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Special to the Okeechobee News The rst 18 graduates of the new Indian River State College Nursing Program in Okeechobee are ready for careers as Registered Nurses at local hospitals and health care facilities. The students participated in nursing courses and laboratory training at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee and are now completing clinical internships at Raulerson Hospital and the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Celebrating the rst graduating class of Okeechobee trained nurses, IRSC recognized the students at a March 18 Board of Trustees meeting held at the Okeechobee campus. They will be awarded their Associate in Science Degrees in Nursing at IRSC's May 2 Commencement Ceremony. "The IRSC Nursing Program in Okeechobee opens the door to a nursing career for Okeechobee residents right out of high school and those who are busy with family and work responsibilities," said Russell Brown, Provost of the Dixon Hendry Campus. "Okeechobee nursing students bene t from the time and cost savings of attending college within our community. By completing their clinical internships in Okeechobee they become familiar with local practices and procedures, preparing them for employment and creating a skilled workforce for our hospital and health care providers." Beginning in the fall of 2012, the students developed nursing skills in the highly sophisticated Nursing Laboratory at the Dixon Hendry Campus and participated in classes using the latest web-based technology for teacher/student interaction. The program culminates in a 165-hour clinical internship where students work one-on-one with nurses. "Having the program in Okeechobee made it really convenient and I liked the small classes," said graduate Lora Gomez. "Our teacher, Dr. Bobbi Conti, made us feel right at home. I'm really excited about being a nurse, I love helping people and it's something different every day." Hayley Orr, 20, got accepted into the program right after high school, while stay-at-home Mom Tiffany Peters, 38, returned to school after raising her children. "I found the registration process to be really easy and I'm so glad I enrolled in this program. In fact, I tell others go to IRSC, you can do it!" The graduates are: Casandra Almazan, Kelly Anderson, Michaela Bowling, Lindsey Burke, Summer Callaway, Kathleen Clark, Kathryn Cornelius, Sherry Douglas, Marisol Gedwed, Lora Gomez, Rachel Laskey, Hayley Orr, Tiffany Peters, Jane Sunday, March 23, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 36 13.67 feetLast Year: 13.97 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax W inner of sh tales contest named ... Page 8 IRSC drama ‘Rabbit Hole’ is April 3 ... Page 10 Tammi’s Top of the Lake reviews ... Page 11 Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe members of the rst graduating class of nursing students in the IRSC Okeechobee program were recognized at the March 18 Board of Trustees meeting. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A second man has been arrested in connection with an alleged home invasion robbery during which a man in the home received a gunshot wound to his leg. Adam Thomas Davis, 18, N.W. 35th Ave., was arrested Thursday, March 20, for his alleged involvement in the case. He is charged with the felonies of home invasion robbery with a rearm and attempted felony murder. Davis is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $500,000 bond. Another man, Timothy Deshon Williams, was arrested March 10 in connection with the case. He is being held in the county jail on a felony charge of home invasion robbery with a rearm. His bond has been set at $1,000,000. Although Williams was allegedly armed with a .223 caliber semiautomatic AR-15 ri e, it's not clear at this point if Davis was armed. According to Detective John Fisher, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), Williams and two other men entered the home Second alleged robber nabbed First local nursing class honored See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Adam T. Davis See ROBBER — Page 5 See IRSC — Page 5


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission listened to comments about economic and environmental impacts of a natural gas pipeline that is proposed to cross Okeechobee County at a hearing Wednesday night at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium. Florida Southeast Connection, LLC has proposed to construct and operate nearly 127 miles of up to 36-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline from Osceola County to Martin County. The pipeline would also cross sections of Polk, St. Lucie and Okeechobee County. Company executive Nick Blount told the crowd that the right of way requested is 100 feet wide with a permanent right of way of 50 feet. Construction is expected to begin in 2016 and the pipeline would be in service in May of 2017. Mr. Blount said the pipeline would meet the growing need for natural gas in South Florida and enhance the reliability of the existing pipeline system. It would also increase competition and reduce reliance on off shore supplies of natural gas. In addition to economic bene ts, he emphasized that natural gas is considered environmentally friendly and reduces air emissions from other fuels. Mr. Blount said a detailed route study has been done to minimize the impacts to residents, wetlands, threatened species, and w ater bodies. Close to 80 percent of the proposed route would be along existing roads, railroad lines or power lines. An application for permits known as a certi cate of public convenience and necessity will be submitted this fall and approval by FERC is expected in 2015. This segment of the pipeline would join two other segments that originate in Alabama. St. Lucie County Economic Council president Pete Tesch said the pipeline would have good economic impacts for areas that need jobs and stable, affordable energy. He said the pipeline was critical to future development in this region. David Powers of Indiantown said a recent natural gas pipeline was a real bene t to businesses there suffering from the economic downturn. He said the contractors did a good job minimizing the impacts to property owners. Tara Rowley, executive director of the Okeechobee Economic Council, said her organization supported the gas line because it provides additional tax revenue and creates jobs. Okeechobee City Councilman Dowling Watford said he loved to see the pipeline come through because it was a great economic generator for the community. He said it covers mostly pasture land in Okeechobee County and is a good use of those properties. Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Frank Irby said he felt natural gas was more environmentally friendly and reduces impacts, and is safe and appropriate for our region. The only opposition came from Mike Monahan, a resident of Blue eld Road in St. Lucie County. He said his heavily wooded property would be impacted because trees that are hundreds of years old would be torn down. "We have worked all of life to have this property. Once those trees are gone, they are gone forever," he said. The proposed route of the pipeline enters Okeechobee on U.S. 441 North, heads south east toward Fort Drum, onto Hilo Road, and ultimately north of the Waste Management land ll before entering St. Lucie County. Company spokesperson Sarah Gatewood said construction jobs will be created along the route that have a lot of impact on the counties. "It also provides tax revenue for the life of the pipeline for communities that don't have a large tax base," she pointed out. The life of the pipeline is at least 40 to 60 years, and longer, if it is well constructed and maintained, she added. She promised the company will meet with property owners that are impacted to hear their concerns and perhaps mitigate them if possible, like the issue with the trees. Ms. Gatewood noted there are only two natural gas pipelines now in Florida and another source is needed because those other lines are reaching capacity. She said cattle would not be impacted during construction. Most times ranchers move them to another location while crews are working on the property. After the pipeline is installed, the land is restored and cattle can graze on the property. The environmental impact statement will discuss impacts to soil, water resources, wetlands, vegetation, sheries, wildlife threatened and endangered species and the goal is to make recommendations on how to avoid or minimize impacts on the various resources. Eminent domain proceedings can be held to obtain easements if an agreement can't be reached with land owners. The can participate in the process and can send comments to FERC at e ling@ferc.gov. They can also call 202-502-8258. 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Okeechobee Forecast 50 attend meeting on natural gas pipeline Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyNick Blount with Florida Southeast Connection, LLC described the project to the crowd at the Freshman Campus Auditorium.


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W ild animals In the past few months, there have b een quite a few wild animals sighted in t he area around Lazy 7 and Sunset Airstrip, including raccoons, skunks, opossums and even a wild hog. This is of concern because t hese animals can carry diseases. Do what y ou can to discourage these animals. Make s ure you are not attracting them with food or garbage. For example, if your garbage cans are outside, make sure they have locking lids and that the lids are securely fastened. A regular garbage can is easy pickings for a raccoon. They will knock it over and spread t rash all over your yard looking for somet hing tasty. Do not leave pet food out at night. If there is pet food in the bowl, bring it inside. Fencing your yard is a good idea. If a raccoon or skunk runs through your yard, y our dog is likely to chase it and could be seriously injured in a ght. If you have a fence, the raccoon can probably climb it, but it can also climb back out to get away from your dog. A raccoon can kill a pretty good-sized dog. And any time your dog ghts a wild animal, you have to deal with the possibility of diseases such as rabies.Choices When you do drugs, you lose control of what is right and what is wrong. People make choices and have to live with the consequences.County fair I thought the county fair was really nice this year. I especially enjoyed the dog show and the monkeys. And my kids just loved the petting giraffe and the zebra at the petting zoo. They had seen those animals in zoos but it was something else to get to feed them carrots and pet them.Thoughts to ponder'I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson Hopeless To HopefulBy Tommaso PasqaurellaCornerstone Baptist Defeated life, empty dreams, Hopeless nights, ripping seams, Chasing wants, never lling, Wanting comfort, lack is killing. Helpless feeling, hopeless estate, Knowing defeat, seeming too late. Trust Jesus, nd peace, Surrender today, nd new lease, Redeemed life, lled with promises, Hopeful nights, in the morning joy rises. Seams repaired, wants replaced, Find comfort, with new heart in place. Satis ed soul, hope re lling Following God, whole heart willing. Helplessness gone, defeat is past, Thankfulness comes, that pain will not last, Endures for the night, joy comes in the morning, Belonging to Christ, Him never ignoring. Problems multiplied, burdens increase, discontentments keep coming, hopelessness never ceases, these things which are so heavy they feel like they are crushing you. They do not go away, but stay with you. What do you do as you face these struggles? The answer begins and ends with God and His move through your life as you cry out to Him. Cry out to God. “To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.” (Psalm 61:1) David was a musician skilled in music and so He would write these psalms in order to pray and praise God though song. Whatever David’s lot in life he brought those trials, tribulations, cries, and praises before God so that God would be glori ed through them all. You see David at the end of himself and totally throwing himself on the mercies of God. Hear my cry O God! Hear my plea God! Hear me pour out everything to you God! This was an intense desire to see God work, move, and answer his cry, his prayer, and to attend to His desperate call for help. David knows that no matter what He does, unless God attends to His plea, He is undone. Why do you cry out to God? You cry out because you are so desperate to have Him answe r that you can do nothing apart from Him. You can worry all you want about your lo t in life, but those worries and concerns will not help bring you peace, but will keep you prisoner to hurts. Javelins at David’s head by Saul, who then chased him down and had his wif e given to another man. David’s own son tried to take his kingdom from him. David’s family life was a mess. He was not the best dad. David was not perfect. David sinned in sleeping with Bathsheba, in murdering Uriah, he r husband, and losing a son because of tha t sin. David realized in his life that he sinned ultimately against God. David cried out to God because he knew that God was th e only one who can and would answer him and give him peace. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justi ed when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” (Psalm 51:4) David was relying on God to be the one who lled Him and has stopped relying on what he could do, because in his hands things turned to pot, but God in His good timing will bring himself glory. Do you cry out to Him for help? The onl y way He will help is if you are His, if you belong to Him, repented of your sins and trusted in His salvation. If you are His, God’s hand is not shortened, that He is not able to save you and His ear is not heavy that H e cannot hear you. If you feel you are being crushed by your burdens this year as in th e past, maybe it is because you are not giving Him your burdens and concerns. “Ther e hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above tha t ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be abl e to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) He has made a promise that you will not be tempted above what you are able, but if you ar e not giving Him your burdens, then you will get crushed. He promised that He is faithful to help you, give Him your burdens and H e will give you peace and the ability to stand. March 23, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom ByrdSpeak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Community Choir needs you!The Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 16th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, is rehearsing for its Easter Cantata Concert, to be presented Palm Sunday weekend, April 11, 12 and 13 at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. New members, especially our winter visitors, are invited to join. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. and Mondays from 6 until 8 p.m. in the sanctuary at Okeechobee Presbyterian. A choir of 51 voices, representing 18 area churches, presented the Easter cantata last year. Singers aren’t required to have soloist-quality voices, but have to match pitch, read music a little and love to sing. Rehearsals are fast-paced and loads of fun. Rehearsal CDs are provided to each choir member. There is a $15 fee for music and the rehearsal CDs. For information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Blood drives plannedThe bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee on the following days this month:  Saturday, March 29, at Walmart, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Sunday, March 30, at Walmart, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.Project Prom in search of dresses Project Prom is in search of dress donations, of any size and any length, to give high school girls, who cannot otherwise afford to go to prom, a night to remember. You can bring them to the Okeechobee News during of ce hours, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. MondayThursday. and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday; or My Aunt’s House Tuesday Thursday 10 a.m. 2 p.m.; or, contact Tammi Kelly at 772-708-6764 or Kourtney at 863-634-6225..


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014 on S.E. 26th St. around 10:30 p.m. on March 9. One of those two other men was apparently armed with a shotgun, added the report. Upon entering the home the three men reportedly ordered the ve occupants of the residence to the oor. Williams then shot a man in the leg because he would not get on the oor as instructed, stated the detective's report. That report went on to state that while another man was lying face down on the oor "... the suspect with the AR-15 walked up to him and stated you look real tough' and struck him in the back of the head with the barrel of the ri e." Detective Fisher stated the intruders took two wallets, an EBT card and a small amount of cash. The detective also pointed out in his report that Williams claimed the shooting "was an accident" and that the "gun went off." The shooting victim was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce where he underwent surgical procedures to repair his leg. Detective Fisher said the victim's right femur was broken by the bullet. In the probable cause statement that led to the issuance of Davis' arrest warrant, Detective Fisher said Davis perpetrated, or tried to perpetrate, a felony "... that could have, but did not, cause the death of another ... ." The warrant also states if Davis is released from jail he cannot have any contact with the victim, either directly or indirectly. Williams and Davis are both set to appear in circuit court for their arraignment on this case Wednesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. Clerk of Court records indicate Williams is being represented by defense attorney Stanley Glenn from the District 19 Public Defender's Of ce. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright is prosecuting the case. Circuit court records also indicate Williams was found guilty on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) on July 3, 2013. He was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail, with a credit for the 41 days he had already served. It's not yet known who is representing Davis, or who is prosecuting the case. Davis is slated to go before Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer on April 16 for his docket call regarding his felony arrest in October 2013 on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. He is represented by defense attorney Alexander Nelson in that case. Prosecuting the case is Jeffrey P. Davis, from the state's attorney of ce. Detective Fisher's investigation of this case is continuing. ROBBERContinued From Page 1 Prof tt, Robert Rodriguez, Whitney Smith, Raquel Torres and Tabitha Vonderau. For more information about programs and services at the Dixon Hendry Campus at 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., call 863-824-6000. IRSCContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A routine traf c stop turned out to be much more when the deputy learned the vehicle driving w ithout its headlights on w as actually stolen from an area convenience store. Michael John McCullough, 41, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested early Friday, March 21, on a felony charge of grand theft-auto and a misdemeanor charge of no v alid driver's license. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $9,000. An arrest report by Deputy Sergeant Paul Ferrell, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stopped the 2005 white Ford pickup in the 6600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. around 9:21 p.m. Thursday. Sgt. Ferrell was southbound on the twolane highway when he met the northbound pickup. At that point the truck was partially in the deputy's lane and traveling with its headlights off. Sgt. Ferrell stated in his report he had to take to the shoulder of the highway to prevent an accident. The deputy turned around and stopped the vehicle. He learned McCullough did not have a Florida driver's license and, stated the arrest report, had never had one. He did, however, have a Pennsylvania license at some point but he had apparently never renewed it. McCullough, continued the report, appeared to be under the in uence of something because he spoke very slowly and his speech was slurred. As Sgt. Ferrell spoke to the man a detective from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force arrived on scene to help out by searching McCullough's person and the pickup. The detective did not nd any narcotics in the truck, but did nd another man's wallet. As it turned out, that wallet belonged to the registered owner of the truck. According to Sgt. Ferrell another task force detective was agged down by a man at a drive-through convenience store located on County Road 15-A. That man reportedly told the detective he had gone into the store to visit with the owner and someone stole his company truck. The sergeant's report indicated that when he went to a convenience store across the road from the drive-through he found a vehicle with a Pennsylvania license tag parked at the gas pumps. The car was registered to a man in Montgomery, Pa., continued the report. "It appears Michael parked the car at the gas pumps and didn't have enough money to put gas in the car," stated Sgt. Ferrell in his report. Apparently, added Sgt. Ferrell, McCullough then walked across the street and stole the pickup when he found a spare key to the Ford inside the cab. Pa. man accused of stealing truck Michael J. McCullough Okee-Tantie meeting plannedOkeechobee County will conduct a public meeting to discuss capital improvements for the Okee-Tantie Park on Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N. The sole purpose of this meeting will be to discuss a $200,000 application for an RTP grant to help nance improvements at the park. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A DUI/driver's license checkpoint will be held Saturday, March 29, on State Road 700 in Okeechobee County. The purpose of the checkpoint is to meet with drivers passing through the checkpoint and check for alcohol or drug impairment. Law enforcement personnel will also be checking to make sure all drivers have the proper licensing. DUI checkpoints are a proven tool for law enforcement to help reduce the number of persons killed and/or injured in alcoholinvolved automobile accidents. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are held enough. Motor vehicle operators who are found to be operating their vehicle while impaired can expect jail time, their license to be suspended, an increase in insurance costs, nes, fees and DUI classes. These and other expenses can exceed $10,000. Drivers are reminded that, if they are going to be drinking, they should: have a designated driver; call a cab; call a friend or family member; or, stay home. The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce will be conducting the checkpoint, with the assistance of the Okeechobee City Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol. Law enforcement will strive to keep the amount of time drivers are delayed to a minimum. DUI checkpoint set for March 29


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. View obituaries from the past month at http://wwwlegacycom View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.comAnne Johnston, 94OKEECHOBEE — Anne Tobias Johnston died March 15, 2014. She was born July 31, 1919 in Yonkers, New York to the late Martin and Anna Tobias. She was a Jehovah’s Witness in faith. She moved to Okeechobee in 1998 from Miramar, Fla. She enjoyed traveling and taking cruises. She had a green thumb, was an excellent cook and was very fashion conscious. She retired from Jackson Memorial Hospital as an executive housekeeper, carrying a degree in that eld. Her knowledge of the bible and her strong faith in God gave her the strength to overcome the many obstacles she faced in her life. Mrs. Johnston was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lewis Johnston; and her son, Robert Martin Johnston. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Newell (Billy) of Okeechobee; grandsons, Robert (Panya) of Albuquerque, N.M. and David Newell of Wilton Manors, Fla. Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. My mother so strong in character, so independent, a truly remarkable woman. 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. Colin D. Sutherland, 59WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Colin D. Sutherland invited the Lord Jesus into his heart on Friday, March 14, 2014. He peacefully departed to his home, Heaven. He says to all “Surrender your heart to the lord Jesus now and meet me in Heaven!” “See you later.” He will be greatly missed by his mom, Betty Sutherland; brother, Edward LaMorder; sisters, Tina Early and Janet Howell; daughter, Candice Sutherland; uncle, Dave Sutherland; three grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. His body will be respectfully cremated and ashes poured in the sea. Revelation 21:4, And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide S Big Lake Eye Care A Quick Reference Guide for New and Longtime Residents MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: • Superintendent Letter • School Calendar • SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE • School Listing • Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014 Legion offering Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen w ill offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. The event is open to the public. Masons holding breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., w ill host breakfast Sunday, March 23 for $6 per plate. The public is welcome and carry out is available. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.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 y our friends know that they can soon Eagles plan spaghetti dinnerThe Fraternal Order Of Eagles/Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N. on Tuesday, March 25, will host bingo at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, is bingo at 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. we will have a spaghetti dinner, served with a salad an garlic bread for a $6 donation. Entertainment w ill be provided by Bryan Buchannan from 7 until 11 p.m. All proceeds go to support charities of The Fraternal of Eagles. The public is welcome. We are accepting donations for our April 13 yard sale and bake sale. For information, call 863-763-2552. A MVETS have new bingo dayAMVETS Post 200 is changing its bingo day from Friday to Tuesday, March 25 Early bird at 12:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 1 p.m. Come join us.Shrine offers dinner, dancingThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, March 25 from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact: Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863763-3378. The Shrine Club is also available for rentals. Call Rosie at 863-697-8784.Adult softball meeting slatedA spring adult softball meeting will be held Tuesday, March 25, at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 N. U.S. 98. Fees are: men’s league, $350; women’s league, $300; and, co-ed leagues $300. For information, visit us at facebook.com/okeeparksandrec; or, call 863-763-6950.Collaborative group to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting Tuesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The special guest speakers will be: Wanda Klesper, from Okeechobee Senior Services, and Darlene Forage, of AAA SHINE. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863462-5000, ext. 257.Bene t auction to be heldOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause will host their monthly quarter auction at the American Legion on Tuesday, March 25 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The auction is bene ting Judy Kelly, who is ill and needs help paying her medical expenses. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and much more. Paddles are $2 and wear purple to be entered into a special drawing. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247. Community Events Brought to you by:863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


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! 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 23, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report It’s just hard to get used to this new level of prices! When customers pick up their check they question whether or not we made a mistake on something! No, it’s for real. Good slaughter cows between 1000-1400# averaged over $1.04! Bulls over 1800# averaged over $1.34! Steers between 500-550# averaged almost $1.94 and Heifers almost $1.66. I say take advantage of these prices, make your improvements, take care of those things that have been left neglected and put yourself in position to operate at much lower price levels when it comes. It won’t stay like this forever, but it should be good for awhile! J-7 Ranch, Ft. Myers, topped the calf market with a high of $3.40 bought by D & S Cattle. Ru-Mar, Ft. Pierce, topped the cow market with a high of 122.00 bought by Central Beef. We have three, young Charolais bulls and one Angus bull for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Todd Local farmers and ranchers from across Florida will come together to celebrate the 41st annual National Ag Week. This series of events is hosted by Farm Credit of Florida and serves as a time to say “thank you” for the hard work it takes to provide food, ber and fuel for all Americans. Agriculture is America’s #1 export and in Florida alone represents $130 billion dollars in revenue along with nearly 2 million jobs. Today’s farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today, each American farmer feeds more than 144 people which is one reason why it’s important — particularly during this special week — to show our gratitude to the many men and women who make agriculture possible. Florida’s farmers produce 280 different commodities and are the nation’s top producer of citrus, sugar cane, winter vegetables, ornamental plants and sod. Agriculture consistently ranks second in the state only to tourism in supporting Florida’s economy. National Ag Week marks a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate. Supported by the Agriculture Council of America, The National Ag Week program encourages every American to:  Understand how food and ber products are produced.  Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.  Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.  Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and ber industry. About Farm Credit Of Florida Farm Credit of Florida’s $829 million portfolio includes many of Florida’s leading agribusiness owners. Headquartered in Royal Palm Beach, the cooperative has of ces in Alachua, Arcadia, Homestead, Live Oak, Ocala, Okeechobee, Palatka, West Palm Beach, Trenton, Vero Beach and Wauchula. Local farmers, ranchers to celebrate National Ag Week


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Automotive DetailingCall for pricing & scheduling863.763.2151ask for the Service DepartmentDouglas JordanAutomotive Detail Manager www.Gilbert-Ford.com Douglas@Gilbert-Ford.com 3175 Highway 441 S. Okeechobee www.thetin shrestaurants.com Open 7 Days a Week 863.357.0722Enjoy Great Seafood during the Lenten season301 N. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee 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 8 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenFish tales winnerCarroll Head (left) won a $100 gift certi cate to Tin Fish Restaurant as the winner of the Fish Tales contest in "Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment and Attractions." Mr. Head's winning story, along with other tales of shing the "Big O" appears in the March edition of the publication. Tin Fish founder Joseph Melluso (right) presented the prize. Mr. Melluso said the restaurant will sponsor another Fish Tales contest next year, so if you missed this contest, start working on your entry for the next one!


