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Sunday, July 28, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 90 15.63 feetLast Year: 12.13 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Students to be subject to random drug testingBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board approved a tentative $65.2 million dollar operating budget Tuesday that would increase spending but collect less in local taxes. The board set the tentative millage rate at 7.463 mills, a reduction of .435 from this year. The home with a taxable value at $100,000 would pay $43.50 less in school taxes this year. Spending is up $338,348 but the amount of local taxes collected would decline by $527,148, or 7.95%. Local revenue will fund 23 percent of the school budget. The Florida Department of Education has provided nearly $27.4 million to schools, an increase of 9.73 percent. Student enrollment is estimated at 6,790 students, about 183 students fewer than last year. The general budget is just under $51 million. Capital projects are funded at $3.38 million, an increase of $636,454. The state has provided a nearly 40 percent increase for classroom supplies, roughly $250 per teacher. Just under $1.08 million is provided for teacher salary increases by the state. The proposed plan does take over $1.5 million from reserves, or 23 percent of the schools coffers. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said 35 positions have been eliminated without anyone School board plans $65.2 million budget Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenLightning strike hits massive oak treeA bolt of lightning lit up the sky and struck an ancient tree behind of the home of Wayne and Betty Thomas on S.E. 10th Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The explosive strike scattered pieces of the tree hundreds of feet away and caused a large branch to fall to the ground. Mrs. Thomas said she thanks God that no people or animals were injured. They hope to be able to save the remainder of the live oak tree, which is more than 17 feet around the trunk. Lightning strikes are common in Florida this time of year. For more, see page 2. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When the Kissimmee River was transformed from a 103-mile meandering body of water to a 56-mile long ditch, life for the Luna family was changed just as drastically as the river. During testimony heard Friday, July 26, members of that family told Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Metzger how the river was everything to them, and how they used to swim in the clear water and play in the white sand. Then, in the 1960s, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers channelized the Kissimmee there was no more swimming or frolicking on the sandbars in the middle of the river. It was just nasty, testi ed Bonnie Luna Byars. You couldnt swim in it and you couldnt sh in it. The testimony came about as part of a continuing trial (case number 2012CA000251) in which the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is trying to take 373 acres of property belonging to the Luna family. The district says it needs the property for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project that will return the river Luna family ghts to keep landLocal ghters go to kickboxing championship ... Page 19 73-year-old man convicted of drug sales ...Page 9 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. See SCHOOL Page 15 See LUNA Page 9
Today: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 91F. Winds SSW at 5-10 mph. Chance of rain 30% with amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 72F. Chance of rain 40% with amounts near 0.4 in.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy. Chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 90F with a heat index of 97F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Monday Night : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 72F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm/rain in the afternoon. High of 88F with a heat index of 97F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. 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The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear (20) days of this notice. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at the hear ing, such person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. City Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding Copies of the Solid Waste Collection, Disposal and Assessment Ordinance except holidays. 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Since 1959, 428 people in Florida have been killed and 1689 have been injured by lightning. The odds are about 1 in 5 that you will be killed if struck by lightning. Where there is a lot of lightning, there is an increased chance of being struck. The corridor from Tampa to Titusville receives the most annual lightning in the U.S. And, more than 90 percent of the lightning in this area occurs from May through October, between the hours of noon and midnight. During this time of day and year, people w ho spend a lot of time outdoors are much more likely to be struck than anywhere else in the country. The statistics also show that more people are killed by lightning on Wednesdays (as compared to other days), yet the weekends did not show that much of a difference from the rest of the days in the week. NOAAs Tips for Lightning Safety 1. No place outside is safe during thunderstorms! 2. Use the 30-30 Rule: If the time between lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less, go to a safer location. If the lightning cant be seen, just hearing thunder means you should go to a safer location. Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder before leaving a safe location. 3. The best place during lightning is a fullyenclosed building with plumbing and wiring. 4. You can be injured by lightning inside. Stay away from corded telephones, plumbing, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, metal doors or metal window frames, or any electrical conducting path leading outside. Dont watch lightning through a window or open doorway. 5.The second best location during lightning is a vehicle with a solid metal roof and metal sides. Close the windows, and dont touch any conducting path leading outside. Convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles, and cars with plastic or berglass roofs and sides offer no lightning protection. 6. Avoid places and activities known for highest lightning casualties: open elds and elevated places; under trees or other tall isolated objects; water-related activities like swimming, boating, shing, etc.; gol ng; open vehicles; telephone and radio equipment and computers. 7. Outdoor sports have the fastest growing rates of lightning casualtiescoaches, referees, parents, and children need to have a lightning safety plan! 8. Open picnic pavilions and rain shelters offer absolutely no protection from lightning! 9. When outside, appoint someone to be the lightning monitor. Their job is to use the 30-30 rule, stay tuned to weather radio, or to local radio/TV, and observe the weather to tell the group when to seek proper shelter. If someone is struck by lightning, immediately call 9-1-1. Most lightning deaths are from cardiac arrest or from stopped breathing. Perform CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if possible. And dont worry about touching a lightning victimthey cannot electrocute you! Lightning storms can bring danger Okeechobee Forecast
