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Sunday, March 9, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 30 13.89 feetLast Year: 14.20 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth g iven in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Area road work planned ... Page 16 Did you change your clock? Daylight Saving Time started today! Special to the Okeechobee News “Fun at Every Turn” is the theme for the Eighth Annual Okeechobee County Fair, planned for March 11-16. Whether you go for the rides, livestock, food, exhibits, entertainment, or horse shows, there is much to see and do at the fair. The fair starts Tuesday and will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and noon Friday – Sunday, Agri-Civic Center and Fairgrounds off 710 East. Opening day, Tuesday, will be “Dollar Night” with $1 entry, $1 rides, and $1 food items. Come out and see Okeechobee’s nest on Wednesday, Okeechobee Idol Night. Thursday night is Food Bank Night. Bring three cans of food for $2 entry. Friday is “Student Day,”opening at noon, with special admission and armbands. Saturday is Fun Day at the fair. Sunday is “Family Day” with free admission. Horse events and shows include: County Fair opens Tuesday Special to the Okeechobee News/ Banana DerbyThe Okeechobee County Fair has added some new attractions this year, including the popular Banana Derby. See FAIR — Page 5 Every day, improperly discarded mono lament shing line causes devastating problems for marine life and the environment. Manatees, sea turtles, sh and birds become injured from entanglements, or might ingest the line, often dying as a result. Human divers and swimmers, as well as boat propellers are also at risk of entanglement. The Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2008 to implement the Mono lament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP) in Okeechobee County. Since then, 10 outdoor bins have been installed at local boat ramps and Lock 7 Pier (aka Jaycee Park). With the help of Earth Team volunteers and employees, the line is collected about once a month. When enough nishing line is collected, it is sent off to Berkley Pure Fishing to be recycled into tackle boxes, toys, etc. Although the popular braided line cannot be recycled, Okeechobee SWCD still encourages the placement of it in the bins. The braided line is separated at the SWCD of ce and disposed of after it is cut into smaller pieces. Three Okeechobee businesses recently joined the Mono lament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP). Among the rst, were Alex Pappas, owner of Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters. The indoor bin was set up in January 2014 and has already drawn interest. OFH felt it was part of their responsibility as good stewards of the environment to provide an opportunity for citizens and visitors of Okeechobee County a place to recycle their shing line and spools. Another participant is family-owned, Fast Break. Blake Marsocci found it a great opportunity for shermen to drop off their line Fishing line recycling helps save wildlife Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters is helping to recycle shing line. Left to right are Earth Team Volunteer, Brittany Serrano, OFH employees Corey Hall and Chris Davis. See RECYCLE — Page 5


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By Mark MayersLMFT, CAP In spite of the many times the Bible tells us not to judge others we do it anyway. Like so many other times we override God’s instructions because of our own emotions or thoughts. True to His perfect and loving character, when God tells us not to judge others He is doing so because it is best for everyone involved. God knows that we are not able to judge fairly because we don’t know the whole story. Our insight does not qualify us to judge others. A perfect example of this is when God chose David to be King. The limited insight of those involved was not able to see the value and potential of David as king. I Samuel 16:6-8 says…6 When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’S anointed is before Him.” 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.”… God’s word tells that God will judge us is the manner we judge others. Matthew 7:13…7 “Do not judge others, and you will no t be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 “And why worry about a speck in you r friend’s eye when you have a log in you r own? I often wonder if God is so direct when it comes to us judging others because ou r judgment of others ultimately turns peopl e away from Jesus. Casting Crowns puts it this way in their song “If We Are The Body.” … “A traveler is far away from home. He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row. The weight of their judgemental glances tells him that his chances are better out on th e road. Jesus payed much too high a price fo r us to pick and choose who should come. And we are the body of Christ.” Mark Hall, the writer of this song, makes an incredibl y important point ... that Jesus paid much too high a price for us to determine who deserves His grace. March 9, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Re ections from the pulpit “Mickey” Mann Jr. will be missedIt is with great sadness, we announce the death of one of Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce most cherished employees. Special Deputy Marvin “Mickey” Mann, Jr., passed away on February 26, 2014. Special Deputy Mann has been a special deputy with the department since his retirement with the Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce in January 2013. Mickey had been in law enforcement over 53 years, starting his service at the Palm Beach Police Department in 1960. His career led him to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce and then to the Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce, where he achieved the rank of Undersheriff. In 2013, when he retired, he asked Sheriff Paul C. May if he could continue to serve the community where he currently lived in Ft. Drum. Sheriff May was honored to have his wealth of law enforcement knowledge and made him a Special Deputy where he served as a volunteer conducting investigations and security checks in the Ft. Drum area. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce greatly mourns the loss of our friend and co-worker. He was greatly respected and admired. Sheriff May said of his passing, “In the Treasure Coast area, if there has ever been a law enforcement legend, it would trul y be Mickey Mann. He was a cop’s cop and a man’s man and he will be sorely missed b y the entire law enforcement community.” Michele Bell, PIO Letters to the editor Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Engage in logrolling 5 Not quite right 8 Life Savers, e.g. 13 Miss __ 14 Depression era prog. 15 1983 World Cup skiing champ McKinney 16 Abel, vis--vis Adam: Abbr. 17 Try 18 Saw 19 Controversial fuel 21 Annoys 22 No way!Ž 23 Kyrgyzstan border town 24 Birmingham band, briefly 25 Fed. auditing agency 26 Shout 27 Entered 29 But, to Brutus 30 Replete 31 Divisions politiques 34 Pig thief of rhyme 35 Waterproof boots brand 36 One arriving during the overture, say 38 Literary contraction 39 Platoon provender 40 Lending letters 41 Small trip 44 Words With Friends, e.g. 45 Macavity creators monogram 46 Idle fancy 48 Tray carrier, perhaps 50 Series of clips 51 Sleep inducer 52 Airport screening org. 53 Theyre above pvts. 54 Kisser 55 Overseas assent 56 Playground rejoinder 57 Corporate __ 58 45, say: Abbr. 59 No longer hidden DOWN 1 No-goodnik 2 Summer cooler 3 Form hastily, as judgment 4 Old Renault 5 In agreement 6 Inconsequential 7 It doesnt last 8 Feature of many a monster movie 9 Troublemakers 10 Passed the test in a big way 11 Mountain demarcation 12 Teen AngelŽ et al. 15 Enticing ad 20 Called for 21 Nonsense 28 Harrow rival 29 Leave be 30 Stem at sea 31 Quick Draw McGraw alter ego with a guitar for a weapon 32 Roofers material 33 With consequences 34 In shape 37 Sock seller 38 Josephs second son 40 Elicits a scolding 41 Distressed request 42 Ultimatum words 43 Protestant cleric 47 Layered minerals 49 Auto title datum 52 Perch for a puma By Robert A. Doll (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 12/10/11 12/10/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Marvin “Mickey” Mann, Jr.


 Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, Jackpot Barrel Races in the big arena;  March 15, the Extreme Trail Challenge Show in the outside arena; and,  Sunday, March 16, Sunday, Ranch Horse Competition, in the outside arena. Wade Shows will be back with thrilling rides, kiddie rides, armbands every day, and games of chance. The Competitive Events Tent will include baking, canning, horticulture, quilts, painting, photography, sewing, poster contest, w ood carving, leather working, and a Lego building contest. All contests have separate categories for youth and adults. Wonderful presentations by each Okeechobee school will also be on display. A lso back this year will be competitions for Duct Tape Creations, Trash to Treasures, Digitally Enhanced Photos, and Table Decorating Displays. The Fun-Time Corn Box will be back in the big exhibit tent with commercial and non-Pro t exhibits. The ever popular petting zoo will be back w ith a giraffe, exotic animals, and a new w alk-through bird aviary to delight all ages. The Magic of Lance Gifford will return w ith Magic and Hypnosis Shows. New this year is the Disc-Connected K-9s featuring rescue dogs that are world frisbee champions. Also new is the Banana Derby – racing Monkeys riding dogs! The 4-H and FFA students will show poultry, rabbits, lambs, goats, pigs, steers, beef breeding and dairy cattle beginning on Saturday, March 8, and ending with the annual Livestock Sale, starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Come out and support our y outh! The Miss Teen and Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Pageant will be held on Sunday, March 9, at the High School Lecture Hall starting at 7 p.m. The pageant features a great show by the entrants and the crowning of the Queen Miss Teen and Little Miss. Okeechobee Miss Teen has the opportunity to participate in the Miss Florida USA Teen Contest or receive a special scholarship. There will be lots of good food at the fair — steak tid-bits, corn dogs, candied apples, funnel cakes, giant donuts, cotton candy, roasted corn, Tex-Mex, kettle korn, and much more to tickle your taste buds! For a complete schedule and information visit: www.okeechobeecountyfair.com. See you at the Fair! Fun at Every Turn! FAIRContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 w hile fueling their boats and stocking up on their shing supplies for a great day out on Lake Okeechobee or the Kissimmee River. Mr. Marsocci said he wants to “ensure the preservation of the environment for future generations.” Garrard’s Bait and Tackle, a locallyowned business since 1972 has also joined Okeechobee SWCD’s efforts with MRRP program. Leif Garrard also felt an obligation to help out in any way possible. “It not only bene ts the sh and wildlife, but the tourism in our county,” he said. “It is in our best interest to keep our waterways free of debris to continue to attract visitors to our area.” For more information, visit the SWCD w ebsite at www.okeechobeeswcd.com or on Facebook. More volunteers are needed to collect line or perform maintenance on the outdoor bins. Stop by Okeechobee SWCD located in the USDA Service Center, 452 Hwy. 98 N, or call 863-763-3619 ext. #3 to report damaged or missing bins. RECYCLEContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsGarrard’s Bait & Tackle Shop is helping with the shing line recycling program. Left to right are Brittany Serrano, Leif and Emily Garrard. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecycling shing line at Fast Break are Audrey Kuipers, Okeechobee SWCD and Kyle Monti, Fast Break employee.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Macy ‘Diddy’ Sutton Rucks, Sr., 73OKEECHOBEE — Macy “Diddy” Sutton Rucks, Sr. of Okeechobee died March 5, 2014. He was born August 22, 1940 in Fort Payne, A labama to Emmett and Glenn Sutton Rucks. A resident of Okeechobee for 55 y ears, he was a member of Oakview Baptist Church. He started Dry Lake Dairy with his father, mother and brothers w hich then led to Milking R Dairy. He enjoyed volunteering at his church and summering in North Carolina. Mr. Rucks was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Revels and brother, Boyd Rucks. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wanda Rucks; son, Macy Sutton Rucks, Jr. (Kris); two daughters, Robin Bailey (Chris) and Julie Kotula (Pete) all of Okeechobee; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two brothers, Neil Rucks (Rita) of Dade City and Charlie Rucks (Susan) of Lake Placid; sister-in-law, Mary Alice Rucks of Okeechobee; son-in-law, Gary Revels. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at Oakview Baptist Church with Pastor J ohn Garrison and Dr. Chan Garrett of ciating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or Oakview Baptist Church, 677 SW 32nd ST, Okeechobee, FL 34974. 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. Samuel Guy Neese, Jr., 76SUMTERVILLE — Samuel Guy Neese, Jr. of Sumterville, Fla. died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Tampa, Fla. He was born November 26, 1937 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mr. Neese was a Heating and Air Specialist and a member of Wahoo Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Local Union 725 in Miami, Fla. the VFW, and the American Legion in Lake Panasoffkee. He is survived by his wife, Vicki L. Neese of Sumterville, Fla.; son, Samuel G. ‘Bud’ (Ami) Neese, III of Okeechobee, Fla.; daughters, Brenda Lee (Dennis) Williams of Okeechobee, Fla., Roxanne Neese of Jupiter, Fla., and Patricia (Dale) Pringle of Gainesville, Fla.; step-son, Jerry Andrews; step-daughters, Lori Collop (Rob) Dulaney, and Michelle Lancaster; brother, Leslie H. (Toni) Neese of Bushnell, Fla.; sister, Linda Q. Neese of Cullman, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A Visitation will be held at Purcell Funeral Home Chapel, Bushnell, on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m. Graveside Services will follow at Evergreen Cemetery at 11:30 am with Pastor Paul Alonso presiding. Online condolences may be left at www.purcellfuneralhome.com Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, FL. Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 H IV art exhibit at FestivalA mobile art exhibit will be open to the p ublic, depicting the lives of Florida resid ents living with HIV and AIDS through large r-than-life portraiture, video interviews, and j ournal writing, on Sunday, March 9 at the S peckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park (Hwy 7 0 and 3rd Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For i nformation, call Tara Menendez at 407-6299 484 Ext. 211.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host bingo on Sunday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Kitchen will offer a limited menu. Proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. Open to the public with free WIFI for the lounge and dining room patrons. C ommunity Events Brought to you by:863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Masons hold breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, at 107 N.W. 5th, will hold its Sunday breakfast on March 9 for $6, with eggs, pancakes and all the xings from 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds bene t local Mason giving. Public is welcome and carry outs are available.Retired educators meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators will meet on Monday, March 10 beginning at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’ Bradys. Any retired educator is invited to join us. Members are reminded to bring books to donate to Hooked on Books. We would also like to announce that we will have a booth in the park on March 8 and 9 during the Speckled Perch Festival at which you can purchase the Okeechobee Historic Ornament for $15 which funds our scholarships or perhaps pick up some of the best paring knives or whisks for $5 to help fund our “End the Hunger” project.Okeechobee Shrine ClubThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, March 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 863357-0427, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Elks change meeting placeThis is an important notice to all Elk members. As of March 1, the Elks Lodge 2871 will NO LONGER meet at the VFW South in Treasurer Island. All future meetings and events will take place at the American Legion Post 64, at 501 S.E. Second St. The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Signs will be posted at the entrance as to which room we are using. For information, call our ER, Jerry Jones 863-634-1605.VFW has St. Pat’s day feastVFW Post 10539, at 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will have a corned beef dinner on Monday, March 17 Dinner is served from 2 p.m. until gone. Dinner is $7. Public welcome. Proceeds are for veterans unmet needs. For information, call 863-763-2308.Roundtable meeting setThe executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board ofce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts o f our local decision makers. