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Sunday, September 22, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 114 15.67 feetLast Year: 15.22 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Underwater on your mortgage? Program may help ... Page 10 OHS Brahmans host Westwood ... Page 18 Corps waives fees on Public Lands Day ... Page 19 Two arrested on ‘Spice’ charges ... Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDLakeside STA openThe South Florida Water Management District has opened the new Lakeside Stormwater Treatment Area, off State Road 710 in Martin County, to bird watching and photography tours. The STA is designed to take water from Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough before it enters Lake Okeechobee. The STA is already home to a variety of birds, including eagles. For more on the story see page 12. See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. The South Florida Water Management District will hold a public hearing to adopt the agency’s tax millage rates and nal budget for Fiscal Year 2014 on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:15 p.m. at SFWMD Headquarters, 2201 Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach. The district’s annual budget is funded by a combination of property taxes and other sources. The agency is a special taxing district with the authority to collect ad valorem (property) taxes from landowners within its 16county jurisdiction. In Okeechobee County, the proposed millage is $0.411. One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of taxable value. For example, for a home valued at $100,000 which quali es for $50,000 in Homestead Exemptions, the tax would be $20.55. The Fiscal Year (FY) starts Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of the following year. With more than 80 percent o f the tentative $619.4 million budget dedicated to restoration and operations/maintenance of lands and works, highlights include:  $258.6 million to primaril y operate and maintain South Florida’s regional ood control system and stormwater treatment areas (STAs), including $50 million to ward refurbishment of the primar y network of canals, levees, strucSFWMD budget tops $619 millionSee SFWMD — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The manager of a local convenience store has entered a plea of no contest to charges he sold synthetic cannabinoids (Spice) during an undercover drug operation staged last year. As a result of that plea Tuesday, Sept. 17, Mohammed Mamus Salam was ordered to spend 180 days in the Okeechobee County Jail. Upon his release from the county jail, Salam will spend the next 24 months on probation. He will receive credit for the 61 days he’s already spent behind bars. Court records indicate Salam was charged with four counts of sale or delivery of a synthetic cannabinoid. A synthetic cannabinoid is a synthetic marijuana and is sold under a myriad of names that include Spice, K-2, Marley Boy, Blue Sky and many others. In exchange for the plea, Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Store manager jailed for selling fake potSee SPICE — Page 5 Mohammed Mamus Salam

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Friday, Sept. 27, on S.R. 78. Such operations are a proven tool utilized by law enforcement to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcoholinvolved crashes. Research shows crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Law enforcement members will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/ or drug impairment. They will also check drivers for proper licensing. Drivers caught driving while impaired can expect jail, the suspension of their driver’s license and increases in their insurance costs. These motorists can also expect nes, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Remember, if you’re going to drink: designate a driver; call a cab; call a friend or family member; or, stay home. Assisting OCSO deputies at the checkpoint will be of cers from the Okeechobee City Police Department and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Sept. 20TH Thurs., Sept. 26THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “PACIFIC RIM”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “RIDDICK”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “THE FAMILY”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R PG-13 R Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News110 BRATS attend dance!The September dance that was held by the B.R.A.T. Club had a huge turn out! The winners of the various gift certi cates are Cory Romer, Shelbey Warren, Hailey Spearow, Kelly Whaley, Adella Nunex and pictured with Allison Chandler/vice-president and Tiffany Peterson/treasurer. The club would like to thank Ding-A-Ling Deli, Dominos, Buxton-Seawinds, DP Productions, Eastcoast Signs, Publix, Papa Johns, Okeechobee County Sheriff, Okeechobee City Police, Okeechobee News, Waste Management, WOKC Radio and Okeechobee County Schools, Jerry LaFavre, Beef O' Brady's, Tammi's Photography, Dairy Queen and the many volunteers that dedicate their time! The next teen dance will be Oct. 12, from 710 p.m., at the Freshman Campus. There will also be a costume contest! For information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996. Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 88F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy w ith thunderstorms and rain showers in the evening, then overcast. Low of 75F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 88F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Monday Night : Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 73F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday : Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 86F with a heat index of 91F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tuesday Night : Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low 73F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast OCSO to stage DUI checkpoint

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Happy Birthday to the U.S.A.F. In the beginning, the U.S. military airb orne division consisted of mostly balloons. T hat was over 100 years ago, during the end of the Civil War. By 1912, still in the era of t he U.S. Army Signal Corps, Congress approved its rst defense allocation for aircraft: $125,000, which was enough to acquire 11 planes. Through World War I, aviation ghting for the military remained an element of t he U.S. Army, rst as the Air Service and later as the Air Corps in 1926. Then, during W orld War II, there was the Army Air Forces, w hich consisted of the Air Corps and the Air F orce Combat Command. Finally, the Air F orce was established as an independent force via the National Security Act of 1947. Happy Birthday to the U.S. Air Force.Distracted driving On TV this morning was a case in Tampa w here a bus driver was caught texting while driving. I hope our school of cials make it c lear to our local bus drivers that texting or even talking on the cell phone while the bus is in motion is strictly forbidden. Bus drivers need to give 100 percent attention to what t hey are doing. I’m sure just being on that b us with all those kids makes it hard enough t o concentrate on driving. The last thing a b us driver needs is another distraction.  I have heard a rumor that the head-on accident that killed two women in Highlands County on State Road 70 this week was linked to texting and driving. People, turn the phones off before you start the car. For more t han 100 years, people managed to drive cars w ithout having quick access to a telephone. T hey survived. You will live longer if you don’t t ry to use a phone while driving. Your full att ention should be on your driving.Mowing Isn’t the county responsible for mowing the shoulders/ditches along county roads? Why is it okay for the county to let t heir grass grow so high, when residents get notice and/or nes for noncompliance? I can’t help but feel that if it were my yard or your yard, code enforcement would be on it “with the quickness”!County budget The last budget hearing is next week. I don’t think anything will change unless the county commissioners hear from the taxpayers, and I mean the taxpayers who are not employed by the sheriff’s of ce. It is not enough for the sheriff’s employees and their families to show up at the hearings. They need the support of the general public, in particular those who pay property taxes and would be asked to pay more in order to increase the sheriff’s budget.  The story in the paper said the higher ranking of cers at the sheriff’s of ce will have to cover some of the shifts on the road if they run out of staffers due to people calling in sick. That is what most businesses have to do. The supervisors have to roll up their sleeves and help.  I know many of those at the sheriff’s of ce now did not like Ed Miller, but at least he was out there riding with the deputies. And he was marching with the church leaders on the weekends to help drive out the drug dealers.  A lot of law enforcement agencies do not let department vehicles be driven home or used for personal use. The of cer comes in for work, checks out a vehicle and then checks it back in when his shift is done. If it works for other departments all over the country, why not at least try it here? I wonder how much of the fuel budget could be saved that way. Certainly is something to consider.  If county-owned vehicles are being used for personal errands, and the fuel in those vehicles came from the county pumps rather than from a commercial gas station, isn’t there a tax problem with that? Not just a problem with the county losing money on the gas that is not being used for county business, but a problem regarding the gas tax?  