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Friday, April 18, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 47 13.25 feetLast Year: 13.61 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. IRS warns public about phone scam ... Page 4 Of cials investigate OFC boys room re ... Page 12 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Karen Brown, UFThe invasive air potato plant produces bulbils which fall on the ground and produce new plants. Construction job boss accused of scrapping wire ... Page 12 City Council rejects proposed improvements in intersection median as ‘unaffordable’By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee City Council nalized a rezoning needed for a prime commercial location and discussed the controversial median project at the main intersection when they met in regular session on Tuesday night at City Hall. The council approved a rezone application for 2.565 acres located on Southeast 10th Avenue and East North Park Street (just west of the Post Of ce). The property was rezoned from residential mobile home to heavy commercial. It will create a commercial project that could include a mix of retail and perhaps a restaurant. The city planner report and the planning board both recommended approval without any concerns raised. A traf c stud y to look at impacts on Southeast 10th Avenue would likely be required during the site plan and review process. There was no public comment about the project at the two public hearings held on April 1 and April 15. Councilman Dowling Watford said this will be a de nite improvement to the area. He said City rezones S.E. 10th Ave. property By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two men have been arrested and jailed for allegedly trying to steal a 40-foot aluminum light pole that was lying along side of U.S. 441 S.E. Charles William Buchanan Jr., 32, and Christopher Longano, 36, Sable Pine Circle, West Palm Beach, were arrested Monday, April 14, on one felony count each of grand theft. Both were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on bonds of $5,000. Jail records show Longano has been released on bond. Buchanan, of a S.E. 68th Ave. address in Okeechobee, remains in custody. An arrest report by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated the two men loaded the light pole onto the top of a white Lincoln Town Car. When the deput y went to a mobile home par k on U.S. 441 S.E. he reportedly saw the pole and the Town Car near a mobile home. The pole, added the deputy, was now lying on the ground. Deputy Schoonmaker went on to state in his report that representatives from the Okeechobee County Road and Bridge Department were called to the scene, and the y told him the county leases the pole from Florida Power and Light. They reportedly told the deputy it costs about $5,000 to lease the pole and install it. The pole had apparentl y been knocked down by another vehicle but no one had reported it, said a road and bridge spokesperson Thursday afternoon. Two accused of stealing light pole S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level By Erica SkolteU.S. Army Corps of Engineers It's almost like a scene from a science ction movie. Florida is being taken over by potatoes. Potatoes? What do you do when foreign potatoes invade and attempt to take over the native plants? You try to "nip it in the spud!" Volunteers observed National Invasive Species Awareness Week in a "hands-on" way, by participating in the eighth Annual Air Potato Roundup March 1, hosted by the First Coast Invasive Working Group. Volunteers help state ght invasion of air potato plantsSee CITY — Page 5 See INVASION — Page 5 See POLE — Page 5 Christopher Longano Charles W. Buchanan Jr.

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Okeechobee County unemployment rate at 7.4 percent in FebruaryBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee reported a slight dip in jobless rates in February while Glades County saw a slight increase according to numbers released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Okeechobee County ranked 15th highest among Florida Counties at 7.4 percent while Glades County ranked ninth with a jobless rate of eight percent. The report showed 1,362 residents collected bene ts in Okeechobee while 376 collected checks in Glades County. Jobless rates in January stood at 7.5 percent in Okeechobee as 1,368 residents collected bene ts. Glades County had 370 residents collect bene ts, a rate of 7.9 percent in January. Around the region, Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.8 percent. St. Lucie ranked seventh at 8.3 percent. Indian River was 10th at 7.7 percent. Highlands had 7.3 percent, Hardee 6.8 percent, Miami-Dade 6.7 percent, Martin 6.5 percent, and Palm Beach 6.4 percent last month. The state rate stood at 6.3 percent in February which was identical to the January numbers. The national rate stood at 7 percent. Okeechobee County’s jobless rate dips Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Sunshine Car Wash & Details & Furios Wheels Car ShowApril 19, 2014Including cash prizes and trophies for winners in different categories Inscription: 1:00pm „ 4:00pm Location: Behind Texaco Okeechobee on Hwy 70 EastFor more info, call 863.484.3640 or 954.205.0313 Categories € Most Antique Cars € Muscle American Cars € Best Bike in Show And More!Texaco Okeechobee present MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., April 18TH Thurs., April 24THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ RIO 2”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “TRANSCENDENCE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “ CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:20, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:20, 7:00 & 9:20, Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG-13 REBECCA BOLDT HAMILTON, P.A. Has Moved to a New Location: REBECCA H. BOLDTAttorney at LawRICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 180 NW 3rd863-467-1894 IZZYS BACK at NEW Location 11055 Hwy 441 North Rite Tire of Okeechobee, LLC863-467-1010 863-634-6258Hours 7-6 Mon-Fri NEW & USED TIRES 2 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a free hunter safety course on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Okeechobee County. Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course prior to attending and bring the nal Web report to the FWC course on April 26. The form does not have to be notarized. Students will learn about several topics, including hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responsibility before taking the nal test. The course also includes live- ring instruction on a shooting range. The class will be held at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Shooting Range in the city of Okeechobee. The address is 5025 S.W. 26th Avenue. Participants can sign up at MyFWC.com/ HunterSafety or by calling the FWC's South Region Of ce at 561-625-5122. A link to the online portion of the course and a statewide schedule of hunter safety classes are available at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in live- re exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). FWC offers hunter safety course Today: Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High near 85F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight: Thunderstorms. Low 69F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%Extended ForecastSaturday: Thunderstorms in the morning will give way to partly cloudy skies late. High 81F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 61F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Haymond graduates OSUTArmy Pvt. Stuart T. Haymond has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., which consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT). The rst nine weeks of initial entry training, or basic combat training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, w eapons, ri e marksmanship quali cation, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, eld training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical tness, rst aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values. During AIT, the soldier completed the seven-week cavalry scout course. The training included subjects and instructions to operate, maintain and re M2/ M3 Bradley ghting vehicles; call and adjust re on enemy targets, recognize friendly and threat vehicles; conduct reconnaissance and security missions, perform foot patrols, conduct land navigation, locate and neutralize mines; and operate and maintain scout vehicles. Pvt. Haymond is the son of Robert Haymond and Teresa Hanson, both of Okeechobee. He is a 2011 graduate of Okeechobee High School. In the Military Fundraiser helps OHS bandPapa John's restaurant in Okeechobee is helping the Okeechobee High School Band Boosters. Every Thursday, if you order from Papa John's, they will donate 10 percent back to Band Boosters. This is valid for carry-out or delivery. Please be sure to mention you are a supporter of Band Booster Okeechobee High School when placing your order with Papa John's. You can also order online using promo code: OCSD2014.