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Bene t held for re victimsA Quarter Auction will be held to bene t re victims on Saturday, March 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the VFW (Big Lake) Post 10539, at 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be a 50/50, door prize and lots of auction items! Come out and help support two families who lost their home in a re! For information, contact Tammi Kelly at 772-708-6764 or email at tammiphotos@gmail.com.Green market meeting setOkeechobee may soon have a green market where local farmers and backyard gardeners can sell fresh produce. Potential growers, interested farmers and gardeners are invited to attend the next co-op meeting, set for Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce. Let your friends know that they can soon loo k forward to having a consolidated location to purchase fresh, local produce.CCC to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee Count y School Board of ce. March special guest speakers will be: Wanda Klesper – Okeechobee Senior Services and Darlene Forage – AAA SHINE. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-4625000, ext. 257.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter Rates Cougar Trail and Panther Creek Golf Courses 18 Holes Specials Include Tax & Cart! For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee$3200Before 12 noon $2800After 12 noon$400 off per person when booking a foursome Dr. Rajinder Singhannounces the closing of his Dental practice, effective February 28, 2014. Patient records are being Dr. J.Neal Wright. For patient records, contact J. Neal Wright, D.M.D. 307 NW 5th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-3888 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Prices still going up! Most all classes of calves were higher this week. Cows and bulls are still selling strong, too. Get your cattle in early ... sale days can be short this time of year. Contact us for all of your cattle marketing needs. Watch our PCA Internet Sales every other Thursday at 10 a.m. ... outstanding prices on loads of cattle! La Cecilia LLC, Miami, topped the calf market with a high of $3.75 bought by Foy Reynolds. Stokes Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 114 bought by Central Beef. We have three young Charolais Bulls and one Angus Bull for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Todd Florida women representing 28 county Farm Bureaus received the Women’s Activity Award at the Florida Farm Bureau’s State W omen’s Leadership Conference, Feb. 28, at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores. Recipients of the award were recognized for their contributions to their local communities and their work at improving awareness of agriculture through educational programming, leadership development and public outreach. “Farm Bureau women are the pillar of our organization,” said Michael Rogalsky, Farm Bureau women’s leadership coordinator. “Their activities are essential in helping us to communicate the importance of agriculture through their outreach to the schools, legislators and the general public.” The following counties received awards: A lachua, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Clay, Columbia, Dade, Duval, Gadsden, Hamilton, Hernando/Citrus, Highlands, Hillsborough, J efferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Pinellas, Putnam/St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Washington and Western Palm Beach. The conference drew more than 90 members from across the state. The conference theme, “Speak up S’More,” encouraged women to tell agriculture’s story within their communities. Conference sessions included interactive breakouts on consumer marketing and presenting accurate information about agriculture, nancial planning, farm tours and an emotional closing session by Char Westfall, the widow of Chief Petty Ofcer Jacques Fontan, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in action. Farm Bureau Women play an essential role in telling the farming story at the local, state and national level. Farm Bureau Women are actively involved with schools, charitable organizations and various events to promote public understanding about agriculture. Florida Farm Bureau is the Sunshine State’s largest general agricultural organization with more than 147,000 member-families representing Farm Bureaus in 60 counties. Membership provides a multitude of bene ts and you don’t have to be a farmer to be a member of Florida Farm Bureau. W omen are speaking up about agriculture


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DONT IGNORE YOUR PAIN. DISCOVER YOUR OPTIONS.If youre living with joint pain, you should know that it doesnt have to be this way. You have expert care available right here at Raulerson Hospital. Our board certified orthopedic surgeons, perform total joint replacements. Raulerson Hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures, including Surgical Care.Visit RaulersonHospital.com or call 763-9228 to find a physician or learn more about our orthopedic services. 8 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 Imaging procedures perform a considerable role in the assessment and care of health problems. Ultrasounds, which create images through the use of sound waves, can provide clear pictures of many structures in the body, including the uterus and heart. With the visual information that an ultrasound gives a physician, he can decide if a suspected medical condition exists and determine the proper way to remedy it. The following uses of ultrasounds allow doctors at Raulerson Hospital to provide precise and successful treatment. Organ Health AssessmentIf a patient cites abdominal discomfort, weight loss, and chronic exhaustion, a physician may want to examine the liver for signs of liver disease. If a patient reports pelvic discomfort and severe menstrual bleeding, a doctor might want to evaluate the uterus for uterine broids. In both cases, an ultrasound can provide fast and accurate images of the organ in question. Liver scar tissue and uterine growths may present in ultrasounds, allowing physicians to take the next necessary steps in their diagnoses. Circulatory Function EvaluationHeart disease often develops from the buildup of plaque in the circulatory system. This substance, made of cholesterol, fat, and other materials, can signi cantly narrow arterial passageways. If left untreated, the continued accumulation of plaque may result in a complete artery blockage or blood clot. An ultrasound can reveal images of how the arteries look and function. If plaque is present in the circulatory system, an ultrasound can show it. Diagnostic Testing AssistanceSome doctors may use ultrasound technology to support other diagnostic procedures. Especially when a physician must perform a minimally invasive procedure, such as a breast lump biopsy, an ultrasound can ensure that the doctor quickly nds the tumor and easily extracts a sample of it (Ultrasound Guided Biopsy). In such cases, ultrasounds can improve diagnostic procedure performance and increase patient comfort. Raulerson Hospital provides an extensive range of imaging services for patients. In addition to ultrasound options, the facility offers MRI, CT scan, Nuclear Medicine and Digital Mammography capabilities and it is accredited by the American College o f Radiology in all ve of these modalities. For more information on healthcare services at Raulerson Hospital, call 863-763-9228 or visit RaulersonHospital.com. Physicians use ultrasounds to provide precise treatment Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis host a guest speaker Becky Fleeger (pictured) from the Okeechobee Presbyterian Food Pantry speaks to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee at a recent meeting. The Kiwanis Club donated 310 pounds of food and nearly $400 from their annual “Souper Bowl of Caring” event. Special to the Okeechobee News/ NESNorth Elementary Students of the WeekNorth Elementary School would like the congratulate the students of the week from the week of March 4: Dennis Raiford, Messiah Macias, Giovani Betancurt, Liyah Garcia, Jack Goggans Maynard, Makayla Culpepper, Noah Vanhoose, Kayla Hodge, Reynaldo Garcia, A.J. D’Ariano, Catherine Raya, Hunter Yates, Aubrey Cook, Elisanda Tyson, Myka Stotler, Guadalupe Hernandez, Katie Spruill, Ervin Niz-Mendez, Alex Hernandez, Aubrey Furse, Yoselin Escalante, Aracelis Ramos, Lily Medrano, George Platt, Cecilia Carran, Anthony Ortiz, Alexis Avalos, Sara Jo Kelly, Aleska Cardona, Rance Pendrey, Stevie White, Roberto DelaCruz, Joseph Smith and Christopher Gomez.


