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Friday, June 27, 2014 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 77 12.90 feetLast Year: 13.95 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenFire/Rescue Lt. Parrish honoredThe Okeechobee County Commission Thursday issued a proclamation of recognition to Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Lt. Terry Parrish, Sr. (center) for his outstanding service and dedication to Okeechobee County and its citizens over the past 29 years. “It’s been a pleasure working for Okeechobee County,” said Lt. Parrish. He said in his time with the department, the county has seen ve re chiefs and built four stations. “Commissioners, I am begging you,” he added, “do not privatize this department. It will cost you in the long run. We’re losing good people. Help them out. Protect our emergency personnel.” At left is County Administrator Robbie Chartier. At right is County Commission Chairman Frank Irby. Lt. Parrish plans to go to work as a ER paramedic at Raulerson Hospital. Sheriff May proposes $14.8 million budget for law enforcement, jail and courthouse securityBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May Thursday offered to continue to handle operation of the jail and courthouse security as well as county law enforcement, if the Okeechobee County Commission funds a budget of $14.8 million. “I have heard the sheriff does not want to run the jail or the courthouse security,” Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May told the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners at their Thursday meeting. “I am here to tell you, on the record, that I do.” The sheriff added that he will only continue to be responsible for the jail if the county provides the funding he believes is necessary to run his entire department safely. The sheriff presented his funding request for law enforcement services at $8.8 million, an increase of about $600,000 over the current year’s budget. Undersheriff Noel Stephen said the increase of almost $600,000 in law enforcement is directly related to state retirement system costs, a 10 percent increase in health insurance costs, and an increase in expense to this budget from a shift in personnel who were moved to the 2014-2015 law enforcement services from the 2013-2014 corrections budget. “These employees provide the law enforcement function in the jail. They include one warrants clerk, three deputies and one IT person. The budget also includes a 4 percent cost of living increase for employees. He said he can run the law enforcement services, the county jail and courthouse security for a total of $14.8 million. “I can do that on $14.8 million budget and By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Nearly 100 more Okeechobee residents collected unemployment bene ts in May when compared to April according to the monthly report released last week by the U.S Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The report showed 1,270 residents collected bene ts in Okeechobee, a rate of seven percent. This compared to 1,177 in April, a rate of 6.5 percent. Compared to May, 2013, 1,544 residents collected bene ts, a rate of 8.3 percent. Summer time unemployment rates have traditionally been higher than the winter months in Okeechobee. Glades County saw an increase from 6.8 percent in April to 7.7 percent in May. The report said 380 residents collected bene ts in May, which were 50 more than the previous month. Glades County had a jobless rate of 7.6 percent in May, 2013, as 414 residents collected bene ts. The size of the workforce in Okeechobee was listed at 18,146 during May, with 16,876 residents game fully employed during that period. Glades County had a work force of 4,928 in May, with Sheriff offers to keep running jail Jobless rates rise in MaySummer reading program keeps kids busy ... Page 10 Meth ring ... Page 19 See JOBS — Page 5 See SHERIFF — Page 5FWC warns boaters to stay ‘dry’ ... Page 2 State may buy Okeechobee properties ... Page 9

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Special to the Okeechobee News Last year, nine people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida. That represents 15 percent of the state’s boating fatalities for 2013. “Alcohol and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many. We want all boaters to enjoy the freedom to get out on the w ater and the opportunity to do it safely.” That is why law enforcement agencies around the state and country are participating in “Operation Dry Water” this weekend. This nationwide, public education effort is designed to prevent alcohol-related accidents and fatalities. FWC of cers, along with local law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard, will be on the lookout for boating under the in uence (BUI) violations. “While our of cers always look for BUIs,” Capt. Shipp said, “this weekend, they will be making a special effort to stop this dangerous activity.” Boaters who have had too much to drink or who are impaired by drugs are a great danger to the boating public. “If you’re caught boating under the in uence, you may be ned and jailed, your boat may be seized, and you could lose your boating privileges,” Capt. Shipp said. “But most importantly, you are risking your life, the lives of your passengers and the lives of other people out on the water.” Saving lives is what “Operation Dry Water” is really all about. Law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and several U.S. territories typically participate, interacting with tens of thousands of boaters throughout the weekend each year and taking hundreds of impaired operators off the water