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Sunday, May 25, 2014 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 63 12.83 feetLast Year: 13.48 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Memorial Day services set for Monday...Page 5 Spring football practice ... Page 10 Special to the Okeechobee NewsHospice honors veteranThe mission of the Hospice-Veteran Partnership is to work together to provide quality services through the end of life for all of our area’s veterans. On May 17, Armed Forces Day, Hospice of Okeechobee had it’s rst Veteran recognition. Veteran to Veteran Hospice Volunteer Robert Keefe recognized retired Marine Herbert Wells. In the presence of family, friends and hospice staff, Mr. Wells was pinned with a special Veteran Partnership Flag Pin and presented with a Marine Certi cate and a Hospice Recognition Certi cate that pays special tribute to Mr. Wells for his military service to America by advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Northwest corner of the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center property will be used for a Radio Control Sports Park, under a plan approved Thursday by the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. County administrator Robbie Chartier said the events will be in the early mornings and should not con ict with any other activities or events at the Agri-Civic Center. County staff recommended the club be allowed to use the Northwest corner of the AgriCivic Center property on a six-month trial basis and see how it works. The club will not disturb the infrastructure or modify the drainage. The Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will be responsible for cleaning up any trash after an event. They will also be required to carry liabilit y insurance. The area will be open to the public but pilots will be required to be members of the Academ y of Model Aeronautics. The Okeechobee Radio Control Racing Club Radio control racing planned at Agri-Civic CenterSee RADIO — Page 10 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The City of Okeechobee created a Centennial Celebration Committee and voted to continue a moratorium on impact fees at their regular meeting held Tuesday, May 20, at City Hall. The Centennial Committee will discuss how best to celebrate the city's 100th birthday. City Clerk Lane Gamiotea said the terms on the committee would end in September, 2015. They would provide updates each month on the progress they are making to city council. Seven people would serve on the committee. Advisory, non-voting members could also be added. Councilman Devin Maxwell said there will be quali ed people willing to serve on the committee and the city will get a great group of people. Members will be required to le limited nancial disclosure forms to the state. The rst of cial city council meeting was held on July 13, 1915. Councilman Dowling Watford said he didn't expect the city to spend an y money and the celebration would be funded by private donations and sponsorships. "I think there are corporations that would probably fund some of that," he said. City plans special centennial eventsSee CITY — Page 12 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News At their Thursday meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners heard an update on the 2014 Dixie Youth State Girls Fast Pitch Softball Tournament to be held July 11-15 in Okeechobee. Earlier this year, the Okeechobee Citizens Recreational Association (OCRA) was awarded the bid to host the 2014 tournament at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex and OK Softball Complex. OCRA received a $5,000 Host Agreement from the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) for the purpose of bringing Okeechobee to host State Dixie Youth softball tourneySee DIXIE — Page 10


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Eagles Club sued Why sue the bars and club each time s omeone leaves there intoxicated and causes an accident? Why not sue the actual adult w ho chose to drink and get totally drunk t hen drive themselves home when they c ould have called a cab or a friend? They s hould have sued the adult not the club.  The issue is over serving alcohol, when t hey serve too much. Why did they keep s erving him?  Bars and clubs always over serve. It’s t heir job to keep it coming as long as they are paying and not causing any trouble.  The drunk driver was convicted and is serving time.  The drunk driver got off easy. He only got a 5 year sentence and had to pay a $1,000 ne. He should be sued as well, Maybe they will sue him as soon as he gets out of prison.  I hate to say it, but I wonder if anything will actually change. This is not the rst time this has happened in Okeechobee and not the rst lawsuit over a DUI accident.  The next time the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department decided to do a traf c safety checkpoint, they should set it up near the Eagles Club on a Saturday night.  