Special to the Okeechobee NewsTALLAHASSEE—Florida Governor Rick Scott has selected three outstanding Florida w omen for induction into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame; Dottie Berger MacKinnon formerly of Tampa, Sheriff Susan Benton of Sebring, and Louise Jones Gopher of Brighton Seminole Reservation. Governor Scott chose the three women from a list of 10 distinguished nominees selected by the Florida Commission on the Status of W omen for making signi cant contributions to the improvement of life for women and all citizens of Florida. “Throughout my life, I have been blessed to be surrounded by strong, amazing women. My mom always inspired and challenged us to do our best. I have a beautiful, accomplished wife and two amazing daughters who are unrelenting in pursuing their own dreams. I hear stories of great mothers and daughters as I travel the Sunshine State. The three women who are being inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame today serve as a proud example to all Florida families. Their dedication to serving others has improved the lives of countless individuals and their legacy is a reminder of the important role that women have played all throughout Florida history,” stated Governor Scott. Louise Jones Gopher of the Brighton Indian Reservation was the rst female member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida to earn a college degree, graduating from Florida Atlantic Univ ersity with a degree in business. As a former director of education for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, she has been a champion of education for all its members. Born in a chickee in a Fort Pierce Seminole camp, Ms. Gopher spoke no English when she entered school. Nonetheless, she became the rst Seminole w oman to graduate with a four-year college degree. Known for her dedication to the preservation of Seminole Tribe of Florida culture, Ms. Gopher was a driving force behind the development of the tribe’s rst charter school, known as “Pemayetv Emahakv” or “Our Way” School, which opened its doors in 2007. With a focus on American Indian culture, the school addresses the problem of cultural preservation that all Native Americans face by teaching Seminole Tribe of Florida language and traditions to its young members. As a recognized authority and author on tribal history and cultural preservation, Ms. Gopher also was instrumental in the development of FSU’s groundbreaking course, “History of the Seminoles and Southeastern Tribes, Pre-Contact to Present,” which was offered to students for the rst time in 2006. Ms. Gopher is credited with helping to increase the number of tribal members who have pursued higher education, including 11 with degrees from, or currently enrolled at, FSU. At the time of her retirement in 2007, a remarkable 90 percent of tribal members were active participants in the programs administered by the Seminole Tribe’s Education Department. Sheriff Susan Benton of Sebring is the rst female sheriff elected in a general election in the history of the state of Florida and is currently serving her third term. Sheriff Benton is a fth-generation Floridian who has served in law enforcement for over 35 years. She has risen through the ranks by gaining the respect and admiration of her colleagues and superiors while continually seeking her education, attaining a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Certi cation as a Florida Public Manager. She has consistently gone above and beyond her duties to serve her community with innovative solutions while pushing for programs such as the Special Victims Unit to protect the elderly and the children from victimization, mentor and educate youth, providing substance abuse and mental health treatment within the jail all while holding offenders accountable. Dottie Berger MacKinnon, formerly of Tampa, was a tireless advocate for women and has left her footprint throughout the Bay area. She was one of the founders of Joshua House, a safe haven for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, in Tampa and she passionately supported the children served there since 1992. After founding the institution she helped the group establish a $1.2 million endowment through the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in order to ensure that they can continue the work that she started there long into the future. She also served the community as a Hillsborough County Commissioner from 1994-1998. On May 4, 2011 Dottie was honored with the Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award by the Hillsborough County Commissioners in recognition of the signi cant role that she played in improving government through leadership and vision. “Each year, the Women’s Hall of Fame committee must choose only ten nominees from a long list of highly accomplished women in our state. With each nomination we read, we are reminded that women are leaders in every sector of society,” stated Elizabeth Pines, chair of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Committee. “Their dedication to their work has impacted their communities and the state in a powerful and meaningful way.” “It is an honor for the Florida Commission on the Status Women to be involved in the recognition of women and their accomplishments each year through the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. The Governor has chosen three outstanding women,” stated Laurie Pizzo, chair of the Commission. “Their impact on all citizens of Florida provides evidence of the critical role that women have played in shaping our state.” Governor Scott will conduct the induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 12, at 5 p.m. in the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee. The induction ceremony is open to the public. All persons attending the ceremony are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FLORIDA FARMLAND AUCTIONWednesday, April 16th • 10amAuction Site: Town Hall at Tradition, Port St. Lucie, FL800.607.6888 | mwallc.comSt. Lucie and Indian River Counties 2,884+/Acres — Offered in 13 Tracts• Producing Groves • Suitable for Produce, Sugar Cane, Sod • Potential for Development • State-of-the-Art Packinghouse • Excellent Water 9 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 Gopher named to Florida Hall of Fame Special to the Okeechobee NewsLouise Gopher rode in the Chalo Nitka Parade in Moore Haven on March 1.


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! Okeechobee Senior ServicesEmergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) Okeechobee Senior Services, your Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) provider may be able to help. EHEAP funds are available for individuals 60 or older who are experiencing a home energy crisis. Types of Help Available • Payment of past due fuel or utility bill • Repair of existing heating or cooling system • Deposit to turn on utilities • Purchase of heating and cooling equipment such as: space heater, blanket, wood, fuel oil, propane, fan or air conditionerCall Cindy Pearce, EHEAP Specialist 863-462-5180 to see if you qualify. Okeechobee Senior Center 1690 NW 9th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972If you have a gross annual household income that does not exceed: $17,235 for 1 person$23,265 for 2 persons$29,295 for 3 persons$35,325 for 4 persons$41,355 for 5 persons You may be eligible to receive up to $600 in assistance for energy crisis. A household can per heating or cooling season. Open at 5 pm Tuesday Thursday & Noon Friday, Saturday & Sunday Presented by: Childrens Services Council Gilbert Chevrolet Syfrett Feed Domers Quail Creek Waste Management Mosaic Okeechobee Dodge Raulerson Hospital Seminole Casino Publix St. Lucie Battery & Tire Center State Bank Glades Electric Co-op Florida Public Utilities Seacoast Bank Walpole Feed State Farm TD Bank .. 10 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Geechee Mon’s Smoked BBQ 104 S.E. Sixth St., is a great place to go and have a wonderful fresh cooked meal. Pit master Charles A. Harper cooks everything fresh from the grill. All of the vegetables are purchased fresh from local farm stands, and the fresh baked bread is purchased daily. They are open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. So go on in and enjoy some really great barbecue. You will not be disappointed! Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be contacted at 863-357-0852.  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 a special occasion and don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! Cowboy’s can be contacted at 863-467-1104.  Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant 107 N.W. 6th Ave., has been Okeechobee’s own original Mexican restaurant for 32 years. They have wonderful wet burritos, along w ith their tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. They also have sirloin steaks and a kids menu. So grab the family and head on down for some great food or order take out. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be contact at 863-467-0922.  