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Publication Date: 04-14-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, April 14, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 45 13.66 feetLast Year: 11.93 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Local law enforcement is asking parents to have a heightened awareness of where their children are due to an unidenti ed man trying to coax young children into his van. According to information released by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the man approached at least two children in different areas of the county Thursday, April 11. Fortunately, neither child got in the van. OCSO Public Information Of cer Michele Bell said the man is described as white or Hispanic. He is approximately 5-foot-9-inches with a thin build. A witness said the man has a full beard with no mustache, blue eyes, black hair and a crew cut. He was last seen wearing a pink-, blueand green-striped shirt and tan pants. The witness told OCSO deputies he spoke in broken Spanish but had a Middle Eastern accent. He was last seen in the DeBerry Gardens area in an older model blue van with a taxi sign in the windshield on the driver's side. The make and model of the van are unknown at this time. "Our children are our number one asset. Their safety is very important to all of us," said Man in blue van trying to pick up kidsCounty youth basketball teams undefeated ... Page 16 Nurses offer advice ... Page 8 21 arrests made in Operation Dry Spring ... Page 11 Taxi license rules questioned ... Page 13 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. ‘Pow! Pow!’: 15-year-old accused of threatening student with BB gunBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An eighth-grade student at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy was arrested after he allegedly pointed a BB gun pistol at another student on a school bus and went "Pow! Pow!" And when the student got up from her seat, Shane Zachary Wilkinson, 15, allegedly told her: "I can still shoot you from here." Arrest reports state the gun was not loaded. Wilkinson, S.E. Eighth Ave. was later arrested on Thursday, April 11, on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to kill. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy and School Resource Of cer Donnie Holmes, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that when he searched Wilkinson on bus #28 he saw the pistol in the waistband of the teen's pants. Deputy Holmes said the pistol was a .177 caliber Colt Defender. Teen has BB gun on school bus Shane Wilkinson By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Does the county's participation the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program hurt or help low income residents? Statistics discussed at the April 11 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission showed a high rate of foreclosures for those who participated in the program which is designed to help low income residents buy a home. The commissioners considered the data from those who participated in the SHIP program 2006-2011 and found that during the reported time frame of those who received SHIP funding to help purchase a home, 38 percent of very low income homeowners defaulted, 62 percent of low income homeowners defaulted and 25 percent of moderate income homeowners defaulted. "There are some arguments about whether it helps or not," said county administrator Robbie Chartier. She said the SHIP funds can be used to rehabilitate existing homes or to help low income residents buy a home. She said it might be more helpful to the county to use the money for rehab. "If you are doing the rehab, you are making Does SHIP hurt or help home buyers? N u m b e r o f u n i t s Very Low LowModerateVery Low Low ModerateVery Low Low Moderate 2011 100000N/AN/AN/A 2010231130221 2009443320230 2008554230240 2007 545320N/AN/AN/A 2006 453220243 P u r c h a s e A s s i s t a n c e R e h a b i l i a t i o n D e f a u l t s a n d F o r e c l o s u r e s See SHIP — Page 10 See GUN — Page 10 See VAN — Page 12


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News April 14, 2013 TALLAHASSEE—Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that Okeechobee Main Street is the Florida Main Street Program of the Month for April 2013. The selection for this award is based on the Okeechobee program’s involvement and active participation in the Florida Main Street Program. “While Okeechobee is known for its great shing and hunting grounds, Okeechobee Main Street has helped build community spirit for the downtown area and revitalized many projects,” said Sec. Detzner. “Main Street has played a critical role in preserving and supporting the community of Okeechobee with revitalization efforts and community festivals.” Okeechobee Main Street hosts some of the biggest events in Okeechobee, including the Speckled Perch Festival and Pageant and the Top of the Lake Art Festival. The Speckled Perch Festival is the city’s longest running festival. Since its start in 1965, the festiv al has provided entertainment for residents and visitors of all ages, including a parade, rodeo and pageant. Since its designation as a Main Street community in 2004, volunteers have also donated more than 51,000 hours of their time to meetings and events. To learn more about Okeechobee Main Street, contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-3576246. Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program of the Bureau of Historic Preservation, managed by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. The bureau conducts statewide programs aimed at identifying, evaluating and preserving Florida’s historical resources. Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy for achieving these goals in Florida’s historic retail districts. Since 1985, the bureau has offered manager training, consultant team visits, design and other technical assistance, as well as the bene t of experience gained by other Florida Main Street programs. Okeechobee Main Street honored Special to the Okeechobee NewsInaugural year of Okeechobee County Ag Venture a success!Newly appointed Okeechobee County Ag Venture board members are: (left to right) Lindsay Mann, secretary, Cindy Birdashaw, treasurer, Melissa MontesDeOca, vice president, and Diane Davies existing president. The new of cers were attending to details of the upcoming Ag Venture presented by TD Bank. Approximately 500 Okeechobee County fourth graders will attend the event. Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 88F. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 66F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog early. High of 86F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 66F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Okeechobee Forecast


