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Sunday, July 14, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 84 14.81 feetLast Year: 11.98 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Community group les lawsuit against metal recycler ... Page 5 Governor visits economic boot camp ... Page 2 Man jailed for swearing at judge ... Page 11 Colonoscopies help screen for cancer ... Page 9 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. L a k e O k e e c h o b e e c o n t i n u e s t o r i s e Lake Okeechobee continues to rise D u e t o h e a v y r a i n f a l l i n t h e a r e a s n o r t h o f L a k e O k e e c h o b e e w a t e r h a s b e e n p o u r i n g i n t o t h e b i g l a k e Due to heavy rainfall in the areas north of Lake Okeechobee, water has been pouring into the big lake a t a r a t e o f a b o u t 1 3 m i l l i o n g a l l o n s p e r m i n u t e c a u s i n g t h e l a k e l e v e l t o r i s e e v e n t h o u g h w a t e r m a n at a rate of about 1.3 million gallons per minute, causing the lake level to rise, even though water mana g e r s h a v e b e e n r e l e a s i n g w a t e r t o t h e C a l o o s a h a t c h e e R i v e r a n d t h e S t L u c i e E s t u a r y F o r m o r e o n t he agers have been releasing water to the Caloosahatchee River and the St. Lucie Estuary. For more on the s t o r y s e e p a g e 1 4 ( P h o t o b y E r i c K o p p ) story, see page 14. (Photo by Eric Kopp) By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News New Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Renee Geeting predicted major changes for teachers and students as she gave a presentation on common core standards that will be adopted in schools in 2014-15 at the July 9 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. Ms. Geeting explained in 1988, 95 percent of available jobs required low-level skills. Today, low-skills jobs account for only 10 percent of the economy. Statistics show about 20 percent of Okeechobee students who attend college never nish and never earn a degree. Ms. Geeting explained this is a big shift in our schools. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said this will transform the way students learn, teachers teach and how we assess these two activities. Students will be engaged in higher order thinking, rigorous assessments and have higher goals and standards. Local control remains with curriculums and instruction decisions. The standards are for mathematics, English and language arts and literacy. Another goal is to give parents and students a clear understanding of what the student is expected to learn so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The common core standards have been phased in to curriculums over the past four years. Last year full implementation was placed in kindergarten through second grade. Each grade level will require a step o f growth to reach the complexity of college and career texts without remediation. Intended outcomes include improvement in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, to challenge all learners, differentiation, encourage active engagement, and high interest levels among students. Schools face major course work changesSee SCHOOL Page 5
Special to the Okeechobee News On July 11, Governor Rick Scott led Floridas rst-ever rural economic development boot camp in Okeechobee. The rst-time w orkshop was held to build on existing economic development efforts of rural communities around the state. Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope, and Jesse Panuccio, Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), also presented at the event. Governor Scott said, Floridas rural areas are one of the reasons why we live in the greatest state in the nation. In a little over two y ears, Florida has created more than 330,000 private-sector jobs and our unemployment rate continues to drop. Many of Floridas rural counties have seen their unemployment rate drop as much as 4.5 percentage points in the last 30 months. The steps we are taking to create jobs are working all across the Sunshine State. A 2012 study commissioned by the state examined the economic development efforts in four designated rural regions of Florida. The boot camp speaks to some of the outcomes of that study, as well as offers sessions designed to capitalize on the resources unique to rural areas. Workshops offered at the boot camp, held at Indian River State College, were designed to address the opportunities outlined in the study. Topics included: State & Federal Programs that Support Rural Economic Development; Identifying and Promoting your Communitys Unique Assets; Compelling Communications Telling Your Authentic Story; Workforce Presenting Your Communitys most Valuable Asset as a Bene t to Employers; Leadership Tools for Maximum Effectiveness in Economic Development; Highly Effective Site Visits How to build a team; and, Rural Tourism Communicating What Makes Your Community a Great Place to Visit! Floridas rural regions offer unique and attractive assets that many businesses look for when considering moving or expanding in a state, said Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope. These regions highlight the states advantages in specialized workforces, and logistics and infrastructure support, including Floridas vast multi-modal transportation network. Our rural regions can be incredibly competitive thanks to these assets. Funded by the legislature and administered through Enterprise Florida, the Florida Rural Economic Development Study was developed with the involvement of nearly 500 participants that included targeted interviews with numerous individuals directly involved with rural development in Florida; input sessions conducted in each of the three designated rural regions; and online surveys targeted to business/industry, economic development professionals and elected ofcials in the regions. This boot camp provides an outstanding opportunity to explore strategies for enhancing collaboration with rural partners to support job creation and retention, Workforce Florida President/CEO Chris Hart IV. Workforce Florida and our regional workforce partners are committed to doing all we can to ensure Floridas rural regions can develop and maintain a competitive workforce to drive economic growth and sustainability in their communities. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BURGESS PAINT SUPPLY863-763-3824 113 SW 5th Ave OkeechobeeServing you since 1945 Roller sets ..... $1.95 Brushes ........ .95¢ Caulking ....... .99¢ Spray paint .... $1.60Prices subject to change Lanco roof coating ......... $59.90 per 5 gal. Flat white paint ........... $7.95 per gal. Pool paint ...$45 per gal. Out of Trouble Bail Bonds 7370 SW 13th St OkeechobeeSeven years and still in business Gregory S. 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Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsBreakfast with the GovernorCourtney Moyett, Workforce Solutions, and Teresa Chandler, Waste Management, enjoyed breakfast at Ropers with Governor Rick Scott during his visit to Okeechobee on July 11. The governor spoke at the Rural Economic Development Boot Camp held at IRSC.
