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Sunday, September 29, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 117 15.95 feetLast Year: 15.43 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Special to the Okeechobee NewsJohnny Appleseed DayThe students in Mrs. Sickels’ class at Seminole Elementary celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day by dressing up like the legendary apple pioneer and traveling the school to plant hundreds of apple trees throughout the campus. Their “core” curriculum for the day included a lesson in apple fractions and a scienti c “Five Senses” apple tasting of six different varieties of apples. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Apparently angered because he couldn’t get any orange juice, a man was arrested after he allegedly grabbed the wrist of a pregnant woman working the drive-thru window at a local fast food restaurant when she handed him his change. Miron Lukjan, 43, S.E. 33d St., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 26, on felony charges of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and battery on a law enforcement of cer. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence and battery. He is being held in the Okeechobee Count y Jail on $12,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Bart Potter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), Man accused of becoming irate over orange juiceJV football team beats Sebastian ... Page 11 March of Desserts a sweet success ... Page 2 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Sheriff says he will appeal $13.1 million allocated for OCSO, jail & court securityBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Cutting positions originally created by grant funding that is no longer available and reducing the number of sheriff’s of ce vehicles were two of the recommendations made Thursday to help balance the sheriff’s budget. County administrator Robbie Chartier explained that because the Okeechobee County Commission and the sheriff could not resolve their budget dispute, Florida Statute requires the county provide recommendations for running the sheriff’s of ce on the funding the county has budgeted. The sheriff asked for $14.8 million to run the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, the Okeechobee County Jail and security at the Okeechobee County Courthouse. The county has budgeted a total $13.1 million for these services, including $12.5 million from the general fund. Mrs. Chartier said this accounts for the entire $12.5 million which will be generated by county ad valorem property taxes. The administrator said the sheriff does not have to follow the county’s recommendations regarding how his department’s budget is spent. “This is the justi cation for our allocation. It in no way means we tell the sheriff how to manage his budget,” said Mrs. Chartier. She said this year they asked all of the county departments to reduce the budgets back to the level of Fiscal Year 2004-2005 or in some cases 2003-2004 because the available funding level is the same as those years. Revenue has been reduced due to the decline in property values and also because o f Chartier recommends budget cutsSee BUDGET — Page 5 See O.J. — Page 5 Miron Lukjan

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Eyes of the HeartIt’s a shame there aren’t hardly any good movies to see anymore. Today’s movies focus on violence, sex, white collar crime and so on. Even cartoons are full of it. Yes, I know, Tom and Jerry bashed each other over the head, but there wasn’t blood and guts spilled everyw here. What happened to family-oriented shows? W hat happened to the parents who wouldn’t allow their children to watch trash? Was the w holesomeness of family life not passed down through the generations? As the generations changed and children were taught to be more independent because parents had to work to “Make a better life for them,” they were left to make their own choices of what was right and what was wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I know many parents set rules and instructions for their children. But face it, you were a kid once. As soon as Mom and Dad were out of sight all sense of right and wrong went out the window. The chance to do what their little hearts desired popped right up. Along with peer pressure. Can’t do something without a friend now, can we? As a result today’s children have an attitude because they think they are responsible enough to run their own lives. I do not begrudge any child an education. But the sight I saw at a recent football game broke my heart. There were more pregnant teens and teens with babies than I have ever seen together except at a home for unwed girls. Some were carrying one child and pregnant with a second. Flaunting it like it was some badge of honor. Granted, they are still in school, and hopefully they will be educated enough to make a good life for themselves and their children and not continue to depend on the system to support them forever. What happened to the sex education department in schools? What happened to Home Economics where girls were taught the basics of being housewives and mothers after they nished school? What happened to the parents who took their kids to church to hear God speak to them about purity and love and marriage rst? What happened to the churches who were not ashamed to preach about these things? My church talks about love and marriage, about honoring God by staying chaste until marriage. Our Pastor talks about God turning your mess into a message of hope to turn your life around. He shows us how to open the eyes of our heart to meet God where we are now, to hear Him (God) speaking to us so He (God) can heal us and show us the road to redemption, to become everything He (God) calls us to be. The world will offer you many things, m y friends, but it will not bring you comfort when you are hurting, it will not satisfy your hungry, thirsty soul. It will not transform your life, i t will only chew you up and spit you out, and it will never give you a home in Heaven fo r eternity. This is one of those bags of rocks I talked about last time. You will carry these burdens like sacks and pockets full of rocks that will drown you in debt, unhappiness and discouragement. But there is hope! Jesus will carry those burdens if you will give them to Him. Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good: Blessed in the man who takes refug e in Him. And remember, there is no “I” in Jesus, it’s “Us,” you and Him together. Come to Him today, give Him your burdens, let Him restor e you, let Him renew your life, let Him love you as you have never been loved before. Jesus loves you ~ and so do I, Cheryl Gawda Meetings online I think it is a good thing that we can now watch the county commission meetings online, and if you can’t watch during the meeting, the video tapes of the meetings are available online. If you want to know which commissioners are asking questions and who just goes along with whatever is proposed, you can nd out for yourself. Just watch the meetings. People say they can’t go because they are at work. Well you can watch the meetings at any time day or night because they are online now.Health insurance I think this Republic needs a little Democracy. They should let the American people vote on the Affordable Health Care Act. The Democrats passed it when they controlled both houses of the Congress and the White House. All of the polls at the time and now, show the American people did not want and do not want Obamacare.  Rumor has it, that since it is federal, they may choose for patients to go to VA hospitals and out patient VA places. Those are federally funded.  My insurance has not been cancelled but one of my spouse’s doctors has been taken off the list for our insurance. If he keeps the insurance he has now, and still wants to see this doctor, it will be an out-ofnetwork visit. The co-pay is going from $20 to $75 and insurance pays reduced amounts for any testing or services. So it’s time to start shopping for a new company.  Here is a concern I have about those who are nally forced into the Obama Care insurance—will they be able to nd a doctor who will accept them, and if not, what measures will the government employ to force them to? Already there are many doctors who will not accept Medicaid patients.  Our plan sounds like the one Michelle Malkin has, individual, catastrophic with a lower premium and high deductible, because generally we are in good health. I hope they do cancel it and then I will opt to pay the penalty. Our premium was $504 in 2010 when this mess started, with a $5000 deductible each for the rst two family members. Now it is up to $729 a month with a $7000 deductible. We might as well cancel and self pay because we have to pay for most of our care anyway, and our prescriptions. The Obama administration is feeding the public a load of misinformation and his followers just believe it. Now doctors will be forced to ask patients for information that has nothing to do with their care. e.g. Are you sexually active? Why would a cardiologist or chiropractor need to know that information? It is none of Obama’s business and I will answer any of those questions with N/A (not answering)! There is so much to talk aboutBy Michael W. Peppers Community Church of BasingerI’ve noticed something of late—not that this is a new thing but it would seem that it has gotten a bit out of hand. Especially when it is from a largely professing Christian community. There is much talk of so many things that will never make a difference in a person’s life other than to hurt them, or to cause them to move farther away from the truth and is not worth the emotional energy it took to say it or even to repeat it over and over. Whether we believe it or not, all we have is today, we have no promise of tomorrow, and the time we spend communicating should actually be edifying to the hearer and glorifying to the God. The Lord has instructed us to love Him and to love each other. The scripture says that God is Love. It would seem that this would take all of our energy if we actually pursued this in our lives. Jesus said that every idle word that men shall speak, they will give account thereof in the Day of Judgment. There’s also a scripture that says there is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof is death, (a way, no t necessarily the right way). If we really believed these words we would probably be mor e careful with the way we lived and the way w e talked. There is another scripture where Jesus says He is The Way, not a way but The Wa y and it would seem that we the true followers of Jesus Christ would spend much more tim e talking of His Way, His Goodness, His Mercy, His Grace, His unending love and His wonderful salvation and the plans that He has fo r each person rather than most any other topi c or persons or organizations that at the end o f the day are really not even worth mentioning. And might bring more trouble on us than w e might think: with what measure you mee t withal it shall be measured unto you again th e Bible says. Let us make our words count fo r Him, remember only what we do for Jesus will last forever. There is so much more to Tal k about. Let’s get to it, Let your words be with grace seasoned with salt and Let the words o f our mouth’s and the meditation of our heart’s be acceptable in thy sight of the Lord our God. We should always try and remember how th e Lord Jesus dealt with us. Hope this Helps. September 29, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!