before they could kill or injure themselves or someone else. “Being under the in uence of alcohol or drugs impairs a boat operator’s vision and reaction time,” Shipp said. “Sun, wind, fatigue and other conditions can intensify the effects alcohol or drugs have on a boater.” Intoxicated boaters are also susceptible to injuries or falling overboard because of impaired coordination and balance. The FWC reminds boaters to be careful and that they are responsible for making decisions that keep themselves and others safe. “We want everyone to have a great time and stay safe on the water,” Capt. Shipp said. “Carelessly choosing to operate a boat while impaired is a decision that can result in a tragic ending to an otherwise wonderful day on the water.” For more information, please visit www. operationdrywater.org or MyFWC.com/Boating. FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for sixth year Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 863-763-6905 Hwy 98 N • Okeechobee• Fly Control Mineral • Fly Blocks • Fly Spray • Fly Bait • Pour-ons • Fly Bags Your Fly Control Center MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., June 27TH Tues., July 1STFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION”Fri. 7:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00 & 7:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “22 JUMP STREET”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun, Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG R PG-13 2 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partl y sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Extended ForecastSaturday : Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Saturday Night : Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostl y cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Okeechobee Forecast School resources of cers and of cers w ith the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission teamed up to host a camp for Okeechobee youth last week. The week-long camp included trips to Y ankee Point, Sue Arnold’s Wildlife, the Sheriffs Of ce gun range, Sue Pearce Animal A dventures and the sports complex pool. Sgt. Roberts said the camp helps the kids understand that law enforcement of cers are their friends, gets them active in the community and what it has to offer, understand the lake and wildlife, conservation and fellowship. Roberts said they try to instill good ethics and morals for the kids. Friday, all the campers, 55 of them, received rods and reels courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A grant from the state enabled them to give out the rods and reels. “It was an awesome week, we had a great time, we survived the kids and the kids survived us,” he added. The sheriff’s teen camp will be held from J uly 23-27. Different activities will be held each day of the camp. He thanked Sheriff Paul May for helping to provide these camps for the citizens of Okeechobee. Sheriff’s of ce and FWC host youth camp Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySchool resource of cers and of cers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) teamed up to host a camp for Okeechobee youth last week. Participants included Okeechobee Sheriff Paul May and OCSO Deputies Donnie Holmes, Keith Murrish, Steven McKinley, Joey Hall, Demarcus Dixon and Sgt. Mark Roberts. Representing the FFWCC were Investigator Cris Douglas and FWC Wildlife Of cer Robyn Bergwerff.

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Graduation I was one of many fortunate people to obtain a ticket to graduation this year to watch a friend of the family graduate at the Agri-Civic Center. The Okeechobee High School did a really great job of the ceremony. Some of t he folks from Okeechobee who were at the graduation were some of the loudest and rudest people I have ever seen in my life. Once t he graduation ceremony began, I thought s ome of the noise and people moving around w ould cease, but it did not. People acted as if there was nothing special going on. From t raipsing back and forth about 10 times with t heir children to the bathroom, not even taking care to try to keep them quiet, people s tanding in front of others who are trying to s ee, to people shouting out the graduates’ names while a speech was being given. I was really ashamed of the utter lack of respect for t he commencement exercises. Graduation is a milestone for these young people, and s ome of you didn’t sit down the entire time. T hey deserve a certain amount of respect while receiving their diploma.  It is a shame when people yell or make noise when a graduate’s name is called, and the next graduate’s name cannot even be heard over the noise. As for photos, the school has a professional photographer who gets photos of all of the graduates and you can purchase prints. This is going to be a much better photo than you could get from the stands.  It seems to me that it would not be out of order for an announcer to request that those who must be trekking to the restrooms often, sit on the end close to the restrooms and for others to please nd a seat and stay in it. It shouldn’t be rude to request an end to the rude behavior. There was a day once when most parents demanded consideration and obedience, but it is outdated now.  