Over the years, it was common knowledge in Okeechobee County that some people were hired for county jobs because of their relation to those in power or the friends and supporters of those in power. When someone is hired or promoted because they are the in-law or cousin of someone, it isn’t right. It might not be illegal, but it isn’t right and people remember these things. As long as elected of cials consider these jobs the “spoils” of elected of ce, that is going to be an issue that affects the budget. Raulerson Hospital CareAs a recent patient at the hospital for a total knee replacement, I want to thank all the hospital staff that gave me such good care: the surgical department, surgery oor, ICU, physical therapy, dietary, laboratory, and xray departments, my doctors, Dr. Slutsky, Dr. Shakoor, Dr. Riaz and Dr. Syed. I don’t believe that you have to go out of town to get good care. I was in good hands at all times. Also, I want to thank my church friends at Sacred Heart for their prayers and for Father Sean’s visit. I want to thank Hospice fo r letting me use a wheel chair and, also, th e American Legion for the potty chair, at no charge—what a nice service. I am at home now and on the mend and just want to send my deepest appreciation to everyone. God bless you all. Sincerely, Julie Fetters September 22, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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! Are you a window or a mirror?By Nancy Vaughan, D.C.E.First United Methodist Church Light. It all begins with light. God spoke, and light, along with all the stars, moons, galaxies, planets and universes were hurled out of His mouth faster than the speed of light. He separated the light from the darkness and called the light – day, and the darkness – night. It is amazing how, with all that science now knows (and has yet to discover) and the magni cent images we get back from the Hubble Telescope, that anyone can conclude there is no God. We, who are followers of the Christ, the Son of the living God, are called to be light. His light. The light of the world. We are to be set on a hill, not under a bushel. I recently trained a new class of acolytes in our church. The acolytes carry a taper with a ame, representing Jesus, the light that broke through the darkness of our world, into our Sanctuary. Two candles on the altar are lit at the beginning of the service. The candles represent the mystery of Christ, how He is both fully God and fully man. In Jesus’ day, and even to this day, two candles are lit in the synagogue by the “daughter of Jerusalem” and a shema for the light is chanted. There are two kinds of light. There is either a light “source” such as a candle ame or a light bulb, or it is “re ected” as our moon re ects the sun’s rays. If we see ourselves in a mirror or dimly in a store window, it is because of re ected light. Sunlight streams through a window, lighting and warming the space within. We can even get a sunburn through a window’s light. Light, when it is shattered, gives us a glorious rainbow of colors. We can tell how hot a ame is by its color. It is not just “brightness” but so much more. We are to let the light of Jesus shine in and through us. Remember the children’s hymn, “This little light of mine, I’m gonn a let it shine…” It must be evident. We should look different. We cannot be conformed to the norm of this world and be His light. Every little decision we are faced with is an opportunity to “shine.” Whether it is giving up your place in line when the person behind you has a fussy baby, to how you allocate your money. So, why the question, “Are you a windo w or a mirror?” Actually, we can be both. We must be a mirror re ection of the gracious light we are given in Him. But we can also be a window. That is if we are transparent enough for people to see into the windo w of our heart. Let us begin each day with the prayer that the LORD help us to be both a window and a mirror for the light of His love. -Amen Advocacy group for the disabled to meet locallyThe Coalition of Independent Living Options is looking for people who are interested in being part of a Disability Advocacy Group in Okeechobee. If you are interested in being part of this group and would like to represent Okeechobee, this is the group for you. For information, call Mary Thomas at 772-485-9225 or 863-467-1026.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Bauer agreed to withhold adjudication. This means Salam, 36, will not have a felony conv iction on his record. However, if he should v iolate the terms of his probation in any way that can all change. Salam, of West Palm Beach, was arrested J une 7, 2012, by detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force at the Marathon Convenience Store, 118 S. Parrott Ave. Arrest documents stated that con dential sources twice bought the fake pot from Salam. Because the substances used to make Spice can be readily changed by its manufacturers, before an arrest can be made the suspected Spice is rst sent to a criminal laboratory to see if it actually contains an illegal substance. In Salam's case, the suspected substance was sent to the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce. The task force arrest report indicated Salam's rst arrest stemmed from him selling a con dential source four packages of Marley Boy brand Spice at a total cost of $40. In the second case led against him, Salam was accused of selling a different con dential source one package of Blue Sky brand Spice. When detectives executed a search warrant on the store where Salam worked they seized 548 bags of suspected fake pot that had an estimated value of $6,000. Synthetic cannabinoids contain chemicals that mimic THCthe active ingredient in marijuanaand can produce a marijuana-like high. Smoking Spice can cause seizures, vomiting, paranoia and delusions. It damages the lungs and cardiovascular system, and can cause brain damage or even death. SPICEContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man and woman w ere arrested earlier this w eek after lab results veri ed the substances reportedly found on them at a traf c stop were synthetic cannabinoids. Mark Allen Lee, 28, S.E. 26th St., was arrested Thursday, Sept. 19, on a felony charge of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid 3 grams or more, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $1,500 bond. Also arrested was Becky Lee Cook, 33, N.W. 38th Ave. She was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid 3 grams or more. She is being held in the county jail on $500 bond. Synthetic cannabinoids contain substances that mimic THCthe active ingredient in marijuanaand can produce a marijuanalike high. According to an arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Lee was stopped on July 19 because the passenger, Cook, was not wearing her seat belt. During a search of that vehicle task force detectives allegedly found: eight unopened bags of the synthetic cannabinoid Express Barely Legal; one partial package of Express Barely Legal synthetic cannabinoid; one partial package of Cloud Nine Platinum synthetic cannabinoid; and, a plastic straw that had been cut and contained a white residue. Because manufacturers are continually altering the substances in the fake pot, law enforcement must seize the substance then send it to a crime lab where it is analyzed to determine if actually contains an illegal substance. If it does, law enforcement is then noti ed and they then make the arrest. This is what reportedly happened in this case. Detectives seized the packages of synthetic marijuana then sent them to the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce. The detectives then received the lab results on Sept. 17, and arrested Lee and Cook on Thursday. In the detective's arrest report, it is noted that Cook apparently said she purchased the bags of fake pot in Palm Beach County "... because you cannot purchase it in Okeechobee County." The report went on to state when Lee was arrested Thursday a partial bag of WTF Herb potpourri, also a synthetic cannabinoid, was found in a pocket of his pants but he was not charged. Detectives seized the 5-gram bag and it will be sent to the Indian River Crime Lab for testing. The arrest report goes on to indicate that Lee was issued a criminal citation for driving while license suspended with knowledge at that initial traf c stop in July. Pair arrested on felony ‘Spice’ charge Mark Allen Lee Becky Lee Cook tures and pump stations. $250.6 million to restore the Everglades ecosystem, improve Lake Okeechobee and protect the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. For the third year in a row, SFWMD millage rates have been reduced. The rolledback combined tentative millage rates are 0.411 mills in 15 of the district's 16 counties in the Okeechobee basin. For Collier County and mainland Monroe County (the Big Cypress Basin), the rolled-back combined tentative rate is 0.3278 mills. In addition to ad valorem taxes, other revenue sources include state appropriations, federal sources, balances, fees and agricultural privilege taxes. SFWMDContinued From Page 1 Skip Bryant Memorial Fund Golf Tournament raises money for scholarshipsBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Although the playing eld is full, sponsors and donations are still being sought for the 21st annual Skip Bryant Memorial Fund Golf Tournament to be played Saturday, Oct. 19. The Okeechobee Golf & Country Club w ill once again be hosting the one-day tourney. Skip Bryant was the rst, and only, deputy w ith the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) who died in the line of duty in November of 1991. He was a passenger in an airplane that went down in Lake Okeechobee during a search and rescue mission. The Memorial Fund was established to aid the families of law enforcement of cers and re ghters in the Okeechobee area in their time of need. The fund also provides college scholarships for the children of area law enforcement of cers and re ghters. During its 20 years the fund has awarded $195,590 in scholarship money to 61 students. Some of the most recent graduates are Christopher Neal and Kristen Roberts, who have received their four-year degrees. It should also be pointed out that, with the fund's help, Danny Thomas has received his master's degree. OCSO Major Noel Stephen said the fund has helped 76 families in need by giving out a total of $86,718.38. The fund started in 1992 with a chicken barbecue dinner and golf tournament. Maj. Stephen said hole sponsors are still needed for this year's event. This sponsorship consists of a sign at a tee box and a green for $250. Also, prize donations are also needed. The donations will be given away during a luncheon at the conclusion of the tournament. The sponsors and donators will be recognized at that luncheon. For information contact Maj. Stephen at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, 863-763-3117. Sponsors sought for annual tourney