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the decline in revenue from tipping fees at the land ll. County of cials were advised by legal staff on Monday that if the county and the sheriff did not reach an agreement on the budget, the county would have to show justi cation for the budget recommendations. Mrs. Chartier said she spent much of the week going over the sheriff's budget and she found some expenses that could be reduced and other expenses that should be "realigned." Mrs. Chartier noted the Narcotics Task Force was originally funded by the Byrne Grant. That grant no longer provides funding for the ve county deputies on the task force. "There is a matching dollar amount attached to those positions, so I looked at those ve positions that we can't afford to support when we don't have a grant that is helping us anymore," she said. She said she removed those ve positions from the budget recommendation. She also proposed a change in funding for school resource of cers. The school board should probably fund 100 percent of the school resource of cers' expense, if the school of cials want to keep these of cers at the schools, she recommended. Mrs. Chartier also questioned if the county needs six bailiffs at the courthouse, which is one more than in the 2004-2005 budget. She said according to the Clerk of Courts of ce, there are 249 maximum court days, since the court house is not open on weekends or holidays. There are three court rooms plus another room used for hearings. Last year, she said, that hearing room was only used on 70 days. She said there is some justi cation that they could reduce the number of bailiffs from six positions to ve. The county administrator also recommended reducing the sheriff's of ce eet of vehicles. She said 84 vehicles are "take home" vehicles used 24-7 by sheriff's of ce employees There are currently 17 vehicles listed as "spares" and another three vehicles being considered for trade-in, she said. "I did some research on what it costs to maintain a vehicle," she said. Using information from AAA, she said reducing the eet by 22 vehicles could save about $200,000, she said. "I noticed the law enforcement education fund has varied signi cantly over the past three years, causing an unusually high average," she said. "I felt there could be some reduction there as well, with fewer deputies." "I removed the capital outlay funds as well, since we don't have available funds to fund the capital outlay. That was $370,000 from law enforcement," she explained. She said there are cuts that could be made in the court house security budget and some places where expenses should be moved. She said she moved the detention deputies who transport inmates from the jail to the courthouse from the courthouse security budget to corrections. "I didn't reduce them. I just moved them to the corrections budget," she said. She said she also reduced the operating budget to be more closely aligned with the actual expenses. She noted the 2013 budget had 76 fulltime jail employees as compared to 71 in 2004-2005. She said the average jail population has remained the same over the years. The demographics may have changed within the population but the population generally remains the same, Mrs. Chartier said. She recommended removing capital outlay funding of $120,000 from the corrections budget. She said she moved the detention deputies who had been listed in the courthouse security budget into that corrections budget, so even with her recommended reductions to the corrections budget, there is a net increase to that budget of about $84,000. "I just have one thing to say," said Sheriff Paul May, when Mrs. Chartier completed her presentation. "Did I understand you to say that we could not afford the Narcotics Task Force? That it will be wiped out or done away with?" That would be up to him, she replied. The county cannot afford to keep positions that were funded by grants, when the county no longer receives the grant funding, Mrs. Chartier said. "If you choose to keep narcotics (tas k force personnel) on and shift personnel around, how you do that is entirely up to you," Mrs. Chartier said. "We did that years ago, when the Bryne Grant started falling out," said Juanita White, executive assistant to Sheriff May. She said most of the task force has been funded b y the sheriff's department regular budget for the past four years. The county commissioners approved a budget with expenses of $48,094,221 in expenses and $34,177,606 in reserves. They set a tax rate of 8.5470 mills and a debt service tax rate of 0.3491 mills. The entire debt service millage goes to pay off the county jail. One mill equal $1 in taxes for ever y $1,000 of property value. Both the proposed budget and the tax rates passed 4-1 with County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper as the lone dissenter. "I will do the legal thing I have and I will appeal that budget," said Sheriff May. The total county budget is down 5 percent from Fiscal Year 2012-2013. indicated he was called to McDonald's Restaurant on U.S. 441 S. at 6:30 a.m. due to a disturbance. When he arrived at the eatery he was told about a man going through the restaurant's drive-thru who became irate when told the orange juice machine was not working. W hen he drove up to the window to pay for his order he continued to yell at the pregnant w oman working the window. According to the deputy's report the w oman was "... feeling very uncomfortable and scared because of the man's demeanoryelling and acting crazy." As the pregnant woman handed Lukjan his change he reportedly grabbed her wrist w ith both hands. Deputy Potter stated a witness called the sheriff's of ce when they saw Lukjan leaning out the window of his car and banging on the glass window and yelling because he couldn't get any orange juice. During the course of his investigation, Deputy Potter found out where the man lived then called for backup. The deputy reportedly approached Lukjan and the man became agitated, abrasive and would walk toward the deputy in a threatening manner. With the help of OCSO Deputy Ben Lisle, they were able to restrain the 6-foot-3, 200pound, Lukjan. But this apparently did not calm him down as he would reportedly stick out his chest and walk toward Lisle like he w as going to chest bump him. Because of the way Lukjan was acting, emergency medical personnel was called to the scene to check him. He reportedly continued to be uncooperative and became physically combative with the deputies. By this time, Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief had arrived at the man's home. As the three deputies tried to restrain Lukjan, he allegedly kicked Deputy Lisle in the groin and knocked Cpl. Hazellief's radio off his belt. The deputies were nally able to hobble the man's legs and hands and put him in the back of Deputy Lisle's patrol unit. Deputy Potter stated in his report he could smell alcohol on Lukjan's breath "... as he was yelling." The deputy's report did not indicate if the McDonald's employee needed medical attention. O.J.Continued From Page 1 BUDGETContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! 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Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion post 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. Payoffs w ill be determined by player attendance. A ll proceeds to bene t the American Legion v eterans' programs. The event is open to the public. V FW hosting breakfastVFW Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge will host a pancake breakfast Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9 until 11 a.m. Meals will be available for $4 to $6 donation. Proceeds will go to V eterans Village. For information, call Timmie at 467-2882.Prayer Service is Sept. 29The Fifth-Sunday community-wide serv ice, 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. A llen Patterson will be preaching and the men's quartet will be singing, the Okeechobee Community Choir will perform.FFA Alumni to meetThe Okeechobee FFA Alumni will have their rst meeting of the year on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at the County Extension Of ce on U.S. 98 N. For information, call 863-467-8696.Shrine has spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will be serving a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Oct. 1. You are invited to join your 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 is located at 1740 S.W. 53rd St. (S.R. 78 W.). For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will provided from 5 until 8 p.m. Proceeds bene t Shrine Charities. For information contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Randall Mims at 863763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Bene t held for Daiana FonsecaThe Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 Hwy. 441 S.E. will hold a memorial bene t on Friday, Oct. 4, from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. for Daiana Fonseca. Donations from this bene t will help to pay for her funeral expenses. 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.Annual Mini Regatta is Oct. 5The Third Annual Adam Bryant Mini Regatta will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Scott Driver boat ramps on S.R. 78 W. 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 home made 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 slatedThe Okeechobee Home Depot will host a Free Fire Safety Event for the community 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 Bear, Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, McGruff the Crime Dog, Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce K-9 Unit, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, Gary Champion's #23 Race Car, Okeechobee Blood RoundUp Booth, Seminole Fire and Tobacco Free Florida. There will be free hot dogs and popcorn while supplies last.Hi-Heel-A-Thon plannedMOORE HAVENThe Glades Count y Woman's Club will host a Hi-Heel-A-Thon and a Womanless Beauty Pageant at the Chalo Nitka Grounds on Saturday, Oct. 5 to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation. The all-day event starts with registration at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. There is no admission charge to the grounds.Moose plans Celebrity NightThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will host a Celebrity Night on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 until 7 p.m. with dinner for a $7 donation. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a auction, for all members and quali ed guests. All proceeds go to Moose Charities and Community Service. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Daiana Belen Fonseca, 22 OKEECHOBEE Daiana Belen Fonseca passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was a resident of Okeechobee since 2002, coming from her birthplace. Daiana was a high school graduate and w as a bartender for the past year at El Cielo Azul in Okeechobee, Fla. She is survived by her parents, Carlos and Simonet Fonseca of Buenos Aires, Argentina; three brothers, Eliseo (Erica) Fonseca of Okeechobee, Marcos Fonseca and Diego Fonseca, both of Buenos Aires, Argentina; two nephews, A idan and Mason. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terr., Okeechobee, FL 34974. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Okeechobee, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 SE 18th Ter., Okeechobee, FL 34974. Online condolences may be sent to www.buxtonseawinds.com Johnny Mack Peterson, 78OKEECHOBEE Johnny Mack Peterson passed away Sept. 27, 2013. He was born June 20, 1935 in Houston County, Ala. to the late Early Posey and Mary Ester (Darby) Peterson. He moved to Okeechobee in 1957. He was an avid sherman and member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. Mr. Peterson is survived by four sons, Johnny Peterson (Angie), Floyd Peterson (Susan), Danny Peterson (Juanita) all of Okeechobee and Tony Peterson (Linda Sullivan) of Frost Proof; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; brother, Early Lee Peterson of Panama City; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Robert Earl Glisson, 77OKEECHOBEE Robert Earl Glisson passed away Sept. 20, 2013 at the Hamrick Home. He was born Dec. 12, 1935 in Kevil, Ky. He drove for Consolidated Freight for 42 years. He enjoyed football and all other sports. He loved ea markets and his dog, Princess, his best buddy. Mr. Glisson was preceded in death by his parents and his sister. He is survived by his wife since 1980, Dorothy "Jerry" Glisson; brother, William Glisson (Carla); nephew, Brian Glisson. No services will be held at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. The family would like to share this poem: This time I'm rollin' solo, Just me and my trusty truck. We've got to get it going, so goodbye and lots of luck. I'm a rollin' up to heaven, up there on that golden road. They said they're waiting for me, and this special load. They said to check in with the angel, at the guard shack of heaven's gate. I guess they need another trucker, to haul some of that holy freight. So the next time you see the lightning, and you hear that thunder roar, don't worry about the storm clouds, It'll be diesel humming as we welcome home one more. 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 29, 2013Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by e-mailing obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 B.R.A.T. dance set for Oct. 12The Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a Halloween Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 7 until 10 p.m., for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7. For information, call Allison Chandler at 863697-9096.Animal workshop scheduledA Youth Livestock Show Ethics and Animal Care Workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Sign in is at 8 a.m. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. until noon. Anyone showing livestock at any livestock show in Florida is required to attend the workshop. Pre-register online at http://www. oridastatefairag. com/ethics. For information, call Debbie Clements at 863-763-6469.

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Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 82F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 64F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 86F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 66F. Winds less than 5 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 84F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday Night: Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low of 68F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 84F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Wednesday Night: Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News Antoinette Rodriguez is the newest addition to the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. She was born in West Palm Beach and spent 11 years in Royal Palm Beach where she graduated from Forest Hill High School in 1989. She said she moved to Okeechobee four y ears ago to get out of the insanity of the coast life and to put her son in a smaller community for a better school. She said she previously worked for the Chamber of Commerce in Royal Palm Beach and found a warm welcome at the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce. “I wanted to be more involved in the community,” she said. The Chamber of Commerce is here to build the community, to promote businesses and make sure that the businesses are successful. “We are the voice of the community,” said Ms. Rodriguez. “I look forward to bringing the capabilities to the forefront of our community. With your input and the strength of the organization, we will enjoy new found success together!” said Ms. Rodriguez. To contact Ms. Rodriguez or the Chamber of Commerce, call 863-467-6246, or visit the website at www.okeechobeebusiness.com or just stop by the of ce at 55 S. Parrott Ave. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 Rodriguez is new chamber executive director Antoinette Rodriguez Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Cattle are still selling good if you can get to ’em and bring ’em in! Can you believe the rain? It won’t let up! Cows and bulls were fairly steady, mostly mid 70s on cows and mid 90s on Bulls. Little 250# and under calves were quite a bit higher and 4-500# calves were also higher. Everything else was pretty much steady. I still think once we get past September there’s a good chance prices could get a little higher. Mark your calendars for our special sales: Oct. 4 Bred Heifers Oct. 11 Angus Bulls Oct. 18 Brangus Bulls Jimmie Smith, Lorida, topped the calf market with a high of $3.45 bought by Bellamy Cattle Buying. John Williams, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 87.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Okeechobee Forecast

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Okeechobee Main Street greeted about 40 members, v isitors, friends and community partners. TD Bank had a make over and we were rew arded with a stylish gathering. Main Street Executive Director Sharie Turgeon welcomed all guests and thanked Diane Davies and the staff at TD for their hospitality. Several announcements were made this evening from Raye Deusinger regarding the Blood Round Up to a quick appearance from JD Mixon to talk about the upcoming Minimal Regatta. Following brief introductions, and updates, tickets were drawn for the door prizes provided by Main Street member businesses. TD Bank also had a new twist to this mixer as they discussed their “going green” business practices and had an “ice breaker” game for everyone where the lucky winner w on a Flip Recorder. The public is welcome to attend our October Mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The hosts will be the Blood Round Up and the VFW South Post. Join Main Street at the VFW South Post, 3912 S.E. Hwy 441, 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 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 South Parrott Ave. (across the street from CVS, in the Chamber building). The Florida Department of Transportation advises drivers to use caution when driving in areas where road work is under way. Work planned this week includes the following.Okeechobee County U.S. 441 North from Northwest 179th Street, to County Road 68 East: Maintenance project: This two-lane roadw ay will be reduced to one lane with aggers directing while crews repair shoulders on either side of the road. Use caution when traveling in the work area.  U.S. 441 North from Northwest Ninth 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 S.R. 78 to the Martin County line: Crews will be trimming low-hanging tree branches as needed. No lane closures are expected, but motorists should drive with caution.Glades County U.S. 27 from Hendry County line to Highlands County line : Crews will be cleaning the turnarounds and grates in the medians from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lane closures are not expected with this work. Motorists are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.  S.R. 78 from U.S. 27 to Buckhead Ridge: Crews will be performing landscape maintenance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. No lane closures are expected with this work. TD Bank hosts Main Street Mixer RoadWatch Special to the Okeechobee NewsPictured from left to right are: (back row) Terry Burroughs, Laura Torres, Lynn Powell, Marnie Amiet, Maureen Burroughs, Mark Bragel, Angie Grif n, Jonathan Boni (front row) John Gurney, Cindy Birdashaw, Diane Davies, Sharie Turgeon, Bridgette Waldau and Estella Ochoa.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 Top ten things everyone should know about sepsis1. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. 2. Sepsis is a medical emergency. Minutes matter. 3. No one is immune. Sepsis can strike anyone regardless of age, race, color or creed. 4. Despite more than 1.6 million cases a year, fewer than half of Americans have heard of sepsis. 5. Sepsis kills more people in the United States than breast, lung and prostate cancer combined. 6. Sepsis kills more kids in the United States than cancer. 7. There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis. Warning signs can include dizziness, shortness of breath, confusion and sleepiness. 8. Delays in antibiotic administration can increase risk of death from sepsis. 9. There is no FDA-approved therapy for sepsis. Immediate treatment with antibiotics and uids could cut the number of deaths in half. 10. If you are worried about sepsis, tell your health care provider: “I am concerned about sepsis.” For answers to your health care questions or for a free physician referral, call ConsultA-Nurse at : 863-763-9228. Learn the facts about the danger of sepsis Special to the Okeechobee News‘See You At The Pole’ DayOkeechobee Christian Academy participated in the annual “See You At The Pole” event on Sept. 25. Before school, students, family members, staff and area youth leaders gathered around the ag pole to pray for our country, our leaders and our schools in a student led prayer and worship service. ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew” to be heldOur next ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to put a smile on the face of a sick child. This meeting winds down our annual MOPS (Miles of Pillowcase Smiles) promotion. If you have sewn pillowcases at home please turn them in at this meeting to help us meet our goal. There will also be Halloweenthemed pillowcase kits available to be sewn at this meeting so they can be delivered to St. Mary’s, Palms West and Lakeside Hospitals during the month. One other exciting announcement ConKerr Cancer has been selected to be the designated charity for the next “Quarters for a Cause” auction which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the American Legion Hall. Gather up all your loose change and come on out for a fun evening and at the same time help support our kids! For further information, contact Joan at 863-467-0290.