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. 9 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014 The appendix is a small organ attached to the large intestine. The condition known as appendicitis occurs when it swells or lls w ith uid, perhaps due to blockage or infection. Appendicitis is serious, painful and requires immediate medical attention. What symptoms typify appendicitis? Signs vary depending on the person, especially in children and pregnant women. Symptoms include: Visible swelling of the abdomen Nausea or no appetite Vomiting Fever Bowel movement problems such as constipation, diarrhea or the inability to release gas Pain that: prevents you from sitting comfortably; is located near the naval and may move to the lower right abdomen; increases over a few hours; or, is tender to the touch.What treatment is available?If you observe any of the above signs, head to the emergency room. After administering tests, your physician may recommend an appendectomy the removal of the appendix. A traditional appendectomy requires a large incision (two to four inches in length) made in the abdomen. Minimally invasive surgery also known as laparoscopic surgery is also available: several small cuts allow a tiny camera to be inserted in order for the surgeon to better view the site before removing part or all of the appendix. Usually, the appendix is stapled or sewn off and the infected part is removed. Know the signs of appendicitis so that you can act fast. Locally, Raulerson Hospital's Services Department excels in the care and recovery of appendicitis patients. For more information, call Raulerson Hospital at 863-763-2151 or visit the website at RaulersonHospital.com. For a free physician referral or answers to healthcare questions, call Consult-a-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Understanding appendicitis and how to treat it Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGroups honored by city councilTop: The Okeechobee City Council approved a proclamation that sets April 1, 2014, as National Service Recognition Day. Left to right are Marlene Burnes, teacher at AmeriCorps Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee; Jeanna Stinnett, program director at AmeriCorps Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee; Okeechobee Mayor Jim Kirk; and, attorney Gerald Roden. Bottom: The Okeechobee City Council on Tuesday, March 18, passed a proclamation that marks April as Guardian Ad Litem Month in Okeechobee. Left to right are volunteer Marlene Burnes, Mayor Jim Kirk, and retired educators and Guardian Ad Litem volunteers Ruth and Jim Pippin. Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks residents attend Top of the Lake Art & Music festivalGrand Oaks residents enjoyed viewing all the submissions to the Top of the Lake Art & Music Festival. The residents were very impressed with the talent in all the age groups. They also enjoyed the booths and greeting all the people. Pictured are Tom Smith, Norma Krutz, Fran East and Mildred Conely.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Okeechobee Senior Services 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 34972 If 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 personsYou may be eligible to receive up to $600 in assistance for energy crisis. A household can receive one season. Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY New Furniture For Less! INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600C G 11 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Burgess Paint Supply 113 S.W. Fifth A ve., has been a hometown paint store for 68 years. They have been family owned and operated since 1945. They carry paint supplies such as all kinds of brushes, rollers, paint thinners and patching materials. They also carry different types of painting tools so you can get the job done. Burgess has a color match system so you can get the perfect shade of red without having to go looking everywhere for it. Stop in and tell them Tammi sent you! They can be reached at 863-763-3824.  Shoe Box 1138 S. Parrott Ave., has been serving Okeechobee for 28 years. They know feet. They sell shoes and specialize in pedorthic services and diabetic foot wear. They are trained to relieve foot pain, through selection, alignment, orthotics and by gait or w alking cycle. They sell all kinds of athletic shoes, casual shoes and sandals. They will help you nd that perfect t no problem. Give them a call at 863-763-4401 and don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you!  CPA Tax Solutions, PLLC 500 N.W. Sixth St., is the place to go if you have a business, are starting one or just need your taxes done. These ladies are not just there to crunch the numbers, they are there to make sure every aspect is taken care of and your experience is enjoyable. Taxes can be frustrating and stressful and I don’t think anyone is conformable handing over their personal and nancial information to a stranger. CPA Tax Solutions will make you feel like family. They are willing to answer any and all questions. So, give them a call at 863-357-1099. 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! Now that spring has arrived how about all those BBQs and picnics or even beach trips you will be taking? Here is a great treat to take with you on those fun occasions.Potato SaladIngredients: 4 potatoes, 4 eggs, 1/2 stalk celery, chopped, 1/4 cup sweet relish, 1 clove garlic, minced, 2 tablespoons prepared mustard, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste. Directions : 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still rm, about 15 minutes; drain and chop. 2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water; peel and chop. 3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, celery, sweet relish, garlic, mustard, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Gently mix together and serve warm. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary hosts guest speakerMagi Cable was the speaker for the weekly Rotary meeting on Feb. 4. Mrs. Cable is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee, a retired educator, a member of the Okeechobee Historical Society, March of Dimes and the Friends of the Okeechobee Battle eld. She shared a brief history of the rst residents of Okeechobee.


