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Friday, May 9, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 56 13.04 feetLast Year: 13.56 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. W alker to play for Methodist University ... Page 20 Firemen save buildings from brush re ... Page 10 Mothers Day turns 100 ... Page 18 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee City Council voted, 4-0, to uphold the termination of former Okeechobee City Police Department of cer Larry Parzygnat after a hearing at City Hall Tuesday night. Mr. Parzygnat was reportedly red for lying to a superior of cer after he sent photos of a fatal crash scene that involved an Okeechobee deputy to a West Palm Beach television station. City attorney John Cook said the appeal was not designed to be a retrial of the grievance hearing Mr. Parzygnat attended in March. The council was asked to con rm whether the City upholds police of cer's ring Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMayor Pro-Tem Dowling Watford hands a proclamation for May as Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Month to Rosalind Brown of the Okeechobee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force. Deputies nd suspicious person in canal ... Page 8 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The future of the county jail is still uncertain following Thursday's meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners. At the meeting, county administrator Robbie Chartier asked the board for direction regarding the jail and courthouse security. At the last meeting, Sheriff Paul May announced that he would be resigning as chief correctional of cer effective Sept. 30, 2014, as well as discontinuing to provide courthouse security. "While administration regrets his decision, with only 5 months remaining, a number of decisions need to be made," said Mrs. Chartier. The options available to the county include: Hire an experienced jail administrator and retain/transfer, where appropriate, existing corrections personnel; Enter into a contract, on an expedited basis, with a private entity for the operation and maintenance of the jail. There are statutor y procedures and requirements for "privatization" including consultation with the sheriff; Judicially test the sheriff's refusal to operate the jail. Future of county jail uncertain By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman employed as the lead pharmacy technician at a local pharmacy has been arrested and charged with allegedly stealing pills while lling prescriptions. Tracie Lynn Sparks, 39, Pharmacy tech accused of stealing pills S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Traice Lynn Sparks See PILLS— Page 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee County The county budget was once again a topic of discussion at the Thursday, May 8, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission as the auditors gave the county a good report. Clifton Larson Allen, LLP completed the independent audit of the Board of Count y Commissioners and Constitutional Of cers' nancial statements for scal year ending County reviews budget auditSee AUDIT — Page 5 See CITY — Page 5 See JAIL — Page 5


 The Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Chamber Business After Hours on Tuesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. at OK Corral Gun Club located at 9449 N.E. 48th St. This was a great event. For those who missed out be sure to attend our next After Hours in July!  The Chamber Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening May 15, beginning at 7 p.m. at the chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range quali cation will take place on Saturday, May 17. You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use y our own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during quali cation. The cost of the class is $40 which must be paid in advance. You may sign up by clicking on register online at www.okeechobeebusiness.com. You may pay for the class online w ith a credit card or stop by the chamber and pay for the class with a check or cash. Those people who sign up and do not pay in advance will not be guaranteed a seat in the class.  Have you been considering starting a business, but getting it started feels overw helming? Where do you start? How can y ou get started on the right path? We’ve assembled a team of area professionals to provide necessary information for you to consider before starting a business. We’ll provide information on permits, insurance, accounting, human resources, legal issues, web site and marketing. Join us on June 5 at 9 a.m. and determine if starting a business is right for you. Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974. Please call Antoinette Rodriguez or Mariah Parriott at 863-467-6246 to RSVP! That will conclude the chamber events for this month; however, we encourage you to check out our community calendar at www.okeechobeebusiness.com for more events as they become available in the community and in the chamber. Please remember to RSVP for each of the above events to reserve your spot. If you are interested in SPONSORING any of the chamber events please contact Mariah at 863-467-6246 or info@okeechobeebusiness.com. I look forward to seeing you at our events!! Executive Director Antoinette Rodriguez 863-467-6246 antoinette@okeechobeebusiness.com 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! Open on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 11 Special Buffet: 11am … 3pm Open Menu: 3pm … 5pm Sangria and Margaritas 2 for 1Steak and Seafood863.946.0050 | CELL 561.261.0358 12044 East SR 78 | Lakeport(Located in Northlake Estates)Find us on FacebookRegular Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat 5-9pm 2 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 Chamber of Commerce News Today: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 90F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloud y skies during the evening will give way to cloudy skies overnight. Low near 70F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday : Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 89F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy early with increasing clouds overnight. Low around 70F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 89F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Sunday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 69F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Monday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 88F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ OAAStudents improve reading skillsOkeechobee Achievement Academy proudly announces Lena Powers and Dustin Jandro as Excellence in Reading Award winners. These two have worked very hard and diligently on improving their reading. Way to Go! Pictured with the reading coach Ms. Whitaker are (left to right) Lena Powers, Dustin Jandro and principal Weigum. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are Chris Mercer of OK Corral Gun Club, Chef Michael of the OK Corral Gun Club, Antoinette Rodriguez of The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, Michelle Ritter of the OK Corral Gun Club and Ben Wise of the OK Corral Gun Club. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are Dr. Randall Mims of Mim’s Veterinary Hospital, Roy Thomas, Susan Giddings of Okeechobee The Magazine and Ana Jones of Edward Jones.


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Class rank I found it interesting that the recent surv ey by school of cials found that colleges do not care about the class rank. Some parents put so much pressure on their kids to be in t he top 10 or 15 or even to be number one in the class, but it doesn’t mean much in the outside world. Colleges do care about high s chool grade point average and SAT scores, b ut they also want well-rounded students w ho have varied interests, hobbies and s kills.Students ‘sexting’ Phones don’t take the pictures by thems elves. It is the children behind the phones. T hey are the villains. They should only have t he phone out in an emergency.  Children should be subject to being arrested on petty offenses. Parents should be c alled.  Who lets their middle school age children go somewhere there is not adult superv ision? If you need to check on someone, y ou can call the supervising adult’s phone. T hese are barely teenagers. They shouldn’t b e out alone. We can’t keep them under lock and key, but we can be better parents and stop treating them as if they were adults and giving them the freedom to do and go w herever and then cry when they’re 16 and pregnant.  Cell phones should not be allowed in s chools, period.  Parents don’t have to let their child use all of the options on a phone. I had the phone service provider turn off the internet access and the ability to transmit photos for my young teenager’s phone. The phone makes calls and sends texts, period. I pay the phone bill, I get to say what options my child w ill have access to.School times While I understand that changing school hours is not nancially possible at this time, I was disappointed some school of cials seem to be more concerned about things like after school activities than about academics. Teachers know that kids don’t learn much in the 7 a.m. classes. Their brains don’t work at that hour. High school should not start before 8 a.m. for that reason. Afterschool clubs, part-time jobs, etc. should be second to academics.Franchise fee At the last county commission meeting, they discussed the option of a franchise fee on the electric bill which would go to the county. The city already has this on the electric bills of city residents, so the city residents would not be affected. The argument in favor of this is that while not everyone pays property taxes (due to homestead and other exemptions), everyone would pay this tax as part of their electric bill. One argument against it is that it would be unfair to businesses that use a lot of electricity. So I am wondering, couldn’t they put a maximum dollar amount on this fee, just as they do on the one cent county sales tax?County What we need on the county commission are some young people. The old geezers have been in charge for too long. Give the younger ones a chance to see what they can do. (And since I count myself as one of the geezer group, I won’t be running.) I would love to see some last names on the ballot that are not connected to those currently in power. Shake it up.  You need to get some people who will at least try a different road to see if there are viable options out there. The ‘good old boys’ will not go down quietly, defending their power and control.  Every county surrounding this one has eliminated their impact fees in hopes of obtaining good clean industry to it citizens, and have succeeded, but good ole Okeechobee still has their impact fees and look what a good job it has done! Support appreciatedMy name is Benjamin Arrants—most people know me by Drew Arrants. I wanted to thank everyone for their support by voting for me in the Mike Rowe Works Scholarship contest. I have received a full scholarship which will cover tuition, books, supplies and fees. This is such a great blessing for me and my family. My parents are Andy and Teresa Arrants. I will be attending Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville, Fla. on June 30. My course study is Professional Welding and I plan to graduate at the end of January, 2015. I hope to be successful in the eld of welding, wherever that may take me in the future. Again, thank you to the community for your support. I have applied for local scholarships that if received, would help with housing. Most of all I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity and the desire to follow the path He has planned for me. Benjamin “Drew” ArrantsTrash, trash and more trashI wrote (the newspaper) several months ago, concerning the huge trash pile on S.R. 710 S. You put my concerns in the Okeechobee News. I suppose I’m the only one concerned about it. Since I wrote, someone has added a bunch of tree trimmings to it. It certainly isn’t a welcoming site as you are within a mile and a half from the cente r of Okeechobee City. Please, we need to clean this up — a t times some of the trimmings invade th e highway. When our county has to pay out a lot o f money due to this trash, I bet we’ll clean i t up then! Frankie Russell Okeechobee May 9, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editorSpeak 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! Special to the Okeechobee NewsFounding MothersAbigail Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, has been quoted as telling her husband to “Remember the Ladies” as he worked with other founding fathers to write the Constitution. Now there is a book about our “Founding Mothers” by Cokie Roberts. Two copies of the children’s edition of “Founding Mothers” were presented to Librarian Kim Bass by the Okeechobee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at their meeting on April 12. Su George, regent, made the presentation. They are interesting reading for 7-12 year olds and give additional insight into the history of our country. Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom Byrd


