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Sunday, May 11, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 57 13.01 feetLast Year: 13.54 feet Lake Levels 75¢ Plus tax By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Several employees at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) were honored recently by being tabbed as the top employees for the rst quarter of 2014. Employees are chosen from four different categories — administration, citizen volunteer, detention deputy and law enforcement. Victim’s Advocate Joan Johnson was the quarter’s top employee in the administration category. She was nominated by Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark and Detective Rosemary Farless for the way she helped the family of a recent drowning victim. “Recently, deputies responded to a call of a 3-year-old drowning victim. Joan responded where she met and stayed with the parents. After the child was pronounced dead, Joan stayed with the child, at the parent’s request, until being transported,” said Detective Farless. “Although dead, the mother did not want her baby to be left alone. Joan went above and beyond her duties as a civilian to comfort the parents of the child.” Mrs. Johnson has also chosen as the Victim’s Advocate of the Year for the 19th Judicial Circuit which includes Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. “During Joan’s employment with the sheriff’s of ce she has encountered many cases of child abuse, child neglect and tragedies involving both children and their families such as domestic assaults, drowning deaths and vehicular accidents,” said Lt. Stark. “It takes a special person to deal with any case involving children. However, every time she is asked to respond and assist with an investigation, she is always there to help.” Top OCSO employees of quarter named Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppCody Walker was left sitting by himself and contemplating his actions that caused a two-car crash and left one Okeechobee High School student dead. Although staged, the sight of fake blood and mangled cars Friday morning at OHS drove home the point for students to be safe driving to and from the OHS prom on Saturday, May 10. Stores caught selling alcohol to minors ... Page 15 Is aquaculture in Okeechobee County’s future? ... Page 9 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Submitted photo/ OCSOVictim’s Advocate Joan Johnson (center) was recently named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the quarter in the administration category. At left is Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark. At right is OCSO Major Noel Stephen. See OCSO — Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppAs OHS students watched intently, re ghters Gio Tunac (left) and J.R. Wooten (right), from the Okeechobee City Fire Department, cut the pillars so the roof of this car could be removed while Josh Borgstrom, a re ghter/paramedic with Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, is inside the car and tending to the injured driver Kyle Nichols. The mock crash was staged Friday morning to urge OHS students to be safe driving to and from their prom Saturday night. The event was put on by the: Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, Okeechobee City Fire Department, County Health Assessment Team from the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee and the Okeechobee County School System. Mock crash illustrates DUI danger


Lt. Stark also nominated Cary McKee as the citizen volunteer of the quarter for his w ork with the inmates in the Okeechobee County Jail. “I’ve seen Cary many times entering the jail with his Bible in his hand to minister to the inmates. I’m sure there are many other places he could be. However, Cary is a unique person who not only dedicates himself to his own congregation, but I’ve also seen him involved in many charitable and community-oriented activities,” said Lt. Stark. “He is always willing to speak with anyone at any time. His dedication to the sheriff’s of ce is greatly appreciated by both the inmates and the of cers.” In the detention deputy category, Debbie Terry was selected as the top deputy of the rst quarter. She was nominated by Detention Deputy Sergeant Mark Garland. “Despite the transitions within the transport division, Deputy Terry has done a great job of meeting the challenges by keeping everything running as smoothly possible,” said Sgt. Garland. “In the absence of a direct supervisor, she has assumed the responsibilities and duties associated with that position and has performed well.” Deputy Corporal Don Ellis nominated Deputy Mark Margerum as the top deputy in the law enforcement category for the way he safely handled a very serious situation involving a child whose life was in danger. “Deputy Margerum did an outstanding job taking the lead in an incident that involved a child that had been taken by an individual who was high on methamphetamine,” said Cpl. Ellis. “The abductor stated the child was a demon and he knew what he had to do with the child. The child was taken into a wooded area and if Deputy Margerum and his co-workers had not located the suspect and the juvenile, who knows what the outcome for that juvenile would have been.” OCSO Road Patrol Captain Gary Bell nominated a group of his deputies for a special Unit Citation for the manner in which they dealt with an armed suspect. Members of that group are: Sergeant Rob Coleman, Corporal Chris Hans, Corporal Randy Thomas, Deputy Max Waldron, Deputy Matt Crawford, Deputy Brian Cross and Deputy Matt Grumbling. “A suspect was wanted and on the run. The suspect did, in fact, shoot a weapon near or at a victim,” explained Capt. Bell. “The deputies met with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force and, together, carried out a plan with safety in mind. The end result was the suspect being put in jail, and a lengthy crime spree was brought to an end. This was a very good law enforcement effort and should be recognized as such. “Job well done,” added the captain. In announcing this quarter’s top employees, Sheriff Paul May said he was proud to have such dedicated and caring employees working for the sheriff’s of ce. “I am very proud of these employees and am happy to recognize them for things they have done,” he said. “These employees come to work every day with the thought of helping someone on their mind.” A unit citation was also given to several members of the OCSO Road Patrol division for their safe handling of a dangerous case involving an armed suspect. OCSOContinued From Page 1 ALL DIRECTV OFFERS REQUIRE 24-MONTH AGREEMENT.**SELECT’ PACKAGE$ 29 99 / MONTH FOR 12 MONTHS Package offers starting at: ACT NOW! mo.$2499* ng a t : A C A A T N $ Lock in 2 YEARS of savings! Includes $10/mo. for 24 months on Advanced Receiver Service (reg. $25/mo.) with Auto Bill Pay, valid email address and Paperless Billing. 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On hand for the presentation of her certi cate was Sheriff Paul May (left) and Detention Deputy Captain Tony Madrigal (right). Submitted photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Mark Margerum (left) was recently selected as the top employee of the rst quarter in the law enforcement division. At right is Deputy Lieutenant K.J. Ammons. Submitted photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark (far left) nominated Cary McKee (second from right) for selection as the OCSO citizen volunteer of the rst quarter. Presenting him with his certi cate recently were OCSO Major Noel Stephen (second from left) and Detention Deputy Lieutenant Scott Deloney (far right).