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W ants vs. needs What am I willing to give up to reduce t he size of government? Im beginning to lean closer to the suggestion of leaving pat rol cars parked at the station in order to help cut back on the Sheriffs budget as well as looking into other areas that may can be c ontracted out. Our county entities need to do everything they can to tighten their budgets before they get deeper into our pockets t o furnish wants over absolute needs right now. I cannot believe that the county is still c onsidering building a new building while t hey consider raising our taxes because the c ounty cant afford to pay their bills. What is w rong with these people? They need to cont ract out the tax collectors of ce and close t he drivers license of ce until the county c an pay its bills without borrowing money from the dump fund. The elephant in the room at budget t alks? The practice of giving jobs to friends, relatives and the relatives of political supporters. Every department needs to take a hard look at the basic services the department must provide and the minimum staff needed to provide those services. We cant afford frills. The tax payers cant afford to fund jobs that were created to do favors. Elected of cials who think their positions s hould come with these perks need to go. T he taxpayers cant afford them. There are two areas of budget expense t hat we should be acutely aware. Personnel Services (salaries and bene ts, health care and insurance), and Capital Outlay. The rst consumes, on average in this day and age, 90 percent of the budget. The second, generally, will consume about 5 percent or more, unless some reserve is established. Capital Outlay, is a major problem with our elected of cials. Everyone who has lived in t his county for about 10-15 years sees this issue with the Agri-Civic Center, Courthouse, D/L Of ce, proposed new Sheriffs jail facilities, etc., etc. While it is obvious to the taxpayer, that such expenditures are absolutely required, the elected of cials march onat our expense. Where we, as a county, have dug the proverbial hole is in Personnel Services. We, the public, should ask the elected of cials why, when the population of the county has not really increased signi cantly, for the last 15 years. Look at the census statistics from 1990, 2000 and from 2010. Now ask your elected of cials to provide the statistics for numbers of employees from pre-2000 to the current levels. The government here is fat. Too fat. Until the elected county of cials take a hard look at essential vs nice to have, we are going to have some serious problems ... Its rather obvious that once someone is hired in the good times, that the of cials are extremely reluctant to let that person go. Its the political will to do what is necessary that seems to be lacking. If the elected of cials and the salaried administrators made the hard decisions about personnel levels, and buying or building new facilities, then we might survive this challenge. After watching the Okeechobee County Commission meeting online, I want Phoebe Raulerson to run for county commission. She seems to understand the problems the tax payers are facing. People are already losing their homes to foreclosure. Raising taxes is not the answer. I read Bryant Culpeppers letter in Wednesdays newspaper. I think he has some really good ideas on what the county should do instead of building another building and suggestions of how the county can save money. I support the idea of spending the money on Okee-Tantie to make it an income for county instead of building a new building which is only a cost to the county. I would like to see the other commissioners write a letter in the newspaper to explain why they voted to spend our tax money on building another building and what suggestions they have for the county to save money. The commissioners are going to set the new tax rates at their meeting on Thursday. How can they raise our taxes when they are wasting our money on another new building? Every penny of the county budget is money that has come out of the pocket of the tax payer, one way or another. Its our money. We should demand accountability at every level of government. The county should give tickets to people who use their phones while driving. That would bring in a lot of money. Give thanksBy Nancy VaughanFirst United Methodist Church Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you. In everything give thanks. I have learned to be content in whatever So says Paul, previously known as Saul of Tarsus. Easy for him to say. Or was it? And did he really live it? First century Christians had it tough. Saul spent a lot of time and energy on persecuting them before he became one of them. In the end, he lost his head for it. So how did he manage to give thanks for the persecution handed out to him? I believe it was because he totally and completely trusted God. John Wesley crossed the Atlantic with a bunch of Moravian Christians who were joyously singing in the middle of a horrible storm that frightened Wesley terribly. Upon asking them whether the men or their wives and children were afraid to die at sea, the answer was simple, No. If their service to God was over and they were to perish, so be it. No one gets off this earth alive. No one. And the only things we can take with us are the souls of those we love who will follow. So why do we nd our security in ou r pay check? Our 401K? Our Social Security o r pension? Why do we store up treasures on earth? Why do we freak out when things get tough? Security can only by found b y knowing the one who really owns it all God. We are just allowed to use what w e are blessed with while on this earth. Did God make us to be self absorbed consumers? What kind of a steward are we to be? Wha t are we going to really put our trust in? Recently I told the children about a check-up I had. I explained that my mean, ole doctor told me that I had to stop eating some of the things I loved to eat. That sh e told me that I needed to watch my weigh t better and exercise more. Wasnt that a mean thing to say? I followed it up by asking what bene t the doctor got from insisting that I do these things? Was the docto r going to feel any better, get any richer or b e more popular? If not, then why tell me to do this? Simple, because it would be good fo r ME. Its the same argument for living a lif e of doxology (praise) and being an extravagant giver. Its good for US. The Bible tells us to give thanks in AL L things. Try it. Itll be good for you! July 28, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Special to the Okeechobee NewsGordie Peer entertains crowdApproximately 50 people attended a western show put on by Okeechobees Gordie Peer on Thursday, July 25, at the Okeechobee County Library. He displayed lots of memorabilia from his entertainment days. Mr. Peer also talked about his career as a movie stunt man, rodeo clown and even recited a little poetry for those in attendance.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print bad news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Bright Futures Academic Scholars was presented to Emily Murrow, Sarah Davis, Jenna Rath, Tyler Chartier, Vanessa Watt, Alexis Smith, Jordan Bolan and Jacqueline OConnor. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Bright Futures Gold Seal Vocational was presented to Alexis Torres, Diego Rodriguez, Thania Liberato, Aubrey Robertson, Katlyn Haymond, Vanessa Huerta and Cain Elliot. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Jim Waldau Junior Golf Scholarship was awarded by Bridgett Waldau to Dalton Hodges, Kaylie Hoover, Cheyenne Thibodeau, Katlyn Haymond, Kodi Stephen and Brandon Parramore. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Mildred Jones Memorial Scholarship was awarded by Donald Jones, Kendra Faircloth and Toni Wiersma to Tabitha Cannon-Young, Amanda Jackson, Matthew Hapner and Edith Hernandez. OHS students honored at Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Fair Assocation Scholarship was awarded by Linda Syfrett to Marisol Olvera and (not pictured) Sierra Story.
Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night Bingo on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen w ill offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.Outlawz to hold tryoutsChobee Outlawz, the traveling baseball team, will hold tryouts on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Sports Complex Fields for boys 8-10 years old. For information, contact Donald Coleman at 863801-0679.Business breakfast slatedChristian Business Breakfast, will be held Monday, July 29 at the Hampton Inn, at 8 a.m. If you want breakfast it's only $5 and starting the week off with a good word from the Word. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fellowship and time in the W ord together.Free diabetes class offeredNoreen Williams, a certi ed diabetic educator, will present a free diabetes seminar to the public on Monday, July 29, from 2 3:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 863-763-1700.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, who w ill be giving a presentation and 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 30-minute social before the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. A dult softball teams sign upsOn Tuesday, July 30 a softball meeting w ill be held at Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N. at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 is team sign-up deadline at the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation of ce, 640 N.W. 27rd lane. On Aug. 19 the rst game of the regular season will be played at the Okeechobee County softball eld, 950 N.W. 23rd Lane. Fees for the Men's League are $375, Women's League are $325 and Coed League are $325. For information, visit w ww.facebook.com/okeeparksandrec or call 863-763-6950.Christmas party is July 31The Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge, at 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold their second annual Christmas In July party on Wednesday, July 31 We are collecting unwrapped toys, new clothes and money to purchase presents for the children of Okeechobee for Christmas. The toys and clothes are for any child under the age of 12, for either a boy or girl. The party will start at 8 p.m. and everyone is invited. Anyone wishing to make a donation can drop it off at the Brahma Bull, or call Yvonne at 863-467-0050 for a pick-up. Thank you in advance Okeechobee, for your generous donations for the children.Support group to meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will be holding a Parkinson's Support Group on Wednesday, July 31, at 6 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility located at 608 N.E. Second Ave. (behind Rita's furniture). The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. In the meeting we will provide free adult care and have discussions on how to make a difference with family and caregiver support, while exchanging experiences of Parkinson's. Light refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during the session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family, and patients. For information, feel free to call 863-763-1700.Michael Paul to play locallyMichael Paul, will be coming in August and will play three FREE solo shows. He will be playing at the following: The Shanty (KOA) on Aug. 3 and Aug. 9 from 6 10 p.m. The VFW outside pavilion on Aug. 4 from 3 6 p.m. For more information, please contact at www.facebook.com/michaelpaulsmusic or at 561-385-0971.ConKerr Cancer sit & sewDo you have just four hours that you could donate this month to put a smile on a sick child's face? If so, please join ConKerr Cancer's next "sit & sew" on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to make a difference. There will also be some kits available for you to sew.Youth soccer sign-ups plannedYouth soccer league sign-ups will be held Aug. 12 30 at the Sports Complex, 640 N.W. 27th Lane, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The fee is $35 per player, 5 to 14 years of age. A copy of the participant's birth certi cate is needed to register. For information, call 863-763-6950.Healthy Start board to meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at their of ce in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. This meeting is open to the public. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863462-5877.OCRA holds football sign upsOCRA 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 the games are played locally. Football players and cheerleaders, ages 5-14, are invited to sign up. 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 information, call 863-634-0515. Sign ups end Aug. 24.Archery contest plannedGLADES COUNTYThe Glades County 4-H 3D Archery Contest will be Aug. 24 at Fisheating Creek Outpost. 4-H registration is $18 per archer. Participants must be a member of a 4-H Club, 4-H Archery Club, 4-H Shooting Sports Club, or a County 4-H Shooting Sports Program where during the club year they have received archery instruction from a certi ed Florida 4-H Archery Instructor. There will also be an open shoot category with a registration fee of $20. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 16 For information, contact the Glades County Extension Of ce at 863-946-0244.Horse club hosts a 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, U.S. 441 South. 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.Quarters for a Cause slatedQuarters for a Cause will be held at the American Legion on Tuesday, Aug. 20 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. there will be a special prize giveaway for wearing animal print, as well as a 50/50 drawing, food auctions and door prizes from local small and home businesses. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247.Driver program offeredThe Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will host an AARP Driver Safety Program on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Complete the class in one day, with no driving and no tests. You could receive a discount on you auto insurance for three years. To register, call the Chamber at 863467-6246. Bring a bag lunch.CASTLE seeking 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 772-465-6011 or e-mail email@example.com for information.Big Water DeMolay to meetBig Water DeMolay meets at 105 N.W. Fifth Ave. on the rst and third Thursday o f every month at 6 p.m. for young men 12 to 21. Parents are also invited. Call L. Keith Tomey II at 863-763-8072 for information. DeMolay is an international non-pro t organization sponsored by a Masonic Lodge but members are not required to be related to Masons.Help with FP&L bills offeredThe Salvation Army has FPL (Florid a Power and Light) funding available to assist quali ed consumers. PCall 1-863-763-6020 for guidelines and information Mondays and Tuesdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Coalition celebrates 20 yearsThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is looking to hear from former board of director members, general members, providers, clients and/or their children from 1993 to date. You can mail us a letter stating the services and experiences you have had with the coalition. It can be anonymous if you prefer. Also, let us know if you would like to participate in the 20th anniversary meeting on Aug. 23 Thank you, Okeechobee, for allowing us to service pregnant mothers and their children up to age 3 in our community. Please mail correspondence to: Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition, PO Box 2560, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236
