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Sunday, September 1, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 105 15.58 feetLast Year: 13.64 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Clerk accused of taking credit card ... Page 13 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jobless rates continued to follow summertime trends in Okeechobee and Glades Counties during July according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Okeechobee had a rate of 9.4 percent with 1,732 residents collecting bene ts while 16,683 residents had jobs during July. Those compare to 1,662 who collected bene ts in June. According to the report, 16,811 residents had jobs in June. The jobless rate in June stood at 9 percent. The rate in July 2012 was 11.4 percent. Okeechobee ranked ninth among the 67 counties in the state last month in unemployment. Jobless rates up See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Sunday, Sept. 1 Festival in Flagler Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rodeo at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena, U.S. 441 N., 2:30 p.m.Monday, Sept. 2 Parade in downtown Okeechobee at 10 a.m. Festival in Flagler Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rodeo at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena, U.S. 441 N., 2:30 p.m. Labor Day events By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Six employees of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) were recently honored for their work ethic and dedication by being named the agency's top employees of the second quarter. The award recipients come from ve different categories: administrative, citizen volunteer, detention deputy, law enforcement and unit citation. "As always, I am very proud of my employees and the job they do. This time is very hard because one of the employees that won employee of this quarter was in my of ce two weeks ago and was advised they had won the award, and was back in my of ce this past week to be advised they were being laid off because of budget reductions," said Sheriff Paul May. "We are losing some very talented and dedicated employees and I don't believe losing these people is in the best interest of the county." Because of cuts to the budget, Sheriff May this week announced that 38 of his employees were being laid off as of Sept. 30. Ashley Bishop was named the employee of the quarter in the administrative division. She was nominated by Detention Deputy Lieutenant Scott Deloney because of her ability to multi-task, prioritize and pride in her work. OCSO employees of the quarter honored Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce unit citation for the second quarter went to Jason Knapp (second from left) and Joseph Smith (second from right) of the internet technology department. Giving them their citation are Sheriff Paul May (far left) and Major Noel Stephen (far right). See JOBS — Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Florida Forest ServiceForest ranger battles wild res in UtahA local Florida Forest Service ranger recently spent time battling wild res out west. Squad Boss Tom Hopkins (second from the left) is shown with his crew. For the story, see page 14. See OCSO — Page 5

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The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT 2000 block of S.E. 34th Lane  2400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  500 block of U.S. 441 N.  1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  2900 block of U.S. 441 S.E.BURGLARY 1000 block of N.E. 31st Terrace  900 block of N.W. 39th Circle  700 block of N.E. 15th Ave.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 21000 block of N.W. 288th St.  100 block of U.S. 98 N.  1400 block of N.W. 47th TerraceFRAUD 800 block of N.E. 31st TerraceTHEFT 3600 block of S.E. 26th St.  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  3400 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  2600 block of N.W. 33rd Ave.  4800 block of S.E. 42nd St.  1700 block of N.W. 44th Ave.  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3100 block of N.W. 20th Trail  4100 block of S.E. 28th St.  3100 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  3500 block of U.S. 441 S. OCSO Investigations Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 90F with a heat index of 95F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 73F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Extended ForecastMonday : Clear in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 91F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Monday Night : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 73F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday : Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 90F with a heat index of 95F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Tuesday Night : Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday : Partly cloudy with chance of thunderstorm. High 90F with a heat index of 99F. Winds 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SEBRINGS 1ST CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL September 7, 2013 6-9pm On the Circle in downtown Sebring visit childrensmuseumhighlands.com 2 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary hosts speakerThe Rotary Club of Okeechobee members welcomed Arthur Hodge, president of District 6930, as the speaker on Aug. 20. Mr. Hodge, a member of the Vero Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, is pictured here with Donna Gaiser, Rotary Club of Okeechobee president. Okeechobee Forecast On Tuesday, Aug. 27, Okeechobee Main Street greeted more than 40 members, visitors, friends and community partners. Seacoast South branch hit a home run with their baseball theme. Jon Geitner got the ball rolling when he took time to introduce his team of enthusiastic staff. Main Street Executive Director Sharie Turgeon took home plate to welcome all guests and thanked Jon Geitner for all of their hospitality and great baseball fare food. Following brief introductions, announcements and updates, tickets were drawn for the door prizes provided by Main Street member businesses. These great gifts ranged from gift certi cates to wine, with even some specialty items such as Salt Water Taffy from New Jersey and chocolate covered bacon from Brown Cow Sweetery. The public is welcome to attend the September Mixer on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the TD Bank, 1506 S. Parrot Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. For a list of mixers for 2013 or for questions or additional information, contact the Okeechobee Main Street at 863-357-6246. If you’re in town stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 South Parrott Ave. (across the street from CVS, in the chamber building). Seacoast Bank hosts monthly Main Street Mixer Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Main StreetThose enjoying the mixer included: (left to right) Mark Bragel, Angie Grif n, Sharie Turgeon, Jon Geitner, Melody Hodges, Frank DeCarlo, Maureen Burroughs, Diane Davies, Terry Burroughs and John Creasman.

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Will the dike fail? The lake needs its natural highs and lows. That is what provides the ecosystem that the sheries need to prosper. Because we had a “drought” and the water was low for a while, the sheries are now in good shape. Look at the photos in the paper of all the sh people are catching. If they keep the water level too high for a long time, it will destroy that. I agree with EarthJustice which has been pushing for water conservation and treatment areas north of Lake Okeechobee to clean the water before it enters the lake and to help control the lake level that way. Why doesn’t the SFWMD use the thousands of acres of land they purchased in Glades County for water storage? They said that is why they bought it. Why aren’t they storing water there?School Board Maybe instead of spending unknown amounts of money on drug testing of our high school students, they could apply that money to salaries. Most data on the drug testing shows that it is not cost effective.  I hope the teachers keep up the pressure on the union representatives and on the school board to settle the 2013-2014 contract without delay and get those promised raises in place. We have seen the school board does not have to make pay raises retroactive. The teachers worked a whole school year while negotiations were going on and on. Don’t let that happen again.Sheriff’s budget Government says we are out of the bad times, everything is getting better. Does one of those idiots running this country want to tell these 38 people who just lost their jobs that? Do they want to tell the deputies who are going on calls, some very dangerous without back up, that? How about the citizens of Okeechobee County who don’t have the protection needed to be safe? I thank Sheriff May for standing his ground to protect his people.  I, as many others, think it is a shame that 38 people will be losing their jobs due to recent budget cuts. However, I want to know why the sheriff’s line item budget is not online on the web site? The county makes their line item budget available to the public, so why won’t the sheriff do the same?  I think the county and city need to join together and combine their budgets like Palm Beach County did. I see the city getting new patrol cars every year and the county has to deal with what they have.  I know this has been brought up a lot in the past, but why not try keeping the patrol cars at the sheriff’s of ce instead of letting them go home with the deputies? You would need fewer cars that way and could afford newer ones. Why not at least try it and see how it works? That would also stop any allegations that deputies use the patrol car for personal errands.  