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Sunday, June 16, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 72 13.94 feetLast Year: 11.80 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Tips for helping an aging parent ... Page 8 New system to track re safety inspections ... Page 7 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man being held in the county jail on drug charges has been arrested for allegedly selling heroin to a local man who then died of an apparent overdose. Beau Asher Emley, 29, Knotts Landing, was arrested Friday, June 14, on one count of rst degree felony murder. His bond had not been set as of newspaper deadline, but the arresting detective was going to request that Emley be held without bond. Emley was arrested by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on Wednesday, June 12, on felony charges of sale of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to sell. His bond on those charges has been set at $200,000. Those charges, however, are unrelated to Emleys latest arrest. Detective Javier Gonzalez, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that the 26-year-old Okeechobee mans death was a direct result of the heroin he purchased from Emley. He purchased a total of $100 of heroin from Emley, added the detective. Murder charge linked to drug sale See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Beau Asher Emley See MURDER Page 19 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County will let a private company handle building permits under a proposal discussed at the June 13 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. Under the proposal, fees will stay the same and the permitting process should be faster. County Administrator Robbie Chartier explained that the countys building of cial is retiring and the county has not been successful in nding quali ed staffers for that department. The county has been advertising for inspectors for some time, and quali ed applicants have been hard to nd, she explained. With the resignation of the building of cial and with limited time to seek a quali ed applicant, it is important for the county to solve the problem so that contractors can continue to do their business, she continued. She said they contacted Independent Inspectors Ltd. (IIL) and SAFEbuilt for proposals. SAFEbuilt, however, felt they could not provide the staf ng levels they determined would be required at the current revenue levels. Under the proposal from IIL, the permitting fees will remain the same as they are now. The contractor will receive 85 percent of the fees. The county will keep 15 percent of the fees. IIL will provide personnel for the building of ce. Of ce hours will remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the current location of the County Building Department. The county will provide of ce space, computers and desks, desk chairs, le cabinets, local phone service and use of a photocopier and fax machine. I would call this an emergency purchase under our circumstances and limited time we have, said Mrs. Chartier. IIL could give permit applicants better service than they currently receive from count y personnel, she said. County privatizes building department No longer will those with more political clout than understanding of the building codes be able to in uence the process. Mark McCree, architectSee BUILDING Page 10 School board votes 4-1 to remove automatic salary step hikes from contractBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board settled a near 12-month contract dispute with their classi ed employee unit in the Okeechobee County Educators Association Unit 1604 by voting to remove automatic step salary hikes for employees after a two-hour hearing Wednesday night. The vote was (4-1) with Board Member Malissa Morgan opposed. She stated that current employees have had to absorb more of a work load due to the loss of employees and need to have the incentive to do their jobs well. They do their job well and we can be scally sound and plan for these increases, she explained. Board member Joe Arnold said the district should remain conservative in tough nancial times. He said if the money is available, the district will give it to employees. Board member Gay Carlton said she felt the salary issue should be negotiated each year. Chairman David Williams said he hasnt given raises at his business since 2009 and said his employees are glad to have a job. He de ned the district fund balance as their livelihood. Board member India Riedel said she did not School classi ed employees contract settledSee CONTRACT Page 19
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School board How can the school board consciously s it on a rainy day fund of 16 percent (when t he state only requires a 5 percent fund) and not give its hard working employees a few c ents an hour raise? Even a small raise for s chool employees would then lter into t he local economy, therefore bene ting all Okeechobeeans. Given an opportunity to make the lives of these employees a little b etter, the school board chairperson could only reply, People should be happy they still have a job. We desperately need a school b oard that cares about the school system employees and doesnt treat them as enemies. Like very other profession in this area, everyone is vastly underpaid. Other schools have graduation on the football eld. I really think that would be nicer than the Agri-Civic Center. At least its grass instead of dirt. And there is a breeze. Sure they say what if it rains. Well when it rains at the Agri-Civic Center is it all muddy and the wind blows the rain in so that is not a great choice either. When they built the A gri-Civic Center the public was sold a bill of goods by the county commission. We were led to believe they would build something t hat would be a nice public facility like other c ommunities have, something that could be used as a hurricane shelter and that could b e rented out to make money. They talked about having different ooring that could b e put in or taken out for various events. Instead we got an big barn that is open all around and costs a fortune in maintenance and has a dirt oor. No one likes it. Not even for rodeos. The Cattlemen tried it, didnt like it, and when their ve-year contract was up decided to go back to the old arena. Unreal isnt it? Having a 16 percent rainy day fund and having their seniors graduate out of an AG BARN! Years from now they will be asked where the graduat ion was held and you know what their going to have to say? A BARN! It isnt funny but what is how they seem to think its O.K. No, it is not. These kids have worked hard, with FCAT, sports, and other extra-curricular activities and to be rewarded with a barn to graduate in? Its unacceptable. Chobee land USA is always 25 years behind the curve. Rent somewhere nice for the night and have their graduation. Not an AG barn in June in Florida with no air conditioning and with dirt oors. Okeechobee county, the commissioners and school board should be so ashamed of themselves.Dogs and fences I wish all people who had those big, biting dogs had those good fences to keep their dogs in their own yards. Weve had problems with Dixie Ranch Acres with aggressive dogs coming after people on the street. If you have big dogs you should have a fenced yard. Big dogs need room to run around. I would not have dogs if I did not have a fenced yard. My dogs only leave my property if they are on a leash. But I know it is a problem that people do let their dogs roam and that is not good for the neighborhood and it is not good for the dogs. Responsible dog owners keep their pets safely at home or on a leash if they take them out and about.Arcades The recent state law to close and keep closed local arcades game rooms may not be such a great game plan. Lets take a look. Okeechobee is a famous shing location, sportsmen/spouses/girlfriends, return each November through March. Snowbirds are the lifeblood of Okeechobee in winter months. Just ask local business, from big box stores to ea markets, and everything in between. Now then, the wives/girlfriends dont all sh. Many shop or visit, yes arcades, you get the drift. Arcades buy thousands of dollars of local restaurant/Walmart/ and various gift cards each week. Many of these people are seniors. Its their entertainment. Okay its gambling, so is lottery