It is all about self expression. What is better for that person. The need to use the bathroom every ve minutes, OK. Feel the need to yell, OK, do so. Moral values and manners, have been gone for a long time. Next time you go out to dinner, look at all the hats on heads, elbows on the table are just a few things. I have seen children running around tables and going under tables and yelling at each other like they are in the playground. The same thing happens at every school program. A few rude people ruin it for others by talking loudly during the program, using their cell phones and allowing their small children to run wild. They show no respect for those on the stage or the rest of the audience. Golf tournament provided 2 scholarshipsOn Saturday, May 31, the 2nd Annual Tom Tarner Golf Tournament was held at the KOA. This tournament helps provide two, $1,000 scholarships to graduating Okeechobee High School Seniors to help them advance their career in the criminal justice system. This year Chief of Police Denny Davis and Lt. Jeremy LaRue presented Emily Worth and Cody Walker with scholarships. We would like to thank J.D. Mixon and the Gilbert Family of Companies for being our Presenting Sponsor for the tournament. Their generosity made this event more successful than we could have hoped. Team Brahma Bull won rst place and donated half of their winnings back to the scholarship. We would like to thank all the sponsors that helped make this event possible: Morgan’s Furniture, Total Roadside Services, JMC Landscaping, Advance Auto Parts, Carquest Auto Parts, Napa Auto Parts, Mom’s Kitchen, Marcum & Associates, MDO Engineering, Syfrett Feed, Raulerson Hospital, Azteca Mexican Restaurant, Pueblo Viejo, Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant, Waste Management and Seacoast National Bank. Without the support of our wonderful community, events like this would not be possible. I would personally like to thank everyone involved in this event including the many volunteers. It is so amazing to me how our community comes together for these events and helps make them the best they can be. Okeechobee is a wonderful community with wonderful citizens. Thanks again to everyone who made this possible and congratulations to the winners, especially the kids. Shelly Doyle Okeechobee CitizenThank you for 21 years of giving and supportThe Board of Directors of the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and all the supporting businesses that sponsored or donated to the 21 years of successful golf tournaments. The board also thanks all participants and volunteers that helped annually. All of these people made it possible for th e fund to award 61 children of law enforcement/ re ghters with scholarship assistanc e in the amount of $200,640. These same efforts offered aid, in their time of need, to 85 law enforcement/ re ghter families in th e amount of $94,231.91. The fund has been awarding scholarships and aid funds sinc e 1992 when it was formed. It is named in honor of Skip Bryant who died in the line o f duty November 8, 1991. The board voted to change the operation of the fund to only include aid in their tim e of need, to law enforcement/ re ghter families. In the past several years, the fundraising part of the effort has become increasingly labor intensive. In order for the fund to remain in operation, scholarships will no longer b e awarded. The annual golf tournament will not take place. But the fund is still tax deductible and will accept donations. Fundraisers will occur from time to time as needed. Th e board will still operate and meet as usual making decisions on aid disbursements. Current scholarship recipients will receiv e a two-semester payout. This will give them a year to look for and obtain other scholarship assistance. Sheriff May was quoted as saying that this was very generous and he had not heard of this being done by any othe r organization. Current board members are Sheriff Paul C. May, undersheriff Noel Stephen, Okeechobee City Police Chief Denny Davis, CPA Mik e Costopoulos, and Virginia (Ginny) Bryant. Questions, concerns or suggestions can b e directed to these individuals. On behalf of the current board members, we would like to thank everyone for thei r continued support of the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund. Michelle BellQuarter auctionThank you to everyone who donated and vendors who set up and all who helped us with the Quarter Auction on June 7 a t the VFW Post. It was a great success. This money goes to our veterans in need and ou r troops overseas. Thanks again, Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Post 4423 June 27, 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! Pet of the weekLittle Man, a mixed terrier about 18 months old, is the perfect companion for any type of family. He gets along with everyone and other animals, is house trained, is up to date on all vaccinations. His heartworm test is negative, and he is neutered. He’s waiting to be adopted at the Humane Society Pet Rescue on Hwy. 98 N. For more information, call 863-357-1104. Adoption hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Special to the Okeechobee News

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give a 4 percent pay raise to my people, who have not had an across-the-board pay raise for 6 years,” he said. County Commissioner Ray Domer countered that the county simply does not have the revenue to fund that budget unless they raise taxes. County administrator Robbie Chartier said the board could fund the budget if they raised property taxes to the 10 mill limit and kept lower reserves. (One mill is equal to $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of property value.) “Do you want us to go to 10 mills Paul?” Commissioner Domer asked the sheriff. “I don’t think that’s a fair question,” Sheriff May replied. The sheriff added that, speaking as a citizen, he suggested the county use a franchise fee on electricity to raise additional funds. This could keep the property taxes lower. He said an