How can they really think the layoffs will save money? Just one lawsuit could put them way over what the budget the sheriff is asking for. I am in one of the higher tax brackets and do not complain about the taxes. I will pay more to keep our community safe, our of cers safe and save jobs.  These people who want the sheriff’s ofce budget passed at the higher level, where is the money going to come from? The only funding source is local taxes. I hope you can pay more because I can’t. My taxes are already all I can handle.  The sheriff’s of ce needs to progress. They cannot progress if they are not attractive to new hires. They cannot progress due to funding. You know the saying “You have to have money to make money?” In order for this agency to run ef ciently, it’s going to cost in the short run. But, nding grants to support “progress” and upgrading requires spending.Budget The jail is a big expense as the county gets stuck feeding the inmates and covering their medical bills. The judges should consider that when they put people in jail who are not a danger to the community. If they are not violent, why not set bail or put them on house arrest while awaiting trial? For nonviolent crimes, ordering them to pay restitution and perform community service could do more for the community than locking them up. And if the judges would sentence convicted felons to at least “a year and a day” they would go to prison instead of the county having to keep them at the jail. Minute to Win It!By Nancy VaughanFirst United Methodist Church A friend told me recently that she enjoyed my writing. Why? Because it was short and sweet! OK. So, I asked her what she meant. “Well,” she said, “some of the Re ections articles are so long and ‘over her head’ that she doesn’t even bother to read them. I’m not criticizing my fellow ministers, I just believe that perhaps, each of us writes for a different audience. Who reads these every Sunday? It is my prayer that most everyone does! Have you ever watched the TV show, “Minute to Win It?” As I recall, the contestants have just one minute to win the prize. Here goes my minute! If you have tried everything else…try God. If you have achieved most everything you wished for and still feel empty….try God. If you had done all you can do and nothing is going right…try God. If you are hanging on by a thread….let go and let God. If your last nerve is severed…..turn it over and rest in God. Even scientists say there is a “God gene,” whatever that is. I believe there is a Godshaped hole inside of us that only He can ll. To “try God” is simply to trust. Let go and trust. But there is a catch. You must be “all in.” It can be really scary the rst time you do this. You think you would like to try. You don’t know how to do it. You don’t want to get it wrong. AND you don’t want to be disappointed. First, you have to conquer that fear. That’s your only part. God actually does the rest. Just commit and say, “OK, God. Let’s do this, but show me how!” An awesome way to begin is to con de in someone you know has a great relationship with Him and ask for help. The next step is to pray, hopefully with tha t committed Christian you have sought out, but if not, by yourself. God already knows your problem. But He wants to hear you sa y it, acknowledge that you need Him and trus t Him for the answer. You really can’t “get i t wrong” because He knows your heart. Then comes the hardest part. God’s answers to prayers are 2, 3 and 4-letter words. “No,” “Yes,” and “Wait.” Wait is a four-lette r word! It is by far the hardest answer to receive. Don’t be discouraged. His timing is perfect. Just keep on believing. And remember, “No” is always for our good. Only H e sees the big picture. His plans for you are fo r good. You just do the trusting, He does the rest. You don’t have to try to change anything except to trust Him instead of yourself o r others for a change. You do the trusting; H e does the changing. So, are you ready? September 1, 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! TAMPA–AAA and Bud Light are offering the Tow to Go program for Labor Day weekend. The program is designed to help discourage an intoxicated driver from getting behind the wheel. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a Tow to Go ride, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2. Florida drivers who are too intoxicated to safely drive home can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. “This program is invaluable because it brings attention to the dangers of drinking and driving beyond just giving an intoxicated driver a safe ride home,” said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of designated drivers and help prevent drunk driving,” said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We’re pleased to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.” Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 22,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group has provided the Tow to Go service for more than 15 years because it allows AAA to protect the freedom and mobility of motorists on our roadways. Tow to Go provides a con dential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location. This service is provided in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. It is free and available to both AAA members and nonmembers. The AAA service vehicle takes the driver and their car home. AAA offers ‘Tow to Go’ this weekend

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“She is a great asset not to just me, but to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce,” said Lt. Deloney. Robert Lee Howard Jr. was nominated as the citizen volunteer by Jail Administrator Ronnie White, who said Mr. Howard has been coming to the jail for many years to provide religious opportunities for all the inmates. Mr. Howard is sponsored by Dunklin Memorial Camp. The top employee of the quarter in the detention deputy category was Detention Deputy James Roy Bass. He was nominated by Detention Deputy Sergeant Randy Worth and Detention Deputy Lieutenant John R. Rhoden. “Roy deserves the award for his consistent hard work, good personal and work ethics, professionalism, his ability to get along with everyone, his ability to learn and teach, his job pro ciency and many other great traits that make him a great employee and an asset to the department,” said Sgt. Worth. For Lt. Rhoden, Deputy Bass warranted the nomination for his efforts in trying to save a man’s life who was found unconscious in the bathroom of a local convenience store. Deputy Bass, and a worker at the store, performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man until emergency medical personnel had them stop. Their efforts to save the man were unsuccessful. “Deputy Bass showed no hesitation in acting as a rst responder through the training received at this department,” said Lt. Rhoden. “It is through his actions that give me faith in his ability to prove himself an asset to this department.” Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson was nominated in the law enforcement division by OCSO road patrol supervisor Captain Gary Bell, who said the nomination was warranted because of the deputy’s apprehension of a local “up and coming criminal.” “Your extra efforts are what made this all come together,” said Capt. Bell. “This type of police work is what has been effective for many, many years and it’s nice to see that it is still effective and used. Job well done.” The unit citation went to Jason Knapp and Joseph Smith of the OCSO internet technology department. They were nominated by Criminal Analyst Connie Curry. “I nominate Jason and Joseph because of their ‘user friendly’ approach to employees. Employees are encouraged to call either of them if they have a problem,” said Mrs. Curry. “Technical changes in the future will be much easier with Jason and Joseph leading the way.” These winners will now be in the running for employee of the year honors. 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Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 5 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 Glades County had a jobless rate of 9.3 percent in July as 463 people collected bene ts and 4,533 were employed. The June jobless rate was 8.7 percent with 430 residents able to collect bene ts and 4,526 employed. The jobless rate in July 2012 stood at 10.5 percent. Glades ranked 11th among Florida Counties last month. Around the region, Hendry County had 15.5 percent unemployment which was the highest rate in the state during July. St. Lucie County reported 10.4, Indian River 9.7, Highlands 9.0, DeSoto 8.8, Martin 7.8, Palm Beach 7.7,and Osceola 7.4 percent. JOBSContinued From Page 1 OCSOContinued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ OCSODetention Deputy James Roy Bass (center) was recently picked as the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the second quarter in the detention deputy division. Deputy Bass is anked by Sheriff Paul May and Jail Administrator Ronnie White as he was presented his certi cate. Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the second quarter in the administrative division was Ashley Bishop (center). She was nominated by Detention Deputy Lieutenant Scott Deloney (left). On hand for the presentation of her certi cate was Jail Administrator Ronnie White (right). Submitted photo/ OCSOSheriff Paul May (left) shakes the hand of Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson (center) who was recently named the employee of the second quarter in the law enforcement division. Also on hand at the certi cate presentation was Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan (right). Submitted photo/ OCSORobert Lee Howard Jr. was selected as the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the second quarter in the citizen volunteer classi cation. On hand for the presentation of his certi cate were Sheriff Paul May (left) and Jail Administrator Ronnie White (right).

