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Sunday, June 30, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 78 13.99 feetLast Year: 11.79 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Early cancer detection helps save lives ... Page 10 Helicopter to be part of July 4 event ... Page 9 DOT plans area road work this week ... Page 7 Commission sets priorities for road work ... Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Tamara KellyBeating the heat with water exercise The Okeechobee Sports Complex pool is great for hot summer days and alsof un for birthday parties. The pool offers an early morning time water exercise class. For people 40 and up, they do a range of exercises from water jogging to water jumping jacks. The class was designed for people who just have a hard time working out on land. Water makes it easier on the joints to move. The class normally has about 30 people in it. The water exercise class is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The fee is $2 per day per person. For more information, call 863-467-7667. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Even though the state owns over 48,000 acres of property in Okeechobee Countyabout 10 percent of the land in the countyputting that acreage back on the tax rolls would do little to help with the countys budget woes. According to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (TIIFT) owns 48,300 acres of property in Okeechobee County. Approximately 38,300 acres of that land is shared ownership with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), said DEP Press Secretar y Patrick Gillespie in an e-mail. Mr. Gillespie went on to point out that those State land has little effect on local taxesSee LAND Page 12 Telecommunications equipment provider names local of cials in lawsuitBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A telecommunications equipment provider has led a $25 million lawsuit in Hardee County against the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance (FRBA), the Florida Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) and some of its board members. Area of cials who sit on FHREDIs board include Okeechobee County Commissioner Joey Hoover, Glades County Economic Development Council Executive Director Tracy Whirls, Glades County Economic Development Council member Paul McGehee and Hendry County Commissioner Al Perry. FHREDI Chief Executive Of cer Gina Reynolds is also named as a defendant in the complaint. The suit, led April 18 by Tampa-based Rapid Systems, Inc. (RSI), goes on to name a number of other individuals and groups. The lawsuit alleges that FRBA and some o f its purported accomplices failed to pay RSI for services in connection with the development and management of a new broadband infrastructure that connects Rapid Systems Hardee County to several surrounding areas in rural Florida. FRBA, states the suit, was awarded federal grants to install broadband infrastructure FRBA lawsuit alleges fraudSee LAWSUIT Page 12
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! NOTICE OF VACANCIES OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CITIZEN BOARDS AND COMMITTEESe Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking residents of Okeechobee County interested in serving on the following Citizen Boards and Committees: Aordable Housing Advisory Committee Childrens Services Council CSBG Advisory Board (Treasure Coast Community Action Advisory Board) Library Advisory Committee Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals Tourist Development Council Descriptions of the Citizen Boards and Committees, along with eligibility requirements, current membership and other information, may be viewed at www.co.okeechobee..us/committees. Applications for appointment to a Citizen Board or Committee may be obtained from the County Administrators oce in the Historic Courthouse at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida, phone (863) 763-6441, or downloaded from www. co.okeechobee..us/committees. Please submit applications to the County Administrators oce along with proof of residency in Okeechobee County and evidence of meeting any applicable requirements for the desired Citizen Board or Committee appointment by noon on Friday, July 19, 2013. e Board of County Commissioners appreciates the time and assistance members of the Citizen Boards and Committees volunteer to the Board of County Commissioners and to the citizens of Okeechobee County. Frank Irby, Chair, Board of County Commissioners Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 88F with a heat index o f 95F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the evening, then overcast. Fog overnight. Lo w of 70F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 88F. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday Night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 70F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then overcast. High of 88F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 86F with a heat index of 91F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners Thursday set priorities for road work. The commissioners approved rankings for county projects for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT is seeking our list of county projects for their various programs in order for them to complete their fivey ear work program process, explained county administrator Robbie Chartier. We need to submit our priorities by July 1, 2013. She said some of the projects are within the five-year work plan. The county prioritized: 1. S.R. 70 East, from N.E. 34th Ave. to N.E. 128th Ave. (Berman Road); 2. S.R. 70 and U.S. 441, main intersection; reconstruct; 3 S.R. 710; extension to U.S. 441 north and reconstruct; 4. N.E./N.W. 144th Street and U.S. 441 north, Potter Road/Dark Hammock Road; A dd left turn lanes in all directions; 5. S.R. 70 West, from U.S. 98 North to S.W. 24th Ave.; widen to four lanes, sidew alks and safety enhancements; 6. N.E./N.W. 14th Street from U.S. 441 North to U.S. 98 North; corridor study expansion (continuance) of 710 extension; 7. S.E. 18th Terrace corridor study extension to connect U.S. 441 S.E. to S.R. 70 East, bridge crossing of Taylor Creek; 8. S.W. 32nd Street, Durrance Road and U.S. 441 South; modify intersection to full opening, relocate Tractor Supply/ W inn Dixie traffic signal and then change current Tractor Supply/Winn Dixie intersection to left turn only intersection; 9. N.W. 102nd Street and U.S. 441 North; add left turn lane; 10. N.W. 240th Street, Eagle Island Road; add left turn lane 10. The county also prioritized projects for Local Transportation Enhancement (LTE) funding as follows: 1. Lock 7: Bike and pedestrian pathw ay across U.S. 441 southeast; creating a safe and direct connection from U.S. 441 South to Lock 7 Trailhead; 2. Nubbin Slough; Trailhead on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST), pavilion, restroom, parking and stormwater system. Priorities for the Small County Road Assistance Program and Small County Outreach Program are: 1. N.W. 160th Street, C.R. 68 West, from U.S. 441 North to U.S. 98 North; widen and add shoulders, super elevate curves, widen bridges, guard railing, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 2. N.E. 224th Street, C.R. 68 East, from U.S. 441 North to St. Lucie County line; widen and add shoulders, super elevate curves, widen bridges, guard railing, resurface, stripe safety enhancements; 3. N.W. 160th Drive, Micco Bluff Road, from U.S. 98 North to the end; widen and add shoulders, super elevate curves, guard railing, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 4. S.E. 28th Street, Treasure Island, Everglades Boulevard, from U.S. 441 S.E. (34th Ave.) to S.R. 710; widen and add shoulders, resurface, stripe, super elevated curves, widen