By Mickie AndersonUF/IFASGAINESVILLE Standing in the dairy aisle, hand on a gallon of milk, a consumer might wonder why reports of falling dairy prices arent reflected in a lower price on the milk hes eyeing in his neighborhood grocery. And in part, that consumer would be right: A new University of Florida study that examines 100 food commodities shows that price changes can take several months to be reflected at the consumer level. But overall, the study showed that price-change signals are accurate, and more important, are not arbitrary, said Ronald Ward, an emeritus professor in agricultural marketing with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The bottom line of this paper looks at, Do the (price) signals get passed through the system, do they differ when prices are rising or falling, and are these linkages changing through time? he said. And really, our bottom line is that the system seems to work pretty well. In a study to be published in the August issue of the journal Food Policy, Ward and postdoctoral researcher Hyeyoung Kim tracked 100 commodities over what were deemed the short-term (one month) and long-term (four months). They divided the foods into five categories: grain and oil crops, meats, poultry and eggs, dairy and fruits and vegetables. They looked at whether price-change signals moved as quickly for decreasing prices as they did for increasing prices. And they looked at the system in its entirety over the time span from 2000 to 2009. In a free-market system, pricing is important, Ward said, and effective government food policies rest on the assurance that price-change signals are based in reality as they move from producer to retailer. Among the studys findings: The fruits and vegetables category differed the most from the other categories, likely, Ward said, because its products are the most perishable. Price decreases for fruits and vegetables tend to pass through the chain more quickly than price increases. The price-change signal for beef is not as strong as it was a decade ago, a phenomenon Ward attributes to a more concentrated number of beef processors in the industry having more control over prices. In one months time, price changes had not made their way through any o f the five commodities the researchers studied, although fruits and vegetable price changes were shown to be quickest. In four months time, however, grain and oil prices reflected all price-change information while meat and dairy prices were much slower to reflect price changes. And in the years from 2000 to 2009, the researchers found that dairy goods have begun to respond more quickly to price changes. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 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. 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 7 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Study nds food price system in U.S. working pretty well' We had a good run of cattle this week, just about an even split between Monday and Tuesday. Prices were fairly steady with stronger demand on good quality calves of all sizes. 400-600# steers and heifers were probably $2-$3 Higher. Corn is falling and cattle prices are showing it. Cows and bulls were a little stronger with a fairly light test. Mark your calendars for our special sales: Oct. 4 Bred Heifers Oct. 11 Angus Bulls Oct. 18 Brangus Bulls William Murphy, Avon Park, topped the calf market with a high of $2.65 bought by Foy Reynolds. Seminole Tribe Brighton, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 89.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd
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Those issues include: the district trying to take more land than they need for the project; the petition submitted by SFWMD attorneys in this case does not match the resolution passed by the SFWMD governing board; the appraisal of the property was awed; and, the property w as not surveyed. Any of these errors are suf cient for dismissal of this case, said Orlando-based attorney Bruce Harris, who represents Bonnie Luna Byars, in earlier trial proceedings. The Luna family is willing to grant the district easements across their properties, but the SFWMD wants to take about 263 acres in fee simple. This means the district would own the property outright and could do whatever it wants with the land. Mr. Harris has also pointed out during the trial that the district is wanting to take 7 more acres than it needs, and that the legal description of the property had been altered in that a line was added that not only put in an access easement but increased the acreage that would be taken. For Bonnie Luna Byars, shes ghting to hold onto her property because its her home and she doesnt want to leave the river, her familys property or all the wildlife that also call the Luna property home. I spend all my time out there because I dont like to live around a lot of people, she told her attorney, Tim Wright, during her time on the witness stand. I dont like to be con ned. I like to open my door and see the world. LUNA C ontinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 73-year-old Okeechobee man avoided jail time Friday after he entered a plea of no contest to charges that he sold some of his prescription medication to an undercover law enforcement of cer. Richard Leroy Smith, S.E. Eighth St., was arrested Dec. 19, 2012, after he sold 20 oxycodone pills for $160 to the undercover of cer. He was charged with the felonies of a sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Smith went before Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer Friday, July 26, and was adjudicated guilty on both counts. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright asked that Smith be sentenced to six months in the Okeechobee County Jail. But Smith argued through his defense attorney Brandie M. Tindall, of the District 19 Public Defenders Of ce, that if he went to jail he would lose his Social Security bene ts and his family would have no income, said Mr. Albright. Taking that into consideration Judge Bauer then sentenced Smith to serve two years on community control. Mr. Albright explained that community control is often thought of as house arrest and is much more restrictive than probation. Basically, he can only go to work, school, church and the store one time a week, said the prosecutor, adding that Smith is not allowed to go to restaurants, movies and those types of outings. Smiths wife and son still live in the home, added Mr. Albright. When asked, the prosecutor said Smith was selling his prescription to pretty much make ends meet. However, he added, Smith did admit during his interview with law enforcement after his arrest that he had sold his medications six to eight times in the past. Septuagenarian avoids j ail time with plea deal Richard Leroy Smith