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Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen w ill offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.March of Desserts plannedJoin the March of Dimes at the Freshman Campus Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 for its March of Desserts. The event will feature a sampling of desserts from local businesses and individuals. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 after Sept. 15. A live dessert auction will be held at 3 p.m. A ll proceeds will bene t the March of Dimes and its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For tickets or information, contact the March of Dimes at 772-562-0115; or, e-mail chernandez2@ marchofdimes.com.Shrine hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will begin serving their weekly spaghetti dinners on Tuesday, Sept. 24 You are invited to join y our friends and neighbors for delicious homemade food and great fellowship. Serving is from 4 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club, located at 1740 S.W. 53rd St. (Hwy. 78W), is pleased to offer SMOKE FREE DINING. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 58 p.m. Proceeds bene t Shrine Charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863357-0427, Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.CCC to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. September special guest speakers are Jacki Jackson, Early Learning Coalition and Noelle Balsgmo, FAU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The CCC will collect backto-school supplies for needy and foster children. Please bring supplies to the meeting or call for pick up. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863462-5000, ext. 257.Support group will meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave., will host a Parkinson's support group meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Free adult care will be provided during the meeting, and there will be discussions on how to make a difference with family and caregiver support while exchanging experiences of Parkinson's. The event is free and open to the public, family and patients. For information, call 863-763-1700.Hospice to host yard salesHospice of Okeechobee's September yard sales will be Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. The sale is located at the corner of Southeast Fourth Street and Southeast Third Avenue. For information, call 863-467-2321; or, visit our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee. org and click on the Events tab.Moose offers Italian dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose will have a dinner consisting of link Italian sausage, baked ziti, salad and dessert on Thursday, Sept. 26 On Friday, Sept. 27 the dinner will be cat sh, shrimp or steak. Music will be Johnny B. On Saturday, Sept. 28, dinner will be homemade pizza and subs. Music will be provided by Private Practice.Prayer walk to be heldThe Fifh-Sunday community-wide service, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA) will be Sunday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N Parrott Ave. Rev. Allen Patterson will be preaching, the Okeechobee Community Choir will be singing and many members of the Ministerial Association will be participating in the service. FFA alumni to meetThe Okeechobee FFA alumni will have their rst meeting of the year Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the County Extension Of ce on U.S. 98 N. For information, call 863-467-8696.Candlelight vigil plannedThe Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce and the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will sponsor the seventh annual NOPE Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 24 at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for fellowship and light refreshments. The program will start at 7 p.m. The deadline to submit your information for the memorial video is Oct. 1 To create a memorial for the NOPE Task Force Candlelight Vigil memorial wall and video, log onto nopetaskforce.org; or, contact Connie Curry at 863-763-3117. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Nancy Bass Bobbitt, 73OKEECHOBEE Nancy Bass Bobbitt of Okeechobee passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. She was born February 18, 1940 in Belle Glade, FL. She was a graduate of Belle Glade High School and retired from Attorney's Title Service. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. She was a loving mother, faithful wife, loyal friend and committed Christian. Mrs. Bobbitt was preceded in death by her parents, Maude and Avery Bass; sister, Anne Cumpton; and brothers, Jowell Bass and Kenneth Bass. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ed Bobbitt; brother, T. Lavon Bass (Gail); children, James (Jennifer) of Cote De Caza, California, Linda Tewksbury (Harry) and Thomas (Shannon) all of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Erin Hales, Cameron and Adam Tewksbury, Olivia, Elizabeth and Ava Gray Bobbitt and Mitchell Mulholland; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2013 at First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, September 23, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Bruce Simpson of ciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Mini Regatta set for Oct. 5The Third Annual Adam Bryant Mini Regatta will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Scott Driver boat ramps on S.R. 78. Races start at 9 a.m. The ending time will depend on the number of competitors. Last year the races ended around 2 p.m. The regatta features homemade boats constructed from a single sheet of plywood, 24 feet if 2"x4" lumber, one pound of fasteners and one roll of duct tape. The race dinner will be Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $10 in advance or $12 at the event. Proceeds from the regatta go to a scholarship fund for high school graduates who wish to become re ghters and for Kiwanis Club charitable activities such as a plan to construct a special needs playground.Fire safety event plannedThe Okeechobee Home Depot will host a Free Fire Safety Event for the communit y on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at The Home Depot, 2700 U.S. 441 S. The event will include a Free Kids Workshop, Bounce House, 4-H Club, Division of Forestry, Smokey the Bear, Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, McGruff the Crime Dog, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce K-9 Unit, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, Gary Champion and his #23 Race Car, Okeechobee Blood Round-Up Booth, Seminole Fire and Tobacco Free Florida. There will be free hot dogs and popcorn while supplies last.Benito Aguilar Suarez ‘Sunshine’, 77OKEECHOBEE Benito Aguilar Suarez "Sunshine", age 77, died at home with family on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Benito was born in Edcouch, Texas, and had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1956. He was a lifetime farmer and crew leader. Benito acquired the name of "Sunshine" as he was always seen with a smile on his face. He enjoyed dancing to country music, shooting pool, and spending time with family; especially his grandchildren watching wrestling. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Jose, Johnny and Esteban Suarez, Ernesto Urbin a and his wife Julia; a sister, Carmen Solis; grandson, Anthony Fadley; and brother-in-law, Victor Madrigal. Benito is survived by his sons, David Suarez and Stevie Suarez; daughters, Maggie Fadley and Susie Suarez; son-in-law, Jeff Fadley; daughterin-law, Blanca Suarez; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Aurora Juarez (Amado), Lupe Madrigal, Rosa (Adrian) Rogers, all of Okeechobee and a host of nieces and nephews. A visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, September 23, 2012 at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are by Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory3833 SE 18th Terr., Okeechobee, FL. Friends may leave condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com