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T hought for the day “If you can’t see God in all, then you c an’t see God at all.” Yogi Bhajan  “The problem is not that people are t axed too little. The problem is that government spends too much.” Ronald Reagan  Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize that it w as your money to start with.Okee-Tantie One thing the county commission s eems to agree on is the county did a poor j ob of running the Okee-Tantie campground in the past. They should lease the campground portion out to someone who knows w hat they are doing.Code enforcement Maybe code enforcement is another area that can be contracted out. The of ce w ould make their income by writing code v iolations, they de nitely would be motivated and code violations would probably be eliminated. I don’t care what the neighbor does or doesn’t do, that’s his business, but I know a lot of people that have issues with w hat the neighbor does. The codes already exist, they just need to be enforced. Is it w rong to expect code and law enforcement t o enforce the codes and the laws that they are supposed to? It would make the county s afer to live in.  We want contractors measuring our grass and looking into our windows because t hey get paid for ning us? Sheriffs are the t rue constitutional power in America. I’m genuinely pleased with our current sheriff. I c ould armchair quarterback him, but I know t hat I have no clue what he’s up against. Comparing different counties sheriff’s departments is an absurd waste of time. There are too many variables. I’m happy for Glades County if they want to write two times the t ickets with one-fourth the population. I live in Okeechobee County. I’d rather our deput ies bust meth heads and evil doers.  If you travel to foreign countries that are populated by ex-pats you will nd there is no law enforcement and by our standards there are no code violations. Everyone takes care of each other, the properties are well kept, crime in almost non existent except for paper crimes. If your force code enforcement to become aggressive, it can only lead to problems.  What is the difference whether a county employee or a contractor is enforcing the codes that are already being enforced? The road mowing and the building permit of ce is contracted out, contract out the building inspectors and code enforcement.OCSO The sheriff is an elected of cial, so he volunteered for that job. He is also the highest paid elected of cial in the county and part of that job is to take the armchair quarterbacking that comes with it. There is a lot of armchair quarterbacking about the BOCC and other elected of cials on this site but it’s wrong to do it about the sheriff. We have the right as voters and taxpayers to do just that all the way up to the president.  I would prefer a more ef cient OCSO, in that they focus on the known crime areas. On weekends they should hit the prairie and other known party spots. Underage drinking, personal use drugs, disorderly conduct will force the good people that enjoy the prairie out of there. They lose freedom to have a good time because of a few losers who cannot control themselves. I used the prairie as an example but there are other areas. This is where an ef cient agency should be, attacking and hunting criminals and infractors in problem areas. That’s why so many in this county don’t see sheriff presence because it’s not needed where you are. But in some cases I tend to believe some deputies are avoiding work by turning a blind eye to hot spots.  I don’t think patrolling aimlessly is a bad thing because people will get used to seeing the deputies coming by on a regular basis and it should help to deter crimes, hopefully. Do you want them just to sit at the of ce and wait on a call?  My suggestion is to patrol known crime areas, places where problems occur or the root areas. I don’t consider it ef cient for a patrol deputy to go to an area that is not generating complaints. When a few miles away is an area where known problems occur. April 18, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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! WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service has issued another strong warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide. The IRS will always send taxpayers a written noti cation of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box. People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Immigrants are frequently targeted. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile – apparently to scare their potential victims. Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the rst time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy. Other characteristics of this scam include:  Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.  Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.  Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.  Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.  Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.  After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:  If you know you owe taxes or you thin k you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.  If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe an y taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.  If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint. Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lotter y sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS. The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or nancial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social medi a channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar con dential access information for credit card, bank or other nancial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov. More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov. IRS reports phone scam Foster care meeting slatedPlease join us at our breakfast on Wednesday, April 23 at First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W. Second St., to learn more about Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast and our urgent need for foster families. This is not a fundraiser; but a call to action. If you have ever thought of being a foster parent, come to our breakfast. If you have ever wondered how you can help, just show up. You can RSVP online, or call Christina Kaiser at 772-528-0362.

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5 Okeechobee News A pril 18, 2014 “People often wonder how they can get involved and help out,” said biologist Jessica Spencer. “The annual Air Potato Roundup is a family-friendly event where people of all ages — even little ones — can get outdoors together and make a difference. Last year, 162 volunteers removed a combined 4,940 pounds of air potatoes from nine sites. This year, we removed almost twice as much. Invasive species such as air potato smother our native plants and are one of the greatest ecological threats to natural communities in Florida. Roundup volunteers help protect and conserve Florida’s natural areas through the removal of air potato.” “Volunteers collected the ‘potatoes’ that grow on the vines and drop to the ground during the winter. Each of these potatoes will sprout a new vine that can grow extremely quickly — about eight inches per day. It climbs to the tops of trees and takes over native plants. The potatoes can survive for 20 years and produce thousands of new potatoes during that time,” said Ms, Spencer. “This event helps to raise awareness about invasive species, and gives us a platform to talk about other species, not just air potato. It helps to get people involved in their community and gets them outside.” Work sites included the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Tillie K. Fowler Park, Jacksonville University, Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Tree Hill Nature Center and the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens in Jacksonville; Howell Park in Atlantic Beach; Fort Mose Historic State Park and St. Johns River State College in St. Augustine; and Montclair Elementary School and St. Johns River State College in Orange Park. Based on the calls that Ms. Spencer received about the event, it is likely that the y will reach out to additional sites for the event next year. The dates will again be coordinated to coincide with National Invasive Species Week. The event also generated many calls from homeowners about how to deal with air potato in their own yards and how to dispose of the air potatoes. Spencer recommends throwing the air potatoes out with the regular garbage, where they will be covered with so much other material that they will decompose rather than sprout. For more information on backyard air potato management, visit http://1.usa. gov/1g5HyKv. INVASIONContinued From Page 1 SR 70 should be the location for commercial projects like this. City Clerk Lane Gamiotea said they sent out notices to surrounding