city employee grievance committee had the grounds to uphold the termination notice from Police Chief Denny Davis. Chief Davis offered no additional testimony or argument Tuesday. Mr, Parzygnat offered an emotional plea to the council in an attempt to save his job, “I know I made a mistake by sending the photos. My reputation at the department has always been good. I had no ill intentions,” he stated. Mr. Parzygnat said he had dedicated his life and career to Okeechobee and simply w anted another chance to atone for his mistake. “I love the City of Okeechobee. I loved my job here,” he said. “I just want my job back so I can do it well. If I could take back one moment in my life, it would be that moment.” Attorney D.E. King who represented Mr. Parzygnat said the city violated his rights because the of cer did not get an opportunity to be heard and defend himself before he was terminated. He argued the city policy was unreasonable. “I wonder if my client knew there was zero tolerance in the city,” he said. “There was no due process. He admitted it so there was some evidence. My question is are these policies equally served to all employees and was the discipline reasonable and appropriate.” Mr. King said of cers can learn from mistakes that are done in his head but not ones that are done with their heart, “He wasn’t trying to hurt anybody or get one over on the agency,” he said. “He asked for help and we request something less than termination.” Councilman Dowling Watford said he appreciated the service of Mr. Parzygnat. Mr. Watford said he is a history buff and he enjoyed the work Mr. Parzygnat did to gather together old police chief and police department photos and other projects he tackled. “This is an extremely dif cult decision. Your attorney makes valid points. The city is a family and discipline of family members is unpleasant,” he said. City Councilman Clayton Williams said he was disappointed by the level of maturity Mr. Parzygnat showed at the age of 48 and offered this advice. “Truth is always the best answer that one can give,” he said. Mr. Watford gave Mr. Parzygnat an opportunity to resign before the nal vote was taken. In other business, the city council voted, 3-1, to move ahead with crosswalks in the downtown area that are part of the main intersection widening project due to begin this summer. They approved an additional payment o f $38,096 in the 2014-2015 scal year budgets to fund the project. City Councilman Devin Maxwell said the city has budgeted money for the project and he supported spending the extra money. The city had objected to the procedure used in the Florida Department of Transportation Project as the bid came in much higher than expected at $110,208. At rst the state hinted they would fund improvements that bene tted the downtown business district like these 14 crosswalks, mast arms for the red lights and other improvements. They later pushed much o f the cost onto the city. 5 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 Sept. 30, 2013. Julie Fowler and Brian Quinlin of Clifton Larson Allen, LLP, provided a presentation of the FY12/13 Audited Financial Statements. Ms. Fowler said the county’s total revenues for 2013 were $20.2 million in taxes, $9.4 million in intergovernmental transfers, $3.7 million in charges for services, $7 million in special assessments and $3.8 million from other sources. She said the intergovernmental funds uctuates from year to year, depending on availability of grants. In 2012, the county received $11.2 million in intergovernmental funds. She said total revenues for 2013 were $44.1 million with total expenditures of $39.4 million, leaving a fund balance of $4.7 million. She explained that of the $44.1, not all of the funds were available to spend as some of the money can only legally be spent for speci c things. About $16 million was restricted funding, and could only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. For example, grant funds are restricted. Another $10.5 million was restricted to uses that had been authorized by county ordinances and resolutions, The use of this money could only change with the passage of another ordinance or resolution. The county’s 2013 fund balance was between 2 months and 3 months expenses, she said, which is a healthy budget, although auditors like to see it 3 months expenses in reserve. In 2011, the balance had dropped down to the point that it was less than 2 months expenses, and this was a concern to the auditors, she said. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper questioned the goal of keeping 3 months expenses in reserve. “What is the reason for such a large fund balance?” he asked. He added that FEM A helps in case of emergency. Ms. Fowler said she has seen counties and municipalities that do not have a suf cient balance in their operating budget run into problems when hit with emergencies. For example, she said, in 2004 when the state was hit by multiple hurricanes, expenses for things such as overtime for emergenc y workers and cleaning up of debris quickl y drained reserves. She said cities and counties that did not have suf cient fund balances had to borrow money to provide vital services to the residents. FEMA reimbursements for such expenses are not immediate, she said. One municipality she worked with waited two years for a reimbursement chec k from FEMA. The auditors found two problems with the 2013 budget. They found an over-payment from Division of Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (DEM HMGP) relating to the Southwest Are a Drainage Improvement (SWADI) project. The over-payment amount from DEM HMGP was $59,474.51. This overpayment also resulted in an over-payment for the Southwest 21st St. portion of this project from the City o f Okeechobee in the amount of $33,613.72. Once this error was realized, staff worked with state grant administrators to resolve this over-payment. The grant administrators worked with the county and the grant agreement was reopened, allowing the county to submit a couple of additional invoices that could not be submitted prior to the grant agreement’s closing date. This reduced the over-payment amount to the $59,474.51. To correct the errors found in the audit, the commissioners approved two payments; one to the Division of Emergency Management in the amount of $59,474.51 and one to the City of Okeechobee in the amount o f $33,613.72 relating to the Southwest Drainage Area Improvement (SWADI) Project. AUDITContinued From Page 1 S.W. 17th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, May 6, on one felony count of grand theft. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $2,500. Jail records indicate she has been released on bond. Sparks is accused of stealing about 300 hydrocodone pills that have a value of approximately $1 each. An arrest report by Sergeant P.C. Eddings, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated he was told by a loss prevention of cer for the pharmacy that a prescription drug monitoring report showed discrepancies when scripts of the pain killer were being lled. Sgt. Eddings pointed out in his report that as Sparks would ll a prescription for hydrocodone she would keep one pill in her hand then put it in her pocket later. She apparentl y would do this two to three times per week. PILLSContinued From Page 1 CITYContinued From Page 1 Mrs. Chartier said these options are not mutually exclusive. For example, a judicial determination could be sought while either of the rst two options were employed to operate the jail. “We have been researching this issue since he (Sheriff May) made the announcement,” explained county attorney Laura McCall. “I can’t give you a de nite answer.’ She said some case law seems to show the jail is the sheriff’s to run. She said she also found an attorney general’s opinion that the county can’t force the sheriff to run it in perpetuity. “If you want to test it, you’ll have to bring a declaratory judgement action,” she said. The county could either bring the action with the sheriff as the defendant, or the county could refuse to accept the jail and force the sheriff to seek a declaratory judgement. Such a case would attract statewide attention, she said, with all of the boards of county commissioners and all of the sheriffs in state carefully watching the case. Mrs. McCall said in accordance with state statute, the county commission designated the sheriff as the chief corrections of cer for the county. “On the face of the statute, it doesn’t seem to be saying the sheriff can say ‘no thanks,’” Mrs. McCall said. One thing the commission seemed to agree on — none of them want to take over the jail. Mrs. Chartier said she has contacted priv ate corrections agencies and so far has not found any interested in running the county jail. She said when she researched the same issue last year, she found most private companies consider the Okeechobee County Jail too small to interest them. “We need to hope for the best and plan for the worst,” said Commissioner Joey Hoover. “Let there be no mistake. I don’t want the jail,” said Commissioner Ray Domer. “What w e want and what we can afford are two different things.” “I think it’s going to be an unmitigated disaster,” said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. He said the sheriff has maintained he cannot safely run the jail on the money budgeted for it by the county commission. “We’ve got to prepare,” said Commissioner Hoover. “Not necessarily privatize.” He noted that Orange County runs their jail under the county rather than under the sheriff’s of ce. The commissioners also considered options for courthouse security. Mrs. Chartier said a private company, G4, provides security for the courthouses in St. Lucie and Indian River counties, which are in the same judicial district as Okeechobee County. She said those counties only have security on days court is in session. “It’s the same district and the same judges,” she said. She said Okeechobee County could “piggyback” on an existing government contract or go out for bids. The bailiffs will still be part of the sheriff’s of ce. Another option is to nd out if the Okeechobee City Police Department is interested in giving the county a bid for courthouse security, she said. There appear to be various options available to the county. However, there has been insuf cient time to evaluate these options since the sheriff’s announcement. In a perfect world, administration would review each option and present a detailed analysis outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Cost is always a component of such an analysis. However, due to the limited time afforded, this agenda item is being presented at this time to provide an opportunity for the board to discuss the matter and express its preferences so that staff time and emphasis can be placed on the option (or options) the board prefers. County Ordinance 2013-02 designates the sheriff as chief correctional of cer of Okeechobee County. If the board accepts the sheriff’s resignation, the ordinance will need to be amended to name a different chief correctional of cer. This could be a county employee or a private entity. JAILContinued From Page 1