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By Mark Mayers, LMFT,CAP of Real Life Children’s Ranch Psychologists report that one of the questions people often ask of themselves is “How do I measure up?” This question is paramount in regard to how we see ourselves and how we see the world around us. Friends, media, music, peers, job performance and family all in uence our perspective of who we are and whether on not we have what it takes in life to succeed. The most important voice in our life, however, should be that of our Creator. Ultimately it is what He says and thinks about us that matters the most. As we examine the Scripture we nd that God does in fact “so love the world.” Not only did He send His Son to save us from hell but God also, through Christ’s death on the cross, made us complete and eternally successful. Here are just some of the truths about who we are in Christ: We are complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10); we are alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5); we are free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2); we are free from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14); we are born of God, and the evil one does not touch us (1 John 5:18); we are holy and without blam e before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Pete r 1:16); we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5); we have th e Greater One living in us; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4); we have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Chris t (Romans 5:17); we have received the spiri t of wisdom and revelation in the knowledg e of Jesus, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18); we can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13). Our identity should come from the on e who made and formed us. It should com e from the one who loves us so much that h e sent His only Son to give us eternal life. Bu t not only did He give us eternal life He also gave us a new and glorious identify. This is what His grace is all about. It is the unmerited favor of God that gives us the powe r to live as God has called us to live. May w e never doubt how much God loves us, ma y we never doubt how special He has mad e us to be and may we never take His grac e for granted. IRS reading your e-mail I’m betting that had this been done under a Republican Administration, the Lame Stream Media would be conducting somet hing close to a proctology exam. But it isn’t, s o they sorta kinda ignore it. Surprised. From t he news. “The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t believe it needs a search warrant t o read your e-mail ... An IRS 2009 Search W arrant Handbook obtained by the Americ an Civil Liberties Union argues that “emails and other transmissions generally lose their reasonable expectation of privacy and thus t heir Fourth Amendment protection once t hey have been sent from an individual’s c omputer.” The handbook was prepared by t he Of ce of Chief Counsel for the Criminal T ax Division and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.” T urn signals In response to the calls about turn s ignals, one place that using turn signals is absolutely essential is at the 4-way stops. W hen several cars pull up to a 4-way stop, y ou need to indicate to the other drivers w hich way you plan to go. If you don’t use a t urn signal, they are going to assume you are going straight. Have a little consideration for t he other drivers and give them a clue what y ou plan to do. T rash cans Once again the trash was all over the neighborhood this week. Folks, you simply c an’t put your trash cans out the night before unless they have locking lids. And don’t b lame the neighborhood dogs. There are raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes and coyotes in most areas of the county. You might b e surprised to nd how many wild animals live within prowling distance of your home. T hey can smell the garbage and they will go after it. These animals are nocturnal. They are prowling at night when you are asleep in bed. License to operate a business It’s a sad day in Okeechobee once again when doing the right thing as a business owner doesn’t apply to all businesses in this town. Each business has to have a license to operate to perform speci c services. Each business has to carry insurance and workers comp speci c to the services performed. So, tell me how can an outside job be performed on a commercial building being built on Highway 441 (just outside the city limits) by a business who isn’t licensed, quali ed or insured to perform that job. There are at least 10 listings in the phone book of licensed, insured and quali ed businesses. I guess none of those were available. It wouldn’t matter who was awarded the job as long as they were QUALIFIED and LICENSED to do the work. Once again, this isn’t the right way to conduct business in this small town, but it’s happening right under our noses. We as a community need to demand equal treatment for all businesses in order for our community to grow and new enterprises to form. It shouldn’t be based on the adage, IT’S ALL IN WHO YOU KNOW. My dealings with this business will be moved to another local business, who will appreciate me as a customer.False insurance claim If a man is in this country illegally, using