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The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to be cautious in areas w here road work is underway. Road work planned for this week includes:Okeechobee County U.S. 441 North from Northwest 179th Street, to County Road 68 East: Maintenance project: Expect intermittent lane closures with aggers directing traf c w hile crews repair shoulders on either side of the roadway. Use caution when traveling in the work area.  U.S. 441 North from Northwest 9th Street, to Northwest 36th Street: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk. No lane closures are expected however, motorists should drive with caution.  U.S. 441 Southeast from SR 78 to the Martin County Line: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming low hanging tree branches as needed. No lane closures are expected, however, motorists should drive with caution. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Davis/Boney/Prescott Family ReunionWANTED: Family and Friends You are invited to come to relax, visit and renew old memories and friendships to the Basinger Civic Center on Sat. Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Plan to eat at 1 p.m. (One hour past. “ High Noon”). Bring a covered dish and your lawn chair. Meat will be provided. Looking for copies of old photos from generations past for genealogy research. Bring a copy of our old Davis, Boney, or Prescott ancestors. To claim your reward: RSVP to Earlene Davis Platt 417-686-0004 or Elaine Davis Harvey 407-873-4816. Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 7 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Golf Scores for Sept. 13 are: rst place tie; Bob Meyers and Dan Birdshaw, second place; Chet Hendren. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results RoadWatch Cows & Bulls were a little cheaper this week, $1-$2. Lightweight calves were a bit higher and heavier calves were a little softer. A weird time of year where grazing cattle are more in demand and feeder calves are not. September is transition time for weather, a good time for calves to get sick in the feedlot. Happens every year, nothing new. Market fundamentals are still good. Mark your calendars for our special sales: Oct. 4 Bred Heifers Oct. 11 Angus Bulls Oct. 18 Brangus Bulls M & H Cattle, topped the calf market with a high of $3 bought by B & M Cattle and Foy Reynolds. Steven Dunn Ranch, topped the cow market with a high of 90.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 8 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the weekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for Sept. 6. They are: Lindy Harwas, Victoria Aguilar, Lyric Bishop, Ariya Billie, Ricardo Rosales, Charlene Conejo, Emma Raulerson, Isabella Puga, Isabella Wildey, Payton Collins, Brice Anuez, Mya Billie, Jasmine Jackson and Albert McClain. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the weekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Sept. 9-13 include: kindergarten students, Tyre Rush, Mari Jayne Woods, Carissa Woods, Jacob Davis; rst graders, Juan Aguilar, Hannah Harris, Amber Laster, Patryk Jaskot, Diana Benitez; second grade students, Yasmin Serrano, Bray Smith, James Santos Tehuitzil, Alyna Kane, Tanner St. Pierce, Reagan Tucker, Evangelina Rodriguez; third graders, Guadalupe Morales-Lopez, Riley Russell, R.J. Isales, Tori Tharp, Nancy Peters, Isis Guerrero, Sundance Burford, Austin Derry; fourth grade students, Colton McPeak, Ivy Lawson, Enrique Gomez, Payton Besaw; fth grade students, Daisy Lujano, Christian Flores, Maddox Quinlin and Kevin Valdez. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.comOffer expires November 29, 2013 CAC014022(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 Weve been building our reputation for years. Needless to say, weve gotten pretty good with our hands.Let us help you get your system into shape before the cooler weather gets here. *Rebate oer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. System rebate oers range from $300 $2,000. See dealer for details. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information on the tax credit guidelines. 2013 Lennox Industries, Inc. ORRECEIVE UP TO $2,500 in rebates*and tax credits**with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System.Special Financing Available* 9 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/CES Central Elementary Teachers Judy La am, Phil Spearow, Karen VanBeek, Jenny Myers and Ronda Watt (and--not pictured--Dan Eldred), provided an "elementary" style Football Friday Celebration Day. Kicking off the regular NFL season on Friday, Sept. 6, the Specials Staff created different stations the students could participate in. The student's practiced throwing the football, running through tires, tackling the purple player and kicking an over-sized football through the upright goal posts. Students also enjoyed wearing their favorite team's football jerseys or their "red" Central shirt in honor of the day. Central celebrates Football Friday! First grade students featured from the Gator Nation include: John Benji, Juan Landaverde, Christian McCall, Clayton Thompson, Rafael Bustos, Luis Carrila, Damian Garcia, Jahmal Duhaney, Jose Garcia, Marissa Willcuts, Avary Manson, Hanah Williams, Abigail Martz, Hailey Harden, Mia Schneidd, Jesus Delgado, Lane Davis, Dylan Jennings, Hailey Rogers and Aiden Bigford. Students featured with the Specials Teachers include: Jose Valdez, Jaelyn Lindeberry, Isabella Miller, Jose Garcia, Alana McDonald, Edith Ramirez, Ziryn Flores, Xavier Kinty, Tucker Rogers, Rafaela Jimenez, Eduardo Cruz, Brianna Serrano, Caleb Cruz, Cameron Gibson, ALyssa Bottari, Ella Bostwick, Angel Antonio and Marisa Willcuts.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 10 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Florida homeowners who have remained current on their mortgages may apply for federal assistance from the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund Principal Reduction (HHF-PR) Program. The online application, www.PrincipalReductionFLHHF.org, which opened Friday, and will be available in all 67 counties. “This morning, Florida Housing’s Board of Directors approved $350 million in federal Hardest-Hit funds allocated to our state to be used speci cally for a principal reduction program,” said Steve Auger, executive director of Florida Housing at a Sept. 20 press conference. “While our state’s housing market continues to recover, many Florida homeowners have remained current on their mortgage payments in spite of their homes being substantially underw ater. For those who qualify, this new program can help to reduce their principal balance, which can result in a lower monthly payment and put more money in their pockets.” Initially, only 25,000 completed and submitted applications will be accepted for eligibility determination, via the website only. When that number has been reached, the ability to start a new application will be disabled so that staff can begin processing the completed applications. However, if additional funding is available for the program after this initial launch, Florida Housing will notify the public prior to re-opening the application process. The Florida HHF-PR program is designed to provide up to $50,000 to eligible homeowners who owe at least 125% more on their home than its current market value—commonly known as having a home that is “underwater.” Funds will be applied to reduce the principal balance of the rst mortgage to reduce the loan-to-value (LTV) of the rst mortgage to no less than 100%. The mortgage can then be recast (re-amortized) or re nanced to produce a lower monthly mortgage payment. The minimum quali cations a homeowner must meet to be considered for participation in the Florida HHF-PR program are as follows:  Must be a Florida resident and a legal U.S. resident/legal alien, and occupy the property as the primary residence;  Must be current on the monthly mortgage payment— rst mortgage payment cannot have been 60 or more days late within the past 24 months;  The rst mortgage must have originated prior to January 1, 2010;  The unpaid principal balance for the rst mortgage cannot exceed $350,000;  The loan-to-value for the rst mortgage must be greater than 125 percent— in other words, home must be more than 125 percent “underwater”; and,  The total household income, including all persons age 18 years and older who live in the home, must be less than 140 percent of the area median income. If the borrower has a FHA, VA or USDA-RD mortgage, the mortgage will need to be re nanced within 120 days after closing on HHF principal reduction funds in order to receive the pro rata forgiveness. Homeowners in every Florida county may apply for the Florida HHF-PR program by using the of cial website: www. PrincipalReductionFLHHF.org. The site contains all the information users will need to begin the application process, including a program fact sheet and answers to frequently asked questions. Additionally, the Florida HHF Toll-free Information Line 1-877-863-5244 will be open on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to answer any questions callers may have about the program. The of cial Florida HHF-PR website is the only way a homeowner can apply for assistance. Therefore, homeowners should verify that they are using www. PrincipalReductionFLHHF.org before providing personal information via the web. If applicants are suspicious about a website, they can submit a report on the of cial HHF-PR website by clicking the “Report Fraud” link on the homepage. Also, they may call the Florida HHF Toll-free Information Line to ensure they are using the correct website address. Application for the Florida HHF-PR program is FREE. Homeowners may qualify for mortgage help Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis hosts SES principalPrincipal Mike Radebaugh (left) from South Elementary spoke at a recent Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meeting. Mr. Radebaugh’s presentation was about the new Common Core curriculum being taught by Okeechobee School District teachers. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Of cers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. At right is J.D. Mixon.