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Fourth of July At the county commission meeting, t hey said there were about 7,500 people w ho turned out for the Fourth of July celebration at Okee-Tantie. They said they ran out of food and drinks to sell. Obviously, t his is something the people want and will s upport. I hope that next year the Fraternal Order of Police invite other local organizat ions to participate and add to the event. All t hese ball teams and groups that are trying t o raise money could have had booths there and taken advantage of that opportunity to s ell something Love the idea of having raft races at t he Fourth of July celebration. Or perhaps t he mini regatta people could come and do demonstration races to promote the actual regatta, which is in October.Murder charge due to drug overdose death For those of you who dont like this deal, I Hope to God this never happens to YOU. W e need to defend the ones who are buried. Sometimes our kids are buried in emotions and the only solution they think they have is drugs. And then you have pushers, who pretend to be their friends. And pushers are everywhere not just Okeechobee. Im sorry this young man died, but its t he choices we make in life and I thought t his was America to make your own choice of what you choose to do. If I choose to make that choice of using drugs or drinking, doing pills, then thats my choice. I cant b lame anyone else.Fisheating Creek My compliments to the judge who b locked the state plan to ll two miles of F isheating Creek with sand. But what happens now? Will they step back and give the c reek a chance to recover, or will they try s ome other crazy scheme? Fisheating Creek was a part of the happy times of my childhood, as was Lake Okeechobee. I have seen so much of my home state destroyed and made ugly by developers, and am so grateful that the creek is not going to be destroyed. Thank you so much. My home state has been so changed (negatively) by developments geared to nancial greed that I dont go home anymore. Last time I visited my mothers grave in Ortona Cemetery, I cried from Orlando to Clewiston and all the way back again. Thank you so much for trying to preserve this creek.Lake level With the lake nearing 15 feet, we are lucky that Tropical Storm Chantal fell apart. The water managers need to nd a way to hold more water north of the lake instead of letting it all ow into Lake Okeechobee so fast. Why dont they put some reservoirs up around Orlando instead of sending all the water down the Kissimmee River as fast as possible? Wasnt the restoration supposed to slow down the water moving down the Kissimmee River and spread it out over a wide ood plain? What happened with that? Guess they dont want to run the risk of Mickey Mouse getting his feet wet.Driving without a license Other counties have cracked down on those who are driving without a license. These drivers are a menace because they are also driving without insurance. If they get in a wreck who ends up paying? The people who are injured or the taxpayers. Okeechobee County could easily do something about it. Set up more checkpoints for drivers license, registration and insurance cards. Anyone who does not have a license is ticketed and their car is towed. They have to get a license and insurance, or at least get insurance on the car and show up with someone else who is a licensed driver, and pay a ne to get the car back. Driving is not a right. It is a privilege.Mailboxes Several Otter Creek Residents mailboxes were vandalized Thursday night. Its always been my understanding that messing with mailboxes is a federal offense. Parents need to keep their children from roaming the streets at midnight. The Scarlet TolahBy Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Psalms 22:6But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. Isaiah 1:18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. THE SCARLET WORMin Psalm 22:6, David wrote I am a worm and not a man this he wrote concerning the cruci xion of Christ. Why did David have Jesus to say prophetically in Psalm 22:6, I am a worm and not a man? It had to do with the dual meaning of the Hebrew word tolah. The word is translated two ways in the Bible: as either scarlet or worm. Why was the word tolah used for both scarlet and worm? In Bible days, when people needed scarlet cloth, they would grind worms into a pasty, bloodred substance that would be used as a dye. Therefore, Tolah was used as the word for scarlet and worm. But there is morethe way the worm reproduces itself is a wonderful picture of Jesus on the cross. The reproductive life of the worm begins when the tolah climbs onto a limb of a tree and fastens itself to it. Then the worm would lay the larva and cover the eggs with its body. Although the eggs would hatch, the worm still would not budge but remained fastened to the limb so the larva could feed on its body. And in the place where the tolah gave its life for its young, its blood would leave a scarlet mark on the tree. The bloody spot left on the limb of the tree would dry after three days, becoming a white, aky substance that would fall to the ground like snow. Jon Coursons Application Commentary. After discovering this remarkable truth, I must declare, No wonder David had the Messiah say, But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. Jesus knew what the world would do with Him. Like the worm, Jesus was fastened to a tree and there He died as the Lamb of God (Jn.1: 29, 36). Second, those who come to the cross for salvation are born again and their faith is continually fed by the one who died upon the cross for them. In fact, it is His body, the church, which gives them the spiritual food they need to grow in faith. Finally, the blood which stained that old cross will forever cover our scarlet sins, making them white as snow. THE SACRED WORDour world needs to nd a renewed love for the truth. It was Jesus who said, Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (Jn. 8:32). And the only place to nd it is in the Word o f God. God tells us in His Word that He would like to have a discussion with us: in th e words of Isaiah 1:18, He said, Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall b e as white as snow; though they be red lik e crimson, they shall be as wool. A critic told a renowned evangelist, You r preaching has put Christianity back one hundred years. The evangelist