Lawsuits like this are the only way to get the attention of clubs and bars that over serve and let patrons drive away drunk. The bar tender or server has the responsibility to stop serving anyone who is intoxicated, and to make sure that no one who leaves the bar drunk gets behind the wheel. If someone is drunk, have the guts to take their keys away and call them a cab. That’s the law and that is why the jury found for the defendant. On Memorial Day, do at least one thingMemorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who have died serving our country. This special day is not the only time w e should remember them but the holiday underscores the importance of having a time to revere and respect people who are sacred to our country. They are our heroes who are buried across America. They left home to go to hostile places and laid down their lives for us. Take a moment and visit the grave of someone who died representing us. When y ou go take just a few moments and give thanks for that person who will be one of many, many thousands who have made w hat we have in America possible. We take America for granted. We enjoy so much freedom, opportunity and protection. We are so far from perfect but nothing in the world is perfect. Today, America is still making dreams come true for men and women who want to sacri ce, work a little harder than the next guy and try again after failing more than once. We’ve all been knocked down a few times in life. Every time you get knocked down remember a soldier went down and never got a chance to get back up. The death of any one soldier might have been the very life sacri ced that gave you the second chance to try one more time. Another way we can celebrate Memorial Day is to celebrate our serving soldiers and living Veterans. I have two sons currently deployed serving in the Navy and the Army. I’m really proud of them. We should give thanks for all serving in our military, honor and pray for them. We should also stand by our Veterans. One of the ways we can honor our Veterans is to eliminate the majority of Veteran’s hospitals. We should all of them a National Medical card that would allow them to have access to medical care by any doctor or hospital in America. There are a lot of things Americans do on Memorial Day weekend. We travel, grill out, go to the mall or gather with family. All of these are good. However, do at least one thing this Memorial Day weekend and that is remember, and give thanks for the soldiers who have made the travel, grilling out and family outings possible. Glenn Mollette May 25, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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! Sovereign Love in a spindly bushBy Loy MershimerOkeechobee Presbyterian Church It was just a spindly bush outside a tired old police station, in a small town in Mississippi. Just a straggly bush, a wannabe tree with anemic, red-tipped branches searching for the sky. A few months ago an of cer plowed into the bush with the back of his car. Should’a been the end of that bush then, but it bounced back, bedraggled and bruised. And totally no respect. “We’re gonna cut that bush down,” the police chief said. After all, it’s an eyesore that’s always in the way. Already it’s scratched its share of cruisers. And we have a reputation to keep! “We’re gonna cut it down.” But somehow, they kept putting off the deed for another day – always a more important task on the radio. “Yes, cut it down… soon.’ Have you ever felt that way? Wanting just to cut down the spindly bushes? Those frustrations, those interruptions, those sightsore things in your life? Things so irritating and unmanageable there’s no way that good can come through them: grief, loss, pain, lack, loneliness, uncertainty? Just a spindly bush outside a tired old police station, in a small town in Mississippi. Just a straggly bush, a wannabe tree with anemic, red-tipped branches searching for the sky. Surely Providence didn’t plan for a bush like this! “Let’s cut it down!” the good people said. But then, the rains came down, and the oodwaters rose… Hurricane Katrina beat upon that small town of Waveland, Miss., and the ood tide swelled on the sea. The of cers responded, as good of cers will, and made their way out into the parking lot, when the waist deep waters threatened the citizens. The of cers, dispatchers and other personnel left the station and made a chain to reach higher ground, a chain to save others and themselves. But the ood tide crashed down from wine-dark skies, some say 30 feet high, from the sea a mile away. Death was on the tide. Good plans were swept away. And so would they have been swept away… except for that scraggly bush. There, at just the right spot, at just the right time, in their exact moment of desperate need, stood the spindly bush, offering its untrimmed branches as life-saving hands, kind hands, hands worn from abuse and lack of care – but hands strong enough to hold 14 of cers from their appointment with death. For ve hours, 14 of cers and personnel held on to that spindly bush, and prayed for strength – strength for themselves and that bush, that it would hold in the tide. And it held. And they are alive today, by the grace revealed in a scraggly bush! Now a hand-carved wooden cross adorns its branches – a quiet symbol of the Life that gives life when we least expect it, from sources we might not have chosen. What is that spindly bush in your life? What unwanted thing is God working through, for you? Perhaps something you’ve taken for granted, through which destiny will speak. Perhaps something unlooked for, or unwanted, through which your life will soar. Perhaps some unsightly shrub in the parking lot of your life, which you’ve just wanted to cut down, is the sign of grace, the ver y means through which God will make himself known. Look to Providence on the ood! The Sovereign Lord of the Universe loves you. He is working through the things that you call less-than-good to bring about a larger good (Rom. 8:28). Simply purpose to love God with all your heart and soul, even when your mind can’t make sense of it all. Rededicate yourself to the good purposes of God, and somehow, good will come. The things that you think least providential, think again. And smile, when you wal k past that untrimmed tree in the parking lot. Alleluia! Selah. Re ections from the pulpit Chicken BBQ bene ts Church of the TrinityA 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. to1 p.m. The dinner will include one-fourth chicken (leg portion) and all the xings for a donation of $7.50. For information, call 863-623-6500.


Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 92F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low around 70F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Generally sunny despite a fe w afternoon clouds. High 91F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Monday Night: A few clouds. Low 68F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Sun and clouds mixed with a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon. High 93F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 69F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. 5 Okeechobee News May 25, 2014 L egion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday n ight bingo on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Doors o pen at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen w ill offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be det ermined by player attendance. All proceeds w ill bene t the American Legion veterans' p rograms. The event is open to the public. T he American Legion now has free WIFI for i ts lounge and dining room patrons. V FW Post to host cookoutVFW Post 4423, 300 NW 34 St Sunday, w ill host lunch on May 25 from 1-3 p.m. The m enu will feature sausage, peppers and oni ons. A Memorial Day cookout is planned for M onday, May 26 at 2 p.m. All proceeds will b e donated to local veteran organizations. F or information, call 863-763-0818 M emorial Day service setMemorial Day Honors will be held May 26 a t the Okeechobee Veterans Park beginning a t 10 a.m. All local veteran units are asked t o post their colors by 9:45 a.m. The names o f all the local "killed in action" veterans f rom WW1, WW2, Korea, Viet Nam, and A fghanistan will be read. The Okeechobee H igh school JROTC will render honors to all v eterans. Citizens of Okeechobee County are i nvited to attend and bring the kids. Please b ring a lawn chair as seating is very limited. C eremonies are sponsored by Okeechobee M emorial Post 64 of the American Legion. G olf Tournament plannedThe 11th annual Good Habits, Old Spirits/ K OA miniature golf tournament (where the a dults have a ball acting like kids again) will b e held on Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. t o noon for $10. Sign up at Good Spirits, 245 U .S. 441 S.E. for this blind draw, two-person t eams tournament at KOA at 12:30 p.m. A ll proceeds go to "Kids with Cancer Care C amp." Entry fee includes access to the pool o n the day of the tournament. Prizes will be a warded afterwards at the KOA Shanty. Part icipants must be 21 or older. V FW hosts cookoutVFW Post 10539 will host a Memorial Day c ookout on Monday, May 26 with ribs and c hicken with all the xin's for a donation of $ 8, starting at 2 p.m. Music will be by Jay f rom 3 to 6 p.m. For information, call 8637 63-2308. O YLS plans annual meetingOkeechobee Youth Livestock Show, Inc. w ill hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, M ay 27 at the Osceola Middle School gym a t 7 p.m. for the election of directors and d istribution of exhibitor checks. Exhibitors m ust bring their plaques to this meeting in o rder to receive their check.CCC to meet 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 purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Eagles host dart tournamentCypress Hut Eagles will have dart tournament on Tuesday with burgers served. The public is invited. Proceeds from Tuesday goes to KOA Kid Cancer Research all others goes to various community and national charities. For more information please call Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Tobacco Free PartnershipThe Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County will meet Wednesday, May 28, at noon in the Thompson Fellowship Hall at the United Pentecostal Church, 405 S.W. 10th Ave. The guest speaker will be Mike Hopkins, an Okeechobee native and former Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue chief, who is battling cancer from smokeless tobacco. This meeting is open to anyone interested in tobacco prevention in Okeechobee County. Lunch will be provided. Call 863-801-8277 for information.