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Special to the Okeechobee News The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is partnering with Audubon of Martin County to host birders and photographers on tours at a wetland that cleans water before it enters Lake Okeechobee. Lakeside STA is a new, exciting wetland area, located in Western Martin County. This 2,600-acre project involved constructing a wetland that will use aquatic vegetation to remove phosphorus from stormwater runoff in the Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough basin before it enters Lake Okeechobee. The cleansing of the waters is critical for the survival of bird species and their food supply sources, and all the critters that live on or near the STAs. Audubon of Martin County (AoMC) is fortunate to be working with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) in a cooperative agreement to conduct tours at Lakeside STA in a ve-year project. The object of these tours is to provide opportunities for the public to enjoy bird watching at the STA. During the winter migration, thousands of birds of all species will be traveling through the STAs. This is a driving tour around water impound areas, with stops along the way for better viewing with scopes and to hear information from our tour leaders about the birds and their behaviors. Many unusual bird sightings have been notedbeautiful white pelicans, short-tailed hawks, burrowing owls and snail kites to mention a few. We have two established eagle nests in good viewing sight along the pathway. Four of the tours are designed just for photographers. These tours will be led by noted wildlife videographer John Nelson. Birding and photography tour dates for the season are: Sept. 28 photography tour; Jan. 25 photography; Oct. 19 birding; Feb. 15 birding; Nov. 16 birding; March 15 birding; Nov. 30 photography; March 29 photography; Dec. 21 birding; and, April 19 birding. For more information, visit the website audubonmartincounty.org or contact Bev Poppke at 772-288-2637. You may also email audubonmartincounty@gmail.com. The partnership expands on similar programs in Hendry and Palm Beach counties to offer bird watchers access to district wetlands where more than 200 different avian species have been spotted. These wetlands are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration, using aquatic plants to remove excess nutrients from water owing into the natural system. Each year, a vast array of bird species travel through South Florida and the district's network of STAs during the winter migration. STA-5 (Hendry County) The district's rst organized bird-watching program began in 2005 with a partnership with the HendryGlades Audubon Society. To date, Audubon volunteers, in coordination with the district, have served more than 5,100 bird watchers and photographers from across the globe on 135 individual tours at the site. STA-1 East (Palm Beach County) In January 2012, the district partnered with the Audubon Society of the Everglades to host tours at STA-1 East in western Palm Beach County. To date, Audubon volunteers have hosted approximately 400 visitors on 20 tours. For more information on these tours, to go www.sfwmd.gov. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 12 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Bird-watching, photography tours take ight Okeechobee High School Class of 1984 reunion plannedThe Okeechobee High School Class of 1984 is planning a reunion. For the Class of 1984 Reunion information see Facebook CLASS OF "84" REUNION or if you do not have a Facebook call 863-801-4589. The reunion will be held Nov. 1 and 2. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDAn Osprey was among the birds recently photographed at the Lakeside STA in Martin County.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, & Ultrasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensation We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M. MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 13 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRed Cross promotes re safetyRed Cross volunteers went door-to-door throughout Okeechobee County communities on Sept. 14 to educate residents about re prevention and the importance of having a disaster plan. More than 33 million people in America—1 in 6 adults—suffer from bladder control issues. This embarrassing issue can prev ent people from enjoying life. Finding relief from the symptoms of overactive bladder can be a long journey. Raulerson Hospital offers a minimally invasive procedure to help those affected, regain their sense of control and get back to living! This Incontinence Therapy treats urinary retention (inability to completely empty the bladder) and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence (leakage) and signi cant symptoms of urgency-frequency. Incontinence Therapy should be used if other treatments such as medications and behavioral therapy have not worked or could not be tolerated. Incontinence Therapy works by targeting the miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves using mild electrical pulses. InterStim therapy is often referred to as a ‘pacemaker’ for the bladder. It has been FDA approved since 1997 for urge incontinence and since 1999 for urinary retention and urgency-frequency. People suffering from overactive bladder can even participate in a trial assessment to test it without making a long-term commitment. If bladder control issues are affecting your life and other treatments have been unsuccessful, talk to your doctor about whether you are a good candidate for Incontinence Therapy. To learn more about Incontinence Therapy at Raulerson Hospital or for a free physician referral call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-7639228. Minimally invasive treatment available for bladder control issues Cypress Hut Eagles donate to Kid CareOn Saturday, Sept. 14, the Cypress Hut Eagles presented KOA Kid Care with a $1,000 check for Kid Care Cancer Research. Presenting the check is Aerie president Ken Tillman and Auxiliary past madam president, Lorraine Watson. This donation was raised solely on Tuesday night hamburger sales during the dart tournaments. Special to the Okeechobee News

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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 Now Carrying Dupont Automotive Paint 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 22, 2013 O SCO investigations T he Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce i nvestigated the following reports of crimes i n Okeechobee County last week. A SSAULT 2600 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace  3600 block of S.W. 20th St.  4500 block of S.E. 23rd Court  600 block of S.W. Second Ave. B URGLARY 2200 block of N.W. Fifth St.  3400 block of S.E. 27th St.  200 block of N.W. 110th St.  1000 block of N.E. 30th Terrace  700 block of N.E. 30th Ave.  100 block of N.E. 64th Ave. C RIMINAL MISCHIEF 1000 block of N.E. 30th Terrace  800 block of S.W. 24th Ave.  100 block of N.E. 342nd Trail  5100 block of S.E. 128th Ave. F RAUD 2700 block of N.W. Sixth St.  400 block of U.S. 98 N.  500 block of N.W. 20th Lane T HEFT 3700 block of N.W. Seventh St.  12000 block of N.W. 22nd Ave.  3500 block of N.W. 18th Ave.  2100 block of S.E. 24th Blvd.  5800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2200 block of S.W. 22nd Circle  1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  2300 block of S.W. 32nd Ave.  4100 block of N.W. 30th St.  4900 block of S.E. 44th St.  7000 block of N.E. 11th Lane  7500 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  300 block of S.W. 30th Terrace  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  3500 block of S.E. Eighth St.  4400 block of S.E. 22nd Court  2900 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1200 block of N.E. 11th St.  700 block of N.W. 34th Terrace O CSO Investigations Crafters wanted for BazaarPeace Lutheran Church will have a Quilt and Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Breakfast and lunch will be sold and there will be a White Elephant Sale as well as crafts, plants, art, jewelry and beautiful quilts. A limited number of tables will be for rent to crafters at $10 each. Call Dottie at 863-532-8100.Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/ Rescue needs volunteers to help with ofce work and to help as kennel supervisors. The organization is non-pro t, with no paid staff and depends on donations and community volunteers. For information, contact Belinda Forlifer at 863-3571104.