property owners and did not receive any comments from them. At the last meeting on April 1, the council raised objection to payment of an additional $38,000 to install decorative paver and medians when the Department of Transportation enlarges the main intersection. The city public works director David Allen estimates it would cost $70,745 to just do the median walkways at the main intersection. The city argues that the medians will retain some downtown identity. The plan w as for decorative street lights, painted mast arms and various landscaping plants. However, the city would have to pay for the improvements. City council rejected these improvements as “unaffordable.” The original budget for the crosswalks w as $72,112. The low bid was awarded at $110,208. In a letter to the FDOT Secretary Billy Hattaway, based in Bartow, Mayor Jim Kirk stated that the city was led to believe this improvement would be furnished by the state and was surprised in midstream that the FDOT policy changed during this project. “Community approval of the project was obtained with the promise of the amenity, then later the cost burden shifted to the city, then the cost increased,” he wrote. Mayor Kirk’s main objection was the city had no control over how the project was bid and administered and thus had no control over the costs, yet was expected to commit public dollars in an inde nite amount. He also mentioned change orders could increase costs. “The city is in a position that is completely contrary to the scal duties of a public owner expending public dollars,” he added. Mayor Kirk, in an address to colleagues at the meeting, said this is the only chance the city has to put in these crosswalks. “I hate spending this kind of money. Are w e getting a bang for our dollars?,” the mayor asked. “But we can’t duplicate this for that cost. That is my biggest concern.” Councilman Clayton Williams said he w ould love to have the crosswalks but not at this price. “The future is a long time, I’m not going to be here, but this council will be responsible,” he said. Councilman Devin Maxwell said S.R. 70 w ill be four-lanes all the way to I-75 one day. Another concern was the length of time these improvements will last and if they will be repaired by the state in future resurface projects. Councilman Dowling Watford said it appears policies have a way of changing from year to year and he questioned whether the state could require the city to maintain the crosswalks. “It could be a big factor, it may not be, but it could be a big factor,” he added. “That’s an awful lot of money for something like that.” The state did offer the city the option to defer the additional $38,000 until the next budget year. Councilman Watford compared this project to building a house and if you want something, you need to build it at the beginning. He said a delay in payment of $38,000 for one year would assist the city. After the discussion the council opted to delay action until their next meeting to see if other concessions or policy changes will come down from FDOT. City administrator Brian Whitehall said the state would contribute $24,000 to provide paint for the mast arms. He noted the city will have to maintain the mast arms. Mr. Maxwell said if city improvements result in private venture improvements in the city, that would generate additional ad valorem revenue. “So, there is a chance of some nancial recovery from this.” In other business actions the council proclaimed April, 2014 as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Al Jacks of Castle accepted the proclamation. Mayor Kirk read that child abuse can cause several terrible outcomes for our youth and scar them for life. Mr. Jacks said child abuse prevention month is every day of the week, every month and every hour. He noted the state has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the nation and Okeechobee has one of the highest rates in Florida. Placed in the memory eld this year in Okeechobee, was 122 ags to honor the children ve years and under who died in Florida last year. “This proclamation will raise awareness. Okeechobee is a great place to live, but it has a high rate of child abuse and the children of Okeechobee deserve better,” he told the council. The board also awarded a $72,987 bid to Tree Locators to construct the South Parrott Avenue landscape improvement project. Mr. Whitehall said the landscaping and mowing contract would likely be increased due to this project. The bid was approved unanimously, (4-0). CITYContinued From Page 1 Ridding your property of air potatoes is no easy task, but it CAN be done! There are several measures that can be taken, depending on the time of year. WINTER  Collect air potatoes that have fallen to the ground. They may still be attached to dead vines so pulling the vines down could result in more potatoes falling SPRING  Look for newly sprouting vines and follow them to the buried potatoes. Dig out the buried potatoes. SUMMER  Cut or spray vines with herbicide in late summer (August) before the potatoes start developing. Even cutting the vines without applying herbicide will set back that year’s potato production.  Follow vines to their source and dig out the potatoes. FALL  Vines will begin to die back with cold weather. Air potatoes will start to fall. Collect fallen potatoes and if possible, dig out buried potatoes. The air potato (Dioscoria bulbifera) is an invasive vine from Southeast Asia. It is thought to have come to the United States via Africa during the slave trade. It grows very quickly, up to 8 inches per day and can reach over 70 feet in length. It grows into the canopy of trees, smothering vegetation and increasing the risk of crown res. It is spread mainly by the “air potatoes” or bulbils that form at the leaf axis. These bulbils can be various sizes and shapes. In the winter, the vine will die back and drop the bulbils. The bulbils will eventually get covered by leaves and dirt and become underground tubers, which can grow in size. In the spring, the vines will sprout from these tubers and bulbils and create the next crop of air potatoes. For more information on herbicide treatments for air potato vine, including recommended herbicides, application rates and treatment instructions, visit the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website: http://edis.ifas.u edu/wg209. You should purchase a product that has one of the following active ingredients, glyphosate, triclopyr or 2,4-D. If you are applying near a waterbody, make sure you are using a herbicide that is approved for aquatic applications. Always follow the label instructions when applying herbicides! For more information on the Army Corps of Engineers Invasive Species Management Branch, visit www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/InvasiveSpecies. aspx. SOURCE: USACE, Jacksonville Backyard air potato management The two men allegedly also took the light that had fallen off the top of the pole. According to Deputy Schoonmaker’s report, witnesses told him they saw two men load the 40-foot pole onto the top of the Lincoln and then tied it down with straps. The deputy’s report indicated the pole was in the 1300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. Once the men had the 200to 250-pound pole on top of their car, they pulled into the parking lot of the bowling alley and turned around, according to witness statements. The witnesses reportedly told the deputy the men pulled out onto the highway, drove west for a short distance then pulled into the mobile home park. POLEContinued From Page 1

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Moose Lodge to host bingoOkeechobee Moose Lodge, #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites you to join them for fun in the Lodge. Bingo will be held Friday, A pril 18 at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen is open on Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday bingo is open to the public. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Karaoke slated for April 18VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host karaoke Friday, April 18, and Saturday, A pril 19, from 7 until 10 p.m. The kitchen w ill be open for dinner. Easter Sunday dinner will consist of baked ham by Lori, and it w ill be served from 1 until 3 p.m. For information, call 863-763-0818. All proceeds go to the local veteran organizations.Bank hosting special athletesOn Friday, April 18 from 4 until 6 p.m., TD Bank, 1506 S. Parrott Ave., will welcome two athletes in support of the 2014 Special Olympics event. The bank will celebrate the event with prizes and a drawing for a gift basket, while accepting donations for the Special Olympics. TD will accept donations through May 4. For information, contact TD Bank at 863-824-6700.Eagles serving steak dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve choice rib eye steak and seafood dinners Friday, April 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by SaxMan. On Saturday, April 19, entertainment will be prov ided by Hard Country. Tuesday, April 22, is the weekly dart tournament with hamburgers being sold. The public is invited to both events. Proceeds from Tuesday go to assist w ith the Okeechobee Wolverines Football League. All other proceeds go to various charities. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Pet Rescue plans yard saleA yard sale of donated items will be held Saturday, April 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. to bene t the dogs in our care. Collectibles, household items, like new clothing, glassware, turtle and Indian collectors will be on sale. Proceeds are used to vet, feed and house the dogs we have saved. The shelter of ce is open for the sale of affordable spay/neuter vouchers. Prices depend on the weight of the pet. All spay/neuter v ouchers include a rabies vaccine. Saturday surgery appointments are also available.Eggstravaganza is April 19An Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Recreation Park, at N.W. Sixth Ave., between Los Cocos and the Skate Park. There w ill be free games and treats. The egg hunt w ill start at 11 a.m. Bring your own basket. For information, call 863-763-6950.5K Run/Walk is plannedA Color 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 is 10 a.m. The registration fee is $50. 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 863-467-8748.Project Prom open April 19Project Prom will be open Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at South Elementary School, 2468 S.W. Seventh Ave., for teens in need of dresses or suits. All sizes and lengths are available. You must have an OHS ID to get a dress or suit. For information, call Tammi Kelly at 772-708-6764 or Kourtney at 863-634-6225.Moose Lodge plans breakfastThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36 St., will serve Easter breakfast Sunday, April 20 from 8 until 11 a.m. for $5. Breakfast and bingo is open to the public. Bingo will be held Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m. and on Friday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen is open Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Pancake breakfast is April 20The Kiwanis Easter Pancake Breakfast will celebrate its 42nd year Easter Sunday, April 20, from 7 until 10 a.m. at Cowboy's Restaurant. The menu includes all-you-caneat pancakes, homemade sausage, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee for a $7 donation. All donations are dedicated for our children of this county. VFW plans Easter brunchThe Ladies Auxiliary Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will hold an Easter brunch Sunday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a donation of $6. Proceeds go to hospitalized and homeless veterans. The public is invited. For information, call 863-467-2882.Garden, Orchid clubs to meetThe Garden Club will meet Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m. That will be followed by the Orchid Club meeting at 7 p.m. Both will be held at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. Everyone is welcome. Bring a plant or orchid to show or a problem plant to discuss. For information, call 863-763-6469.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will meet Monday, April 21 at a noon. A covered dish luncheon will be held in the museum building on U.S. 98N.Eagles hosting bingoThe Fraternal Order Of Eagles/Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host bingo at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 Wednesday, April 23, bingo is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. a spaghetti dinner will be served with a salad and garlic bread for a $6 donation. Entertainment will be provided by Medicine Man from 7 until 11 p.m. All proceeds go to support Eagles charities. The public welcome! For information, call 863763-2552.Collaborative group to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will meet Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Special Olympics bene t setThe Special Response Team (SRT) from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce will hold their annual Tip-A-Cop bene t to raise money for Special Olympics Florida on Wednesday, April 23 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. SRT members will be celebrity servers from 5 until 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $11 and tickets at the door will be $14. Angela Jo Arnold, 44OKEECHOBEE Angela Jo Arnold passed April 14, 2014. She was born Feb. 23, 1970 to Clarence and Sue Ann Arnold. A lifelong resident of Okeechobee, she enjoyed spending time with her family and dog and riding her Harley. She owned and operated Arnold's land clearing where she was a heavy equipment operator. She was a member of Dunklin Memorial. Miss Arnold was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Arnold; brother, Mark Arnold; sister, Chrissie Williams. She is survived by her mother, Sue Ann Arnold; son/dogs, Radar and Callie; two brothers, Mike Arnold (Joy) and Kevin Arnold; three sisters, Irene Rowell, Bonnie Arnold (Eddie) all o f Okeechobee and Stacey Chapman (Jason) o f Port St. Lucie; a host of nieces and nephews; and special brother-in-law, Danny Williams. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Basinger Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Heroes 4 Hope. 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. 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! Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014Obituaries 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://www.legacy.com Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236

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Special to the Okeechobee News Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services rm headquartered in Tallahassee, congratulates Kavisha McCranie on becoming a CPA in April. The last step taken in order to receive a CPA license is taking the Uniform CPA Examination. This is a national examination and consists of four sections. Florida requires accountants to pass all of the sections with a score of 75 percent or higher. Furthermore, to qualify for a license applicants must have at least one year of w ork experience, and the experience must be under the direct supervision of a licensed public accountant. Thomas Howell Ferguson is proud to be able to offer that opportunity to our upcoming CPAs. Canita Gunter Peterson, Shareholder of Thomas Howell Ferguson, states, "Even through all the hard work of successfully completing the exams, Kavisha always bring great energy to our rm. 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A rrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram were two of 34 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Truck dealerships across the country that quali ed for this prestigious award. The Walter P. Chrysler Club was established by Chrysler Group in 2011 as a way to nationally recognize its leading dealerships and thank them for their hard work, dedication and overall performance in sales, service and parts. "This special group of Chrysler Group dealers and their employees deserve our highest recognition for their consistently strong sales performance and unwavering support during 2013, a year in which Chrysler Group recorded its strongest annual sales since 2007," said Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Sales. "We are honored to present these best-in-class dealers with our Walter P. Chrysler Club Award for their overall sales and Mopar parts sales performance." Arrigo West Palm has been a Chrysler Group dealer since 1989 and is located at 6500 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411. The Sawgrass location at 5901 Madison Ave., Tamarac, FL 33321 opened in 2008. In 2011, the third Arrigo dealership was added in Fort Pierce, FL 34982 at 5851 S. U.S. Highway 1. A rrigo dealerships receive Walter P Chrysler Club Award Kavisha McCranie Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis host RSVP of cialR.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) director Marco Cuevas, right, spoke at a recent Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meeting on the services offered by his program. Established in 1971 and one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, RSVP engages more than 320,000 people age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities. Mr. Cuevas stated that RSVP engages seniors in volunteer activities including programs in disaster preparedness and food banks/pantries. Mr. Cuevas feels that seniors for the most part want to volunteer but are unaware of how and where. RSVP offers a solution. According to Mr. Cuevas, the biggest obstacle locally is nding volunteers. For information on becoming a volunteer, call 863-484-2907. Also pictured is Courtney Moyett. 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 are available. For information, call Buddy Mills at 772-519-0603, Darryl Boney at 863-634-0642 or Ray Annuez at 863-6100219; or, e-mail to okeechobeeffaalumni@gmail.com.