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Today: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 90F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Clear skies. Low 69F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy. High 89F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Monday Night : A mostly clear sky. Lo w 69F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday : Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday Night : Scattered thunderstorms early. Skies mainly clear overnight. Lo w around 70F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. The key that unlocks the scriptureBy Calvin FryarBrighton Baptist Church John 5:39—“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” Everything the Jewish people needed to know was contained in the Word of God and it all pointed to the One who stood before them. But they could only nd fault w ith Him and with what He taught. Jesus responded by telling them to “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” The Greek word translated “search” is ereunao, which means “to track the scent”—like a lion, or a bloodhound. That’s the way to study Scripture: Follow the scent of the blood. Sniff out the scarlet thread of the Cross. Look for Jesus.—Jon Courson’s Application Commentary. In old Egyptian writing (hieroglyphics), the symbol for the word “impossible” is made up by the use of several symbols. Two or more wavy lines with two feet upon them indicate the idea that an impossible thing is like trying to walk upon water. But Peter proved that the impossible was possible when he stepped out of the boat and walked to Jesus. For the natural man understanding the Scripture seemed impossible. Apart from Jesus, understanding the Scripture is certainly impossible but Jesus gave us the key—and that key was Jesus. THE SEARCH without the Savior would be fruitless and confusing. Jesus instructed them to “Search the scriptures” because He knew they were self-appointed scholars and did not have a clue. Little did they know that the key to opening the Scripture was standing in front of them—that is the reason John called Him the Word in John 1:1. A drunk was looking for something on the sidewalk one night under a streetlight. He groped along the ground, feeling the cement, occasionally grabbing the pole for support. A passerby asked what he was looking for. “Lost my wallet,” the drunk replied. The passerby offered to help him look, but with no success. “Are you sure you lost it here?” he asked the drunk. “Course I didn’t!” the drunk replied. “It was half a block back there.” “Then why aren’t you looking back there?” “Because,” answered the drunk with baf ing logic, “there ain’t no streetlights back there.”—told by Billy Graham. For centuries, men had been totally baf ed by the strange writings which were found in Egypt—the hieroglyphics. Then in 1799, there was discovered the Rosetta Stone. On that stone were three parallel columns, in hieroglyphics, demotic, and Greek. This was the key! Scholars knew Greek. Using what they knew, they unraveled the mystery of the hieroglyphics.—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations THE SAVIOR is the Key that will unlock all of the mysteries of the Scripture—He is the Key of Promise. In Bunyan’s great allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, the incident is related of how Christian decides to leave the Main Highway and follow another Path which seemed easier. But this Path leads him into the territory of Giant Despair who owns Doubting Castle. Eventually he is captured by Giant Despair and kept in a dungeon. He is advised to kill himself. The Giant said there was no use trying to keep on with his journey. For the time, it seemed as if Despair had reall y conquered Christian. But then, Hope, Christian’s companion, reminds him of previous victories. So it came about that on Saturda y about midnight they began to pray, and continued in prayer until almost morning. Now a little before it was day, good Christian, as one half-amazed, broke out in passionate speech, “What a fool am I thus to lie in a stinking Dungeon, when I may as well be at liberty. I have a Key in my bosom called Promise that will, I am persuaded, open an y lock in Doubting Castle.” Then said Hopeful, “That’s good news. Good Brother, pluck it out of thy bosom and try.” And the prison gates ew open. Jesus was the promised one and an open Door to all of God’s promises. The Jewish people could have walked into the kingdom if they had only allowed the Key to be placed in the lock. But instead they perished while locked away in a dungeon of doubt. Dr. T. C. Horton entered an elevator one day and called for the oor at which he wished to stop. Always ready to seize an opportunity to tell what God had done for a world of lost sinners, he turned to the elevator boy, and asked, “Are you bound for Heaven or hell?” “I don’t know,” the startled young man replied. When the desired oor was reached, the elevator stopped, and the door was opened. But Dr. Horton made no move to go. The elevator boy waited a moment, and then said to him, “Why don’t you go? The door is open.” “So is the door o f Heaven,” answered Dr. Horton, walking out, and leaving the young man to make the ver y obvious application.—Sunday School Time County jail This issue consuming Board of County Commissioners, sheriff and jail is very interesting, and watching things unfold and true colors exposed reveal true character aws which I am sure voters are regretting who they elected. It’s almost comical. The BOCC created this mess and now must gure out how to come to a legal solution while still meeting their personal agendas (impossible).  The county jail seems to be the hot potato. No one wants to be responsible for it. The sheriff is giving it back to the county to run as he can’t safely run it on what they budgeted. The county is nding out that no private company will run it for that budget either.  The fabulous four screaming they do not want to run the jail, and not one of them has enough sense to ask the sheriff what his cost would be to run the jail.  In the 2016 sheriff election, I expect the jail to be a campaign issue. Are there any candidates who think they can run the jail on what the county commission is budgeting for that department?  