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OKEECHOBEE: 3/2, Completely furnished with Washer & Dryer. Screen room overlooks private lake w/dock. Short term or long term. ALSO 2/1 Unfurnished. (863)467-2784 ON RIM CANAL: 2 BR, 2BA, Mobile Home on Large lot. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)467-6309 or (561)231-4505 Nice Clean Newly renovated 2bd homes in nice quiet adult park, small dog okay, $550.00 a month plus security 863-517-5111 or 239-246-6301 Treasure Island Nice, Clean, Updated 1bd/1ba, partially furnished. $130 weekly plus electric and security. 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 BUCKHEAD 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 Palm Harbor Factory Liquidation Sale 6 models to choose from 1200 sq ft up to 2400 sq ft... $12k off! FOR FREE PHOTOS... John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 1974 CORVETTE, UNDER CONSTRUCTION $7,500 CALL 863-763-4537 AND AS K FOR BOBBY CASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 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!CLASS A -CDL DRIVER needed, must have DOT medical, clean driving history and 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. 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 Insurance Agency Looking for a Customer Service Rep/ Salesperson.E-mail resume to: JohnAdams1300 @gmail.com Insurance Agency Looking for a Licensed 220/440 Agent. E-mail resume to: JohnAdams1300 @gmail.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 Sales Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Mobile HomeSale Automobiles Autos Wanted Mobile Home Rent Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 15 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 EXPERIENCED PART TIME COOK MUST BE ABLE TO PASS LEVEL 2 BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG TEST PLEASE APPLY IN PERSON AT: 411 SE 4TH STREET Employment Part Time 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. LESLIE 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. Business Opportunities ExcavationSIDE BY SIDE REFRIGERATOR WITH ICE MAKER $250 CALL 863-763-4537 AND ASK FOR BOBBY 8ft hay ring, corral pen 2-4ft gates, hay spear $900.00 or best offer. Call 863-697-3162 Fred or Rosemary! Appliances Farm Miscellaneous2bdrm/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, $850 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, $600mo., and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEE 2br / 1ba, garage, No pets $650/mo 1st, last & sec. Avail. 9/18 (863)467-2302 or (772)260-6969. 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. Apartments Apartments AFFORDABLE new house 3BR, 2BA, full size 2 car gar. 2200 sq. ft., full appliances w/dishwasher, lg. M/BR with walk-in closet, 4 person Jacuzzi tub, 300 sq. ft. Italian tile walkin shower, lg. kit. w/cent. island bar, $1395/mo. 1st, last & sec. Call (561)723-2226 Beautiful, Clean 3bd/2.5ba In the Oaks. Near Blue Heron Golf Course,Double car garage,screened patio, 2,500 sq. ft. under roof, a/c,sprinkler system, appliances,large yard, Oak and Palm trees, Quiet Street,$1,260.00 mo. plus security. Call 863-467-9250/ 519-746-4844 or e-mail d.mcara@hotmail.com OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Houses Rent Houses Rent CANAL FRONT -UNFURNISHED THREE BEDROOM TWO BATH WITH LARGE FLORIDA ROOM NICELY EQUIPPED KITCHEN WALK IN CLOSETS LAUNDRY ROOM FENCED & CROSS FENCED BOAT HOUSE SHED -&CARPORT. (863) 447 -0742 OR (863) 467-4371 OKEE 3/2 Home in Palm Creek. Some furniture. Prefer yearly lease, seasonal an option. Non Smoker. Small pets okay. $1,000.00 plus all utilities. Security deposit required. Interested parties please call 772-545-4292 and leave message. 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, $1350. mth. 708-218-8227. ON RIM CANAL Modern brick w/tile, 3BR, 2.5 BA, use of boat dock. $750/mo. Call 772-359-1640. FURNISHED ONE BEDROOM ONE BATH PARK MODEL TRAILER LOCATED AT RIVER BLUFF FISHING RESORT ON KISSIMMEE RIVER THREE TO CHOOSE FROM STARTING AT $750 A MONTH -OR $200. WEEKLY RENT INCLUDES BOAT SLIP ELEC -WTR & SATELLITE -LONG OR SHORT TERM 863-467-4371 OR 863 447 -0742 Resort Property Rent Buckhead Waterfront 3bd/1ba CBS, large Florida room, tile, utility room, dock and deck, w/carport. $750 mo plus security. 1137 4th St BHR Call 561-968-4018

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO. 2013-CA-320 BRITTON DWAYNE HARRIS and MARLENE CURLEY Plaintiffs, v. WILLIAM MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM P. MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM ORLANDO MAGGIACOMO, DECEASED, CHERYL E. MAGGIACOMO, HIS SPOUSE, TONYA HARRIS, HIS DAUGHTER AND HEIR, AND ALL OTHER UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DECEASED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS, ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: CHERYL E. MAGGIACOMO P.O. Box 409, Cruz Bay, St. John USVI 00831 ALL OTHER UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST DEFENDANT WILLIAM MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM P. MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM ORLANDO MAGGIACOMO, DECEASED, AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS, ET AL. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 37, PIONEER ESTATES, UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 15 THROUGH 17, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 1984, SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME; ID NO. SSMFLAB70664; MAKE BEAC; 66’ IN LENGTH; TITLE NO. 18053532 LOCATED ON THE ABOVE CAPTIONED PROPERTY.has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on TOM W. CONELY, III, of CONELY & CONELY. P.A., whose address is Post Of ce Drawer 1367, Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367, and le the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court within 30 days of the date of rst publication; otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on September 6, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Said Court BY: Jennifer Rediker Deputy Clerk 452386 ON 9/15,22/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 13000326CAAXMX JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, VS.THE UNKNOWN, HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF MARY ALICE SMALL A/K/A MARY SMALL, DECEASED, et. al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF MARY ALICE SMALL A/K/A MARY SMALL, DECEASED whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: LOTS 29 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT 30 OF RIVER RUN RESORT ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 18, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND THAT CERTAIN 2005 MOBILE HOME WITH VIN NUMBERS GMHGA10460265A & GMHGA10460265B. a/k/a 112 NE 8TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-4505 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 within 30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at County, Florida this 13th day of September, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Jennifer Rediker DEPUTY CLERK 452809 on 9/22,29/2013 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 4th of OCTOBER, 2013 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 1997 JEEP CHEROKEE 4 door 1J4FJ78S8VL554358 1995 LEXUS S2 DOOR TEAL JT8JZ31C2S0028825 2003 HYUNDA ACCENT 4 DOOR WHITE KMHCG45CX3U456261 2000 PLYMOUTH NEON SILVER 1P3ES46CXYD613336 1992 COACHMAN MOTOR HOME 2GBJG31K7N4105652 2000 DODGE DURANGO BLUE 1B4HR28Z4YF190219 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 453006 ON 9/22/2013 SURPLUS STATE PROPERTY DEP #DSL13-007 Okeechobee County: S06, T36S, R34E Approximately 77 +/acres Sold by quitclaim deed “AS IS, WHERE IS” Contact Ann Henson 850-245-2785 or Ann.henson@dep.state. .us Bid Deadline is September 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT 450806 ON 9/8,15,22/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013CA223 JUDGE: METZGER IN RE: Forfeiture of: One (1) 2005 Dodge Magnum VIN: 2D4FV48T85H513696 NOTICE OF FORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS ALL PERSONS who claim an interest in the following property, 2005 Dodge Magnum, VIN: 2D4FV48T85H513696, which was seized because said property is alleged to be contraband as de ned by Sections 932.701 (2)(a)(1-6), Florida Statutes (2013), by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Florida Highway Patrol, on or about April 8, 2013, in Okeechobee County, Florida: Any owner, entity, bona de lienholder, or person in possession of the property when seized has the right within fteen (15) days of initial receipt of notice, to contact Jason Helfant, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, P.O. Box 540609, Lake Worth, FL 33454-0609, by certi ed mail return receipt requested to obtain a copy of the Complaint and Order Finding Probable Cause led in the above styled court. 