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Sunday, February 9, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 18 14.02 feetLast Year: 14.47 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax School counselor accused of sending nude photos to childBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A guidance counselor at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus has been arrested for allegedly sending nude photos of himself to an underaged female. Brad Guyton Mims, 47, S.E. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was arrested late Friday, Feb. 7, on felony charges of using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child (three counts), transmitting information harmful to minors (two counts) and possession of cocaine. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Although Mims was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, he had not had his rst appearance Counselor accused of ‘sexting’Annual festival at Brighton ... Page 7 Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? ... Pages 11-14 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. No water released into St. Lucie Canal since last OctoberSpecial to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announced Friday it has increased the amount of water owing from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River in response to changes in current and forecasted conditions. This increase is welcomed b y environmentalists who have been calling for an increase in freshwaACOE increases lake releases to Caloosahatchee Submitted photo/ OCSOMembers of the A Squad, in the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) communications department, recently received a special unit citation from Deputy Captain Gary Bell (far left) and Sheriff Paul May (center). Squad members on hand for the certi cate presentation were Of cer Savannah Yates (second from left), Corporal Kelly Lancaster (second from right) and Of cer Eric Till (far right). By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Four Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) employees and a communications squad have been tabbed as the employees of the fourth quarter. Employees of the quarter are nominated and chosen from four different categories: administration; citizen volunteer; detention deputy; and, law enforcement. "These employees do a wonderful job, day in and day out. I'm very proud of each and every one of them," said Sheriff Paul May. "I could not ask for better people with whom to work." Detention Deputy Sergeant Mark Garland nominated Tammy Cale in the administrative division for her dedication and willingness OCSO honors employeesSee OCSO — Page 9 See LAKE — Page 17 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Brett CarlsonLake Okeechobee has attracted major shing tournaments this winter. Feb. 6-9, the Walmart FLW Tour is on the Big O, with the shermen starting from Clewiston. See COUNSELOR — Page 8


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Divine Valentine: Climbing into loveBy Pastor Loy MershimerOkeechobee Presbyterian ChurchValentine’s Day is near, and hearts utter. Hallmark movies and Walmart displays tell the tale: “Luv” is in the air! Our world, already saturated with mythic emotional love, steps even further into the morass of unhinged affection. You see, our culture loves to talk about “falling in love.” We can’t go a day without hearing a song, a phrase, a word, a conversation about love. But what is this love to which most people refer? Is it something eternal, and self-giving; or is it something emotional, and self-serving? Sadly, many people enter relationships after falling in love — as if they tripped, fell, and can’t get up. “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” “End of discussion, I’ve fallen in love!” Following movies and popular culture, they treat falling in love as an emotional state, a ipop of the heart, which must be followed at all costs. No matter if married. No matter if expressed sinfully. No matter if broken vows or covenants. But such love cannot long endure: Someone will be used, someone will be wounded. A recent study tracked hundreds of couples linearly, over a period of years. They discovered that the “in love” emotion lasted on average only about two years. The rush of emotions that many worship as real love — that thing only lasts so long. And then those who follow emotions move on. Such people are only in a relationship to love themselves, after all. Not to lay down their life, not to serve the other, not to work a lifetime in keeping promises…. A false view of love means a culture full of sel sh people, emotionally attached but still self-centered. And when the relationship doesn’t return what they “need,” they soon look elsewhere — trying to recreate the rush, still worshiping the natural self. A lady once shared the reason for her recent divorce with her coworkers. “Well, I am now divorced,” she said. “We had to get divorced over religious differences!” Another lady asked her, “What religious difference could be so great that it caused you to divorce?” “Oh, it’s simple,” she replied. “He thought he was god, and I disagreed!” That’s what falling in love usually gets: two self-centered people romantically attached, following out humanistic love. But divine love is far different. 1 Cor. 13 de nes this love: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” THAT is love, friends! Love on the divine pattern. And it’s not something that can be fallen into. It must be climbed into. This love is not the “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” kind. It’s not a fall, after all. It is a CLIMB, where each relates to God individually, and then both relate to each other eternally — in forgiveness, charity and love. Like this, your relationship can endure in wholeness. Your marriage can last forever. But it will take laying down your life. First, you must lay down your life to receive of the divine love from God, in Christ. And then, you must lay down your life in order to share divine love with another, as a servant of the living God. Selah. T eacher suspended If it had been one of our children that appeared to be intoxicated, they would have been expelled. What is wrong with this county? The t eachers are supposed to be role models.  Once an addict, ALWAYS an addict, w hether it be to prescription pills or alcohol. Been there, gone through it all. Luckily I can s ay I came out clean on the other side. Hope s he hits her personal bottom soon and wakes up before her career is permanently over like mine was.  Due process occurs in steps with students as well as employees, and takes time. No one can appear to be rushing to judgement in this day and age. Also, don’t assume that all teachers are bad because of this repeat offender. Okeechobee has a large group of loving, caring, committed teachers who are j ust as disappointed in this teacher’s antics! Water, water ... People on the Gulf Coast are crying that the Calooshatchee River needs more fresh water and they want water released from Lake Okeechobee to prevent salt water intrusion, and saying that they have problems with algae when they don’t get enough fresh water and the river stagnates. People on the east coast are screaming that they don’t want lake water released into the St. Lucie, blaming the water from the lake for the toxic algae problem. So, on one coast, they think the water releases prevents algae blooms and on the other coast, they think the lake water causes algae blooms. Do any of these people know what they are talking about?  I understand that some releases from Lake Okeechobee are needed during the dry season to prevent salt water intrusion in the Caloosahatchee River. They do that every year. But on the news, they said the corps was considering releasing lake water because they were worried about the rain predictions. We have four months left of the dry season. I think it is way too soon to be sending water out to tide if we don’t have to. Weather forecasts can be wrong. They often are wrong. I hope they don’t try to lower the lake level like they did in the past only to nd out that the predicted rain isn’t coming and then we wind up in a drought with the lake already low. Husband wants justice for murdered wifeMy name is Eric Christensen. My wife of 31 years was brutally murdered in this town by a habitual offender—a neighbor. We the public have no knowledge of those that live among us. Had we known, we wouldn’t have disrespected him, but we would have been on guard! The public should be made aware of habitual offenders in the same method we are informed of sexual predators... but I’m sure doing this would result in a noti cation for every block! Sadly, we have so many drug users in this town that commit horrendous crimes and are in no way productive to their families or the community in any way. We learned the hard way, Bobbi and I, how the system releases these criminals too soon, and the penalties for the crimes they chose to commit are too light! Rehabilitation proves not to work more times then does. This animal was sent at tax payer expense to three rehabs. Just 18 months after graduating from rehab, he murdered my wife for a T.V. that he sold for pills and crystal meth and two beers. The entire system I have learned to be so sided with the ones that commit