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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 11 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Wyatt Bessenbacher scored on a 62-yard screen pass with under 2 minutes to play and Okeechobee won their rst game of the y ear with a 16-8 victory over Sebastian River in junior varsity football action Thursday night at Brahman Stadium. The game was rescheduled from Tuesday when rain and the threat of lightning postponed the game. Jacob Emmick threw the game winning touchdown pass and added a 52-yard scoring run in the rst half for Okeechobee. Emmick also had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown negated by a penalty in the rst half. Terrance Boswell and Tristen Anderson had 2-point conversions for Okeechobee. The defense also made a goal line stand in the fourth quarter after Sebastian had a rst and goal at the Brahman 3-yard line. OHS coach Joe Smith said he was extremely blessed to have the opportunity to coach this team and guide these young men this year, "We want to take it full speed ahead. I'm proud of the kids for their resiliency tonight. They stayed in there when they were down and didn't drop their heads," he said. Smith only had added the screen pass to the play book on Wednesday. Bessenbacher said he felt hard work always pays off and communication is everything. He said he used his speed to get to the outside and was able to break some tackles to get into the end zone. Emmick said the entire team increased their effort this week and did their best. He thanked two of his running backs, Terrance Boswell and Alex Garcia, and his offensive line for helping him score on the rushing play in the rst half. On the game winner, Emmick said he and Bessenbacher know each other very well and they executed the play known as a jail break screen. "Wyatt and I are very close and I've never really played quarterback before," he explained. "There is nothing better than watching that connection and his run for the victory." Bessenbacher added a quarterback sack and several tackles in the game. He also knocked away a pass. Ronnie Knowles recovered a fumble for OHS. Darian Kessler added a quarterback sack in the waning moments. Smith said his defense hasn't allowed more than 14 points in a game this year and really has played well all season. "They just did their thing. From here we want to sharpen the defense, get the offense rolling, and get better," he said. Late score gives junior Brahmans 16-8 grid win Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Alex Garcia (#50) and the entire Brahman defense played another strong game Thursday as Okeechobee won their rst junior varsity football game of the year. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Jacob Emmick heads to the sideline after a short run. Emmick contributed to two Brahman touchdowns in their victory Thursday. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The boy's bowling team fell to South Fork 4-3 at Lucky Lanes on Tuesday. Brian Chapman rolled a 442 series over two games. Austin Walker had scores of 162 and 190. Michael Tiger rolled a 172 in the match. The Lady Brahmans rolled over South Fork 6-1. Ashley Byrd rolled a 167. Jessica Olney rolled a 309 series. Raylon Eagle bowled her career best game with 139 pins. Coach Carole Olney said she felt the girls didn't do their best in their match because they struggled with spares and open frames. "We need to work on moving on different lane conditions and adjusting so they can perform at their best," she said. Olney complimented the boys as they battled South Fork right up to the nal frames of the match. "The boys had a very good match and are getting stronger every day. It is fun to w atch them grow as a team," she added. The OHS volleyball team won their rst home match of the year when they blasted Clewiston 3-0 on Wednesday. OHS prevailed 25-8, 25-16, and 25-11 to improve to (5-7) on the year. Osceola volleyball got back on the winning track with a 25-21 and 25-17 win at Sebastian Middle School on Wednesday. Kassie Weldon had six kills. Medina Voropayeva had seven kills. Aubrie Hataway had 10 digs. Perla Contreras had six assists and Delaney Jones chipped in with four assists. Coach Lauren Throop said the team played a good game and continues to work on fundamentals and communication on the court, "Everything is coming together slowly. I think we are a better team every day. We aren't where we want to be just yet, but as long as they get better each time on the court, that's what we're here to do." Okeechobee Sports News in Brief

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Terrance Spivey returned an interception 91 yards for a score and Dedric Witherspoon had three touchdowns and Josh Harden two touchdowns as Heritage Palm Bay (5-0) shut out Okeechobee 40-0 in a District 14-6A game Friday night in Brevard County. The Brahmans were held to 97 yards in total offense, 74 of them behind the strong legs of senior running back Adrian Minondo. Okeechobee was in the game until the nal minute of the rst half when Spivey stepped in front of a slant pass and returned it untouched from his own nine yard line to the Brahman end zone. A fumble on the kickoff allowed Brevard another chance and quarterback Quinton Moxam found Witherspoon ve yards behind the defense in the end zone for another touchdown and a 26-0 half time lead. Coach Chris Branham said the worst possible scenario happened for his team late in the half. "The game of football is so much like life, you have plans and then surprise y ou're having triplets, you just deal with that and go on." Branham said he probably should have been conservative and not thrown the football with a chance to score a eld goal at the minimum. He said he felt there was an opening in the zone that his team could exploit, "Fans are yelling throw the football coach. I know my team better than anyone on this planet and I know our strengths and w eaknesses. I want positive plays. I know w hat we do well and what we don't do well. I don't want to put our players in a hole that they have to dig out of." Okeechobee had withstood a tough start as Trayvond Lee returned the opening kickoff 35 yards and Josh Gaines caught a 22 yard pass to put Heritage inside the Brahman red zone in the rst minute of the game. Bobby Joe Garza, Mitchell Madrigal and Juanyae Ford teamed up for tackles in the back eld and Witherspoon slipped on a fourth down attempt to turn the ball over to Okeechobee. Linebacker Richie Raymond led the Panthers in tacklers on the night. He said the team used their speed to slow the Brahman run game. "I read my keys like my coach told me to. W e train hard at every practice at full speed and use agility drills," he added. Witherspoon, who added a three yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 33-0, said the Panthers have several backs that can get the job done. "We just come out and play hard. We have backs that can run the ball and we just try to play our game," he added." Witherspoon added a one yard touchdown in the rst quarter to give the Panthers a 12-0 lead. Heritage's also got a rst quarter touchdown run by Harden to camp an 11 play, 70 yard drive. Harden added a 27 yard run in the fourth quarter. Heritage coach Ajay Ulmer said his team started slowly but played a better brand of football in the second half, "Okeechobee gave us everything we could handle. They were physical and played hard. I'm real proud of the way we came out in the second half." Ulmer said his defense has made it tough on opposing offenses to get anything going consistently. He said they play hard, are disciplined and make big plays. Coach Branham said he was proud his team played hard and that they make Heritage work very hard to score, "Heritage is a fantastic team and they had to work for everything they go. Our defense played well. We played close for a half and could have made it a game if we scored before the half. This is a big district and we have four more games in district, the season isn't over."Game notes: OHS stopped Heritage on two out of three two point conversion attempts. Heritage had 16 rst downs and Okeechobee eight. Okeechobee was 3-10 on third down and the Panthers converted 2-5 third downs. Both teams had one interception. E.J. Neal returned an interception 10 yards for Okeechobee. Bubba Fludd had a 21 yard kic k return for Okeechobee, (1-4). Arthur Woodruff had a ne game punting with 129 yards on four boots. OHS only had two penalties. Josh Gaines had 77 yards and Harden had 81 yards rushing for Heritage. quarterback Clinton Moxam threw for 71 yards and rushed for 35 yard for Heritage. Ford and Tyrell Taylor had tackles for loss. Linebacker Mitchell Madrigal and fullback Cory Vickers left the eld due to injur y in the second half. Heritage Palm Bay shuts out OHS football team 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO fessional JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. 