In regard to any lawsuits against the jail, I think the sheriff is still on the hook for those if the incidents were on his watch. If the county takes it over, they will be responsible for anything that happens after they assume responsibility. But any pending legal actions still go back to the person responsible at the time. It’s not unusual to have lawsuits led against jails as jailhouse lawyers are just looking for ways to cause trouble.Courthouse security Let’s go get G4S or the city to man the lobby of the courthouse, the sheriff can provide the bailiffs, and if the judge don’t like it then what? I will have to say I am in the same boat as the commissioners on this one. I don’t know either. What if the judge says he wants the front desk manned all day?Pill theft The case of the pharmacy technician who is accused of stealing pills just goes to show that when you get a prescription, you should count your pills, especially if you are getting pain killers or something that can be sold on the street. How easy is it for someone to short you one pill? Who would even notice? And one pill from each prescription starts adding up. I have never counted my pills before, but I am going to start. May 11, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom ByrdSpeak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee Forecast


5 Okeechobee News May 11, 2014 Outta the woodsBy Tony YoungSpecial to the Okeechobee News I hope everyone enjoyed a great turkey season, and I am happy to report that I tagged-out in Florida, nishing my season in local woods, harvesting a nice Eastern with a 9-inch beard and 1 1/8-inch spurs. But the most exciting part is that I took my rst Osceola on a great hunting trip with my wife to Martin County, thereby getting my Florida Slam (shooting both subspecies of wild turkeys that reside in the state). And what a true trophy bird and wonderful vacation it was. My old college friend, Matt McGuire, had been trying to get Katie and me to come down to hunt with him on his good friend Lance Troup's cattle ranch. So that's exactly w hat we did and that gorgeous property did not disappoint. I am a lifelong Floridian and have spent the majority of my days hunting the red hills of the Panhandle, so this south Florida landscape was new to me and its beauty captiv ating. We were there for a three-day hunt, and it was on the second morning when we struck gold. Matt and Katie sat in a blind we had made from palmetto fronds with three decoys out in front. Matt was doing the calling, and Katie the shooting. I sat in another ground blind 150 yards away with no decoys, and except for some soft, pre-dawn tree yelps, I wasn't going to make a sound. If the turkeys walked their way, perhaps Katie would get a shot. A nd if they came my way, maybe I could. That morning, without hearing a single gobble from the tree, I turned out to be the lucky one when two big toms came in silent from behind me and crossed right in front of my blind. When the opportunity presented itself, I raised my 12-gauge 870 pump and rolled the bigger of the two, and when I walked over and put my hands on him, I realized my rst Osceola was also my very rst bird to qualify for the Florida Turkey Registry. One spur was 1.5 inches, the other was 1.25 inches, and his beard was 11.25 inches. A trophy gobbler in any state! The next couple days, we continued to hunt hard for a bird for Katie, but never could get one within shooting distance before we had to head back home to Tallahassee. But that's hunting for you. Needless to say though, it was an incredible extended weekend of Osceola turkey hunting in a whole different habitat, and we can't wait to go back next spring maybe for a whole week!Gator permit deadline nearsNow that it's May and turkey season in Florida is over, it's time to apply for gator hunting permits, and that is yet another hunting tradition that my wife and I love to do together every year. Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to ght and bring into the boat a 10-foot alligator? If you've never gator hunted before, to me, it's a combination of hunting and shing. Since 1988, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has offered hunters the opportunity to take part in its annual recreational statewide alligator harvest. These special hunts provide a thrilling, hands-on hunting adventure unlike any other you could imagine. Alligator season spans about 11 weeks and always runs from Aug. 15 through Nov. 1. Here's how you can apply for the more than 5,000 permits that will be available. During Phase I, alligator permits will be issued by random drawing, but you only have until May 5 to apply, so hurry! Applicants will be limited to drawing only one permit during the Phase I and II application periods. You may submit your no-cost application at any tax collector's of ce, license agent or through the Internet at License.MyFWC.com. Phase I drawing results will be posted after 10 a.m. EDT on May 9. You will have until May 19 to pay the cost of the permit, if you are drawn. Any permits not purchased by this deadline will be available to apply for during Phase II. While Phase II was previously a rstcome, rst-served phase, it is now a random drawing. Hunters can apply for permits during this phase beginning at 10 a.m. May 23 through June 2. However, those who drew a permit in Phase I and paid for it cannot apply during Phase II. And, hunters applying during Phase II must submit a new application. Phase II results will be posted after 10 a.m. on June 6. Hunters who drew a permit during this application period must pay for it by June 16, or it will again be placed back into the system and be available for all during Phase III. Any permits remaining after the rst two application periods can be purchased during Phase III on a rst-come, rst-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. on June 20 until all are sold. Anyone may participate during Phase III even those who bought a permit in Phase I or II. The cost for your rst alligator trapping license and two hide-validation tags is $272 for Florida residents and $1,022 for nonresidents. If you happen