VFW hosting karaokeVFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will have bar bingo Friday, May 9, at 1 p.m. Karaoke will be from 7 until 10 p.m. with Lisa Smith. The kitchen will be open from 5 until 9 p.m. On Sunday, May 11, a fried chicken dinner will be served from 1 until 3 p.m. All proceeds go to local veteran organizations.Youth grid sign-ups slatedOkeechobee Youth Football and Cheerleading sign-ups will be held at: the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St., Friday, May 9 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. until noon; and at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. until noon. Children ages 4 to 14 may sign up. The registration fee is $75 per athlete. For information, call 863-801-9229.SSN board will meetThe 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.Moose Rally is May 10Okeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36 St., invites you to join them Saturday, May 10 at the Tiki Hut for the Moose Rally starting at noon. Food will be served from 2 until 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, is taco Monday starting at noon. Wing night is Wednesday, May 14, from 5 until 7 p.m. We will have bingo on Thursday, May 15, at 1 p.m. and Friday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Lunch will be available Thursday for a small charge. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Historical group meets May 19The Okeechobee Historical Society will meet Monday, May 19 at noon with a covered dish luncheon in the museum building on U.S. 98 N.Bene t planned for teenThe Buckhead Ridge VFW 9528, 29012 East S.R. 78, will hold a bene t Saturday, May 10 from 3 until 6 p.m. for Jonathan Bailey Hedrick, 15, the son of Trish Yount, post quartermaster, and Jonathan Hedrick, and the stepson of Rodney Yount, commander, and Tammy Hedrick. Jonathan was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He is seeing doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood. The bene t will raise money to help offset the expenses the insurance does not cover. The event will include food, an auction, a prize giveaway, 50/50 drawing and music by John G. Donations and auction items are greatly appreciated. For information, call 863-467-2882.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.VFW staging Mother's ShowBig Lake VFW Post 10539 is hosting Mother's Show on Sunday, May 11 VFW members with the Post 10539 card get three wings free from 2 until 5 p.m. Music will be provided by Sandoone. On Wednesday, May 14, bingo is at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, May 17, is Armed Forces Day with burgers and dogs for sale from noon until 4 p.m. Memorial Day, May 26, is barbecue chicken and ribs with all the xings at 2 p.m. for $8 per plate, or $10 for a combined plate. Music will be provided by Jay from 3 until 6 p.m. in the pavilion. On this day all U.S. ags should be displayed half staff during the morning hours. At noon, the ag should be raised to full staff. For information, call 863-763-2308.Veterans to be honoredVeterans 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, militar y equipment display, free food and more. There will be no admittance charge. For information, call 863-763-9800.Retired educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators will meet Monday, May 12 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Guest speakers will include Russ Brown, IRSC provost, and Diane Hagan, Okeechobee County supervisor o f elections. Members are also reminded that OREA dues must be paid at this time.Cheerleader sign-ups setOCRA STORM competitive cheerleaders, ages 5-18, will hold sign-ups for the 2014-15 season on: Monday, May 12 through Thursday, May 15, from 5:30 until 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Monday, May 19, through Thursday, May 22, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. All registrations will be held at the Sports Complex. The registration fee is $100, and a copy of the child's birth certi cate must be presented at the time of signup. For information, call 863-697-3211 after 5 p.m.; or, 863-634-0515.Food pantry needs freezerThe Okeechobee Presbyterian Church food pantry is in need of a large (25-cubicfoot capacity) chest-type freezer. It must be in excellent running condition, and be a newer energy-ef cient model. The pantr y 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. 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.John Aldie Gauthier, 82OKEECHOBEE John Aldie Gauthier died May 5, 2014. He was born Sept. 13, 1931 in Tupper Lake, N.Y. to J oseph and Margaret Gauthier. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from AT&T after 28 years of serv ice. He was also the former Fire Chief of Broward County, Rav enswood Grif n V olunteer Fire Department, V olunteer Raquette Lake Fire Department and a former Police Of cer in Pembroke Park. A resident of Okeechobee since 1987, he w as a member of the American Legion and Search and Rescue. Mr. Gauthier was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Claudia Frances. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Gauthier; two sons, Wayne Gauthier of South Carolina and Wess Gauthier (Roger Bruso) of Jamaica, V ermont; daughter, Tina Gauthier of Avon Park; grandson, Johnny of South Carolina; brother, Steve Gauthier of Sebring; stepson, Ted Frances; stepdaughter, Victoria Morganti; and six step grandchildren. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made to the Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department. 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. Please be aware there is a high price dierence between the two James W. Young, Founder Seawinds F uneral Group3833 SE 18th Terrace Okeechobee863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com Cremation ...............$495 Cremation & Chapel Service ...............................$870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) $2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial ..............................$1,995 Graveside Service ..$1,495We are not af“liated with Bass-Buxton Funeral Home Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 Eagles offer steak dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles will serve choice ribeye steak or seafood dinners Friday, May 9 starting at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment w ill be by The Harpers. On Saturday, May 10, the Eagle Riders will serve breakfast from 8 until 11 a.m. Saturday night entertainment w ill be provided by Jay. Sunday, southern fried chicken will be served from 2 until 6 p.m. Tuesday is the weekly dart tournament w ith hamburgers being served. Proceeds from Tuesday will go to KOA Kid Cancer Research. All other proceeds goes to various charities. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863 467 1154. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236