these crimes. Over and over they are given opportunities to argue their innocence, all at tax payers’ expense. After a fair trial has been heard and justice handed down, it continues! He did what he did, and as she fought to stay alive! This garbage of a human ignored her cries and screams as she fought to live. Now he is crying and screaming to the appeals process to LIVE rather then die! He ignored her pleas! We should ignore his! The system makes me sad. She suffered till her death. I suffer till mine. She was given a death penalty at his hands, no judge, no jury, no appeals. My Life sentence will have no end. I’m forced to learn more heinous things than I ever knew at each process of this system. More things than I can handle at times. I read of organizations ghting inmates, calling their death sentence cruel and unusual punishments. The inmates chose to put themselves in that situation. Years ago, when death penalties were created, it was to eliminate the cost of keeping them incarcerated. In the early years, the y sadly found aws in the system causing true innocent people to fall into the grey areas. This created the appeals process we no w have. The initial system, execution of innocent people, both have aged. We made changes in our system to have no doubt of the crime, creating this appeals process. But with the advanced technology of crime scene investigation of the current day crimes, there is no doubt at the time of the initial investigation. We have DNA, extensive forensic investigation, infrared technology we have never had before. This illuminates the doubt immediately! All this should result in one appeal, not ve. That one appeal should be to con rm that the technology was awless and carried out at all levels and after that has passed, the execution should be carried out in 30 days or less. This would eliminate the high cost of ve appeals and eliminate the high cost of incarceration and the system would be fair. I want to thank so many kind wonderful people in this town, so many have been so helpful to me and my family! I know many of you have lived painful moments in this tragedy of your own. Many o f you miss her as well. She was a kind, caring, loving, amazing person. I was blessed that she and I shared 31 years. Thank you all. I will see this through. I will see that justice is served! Eric Christensen February 9, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Andrew Jermaine Jackson Jr., 16, N.E. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Adam Baker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). His bond was set at $5,000.  Gerardo Garcia, 27, N.W. 11th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (morphine) without a prescription. His bond was set at $5,000.  Lincoln Ann Beauvais, 33, N.E. 15th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a Broward County warrant charging her with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), driving while license suspendedhabitual offender and the misdemeanors of giving a false name and possession of a rev oked/fraudulent driver’s license. She is being held without bond.  Liam Michael Flanagan, 21, Conch Court, Boynton Beach, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence. He was released on his own recognizance.  Angel Lacinda Cortez, 32, S.W. Ninth Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine) and the misdemeanors of violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation driving while license suspended. She is being held without bond.  Kelly Jo Harper, 50, Linda Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT 1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  1200 block of N.W. 36th St.  1600 block of N.E. 207th St.BURGLARY 3200 block of U.S. 441 S.  700 block of N.E. 28th Ave.  3900 block of S.E. 25th St.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 6500 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  10500 block of N.E. Second Terrace  4800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  8300 block of S.W. Ninth St.FRAUD 12600 block of S.E. 108th Drive  5200 block of S.E. 43rd Trace  300 block of N.W. 354th CourtTHEFT 3300 block of S.W. 21st St.  1800 block of N.W. Third Lane  400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1500 block of N.W. 98th St.  600 block of N.W. 20th Lane  400 block of S.W. 72nd Terrace  4100 block of S.E. 74th Way  2500 block of S.E. 34th Lane  4000 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2400 block of N.E. Sixth St. OCSO Investigations Submitted photo/ OCSO20 years serviceDuring a recent ceremony at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), Deputy Corporal Chris Hans (right) was recognized by Sheriff Paul May (left) for his 20 years of service to the sheriff’s ofce. Cpl. Hans is currently a member of the OCSO road patrol division. Submitted photo/ OCSO20 years serviceAmy Davis (left) was recently honored by Sheriff Paul May (right) for her 20 years of service to Okeechobee County. Ms. Davis currently works in the nance of ce of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce. 20 years serviceSheriff Paul May (left) congratulated Shirley Till (right) for her 20 years of service with Okeechobee County and presented her with a pin during a recent ceremony at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). Ms. Till currently works in the OCSO nance of ce. Submitted photo/ OCSO Auction aids TownsendOkeechobee’s original Quarters for a Cause is hosting a quarter auction Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for Ronda Townsend, a local nurse and mother of two who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The event will be held at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St., and is only for those 18 years of age and older.


Masons hold breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xings Sunday, Feb. 9 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry-out is available. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to local Mason giving.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo Feb. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds 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 dining room patrons.O.R.E. will meet Feb. 10The Okeechobee Retired Educators (O.R.E.) will meet Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Members need to bring their volunteer hours log, their books to donate to Hooked on Books and any school supplies intended for donation to Lee Jolicoeur's Haiti mission. Any retired educator is invited.Tax preparation offeredFree tax preparation and e- ling by AARP Taxaide volunteers will begin Monday, Feb. 10 at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. (east side entrance), on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You must bring photo identi cation, Social Security cards for all dependents, last year's tax return and all 2013 nancial papers. No appointment is necessary. You will be helped on a rst come, rst served, basis. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Do not call the American Legion. For information, call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.Shrine hold spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, Feb. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer smoke free dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5 to 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-7639200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.AMVESTS host Valentine dinnerAMVESTS Post 200, at 8591 Hwy. 78 W. will host a Valentine's Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. for a donation of $7. On Friday, Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m. there will be a bar bingo and Gator races at 7 p.m. For more information, call 330-556-1576.Bene t aids burn victimThe Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) and the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) will take part in a celebrity server night Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. to bene t Walter Morgan, 19. The teen was injured while lighting a camp re and received third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body. He is the son of OCPD Detective Scott Morgan. The Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., will host the event. Tickets are $11 in advance or $14.50 at the door and will include dinner and a drink. For information contact: Michele or Connie at the sheriff's of ce, 863-763-3117; or Bettye Taylor or Kelley Margerum at the police department, 863-763-5521. Walter is a patient at Tampa General Hospital and is currently in the intensive care-burn unit. All proceeds will help defray his mounting medical expenses.Moose has breakfast & bingoOkeechobee Moose, 1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St. plans bingo on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. Lunch is available. On Friday, the Bingo Bonanza starts at 6:30 p.m. A sh fry (caught & cooked by our own Ray & Charlie) is planned for Saturday, Feb. 15. Serving 5 to 7 p.m. Moose is now serving Sunday breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in the dining room only. Social Quarters open at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.Judge to speak at libraryOn Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library, Judge William Hendry will speak about how the court system in Okeechobee