bridge, guard railing and safety enhancements; 5. N.E. 36th Boulevard, Cemetery Road, from U.S. 441 North to the end; widen and add shoulders, super elevate curves, widen bridge, guard railing, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 6. S.E. 18th Terrace, Taylor Creek Isles, from S.E. 24th Avenue to U.S. 441 S.E.; widen and add shoulders, sidewalks, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 7. N.E. 304th Street, Cemetery Road, from U.S. 441 North to the end; widen and add shoulders, super elevate curves, widen bridges, guard railing, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 8. N.W. 30th Street, Mitchell Road; from U.S. 98 north to the end; widen and add shoulders, sidewalks, guard railing, resurface, stripe, RPMs and safety enhancements; 9. N.E. 34th Avenue, FP&L road, from U.S. 710 to S.R. 70 East; widen and add shoulders, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 10. N.W. 23rd Lane., from U.S. 441 north to N.W. 10th Terrace; widen and add shoulders, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 11. N.W. 34th Street, from U.S. 441 North to N.W. 12th Ave.; widen and add shoulders, sidewalks, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 12. S.W. 16th Ave., Ferrell Road, from S.W. 32nd Street to S.R. 78; widen and add shoulders, sidewalks, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 13. S.W. 32nd Street, Durrance Road, from U.S. 441 South to S.W. 24th Drive; widen and add shoulders, sidewalks, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 14. N.W. 128th Ave., Platts Bluff, from S.R. 70 west to N.W. 56th Street; widen and add shoulders, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 15. N.W. 144th Ave., Lamb Island Road North 1.1 miles; widen and add shoulders, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements; 15. S.E. 24th Boulevard, Taylor Creek Isles, from S.E. 27th Ave. to the end (cul-de-sac); widen and add shoulders, sidewalks, super elevate curves, guard railing, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements 17. S.E. 27th Street, from S.E. 18th Terrace to S.E. 27th Ave.; widen and add shoulders, resurface, stripe and safety enhancements. Okeechobee County prioritizes road work Fourth of July community celebration plannedThe Okeechobee Fourth of July celebration will get under way at 4 p.m. at Okee-Tantie park with no admission charge. There will be a public safety expo as well as a number of games and competitionsincluding a hot dog eating contest, a pie eating contest and an ice cream eating contest. There will also be a frozen T-shirt contest that should be really cool for the participants, as well as a baking contest. The winner of that baking competition will receive $25. Dairy Queen is sponsoring the Kids Fun Zone that will include bounce houses, face painting, a dunk tank and, of course, ice cream. Non-pro t vendors will also be on hand selling various types of foods. Even though there is no admission charge and the events are free, there will be a cost for food. The nale will begin at 9 p.m. with the Zambelli reworks show. The reworks will be set off on the levy of the Kissimmee River directly across from the Okee-Tantie Marina. If rain should put a damper on the event, it will be staged Friday, July 5. Entry forms for the baking contest can be found at: the Sheriffs Of ce, 504 N.W. Fourth St.; or online at www.okeechobeefop.com; or, by calling Cpl. Hazellief at 863-634-5255 or Mr. Mixon at 863-634-1778.
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NSA scandalIn regard to the NSA scandal, this type of spying began many years ago and came to light in 2005 but was explained away as protecting American citizens and everyone bought it ... but those who didnt were labeled conspiracy nuts, so it rocked on. In 2008 two whistle blowers once again tried to warn Americans what the NSA was doing and once again citizens were promised it w ould be xed. Now here we are in 2013 and once again a whistle blower (Snowden) has come forward to once again attempt to w arn the people that our government is still spying on innocent people and violating our 4th Amendment rights ... and once again w e are promised its for our own good ... yeah, right! Gonna tell us its gonna be xed again? Personally, I do not care if the NSA is listening to me, but I am mind boggled they w ould be wasting their time and tax payers money to spy on me. We have learned the w histle blowers spent many of their hours listening to innocent Americans, many soldiers, calling home discussing personal talk w ith their partners or pillow talk that was stored/catalogued forever in government data banks. I have to wonder how many real terrorist calls were missed just because somebody hollered out in the com center Hey yall, you gotta hear this phone sex call Ive intercepted here, and everyone within ear shot pulled up the call, forgetting about their real purpose of listening for terrorists. I nd the whole idea sickening and a total violation of our Fourth Amendment rights. If I were doing something that brought me to the attention of the NSA then okay, I would understand. But to indiscriminately listen, track, and permanently store data on every single one of us is Men in Black material! I know there are a lot of wasted hours listening to normal conversations but if you dont listen how are your going to nd the ONE that would save lives or stop an attack. There is always going to those out there that abuse the law but perhaps there should be some stricter guidelines for them to follow. You cant rule out people here in America because as we all know we have home grown terrorists here. The NSA gave a brie ng for senators and only 47 percent showed up. The NSA Chief and the Director of National Security were there and there were more empty seats than full ones. How can the populace be expected to be offended when the senate wont even attend a brie ng to see what is happening? The Patriot Act and the NSA were originally supposed to only target the info that was intercepted moving internationally. Now, like any government group, they start out with one plan but always expand it without letting the people of the U.S. know about it. Knowledge is power and the more knowledge they can gather and store on its citizens the more powerful the government is. Just imagine if you are in charge and can gather all kinds of info on your competition, enemy or anyone who opposes you. Once you gather this info you could use it to control those that try to oppose you. Now look at all the current scandals. You use the NSA to gain the info you can use as a weapon then you attack them with the IRS and EPA. The government wants their hand in anything and everything. They create new agencies that really are useless all in the name of creating jobs for their buddies, on the backs of the American people. If the people actually carrying out the law are not honest, that is the problem. The IRS, the NSA, the anything, are being run by people who want to quash anyone elses ideas if they arent in agreement with their own. Do the right thing in your personal and career life was missed by them but please do not let it be missed by you. We will turn this around somehow. Prayer changes things. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013 Public Forum/Speak Out Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing topics. You may also comment using y our Facebook login in the comments s ection after stories posted on that s ite. Those who do not wish to comm ent online may email comments to email@example.com or mail comments to Okeechobee News, 107 S .w. 17th Street, Suite D., Okeechobee, F lorida 34974, or drop written comm ents through the mail slot in the of ce door. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Acquaintance of the Holy SpiritBy Pastor Jim WatersLife Community Church of Okeechobee An innocent or basic acquaintance on the part of a person is needed for a meaningful and lasting relationship with the Holy Spirit. This relationship is initiated by the Holy Spirit and can only become real to the person through surrender. The perfect completed sacri ce of Jesus Christ is key to beginning the all-important everlasting dependant relationship with the Holy Spirit. For this lasting acquaintance to begin and ultimately continue requires the person, through belief, to accept the truth of Jesus Christs virgin birth, sacri cial death, magni cent resurrection from the dead and His glorious ascension into heaven. With this faith-surrender in place and fully acknowledged within the new believer and the separating sin-issue resolved, the Holy Spirit commences. The Holy Spirit has instantly proceeded into the newly cleansed soul of the believer. This action of the Holy Spirit is in nite within the soul of the saved believer (the Christian). With this awesome initiative of God, the believer has unlimited acquaintance with the eternal Person of the Spirit of God. An instant dialogue or conversation begun at the blinking-of-an-eye is eternally guaranteed and faithfully carried out by the all-indwelling Holy Spirit. This very brief declaration of the eternally enduring and powerful presence o f the Spirit of God in the believer is ultimatel y documented and proven in the Books of the Holy Spirit-inspired Scriptures of God the Holy Bible. See the following Scriptures as a rst step toward your life as being acquainted with the Spirit of the Lord. Genesis 1:2; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; John 16:13; 14:26; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:25; Acts 13:2; 16:7; 2 Corinthians 13:14. I urge you to seek a Bible believing church where you can be encouraged in these Holy Spirit-initiated-and-inspired truths. If you have never heard these following words of Jesus Christ, hear them now for the rst time: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) and And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor (Comforter) to be with you foreverthe Spirit of Truth. (John 14:16). These are Jesus con rmation of His everlasting love for you that you will have and embrace His eternal acquaintance with Him through the ever-present and guiding Hol y Spirit. Re ections from the Pulpit Beware Fourth of July scamsWith the Fourth of July around the corner, scammers will be trying to use consumers patriotism against them. Holiday phishing scams, deceptive sales, and counterfeit tickets to reworks shows are among the list of scams that may affect individuals. Scambook took a look at three 4th of July scams in particular to break down the underlying scams: Phishing: Patriotic eCards and social media messages may carry viruses. Scammers capitalize on eCards, social media, and other sharable content to infect consumers computers with Trojan viruses and other dangerous malware to steal personal and nancial information for identity theft, drain the victims bank accounts or hijack their social media accounts. Deceptive Deals: Fourth of July sales using shady tactics: Act now or miss out sales during 4th of July weekend may cause man y individuals to purchase without reading the ne print, making them unaware of contract fees and nal-sale restrictions. Many fake retailers also create online websites that offer incredible holiday savings on electronics and other goods, while proving to be a trap for stealing credit card information. Fizzled reworks and events: Man y communities organize special reworks shows. Once tickets run out, con artists attempt to sell counterfeit tickets on Craigslist or at the venue itself. Dealing in cash, mone y orders, or wire transfers, there is no recourse for getting money back from scammers in return for missing the show. For more information please visit Scambook.com. Lisa Inouye Letters to the Editor
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe El Centro Santa Fe Scholarship was presented to Esteben Rodriguez, Estrella Hernandez, Francisco Sanchez Jr., Monica Hernandez and Christian Garcia. Not pictured are Sergio Vargas, Marisol Olvera and Daniel Ruiz. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Hamrick Memorial was presented to Kathryn VanBeek, D.J. Washington, Audrey Metcalf, Kylie Shirley and Vanessa Watt. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Quality ACMT Memorial Scholarship was presented to Katelynn Schaeffer. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Palm Beach Atlantic University Scholarship was awarded by Linda Koff to Amanda Jackson. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Palmdale Oil Scholarship was presented to Elise Scott. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Raulerson Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship was presented to Kylie Shirley and Maribel Santamaria. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Lincoln College of Technology Scholarship was awarded by Linda Koff to Victor Pineda. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Los Cocos Scholarship was presented to Jennifer Arellano. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Kathy Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship was awarded by OCF/R Chief David McCain to Diego Rodriguez and Cheyenne Thibodeau. Students honored at OHS Scholarship Night Up coming blood drivesWhile you are planning your vacation, many are facing a long time in a hospital or recovery center. Help them with a donation of blood to speed their recovery. Be a life saver during this months blood drives. Thursday, July 4 Fireworks Festival at Okee Tantie, 4 8 p.m. Monday, July 8 Publix, 2 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 Raulerson Hospital, 1 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11 SFWMD Field Of ce, Hwy 70E, 12 5 p.m. CASTLE calls for volunteers for safe parenting programIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLEs mission is to stop child abuse before it even happens by empowering parents with the education necessary to create successful, loving, and nurturing families. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Safe Families Program. Were making a difference, one family at a time. Call 772-465-6011 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on June 30 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 bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.ConKerr Cancer hosts eventConKerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. The next "sit & sew" will be held on Tuesday, July 2, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. We will also have some kits available for you to sew. All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary's Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. If you have child-friendly cotton fabric you would like to donate call Joan at 863-467-0290.VFW pavilion open July 4On Thursday July 4, the pavilion will be open at the VFW #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. from 1 to 7 p.m. Hotdogs will be $2 and burgers will be $3, from 2 until 4 p.m. Music will be by Carl Cable. On Friday, July 5, the pavilion will open at 2 p.m. Washer toss is set for 3 p.m. On Saturday, July 6, the VFW will serve barbecued pulled pork by Don for $6. All proceeds go to veterans' programs.Eagles Club plans eventsEagles Aerie and Auxiliary #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., had to change their next regular meeting from July 4 to July 11. The Auxiliary will meet at 6 p.m. and Aerie at 7 p.m. They will host a turkey shoot on July 6 at 11 a.m. Food is available for a small donation. The will hold a yard sale on July 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are welcome. Donations for the yard sale can be dropped