to buy an additional permit during Phase III, it will cost $62, regardless of whether you're a resident or not. No hunting license or other permits are required to go gator huntin'. Each permit allows you to take two alligators from whichever county or body of water you were awarded during a speci c harvest period. You must be at least 18 years old b y opening day, Aug. 15, to purchase one. If you don't have all the gear necessar y and you'd rather assist a friend who's purchased an alligator trapping license, you can pay just $52 for an alligator trapping "agent" license. You don't even have to be 18 to bu y one. This license allows you to take alligators, but only when you're with your friend who has the tags. So if you'd like to do some gator giggin', visit MyFWC.com/Alligator and click on "Statewide Alligator Hunts" for more information on these exciting gator huntin' opportunities. Here's wishing you luck in getting drawn for what could be the hunt of your life. Remember to introduce someone to hunting when you can. As always, have fun, hunt safely and ethically, and we'll see you on the water! My rst Osceola turkey; now it's time to apply for gator permits Winter is nally over. Trees and owers are b lossoming, birds are building nests and critt ers are being born. And the calls about "aband oned" animals have begun. Spring is also the time when the Florida F ish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants folks to know that those fawns a nd edglings that may seem abandoned and i n need of rescue might not need human ass istance. In fact, sometimes rescue efforts may d o more harm than good. After giving birth, adult wildlife must fora ge to provide food for themselves and their y oung. This means leaving their newborns for s hort periods. Having some basic knowledge o f wildlife and the survival skills animals use c an help people understand when to leave nat ure alone. Common targets of misplaced rescues are b aby deer, temporarily left in a safe place while t heir mothers feed nearby. Many people who nd fawns mistakenly assume they have been a bandoned, when in reality parents are in the p rocess of ensuring the infants' survival. "In most cases, it is absolutely not in the f awn's best interest to rescue' it," said Allan H allman, wildlife biologist at the FWC's Camp B landing Field Of ce. Hallman says what typically happens is s omeone discovers a young deer waiting for i ts mother. Often, those fawns are found in p almetto patches or in recently burned areas, w here a doe has placed her new offspring for p rotection. These settings tend to help mask t he fawn's scent, thus providing good protection from the keen nose of a predator. People discover these seemingly abandoned baby deer and become concerned when the parent is nowhere in sight. The would-be rescuer falsely believes the young animal will perish unless he or she "saves" it or takes it to a wildlife rehabilitation center. "Unfortunately, actions of this kind usually have the opposite effect of a rescue," Hallman said. "The stress created by changing the animal's diet and surroundings is often fatal. "If the rescued fawn manages to survive, its return to the wild is practically impossible because of human imprinting or a lack of survival skills. If it had remained wild, the young deer would have learned the necessary survival skills from its mother," Hallman said. Another way to help with the survival of young animals is to not feed them. Feeding can cause problems ranging from poor nutrition to making the animal dependent on humans for food and to loss of foraging skills, all of which can decrease the critter's chances of survival. "These animals have survived for a long time without our assistance. They can continue to survive without handouts," Hallman said. The FWC recommends that if you nd a fawn or other baby animal, don't touch it, and quietly leave the area. "However, if you see a bird on the ground, it should be returned to its nest," Hallman said. "Songbirds have almost no sense of smell, so the young birds can be returned to their nest without much chance of rejection." Juvenile birds are commonly found on the ground at this time of year, looking a bit dazed or confused. The youngster may be trying to hide in tall grass or in low bushes to avoid being seen by predators. These young birds are going through a process called edging. When they're ready to edge, young birds have grown all the adult feathers they'll need to y, but they still must learn to y. During this process, the immature birds sometimes end up on the ground, where they may spend several days before they learn all their ight skills. "While on the ground, the juvenile birds' parents continue to watch over them, feeding them and helping them learn necessary survival skills. Help the parents by keeping any pets that may harm the young birds indoors during the spring and summer," Hallman said. "Please don't interfere in this crucial learning process." Here are some important facts that can help determine if a baby bird needs rescuing. According to biologists, the only time a baby songbird should be rescued is when it is on the ground and has almost no feathers, when the bird is injured by pets or its tail is less than a half-inch long, and it cannot hop around on its own. If you nd a baby songbird you are sure needs rescuing, place the baby bird in a tissuelined box that has air holes in the top. Keep the box in a warm spot away from drafts and air conditioning and out of direct sunlight. Do not give it food or water. Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area. The FWC's North Central Region Of ce, 386-758-0525, has a list of rehabbers. A statewide list of rehabbers is available at MyFWC.com/Wildlife, under "Living with Wildlife." Many local veterinarians also work closely with wildlife rehabilitators and also can be a good source of advice. "You can also place the bird in a lined box and attach the box to the tree from where the bird fell. Sometimes the parents will come to the baby in the new box and feed it there," Hallman said. This gives the birds a chance to be raised properly by their parents. "Most parents will come back to care for the edgling. Sometimes, however, they reject the chick because of a limited food supply, an inability to care for the young chick, or for other reasons we may not understand," Hallman said. "If the parents don't return, then the chick should be taken to a rehab center. Migratory birds are protected and need to be cared for by a licensed facility." The FWC asks you to remember that removing an animal from the wild to save it may actually have the opposite effect. Seek advice from wildlife professionals before attempting to rescue any animal. "Remember that in most cases, it's best to leave wildlife wild," Hallman said. For more information on Florida's wildlife and what you can do to help, go to MyFWC. com and click on "Wildlife & Habitats." W ildlife rescues' can do more harm than good