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Washington County School Program At Okeechobee Youth Development Center ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY SCIENCE Teacher (Grades 6-12) (This school is located in a Department of Juvenile Justice Facility)Position requirements are detailed at website: Go to http://wcsdschools.com Go to Administrative Services and click on Job Announcements Create an account with a username and password, unless you have already completed this process. Complete your application for a CERTIFIED POSITION and attach a resume, etc. Then, you MUST APPLY for this position. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sept. 30th, 2013 (midnight)“Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants as well as employee” “Pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, random ( tness for duty) and follow-up drug testing will be implemented as per the School Board’s “Drug Free Workplace Policy” An Equal Opportunity Employer Earn Extra MoneyDeliver the YP Real Yellow Pages St Lucie Co, FL Area FT/PT, Daily work, get paid in 72hrs Must be 18 or older, have driver’s license and insured vehicle(800) 422-1955Call for more info Mon-Fri 8:00 AM 4:30 PM Or email us at deliverphonebooksse@directrac.com Mention “St Lucie” Help 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. 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 Employment Full TimeCLASS A OR B CDL DRIVER wanted Augger Exp. A Plus for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Bene ts available, apply at: Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeDrivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854Established grower and shipper of fresh produce seeking a proven and experienced individual with excellent maintenance skills and technical capabilities to manage our packing facility maintenance program. This position involves a high knowledge of mechanical, electrical, refrigeration systems and PLU systems. Seasonal demands during growing season. Please send resume to Resume33859 @gmail.com. 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! When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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. ApartmentsHouse for Rent (863)610-0567 or (863)610-0520 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. Buildings & Sheds CAR PORT Metal, 18x21’ $500 (863)946-0990 Pets/SuppliesBullmastiffs sired by Kong, puppies (2) 1yr old, also available adult females. And very tiny Yorkies available at times weighs 3-4lbs full grown shown by appointment only. call 863-261-3246 leave message 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 Apartments$450/mo. STEAL LOCATED IN TREASURE ISLAND 1BED/1BA, CITY WATER AND SEWER, SCREENED PORCH, CLEAN. CALL STEVE 863-801-1739 OR 863-763-3769 450sq. ft Apartment Located on Rim Canal. Furnished, dock access for boat. $650 monthly, includes cable, internet & elec. Call 561-853-6669 ApartmentsApartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $675 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 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. 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. Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included, totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)522-5024 Houses RentAFFORDABLE 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Houses RentBeautiful, Clean 3bd/2.5ba In the Oaks. Near Blue Heron Gol f 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 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. Waterfront RentalsFOR RENT: KISSIMMEE RIVER WATER FRONT HOUSE ONE BEDROOM ONE BATH WITH LARGE FLORIDA ROOM WITH GREAT RIVER VIEWFENCED IN YARD BOAT DOCK CAR PORT CENTRAL HEAT AND AIR THRU OUT FULLY FURNISHED 6 12 MONTH LEASE ONLY ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED -1ST AND SECURITY ADULTS ONLY SMALL PET WELCOME. CALL KAREN AT RIVER BLUFF FISHING RESORT (863) 467-4371 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 13 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! 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 fast can your car go? 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Waterfront RentalsFOR RENT: WATER FRONT BRING THE BOAT AND THE FISHING POLES THIS PLACE HAS ROOM TO STORE IT ALL! FULLY FURNISHED TWO BEDROOM, ONE BATH MOBILE HOME, FLORIDA ROOM, SCREEN ROOM, WORK SHOP OR UTILITY ROOM, LOCATED ON RIM CANAL WITH LARGE YARD. ADULTS ONLY, PET WELCOME, 6 TO 12 MONTH LEASE ONLY. WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES. 863-467-4371 OR 863-447-0742. FOR RENT: WATER FRONT -IT DON’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS -FISH OUT YOUR BACK DOOR-ONE BEDROOM ONE BATH CONCRETE BLOCK FURNISHED HOUSELESS THAN A MILE FROM TOWN ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED LONG OR SHORT TERM 1ST & SECURITY (COMING AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER -ONE BEDROOM ONE BATH DUPLEX ) CALL (863) 467-4371 OR 863-447-0742 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 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, Fully furnished $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 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 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 OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, 2 acres, FR, LR, 2 porches, detached gar. & carport, lg. Oaks. 1st, last sec. Refs. $1300/mo. (561) 346-4692 Treasure Island Nice, Clean, Updated 1bd/1ba, partially furnished. $130 weekly plus electric and security. 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles2010 FORD FUSION SEDAN Very clean, w/ only 30K miles! Great MPG! Was $16,800, REDUCED TO only $14,995 Call Joe today @ AUTO RANCH USA (863) 633-9761 2012 CHEVROLET CRUZE Dependable, w/ FANTASTIC MPG too! PRICE REDUCED to only $14,439! Call Joe today @ AUTO RANCH USA (863) 633-9761 2012 CHEVY MALIBU LT Loaded & VERY nice w/ leather, only 29K miles! Retail price $19,999, PRICE REDUCED to just $17,900 Call Joe today @ AUTO RANCH USA (863) 633-9761 Shop here first! The classified ads Automobiles2012 NISSAN SENTRA SEDAN Save BIG on this economical, likenew Nissan! MUST GO -drastically reduced to $13,756! Call Joe today @ AUTO RANCH USA (863) 633-9761 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Pickup Trucks2010 DODGE RAM 1500 SLT A real working truck, priced to sell! Retail price $33,175, REDUCED TO just $29,995 Call Joe today @ AUTO RANCH USA (863) 633-9761 Public NoticeSTATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF PROPOSED AGENCY ACTION The Department of Environmental Protection gives Notice of its Intent to modify a solid waste operation permit to Okeechobee Land ll, Inc. at 10800 NE 128th Ave., Okeechobee, FL. This modi cation permits the biosolids composting operation at the Berman Road Land ll. The Department has assigned File Number(s) 40842-042-SO to this project. The Department’s le on this matter is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Section, 2600 Blair Stone road, Tallahassee, Florida 32317. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the above proposed agency action may petition for an administrative determination (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be led (received) in the Department’s Of ce of General Counsel, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Petitions led by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes must be led within 14 days of publication of this notice or receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs rst. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of ling. The failure of any person to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes, or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department’s action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner, the applicant’s name and address, the Department File Number and the county in which the project is proposed; (b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the Department’s action or proposed action; (c) A statement of how each petitioner’s substantial interests are affected by the Department’s action or proposed action; (d) A statement of all material facts disputed by petitioner or a statement that there are no disputed facts; (e) A statement of facts which the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the Department’s action or proposed action; (f) A statement of which rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the Department’s action or proposed action; and (g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action the petitioner wants the Department to take with respect to the Department’s action or proposed action. A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department’s action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain the same information as set forth above, as required by rule 28-106.301 of the Florida Administrative Code. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Department’s nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such nal decision of the Depal Intent have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. In accordance with Section 120.573, F.S., the Department advises that mediation is not available in this case as an alternative to ling a petition for an administrative determination. 453630 ON 9/29/2013 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 13th 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 1992 FORD F150 1F2DF15N4NNA03164 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. 453552 ON 9/29/2013 Public Notice 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 14 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 47-2013-CA-000296 CENLAR FSB Plaintiff, VS. EVERETTE EARL WOOTEN, II A/K/A EVERETTE E. WOOTEN, LOUANN LEVERN WOOTEN A/K/A LOUANN L. WOOTEN, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: LOUANN LEVERN WOOTEN A/K/A LOUANN L. WOOTEN CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN LAST KNOWN ADDRESS 3801 SE 25TH ST OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 You are noti ed that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOT 31, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 10, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 22, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 2005 FLEETWOOD DOUBLEWIDE commonly known as 3801 SE 25TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on David J. Melvin of Kass Shuler, P.A., plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 800, Tampa, Florida 33601, (813) 229-0900, within 30 days from the rst date of publication, whichever is later and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated: September 19, 2013. CLERK OF THE COURT Honorable Sharon Robertson 312 N.W. Third Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 BY: Jennifer Rediker Deputy ClerkNOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within seven working days of your receipt of this NOTICE: IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 453168 ON 9/29;10/6/2013 ACROSS 1 Dollar bill weight, roughly 5 Dey job? 10 __ Stream 14 San __ 15 Silly 16 Adidas alternative 17 From the top 18 Blanche __, pseudonymous author of the 1983 best-seller Truly Tasteless JokesŽ 19 No ice, pleaseŽ 20 questions 23 Terhune collie 24 Annual sign of bad behavior? 25 AliceŽ singer Lavigne 28 Orators vocal quality 33 Sacramento daily 34 Sched. B item on a 1040 35 High point of an Alaskan trip? 36 hours 40 Seven-time N.L. batting champ 41 Storm dir. 42 They lead to an F 43 Six-pack abs? 45 Seat of Colorados Pitkin County 47 TriBeCa neighbor 48 Blueprint subject, perhaps 49 ers 57 Frankfurts river 58 Phils, e.g. 59 Deception 60 70s pinup name 61 Beneficiary 62 Its state bird is the cardinal 63 2-Down unit 64 Fixes 65 Place to cross, on signs DOWN 1 Seles rival 2 Eye care brand 3 Flock response 4 The Jungle BookŽ boy 5 Dug, so to speak 6 Heart lead singer Wilson et al. 7 Where kip are spent 8 Silliness 9 Party pooper 10 Underworld 11 Where the iris is 12 Neeson who voiced Aslan in the NarniaŽ movies 13 You may have a brush with it 21 It merged with Continental in 2010: Abbr. 22 Swindler, in slang 25 Trinity test subject 26 Locale 27 Maker of pieces? 28 Genetic letters 29 One of the convicted Rosenberg spies 30 Image Awards org. 31 1930s public enemy 32 NFL Network sportscaster Rich 34 Devils tools, metaphorically 37 Touchdown site 38 Big shot 39 More than zero 44 Walk bouncily 45 Modeled after 46 Sneaky devil 48 Its nobody __ businessŽ 49 Go out 50 Nose wrinkler 51 Sommeliersprefix 52 Singer Horne 53 Hunted 54 Pre-coll. catchall 55 Shower in public? 56 Urban miasma By Daniel Finan (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/23/11 09/23/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle

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R E D Over 100 ListingsHAPPY HORSES ~ 13+ Acre Paradise! Beautifully remodeled 4 Bd/ 3 Bath Two story home. 2782 SF Under Air 3699 SF TLA. Oak floors, Spanish tile, fireplace, NEW appliances, upstairs screened Lanai overlooks pastures. Split plan, 2 Master suites upstairs, 2 bdrooms downstairs. Metal roof, 2 A/C. 2880 SF barn, 30x50 Metal Bldg. Stalls in 4 pastures. Almost EVERYTHING N-E-W in Home! MLS 207300 $289,000. Call Lori (863) 634-1457 LEASING – 2860 SF EXCELLENT LOCATION PROFESSIONAL BUILDING WITH 10 OFFICES, CONFERENCE ROOMS, AND KITCHEN. This building could be leased as one business or it could be leased for two businesses. Front: 2100 SF Back: 760 SF Garage: 776 SF. Leasing includes electric, water/sewer, lawn maintenance, garbage pickup. 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 5003-H: Sunrise Estates freshly painted 3 bd, 2 ba CBS home on 1.22+/-acre. 2133 total sq ft/1501 under air. Recently remodeled. On a canal! New and more. $145,000 MLS #207229 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 1008-H: In town Beautiful landscaped 2 bd, 2 ba CBS home on large fenced lot, extra room could be third bdrm, large living rm, family room, screen porch and large shed. $190,000 MLS # 207126 5007-H: Basswood 3 bd, 2 ba CBS home in move in condition with appliances. 1152 total sq ft/1112 under air on lg lot. Lg closinside laundry rm and more. $69,000 MLS #207260 2000-C: Taylor Creek Condominium upstairs 1 bd, 1 ba apartment, 680 total sq ft, screen pool area, boat ramp, boat dock, rim canal. $47,500 MLS #207066 • Basswood lots starting at $4,900 • 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 15 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013

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1B Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 Whats your favorite spot to take photographs in the Lake Okeechobee area? Do you frequent a storm water treatment area, a state park, an animal attraction? Do you stop on the side of the road to take photos of wildlife or owers? Share your favorite photos with the contest! Speci cations: Submit digital photos as jpg images, at least 8 inches wide and at least 200 dpi (or larger). Include your name, email address, where the photo was taken and what you like best about taking photos there. Photos must be taken in the Lake Okeechobee area, which includes Palm Beach County, Martin County, Okeechobee County, Hendry County and Glades County. Email your entry (with photos as jpg attachments) to GO@newszap.com. Contest deadline is Oct. 25, 2013. Sponsored by: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Atrractions e best photos will be featured in future editions of Going Out: A Guide to Area Attractions and Entertainment. Special to the Okeechobee News The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee hosted two guests at a recent meeting. Leah Suarez is the Director of Special Services for Florida Community Health Centers. Ms. Suarez spoke on the new Affordable Health Care Act laws that will soon be taking place. Ms. Suarez’s main focus was to clear up any misconceptions about the new laws and to answer questions. The next speaker was Gene Broome, a Community Lending Of cer for Seacoast National Bank. Mr. Broome gives seminars and presentations to the public on how to raise your credit score. Mr. Broome gave a very small portion of that presentation to the Kiwanians in attendance. Mr. Broome gave tips on how not to lose points on your score such as keeping your credit card balance at less than 40 percent o f the maximum allowance. He also educated the crowd on myths associated with credit score, one such being that paying your bills on time helps, but not as much as you might believe. Kiwanis Club welcomes two local guest speakers Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanian Courtney Crews (left) presented guest speaker Leah Suarez (middle) from Florida Community Health Centers. Kiwanis president J.D. Mixon is on the right.Special to the Okeechobee NewsGene Broome (left) of Seacoast National Bank is with Kiwanis presenter Teresa Chandler. John Geitner with Seacoast National Bank’s Okeechobee branch is on the right.

