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Sunday, May 18, 2014 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 60 12.83 feetLast Year: 13.48 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Civil Air Patrol helps at air show ... Page 9 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppOCSO K-9 of cers retiringK-9 Ruby (left) and K-9 Rex (right) have of cially retired and were honored Friday for their many years of service to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce. Ruby's handler, Deputy Corporal Don Ellis (kneeling, left) said 12-year-old K-9 Ruby is retiring after 10 years of service as a drug and article dog. Detective Rick Voss (kneeling, right) said K-9 Rex has served as a drug and apprehension K-9 for nine years. Each handler and K-9 was presented a shadow box with photos and memorabilia by OCSO Major Noel Stephen (far left) and Sheriff Paul May (far right). Cpl. Ellis said Ruby has been responsible for numerous narcotic and criminal arrests. Rex, said Detective Voss, has made hundreds of narcotic arrests and has seized more than $10,000 in U.S. currency. Rex has also been in on more than 30 criminal apprehensions. Both K-9s will spend their respective retirements as family pets. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Technology is in place and efforts are progressing to allow Okeechobee County residents to use their cell phone or wireless device to send a text message to 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers. Although dispatch centers for both county and city law enforcement and other emergency agencies are equipped to receive texts to 9-1-1, their service providers are not yet ready to make the service available. In fact, texting to 9-1-1 is not yet available anywhere in the state of Florida. The three major phone carriers in Florida have run into some dif culties and they are in the process of correcting the problem, said Major Noel Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO). We have the components we need, but right now were just waiting on the carrier. Major Bob Peterson, with the Okeechobee Cit y Police Department, said the city utilizes the same Enhanced (E) 9-1-1system used by the count y and they, too, are waiting for their carrier. If you should try to contact E 9-1-1 by text you will receive a bounce back message telling you to contact emergency services by other means, such as a voice call. According to a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) text to 9-1-1 publication, the nations four largest wireless telephone companies AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon agreed Text-to-9-1-1 may soon be available See TEXT Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three people were arrested on felony marijuana possession charges after detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant on a N.E. 31st Terrace home. All together, stated a task force detective, some 257 grams of marijuana was seized that had an estimated street value of about $1,000. Arrested Thursday, May 15, were Rupert Andy Goolsby, Sheila Marie Goolsby and Jimmy Ladell Walls. Rupert, 47, and Sheila, 50, were both charged with the felonies of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of marijuana over 20 grams. They were also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia each. 3 arrested on pot chargesSee POT Page 5 OFC students suspended for hallway tryst ... Page 10 Schools host food pantries ... Page 7 Hospital has endoscopic ultrasound ... Page 14
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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News The Hot Spot 204 S. Parrott Ave., formerly known as Maximum Tanning, opened in its new location in March. They have tanning beds that reach up to 650 watts which means you can get a tan in just 10 minutes. They also provide natural spray tans and carry a large selection of different inventory such as bling style ip ops, purses, backpacks and so much more. They have private party tannings available for any occasion. So, stop in and dont forget to tell them Tammi Sent you! They can be reached at 863-763-0383. Professional Skincare Treatments by Tamara Tammy Platt, at 208 N.E. Third St., offers facials, microdermabrasion, lash and brow tinting and waxing, spot treatments, body wrappings and more. Give her a call and go in and see her. She is very helpful and will explain everything. You can only see Tammy by appointment, but she has exible scheduling to work with any and all your needs, including BioActive peels, a more skin-friendly peel. You can reach her at 863-227-4096. St. Lucie Battery and Tire 198 U.S. 98 N., carries most tire sizes and are dealers of Michelin, BF Goodrich and many more. They carry tires for not only cars and trucks, but also for tractors, RVs and even construction equipment. They offer 24/7 roadside assistance. They offer any size battery you need even for golf carts and scooters. If they dont have it, they can get it for you. Check out their website at www.slbt.com or just like them on Facebook! They can be reached at 863-357-2431. Did you know the Okeechobee News has one of the strongest business Faceboo k audiences in the area? These days, the paper is so