a false Social Security number to work and arrested on charges of ling false workman’s comp charges, why on earth was he released on bond? April 14, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! The April 15 taxling deadline is fast approaching. Some taxpayers may nd that they need more time to le their tax returns. If you need extra time, you can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS. Here are ve important things you need to know about ling an extension: 1. Extra time to le is not extra time to pay. You may request an extension of time to le your federal tax return to get an extra six months to le, until Oct. 15. Although an extension will give you an extra six months to get your tax return to the IRS, it does not extend the time you have to pay any tax you owe. You will owe interest on any amount not paid by the April 15 deadline. You may also owe a penalty for failing to pay on time. 2. File on time even if you can’t pay. If you complete your return but you can’t pay the full amount due, do not request an extension. File your return on time and pay as much as you can. You should pay the balance as soon as possible to minimize penalty and interest charges. If you need more time to pay, you can apply for a payment plan using the Online Payment Agreement tool on IRS.gov. You can also send Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, with your return. If you are unable to make payments because of a nancial hardship, the IRS will work with you. Call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to discuss your options. 3. Use Free File to request an extension. Everyone can use IRS Free File to ele their extension request. Free File is available exclusively through the IRS.gov website. You must ele the request by midnight on April 15. I f you ele your extension request, the IRS will acknowledge receipt of your request. 4. Use Form 4868 if you le a paper form. You can request an extension of time to le by submitting Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. You must submit this form to the IRS by April 15. Form 4868 is available on IRS.gov. 5. Electronic funds withdrawal. If you ele an extension request, you can also pa y any balance due by authorizing an electronic funds withdrawal from a checking or savings account. To do this you will need your ban k routing and account numbers. For information about ling an extension and the various methods of paying your taxes, visit the IRS website at IRS.gov. Need more time to le your income tax? The Friday, April 12, edition of the Okeechobee News contained an error. In the photo headlined “May 1 is Law Day,” Attorney Glenn Sneider was identi ed as the president of the Okeechobee County Bar Association. This was incorrect. Mr. Sneider is a member of the association and was at the meeting as its representative, but he is not the president. According to the Florida Bar Association, Deborah M. Hooker is the president of the Okeechobee County Bar Association. We regret the error and any confusion that it may have caused. Correction


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Darryl J. Rogers, 61OKEECHOBEE — Darryl J. Rogers passed away April 6, 2013. He was born July 4, 1951 in Ohio. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 32nd Degree Mason of 25 years, Twice Worthy Patron of Eastern Star, member of Shriners and Scottish Rite. Mr. Rogers was predeceased by his brother, Richard “Dick” Rogers. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Brenda Rogers; parents, Kenneth and Martha Rogers of Middletown, Ohio; and best friend, Joe Hutton. No local services will be held. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.BuxtonFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972.Milo ‘Mike’ Richard McCranie, 68OKEECHOBEE — Milo “Mike” Richard McCranie died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Hamrick Hospice House of Okeechobee. Mr. McCranie was born on Aug. 13, 1944 in Lakeland, Fla. the son of Julius Bruton and Melba Lippett McCranie. Mike worked for the Okeechobee county School Board for 31 years in the capacity of Teacher, Principal and Director of Programs. Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree from LaGrange College in LaGrange Ga. and his Master’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Okeechobee, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pamela McCrainie of Okeechobee; son, Major Michael Brian McCranie (Marcy) of Hawaii; brother, James B. McCranie (Gail) of Vero Beach; two granddaughters, Kylie and Ella McCranie of Hawaii; a niece and nephew of Vero Beach. A Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 200 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL.. with the Father Edward Weiss of ciating. Reception to follow in Parish Hall. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hamrick Hospice House, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. William ‘Bill’ Rennie, II, 80OKEECHOBEE — William “Bill” Rennie, II passed away at the young age of 80 on April 10, 2013. Born March 24, 1933 in Buffalo, N.Y. to the late Dr. William and Mrs. Selena Rennie, Sr. A dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many. Bill enjoyed tending to his rose bushes and orchids, playing cards, and deep sea shing. He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Engineer from Buffalo State SUNY. Bill retired in 1995 as a State of California Building Of cial to South Florida with his wife. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne Rennie. He is survived by his four children, William Rennie, III of Nevada City, Calif., Susan Rennie Ashton of Pocatello, Idaho, Geoff Rennie (Donna), of Auburn, Calif., and Matthew Rennie o f Nashville, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Ashton, Samantha Hartley (William), Jessic a Ashton, Micah Ashton, Rosanna Rennie, Michael Rennie, and Amanda Rennie; ve greatgrandchildren, Danny Spears, Chase Hartley, Ryder Hartley, Adrien Armstrong, and Isabell a Armstrong; and brother-in-law, Tom Burrell. In lieu of owers, a memorial donation can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 to help ght back against cancer. A private burial ceremony will be held in Williamsville, NY. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.BuxtonFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care o f Buxton Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 14, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:ECHOLS Plumbing & AC863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on April 14, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. On April 21 and 28 there will be no bingo because of the spring festival. The event is open to the public.Breakfast bene ts Drill TeamPlease help Bits and Spurs 4-H Drill team get to the state nals with a home cooked breakfast for $6 sponsored by Masonic Lodge 237 on Sunday, April 14, from 8-11 a.m. at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-801-3599.The Orchid Club to meetThe Orchid Club will meet on Monday, A pril 15 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. The Garden Club meets at 6 p.m. Discuss your problem plant or bring a plant to show. For information, call 863-763-6469.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will hold their regular membership meeting on Monday, April 15 beginning at noon in the Museum Building on U.S. 98. Anyone interested in joining the society is welcome to attend—just bring a covered dish to share. Dues are $10 per year.Medicare seminar plannedThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a Medicare bene ts seminar on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. located at 608 N.E. Second Ave. (behind Rita’s furniture). The speakers will be Jennifer Adams and Laurie Green, licensed sales agents. We care about y our unique needs and want you to have a great health care experience. The public is w elcome. Adult day care services are available at no cost. For information, call 863-7631700.Big ‘O’ Basin meeting slatedA meeting to discuss the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Plan is set for Tuesday, April 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Service Center, 3800 N.W. 16th Blvd., Suite A. The discussion will include Indian Prairie, Taylor Creek and Nubbins Slough. For more information, go ontine to http://public les.dep.state. .us/DEAR/ BMAP/LakeOkeechobee/, or contact Beth Alvi at 850-245-8559, or Elizabeth.Alvi@dep. state. .us.Shrine holds spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, April 16, from 4 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer smoke free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5 8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information, contact: Kip Gardner at 863357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Hospice holds nal yard saleHospice of Okeechobee’s next yard sale is on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, from 8 a.m. until noon. This will be their last yard sale until September. For information, call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Florida storyteller at LibraryFor all ages, storyteller Katie Adams will give a program on Florida folktales at the Okeechobee County Library on Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. The backwoods of old Florida will meander through your mind as Katie Adams tells stories from Florida’s cracker heritage. For information, call 863763-3536. Democratic Committee to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 18, beginning at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s. Reports will be made on the State Democratic Meeting at this time. All interested Democrats are invited to attend.Elks host Spring FlingThe Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge will host a Spring Fling Italian buffet and dance at the VFW South Post, 3912 S.E. 38th Ave., on Saturday, April 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Jones Supply, 801 S.W. Par k Street. For information, call 863-467-2658.


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the homes better and stronger and we do have a better quality housing in the county,” she said. If the money is used to help purchase a home, and the home goes into foreclosure, the SHIP funding has not helped anyone. The Local Assistance Housing Plan, or LHAP, is the document that sets forth the strategies and criteria for administering the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program. Okeechobee County’s current LHAP expires June 30, 2013. To maintain eligibility to receive SHIP funds, an updated LHAP must be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation on or before May 2, 2013. The 2013 legislative session indicates SHIP funds will be available for the upcoming funding cycle. The county recognizes there would be a need to hire an individual to administer the program should the county receive funding for the upcoming cycle. A dministration funds are limited by the state and cannot exceed a certain percentage of the total amount awarded. Commission Chairman Frank Irby said participation in SHIP requires a 15-year commitment from the county to oversee the use of the funds. Commissioner Joey Hoover said funding for SHIP comes from doc stamps and if the county does not apply for the funding, someone else will receive the money that w as collected in Okeechobee County. “They will still collect doc stamps whether we take them or not,” agreed Mrs. Chartier. “I am concerned with plummeting housing values,” said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. “We have people who can’t pay their taxes and may lose their homes. This is continuing to bring our property values down.” He suggested the county look into a Section 8 program, which provides rental assistance for low-income residents. “Every month we are getting foreclosures,” said county attorney John Cassels. He explained that if a SHIP home goes into foreclosure the county is involved as a subordinate lien holder. He said the banks often drag foreclosures out, especially if there are code enforcement issues because they don’t want the expense of cleaning up the