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsDiamond ContractorBud Neese and Luis Garcia recently attended the intensive Mitsubishi M&P Service Trainings in both the new Orlando facility as well as at Mitsubishis main location just outside of Atlanta, Ga. Based on the expertise acquired from the training classes as well as the valued partnership with Mitsubishi Electric, Quality A/C & Heating has achieved the level of Diamond Contractor for Mitsubishi. Mr. Neese and the staff of Quality A/C & Heating continuously strive to keep up with the latest innovations in the eld of air conditioning and heating. They have been in business since 1984. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleFirecracker PageantAbove: The winners in the Toddler Miss group in the Miss Firecracker Pageant (ages 12-23 months) were Queen Hannah Schoonmaker (center), rst runner up Faith DelargyPadgett (right) and second runner up Makilyn Travers (left). Faith is the daughter of Lyndsay Delarge and Deke Padgett. Makilyn is the daughter of Patrick and Natalie Travers. Hannah is the daughter of Leland Schoonmaker and Billie Jo Freeman. At Left: Tiny Miss Firecracker Queen is Katelyn Cobb, daughter of Matt and Kristi Cobb. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi Poole
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See dealer for details. **Visit www.energystar.gov for more information on the tax credit guidelines. 2013 Lennox Industries Inc. 11 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Michael Alayon, 46, N.E. 30th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy Ben Lisle on felony charges of domestic battery by strangulation and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $10,000. Luis Felipe Garcia, 27, N.W. 40th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felony of introduction of contraband into a county detention facility. His bond was set at $2,500. Nadiah Mohamed Elbanna, 26, S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 24 by Deputy Yero Todman on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of grand theft (two counts). Her bond w as set at $5,000. Eric Anselmo, 18, S.W. Second Way, Okeechobee, was arrested July 25 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of a dwelling using a motor v ehicle and grand theft. His bond was set at $27,500. James Lawrence Jenkins, 29, Lake Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested July 25 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation grand theft with property damage. He is being held without bond. Cory Blake Pethybridge, 24, S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 25 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of a dwelling, dealing in stolen property and criminal mischief. His bond was set at $40,000. Ethan Lane King, 18, N.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 25 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of tampering with a witness. His bond was set at $10,000. Billy Martinez, 42, Wiley St., Hollywood, was arrested July 25 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of failure to appear possession of marijuana over 20 grams, failure to appear introduction/ possession of contraband into a state correctional institution and failure to appear for a felony offense. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. EDITORS NOTE: On March 6, 2013, Justin Cody Morey, 24, was arrested on felony charges of grand theft and tampering with a witness. According to Assistant State Attorney Brian M. Casey those charges against Morey were dropped on June 28, 2013. Okeechobee Arrest Report Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue is in need of volunteers to help with of ce work and to help as kennel supervisors. The organization is a non-pro t with no paid staff and depends on donations and community volunteers. For information, contact Belinda Forlifer at 863-357-1104.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAYThe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a measure to impose a 1.500 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed herein. This tax is in addition to the school boards proposed tax of 5.963 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $2,262,245. to be used for the following projects: MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) compliance District-Wide HVAC projects Lighting replacements and upgrades District-Wide roof repair District-Wide maintenance, renovation, and repair of existing facilities District-Wide security enhancements District-Wide Tree Trimming Mower Replacement District-Wide painting projects Reimbursement (as permitted by Florida Statutes) of maintenance, renovation and repair expenses incurred by the General Fund Communications cabling projects District-Wide electrical projects District-Wide playground improvements District-Wide ADA compliance projects MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES Purchase of (6) school buses NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE District-Wide computer hardware and software District-Wide furniture and equipment P AYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL AND ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 30, 2013 at A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at this hearing.PUBLISH: 7/28/2013 Okeechobe News NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a budget for scal year 2013-2014. A public hearing to make a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: July 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. At Okeechobee County School Board oce building Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 14 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Close-up lens 6 Jazz jobs 10 Con game 14 The American dream, e.g. 15 Colosseo city 16 __, Can You Hear Me?: song from Yentl 17 Road hog 20 Pvt. driller 21 Drips in the ER 22 Arm-twisting 23 Ritzy apartment feature 26 __ mater 27 Hog heaven 32 Frank topper 34 Diddly, in Durango 35 Nietzsches never 36 Bushs undergraduate classmates 37 Truth-inadvertising agcy. 38 Disconcert 39 Candy with collectible dispensers 40 Flying start? 