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Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 is hosting Sunday night bingo on Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds bene t the American Legion's programs for veterans. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.Road Kill Dinner plannedThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Club will host a Road Kill Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday night the menu is always cat sh, shrimp and steak from 5 to 7 p.m.Auxiliary serving hot dogs On Monday, Sept. 2 the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cypress Hut Eagles Club will serve Michigan-style hot dogs with all the trimmings starting at 1 p.m. The public is invited. Proceeds will go to various Ladies Auxiliary charities.CAC plans bene tA bene t for Albion Crowell will be held Monday, Sept. 2, at the Willy Alderman Football Field, 424 N.E. 15th Ave., starting at 11 a.m. There will be a barbecue dinner, sh fry, games and more. For information, contact CAC of Douglas Park and Deans Court Inc. at 863-484-2350.City Hall closed on Labor DayCity Hall of ces will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observation of the Labor Day Holiday.Top Dog contest plannedThe Third Annual Top Dog Competition will be held in Flagler Park 3 on Monday, Sept. 2 starting at noon.Sew-a-thon to be heldSeptember is here and that means it's our annual MOPS (Miles of Pillowcase Smiles) month. ConKerr Cancer's goal is one pillowcase for each child currently in treatment, which means 44,000 pillowcases from all 125 chapters. Last year, ConKerr Cancer's 2012 grand total was 62,198 pillowcases which equaled 29 "miles of smiles." The Okeechobee Chapter contributed 315 pillowcases to that nal number. Our next ConKerr Cancer sit and sew will be Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to make a difference. We have lots of pillowcase kits ready to be sewn if you don't have any fabric. If you are sewing pillowcases at home, you can drop them off this month or on Oct. 1 at our next meetingthey will still count for the MOPS total since they were done in September.Healthy Start board to meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. at their of ce in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The 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, call 863-462-5877.Sacred Heart offers bingoThe Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host Monday Night Bingo starting Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. It is open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen is available for refreshments. For information, call 863-763-3727.CSC sets budget hearingThe Children's Services Council of Okeechobee will have their rst public budget hearing of the year Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:01 p.m. in the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, 700 S.W. Second Ave., in room 303.Support group to meetA stroke support group meeting will be held at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave., Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. A meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month. For information, call 863-763-1700.Friends of NRA banquet setThe Okeechobee Friends of NRA will host their 2013 banquet at the Okeechobee KOA on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. The Friends of the NRA is a non-pro t charitable organization. All of the funds raised will bene t rearm safety and education programs for both youth and adult participants. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at The Gun Shop; by calling 863-634-8678; or, online at www.friendsofnra.org.Shared Services board to meetThe executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will hold its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257.CAC to honor local manThe Community Action Committee of Douglas Park and Deans Court, Inc., will recognize Jimmy L. McNeil for 40 years of service to the Christian community of Douglas Park and Deans Court. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at the First Missionary Baptist Church, 906 N.E. Ninth Ave. starting at 6 p.m. For information, contact Ossie Fleming 863-484-2350.Barnyard Buddies to meetThe Okeechobee Barnyard Buddies 4-H small animal club meetings will be held the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The rst meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension of ce, 458 U.S. 98 N. The Buddies will elect of cers and talk about the coming year. Everyone who would like to be part of the club is invited. You can sign up at the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension of ce Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It costs $1 a year to belong. You may also call the extension of ce at 863-763-6469. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Peggy Ann Aaron, 68OKEECHBOEE Peggy Ann Aaron of Okeechobee passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Hamrick Home. She was born July 24, 1945 in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She was a bookkeeper with Okeechobee Utility Authority and member of the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. Ms. Aaron was preceded in death by her father and mother, J. Robert and Arta Ely. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Marie Aaron of Okeechobee; brother, Bobby El y of Sevierville, Tennessee; and her Okeechobee Utility Authority friends and family. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. 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By Melissa BeltzSpecial to the Okeechobee News CLEWISTON—In the wake of July’s record rainfall in South Florida and rising water levels in Lake Okeechobee, strategies to save one area from devastation have shifted the water burden elsewhere. As the Army Corps of Engineers sends water from Lake Okeechobee to either coast in an attempt to save the Herbert Hoover Dike from failing under the pressure of too much water, residents on the east and west coasts of Florida are feeling the effects. It’s hard for residents and visitors not to notice the brown water gushing into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, the two bodies of water on the east and west coasts, into which the Army Corps releases excess w ater from Lake Okeechobee. The nutrients in the water has been blamed for the recent toxic algae bloom in the St. Lucie River. The excess freshwater also ruins the balance of salinity in these estuaries. According to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the St. Lucie Estuary, which contains major oyster beds located between the U.S. 1 and A1A bridges near Stuart, has a salinity level below ve as of Aug. 1, which indicates poor salinity conditions for oysters. In a letter to the editor sent to The Clewiston News, a resident of Stuart claimed that dead manatees, dolphins, sh and oysters plague the area around the St. Lucie and Indian rivers. “We just want them to drain south and come up with the billions to do it,” the resident wrote. “Drain south” has become the rallying cry for South Florida residents who are fed up with their dying rivers and coastlines. The plan some groups have to “drain south” means buying farmland to use to store Lake Okeechobee’s excess water, instead of releasing it into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. These same groups have now set their sights on sugar farmers, the same sugar farmers that keep the small town of Clewiston a oat, say many critics of the “drain south” plan. “If you ood the land, the jobs go away and Clewiston dies,” said Clewiston City Manager Al Perry. “Flooding all of Sugar’s land is not the answer as far as we’re concerned.” Proponents of the “drain south” plan are preparing a rally to be held in Clewiston on Sept. 1 in Sugarland Park beginning at noon. The Sugarland Rally, as it’s called, “will unite the east and west coasts of Florida in a peaceful, historic demonstration to speak out against the pollution of our estuaries from Lake Okeechobee discharges,” according to the group’s Facebook page. The group also speci ed that it hopes to work “with Florida’s sugar industry,” not against it. Judy Sanchez, senior director of corporate communications and public affairs for U.S. Sugar, agreed that plans need to be put in place to address South Florida’s water issues, but believed ooding U.S. Sugar’s farmland is not the answer. She also accused the group and other advocates of being “upset at the wrong people.” Her statement comes from SFWMD’s data, which shows that southern in ows into Lake Okeechobee, from Moore Haven to Canal Point, accounted for merely 5 percent of all in ows into the lake between 2006 and 2010. The same data also shows that 5 percent of the phosphorous that entered Lake Okeechobee came from the same area, which includes U.S. Sugar’s farmland. In that same period, 49 percent of water inows and 28 percent of phosphorous inows came from the Kissimmee Basin north of the lake. Mr. Perry agreed with Ms. Sanchez and said the Sugarland Rally is being “set up on the wrong side of the lake.” There are plans being worked on to address the water issue that do not involve ooding farmland, and U.S. Sugar is part o f those on-going plans. Most plans include storing and cleaning water before it is sent down the rivers to be discharged, as well as comprehensive plans for storing more water north of the lake, according to SFWMD. Some plans have already been approved by both the state and federal legislatures, but a 50-50 cost share between the state and federal government means the plans are progressing slowly. The residents of America’s Sweetest Town, however, are worried they are no w the target of a problem that affects everyone in South Florida. “It’s unfortunate that most of the people coming out here don’t know anything about Clewiston. They don’t even know we’re out here. These are real businesses out here and they’ve been here since 1925 when the cit y was incorporated,” said Mr. Perry. Clewiston Mayor Phillip Roland, who was asked to speak at the upcoming Sugarland Rally, called the water storage issue a “shared adversity” and asked Clewiston residents not to worry about the potential threat of ooding U.S. Sugar’s farmland. “I don’t even think about it because it’s not going to happen,” said Mayor Roland. “It’s something I don’t want people to be worried about.” 