36, Cocoa Palm Drive, Sebring, was arrested. Dec. 11 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of failure to appear grand theft (two counts). He is being held without bond. Duane Dewight McDeavitt, 43, S.E. 25th Drive, was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of grand theft and giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler. His bond was set at $5,000. Andrew Logan Wheeler, 17, N.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on a juvenile take and hold warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft motor vehicle. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. William Thomas, 47, N.W. 42nd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 12 by Deputy Cari Arnold on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with felony battery (two counts). His bond was set at $20,000. Tanya Evon Abel, 36, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 13 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a St. Lucie County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of community control attempt to obtain a controlled substance. She is being held without bond. Joewe Maurreace Mays, 30, N.E. 11th St., was arrested Dec. 13 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a felony Mississippi fugitive warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of a dwelling. He is being held without bond. Gregory Anthony Moreno, 35, S.E. 66th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 13 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation robbery and violation of probation burglary (two counts). He is being held without bond. Christopher Jenkins, 36, N.E. Seventh Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 13 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a Polk County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft and the misdemeanor of no valid drivers license. His bond was set at $1,000. Gregory Alan Vickers Jr., 22, N.W. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 13 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of grand theft (four counts). His bond was set at $40,000. Casey Tyler Lumpkin, 24, N.E. 26th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 13 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a felony charge of dealing in stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond was set at $1,000. Audie M. Grogg, 56, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 14 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on a fugitive warrant out of Sullivan County, Tenn., charging him with the felony of false report and the misdemeanors of driving under the in uence, failure to provide evidence of nancial responsibility and violation of registration. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and youth contest participants for the upcoming fair March 1217, 2013. The contests consist of quilting, sewing, leather work, painting, drawing, photography, horticulture, scrap booking, jewelry making, cake decorating and woodw orking. There will also be food competitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a vegetable competition featuring garden v egetable, fruit and vegetable and largest v egetable categories. This year the Lego Building contest will be open to both youth and adult exhibitors. This year the fair will again have the educational posters and educational displays competitions. Individual youths may enter the Educational Poster contest and 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters may enter the Educational Display contest. The top three club/chapter displays will win awards of $250, $150 and $100 for their programs. New for this years fair, there will be four new categories: duct tape creations, tablescaping, trash to treasure creations and digitally enhanced photography. You may download the entry forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web site, www. okeechobeecountyfair.com. or pick up copies of the 2013 Premium Book at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce, 458 U.S. 98 N. The deadline for entries is March 2. If you have questions, please contact Dianne Spann at 863-634-3327. County fair seeks participants
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 22 Okeechobee News December 16, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School wrestling team came out slow and sluggish but picked it up at the end to rally and defeat Vero Beach 44-36 in a dual meet at Okeechobee High School Wednesday night. It was the heavier Brahmans that made the difference in this match as Okeechobee earned a forfeit at 195, and got quick pins by Cory Vickers at 220 and Greg Hernandez at 285 to get the win. Wrestling Coach Robert Olive said the team had defeated Vero Beach soundly a few weeks ago so there is some work for his team to do in future practices. It was good overall. Some guys did well and some guys made mistakes. We must go over these things in practice again, he explained. He did praise Vickers and Hernandez for their efforts. Vickers only took up the sport this year and is still learning the moves. Hernandez is only a sophomore and is ranked in the state. He has defeated two ranked opponents already this year. Im happy where we are, but Id like us to be a lot further. Well try to ratchet up the intensity in practice and get off our bad habits. We need to be a little more aggressive, he added. Vickers said he felt pretty good about the w in and liked the fact that the pressure was on him to perform. He said he wanted to w restle smart and do what he does best. Id never seen my opponent before so I felt pretty good that I won. We needed the win, he explained. Vickers went straight from football to wrestling after being encouraged by other wrestlers in the school. He said he really likes the sport and while still learning, feels he improves each day. Team Captain Ryan Hagan said he worked out all summer to get stronger and that the hard work has paid off in his (15-2) start this year. He led Jeremy LaBaff 17-2 in the second round before he got the pin fall. Im stronger than every guy Ive wrestled this year. I have more room to improve and I practice hard every day. Hagan wrestles former state quali er and Assistant Coach Donny Bush and wasnt happy he only nished third as his home tournament last weekend. He said he feels that should motivate him for the rest of the season. Other wins for the Brahmans came from Del no Garcia who pinned Halen Penny in 2:40 in the 106 pound division, Cody Grifth who pinned Max Ainbinder in 52 seconds at 132 pounds, Jake Menendez, at 182 pounds, who defeated Jimmy Morris by pin fall at 2:51, and from Co-Captain Allen Leitner who defeated Brian Topp 9-8 in the 170 pound weight class. OHS wrestlers beat Vero Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLarry Tabor (right) battled Roberto Palido in the 138-pound weight class as OHS prevailed over Vero Beach Wednesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJake Menendez had a victory and a bloody cheek to show for his effort against Jimmy Morris in the 182-pound weight class Wednesday night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAllen Leitner had the most competitive match of the night as he edged Brian Topp by one point in the 170-pound weight class. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRyan Hagan appears to be enjoying himself as he dominated Jeremy LaBaff in the 145-pound weight division.
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