replied, Thats not back far enough. We must go back to the cross of Christ and to the faith which was once delivered to the saints. And ma y I say that is exactly where we need to go. Nothing can save our soul but the shed blood of Jesus the Lamb of God. Let us si t down now and reason with God! J. Vernon McGee told the following story: Aaron Burr was a grandson of the grea t Jonathan Edwards who, upon an occasion, conducted meetings at Princeton, wher e Aaron Burr was a student. There was a grea t spiritual movement in the school. One nigh t Jonathan Edwards preached on the subject, The Mastery of Jesus. Aaron Burr was deeply stirred, and he went to the room o f one of his professors to talk to him abou t making a decision for Jesus. The professo r urged him not to make a decision under an y sort of an emotional appeal, but to wait until after the meetings were over. Aaron Bur r postponed making a decision and went on to murder a great American and to betray his country. When he was an old man, a young man came to him and said, Mr. Burr, I wan t you to meet a Friend of mine. Aaron Bur r said, Who is he? The young man replied, He is Jesus Christ, the Savior of my soul. A cold sweat broke out on the forehead of Aaron Burr, and he replied, Sixty years ago I told God if He would let me alone, I would let Him alone, and He has kept His word!McGee, J. Vernon: Thru the Bibl e Commentary. Be careful what you ask God to do fo r you because God always keeps His word. He has promised to save you if you will simply call upon His name. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Great is the mystery that God became a man (1 Timothy 3:16). But greater still is the mystery that the Man became a Lamb and th e Lamb became a worm to save you and me. July 14, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain. But this chain is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News July 14, 2013 Ms. Geeting said these focus on the art of teaching and engaging students. It will slow down the pace of most classes. We w ant students to be able to approach math quantitatively and on their own. These are skills employers have asked of our graduates. Classroom teachers will be the most important group in turning common core state standards from mere words into highquality instruction. Teachers must be given ample time, the tools they need, and support to make these standards come alive in the classroom. Professional development will be emphasized for educators. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said technology and computers are required of students today in the work place. School board member Joe Arnold said this will remove local control. The assessment test, PARCC, will be devised by the federal government. He also said parental input will be lessened. For example in chemistry, no lab work is required. He said he fears vocational training might be lost. Mr. Kenworthy said teachers must teach from multiple sources and not rely only on textbooks. The textbook should not be your curriculum, he said. He said graduation requirements in Florida will still require three science courses including two with lab requirements. School board member Malissa Morgan said it is important that the district provide the tools teachers need to improve academic performance. School board member India Riedel said she thinks fewer standards will help. She said students must be able to think on their feet using technology. Time will tell if this helps us. I will still push for vocational classes for students that lean that way, she said. Mr. Geeting said the schools cant have career-ready students without the vocational programs. She said the district will have its work cut out for it as it transitions to the new standards but that she is glad to be a part of the process. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman has been arrested on several felony charges that stem from an alleged theft of a diamond tennis bracelet in Glades County. Kristie Nell Courson, 34, N.W. 35th Ave., was arrested July 11 on local felony charges of dealing in stolen property, giving false information to a pawnbroker and possession of a controlled substance (percocet) without a valid prescription. She w as booked into the Okeechobee County J ail under a bond of $17,500. Courson was also arrested Thursday on a Glades County warrant charging her with grand theft. Her bond on that charge has been set at $10,000. According to arrest reports, Coursons charges in Glades County stem from the alleged theft of a 14 karat ladies tennis bracelet with diamond chips and rubies. The bracelet has a total of 30 stones, stated an arrest report by Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO). That bracelet, continued the report, was stolen from a home in Glades County then pawned at a pawn shop in Okeechobee. Detective Shiremans report indicated Courson pawned the bracelet for $125. The OCSO detective went on to state that he and Detective Sergeant Steve Harris, from the Glades County Sheriffs Of ce (GCSO), met with Courson about the theft. Sgt. Harris then arrested her on the Glades County warrant. After that, Detective Shireman arrested her on the local charges. Courson was also arrested by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force when she was found to be in possession of three percocet tablets, stated another arrest report. Courson, stated the task force detective, does not have a prescription for the painkiller. Detective Shireman explained Courson was charged with giving false information to a pawnbroker because she signed a transaction form on which she stated that she owned the item being pawned, and that the item was not stolen. Prior to Coursons arrest, Sgt. Harris photographed the bracelet while at the pawn shop then had the owner identify it. W oman arrested on local, Glades Co. charges Kristie Courson By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A lawsuit led by a community action committee against a local metal recycler may soon be heard by an Okeechobee County jury. The suit (#2012CA362) was led Aug. 20, 2012, by the Community Action Committee of Douglas Park and Deans Court, Inc., against Capital Traders and Investment LLCthe company that owns OU Metal Recycling. An attorney with the Stuart-based rm of Littman, Sherlock and Heims said homeowners are tired of the noise and dirt emanating from the recycling company located