County was created. Judge Hendry was the rst judge from Okeechobee County on the 19th Judicial Circuit and was Chief Judge from 1990 to 1993. He began his judicial career as a county judge in 1981 and rose to the circuit court three years later. For more information, call the library at 863-763-3536.Brat dance to be heldThe Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a Black and White Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 7 until 10 p.m. The dance is for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. Boys should wear black, and girls should wear white. You can also sign up for the Dodge Ball Tournament there that will be held March 1. For information, contact Allison Chandler at 863-697-9096.OCCA plans yard saleA yard sale will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U.S. 441 S., and will be hosted by the Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's Association to help raise money for their scholarship fund. Tables are available for rent for $10. For information, call Janette at 863-801-4426, or Jackie at 863-634-1980.Girl Scout fundraiser setA fundraising golf tournament for Girl Scout Troop 60005 will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Blue Heron Golf Club. The entree free is $160 per team. The tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. For information, call Robin at 863-801-3413.3-D archery shoot slatedThe sixth annual Farm Bureau 3-D archery shoot will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at 4351 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds will be used to support the Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship Program. The event will start at 8 a.m. with registration. For information, call 863-763-3101.Musical theatre event offeredMusical theatre presentations will be held at the Okeechobee County Public Library Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. with the nal extract from "Cabaret in the Sinatra Era" followed b y "A tribute to Stephen Sondheim Part II."OCRA registrations setOCRA will hold baseball/softball sign-ups Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the score tower at the sports complex. Boys ages 4-14 are eligible to sign-up, as are girls ages 4-18. Girls softball is adding another league this year due to OCRA hosting the Dixie Girls State Tournament this July. We will offer the Debs division for 16-18 year olds. Coaches are also needed for all leagues. I f you are interested, contact Micki at 863-6340515. If your child is a rst-time player, we will need a copy of the birth certi cate.Brahmans plan fundraiserThe Okeechobee High School baseball team will host The Running of the Bulls -a 5K run/walk, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. Register by contacting any OHS baseball player or coach or: at Fast Break Marathon Gas Station, 1505 S.R. 78 W.; Everglades Pediatrics, 2029 U.S. 441 N.; or, The Hideaway Drive Thru, 3001 Third Terrace. For information, contact head coach Eric Kindell at 863-634-9033. The cost is $25 for a single runner or $50 for a family of four or fewer. Runners will receive a Tshirt on the morning of the race.Learn about heart healthLearn about heart health this Februar y with Cardiologist, Dr. Arain who will spea k at Raulerson Hospital on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. RSVP: 863-763-9228. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Jack Rae Hanson, 84OKEECHOBEE Jack Rae Hanson of Okeechobee died Feb. 5, 2014. He was born Jan. 4, 1930 in Lansing, Michigan to George and Ina Rae Hanson. A resident of Okeechobee since 1989, he was a member of the Eagles, Moose, V.F.W. and the A merican Legion. Mr. Hanson is surv ived by his wife, Pam Hanson; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild. No services will be held. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. James E. Shaffer, 76OKEECHOBEE James E. Shaffer, beloved husband of Susan M. (Corcoran) Shaffer, died on Jan. 30, 2014 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center, Fort Myers. He was born on Sept. 9, 1937 in W illiamsport, Pa. He served 22 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Sargent First Class. He then, taught special needs children for a short time before purchasing a junk yard in Colorado Springs, Colo. A resident of Fort Myers for just a few months, he previously lived in Okeechobee, Fla. where he was a member of the VFW Post 10539 and served as their commander. He will be greatly missed by his sons, Steven (Beth) Shaffer of Milton, Pa. and Justin Shaffer of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; four grandchildren and two sisters. We will miss his wonderful smile, storytelling, and most of all his singing and guitar playing. In lieu of owers, memorial gifts may be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 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Celebrating 76 years, Brighton Field Day (with a PRCA Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls on the schedule), will take place at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Glades County. Many Seminole favorites will return including clothing contests, Indian arts & crafts, and native foods. Attendees may visit the Seminole cultural camp and sample authentic Seminole traditional foods and demonstrations. Entertainment will include native dance troupes from neighboring tribes, storytelling, alligator wrestling and a snake show. Rodeo events include the EIRA and PRCA, Bulls and Broncs and a televised Xtreme Bulls competition. There will also be celebrities to meet in the form of Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si Robertson and Martin & Godwin; American painter of wildlife and landscape, artist Robert Butler; Jimmy Rif e from GatorBoys; and the Road Show Crew as seen on Animal Planet. Additionally, there will be a parade featuring members of Florida State University’s marching band, along with Osceola aboard Renegade, recognized as the best athletic tradition in the nation. A horse race and carnival rides for the children will also be offered. Attendees can visit the sponsor-driven Pro Rodeo Fan Zone on the way into the arena. The rodeo grounds will have a variety of crafts and food vendors for all to enjoy. Brighton Field Day started in November of 1938. Mr. and Mrs. Boehmer, two teachers who were residing on the Brighton reservation, got the idea to start a “day of fun.” It initially was meant to be a day for Tribal community members to visit, but now thousands of visitors join Seminole Tribal Members in this annual celebration. The festival will be Wednesday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 16. Gates open at 8 a.m. Entertainment begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. EIRA Rodeo will be Wednesday and Thursday. Bulls and Broncs/PRCA Rodeo will be held Friday. The parade, PRCA Rodeo, visit by Artist Robert Butler and horse race will be on Saturday. Xtreme Bull Event will be Sunday. Fred Smith Rodeo Arena is on Brighton Seminole Reservation, 500 Harney Pond Road. From Okeechobee: Take State Road 70 west to SR 721 and turn left (south). From Buckhead Ridge: take SR 78 west to SR 710 and turn right (north). From Moore Haven: State Road 78 east to SR 721 and turn left (north) on SR 721. On SR 721, watch for the signs for the festival. Harney Pond Road is off SR 721 (ak a Reservation Road). The festival is presented by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Entry fee on Friday and Saturday is $15. Advance tickets are $10. Entry fee on Sunday is $25. Advance tickets are $20. For more information, call 863-467-6039, or go online to www.rezrodeo.com. Brighton Seminole Reservation hosts annual festival 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Did you submit a page of news, but only one line got in the paper? You can have it your way! 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. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report We had a pretty good run of cattle this week. A lot of smaller calves mostly off rst-calf heifers. Lightweight calves were off $10-20, heavier calves sold fairly steady. Cows and bulls looked to be mostly steady. NCBA Convention this week and severe winter weather may have handicapped the calf market a little. We have three young Charolais bulls and one young Angus bull left for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Haylee Rae Pendry, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $3.20 bought by Bellamy Cattle. Fletcher Nail, Ft. Pierce, topped the cow market with a high of 105.00 bought by Central Beef. Todd Chalo Nitka Bass tourney sscheduledThe Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament will be held at the Alvin Ward Boat Ramp in Moore Haven on Saturday, Feb. 22 from safe light until 1 p.m. The entry fee is $25 person with a guaranteed rst place prize of $1,000. If you weigh-in the winning bass while wearing a 2014 Chalo Nitka T-shirt, you will win an additional $100. Weigh-in the largest mud sh, gar or cat sh and win an additional $100. Entry forms and rules can be picked up and the Glades County Economic Development Council building or visit ChaloNitka.com. The Chalo Nitka Small Fry Fishing Contest will be held at the pond located behind the T-ball Field on Friday, Feb. 28. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and shing starts at 9:30 a.m.