Julia Parker is a Real Estate agent with Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate They assist with nancing, helping those buying a home and home owners who wish to sell a home. They have over 100 listings for homes. Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate with Julia Parker and all the other agents w ill oversee every home transaction all the w ay to the end. Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate is very involved with the community. Many of their agents are active in Kiwanis, Rotary and Main Street. So, give them a call at 863-763-4254 and let them get you into the home of your dreams!  The Okeechobee News is seeing big growth in our website! Last year, the Okeechobee News website was redesigned, and it’s really been paying off with increased audience and traf c. According to Google Analytics, the visits to our orida.newszap. com website in 2013 increased from 156,330 in 2012 to 509,241 … that’s a 226 percent increase. Page views on our website (which equates to numbers of pages viewed) almost reached a million, as we had 907,450 compared to 366,753 the previous year … a 148 percent increase. “Unique visitors,” which equates to the number of different people who came to the site, increased to 262,651 ... a gain of 277 percent! St. Patrick’s Day is a week away! Here is a personal favorite of mine for and Irish sweet treat!Irish lace cookiesIngredients : 3 tablespoons shortening, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract, 3 cups rolled oats, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Directions : 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 2. Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the almond extract. Gradually blend in oats and salt. 3. Drop dough by spoonfuls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten cookies with the bottom of a glass dipped in our. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden colored. Transfer to wire racks for cooling. Project Prom in search of dresses:Project Prom is in search of donations of dresses, any size and any length to provide high school girls who cannot otherwise afford to go to prom a night to remember. You can bring them to Okeechobee News during of ce hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday; or My Aunt’s House Tuesday Thursday 10 a.m. 2 p.m.; or, contact Tammi Kelly at 772-7086764 or Kourtney at 863-634-6225.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the WeekThese OMS Students of the Week for Feb. 28 wanted to make themselves into a human alphabet (Evan is our exclamation point!). Congratulations to (in no particular order): Nate Watson, Lillian Pethybridge, Esrat Jahan, Gage Lowery, Evan Neal, Daniel Phillips, Edwardo Taylor, Jr., Alyssa Howard and Brenda Aguilar (not pictured). Way to go, Warriors! Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School would like to congratulate its students of the week for the week of Feb. 24: Jennifer Denova, Emeriah Rodriguez, Ricardo Martinez, Bradyn Lineberry, Arabella Adams, Justin Hutcherson, Shenny Perez-Lopez, Malia Garces, Jose Valdez, Zoyee Ramirez, Erick Rayo, Dylan Jennings, Cameron Allen, Kaylee Nesby, Harmoni Randolph, Crystal Garcia, Andres Gomez, Colton Wood, Kaitlyn Freeman, Desel Arnold, Anahi Calvillo, Jennifer Santillan, Aaren Cruz-Gancerez, Maria Campos, Ryleigh Hortman, Beautiful Smith, Leon Edouard and Gianna Salerno.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 By Bob Wattendorf, with John Cimbaro and KP ClementsFWC Largemouth bass – Florida bucket-mouths – are showing up in abundance this winter, with an outstanding year projected by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists. The rst year of TrophyCatch ended, and the awards were all given out, but the challenge is on for year two. TrophyCatch rewards anglers for catching, documenting and releasing largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds in Florida. Bob Williams of Alloway, N.J., earned the TrophyCatch Championship ring for the rst season. It was presented at Bass Pro Shops in Orlando last month by Keith Alan, from the American Outdoors Fund, and Tom Champeau, director of the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. Williams’ w inning catch was a 13-pound, 14-ounce largemouth from Rodman Reservoir. He prev iously earned a free ($500 value) berglass replica of his catch and other awards totaling approximately $1,000. A $10,000 check was handed to Peter Perez at a special ceremony at West Lake Tohopekaliga by Experience Kissimmee representatives Debby Guertin and Terry Segraves, along with Champeau. Perez caught the largest TrophyCatch-veri ed bass from Osceola County to win the prize. He caught his winning 12-pound, 3-ounce bass last March in a neighborhood pond on a Rat-L-Trap. The winner of the 2013 Phoenix 619 bass boat, powered by Mercury, was surprised angler Frank Ay. His prize was presented to him following a club tournament on Lake Okeechobee by professional bass angler Bobby Lane, Champeau and KP Clements, the TrophyCatch coordinator. Ay won the $40,000 grand prize via a random drawing from among 4,000 anglers who registered for TrophyCatch the rst season. See the TrophyCatch Florida YouTube channel (YouTube. com/TrophyCatchFlorida) for coverage of these awards. For the second year, which began Oct. 1, documenting a TrophyCatch has gotten simpler. Start with a free registration at TrophyCatchFlorida.com, and you will be entered to win a Phoenix bass boat, powered by Mercury and equipped with a PowerPole. This year the only required photo is one of the entire bass (head to tail) on a scale, with the weight visible. Always attempt to get that shot, but if it isn’t perfect, supplement it with a close-up of the scale, a photo of the entire sh on a bumpboard or tape measure, and maybe even a shot of the bass’s girth. This will help biologists determine if the sh is eligible for recognition. You can also submit a bragging photo and perhaps a release photo on the website. Every veri ed entry gives you 10 more chances for the Phoenix boat drawing in October. The second year is off to a great start, with 63 Lunker entries (8-9.9 pounds) and 26 Trophy Club (10-12.9 pounds) recorded in less than the rst four months, and more than twice as many entries in December 2013 compared with December 2012. The rst possible Hall of Fame entry (greater than 13 pounds) is awaiting veri cation. Besides checking out the gallery, under “view catches” at TrophyCatchFlorida.com, you should also review the rules and prizes. Then follow us at Facebook. com/TrophyCatchFlorida to see the latest entries and get updates on special events. The peak season is still in front of us, and FWC biologists have worked to narrow down a list of top sites to recommend to bass anglers for 2014 based on data from anglers, scienti c sampling and an understanding of habitat trends and local conditions. By participating in TrophyCatch, you can help these biologists improve management and conservation of trophy bass. By releasing them alive (a mandatory condition of TrophyCatch), you will help sustain the shery for the future and be rewarded. Rewards start, for Lunker Club entries (8-9.9 pounds), with $100 in gift cards, from partners like Bass Pro Shops, Rapala and/or Dick’s Sporting Goods and are complemented by custom apparel by Bass King Clothing, a personalized certi cate and window decal. Below is a list of top bass shing sites. See MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Fishing Sites/Forecasts” to nd more details, lots of speci c local shing tips, local contacts, speci c rules, access points, attractors, ramps and quarterly updates. The website also includes top destinations for other black bass species (e.g., spotted bass, shoal bass and Suwannee bass) and other freshwater shes (e.g., bream, crappie, cat sh and striped bass).  Lake Weohyakapka (Lake Walk-in-Water; 7,500 acres);  Lake Okeechobee (470,000 acres);  Everglades Water Conservation areas 2 and 3 (1,125 square miles);  West Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho; 18,810 acres);  Lake Kissimmee (34,976 acres);  Lake George (46,000 acres);  Lake Monroe (9,400 acres);  Rodman Reservoir (9,500 acres);  Lake Tarpon (2,500 acres);  Lake Istokpoga (28,000 acres);  Tenoroc Fish Management Area (8,400 acres);  Winter Haven Chain of Lakes (more than 4,000 acres of shable waters); and,  Mosaic Fish Management Area (1,000 acres). Now that you have the facts, make sure you have a valid license, register at TrophyCatchFlorida.com, bring a camera and scale to weigh your catch, and start exploring some of the best bass shing in the world. Follo w us at Facebook.com/TrophyCatchFlorida to keep up with the latest TrophyCatch news; we hope you’ll be featured there soon. Instant licenses are available at MyFWC. com/License or by calling 888-FISH-FLORID A (888-347-4356). Report violators by calling 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Subscribe to FWC columns and news updates b y visiting MyFWC.com, and selecting the “Sign up for updates” button on the top right of the pages. Bass season off to record-breaking start