added bene t is that the franchise fee would collect money from residents who currently pay no taxes. This would make it more fair, he said. A lot of the people who do not pay ad v alorem taxes are the ones who most often use the sheriff’s of ce services, he said. “That was Paul May citizen, not Paul May, sheriff,” he advised. The sheriff said if the county runs the jail and the courthouse security, the three serv ices will probably cost more than the $14.8 million he proposed. “I believe it will cost more and I do not w ant to see that happen,” said Sheriff May. Looking back at the sheriff’s of ce history, Commission Chairman Frank irby questioned the staf ng levels. “In 2000-2001, we had 167 people,” said Chairman Irby. “In 2004-05, it went to 217,” he said. “I struggle with that kind of increase.” Undersheriff Stephen said the staff numbers had to do with the departure of Sheriff Ed Miller, who served one term and did not seek re-election. Sheriff Miller had cut staff due to budget restraints. When O.L. Raulerson, who had been sheriff before Ed Miller, returned to of ce in the next election, “he saw the need to add staff.” Sheriff May pointed out that current staffing is 180, which is only 13 more staffers than in 2000. Commissioner Joey Hoover noted that the statistics indicate the Okeechobee County Jail population is higher than that of counties of similar size. He asked if the counties w hose jail numbers run substantially below Okeechobee’s run any of the programs for nonviolent offenders using the ankle bracelets to reduce the number being held in jail. “Have you looked into the ankle bracelets?” asked Commissioner Margaret Helton. “That’s not my job,” said the sheriff. “I run the jail for the county. If the judge wants to let them out with an ankle bracelet, I am all for it. That’s up to the judge.” Commissioner Domer noted the increase in the expense for gasoline and questioned how many employees have take home cars. “Our eet is approximately 84 or 85 cars,” said the undersheriff, adding that about 70 cars used by deputies and detectives are take home vehicles. “Seventy vehicles go home a day, what is the bene t of that?” asked Commissioner Helton. “The take home vehicles for police ofcers is called the Indianapolis plan,” explained the sheriff. “It has been proven time and time again to be cheaper and you have those vehicles out in the community. Wear and tear on the car is less. If you hot seat (deputies check cars in and out of a motor pool) those cars, they will last about 2 years. Half of those cars are 2008 or older. If you hot seat those cars, you’ll be buying new cars every two years. And it is a bene t when you are hiring people. If we were to hot seat the cars, they would be lined up to resign.” Undersheriff Stephen added that deputies often have to go to court on their scheduled days off. If they did not have take home vehicles, the county would have to pay them mileage to use their personal vehicles for those trips. “The more vehicles you have out on the road, the crime rate drops,” said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. “Unless you get your overall 14.8, you won’t run the jail?” questioned Commissioner Domer. “That’s right,” said Sheriff May. He added that some expenses for the sheriff’s of ce and jail are intertwined. For example, the power bills are for the entire building. “We’ve talked a lot about this,” said Commissioner Domer. “Okeechobee is unique, different from every other county. What counties have to work with is what they collect. “I have got to keep Okeechobee County from going broke,” he said, “regardless of whether we would like to have more or not.” “There is a maximum amount of money that Okeechobee can afford,” he said. “I would not want to do this thing in Tallahassee again. I don’t think it’s fair to ask someone else to solve our problems,” he said. “When someone asks, ‘who were the commissioners when Okeechobee County went broke?’ I would not want my name to be mentioned,” said Commissioner Domer. “I really hate the thought of raising taxes in Okeechobee, but if that is what happens, I have no choice.” “When we went to the appeal and came back, and I accepted the $500,000. I did not want to go to Tallahassee any more than you did, and they obviously did not want us there,” said Sheriff May. “I believe that I do not have to run your jail for you unless you nance it at the level it can be operated safely,” the sheriff said. “It is not a threat — it is business. I believe I can run it at a lower cost than you (the board) can.” “If the board votes for this budget I will only agree to it if we agree to raise taxes to pay for it,” said Chairman Irby. “If we take a million dollars out of operating reserves, in two years we have zero money in our operating reserves.” The commission took no action on the budget at the meeting. At the end of the meeting, during the staff reports, the administrator asked for direction. “Has your opinion changed since the last meeting regarding the lack of receipt of a jail budget?” she asked the board. “My position hasn’t changed,” said Chairman Irby. “The statute is very clear. We can argue about who is going to run it.” “I am not an attorney. Whether I like it or not, the statute says what the statute says. If it says he’s gotta do it, he’s gotta do it,” said Commissioner Hoover. “Do we need to go on record that by the next meeting we are requesting a detailed corrections budget?” asked Commissioner Helton. “I am not sure if saying ‘pretty please’ will make a difference,” said County Attorney John Cassels. “Given the fact I believe everyone is in agreement that he could run it more ef ciently and more