property. “We’ve had foreclosures we’ve been dealing with since 2009,” he said. The derelict houses bring down neighborhoods. The county has a cost in staff time to deal with the foreclosures, said Mrs. Chartier, but beyond the loss of the grant money and the cost of defending these foreclosures, the county does not have a nancial risk. After a foreclosure, the property usually ends up back with the bank. Commissioner Ray Domer wondered if the county should stop participating in SHIP. “We have a signi cant amount of defaults,” said Mr. Irby. “If we get them into a home and they default, we’re hurting them.” “The question I always think of when I am looking at these is did the county actually help or did the county make them reach father than they should have,” said Mr. Cassels. “Perhaps the house was too much for them. I see over and over again, they just can’t seem to hold onto it.” Mrs. Chartier said the SHIP funding allows the applicants to buy a home if the payments are less than 30 percent of their income. Maybe 30 percent is too much, she said. Mr. Domer said many houses are more affordable now due to the economic downturn. “You can buy a house that was out of your reach now at $60,000 when it was $200,000 a few years ago,” agreed Mr. Cassels. “But can you afford to maintain all of the things that go with that more upscale house?” Commissioner Margaret Helton said she was concerned about the 15-year obligation to monitor the houses in the program. Mr. Domer asked if a housing authority would step in and take it over if the county decided to stop handling SHIP. Mrs. Chartier said the county would still have to apply for the funding and then pass it along to a housing authority to administer. Mr. Hoover said applying for the funding puts the county’s “name in the hat,” but does not obligate them to accept the funds. The commissioners agreed to continue the discussion at their next meeting. 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After Wilkinson reportedly pointed the pistol at the female student, the report indicated that she got up from her seat and moved to the back of the bus “... because she didn’t want to make a scene.” “She stated that she was in fear of her life because she did not know if the gun was real or not,” stated Deputy Holmes. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joani Ard said the district is still gathering information on the incident to be sure it has been fully investigated. She said district policy addresses different levels of weapons, but a BB gun is considered a dangerous object. “What can increase the consequences is if the dangerous object is used in conjunction with a threat,” she said. “That’s wh y there’s a lot of investigation that needs to be done.” Deputy Holmes’s report states that Wilkinson said he “... was just playing around.” GUNContinued From Page 1


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From March 4 to April 7 the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), along with the Florida Sheriff’s Task Force, staged Operation Dry Spring. This ve-week operation was aimed at stopping underage youth from buying and using alcohol, tobacco and different types of synthetic drugs. The local operation led to 21 arrests, as w ell as the seizure of 18.5 grams of marijuana and prescription medication. According to OCSO Detective Corporal Shane Snyder, who led the operation locally, there were four instances of local businesses selling alcohol to minors, and three incidents w here tobacco products were sold to minors. There were also: four juveniles arrested on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges; four juveniles arrested for possession of alcohol; three juveniles arrested for possession of tobacco; one juvenile arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone); and, one juvenile was arrested at a local school by a school resource of cer on a misdemeanor pot possession charge. “Your sheriff’s of ce is taking a rm stance against selling these products to our underage youth,” said OCSO Major Noel Stephen. “These businesses will be tried and inspected regularly. This will aid us all in regard to the youth possessing and using these substances.” The goal of Operation Dry Spring was preventing potential emergency-related incidents linked to alcohol and drug use. In 2010, nearly 190,000 people under the age of 21 visited an emergency room for injuries or conditions connected to underage drinking. In addition, the use of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and Spice is on the rise with over 7,000 reported incidents in 2011, compared to some 3,000 in 2010. “Through Operation Dry Spring the Florida Sheriff’s Task Force has addressed an important issue in our state—the safety of our youth,” said Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton, who is also the president of the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA). “The Florida Sheriff’s Association is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication from all those that participated in Operation Dry Spring.” The Florida Sheriff’s Task Force pools resources from the 67 sheriff’s of ces in the state to address speci c areas of concern. That task force is also the point of contact for statewide initiatives, which includes helping to staff the State Emergency Operations Center and coordinating sheriffs’ of ces responses to stormravaged communities during hurricanes and other disasters. 21 arrests made in Operation Dry Spring By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsStan Curren came before the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at their A pril 11 meeting with questions about the lease for his hanger at the Okeechobee Airport. Mr. Curren owns the hanger but the airport land belongs to the county. With eight years left on the lease, Mr. Curren explained that he may sell the hanger or he may re nance it. But before he can do either, he must resolve some problems with his lease with the county. “I have three people who want to buy the hanger and a bank that wants to re nance,” explained Mr. Curren. “When I had a survey done, the legal description does not match the lease. “Over the years when I signed the leases, the bank required a survey and we used meets and bounds,” he said. “The banking regulations have changed.” He said that although the hanger has been used as a business since the 1970s, there is a zoning issue as it is not classi ed by the county as a commercial hanger. Because of the zoning issue, the tenants cannot get an occupational license, he continued. County attorney John Cassels said more research will be required into the issues involved. “Your legal description issue is something I think we can deal with,” said Mr. Cassels. “We’ll look into commercial versus what it is now and the issues it is causing.” A irport hanger zoning questioned at county meeting