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.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 of 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.Eagles host steak dinnerFraternal Order Of Eagles Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host bingo on Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. They will serve stea k dinner, 16 oz. ribeye, with choice of baked or sweet potato, garlic bread, salad and dessert on Friday, May 16, starting at 5:30 until 9 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by: Hard Country Band starting from 7 until 11 p.m. All proceeds go to support charities o f the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4137. Come enjoy great food, entertainment and great people. For information, call 863-763-2552.Bingo games hosted by MooseOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites you to join them for bingo Friday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, May 19, they are serving tacos from noon until. On Wednesday, May 21, come for wing night from 5 until 7 p.m. Bingo on Thursday, May 22, starts at 1 p.m. and on Firday, May 23, bings starts at 6:30 p.m. Lunch available for a small charge on Thursday. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities. 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 www.newszap.com. Glendine Entry Hetrick, 88OKEECHOBEE Glendine Hetrick died peacefully on March 12, 2014. Born to Mollie and John Entry, Sr. in West Virginia, she enjoyed country cooking, quilting and spending time with family and friends. She met her husband Chester Hetrick during World War II while working in Washington, D.C. as a secretary at the Pentagon. They resided in Kentucky and Illinois prior to their move to Okeechobee in 1968. Together, they owned and operated the Twin Pines Drive-In on North 441 until 1980 w here they were known for their chili dogs and hamburgers. Many of their customers became longtime friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester David Hetrick; brother, John Edward Entry, Jr.; and sisters, Lois Hampton and Gay Entry. Survivors include her daughters, Virginia (Glenn) Simmons of Coral Springs, Fla. and Kay (Jeff) Switzer of Escondido, Calif.; two grandsons, Robert (Carrie) Switzer and William Switzer; and two great-grandsons, Jack and Sam. She also leaves behind her brother, Danny (Anna) Entry and sister, Mary Margaret Maynard both of Okeechobee.Ruth Ellen Fulford, 83OKEECHOBEE Ruth Ellen Fulford died May 7, 2014. She was born Jan. 26, 1931 in Spring eld, Mo. to Joseph and Thelma Burk. A resident of Okeechobee since 1939, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. She enjoyed playing the guitar and piano, singing, traveling and spending time with her friends. She worked for the Okeechobee County School System as a Teacher's Assistant for 24 years. Mrs. Fulford is survived by her husband since 1949, Wayne Fulford, Sr. of Okeechobee; two sons, Wayne Fulford, Jr. of Winter Garden and Tim Fulford (Sondra) of Okeechobee; daughter, J anet "Sissy" Fulford of Royal Palm Beach; four grandchildren, Mallori (Greg), Brooke, Troy and Ryan; two great grandchildren, Aubrey and Hailey; two brothers, Donald Burk of Okeechobee and Jimmy Burk (Shirley) of Ft. Pierce. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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. Vikki Aaron Johnson, 54OKEECHOBEE Vikki Aaron Johnson died May 9, 2014. She was born July 9, 1959 in Fort Lauderdale to Carl Sr. and Mary Aaron. A resident of Okeechobee since 1974, along with her husband, she was the owner/operator of Big Lake Roo ng. She was a devoted wife and mother. She always looked for the good in people and loved going to the Pink Shell Resort in Ft. Myers. She was a NASCAR fan, enjoyed reading and driving her golf cart with her dogs. She was a Miami Dolphins fan and enjoyed tailgating and watching the games with her family and friends. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her son, Josh Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Kelly Johnson; two daughters, Rebecca Meara and Sarah Johnson; two granddaughters, Audra and Allison; brother, Carl D. Aaron, Jr.; and sister, Debra Aaron Ronkko all of Okeechobee. The family will receive friends 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Basinger Cemetery. 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 11, 2014Mae Barnett, 90OKEECHOBEE Mae Barnett died May 9, 2014. She was born May 1, 1924 in Salyersville, Ky. to Thomas and Carell Kimberlin. A resident of Okeechobee for seven months, she enjoyed walking, shing, being on the go and attending her church, Lighthouse Baptist Church. Mrs. Barnett is survived by two sons, George Barnett (Zita) of Akron, Ohio and Jerry Barnett (Pam) of Okeechobee; ve grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 6731 South U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie, Florida with Pastor Clark Walden of ciating. The family would like to offer a special thanks to Sharon, Hospice and All About You Caregivers for the care and attention they all gave to Mrs. Barnett. 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. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236