economically, what I heard was that he would still not run it for that amount unless you adopt a budget of $14.8 million including the corrections and courthouse security components. My advice has always been to avoid litigation. “He has given you a ‘take it or leave it’ budget,” said the attorney. “If the majority are inclined to give him a 14.8 million budget which includes the jail, it would be a waste of time to go to court to determine if he can decline to run the jail. “It is our legal opinion that he can’t decline to run the jail,” he said, adding “until the courts have actually spoken, it’s always up in the air. “You are marching towards a deadline here and I don’t think it’s particularly helpful to the public and their safety to play chicken with the sheriff,” he said. “Even if there is a decision by the court that he cannot give back the jail that does not resolve the disagreement that you have in regard to the amount of funding,” Mr. Cassels said. “I am at a loss as to why he has given you a number to run the jail, and if you adopt it he won’t do it unless you also agree to fund the law enforcement at the level requested,” he said. “If the majority of you are not there, I can’t see any possibility but to challenge his authority to return the jail. “If you agree to the $14.8 million budget, then you have to be prepared to send out a TRIM notice for 10 mills,” said Commissioner Hoover. “I for one, am not in favor of raising the millage rate. It just doesn’t work for me. I’m not going to vote to raise the millage rate to that level.” “Last year we worked so hard to bring the millage rate down,” said Commissioner Helton. Administrator Chartier said property values declined in Okeechobee County this year, so revenues will be down. “I wasn’t expecting a decline,” she said. “I was expecting an increase.” Commissioner Bryant Culpepper suggested giving the sheriff the $14.8 he has asked for this year, which would give the commission 16 months to nd a long term answer. “It’s not going to be pretty if it goes to court,” he said. The sheriff and the board of commissioners have been in a budget battle since last fall. The sheriff originally requested a 2013-2014 budget of $15.3 million for la w enforcement, the jail and courthouse security. The county commission budgeted $13.1 million. The sheriff then offered a reduced budget of $14.8 million, but the county adopted the $13.1 million budget. The sherif f appealed the budget dispute to Tallahassee, which was to be reviewed by Governor Ric k Scott’s Cabinet. At the April 24 meeting, after accepting a budget compromise of $13.6 million for the 2014-2014 scal year, Sheriff May announced he would be resigning as chief correctional of cer effective Sept. 30, 2014, and that the sheriff’s of ce will also stop providing security at the Okeechobee Judicial Complex at that time. Since then the county commission has questioned whether or not the sheriff can legally refuse to operate the jail, and considered the option of taking the sheriff to court to resolve the question. 5 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 4,548 with jobs. The state average was 6.1 percent in May, up from 5.7 percent in April. The national level went from 5.9 percent in April to 6.1 percent in May. Around the region, Desoto County had six percent, Hardee County 6.6 percent, Hendr y 9.4 percent, Highlands 7.1 percent, Indian River County 7.4 percent, Martin County 6.1 percent, Osceola 6.2 percent, Palm Beach County 5.9 percent and St. Lucie County 7.7 percent unemployment rates in May. JOBSContinued From Page 1 COUNTYContinued From Page 1 “I believe I do not have to run your jail for you unless you nance it at the level it can be operated safely. It’s not a threat – it’s business.”— Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul Ma y “When someone asks, ‘Who were the commissioners when Okeechobee County went broke?’ I would not want my name to be mentioned.”— County Commissioner Ray Domer

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L ocal blood drivesIt takes only one hour, every two months, t o help save lives.  Friday, June 27 at Harbor Community B ank, noon until 5 p.m.  Friday, June 27 at Publix, from 1 until 6 p.m.  Saturday, June 28 at Walmart, 11 a.m. u ntil 4 p.m.  Sunday, June 29 at Walmart, from 11 a .m. until 4 p.m. C amp will present musicalMigrant Summer Theatre Camp presents “ Seussical Jr.” on Friday, June 27 at 6:30 p .m. in the OHS Lecture Hall. Free admiss ion. F ifth Sunday service to be heldThe quarterly community-wide 5th Sund ay service, sponsored by the Okeechobee M inisterial Association, will take place on S unday, June 29, at Faith Farm Tabernacle, 7 595 N.E. 128th Ave. A love offering will be t aken. Come, worship and fellowship with y our friends and neighbors at this special c ommunity-wide service.Sunday night bingo plannedAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on June 29 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 to 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.Moose will host breakfastBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417, 1016 Linda Road, will host an eggs-to-order breakfast buffet on Sunday, June 29, from 8-11 a.m. On Monday, June 30, ve-card bingo runs from 1-4 p.m. On Wednesday, July 2, regular bingo starts at 6 p.m. with food from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 3, ve-card bingo runs from 6:30-9 p.m. The dinner special on Friday, July 4, is BQQ pork chops from 5-7 p.m., starting at 5 p.m. with entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 5, features meat bingo from 4-7 p.m. with food from 5-7 p.m. For information, call 