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OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 (Behind Eli’s Western Wear) PREVIEW ALL DAY AUCTION 6 PM PARTIAL LIST; OLD OAK ICE BOX, (2)OLD KITCHEN CABINETS W/FLOUR BIN, OLD SWORDS, LOTS OF ANTIQUES, FURNITURE, COLLECTIBLES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, PLUS MUCH MORE. Terms: Cash or Check, 10% Buyers Premium. See photos on Facebook/Watford Auction or www.auctionzip.com WATFORD AUCTION AU 1843 AB 1583 JIMBO (863)697-8906 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Lost*REWARD* LOST GOLD DIAMOND NECKLACE, GOLD CHAIN, NECKLACE IS ROUND, FLOWER PETALS SHAPED, CENTER IS DIAMONDS. ONE OF A KIND.WHEREWALMART MONDAY MARCH 10,CALL 561-914-0316 Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 PersonalsSLIM ATTRACTIVE GIRL, 43 YRS OLD LOOKING FOR AN ESTABLISHED, MARRIAGE MINDED MAN WITH GOOD VALUES. CONTACT BY EMAIL wintermoon424@gmail.com 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! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Employment Full TimeCLASS 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. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 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. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Full Time SOD FOREMAN Experienced, Self Motivated, Able to work on farm equip. Must have vehicle. Send resume to priest032809@yahoo.comWe are immediately hiring an experienced heavy equipment mechanic with a mechanic truck & tools. Please contact Richard Nunez at 305-965-5868 Employment Part Time Retired Professional Looking for a part time appointment generator, preferably mechanical exp., customer friendly, to work at sales booth in a big box store. Please call 863-385-2665 or send resume to info@advancedairsebring .com Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads 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. AntiquesANTIQUESSALE THROUGH MARCH ON EVERYTHING UP TO 60% OFF. CO-OP ANTIQUES, 1214 SW 2ND AVE, BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN. TUES-SAT 10-4, 863-634-1552 Heating Equipment/ SuppliesStationary Bike to sell or trade for Tredmill. Call 863-357-2377 Office Supplies/ EquipmentSHARP MODEL ARM207 HEAVY DUTY OFFICE COPIER HAS ALL THE FEATURES, WORKS GOOD, COST $3,700.00 NEW. ASKING $450.00 CALL 863-824-0681 Pets/SuppliesBullmastif puppies brindles and creams nice heavy built puppies. Yorkie puppies out of tiny parents. Call 863-261-3246 RAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES, REGISTERED, 10 WEEKS OLD $400.00 CALL 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 ApartmentsAPARTMENTS FOR RENT BOARDWALK BLDG. FIRST MONTH, SECURITY DEPOSIT, INCLUDES WATER. CALL 863-801-9119 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK Condo’s 1 & 2 BR, 1BA, furnished. No pets. Pool. Yearly. Call 502-468-5976. Houses Rent 5 RENTALS AVAILABLE IN OKEECHOBEE AND BHR 2 BR and 3BR, mobiles, homes and condo’s for rent, starting At $700.00 per month. 5 to choose from. Furnished and Un-furnished. Furnished rentals minimum of 6 mo. lease. Call or email for more information. Home Realty Services, LLC Diane (Broker) 863-801-4498 Email: homersdiane@gmail.com ADORABLE: 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 OKEECHOBEE Beautiful ranch setting, 2/1 -$510.00 and 3/2 $620.00. Newly updated 12 miles NE of town center. 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ROOM, ON 1 ACRE AND 1/4 FENCED, BY MOSQUITO CREEK, $700.00 MOVE IN THEN $600.00 MONTHLY CALL 863-447-6637 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 12 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014


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Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Public NoticeNotice of Meeting Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 3:30 P.M. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Construction Industry Licensing Board Okeechobee County Independent Inspections, Ltd. 464132 ON 3/23/2014 13 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Injury reminder 5 Pet adoption gp. 10 Environs 14 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wiesel 15 U.S.-Canada defense letters 16 Having a hard time deciding 17 Hard to find, to Caesar 18 __ Gay: WWII bomber 19 Thom __ shoes 20 Original Ice Follies slapstick skating duo 23 Just one darn minute!