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Sunday, May 4, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 54 13.05 feetLast Year: 13.44 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Community needs more foster parents ...Page 12 OHS tennis team honored ... Page 19 Agri-Civic Center will be hosting rodeo events ... Page 7 ‘Big O’ in top 10 of bass lakes ... Page 2 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenTorch Run helps Special Olympics The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida was held Friday, May 2. The run started at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, 504 N.W. Fourth St., at 9 a.m. and concluded at the Publix Supermarket parking lot. Following the run, a barbecue was held in the Publix parking lot. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kutter Crawford tossed a two hitter with 12 strikeouts and Jarred Morgan hit a two-run double as Okeechobee defeated Boynton Beach 2-1, in the Class 6A regional quarter nal game Friday at OHS. The game was played one day later due to a heavy rain storm that struck Okeechobee and Crawford’s 12 Ks pace OHS in win Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKutter Crawford pitched OHS past Boynton Beach in the regional quarter nal Friday. See BASEBALL — Page 9 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Members of area law enforcement will gather Monday, May 5, on the steps of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) to honor of cers who have died in the line of duty. During the ceremony, Sheriff Paul May and others will pay homage to those members of law enforcement who paid the ultimate sacri ce to serve and protect the public. So far this year, two Florida of cers have died in the line of duty: Feb. 11 Orange County Sheriff's Of ce Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine was killed by gun re; and March 22, Windermere Police Department Of cer Ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement of cersSee HONOR — Page 11


Build and test LEGO robotics and video game designPioneer Tech Camp at Indian River State College will engage students in building, programming and testing robots to battle, take a mission to Mars or compete in Olympics. Students will create their own video game to race cars, invade space or use towers to defend a base. The camps for students in grades 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 offer half and full-day sessions starting June 9. Students can attend the morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. or the full day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camps will be held at the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Indian River State College on the 35th Street side of the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. It is sponsored by the IRSC Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Development Institute in collaboration with “Engineering For Kids.” Sessions for Grades 2 to 5 begin July 7 to 11, with Electronic Game Design Tower Defense in the morning and LEGOMINDSTORMS Robotics RoboBattle in the afternoon; July 14-18, Electronic Game Design Invader Defense in the morning and LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Mission to Mars LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Olympics in the afternoon. Sessions for Grades 6 to 8 will be from June 9 to 13, Electronic Game Design, Tower Defense in the morning, LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotic Battles in the afternoon; June 16 to 20, Electronic Game Design Invader Defense in the morning and LEGO MINDSTORMS Mission to Mars in the afternoon, June 23 to 27, Electronic Game Design Racing Games in the morning and LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Olympics in the afternoon. The cost is $165 for the half-day session and $300 for the full-day session per camper, with a 10% discount for siblings. For more information or to register, visit www.engineeringforkids.com or call Amanda Hanks at 772-205-5493. Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes Of 2014 announcedBIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bassmaster Magazine’s third annual ranking of America’s best bass sheries has been announced, and there is a new champion. Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay beat out the hottest sheries in the U.S. to take the No. 1 spot for 2014. Texas and California tied for the states with the most entries on the list; both have eight lakes ranked in the Top 100. Some stalwart lakes fell out of the rankings completely, new lakes were added, and Lake St. Clair, last year’s No. 1, fell out of the Top 15. Months of research, catch-rate data and countrywide polling by the publication’s staff created the ultimate bucket list for anglers looking to sh the most productive waters in the nation. Lake Okeechobee was ranked #6, and the review praised the Big O: “The Big O is in the middle of an upswing right now, which puts it squarely in the race for the best bass lake on the planet. Recent tournament weights haven’t been the highest we’ve seen on this south Florida shery, but the bass are still there and still as big as ever. Thirty-plus-pound limits are still being weighed in consistently, and sh more than 10 pounds are not unusual. Plus, there is something about ipping grass on this historic body of water that elevates your level of anticipation. The size of this shery hinders its production as it can take a while for an inexperienced angler to dial in the bite. But once you unravel the secrets of the Big O, you’ll think it should have been rated much higher than sixth on this list.” The ranking is a little better than last year when it was ranked #8. In 2012, BassMaster ranked Lake Okeechobee as the #2 bass shing lake in the nation. Other Florida sheries ranked in the top 100 included the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes at #21 and the St. Johns River at #48. “The Bassmaster 100 Best Bass Lakes project spawned from our desire to not only identify traditionally good bass sheries, but also to spotlight lakes that are red hot right now,” says Bassmaster Editor James Hall. “Our goal is to make the annual rankings as objective as possible by using the most current data available from state wildlife agencies, current tournament data and expansive polling of the B.A.S.S. membership.” This year, Bassmaster not only asked each state’s wildlife department to list their best lakes, but also asked the department to rank the lakes and offer reasons for each ranking. All the B.A.S.S. Nation presidents and conservation directors ranked the lakes they frequent as well. And to make sure no lakes were overlooked, the 580,000-plus Facebook fans of B.A.S.S., as well as a 3,500-member panel of avid anglers, chimed in. “Our master list included more than 180 great bass sheries. Once we had this foundation, the real work began,” Hall says. Phone calls to area guides, Internet research and angler interviews brought the cream to the top. After identifying the Top 100 sheries, the rankings were sorted by a blueribbon panel, including bass pros, outdoor writers and shing industry insiders. Although many rankings were debated b y the panel, the top spot was not. “Sturgeon Bay is absolutely on re right now. It is beautiful. The smallmouth here are giant — nobod y even blinks at 6-pounders. And it’s not unusual for an angler to catch 60 bass per day. That’s what it takes to be named America’s best bass shery,” Hall says. Lake Amistad, once ranked in the Top 10 on this list, no longer makes the cut. “We aren’t sure what’s to blame for Amistad’s poor production lately, but this typically awesome shery is struggling right now,” Hall explains. Although several new lakes are now ranked in the Top 100, California’s New Melones Lake made the biggest splash among the newcomers, earning an inaugural ranking of 51. “This lake has become a world-class spotted bass shery, and the current pending world record spotted bass caught there in March (10.48 pounds) puts an exclamation mark on that statement,” Hall says. MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., May 2ND Thurs., May 8HFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ THE OTHER WOMAN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL”Fri., Tues. & Thurs 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2”Fri., Tues. & Thurs 7:00 & 9:30, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 & 9:30, Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG 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 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014 Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 82F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear skies. Low 61F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday : Sunny. High 86F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : A mostly clear sky. Low 63F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : A mainly sunny sky. High 87F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night : A mostly clear sky. Low around 65F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday : Mainly sunny. High 88F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night : Clear. Low 68F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Big O still in top 10 ranking by Bassmaster IRSC plans tech camp sessions for grades 2 to 8 Special to the Okeechobee NewsPrevious camp participants build and program robots and ready for battle. Tech Camp at IRSC this year starts in June.