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Last year, 432 children died in Florida; 122 deaths were caused by abuse or neglect. Though this represents a 6 percent decrease in child deaths attributed to abuse or neglect* over the prior year, it is a grim reminder that more work must be done to prevent such tragedies. “We must intensify our commitment and never lose sight of the fact that each death represents the life of a child cut far too short,” said David Bundy, president and CEO of Children’s Home Society of Florida. “It’s urgent that we make crucial fundamental changes within in our child welfare system to better protect children from ever suffering the tragedies of abuse.” As child welfare reform is a primary issue this legislative session, Children’s Home Society of Florida advocates for key changes w ithin the system, including to: 1. Invest adequately in the child protection system at all levels — from investigations to services — and address the constant turnover in this dif cult eld. 2. Examine and revise statutes to ensure the protection of parents’ rights does not become a barrier to protecting the lives of their children. Legislative changes must allow child welfare and judicial systems to consider parents’ comprehensive history, including prior terminations of parental rights — voluntary or involuntary — when determining if parents will receive another chance to raise their children. 3. Better prepare incoming professionals by developing a robust, university-based program that incentivizes students to pursue rewarding yet challenging careers protecting Florida’s children. In addition to fundamental system changes, there must be a continued emphasis on preventing abuse and neglect before it occurs. Children’s Home Society of Florida’s commitment to protecting more children from suffering abuse is evident in its multiple voluntary in-home programs that strengthen families and help parents understand the responsibilities of and how to appropriately cope with stresses of raising a child. One such prevention program, Healthy Families, has a 98 percent success rate. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Children’s Home Society of Florida urges the community to remember the lives lost to abuse and to advocate for fundamental changes and funding to protect more children from suffering similar tragedies. If you ever suspect abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE. On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida offers services that help break the cycles of abuse in more families, heal the pain for traumatized children, guide teens to successfully transition into adulthood and create strong, loving families through adoption. Children’s Home Societ y of Florida serves approximately 100,000 children and families throughout the state each year, including nearly 1,000 children and families in Broward County. More: www. chs .org. A pril is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month 202 NE 2nd St. (Located behind CVS) € 863.763.5000Hours: Mon-urs 11am-9pm € Fri-Sat 11am-10pm € Sun 11am-9pmEARLY BIRD SPECIAL MENU 3:30 TO 5:30 DELIVERY, EAT-IN OR PICKUP Pizza Specials1 LARGEwith 2 toppings & 16 wings$19991 X-LARGEwith 2 toppingsFamily Style Salad & Garlic Bread$12991 X-LARGEwith 2 toppings$899 1 LARGE CHEESE PIZZA$599 with 1 topping $649XL $2 more 10 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESSeminole Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of The Week for the week of March 28: Payton Sweeney, Natasha Moore, Mireya Vargas, Abigail Padgett, Jasmin Garcia, Tony Chapa, Jorge Garcia-Aguirre, Ciro Pineda, Brandon Hernandez, Omar Santiago, Jannet Sanchez, Kelsie Tomasello, Hector Tagle, Kaleb Morgan, Adolfo Lopez, Chance Chaplin, Luiza Ibarra-Holsombach, Melanie Hernandez, Emmanuel Hernandez, Luis RojasRuiz, Hannah Lewis, Marena Lundy, Chaundrea Wing eld, John Draughon, Ruben Martinez, Mitty Ross, Angel Nettles, Juan Baltazar, Jose Monrroy, Emily Granados, Emilio Borja and Megan Burns.

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W ire was property of Seminole TribeBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man has been arrested in connection with the theft and subsequent sale of electrical wire from a construction site on the Brighton Reservation. John Adam Salmons, 37, N.W. Third St., was arrested Monday, A pril 14, on felony charges of dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondhand metals recycler. Salmons was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $7,500. Jail records indicate he has been released on bond. An arrest report by Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated the copper wire was taken from a construction site on East Harney Pond Road. The wire was in a plastic barrel and was of various sizes, continued the report. Detective Shireman went on to point out the wire actually was the property of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He indicated the tribe purchases building supplies for jobs being done on the reservation then gives those supplies to contractors to use. This helps to reduce cost, the detective added. According to the arrest report Salmons, who was a supervisor on the construction site, sold the copper wire to two different recycling facilities in Okeechobee. In all, he was paid $7,252.20 for the wire, Detective Shireman stated. The detective indicated the amount of wire scrapped varied in weight from 26 to 488 pounds. The recycling facilities paid out anywhere from $39 to $1,209.60 for the wire. Some of the scrapped wire was identi ed by the site manager for the electrical contractor on the job, indicated the detective. Detective Shireman stated in his report that Salmons had signed his name on transaction forms when the wire was scrapped. The detective also had the man’s thumbprint on those forms, as well as photographs o f him completing the transactions at the recyclers, added the report. Salmons was not charged with the actual theft of the wire because it occurred in another county, explained the detective. Detective Shireman also said this investigation is continuing. Construction job boss accused of scrapping wire 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 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 Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 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. 12 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014 John Salmons By Eric KoppOkeechobee News School of cials are trying to nd the person or persons responsible for setting a roll of toilet paper on re in a boys bathroom at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus (OFC). Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Keith Murrish, while assigned to the school as a school resource ofcer, found out about the prank Wednesday, A pril 16. According to the deputy’s report, a student on Tuesday morning told Assistant Principal Bryan Vancamp that the second oor boys bathroom was lled with smoke. W hen Mr. Vancamp investigated the report he found a roll of tissue along with the cardboard roll from an empty roll of tissue on the oor. Both had been burned. Deputy Murrish went on to state that a video showed students coming out of the bathroom Tuesday. One of those students was the student who reported the incident to Mr. Vancamp. The video also showed two other students entering the bathroom, but they could be seen walking out of the room after just a few seconds. “The other two students said as soon as they walked in the restroom and saw the smoke they walked right back out. Neither student had any idea who started the re,” stated Deputy Murrish. The deputy indicated his probe into who started the small re will continue. Small re at OFC under investigation 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Tony Andrew Jackson, 24, N.E. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 14 by Deputy J ohn Hazy on a felony charge of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $2,500.  Cynthia Mariann Tommie, 44, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 14 by Sergeant Justin Bernst on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). Her bond was set at $10,000.  Ronald Wade Palmer, 26, N.W. 34th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested April 15 by Deputy Adam Baker on a felony charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $5,000.  Andrew Jason Hughes, 20, Sixth Ave., Moore Haven, was arrested April 15 by Deputy Elbert Kline on a DOC warrant charging him w ith the felony of violation of probation domestic battery by strangulation and the misdemeanor of violation of probation simple battery. He is being held without bond.  