at 220 N.E. 14th Ave. Primarily, its a nuisance, said attorney Howard Heims. Its seven days a week crazy long hours, noisy and dirty. Besides the committee, the suit names Bertha Boswell, Saleda Allen and Raymond and Inez Collins as plaintiffs. The complaint explains that the committee is a non-pro t entity established ... to preserve and protect the Douglas Park and Deans Court neighborhoods in Okeechobee County and the citizens who reside and do business in those communities. The suit is demanding a jury trial and is seeking damages in excess of $15,000. OU recycling, states the complaint, began operation in January of 2012 and covers an entire block of property in Douglas Park. The metal recycling rm was recently the object of a peaceful demonstration staged last month. Were concerned about the whole outt, said demonstrator Ossie Fleming on June 13. They just came in one night without talking to the community and we feel they came here, from the start, without good intentions. Besides the noise and dust, Mrs. Fleming said people living in the area around the facility are concerned about the danger presented by two mountainous piles of scrap metal and old cars. They fear winds from a hurricane or tornado would blow the metal around and tear up the community. According to the lawsuit, OU accepts large amounts of scrap and waste metal that is then crushed and sold. The operation produces loud noise, dust, dirt and high-intensity light which spill over onto the individual plaintiffs properties every day and night, including weekends and holidays, states the complaint. It goes on to claim that the dust, dirt and light from the recycling operation is ... obnoxious and of suf cient volume and intensity to prevent a person of normal sensibilities from sleeping, eating or enjoying his or her home. OU is headquartered in Orlando and has recycling facilities in Kissimmee and Tampa, as well as Okeechobee. The lawsuit also claims that the Okeechobee facility is violating Okeechobee County zoning ordinances which do not permit a recycling facility or junk yard on the property. However, a check with the Okeechobee County Planning and Zoning Department indicates that the property in question is zoned industrial, which is the type of zoning required for this facility. The property has been zoned industrial for many years. A similar business was located on the same property prior to OU buying it. According to court records, this case is scheduled to go to trial in front of Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Metzger on Monday, Sept. 16, starting at 9 a.m. Lawsuit claims recycler is dirty, noisy
L egion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host S unday night Bingo beginning on Sunday, J uly 14, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. i n the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a l imited menu. Payoffs will be determined by p layer attendance. All proceeds to bene t t he American Legion veterans' programs. T he event is open to the public. The Americ an Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge a nd dinning room patrons. R epublican Party to meetCongressman Tom Rooney will be the s peaker on Monday, July 15, at the Republ ican Party of Okeechobee meeting at Beef O 'Brady's at 7 p.m. Congressman Rooney w ill speak and give time for questions, so c ome meet and ask your questions. There i s no charge but Beef O'Brady's would app reciate it if you would order an appetizer or d inner while you are there. For information, c all 863-532-9623. B usiness breakfast plannedThe Christian Business Breakfast meeting w ill be held Monday, July 15 at the Hampt on Inn, at 8 a.m. If you want breakfast it's o nly $5 and/or you can come enjoy the Bible s tudy for free. Come share your business a nd/or ministry and/or Club or group and l earn from Brandon Tucker who shares a B ible study each time. Anyone is welcome t o come and enjoy the time together. For inf ormation, call 863-634-3525. B ackyard Bible Camp setBackyard Bible Camp will be held at O keechobee Church of God, at 301 N.E. F ourth Ave. (two blocks behind McDonald's) b eginning on Monday, July 15 The fun runs J uly 15-19. A free dinner will be served at 5 p .m. and camp will run from 6 8:30 p.m. F or information, contact the Church of God a t 863-763-4127; or, Terri at 863-634-1336. C hamber hosting luncheonThe Chamber of Commerce will host t heir summer Business Exchange Luncheon o n Tuesday, July 16 at the IRSC Williamson C enter beginning at 11:45 a.m. The featured s peaker will be a representative from Florida P ublic Utilities. Additionally, the chamber w ill be introducing new Executive Director A ntoinette Rodriguez. The business spotl ight will be New Members Cobble Systems. P lease register by signing in to your personal m ember page via the Chamber website or f or non-members please search "Business e xchange Luncheon" on the calendar and p roceed to register. For information, cont act Mariah at 863-467-6246; or, go to info@ o keechobeebusiness.com.Businesswomen meet July 19Come join women in business when the Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Network meets Friday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Lodge at the Lake, 111 S. Parrott Ave. This network is committed to enhancing the overall success of women in business, promoting networking and business referrals and offering a system for sharing information and support. Whether a business owner, employee or even looking for work, you will be welcome. We do suggest you bring a token exchange gift and your business card as well as promotional information. For information, call 863-467-2557.YMCA Art Auction scheduledThe second annual Okeechobee YMCA Children's Art Auction will be held Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Y, 901 S.W. Sixth St. (Sacred Heart Church, back pavilion).Republican women to meetThe Okeechobee County Federated Republican Women's Club is proud to announce guest speaker State Committeeman and School Board member, Joe Arnold, whom will be giving a presentation, as well as answering questions about the new state adopted "Common Core" standards. This affects every child currently in school, and is going to be a meeting you do not want to miss. Please join us on Monday, July 29 at Cowboy's in the Bull Pen at 6 p.m. with a half hour social before the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.Chobee