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4th Annual VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY Saturday May 10, 2014 10am to 3pmFREEDOM RANCH 11655 Hwy 441 SE (Just Before 15B) e Mobile Vet Center Meet the Jupiter Vet Center sta and tour the VAs state-of-art READJUSTMENT counseling motor coach. Vietnam Veterans of America Okeechobee FL Chapter 1086PUBLIC WELCOME!! RSVP: 863-763-9800 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., May 9TH Thurs., May 15THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ LEGEND OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN”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 PG-13 8 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man is back in the county jail for the second time in about a month, and about three months since his release from prison. Joseph William Inman’s latest arrest came Tuesday, May 6, when he was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and a misdemeanor charge of loitering or prowling. Inman, 31, N.W. 43rd Ave., was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $3,000. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show Inman was sent to prison in January of this year after he was found guilty of violation of probation burglary of a structure and violation of probation dealing in stolen property. After he was given credit for the 476 days he had already spent in jail, Inman was released from prison on Feb. 15. He spent about 30 days in the Central Florida Reception Center-East near Orlando, which is a minimum security facility. Then, on April 5, Inman was arrested locally on a misdemeanor charge of battery. However, he was released on his own recognizance the next day, indicate county jail records. Just two days after his release from the county jail Inman was again arrested — this time on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $7,000 and he was released from jail on April 8 — the same day he was arrested. Inman’s latest brush with the law came early Tuesday morning when Deputy Timothy Porter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), was called to a home in the northwest section of the county in regard to a suspicious person complaint. When Deputy Porter and other OCSO deputies responded around 2 a.m. they were told by the complainant their dog had alerted them to a man outside the home who was pacing back and forth in the driveway with a ashlight in his hand. He was also near one of the homeowner’s vehicles. The homeowner asked Inman what he was doing and he allegedly responded that he was “... just passing through ... .” The homeowner then saw the man head toward a wooded area. OCSO deputies reportedly found Inman in a canal near the home. According to the deputy’s report, when Inman was asked why he was crossing the canal in the heavily wooded area, he responded “... he could not remember (and) that he must have blacked out.” Inman was placed under arrest and when he was searched by deputies a white substance was allegedly found in a plastic baggie. When that substance was eld tested it reportedly indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. The suspected meth weighed .7 grams, stated Deputy Porter’s report. The deputy also pointed out that a spoon was found in the driveway where Inman was seen by the homeowner. A residue was found on the spoon that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of meth, stated the report. County jail records show Inman was released May 7 on bond. Deputies nd suspicious person in canal The following individuals were arr ested on felony or driving under t he in uence (DUI) charges by the O keechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police D epartment (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Correct ions (DOC).  Robert Edward Hull, 37, S.E. Third S t., Okeechobee, was arrested May 5 by t he Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a f elony charge of possession of a controlled s ubstance (oxycodone) and a misdemeanor c harge of possession of drug paraphernalia. H is bond was set at $5,500.  Virgil Tyrell Dixon, 30, N.E. Fifth St., O keechobee, was arrested May 5 by the O keechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony c harges of sale of a controlled substance a nd possession of a controlled substance w ith intent to sell, and the misdemeanor of p ossession of marijuana under 20 grams. He is being held without bond.  Neal Lee Minton, 35, N.W. First St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 6 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of driving while license suspended-habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500.  Nicki Lynn Gatlin, 34, S.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 6 by Deputy Ron Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the inuence. She is being held without bond.  Dean Richard Ott, 62, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested May 6 by Deputy Timothy Porter on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanors of violation of probation driving under the in uence and violation of probation leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He is being held without bond.  Loren Hill, 39, N.W. Seventh Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 7 by Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman on a Parole Commission warrant charging him with the felony of violation of parole. He is being held without bond.  Paul George Miller, 46, N.E. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 7 by Deputy Yero Todman on felony charges of battery on a person 65 years of age or older and false imprisonment. His bond was set at $7,500.  Enevin Edward Lutjen, 29, N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 8 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, and misdemeanor charges of assault on a law enforcement of cer and domestic battery. His bond was set at $6,500. 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 Joseph Inman’s


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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 10 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Although a 1-acre grass re came near three residences, some outbuildings and two campers on Tuesday afternoon, it was quickly extinguished by Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue crews. Lieutenant Everette Wooten said re ghters were dispatched to 7705 N.E. Eighth and found an acre of tall grass and brush burning near three residences. "We saw a column of brown and white smoke enroute and the re burning adjacent to the residences," he explained. The Florida Forest Service was called in to assist and the re was cut down quickly by re ghters without any damage being reported to the structures. Both the origin and the cause of the re remained unknown Wednesday afternoon. The re ghters were on the scene for about two hours. Almost 1,500 gallons of water was used to put out the blaze. Fire ghters save homes, buildings Special to the Okeechobee NewsAg Literacy Day celebratedFlorida Agriculture Literacy Day was celebrated on Tuesday, April 29. The annual reading event is a chance for farmers, ranchers, University of Florida IFAS Extension and 4-H agents and master gardeners, FFA teachers and students and agriculture industry representatives to read a children’s book about the Florida agriculture industry to students in kindergarten through fth grade. This year’s book is titled Florida Farms at School. Students from Ms. Duke’s Integrated Science class, visited Seminole Elementary Kindergarten classes to celebrate and educate students about Florida agriculture. Students who participated are also members of either FFA or 4-H. Pictured are Kay Duke, Autum Perry, Sarah Leitner, Jarred Colby and Kevin Hawthorne. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of April 25 include: kindergarten students Mienisha Brown, James Patton, Jarin Mumu, Hailey Kensel, Kassidy Hawk; rst graders, Hannah Harris, Oren Meunier, Bryanna Barron, Shania Kent, Jasmine Castaneda, Abbey Mata; second grade students, Joshua O’Shields, James Pendarvis, Adolfo Villegas, Jennifer Sandoval, Iris Ramirez; third graders, Anyah Johnson, Jessy Arriaga, Moises Castro, Taylor Elgin, Rosa Palacios; fourth grade students, Hailey Derry, Gavin Murphy, Riley Carver, Michal Jaskot; fth grade students, Gisselle Delgado, Maria Castaneda and Chance Mohr. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.


1 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2014 Pamper mom — or yourself — at area spasLooking for a special treat or a way to relax? The Lake Okeechobee area o ers a variety of spas and salons. Treat yourself or someone special to massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or a package of several services.Bella Vida Spa & Boutique 120 Central Ave., in Clewiston is a full-service day spa and salon, offering skin care, facials, massage therapy, nail care, laser hair removal and more. Bella Vida offers the latest and most effective products and services for all of your beauty, relaxation, skin and nail health, and wellness needs. The spa offers treatments for all ages. Some of the many areas of treatment include pre-teen skin care, introduction to makeup, teenage problematic skin and acne, middle age skin issues, pigmentation, sun damage, scarring, anti-aging and adult acne. For more information, call 863-983-9902. Bella Rose 311 N.E. Second St. in Okeechobee, is a full-service spa and salon. They do everything from manicures to Swedish massages. For more information, visit their website at www. mysalononline.com/bellarose. They can be reached at 863-357-3333. Professional Skincare Treatments by Tamara “Tammy” Platt, 208 N.E. Third St. in Okeechobee, offers facials, microdermabrasion, lash and brow tinting and waxing, spot treatments, body wrappings and more. For more information, call 1-863-227-4096. 7th Heaven Massages & Bodywork 310 S.W. Second St. in Okeechobee, is where you will meet Julia, who has been a massage therapist for 16 years. Her massages incorporate the traditional massages with myofascial release, which is more than just helping you relax; it is to help you heal. For more information, call 863-634-6482.Relax with a massage What type of massage is right for you? About.com offers the following descriptions of different massage styles.  Swedish massage is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on super cial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this could be a good one to try rst.  Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address speci c needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.  Hot stone massage involves heated, smooth stones placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.  Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.  Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized nger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the ow of energy and help the body regain balance.  Thai Massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on speci c points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches. The therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves exibility and range of motion.  Re exology is sometimes called foot massage, but it involves more than the feet. Re exology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Re exology can be very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. The scenic photo at top is courtesy of Waddy Thompson.