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. Club hosts dance The 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., on Saturday, May 31 from 7 until 10 p.m., for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, call 863-697-9096.No Dine with the Doctor in MayRaulerson Hospital's Dine with the Doctor event for the month of May has been cancelled. C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Four employees of an Okeechobee roofing business were arrested May 22 on warrants from the Division of Insurance Fraud, and charged with using false documents to obtain employment. Those charged with Workers Comp fraud, a felony, were: Juan Carlos Duran, 29, of N.W. 29th Avenue; Justino Duran Lopez, 29, of N.W. 34th Avenue; Milton Omar Caseres, 33, of N.W. 10th Avenue; and, Joquin Cardenas-Menera, 29, of N.W. 19th Lane. According to the report, all four men secured employment using Social Securit y numbers that did not belong to them and Resident Alien cards with numbers that are not valid. Okeechobee City Police served the warrants and transported the men to the Okeechobee County Jail. Roo ng workers accused of fraud By Katie PurcellFWC Thousands of boaters will take to Florida's beautiful waterways this weekend for Memorial Day. Nothing says the start of summer better than a sunny day and a boat ride with family and friends. To enjoy your day to the fullest, remember to be careful. Safe boating is in your hands! Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) of cers respond to far too many tragic boating accidents. Unfortunately, they have been to 236 accidents so far this year, including 11 fatalities. Earlier this month, two of cers were called to an accident near Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach. Two vessels collided, causing one of them to capsize, leaving three people stranded in the water. Fortunately, the people only suffered minor injuries and were able to swim to shore. Some are not that lucky. Out of last year's 62 boating fatalities, 38 were due to drowning. There are some basic things you can do to keep yourself safe and have a fun day on the water. First and foremost is to pay attention! Boat operators need to keep an eye on their surroundings, including weather, waves, wildlife and objects like waterwa y markers, docks and other boats. The FWC reports that boat operators failing to pay attention remains the leading cause for boating accidents. FWC of cers patrol our waterways to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the appropriate gear and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC of cers are positive ones by planning ahead and paying attention on the water. To get ready for this weekend and learn more about safe boating, visit MyFWC.com / Boating. You can even search there for the Florida Boat Ramp Finder to help you nd a great place to launch your boat! Celebrate summer with safe boating The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Dalton Travis Yaney, 22, of S.E. 34th Street, was arrested May 22 on an Okeechobee County warrant and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. OCSO Deputy Tammy Sera ni was the arresting of cer. No bond was set. Stuart Lee Davis, 24, of S.E. 27th Street, was arrested May 23 on an Okeechobee County warrant on a charge of lewd or lascivious conduct. Bond was set at $200,000. OCSO Deputy Sera ni was the arresting of cer. Brent Anthony Pignataro, 35, of N.E. Fourth Avenue, was arrested May 23 on an Okeechobee County warrant on a charge of failure to register/career offender. OCSO Deputy T. Sera ni was the arresting of cer. Bond was set at $10,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Okeechobee Forecast


Billy Ray Newell, 75BUCKHEAD RIDGE — Billy Ray Newell passed away May 20, 2014. He moved to Buckhead Ridge in 1996, coming from Pembroke Pines, Florida. Born in Greenpond, Alabama July 4, 1938. Billy enjoyed shing,camping and traveling. He was a member of Moose Lodge 2417 in Buckhead Ridge and an auxiliary member of the V.F.W. in Buckhead Ridge. His love of people and outgoing personality has helped him through many years of medical issues. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Doris Newell; mother, Allie Dee Newell; sister, Joyce Holmes.He is survived by his wife, Betty Newell; sons,Robert Newell (Panya) of Albuquerque, NM and David Newell of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; cousins,Grady Carroll (Ruby), Cecil Carroll and J immy Caroll all of Okeechobee (Billy’s shing buddies); brother, Arnold Newell of Bessemer, Alabama; sister, Linda Gayle Needham of Ashboro, NC and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends 12:30 p.m. untilserv ices at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com A ll 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. Obituaries E D U C A T I O N A L S E M I N A R S Cremation & Burial Luncheon 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 27 Friday, June 13 608 South Parrott Ave Okeechobee Luncheon 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 4 Wednesday, July 2 Thursday, July 17 700 South Parrott Ave Okeechobee Call 863-357-7283 to Reserve Your SeatHOSTED BY SEAWINDS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Presented by: Jim Kiley, Advance Planning Specialist Affordable Traditional Funerals/Military Specials Complimentary Luncheon James W. Young, Founder Seawinds F uneral Group3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee 863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com Cremation ..........................