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Schools face sanctions f or FCAT violations It seems like the schools are being b lamed for the actions of a couple of teachers.  I remember my son taking the FCAT he made straight As all year and was so stressed he wouldn’t pass the test, so all his hard work y ear round meant nothing, he wouldn’t sleep or eat. Had to actually take him to the dr he w ould stress so bad. I understand testing to a point ... but I don’t agree when the stress applies to the kids.  According to the story, “Mr. Kenworthy s aid the 18 students will be held harmless by t he incident and their promotion to the next grade will be determined by their overall grades during the year.”... Wow, you mean kids could actually be promoted based on overall grades for the school year instead of one test? What a novel never-heard-ofb efore idea!BLM Is it right for the government to come in and decide that what was reservation land should now be public land in order to c ollect fees from those who had been given t his land in a treaty with the government. T his means that the government no longer acknowledges the treaty and states that they never gave the land to the Indians in the rst place. The land was put in a trust and the government always had control. Does this mean that the government can now come in and decide that our Seminole reservation is now public land and they can no longer use this land for farming and raising lives tock unless they pay the government more and more fees. Where I live right now was at one time wet lands. We all know that wet lands in the state of Florida are now prot ected. Does this mean that the government c an decide this area should be turned back into wet lands and just come in and take my land?  When my husband and I bought our home back in 1956 I was so thrilled to think we actually owned land with a home on it. How wonderful. We owned land. I was 21 years old at the time. Later on, and especially after I became involved in the real estate business I learned what real estate ownership really amounts to. You don’t actually own ground for the rest of your life or until you sell it. You own “rights in realty.” Don’t pay your taxes for 2 or 3 years and see how long you own it. The powers that be can also destroy the purposes for which you choose to own the land. This is one reason I hate to see the busy commissioners or the planning commission meeting regularly. They are usually plotting to change your privileges and purposes.  It is past time for the people to stand up and say we aren’t going to take it anymore. If we don’t, we have no one to blame for what is going to happen in the very near future. Those that can’t see socialism/communism coming are wearing blinders. They will wake up one day and say “what happened” and have no one to blame but themselves.County jail It has taken a very long time before the BOCC has of cially acknowledged that they do in fact own the county jail and its operations. Now that they have gotten over their “we have a problem Houston” moment, nding “the manual” shouldn’t be such a problem. My suggestion would be to call CCA, GEO, SecureCor or somebody — anybody! You’re gonna have to take a step back and let this Board of County Commissioners digest just what they have taken on. This may take many months, maybe even years of realigning other elected of cials of ce to come up with the revenue this 300-pound gorilla will require.  Regarding the jail, I read that Glades County has lots of space at their facility now that ICE stopped arresting illegal aliens. Maybe they would contract with Okeechobee County to hold prisoners there. Seems like their per day cost is less than Okeechobee’s so it would save money. Of course they would have to work out logistics. The judges could help by putting non-violent criminals waiting for trial on house arrest with ankle monitors and by sentencing criminals either to probation/community service or to more than one year in prison, so they would go to the state prison instead of the county jail. Jesus’ seven last wordsBy Rev. P. G. Livatt, PastorNew St. Stephen A.M.E. Church There was one man in history whose last words not only tell us a great deal about him, but also tells us a great deal about how we should live our lives. Over 2000 years ago a man, Jesus of Nazareth was hung dying on a cross for the sins of the whole world. There were seven phrases recorded from his lips on that day. Those famous last words are revelation to us about our savior and about our own lives as his believers. First, He was a Man of Forgiveness — “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:33-38) Jesus was the same in life and in death. Luke 6:27-29 — 27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.” He lived in forgiveness and He died in forgiveness. Second, He was a Man of Mission — “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43) Even when it would have been very easy to focus on His own pain and heartache, Jesus remembered what He was about. Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” With His last breath, Jesus was living out His purpose in life. We can lose our perspective and forget what we are here for. Third, He was a Man of Compassion — He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” (John 19:25b-27). He was always thinking about others. This was for both His mother and for John. His mother would have physical needs that must be addressed. John would have emotional needs. (He was the tenderhearted one of the twelve.) We can take a lesson from His last words of compassion. Fourth, He was a Man of Communion — “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46) Now the Father has turned His face from the Son. The greatest pain of the death of Jesus was His separation from the Father. At some point the Son carried the wrath of God for the sin of the whole world. The Son was separated from the Father for our sakes. The greates t pain of Christ on the cross was not physical but spiritual. After a human life of absolut e communion with the Father, the thought o f separation was pain that seemed unbearable. In all of eternity the Father and the Son had been one, in this moment, the Son understood separation from the Father. To ou r shame, we live “comfortably” in this kind o f separation far too often. Fifth, He was a Man of Humanity — “I thirst!” (John 19:28-29). Lest we forget tha t he was human. Jesus became thirsty. H e was a man with real needs and real pain. Jesus was in all ways tempted as we are. Six, He was a Man of Destiny — “It is nished!” (John 19:30) One can only say it is nished if he knows where he is going. Jesus understood the destiny that He faced and could enter it in total faith. Seven, He was a Man of Submission — “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:44-46) With His last breath, Jesus was committed to remaining in submission to the Father. It was a re ection of His total trust in th e Father. A demonstration of the kind of faith we should live in. Paul said, “For me to liv e is Christ and to die is gain.” He too understands absolute trust and submission to th e Father. Christ wants us to be like Him when H e hung on that old rugged cross in complet e humanity. We should be willing to forgiv e people, as God, the Father has forgiven us. We should be winning souls for Christ by carrying out the mission of the church, so that all of us can spend eternity with God one day in Paradise. We should be compassion toward one another by clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, and administering to those in need. We may feel separated from the Lord, when we are going through trials, and tribulation, we may say, “My God, My God, why hav e You forsaken me?” I want you to remembe r that God will never leave you nor forsake you. He is always with you. When you are thirst y for the Word, Jesus is that living water. He will give us everlasting life. And then we can say, “It is nished,” as we look forward to spending eternity with our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Because of our total faith, and trus t in Him, we can sing “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of glory divine. This is our story. This is our song, praising our Savior all the day long.” Then we all can rejoice as we submit ourselves totally to the Lord. AMEN! May 4, 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!