off at the club. If you need someone to pick up a donation please call Miriam at 863-634-4193. or Julie at 863-697-9477. Auxiliary 4137 will host a Country Hoedown on July 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and dancing. Saddle Tramp will play from 8 until midnight. A donation of $10 per persond is requested. Advance tickets will be on sale July 1. The public is welcome. For information, call 863763-2552.Lodge plans celebrationThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St., will host a Fourth of July celebration and membership drive, at 1 p.m. with $2 hamburgers and $1 hot dogs. Music will be by D & K in the main hall. There will be karaoke, dancing, games and fun for all. Children are welcome. The event is open to the public. There will be Friday night bingo as usual. Bonanza starts 6:30 p.m. and food will be available. Proceeds go to support moose charities programs.Eagles host turkey shootEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will serve steak or sh Friday, July 5, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. The dinner will be followed by music with Michael's Memories. On Saturday, July 6, the Eagles will host a turkey shoot at 11 a.m. and yard sale at 10 a.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. On Tuesday, July 9, the Eagles will host bingo at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, July 10, bingo will be at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Stop smoking class offeredA free quit smoking class is opening nearby. It will be held at Okeechobee County Library, at 206 S.W. 16th St., on Wednesdays. There will be six sessions starting on July 10 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, and 14 at 5:30 p.m.Commissioner hosting coffeeCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Frank Irby on Tuesday, July 2 from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St. Citizens wishing to participate are asked to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Hospital hosts info sessionA free, informational session about plastic surgery will be presented by Dr. Cromwell on July 11 at 5 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria. Please RSVP to reserve a seat, 863-763-9228. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.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.Kenneth M. Hull, 81OKEECHOBEE Kenneth M. Hull passed away June 27, 2013. He was born to George and Louise Hull in Lake City, Mich.. Mr. Hull was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Mary. He is survived by his daughter, Kimberley Ann Duf eld (Eric) of West Palm Beach; stepdaughter, Nancy J. Klein of Okeechobee; grandsons, Tommy and Bryan Borck; granddaughters, Vanessa and Wendy Klein; brothers, Duane and Larry Hull; sister, Arvilla Williams; and many nieces and nephews. Many friends and his family will miss him dearly. 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. Robert W. Hales, 84OKEECHOBEE Robert W. Hales passed away June 26, 2013. He was born Nov. 12, 1928 in Baltimore, Md. but spent most of his life in Southeastern Pa. Mr. Hales joined the US Air Force after high school. He retired from the construction industry in 1984. He came to Okeechobee in 1991. He w as a Boy Scout leader and a church v olunteer. He was a quali ed scuba diver and received the "Diver of the Year" award. Mr. Hales is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Trudy Fisher (Charles); son, Robert Lee Hales (Lisa) both of Delaware County, Pennsylv ania; sister, Dorethea Miller (Fred) of New Holland, Pennsylvania; four grandsons; and two great granddaughters. No services will be held at this time. 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. We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. 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The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to take care in areas where road work is under way. Work planned in Okeechobee this week includes the following: US 441 north between NW 36th Street and NW 9th Street: Maintenance permit project: Work has begun to install a gas line paralleling the south bound side of the roadway. 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. US 441 from SR 15/CR 68, east to NW 344th Street : Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the shoulders near the roadway. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and use caution when traveling through work area. US 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 with 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 advised 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 vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. SR 78 over the Okeechobee River w ill be reduced to one lane with aggers directing traf c, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 3 while crews replace a steel bridge deck and repair grating. Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop. Roadwork planned in Glades County includes 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. US 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 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. Highlands County road work will include the following: SR 70 from US 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. SR 70, west of US 27: Maintenance contract project: Crews are removing and replacing concrete ditches. No lane closures are expected but motorists are advised to use caution when approaching work zone and be aware of equipment and personnel. Travelers can visit www.FL511.com o r dial 511 from their phone to learn about traf c conditions on major roadways across the state. 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Calves $1-2 higher, especially Steers. Heifer Calves steady. We had better quality on most all calves this week. Slaughter Cows & Bulls $2 higher on bigger better cattle. Mark your calendars for our special sales: October 4th Bred Heifers October 11th Angus Bulls October 18th Brangus Bulls Craig Francisco, Ft. Pierce, topped the calf market with a high of $2.30 bought by D & S Cattle. Barry Lewis, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 95.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Jeff
Special to the Okeechobee NewsDrawing from a few thousand entries stemming from their Okeechobee County Fair sponsorship, St Lucie Battery & Tire drew a winner at their corporate headquarters in Fort Pierce for their much publicized Cooper Tire give-a-way. Winner, Bobby Johnson of Okeechobee and owner of Riverside Lawn Maintenance was recently awarded his new set of Cooper tires at the Companys Okeechobee store located at 198 US Highway 98 North. We had much fun with this as we looked for ways to give back to our customers. said location manager C.J. Boone. We plan on offering regular and exclusive deals to our Facebook followers as well. Additionally, starting this summer, we will be promoting our PREFERRED CUSTOMER program offering huge discounts and deals for regular customers and patrons. said Boone. St Lucie Battery & Tire, a complete car care & truck center has been serving the Okeechobee community for over 17 years providing everything from farm tractor tires, marine batteries, to general auto repairs, oil changes and diagnostics. St Lucie Battery & Tire, a home town company, now has 12 locations serving the Treasure Coast & the Palm Beaches has built a reputation on providing Honest & Reliable service for over 40 years to its customers. For more information on the compan y visit their website at www.SLBT.com 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013 St. Lucie Battery & Tire picks a winner Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are St. Lucie Battery & Tire general manager Jeff Deans, tire give-away winner Bobby Johnson and Okeechobee location manager C.J. Boone.