Roxeanna Laidler, 39, W. Alverdez, Clewiston, was arrested April 15 by Deputy Elbert Kline on a DOC warrant charging her w ith the felony of violation of probation battery. She is being held without bond.  Joshua Lamar Houston, 29, Basin Road, Lorida, was arrested April 15 by Deputy Ben Lisle on a Highlands County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation burglary of a structure. He is being held without bond.  Sherry Lightsey Harvey, 57, N.W. 27th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 16 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell/deliver and violation of probation sale/delivery of a controlled substance (oxycodone). She is being held without bond.  Linda Mae Carnley, 30, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 16 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held without bond.  Ronald Wade Palmer, 26, N.W. 34th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested April 17 by Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,500. 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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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kevin Coleman and Trenton Hickman each had two-run singles during a ve-run fth inning rally to lift Okeechobee past Lincoln Park Academy 8-1 Wednesday in a game played at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. Right hander Elijah Finney scattered seven hits in ve strong innings and allowed just one run to help Okeechobee clinch a winning season (12-10) in the rst season under head coach Eric Kindell. Finney was able to work out of some tough jams in the game. He got Drew Apugliese to ground into a double play with two runners aboard in the rst. Paul Jackson was able to eld a hard hit ground ball by Jeff Gerlica in the second and throw out a runner at the plate. Finney also retired Derek Schwimer on a line drive that was turned into a double play by Jackson in the fth inning. Jackson also made an excellent catch of a foul pop down the left eld line off the bat of Matt Almeida in the fourth inning. Jackson caught the ball with his back to home plate over his shoulder on the dead run. Finney helped himself as well running down a hard hit ball by Pher Montpetit to end the second inning. Finney said he always tries to encourage his elders when they make good plays behind him. "I thought I did pretty well. I made some big pitches when I needed to. I left some pitches in the zone that they hit hard but I thought I did pretty well," he added. Okeechobee responded after Lincoln Park scored their run in the bottom of the third on a two-out single by Mario Presutti. The Brahmans sent nine men to the plate in the top of the fth inning and chased Greyhound starter Apugliese. Armando Rodriquez walked, Jarred Morgan singled, Kutter Crawford singled and Hickman followed with a two-base hit. A balk by Apugliese scored Crawford and Coleman followed with his two-run single to make it 5-1. The Brahmans padded the lead with three runs against reliever Chris Mejias in the seventh. Jackson walked and scored, Christian Crews singled and scored, and Gabe Greseth added an RBI single. Crawford went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Morgan and Greseth both went 2-for-4 in the game. Finney said he feels the team is on top of their game and ready to compete hard in next week's district tournament at Port St. Lucie. OHS will match up with Jensen Beach at 1 p.m. 5-run fth lifts OHS to 8-1 win over LP A You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST BAPTIST Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 EPISCOPAL Advertise your church events or services here!Call 863.763.3134 today to inquire about pricing 14 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS players were greeted warmly Wednesday at Tradition Field by the St. Lucie Mets staff and grounds crew. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyElijah Finney worked himself out of some jams as OHS defeated Lincoln Park Academy with a late rally on Wednesday afternoon.

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesBHR 1137 Maple Street, MOVING SALE Call 863-357-2546 for appointment. Sleeper sofa, $150; sofa & loveseat, $200; LR tables, $100; Queen BR suite, $200, table & chairs, $50. Misc. items. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full TimeCall Center Operator Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pm $8 per hour beginning Send resume to: SNAP@myfwc.com Employment Full Time Washington County School Program At Okeechobee Youth Development Center ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY Dean of Student Services (This school is located in a Department of Juvenile Justice Facility)Position requirements are detailed at website: Go to http://www.wcsdschools.com Go to Administrative Services and click on Job Announcements Create an account with a username and password, unless you have already completed this process. Complete your application for a CERTIFIED POSITION and attach a resume, etc. Then, you MUST APPLY for this position.APPLICATION DEADLINE: Apr. 24th, 2014 (midnight)“Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants as well as employee” “Pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, random ( tness for duty) and follow-up drug testing will be implemented as per the School Board’s “Drug Free Workplace Policy” An Equal Opportunity Employer LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie 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!ALUMINUM INSTALLERS WANTED. PHONE AND HAVE RESUME TO TAMANTHA WOODS AT (863)484-2670 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. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeMECHANIC to work on farm/ranch equipment, diesel and gasoline engines, eet maintenance, fabrication and electrical. Computer skills preferred. Florida Driver License required. Pay based on experience. Drug-free workplace. Apply in person from 8am-11am & 1pm-4pm Monday thru Friday @ 109 Arron Drive, Lake Placid, FL 863-465-2821 or of ce@lpclp.com The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce is seeking applications for Certi ed Correctional of cers. Ideal applicants are those with good moral character, in good physical condition and who are interested in serving their community. Starting salary is $34,000 with less than 3 years experience. Interested applicants should submit an application to Human Resources at 504 NW 4th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Applications may be printed from our website okeesheriff.org. 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Experienced BILLER Okeechobee. Part Time that may lead to full timePlease fax resume to: (863) 357-0424 or email to: EOE/DFWP AppliancesFRIGIDAIRE 3YRS OLD, LIKE NEW, VERY CLEAN, ALMOND COLOR, 18 CUBIC FT., $250.00 O.B.O, & MOTORCYCLE SADDLE BAGS & SOME ACCESSORIES MAKE OFFER. CALL 863-357-0344 MiscellaneousADJUSTABLE HOSPITAL BED $275.00 MOBILITY SCOOTER $350.00 MANUAL TREADMILL $75.00 EXERCISE BIKE $30.00 CALL 863-824-0944 *CRAFTSMAN RIDING LAWN MOWER, LIKE NEW, $600.00 *WASHER & DRYER, LIKE NEW, $400.00 CALL 863-532-0234 Pets/SuppliesTWO MALE RAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES, REGISTERED, 14 WEEKS OLD $300.00 CALL 863-634-4407 Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 2BA, Washer/Dryer, Screen Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. (941) 504-3954 OKEECHOBEE 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. Move-in Special Call for details M-F NO PETS 863.467.9800. Lots SaleCANAL LOT: In Taylor Cove. Located at 309 SE 8th St. w/lake access. 50’x150’ $18,000 or best offer. Call 239-898-7084 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd./2ba Dble Wide. $500 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 1bd & 1ba home in nice quiet small adult park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 Mobile HomeSale3 BR, 2 BA Doublewide w/ screen patio, carport, utility shed in 55+ park. $24,900 Lot rent $235 mo. 561-723-6355 FOR SALE OR LONG TERM LEASE, 2BD/2BA ON BEAUTIFUL RENTAL LOT. DOCK WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO THE LAKE. 217-521-9718 FOR SALE PARK MODEL W/LARGE FLORIDA ROOM, STORAGE SHED, WASHER/DRYER, 3YR OLD A/C, DISHWASHER, CEMENT DRIVEWAY. EXCELLENT SHAPE, VERY CLEAN. FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-697-3760 OR 863-801-1267 Palm Harbor Homes limited time offer! $5K towards any exterior package. We have 24 wide, 26, 28 & 30 wide homes. 3 stock units reduced 26K, Homes from the $60’s plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Boats10 Foot, Fresh Water Fishing Boat w/Trailer & electric motor. Never been used due to poor health. Must sell. $900 or best offer. (772)340-4369 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 AutomobilesToyota Celica GTS, 2000 Runs great, cold air, awesome sound system, 117 k miles, silver w/ bl k leather Asking $5,000 obo call or txt 561-222-7852 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 15 Okeechobee News A pril 18, 2014