Minis host fundraiserOn Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. the Chobee Mini Horse Club, will hold a fundraiser at Tractor Supply in Okeechobee, located on U.S. 441 S. There will be a bake sale, 50/50 drawing, hot dogs and a Chinese auction. There also will be a car driving demonstration by on of our little horses. All donations will be gratefully accepted.Driver Safety Program slatedThe Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will host an AARP Driver Safety Program on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Complete the class in one day. There is not driving and no tests. You could also receive a discount on your auto insurance for three years. To register for the class, call the Chamber of Commerce at 863-467-6246. Bring a bag lunch.Upcoming 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 month's blood drives. Friday, July 19 Publix, 2 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21 Golden Corral, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27 Wal Mart, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.Collaborative Council to meetThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce. Please bring backto-school items for needy and foster children to the July meeting.CASTLE seeks volunteersIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLE's 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. We're making a difference, one family at a time. Call 772465-6011 or e-mail email@example.com for information.FP&L assistance availableThe Salvation Army has FP&L (Florida Power and Light) funding available to assist quali ed consumers. For guidelines and information call Mondays and Tuesdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The phone number is 863-763-6020. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Dora Betty Wilson, 91OKEECHOBEE Dora "Betty" Wilson passed away July 10, 2013 at the Hamrick Home. She was born Dec. 19, 1921 in Raccoon Township, Ill. She came to Okeechobee from Amboy, Ill. in the late 1980s. She owned and operated Wilson Construction Company. She loved playing Bingo and cards with her friends at River Bend Park and Seminole Cove. She also enjoyed senior water exercises. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Wilson. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon K. Rucker (Phillip); three sons, James Knox (Sue), Wayne Knox (Bev) and Gerald Knox (Janet); sister, Bonnie Dunn (Doyle); six grandchildren, Deanna Snyder, Lori Senn, Rick Rucker, Jason Knox, Jeremy Knox, Kim Knox and many more loving family members. No local services will be held. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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 o f Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florid a 34972. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 14, 2013 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Community Events Brought to you by:Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236
LAKELANDThe U.S. Department of A griculture (USDA) issued its nal forecast Thursday pegging the 2012-2013 Florida orange crop at 133.4 million boxes, down 9 percent from last season. To arrive at the total, the USDA cut Valencias by 700,000 boxes to 66.3 million boxes w hile early-mid varieties climbed 100,000 boxes to 67.1 million. This years crop really shows the devastating effects of HLB, or citrus greening disease, said Michael W. Sparks, executive V P/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. We had severe fruit drop and a lot of citrus from stressed trees with HLB ended up on the ground. If anything, this season provides stark evidence that growers, scientists and the state and federal governments need to work together to beat this disease and save the $9 billion Florida citrus industry and the 76,000 jobs it supports. The ongoing research looks positive and Im optimistic it will ultimately nd a solution to HLB but at this time there is no cure. The USDA makes its initial estimate in October of each year and revises it monthly as the crop takes shape until the end of the season in July. The USDAs initial October orange estimate for 2012-2013 was 154 million boxes. During the 2011-2012 season, Florida produced 146.7 million boxes of oranges. Visit www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_ State/Florida/Publications/Citrus/cpfp.htm for the complete USDA estimate. The 2012-2013 Florida grapefruit crop stayed at 18.4 million boxes. Tangerines and tangelos also remained steady at 3.35 million and 1 million respectively. The yield for from concentrate orange juice (FCOJ) decreased slightly to 1.59 gallons per 90-pound box. The Florida citrus industry creates a $9 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 76,000 people, and covering about 550,000 acres. Founded in 1948, Florida Citrus Mutual is the states largest citrus grower organization. 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Cows and bulls were $2-$3 higher and calves were also about $2-$3 higher. Corn seems to be trending down and spiking a little more interest on our calves. Mark your calendars for our special sales: Oct. 4 Bred Heifers Oct. 11 Angus Bulls Oct. 18 Brangus Bulls B & H Cattle, San Mateo, topped the calf market with a high of $2.75 bought by Foy Reynolds. San Marino Ranch, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 96.00 bought by Central Beef & Dairymens Marketing. See ya next week, Todd Livestock Market Report Florida orange crop forecast drops 9 percentHope everyone had a good Fourth of July! We started back with better prices on most all classes. Cows and bulls were $2-$3 higher and calves were also about $2-$3 higher. Corn seems to be trending down and spiking a little more interest on our calves. Mark your calendars for our special sales: Oct. 4 Bred Heifers Oct. 11 Angus Bulls Oct. 18 Brangus Bulls B & H Cattle, San Mateo, topped the calf market with a high of $2.75 bought by Foy Reynolds. San Marino Ranch, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 96.00 bought by Central Beef & Dairymens Marketing. See ya next week, Todd Gatorama, on U.S. 27 near Palmdale in Glades County, is preparing for their annual A lligator Hatching festival. Staffers are monitoring the eggs and expect them to start hatching around the second or third week of August. Through a partnership with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Gatorama is one of the alligator farms allowed to collect alligator eggs from the wild. The eggs are placed in incubators. Alligator farmers pay FWC a fee for each egg, which helps support the FWC alligator management and research efforts. During the two week hatching festival, more than 3,000 alligators are expected to hatch at Gatorama. Visitors have the opportunity to sign up for the Hatch and Hold program which allows them to actually hold an egg and let the baby alligator hatch in their hands. Depending on how many eggs are hatching that particular day, Gatorama w ill offer 20-30 eggs on a rst-come, rstserved basis. The festival also includes activities for children such as building gator tooth necklaces and catching baby gators at the Baby Gator Round Up Pond. For more information online to go www. gatorama.com. Gatorama plans annual alligator hatching festival