tickets, and such, there are worst vices. And not everybody wants to go to the casino. These arcades employ people and the money circulates. Then there are the folks, local residents, who support these services year round. Its shut these people off completely. I dont even sh, but I have eyes. Meet me at the fountainBy Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist ChurchRevelation 21:6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. Jeremiah 2:13For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Many years ago when D. L. Moody was still busy in this country, there was an industrial exposition in Chicago. There was on the exposition ground a fountain which became the rendezvous for folk who arranged to meet each other. One would say to another, Will you meet me at the fountain? The answer was, All right, I will meet you at the fountain. P. P. Bliss, the gospel song writer, was fascinated with this meeting place. And he wrote the gospel song based on it, lifting the thought from the meeting place in the exposition ground to that higher meeting place, when he wrote this: Will you meet me at the fountain, when I reach the gloryland? When you meet me at the fountain, shall I clasp your friendly hand? Other friends will give you welcome; other loving voices cheer; therell be music at the fountainwill you, will you meet me there?Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. God has promised us a fountain of living water and He will give us that water from that fountain. But our world has carved out broken cisterns for themselves instead of going to the fountainwhy? There is, in my mind, no answer! THEY HAVE FORSAKEN THE FOUNTAIN and hewed themselves broken cisterns that can hold no water. Blessed with a keen sense of humor, Charles G. Finney had a constant struggle to con ne it to proper occasions. Once he was asked by one of his students why he never preached on the text which compares the wicked to those who forsake the fountain of living waters and hew broken cisterns that can hold no water (Jer. 2:13). He replied that the picture was so ridiculous and that the folly of a mans forsaking a living fountain and spending his time and energy trying to get water by working a creaking, leaky pump in an empty cistern was so great, that he did not dare trust himself before an audience with it. Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. According to a tradition current among the natives of Puerto Rico, there was an island of the Bahamas group which had upon it a marvelous fountain, whose waters produced perpetual youth. For this elixir of eternal life, Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish navigator, sought long and hard, yet in vain.Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. The world seems to have an appetite fo r any and everything but the truth. I wonder wh y men fall prey to such things and chase after an illusion their entire life. All we ever wanted and all we ever needed in found in the name of Jesus Christ. But instead of turning to Him for th e answer to our problems, we are turning awa y from His Holy Name. Satan is good at diversions and he knows man will search for anything bu t the truth. THE LORD HAS PROVIDED A FOUNTAIN. In Revelation 21:6 He said, I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of lif e freely . These words were spoken by Jesus the Apostle John. When a large religious service was being conducted at the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco, many people quickly becam e aware that the minister delivering the main address was not thoroughly orthodox. Although a gifted speaker, he began to direct most of his eloquence against the power of the blood o f Christ. Ruth E. Marsden relates that when his uent oratory ended, a timid, elderly lady stood up in the midst of the crowd and softly began to sing a great hymn by William Cowper as a touching rebuttal to the modernists remarks. A hush fell over the assembly as they heard thos e faint but familiar words: There is a fountain lled with blood drawn from Immanuels veins, and sinners plunged beneath that ood lose all their guilty stains. Before she could begin the second stanza, approximately a hundred people rose to join her. By the time she reached the third verse, nearly a thousand Christians all over the audience wer e singing that blessed song of faith. The triumphant, thrilling strains rang out loud and clear: Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power, til all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more. Many wer e deeply moved as that humble believer stood up for her Lord and with the light of Heaven upon her face.Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. Some years ago several congressmen, who were devout Christians, were taking a walk on e evening. Their conversation drifted to the subject of religion and the state of the world. The y were not enthusiastic about the outlook and were just about to agree that the whole world was on the toboggan and rapidly sliding down the hill when they chanced to pass a little chapel. From within came the words of a familiar hymn: There is a fountain lled with blood Drawn from Immanuels veins; and sinners plunged beneath that ood, Lose all their guilty stains. As his face lighted up, one said to the others, As long as people get together and sing tha t song, there is hope for the world, after all. June 16, 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. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 Budget timeOnce again its budget time as the county begins thinking about the budget for the next scal year. If recent years are any indication, this years budget hearings could be interesting. Up until several years ago the budget hearings were dull, uninteresting affairs. Many times the reporter for the Okeechobee News was the only one in attendance. A few y ears ago, with the coming of an economic downturn, that changed. The budget hearings became lively and often spirited, attracting an audience and public comment, especially when the sheriffs budget was discussed. The sheriff has made public his new budget which is an increase of about 6.5 percent over his current budget. The new budget also contains a 3 percent cost of living increase. The sheriff stated that his rank and le employees have not had a raise since Jan. 1, 2009. It remains to be seen how the commissioners will react to this budget. It has also been several years since county employees have had a raise and, in recent y ears, commissioners have been making a concerted effort to reduce the budget. Will the dreaded A word (apportionment) come up again this year? Apportionment was a major topic of discussion in recent years budget hearings. The budget shortfall was divided proportionally between the constitutional of cers and the county w ith each entity being requested to cut their budget accordingly. If apportionment comes up this year how many constitutional of cers w ill comply? After all the discussion about apportionment last year, the sheriff was the only constitutional of cer to cut his budget the requested amount. As with commission meetings, the philosophical differences between Commissioner Bryant Culpepper and Commissioner Joey Hoover should produce some interesting and sometimes amusing budget hearings. Mark Twain said that difference of opinion is what makes a horse race. Difference of opinion also produces interesting commissioner discussions. The Internet makes it easier to be an informed citizen. Budget hearings and regular commission meetings can be watched on y our computer at your convenience and in the privacy of your own home. Some of the meetings are more fun than watching television. I have always said the commissioners provide the best free show in town. Pete Gawda W oman seeks information on 1945 murder caseMy name is Jerrina Gay, great granddaughter of a woman who was killed in Okeechobee in 1945. Bertha May Johnson w as her name. The Jan. 10, 1945 Okeechobee News article, Negro woman was killed in fray in Cypress Quarters stated that my great grandmother was confronted by a woman named Jessie Lee Howard about a man. The w omen got into a heated confrontation and a ght broke out. Howard then leaves and comes back with her sister and stabbed my great grandmother in the chest. An article in the March 9, 1945 edition states the case w ent to