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It will be escorted by 16 members of the Buckhead Ridge VFW on motorcycles, as well as local law enforcement. Details for the plan were con rmed at the Thursday, June 27, meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners. "This helicopter was acquired through the federal surplus," explained county administrator Robbie Chartier. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, who w as involved in obtaining the surplus helicopter from the Department of Defense, apologized for any problems created by his involvement in obtaining the surplus equipment on behalf of the county without putting the matter before the whole board rst. "I apologize to other board members if, in any way, I slighted them in the process we went through," said Mr. Culpepper. "We were in uncharted waters. "When this all came about approximately six months ago, the opportunity to acquire this helicopter presented itself," he said. Mr. Culpepper said if the county had not acted quickly, they might have lost the chance to get the helicopter for display in the Veterans Memorial park. "There are a lot of requests for this type of equipment," he said. "I was afraid that if we didn't move quickly we would lose this." The helicopter is currently at the Okeechobee County Airport and has been repainted. The paint job was donated, said Mr. Culpepper. Mr. Culpepper said the Fraternal Order of Police, sponsors of the Fourth of July festivities at Okee-Tantie, have $1 million insurance coverage. The trailer used to transport the helicopter also has $1 million liability coverage. "This is a huge event for the FOP," said Mr. Culpepper. He said the helicopter is a piece of history. "This is an opportunity for veterans and FOP to teach children about the helicopter and about Vietnam," he said. "It's a history lesson." At Okee-Tantie, the helicopter door will be open so spectators can see inside but the helicopter will be roped off so that no one will be allowed to go inside of the helicopter, he said. Veterans and members of the FOP will be on hand for security and to answer questions. The helicopter blades will not be mounted until it is installed for permanent display in Flagler Park. "I had a brother who served in Vietnam. I had friends I lost in Vietnam," said Commissioner Margaret Helton. She said while she is happy to see the helicopter added to the memorial, she is concerned about the county's liability. "Our job is protect the county," she said. After the Fourth of July reworks show, the helicopter will be moved back to the Okeechobee County airport. Installing it in Flagler Park will require the help of the Okeechobee City Council. County attorney John Cassels said the helicopter is currently in the possession of Okeechobee County and should remain on county property. In order to display it in Flagler Park, it should be transferred to the City of Okeechobee. The Department of Defense agreement to transfer surplus property requires that the property stay in the possession of a government for ve years. "Offer it to the city contingent on federal approval," advised Mr. Cassels. "If you are going to be responsible for it for ve years, it should be on county property." He said the helicopter should stay at the airport until the Department of Defense approves the transfer and the city accepts it. Mrs. Chartier said they have spoken with DOD and with the city administrator and this should not be a problem but the Okeechobee City Council must approve the transfer. She said the request has been submitted to DOD. Mr. Culpepper said many years ago when the DOD gave surplus equipment to nongovernmental agencies, there were problems later with parts being sold. DOD changed their policy so that the equipment can onl y be transferred to a government and that government must maintain ownership for at least ve years. Mr. Cassels said the county has to be concerned about liability. "We have a claim about a boat ramp accident. We get claims on skate board accidents. That's why we have insurance," he said. "That's why there are sovereign immunity laws." He added the potential danger of moving the helicopter may have been exaggerated. "We move bat wing mowers and front loaders all the time. They are probably more dangerous than this thing without blades," he said. "If city doesn't accept it, we will have to go back and gure out plan B," said Mrs. Chartier. All of the costs of moving, painting and mounting the helicopter are covered through private donations, Mr. Culpepper said. Huey helicopter to be on display at Okee-Tantie
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While neither the DEP nor the SFWMD pay taxes on any of that property, they are required by state statute to make a payment in lieu of taxes (PILT). However, in the overall scheme of things, those dollars are a mere pittance. In his e-mail, Mr. Gillespie broke down the states payments to Okeechobee County for TIIFT lands. Those amounts are: 2006-07, $2,181.49; 2007-08, $2,181.49; 2008-09, $2,181.49; 2009-10, $1,828.22 (pro-rated due to funding de cit); 2010-11, $2,097.42 (pro-rated due to funding de cit); 2011-12, $2,181.49; and, 2012-13, $2,181.49. Randy Smith, from SFWMDs media relations of ce, said his agencys PILT for scal year 2014 to Okeechobee County is estimated to be $11,315.98. That means the two state agencies are paying the county approximately .28 cents an acre. It should be noted that local property being utilized by water management for dispersed water storage is still on the tax rolls. Mr. Smith explained that this property is still owned by an individual and not his agency, so that property owner is required to pay the taxes. These areas are used to hold water brie y to slow its ow into Lake Okeechobee in order to remove nutrients. Also, in cases where the district is leasing its property, the lease holder is required to pay the taxes on that acreage. Mr. Smith went on to point out that those acres being used by water management as a Storm Treatment Area (STA), where stormwater is held for a longer period of time, is not on the county tax roll because that property is owned by the district. Figures from the Okeechobee County Property Appraisers Of ce indicates the property owned by the state has a value of approximately $11.6 million. At the current millage rate of 8.5470 that property, if returned to the county, would put $99,173.16 back into county coffers. One mil equals $1 for every $1,000 in assessed value. The total taxes (including schools, etc.) paid to the county on that property would come to $203,346. Of that total, over $38,000 is re tax. County gures show that the 2012-13 mil rate is projected to raise $12,400,993. When asked if the state could return the property in question to Okeechobee County, Mr. Gillespie said that would be up to the governor and his cabinet. Any purchases, sales (or) leasing of state-owned land has to be approved by the Board, he stated in an e-mail. Any request for changes in state-owned land has to go to the Board of Trustees. Also, consider that any land the state has purchased was purchased for a reason (i.e., conservation), so a determination would have to be made to show that (there) is no longer a reason to keep the land. LANDContinued From Page 1 in rural areas but did not pay RSI for their w ork. Some of the counties in this area designated to receives the infrastructure include Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands and DeSoto. FHREDI, along with some of its board members, were named because ... FHREDI w as a managing member of FRBA, states the suit. When contacted, Mr. Hoover said he doesnt know why he was named in the suit because he wasnt on the board at the time. He said he did not rotate to the board until recently. Ms. Whirls said she had not read the lawsuit and chose not to comment at this time. A phone call seeking more information on FHREDIs alleged involvement was made to Ms. Reynolds, but she did not return the call. Daniel A. Nicholas, of the Tampa law rm Nicholas and Bell, also did not return phone calls. The Nicholas and Bell rm is representing RSI in the action. According to the suit FRBA was formed in March of 2010 by FHREDI, Opportunity Florida and others to build and provide broadband services to rural areas of ... critical economic concern located throughout 15 counties ... in Florida, as well as the tribal lands of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. FRBA was awarded a federal grant of $23,693,665 on Aug. 1, 2010, and on Dec. 1, 2010, they entered into a consulting contract with RSI, the suit states. RSI, continued the complaint, went on to install roughly $2 million in equipment on the Hardee County Broadband Network and then operated the network. RSI claims the installation and operation of this equipment was its in-kind contribution as required for matching funds in the public/private partnership project. In January of 2013 FRBA terminated the contract with RSI and put a lien on its equipment. This lien, claims the suit, was done to hijack the network and then not pay RSI. The complaint accuses FRBA of embarking on ... a clandestine, fraudulent course of conduct, including self-dealing and doubledipping, intended to misappropriate monies from the grant award. This conduct allegedly enriched the FRBA conspirators The suit also alleges that FHREDI and Opportunity Florida -both non-pro t groups -paid themselves $8,500 a month in fees that were ... cloaked as administrative and community outreach funds. It also accuses those two groups, as well as the FHREDI board members mentioned above, of perpetuating a fraud against RSI and misappropriating federal grant money and double dipping. RSI is asking for a jury trial. Mr. Hoover said work on the broadband network is continuing. We hope to be operational in Okeechobee County in July, he said. Were still looking pretty good. LAWSUITContinued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: BURGLARY 1600 block of S.R. 70 E. 2600 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace 900 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 2700 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace 1000 block of N.E. 342nd Trail 3200 block of N.W. 21st Ave. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2800 block of N.W. 37th Ave. 3100 block of S.E. 27th St. 2500 block of S.E. 38th Trail 14000 block of N.E. 18th Ave. FRAUD 3200 block of S.E. 25th St. THEFT 3000 block of S.E. 27th St. 6400 block of S.E. 55th Lane 1500 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 2000 block of N.E. 304th St. 1300 block of N.W. 106th St. 3800 block of N.W. 18th St. 400 block of U.S. 98 N. 3400 block of U.S. 441 S. 4400 block of U.S. 441 S. 9200 block of N.W. 240th St. 14700 block of N.W. 266th St. 1300 block of N.W. 141st St. 4100 block of S.W. 11th Way 12000 block of N.E. 120th St. Investigations Newspaper welcomes community submissionsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions of news and photos from community clubs, organziations, government agencies, churches, businesses and individuals. Email your news to okeenews@ newszap.com. Please include photos at jpg attachments. Photos should be at least 6 inches wide and at least 200 dpi resolution. In the email, please give as much information as possible about photos, including when and where the photo was taken and the names of those in the photo (left to right).