$495 Cremation & Chapel Service $870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) .....$2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial $1,995 Graveside Service ...........$1,495 PRE-ARRANGEMENT (Financing Available) Cremation $95 down $10 a month for 45 months Creamation with Chapel Service .. $195 down $17 a month for 45 months Traditional Funeral & Burial ....... $500 down, $100 month for 45 months This includes minimum Casket, Vault and Open/Closing of Grave Site These prices do not include cash advance items. 6 Okeechobee News May 25, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsExtension service celebrates centennialDan Culbert of the Okeechobee Extension Of ce was the guest speaker at the May meeting of the Okeechobee Historical Society. His main focus was to educate the membership on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Extension Service. Mr. Culbert gave an entertaining and informative presentation on the federal, state and local history of the Extension Service. He also asked members of the Historical Society for any information they may have on the early Extension Agents as he would like to gather information to prepare a history of Okeechobee's agents. He acknowledged each of the agents that have served Okeechobee during his presentation. Mr. Culbert brought along a cutout of Professor Seamen Knapp, who pioneered the idea of the agents travelling to educate farmers. Free VPK summer programFaith Academy Preschool free summer VPK is a Christian-based summer program for children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2014. Child 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 more information, call 863-763-8800.


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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Calamity Jane Designs 106 S.E. Park St., is a retail business that paints, re nishes and remakes furniture. They specialize in taking something old and turning it into something new and wonderful. You can buy great farmhouse items or bring them y our own old furniture. If you have that old night stand sitting in the shed and your wife just wants it gone, bring it to Calamity Jane Designs. They can give it a brand new look. Give them a call at 863-763-4314, and don’t forget to like them on Facebook!  Eli’s Western Wear 907 N.W. Park St., is more than just the place to go for cowboy hats and boots. They have gifts items for everyone! They carry Brighton jewelry, cow hide rugs, dresses and even toys. They offer gift wrapping all year long and they also have layaway. Check them out on Facebook or order online at their website at www. eliswesternwear.com. They offer gift cards for all their items. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be reached at 863-763-2984.  Quail Creek Plantation 12399 N.E. 224th St., is a great place to spend the day shooting. Bring your dog. While you have fun at your sport, your dog will have a blast in the kennel play area. Quail Creek has everything from sporting clays, quail hunting, pheasant power shoots and a spring turkey shoot. They offer lodging and meal accommodations. Have a wedding or corporate party coming up? Quail Creek is a beautiful venue. Give them a call at 863-763-2529 or visit their website at www.quailcreekplantation.com.  How can we help your business grow? Find out by contacting our friendly and knowledgeable ad staff. Our outside representatives are Diana Whitehall, Kay Sheedy and Louise Dowling. I can tell you rst hand they are all about getting ROI (return on investment) and results for your business. The whole ad team does a great job for their clients, so here’s a shout out to Angie Bridges, Jeanne McNeeley, Kristina Schwartz and Ann Hines! Email oridasales@newszap. com or call 863 763 3134. Be sure to tell them Tammi sent you! Here is a great recipe to use for any night of the week.Gouda and Spinach Stuffed Pork ChopsIngredients: 4 (6 ounce) thick cut pork chops, 8 slices smoked Gouda cheese, 1/2 pound fresh spinach rinsed and torn, into bite-size pieces, 3 tablespoons horseradish mustard, 1 cup panko crumbs or breadcrumbs, Creole-style seasoning to taste. Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. 2. Lay each chop at on cutting board, and with a sharp knife held parallel to the board, cut a pocket into the pork, leaving three sides intact. Stuff each chop with spinach, and then with cheese. 