863-763-2250.Group to host a sit and sewConKerr Cancer’s next “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, July 1 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to put a smile on the face of a child stricken with cancer or other lifechanging illnesses. Pillowcase kits will be available for you to sew at this meeting. For further information or to donate material, call Joan at 863-467-0290.Healthy Start Coalition to meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, July 2, at 11 a.m. at its of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. Contact Executive Director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Moose Lodge will host bingoOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites you to join them for fun in the lodge on Thursday, July 3, for bingo at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for small fee. Friday, July 4, celebration starts at 1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish. Monday, July 7, features tacos starting at noon. Thursday, July 10, has bingo at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for small fee. Friday, July 11, is bingo at 6:30 p.m. with a mystery meal starting at noon. All proceeds bene t Moose charities.YMS to host volleyball clinicYearling Middle School’s Inaugural Summer Volleyball Clinic will be held from Jul y 8-9 for ages 6-10, and July 10-11, for ages 11-14, at the Yearling Middle School Gym from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. The cost for both days is $50. For information, call Kellyann Campbell at 863-801-6636 or Carrie Heineman at 863484-0812.Stroke support group to meetThere will be a stroke support group meeting on Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave. For information, contact Ne w American Physical Therapy at 863-763-7773 or Harry Richards at 863-634-8412. Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Betty Jean Coleman, 66OKEECHOBEE — Betty Jean Coleman died at the Hamrick Home on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She had been a resident of Okeechobee for 41 y ears. Her favorite times were spent w ith her grandchildren and gardening. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Coleman, Sr.; and son, Ronald Coleman. She is survived by four sons, Robert (Sylvia) Coleman, Jr., David Coleman, Donald (Tammy) Coleman, and Kevin (Michelle) Coleman, all of Okeechobee; nine grandchildren, Clay, Alyssa, David, Kaitlyn, Corey, Kevin, Matthew, Raylee and Emery; one brother, Sonny Higginbotham of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and two sisters, Carol Erudy and Sue Baker. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 28,2014, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home w ith Brother Joe Bishop of ciating. In lieu of owers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. 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 of the Buxton, Bass, and Conway families of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972. Margie Ann Varnadore, 76 OKEECHOBEE — Margie Ann Varnadore died June 24, 2014. She was born April 13, 1938 in Clewiston to Thomas Lee and Velma Swan Akins. A resident of Okeechobee for 48 years, she was the owner/operator of Kid’s Korner for 25 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. She loved to travel, spend time with her grandkids and care for her orchids from her greenhouse.Mrs. Varnadore is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bill Varnadore, Sr.; son, Joe Varnadore, Jr. (Christy) all of Okeechobee; daughter, April Michele Garcia (Hubert) of Brooksville; ve grandchildren, Conner, Chandler, Skyler, Garrett and Justin; nieces, Marie Pittman of Okeechobee and Missy Farnam of Moore Haven. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Ortona Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 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. E D U C A T I O N A L S E M I N A R S Cremation & Burial Luncheon 11AMBeef O’Brady’s608 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee Tuesday, August 5Luncheon 11AMLightsey’s10435 Hwy 78 West Okeechobee Wednesday, July 30Luncheon 11AMGolden Corral700 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee Wednesday, July 2 Thursday, July 17 Monday, July 28 Call 863-357-7283 to Reserve Your Seat Affordable Traditional Funerals/Military Specials Complimentary LuncheonHOSTED BY SEAWINDS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974Presented by: Jim Kiley, Advance Planning Specialist Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236

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8 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Tabatha Henry won her school record eighth Most Valuable Player Award while Daniel Shelley won MVP for the boy’s squad at the annual OHS track banquet held Tuesday at North Elementary School. The Brahman Award went to Crystal Castaneda for the Lady Brahmans. Henry rebounded from a back injury to once again make state in the 3,200 meter nals this year. She accepted a scholarship to run at the University of Central Florida. In her career, she reached three state nals in cross country and two in track and eld. “I really appreciate it every time I receive the MVP trophy. I work really hard and I hope I get it every year,” she said afterward. Her eight MVP trophies is a school record that can never be broken in running sports. Henry said she is proud to be the rst athlete to ever earn eight awards in four years. “My parents kept me going and my coaches. I have a lot of goals in life for running, my career, and for college and I have a lot of people behind be supporting me,” she added. Henry is already working