452585 ON 9/15,22/2013 CONTRACT INSPECTION SPECIALIST Performs work that supports quality control over contractual agreements to help the District achieve positive contract outcomes. Work requires inspection of services procured through contract are in adherence to contractual requirements and speci cations. Incumbents serve as liaisons, interpret and enforce contract speci cations, established policies, procedures and schedules for inspecting and evaluating contractual eld jobs to determine if progressive or completed work is in accordance with terms and conditions of the purchase order or contract. Work includes but is not limited to inspection of electrical, mechanical, and civil phases of contractual projects. Associate’s Degree required (Bachelor’s preferred) in quality control, engineering, construction management or related eld and 4+ years experience in contractual quality control, public works inspection and oversight or related work. Licenses: Valid State of Florida Driver’s License. Must possess a State of Florida Restricted Pesticide License, or the ability to obtain one within 6 months from hire date and/or placement in job. For more details and to apply, visit the South Florida Water Management District website at http://www.SFWMD.gov Req ID: 1107BR, Location: Okeechobee Field Station. EOE Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 SURPLUS STATE PROPERTY DEP #DSL13-007 Okeechobee County: S06, T36S, R34E Approximately 77 +/acres Sold by quitclaim deed “AS IS, WHERE IS” Contact Ann Henson 850-245-2785 or Ann.henson@dep.state. .us Bid Deadline is September 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT Just 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 Okee 3BD/2BA on water. Treasure Island, large yard, new carpet, NO PETS includes lawn service, $725/mo. Move in now, $900. Call (863) 634-0663 Employment Full Time Houses Sale Land Sale Land Sale Lots Sale Mobile Home Rent 16 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Campers/RVs Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Word on a red octagon 5 Tree-trunk greenery 9 Channel covering Capitol Hill 14 Coif makeup 15 Queen Boleyn 16 Partner of well 17 Partner of willing 18 Like tilted ltrs. 19 Moderated, with downŽ 20 Hullabaloo over a sudden policy reversal? 23 Ball supporter 24 Little mischiefmakers 25 Legendary Chicago cow owner 29 Attack from above 31 __ Grande 32 Co. bigwig 33 Sign of table tennis tendonitis? 37 Bushy coif 40 Half of a double play 41 Inventors germ 42 Bit of applause for an equestrian event? 47 Big thing at McDonalds? 48 Samaritans offer 49 Game one 53 Meditation instruction 55 Crossword hint 57 Inventor Whitney 58 Cry of frustration about a Hostess cake? 61 Montezuma, e.g. 64 Snug ... bug in ___ 65 ExodusŽ author 66 Musical pace 67 Easy pace 68 Waiters handout 69 Cuts and pastes, say 70 Iowa States city 71 Stage accessory DOWN 1 Great Pyramid passages 2 One of two Commandments holders 3 More greasy 4 Make ready, briefly 5 Letter carriers 6 Winning 7 Velcro alternatives 8 Note to __ 9 Book of available products 10 Hillside 11 Exemplar of neatness 12 Hail, to Maria 13 Composer Rorem 21 Fidos poodle amie 22 Pork cut 26 Military sch. 27 Actress Russo 28 Class using mats 30 For each one 31 Campus military gp. 34 __ Samaritan 35 Little Lab 36 Organ whistle 37 High point 38 Source of linen 39 Yummy but fattening 43 Parti-colored cats 44 Banks claim 45 Sprawls, as by the pool 46 Take down __: humble 50 Less remote 51 Cause of odd weather 52 Equips for use 54 Highly capable 55 PC data disk 56 Gem graders aid 59 Festive event 60 Trash destination 61 Ended a fast 62 Alphabet ender in England 63 1979 Pa. meltdown site By John Lampkin 09/20/11 09/20/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com

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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 18 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Khalil Smith ran for four rushing touchdowns in the rst half and Okeechobee held Fort Pierce Westwood to just 140 total yards as the Brahmans won their District 14-6A opener, 44-0, Friday night at Brahman Stadium. Smith scored on runs of nine, 20, 48 and six yards in the rst half. Adrian Minondo added 98 yards and a touchdown before the half and defensive linemen Cody Walker caused a fumble and ran it back 28 yards for another score as OHS (1-3), opened up a 41-0 halftime lead. The Panthers, (0-3), were hurt by two fumbles deep in their own territory that led to 14 quick, Okeechobee points in the rst quarter. Smith said he felt unbelievable as he rolled through the Panther defense and refused to go down in the rst half. He had only been thrust into the starting lineup at the last minute but was ready to respond. "I feel great, I ran crisp. It was just hit it and get it," he said. Minondo said he feels he and Smith is an excellent 1-2 combo and they want to do what they do in practice in the games. "I give thanks to the offensive line. We had a full week of practice and we come out here and want to win this district." Brahman Coach Chris Branham applauded both for their unsel sh play. He noted they genuinely like each other, pull for one another and were excited for one another in this game. "There is no question that those runs and blocks set the tone for the night. It put us in control early and we got to idle down and get some more guys the repetitions they need," he added. The entire team played with a heavy heart as defensive linemen Tyrell Taylor learned just before the game that his mother had passed away. Taylor insisted on playing the game and Branham said that showed a lot of heart. "The football eld is your sanctuary. It's where all your practice and training come to fruition. You can forget about the outside world. I think it might be therapeutic to be out here rather than sit around and be hurting. He's a strong young man and he played a tremendous game tonight," he added. Okeechobee had 14 rst downs as a team11 in the rst half. They constantly had great eld position as they started the rst scoring drive at their 43. They drove 11 plays to score on a one-yard run by Minondo. After a short punt the Brahmans missed a eld goal. A fumble by Panther quarterback Ezekiel Smith gave Okeechobee a rst and 10 at the Panther 23 on their third drive. Three plays later Smith ran in untouched for a 12-yard touchdown. Westwood turned the ball over on downs at their 41-yard line on the next series and Okeechobee scored six plays later when Smith busted loose for a 20-yard run. Smith scored again on a 48yard run late in the second. A 22-yard run by Minondo and a 30-yard run by Smith set up Khalil's