We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Ronald Lee Jackson Sr., 47, N.E. 16th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested April 29 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church. His bond w as set at $50,000.  Shaterah Caprice Woodson, 27, 13th St., Clewiston, was arrested April 29 by Deputy Elbert Kline on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond.  Eric Anselmo, 19, S.W. Second Way, Okeechobee, was arrested April 29 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of a dwelling, violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure (three counts), violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation grand theft-motor vehicle. He is being held without bond.  George Deane, 22, N.W. 34th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 29 by Deputy Elbert Kline on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation eeing and eluding a law enforcement ofcer. He is being held without bond.  Edgar Austin Ochoa, 18, S.E. Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested April 29 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended with knowledge and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held without bond. He was later arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of improper exhibition of a gun/dangerous weapon. His bond on that charge was set at $1,500.  Jesse Dirke Zipperer II, 27, S.E. 39th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 30 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). His bond was set at $20,000.  Sheena M. Egan, 28, N.E. Third Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested April 30 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of attempted sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone). Her bond was set at $10,000.  Melissa Dee Carnley, 27, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 1 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Arkansas warrant charging her with the felony of forgery. Her bond was set at $5,000.  Sandra Maria Deane, 21, N.W. 34th St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 1 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on a DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation failure to return leased property (two counts). She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT  2600 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace  1000 block of N.W. 34th St.  900 block of N.W. 10th St.  300 block of N.E. 17th Ave. BURGLARY  3200 block of S.E. 24th St.  3900 block of N.W. 37th Ave.  1300 block of S.W. 19th Terrace  9100 block of S.E. 57th Drive  1600 block of N.E. 11th St. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  3700 block of N.W. 29th Ave.  13200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3000 block of S.E. 21st Court  900 block of S.W. Sixth St.  600 block of N.W. 27th Lane  8100 block of S.W. Ninth St. FRAUD  1600 block of S.W. 35th Circle  6200 block of N.E. Eighth Way  3000 block of S.E. 19th Court  17000 block of N.W. 242nd St.  1400 block of N.W. 102nd St.  1600 block of S.W. 35th Circle  200 block of N.W. 106th St. IDENTITY THEFT  3700 block of U.S. 441 N.  2400 block of S.W. 21st Court  2400 block of S.W. 21st Court  17000 block of N.W. 242nd St. THEFT  3100 block of N.W. 10th Terrace  1700 block of N.W. Ninth Ave.  13400 block of N.E. 22nd Ave.  100 block of S.W. 18th Ave.  1700 block of S.W. Second Way  3700 block of U.S. 441 N.  2700 block of S.E. 30th St.  800 block of N.E. 13th Ave.  1700 block of U.S. 98 N.  400 block of U.S. 98 N.  2700 block of S.E. 30th St.  3300 block of S.E. 36th Ave.  7200 block of N.W. 80th Court  8400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. OSCO Investigations


M oose to host pot luck dinnerOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N .W. 36th St., invites you to join them on S unday, May 4, for a pot luck dinner at 2 p .m. Please bring a covered dish — WOTM a nd LOOM will supply the meat. Monday, M ay 5 is taco day from noon until 7 p.m. W ednesday, May 7, is wing night from 5 until 7 p.m. Bingo on Thursday, May 8, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, bingo will start at 6:30 p .m. Lunch is available for a small charge on T hursday. On Saturday, May 10, join us at the T iki Hut for the Moose Rally, from noon until 7 p.m., with food from 2 until 6 p.m. Proc eeds will bene t Moose Charities.Legion offering Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. The event is open to the public. We will also host elections for new of cers on May 6 from noon until 7 p.m. All proceeds bene t the American Legion veterans programs.Next sit & sew is May 6ConKerr Cancer’s next sit and sew will be Tuesday, May 6 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric and sew with other ladies in the community who want to put a smile on the face of a child stricken with cancer or another life-changing illness. Pillowcase kits will be available to sew at this meeting. For information or to donate material, call Joan at 863-467-0290.Activity Guide available soonWhat activities have you planned for your children this summer? How about your teens? The Shared Services Network (SSN) will release the 2014 Summer Activity Guide on Thursday, May 8 A copy of the guide will be sent home with every student in the Okeechobee County School System. If you would like a copy or information about this guide, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Volunteer to help seniorsIf you are 55 or older, join us Thursday, May 8 from 9 until 10:30 a.m. for a free cup of coffee and light breakfast at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St. Learn how you can volunteer to help other seniors in the community. For information, contact: Darlene Forage by calling 772-349-5073 or by e-mail at dforage@youradrc.org; or, contact Marco Cuevas by calling 863-484-2907 or by e-mail at mcuevas@okeechobeevolunteers. org. RSVP to Darlene Forage or Marco Cuevas as space is limited.SSN board to meet May 9The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Veterans to be honored Veterans Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be swamp buggy rides, military equipment display, free food and more. There will be no admittance charge. For information, call 863-763-9800.Food pantry needs freezerThe Okeechobee Presbyterian Church food pantry is in need of a large (25 cubic foot capacity) chest-type freezer. It must be in excellent running condition, and be a newer energy-ef cient model. The pantry serves approximately 3,600 needy families a year and needs a freezer to store donated food. For information or to make a donation, call Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or 863-6106659.Healthy Start group to meetThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Friday, May 16 from 2 until 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee’s Fellowship Hall, 401 S.W. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863462-5877.Track/Field games slatedThe Hershey’s Track and Field games will be held Friday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N. For more than 35 years, the games have inspired youth ages 9-14 to be their best while having fun with every run, jump and throw. For information, call 863-763-6950.Lincoln Day event slatedYou are invited to attend the Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner and Clay Shoot. The keynote speaker will be Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Also in attendance will be U.S. Representative Tom Rooney, State Senator Denise Grimsley and State Representative Dr. Cary Pigman. The date is Saturday, May 17, at the OK Corral. Clay shoot begins at 1:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 863-532-2482.Swim team has fundraiserThe Okeechobee High School swim team will host a fundraising golf tournament Saturday, May 17 at the Blue Heron Golf Club, 1925 S.E. Ninth Ave., from 8:30 a.m. until noon. This is one of the biggest and most important fundraisers held by the swim team. The goal of this fundraiser is to keep the cost as low as possible for the families involved in OHS swimming. For information, call 610-945-8337.Bene t set for Eddie CasonOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause is hosting its monthly quarter auction Tuesday, Ma y 20, at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St., bene tting Eddie Cason who has stage-4 colon cancer. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Come out and help support and bring lots o f quarters. We’re looking for new vendors. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247. 