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News July 14, 2013 VFW Post 10539s newly-elected of cialsVFW Post 10539 U.S. 41 S.E. Installed newly-elected of cials for post members, Ladies Auxiliary and Men's Auxiliary. Of cers will serve until June 2014.Special to the Okeechobee NewsVFW Men's Post of cers are: Commander Charlie Norris, Senior Vice Commander Bill Kinney, Junior Vice Commander Bobby Shultz, Quartermaster Bill Schullerman, Surgeon Ida Curtis, Chaplin John Nicholson, Trustee Harry Cosner, Service Of cer Mike Schullerman and (not pictured) Judge Advocate Ron Stein.Special to the Okeechobee NewsVFW Ladies Auxiliary of cers are: President Marian Merrill, Senior Vice President Connie Raper, Junior Vice President Cindy Donaldson, Chaplin Tammy Maxwell Groves, Treasurer Trish Gryo, Secretary Jackie Martin, Patriotic Instructor/Conductress Karen Cox, Conductress Tessa Mae Whaley, Assistant Conductress Debra Norris, Guard Patsy Wade, Historian Kelly Phillips, Trustee Elanie Sills, Trustee Sherri Fields and (not pictured) Trustee Connie Stanley.Special to the Okeechobee NewsVFW Men's Auxiliary of cers are: President Ryan Martin, Senior Vice President Don Dietrich, Junior Vice President Dennis Farrington, Chaplin Angelo Pierre, Past President Bubba Jones and Trustee Jerry Jones. Not pictured are Treasurer Clyde Price, Secretary Jim Martin, Trustee Kenny Whaley and Trustee Howie Haight.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 ORRECEIVE UP TO $2,500 in rebates* and tax credits**with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System.Special Financing Available* 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 THIS SOLUTION IS NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT.DUST, MOLDAND POLLENMAKING YOUUNCOMFORTABLE? *Offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. System rebate offers range from $300 $2,000. See dealer for details. **Visit www.energystar.gov for more information on the tax credit guidelines. 2013 Lennox Industries Inc. 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! as low as down 1995 Chevy Camaro Convertible White, Leather, Limited Edition, 2 dr. $6,495 cash (863) 763-0330 Buy Here Pay Here$500we buy cars for Any Price Any Year All Models! KID-FRIENDLY CARE 24/7Care you can trust: Experienced physicians, nurses and sta trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support High quality, personalized care Short wait times Hugs and smiles For average ER wait time text ERKids to 23000. Message & data rates may apply1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Because evenSUPERHEROESget bumps and bruises!KID-FRIENDLY CARE Raulerson Hospital St. Lucie Medical Center Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute RaulersonHospital.com 9 Okeechobee News July 14, 2013 Among cancers that affect both men and w omen, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every y ear, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, when this cancer is found and removed early, the chances of a full recovery are very good. Colorectal cancer rarely causes symptoms in its early stages, so screening for the disease is extremely important. Its even more crucial if you have risk factors for the disease. Your risk of having colorectal cancer increases if you: Are 50 years of age or older. Have a family history or personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps. Have a personal history of colorectal polyps, Crohns disease, or ulcerative colitis. Have a family history of multiple concurrent solid-tumor cancers. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. According to the CDC, If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. A colonoscopy is used to view the inside of your lower digestive tract (colon and rectum). It can help screen for colon cancer and can also help nd the source of abdominal pain, bleeding, and changes in bowel habits. The test is usually done in the hospital on an outpatient basis. During the exam, the doctor can remove a small tissue sample (a biopsy) for testing. Small growths, such as polyps, may also be removed during colonoscopy. Talk to your doctor about having a colonoscopy. For a free physician referral, call 863-763-9228. Colonoscopies help screen for cancer Special to the Okeechobee NewsChurch celebrates 33rd birthdayOkeechobee Presbyterian Church celebrated its 33rd birthday on June 30. Everyone gathered in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy an indoor picnic, of hot dogs, sloppy Joes, salads, relishes, and of course a huge birthday cake. Just days before the celebration of our nations Independence Day, it was a celebration of the freedom to worship.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best! Tummy Tuck Breast Augmentation Breast Lift/Reduction Endoscopic Brow Lift Face Lift Nasal Surgery Eyelid Surgery Liposculpture Botox and Fillers Saturday, July 20th 10 a.m.