hard with physical therapy and workouts to get ready for college competition. She feels the workouts are getting her stronger and ready for college. “I’m really excited to show my college coach that I’ve been working. I work really hard and my advice to the younger girls is to never, never give up and don’t let injuries, doubters or anything stop you,” she added. Coach A.J. Mayernik said coaching Henry w as like a dream because his goal is to get an athlete to the top level, “She made it look so easy and all I can say is it’s been amazing coaching her. She is a great example of what happens when you commit to something and put the time in.” Mayernik said he felt the entire girls team did really well this year despite some injuries and other issues. He said the girls all ran their personal bests and really worked at the sport. He also is encouraged by Brittany McCoy in the discus throw. She was hampered by injury this year but still nearly quali ed for regional competition as a freshman. Castaneda said she was very proud of the Brahman Award. “I did put in as much effort as I could this year and I tried my best. It felt good to win this award. It shows they appreciated me. I’ll always remember people cheering my name during the races and encouraging me.” Shelley was praised as an athlete who could one day break some running records at the school by boys coach Tyrone Smith. He said he enjoyed his freshmen year which was highlighted by a regional appearance by the boys 4x800 relay team. “I was kind of nervous winning this award but it felt great and I’m happy and proud I got it. We had a good time this year and we hope to get better,” he added. He thanked his father and coach Smith for all their assistance this year. Coach Smith also named Juan ‘Yae Ford as newcomer of the year. He was unable to attend the awards banquet. Smith said he taught some of the boy’s athletes in rst or second grade so he felt at home coaching them this year. He said the team met their potential this year but knows there is a lot of improvement that can be made. He still is optimistic about the future. “I would love for the team to get better. The best thing about them is the group of freshmen. I know they will continue to work and get better and once you build a solid group there it is easier to get more athletes involved and build a program,” he added. Smith said the highlight of the year was the boys 4x800 relay team appearance at the regional meet. “We were amazed by that experience. We went again some tough competition all year long. The boys are already talking about making the next level which is the state nal.” Members of the boys team this year included Byron Byrd, Noah Collins, Cody Daigneault, Juan’Yae Ford, Emmanuel Gaona, Drayton Billie, Tyrone Peterson, Isaac Garcia, Ronald Knowles, Ramon Liberato, Christopher Lutjen, Marquez McLemore, Eddie Neal, Cole Owens, Christopher Samuel, Gerardo Saucedo, Devion Wigfall, Chris Epps and Hunter Sills. The team had just one senior and three juniors. The girls team was comprised of Shania Bays, Alix Blankenship, Meaghan Bleakley, Charleigh Heater, Marissa Hernandez, Ana Huerta, Brittany McCoy, Jessica Mond, Alexis Muller, Shawnzairia Neal, Maria Ruiz, Lucero Jaimes Sanchez, Emilse Serrano, Mercedes Washington, Carrie Wharin, Chelsea Wharin and Sha’Dajia Williams. Four seniors will graduate from the team. Henry received a four-year letter for track. Castenada and Williams earned two-year letters. Devion Wigfall earned a three-year letter and Garcia a two-year letter. Henry wins MVP award at OHS track team banquet Special to the Okeechobee NewsMen’s Softball ChampionsThe Okeechobee Recreation Department Spring Men’s Softball Champs are Central Florida Glass & Mirror/Bombers, including (back row) Travis Conrad, Adam Burk, Jason Lamb, Josh Campbell, Lance Root Jr.; (front row) Kinny Flower, Justin Rodriguez, Brad Colman, Brett Boswell and Mark Weir. Not shown: Tony Lamb, Lance Root and Jeremiah Payne. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsThe Dixie Youth post season is well under way. Two divisions were in action last weekend in Sebring to determine champions in District 8. The 9-10 year old division, known as AAA, and the Ozone division of mostly 11-12 year old children competed against teams from Sebring, Lake Placid and Avon Park. The AAA State Tournament this year will be held in Arcadia. The Ozone State Tournament will be hosted by Spring Hill in Hernando County. Both tournaments begin July 12. The T-Ball all-stars and rookie league stars fell short in their bid for a district title. The y nished second last weekend against Sebring in a tournament hosted by the Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association. Neither team will advance to the state tournament this year. Okeechobee American Legion baseball has had a number of rain outs in the past two weeks. The boys hosted Post 164 Saturda y with a double header. Sunday, Post 64 hosted Post 318. Both games were played at Okeechobee High School. OCRA baseball season under way Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDaniel Shelley proudly shows off his MVP trophy for Boys Track presented by Coach Tyrone Smith. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCrystal Castenada enjoyed the Brahman Award this year presented to her by Lady Brahman track coach A.J. Mayernik (left). Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTabatha Henry completed her OHS athletic career when she accepted her fourth MVP trophy for Lady Brahman track. She also was an MVP for four years for the Lady Brahman cross country team. Henry posed with OHS Lady Brahman track coach A.J. Mayernik.