OCSO Major Noel Stephen on Friday morning. “Please be aware of where your children are and what is going on around you. If you see this man, vehicle or anything suspicious, please call us immediately.” Mrs. Bell said the mother of a 4-year-old boy in the Douglas Park area was working around her house and thought her son was w atching television. But, when she went to check on her son he wasn’t there. She stepped outside and saw him riding his bicycle down the street. She went to her son and asked him why he was so far away from his home, and he told her that a man had tried to get him into a van so he rode away. The mother then called the sheriff’s ofce. Mrs. Bell said that the incident took place around 11:53 a.m. Just a few hours later, an 11-year-old girl stepped off her school bus at its stop in DeBerry Gardens. As she walked up the drivew ay to her home the blue van followed her. Mrs. Bell said the girl walked to a neighbor’s home and asked the woman there to pretend to be her mother. The girl’s mother w as not home at the time. The woman went to the van where she actually spoke to the man. Mrs. Bell said the man told the woman he was selling w omen’s clothing, purses and perfume. But w hen she asked to see his wares, he replied he didn’t have any with him. He then told her that he would return with samples the next day (Friday, April 12). Mrs. Bell said neither child was harmed. She added that the man never got out of his van and never touched either child. Once deputies had gathered information regarding the man OCSO Deputy Sergeant Mark Roberts, who heads up the OCSO School Resource Of cer (SRO) program, noti ed SRO deputies in local schools. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joani Ard said once the schools had the information it was immediately passed on to school bus drivers in case they saw the van near a bus stop. After that, all of the administrators were contacted. But, as of Friday afternoon, students had not been told about the incidents. “It’s a tricky situation. We want to make sure students are safe, and in this heightened sense of problems around the nation, you don’t want to frighten them if it’s not necessary,” said Mrs. Ard. She did add, however, that the information was placed on the school district’s Facebook page Friday afternoon, as well as its web site. “And, an automatic e-mail will go out to parents and guardians,” she said. Mrs. Bell, who is also a member of the OCSO sex offender unit, said there are currently 100 sexual offenders and predators in Okeechobee County. She said it’s not known if the man in the blue van is one of those offenders, or if he came here from another county. No one saw the license tag on the van, she added. She said if anyone encounters this man they are asked not to engage him in any manner, but to immediately call 9-1-1. 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An arrest report by Deputy Justin Akins, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that the ex-boyfriend took the couple’s child to Brown’s home per an agreement between them. The report indicates that when the man arrived he found Brown “... on the couch passed out.” The man then left and took the child home with him. Some time later Brown reportedly showed up at the man’s home and wanted to take her child home with her. But the man w ould not let her take the child because she w as intoxicated, added the report. At that point Brown allegedly slapped the man in the face. Deputy Akins stated that the child was in the home at the time and did not witness the incident. According to the deputy he could smell alcohol on Brown’s breath, and her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slightly slurred. The arrest report goes on to indicate that when he told her she was under arrest she refused to cooperate and Deputy Akins stated he had to “... push her against the car and use the car to subdue her into handcuffs.” At that point he gave the former boyfriend the keys to Brown’s car and took her to jail. When contacted, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joani Ard said the school district was still gathering information about the incident and no decision had been made on Brown’s future with the school district. “Right now, the case is in the hands of the sheriff’s of ce and the state’s attorney,” said Mrs. Ard in a phone interview Friday afternoon. “As far as consequences, they will be in accordance with our policies and state statute.” She went on to add that, with any arrest, they are required to contact the state who could also have sanctions. Mrs. Ard said Brown has no prior arrests. “We would not have hired her if there was anything that would have given us the impression she had a history that this was something in her personality,” said Mrs. Ard. Brown has been with the school system for two years. A ssistant OHS principal charged with battery V ANContinued From Page 1 Hershey’s Track and Field games set for May 10Hershey’s track and eld games are coming to Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation on Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Okeechobee High School stadium/track, 2800 U.S. 441 N. Signup deadline is Friday, April 19 For information, go tot www.co.okeechobee. .us/parks or call 863-763-6950.