much more than the trusty print edition. Our community website is orida.newszap. com (where you can read my blog on the Okeechobee page) and it is updated with breaking information and news in between publications of our regular print editions. We now have a new, free local online business directory BizSearch. You can claim your free listing by going to our site and clicking on the BizSearch logo at the top o f the page. Leave fawns alone Great article in the May 11 paper Wildlife rescues can do more harm that good. People need to read that article and know w hat to do in the future. Last summer I looked out my window and about 20 feet away from the side of the house was a little tiny fawn. He was there for hours. I nally called my boys and asked if I should do something. They both said stay away from him. The mother is close by, and y ou will get hurt if she shows up. Just ask Sue Arnold at the wildlife rehab ilitation center. Most of the deer that wind up at the center should have been left alone. But once someone picks them up, their best c hance is at the center. People should just leave baby animals alone. V eterans and nursing homes Some military veterans are being forced t o leave their nursing home. Its an unint ended consequence of President Obamas executive order in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Sandy Franks, public affairs of cer at Shreveports Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center, explains that nursing homes that have contracts for subsidized care from the Veterans Administration become federal contractors. If they refuse to raise their wages, their contracts will not be renewed. Thats simply a travesty of decency and a representation of what is horrible wrong with this country. Doesnt say much for our Federal government... Another well thought through decision that has unimaginable consequences. The way the Obama administration has treated the veterans is shameful. And even more shameful is the fact that the main stream media ABC, CBS, NBC does not have this story on the news every night until something is done. No, they are too busy covering things like a gay football player being drafted into the NFL and the NBA team owner who was recorded making racist statements to his girlfriend. Veterans are dying because they are denied medical treatment in a timely manner. The reporters should be all over the story until the situation is resolved.Okee-Tantie I watched the county meeting and no one mentioned Okee-Tantie. Will it ever get off the back burner? Caring for our children; the born and the unbornBy Mark Mayers, LMFT, CAPReal Life Childrens Ranch One of the most important things that any society can do is care for their children. A nations past, present and future is in part determined by the care and instruction that its children receive. Children who experience compassion, love and godly instruction (through word and example) have a higher probability of becoming con dent, caring and productive adults. The success and longevity of any nation is directly related to the value and care it shows to its children. Families in the United States have increasingly struggled to care for their children. Our families and children are in a crisis. In reality, however, how can the United States ever care for children once they are born when we kill thousands of children each year who arent born? On Jan. 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, handed down two rulings legalizing abortion in America. Prior to these rulings abortion was prohibited in most of the 50 states. In the states where abortion was permitted, such as New York and California, various restrictions had been placed on the reasons for abortion. These restrictions were removed by the 1973 rulings. (cited from the ProLife Action League). Gods word tells us that He loves and cares for children before they are born. Psalms 139: 13-18 You mad e all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mothers womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfull y complex. Your workmanship is marvelous how well I know it. 15 You watched m e as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of th e womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in you r book. Every moment was laid out befor e a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me [b] O God the y cannot be numbered! 18 I cant even coun t them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! God sees life as precious and purposeful from the moment of conception. He values and loves children from the very momen t that life begins in the womb. In the United States, however, we believe that loving an unborn child is personal choice. The Jan. 22, 1973 United States Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in America opened th e door to murder unborn children. More than that, however, it instantly and drasticall y weakened the commitment America has fo r its children. Valuing the precious lives of ou r unborn children will do more than stop th e needless killing of innocent lives, it will bring us to a place of realizing how precious and important children are to God and to the future of our nation. In reality, it is not our human decision as to when or whether a child should be loved. On the deepest level, life is not conceived it is created. May 18, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom ByrdSpeak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!