court and ended in mistrial. Is there is any way at all that anyone can help me nd out whatever happened to Jessie Howard? I have contacted the Okeechobee Clerk of Courts and they were unsuccessful at nding out anything pertaining to this matter. As a kid I heard of the story as to what happened to my great grandma and now that Im an adult I wanted to research it for our family so that we can know and try to nd out more information about the life of Bertha. We dont even know where Berthas nal resting place is. Just knowing where she is buried will be good enough for us. We can visit her grave and make sure we take owers and tend to her grave site. At the time of death, Bertha had one child, a 9-year-old daughter, (Lillie Claude Rinters) who happens to be my grandmother. I know this may seem impossible, but if anyone has information or articles even an obituary for Bertha, can you please share this information with us. You can contact me, Jerrina, by phone at 678-365-8823 or email jerrina_ email@example.com Jerrinda Gay Jones From the Okeechobee News, January 10, 1945: Negro Woman Was Killed in Fray in Cypress Quarters A Cypress Quarters Romeo is the sole untouched member of an eternal triangle which exploded last Sunday afternoon with dire results. A coroners jury put Jessie Lee Howard and her sister Louisa Sanders in the jail-house to await circuit court jurisdiction. Bertha May Johnson was put underground to await the judgement of the Highest Court. Isadore survives. According to eyewitnesses, Jesse Lee, who is of a pugnacious disposition and has frequently been locally apprehended on charges of ghting, and Bertha May had a short but noisy argument on Sunday afternoon, with Jessie getting the worst of it. Whereupon, it is alleged, Jessie Lee retired for reinforcements in the shape of a sharp knife, returned to the fray, and ended the argument as far as Bertha was concerned, quite effectively, about seven thirty in the evening. Now Jessie and her sister, arrested as accessory, have time to savor the fruits of victory for a while in solitude. A grand jury will eventually decide upon their degree of guilt, if they are found guilty. If the alleged killing was premeditated, the charge will be murder. If in the heat of wrath without previous planning, the charges could be some degree of manslaughter. Probably Bertha May wont care which degree. Isadore gets off without a scratch.Swim lessons and memoriesAs president of the Okeechobee County Education Association I have sat at the school board meetings for 9-1/2 years and watched retirees get recognized and always wondered what I would say, or even if I would say anything, when my time came to retire from teaching. I knew there were many things I could saybut I decided to focus on my 31 years teaching in Okeechobee (of 35 years total)all at Yearling Middle School in the same roomthe gym. I would like to share with you what I said Tuesday night, June 11, 2013. For many years, until Osceola opened, every student had two full years of Physical Education no matter whether they took vocational or Band. We PE teachers shared all our kidsno matter whose roll they were on. So the 4 PE teachers knew every student quite well. When the Sports Complex opened in 1990 I was very excited to be able to teach swimming to the students of YMS which I have done for 23 years. Heres some information all of you should know if you dont already: The Sports Complex was a joint effort between the county and the school district. After trying to raise funds to supplement the grants that the county and district procured, time was running out. Both entities decided to use the combined grant money and build what they could. Thus, the pool doesnt have a deep end. There is a blue print for a diving well to be located at the south end of the pool. Anyone want to take that on? Because of this combined venture it was agreed back then that the school district would fund half of the upkeep each year for the Complex. The amount of money the school district pays the county runs between $175,000 and $200,000 each year. This is why the school district has priority at the Complex during school hours. I hope the swim program of Water Safety in PE classes at YMS that I started years ago is continued. And, I wish more school district classrooms would use the Complex. Over the years I have been proud to teach so many good students who have grown up to be productive adults in this community. I have been lucky to become friends with former students and its especially nice when I get to teach their kids. Please indulge me for a moment. Among the wonderful people who I was fortunate to teach include: The woman who recently shared with me that the year I asked her to be my student aide was a turning point in her life and part of the reason she chose to go down the right road in life was because of the positive attention I gave her that year. Her daughter was also a student of mine. The woman who was very afraid of the water and allowed me to teach her to swim in my IRSC class after teaching her at YMS years previously. The man who was in my rst PE class as a ninth grader back in 1982. That was the last year ninth grade was housed there. The woman who was a student aide for me, is now my special neighbor and her daughter who was also an aide for me. The wife who I taught at YMS and her husband who I taught at IRSC. They are also special neighbors. The women who were students of mine while at YMS and their daughters who were my students also. The people who I taught at YMS and again for IRSC when they took my Fitness, Wellness, Swimming, or Coaching classes. So, in conclusion, I thank all my students for the opportunity to touch your lives and appreciate how much you have touched my life. Thank you, Candice Black Walker Physical Education Teacher at Yearling Middle School 1982-2013 Letters to the Editor
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dwight McCorts, Sr., 59OKEECHOBEE Dwight McCorts, Sr. passed away June 7, 2013 at his home. He was born May 1, 1954 in Ft. Pierce and came to Okeechobee in 1994. He was employed by Frank DeCarlo, w ho was like a brother to him. His family would like to thank the people of Okeechobee that helped to make him the kind and generous man he was. He loved shing. The ocean was his life and his ashes will be spread there. Mr. McCorts was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jaclyn McCorts; sister, Carolyn Hazelgrove; three grandchildren, Deloan Tindall IV, Robert Tindall and Devin Tindall; brother, Thomas McCorts and father-in-law, Robert E. Mitchell whom he considered to be his Father. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cathy McCorts; daughter, Chrissie McCorts; son, Charles Dwight McCorts, Jr. (Michele) all of Okeechobee; daughter, Melissa Farless of Sebastian; son, Michael McCorts; eight grandchildren, Tracy, Katelyn, Deanna, Bradley, Alyssa, Charles Dwight III, Kaila and Zachary. No services will be held. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. David E. Mr. Dave EvansOKEECHOBEE On May 23 2013, David Evans was called home to be with his savior Jesus Christ. Born in Bowling Green Florida he spent his youth in rural Central Florida along with suburbs of Tampa and Miami. As a young adult, Dave moved to Okeechobee where his interest in electronics prompted him to open a television repair shop with his lifelong friend and cousin William Doc Anderson. Later relocating to Ft. Pierce he partnered with the late Jack Sizemore of Sizemores TV as the rst provider of residential satellite dishes in St. Lucie County. In 1967 Dave, with the help of his late wife LaGracia Evans began his 40+ year relationship with Motorola Inc, as Daves Communications. He provided communications hardware, repair and service throughout St Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties to various health institutions, government entities, emergency operation providers, business owners and the private sector. Daves Communications services would include but not be limited to communications towers, two way radios, computer consoles, cellular telephones and of course, Daves Pager Express his extensive paging network connecting beeper patrons throughout the state. Over the span of his career at the helm of Daves Communications, he was endeared to many as Mr. Dave; known for his authentic smile and superior service and