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According to an arrest report by Detective Rosemary Farless, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the victim contacted OCSO Deputy and School Resource Of cer Keith Murrish about Mims. She reportedly told Deputy Murrish the counselor w as making her feel very uncomfortable and that he would look her in the eye then shift his eyes to her breasts. The counselor had apparently also started sending her text messages, according to the report. The situation progressed to the point that Mims sent the student two different pictures of a man’s penis, stated the detective’s report. He then “... said the two pictures were of his penis,” added Detective Farless. Mims then allegedly told the girl “... over and over about this messing up his life and ruining him if the victim told anyone,” stated the detective. Detective Farless went on to state that Mims even asked the student for breast pictures and a bra shot. Around 11:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Detective Farless along with OCSO Detective J ohn Fisher, detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force and Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright went to Mims’ home to execute a search warrant. During that search, they allegedly seized: 5 grams of suspected cocaine; 17 crack cocaine pipes; 14 lighters; four razors; his computer tower; 10 pictures of young, unidentied girls; a bong; and, three pistols. The suspected cocaine was eld tested and indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine, pointed out the arrest report. Mims had apparently also contacted a second female juvenile and sent her the same two photos and asked for a photo of the victim’s naked breasts, added the detective. Prior to Mims’ arrest, the school board had issued a letter to parents and guardians w arning them of the counselor’s pending arrest. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said Friday that the sheriff’s of ce had contacted him Thursday about the situation. “The school district is waiting on the police report. Once the sheriff’s of ce completes their investigation, we will do an investigation,” said Mr. Kenworthy. “If the allegations are true, I believe it will be cause for termination.” Mr. Kenworthy said Mims has been with the Okeechobee School District for eight years. He started as a teacher at New Endeavor then transferred to the Freshman campus, added Mr. Kenworthy. While at New Endeavor, Mims had good performance evaluations with teacher ratings of satisfactory or higher, said Mr. Kenworthy. “I want everyone out there to know if the allegations are true, there is no place on our payroll for someone who would conduct themselves this way with a minor,” said the superintendent. He went on to say “something like this tarnishes the reputation of our profession.” The last month has not been an easy one for Mr. Kenworthy, or the school district. A teacher at Yearling Middle School has been suspended without pay pending a probe into allegations she was intoxicated while teaching a class on Jan. 27. That teacher, Catherine Ann Jones, has not been arrested or charged but the school district’s investigation into the matter is continuing. School board policy mandates if Jones requests a hearing on any school board decision that signi cantly affects her, it will be held March 11. According to Detective Farless the computer and transmission charges led against Mims are supported by recent decisions by the Fourth District Court of Appeals that approve a separate count for each day of communication. Detective Farless went on to ask the rstappearance judge to set “... a high bond, due to (the) strength of the case, pending additional charges of the second victim and the defendant’s statement of having suicidal thoughts if he bonds out.” COUNSELORContinued From Page 1


to help whenever she’s needed. “She is never too busy to answer questions or look up information when asked to do so. She has also been commended by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for her timely submission of ngerprint cards,” said Sgt. Garland. James Garner was selected as the citizen v olunteer of the quarter for his work with inmates at the Okeechobee County Jail. “James is a member of More to Life. His program has been so well received by the inmates that we had to separate the pods into two separate groups due to space limitations,” said Detention Deputy Lieutenant Scott Deloney, who nominated Mr. Garner. Lt. Deloney went on to explain that Mr. Garner has installed an additional Bible study program for each pod at the jail. “I want to say thanks to James Garner w ho tries to help and, hopefully, reach at least one person. If more people were like him, this world would be a better place,” added Lt. Deloney. Lieutenant John R. Rhoden, Sergeant Randy Worth and Sgt. Garland joined together to nominate Chad Mills in the detention deputy classi cation. He was nominated for going above and beyond his normal job duties. “He has conducted many searches and removed several bags of homemade alcohol, along with many other items of contraband. In one of the searches he found three weapons two were sharpened with handles and the other was a metal pipe that was in the process of being sharpened,” said the three supervisors. “It is expected that detention deputies conduct regular searches, but Deputy Mills exceeds this expectation and is constantly conducting searches to nd this type, or any other type, of contraband.” Because of his hard work, continued the supervisors, the jail is safer for both inmates and staff. Deputy Cari Arnold was nominated in the law enforcement division by Captain Gary Bell, supervisor of the OCSO road patrol division. According to Capt. Bell, Deputy Arnold handled a Nov. 23, 2013, call regarding a suspicious person who was propositioning young women. “After gathering the information she was able to locate the suspicious person in a short amount of time, get him identi ed and then arrest him,” said Capt. Bell. “Having been so vigilant in her duties, she was able to prevent anyone from becoming a victim.” A special unit citation was given to members of A Squad in the OCSO communications department. Those communications of cers are Corporal Kelly Lancaster, Of cer Savannah Yates and Of cer Eric Till. The squad was nominated by Karla Pittman and OCSO Road Patrol Lieutenant K.J. Ammons. The squad was nominated for remaining not only calm but persistent in nding a medical helicopter to airlift people who were severely injured in an automobile accident that also included fatalities. “Dispatch was having dif culty nding a medical helicopter that would y due to weather conditions where they were stationed. With desperation and a miracle, they were able to obtain a medical helicopter to y the severely injured to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce,” stated the nominators. “All these tasks were accomplished due to the fact this squad worked as a team. They kept their composure, and worked with diligence and professionalism.” In awarding the employees of the quarter with their certi cates, Sheriff May pointed out that citizens often hear about OCSO employees when something goes wrong, but they actually do a lot right. “There is hardly a day goes by that, either by telephone or in person, a citizen does not tell me of a good experience they had with one of my employees. 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Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO) employee of the fourth quarter in the detention deputy category was Deputy Chad Mills (center). Presenting him with his certi cate are Sheriff Paul May (left) and Jail Administrator Ronnie White (right). Submitted photo/ OCSOTammy Cale (center) was recently honored as the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) employee of the fourth quarter in the administrative category. Presenting her with her certi cate are Sheriff Paul May (left) and Jail Administrator Ronnie White (right).