-2 p.m.HOSTED BYandGBs Ladies & Mens Formal Wear 2013 BRIDAL EXPO *Must be present to win!Fashion Shows for Men & Women Hair Demos Make-Up Demos Live DJ Travel Fitness Cake Decorators Catering Door Prizes* Palms Court Catering will be providing hors doeuvres during the event C o u r t C o u r t P a l m s P a l m s Get Your $5 Advance Tickets at GBs Ladies & Mens Formal Wear at 207 Circle Park Drive, Downtown Sebring OR call 863-386-5836 and reserve your ticket. It will be available at Will Call the day of event. $8 Tickets available at the door.Highlands County Fair Grounds 781 Magnolia Avenue Sebring, FL 33870863-386-5836 www.highlandstoday.com CENTER 10 Okeechobee News July 14, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office (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). Marquise Ladell Daniels, 24, Eighth St., Phenix, Ala., was arrested July 11 by Deputy John Hazy on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer. He is being held w ithout bond. Samantha Nichole Jewell, 21, S.E. 58th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested J uly 11 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on DOC warrants charging her with the felonies of violation of probation giving false information to a pawn broker, v iolation of probation dealing in stolen property, violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation criminal use of personal identification information. Her bond was set at $4,000. Nicole Lataye Futch, 20, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Jose Garduno on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation introduction of contraband into a county detention facility. She is being held without bond. Raymond Edward Arnold, 46, S.E. 23rd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Detective Corporal Shane Snyder on a Glades County warrant charging him with trafficking in a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000. Micah Timothy Ellsworth, 35, N.W. 50th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation driving while license suspended/revoked habitual offender. 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 confirmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office investigated the following reports of crimes last week. ASSAULT 1800 block of N.W. Third Lane 2600 block of N.W. Second St. 13000 block of S.E. 46th St. BURGLARY 3600 block of N.W. Sixth Ave. 1000 block of N.E. 28th Terrace 1100 block of N.E. 28th Terrace 1000 block of N.E. 29th Terrace 7200 block of N.W. 92nd Court 20400 block of N.W. 294th St. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1300 block of S.W. 24th Ave. 16400 block of N.W. 38th Ave. FRAUD 600 block of N.W. 15th St. 14000 block of U.S. 441 N. THEFT 1300 block of S.W. 86th Ave. 100 block of S.E. 80th Ave. 4200 block of S.E. 74th Way 14400 block of U.S. 441 N. 100 block of U.S. 98 N. 16400 block of N.W. 32nd Ave. OCSO Investigations Big Water DeMolay to meet in OkeechobeeBig Water DeMolay meets at 105 N.W. Fifth Ave. on the rst and third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. for young men aged 12 to 21. Parents are also invited. Call L. Keith Tomey II at 863-763-8072 for information. DeMolay is an international nonpro t organization sponsored by a Masonic Lodge but members are not required to be related to Masons.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 11 Okeechobee News July 14, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA Buckhead Ridge man is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a contempt of court charge after he apparently swore at the judge and prosecuting attorney during a rst-appearance hearing. Kenneth J. Wilson, 45, Chobee St., went before County J udge Jerald Bryant Wednesday, July 10, to learn what his bond would be following his arrest the day before on a misdemeanor charge of trespass on property. When Judge Bryant set W ilson's bond at $10,000, the man became unruly and began to swear at the judge and A ssistant State Attorney Ashley A lbright. "The judge told him to stop and be quiet, but he continued," said Mr. Albright of Wilson. "The judge found him in contempt of court and sentenced him to 90 days in the county jail." Mr. Albright said Wilson swore at both he and the judge personally. Wilson apparently became irate over a bond of $10,000 being levied on the misdemeanor charge. But, explained Mr. Albright, Judge Bryant had good reason for handing out such a high bond. Mr. Albright said Wilson has been arrested twice in Okeechobee County for indecent exposure. According to the prosecutor Wilson had been arrested Tuesday evening at the children's soccer elds on N.W. 10th Terrace after a woman had called the sheriff's of ce and complained. That w oman, a mother of one of the children playing soccer there, was concerned about a man she had seen "hanging out" at the soccer elds the last couple of days, said Mr. Albright. "She said he was watching the kids and had his hands in his pockets," said Mr. Albright. An arrest report by Deputy William Jolly, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that when he went to the soccer elds he found Wilson sitting in his blue pickup truck. The deputy also stated that Wilson had been trespassed from those same soccer elds on Nov. 18, 2011. A check of Wilson's criminal history revealed that he has been arrested several times for exposing himself to women. Sergeant Bob Martin of the Wilmington, Ohio, Police Department said Wilson was arrested in 2005 for exposing himself to a woman at a Kroger grocery store. He was arrested again the next week for doing the same thing at another store. Both public indecency charges are fourth-degree misdemeanors, said Sgt. Martin. Shortly thereafter, Wilson apparently moved to the Okeechobee area because in April of 2005 he was arrested by OCSO Deputy Michael Hazellief after he reportedly exposed himself to a woman in a local department store. Wilson was charged with the misdemeanor of exposure of sexual organs. Then, on Feb. 26, 2006, Wilson was arrested by the Sebring Police Department on a misdemeanor charge of lewdness after he reportedly exposed himself to a woman at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. He was later found guilty and was ned. An OCSO report indicated that on Nov. 18, 2011, Wilson was sitting in his truck with the driver's side door open and facing out that open door. He was reportedly wearing only a pair of old gym-type shorts. The report indicated as people approached his vehicle they had to look straight at him. All of the local arrests were also misdemeanors. According to Sgt. Martin, and Michele Bell of the OCSO sex offenders unit, Wilson is not a registered sexual offender in Ohio or Florida. Man jailed for swearing at judge Kenneth Wilson