products delivered with steadfast integrity. Originally a family business, over the years Daves Communications employed hundreds of Treasure Coast residents; relatives, friends and strangers alike everyone knew Mr. Dave was willing to go that extra mile or lend a hand up to all who crossed his path. In years past, Dave served on the St Lucie County Fair board, donated the use of two way radios to many local organizations and charitable events, enjoyed y shing, remote controlled boats and airplanes, repairing violins and tinkering with countless projects in the back room of his shop in Ft Pierce. If a topic interested him, hed research a book to fully acquaint himself with every detail. However, those close to him, knew his passionBluegrass Music -was what really made his heart beat. Many a bluegrass festival saw Dave in attendance! Dave is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 18 years of Ft Pierce; sons Roy S. Evans (Karen), Michael K. Evans of Ft Pierce; and daughter Carole L. Brown (Tony) of Lakewood Park; stepsons David Simpson (Donna) and Jacob Simpson(Amy) of Port St. Lucie; beloved cousins Carole and Doc Anderson of Okeechobee. Mr. Evans is survived by ten grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild along with numerous friends and business associates. Please join us as we honor a truly good man, Mr. Dave for a memorial service on Saturday June 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Yates Funeral Home Chapel in Port St Lucie ,7951 S.US 1, 34952 Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of St Lucie County @ HSSLC.org or P.O. Box 14199 Fort Pierce,Fl,34979 or The National Parkinson Foundation @ 800-327-4545 Richard Lee Kellar, Sr., 71OKEECHOBEE Richard Lee Kellar, Sr., died at Raulerson Hospital, Friday June 14, 2013. He has been a resident of Okeechobee for 40 years and was a member of the Eagles. Mr. Kellar was well known as the Singing Mailman. He loved music being a member of the Touch of Class band, and he enjoyed gardening also. Mr. Kellar is survived by his wife of 53 years Lily Mae Kellar of Okeechobee; son, Richard Kellar, Jr. of Okeechobee; and his three daughters Deborah Carter of Lake City, Tenn., Patrici a Hoon (Danny) of Okeechobee and Janice Floyd (Tony) of Okeechobee. Also surviving are his nine grandchildren; ve great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 11 to 1 p.m. with services beginning at 1 p.m. all in the Buxton-Seawinds Chapel. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Jim Gilbert will of ciate. In lieu of owers donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Okeechobee PO Box 1548 Okeechobee, FL 34973 Friends may leave condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com All arrangements are under the direction and care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home and Crematory. 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A link to the obituaries is available at orida.newszap.com Fathers Day breakfast setBuckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliarys Fathers Day Breakfast is by Renee, on Sunday, June 16 from 9 -11 a.m. There will be a special Fathers Day menu. Fathers eat freeall others pay a $6 donation. For information, call Renee at 863-457-2882.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on J une 16 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the 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.Class of 2014 formal picturesThe Okeechobee High School senior class of 2014 will have formal pictures taken on June 24 and 25 at Okeechobee High School. Visit the high schools web site or like OHS Journalism on Facebook for information.Moose Fathers Day dinnerOkeechobee Moose will host a Fathers Day dinner on Sunday, June 16. Featuring spaghetti, salad, garlic toast & dessert. Dinner is served from 3 to 5 p.m. Music by D & K Dance on Wednesday begins at 4 p.m. with dancing, fun, requests & food! Bingo is every Thursday at 1 p.m. Lunch is at 12:30 p.m. The Friday Night Bingo Bonanza starts at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. Thursday Night Pool has been moved to 2 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast is cancelled for the summer. All proceeds go to support Moose charities programs.Ampli ed telephones offeredOn Wednesday, June 19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast, Inc. will be in Okeechobee distributing Free ampli ed telephones to deaf, hard of hearing, speech impair and deaf/blind individualsby appointment only! For information, call 772-334-2233. Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will have its last meeting before the summer break on Monday, June 17 beginning at noon in the museum building. Everyone welcome, we just ask that you bring a covered dish to share. There will not be a July or August meeting and the museum will also be closed during those months as the Tantie Quilters are also having a summer break. If any group wishes to have a special tour, we ask that you contact the museum or Betty Williamson, president, for scheduling.Elks to celebrate Flag DayThe Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge 2871 will celebrate one of our cherished ceremonies honoring Flag Day on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at the VFW South in Treasure Island. We will commemorate the birth of the American Flag. Light refreshments served. For information, call Marcia Anderson at 863623-4305, or Stan Breedlove at 863-467-6240.Be a child advocateVolunteer to be a Child Advocate. A Guardian ad Litem gives a voice to an abused, abandoned, or neglected child in dependency court. Our next training session is Saturday, June 22 and 29, from 10 a.m.4 p.m. at the Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. To register or for more information, please call 1-866-341-1425 or 772-785-5804.Republican Women to meetThe Republican Womens Club will host a guest speaker on Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. at Cowboys in the private dining room. His name is Daniel Burke and he is from the Oathkeepers. This is a national organization, and he is the closest local af liate located out o f Sebring. He will speak about the importance o f upholding our Constitutional rights. The public is invited to attend, as well as join the club. For information, contact 863-634-8474.B.R.A.T. Club Splash PartyThe B.R.A.T. Club will host a Summer Splash Party on Saturday, June 29, at the Okeechobee Freshmen Campus from 5 9 p.m. There will be a bubble tent, Slip and Slide, cotton candy, pizza, soda and chips with games, music, prizes, dunk tank and a small kids area (parents are welcome). Admission is $7 and appropriate dress is required. Parents must sign consent forms upon arrival. Everyone is welcome! For information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863801-4996, or Matt Buxton at 863-634-3706.DeMolay meets in OkeechobeeBig Water DeMolay meets at 105 N.W. Fifth Ave. on the rst and third Thursday o f every month at 6 p.m. for young men 12 to 21. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTheda Bass, guidance counselor at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, retired after 33 years. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDeanna Brewer, teacher at South Elementary School, retired after 11 years with the district. Okeechobee County School Board recognizes retirees Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRoberta Wagoner, custodian at Osceola Middle School, retired after 34 years of service to Okeechobee schools. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(Photo at right) Candice Walker, physical education teacher at Yearling Middle School, retired after 31 years in the district. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy( Photo at left) Sharon Coker, guidance counselor at Okeechobee High School, retired after 35 years of service. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPat Grant, migrant advocate at Yearling Middle School, retired after 35 years of service to the school system. She was among those honored by the Okeechobee County School Board at their Tuesday, June 11 meeting. The awards were presented by Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy (left). Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGeri Thomas, data processor at Yearling Middle School, retired after 34 years with the school district.