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342 o o U y e 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Jeb Acuff Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864An affordable way to advertise your business C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics NOW OFFERING New and Used Tires863-467-6633 Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS: MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Now Carrying Dupont Automotive Paint Don’t Miss Out Advertise Here email: okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 763-3134 Don’t Miss Out Advertise Here email: okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 763-3134 PROFESSIONAL SKINCARE TREAMENTSRevitalize, Lift, Firm & Brighten Facials Microdermabrasion Bio Active Peels Body WrappingsTamara Platt Facial Specialist, Body Wrapper Available by Appt. 208 NE 3rd St. Okeechobee fessional Sunshine car wash(70E Next to ABC Liquor) Inside/Outside, Full Service FREE VACUUMING Cano Master DetailHours: Mon Sat 9am 5pm Certified Public Accountants Wicks, Brown, Williams & Co. Cheryl M. Williams Partner cheryl.williams@wbwcpa.com 15 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 A sk FlorenceNews from the Visiting Nurses Association “He who is of a calm and happy nature w ill hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.”—Plato Health equals happiness. Or does happiness lead to health? Eager to answer this chicken-and-egg question of the mind-body connection, researchers recently studied the attitudes and physical aptitudes of several thousand seniors. Their ndings will make you smile—or at least plan to a lot more. The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study conducted by University College London involving 3,200 seniors aged 60 and older over an eight-year period. The study covered many aspects of daily life, separating participants by age in groups of 60-69, 70-79 and 80 and older. Some questions/statements seniors rated included:  “I enjoy the things that I do.”  “I enjoy being in the company of others.”  “On balance, I look back on my life with a sense of happiness.” Turns out, sourpusses risk more than extra wrinkles. They hazard an 80 percent greater chance of developing at least two physical impairments as they age. Meanwhile, their Pollyannaish counterparts, lead author of the study Dr. Andrew Steptoe told the Daily Globe and Mail newspaper, “show links between positive wellbeing and reduced risk of impairments in activities of daily living.” Seniors with a sunny view reported fewer troubles performing daily acts and activities. And head-to-head, the mirthful lapped the melancholy, even walking faster and more smoothly. Of course, the jubilant shared other qualities. The younger group, as well as wealthier, married and better-educated participants reported higher levels of happiness and ease of mobility. But in making adjustments that accounted for social, socioeconomic and marital status, researchers found participants with gloomy views were three times more likely to later struggle with bathing, dressing and other daily activities. The power of positive thinking indeed. The researchers—who found in an earlier study that happiness helps blood pressure and stress levels—concluded a positive outlook triggers biological responses that contribute to healthier functioning. Researchers issued a pretty simple prescription: Enjoy life. Even if you’ve always been the glass-halfempty type, there’s good news. A different, separate study of more than 10,000 seniors in two continents found people becoming happier as they age. Researchers theorized the seniors bene ted from the development of keener coping mechanisms and more realistic life expectations—as well as dealing with diminished work pressures. In fact, the ndings showed trends in human happiness starting at a high in childhood, lowering later, cratering in the mid-40s and then rising with each successive year. Now there’s something to look forward to. And better to start now, so you can enjoy all the health and increased mobility that accompanies a life of looking on the bright side. Most medical inquiries are best serve d by consulting your physician or a quali e d specialist and this "Ask Florence" is no substitute for professional exams and insights. To reach Ask Florence, please email Nicolette.Christie@vna orida.org. Happiness helps lower blood pressure & stress Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary’s Student of the monthTaylor Boyett, a senior at Okeechobee High School, was selected as the Okeechobee Rotary Club Student of the Month for February. Miss Boyett has accumulated 302 documented community service hours through a variety of activities. She aspires to attend USF and would like to enter a doctoral program for Physical Therapy. She is pictured with Donna Gaiser, Okeechobee Rotary Club President and Toni Wiersma, OHS Principal. Way to go, Taylor! 5K Run/Walk plannedColor Craze 5-K Run/Walk for Life will be held Saturday, April 19 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4601 S.R. 710 N., race time starts at 10 a.m. The registration fee on the day of the event is $50. If you register before March 25 the entry fee is $40. You can register online or in person at the Pregnancy Center, 808 N.E. Park St. Children 12 and under are free. For information, call 863467-8748.Clay Shoot scheduledThe annual Okeechobee FFA Alumni Sporting Clay Shoot will be held at Quail Creek Plantation on Saturday, April 26 Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m. Sponsorships available. For information, call Buddy Mills at 772-519-0603, Darryl Boney at 863-6340642 or Ray Annuez at 863-610-0219 or email at okeechobeeffaalumni@gmail. com.


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. 16 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT 2100 block of S.E. 40th Ave.  100 block of S.W. 18th Ave.  1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  2100 block of S.E. 40th AveBURGLARY 3200 block of N.W. 40th Drive  3700 block of N.W. Seventh St.  1400 block of S.E. Fourth St.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  600 block of N.W. 21at Lane  600 block of N.W. 21st Lane  600 block of N.W. 21st Lane  600 block of N.W. 21st Lane  500 block of N.W. 16th St.  3000 block of S.E. 21st Court  2700 block of U.S. 441 S.FRAUD 9900 block of S.W. 40th Terrace  5400 block of S.E. 67th Ave.  2500 block of N.W. Eighth St.THEFT 3200 block of U.S. 441 S.  2000 block of S.W. 34th Terrace  2100 block of S.E. 29th St.  800 block of S.E. 13th St.  3200 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace  32700 block of U.S. 441 N.  900 block of N.E. 70th Ave. The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution in areas where road work is underway. Work is planned this week in the following areas.OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SR 710 from SR 70 to the Martin County line: Maintenance project: Crews w ill be working on the shoulder and repairing non-paved driveways on both sides of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  SR 78 from Okeechobee County line to Lemkin Creek Bridge: Construction project: Expect daytime lane closures with aggers directing traf c Monday through Friday as crews continue working on the shoulders. Motorists should use caution, be prepared to stop and add time in their schedule to reach their destination. Project improvements include removing and replacing the existing asphalt, adding shoulders, replacing guardrail, and signing and pavement markings. Expected completion is spring of 2014. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp.  SR 70 E. from the Okeechobee city limits to Northeast 30th Avenue: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road.GLADES COUNTY SR 78 from Buckhead Ridge to Indian Prairie Canal: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming and chipping trees in the right of way. Motorists can expect the westbound lane to be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Flaggers will direct traf c. Motorists are asked to use caution as crews work in the roadway.  SR 78 from Herbert Hoover Dike to Canal Boat Ramp: Construction project: Crews will continue removing and replacing the asphalt on the roadway beginning at the Canal Boat Ramp and proceeding south to the Herbert Hoover Dike. Crews will also continue widening turn lanes at Old Lake Port Road, North Lake Estates and County Road 721. Motorists should watch for aggers directing traf c throughout the project, be prepared to stop and add time in their schedule to reach their destination. Improvements on this project include removing and replacing the existing asphalt, widening the roadway in several locations, adding shoulders, replacing guardrail, adding or replacing drainage pipe beneath some driveways, replacing mailboxes and signing and pavement markings. Expected completion is fall of 2014. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp.  SR 29 from SR 78 to York Branch : Maintenance project: Crews will be cutting grass behind the silt fence from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No lane closures are expected for this work. OCSO Investigations Road Watch