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WHERE DOES IT HURT?Emergency Services at Raulerson Hospital. Always there. Al ways r eady. To speak to a Registered Nurse 24/7, call our free Consult-A-Nurse service at 763-9228. WHERE TO GET IT FIXED 1796 Highway 441 N € Okeechobee, FL 34972 RaulersonHospital.com Sore throat 8 Okeechobee News May 11, 2014 Stroke occurs when blood cannot carry oxygen to the brain, whether due to blockage by a blood clot or a narrowing of blood v essels. According to the American Stroke A ssociation, as much as 75 percent of rsttime stroke sufferers have a history of high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is de ned as excessive pressure from blood ow against the walls of the arteries. Consistent high blood pressure overw orks your heart and can break down arteries. Without healthy blood passageways, y our risk of stroke skyrockets. You can control many risk factors of stroke by lowering your blood pressure. Keep a healthy weight. The more you weight, the more body mass pushes down on arteries. Exercise regularly. When you get your blood pumping in a healthy manner, your heart strengthens and arteries stay t. Cut stress out of your lifestyle. Implement relaxation techniques or take measures to improve the quality of your life, such as switching to a less stressful job. Control your cholesterol levels through healthy eating. Maintain healthy uid levels in your body. Fluid retention, caused by excessive salt intake, increases blood pressure. Quit smoking. When it comes to the risks of stroke, knowledge is power. Get screened annually. Write down your blood pressure numbers in a calendar or diary so you can track changes over time. Family history is important too. So learn about your family's history of blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Stay t with responsible exercise. Take note of your sodium intake. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so learn about your blood pressure and your risk of stroke so you can take charge of your health. Raulerson Hospital offers Emergency Care and Rehabilitation services. Call our free Consult-A-Nurse¨ hotline at 863-7639228 with questions or for a physician referral. High blood pressure is stroke precursor By Teresa McGehee, R.N.Okeechobee County Health Department "Got STDs?" How would you know? Many Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have no symptoms or, the symptoms may show up and then go away. Chances are if you are sexually active in Okeechobee County, you have been exposed to an STD; especially if y ou are a teenager. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 sexually active teens has an STD. The rates of Chlamydia infection, the most prevalent STD in Okeechobee County, are higher than the state average! Some of the most common STDs seen in local clinics are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Genital Warts and Trichomoniasis. If untreated, these STDs can cause many long-term problems such as infertility, cancer, long-term pain, brain damage and even death. STDs can also cause birth defects and debilitating diseases in babies when passed from mother to baby. Some STDs are easily treated with antibiotics. Others such as Herpes, Genital Warts and HIV have no cure, but symptoms can be controlled or treated. Even if the STD you have is incurable, it is important to know so that you can take proper care of yourself and also to avoid infecting others. If you have unprotected sex at any time, you are at risk of being infected and may not even know you have an STD. Using a condom may not always protect you from Herpes or Genital Warts. Abstinence, not having sex of any type, is the only 100 percent way to avoid exposure to an STD. A test from your health care provider or local health clinic is the only way to tell for sure if you are infected. These tests are strictly con dential. If your test is positive, and the disease you have is treatable, you will be prescribed antibiotics. It is very important that you take all the medication exactly as prescribed. It is also very important that you abstain from sex until your partner is tested and treated. Otherwise, you will just keep re-infecting each other. When you are diagnosed with an STD, you will be asked to name the people with whom you had sex. These are your "contacts." Every effort will be made by the disease intervention specialist to contact, test and treat those people who might have been exposed. When these people are contacted, your name will never be mentioned. They will simply be told that they have been named as a possible contact and should be tested. If you have symptoms of an STD or are named as a contact, testing and treatment are absolutely free of charge at the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County; 863-462-5819. Remember, just because you and your partner are in a monogamous relationship, it's like you are still having sex with everyone your partner has ever had sex with and the risk of contracting an STD is increased by the number of previous sexual partners either partner has had. If you don't value and protect yourself, no one else will. Insist on testing before entering a relationship and talk to your partner. It is much easier to prevent an STD than to cure one. A re you at risk for contracting STDs? The genealogy Workshop at the library on May 3, was an information-packed two hours. Colleen Brown Kimball told the packed room of 24 enthusiastic listeners w hat kinds of searches there are and how to use them and why proofs are needed to make sure you have the correct ancestors. Start now to record all you know about y our family so that future generations will know where they came from. Keep records and photographs in acid-free folders and to organize the families and generations. Genealogy is now the third most popular hobby today after stamps and coins. Internet access has made it possible to locate distant relatives more easily. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsored the morning workshop. It is hoped that some may nd a "Patriot" and choose to join DAR whose goals are Patriotism, Promotion of Education and Historical Preservation. Men may choose to join the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). DAR hosts successful genealogy workshop Special to the Okeechobee NewsParticipants in the genealogy workshop researched their own family histories during the event hosted by the DAR.