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.Stanley E. Garvey, Sr., 89OKEECHOBEE — Stanley E. Garvey, Sr. of Okeechobee, Fla. formerly of Seymour, Ind., passed away April 28, 2014. He was known to many as “Red”. Born Nov. 3, 1924 to John Garv ey and Edna (Schwab) Garvey. He graduated from Seymour High School and married Shirley M. (Greenwell) Garvey on June 17, 1943. When he was 18 he enlisted in the Army, and was later elected three times as Commander of Legion Post 89 in Seymour. He was a talented athlete competing in basketball, track, baseball, and later in fast pitch softball, golf and bowling. He retired from the U.S. Post Of ce and was a member of The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association. After retiring he earned a private pilot’s license, but (on a Friday the 13th) suffered near fatal injuries in a plane crash. He was later elected Jackson Township A ssessor in Seymour. He was active for many y ears in Central Christian Church including Sunday School Teacher, Deacon and Elder. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margaret Casler, Doris Wray and Charlene Shirley. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; two sons, Stanley E. “Gene” Garvey, Jr. (Carol) of Irving, Texas and F. Patrick Garvey (Judy) of Churubusco, Indiana; daughter, Mary K. Garvey of Franklin, Indiana; sister, Joann Johnson of Los A lamos, New Mexico; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. A Family Fest to celebrate his life will be held at a later date in Indiana. If you wish to honor Stanley’s life, please consider a memorial contribution to Central Christian Church, 1434 W 2nd ST, Seymour, Indiana 47274. 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The Melbourne of ce of the National Weather Service (NWS) in partnership with the Okeechobee County Division of Emergency Management and the Okeechobee County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Club (ARES) conducted an Advanced SKYWARN weather spotter class on April 26. Six new advanced weather spotters were trained to assist the NWS with eld observations when severe weather threatens our community. The advanced class provides more indepth training on tornado science and hurricanes than the basic class. Spotters must successfully complete a basic class before attending the advanced class. The SKYWARN program helps to save lives during severe weather emergencies by expanding networks of spotters who provide real-time conditions to radar meteorologists who are hard at work at the NWS of ce in Melbourne. SKYWARN spotters include Ham Radio operators, emergency responders and communication dispatchers, citizen groups and you. Scott Spratt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in Melbourne coordinates these training classes with emergency management agencies and other groups throughout east-central Florida. "The SKYWARN spotters are an invaluable resource to our warning meteorologists. They provide the meteorologists with the local conditions on the ground. This assists our forecasters in the process of issuing timely severe weather warnings to protect the public when severe weather threatens." If you would like to attend a SKYWARN weather spotter class contact the Melbourne NWS Of ce at 800-683-4468 or visit their website; http://www.srh.noaa.gov / mlb/?n=skywarn for more information on the local SKYWARN program. You can also contact Mitch Smeykal, Okeechobee County Division of Emergenc y Management 863-763-3212 for more information. Weather spotters help save lives The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70 East will host the following events in May. The spectator entrance to the Agri-Civic Center is off SR 710. Friday, May 2, Turnin' N Burnin' Summer Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race: Exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. Barrel Race starts at 7 p.m. A concession stand will be operated by the Showstoppers 4-H Club and all proceeds go to 4-H. There is no charge for the public to attend Saturday, May 3, Turnin' N Burnin' Jackpot Barrel Race & Speed Show: Exhibition runs start at 3 p.m. Barrel Race starts at 5 p.m. Speed Show follows the barrel race. A concession stand will be operated by the Showstoppers 4-H Club and all proceeds go to 4-H. There is no charge for the public to attend. Sunday, May 4, Kaza Productions Mexican Rodeo: Mexican music and food. Friday, May 9, All Florida Junior Rodeo Association State Finals start at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10: The top competitors in the state will compete in the State Finals for the All Florida Junior Rodeo Association. Queen contest starts at 10 a.m.; rodeo will follow the Queens contest concession stand will be open, and there is no charge for the public to attend. Wednesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 15, Okeechobee County Ag Venture. Ag-venture is a free program which provides a great opportunity for fourth graders (public, private and home schooled) to gain experience, understanding and the appreciation of our local agricultural industry. For more information got to http://www. okeechobeecountyag-venture.com/ Friday, May 16 Sunday, May 18, Tour of Champions Barrel Race. On Friday, the event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, barrel races start at 11 a.m. Concession stand will be open, and there is no charge for the public to attend. Thursday, May 22 D.A.R.E. Graduation: Annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for local fth graders. Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, Okeechobee Youth Rodeo Association Finals will start at 10 a.m. each day. The season's top 10 competitors for each event will compete in the Okeechobee Youth Rodeo Finals. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome to attend. The concession stand will be open with the proceeds bene tting the Okeechobee Youth Rodeo Association. Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, Florida High School Rodeo Association Junior Division State Finals: The top 15 competitors in the state compete in the state nals for the Junior Division of the Florida High School Rodeo, with the chance to represent Florida in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa. There is no charge to attend, and the concession stand will be open, with the proceeds going to the Florida High School Rodeo Association. 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! 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As good as prices are, you'd think if somebody had something to sell, they would be bringing them in! Calves are selling about as high as they have ever been. Cows and bulls are still off from their highs a month ago, but I expect there to be some rise in a couple of weeks or so as we get closer to Memorial Day. Glen O Murphy Partnership, Avon Park, topped the calf market with a high of $3.90 bought by B & M Cattle. J F C Cattle, Immokalee, topped the cow market with a high of $1.07 bought by Central Beef. We have one Angus, 2-yr-old bull for sale, asking $2500. Call 863-763-3127. Todd


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11 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014 Robert German was also killed by gun re. Last year, four state law enforcement members lost their lives: Broward County Sheriff's Of ce Deputy Daniel Rivera, 32; Charlotte County Sheriff's Of ce Deputy Sergeant Michael L. Wilson, 42; Polk County Sheriff's Of ce Master Deputy Joseph Shane' Robbins, 40; and, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Of ce Deputy Sergeant Gary Morales, 35. According to the Of cer Down Memorial Page, 105 of cers and 17 K-9s died in 2013. The three main causes of death for those of cers was gun re (30), auto accidents (25) and heart attacks (10). For K-9s, the leading causes of death were gun re (four) and auto accidents (three). The average age of those of cers was 42; the average tour of duty time was 13 years, 9 months; and, 101 of those killed were males and four were females. Texas led the nation in of cer deaths last y ear with 13. California was next with 10. Arkansas, Mississippi and New York had six each. Eleven law enforcement of cers with the U.S. Government died in 2013. In 2014, 33 of cers have died in the line of duty. The leading cause of those deaths was gun re (12). Ten of cers have died in car accidents. Six K-9s have lost their lives so far this year three by gun re, one by auto accident, one by falling and one was stabbed to death. The average age of the of cers killed this year was 40, and their average tour of duty was 13 years, 3 months. California is leading the nation in of cer deaths in 2014 with six; followed by Puerto Rico with three and Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and the U.S. Government with two each. Over one-third of the of cers who died this year did so in March (12). Monday's ceremony will feature a speech by Sheriff May and the reading of the names of the Florida of cers who died last year by OCSO Captain Gary Bell. The ceremony will get under way at 9 a.m. HONORContinued From Page 1 Sean Dobbin is an English teacher at the Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT) in St. Johnsbury. 