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 15 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Center for Disease Control reports 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning in the United States. The State of Florida has the highest rate of drownings among children under ve in the country. The City of Okeechobee realized the risk y ears ago and began a regular inspection of backyard pools in the city limits to make sure they meet all city code and safety requirements. Fire Chief Herb Smith said his of cer takes this task seriously and notes that this is the time of year a lot of above ground pools start showing up in Okeechobee. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates in the country. It was the main cause of death of children in that age group, accounting to 30 percent of the deaths. Most drowning deaths occur in home swimming pools. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children age 14 and under in the country. It is a quick and often quiet death and children can drown in as little as two inches of water. Chief Smith said all swimming pools must have a barrier, a fence or for above ground pools, the pool wall itself. He notes it is required that the steps to these pools be removed when the pools are not in use. He noted it only takes a few seconds for a small child to get into one of these pools and that can lead to disaster. The main contributors to drowning are a lack of swimming ability. Research shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children under 4 years old. Other factors in drowning cases are the lack of barriers. A four-sided isolate fence can reduce the risk of a child drowning by 83%. The lack of close supervision is another big factor. The CDC reports that the percentages of drownings in natural water setting like lakes and rivers increase with age. More than half the drowning among those 15 years and older occur in these natural water settings. Chief Smith said you should supervise children when they are in or around water. In preschool children the supervision should be hands on and supervisors or parents should be close enough to touch the children at all times. He said parents and others should not be involved in distracting activity like texting, cell phone calls, reading books or other materials, or mowing lawns while their young children are swimming. He also encouraged parents to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR and to not rely on air lled or foam toys as safety devices in the pool. Over one in four drownings occur with a parent or supervisor nearby but preoccupied in Florida. The fence around pools should be at least four feet high. They should have a selfclosing or self-latching gate that is out of the reach of children. Alarms and other barriers to the pool are also recommended. Chief Smith said there have been no drowning deaths reported in the city in recent years and he wants that trend to continue this summer. The Florida Department of Health has promoted the "Keep your Eyes on the Kids" drowning prevention project. They note the best prevention is to closely supervise children. The project originated in Arizona. The parent of adult supervisor of children swimming wears a water watcher tag around their neck. The tag of cially designates an adult to watch children. The DOH reports many times adults assume that someone else is watching kids when in fact no one is watching them. Every year, about 300 toddlers drown in residential swimming pools. Overall, more than 800 children ages 14 and under die from drowning, and more than 4,000 go to the emergency room after near-drowning incidents. Chief Smith would like to challenge the parents and caretakers of our youth here in the city by being or becoming proactive and determined to keep their children safe this summer and in turn this action will ensure a great summer for the children as well as the parents. Fire department begins annual swimming pool inspections Okeechobee News/ Tamara KellyWater exercise class at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex lets participants stay cool while getting some exercise. Okeechobee News/ Tamara KellyPlaying water basketball in the pool at the Okeechobee Sports Complex is one way to beat the heat.