2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2014 G a l i l e o : T h e P o w e r o f t h e T e l e s c o p e Galileo: The Power of the TelescopeFORT PIERCE — The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College, 3209 V irginia Ave. in Fort Pierce, will present “Galileo: The Power of the Telescope” on May 9, 10, 23 and 24 and June 6 and 7. “Two eyes and two pieces of glass revolutionized human understanding 400 years ago. The eyes belonged to Galileo Galilei, and the curved pieces of glass were the lenses of his telescope.” This production written by Bob Bonadurer, Director of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium, and narrated by Dava Sobel, author of “Galileo’s Daughter,” gives insight into the work of the famous Italian astronomer and the advances made by those who study the cosmos with new, more powerful telescopes. Shows are presented on selected Fridays at 6 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 and 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the box o ce at 1-800-220-9915 or go online to www.irsc.edu/visitors/shows. V e t e r a n s A p p r e c i a t i o n D a y Veterans Appreciation DayOKEECHOBEE — A full day of events will greet local veterans at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E., 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. 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 sta 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 w elcome. For more information, call 863-763-9800. W a t e r m e l o n F e s t i v a l Watermelon FestivalARCADIA — The Watermelon Festival, an Arcadia Main Street event, will be held Saturday, May 17, in Historic Downtown Arcadia. Festival organizers plan to showcase traditional events such as the wacky river race, bed race, seed spitting contest, and the watermelon pageant. For more information, go to www.arcadiamainstreet.com. C a l a d i u m F e s t i v a l a n d C a r S h o w Caladium Festival and Car ShowLAKE PLACID — The Caladium Festival and Car Show will be held July 25-27, a t Stuart park in Lake Placid. The festival o ers bus rides to the caladium elds and displays in nearby subdivisions. For more information online, go to visitlakeplacid orida.com. ‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’ event in StuartSTUART — Women are invited to explore the nest of shing at the next “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar, May 16-18 at the Pirates Cove Resort and Marina, 4307 S.E. Bayview St. in Stuart. Sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in conjunction with the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program, “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport shing and promoting conservation and responsible angling. During the three-day, hands-on event, FWC educators will demonstrate ethical angler habits, such as safe hook removal, release techniques, sh venting and more. Local shing guides will provide instruction on shing techniques and methods. On the nal day of the seminar, women may embark on an optional shing adventure. Another “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” event is scheduled for Nov. 14-16 in the Florida Keys. To learn more, visit ladiesletsgo shing.com, call 954-475-9068 or email info@ladiesletsgo shing.com. Area festivals and special events...


3 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2014 Come d ian Bi ll Engva ll brings stand-up routine to Brighton in MayBRIGHTON — On Friday, May 23, Seminole Casino Brighton (SCB) is the place to see the brilliantly funny actor and stand-up comedian Bill Engvall. Most wellknown for his work in the hugely successful “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” the Texas native will h ave you r olling in the aisles. Tickets are $55 and may be purchased at the Casino Cash Cage or by calling 800-360-9875. With $12,000 in Free Play up for grabs, you’ll want to be sitting in the Hot Seat with your Player’s Club card inserted in your machine on Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 9 p.m. to midnight. Each hour we’ll pick four lucky winners to receive $100 in Free Play. Ten lucky Player’s Club members will be wearing happy hour smiles after winning $500 on Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Play at the lucky chosen hot seat with your card inserted, and feel the temperature and excitement rise! This Mother’s Day, treat her to a savory brown sugar glazed baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole and deliciously rich chocolate cake for only $10.95 at Josiah Restaurant & Lounge. Enjoy this special on Sunday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Win your share of $2,500 cash in our Progressive Cash Drawings, held on Thursday, May 15, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Any unclaimed prizes will roll over to the next drawing, giving the last winner a chance to receive up to $2,500. March Madness? At SCB, the madness comes in May with May Mad Money! On Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 10 winners will be drawn and will each walk away with $1,000. On Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m., it will be time to turn down the lights and turn up the fun! Party Bingo is back at SCB, and participants can enjoy dancing, glow products, games and giveaways. There will be a $10 door pack and up to $1,500 in cash prizes available. One must be 18 to party and 21 or older to drink. Make it a Memorial Day Weekend to remember. In celebration of our troops and the long weekend, on Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, 50 lucky players will win $100. With odds as good as these, excitement will be running high! Drawings will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 24, and from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 25 and May 26. Looking for another exciting way to celebrate? Join us for Memorial Day Bingo on Monday, May 26, at 2 p.m. for your chance at $12,000 guaranteed in jackpot games. There will be a $70 buy-in and $75 with computer games. Regular games pay $750. On Saturday, May 31, at 10 p.m., one lucky player will tame the open road in a new Ford Mustang. The original Pony car is now more capable — and more fun — than ever before. Swipe your Player’s Card for a free entry every day and earn entries each time you play. Stop by for the grand prize drawing and you may le ave with a stylish Mustang. On Saturday, June 28, SCB will host a Qualifying Satellite Texas Hold’em Free Roll Tournament, giving players a chance to win a $5,300 seat in the $5 million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. The top 15 players with most hours of play will earn entry into the tournament. Twenty hours minimum of recorded play are needed to qualify. Please contact the casino or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com for information on bus transportation and group packages. See the Player’s Club for promotion details. One must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Player’s Club member to participate. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT. About Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000-square-foot casino with 421 slot and gaming machines, live action blackjack e-tables, a six-table poker room, and highstakes bingo action, and Josiah, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Indian Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, Okeechobee, FL 34974. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998.


ARTS A LA CARTE! Serving Entertainment For All Tastes! 1977 COLLEGE DRIVE BELLE GLADE, FL 33430 BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 The Doo-Wah Riders Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm Auditions for Rapunzel are on Monday, May 12 at 4:00 pm at the Dolly Hand. Auditions are open to students grades K5-12 No preparation is necessary!RapunzelSaturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 am & 7 pmAnnouncing the 2014-2015 SERIESThursday, November 13, 2014 – Edvin Marton: Prince of the Violin Thursday, December 18, 2014 – American Big Band’s Home for the Holidays Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne Thursday, January 15, 2015 – How to Succeed on Broadway Thursday, January 29, 2015 – David Phelps in Concert Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Rock Legends: People’s Choice Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – Jekyll & Hyde Monday, March 23, 2014 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Tuesday, April 14 – Nashville Chicks With Hits Thursday, April 23 – The Aluminum Show 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2014 At t h e t h eatre ... R a p u n z e l RapunzelBELLE GLADE — The Missoula Children’s Theatre will perform “Rapunzel” on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 977 S.W. College Drive, in Belle Glade. Come see our local stars perform as The Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center for its 20th annual production! Would it surprise you to know that the story of Rapunzel happened in France? Well it didn’t really, but our story takes you on a frivolous frolic through the French countryside. The Ogres garden in the mushroom patch while the corn and potato spies report back to Madame Gothel. Frenchy and his intense friends, the Wood Elves, do their best to help Rapunzel escape the grasp of Madame Gothel. Just when you think it’s safe to cross the bridge, a troll and three billy goats gru get in the way. It doesn’t help that the three bears (or is it four) confuse Rapunzel with Goldilocks and chase her through the forest. Add to that the gremlins trying to play tricks on everyone and you h ave chaos! Well, it’s not that bad because the pixies foil the gremlins’ plans most of the time! Following the 11 a.m. performance, enjoy refreshments and lots of fun activities sponsored by the Bank of Belle Glade and Glades Area Branches of the Palm Beach County Library System. Parents, bring your cameras for this event which is included in the price of admission. Purchase tickets online at http:// www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/dollyhand/or by phone at 561-9931160. I R S C IRSC s u m m e r summer s h o w s showsFORT PIERCE — Join the Indian River State College Performing Arts Department for their annual summer shows, and while summer temperatures rise, check out the hottest ticket in town. The rst show of the summer is “The Best of Berlin – Dessert Cabaret” May 15 and May 16 at 7 p.m. and May 17 at 2 p.m. in the Wynne Black Box Theatre. Join the talented IRSC musical theatre students for this summer’s cabaret featuring the music of Irving Berlin. The second McAlpin OnStage summer show is “A Thousand Cowboys,” a new musical by Tori Lee Averett. The show will run May 29, 30, 31 at 7 p.m. and May 31 at 2 p.m. “A Thousand Cowboys” features classic country tunes, memorable cowboy songs, and contemporary American music that promise to delight and entertain. Purchase tickets online at www.irsc.edu or at the box o ce located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. For your convenience, tickets may now be picked up at will call before the shows. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box O ce at 772-462-4750 or toll-free at 1-800-220-9915. Seats are still available for this popular series, so contact the box o ce today to reserve tickets. PERFORMING A RTS