5 Okeechobee News May 18, 2014 M ay blood drives plannedThe Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in O keechobee on the following dates in May: Sunday, May 18: Golden Corral, 11 a.m. t o 4 p.m.; Monday, May 26: Memorial Day observ ance in the Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and, Saturday, May 31: Walmart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. G arden, Orchid clubs to meetThe Garden Club will meet Monday, M ay 19 at 6 p.m .and the Orchid Club will m eet immediately following at 7 p.m. in the E xtension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. Everyone is w elcome. Bring a plant or orchid to show or a problem plant to discuss. For information, c all 863-763-6469. H istorical group meets May 19The Okeechobee Historical Society will m eet Monday, May 19 at noon with a cove red dish luncheon in the museum building o n U.S. 98 N. C heerleader sign-ups setOCRA STORM competitive cheerleaders a ges 5-18 will hold sign-ups for the 2014-15 s eason on Monday, May 19 through Thursd ay, May 22, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. All signu ps will be held at the sports complex. The c ost is $100 and you must have a copy of the c hilds birth certi cate. For information call 8 63-697-3211 after 5 p.m., or 863-634-0515. B ene t set for Eddie CasonOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause is hosti ng its monthly quarter auction Tuesday, M ay 20, at the American Legion, 501 S.E. S econd St., bene tting Eddie Cason who h as stage-4 colon cancer. Doors will open at 6 :30 p.m. Come out and help support and b ring lots of quarters. Were looking for new v endors. For information, call Christy at 8636 97-1247. M oose hosting bingoOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites you to join them f or bingo on Friday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. W ednesday, May 28, is wing night from 5 u ntil 7 p.m. Bingo is on Thursday, May 29, a t 1 p.m. Lunch will be available Thursday f or a small charge. Bingo on Friday, May 30, s tarts at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds bene t Moose C harities. Y outh grid sign-ups plannedOkeechobee Youth Football and Cheerl eading sign-ups will be held at the Golden C orral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., Saturd ay, May 24 from 9 a.m. until noon. Child ren ages 4 to 14 may sign up. The registrat ion fee is $75 per athlete. For information, c all 863-801-9229.Livestock show meeting setOkeechobee Youth Livestock Show, Inc. will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, May 27 in the Osceola Middle School gym at 7 p.m. for the election of directors and distribution of exhibitor checks. Exhibitors must bring their plaques to this meeting in order to receive their check.CCC meeting is May 27The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 27 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. May special guest speakers will be: Representatives from Okeechobee County Schools highlighting grant-funded programs. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-4625000, ext. 257.Tobacco Free group to meetThe Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County meeting will be held Wednesday, May 28, at noon in the Thompson Fellowship Hall at the United Pentecostal Church, 405 S.W. 10th Ave. This quarter we are highlighting a guest speaker Mike Hopkins, who is battling cancer from smokeless tobacco. This meeting is open to current members and anyone interested in tobacco prevention. Lunch will be provided. For information call 863-801-8277.Chicken BBQ bene ts churchA barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser to help the Okeechobee Church of the Trinity and Trinity Christian Private School will be held Friday, May 30, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The dinner will include one-fourth chicken (leg portion) and all the xings for a donation of $7.50. If meals are purchased in advance, you get 10 percent off your total order. For information, call 863-623-6500.B.R.A.T dance is May 31The Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a Teen Dance Party at South Elementary School, 2468 S.W. Seventh Ave., Saturday, May 31 from 7 until 10 p.m., for students ages 1216. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, contact Allison Chandler at 863-697-9096.VPK summer program offeredFaith Academy Preschool free summer VPK is a Christian-based summer program for children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2014. Children must be 5 on or before Sept. 1 and have not participated in a VPK program during the school year. The program is free and includes meals. Classes start June 16. For information, call 863-763-8800. C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Walls, 36, was charged with one felony count of possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $2,500. Bond for Rupert and Sheila was set at $5,250 each. Jail records indicate all three have been released on bond. An arrest report indicated when task force detectives approached the home Rupert and Sheila were in the front yard and Walls was sitting in a golf cart. During a search of Ruperts person, a task force detective reportedly found 34.1 grams of suspected pot. Another 59.3 grams of suspected marijuana was found in two separate bags in a compartment on the golf cart, continued the report. The investigators then proceeded to search the home where they reportedly found a plastic baggie containing 18.4 grams of suspected pot, and another 145.8 grams of suspected marijuana was found in another plastic baggie sitting on a triplebeam scale. The scale is used to weigh the marijuana for resale, stated the report. Detective apparently found a partially smoked blunt in an ash tray inside a screened porch, and suspected marijuana stems in a garbage can. Those stems weighed .4 grams, added the detective. According to the detectives report, all of the suspected marijuana was eld tested and those tests all indicated positive results for the presence o f marijuana. POTContinued From Page 1 Rupert Goolsby Jimmy Walls Shelia Goolsby to voluntarily begin sending bounce back messages across their networks as of June 30, 2013. The guide goes on to explain that as of Sept. 30, 2013, all wireless telephone companies and certain other text messaging providers are required to send an automatic bounce back message to any consumer trying to send a text to 9-1-1 where the service is not yet available. To date, the only states utilizing text messaging to 9-1-1 are Iowa, Maine and Vermont. The system is available in some counties, but not statewide, in: Colorado; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; Montana; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Texas; and, Virginia. The purpose of making text-to-9-1-1 available is that it could be bene cial to the deaf, hard of hearing or those with speech disabilities. Also, there may be situations where it might be dangerous or impossible to make a voice call to 9-1-1. However, the FCC stresses that if you are able to make a voice call to 9-1-1, and its safe to do so, then you should always make a voice call. When a voice call is made, the dispatcher will typically have your phone number and your approximate location immediately. This is why the system is referred to as Enhanced 9-1-1. But, if a text is sent to 9-1-1, the dispatcher will not receive that automated information. Also, a voice call allows the dispatcher to ask questions and gather important information more quickly. Two-way communication by text can take more time and may be subject to limits on the length of text messages. As for the type of wireless phone needed to send text messages to 9-1-1, the FCC suggests you rst check with your wireless phone company. But, in general, you must have a text-capable wireless phone and a wireless service subscription or contract with your wireless phone company. Its also possible youll need a wireless data plan. The FCC stresses the point that you can make a voice call to 9-1-1 on your wireless phone without a service plan. But, you cannot send a text message to 9-1-1 without a service plan that includes texting. For more, visit the FCC web site at www. fcc.gov. TEXTContinued From Page 1 USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the rst two weeks of June surveying thousands of farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2014. NASS will compile information collected across the country into publicly accessible reports to ensure the con dentiality of individual farmer information. These surveys are among the largest and most important conducted by the USDA NASS and serves as a primary source of agricultural information. These surveys will provide accurate and reliable data about 2014 planted acreages of major crops, grain stocks, and livestock in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and the United States. All reports are available on the NASS web site: www.nass.usda.gov. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Southern Regional Field Ofce at 1-800-253-4419. USDA surveys agriculture
Dr. Frank H. PlattOKEECHOBEE Dr. Frank H. Platt died on May 14, 2014. He was born on Dec. 30, 1928 to Frank and Edna McClenithan Platt. He was a graduate of Desoto County High School. He served in the United States Army and later attended the University of Florida on the GI Bill. He later graduated from A uburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1955. He practiced in Okeechobee from 1957-1996. He served in various civic organizations throughout the years and was a member of the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Reba; a daughter, Phyllis Bass; two sons, Kevin (Vicki) Platt and Michael (Theresa) Platt, all of Okeechobee. Ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at The United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. with a service to follow at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. In lieu of owers, please send donations to the St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 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. Maria Catherine Blair, 95OKEECHOBEE Maria Catherine Blair (nee Bell) passed away May 15, 2014 at Consulate Health Care of Vero Beach, following an eleven year long struggle with kidney failure requiring dialysis. Born in Paterson, N.J. to Arthur Patrick Bell and Catherine Savage Bell on May 2, 1919, she attended St. Georges Elementary School and graduated from St. Johns High School in Paterson in 1936. She earned a two y ear business degree at Miller Business College before working at CurtissW right Aeronautical; then using her bookkeeping skills, she managed the books at Kraft Textiles. She married George A. Blair on July 4, 1942 and together they relocated the family rst in Riviera Beach and then in Stuart, Florida. During these years she worked in the Planning Department of Riviera Beach and nished her working career at the First National Bank in Stuart. Maria volunteered as a Pink Lady at Martin Memorial Hospital and successfully managed the gift store at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Okeechobee. She also served as Eucharistic Minister at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, Florida. Maria was very active in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling and she loved her family. Maria was preceded in death by her loving spouse, George, in 1979, after thirty-six years of marriage; her daughter, Donna Watson; her parents; her brother, Arthur Joseph Bell; her niece, Patricia Harrington; and her cousin, Kathleen Caro ne. Maria is lovingly remembered by her children, Cathleen Blair of Okeechobee and Kevin Blair (Cynthia). She is survived by her son-in-law, David Watson of Homosassa; grandchildren, Keri Pell (Robert) of Tallahassee, Matthew Watson (Nicole), Sean Blair of Palm City and Scott Blair (Danielle) of Port St. Lucie; sister, Margaret Harrington of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She will be missed by all that were touched by her. Visitation will be 3 p.m. 6 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 SW 6th ST, Okeechobee, FL 34974 on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. w ith Father Hugh Duffy, Father Yves Francois and Father Sean Mulcahy of ciating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Memorial Park, 2001 SW Murphy RD, Palm City, FL 34990. A reception w ill be held. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board has teamed with the Treasure Coast Food Bank, Career Source Research Coast and senior volunteers to create a new school pantry project in the school system. Michelle Perkins, supervisor of Food Serv ices, said that most current research data shows that in 2012 in the United States over 15-percent of the public, or over 49 million people, are considered food insecure. For that same period, 21.6 percent, or nearly 16 million children, are considered food insecure. Food insecurity is de ned as a family having to choose between meeting basic needs, such as paying for shelter and electric bills or having to deal with a medical emergency or being sure there is enough food in the household to sustain good health. Many of these families and their children do not qualify for food assistance programs offered by the government. In Florida the rate of food insecurity in 2012 was 17.9 percent of the state's population, or 3,448,220 people, and over 27.6 percent of children, or 1,103,850 children. In 2012, Okeechobee County had 6,690 people, over 17.6 percent, and 3,190 children, 33.2 percent, being food insecure. Nearly 11 percent of children in Okeechobee County were not eligible for any federal food assistance. According to USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines, in 2013, a family of four, earning more than $834 per week is ineligible to receive food assistance. Two years ago, Seminole Elementary School and the Treasure Coast Food Bank worked together to provide backpacks for 50 students. Each week, selected students received a food package that was sent home in a backpack. The package contained foods to last that child over the weekend. This year the school started a family food pantry. A variety of foods is delivered once per month and is distributed to eight selected local families, with close to 50 people receiving nutritional support. Mrs. Perkins said the school district has been working to expand the program to all ten district schools. The overall percentage of children receiving free and reduced price meals makes it evident that there are many more families in the community who are in need of food assistance. Marco Cuevas, with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Okeechobee, has assisted the district efforts by sponsoring a food drive. He said the kids who received the backpacks, which were intended for one person, shared the food with their families because everyone in the household was hungry. "We have scheduled a food drive for Okeechobee County that is ongoing right now. Every school has 10 containers provided by Waste Management to collect food," Mr. Cuevas said. The drive will last until this Thursday, May 15. Additionally, the U.S. Postal Service held a national food drive this past weekend. Of the food collected in Okeechobee, 1,000 pounds of it will go to this program. All schools have identi ed a total o f nearly 100 families, with 421 family members, 233 of them students in our schools, who