Some of the inspections are dragging behind because of our staf ng level, she said. There were complaints driven from the inspections not happening quickly enough. When we have one inspector and he goes on vacation or goes to school, things tend to fall behind, said assistant administrator Jim Threewits. With the independent inspector, they have the ability to ll in with someone else. He said the contractor could also bring in additional help if there is enough business to require it. The contract would guarantee turnaround times for various permits. Mr. Threew its said the county makes no such guarantees currently. Architect Mark McCree said he thinks using a municipal service provider is a good move. He said he currently does business in 17 counties in Florida and has worked with IIL before. I have dealt with this provider in other municipalities and I have never had a problem, he said. I feel it would be the correct decision to go with this municipal services contractor. In a nutshell its going to de-politicize the of ce, he said. The of ce of building department has been a political football for y ears. He said this move will even the playing eld. No longer will those with more political clout than understanding of the building codes be able to in uence the process, he explained. Its a good option, Mr. McCree continued. I have permits waiting right now. Its about business, about getting plans through the review system. If this is written as a municipal service contract, a lot of the baby talk and whining back to the commission will stop, he said. Tom DeLacy, of IIL, said he is looking for a building of cial within an hour drive. My intent is to have one building inspector here except for vacations and days off, he explained. Sandra Long, with Neil Long Construction, said her company has no problem with this plan but added that she is concerned about current county employees. Mrs. Chartier said the county has recommended the staffers to IIL. We have not made any promises to our employees, she said. I believe they will interview them and make their decision. I like the idea that you can provide the necessary personnel to keep up with the workload, said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. Our staff being what it is, if there are several large projects, it can slow down permitting for other contractors. If you can provide the staff to move the permits through in an expeditious manner, I think the contractors will appreciate it. One of the largest components I am aware of in the ability to lure new business to the area is the ability to move a permit through the system, he added. Commissioner Ray Domer asked who would collect the permitting fees. Mr. DeLacy explained that the IIL permit tech in the building of ce would collect the money. All of the checks will be made to the county and turned over to the county at the end of each business day. At the end of the month, we would submit an invoice with all of the permits listed and bill for 85 percent, he explained. Independent Inspections, Ltd., a corporation licensed to do business in the State of Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida incorporated in 1979 (FEIN 39-1584023) and has been owned and operated by Thomas DeLac y since March 16, 1998. Their business has been expanding and continually improving municipal building departments for over 33 years They provide complete building department services to municipalities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. BUILDINGContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Just like at Publix, you can depend on our helpful, knowledgeable Publix Pharmacy associates. To truly care about you and your health. Give you answers on prescription and over-the-counter medications. And work hard to help you feel better. 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Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAssistant Superintendent Mary Hurley (right) was given a standing ovation as she retired from the school district. The presentation was made at the June 11 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. She received the honor from Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy.
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Annual Percentage Rate may increase after consummation. 12 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 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). Leon Sears Moses Jr., 56, Hamitton A ve., Live Oak, was arrested June 11 by Deputy William Jolly on felony charges of domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment. His bond was set at $10,000. Beckie Ane Dailey, 18, N.E. 31st Way, Okeechobee, was arrested June 12 by Deputy Cody Hurst on a felony charge of battery on a law enforcement of cer. Her bond was set at $2,500. Antoine Maurice Patterson, 28, Starks St., Orlando, was arrested June 12 by FHP Corporal A. Monroig on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $750. Jennifer Platt, 36, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 13 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. She is being held without bond. Antonio Agular Ramirez, 28, N.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 13 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and the misdemeanors of driving while license suspended, resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $9,000. Kenneth Shawn Hammett, 26, S.W. Connors Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 13 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on a Martin County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $7,500. Joseph William Inman, 30, N.W. 43rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 13 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of a structure and violation of probation dealing in stolen property. 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce inv estigated reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT 3800 block of N.W. Seventh St. 3100 block of S.E. 37th Ave. 3500 block of N.W. 163rd Court 3600 block of U.S. 441 NBURGLARY 3000 block of N.E. Seventh Lane 17500 block of N.W. 38th Ave. 3700 block of N.W. 22nd Ave. 3300 block of N.W. 27th Ave. 5000 block of N.E. 122nd Drive 3600 block of N.W. 22nd Ave.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 9100 block of S.E. 59th Drive 2400 block of S.E. 49th Ave. 500 block of N.E. 28th Ave. 2100 block of N.W. Third St. 3300 block of N.W. 27th Ave.FRAUD 3300 block of S.W. 18th St. 3000 block of U.S. 98 N. 5600 block of S.E. 116th PlaceTHEFT 3100 block of S.E. 37th Ave. 1400 block of N.W. 43rd Ave. 200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 22200 block of N.W. 270th St. 3000 block of U.S. 98 N. 3700 block of U.S. 441 N. 2300 block of S.E. 27th St. 2000 block of S.E. 24th Blvd. 3000 block of U.S. 98 N. 20600 block of N.W. 176th Ave. 6800 block of S.E. 86th Blvd. OCSO Investigations
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 email@example.com 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 1003-M: Seminole Cove 55+ comm. w/ clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 car carport, 1023 sq ft under air/1957Total sq ft $69,900 NOW $67,500 MLS #206023 REDUCED LAKE ACCESS LAKE ACCESS LAKE ACCESS 5010-H: Great view from 2-story Rim Canal house on 1.98+/acres. 2/1 downstairs. 1/1 upstairs. Kit., Lvg pole barn, fenced, boat ramp. $140,000 MLS #206826 5036-M: Off of 710 2BR/2BA Mobile home on 1.48-/+ acre. 924 total sq ft. Large front deck, Island fenced in back yard and shed. $45,000 MLS #206799 4000-M: Buckhead Ridge Move in ready, roomy w/lg family rm overlooking water, plenty of storage. 1200 Total Sq Ft. Some appliances, new seawall, shed and more! $99,000 MLS #206632 2003-M: Taylor Creek MH w/addition, lg wrkshp attached, screen front porch, lg covered back deck, seawall, furnished, roof under 5 years old, A/C 2 years old and 3/2. $69,000 5001-M: Rim Canal, 3bd, 2ba DWMH on 1 acre! Circular drive, garden tub in master bath, open patio in the back! Covered front porch, screened back porch and more. $150,000 MLS #206890 Indian Hammock Two 2+/acre parcels $35,000 Make Offer! Lot behind SunTrust Bank $18,000 Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! Foreclosure Taylor Creek Captive Lake Residential Lot $13,650 In town SW addition Residential Lot $3,900 Okeechobee Pk (NW 4th St) Residential Lot $6,000 Foreclosure Ft. Drum area 5.68+/-acres $22,9000 Okeechobee Estates (SE 9th CT) in town Residential Lot $18,000 Make Offer! Fenced 5+/-acres (NE 12th St) Short Sale. $35,000 Over 100 Listings PALM CREEK ESTATES ~ Waterfront ~ Lovely gated community. 