12 students worked on todays puzzle. ACROSS 1 Steady look 5 Uneducated guess 9 Knife and fork separator, in a place setting 14 Black cat, to some 15 Like a guru 16 Long-eared hoppers 17 Hand Vac maker 19 Haloed messenger 20 Nocturnal annoyance 21 Once in a while 23 Until now 25 Road groove 26 Bermuda hrs. 29 Special Jeopardy!Ž square 36 Stir-fried hodgepodge 38 Ad-lib comedy style 39 Hailed vehicle 40 Cavity fillers letters, or, said another way, a hint to 17-, 29-, 49and 65Across 42 Comedian Cook 43 The Real Slim ShadyŽ rapper 46 Big name in gloves 49 A&E reality series featuring the Robertson family 51 Arid 52 Past-tense verb that sounds like a number 53 EMT technique 55 Squirrels discard 60 Continental bank notes 64 Hauled to the hoosegow 65 Computer component 67 Speak ones mind 68 Good earth 69 Peak 70 Moisten, as a lawn 71 Tolkien tree creatures 72 Ash Wednesdayto-Easter time DOWN 1 Zeus and Apollo 2 Idi of Uganda 3 None 4 Way in 5 Nor. neighbor 6 DVR pioneer 7 Not a chance!Ž 8 Steeple section with a ringer 9 The __ of the OperaŽ 10 Touch down 11 Jasons ship 12 New driver, often 13 Immigrants subj. 18 Closing documents 22 German automaker 24 Cross-shaped Greek letter 26 Played a part (in) 27 SeaWorld orca 28 Poisonous, as waste 30 Mil. roadside hazard 31 Winonas BeetlejuiceŽ role 32 Prom hairstyle 33 Mark with an iron 34 Introvert 35 __ Breath You TakeŽ: Police hit 37 Internal color of a medium steak 41 Puncture sound 44 1970s Mary Tyler Moore co-star 45 Folk story 47 Non-prescription: Abbr. 48 Used a keyboard 50 Tattoo tool 54 Not urban 55 California wine valley 56 Textbook chapter 57 Fork prong 58 Big cat 59 Test for a future atty. 61 Like a red tomato 62 Cookie cooker 63 Modern message between trysters, perhaps 64 Spreadsheet feature 66 Metric distances: Abbr. By Sean Dobbin & the CHSVT Cruciverbalism Class (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 04/14/14 04/14/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle


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MurphyOkeechobee News A call to action was made by movers and shakers in Okeechobee to encourage people to become foster parents at a community breakfast hosted by the Okeechobee United Methodist Church Men’s Group on April 23. There are limited homes and beds across the state for foster kids but there is even more of a shortage here in Okeechobee County, of cials said. There is currently one foster home in Okeechobee and one additional home equipped for those with medical needs. This means brothers and sisters are separated, Okeechobee children have to be taken out of county, out of their schools, and some even too far away for family members to visit. Devereux Community Based Care is the private agency that handles foster care on the Treasure Coast and in Okeechobee County. They recently took over the state contract. They plan to appoint a representative from Okeechobee to their Board of Directors soon. Each county will also have an advisory board. A poignant 15-minute video was played to the crowd of about 100 people that showcased the trauma a young child goes through w hen they are taken from the arms of their family and into unfamiliar circumstances, not knowing where they are headed, and w here their other siblings are. Right now there are 17 children, ages 12 and under, from Okeechobee who are in foster care. Nine are in foster care and eight in group care. Police Chief Denny Davis, who with his w ife Margo, are house parents at Real Life Children’s Ranch, spoke on the many bene ts he has seen from being a foster parent. He said foster parents only need patience, understanding and have love to give. “You give up at last as a parent, our personal children give up a lot, you basically devote your life to these children,” he noted. Davis said he has seen children who have been physically, mentally and sexually abused. He has also seen them come alive again and has watched them overcome their problems. “It is amazing what these children are able to overcome if they are in the right foster home, with the right people that have the patience and understanding to deal with them,” he added. He said if you are interested, pray about it. If you have a calling to be a foster parent, you need to give it a try. “If He has put on your heart to reach out and make a difference for these children, don’t turn your back and walk away. These kids have done nothing wrong, they need someone to love them and care for them.” Leah Suarez said the breakfast should be a call to action, especially for the faithbased community in Okeechobee. She said in her opinion the system has never done a good job at taking care of foster kids in outof-home placement, “These is no reason for this. Our community does a wonderful job carrying for its own and we can do many things for these children. This is their village, if we are not their village, then shame on us.” Rachel and Janice Goldsberry are two young women who were in foster care growing up. Rachel entered the system at ve years old. Janice entered foster care at age seven. They were split up and it was a traumatic experience for both girls. They said it was very hard to nd foster homes that will take two children. Janice went to eight middle schools and three high schools, at least seven counties, 10 foster homes and two group homes. They never fully reunited as a family until they became adults. “We hope by our testimony, to increase the number of foster homes in order to keep siblings together, within their counties and near their families with a feeling of acceptance,” Janice added. Mary Power, who suffered the loss of her baby, and has her three other children in foster care, also gave a moving address to the crowd. She explained she attempted suicide and her children were taken away. She intends to get them back and wants to spread that message of hope. “I believe our children deserve our best and I do believe it takes a community to raise a child. Two foster homes in Okeechobee is a sad number and everyone in this room wants the best for our children. I love my children and want nothing but the best for them and want them to strive and succeed,” she added. She cited 19th judicial circuit statistics that show 270 children in licensed care, 57 are living outside the four-county region and 20 children less than six years old are in group homes. She herself was in foster care and recalled being in 12 different homes during an eight-month period. “I believe in the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County. We can make a change, pull together, and really impact these children’s lives. Honestly, we have to do a much better job,” she added. Community breakfast emphasizes need for more foster parents By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A full day of events will greet local veterans at Freedom Ranch in Okeechobee on Saturday, May 10. The Veterans Appreciation Day event will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and include rodeo type action, swamp buggy rides, and military equipment displays from local veterans groups. Freedom Ranch is located at 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. The event will also include the mobile vet center from Jupiter. The center provides counseling, outreach and referral services to combat veterans and their families. The staff of the center will be available to answer questions and will provide tours of their state-of-the-art motor coach. It is equipped with satellite communications and other facilities. The event will also include live music and free barbecue lunches. The public is invited and welcomed. For information, call 863763-9800. V eterans Appreciation Day set for May 10 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyChristina Kaiser of Devereux Community Based Care. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPolice Chief Denny Davis speaks at the community breakfast. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeah Suarez speaks at the community breakfast about Foster Care.