nal touchdown on a six-yard run with 20 seconds left in the half. Walker scored the Brahman second touchdown when he stripped the ball from Rodney Jones and ran untouched into the end zone. He said he didn't think and just reacted. "As a lineman you don't get to touch the ball very much so once I got it I knew I wouldn't be stopped. I broke through the line and hit the running back, stripped the ball, and I just played football. It didn't really hit me until I got to the end zone," he added. Walker said his senior year didn't start out that great but that he thinks the team has turned the corner. "It's not how you start, it's how you nish, and we're going to nish well," he added. Coach Branham also praised his defense which held Westwood off the scoreboard even when the Panthers reached the Brahman one-yard line in the fourth quarter. "The defense has played well all season. We take away the team's best two plays. We weren't perfect, but we did an awful lot right tonight," he added.Game notesDrayton Billie rushed for 80 yards in the second half thanks to two runs of 30 yards or more. Zachary Brown had an interception and 18-yard return for Westwood. OHS had a season-low 30 yards in penalties. Smith had a pass de ection for OHS. OHS Brahmans rout Fort Pierce Panthers Okeechobee News/ le photoBrahman varsity players do the eld walk to unity before Friday's game

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will waive day use fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies and partners that manage recreation areas located on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day use fees in the areas they manage. In addition, volunteers who participate in one of USACE’s National Public Lands Day activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site is participating in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with their local USACE project for more information. The fee-free coupon is valid for one y ear from date of issue and may be used for one day of entrance or day use fees at any participating federal agency’s park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these types of fees. For more information on the fee-free day and coupons visit http://www. publiclandsday.org/highlights/fee-free-dayand-coupons. USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. As the nation’s leading federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, USACE manages 422 lake and river projects in 43 states. With 90 percent of these projects located within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, USACE sites provide a wide range of safe, affordable, outdoor recreation opportunities close to home. Visitors in Florida can take advantage of the day-use fee waivers at several locations within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. For those who enjoy boating, there are three corps boat ramps along the Caloosahatchee River, including the Ortona Lock and Dam North Recreation Area and the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam North and South Recreation Areas. The W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam South Recreation Area also features a visitor center with interactive exhibits and a swimming beach with a manatee sculpture where children can climb and play. Those who live on the east side of Lake Okeechobee can use the boat ramp and visitor center at the St. Lucie Lock & Dam Recreation Area. The day-use fee waiver on National Public Lands Day will include:  W.P. Franklin North boat ramp $3 boat ramp fee  W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area $3 boat ramp fee; $1 swimming beach fee  Ortona North Recreation Area $3 boat ramp fee  St. Lucie South Recreation Area $3 boat ramp fee “Wherever you choose to recreate on National Public Lands Day, please remember to check your safety equipment before water activities and always wear a life jacket,” said Adam Tarplee, natural resource program manager. “If you visit us at St Lucie, Ortona or W.P. Franklin please don’t hesitate to speak with one of our park rangers if you have any questions,” said Phillip Hart, the volunteer coordinator for south Florida and a park ranger at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam. “Remember that we have free loaner life jackets available at our recreation areas to ensure you have a safe visit while boating or just swimming.” For information on the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam Recreation Area in Alva, call 239-694-2582. To nd out more about the St. Lucie Recreation Area in Stuart, call 772-219-4575. Additional information can be found online at http://www.saj.usace. army.mil and then clicking “Recreation” or visiting http://www.owwvisitorcenters.com. For more information on USACE recreation opportunities nationwide, visit http://www. CorpsLakes.us. Please share photos of your family and friends enjoying any of our recreation areas on National Public Lands Day by sending them to PublicMail.CESAJ-CC@usace.army. mil. You might just see them on our Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Waterway Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/LakeOkeechobeeOWW. Corps waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners has tentatively adopted a budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: Thursday, September 26, 2013 5:30 P.M. at 304 NW 2nd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 BUDGET SUMMARYGeneral Fund 8.5470 Jail Loan Repayment Fund 0.3491 GENERALTRANSPORTATIONSPECIALDEBTCAPITALENTERPRISETRUST &TOTAL FUNDTRUST FUNDREVENUESERVICEPROJECTSFUNDAGENCYBUDGET Taxes:Millage per $1000 Ad Valorem Taxes8.547012,530,829 12,530,829 Ad Valorem Taxes 0.3491 (voted debt)521,982521,982 Sales & Use Taxes2,431,5762,5007,173,5805,700905,00000 10,518,356 Charges for Services1,189,329 212,1461,760,50000102,3930 3,264,368 Intergovernmental Revenue5,497,7573,314,2005,001,70201,002,71700 14,816,376 Licenses & Permits50,0000420,9420000 470,942 Fines & Forfeitures67,000074,0980000 141,098 Franchise Fees456,000000000 456,000 Miscellaneous Revenue973,55843 ,8001,135,4251,20017,50050502 2,172,035 TOTAL SOURCES 23,196,049 $ 3,572,646 $ 15,566,247 $ 528,882 $ 1,925,217 $ 102,443 $ 502 $ 44,891,987 $ Transfers In1,061,287 202,084 1,263,371 Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Asse ts3,373,6345,268,16517,158,718 288,73010,230,18762,141196,742 36,578,318 TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES$27,630,970$8,840,811$32,927,049$817,613$12,155,404$164,584$197,24482,733,677 $ EXPENDITURES General Government6,384,20 80564,47902,925,87529,6100 9,904,172 Public Safety13,162,99306,075,1750500,00000 19,738,169 Physical Environment271,08702,934,8700266,03600 3,471,993 Transportation04,863,9432,202,6620407,97200 7,474,577 Economic Environment72,10702,012,4960000 2,084,604 Human Services2,060,7420284,928031,50000 2,377,170 Culture & Recreation1,298,44705,0000538,76290,53533,000 1,965,744 Debt Service00236,003503,036000 739,039 Court Related00338,7520000 338,752 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $23,249,585$4,863,943$14,654,366$5 03,036$4,670,145$120,145$33,000 $48,094,221 Transfers Out177,225 284,625 461,850 Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Asse ts4,381,3863,799,64317,988,058 314,5777,485,25944,439164,244 34,177,606 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES TRANSFERS, RESERVES & BALANCES$27,630,970$8,840,811$32,92 7,050$817,613$12,155,404$164,584$197,244$82,733,677 The tentative, adopted, and/or fi nal budgets are on file in the office of the ab ove reference taxing authority as a public reco rd. ESTIMATED REVENUESCounty of Okeechobee, Florida Fiscal Year 2013-2014 19 Okeechobee News September 22, 2013

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