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SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY New Furniture For Less! INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600C G Margaret Froggatt, of Okeechobee, wishes to announce the engagement of her daughter, Michelle L. Harper to Rick Krnotch. Rick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Krnotch, of Clewiston. The bride and groom to be graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1982. Michelle and Rick each have graduated from IRCC. They both are presently employed by Westat as Field Interviewers. They have chosen to take their vows on December 13, 2014. RICK KRNOTCH ENGAGEMENT MICHELLE HARPER $ Dont loan it to your neighbor or you wont get it back! e full line of Scag Mowers are available at LAWN TAMER EQUIPMENT, INC. 508 West North Park Street Okeechobee, Fl 34972 863-763-5606Scag, always been simply the Best Mower! COMMERCIAL 10 Okeechobee News May 11, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyDrama Club seniors in nal performanceOHS Drama Club performed Disney’s High School Musical on April 26, which was the last time these seniors would perform at the school. Lined up to take a photo, still in costume, are: Bryan Claypool, Kyle Nichols, Alphonso Portocarrero, Kourtney Buhlmaier, Ryan Reister, Cheyenne Lusk, Lea Hunter, Tristan DuBois, Laycea Tidwell, Kristin Higgins, Cody Walker, Hannah Whiting and Mary Bushatz. Congratulations on an amazing show and a great nal performance. River Hall golf events begin May 31For the second year, River Hall Golf Club has organized a Summer Golf Series to raise money for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee counties. River Hall is a beautiful Davis Love III Championship Golf Course located in Alva at Palm Beach Boulevard (off State Road 80). The Summer Golf Series begins on May 31, w ith additional events on Aug. 9 and Oct. 11. Each event will be a scramble with a warmup clinic, continental breakfast, prizes, an awards ceremony and barbecue lunch. The cost per event is $70 per person, or $195 for all three events. All players who sign up for the entire series will be placed in a drawing to win a one-year single invitational membership at River Hall. Last year the Summer Golf Series for United Way raised over $6,800. Current sponsors include Barraco & Associates, and Uhler and V ertich Financial Partners. United Way is seeking additional sponsorships. To inquire about sponsorships, please call Louise Hawthorne at 239-433-2000, ext. 225. “We are happy for the way the rst Summer Golf Series turned out last year, but hope to make it bigger and better this year to raise more money for the United Way. United Way does so much for our community, we’re proud to help in any way we can,” said Jim Hafner of River Hall Country Club. “We hope a full eld of golfers will come out to River Hall, enjoy a great golf course, have some fun, and help us to help the United Way. “To sign up for golf, or for more information, call 239-313-4653. Since the inception of United Way in 1957, $128 million dollars have been raised in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way partner agencies and initiatives like Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Salvation Army, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. For more information, please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades at 239-4332000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org. Summer golf series to bene t United Way


11 Okeechobee News May 11, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Zippy’s 301 S.W. Park St., has the best w ings! With their new location they have an even bigger menu. Tommy and his staff are the best; they would like to take this time to w ish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day and inv ite you to come down and treat your mom to a great dinner. Zippy’s also has specials all w eek long such as Kids Eat Free on Mondays and $1 off burger day. They also have take out. Be sure to like them on Facebook for all their updates. They can be contacted at 863-763-1399.  Parrot Island Grill 1001 S. Parrott A ve. (U.S. 441), is serving up fresh seafood such as shrimp, lobster and tuna. They also have Certi ed Angus Beef steaks and many other wonderful dishes that you can choose from at a great price. At Parrot Island Grill, y ou will feel like you are stepping into Key W est the moment you walk in the door, giving you the luxurious feeling of being on v acation without going far. Stop in and see them for Mother’s Day and treat your mom to something new! Parrot Island Grill can be contacted at 863-824-0576.  Geechee Mon’s Smoked BBQ 104 S.E. Sixth St., is a great place to go and have a wonderful fresh-cooked meal. Pit master Charles A. Harper cooks everything fresh from the grill. All of the vegetables are purchased fresh from local farm stands, and the fresh baked bread is purchased daily. They are open six days a week from Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. So go on in and enjoy some really great barbecue. You will not be disappointed! Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be contacted at 863-357-0852. Warren Buffett, the fourth richest person in the world and widely consider the savviest investor of the modern era, boasted “… I love newspapers!” in his 2012 letter to shareholders. He is passionate in his beliefs about the role newspapers play in local communities and is literally invested in their success. Here’s another quote from Warren Buffet. “Newspapers build communities. In towns and cities where there is a strong sense of community, there is no more important institution than the local paper.” If you can’t treat mom to one of these great places for lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day, how about making something at home. This will be super easy for you to make, but something she will love for years to come.Strawberry Yogurt PieIngredients : 2 (8-ounce) containers strawberry avored yogurt, 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped, topping, thawed, 1 cup strawberries, nely chopped, 1 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crust. Directions : 1. Mix yogurt with 3-1/2 cups of the dessert topping until blended. Sweeten the strawberries, if necessary. Mix in strawberries and spoon into crust. 2. Freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight, if possible, until it’s rm. 3. Remove from freezer and top with remainder of dessert topping. Store in freezer. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week. A SSAULT 600 block of S.W. Second Ave.  2300 block of S.W. Third Ave.  7200 block of U.S. 441 N.  1500 block of U.S. 441 S.E.BURGLARY 1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  16200 block of N.W. 68th St.  3300 block of S.E. 30th Terrace  11000 block of N.E. First Way  3300 block of S.E. 30th Terrace  4100 block of S.E. 74th Trail  13500 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1400 block of N.W. 42nd Ave.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 400 block of S.E. 36th Terrace  2100 block of S.W. 34th Terrace  2200 block of S.W. 28th St.  6000 block of S.E. 95th Trail  3300 block of U.S. 441 S.  2200 block of S.W. 28th St.  1200 block of N.E. 14th Ave.FRAUD 7500 block of S.W. 13th St.  11500 block of N.E. 51st Court  1500 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  5700 block of N.W. 154th Ave.  200 block of S.W. Park St.  6200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2300 block of S.R. 70 W.  2900 block of S.E. 25th St.IDENTITY THEFT 16600 block of N.W. 32nd Ave.  3800 block of S.W. 13th Terrace  13800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3100 block of S.E. 37th Ave.THEFT 6900 block of S.W. 13th St.  2500 block of S.E. 29th St.  3200 block of N.W. 30th Ave.  1000 block of N.W. 110th St.  3700 block of N.W. 21st Ave.  3900 block of N.W. Seventh St.  6100 block of S.E. 97th Trail OCSO Investigations