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 7 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 Rally takes aim at discharges from lake Special to the Okeechobee News Sept. 11, 2001, will long be remembered as a day when heroes were made. The public is invited to remember those heroes at a memorial tribute at the Indian River State College Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Hosted by IRSC and the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Chapter X, the event will feature retired NYPD Detectives and rst responders Al Hickey and Steve Con no, Christine Hickey and others as they share their experiences from that day. Items and photos from Ground Zero will also be on display. Doors open at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. “We are pleased to provide this opportunity of remembrance and re ection for our local community and public safety agencies and are honored to partner with the Blue Knights to make this event a success,” said Evan A. Berry, Assistant Dean of Public Service Education. IRSC criminal justice and re academy recruits will be on hand to take part in the program and will lay a wreath at the eternal ame located at the Public Safety Training Complex in memory of those public safety professionals killed in the line of duty. The event will take place in the Bailey Auditorium of the Frank and LeVan Fee Physical and High Liability Training Building at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex, 4600 Kirby Loop Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981. The Blue Knights is an international non-pro t fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles. For more information, call 772462-7150. 9/11 Memorial tribute at IRSC Okeechobee Livestock Market ReportPrices slid a little this week, unable to sustain the level they reached last week. Cattle on Feed Report was very bullish but corn crop estimate was “tweaked” down some, resulting in some decline in cattle prices. All in all, not bad. Cows and bulls were $2-$3 lower. Lightweight calves under 400# sold the best, mostly steady, while calves over 400# were $3-$5 lower. I don’t see any real reason for prices to uctuate any lower at this time. Mark your calendars for our special sales: Oct. 4 Bred Heifers Oct. 11 Angus Bulls Oct. 18 Brangus Bulls CLOSED for Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2 Rodeo Hugh Williams, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.95 bought by D & S Cattle. L-7 Ranch, Sebring, topped the cow market with a high of 93.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CHAD STONE BIRTHDAY LORDY LORDY LOOK WHO IS 40! WE LOVE YOU, MARGARET, MACIE, RAYMOND, MOM AND DAD 8 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 Raulerson Hospital has enjoyed caring for the community for the past 34 years. The community events hosted by Raulerson Hospital are held in a very welcoming environment and offer informative messages regarding the latest in health care today. Whether you are a regular or someone who hasn’t ever attended a community health event in the past, the medical staff and employees of Raulerson Hospital are happy to introduce you to these fun and educational classes and programs. Raulerson Hospital hosts a Better Breathers Support Group monthly for sufferers of COPD and other respiratory related issues. There is no fee to participate in the support group. Each month one of Raulerson Hospital’s licensed respiratory therapists teach participants about various respiratory related topics. The group meets in the hospital’s in-service classroom on the rst Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you or a loved one would like to participate in the Better Breather’s Support Group, RSVP to 824-2702. The next class meets on Wednesday, Sept. 4. September is the awareness month for Sepsis, a toxic response to infection that kills more than 258,000 Americans each year. Raulerson Hospital is hosting a community presentation about sepsis on Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Come learn from the Emergency Room’s Medical Director, Dr. Peter Spence, about what signs to watch for regarding sepsis. The education will also include what to do if you suspect Sepsis. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP: 863-763-9228. This September, Raulerson Hospital resumes its monthly Dine with the Doctor – physician lecture series. On the last Tuesday of each month, members of Raulerson Hospital’s medical staff speak to the public on various health related topics. Prior to the lecture, attendees may purchase dinner from Raulerson Hospital’s Cafeteria. Dinner begins at 4:30p.m and is $5 per person. The physician lecture is free and will begin at 5 p.m. The physicians will entertain a question and answer session following their presentations. The speaker for Tuesday, Sept. 24, is new Family Physician, Dr. Zynab Hassan. To RSVP for Dine with the Doctor, call 863-7639228. Raulerson Hospital will honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 9 with the facility’s annual Women’s Health Luncheon, held at the Raulerson Hospital Auditorium on the Okeechobee Campus of IRSC. The luncheon will feature various speakers highlighting women’s health issues, including Dr. James Brad eldRaulerson GYN. A complimentary buffet lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will begin at noon. There is no fee for this event, and space is limited. Please RSVP for the Women’s Health Luncheon by calling: 863-763-9228. Raulerson Hospital also sponsors a Consult-A-Nurse hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For a free physician referral or answers to a health care question, contact Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Hospital hosts health care events Special to the Okeechobee NewsSenior Center hosts cooking demoAlmost 100 seniors attended a healthy cooking demonstration at the Senior Center over two days. The event was hosted by Humana. Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks tours the Indian River LagoonSeniors from the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility enjoyed a wonderful morning touring the Indian River Lagoon aboard the “Gator” -a 37-passenger pontoon boat. Residents were able to see a variety of wildlife and learn about salt and fresh water and the natural ora and fauna. After the boat tour, residents ate lunch at the Tiki Bar. FEMA has National Emergency Family Locator System FEMA’s National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) is activated following a Presidentially declared disaster to reunite families that have become separated as a result of the disaster. Once the disaster is declared, Individuals and families can register online at www.fema.gov or by phone at 1-800588-9822, 24-hours a day, when the system is activated. http://www.fema.gov/ public-assistance-local-state-tribal-andnon-pro t/recovery-directorate/nationalemergency-family.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863.763.2666Steve DetweilerFull Service Auto Center since 1968 Family Owned & Operated3431 Hwy 441 N. • Okeechobee www.EandEAutoClinic.com 9 Okeechobee NewsLabor Day 2013 September 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCompost improves golf club greensCompost helps growth of greens at Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. The front nine greens were built in 1965 and back nine in 1992. It is standard practice to replace greens at least every 10 years. The greens at Okeechobee Golf & Country Club have never been replaced. Over the past few months, the greens have been dressed with compost material produced by Waste Management. In the past, sand is the only top dressing ever used at the golf course. For a successful growth, the greens need a good sod base. The golf course will continue the process of a top dressing with the compost matter. The compost produced through Garick and Waste Management is completely weed free. For more information on compost material, please call Ray Stamper at 216-956-0949. Pictured are Saba Curren, Ray Stamper of Garick and Terry Lanman, PGA golf professional. Special to the Okeechobee News This Labor Day, Waste Management of Okeechobee honors workers who serve the environment and reminds those interested in green careers to explore what the company has to offer. Labor Day, the unof cial last day of summer, is a time for the nation to honor the 155.7 million people in the nation's work force, a growing number of whom hold green jobs. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, green jobs are those that produce goods or services "that bene t the environment or conserve natural resources," or jobs "in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly." "One of our goals at Waste Management is to extract more value out of the materials w e handle and, while we do that, to make our own processes more ef cient and more sustainable," said Teresa Chandler of Waste Management of Okeechobee. "From our drivers who pick up the materials we process to our sustainability experts who advise customers on how to create and maintain the greenest businesses, all of us at WM are working green." Waste Management recently announced the opening of its 50th natural gas fueling station in North America, solidifying its position as the nation's largest operator of a clean-burning, heavy-duty truck eet. The company also earned Gold Certi cation from the Council for Responsible Sport for its socially and environmentally responsible efforts in the planning and execution of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. "We salute our entire workforce and remind folks that Waste Management is a great place to work and feel good about what you do," Chandler said. Job seekers can view Waste Management's career page at http://www.wm.com/ careers/index.jsp. W aste Management Honors Green Workers this Labor Day