42 I-beam, e.g. 44 Hog wild 47 River in central Germany 48 Diamondpatterned structure, as a trellis 51 Black suit 54 Hithers partner 55 Beach shade 56 Whole hog 60 GIs supply 61 Mindless learning 62 Shrink in increments 63 Its history 64 Rephrase, say 65 South-of-theborder sir DOWN 1 Center 2 A watched pot never boils is one 3 Bring under a single control 4 Dusting aid 5 __ Miss 6 Kowtow 7 Chits in the pot 8 Baseball VIPs 9 Got ready to ride 10 Slinky shape 11 Auels The Clan of the __ Bear 12 King Kongs kin 13 Vikings landing place 18 Big name in copiers 19 Cuban dance 24 Baseball scoring stats 25 Shreks sidekick Donkey, e.g. 26 Run __: postpone the bar bill 28 Take out of the carton 29 Also 30 Fitting description? 31 Nostradamus, for one 32 Auto taken back, briefly 33 Topog. map stat 37 Uncle Remus appellation 38 Stew 40 First Mayflower passenger to set foot on Plymouth Rock, so its said 41 Neighborhood improvement target 42 Beanstalk threat 43 Hairy TV cousin 45 Sizzling 46 Room for a broom 49 No prob! 50 Sign up to compete 51 Trade 52 Arizona tribe 53 Bread machines, for short? 54 Hairy Himalayan legend 57 Valance holder 58 Legal thing 59 __ you serious? By Marti DuGuay-Carpenter (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 08/23/11 08/23/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Brenda Scott, poet/playwright from Okeechobee, has had two of her plays produced by Playwrights Express of FirstStage. FirstStage is a community of writers, actors and directors dedicated to the development of new works for stage and screen. The two summer productions, The Doc N the Lady, and Zora: Florida Tales, w ere both written by Ms. Scott and presented on Saturday, May 18, at The Missing Piece Theatre located in Burbank, Calif. Since being founded in 1983 by members of Robert Redfords Sundance Institute, Peter Hay, Didi Conn, Ethan Phillips and Virginia Morris, FirstStage has helped develop hundreds of stage plays and lm scripts. FirstStages doors are open for any writermember or non-members, professional or noviceto submit work for consideration. FirstStage has been the launching pad for many plays that have gone on to be successful productions in theaters throughout the country. Local author has two plays produced
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010BUDGET SUMMARY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVY: OPERATING FUND: REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT 5.215 DISCRETIONARY OPERATING 0.748 DISCRETIONARY CRITICAL NEEDS 0.000 DEBT SERVICE FUND: 0.000 LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT 1.500 TOTAL 7.463 GENERAL DEBT CAPITAL SPECIAL TOTAL FUND SERVICE IMPROVEMENT REVENUE ALL FUNDS FUND FUND FUNDS ESTIMATED REVENUES: FEDERAL SOURCES 50,000.00 12,500.00 62,500.00 FEDERAL THROUGH STATE 270,000.00 9,666,919.07 9,936,919.07 STATE SOURCES 34,519,012.05 217,400.00 53,000.00 58,000.00 34,847,412.05 LOCAL SOURCES 10,179,986.15 2,264,245.00 555,300.00 12,999,531.15 OTHER FINANCING SOURCES 16,000.00 16,000.00 TOTAL SOURCES 45,034,998.20 217,400.00 2,317,245.00 10,292,719.07 57,862,362.27 TRANSFERS IN 470,000.00 470,000.00 FUND BALANCE JULY 1, 2013 5,484,680.45 32,808.30 1,063,293.74 332,230.51 6,913,013.00 TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES 50,989,678.65 250,208.30 3,380,538.74 10,624,949.58 65,245,375.27 EXPENDITURES: INSTRUCTION 30,376,289.89 2,616,715.51 32,993,005.40 PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 1,780,881.10 867,965.57 2,648,846.67 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA SERVICES 444,651.81 444,651.81 INSTRUCTIONAL/CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SERV 372,539.26 879,898.45 1,252,437.71 INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TRAINING SERVICES 191,677.45 1,184,695.52 1,376,372.97 INSTRUCTION RELATED TECHNOLOGY 656,790.00 140,577.48 797,367.48 SCHOOL BOARD 435,726.00 435,726.00 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 1,147,175.00 314,700.04 1,461,875.04 SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 3,059,874.86 14,973.23 3,074,848.09 FACILITIES ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION 2,659,650.64 2,659,650.64 FISCAL SERVICES 407,233.33 407,233.33 FOOD SERVICES 3,937,944.10 3,937,944.10 CENTRAL SERVICES 629,598.50 629,598.50 PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 3,121,955.86 177,154.18 3,299,110.04 OPERATION OF PLANT 3,764,004.42 1,070.00 3,765,074.42 MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 1,417,821.82 1,417,821.82 ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICESW 247,222.00 247,222.00 COMMUNITY SERVICES 379,479.36 379,479.36 MISCELLANEOUS 185,943.15 185,943.15 DEBT SERVICE 216,625.00 216,625.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 48,432,920.66 216,625.00 2,659,650.64 10,321,637.23 61,630,833.53 T RANSFERS OUT 0.00 0.00 470,000.00 0.00 470,000.00 FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 2014 2,556,757.99 33,538.30 250,888.10 303,312.35 3,144,541.74 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES, TRANSFERS AND BALANCES 50,989,678.65 250,208.30 3,380,538.74 10,624,949.58 65,245,375.27 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC REC ORD THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ARE .5% LESS THAN LAST YEARS TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014 GENERAL FUND DEBT SERVICE FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL ALL FUNDS 15 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 losing their job in recent years. Health insurance costs will not increase this year for employees. Capitol projects considered for funding are the purchase of six new school buses, electrical upgrades, and district-wide repairs and maintenance. The budget includes $100,000 for a computer lab at the Freshman Campus, $500,000 for a gymnasium air handler at Okeechobee High School, and $260,000 for lighting improvements at Osceola Middle School. The transportation budget totals $1.65 million. The budget includes $1.62 million for the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, $2.56 million for Central Elementary, $5.68 million for Okeechobee High School, $2.14 million for South Elementary, $651,000 for Okeechobee Achievement Academy, $2.9 million for Yearling Middle, $2.88 million for North Elementary, $3 million for Everglades