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Valentine Jewelry Romantic nights out on the town are how many couples celebrate Valentine’s Day. Restaurants and resorts book quickly come Valentine’s Day, while movie theaters tend to be packed as well. Even babysitters cash in come February 14, as parents look to enjoy a romantic night away from the kids. Parents who do not secure a babysitter well in advance of the holiday will have to spend Valentine’s Day with kids in tow. Many parents actually prefer to spend the day with their children, and there are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone occupied. Dessert spree Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year to fully engage your sweet tooth. And what child doesn’t enjoy sampling plenty of sweet treats? Create a sundae station after dinner, complete with different avors of ice cream and various toppings. Include mix-ins, like brownie bits or small chunks of pound cake. Everyone can create their own sundae, topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. This is also a time to experiment with different dessert recipes. Encourage kids to come into the kitchen and dabble in pastry arts. Bake and decorate heart-shaped cakes and cookies. Whip up healthy, pink-tinged strawberry-banana smoothies. Create edible candy-and-chocolate bouquets to use as the centerpiece on a dining table. The opportunities for fun with sweets are endless. Get crafty Families also can use this Valentine’s Day as a chance turn off their electronic devices and have fun with crafts and hobbies. While heart-shaped paper crafts are requisite for the day, that doesn’t mean you need to be limited to all frilly creations. Kids can construct Getting a handwritten letter nowadays is extraordinary, as people often do not take the time to write letters in an age when emailing, texting and tweeting have revolutionized the way people communicate with one another. However, writing notes, letters and exclamations of love can be more intimate, especially on Valentine’s Day. In France, love letters are called billet doux. The French are known to be romantics at heart, but that doesn’t mean people from all over the globe can’t put pen to paper to express their feelings. Handwritten letters are often seen as thoughtful gestures, especially when those letters are expressing intimate sentiment. Here are some guidelines for writing a love note or letter. Visit a stationery store and nd a nice piece of stationery and envelope to use for the letter. If you are putting forth the effort to create a beautiful, handwritten letter, you can add to the experience by selecting a ne paper on which to write. There are many different types of paper, including some that are embossed. Some may even feature ower petals or leaves embedded in the paper. Brush up on your penmanship. A letter will be rendered useless if it isn’t legible. Therefore, practice penmanship before sitting down to write your letter. Have a picture of the person to whom you will be addressing the letter nearby. This may provide some inspiration. Jot down ideas on a piece of scrap paper. Think about how your romantic partner makes you feel and the qualities he or she possesses that you nd appealing, and use concrete examples why you love and care for this person. Write a rough draft of the letter and be sure to proofread it for misspellings and grammatical errors. Always write from the heart and be sincere in what you say. Try to call out speci c examples that recall particularly fond memories. Write your nal copy of the letter on the good paper. Make sure it is neat and legible. Be sure you date it because it is likely the note will be saved. You may want to wait a day or two before sending the letter to be sure the sentiments you expressed are truly what you want to say. If so, mail or hand deliver the note. their own Cupid bows from twigs and some yarn. Everyone can whip up a batch of zzing, scented bath salts. Homemade craft dough also makes for a fun project, and the dough can be turned into all different shapes, including hearts and bows. Fancy dinner at home Who says you have to venture out for ne dining? Plan an intimate dinner right in your own dining room. Have the entire family dress up in semiformal clothing and enjoy a candle-lit meal on ne china. The meal need not be fancy, as long as everyone enjoys what they are eating. Plan for dessert afterward. Movie night Rather than facing the crowds at area theaters, you can visit your nearest movie quick-serve kiosk or purchase a movie through your cable service provider. Find family-friendly lms with love and togetherness as the center theme. Then whip up a large bowl of popcorn, snuggle under the blankets and enjoy a movie marathon. Memory box Purchase or nd a wooden, plastic or metal box that will last for several years. Have all members of the family gather their favorite items or things that are sentimental to them and place them in the box. These can be ticket stubs, photographs, jewelry, or other trinkets. Place them in the box and seal it. Agree not to open the box until next Valentine’s Day to see how the family has grown and evolved. Get planting Valentine’s Day is frequently accompanied by bouquets of roses and other owers. Begin a new family tradition of planting ower seeds on February 14. Use small pots that can be kept indoors in a bright window for a few weeks until the arrival of spring. Then transplant outdoors and continue to enjoy full-grown owering plants for months to come. Plan a family excursion Engage in an activity that everyone enjoys together. Spend a day sledding down a wintry slope or skating at a nearby ice rink. Hike through a town park and witness the landscape during a cold-weather season. Visit a zoo, museum or aquarium and take in all the sights and sounds.


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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News Parrott Island Grill 1001 S. Parrott A ve., is serving up fresh seafood such as shrimp, lobster and tuna just to name a few. They will also have Certi ed Angus Beef steaks and many other wonderful dishes that you can choose from at a great price. At Parrott Island Grill, you will feel like you are stepping into Key West the moment you walk in the door, giving you the luxurious feeling of being on vacation without going far. Stop in and see them for Valentine’s Day and treat your sweetheart to something new! Parrot Island Grill can be contacted at 863-824-0576.  Nutmeg’s 515 S.W. Park St., is the perfect place to grab lunch. They serve many different sandwiches including but not limited to turkey and BLT croissant, Cuban club and the v ery famous peanut butter and bacon panini. They also serve over 30 different soups such as a Ruben soup and a cheeseburger soup. They have breakfast Monday-Friday as well. So, bring your sweetheart in for an amazing lunch or breakfast—they will never forget this V alentine’s Day! Nutmeg’s can be contacted at 863-763-2233.  Cowboy’s Bar-B-Q & Steak Co ., 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., has specials every single day of the week, from all-you-can eat ribs and cat sh to the surf and turf special. The salad bar is terri c! This is great food, and a great place to eat if you enjoy the southern things in life. So, stop in and join them for Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent y ou! Cowboy’s can be contacted at 863-4671104.Did you know?Ten things about Valentine’s Day: 1. It’s not a Hallmark holiday, though it is often claimed to be a holiday made up by the popular greeting card company. Hallmark didn’t produce its rst Valentine’s Day card until 1913. This was centuries after the rst declaration of the of cial holiday in 1537. 2. Ladies in medieval times who were looking for a suitor come Valentine’s Day had an interesting tradition. So they could dream of their future spouses, women would spend the evening eating bizarre foods in hopes of seeing the one they were meant for in their dreams. 3. If you’re missing your honey on Valentine’s Day and want to say ‘hi’ on the telephone, you can thank Alexander Graham Bell. It was on Valentine’s Day in 1876, he applied for a patent for the telephone. 