3. Place panko crumbs in a shallow dish. Coat each chop with a thin layer of horseradish, and then roll in crumbs. Arrange chops in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with Creole seasoning to taste. 4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until brown and crispy. Targeted newspaper advertising  it works.Reach the area’s largest customer base quickly & easily with the Okeechobee News. Lake Motors, Inc did...To advertise, contact us at 863.763.3134 or okeeadsales@newszap.com Lake Motors, Inc., has been in business in Okeechobee six years in August. We are proud and humbled to say that the good folks here in Okeechobee have been very supportive of our business. Along with the help from the Okeechobee been blessed to have grown and been as successful as we have. We can honestly say that this is due to our customers and of course referral business. People know when they are being treated well and fairly. Honest and integrity is a rare commodity in the auto industry, but we pride ourselves on The key to being successful is easy, “Treat others as you wish to be treated.” That is the motto by which we operate our their tenth purchase. Again, we would like to thank the staff at the Okeechobee News for their assistance in placing our ads, and a special “Thank you” to their sales representative, Diana Whitehall. Their help and support are very much appreciated. We would also like to take this opportunity to those of you who haven’t stopped by to visit us to do so now. We invite you all to stop by, have a cup of coffee, and take a few minutes to look over our inventory and the great prices that we have to offer, you won’t be sorry you did. Unlike other car dealers, our prices are clearly marked on each vehicle, to make your shopping experience as hassle free as possible. We look forward to meeting those of you who haven’t dropped in, and welcome back our loyal existing customers. 863-467-5243 147 Hwy 441 SE Ivan D. Lujan Robert Crosswhite 9 Okeechobee News May 25, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOHS Bowling team receives grantElks Exalted Ruler Jaames F. DuPre from Lodge 2871 recently presented the Okeechobee High School bowling teams with a grant of $2,000. Left to right are Jessica Olney, Coach Carole Olney, ER James DuPre and Meghen Davis. One of the Elk mandates is to support the local children. To learn more about the Elks, contact Ernie Basil at 863-467-0550.


10 Okeechobee News May 25, 2014 is already using an area on the Agri-Civic Center property for radio-controlled cars and that is working very well, commented Mrs. Chartier. In other business at their May 22 meeting, Maureen Burroughs, of Okeechobee Main Street, requested approval to serve wine during the receptions for future art exhibits that are displayed in the Historic Okeechobee Courthouse lobby. The receptions will be held one time during each art exhibit from approximately 5 to 7 p.m. The courthouse currently has a collection of artwork with the theme “Country Life.” The reception for “Country Life” was held April 22. A new display is planned in June. The board agreed to give Main Street permission to serve w ine at the receptions for one year. They will review it again at that time. RADIOContinued From Page 1 this event to Okeechobee County and offsetting the costs associated with hosting the tournament. This State Girls Fast Pitch Tournament usually attracts approximately 32 teams. Most of those teams come from out of the area and stay in local hotels. As the host county, Okeechobee’s own teams automatically qualify to participate in the tournament. Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation and Facilities Maintenance Divisions will schedule and coordinate all of the eld use and eld maintenance requirements to ensure that a high level of service is met for this event. These serv ices include the lining and dragging of the elds, scheduling eld lights, keeping the restrooms stocked and facilities clean. OCRA will pay any overtime cost incurred by the maintenance staff, as well as cover the expense of miscellaneous supplies and eld light charges associated with hosting these tournament games. DIXIEContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySpring football practicePlayers line up for spring football practice at Okeechobee High School. Coach Chris Branham said work is ongoing as the team changes their offensive system and playbook this spring. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyChaka Smith talks turkey with some defensive players during a recent OHS football practice. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAssistant Head Coach Tyrone Smith tutors some running backs and wide receivers at a recent OHS football practice.