must register in advance of any orders being placed with the food bank. The food collected by the local drive will be distributed to the families that register to participate in the school pantry program. "I know my job is to make sure that when children get to school that they are able to get a healthy, nutritious breakfast," Ms. Perkins noted. She sees a lot of hungry students hurry from the school bus on Monday morning and head for the cafeteria for a breakfast. "The food drive and pantry program are a community effort. We hope it will address a real serious need in our county. This is a very worthwhile effort and we do need volunteers," she explained. Plans are already being made for expansion of the program next year. Principals will contact Mrs. Perkins when they know there is a need in their school. New school food pantry project to ght hunger Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription The Okeechobee News will be closed Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day WEDNESDAY, May 28 DEADLINE Display Advertising.......3 p.m. Friday, May 23Have a Safe Holiday! Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News May 18, 2014 Prices steady and strong on most calves ... quality off a little. Slaughter cows and bulls maybe $1 higher, especially on bulls. A little rain out West should help things. Please get your cattle in early. Our runs have been light. 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9 Okeechobee News May 18, 2014 By Capt. Gregory Gernat, commanderSpecial to the Okeechobee News On May 10 and 11 the Blue Angels performed for the Vero Beach Air Show at the V ero Beach Airport. The Civil Air Patrol had the task of performing ight line security for the Blue Angels aircraft during the show. The cadets came mainly from the Okeechobee, Stuart, Fort Pierce and North County Squadrons. This group of cadets were formed into A lpha and Bravo Flights. Each ight had one hour on duty and one hour off duty, which w as not used to rest as intended. There was just too much to see with the static displays, the other performers such as Sally Wagstaff and the like performing maneuvers with an aircraft one wouldn't think possible. Of course for the ground pounders there was "Shockwave," a pickup truck slightly modi ed with a ghter jet engine in the bed complete with afterburner! This truck was running down the runw ay hitting a top speed of about 300 miles per hour before popping his chute to slow down. He was actually outrunning some of the performing aircraft in a race from one end of the runway to the other. It was nonstop fun and excitement from about 10 a.m. until the show ended around 4 p.m. The Blue Angels were the grand nale to this day of ying excitement and they did not disappoint. Some of their maneuvers seemed to defy the laws of physics. And they ew plenty low and fast. In fact several times they set off car alarms. The only way you could not get several good pictures was to not have a camera. We were de nitely glad to see the Angels back in the air and performing magni cently after their period of being grounded due to the sequestering. The Civil Air Patrol participates in about 95 percent of the land-based search and rescue missions in the United States. They are also af liated with FEMA, DEA, Homeland Security, state and local governments and help them with their missions when called upon. We are the of cial auxiliary of the United States Air Force, yet operate as a notfor-pro t 501 (C) 3 corporation. For information, contact Capt. Greg Gernat at 863-3572888 or 1LT Angel Garcia at 863-532-0525. Civil Air Patrol act as ight line security for Blue Angels Special to the Okeechobee NewsPictured, at the Vero Beach Air Show are (back row, left to right) LCDR Michael Cheng-Events Coordinator, LCDR John Hiltz-Right Wing, Maj. Brandon CordillSlot, CDR Thomas Frosch-Flight Leader, Not Identi ed, CDR Nate Barton-Left Wing, LCDR David Tickle-Lead Solo, LT. Ryan Chamberlain-Narrator. (front row, left to right) Cadets Amn Christopher Denton, Cadet 2LT John Allen, Cadet Amn Joshua Allen, Cadet SrA John-Michael Collier, a cadet from North County Squadron who got in the photo, and Deputy Cadet Commander 1LT Angel Garcia. Not shown but also present was Cadet A1C Chase Collier manning the Recruitment Tent.
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For more information, contact Beth Albert at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3050. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Beth Albert Code Enforcement Of cer III 465431 ON 5/18/2014 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE BY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Notice is hereby given that OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Okeechobee, Florida, will on the 16th day of June, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okee-Tantie Marina located at 10430 Highway 78 West, Okeechobee, Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property, to-wit: Sailboat bearing Florida Registration #FL0736EK docked at the Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Slip #49 in Okeechobee County, Florida. owned by Linda Gadd, pursuant to possessory lien upon the above-described vessel for dockage fees and expenses necessary for preservation of the vessel and for expenses reasonably incurred or to be incurred in the sale of the vessel. The vessel may be examined at the Okee-Tantie Boat Slip #49. WITNESS my hand and the of cial seal of said Court, this 5th day of May, 2014. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Okeechobee County Attorney Florida Bar No.: 261521 Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973-0968 863-763-3131 phone 863-763-1031 fax 465320 ON 5/18,25/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 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 13 Okeechobee News May 18, 2014 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Campus drilling gp. 5 Repairs, as a lawns bare spot 9 On the higher side 14 Fictional lab assistant 15 Be certain 16 Garbo of the silver screen 17 Man-made organic pump 20 Take care of 21 Start of Caesars incredulous question 22 GI rations 23 1040 publisher: Abbr. 25 Prefix meaning high 27 Dish not made from the reptile its named for 34 Kissing pair 35 Out __ limb 36 Get a feeling about 37 Feed bag morsel 38 Like a soloist on a dark stage 41 Fill up on 42 Barn-raising sect 44 Electrified particle 45 Falls behind 46 Pseudonym 50 The Lord of the Rings, e.g. 51 Encouragement on the back 52 Bog fuel 55 Capone nemesis Eliot 58 Triangular Greek letter 62 Finger-pointing perjury 65 Sing like Bing 66 50+ org. 67 Company with bell ringers 68 Shell out 69 Zebras, to lions 70 Actor Hackman DOWN 1 Narrow inlets 2 Folklore monster 3 Carryall with handles 4 They give films stars 5 Slalom item 6 It may be enough 7 Just __: Nike slogan 8 Try to whack, as a fly 9 Gross! 10 Logical proposition 11 Apple relative 12 To be, to Brigitte 13 Peanuts phooey 18 Tuning __ 19 Break in the action 24 Break in the action 26 Word with tube or pattern 27 Florida metropolis 28 Vision-related 29 Game with Skip cards 30 Mathematical comparison 31 Wee hr. 32 Grammarians concern 33 Lizards and snakes, for some 34 Do nothing 38 Use FedEx 39 Comical Costello 40 Clouseaus rank: Abbr. 43 Cowboys hat 45 Reason for an umps safe call 47 Emmy winner Fey 48 Arctic expanse 49 It means nothing to Juan 52 Inferiors of cpls. 53 Tombstone lawman 54 Burn-soothingsubstance 56 Mark from a surgical procedure 57 Having no doubt 59 Occurring as you watch it 60 Huckleberry Hound, for one 61 Songstress Murray 63 Conclusion 64 Plant gathering information By David W. 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R E D email@example.com 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 5048-H: Basswood Newer 3/2 CBS with 1082 Total sq ft., built 2006. New flooring throughout, water pump, interior and exterior paint. Close to medicals centers, schools and parks. $69,950 MLS #207924 5059-H: Basswood 3/2 w/potential! Carfans, open kitchen. 1371 total sq ft/1257 under air, lg mature oak trees on good size lot. $44,900 NOW $39,900 MLS #207838 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake access concrete block furnished home, metal roof, screened patio w/bonus room that could be extra bdrm. Concrete seawall, boat slip, fish cleaning area. $130,000 MLS #208051 1021-M: Palm Village 4br/2ba DW, 2,482 total sq ft/1,716 under air, open porch, Large and nice open kitchen. HOA includes Clubhouse, pool, lawn care and more. 55+ comm. $80,000 MLS #208093 3009-M: Lake Access 3br/2ba on a large fenced lot, seawall, boat slip. Great winter/ summer retreat! (Extra fenced in lot beside the mobile can both be bought together for $49,000) $38,900 MLS #207431 Great location! Commercial lot .57 of an acre next to Heritage Village and Okeechobee Ford Co. $97,000 MLS #207503 Commercial Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 Commercial 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 Oak Park 2-lots side-by-side with large shady trees. $10,000 each 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 4004-H: Buckhead Ridge Large 3br/2ba 2 story close to the lake with potentials. Built 2006, Double garage, balcony, screened in porch and concrete driveway. Make Offer! $79,900 NOW $59,900 MLS #207392 FORECLOSURE Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 firstname.lastname@example.org RIVER OAK ACRES Beautiful home on 2.3 acres, 21 high cathedral ceilings, fireplace, balcony off master bedroom, hurricane shutters, wired in for generator. 30x50 metal garage with two 14 foot rolling doors. Has an extra room in the garage along with a workshop. New A/C in 2007 with twice a year maintenance contract. New roof in 2005 40 year warranty. MLS 207896, $279,000. Paul Burdeshaw Construction863.634.3533License #CGC025857 No JobToo BIG or Too SMALL Over 100 ListingsHAPPY HORSES ~ 13+ Acre Paradise! Beautifully remodeled 4 Bd/ 3 Bath Two story home. 2782 SF Under Air 3699 SF TLA. Oak floors, Spanish tile, fireplace, NEW appliances, upstairs screened Lanai overlooks pastures. Split plan, 2 Master suites upstairs, 2 bdrooms downstairs. Metal roof, 2 A/C. 2880 SF barn, 30x50 Metal Bldg. Stalls in 4 pastures. Almost EVERYTHING N-E-W in Home! MLS 207300 $279,000. Call Lori (863) 634-1457 MOTIVATED SELLER! Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 15 Okeechobee News May 18, 2014
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