4. John Cadbury, a coffee and tea shop owner in Birmingham England, discovered the pro tability behind chocolate manufacturing in 1822. In 1822, his son Richard packaged Cadbury chocolates, known really for their Easter creme eggs, in the world’s rst heart-shaped box. 5. Does chocolate have power to heal a broken heart? Physicians in the 1800s used to prescribe patients a dose of chocolate to cure the pangs of lost love. 6. When he was arrested in the Tower of London in 1415, the Duke of New Orleans did not let that stop him from writing to his love. It is believed that the love poem he sent his wife is the rst recorded knowledge of a Valentine. 7. Valentine’s Day means more to most than just a romantic candlelit dinner. It was estimated in 2013 that 6 million people were planning to pop or answer the question on Valentine’s Day. 8. The rst conversation heart candy was created in 1866 by Daniel Chase who gured out how to press food dye letters onto its famous candy. Today, they consistently add new sayings to keep the conversation fresh and they sell nearly 8 million of them every year. 9. Legend has it the saying “wear your heart on your sleeve” began with a Valentine’s Day tradition. In the Middle Ages, young men and women would pull out paper hearts from a bowl. Each paper heart had a name on it and they would claim that person as their Valentine. The person’s name they chose would be pinned to their sleeves for a week. 10. As the son of winged messenger of the gods Mercury and the goddess of love Venus, Cupid was destined to be a ying romantic. While he is often depicted as an arrow wielding cherub, you can sometimes nd cupid in battle armor to both suggest the ironic parallels between warfare and romance or to symbolize the invincibility of love. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 15 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014


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! 16 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSYMS Students of the weekYearling Middle School is proud to announce students of the week for Jan. 13 are: Stephanie Dossey, Wes McClanahan, Dalton Cross, Alex Campbell, Chris Mujica and Isaac Oyeung. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School would like to congratulate the students of the week for Jan. 27. They are: Amy Castaneda, Layla Salazar, Shyla Aguirre, Ganny Duran, Landen Windham, Evelyn Torres, Kayla Bailey, Jayliah Garcia, Rafaela Jimenez, Milagros Santibanez, Hunter Gibson, Salvador Ayala, Emmanuel Ortiz-Kukulka, Hannah Williams, Alonah Tinajero, Emanuel JuarezVillegas, Gianni Mireles, Emmett Sumner, Jaslynn Phipps, Alexa Curley, Rosalinda Caballero, Yesell Tinajero, Laisha Castaneda, Alex Santos Pineda, Grace Pethybridge, Emily Gonzalez, Arlene Tellez, Kimberly Rayo, Stephanie Mondragon, Charles Stevens and A.J. Olvera.


ter releases into the river in order to keep the salinity levels in the river and in the estuaries at a healthy balance. On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Corps adjusted the target ow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee Estuary upward to a 10-day average of 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) near Fort Myers. Local runoff outside the lake into the Caloosahatchee River could cause ows to exceed this target. No water is being released from the lake into the St. Lucie Canal, although local basin runoff from the St. Lucie Canal will continue to be allowed to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as necessary. No lake water has been released into the St. Lucie since October of 2013. Since Oct. 21, 2013, the target ow from the Franklin Lock on the Caloosahatchee has been 650 cfs and the target ow from the St. Lucie Lock has been 0 cfs. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continues to move water south through the Stormwater Treatment A reas (STAs) to the Water Conservation Areas. "The lake has seen a one-quarter foot rise in the past week and the most current analysis of forecasted conditions show an increase to projected lake in ows over the next six months," said Lieutenant Colonel Tom Greco, Jacksonville District deputy commander for South Florida. "We'll continue to work with stakeholders to assess conditions in order to make sound operational decisions." On Friday, the lake stage was 14.02 feet and has been on an upward trend since Jan. 30. The releases are being conducted in accordance with the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). The current LORS guidance allows for releases up to 3,000 cfs at Franklin Lock and 1,170 cfs at St. Lucie Lock. However, at this time the current target ows are being adjusted out of consideration for all project purposes. Lake Okeechobee releases aren't always a bad thing, Jennifer Heckler explained on the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Facebook page. Environmentalists have called for more water from Lake Okeechobee to be released into the Caloosahatchee River during the winter dry season to help prevent saltwater intrusion. John Campbell, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, said the increase in water releases was due to Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). "They request more water all winter," he said, adding that the increased releases will help them slightly with keeping the freshwater/saltwater mix in balance. He said the USACE has a regular scheduled call-in meeting with scientists two to three times a month. Last Tuesday, during this call, they discussed increasing the releases from the big lake due to the heavy rainfall in January. He said they use the LORS chart as a guide in an attempt to start the wet season as close as possible to the low end of the schedule of around 12.5 feet leaving room in the lake to hold water from the wet season. The goal is to keep the lake no lower than 12.5 feet and no higher than 15.5 feet in an attempt to balance the demands on the lake as a water supply, as well as maintain the environmental heath of the lake itself and keep the lake low enough that it does not endanger the integrity of the Herbert Hoover Dike an aging earthen berm that surrounds the Big O. All winter, the Corps has been making releases from the lake into the Caloosahatchee, but those concerned about the river and the estuaries on the Gulf Coast wanted more lake water released. Mr. Campbell said a reservoir planned near the Calooshatchee, which could store excess water during the wet season and release it into the river as needed during the dry season, is in the planning phases, but is awaiting an act of Congress. The project is included in water resources bills in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but those bills must be reconciled and approved by the President before any mone y can be spent on the project. A reservoir project to collect and store water on the St. Lucie side is well under construction. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. 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THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, BENEFICIARIES, GRANTORS, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA A. CAVANAUGH, DECEASED; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; PALM VILLAGE RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION F/K/A NATIONAL CITY BANK F/K/A HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK; ALFRED K. BERGER, II; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, BENEFICIARIES, GRANTORS, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA A. CAVANAUGH, 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 TO: ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS 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 NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida, has been led against you: LOTS 87 AND 88, OF PALM VILLAGE RANCH, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 34 AND 35, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; TOGETHER WITH A 2005 DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: GMHGAl290460045A AND IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: GMHGAl290460045B This property is located at the street address of: 4280 Southwest 9th Way, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974. YOU ARE REQUIRED to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A., Plaintiff’s Attorney, whose address is 350 Jim Moran Blvd., Suite 100, Deer eld Beach, Florida 33442, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s Attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or