R E D 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 5015-H: Crooked Creek 5 br, 5 ba Spanish style home. 8,488 Total Sq Ft/6,159 under air. 10 ft ceilings, lg arch frame windows and more $389,000 NOW $358,999 MLS #207286 3000-M: Treasure Island 2 br, 2 ba SW w/large addition. 1162 Total Sq Ft/1134 under air. Two sheds, boathouse, dock seawall, pontoon boat and more! $55,000 NOW $45,000 MLS #207230 5017-H: Sunset Strip Luxury 2-story 4 br, 4 ba Lg 9000 SF metal barn w/tack rm, screened in pool, pond, plus so much more Must see to believe! $549,000 NOW $529,000 MLS #207283 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 3003-M: Ancient Oaks. Neat 1BR/1BA RV. Shed with washer and dryer back porch. All the appliances are in the RV. $28,000 Owner MLS #206858 • Commercial Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 • Basswood Lots starting at $3,000 • Commercial 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 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! • Oak Park 2-lots side-by-side with large shady trees. $10,000 each • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 ON 2+/ACRES ON 5 ACRES LAKE ACCESS 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 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS CANAL ON BOTH SIDES. 1/3 of an acre corner lot, large workshop area. RV hookup with plenty of room. Good seawall, water on both sides, 10 minutes to locks. Plenty of parking on this beautiful lot. Many trees including Cypress, Banana, Avocado and Loquat Fenced in yard. Shed could be efficiency plumbed for bathroom. New metal roof in 2006. POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING. Priced to Sell. MLS 206856, $69,900. MOTIVATED SELLER Over 100 Listings FLYING “G” ESTATES ~ Wondrous Waterfront Living! 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 2 Gar, 2003 CBS Custom Home. 12-16’ vaulted ceilings, open concept, split plan. Premier kitchen, wood cabinets, granite counters. 1928 SF Under Air-2963 TLA. 10X45 Lanai w/Hurricane rated windows. Accordion H/S, CBS wkshop. 440 SF Dock on Rim Canal-BEST Bass fishing! MLS 207113 $269,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 17 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014


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Garage/ Yard SalesLARGE 4 FAMILY GARAGE SALE 3104 SE 25TH ST,TREASURE ISLAND, SAT 3/8 & SUN 3/9, 8AM-2PM, CLOTHES, LINENS, KITCHEN GADGETS, TOOLS, BOOKS & CHAINSAWS. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full TimeAUTO TECHNICIAN WANTED Exp. with tools. 863-763-2666 Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP• minimum of 2 years driving experience • clean driving record Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! NOW HIRING Service Technicians/ Installers Full Time, Experience Necessary. Apply within 312 SW 2nd St. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWP Enviro-Tech System, Inc. is seeking FINISH GRADE OPERATORS. Applicant must be able to provide veri able work experience in construction and operating equipment and machinery. Email resume to: info@enviro-tech.cc DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Full TimeFaith Academy is accepting applications for a teacher in the K-2 classroompassionate, Solid communication skills. Creative Ability to transfer spiritually and educationally into the lives of young children. Call 863-763-8800 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time {} JOB FAIRS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13thFrom 10am to 3pm. Location: Hampton Inn, located at 1985 Reynolds Drive, Fort Pierce, FLTHURSDAY, MARCH 14thFrom 10am to 3pm. Location: Hampton Inn, located at 1200 State Rd 70 East, Okeechobee, FLThe job location is: Fort Drum Travel Plaza Florida Turnpike Mile Marker 184 Okeechobee, FLFor instructions, please call 863.216.5743. Fax: 877.222.7762 Email: mike.ingle@areasmail.com JOIN THE TEAM Areas USA is a leading provider of food, beverage and retail services in the U.S. travel hospitality industry in over 60 airports around the world, and in the Maryland and Florida Turnpike Plazas. We are hiring Associates for Fort Drum Travel Plaza We offer competitive pay, bene“ts, one free meal per shift, and for full time Associates, paid holidays as well as paid sick days. We also offer a great working enviroment and opportunities to grow within the Company. We work with recognizable brands like Dunkin Donuts, KFC, Wendys, Earl of Sandwich, Subway and Marketplace Retail Store. We are looking for energetic and outgoing individuals.Restaurant Concept Manager, Cashiers, Cooks, Dishwashers, Janitors English language is a MUST. CLASS A -CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. LAWN MAINTENANCE person with some irrigation experience. Minimum of 2 years Commercial exp. Must have transportation/ Valid Drivers License. Call between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (863)467-8001. Employment Full TimeExperienced Heavy Equipment Operators and Laborers in the Moore Haven area. Fax resume to 863-467-8067 or call 863-467-2572. Drug Free Workplace. EOE. SOD FOREMAN Experienced, Self Motivated, Able to work on farm equip. Must have vehicle. Send resume to priest032809@yahoo.com Employment Full TimeFamily Health & Wellness, LLC is hiring for the following: Receptionist/ Clerical Assistant/ Scheduler Experience Preferred Fax or email Resume to 863-623-5093 or arnpwilliams @gmail.com Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full TimeFINISH OPERATORS NEEDED F/T APPLICANT MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE VERIFIABLE WORK EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATING EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY. OKEECHOBEE, GLADES AND HIGHLAND AREA PLEASE CONTACT ENVIROTECH SYSTEM INC. 863-763-3143 Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time RN Nurse Manager RN Nurse Manager with Pediatrics Experience needed full time at Dr. Fred Brown Health Center in Okeechobee. Must have current Florida RN or LPN license. Administrative/Management experience required with strong leadership skills. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Competitive salary & excel. bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. SECRETARY~ FULL TIME ~ Looking for a highlymotivated person to perform numerous general of cial, computer related and receptionist duties. This person will be a personal assistant to general manager and provide support in his/her personal and business organization. Good paying job with bene ts. Resume will be kept con dential. Quali ed candidates should apply by e-mailing their resume with cover letter to: appforsecposition@ gmail.com Employment MedicalIMMEDIATE OPENING Full Time RN Night Position Send resume to: P.O. Box 1548 Okeechobee, FL 34973 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 18 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014


Employment Part TimeCLEANING CREWLooking for 2 person cleaning crew for a large ranch house in NW Okeechobee County. Work 4 6 hrs 1 day every other week M-F. Please contact 561-395-2600 ask for John Luce or Don Baker. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Medical ItemsMOBILITY SCOOTER, COST $1,800. SELLING FOR $450.00 EXCELLENT CONDITION CALL 863-763-6358 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Pets/SuppliesBLUE PIT PUPPIES, 8WKS OLD, REGISTERED, $500.00 (863)634-4407 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 ApartmentsOKEE 2br. 1 1/2ba. Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $700 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO Ground oor, 1/1 fully furnished with utilities. $775 mo. + sec. dep. Move in now! $800. 863-634-0663. Taylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included, totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)360-9901 Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 1BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 ADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer/Dryer, Screen Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 BUCKHEAD 3bd/2ba WATERFRONT, DOUBLE LOT, SEAWALL, ALL APPLIANCES INCLUDING WASHER/DRYER, VERY CLEAN, SCREENED PORCH AND STORAGE SHED, $1,050.00/mo. CALL (561)312-8471 NICE, CLEAN HOUSE, 3BR/2 BATH, 8316 NW 80TH AVE. DIXIE RANCH ACRES, $850/MO., $600 SEC. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL 863-610-0001 Houses RentOkeechobee Beautiful ranch setting, 2/1 -$515.00 and 3/2 $620.00. Newly updated 12 miles NE of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included Call for details Mon Fri. No Pets. 863.467.9800. Office Space RentOKEE 2500 sq. ft. Corner location, new paint, water, sewer & dumpster included. 1 mo. FREE. 863634-7994. Rooms To RentROOM FOR RENT, BHR$400.00/MONTH, $300.00 DEPOSIT, KITCHEN, LAUNDRY & UTILITIES INCLUDED, EXCEPT PHONE. ONLY RESPONSIBLE MATURE PERSON NEED APPLY CALL 863-467-4572 Houses Sale3/2/1 Furnished, appliances, on water. $350 lot rent. Not mobile home. Metal roof. Possible owner nancing with 1/2 down + $850/mo. $22,500 OBO. 863-467-7996 OWN YOUR NEW HOUSE TODAY! 