2004 CBS, 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 2 Garage. Spacious open concept, split plan, SS Appliances. 1710 SF under air-2383 TLA. Bkfast nook, Ceramic tile throughout. Covered boat dock, seawall. $155,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS SECLUDED ESTATE POOL HOME This beautiful and spacious custom built home sits on 2 acres of Rim Canal. Energy efficient 2003 concrete construction with metal roof. Crystal blue pool to dive in and enjoy or sit in front of the gas fireplace and enjoy. Port Mayaca Polo Club a couple of miles for the horse lovers. All this plus Hurricane shutters and generator panel. Large utility room/office and could be 4th bedroom. Dining Room has lovely bay window. Environmentally friendly no direct sunlight in screen room but pool is in sunlight. 15 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 RoadWatch for Okeechobee County The Florida Department of Transportation reports that road work is planned in Okeechobee County this week. Motorists are advised to use caution in areas where road work is underway. SE 40th Street (Everglades Boulevard), Railroad construction project: Work is underw ay to replace the ashing lights and gates, add LED lighting and replace the railroad signal cabinet adding an updated motion detection device. Early work includes equipment delivery, excavation, and placement of construction signs. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2013. Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area and expect possible delays. U.S. 441 north between NW 36th Street and NW Ninth Street, Maintenance permit project: Work has begun to install a gas line paralleling the south bound side of the roadw ay. No lane closures are expected, however, motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone. The project is estimated to be completed in early July. U.S. 441 from SR 15/CR 68, east to NW 344th Street, Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the shoulders near the roadw ay. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and use caution when traveling through work area. U.S. 98/US 441 from NW 36th Street to NW 9th Street, Maintenance project: Crews are edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected however motorists should drive w ith caution. SR 710 from north side of SR 710 between SR 70 and NE 34th Avenue, Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the drainage structures. No lane closures are expected, but motorists are advised to be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway and to use caution driving in this area. SR 70 between SW 72nd Terrace and SW 8th Avenue, Maintenance project: Crews are repairing drainage structures. No lane closures are expected, but motorists are adv ised to be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway and to use caution driving in this area. SR 70 from SW 24th Street to US 98/US 441, Maintenance project: Crews are edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected motorists are advised to be aware of work v ehicles entering and exiting the roadway. Work in Highlands County will include the following. SR 70 from U.S. 27 to Highlands/ Okeechobee County Line, Maintenance project: Crews are repairing shoulders around guardrails. Motorists should use caution when traveling through this area, and expect lane closures in various locations from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., (Monday through Thursday), weather permitting. U.S. 98/SR 700 over the Kissimmee River at Highlands/Okeechobee County Line: Bridge maintenance project: Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on June 17, for routine bridge inspection. Use caution and watch for aggers directing traf c. Work in Glades County will include the following. Harney Pond Road from Park Area to SR 78, Construction project: Crews will construct one mile of bike path and sidewalk near the parking area at Harney Pond. There are no anticipated lane closures during the project, however, motorists are advised to use caution in the parking lot. Work is anticipated to be completed, by end of August 2013. Dickerson Florida, Inc. is the contractor. U.S. 27 from Moore Haven to north of SR 78 (Ortona Road), Maintenance project: Work continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to place new sod in the center median. Motorists can expect lane closures and should use caution and watch for vehicles entering and exiting the work area. SR 78 (Ortona Road) from Hall City Grade to the County Land ll Road, Maintenance project: Work is underway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to clean the roadside ditches. No lane closures are expected, but motorists should use caution and watch for vehicles entering and exiting the work area. SR 78 (Lakeport Road) just north of Roberson Drive, Maintenance project: Work is underway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to repair guardrail. Motorists can expect lane closures and should use caution and watch for vehicles entering and exiting the work area. SR 29, at the intersection of US 27, Maintenance project: Work continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to place new sod in the center median. Motorists can expect lane closures and should use caution and watch for vehicles entering and exiting the work area. RoadWatch Report
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Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesAnns Affordable Cleaning Service and Pressure Washing. Inside and outside cleaning. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Experienced Cook Needed F/T with benets Apply in person at 406 NW 4th St, Okeechobeefor institution cooking requiring food prepared with various textures. Following recipes exactly is a must. Schedule would be AM & PM shis. Weekend shis included.EOE & DFWPHeavy Equipment Operators Heavy equipment operators with two years minimum experience and references needed for construction projects. Send resumes by fax to 863-582-9292 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ApartmentsBasswood 2BR/1BA Cute brick home, NW 34th Ave. Ctrl. Heat/Air, new carpet, paint and bath $675/mo. Move in $675 plus $600 security Negotiable 561-723-6355. Musical InstrumentsDrum Set for sale, 4 drums/1 high lat/1 set of symbols (with foot pedal) GP Brand $400.00 o.b.o. 863-467-4650 ToolsFor Sale Delta Rockwell Drill $115.00, Craftsman Work Bench & Compact Position Toolbox $ 85.00. Bench Grinder $ 75.00 Call M-F 863-467-9800. Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 DARK HAMMOCK 1BR, 1BA W/EAT-IN KITCHEN. CHARMING MEXICAN CLAY TILE FLOORS THROUGHOUT. NEW INTERIOR, SITUATED ON FIRST CLASS RANCH PROPERTY. $565 PER MONTH, INCLUDING ALL UTILITIES AND LAWN CARE. NO PETS CALL M-F 863-467-9800 NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $600mo., and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. Oak Tree Place 2br, 1ba., 2 story apt. with screened porch, washer/dryer hookup, pets allowed, $650 1st, last & $500 sec. 863-634-3312. Condos/Townhouses Rent2bd/1ba Townhome with w/d, completely furnished, short or long term lease, with or with out utilities. Located in Kings Bay. Call 863-634-8331 Oak Lake Villa #49 2/2 $900/mth 1st, last, $600 Sec. BRAND NEW INSIDE. References required. 863-634-3312. Houses Rent1 & 2 BEDROOM NICELY FURNISHED HOUSES WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES LONG OR SHORT TERM LEASE (863)447-0742. 3/2 & 2/1, Unfurnished, 1st, last & security. Call 863-467-4371 Adorable (In Town Okee.) 2br./2ba. WDlaundry rm., Screened Porch, lawn service included. Non smkg. Envmt. Sm. 