Petition. This Notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in The Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on February 5, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk**IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 461658 ON 2/9,16/2014 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA A VENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION A RGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST 19 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Baby bovine 5 At the drop of __ 9 Ice cream brand thats GrandŽ 13 Ice cream-andcookies brand 14 The ThinkerŽ sculptor 16 Fat unit 17 Tailless cat 18 Steak option 19 Hereditary code carrier 20 Ted Williams had a .344 lifetime one 23 Stat start 24 Fishing pole 25 Agreeable to doing 28 Site of many a shady transaction 34 More or less 36 Cacophony 37 __ Linda, California 38 Chefs recipe words 39 Boo-boo protector 42 Bad Moon RisingŽ pop gp. 43 Go ape 45 Go bad 46 Attached to the bulletin board 48 Bullet-proof vest, e.g. 51 Pries (into) 52 P&L column 53 Visibility impairer 55 Common college degree, whose abbreviation is a hint to 20-, 28-, 39and 48Across 62 Japanese golfer Aoki 63 With 67-Across, innovative or experimental artists group 64 Birthday serving 66 Envelope abbr. 67 See 63-Across 68 Way out 69 Give guff to 70 Shakespearean king 71 Chip enhancers DOWN 1 Dot-__ 2 Man from Oman, often 3 Actress Olin 4 Dance that precedes golfŽ in the NATO phonetic alphabet 5 Wheelchair guy on GleeŽ 6 Schmooze, as with the A-list 7 Work like __ 8 Fey of 30 RockŽ 9 Asian menu appetizer 10 Rastas hairdo 11 Yins counterpart 12 Hooks sidekick 15 St. for gamblers 21 Go pitapat 22 Disco __ 25 Vandenberg or Edwards: Abbr. 26 Chicos chicken 27 Chickens, to kids 29 Build up, as a collection 30 Hush-hush fed. org. 31 Make booties, e.g. 32 Game show host 33 36-inch units 35 Jamie of M*A*S*HŽ 40 __ de plume 41 Tony of 60-Down 44 Constricting snakes 47 Compelled via force 49 Suffix with lemon 50 Help Me, __Ž: Beach Boys hit 54 ... happily ever __Ž 55 Skewed view 56 The Thin ManŽ canine 57 Fall behind 58 Roundish shape 59 Steak order 60 Sitcom set in a garage 61 Not attend 65 Men in BlackŽ baddies, briefly By Jeff Chen 11/28/11 11/28/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com How do you find a job in todays competitive market? 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This mindbending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must ll each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can gure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! Looking for that perfect little gift for your Valentine’s sweetheart? Be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day Celebration keepsake section, located on pages 11 — 14


R E D Berger Real Estate € Philip Y. Berger, Broker 425 SW Park St. € 863.763.5335BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 5.21 Acres zoned Commercial or Multi-Family use. Dual paved road frontages. Ideally located off Hwy 98 w/ Industrial surroundings. Property has 1200 sq ft mobile home, 500 sq ft metal bldg, & 490 sq ft warehouse. Great opportunity and location for commercial development! ASKING $500,000 Bring all offers!Julia Parker, Full Time Realtor863.801.3489 € julia@bergerrealestate.com 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 5030-H: Okee Golf Estate 3/2 on acre. 2,567 total sq ft/1,485 under air. Large kitchen, split bdrm plan. Family rm overlooks golf course. Garage and storage bldg. On cul-de-sac. $180,000 MLS #207710 4007-M: Turtle Cove Rim Canal access, with full length addition mobile, plus closed in porch overlooking water. Extra lot across street included. $70,000 MLS #207703 1012-H: Blue Heron Beautiful house right on the golf course! 3BR/2BA with 2,795. Ceramic Tile throughout house and carpet bedrooms. Screened back porch. $169,900 MLS # 207681 2000-C: Lake Access Taylor Creek Condo 1/1 completely furnished. Ceramic tile throughout. Amenities: clubhouse, boat slip & storage, seawall, pool man’s dream! $55,000 MLS #207714 1008-H: Okee Estates Lake Access CBS home with 2,593 Total sq ft/1,564 under air, living room, famporch, RV storage, Shed with electric, and more! $179,000 MLS # 207560 2001-M: Very nice 2006 DW on a culde-sac. 2,318 Total sq ft/2,048 under air, split plan, large living rm, dining rm, master bath, large utility room, shed, front and back porch. $71,900 MLS # 207502 • Commercial Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 • 6 Acres Zoned Commercial Rim Canal $299,000 MLS #207399 • Commercial 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 • Pine Ridge lot $7,500 MLS #207132 • 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! • Lake Access 2 acres Conners Hwy/Rim Canal $24,900 • 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 NOW $399,000 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS Truly a hidden paradise surrounded by a hedge of beauty. This upscale well-built home has been taken care of and has crown molding throughout, large rooms, 2013 new A/C; sprinkler system, and great boat house holds three boats with a boat lift. Fish cleaning station. Beautifully landscaped and priced to move fast. Come and see this charmer. MLS 207636, $139,787. Over 100 Listings 3Bd/2Ba Exquisite Plantation Style Main Home. 2693 SF, w/ 621 SF Studio. PLUS 2 Bd/2 Ba/ 2 Garage and 1200 SF Guest house. CBS w/ siding. PLUS four rentals including a duplex and 2 MH’s. Let the rent pay the mortgage. Grand Oaks and gracious living. MLS 206568 $749,000 Call Lori (863)634-1457 5 ACRE COUNTRY ESTATESMain House Guest House Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 20 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrating 35 years of healthcare with a personal touchShare your memories with us at RaulersonHospitalBlog.com/Reviews 21 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention.  One in four deaths in the Unites States is due to heart disease.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women, killing nearly 422,000 each year.  Following a heart attack, approximately one in four women will die within the rst year, compared to one in ve men.  2,200 the number of people in the United States who die from heart disease each day.  800,000 – the number of people in the United States who die from heart disease each year (150,000 are under age 65).  Every 34 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. There are some basic things everyone can do to help prevent heart disease. Eat a healthy diet. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Don’t smoke and limit alcohol use. Also be proactive in controlling your blood pressure. Raulerson Hospital offers a wide range o f cardiac and respiratory testing for inpatients and outpatients. Services include therapeutic treatments, EKGs, EEGs, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, carotid ultrasounds, and cardiac stress testing. Raulerson Hospital also offers cardiac services including the implantation of pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter De brillators (ICD) devices. These are minor surgical procedures that are safe and can be life-saving.Heart Health eventJoin Raulerson Hospital for a Heart Health event on Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. with guest speaker Cardiologist, Dr. Arain. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP: 863763-9228. February is American Heart Month Dine with the DoctorDine with the Doctor at Raulerson Hospital is held on the last Tuesday of the month, Feb. 25 February’s featured speaker will be Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Epstein. Dinner is available at 4:30 p.m. for $5 and the free lecture begins at 5 p.m. RSVP for the Feb. 25 event at: 863-763-9228. Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis hosts guest speakerDr. Barry Hummel spoke at a recent Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee representing Quit Doc, a foundation committed to research and education for quitting tobacco. Dr. Hummel’s main emphasis during his presentation was about the dangers of marketing E-cigarettes to children.