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3B Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 By Patty BrantSpecial to the Okeechobee News IMMOKALEE--Agriculture representatives are raising some concerns about the recent decision by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to “repurpose” the IFAS Research Center in Immokalee as a demonstration center. Located on 320 acres on SR 29 outside of Immokalee, the IFAS Center in Immokalee opened in 1986 to provide research for agriculturalists in a ve-county area Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. A demonstration center uses applied research and works with the ag community. The Immokalee site will still do “active, relevant work,” Ruth Borger, Assistant VP for IFAS Communications, said. An advisory committee will be named to formulate the center’s new focus. Made up of local ag interests, the board will offer an opportunity for local leaders to carve out a de nitive role for this center. Faculty will be transferred to other research and education centers. Staff at the Immokalee facility will be alloted time to complete current projects, ending operation as a Research and Education Center on September 1, 2014. This will also allow staff and faculty time to nd other employment and relocate if necessary. County Agent Gene McAvoy noted that, over the years, the extension of ce and growers have conducted many activities there. He pointed out that an advisory committee will be appointed to meet with administration and mold the center’s new role, but he did say he felt the extension service may need to take on some managerial responsibility for demonstration trials. He said he is familiar with several of the IFAS extension and demonstration centers and has some concerns about future funding. Mr. McAvoy said that the IFAS Center in Immokalee has always been important to the area’s $2 billion agriculture industry. Citrus is huge. Vegetables are huge. Livestock is huge,” he commented, adding that “research is essential to keeping our competitive edge.” He voiced concerns over the change to the program, noting that research is the only thing that sets American agriculture apart any more. “We don’t have cheap labor any more. We don’t have cheap land any more. Research is all we have left to keep that edge.” The model has always been that IFAS research comes up with the information on local ag issues, which it then passed on by way of the extension to the growers. Mr. McAvoy is keeping an open mind, but said that it’s hard to see how another model could be as effective. The Gulf Citrus Growers Association President Wayne Simmons has similar concerns. The announcement came as a surprise to area growers, catching them off guard. “I thought we would have been involved more” in such a decision, Mr. Simmons said. He noted that recently the center’s research staff has dwindled to six of its original 12 or so. Still, he recognizes that “we all must be ef cient.” He said the outcome remains “up in the air,” but said that agricultural folks are open to seeing what happens. Mr. Simmons pointed out that the IFAS center has always provided important local research geared to local Southwest Florida growing conditions. “I hope we don’t lose the interaction with research,” he said. He said they’ve been assured that the relationship between research and growers will continue. He hopes representatives of all major local commodities from the area will be included in planning the future of the center, he added. The change may save some costs, but is mainly an effort to consolidate duplicated programs, according to Ms. Borger. She said it’s an attempt to become more effective with money, personnel and equipment. The IFAS Center in Immokalee as approximately 70 employees on site: seven are faculty members, the rest are graduate students and staff. It’s focus has been on citrus, vegetable, horticulture, entomology, soil and water science and plant pathology research, as well as extension programs. Duplication of services with Lake Alfred, Gulf Coast and Indian River Research and Education Centers is cited as the reason for the change. The UF/IFAS aim is to evaluate programming to “best serve southwest Florida interests.” The ultimate role the Immokalee center will play has yet to be determined. Ms. Borger explained that details still need to be worked out. Ms. Borger called the move a reclassifying of the site as a demonstration center. A research and education center has faculty in residence as well as county agents. In the end, she said, the change will probably not even be noticed by the public. “We understand the huge impact on the community.” Ms. Borger said, “the goal is to minimize that impact.” The institute hopes to enhance its service to the agriculture community. “We exist to help agriculture growers,” she commented and promised, “we will not abandon that.” The advisory committee is to be cochaired by the UF/IFAS District Extension Director Charles Vavina and Director of Operations UF/IFAS Hastings Partnership Scott Taylor. Agricultural and community stakeholders will be appointed to create a ne w vision for the site. This advisory committee is to be chosen this fall, with its recommendations due in the early Spring of 2014. John Arthington, director of the Range Cattle and Research Center in Ona will preside over the center during the transition. In a letter from UF/IFAS of cials state: “At a demonstration site we utilize multiple means to engage clientele in ways that help them learn about the latest varieties, methods, strategies and technologies that positively affect pro tability and sustainability. It is clear from our existing demonstration sites (Hastings and Live Oak) that what makes this process effective is the collaborative spirit and approach that is adopted . As the future plans for the operation are developed we will have a better idea of the complete personnel requirements.” Research Center in Immokalee to be ‘repurposed’ Special to the Okeechobee NewsPeace Lutheran Church hosts Watercolor ExhibitionPeace Lutheran Church recently hosted a Watercolor Exhibition. From left to right are: Brenda Mueller, Pat Daubert, Jo Ann Butler, Beth Nicolas, Donna Whitney, Norma Bolyand, Egretta Wells Brakke Instructor, Glenda Easterday (in front), Verna Van Deman, Marty Grondil, and Viola Brandel. Special to the Okeechobee NewsConstitution SundayTo celebrate Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, the children at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church received bells during the worship service. These bells were to be rung on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. to commemorate the signing of the Constitution at that time 226 years ago in Constitution Hall. Left to right arePastor Loy Mershimer, Amber Marquette, Cash Norman, Denny Baughman, Adriana Baughman and Aiden Welch.

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4B Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOsceola Middle SchoolThunderbolts and Gators couldn’t keep these students from being nominated for Student of the Week! Congratulations to these students for Sept. 12: Saul Antunez, Cameron Campbell, Case Durrance, Anyssa Anselmo, Christopher Denton, Frankie Vines, Christian Irizarry, Jazzmyn Lara and Chase Pellicer. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the weekCongratulations to the Students of the Week for Sept. 13. They are: Rachel Thompson, Justice Sanchez, Hally Arechiga, Steffany Rosales, Devon Ferrell, Darlene Santillan-Denova, Kain Joles, Khaleah Lovely, Hunter Daniels, Ryan Arnold, Kelly Galletto, Rosalia Jaimes, Lourdes Hernandez, Jasmine Desai, Erin Prieto, Devin Figueroa, Anna Robinson, Joy Whipple, Tristin Powers and Jose Sanchez. Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSYearling Middle SchoolYearling Middle School would like to congratulate the students of the week for the week of Sept. 20. The students are: Mireya Catalan, Marieht Barrera, Kelsi O’Cain, Cera Elliot, Tyra Smith, Janelle Markham, Karen Godinez and Grace Miller. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSouth ElementaryCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Sept. 20. They are: Giovanni Alvarez, Alex Deskin, Kali Morse, Diana Reyes, James Russo, Emma Jimmerson, Thalia Svatora, Tori Trent, Alison Denton, Estrella Robles, Noah Hummel, Latt Durrance, Joshua Viray, Kora Lemmerman, Brett Shockley Madyson McGuiness, Alexis Mundell and Lorena Urvina. Students of the Week... ..