Elementary, $3.13 million for Seminole Elementary, and $3.73 million for Osceola Middle School. Each school, with the exception of Everglades, took a small budget cut this year. Another hearing on the spending plan is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. at the school board of ces.Drug testing approvedThose students who participate in athletics, extracurricular activities and or have an on-campus parking permit at Okeechobee High School will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing this year. Students who already have violated the substance abuse policy and those volunteered by their parents, will also be subject to these random tests. The test results will remain con dential. Those in athletics, extracurricular activities and with an on campus parking permit must be in compliance. Each school will test no less than 25 percent of students in grades 9-12 that are involved in these activities. The test results will not be turned over to law enforcement unless required by law. The penalty for the rst violation will be 10 school days and requires a second drug and alcohol test. The second violation will cost the student 20 school days in this activity and substance abuse evaluation and treatment. A third violation will result in a 60-day suspension from the activity and drug evaluation and treatment. The district has the option to pay up to $135 for the drug evaluation. Mr. Kenworthy said he has not received any comments about the proposed polic y since it was made public in June. A parent has the option of withdrawing their student from these activities. "The policy has been vetted throughout the community thanks to our committee," he said. Board member Joe Arnold said he opposes the policy because he feels it violates the 4th amendment of the Constitution. "I don't feel students lose their Constitutional rights when they enter the school doors." Board member Gay Carlton questioned whether the members of the high school band should be tested. Mr. Kenworthy said since the band is subject to a grade, it is considered part of the school curriculum and thus not eligible for random drug testing. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1
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Sell your used items in the classifieds Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE FOR RFQ #ADM 02-32-08-13 CITY OF OKEECHOBEE Request of Quali cations for PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING & SURVEYING SERVICES The Okeechobee City Council, Okeechobee, Florida, in compliance with Florida Statute 287.055, Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA), invites Expressions of Interest from quali ed, experienced, licensed civil engineers to provide Professional Engineering & Surveying Services to the City of Okeechobee. Description: The intent of this solicitation is to select the most highly quali ed rm(s) to provide Professional Engineering & Surveying Services to the City of Okeechobee on an as needed basis, for a total contract period not to exceed three (3) years with opportunities for two (2) one-year renewals. Submittal information and response format may be obtained at no charge by contacting the City of Okeechobee Administration Of ce at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, by calling (863) 763-3372, or via the Citys website: www.cityofokeechobee.com. Firms desiring to provide the Professional Engineering & Surveying Services described above shall submit one (1) original, marked ORIGINAL six (6) copies, each marked COPY, and one (1) electronic copy on a CD, PDF format preferred, of their proposals, containing all of the requested quali cation data by August 23, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Submittals will be accepted by hand delivery, U.S. Mail or overnight delivery, and must be marked on the outside of envelope: RFQ#ADM 02-32-08-13 Professional Engineering & Surveying Services, sent to the Administration Of ce, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974. Submittals received after that date and time will not be accepted or considered and will be returned to the rm unopened. Submittals will be opened as soon as practicable thereafter in the Administration Of ce. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), anyone desiring to attend this proposal opening who needs a special accommodation should contact the Citys ADA coordinator at (863) 763-3372 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting, excluding Saturday and Sunday. City of Okeechobee, Florida, City Council Mr. Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 449021 ON 7/28/2013 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE PROPOSED OKEECHOBEE COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT OFFICE BUILDING AND FUEL STATION CANOPY COUNTY PROJECT # 2013-12 Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, hereby issues this request for quali cations to provide Architectural Services for the design and construction of a proposed Road Department Of ce Building and Fuel Station Canopy. Services shall include, but not be limited to, space needs assessment, Schematic Design, providing services for structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, drawings, preparation of preliminary and nal construction drawings with complete speci cations and contract documents suitable for solicitation of bids and permit issuance for this project and Construction Administration Services.Complete requirements, background and other information relating to this RFQ are available at Okeechobee County Facilities Maintenance and Development Services/Capital Projects, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite C, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Related inquiries shall be directed to Donnie Oden, F.M.D.S., Director, at 863-763-0805, email@example.com. .us and on the Okeechobee County Website: www.co.okeechobee. .us under RFP & RFQs.Proposals to provide the services described herein shall include: a letter of transmittal requesting that the rm be certi ed as quali ed to provide the required professional services, organizational pro le and quali cations, scope of services proposed, public entity crimes af davit, SF 330, projected time line and related data as outlined in the RFQ and any state and federal requirements. Interested rms shall submit an original proposal and eight (8) copies thereof in a sealed enclosure bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words Road Department Of ce Building and Fuel Station Canopy by 4:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, August 30, 2013 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd St, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL. 34972. Proposals received after the time and date speci ed will not be considered. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive technical errors and informalities not inconsistent with Florida Statutes, and to accept the proposal, which, in its sole judgment, best serves the public interest. Okeechobee County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida 449022 ON 7/28/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 47-2013-CA-000201 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA Plaintiff vs. RAUL LOZANO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAUL LOZANO; MARIANO ROSAS VIVANCO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARIANO ROSAS VIVANCO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY;UNKNOWN TENANT #2 IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): RAUL LOZANO Last Known Address 3465 NW 36TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAUL LOZANO Last Known Address 3465 NW 36TH AVE. OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOTS 5 AND 6 IN BLOCK 54, OF THE PLAT OF BASSWOOD, UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 3465 NW 36TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of you written defenses, if any, to it, on Marinosci Law Group, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the THE OKEECHOBEE NEWS, le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand in the complaint.This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 17 Okeechobee News July 28, 2013 34986; (772) 807-4370; 1-800-955-8771, if you are hearing or voice impaired. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 15th day of July, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court BY: Jennifer Rediker As Deputy Clerk 448307 ON 7/21,28/2013 Ask our sales representatives how to increase your digital presence with an ad on orida.newszap.comCall today, 863.763.3134
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MurphyOkeechobee NewsSeveral fighters from Rays Combat Kickboxing Self-Defense and Fitness Center took home accolades after they competed in the 2013 IKF World Kickboxing Classic from July 19-21 in Orlando. Manuel Sanchez and Pascual Ruiz both won their first full-contact fights and they joined Sebastian Fulleda and Mike Weisberg in championship fights on July 21. Fulleda won the Jr. Championship w ith a first-round knockout. Fulleda is a junior this year at Okeechobee High School. He is a twoy ear letterman for the wrestling team and wrestled at 152 pounds last year. He fought in the 153-159 pound division. He said he started fighting because he w anted to prove something to himself and see what he could do. He thanked his instructors, and his parents for all of their support. His goal is to become a professional fighter one day. The event was pretty amazing. There w ere a lot of nerves in my first fight but I was relaxed afterward and I felt good, he added. It felt good. After all the hype y ou feel tired but after the win it was a really good feeling and something you cant explain. Instructor Susan Ray said the guys w orked very hard to achieve success. They come to the gym a lot to learn and keep themselves in outstanding condition. We were proud of all of them. Every one of them is a warrior, she said. Ray said all of the guys were winners even though a few lost close decisions in the finals. She said the sport builds y our confidence, improves your physical condition, and is empowering to those that take part. Martial Arts are a journey in which y ou evolve all the time because the more you do it the more you learn and grow. Im excited for Okeechobee and the success weve had, she added. Leonel Ruiz, 19, fought in the light heavy weight division at 177 pounds. This was his second trip to the tournament. He said despite a loss by decision in the final he felt he could have been the w inner. It wont keep me down and Ill come back again. It is a great sport and one loss doesnt make a difference. I will get up and move forward again. Ruiz said he loves a challenge and admits you get nervous when you fight but you learn from it. He said the venue was like being on television and hard to explain. He said there were all kinds of fighters with all kinds of different styles in the tournament. His brother Pascual Ruiz, age 22, also reached the final before losing a decision. He has only been fighting for five months. He competes at 148 pounds in the Super Welterweight division. He has always wanted to be a fighter since he was a small child. It is a lot of fun. I do a lot of work in the gym and hope to be a professional one day, he added. Sanchez, 26, has been fighting for over two years. This was his first tournament experience. He said he wont soon forget it because there were spectators and fighters from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Panama. He called the preparation and training for the tournament, intense. I saw a huge variety of fighting styles and the skill level was very advanced, more than what I expected, he added. He said it takes training and discipline to be a good fighter. You must show up and train all the time, learn the skills and techniques, get in shape, and even watch what you eat. He said he is much healthier now that he has taken up this sport. It is not just strengthit takes a combination of a lot of skills to be a success. You eat the right things to make sure you have the energy, and you need discipline to maintain your weight and be at your best, he explained. Trainer and instructor Coleman Ray praised his group of fighters for their tenacity and commitment. We are so proud of our whole team. There will always be people who talk about fighting but few of them ever walk the walk and fight full contact in the ring. The team would like to collect donations and sponsorships to help them with the costs they incur for training and competitions. Rays Combat Kickboxing Self-Defense and Fitness Center is located at 415 S.W. Park St. in Okeechobee. They can be reached at 863-467-1806. Local ghters compete in kickboxing championships Okeechobee re ghters sponsor school supply driveThe Professional and Volunteer Fire ghters of Okeechobee will host the annual school supply drive Aug. 9, 10 and 11 in front of Walmart. Support the re ghters on Friday, Aug. 9, 4:30-7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All supplies will be donated to My Aunts House (501c3) for distribution to needy and foster children in Okeechobee. There are drop boxes at all Okeechobee re stations, so if you are unable to make it to Walmart, you can drop off supplies at any of the stations before the 12 of August. For information, call Matt Vinson 863-697-1205.
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