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 11 Okeechobee News May 25, 2014 Here’s a gut check: It turns out that your gender can play a role in your digestive health, from the way you digest food to how likely you are to suffer from certain gastrointestinal problems. Men tend to experience acid re ux more acutely than women, but women are more likely to have irritable bowel syndrome or gallstones. Fortunately, learning about your body and making lifestyle or dietary changes often can relieve or eliminate digestive problems. Several factors account for the digestive differences between men and women, from anatomy to hormones. For starters, women have a deeper pelvis and a longer colon (4 inches on average). Women also have more internal reproductive organs competing for space in the abdomen, which can cause loops and sharp angles in the intestines. The result: constipation and bloat, two conditions women experience much more often than men. Hormone uctuations associated w ith menstruation also contribute to bloat, as well as to more serious digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Male hormones, in contrast, may protect men from some digestive problems. Testosterone helps keep abdominal walls rm and muscular, even under a “spare tire.” Strong abdominal muscles hold intestines in place, w hich reduces the risk for developing troublesome loops in the intestines. Many digestive ailments have similar symptoms that come and go or vary in intensity, making it dif cult to diagnose whether symptoms are caused by disease or by one’s diet or lifestyle. In her 2013 book, Gutbliss: A 10-day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage, gastroenterologist Dr. Robynn Chutkin takes an integrative approach to improving digestive health that includes medicine, nutrition, exercise, counseling, biofeedback and massage. Here are some of her top tips for achieving a happy gut:  Practice good bathroom habits. If you feel the urge to go, don’t wait.  Avoid using laxatives regularly – they can weaken digestive muscles.  Quit smoking, tobacco use is linked to colon polyps, bowel cancer and Crohn’s disease and in ammatory bowel disease.  Don’t skip meals-hunger can lead to overeating later.  Eat your biggest meal earlier in the day when your stomach is more active. Use this phrase as a guide: Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper.  Impose a dinner curfew. For example, eat by 7 p.m. and don’t eat snacks after 9 p.m. Digestion is tied to your circadian rhythm, so activity in your tummy slows down after dark, too.  Get moving! Losing excess weight and exercising daily helps keep bowels regular. Going for a walk after eating promotes good digestion.  Reduce GASgluten, alcohol and sugar. These can contribute to digestive problems.  Minimize fatty foods. These cause the stomach to empty slowly, which can cause discomfort.  Space out ber consumptions. Fiber is good for you, but large amounts eaten all at once can clump up in the stomach  Sip, don’t gulp. Stay hydrated but don’t drink too much at one time. Instead, sip uids throughout the day, especially in between meals, to avoid over lling the stomach. Remember, if your symptoms persist or worsen, get to the bottom of things by seeing your doctor. For a free physician referral, call 863-763-9228. Gender can play a role in your digestive health Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCounty honors employeesFire Chief David McCain was honored by the Okeechobee County Commission Thursday for his outstanding service and dedication for the past 25 years at Okeechobee County Fire Rescue. Also honored was Richard Watford, Sr., for his outstanding service and dedication for the past 24 years with the Okeechobee County Road Department. Left to right are County Administrator Robbie Chartier, BOCC Chairman Frank Irby and Richard Watford, Marcia Watford and Fire Chief David McCain. SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOM Y Highpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600Dining € Living Room € Bedroom € TV Stands € Curios C GNew Furniture For Less! Hours: MonSat. 10-5SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOM Y The Florida Department of Transp ortation advises motorists to use caut ion in areas where road work is under way. Road work is planned this week i n the following areas in Okeechobee County.  SR 710 from SR 70 to the Martin County line: Maintenance project: Crews w ill be trimming trees on both sides of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  SR 78 from Okeechobee County line to Lemkin Creek Bridge: Construction project: Expect daytime lane closures with aggers directing traf c Monday through Friday as crews complete nal cleanup, roadway striping and placing signs. Use caution and be prepared to stop. Project improvements include removing and replacing the existing asphalt, adding shoulders, replacing guardrail, and signing and pavement markings. Expected completion is spring of 2014. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp.  SR 70 east of Okeechobee/NE 34th A venue to Williams Road/NE 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  SR 70 E from the Okeechobee city limits to NE 30th Avenue: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and w atch for workers close to the road. Road Watch