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Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. 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 445778 ON 6/16/2013 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTS OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 445967 ON 6/16/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 472013CA000055CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. BRETT QUINLIN; KIMBERLY QUINLIN; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): KIMBERLY QUINLIN (RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 3 AND 4, BLOCK 22, NORTH WEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 25, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 1105 NW 5TH ST, 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 Kahane & Associates, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 8201 Peters Road, Ste. 3000, Plantation, FLORIDA 33324, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the 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. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With DisabilitiesIf 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 adaptacion 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 Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 8074370 por to menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despuis de haber recibido ista noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou pant nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tan& ou pale byen, rele 711. WITNESS my hand the seal of this Court this 4th day of June, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court BY: Jennifer Rediker As Deputy Clerk Kahane & Associates, P.A. 8201 Peters Road, Ste. 3000, Plantation, FL 33324 Telephone: (954) 382-3486, Telefacsimile: (954) 382-5380 Designated service email: email@example.com File No.: 12-08034 BOA 445277 ON 6/9,16/2013 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Public Notice Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 13-000192-CA JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST RICHARD G. GEARY A/K/A RICHARD GILBERT GEARY, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST RICHARD G. GEARY A/K/A RICHARD GILBERT GEARY, DECEASED LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN 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, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 16, SECTION 9 THE WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 16, SECTION 9. TOGETHER WITH THE DOUBLE WIDE MANUFACTURED HOME DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: MAKE: HOMES OF MERRITT MODEL: UNKNOWN SERIAL NUMBER: FLHMBC170747656B YEAR BUILT: 2001 WIDTH AND LENGTH: 16 BY 64 CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO.: FLA 716158 AND FLA716159 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 4919 Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33634, and le the original with 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 or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 10th day of June, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court BY: Jennifer Rediker As Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 NUTTER-FNMA--jnutt-Team 4 F13000848-F13000848 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities 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. 445804 ON 6/16,23/2013 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2013-CA-000133 FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, V S. PAULSON, JEFFREY R., et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, TRUSTEES OF JEFFREY R. PAULSON, DECEASED Whose residence(s) is/are unknown. YOU ARE HEREBY required to le your answer or written defenses, if any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiffs attorney, Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile (813) 915-0559, the nature of this proceeding being a suit for foreclosure of mortgage against the following described property, to wit: Lot 16, Block 4, ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES, according to the plat thereof recorded In Plat Book 3, Page 9, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. If you fail to le your response or answer, if any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiffs attorney, Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Dr., Tampa, Florida 33619-1328, telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile (813) 915-0559, within thirty days of the rst publication of this Notice, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 4th day of June, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Jennifer Rediker Deputy Clerk NOTICE 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, A DA 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 y ou are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion 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 Corrie 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 corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta 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 kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey you ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen you ou j wen on seri de id. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou park nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 j ou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 445267 ON 6/9,16/2013 17 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 ACROSS 1 Programmers banes 5 Hollywood tree 9 Soup base 14 Subj. to bone up on? 15 Airline with bluestriped jets 16 Washer cycle 17 Poor boy seller 18 *Delayed reaction 20 *Radioactive decay measure 22 Baa nana? 23 __ Mio: classic Italian song 24 Treasure-__ 26 Question of identity 29 Pre-euro Spanish coin 31 *Aviation display 33 Reykjavik-born one-named singer 36 Iron-rich green veggie 37 Repeatedly ... and a hint to the answers to starred clues 42 Beret perch 43 Choir part 44 *Military hobbyists pastime 47 It makes Tom frisky 52 Little Women sister 53 Alimentary route 56 Seinfeld specialty 57 __-fi 58 *Prom time, to prom-goers 60 *Modern 64 Fireworks reaction 65 Knocks for a loop 66 1804 duelist 67 __ arigato: Japanese thank you very much 68 Provolone alternative 69 Part of a.k.a. 70 Paradise DOWN 1 Tough play for Derek Jeter 2 The heebiejeebies 3 Winemakers Ernest and Julio 4 Put the kibosh on 5 Salon foot treatment, briefly 6 High, as a kite 7 Today co-host 8 Diamond org. 9 Stout maker 10 Bat mitzvah, e.g. 11 Come __ My House: Rosemary Clooney hit 12 Have you no shame? 13 Laugh syllable 19 First name in jeans 21 Leave alone 25 Like bourbon barrels 26 Kapow! cousin 27 Links target 28 Run a tab, say 30 Double-platinum Steely Dan album 32 Deal with moguls? 34 Quite a lot 35 66, notably: Abbr. 37 Nine of diamonds? 38 Just doing my job 39 Little Women sister 40 Mythical big bird 41 Get fit 42 Up, up and away carrier 45 The A in RAM 46 Principal 48 Vacuum tube type 49 Call after a missed field goal 50 Like some health care 51 Slithering squeezer 54 Kareem __Jabbar 55 Perjurers 57 Grounded fleet:Abbr. 59 Pita sandwich 60 Jammies 61 Obey the coxswain 62 Actor Wallach 63 Sched. question mark By Patti Varol (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 08/02/11 08/02/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org Crossword Puzzle florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: Daily Local News Updates New interactive and easy to navigate format Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: Daily Local News Updates New interactive and easy to navigate format Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 18 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 By Ray WorleySpecial to the Okeechobee News Recently trustees of the Okeechobee Police Department Pension Fund were in Tallahassee for Annual Training on Pension Fund Trustee Duties and Responsibilities. The job comes with a whole lot of both. Trustees are responsible to see that members retirement income is protected. We promise to protect this income and deliver the checks and the banks will honor these checks. We are providing retirement security for the people w ho have provided us with physical