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST EPISCOPALCHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 BAPTIST CHURCH Advertise Your Church Happenings!Services • Revivals Vacation Bible School Prayer Meetings, etc. Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on Northside Baptist Church€ 51 NW 98th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. 10 Okeechobee News August 16, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Indian River State College will offer the pre-licensing courses for the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License and the Property and Casualty Insurance License beginning in September. “Real Estate Principles, Practices & Law 1” (FREC 1 class), REE1040, will teach the theoretical, practical and legal aspects of real estate to prepare students for successful completion of the licensing examination to become a Florida Real Estate Sales A ssociate. The course will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 10:15 p.m. beginning Sept. 3 through Dec. 10 in Building J, Room J -104 at the Main Campus. Cost is $415.32 for Florida residents. “Property and Casualty Insurance,” RMI2600, is the state required “2-20” prelicensing class. Topics include auto, re and property insurance, liability, workman’s compensation and security bonds. The course will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. from Sept. 6 through Dec. 12 in Building J, Room J-205 at the IRSC Main Campus. Cost is $1,245.96 for Florida residents. Registration is now under way. The IRSC Main Campus is located at 3209 Virginia Ave., in Fort Pierce. For information, call tollfree 1-866-792-4772 or visit www.irsc.edu. IRSC offering licensing classes in Fort Pierce Florida Sheriffs Association President Sheriff Grady Judd Friday announced, “The right to self-defense is well-established in law. The Florida Sheriffs con rmed this position by voting unanimously, at the 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, to support the Stand Your Ground law as it is currently written. Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including Stand Your Ground.” Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law states: A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity, and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. Florida sheriffs support Stand Your Ground Law 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).  Shawn Ashley Van Epps, 31, Lake Drive W ., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Cari Arnold on St. Lucie County warrants charging her with the felonies of burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft. Her bond on those charges was set at $30,000. She w as arrested on another St. Lucie County warrant that charged her with felony battery. She is being held without bond on that charge.  Leon Edison Chambers Jr., 14, S.E. 61st Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on felony charges of grand theft and burglary of a structure. He w as booked into the Okeechobee County Jail, then released into the custody of his parents.  Shelby Ramon Willis, 30, N.E. 15th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Cody Hurst on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $4,000.  Danny Anthony Bonilla, 24, N.E. 42nd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Trooper T.D. Burk on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500.  Timothy Edward Velez, 45, N.W. 93rd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Cody Hurst on a Marion County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to register as a career offender. His bond was set at $5,000.  Alfred J. King III, 56, N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of aggravated stalking. His bond was set at $2,500.  Jimmy Lee Lundquist II, 34, S.W. 15th St., Ocala, was arrested Aug. 14 by Deputy Elbert Kline on a Marion County warrant charging him with the felonies of traf cking in a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000.  Claudia Jumper Olivarez, 45, N.W. 30th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 15 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended. Her bond was set at $1,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Ankle Fractures • Foot Fractures Foot Ulcers • Venous Stasis Ulcers Leg Infections We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph: (863) 657-4444 ORTHOPAEDICS Dr. Benjamin Epstein Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540 .Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi“ cant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor.Ž What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee.here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of“ ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of“ ce for those patients in need. Please call 863467-9500 for more information. FAMILY MEDICINE Monday … Thursday 8:00 a.m. … 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. … 4:00 p.m. (863) 467-2159Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansPediatrics € Womens Health Family Physician Hablamos Espaol Same Day Appointments Aliated with Raulerson Hospital RaulersonPrimaryCare.com 202 NE 2nd Avenue € Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 We Treat Kids Too! 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 16, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 L awrence Insurance Agency Call for a Free Quote Okeechobee ~ 467-0600 www.lawrenceinsuranceagency.com Celebrate Labor Day!Relaxing 25% off Labor Day ONLYMORGAN’SFURNITURE 707 SW Park St, Okeechobee, (863) 467-2072 Store Hours 9 to 5 12 Okeechobee News Labor Day 2013 September 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News As part of the broad effort to restore and protect the St. Lucie River and Estuary, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) approved a water farming pilot project to store excess water on fallow citrus land before it can ow to the estuary. "Working with local landowners to identify property for water storage is an integral part of our strategy to address high ows into the estuaries," said SFWMD Governing Board Chair Daniel O'Keefe. "This pilot project on citrus land highlights the district's expanded efforts to implement near-term solutions that make a difference." Under the pilot program, Caulkins Citrus Company will pump water onto 450 acres of its property located along the St. Lucie Canal in Martin County. This can capture an average of 6,780 acre-feet of water a year that w ould otherwise ow along the canal from Lake Okeechobee and surrounding basins into the St. Lucie River and estuary. The three-year pilot project will provide v ital information on the proposed concept of retaining storm water on citrus properties. With Lake Okeechobee still rising from above-average rainfall, the private landowner on this project is already pumping water onto the property on an emergency basis under an agreement with the district. To date, approximately 200 acre-feet of water have been diverted from the watershed that drains to the St. Lucie Estuary. The district issued a request for water farming pilot project proposals in April in close coordination with several partner agencies including the: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Five proposals were evaluated and ranked. Caulkins Citrus Company, the rst ranked respondent, came to an agreement with the district, which will invest approximately $1.2 million in the project, or about $76 per acre-foot per year of storage. Since 2005, the district has been working with a coalition of agencies, environmental organizations, ranchers and researchers to enhance opportunities for storing excess surface water on private and public lands. Managing water on these lands, known as the Dispersed Water Management Program, is one tool to reduce the amount of water owing during the wet season into the lake and discharged to coastal estuaries for ood protection. Private ranchlands in this program currently provide a storage volume of more than 60,000 acre-feet. Shallow water retention also provides groundwater recharge for water supply, potential for water quality improvements and rehydration of drained ecosystems. The program encourages property owners to retain water on their land rather than drain it, accept and detain regional runoff or do both. ‘Water farming’ project to help St. Lucie estuary Special to the Okeechobee NewsCaulkins Citrus Grove in Martin County will pump water onto 450 acres of property along the St. Lucie Canal as part of a “water farming” project designed to keep freshwater out of the St. Lucie Estuary. This project can capture 6.780 acre-feet of water over a year. One acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News September 1, 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).  Carlie Lanier, 20, S.W. 15th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy Bryan Holden on felony charges of grand theft (two counts) and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. Her bond was set at $1,750.  Daniel Morales, 19, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy John Hazy on a felony charge of tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $1,500.  Robbie Cleve Loschiavo, 42, S.E. 24th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Of cer Cesar Romero on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A convenience store clerk was booked into the county jail following her arrest for allegedly taking a credit card and using it to buy Gold Rush lottery scratch-off cards. Tesha Moore, 37, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 27, on felony charges of criminal use of personal identi cation information (two counts) and misdemeanor charges of obtaining goods by fraudulent use of a credit card. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $4,000. Jail records show she has been released on bond. Moore is accused of picking up a credit card that was accidentally left at the store where she worked and then supposedly using it to rack up $280 in charges. According to an arrest report by Deputy Matt Crawford, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), Moore reportedly used the card to buy four Gold Rush cards at a cost of $20 each. She apparently won a total of $70 from those cards. The card was also used at a local salvage yard where $200 was spent on some tires, stated the report. However, the deputy continued, the purchaser decided not to purchase the tires and received a refund of $200 in cash. Deputy Crawford pointed out in his report that Moore apparently needed the money to pay bills. After using the card, Moore threw it into the garbage at another convenience store, the deputy added. The card owner realized the card had been used by someone else when he looked at his account online and saw the two transactions. Deputy Crawford said the card owner canceled the card but not before Moore had charged the two transactions. Clerk charged with taking credit card By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The owner of a Riviera Beach sealcoat company was arrested locally this w eek when a detective learned the contractor didn’t have the proper insurance coverage. Ezra Charlie Saffold, 60, Ave. H W est., Riviera Beach, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 27, on a felony charge of failure to secure worker’s compensation coverage. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $5,000. J ail records indicate he has been released on bond. Saffold is the owner of Ezra Saffold Paving & Sealcoat, Inc., stated an arrest report by Detective William Hill, from the state’s Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud. The report indicated that Saffold and one of his employees were applying sealcoat Tuesday to the parking lot of a business on South Parrott Ave. The employee reportedly told the detective that he was a mechanic for Saffold and also did sealcoating. Detective Hill went on to state that the employee was being paid $100 cash by Saffold. According to the detective’s arrest report Saffold had a copy of an exemption for himself but “ ... stated he did not have worker’s compensation coverage, and stated he was aware it was required.” Detective Hill also indicated in his report that he could nd no history of worker’s compensation coverage on Saffold’s company. Sealcoat contractor arrested Tesha Moore Ezra Charlie Saffold

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO fessional JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Jeb Acuff Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 irrigation“Efficient Water Distribution”Ph: 863-634-3300Email: mwcooklandscape@yahoo.comLicense# OCSL3151-01 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864 An affordable way to advertise your business C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics NOW OFFERING New and Used Tires863-467-6633 Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL An affordable way to advertise your business An affordable way to advertise your business Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A.REBECCA H. BOLDT, Attorney at Law RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 863-467-1894 Mitch is a Sweetheart Guy & hell work with you! As low as $500 DownC all Mitch Anytime (863) 763-0330 Cell 954-214-8877 mandmautobrokersinc.com 3565 Hwy 441 N., OkeechobeeBuy Here! Pay Here!We Buy Cars For Any price, Any year, All Models!M & M Auto Brokers, Inc. 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS:MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Sunshine Hand Wash & Wax(70E Next to ABC Liquor) Inside/Outside, Full Service FREE VACUUMING Cano Auto DetailHours: Mon Sat, 9am 5pm Landscaping Land Clearing Complete Tree Works SodCall Mike (863) 634-7512Bobcat Services Demo Clean Up Debris Removal & Hauling 14 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 By Melissa YunasFlorida Forest Service PALMDALE—Florida Forest Service Forest Ranger Tom Hopkins recently returned home after battling a wild re in the State of Utah. Forest Ranger Hopkins served 18 days on the State Wild re as a Squad Boss on a twenty-person wildland re ghting handcrew. The Florida Forest Service established a hand-crew consisting of 20 nationally quali ed wildland re ghters who served as the infantry of wildland re forces. Working side by side, the crew’s main responsibility was to construct a “ reline”—a strip of land cleared of ammable materials and dug down to mineral soil – around the State W ild re to control it and mop up after the re. “After the brisk hike up the mountain, the real action unfolded,” Forest Ranger Hopkins explained. “Most days we were working in tandem with airtankers and helicopters to help construct containment lines.” Retardant and water drops can help reinforce relines. W hile retardants do not stop advancing re, they slow a re’s progress allowing handcrews to do their job. Forest Ranger Hopkins handcrew’s day started at sunrise by sharpening their suppression hand tools. “Every morning during brie ng we would obtain our assignment for the day,” Forest Ranger Hopkins explained. “Then we would be transported to the base of the mountain, unload our re ghting gear (35 lbs.) and hike several miles to the wild re. Once we got on scene, we would work for 12 hours digging reline in brush. Finally, we would hike back and return to camp.” “This was my rst experience being Squad Boss of a handcrew,” stated Forest Ranger Hopkins. Depending on their qualications and skill levels, a twenty-person handcrew may be divided into squads ( ve re ghters each). “As a Squad Boss, I reminded the crew to always keep an eye on the re, and their mind on safety. I wanted each and every one of my crew members returning home to Florida with me.” Wild re handcrews exemplify the American spirit; they are self suf cient and are expected to work hard. They often eat and sleep where they work, without luxury. They face danger daily and are the backbone of the “ re ghting army” and earn great respect. Forest Ranger Hopkins said “I was overw helmed with the outpouring of appreciation from the community. Several people held signs as we drove through town saying THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS. When the need arises, I will go out on another wild re assignment again.” Recent rainfall has allowed the State of Florida to provide aid to other states in need. Forest Ranger Hopkins works at the Florida Forest Service Palmdale Site. He is a State W ildland Fire ghter; his main tool for ghting wild res in Glades County and in the State of Florida is a re ghting bulldozer w ith plow. For more online go to www. oridaforestservice.com/wild re. Ranger helps battle Utah res

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American Renal Associates a national provider of quality dialysis systems with the lowest sta turnover in the industry, is accepting applications for the following positions at our new state-of-the-art facility in Okeechobee, FL.Registered Nurse Part TimeSeeking qualied applicants to provide PD hemodialysis patient care. Minimum of 3 months dialysis experience and current FL state license required.Patient Care Technician Full TimeWe are seeking qualied applicants for full-time employment. Dialysis experience and current certication required.Registered Dietitian Part TimeThe qualied candidate must be registered with the Commission of Dietetic Registration, which is a credentialling agent for the American Dietetic Association. Applicant must also have current licensure in the state of FL and at least one year of clinical nutrition experience. Experience with ESRD preferred. We oer competitive salaries, plus excellent health, life and disability benets (for full time sta) as well as a generous paid time o policy that recognizes your most recent, direct dialysis experience (for full time and part time sta). Please fax or email resum and cover letter indicating position of interest in the subject line to: Audra Wheatley, Clinic Manager Fax: 978-232-8269; Email: awheatley@americanrenal.comEOE/DFWP. All inquires will be held in strict condence. Visit us online: www.americanrenal.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Yard Sale Labor Day Weekend Sat. Aug 31st 9am-5pm and Sun. Sept 1st 9am-1pm, 13554 SW 144th Parkway. Giant tool, wood working, boat building garage sale, Gantry Cranes w cummalongs, air compressor, table saws, tools galore, antique steering wheels, swim plat forms and boat hardware. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time TRUCK/TRAILER MECHANIC Call Ryan at (800) 741-6500 or apply in person or online www.walpoleinc.comseeking an experienced Truck/Trailer Mechanic• Must have own tools & a strong desire to excel • Knowledge of Pacar Engine a plus • Compensation based on experience • Company offers paid uniforms, paid vacation, paid insurance, boot allowance EOE/DFWP LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATORS F/T four immediate openings to provide health insurance enrollment assistance in Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee and Hendry Counties. Bi-lingual a plus. $35-$40K. Send cover letter and resume by 9/6 to: hr@legalaidpbc.org EOE / ADA Employment Full Time HELP WANTED To work with developmental disabled. Must be able to pass level 2 background check. Experience a plus. 403 NW 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL. Fax 863-467-9656. REGISTERED NURSE Clinic Setting, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Excellent Bene ts. Spanish speaking preferred. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst. my orida.com The state of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence NAVIGATOR PROJECT LEADER F/T immediate opening to oversee health insurance enrollment program in Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee and Hendry Counties. Bi-lingual a plus. $60-$65K. Send cover letter and resume by 9/6 to: hr@legalaidpbc.org EOE / ADA Shopping Center Daily Janitorial/ Maintenance Person needed. Duties to include exterior debris pick up, cleaning, mowing, weed control, and light repairs as needed. Must able to perform physical outdoor duties, be dependable and have your own tools. 561-996-8080 x77 Employment Full Time Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Part TimeDriver needed 3 days a week. call 763-3275 and leave message. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 15 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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Motorcycles2009 Harley Davidson DYNALOWRIDER black $8,000.00/ rm (863)467-2562 or (863)623-6416 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.ŽNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. THE PROPOSED 2013-2014 BUDGET WILL BE ADDRESSED AND VOTED ON. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 451487 ON 9/1/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticePUBLIC HEARING NOTICE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TEXT AMENDMENTS A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board, meeting as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to conduct a Public Hearing to consider and receive input on Text Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Element. The text amendment to the Future Land Use Element involves de ning and allowing limited agriculture within certain future land use categories where agricultural activities have been and continue to be active; and, to more clearly identify uses that are allowed in, and zoning districts that are appropriate to, each future land use category. This amendment will be forwarded with a recommendation to the City Council for consideration and transmittal to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. The proposed amendments may be reviewed on the City website or at the Of ce of the City Clerk, during normal business hours, at the address above. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 451646 ON 9/1,11/2013 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. 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)268-5865 Pickup TrucksFor Sale 2002 Chev. S10, white, 4 cyl., 5 speed, cold A/C, 151K miles, runs great! Narrow box, new tires, new plugs and wires, new battery, 25mpg! $3,400/ obo Tom 863-467-5435 leave a msg. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Health Care EGG DONOR Loving couple seeks a caring FEMALE to give the gift of life by becoming an EGG DONOR. Excellent compensation of $6,000.00. Must be between the ages of 18-29 In Good health and Drug free. Please contact Boca Fertility @ 561-368-5500 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Air Conditioners USED A/C UNITS FOR SALE Good condition, many sizes and types available. 467-1545 Quality A/C & Heating Musical InstrumentsYamaha Tenor B-Flat Intermediate Saxophone with case and extra mouthpiece Paid $2,800, will sacri ce for $1,200. Serviced and tuned! Call 863-697-6382. 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 BASSWOOD 2BR, 2BA, laundry rm w/hookups, freshly painted. $700 mo. 1st & sec. of $500. Home Realty Services LLC. Ask for Diane 863-801-4498. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $600mo., and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEE2/1 First class property 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included $ 498.00 mo. Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Houses Rent2/1 Basswood Air, heat, city water, $675.00 monthly. Call 863-801-3700 for info. FOR RENT 2BR, 1BA duplex, great location in Okeechobee Estates, A/C, laundry room. Water and Lawn Care included. $595/month. Call 863-835-2391 OAK LAKE VILLAS 2BR, 2BA, laundry room, private courtyard. $850 month, 1st & sec. Home Realty Services LLC. Ask for Diane 863-801-4498. OKEE 1002 SE 8th Dr. Newly Remodeled. 2 br. 1 ba. $650. All appls., tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy. Last, sec. & ref. Chris 863-447-3282 OKEECHOBEE Country Hills Estates. Unique post and beam house on private 5 acre lot. 2bd one in loft, 2 ba., lrg. screen room, screened balcony with hot tub, all appliances, include W/D, $1400. mth. 708-218-8227. S.W. Section 3BR/2BA 1 Car garage. Lrg back yard with mature Oak Trees. $950.00 monthly. 1st and security total $1,900 to move in. Call 863-634-5586 Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots SaleJust Reduced large fenced lot in Treasure Island with beautiful oak trees. Put a mobile home on lot or build your home $14,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 Priced to sell Residential Building lot, adjoining the golf course at the Beautiful Oaks of Blue Heron. $22,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 Real EstateWantedWANTED TO BUY IN PALM CREEK, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. NOTHING UNDER CONSTRUCTION, NOTHING ON WATER. CALL URSULA 561-847-0535 LEAVE DETAILS. Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond/creek, 3BR, 2BA Trailer, Deposit required Rent $850/mo. (772) 464-9226 OKEECHOBEE Completely furnished, 3/2, beautiful quiet area, lg car port and screen room, W/D. Short Term or year lease avail. (863)467-2784 Treasure Island Nice, Clean, updated 1bd/1ba, partially furnished. $130 weekly plus electric and security. No Pets 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 Mobile HomeSaleRV with Large Florida room, new A/C unit, Free Wi-Fi. $2,500 Call 863-532-9105 Low Lot Rent. 1989 PROWLER, 29 fT. Travel Trailer. $2500. 863-610-1276 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 ACROSS 1 Gung-ho response 7 Delay 10 Evans of country 14 Buff 15 Farm female 16 Left 17 Village with very little gardening equipment? 19 The NCAAs Runnin Rebels 20 Lab, for one 21 Reject 22 Sends 24 Jacket label letters 26 Get off the shoulder, say 27 Entrance purchases for a conditioning program? 35 Actor Milo 36 Pool game call 37 Tiny beef 38 Fly on a line 39 Gives credit where credit is due 40 On the safer side 41 Rational ending? 42 __ it Art?Ž: Kipling 43 1955 UN joiner 44 What Ruth forgot to bring to pool night? 47 Morgan Freeman won its 2011 Life Achievement Award: Abbr. 48 Morning talker 49 Fly over the equator? 52 Pleased cry 53 Droid, e.g. 56 Slip through the cracks? 57 Like calls between drudges? 61 Run well 62 Unsound 63 Like Napoleon 64 Relaxing locales 65 The Hartford logo 66 Failures (and in another way, a hint to 17-, 27-, 44and 57Across) DOWN 1 Tune carrier 2 One-track 3 Couturier Cassini 4 Med. research agency 5 Bar opening? 6 Pistons place 7 Last non-priest to be named pope 8 Isnt that cute?Ž 9 It involves mapping 10 Gripe 11 Reunion attendee 12 Stir up 13 Off-rd. rides 18 Worker with light metal 23 Bonkers 24 Slush Puppie maker 25 Radical 70s group 27 __ acid: vitamin B9 28 Amigo on the road 29 Crowd starter? 30 SocrateŽ composer 31 Nice compliment 32 Zhou __ 33 Happy Meals toy, e.g. 34 Writer of short letters 39 Honey 40 NYPD notices 42 Ones whove got your back, in Internet shorthand 43 Future George W. Bush Presidential Library site 45 HondoŽ et al. 46 Dutch brewery 49 A-one 50 Food in a memorable SeinfeldŽ episode 51 Pound of verse 52 White partner 53 __ EternoŽ: 2004 sports documentary 54 Active sort 55 Addenda 58 Lascivious leader? 59 Big name in kitchenware 60 Tecs By Bruce R. Sutphin (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/09/11 09/09/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds

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R E D COMFORT IN THE OAKS CBS Custom Built home 3/2/1 with a beautiful fireplace, crown molding throughout, pocket doors, custom arches, Oak hardwood floors, solid maple cabinets with chocolate glaze, cultured marble bathrooms, insulated colonial windows, two wells on property, sprinkler system on timer, motion sensor flood lights outside. THIS IS A BEAUTY!! MOTIVATED SELLER CUSTOM BUILT century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5056-H: Sunset Strip Pristine curb appeal! 3br, 2ba on 5 acres. On the airstrip, open deck, hurricane shutters, fenced and cross fenced, pond, huge workshop and MUCH more! $259,000 MLS #207153 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 5008-M: Pioneer Estates 2/2 DW on acre with two sheds. Additional acre in the back available for $15,000. $45,900 NOW $40,000 MAKE OFFER! MLS #206211 5058-M: Lake Montaza Investors Special! Two SWMH on 4.88 acres. Both are 2 br, 1 ba, property is fenced. Call today to make arrangements to see. $65,000 MLS #207176 5057-H: Larkee Lakes 3 br, 2 ba MH in move into condition. New carpet, fenced yard, open porch, gazebo w/nice pavers. Large open living rm more. $65,000 MLS #207147 5061-H: Dixie Ranch Estates Large 3 br, 2 ba CBS, 2652 total sq ft/2284 under air. Large screen back porch overlooking pasture land and more. Offered as a short sale. $69,900 MLS #207196 5060-H: Okee Hammock Stylish CBS 3BR/2BA, 1951 total sq ft/1393 under air, sky lights, chain link fenced, large garage and concrete driveway. $119,900 • Indian Hammock Two 2+/acre parcels $35,000 Make Offer! • Lot behind SunTrust Bank $18,000 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Foreclosure Taylor Creek Captive Lake Residential Lot $9,900 NOW 8,900 • Foreclosure Viking 1.25 acre (308nd St) $2,587 • Okeechobee Pk (NW 4th St) Residential Lot $6,000 • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • Fenced 57.80+/acres on a paved road, used to graze large animals. $750,000 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com 17 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PRIOR SALES EXCLUDED. ALL OFFERS WITH APPROVED CREDIT PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE & DEALER FEES. *ALL LEASE PAYMENTS: 36 MOS., $1,999 DOWN, 12K MILES/YEAR. PRICES & PAYMENTS INCLUDE ALL REBATES AND INCENTIVES. MUST FINANCE WITH NMAC. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. OFFER ENDS 9/2/13AVAILABLE WITH APPROVED CREDIT. $16.66 PER $1000 FINANCED.Michael Grieco, Jr. Vice President/COO GRIECONISSAN.COMIm Mike Grieco. Ill Save You Thousands! I Guarantee It.Ž Michael Grieco, Jr. GRIECO OF FORT PIERCE NISSAN OPEN ALL DAY LABOR DAY!SALES HOURS: MON-FRI: 8:30AM … 8:00PM SAT: 8:30AM … 7:00PM € SUN: 11AM-6PMSE HABLA ESPAOL 4815 SOUTH US HWY 1, FORT PIERCEJUST NORTH OF MIDWAY ON US-1 CALL: 1-888-728-4235 SHOP 24/7 FOR THE BEST DEALS GriecoNissan.comVISIT:CLICK: GRIECO OF FORT PIERCE NISSAN BRAND NEW 2013 NISSANSENTRA SBRAND NEW 2013 NISSANROGUE SBRAND NEW 2013 NISSANALTIMA 2.5 $14,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEPURCHASE FOR ONLYLEASE FOR ONLY$139/MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT $17,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEPURCHASE FOR ONLYLEASE FOR ONLY$169/MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT $17,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEPURCHASE FOR ONLYLEASE FOR ONLY$169/MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT MODEL 12013 € VIN 737147 MODEL 22113 € VIN 530962 MODEL 13113 € VIN 904983 ITS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR CLOSE-OUT SAVINGS! HURRY, THE 2013S ARE GOING FAST! APR0%60MOS. TEST DRIVE A NEW NISSAN ANDRECEIVE A PUBLIX GIFT CARD! WITH APPROVED CREDIT. INTEREST ACCRUES FROM DATE OF PURCHASE.NO PAYMENTS FOR90 DAYSAVAILABLE WITH APPROVED CREDIT. $16.66 PER $1,000 FINANCED.UP TO 18 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansPediatrics € Womens Health € Family Physician Monday Thursday: 8:00am 5:00pmFriday : 8:00am 4:00pm(863) 467-2159RaulersonPrimaryCare.com € 202 NE 2nd Avenue, Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 Hablamos Espaol € Same Day Appointments Af“liated with Raulerson Hospital 19 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Katrina Elsken4-Hers earn Achievement AwardsOkeechobee County Achievement Awards were presented at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet on Aug. 24 at Okeechobee High School. Winners included (some not pictured) Preston Arnold, Mason Boney, Mackenzie Burks, Jerett Butts, Elissa Casperson, Stacey Chambers, Will Conner, Patrick Corby, Emily Crews, Cody Deloney, Kevin Dryden, Latt Durrance, Blaine Gibson, Maria Grisales, Bailey Harden, Lainey Harvey, Kevin Hawthorne, Carleigh Henson, Dylan Hodges, Jessica Humphrey, Joshua Jenkins, Collin Jones, Delaney Jenkins, JoAllyn Kelly, Chris Lanning, Ross Laskey, Kaitlyn Lawrence, Cady McGehee, Jacob McGehee, John McGehee, Willow Mellete, Natalie Mitchell, Travis Muldoon, Mitch Mulholland, Michael Muros, Alex Pluskot, Kathy Runyon, Edana Scalf, Andrew Smiley, Evan Soto, Felipe Soto, Zachary Stripling, Shelby Summer, Robbie Talley, Cheynne Thibodeau, Kaylee Whidden and Jenna Wolff. For more 4-H photos online, see the link on the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. Okeechobee News/ Katrina Elsken4-Hers earn Agriculture AwardsOkeechobee County Agriculture Awards were presented at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet on Aug. 24 at Okeechobee High School. Winners included (some not pictured) Ryan Albers, Shiloh Anuez, Haley Burkhalter, Jessica Burkhalter, Jarred Corby, Clayton Culligan, David Daniel, Cody Deloney, Case Durrance, Jacie Harvey, Dylan Hodges, Aubrie Holmes, Raylee Holmes, Jessica Humphrey, Makalyn Jones, Taylor Jordan, Chris Lanning, Ashely McDuf e, Cady McGehee, Jacob McGehee, Jacob McGehee, John McGehee, Rebecka Mims, Ethan Parriott, John Pearce, Josey Pearce, Rance Pendry, Taylor Poiter, Lauren Raulerson, Catie Rowley, Evan Soto, Felipe Soto, Austin Spano, Colton Stokes, Shelby Sumner, Jenna Thomas, Cole Verano and John Williamson. For more 4-H photos online, see the link on the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. For more information on 4-H clubs, contact the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce at 763-6469.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 U P T OArrigoFtPierce.comJim ArrigoOwner & PresidentJohn ArrigoVice President & General Manager Offers available on select models with approved credit. FOR THE LOWEST PRICE & LARGEST SELECTIONYou Gotta Go Arrigo!* 5851 SOUTH US HIGHWAY 1., FT. PIERCEJUST SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD1-855-374-5019 STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8:30 AM 9:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM 6:00 PM SERVICE HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:30 AM 6:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM € Sun: ClosedArrigoFtPierce.com 1Ulrich Rd Saeger Ave Easy St Sunshine BlvdOleander Ave Ft. Pierce € West Palm € Sawgrass 200TouringSALE PRICE......22,695 YOUR DOWN.....-5,000 WE MATCH.......-5,000$12,695* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 300 2013SALE PRICE......30,990 YOUR DOWN.....-5,000 WE MATCH.......-5,000 Town & Country4 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICERam 1500Crew Cab SLTSALE PRICE......36,710 YOUR DOWN.....-7,000 WE MATCH.......-7,000 Ram 3500 STDually Crew Cab Diesel 2012 2013SALE PRICE.........49,105 YOUR DOWN........-8,000 WE MATCH...........-8,000 YOU PAY AS LOW AS4 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE SALE PRICE......24,185 YOUR DOWN.....-2,000 WE MATCH.......-2,000 4TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......21,420 YOUR DOWN.....-3,000 WE MATCH.......-3,000$15,420* YOU PAY AS LOW AS JourneySE4TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......20,585 YOUR DOWN.....-2,500 WE MATCH.......-2,500$15,585* YOU PAY AS LOW AS L E A T H E R R E A R D V D SALE PRICE........30,990 YOUR DOWN.......-4,000 WE MATCH.........-4,000$22,990* YOU PAY AS LOW AS$279LEASE FORAS LOW ASPer Mo.OR 2013 2013AvengerSALE PRICE.......19,990 YOUR DOWN......-3,500 WE MATCH........-3,500$12,990* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 20136 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE 2013DartSXT 12TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......20,905 YOUR DOWN.....-3,000 WE MATCH.......-3,000$14,905* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 2013Ram15006TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......26,065 YOUR DOWN.....-4,000 WE MATCH.......-4,000$18,065* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 2013 Compass Sport 2013 Patriot SportSALE PRICE.......17,985 YOUR DOWN......-3,000 WE MATCH........-3,000 YOU PAY AS LOW AS 2014 Wrangler Sport 2013 €Family owned/operated for 22 years!€The Largest Volume Dealer in the World!€Free 2-Year Maintenance Plan! €Free Roadside Assistance Plan!€Saturday Service Hours!€No Service Appointment Necessary!€90 Service Bays! €Child Playroom Area!€Free WiFi!AND SO MUCH MORE! ARRIGO JUST ARRIVED! Brand New 2013 GET PRE-APPROVED CREDITArrigoFtPierce.COMBankruptciesƒ Divorceƒ Slow Payƒ Repossessionsƒ Foreclosuresƒ1st Time Buyerƒ IF YOU WORK...YOU DRIVE! # Bas e d on total combin ed sales of 3 locati o ns $189BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR $33,105*$483BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.OR6 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE$20,990*YOU PAY AS LOW AS$345BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR6 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE$11,985*$168BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.OR$20,185*YOU PAY AS LOW AS$274BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR6 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE $22,710*YOU PAY AS LOW AS$313BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR8 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE §**ALL OFFERS FOR WELL QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS, NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIFY. CUSTOMER MUST QUALIFY FOR ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. DE ALER RETAINS ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. MUST PRESENT AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE TO RECEIVE ADVER TISED OFFERS. OFFERS EXPIRE DATE OF PUBLICATION. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. VEHICLE ART FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY, OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT OR VARYING MODEL MAYBE SHOWN. OFFERS NOT IN CONJUNCTION, OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. PREVIOUS SALES EXCLUDED. VEHICLE STOCK QUANTITIES VARY DAILY, RANKINGS BAS ED ON REGISTERED SALES FOR CHRYSLER CORP. *PRICES PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE. ALL FACTORY, ALLY BANK AND ARRIGO DISCOUNTS REBATES AND INCENTIVES APPLIED INCLUDING OWNER/LEASE LOYALTY REBATES IF QUALIFIED **WE WILL BEAT ANY LOCAL, VALID, PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT F ROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM DEALER WITHIN THE SE BUSINESS CENTER ZONE ON ANY NEW IDENTICALLY EQUIPPED IN STOCK VEHICLE. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE AND SUPPLY ACCURATE VIN NUMBER. COMPETITORS AD MUST BE DATED SAME DAY AS THE CUSTOMERS PURCHASE. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRICE YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE F ROM ARRIGO. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLE FROM THE OTHER DEALER. OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR C OMPLETE DETAILS. 36 MONTH LEASE, 10K MILES PER YEAR. $3000 CASH OR TRADE EQUITY DUE AT SIGNING PLUS, TAX, TAG, TITLE, SECURITY DEPOSIT. ALL FACTORY, ALLY BANK AND ARRIGO DISCOUNTS REBATES AND INCENTIVES APPLIED INCLUDING OWNER/L EASE LOYALTY REBATES. PAYMENT PLUS TAX EACH MONTH. OFFER VALID ON SELECT MODELS TO QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS WITH MINIMUM 750 CREDIT SCORE, AND APPROVED THRU ALLY. §RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS APPLY TO MAINTENANCE PLAN AND ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. ‚FINANCE THROUG H CHRYSLER CAPITAL AT 3.99% APR WITH DOWN PAYMENT AND CREDIT APPROVAL. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. 20 Okeechobee News September 1, 2013