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Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeA. Duda & Sons, Inc. in Moore Haven, Florida is currently looking for a GENERAL OFFICE ASSISTANT to help maintain an ef cient of ce environment. The ideal candidate will have organization and planning skills, work management and prioritizing skills, pays attention to detail, accurate and is dependable and reliable. This is a full time position M-F; 8:00-5:00pm. Competitive pay and bene ts package. For immediate consideration please email your resume hrlb@duda.com. Or fax to (863) 674-0873. Established grower and shipper of fresh produce seeking a proven and experienced individual with excellent maintenance skills and technical capabilities to manage our packing facility maintenance program. 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PRN (as needed) APPLY ONLINE TODAY ATwww.correctioncare.com EOE & Drug Free Workplace 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 MiscellaneousBrand New Briggs Stratton Generator, 5500 running watts, 8500 Starting watts. Asking $400 Call 863-467-5652 Shop here first! The classified ads Farm EquipmentSELL OR TRADE 3 POINT HYDRAULIC BUSHOG WILL BUY OR TRADE FOR SELF PROPELLED PULL BEHIND BUSHOG. CALL BOBBI 863-801-2363 OR 863-824-3329 Apartments2bd/1ba Fully Furnished, w/d pool, tennis court, club house privileges. Linens, dishes. In Kings Bay close to Power Plant, long/short term lease. 863-634-8331 NW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $600, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. 561-346-1642. THE OAKS AT SHANNON’S CROSSING US 441 South of city near Taylor’s Creek New affordable 1, 2 and 3 BR Apartments $470 $649 a month or less! Income and Occupational Restrictions Apply Call Now! 863467-0275 Bonus! Computer Lab, Dishwasher, Disposal & Storage. Now leasing to all Ag/Non-Ag Employees Handicap-Accessible Units Available Equal Housing Opportunity Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space, 500 SF and up. 863-467-0651 Office Space Rent Business PlacesRESTAURANT FOR LEASE, 5,500 SQUARE FEET, PRIME LOCATION ON PARROTT AVE. IF INTERESTED CALL FOR MORE INFO 941-928-5529 OR 941-928-0544 Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 2BA, Washer/Dryer, Screen Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. (941) 504-3954 FOR RENT 1BD/1BA, LIVING & DINING ROOM KITCHEN COMBINATION. RANCH ON 4 ACRES, FT DRUM AREA $600.00/MO. PLUS SECURITY CALL LIZ 734-637-2697 NICE, CLEAN 3BR HOUSE, FENCED YARD, PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. 375 SE 16TH AVE. $800/MO. AND $600 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Office Space Rent Houses RentOkeechobee CLEAN AND WELL KEPT 2/1, $ 510.00. New 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 Waterfront RentalsWATERFRONT IN BUCKHEAD RIDGE, NICE 3/2, LARGE ROOMS, CENTRAL AIR, 1 CAR GARAGE. $850.00 PLUS SECURITY 1147 4TH ST. 561-968-4018 Land Sale10 ACRES OWNER FINANCING $4,000 DOWN FOR MOBILE HOME OR BUILD YOU R HOME. 6 MINUTES FROM TOWN 863-763-6358 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 14 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014


COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE-FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014 NOTICE OF BUDGET AMENDMENT HEARING The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on May 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as po ssible, at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd changes in revenue estimates PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF INCREASE IN LOCAL BUSINESS TAX PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Okeechobee, Florida, will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, for rst reading of proposed Ordinance No. 1111, and set a Final Public Hearing date of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, for adoption. The ordinance proposes to increase tax rates for local business’ within the City, which will amend City Code of Ordinances Chapter 50, Article II, Section 50-59. This increase is authorized by Florida Statutes 205.0535(4), which permits an increase or decrease in tax rates of up to 5 percent (5%) on alternating years. This ordinance proposes a 5 percent (5%) increase in tax rates applicable to all categories of local business’ as set forth in Chapter 50, Section 50-59, Code of Ordinances, with a resulting effect of a 5 percent (5%) increase in the amount of Local Business Tax currently paid by each affected business within the City of Okeechobee. The ordinance also amends Chapter 50, all Sections by removing all references to the language pertaining to the use of the word license. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety at cityofokeechobee.com, or at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 465242 ON 5/4/2014 Mobile Home RentFORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,000 down 1st, & security. $700 monthly (772) 464-9226 NICE CLEAN COMPLETELY FURNISHED 1BD & 2BD HOMES DIRECTV INCLUDED. RENT STARTS AT $140.00 WEEKLY CALL 863-517-5111 SMALL 1BD TRAVEL trailer, all utilities included. $425/month. + $300 security. On Rim Canal. Call 863-697-0214. Mobile HomeSaleFOR SALE DOUBLEWIDE MH,ON DBLE LOT, 3BD 2BA ,2 LIVING ROOMS, LAUNDRY ROOM AND LARGE CLOSED IN PORCH. IN LARKEE LAKES OFF 15A. $50,000.00 863-467-4449 Public Notice Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Homes end of year sale! 3 retirement models MUST go... Save over $26K, homes from the low 60’s, this week only. plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol* Boats1992 lowes DECKBOAT 22’ 22’ deckboat, motor 120 evinrude, trailer $5,500.00/or best offer (863)634-5885 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Public Notice Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Automobiles2005 HONDA CIVIC Beautiful, blk. excel. cond. 56000 mi. 4-cylinder, automatic transmission, air conditioning, air bags, CD $9,995 (305)527-9762 FOR SALE-2006 LINCOLN TOWN CARSIGNATURE LIMITED-24,887 MILESONE OWNER-FULLY LOADED WITH ALL THE EXTRASASKING $16,500 OBO (863) 447-0742 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. DOROTHY M. MILES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166 465193 ON 5/4/2014 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at B M J Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 16th day of MAY 2014 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 2002 TOYOTA TACOMA PU GOLD 5TENM92N92Z890072 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 465250 ON 5/4/2014 Public Notice Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2014CP71 IN RE: ESTATE OF JOAN M. BAUGHMAN Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Joan M. Baughman, deceased, whose date of death was February 10, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address o f which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representatives’ attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is May 4, 2014. Personal Representatives: Jacqueline B. Hilyer 1505 S.E. 8th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 Peggy Ann B. Grif n 2738 Palm Deer Drive Loxahatchee, FL 33470 JONES, FOSTER, JOHNSTON & STUBBS, P.A.Attorney for Personal RepresentativesP.O. Box 3475West Palm Beach, Florida 33402-3475Telephone Number: (561) 659-3000 BY: Thornton M. 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R E D David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 4003-C: Turtle Cove Lake Access, beautiful Rim Canal view! Spacious, double carport & more on quiet cul-desac. Includes 2 extra lots, 1 with large shed & electricity. $95,000 MLS # 208003 4006-C: Turtle Cove Lake access! Cozy condo, enclosed porch, open patio with great water view, seawall, completely furnished! In move in condition. Extra lot has shed & electricity. $68,000 MLS # 208005 1023-M: Seminole Cove spacious DW on lake. 2,241 Total Sq Ft./1,557 under air. Enclosed porch w/storage rm, large living rm w/sitting area, dining area, and much more! Easy to show$110,000 MLS #208000 5071-H: Dixie Ranch Acres Large 4/2 Modular home, 2,204 Total Sq Ft on approx. 