security. W e do this because it is our job to protect our members in their time of vulnerability as they have protected us in our time of v ulnerability, this is our social responsibility. Ms. Trish told us that we are all stars. The trustees at the school are responsible for the retirement of 150,000 policeman and remen who do the job of protecting us. For those who do the job, their pension is not an entitlement but an earned bene t. The school this year was a little different. Patricia Shoemaker the administrator for the fund is retiring after more than forty years on the job. All our Okeechobee members were in attendance and were fortunate to have an opportunity to be in a picture with Ms. Trish. W hen asked about her experience with administration of the fund, Ms. Trish had this to say. It has been my honor and pleasure to have worked in the Municipal Police Of cers and Fire ghters Retirement Trust Fund Ofce over the past 40 years. I started as summer help in the MPF pension of ce while in high school, and then continued working part-time while attending Florida State University. Upon graduation, I was offered a fulltime job in the pension of ce and accepted it until I could nd a teaching position . well, forty years later I am happy to say I found a career in the pension of ce. I have truly enjoyed working with the cities and districts and helping them to provide retirement and disability bene ts for their police of cers and re ghters. I truly appreciate and am thankful for the dedication, service, and sacri ce that the police of cers and re ghters provide to their local communities, the State of Florida, and this country. I consider myself lucky for the privilege of being able to work with such a great group of people. For us that had the bene t of Ms. Trishs leadership, we will truly miss her and say thank you for all the dedication over the years. Thanks for all you have done for the trustees and members of the Police and Fire Pension Funds of Florida. Patricia Shoemaker will be missed but not forgotten. Okeechobee Police Pension Fund Trustees and their responsibilities Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe names of our group are (left to right): Ray Worley, Detective Bettye Taylor, Patricia Shoemaker, Chief Denny Davis, Sgt. Russ Cale and Bill Bartlett, Okeechobee Police Pension Fund Trustees.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 19 Okeechobee News June 16, 2013 According to the detectives arrest report the decedent met with Emley and purchased the drugs. He then drove to a local convenience store where he got out of his car and entered the stores bathroom. Because customers started complaining about the bathroom being tied up for a long period of time, a store clerk used a paper clip to unlock the bathroom door and found the young man slumped over the toilet. The clerk then called out to OCSO Detention Deputy Roy Bass, who was a customer in the store at the time, and he started performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man. Detective Gonzalez said the man had no vital signs but Deputy Bass continued performing CPR until paramedics from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue arrived. The paramedics began performing CPR at 6:06 p.m. They pronounced him dead at 6:13 p.m. Detective Gonzalez went on to state that OCSO Crime Scene Technician Jackie Moore was called in to work the crime scene. She reportedly found ve small plastic baggies oating in the toilet, a syringe, a spoon and a black nylon belt. The belt, stated the detective, was apparently used by the decedent to wrap around his arm prior to injection. Detective Gonzalez said the syringe and spoon have been sent to the Indian River Crime Laboratory in Fort Pierce and he is awaiting the lab result. As for the bags found in the toilet, the detective said the bags were open so whatever had been in them was now gone. Detective Gonzalez has also charged Emley with possession of heroin with intent to sell and the sale of a controlled substance (heroin) in connection with him allegedly selling the drugs to the decedent. MURDERContinued From Page 1 w ant budgets in the red and that the schools should have the right to negotiate salary hikes each year. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy continued to stress that fund balances have declined, revenues have declined, and that the scal cliff has hit Okeechobee Schools, during his presentation. While the governor allocated a 4.6 percent increase for the school system for 20132014, just over $1.9 million, that still is less than the over $2.5 million taken out of the fund balance in the previous 12 months, he said. Overall fund balance has declined by 26 percent in recent years. He said the school board has projected an over $500,000 budget shortfall for 2013 2014 even with the new state dollars. Expenditures exceed revenue. The fund balance is being used to balance the budget. Recurring expenses are taken from non-recurring funds, and our salaries are comparable with other districts, he added. He encouraged the school board to remove automatic step pay adjustments from the contract. He contended the numbers used by the union were misleading. While he said the fund balance is currently healthy, he contended that employees got their raise for this year, along with longevity pay. Nothing has been given up. We negotiate wages on an annual basis. If it is that simple, why is she ghting so hard to keep it (step) in the contract? Mr. Kenworthy said the lengthy negotiations this year were ridiculous. He noted this school year is over and dragging out the dispute all year was not good for anybody. Union President Candy Walker said steps are not automatic in the classi ed employees because the employee must get good evaluations rst. Union of cials pointed out that the step increases range from $190 to $797 per year, depending upon the job classi cation. Nobody is getting rich by being paid step. They dont even keep up with the cost of living, Union Representative Dianne Falv o said. She presented in many jobs like food service, paraprofessionals and book keepers, Okeechobee schools did not pay competitive salaries with like size counties or contiguous counties, she contended. She said mechanics in the school district can make considerably more money elsewhere. Bus drivers and custodians were also in the bottom third in this region in salary. She said most classi ed positions were below the state average. This is occurring with step being paid each year. What do you think will happen if there is no requirement that you pay it? What do you think will happen to employees in this district? she asked. Ms. Falvo said the district step increase, if awarded, would amount to $385,346 less than 2011-2012. She claimed the current fund balance is 15.4 percent, or three times the amount that would be appropriate. She also pointed out that 37 positions have been cut in recent years due to retirements and attrition. Sixteen percent is an extremely high fund balance. The district has done a good job in prediction of revenue. In 2013, the predicted increase is $290,000. The district has a long and consistent history of under spending what they budget, she said. In 2005-2006, the district spent $2 million less than anticipated, $5 million in 20092010, $7 million in 2010-2011, and $4.5 million in 2011-2012, she claimed. You over projected what you would spend and you have signi cant money left over from that process. Given that data, how many people in this room actually think the district will spend the $48.7 million they have budgeted, she said. She said the districts prediction of an economic catastrophe should not be given credence, This is not reality. There is no reason for these dire predictions in fund balance and nancial urgency. Ms. Falvo said they have been at impasse for two years and blamed Mr. Kenworthy for the disputes. Ms. Falvo said she supports the districts desire for sound nances. She said she was quite shocked that the district was not willing to pay the step increase this year. CONTRACTContinued From Page 1
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