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EMPLOYMENT OPPORUNITIESOkeechobee Healthcare Facility is seeking dependable, motivated and experienced individuals who have previously worked in the food service business. These are full-time positions with bene“ts for the right people. All perspective employees must be able to pass a drug test, physical and Level II background screening as a prerequisite to hiring. EOE/DFWP Cooks, prep-cooks, aides and dishwashers with good references may apply at 406 NW 4th Street, Okeechobee 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 *. Lost*REWARD* LOST DOG LONG HAIRED BIRD DOG, LOST NEAR CIVIC CENTER HWY 98/ PLAYLAND PARK. CALL 863-634-8822 Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds ServicesFOR SALE CLEAN FILL DIRT $100/PER LOAD. CONTACT ROTOR VEHICAL. PHONE 863-623-8249 MOBILE 863-801-8921 Special NoticeFor the three sisters who sold me their fathers coin collection, please call me. Joel Kimzey (863)326-1545 Employment Full Time NOW HIRING LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!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. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Full Time NOW HIRING A/C Service Technician with at least 5 years experience and competent in the following areas. Read and interpret wiring schematics Please call 763-6742 208 SW 5th Ave, Okeechobee EOE DFWP SOD FOREMAN Experienced, Self Motivated, Able to work on farm equip. Must have vehicle. Send resume to priest032809@yahoo.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeEstablished 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. This position involves a high knowledge of mechanical, electrical, refrigeration systems and PLU systems. Seasonal demands during growing season, bilingual helpful. Please send resume to: positions @mackfarms.com Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Shop here first! The classified ads 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 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 Employment Full Time Apartments1 Bedroom Ef ciency apartment all utilities furnished $375.00 monthly Call 812-989-3022 2bd/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 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $725/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. NW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $600, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. 561-346-1642. Employment Full Time ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE 1/1, New oor covering, clean, furnished, cable, Wi-Fi, elec, satellite W/D incld. $600/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 Business PlacesRESTAURANT FO R LEASE, 5,500 SQUARE FEET, PRIME LOCATION ON PARROTT AVE. IF INTERESTED CALL FOR MORE INFO 941-928-5529 O R 941-928-0544 Condos/Townhouses Rent2 weeks free, Ground Flr. 1br/1ba., on water w/pool, fully furnished, includes Utilities. $775 mo + Sec. 863-634-0663. Affordable 2br./1ba., screened in porch, pool, boat dock, Washer/Dryer, water included. $750 mo. No pets. Move in now 2 weeks free. 863-634-0663. 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 OKEE 2bd/1ba Clean CBS House, furnished, enclosed porch, w/d, large yard ,storage shed, well water, by 15-B, Available 6/1 $750 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 Okeechobee 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 16 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


Office Space Rent Office Space Rent “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space, 500 SF and up. 863-467-0651 Land Sale10 ACRES OWNER FINANCING $4,000 DOWN FOR MOBILE HOME OR BUILD YOUR HOME. 6 MINUTES FROM TOWN 863-763-6358 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd./2ba Dble Wide. $500 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 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 FOR SALE OR LONG TERM LEASE, 2BD/2BA ON BEAUTIFUL RENTAL LOT. DOCK WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO THE LAKE. 217-521-9718 Large used double wide Only $36,900 includes setup, a/c, skirting and steps. call 863-357-4848 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* One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Fifth WheelsMonte Carlo 2013 Fifth Wheel, 37ft,’ Self contained, tri axle, 2 slides, 2 a/c’s, many extras, will deliver. $32,300 obo (847)489-6193 Travel TrailersFOR SALE 2011 25FT TRAVEL TRAILER WITH SLIDE OUT, SLEEPS 6, USED ONE MONTH. PLUS TOW PACKAGE, LIKE NEW $15,000 O.B.O. 863-467-2146 AutomobilesFOR 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 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE JOHNSON AUDITORIUM LOCATED IN THE CLARE & GLADYS WOLF HIGH TECHNOLOGY CENTER ON THE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE CHASTAIN CAMPUS AT 2400 SE SALERNO ROAD, STUART, FLORIDA 34997. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 465217 ON 5/9/2014 TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact Patty Burnette at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Technical Review Committee 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 General Services Department 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 Committee in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the Committee Secretary for the City’s records. By: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 465314 ON 5/9/2014 NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6 PM, or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider any proposed amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s), submitted by City Staff or citizens. All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. Item(s) of discussion submitted to date are, but not limited to: Amend Code Book Chapter 71, Articles II, III, and IV, Impact Fees, by providing for an extension of a moratorium for the collection of impact fees from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, for Sections 71-13, Public Works Impact Fees Schedule; 71-23 Law Enforcement Facilities Impact Fee Schedule; and 71-33 Fire Impact Fee Schedule. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda or to view the proposed amendments. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board 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 General Services 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 Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 465312 ON 5/9/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD063 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: 2270 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 9 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MARKLEY T SEAY 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 19th day of June, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Lynn Shain 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. 465004 ON 5/9,16,23,30/2014 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Public Notice Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD062 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOHN BERAK 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: 911 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT E TRACT 13 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 13 24 34S 33E 1-24-34-33-0A00-00013-E000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MIKE DUFFY 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 5th day of June, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Gail Mewbourn 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. 464293 ON 4/25;5/2,9,16/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD061 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that KRINDA C CANNON 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: 1052 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 30 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 30 25 34S 33E 1-25-34-33-0A00-00030-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANN GRAND PIERRE NIXON CHARLCEUS 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 5th day of June, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Gail Mewbourn 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. 464294 ON 4/25;5/2,9,16/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD064 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SABRINA BURAC 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: 756 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT O OF TRACT 19 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 19 SECTION 21 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-21-34-33-0A00-00019-O000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: REINALDO G BURAC 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 19th day of June, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Lynn Shain 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. 465003 ON 5/9,16,23,30/2014 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Public Notice Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2014CP042 IN RE: ESTATE OF CHARLES FRANCIS GROGAN, JR. Deceased. PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATION (intestate Florida resident single petitioner) Petitioner, Mary Ann Grogan, alleges: 1. Petitioner has an interest in the above estate as the daughter of the decedent. Petitioner’s address is 3224 Chaf n Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23513, and the name and of ce address of petitioner’s attorney are set forth at the end of this petition. 2. Decedent, CHARLES FRANCIS GROGAN, JR., whose last known address was 1307 South Parrott Avenue, Lot #B30, Okeechobee, Florida 34974, and whose age was 78, and the last four digits of whose Social Security number are 2493, died on June 25, 2012, at the decedent’s home. On the date of death decedent was domiciled in Okeechobee County, Florida. 3. So far as is known, the names of the bene ciaries of this estate and of the decedent’s surviving spouse, if any, their addresses and relationships to decedent, and the dates of birth of any who are minors, are: NAME ADDRESS RELATIONSHI BIRTH DATE [if Minor] Sophie Grogan 3224 Chal n Avenue Surviving spouse Norfolk, Virginia 23513 4. Venue of this proceeding is in this county because decedent was a resident of this county on the date of death. 5. Mary Ann Grogan, whose address is 3224 Chal n Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23513, and who is quali ed under the laws of the State of Florida to serve as personal representative of the decedent’s estate is entitled to preference in appointment as personal representative because she is the daughter and only issue of the decedent and the surviving spouse has waived appointment and consented. 6. The nature and approximate value of the assets in this estate are tangible personal property and personal effects valued at less than $5,000.00 and potential forthcoming settlements in connection with a civil action suit pending in the Supreme Court of New York. 7. This estate will not be required to le a federal estate tax return. 8. After the exercise of reasonable diligence, petitioner is unaware of any unrevoked wills or codicils of decedent. 9. Domiciliary or principal proceedings are not known to be pending in another state or country. Petitioner requests that Mary Ann Grogan be appointed personal representative of the estate of the decedent. Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing, and the facts alleged are true, to the best of my knowledge and belief. Mary Ann Grogan, Petitioner Stephen W. Screnci, Esq. Attorney for Petitioners E-Mail Addresses: sws@screncilaw.com Florida Bar No. 0051802 Stephen W. Screnci, P.A. 2600 N. Military Trail, Suite 410 Fountain Square 1 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 Telephone: (561) 300-3390 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2014CP042 IN RE: ESTATE OF CHARLES FRANCIS GROGAN, JR. Deceased. LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION (single personal representative) TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN WHEREAS, CHARLES FRANCIS GROGAN, JR., a resident of 1307 South Parrott Avenue, Lot #B30, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 died on June 25, 2012, owning assets in the State of Florida, and WHEREAS, Mary Ann Grogan has been appointed personal representative of the estate of the decedent and has performed all acts prerequisite to issuance of Letters of Administration in the estate, NOW, THEREFORE, I, the undersigned circuit judge, declare Mary Ann Grogan duly quali ed under the laws of the State of Florida to act as personal representative of the estate of CHARLES FRANCIS GROGAN, JR., deceased, with full power to administer the estate according to law; to ask, demand, sue for, recover and receive the property of the decedent; to pay the debts of the decedent as far as the assets of the estate will permit and the law directs; and to make distribution of the estate according to law. ORDERED on 3-18-2014. Gary L. Sweet, Circuit Judge 465209 ON 5/2,9/2014 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given that the following vehicles will be sold at public auction pursuant to F.S.. 713.78 on the sale dates at the locations below at 9:00 a.m. to satisfy towing and storage charges. 2000 GMC 1GTGK29U3YE184844 1996 Mazda 4F4CR16A0TTM03785 Sale Date:05/27/2014 Location: Rapid Auto Disposal Incorporated 4870 US hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 Lienors reserve the right to bid. 465316 ON 5/9/2014 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. Joseph E. Dudwoire Jr. Last known address: 3838 SW 16th Avenue Okeechobee, FL Nicholas R. Seigfried Last known address: 1659 W. Hwy 70, #20 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 465315 ON 5/9/2014 17 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids.