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5B Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 A $1.08 million federal grant will allow the Florida Geological Survey, in conjunction w ith the Florida Division of Emergency Management, to conduct a statewide assessment of sinkhole vulnerability in Florida starting this fall. The grant was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction w ith the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The three-year project will start with geologists conducting a one-year pilot study in Hamilton, Columbia and Suwannee counties. The results of the pilot study will culminate in the production of a model that will generate a map showing the relative vulnerability of these counties to potential sinkhole formaGeological survey addresses state’s sinkhole vulnerability tion. The resulting model will then be used to produce a statewide map during the following two years. “Florida’s geology is complex and this grant will allow the Florida Geological Survey to produce a predictive tool that will re ne our understanding of sinkhole occurrence throughout the state,” said Dr. Jon Arthur, Director of the Florida Geological Survey. “Ultimately, this assessment will aid planners, builders and environmental regulators for the betterment of human health and safety as well as the economy.” Sinkholes are a common, natural feature of Florida’s landscape because Florida sits on several thousand feet of porous limestone. Porous limestone aquifers can produce billions of gallons of fresh water. Naturally acidic groundwater and rainwater dissolves limestone, leaving behind void spaces. The resulting v oid spaces can lead to the formation of sinkholes, caves, and springs, all of which are called karst features. The information gathered will help improve the State of Florida Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan risk assessment section on sinkholes as well as its corresponding mitigation strategies. An appendix to the State Hazard Mitigation Plan will be added to the project’s full ndings. “The Florida Division of Emergency Management is pleased to be a part of this project,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “Sinkholes present a potential hazard to many Floridians throughout the state. By better understanding sinkhole vulnerability in Florida, w e will be better able to prevent loss of life and property and keep Florida’s families safe.” The request was sparked by Tropical Storm Debby, w hich brought heavy rainfall to Florida in June 2012, triggering the formation of sinkholes. In the months leading up to Tropical Storm Debby’s record rainfall event, most of Florida had been experiencing extreme drought conditions, resulting in lowered water levels in our aquifers. The result was an outbreak of sinkholes when rainwater caused dry underground v oids—previously lled with water—to collapse. Bene ts of the project include more effective mitigation planning to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of sinkholes on Florida’s population and infrastructure; better understanding of sinkhole susceptibility; an increased understanding of Florida’s karst terrain and hydrogeology, and how that affects the state. The assessment will help environmental regulators, growth management planners, the construction industry and local governments in developing protective designs as additional information about Florida’s geology will facilitate planning for possible sinkhole occurrences. For more information about sinkholes, visit DEP’s Online Newsroom or the Florida Geological Survey w ebsite. Crafters wanted for bazaar at Peace LutheranPeace Lutheran Church will have a Quilt and Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. 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.Martha’s House holds Domestic Violence workshopMartha’s House will host the Cut Out Domestic Violence workshop for Salon Owners, Cosmetologists, Nail Technicians, Barbers, Massage Therapists, and Beauty Consultants on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. at The Hampton Inn on State Road 70 in Okeechobee. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. Please contact: Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck to RSVP at 863-763-2893. Visit us online for news, weather and more orida.newszap.com

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2013-2014 Medical Information GuidePublished: Friday, October 25, 2013The Medical Information Guide is also featured online for one year. Last year’s section can be found at specialsections.newszap.comThe area’s premiere medical and health information resource GET A FREE Medium Rectangle Web ad when you place your ad. 1/4 page ad 5,000 impressions 1/2 page ad 10,000 impressions Full page ad 15,000 impressions Ask your rep for details.Deadline for Ad Space and Copy is Wednesday, October 9, 2013 6B Okeechobee News September 29, 2013

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7 Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 OHS students honored at Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee News T he Eli’s Western Wear Scholarship was awarded by Samantha Durrance and L ynda Durrance to Shiloh Anuez, Allyson Trimble, Alexis Lopez, Cheyenne Thib odeau and Jenna Wolff at the 2013 Scholarship Night. Special to the Okeechobee News T he Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Scholarship was presented to Shiloh Anuez, K ailey Hoover, Jessica Humphrey, Lexi Manson, Audrey Metcalf, Alexis Smith, C ade Stokes, Allyson Trimble, Jenna Wolf, and Sarah Davis (Not Pictured). Special to the Okeechobee News T he Okeechobee Cattlewomen’s Scholarship was awarded by Samantha Durr ance and Lynda Durrance to Curtis Evans, jenna Wolff, Allyson Trimble and C heyenne Thibodeau. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Sgt. L.T. Fields USMC Memorial Scholarship was presented to Gerardo Martinez and Jadie Underhill. Special to the Okeechobee New s The University of Central Florida Scholarship was presented to Tyler Chartier. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Toccoa Falls College Scolarship was presented to Dayla Ferneau. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Tulsa Welding School was presented to Cody Caperson. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Bank of America Scholarship was presented to Jared Gibson and Maria Salgado (Not pictured). Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Rotary-Carl T. Durrance Memorial Scholarship was awarded by Donna Gaiser to Casey Hurst.

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8B Okeechobee News September 29, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents achieving excellenceEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Sept. 27 include: kindergarten students, Ariel Boulware, Yasmine Torres, Riley Hight; rst graders, Jorge Villegas, Cassie Lawrence, Alicia Salazar-Rendon, Emiliano Villegas-Leon; second grade students, Lindsey Hamilton, Victor Lopez, Melissa Fonseca, Dyson Nichols, Jaedon Gilbert, Alysia Rodriguez; third graders, Cayson Jarriel, Kanani Sims, Alaq DowdGrant, Gisell Rueda, Zachary Perdue, Kali Reichart, Mariana Luviano, Austin Derry; fourth grade students, Zack Widdi eld, Itzabelly Meza, Kaley Smith, Joann Hickman; fth grade students, Joann Hickman, Cameron Rucks, Daniel Estrada and Alexander Milling. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESStudents of the weekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 20: Adam Moore, Brandy Comfort, Veronica Tenorio, Evan Turner, Erick Lima Toledo, Jamie Tyson, Jonathan Hernandez, Shane Pettit, David Vanegas, Julie Castaneda, Jimmy Brown, Alexander Lima, Eli Deckard, Tony Chapa Jr., Kaylie Cross, Jesus Sanchez, David Pena, Leonardo Ibarra, Adamaris Fernandez, Christian Diaz, Jeremy Arnold, Tyler Comer, Eutimio Bucio, Dylan Deckard, Adeline Garcia, Miguel Montoya, Carlos Ceja, Emily Granados, Brian Garcia and Jordan Ebanks. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS students honoredIn honor of "Talk Like A Pirate Day," these Osceola Warriors had a favorite word: "ARRRGGGH!" Congratulations to the Students of the Week for Sept. 19: Katelyn Shaw, Casen Yates, Megan Jones, Itzel Guereca, Brendasia Byrd, Ayan Desai, Jesus Gomez, Lauren Bostwick, Desiree Daniel and Teacher of the Week, Miss Olson. Special to the Okeechobee NewsA Princess for a momentNatalie Rose Scott was at the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta in 2012 and when she saw Taylor Fulford, Miss Okeechobee, she asked if she could be a princess just like her. Miss Fulford gladly took off her crown and let the little girl be a princess, even if it was just for a moment. The Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta will be held Oct. 5 this year so come on out and have a great time!