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Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds 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! 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 DFWPCLASS 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. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time 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, OkeechobeeEstablished 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 SOD FOREMAN Experienced, Self Motivated, Able to work on farm equip. Must have vehicle. Send resume to priest032809@yahoo.com Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Full Time 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 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 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Employment Full Time Apartments 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. OKEECHOBEE 1/1, New oor covering, clean, furnished, cable, Wi-Fi, elec, satellite W/D incld. $600/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 Business PlacesRESTAURANT FOR LEASE, 5,500 SQUARE FEET, PRIME LOCATION ON PARROTT AVE. IF INTERESTED CALL FOR MORE INFO 941-928-5529 OR 941-928-0544 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space, 500 SF and up. 863-467-0651 Employment Full Time Condos/Townhouses Rent2 weeks free, Ground Flr. 1br/1ba., on water w/pool, fully furnished, includes Utilities. $775 mo + Sec. 863-634-0663. Office Space Rent Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses RentAffordable 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 Office Space Rent 12 Okeechobee News May 11, 2014


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PLUS TOW PACKAGE, LIKE NEW $15,000 O.B.O. 863-467-2146 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 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 Public Notice Lutheran Services Florida 2210 Tall Pines Drive, Suite 220 Largo, Florida 33771 Request for Bid HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START Scope of Work: This request for bid is to solicit individuals/groups that operate high, quality licensed child care programs to potentially open and run a full day/full year Head Start/Early Head Start program that follows Federal, State, and County standards. The Head Start and Early Head Start program is a comprehensive program that provides child development and educational services, incorporating the curriculum and assessment tools which are used throughout the classroom and promotes socialization activities in accordance with the Head Start Act. The Agency is required to hold a Child Care license with the Florida Department of Children & Families, participation in the USDA Child Care Food Program, and Guiding Star Quality Rating Improvement System. Request for: Head Start and Early Head Start Child Care Partners in City of Pahokee Document Cost : $0 Bid Bond: No Application Due Date/Time : May 19, 2014/ 5:00 pm Bid Package Information Date : will be held on the Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:00 am. Location: Pahokee Public Library 525 Bacom Point Road Pahokee, FL 33476 Phone: 561-924-5928 Contact: Lynn Stone Contracts Manager Lutheran Services Florida Inc. 2210 Tall Pines Drive, Suite 220 Largo, Florida 33771 Phone Number: 727-547-5902 Application can be found at http://lsf-hsehs.lsfnet.org/Pages/Head-Start-Early-Head-Start-Duval.aspx 465339 OK 5/11,14,16,18,21,23/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2014CP71 IN RE: ESTATE OF JOAN M. BAUGHMAN Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Joan M. Baughman, deceased, whose date of death was February 10, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representatives’ attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is May 4, 2014. Personal Representatives: Jacqueline B. Hilyer 1505 S.E. 8th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 Peggy Ann B. Grif n 2738 Palm Deer Drive Loxahatchee, FL 33470 JONES, FOSTER, JOHNSTON & STUBBS, P.A.Attorney for Personal RepresentativesP.O. Box 3475West Palm Beach, Florida 33402-3475Telephone Number: (561) 659-3000 BY: Thornton M. Henry Florida Bar Number 0154125 Email: thenry@jonesfoster.com 465202 ON 5/4,11/2014 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 13 Okeechobee News May 11, 2014 ACROSS 1 59-Across role in 27-Across 5 Yenta 11 Sneaky chuckle 14 Fish found in a film 15 Finger-shaped dessert 16 __ pro nobis 17 1978 film cowritten by 59Across 19 Ross musical, with TheŽ 20 Reached, as goals 21 Zapped 22 Sly 24 Servers warning 26 1997 Home Run Derby winner Martinez 27 1984 film cowritten and costarring 59Across 33 __ la vista, baby!Ž 36 Stout sleuth, in more ways than one 37 Drench 38 Pacers, e.g. 39 Thats enough!Ž 40 Smiling, petite ball of fire,Ž to Philbin 41 Not paleo42 Arrive 43 Assuages to the max 44 1993 film cowritten and directed by 59Across 47 Skye slope 48 Medicinal syrup 52 Pastoral poems 54 5th Dimension vocalist Marilyn 57 Horseplayers hangout, for short 58 Turkey 59 This puzzles honoree (19442014) 62 Funny Philips 63 LostŽ actress de Ravin 64 Fade 65 GIs address 66 Bulletin board admins 67 59-Across was its original head writer DOWN 1 As a friend, to Fifi 2 The BalconyŽ playwright 3 Neglects to mention 4 2-Down, par exemple 5 Italian dessert 6 Protest singer Phil 7 Gin fizz fruit 8 King Faisals brother 9 __ for InnocentŽ: Grafton novel 10 On the nose 11 Sup?Ž 12 Scary-sounding lake 13 Not clear 18 Don Ho YoŽ 23 Aardvark snack 25 510Ž and 63Ž: Abbr. 26 Titmouse topper, perhaps 28 Mown strip 29 PagliacciŽ clown 30 Showy jewelry 31 Clue weapon 32 Cruise ship conveniences 33 Chill out 34 AMA member?: Abbr. 35 Ruh-roh!Ž pooch 39 Give up 40 Comedic Martha 42 Grinds in anger, maybe 43 Flavor 45 Modern address 46 Some are lightemitting 49 Cathy,Ž for one 50 Skewed 51 The Amazing RaceŽ network 52 Flash, perhaps 53 Get rid of 54 3-D images 55 USAF Academy home 56 Swindle, in slang 60 March girl 61 Baby-viewing responses By Stu Ockman (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 04/17/14 04/17/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Standing Head Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 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