18 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 ACROSS 1 Monarchy 6 Many a class reunion tune 11 Captain PhillipsŽ actor Hanks 14 __ ink 15 Fishing spots 16 Title heartbreaker in a Three Dog Night song 17 *Tykes dinnertime perch 19 Im not a crookŽ monogram 20 Rogue 21 Plowing measure 23 Ad Council ad, briefly 25 *Unfair deception 28 Energetic 31 Obvious joy 32 Spider-ManŽ trilogy director Sam 33 Feel sorry about 34 Quipster 37 *Insignificant amount 42 Weekend TV fare for nearly 40 yrs. 43 Reading after resetting 44 RootsŽ hero __ Kinte 45 Scandinavian port 47 Comeback 48 *Numero uno 53 Used to be 54 Lover of Euridice, in a Monteverdi work 55 Decide not to ride 58 Cambridge sch. 59 Try, or a hint to the first words of the answers to starred clues 64 Rocks found in bars 65 Software buyers 66 Kevin of Cry FreedomŽ 67 Audio receiver 68 Tag cry 69 Loosened DOWN 1 Cage component 2 Ambient music innovator 3 Worship 4 Brainy Simpson 5 Yoga class supply 6 Onetime rival of Sally Jessy 7 Stocking thread 8 Mark of concern 9 Roth __ 10 Collection of heir pieces? 11 Country singer Gibbs 12 Ancient Mexican tribe known for carved stone heads 13 Capital WSW of Moscow 18 __ homoŽ 22 Style reportedly named for Ivy League oarsmen 23 Western chum 24 Lasting marks 26 Hot-and-cold fits 27 Working class Roman 29 Collapse inward 30 Sundial hour 33 Greek consonant 35 Dont tell me, dont tell me!Ž 36 Neon swimmer 38 Court plea, briefly 39 Multi-cell creature? 40 Commonly fourstringed instrument 41 Bits of ankle art, say 46 Former Japanese military ruler 47 Horseradish, e.g. 48 Pal, slangily 49 Novelist Jong 50 ... happily ever __Ž 51 Oteri of 42-Across 52 Lift 56 Knockoff 57 Land surrounded by agua 60 Prefix with metric 61 Doc who administers a PET scan? 62 United 63 English poet Hughes By Gareth Bain (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 04/16/14 04/16/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle From the Cypress Hut Eagles The American nationwide observance of Mother’s Day celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Congressional Bill designating the second Sunday every May in honor of mothers, following a decade of activism led by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE). Many trace the origin of Mother’s Day to a movement begun in 1904 by Eagles Past Grand Worthy President Frank E. Hering, which would prove to be the rst of the organization’s many history-making accomplishments. In the decades to follow, the FOE has played a similarly prominent role on a broad array of social and philanthropic causes, including helping launch Social Security and Medicare and ensuring legal protection against job discrimination based on age. This Mother’s Day, the Eagles celebrate the completion of $25 million, multiyear commitment to establish the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa, a state-of-the-art medical research facility dedicated to the prevention and potential eradication of diabetes. Hering, a Notre Dame football coach and history professor and two-time FOE Grand Worthy president from South Bend, Ind., made the rst public plea for the establishment of a nationwide Mother’s Day during an event at the English Opera House in Indianapolis. The inspiration had rst come to him from a teaching colleague who set aside classroom time once a month to make his students scribble a postcard to their mothers. Hering urged the Eagles to honor “the great things of the world that have been achieved by mothers’ love and devotion” and suggested that one Sunday each year be dedicated for that purpose. The idea was rmly embraced and promoted by the membership, and within a short time, several states had moved to formally establish Mother’s Day observances. The growing movement helped galvanize lobbying efforts that led to legislation in the U.S. Congress for the Wilson proclamation. Ann a Jarvis, the other major crusader for a memorial day for mothers, suggested the date in May. Remarkably, the FOE was founded only six years before Hering’s speech by a group of six theater owners in Seattle, WA. Meeting to decide on how to settle a musicians’ strike, the competitors also came up with the idea to join together in a non-pro t organization dedicated to “uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.” The popularity of the organization spread rapidly via the nationwide circuit of theaters and the promotion of touring actors, stagehands and playwrights who were among the earliest members. Their ranks have broadened to include seven former U.S. presidents, celebrities and other notables from all walks of life. Today, 800,000 members based in over 1500 chapters (Aeries) and 1300 women’s auxiliaries raise in excess o f $100 million each year to bene t local communities and charities. They have also donated millions of dollars to aid medical treatment and research on a host of conditions, most recently with a priority on the prevention and cure of diabetes. “It brings us great pride to watch the world celebrate 100 years of Mother’s Day, knowing how much wor k was done by Eagles to make this occasion possible,” Eagles’ Grand Worthy president David Tice said. Mother’s Day is 100 years old With its warm weather and scenic coastal highways, Florida is a popular place for motorcycle enthusiasts who want to explore what all the state has to offer. Florida’s highways and byways will become even more popular with motorcyclists as we head into the warmer summer months. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Florida Highway Patrol is asking both motorists and motorcyclists to use caution and “share the road.” May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary donates to Real Life Children’s RanchOn April 8 the Rotary Club of Okeechobee was proud to continue its support of the local community by presenting a donation to Real Life Children’s Ranch. The Rotary Club held a Wild Game Dinner recently and pledged a portion of the funds raised to Real Life Children’s Ranch. Real Life Children’s is a faith-based ministry that offers residential, family-style group foster homes in Okeechobee. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee invites you to join them every Tuesday at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant to learn more about Rotary. Come and experience “Service Above Self” in action in your own community. E-mail OkeechobeeRotary@live.com for more information on how you can be involved. Pictured are president Elect Rob Wilson, president Donna Gaiser, RLCR Community Relations director Darlene Mayer and Rotarian Colin Cameron.