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Farm ProduceFor Sale Pink Eye and Zipper Peas, shelled or unshelled call for prices. 863-634-7051 or 863-634-1316 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 2br/1ba, garage, No pets $650/mo 1st, Last & Sec. Avail 7/8 (863)467-2302 or (772)260-6969 Beautiful Samanthas Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780 Condos/Townhouses RentOAK LAKE 2/2 Villa, lg. landscaped fenced patio, lg. Master BR w/lg. walkin closet, laundry rm with W/D, totally remodeled by decorator, immaculate. $900/mo. 1st, last & sec. 863-634-3312 or 634-3313. Houses Rent A dorable (In Town Okee.) 2br./2ba. WDlaundry rm., Screened Porch, lawn service included. Non smkg. Envmt. Sm. 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Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeREQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive proposals for the purpose of securing Contracting Services for the following: Mechanical Integrity Testing Proposal Cemetery Road WWTF, Injection Well IW-1 Detailed RFP documents are available upon request from the of ce of the Executive Director, located at 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, (Tel.) 863-763-9460, (Fax) 863-763-3746. The OUA intends to review the submitted RFPs and reserves the right to reject any or all RFPs. The RFPs must be delivered to the Executive Directors of ce, located at Okeechobee Utility Authority Administrative Of ce, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or before 2:00 PM on August 1, 2013. A sealed submittal for the project is required. John F. Hayford Executive Director 447763 ON 7/12,14,17/2013 NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning Board on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a request for a change in zoning from the existing classi cation of Residential Single Family (RSF) to the proposed classi cation of Heavy Commercial (C-2) and to consider a Special Exception to allow motorcycle service and repair in a Heavy Commercial (C-2) zoning district. The property owners and applicants are Roy and Julia Reno. The property address is 84 SW 19th Avenue and is more particularly described as follows: Lots 1, 2 and 3 of Block 3, Davis Subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 3, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING on the request for a change in zoning will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, August 8th 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2 Street, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing 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. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petitions R-2013-0694 and S-2013-0726 447326 ON 7/5,14/2013 Okeechobee County School Board Meetings July 23 and July 30 The Okeechobee County School Board will meet on July 23, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., to consider advertisement of proposed millage rates and proposed budget for the 2013-14 scal year. The School Board will meet on July 30, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., for a public hearing to consider adoption of tentative millage rates and the tentative budget for 2013-14. Regular School Board business will also be conducted at these meetings. Both meetings will be in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 600 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and are open to the public. 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On July 5 the Army Corps of Engineers increased the ow to 4,000 cubic feet per second to the Caloosahatchee Estuary and 1,800 cubic feet per second to the St. Lucie Estuary. Even with increased ows, more than twice as much water was coming in as being released. "Today (July 11) the in ows to the lake decreased signi cantly," he said with about 8,000 cubic feet of water per second coming in. The lake is expected to continue to rise, he continued. "There is about 1.3 million gallons of water per minute going into Lake Okeechobee," said Mr. Ritter. "Most of that water is coming from the Kissimmee River and Fisheating Creek. On Friday, the lake level was 14.81 feet. The freshwater releases have drawn criticism from coastal communities, and complaints have been heard by Florida lawmakers. Florida Senate President Don Gaetz announced July 10 that Sen. Joe Negron, will chair a Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin to study the policies, spending and any other governmental activities involving the water management. "The purpose of this select committee is to determine what progress has been made and what changes in policy, if any, should be recommended to the Legislature and the Congress," Sen. Gaetz stated. A report from the committee is due Nov. 4. Lake continues to rise By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School state champion golfer Richard Donegan continues his success in golf. Donegan recently quali ed for the U.S. Amateur public links tournament. He tied for second overall at the event w ith a two-day total of 141 at the Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation. The freshman at Florida Atlantic University completed a strong season with a stroke average of 73.1 after competing in 10 tournaments this year. Donegan also had a ne performance at the Florida Amateur Championship on June 23. Donegan shot a four-round total of 313 to nish 51st overall. The U.S. Amateur public links tournament is scheduled for July 14-20 in Lorton, V irginia. It brings together close to 150 golfers for two days. The top 64 will advance. The top nishers compete in a 36-hole championship match and the winner receives an invite to the Masters next April. Daniel Fulleda, 11, of Okeechobee, was recently named the IMG/Gatorade Athlete of the week The Okeechobee golfer has been playing golf for nearly four years. The Award is given to athletes who display heart, hustle and soul and exhibit a true desire to reach their athletic potential. Fulleda is coached by Duncan Smith. His low round during his career for 18 holes is 87. OCRA is gearing up for their 2013 Football Season. Sign ups will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ball park. All of our games are played locally. Football players and cheerleaders are invited to sign up, ages 5-14 years old. The cost is $80 for football and cheerleaders, $60 for ag football. OCRA also needs coaches who have a good knowledge of football, can work with young people and can pass a background check. They are also looking for team sponsors. For more information, call 863-634-0515. Sign ups end Aug. 24. Okeechobee Sports in Brief
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