By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee County commissioners showed no interest Thursday in a suggestion that the county should draft taxi regulations. Brian Runyon of Runyon Taxi Service in Okeechobee was on the agenda for the April 11 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners w ith a request that the county adopt taxi regulations similar to those of the City of Okeechobee. Currently, the city requires that taxi companies have a business license. The county does not. “Anybody and everybody can go and start a business without having the proper documentation,” said Mr. Runyon. “You could have people who are child molestors, people who are rapists, driving around and picking people up.” He said it is not unusual in Okeechobee County for parents to call a taxi to transport a child. “We’re just trying to make it more safe for the people in the community,” he said. Mr. Runyon said in order to obtain a city business license, a business must pay for background checks for drivers and must carry commercial insurance on the vehicles. Many of the taxis based outside the city limits just have regular car insurance, he said. County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said he is concerned about non-uniformity between the county and the city rules. He said a taxi owner can escape the city rules by opening their business in the county even if they drive the taxi into the city limits. “If you’re going to have a set of rules make them uniform and fair,” he said. In the county, “all you have to do is get a minivan and you’re in business,” he said. “My feeling is that we have a responsibility to protect the public.” Deputy county administrator Jim Threewits said they have only had one complaint about a taxi driver in the county and it was referred to the sheriff’s of ce. Commissioner Joey Hoover said requiring a county business license could open the county to more liability. “If we do regulate it then we do become liable because we are telling people that we have done a background check,” he said. Mr. Hoover said he is not in favor of passing more business regulations. “Why am I making a law to regulate something that is not presenting itself as a problem? “If a deputy or highway patrol sees you driving around with bald tires or a tail light out, they’re going to stop you anyway,” he said. “To me it’s an enforcement issue,” said Commission Chairman Frank Irby. “Who would enforce it?” He said if they ask to see proof of insurance, how do you know they don’t drop the insurance a week later? “A much larger industry in Okeechobee County is the shing guide business,” said Mr. Hoover. “They take people on their boats with people who don’t know them. “The shing industry in Okeechobee county is an integral part of our livelihood. If the county commissioners, both sitting and prior, don’t have cause to regulate a major industry such as that, why would we get involved in a minor industry such as taxi cabs? “There hasn’t been a problem—why add government regulation?” he asked. “We feel it needs to be done,” said Mr. Runyon. “You can be proactive or reactive,” said Mr. Culpepper. “We have become a society that has become reactive instead of proactive. “I’m a rm believer in protecting the citizens,” he said. “I think a bass boat going out on the lake is totally different.” Mr. Culpepper added that if a taxi is in an accident and does not have suf cient insurance, it does cost the county. “If these people get hurt and they don’t pay, guess where they go. They go to Raulerson Hospital to be treated and if they are indigent the bill comes back to the county,” he said. 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The plan submitted by Main Street included several varieties of palms and native grasses and an irrigation system. Maureen Burroughs, of Main Street, said that within a few days she expects to receive instructions on how to proceed with the project which must be completed by June of 2014. The $100,000 grant requires $17,000 in matching funds which will be supplied by the City of Okeechobee. According to City Administrator Brian Whitehall, after the project is completed the city will enter a maintenance agreement with the department of transportation. Main Street to landscape city medians


Animal Management Systems Specialist McArthur Farms, Inc., has two openings for an Animal Management Systems Specialist. Duties include studying effects of herd management practices, processing methods, feed, and environmental conditions on quality and quantity of milk production; developing and implementing improved practices related to feeding, housing, sanitation, milking, and parasite and general disease control; conducting research related to animal nutrition, breeding, and herd management to improve health and milk production; advising employer about improved products and techniques that could enhance herd and milk production; recommending and implementing procedur es to improve health, milk production, and arti cial insemination. Must have a Master’s Degree in Animal Production or the foreign equivalent degree. As an alternate requirement, the employer will also accept a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or the foreign degree equivalent. Must also have twelve months of international dairy farm training and comprehensive knowledge of animal arti cial insemination. Location of employment is 1550 N.E. 208th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Interested persons send resume to: John Gilliland, VP of Dairy Operations, at the preceding address. IMMEDIATE OPENINGTHE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has an immediate opening for an Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk. This position will require a minimum two years prior bookkeeping experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. The primary responsibilities are compiling and maintaining accounts payable records, pa yroll records, and payroll processing. Applicant must have excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills. As an employee of the Okeechobee Utility Authority you will be provided with health bene ts, paid vacation/sick leave and a pension program. The OUA is a drug-free work place. If you feel that this type of position and professional career is your goal, please visit our of ces at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 or www.oua .com to complete an application. Applications will be accepted until May 2, 2013. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (M/F/V/D) DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE Found young male Pitbull, very sweet dog in Treasure Island on 4/11. Please call 863-532-8013 House Sale! 3443 SW 23rd St., Okee, Moving, Selling all contents of home and garage. Everything must go! April 19, 20, 21 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Services available for the elderly shopping, errands, transportation. Call for an appt. Debra 801-9215 leave message Need help understanding algebra, geometry or basic math? Call an experienced MATH TUTOR at 863-623-4747. Contact Sharon, math specialist and former math teacher. Reasonable rates. CONSTRUCTION Established Okeechobee construction company seeks skilled carpenters and aluminum installers to complete homeimprovement projects in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Successful candidate possesses leadership ability, is a motivated self-starter and is experienced in all aspects of construction and or aluminum work. Documented work experience, trade tools, and driver’s license is a requirement .Computer literacy is a plus. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 863-582-9509 or apply in person at 2625 US Highway 441 SE. Okeechobee FL. 34974. MANAGEMENT Established Okeechobee construction company seeks F/T person to manage the of ce and permit application process in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Successful candidate possesses leadership ability, is a motivated self-starter and is experienced in all aspects of construction permitting. Computer literacy is a requirement. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 1-863-582-9509 ROOFING Established Okeechobee roo ng company seeks F/T person to install roo ng products in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Successful candidate possesses leadership ability, is a motivated self-starter and is experienced in all aspects of Roo ng. Documented work experience, trade tools, and driver license is a requirement. Computer literacy is a plus. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 863-582-9509 or apply in person at 2625 US Highway 441 SE. Okeechobee, FL 34974. TERMINAL COMPLIANCE SUPPORT Southeast Milk is now hiring a Terminal Compliance Support person. This person would be responsible for maintaining the yard and cleaning and ensuring the trucks are in good repair. Position is full time permanent at 40+ hrs per wk. Full bene ts plans to include medical, dental, vision, Life, AD&D, STD, LTD, 401K. Access www.southeastmilk.org to complete an Employment Application. 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Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 CASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 1970 FORD TRUCK REDUCED TO $500.00 CALL 904-502-4171 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 47-2013-CA-000074 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MANHATTAN’ MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, VS. JOHNNY J. HERNANDEZ A/K/A JOHNNY HERNANDEZ, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JOHNNY J. HERNANDEZ A/K/A JOHNNY HERNANDEZ Last Known Address: 9160 SE 63RD DR., OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Also Attempted At: 316 E KINDERMAN DR, AVONDALE, AZ 85323;5311 W STATE AVE, GLENDALE, AZ 85301-1936 AND 8451 SW SPRINGHAVEN AVE, INDIANTOWN, FL 34956 Current Residence Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 9, OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, SECTION 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 43, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Choice Legal Group, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800 NW 49TH STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the (Please publish in THE OKEECHOBEE NEWS) and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaci6n para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corric Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en cone o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido asta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711.KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokoba ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa sari ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jvven on seri de ed. Tanpri kontaktd Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Pont St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou par& nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si 16 ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this 9th day of April, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court BY: Tina Espinosa As Deputy Clerk 440945 ON 4/14,21/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 472013CA000003CAAXMX Bank of America, N.A. Plaintiff Vs. DEANNE HARDEN, STANLEY L. HARDEN, JR., MICHAEL SADLER, TRACY HARDEN SADLER, et al Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant: BASSWOOD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. C/0 THOMAS L TAYLOR, 3101 N.W. 37TH AVE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 MELISSA SADLER 1663 BRANDYWINE RD., APT 5114, WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33409 9742 SW 61ST DRIVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 1021 OHANA WAY, UNIT 104 NORTH PORT, FL 34289 1845 SW 53RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Houses Sale Lots Sale Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Mobile Home Rent Mobile HomeSale Campers/RVs Campers/RVs Autos Wanted Pickup Trucks Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 15 Okeechobee News A pril 14, 2013 Houses Rentfor Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 24, BLOCK 51, BASSWOOD UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 2625 NW 34TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Udren Law Of ces, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 4651 Sheridan Street, Suite 460, Hollywood, FL 33021 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in The Okeechobee News and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. You have 30 calendar days after the rst publication of this Notice to le a written response to the attached complaint with the clerk of this court. A phone call will not protect you. Your written response, including the case number given above and the names of the parties, must be led if you want the court to hear your side of the case. If you do not le your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money, and property may thereafter be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid of ce (listed in the phone book). This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No.2.065. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are a person with a disabilit y who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. 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