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Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold it’s Regular Session on Thursday, April 24, 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 464669 ON 4/18/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Workshop ” to discuss the rules and guidelines on the Cemetery on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.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 464670 ON 4/18/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD060 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that DAVID G MURRAY the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2086 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: INDIAN HAMMOCK H & R CLUB LOT 298 1-04-34-35-0010-00000-2980 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BARBARA J JOLLY WALTER C JOLLY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 22nd day of May, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 463472 ON 4/11,18,25;5/2/2014 FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE Notice is hereby given that MENIHTAS PROPERTIES, LLC a Florida limited liability company, desiring to engage in business under the ctitious name of “Lakeside Grill” at 1111 South Parrott Ave, in Okeechobee County, FL 34974, intends to register said name with the Division of Corporations, Florida Department of State, in compliance with §865.09, Florida Statutes. Dated this is 15th day of April, 2014. Name of Owner: MENIHTAS PROPERTIES, LLC Mailing Address: 3983 Kingston Dr., Sarasota, FL 34238 464961 ON 4/18/2014 Public NoticeNOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 5-3-14 @ 10:00 AM Unit #127 Regina Y. Peterson Unit #255 Gary G. Miller Unit #426 Crystal S. Kidd 464952 ON 4/18,25/2014 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD059 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2224 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: WHISPERING PINES COMMENCE AT A POINT 60 FEET SOUTH OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF TRACT 63 WHISPERING PINES ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEAR SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 50 SEC WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF PINE AVENUE AS EXTENDED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 101 PAGE 853 A DISTANCE OF 230 FEET TO A POINT THENCE BEAR SOUTH ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID TRACT 63 A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID TRACT 63 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 50 SEC WEST PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF PINE AVENUE A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET THENCE NORTH PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID TRACT 63 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 50 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO BEING DESCRIBED AS LOT 22 TRIANGLE PARK AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION OF TRACT 63 WHISPERING PINES 1-04-37-35-0010-00000-063V Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RUSSELL KEITH NORRIS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 8th day of May, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 462511 ON 3/28;4/4,11,18/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD058 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1404 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES LOT 26 PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION IN SECTIONS 25 AND 36 TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE NORTH ONE QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 36 BEAR SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 278.23 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF CARLA ROAD AND THE POB THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 295.00 FEET THENCE BEAR NORTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 625.00 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF LISA LANE THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC EAST ALONG THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID LISA LANE A DISTANCE OF 330.00 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 555.00 FEET TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD A DISTANCE OF 35.00 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC EAST ALONG THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET TO THE POB 1-25-36-33-0010-00026-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KATHREINE A BAUM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 8th day of May, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 462510 ON 3/28;4/4,11,18/2014 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO: 2014-CA-40 GREAT SOUTHERN BANK a Missouri chartered Trust Company as successor in interest in Inter Savings Bank, FSB, Plaintiff, vs. A MY L. RAULERSON, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF AMY L. RAULERSON and UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION T O: AMY L. RAULERSON, whose place of residence is unknown and whose last known residence address was 7525 Pine Lakes Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952-1510 and all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against AMY L. RAULERSON, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Complaint to foreclose on the following described real property, to-wit: Lot 11, Block 11, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 22, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to JOHN D. CASSELS, JR, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is Post Of ce Box 968, 400 Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34973, within 30 days from rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs Attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a Default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This Notice shall be published once each week for two (2) consecutive weeks in the “The Okeechobee News”. DATED this 14th day of April, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 464965 ON 4/18,25/2014 NOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERS Pursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby noti ed that they are potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system. Melissa L. Danley Last known address: 14470 NE 213th Place Ft McCoy, FL Jason Travis Gwaltney Last known address: 9803 SE Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Diane Hagan, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)763-4014 464953 ON 4/18/2014 16 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Performing poorly 12 Hematological system 15 Music lovers resource 16 Crucible setting 17 Accept financial responsibility 18 Not to 19 St. Louis bridge architect 20 Think 22 RR crossing sites 23 Chaotic scene 25 Rum company founder Fred 26 Onslaught 29 Animal shelter 31 Satisfied 34 Latin 101 word 35 Pulitzer playwright Zoe 36 Brooks of Hollywood 37 Dog in a horned helmet 38 Qajar dynasty country, today 39 Bar seller 41 Norton Sound city 42 Broken up 43 Food mfr.s calculation 45 At 5,343 ft., Mt. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kutter Crawford threw six strong innings and added a run scored, two doubles and an RBI to lead Okeechobee High School past DeSoto 8-1 Tuesday to celebrate his senior night game. Crawford and Christian Crews and their parents were honored before the game for their four years of dedication and service to the Brahman baseball program. Crawford kept DeSoto hitters off balance for much of the night as he scattered four hits. He got a couple of ne defensive plays behind him. Right elder Layton Thomas robbed Casey Ritenburg on a hard shot and then ipped the ball to shortstop, Elijah Finney, to record a double play as Luke W omack had ventured too far off the bag in the second inning. Finney made a nice play on a slow roller by Grant Potter in the third inning. Finney was also able to nail Tony Lalonde on the back end of a double steal in the fourth inning. Crawford said he fell behind in the count to several hitters but battled back and let his defense work for him. "You have to trust your defense. There w ere a few mistakes, but I picked up my teammates and battled," he said. Okeechobee made it easier on the senior righthander with a six-run rally in the bottom of the second. They took advantage of a couple of Bulldog elding errors on the in eld and got two-run singles from Jarred Morgan and Layton Thomas and an RBI double by Crawford to take control. Crawford admitted he relaxed a little bit after the big rally from his team. "Six runs are always good," he said. DeSoto's best rally came in the fourth inning as Tony Lalonde doubled to the wall in left center, advanced to third on a base hit by Brad Roberts. The Bulldogs tried a double steal but Finney made a ne throw to catcher Gabe Greseth to nail Lalonde at the plate. Robb A dams did drive Roberts home with a base hit later in the inning to account for DeSoto's (9-15) run. Crews got to nish off the game with a scoreless inning of relief. He retired all three hitters he faced. Crews said senior night was a great experience and admitted he got a little nervous when he was told he would be the closer out of the bullpen for this game. "When I found out I was kind of shaky but I came out there to help my team and I threw strikes. It ended up pretty good," he said. Both seniors said they would love to end their careers with an appearance in the regional tournament this year. It has been ve seasons since Okeechobee has advanced out of the district tournament. Crawford said he is con dent the team can get to the next level at the district tournament. Okeechobee will square off with Jensen Beach next Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Port St. Lucie High School. Brahman coach Eric Kindell said he thought the team would rebound from a blowout loss to Martin County with a strong performance to end the regular season home schedule. "We did exactly what I thought we would do. We took a spanking last night and I gured the boys would come out wanting it," said the rst-year OHS coach. "We were at and a little lackadaisical last night and I reminded the guys we have to battle every game." Kindell said the team is playing their best ball of the season because they have worked hard and listened to the coaches, applying the directions they've been given to improve their skills. "This is the time of year you need to show improvement. I couldn't be happier about my rst year. The guys believe in what we're coaching and that is a great thing," he added. Okeechobee (11-10) ended the regular season with a matinee Wednesday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie against the Lincoln Park Greyhounds. OHS boys of summer blast DeSoto Bulldogs, 8-1 www.thetin shrestaurants.com Open 7 Days a Week 863.357.0722If Chef Melluso picks yours as his favorite, he will serve your cornbread with your name on it as Your Cornbread Recipe. with a good energy vibe to play at Tin Fish on an ongoing basis. Call Joseph at 619.708.1134 to arrange an auditionBring in your favorite, fresh made cornbread recipeLooking for Musicians and Solo Artists 301 N. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 18 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLayton Thomas laces a line drive to right eld in the top of the rst during the OHS baseball senior night game Tuesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKutter Crawford allowed just one run over six innings to lead Okeechobee past DeSoto, 8-1, on Tuesday.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News South Fork stunned Okeechobee with a late rally and eliminated the Lady Brahmans w ith a 6-5 victory Wednesday evening at the District 6A-13 Tournament at Jensen Beach High School. South Fork completed a season sweep against OHS with their third win against the Lady Brahmans. South Fork will meet Jensen Beach who pounded Port St. Lucie 14-4 in the other semi nal game. OHS coach Mary Huff said it was a hard loss to swallow because her team led 5-2 in the sixth inning and appeared to be headed toward another district championship and regional berth. "We had the game won, then a elding error scored some runs and our bats went quiet," she said. OHS hearts were broken in the nal inning as they were just one out away from victory, 5-4, but couldn't close out the win. "It was just a rough way to go out when we feel like we had the game won." Breanna Billie had a home run for Okeechobee and went 2-for-4 at the plate. Stormy Stokes nished her high school career with some good defensive plays and two base hits. Okeechobee nished the season 14-7. Lady Brahmans lose district outing In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 19 Okeechobee News April 18, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Tabatha Henry quali ed for another regional race to highlight the OHS track team's performance at the District 3A-14 meet held Tuesday at Palm Beach Gardens High School. The girls track team nished eighth and the boy's team placed seventh overall. Henry returned from injury to nish second in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 12:58.61 as she renewed her rivalry one last time with Bethany Hardcastle of South Fork, w ho won the race in 12:22.23. Carrie Wharin ran a strong ninth in the 1,600 meters while Ana Huerta 15th and Carolanne Lundy, 16th, gave solid performances for OHS. Alexis Muller took seventh place in the 3,200 meters and Crystal Castaneda took 10th place in the event. Meaghan Bleakley took 13th overall in the 800 meters. In the eld events, Brittany McCoy took sixth in the discus throw with a toss of 64 feet 9 inches. She took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 24 feet 9 inches. The boys were paced by Emmanuel Gaona who nished third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:57.22 and third again in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:11.49. Daniel Shelley took eighth and Gerardo Saucedo 16th in the 1,600 meters. Isaac Garcia nished seventh and Saucedo eighth in the 3,200 meters. Hunter Sills ran 11th and Ramon Liberato took 16th in the 800 meters. Devion Wigfall took ninth place in the discus with a toss of 99 feet 2 inches. Eddie Neal took sixth in the shot put with a toss of 39 feet 4 inches. Wigfall placed 12th in the shot put. OHS track coach A.J. Mayernik said he was impressed with the effort that both teams put forth in the meet. "We have ve athletes moving on to regional competition on Wednesday, April 23, at Miami Northwestern High School," he said. Quali ers included Henry for the girls, and the men's 4 x 800 team of Daniel Shelley, Gerardo Saucedo, Isaac Garcia and Emmanuel Gaona. Gaona also will compete in the 1and 2-mile runs. "I'm really looking forward to see what these young athletes can do at the regional level," Mayernik added. OHS harriers qualify for regional track meet Special to the Okeechobee News Spring is the time of year when landowners, homeowners' associations and sportsmen look for private sh farms where they can purchase ngerling largemouth bass, Florida's favorite freshwater game sh, to stock in their ponds or lakes. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds those who live south and east of the Suwannee River that, legally, they may purchase and stock only authenticated Florida largemouth bass. These bass are from sh farmers or aquaculturists whose sh have been genetically tested and authenticated by the FWC as pure Florida largemouth bass. Anglers come to our state from all over the world to catch trophy Florida largemouth bass, so the FWC is doing everything possible to protect the genetic purity of this ecologically and economically important subspecies of bass. Currently, no out-of-state farms meet FWC requirements, and only two in-state sh farms meet the requirements. Those are Florida Fish Farms Inc. (352-793-4224) and Shongaloo Fisheries (352-468-1251). Both are registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and sell authenticated, pure Florida largemouth bass. Violation of this rule is a criminal offense and may result in federal prosecution under the Lacey Act if sh are transported across state lines. Civil penalties can reach $5,000 per sh. An FWC rule (Florida Administrative Code 68-5.002[r]) makes northern largemouth bass and intergrades (hybrids) of northern largemouth bass "conditional species" south and east of the Suwannee River and bans possession or release in those peninsular areas. For more information about stocking largemouth bass, contact Rick Stout at 352583-4518, extension 21001. FWC reminds Floridians that only native bass may used for stocking Cattlewomen to host a BBQOkeechobee Cattlewomen will host a barbecue Friday, April 25, at Eli's. For an $8 donation you get brisket sandwich, side, dessert and soda. Delivery is offered for ve or more dinners. To pre-order, call Melissa at 863-634-7712 or Janette at 863-801-4426.

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