Ž 24 Amazed reactions 27 Three in a deck 28 Retaliatory equivalent 32 Found really groovy 34 Bud 35 Challenge 36 Part of WWII 39 Happy heartbeat sound 42 Like veggies on a veggie platter 43 Expected landing hrs. 45 Prohibition 46 Opposite of post48 Knickknacky stuff 51 Bible bk. with a sea crossing 54 Trite 55 Opie Taylors caretaker 58 Small, irregular amounts 62 List-ending abbr. 64 11th-century Spanish hero 65 Give off 66 Low-cal 67 It divides the Left and Right Banks 68 Pal at the barbie 69 Run into 70 More quirky 71 Being, to Ovid DOWN 1 Feudal farmers 2 Red wine from Bordeaux 3 Better ventilated 4 Got through to 5 Lend __: listen 6 14-line verse 7 Cattle poker 8 Ranch newborn 9 Purim month 10 Use of one requires a PIN 11 Groupies idol 12 Significant period 13 Raggedy doll 21 Make excited 22 Gone by 25 Prefix with legal 26 Ladled-out meal 29 Bucky Beavers toothpaste brand 30 Pub spigot 31 Envelope part 33 Bee Gees family name 36 DragnetŽ star Jack 37 Gillette razor brand 38 Bad weather contingency 40 Paving goo 41 Sales managers concern 44 Like the AŽ in a Hawthorne classic 47 At the outer edges of the normal curve 49 Sting like a beeŽ boxer 50 Bloodhound or boxer 52 White House family 53 Ledger entries 56 8-Downs milk source 57 Cosmetician Lauder 59 Spanish kiss 60 Iditarod transport 61 Battery fluid 62 Good name for a tree-lined street 63 Dead heat By Marti DuGuay-Carpenter 03/24/14 03/24/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: CALL 511 TOLL FREE FOLLOW FL511 ON TWITTER VISIT FL511.COM FLORIDA 511 FREE APPS A toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message and data charges may apply) TRAFFIC INFO ALL THE TIME 2014 MEET 2014 MEETYOUR YOURMERCHANTA Salute to Area Business Call today to reserve your ad space!863.763.3134


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News March 23, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman has been arrested for allegedly taking nearly $3,800 in cash from her employer, then using some of that money to help her mother. Sheea Joann Etter, 24, S.E. Eighth Ave., was arrested Wednesday, March 9, on a felony charge of grand theft. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on $5,000 bond. Jail records show that she has been released on bond. An arrest report by Detective James Pickering, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), indicated Etter was working for a local jewelry store when the alleged thefts occurred. The detective’s report stated Etter would alter or falsify receipts of items she purchased for the store and then keep the cash. Detective Pickering’s report also indicated that, at this point, he can document where she stole $3,788. But, according to the detective she was using the money to help her mother and to pay her own bills. “Etter advised of sending money to her mother for a house payment as well as paying insurance, car payments, phone bills and purchasing food,” stated the report. He went on to say when he contacted Etter she turned herself in to him at the police department and was truthful when asked about the alleged thefts. The OCPD investigator said Etter had good intentions, but made some very bad decisions. The detective’s investigation into this matter is continuing. Report: Woman stole to pay bills Sheea Etter 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).  Lance Wayne Hamblen, 19, S.W. 13th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 17 by Deputy Heath Hughes on a Citrus County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation burglary of a conveyance. He is being held without bond.  Israel Gerena Perez, 39, Bullard Parkw ay, Temple Terrace, was arrested March 17 by DOC’s Joseph Cracchiola on felony charges of violation of probation purchase of a controlled substance (cocaine) and violation of probation tampering with physical evidence. He is being held without bond.  Adam J. Souza, 27, Primrose Court, Palm Beach Gardens, was arrested March 19 by Deputy Bart Potter on a Martin County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and the misdemeanors of failure to appear possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear driving while driver’s license suspended. He is being held without bond.  Eduardo Sanchez, 19, N.W. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 19 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon ( ve counts). His bond was set at $500.  Robert Kim Koedam, 28, N.W. Sixth Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of child abuse (three counts). His bond was set at $15,000.  Jeffrey N. England, 28, N.W. 35th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by DOC’s Alfreda Hall on a felony charge of violation of probation burglary of a structure. He 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


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