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The committee will suggest ideas and activities for the celebration to be held throughout 2015. A nal public hearing date was scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 to implement an increase in business tax rates. City Attorney John Cook explained it would correct language in sections of the business tax. It w ould allow a ve percent increase in local business taxes. A nal public hearing date was set on Tuesday, June 17th to extend the city wide moratorium on impact fees from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Public works, law enforcement and re impact fees will be waived during this time period. Councilman Watford said the original goal of the moratorium was to help the economic condition of the city. “I wonder if we are still in a depressed state that would warrant waiving them,” he said. City Administrator Brian Whitehall said building permits are woefully low in the city. He said there is some improvement in the economy. “At rst I was an advocate of the impact fees. At what point in time should there be a scienti c methodology of reincorporating the fees so it isn’t so politically based.” He said he will provide a full report on the economic condition of the city at the nal hearing. Councilman O’Connor said in his opinion the economy is pretty sad. “I don’t know what part of the economy is improving, but it’s pretty sad,” he said. Councilman Maxwell said the poor economic conditions still exist and in some regard have worsened. “This is the sixth year of the recession, when I look at vacant commercial in the city I see it increasing. We have a vacant grocery store, vacant gas stations. I think we’re in worse shape.” City Mayor Jim Kirk said the city has been slow to recover from the economic downturn and many communities around the country are quicker in coming out of the recession than Okeechobee. In other actions, the city approved an independent contractor’s agreement with Lynch Paving and Construction, Company to compete the asphalt program. The budget for the city is $250,000. Mr. Whitehall said the city never exceeds this budget. The city agreed to apply for a storm water improvement grant to help fund with construction of the proposed Taylor Creek Park. They include a Department of Environmental Protection grant program that is designed to clean up the water that enters Lake Okeechobee. It is typically a 60/40 split with 60 percent from the state. They intend to apply for a $370,000 grant, which would require $120,000 from the city. Councilman were told that chances for approval of this grant were high due to the state priority right now to nd ways to clean up Lake Okeechobee and its tributaries. The money could assist in the swales and parking lot construction costs for the park. The city match could be used for other costs with the park. The presentation was done by Stefan Matthes, Senior VicePresident of Culpepper and Terpening, Inc. Councilman Clayton Williams said he thought the state should pay more of the grant total. Mr. Whitehall said he was disappointed that the state legislature didn’t fund as much as originally planned for city storm water improvements this year. Louise Conrad and Renne Sweda were reappointed to the City Code Enforcement Board. Les McCreary and Karyne Bass were reappointed to the Planning Board. Mayor Kirk also presented the staff at the City Public Works Department with a proclamation to declare the week of May 18-24 as National Public Works Week. Public Works Director David Allen praised his staff for all of their hard work and dedication to the city. CITYContinued From Page 1


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Faye Huffman, Secretary to Construction Industry Licensing Board Okeechobee County Independent Inspections, Ltd. 465527 ON 5/25/2014 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. 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