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Running of the BullsŽ5K Run/Walk Beneting the OHS Baseball Team Agri-Civic Center & Fairgrounds Saturday, Feburary 15 at 8:00 am Register by Contacting any OHS Baseball Player/ Coach or visiting one of the following locationsFastbreak Marathon Gas Station 1505 SR 78 West Everglades Pediatrics2029 US Hwy 441 Ne Hideaway Drive ru 3001 SW 3rd TerraceHead Coach: Eric Kindell (863) 634-9033 $25 per Single Runner $50 per Family of 4 or fewerReceive a Free T-Shirt the morning of the race!! Glenn and Kim Arnold of Okeechobee announce the engagement of their daughter Paige Arnold to Jay Zeller V, son of Jay IV and Tomi Zeller of Okeechobee. Grandparents of the bride are Gloria Arnold and the late Cecil Arnold of Okeechobee and Norma Williamson and the late Arthur Williamson of Phil Campbell, Alabama. The grandparents of the groom are Jay III and JoAnn Zeller of Okeechobee and Donald and Tressa Bullard of Pelham, Georgia. The bride-tobe graduated from Okeechobee High School and Indian River State College. Her “ance graduated from Okeechobee High School. A March 1st wedding is planned in Okeechobee. JAY ZELLER ENGAGEMENT PAIGE ARNOLD & 22 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsKutter Crawford and Christian Crews are the only two seniors on this year’s Brahman baseball team. Both are talented right-handed pitchers and if the team is to do well this year, it’s expected that these two players will be a major reason. Crawford already has signed a scholarship w ith Indian River State College to play baseball next year. He put on a few pounds in the off season and grew a few inches and looks every bit the part of a talented pitching prospect. “Anytime you grow its going to help you on the baseball eld,” he noted. “It improves y our leverage for both hitting and for throwing the ball down off the mound.” Crawford said the Brahman team is young, but is talented and he likes the coaches and the direction they have taken the team in. “It is going to be a lot of fun this year and I think we have some talent this year,” he added. Crawford knows he’ll be relied upon to pitch in the big district games. He also plans to be a workhorse. Last year he threw only 34 innings, and that number might double this year. He should also improve on a ne earned run average of 2.84. He struck out 28 batters. Crawford played Okeechobee American Legion ball last summer and also played for Florida Burn out of Sarasota. He played one tournament in Georgia and several games which helped him improve his pitching, elding and hitting skills. Crawford said he is very excited about his opportunity at IRSC. He is pretty set on going there, developing his skills, and then move onto a four-year college. His message to his younger teammates is to always work hard and have a good positive attitude. Crews has been slowed by a number of injuries during his high school career. He suffered both ankle and elbow injuries in the past year. He said he is now fully recovered and for the rst time is healthy to start the season. “It is feeling pretty good. It’s another year of baseball and I’ll come out and give it all I have for my last year in high school,” he explained. Crews admits injuries did slow his development and certainly his mental state. This year he can just concentrate on his game knowing he is healthy. “I pitched a little bit over the summer and everything went ne. I’m just ready for the season to start,” he noted. Crews also knows he’ll have to eat up a lot of innings. He didn’t make it to the mound to the later part of the 2013 season and pitched under 15 innings with a 5.25 earned run average. Crews pitched for Okeechobee American Legion ball last summer. He said he increased his velocity and strengthened his arm with his off-season workouts and play. He said the American Legion team helped the young players bond together, learn more about each other and gave them time to work on the strength and weakness of their game. “I think we have a good chance to be good this year. We all jell together and the guys are pretty mature for a young group,” he said. Crew’s dad, Shawn, was a great pitcher in his own right for the Brahmans. He said he will follow his advice this year. “He told me go out there and do my thing,” said the younger Crews. Seniors will lead 2014 Brahmans mound staff Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyChristian Crews (right) will be counted on as one of the leaders of the Brahman pitching staff this year.


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U3118 ONLY $ 5995 2003 BMW X5Leather int., moon roof, loaded U1890 ONLY $ 8495 Auto, A/C, 2.5 liter, new tires, loaded U1896 ONLY $ 7695 2001 VW Passat SWAuto, A/C, 68,419 miles, loaded U3840 ONLY $ 5995 2000 Ford F-150 SC XLT6cyl, 5sp, A/C, loaded ONLY $ 3995 *U2461 2005 Ford FocusAuto, A/C, loaded, gas saver!!! U2389 ONLY $ 4695 2002 Toyota 4Runner SR54x4, auto, A/C, new tires U1837 ONLY $ 6995 1995 Ford F-1505sp, A/C, 6cyl, looks new!! U1633 ONLY $ 3995 MANAGER’S SPECIAL We Finance WE BUY CARS! Se Habla Espaol Consignments welcome *Plus Tax, Tag & Dealer Fees 23 Okeechobee News February 9, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School’s Khalil Smith signed a national letter of intent to play college football for Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., on national signing day Wednesday. Smith won the Brahman Award for Okeechobee football this year and performed well on both sides of the ball. He nished ninth on the Treasure Coast in rushing y ards and had four touchdown runs against Fort Pierce Westwood in a game on Sept. 21. Smith also forced six fumbles from his strong safety position and was a team captain. He also performed well at the South Central Florida All-Star Football Classic in December. Smith also excels in the classroom and was a scholar athlete. Smith admitted it was hard to put into words the joy he felt on signing day. “I’m ecstatic right now, I’m happy. I’m ready to go. Carson Newman came in at the last minute. Dad and an assistant coach worked on this and called us up and said come visit us. When I got there, I decided this is the place I want to be,” he said. Smith said Carson Newman coaches and the campus impressed him with their message of helping make him a better man. He also knows it will take a lot of hard work, both on the eld and off, to play college football at that level. His mom, Michelle Allen, said she worried about Khalil going so far away but that she was very excited for him and his future. “He has come a long way and has turned into an awesome young man. I’m extremely proud of him. I’ve watched him since he was ve years old and I used to run with him when he made touchdowns. We’ve always been his number one fan,” she added. His father, Darryl Allen, played college football at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He said there was a different feeling to see his son sign to play college ball. He said he was an extremely proud dad. Allen noted he had a heart-to-heart talk with his son where he challenged him to improve his strength and spend time in the weight room. Khalil responded by starting to work out two to three times per day and saw a real change in his physical ability and strength. Smith had several offers from Division II schools and also some opportunities to walk on. After a visit two weeks ago, they decided this was the best place for him to be. “The element of faith was what hit me,” Allen noted. “Everywhere we went on campus there was something to make young men better men. Their program is no different than what he’s been taught in Okeechobee. He was prepared for everything and the coaches here have been an unbelievable blessing to me and my son and will always be in our hearts.” Brahman coach Chris Branham said he is very proud of Khalil because he is a hard working kid who achieves in the classroom and doesn’t cut any corners just because he’s a coach’s kid. He said Khalil deserves all the accolades he’s received this year. “He was always well prepared athletically. I’m excited for him. Carson Newman loved his highlight tape and his attitude. I’m excited for him and I know he will do well because he has great character and work ethic,” he added. Carson Newman is one of the traditional powers in Division II NCAA football. They went (10-3) last season. The university is a historically Baptist Liberal Arts college. Smith plans to major in sports management and business. Smith inks grid pact with Carson Newman Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKhalil Smith (left) and his father Darryl Allen (right) at his signing party Wednesday at OHS.