2 story, 4BR/4BA 2,012sqft Pool Home! 0.50 acre. Bad credit OK. 561-212-9665 Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Owner Finance Call 863-610-1600 FOR SALE BY OWNER. BEAUTIFUL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE IN THE OAKS OF BLUE HERON. PRICED TO SELL $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 LARGE FENCED LOT IN TREASURE ISLAND. HAS OAK TREES & PAD FOR MOBILE HOME OR BUILD A HOME. $14,500.00 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. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Mobile HomeSale2BD/2FULL BATH, ALL LG. APPLIANCES AND FURNITURE STAYS (OAK), 55 AND OLDER COMMUNITY, SEMIPRIVATE YARD, RIVER BEND MOBILE HOME PARK $14,000.00 CALL 863-763-3854 FOR SALE MOBILE HOME ON CANAL, TREASURE ISLAND. 2BD/2BA, FL. ROOM, BOAT DOCK, CAR PORT $50,000.00 CALL 863-763-8614 Palm Harbor Homes 55+ Community Special! $5K for your old home! 23 models to choose from. Call John Lyons @ 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details Boats17FT ALUMINUM FISHING BOAT AND TRAILER, 50HP MERCURY, TROLLING MOTOR. $4,900.00 O.B.O. CALL 815-347-6282 24FT PONTOON BOAT, 70HP MARINER, 2,000 WATT GENERATOR, ONBOARD HEAD, $5,500 FIRM. CALL AFTER 10AM 815-252-8101 Campers/RVs27FT. RV WITH 10X20 FLORIDA ROOM, 10X22 CARPORT, FURNISHED, GOOD CONDITION. 55 & OLDER PARK, $6,000.00 LOW LOT RENT CALL 937-307-8884 TRAILER & BOAT 40’ ALJO TAILER W/35X8 FL. ROOM, 20’ 2002 SWEETWATER BOAT W/50HP MOTOR BOTH $15,000.00 ON TAYLOR CREEK 1/2MILE FROM LOCKS CALL 407-361-3537 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Pickup Trucks1996 DODGE PR 1500, 5.9 LTR., $2,800.00 O.B.O. CALL 863-634-0646 2007 FORD TRUCK, 4.2L., LINE-X BEDLINER, FORD STEPS, NEW COOPER TIRES, EXCELLENT CONDITION CALL 863-801-1993 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2012-CA-000280 PHH Mortgage Corporation, Plaintiff, -vsWallace H. Griggs, Jr. and Creighton Griggs and Sterling F. Griggs; et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: Creighton Griggs; CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN: LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, 14050 NW 246th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, Unknown Spouse of Creighton Griggs; CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN: LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, 12809 Wild Acres Road, Largo, FL 33773, Sterling F. Griggs; CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN: LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, 14462 Northwest 246th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 and Unknown Spouse of Sterling F. Griggs; CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN: LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, 14462 Northwest 246th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Residence unknown, if living, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: THE WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 17, SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-E INCLUSIVE OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. more commonly known as 14462 Northwest 246th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. This action has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360, Boca Raton, FL 33431, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this notice and le the original with the clerk of this Court, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 3rd day of March, 2014. Sharon Robertson Circuit and County Courts BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With DisabilitiesIf 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.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 463361 ON 3/9,16/2014 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold it’s Regular Session on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 463354 ON 3/9/2014 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Public Notice Public NoticeOKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) #2014-03 CONSULTING ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AIRPORT Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, in accordance with Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, hereby requests proposals from professional engineering consulting rms desiring to render airport General Consulting services at the Okeechobee County Airport, Florida. The County is seeking a consulting rm and/or team to serve as General Consultant to the County in support of Okeechobee County Airport. The rm/team must be experienced in providing comprehensive planning, design, bidding, construction phase and all support services for projects, which may include, but are not limited to: Environmental Assessments Air eld Pavement, Lighting and Infrastructure Assessments and Reports Update Airport Layout Plan Prepare JACIP Updates, Grant Applications and Provide Grant Administration Rehabilitation and Extension of Runways, Taxiways, Taxilanes and Aprons Terminal Expansion and Related Facilities FBO Development and Support Facilities Construct Infrastructure Airport Roadways and Utilities Airport Security Improvements Mitigation Planning and Design Construct Master Stormwater Facilities Rehabilitate Air eld Lighting and Signage Geotechnical Investigations and Evaluations Conduct Project Surveys Update Noise Studies NAVAIDS and Instrument Procedures Development and Support Conduct Airspace Analyses for onand off-airport development initiatives Development of Airport Industrial Park and related work Property Acquisition Program and Exhibit “A” Updates Other Projects as Required in Support of the Airport and Industrial Park Development. Services may include, but are not limited to, civil engineering design, air eld design, environmental design; utilities and infrastructure design; surveying; evaluation and documentation of existing conditions; veri cation of as-built conditions including eld veri cation of all existing above and underground utilities; cost estimating and scheduling; technical studies; permitting; construction administration and resident engineering; and all other related services including coordination with the County, its other Consultants, the City and all agencies having interests in the projects such as the FAA, the TSA, the FDO, SFWMD, USACOE, etc. The Services may also include design on various County projects and all other engineering and related professional services which may be required where the County elects not to solicit letters of interest by means of public advertisement, and will involve coordination with current and future projects at the Airport. In order to be considered, the bidder must have recently (within 5 years) and successfully completed projects similar to the projects listed above. The consultant shall demonstrate complete familiarity with FAA and FDOT requirements and procedures. The proposing consultants shall demonstrate their commitment to allocating the necessary resources to complete various assignments in short timeframes in order to meet FDOT and FAA funding guidelines and deadlines. Proposals to provide the above noted consulting services shall include the following in a tabbed document proposal: a. Narrative description of the proposer’s quali cations and approach to provide the required services; b. Resumes for the key project manager; c. A completed SF 330 for the overall team composition; d. A certi cate of insurance indicating not less than $1 million in general and professional liability coverage for the prime consultant; e. Proposals shall not exceed fteen (15) pages plus resumes and SF-330 forms. Interested rms shall submit an original proposal and eight (8) copies thereof in a sealed envelope bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words “GENERAL CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AIRPORT” by 3 p.m. local time on March 27, 2014, at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Proposals received after the time and date speci ed will be returned unopened. Inquiries and/or requests for additional information should be directed to Kathy Scott, Airport Manager, Okeechobee County Airport, at 863-467-5505. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal, which, in its judgment, best serves the public interest. Okeechobee County is an equal opportunity employer. Frank Irby, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida 463294 ON 3/9/2014 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at YOUR 1 STOP AUTO SHOP, INC. Lot at 521 East Haiti Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 on Thursday the 13th of March from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2006 CADI 1G6DC67A060159266 2002 ACUR JH4DC54882C033687 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. 463359 ON 3/9/2014 19 Okeechobee News March 9, 2014 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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