1 acre. Spacious kitchen with hutch and dining area and living rm. and much more! $175,000 MLS # 207917 4001-M: 3/2 DW with 2,288 Total Sq Ft/1,288 under air. Split bdrm plan, attached carport, updated with new carpet and some appliances, screened back patio. Get ready $59,000 MLS # 207823 Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 MLS #207132 (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres on Hwy 441 N 2-lots sideby-side with large shady trees. (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Golf Estate 3/2 on acre. 2,567 Total sq ft/1,485 under air. Spacious kitchen, split bdrm plan, walk-in closet. Family rm overlooks golf course and much more. $180,000 MLS #207710 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! Over 100 Listings NORTH LAKE COUNTRY ESTATES Pristine POOL Home. Two spacious bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 garage. Remodeled Kitchen, Corian, Pullout Pantry, built in desk. Exquisite Baths, bowl sink, soaking tub, HCP tile shower. 20x30 metal building. $159,000 Call Lori (863)634-1457 Paul Burdeshaw Construction863.634.3533License #CGC025857 No JobToo BIG or Too SMALL RIVER OAK ACRES Beautiful home on 2.3 acres, 21’ high cathedral ceilings, fireplace, balcony off master bedroom, hurricane shutters, wired in for generator. 30x50 metal garage with two 14’ foot rolling doors. Has an extra room in the garage along with a workshop. New A/C in 2007 with twice a year maintenance contract. New roof in 2005 40 year warranty. MLS 207896, $279,000. 16 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014


Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 17 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News On Tuesday April 22, Okeechobee Main Street hosted an artist reception was sponsored by Bridgette Waldau Studio of Art for the “Country Life” art exhibit currently on display at the Historic County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. This wonderful exhibit is a representation of our cowboy heritage and country lifestyle that is treasured by Okeechobee residents. The artists that are on exhibit are all local artists; Brad Phares, Fawn McNeill–Barr, Kathie Papasso, Diane Richmond Hall and Sandra Pearce. The reception was well attended with both city and county of cials present as well as family and friends of the artists and of Main Street. Okeechobee Main Street hosted the reception with light refreshments and drinks. The artists were introduced by our Arts and Culture Director Bridgette Waldau who were then given the opportunity to talk about their art. Main Street’s Art and Culture Committee have become the curators for the exhibits that will grace the halls of the courthouse. There are already plans for a number o f future exhibits. The current exhibit titled “Country Life” will end on Friday, May 16. The exhibit is open to the public Monda y through Friday, 9-5, during courthouse business hours. Please take the time to visit the exhibit and let Main Street know you were there by signing in. Courthouse hosting art exhibit Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon Cannon PhotographyPictured are (back row) Brad Phares, Terry Burroughs, Phil Baughman; (middle row) Diane Richmond Hall, Bridgette Waldau, Maureen Burroughs, John Gurney; (front row) Kathie Papasso, Fawn McNeill – Barr, Sandra Pearce, Sharie Turgeon and Angie Grif n. By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Cowboy’s Bar-B-Q & Steak Co., 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., has specials every day of the week, from all-you-can eat ribs and cat sh to the surf and turf special. The salad bar is terri c! This is great food, and a great place to eat if you enjoy the southern things in life. So, stop in and join them for Mother’s Day and don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent y ou! Cowboy’s can be contacted at 863-4671104.  Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant, 107 N.W. Sixth Ave., has been Okeechobee’s own original Mexican restaurant for 32 years. They have wonderful wet burritos, along w ith their tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. They also have sirloin steaks and a kids menu. So, grab the family and head on down for some great food or order take out. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be contacted at 863-467-0922.  Buddy’s Home Furnishings, 3389 U.S. 441 S., is a rent-to-own store. If you have been dreaming about that 52-inch TV, get over to Buddy’s and they will make sure it is within your reach. The friendly staff is alw ays willing to help you nd whatever you need for your home. Contact them at 863357-3301.  Affordable Art and Framing, 110 S.W. 14th St., carries a variety of frames and mats to t any size you need. As Okeechobee’s own family-owned and operated custom framing shop for eight years, they know their stuff. The Papasso family is always happy to help you with what you need. They now carry hobby supplies for your RC car or plane. Stop by and check out the art gallery where local artists display their work. For information, give them a call at 863-357-3592. Have you claimed your free business listing on our new online business directory, Biz Search? The listing is free and “claiming” it allows you to make changes and use it to market your business. There are upgraded listings available for a modest fee that allow you to upload photos, blogs, coupons and even video! To nd out more, email oridabizsearch@newszap.com, or to claim your listing click on the Biz Search tab on the Okeechobee homepage at orida.newszap. com Do you have a party coming up or even a small get together with some friends? Perhaps you want something to munch on as a snack that is different? This spread goes great with wheat thins or dip some celery sticks and carrots into it! Blue Cheese Herb SpreadIngredients : 2 tablespoons walnuts, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped chives, 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese-softened, 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled. Directions : 1. Place the walnuts, parsley, and chives in the bowl of a food processor, and process until nely chopped. Place herb mixture into a small bowl, and stir in blue cheese. Set aside. 2. Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor, and process until smooth. Add the herb mixture to the cream cheese, and process until thoroughly blended. Serve at room temperature. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Indian River State College School of Education is offering a one-day conference, “Inspire Excellence in Today’s Classrooms,” on Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the IRSC Main Campus, Brown Center, Y Building, Room Y-102, on 35th Street in Fort Pierce. How to become a better teacher and current topics will be discussed, including a keynote address by Dorina Sackman, Florida’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Local teachers will have an opportunity to netw ork and earn recerti cation credits. IRSC’s School of Education provides leadership for the College’s Associate and Bachelor’s Degree programs in Education, as well as the Educator Preparation Institute, which prepares individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a eld other than education for teacher certi cation. Register now by visiting www.irscbiz. com. Registration is $59 and includes materials and lunch. For information, call 1-888-283-1177. IRSC School Of Education hosting 1-day conference 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 the band boosters. This is valid for carry-out or delivery. Please be sure to mention you are a supporter of the OHS Band Boosters when placing your order with Papa John’s. You can also order online using promo code: OCSD2014.