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HOME YARD CHORES, ECT. CARE PROVIDED FOR ANIMALS, TRANS., SHOPPING FOR ELDERLY, FLEXIBLE. CALL JIM 561-577-1964 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time YARD HELP Heavy Equipment Company seeks Yard Person. Various duties include; Pressure Wash., Cleaning, Oil changes, ect. Some heavy equipment knowledge helpful. TRIPLE E EQUIP 6600 HIGHWAY 70 EAST Okeechobee, FL. 863-467-8300 Drivers: $1,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 Drivers Needed must be 25 or older, have clean driver license and pass Federal, State & Local background. Must work day or night. Call 863-634-8720 Wanted EXPERIENCED Drywall Spray Texture Help. Our of ce is located in Lake Worth. Please call 561-968-3746 License #GCG061260 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Employment Full Time REGISTERED NURSE Clinic Setting, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Excellent Bene ts. Spanish speaking preferred. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst. my orida.com The state of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence Employment Part TimePT HELPER 3 Days a week. Call Sarah between 9 a.m. 4 p.m. 863-467-6377 Shop here first! The classified ads Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. 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. Collectibles I buy pre-1920 Florida origin handwritten material letters, documents, business records, etc. Will make offers. Joe Rubin ne, P. O. Box 1000, Cocoa, FL 32923. (321)455-1666 Joerubin ne@ mindspring.com Miscellaneous5 in 1 Bare Back Saddle! $250., new never used, pad, harness, bridle, spurs, all black, call 863-763-0477. Pets/SuppliesLost dog, reddish color coat, blind with bad hearing, name is Dusty, lost around SW 24th Ave and 16 St. Reward $100. Call 863-467-1730 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 3-1 Duplex behind McDonalds, quiet, tiled, no pets,low move in $700.00 2-2Basswood Home, no neighbors, tile, no pets, low move in $800.00 Call Dave 634-9899 Beautiful Samanthas Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780 TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. (561)352-4243 Houses RentAdorable (In Town Okee.) 2br./2ba. WDlaundry rm., Screened Porch, lawn service included. Non smkg. Envmt. Sm. Pet OK. $800 mo., 1st, last, & $500.Sec. 941-504-3954. FOR RENT NICELY FURNISHED 1 & 2 BEDROOMS WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES LONG OR SHORT TERM 863-447-0742. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Houses RentIN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 Houses SaleCBS 3BR, 2BA, C/A & heat, single car gar., W/D & refrigerator, fenced backyard. $61,000. 863-634-7517. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots SaleBuild your dream home on a beautiful lot adjoining the golf course in The Oaks of Blue Heron. $25,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Large fenced lot with oak trees in Treasure Island Zoned for houses or mobile homes. $18,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Lot For Sale Treasure Island SE 25th Street Mobile Home Ready $11,500.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 monthly plus security. No pets Call 863-763-4031 Mobile Home RentFt. Drum Cemetery Rd./304th St., 2BR, $500/mo. 3 mo. sec. dep. 917836-8628 Okeechobee: Nice Clean Renovated Two/Three Bedroom Units in private adult park. Nice large yards. Rent starting $550.00 mo. Security required. 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Homes liquidation sale http://www.palm harbor.com/ model-center/plantcity/ $39K off select 2012 models (3) John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 BoatsFOR SALE 2004 18FT. CREST PONTOON BOAT WITH A 2004 50HP. EVINRUDE MOTOR, EXCELLENT CONDITION READY TO GO, NO TRAILER $5,500.00 O.B.O. 863-467-8209 OR 863-634-4345 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. RV Space RentRV SITE LOCATED ON RIM CANAL ON 441 MINIMUM 6 MONTHS OR LONGER 863-447-0742 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Pickup TrucksFor SaleVery Nice Show Truck/Hot Rod. 1989 Chevrolet with 454 cu. in. Must See This GORGEOUS Custom Built Beauty! Asking $12,000.00 (863)357-7409 or (863)447-0616 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013
By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The number of crimes reported dipped from 1,599 to 1,586 from 2011 to 2012 in Okeechobee County according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcements (FDLE_ annual report released earlier this year. The FDLE reported that the state crime rate dropped by 6.5 percent and the total number of crimes dropped by 5.7 percent. Violent crimes were also down in the state by 4.3 percent. The FDLE report for Okeechobee listed 27 forcible rapes, 17 robbery cases, 157 aggravated assaults, 493 burglary reports, 857 larceny cases, 48 motor vehicle thefts in 2011. The report listed 19 forcible rapes, 30 robbery cases, 150 aggravated assaults, 550 burglary incidents, 786 larceny cases and 51 motor vehicle thefts in 2012. It should be noted that, on the surface, there appears to be a lot of violent crimes. However, the statistics mentioned only reect what may have initially been reported to the sheriffs of ce. For instance, while the FDLE report lists 27 forcible rapes in Okeechobee County last year that number only indicates the initial complaint to the sheriffs of ce. The report does not show how many cases were unfounded or how many were designated as something else as a result of the follow-up investigation. Okeechobee saw a decline in arrests from 2,262 to 2,018. The report had 1,854 adult arrests and 164 juvenile arrests. The most common crimes arrested for were aggravated assaults (81), burglary (96), larceny (146), drugs (237), simple assaults (282) and DUIs (100). The OCSO made 1,433 adult and 135 juvenile arrests last year. City police made 248 arrests, with 223 of those adult arrests. The FWC made 99 arrests, and FHP reported 95 arrests in Okeechobee last year. Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul Ma y said he was not surprised with the crime statistics for his department this year. This is about where I thought it would be. It is a little bit low, it went down a little bit, but burglary and larceny-type crimes continue to hurt us, he said. The sheriff noted that of the 580 burglaries reported last year, 445 of them had no forced entry. That means the doors to the home or vehicle were left unlocked. If you lock your doors to your homes and cars we can knock down these crime rates even more. For Petes sake, if you dont want something stolen, lock them up, he said.. Sheriff May said drug use and abuse still drives a lot of the local crimes. He estimated that 90 percent of theft-type crimes are driven by the need for a x for a drug user. We have made some headway on drugs with the new laws on pills but they are still out there and there are people still willing to buy and sell drugs, he added. Cheaper drugs are making a comebac k due to the statewide crackdown on prescription pill abuse. Heroin is among the ne w drugs of choice. Sheriff May said it can be a vicious circle. Heroin and other stuff are making a comeback and we hate to see that. When you make laws to curtail one drug another comes and rears its ugly head. You need to cut that off too, he added. Sheriff May said one things that may have helped crime stats is the arrest of problem and career criminals then sending them to prison. He said many times a criminal is convicted of one burglary when, in fact, the y may have committed 15 to 20 burglaries. Violent crime rates also went down in Okeechobee. Until the past month there had not been a homicide in Okeechobee since 2010. Sheriff May said protect your home and property and you can help law enforcement in the ght against crime. There are people that are willing to take chances and they are desperate, my advice is dont leave things outside when you go to town, he added. Okeechobee County crime rate down slightly Public Notice Public NoticePUBLIC HEARING NOTICE AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE PLAN NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board, acting as the Local Planning Agency, will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider and receive input concerning proposed amendments to the Citys Five-Year Schedule of Capital Improvements and forward its recommendation to the City Council. The Hearing is for the following proposed ordinance: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, UPDATING THE FIVE-YEAR SCHEDULE OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE CITYS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS MANDATED BY FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 163.3177(3)(b); PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE The amendment may be reviewed on the City website or at the Of ce of the City Clerk, during normal business hours, at the address above. All interested parties are encouraged to appear and be heard regarding the proposed update of the Five-Year Schedule of Capital Improvements and may submit written or oral comments before or at the Hearings. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons requiring special accommodations to participate in this proceeding because of a disability or physical impairment, should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 ext 218 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. 446872 ON 6/30/2013 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 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. THE PROPOSED 2013-2014 BUDGET WILL BE PRESENTED AND DISCUSSED. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 446800 ON 6/30/2013 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT T he Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce Solutions) Region 20 announces the meeting of the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Monday, July 1, 2013 9:00 a.m. Place: St. Lucie County Annex Building 2300 Virginia Avenue 3rd Floor Fort Pierce, FL 34981 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment A ct, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Consortium with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 446739 ON 6/30/2013 17 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. orida.newszap.com ACROSS 1 The NFLs Montana and Favre, e.g. 4 __-wip: real cream brand 9 Raps __ Rhymes 14 Suffix with script 15 Apply, as pressure 16 Not cool, man 17 Marksmans skill 18 *Duplicator in an office 20 Former boxer Ali 22 Musicians gift 23 Makes a decision 24 *Great Chicago Fire scapegoat 28 Apt. complex unit 29 Ohio rubber city 32 Canonized Fr. women 35 Grand Coulee, for one 37 Thief-turnedsleuth Lupin 38 Nonpro sports org. 39 *Classic chocolate treat 41 Proud Mary pop gp. 42 Throbs 44 Watchdogs warning 45 Prog. listing 46 Spot on TV 47 Aptly named fruit 49 *Take a path of least resistance 56 Narrow cut 58 Filmdoms Farrow 59 Short vodka order 60 Sellers assurance of payment, and a hint to what the last words of the answers to starred clues can have in common 64 Sewing kit item 65 Starts the pot 66 Army base near Petersburg, Va. 67 12/24 or 12/31 68 Iraqs main port 69 Ritual celebrating the Jews liberation from Egyptian slavery 70 __ Moines DOWN 1 Uneasy feeling 2 Prickly bush 3 18-wheelers 4 Automakers bane 5 Lead-in for skeleton 6 Bank statement abbr. 7 Laundry appliance 8 Be that as __ ... 9 Tampa Bay athlete, briefly 10 Opens, as a gate 11 Marine salvage crews job 12 Glass darkener 13 Big galoots 19 Latin art 21 Throws softly 25 Old Norse works 26 Biochemists gel 27 Singer Vikki 30 ... __ and for all! 31 Bookish type 32 90s-00s NFL Pro Bowler Warren 33 Bull: Pref. 34 Speakers at memorial services 36 Chow mein additive 37 I cant believe this! 39 Feed me, in Siamese? 40 Champagne word 43 Cover completely 45 Prepare, as flour 48 Red Sox pitcher Jon 50 Brat 51 Little fights 52 Bret who wrote gold rush stories 53 Ran with ease 54 Fruit yielding oil 55 Some cellar contents 56 Union underminer 57 Head-turning Turner 61 Mex. neighbor 62 Trite 63 Originally called By Mike Peluso (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 08/09/11 08/09/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis email@example.com Crossword Puzzle
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Los Cocos Mexican RestaurantStarting June 30 and Reopening J uly 30 Closed for Vacation!Thank you, everyone We look forward to seeing you upon reopening! 18 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsTheir weight in donationsSome of the children who attended the Everywhere Fun Fair! Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church last week, show off what they brought for an offering: canned goods for the Presbyterian Food Pantry, baby items for the Pregnancy Center, school supplies for Big Lake Missions, toiletries for the nursing home residents and craft supplies for the ARC. Each child was able to choose their own charity and be a cheerful giver. After all, neighbors ARE giving! Being a good neighbor and just who is our neighbor, was the theme for the week. OHS Class of 2014 formal Senior photos scheduledMembers of Okeechobee High School Class of 2014 can schedule senior photo appointments for July 8 and 9. Photos will be taken at Okeechobee High School. Call 800-749-2796 ext. 1 or 772-463-0457 to schedule an appointment. Visit the Okeechobee High School web site or like OHS Journalism on Facebook for more information.
By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Water is coming into Lake Okeechobee almost as fast as it is going out, according to a report given by Gary Ritter of the South Florida Water Management District at the Thursday, June 27, meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners. Lake Okeechobee is at 13.9 feet and the Corps (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) is making discharges to the coastal estuaries right now, he said. The goal for the lake level at the start of hurricane season is 12.5 feet, he explained. That leaves room for water from rainy season. The goal for the start of the dry season is 15.5 feet. He said the lake is a little higher now than they would like it to be, but our folks in our operations arent very concerned. The Kissimmee River is all navigable right now, he said, Rainfall in the basin is feeding the river. There is almost as much water coming down as we are letting out, Mr. Ritter told the commissioners. The SFWMD of ce is getting calls from Okeechobee residents about the Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area wondering why the water levels have been so low, he continued. The scenic STA is a popular place for people to walk and they have been wondering where the water went. We went in and drained it, he explained. We did some major planting of new vegetation. The water is going back into that STA, he said. In other business, the board approved the purchase of 16 sets of new bunker gear for Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue. Fire/Rescue Chief David McCain explained that the department has two sets o f gear for each full-time re ghter -primar y and reserve -and one set for each volunteer. He said safety standards require the bunker gear be replaced every 10 years. Every re ghter has to have this bunker gear to engage in any re ghting activity, he said. With this purchase we are trying to rotate our gear to stay in compliance with that 10-year cycle. Lake Okeechobee level holds steady as rains continue 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 COUNTRY HILLS~ Horse lovers paradise! 4Bd/ 2Ba CBS home. 1568 SF under air2270 TLA. Open concept, vaulted ceilings, split plan. Spacious kitchen, 12X56 Screened lanai w/ Spa. 20X40 Wkshop/carport. Commercial above ground pool. Riding arena, 4 stalls-water & elec., hotwire fencing. Fenced/ cross fenced. MLS 206809 EXCEPTIONAL $227,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457ALMOST 15 ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL LAND with POND, BARN AND COWPENS, FENCED AND CROSS FENCED; CBS home with new updated kitchen cubboards,2008 new roof, 2009 updated electrical, 2008 new A/C; 2009 New water system with reverse osmosis, 2009 new drainfield and septic, 2009 painted inside and out; 2009 hurricane impact windows, has cattle shoot and barn. BRING YOUR HORSES AND ANIMALS THIS IS THE PLACE. 19 Okeechobee News June 30, 2013
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