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BEXLEY, Ohio—LeAnna Cotton, a native o f Okeechobee, and member of the Capital University softball team, was one of three Crusaders to garner All-Ohio Athletic Conf erence accolades, the league announced S aturday following the conclusion of the c onference tournament. Junior center elder Kelsey Swain (Picke rington, Ohio/Pickerington North) and s ophomore second baseman Brooklyn State n (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) earned seco nd team All-OAC honors, while junior left elder LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla./ Okeechobee) was named honorable ment ion all-conference. The trio helped the Crus aders post the program’s 16th consecutive s eason with 20 or more wins under head c oach Nan Payne. Cotton led the team and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in home runs (7), runs b atted in (32), total bases (75) and slugging p ercentage (.581). She also stands fourth in t he league with eight sacri ce hits. A two-year starter in the out eld, Cotton w as named Academic All-OAC a year ago. Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. In uenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the university capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom. LeAnn Cotton earns all conference softball honors REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com 20 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Cody Walker announced this week he w ould play college football at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., in the fall. The three-year starter for the Brahmans enjoyed a strong career both on the offensive and defensive lines and intends to continue that level of play for the Division III powerhouse. “I think this opportunity is awesome. It is somewhere that God de nitely wants me to go. He’s pushed me forward and you can’t go wrong if you follow God’s will,” he noted. Walker intends to study criminal justice and psychology and would like to one day become an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I’m real excited to look at the process to get into the FBI. It is something I’ve loved for a long time and I’m excited to learn all the details about the career,” he added. Walker has dropped some weight during the off season and is in tremendous shape. He also has quali ed for numerous academic scholarships. He played around 270 pounds during season and now weighs 240 pounds. He said he feels he can make an impact right away for Methodist. “I really think I can make an impact as a freshman. They have a lot of returning players that made an impact last year but I think I can t in and make this year’s team really, really good,” he added. Walker visited the North Carolina school recently and came away very impressed by the facilities at the campus, the people, and also their faith based curriculum. He noted Fayetteville is much larger than Okeechobee and the climate is a lot colder but that he can adjust and looks forward to living life and seeing what it brings him. “I’ll probably start at offensive guard and could play on the defensive line. They will move me around and see where they can use me. They de nitely have a tradition and a lot of great facilities,” he noted In fact the campus is building a new $8 million football stadium in the near future. Walker also likes the strong emphasis on faith. There are churches on campus and the football coaches are strong faith wise. He became interested in the school after attending a recruiting fair with other Brahmans and coach Chris Branham at Lake Wales High School. Methodist, whose mascot is the Monarchs, were a Conference Champion last year and have eyes on a National Championship over the next several years. Walker said he intends to play a big role in the team’s success. He said he will remain solid and steady and focused and concentrate on the things the coaches emphasize, just like he did in high school. He also plans to play with all his heart and give maximum effort at all times. “I always played hard every day and every game because I knew each day was one day closer to my high school career being over,” he stressed. Walker said he will miss Okeechobee but will always have a lot of great memories about his play on the football team and the people he’s met. “I’ll just think about the camaraderie and the teamwork that we had, being a Brahman football player was de nitely something special,” he said. Walker earned a number of awards this year including the Golden Helmet Award for community service for football. He was named to the All-Area team for the past two years in football. He also was a four-year letter winner in both football and tennis. Walker also played well in two post-season all-star games this past winter, the South Central Florida All-Star Classic in Sebring and the Treasure Coast versus Space Coast All-Star Game in Vero Beach. Walker is also the President of the OHS Drama Club, the Vice President of the National Honor Society, a four-year letterman in band, and a member of the Beta Club, Poetry Club and the Show Choir. His parents are Alicia and Edward Walker. W alker inks grid pact with Methodist Universit y 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 610-9458337.


ORTHOPAEDICS By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi“ cant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at w ork for our patients in Okeechobee. What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of“ ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of“ ce for those patients in need. Please call 863467-9500 for more information. FAMILY MEDICINE Hablamos Espaol Same Day Appointments Aliated with Raulerson Hospital RaulersonPrimaryCare.com 202 NE 2nd Avenue € Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 We Treat Kids Too!Monday … Thursday 8:00 a.m. … 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. … 4:00 p.m.(863) 467-2159 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansFamily Physician € Pediatrics Physicals € Family Care & Medicine Womens Health € Well-child visits Welcome to Medicare visits CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Benjamin Epstein, D.O.Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. We Treat Kids Too!Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor.Ž GYNECOLOGY 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health IssuesD. J B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Infertility • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders Accepting New Patients863-763-8000RaulersonGyn.com 21 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014


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Unless taxes and costs are paid, warrants will be issued thereon the proper judicial proceeding, court order will direct levy upon and seizure of tangible Personal Property of the taxpayer of unpaid taxes. Celeste Watford, CFC Okeechobee County Tax Collector 23 Okeechobee News May 9, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Derick Garcia tossed a shutout and Travis Herzog hit a solo home run to pace the Pembroke Pines Charter School Jaguars to a 4-0 w in to eliminate Okeechobee in the Class 6A regional semi nal game held Tuesday night at OHS. Loyal Brahman fans lined the eld and lled the parking areas at the high school to cheer on the local players who had surprised some by advancing to the second round of the regional playoffs this year. Pembroke Pines (21-5) was ready as they came into the game red up and saw themselves as the underdog wanting to pull off the upset. Garcia, a senior, said he was able to keep the hitters off balance with a two seam fastball. "It feels good to take this team to the farthest we've ever been, a regional championship and I want to move on and win state," he said. Garcia had tremendous support from his defense. They made most of the routine plays and threw a Brahman runner out at the plate w hen Jarred Morgan singled in the fth. The key inning for the Jaguars was a threerun third. A base on balls started the inning off on the wrong foot for OHS. A single by Danny Rodriguez and a big two-run double by Anthony Gomez gave the Jaguars momentum. "It was a great win," Jaguars coach Carlos Iglesias said. "At this point you take one game at a time. Okeechobee was a great team and this was a very close game where every out was important. My pitcher did an outstanding job, and defensively we made some great plays with the game on the line." Iglesias admitted his team had never played in front of this large a crowd. The atmosphere was mostly electric for both teams. Unfortunately, they had few rallies to cheer for as Okeechobee had few scoring chances against Garcia. "He is a kid that gives you everything he has on the mound," Iglesias admitted. "He doesn't get rattled, and he goes after hitters. He doesn't mind what the situation is he will ght pitch by pitch," he added. Garcia said they were a bit surprised at the size of the crowd but tried not to let that deter them from their goal of a state title. "I knew this would be a small town probably and this is what they do. They come to the game and support their players and I wanted to come in and get the upset," Garcia said. "It was a great environment and pretty cool to see all these people here tonight." Paul Jackson and Kutter Crawford had doubles for OHS (15-11). Kevin Coleman threw four shutout innings for the Brahmans. Okeechobee had two runners on base in the fourth but a runner was thrown out at third trying to steal to end the threat. Okeechobee also had two runners aboard with two outs in the sixth but Garcia made a nice grab of a looping line drive back to the mound to retire the side. Brahman coach Eric Kindell said early in the game his hitters swung at good pitchers' pitches. Later in the game, they battled but always had rallies with two outs in an inning. He said he thinks the Brahmans might have had better success had their lead-off hitters reached base. "The one inning I tried to put pressure on them but they made some great plays. That's how we have played all year trying to put pressure on our opponents. What a great run this was for our guys. Nobody expected us to do anything like this. I'm just overwhelmed by the season," he added. Kindell said he is really impressed with the talent that returns, especially on the pitching staff. Coleman, a junior looked good as he shut down the Jaguars over the nal four frames. Kindell also predicted this post season experience will help his young players mature and handle future situations. "It was absolutely a great experience. It is hard to teach the want and desire to win but this is something to feed on. Everybody likes to eat steak. The guys didn't like eating dog food for a little while, but I'm excited for them, and I thought it was a great season." Brahmans shut out 4-0 in regional tourney outing Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKevin Coleman shut out Pembroke Pines over the nal four innings in the regional semi nal game Tuesday.