18 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014 2014 Youth Basketball ChampionsSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee Recreation Department Youth Basketball Champions for the 14 & Under League are the New Hope Lodge #450 PHA team: (back row) sponsor James Snell Sr., coach Bruce Snell, Kysell Richarson, Robert Futch, Garrett Causey, Dakota Pries, coach Marsel Richardson, sponsor James Snell Jr.; (front row) Luzana Venzor, Larry Boswell, Mark Youmans, Elton Pelt, Devon Johnson and sponsor Melvin Jones Sr. The Okeechobee Recreation Department Youth Basketball Champions for the 12 & Under League are the Masonic Lodge #237 team: (front row) Ty’Juan Lewis, Roderick Williams, De’Nutrik Whitaker, Jerimya White; (second row) coach Elijahwon Williams, Veyon Washington, Kamani Smith, Judele Root and coach Eric Williams. Not pictured is Simone Washington. The Okeechobee Recreation Department Youth Basketball Champions for the 10 & Under League are the Murphy USA team: (front row) Kyle Shaw, Braeli Pelt, Kalyn Hammil, Vincent Fennell, Gavin Murphy; (middle row) Anton Thomas, Ryker Waddell, Khamari Jones, Braelon Pelt; (back row) sponsor Shamera Brown, team mom Bertheia Smith, coach Derrick Fennell, coach Reginald Mayes and sponsor Anthony Vargas. IRSC SpotlightSpecial to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee resident Whitley Burch loves her job as a nurse and the opportunity to serve her community and aid in the health of its citizens on a daily basis. A 2008 graduate of Okeechobee High School, Whitley received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Indian River State College in December 2013. “I enjoyed the hometown feel and caring staff at IRSC,” she said. A 24-year-old Mom, Whitley is employed as a Registered Nurse at Raulerson Hospital. “I nd it rewarding to build relationships with my patients every day and value the opportunity the hospital gives me to support my community,” she added. Whitley was formerly employed as a Program Assistant in Tobacco Prevention and Education for the Florida Department of Health. She plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from IRSC with a long-term career goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Whitley Burch loves nursing Whitley Burch


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsDylan Ferneau and Rachel Williams won Most Valuable Player awards and Colt Root and April Hogenkamp took home Brahman A wards at the annual OHS tennis banquet held April 30 at the Okeechobee High School cafeteria. The boys tennis team enjoyed a winning season and advanced to the regional tournament for the rst time in several years. The Lady Brahmans nished at 4-5 with no seniors on the squad that nished the season. OHS boys tennis coach Morgan Ungerott said the boys enjoyed an awesome season and that she expects the team to do even better next season. "Next year has to be our year. The group of guys will be seniors. They like to win and don't like to lose, so I hope the never-say-die attitude continues to work," she noted. Ungerott said the team gained in con dence and she advised the players not to think so much and to let their talent come through for them. "The guys know they beat themselves a lot. Tennis is a mental sport. If they believe in themselves and work hard this summer they can do a great job," the coach pointed out. OHS girls tennis coach Stefanie Menoff will not return next year. She praised the girls for having a positive attitude, for their hard work, and their improvement throughout the season. She tried to convey effort, determination and positive attitude on the court this year. "The girls got better and more comfortable on the court after a slow start this year," she siad. "I'm really proud of their performance at districts and I feel they have nowhere to go but up." Menoff said she has faith in the returning group of girls that are mostly underclassmen. She encouraged them to train in the off season and continue to become stronger mentally. Letters on the girl's side were given out to Chelsea Walker, Elizabeth Santelices, Heaven Peacock, Kearstin Dorrance, Rachel Williams, April Hogenkamp and Imari Roberts. Letters on the boy's side were issued to Colt McCreary, Colt Root, Ferneau, Otto Ramirez, Cody Walker, Lucas Penido and Kirby Dobbs. Root said he had hoped to win the Brahman Award and really worked hard this season to inspire the team. He said it was a bit of a surprise to get the award. "I really hoped I'd get it. I tried to get my spirit out there to everybody this year and get all the kids pumped up," he sadi. Root is the son of Donna and Lance Root of Okeechobee. He is an active teen and intends to try out for the Brahman cheerleading squad next year. Hogenkamp said she was surprised she received the Brahman Award because she thought she annoyed the coach too much with questions. She was praised for always doing what was asked and always hustling on the court. "I'm really happy to say the least. I relieve stress when I play tennis and I try to stay happy, stay positive and keep on swimming like that Nemo thing," said Hogenkamp. Williams said the MVP Award was a great accomplishment and she looks forward to the future of the team. "The team worked well together and encouraged each other a lot," she said. Ferneau said a lot of the players on the team could have won the MVP award this year. He said he put in a lot of effort and was glad how the season turned out. He said his best match was a three-set loss at regional to Melbourne. "I have high hopes for next year. My mom has always supported me since I was 6 years old with lessons and I plan to practice hard in the off season," he said. Senior Cody Walker earned a four-year letter award for tennis this year. He said the regional match was a great reward for four years of hard work, "I knew it would be a special day. It was just a great experience, and to be able to nally make it there for my senior year was reall y awesome," he said. Walker and Root were the only players to earn a victory at the regional as they won the #2 doubles match. He predicted the Brahman team will make it past the rst round o f regional next year because they are dedicated and strong tennis players. 19 Okeechobee News May 4, 2014 OHS tennis team honored at awards banquet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRachel Williams (right) won the MVP for Lady Brahman tennis for 2014. She was presented the award by OHS girls tennis coach Stefanie Menoff. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyApril Hogenkamp (right) won the Brahman Award for girls tennis. At left is Lady Brahman tennis coach Stefanie Menoff. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDylan Ferneau (right) received the MVP trophy for boys tennis at OHS from coach Morgan Ungerott. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyColt Root (right) was named the Brahman Award winner for boys tennis at OHS by coach Morgan Ungerott. Special to the Okeechobee News4-Her quali es for state competition Joallyn Kelly and her horse, Slick, won rst in Keyhole, rst in Working Cow Horse and fourth in Ground Handling and Stake race at the 4-H Area E Show in Tampa last week. She is quali ed to go on to the Florida State Competition in July in Tampa. Joallynn is a member of Bits and Spurs 4-H as well as Showstoppers 4-H and attends Yearling Middle School.