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The Okeechobee News will be closed Friday, July 4th for Independence Day SUNDAY, JULY 6TH DEADLINEDisplay Advertising ...................3 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 .......................11 a.m. Thursday, July 3 Obituary Deadline ....................... 3 p.m. Thursday July 3Have a Safe Holiday! You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST BAPTIST Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 EPISCOPAL Advertise your church events or services here!Call 863.763.3134 today to inquire about pricing 9 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsFour projects are being eyed for purchase under the Florida Forever program in Okeechobee County. The 2014-2015 work plan includes purchase of 2,229 acres at the Tiger Cattle Company Ranch, and 34,589 acres known as the Kissimmee River-St. Johns River connector. A lso being considered for future purchase are 7,998 acres at the Triple Diamond Ranch and 89 acres which surround the Battle of Okeechobee Park. In Glades County, 108,789 acres in the Fisheating Creek ecosystem and 13,515 acres south of the Caloosahatchee River southwest of Ortona are also under consideration. The Fisheating Creek ecosystem was ranked second on a list of 29 projects and the Kissimmee-St. Johns connector ranked eight. Normally the top third of the list voted on by the State Acquisition and Restoration Council are purchased each year. Director of the Division of State Lands for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Kelley Boree said the goal of the Florida Forever Program is to protect natural resources, wildlife, historical sites, and it is v oluntary. Land owners submit application to the state to consider the land for purchase outright or conservation easement. She noted the council takes an annual vote on the work plan. They also can ask the DEP to conduct more detailed investigations of the property. This vote takes place each December. “All of the properties the council votes on has great resources, but like everything else, there is always one that is a little bit better. They put a level of priority on all of them, low, medium and high, and normally the DEP will select the top third and move those to the work plan,” she added. The work plan is then approved by the Florida Governor and Cabinet. This year the approval took place on June 17. “I’m sure we will have some great wins for our state this year, as we acquire some of these properties for future generations to enjoy,” she added. The state legislature budgeted $40 million for non-conservation lands and also submitted $20 million to assist water management districts in purchases this year. The Caloosahatchee Ecoscape property w ould help preserve the Florida Panther and black bears along with ve other species like the Florida scrub-jay, swallow tailed kite and the mangrove fox squirrel. It is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and includes west prairie, cypress basin, dome swamp, mesic and wet atwoods, depressional marshes and scrub. The project would qualify as a wildlife management area with hunting allowed, trails, and camping, picnicking and other activities. The estimated taxable value of the property is $14,055,481, and the cost to acquire the 4,940 acres would be $2.32 million. The Fisheating Creek ecosystem property had a taxable value of $15.3 million back in 2003. The cost to purchase the property w ould be $55.6 million. The goal would be to preserve natural prairies and atwoods and would also complete the Florida National Scenic Trail, a statewide non-motorized trail that crosses a number of Florida Forever Project sites. Twenty-seven rare species that include the Florida Sandhill Crane, shorttailed hawk, and gopher tortoise would be preserved on the property. It is designated as a wildlife management area that allows hunting, hiking and wildlife observation. The Kissimmee-St. Johns River Connector covers land in Okeechobee and Indian River County. It would provide a habitat and hydrological connection between the Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area, the Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve and the OrdwayWhittell Kissimmee Prairie Sanctuary. Fifteen rare species are associated with the project which include the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida Sandhill Crane, the Wood Stork, and Crested Caracara. The purchase price is just under $11.1 million and the estimated tax value is $28.1 million. The project includes 11 different owners and 91 separate parcels. It was ranked last out of eight properties in the category. The Triple Diamond Ranch acquisition would preserve dry prairie and high quality habitats and is located south of the Kissimmee River Prairie Preserve State Park. Together with existing conservation lands and those proposed, it would be part of a continuous landscape protected area of more than 200,000 acres in northern Okeechobee County. The Department of Environmental Protection would be the recommended manager of the site. State of cials maintain the property has the potential for trail activities for nature lovers, hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Primitive and family camping could also be allowed. The existing residence could be converted to a spacious visitor and education center. The estimated taxable value is just over $23 million. The Okeechobee Battle eld represents one of the most signi cant events in Florida history and the second Seminole War. There is 89 acres that surround the existing 154 acre park. The battle eld was described by the National Park Service as one of the 11 most endangered historic sites in the United States. The Archeological and Historical Conservancy proposes to manage the property in cooperation with Okeechobee County and the Friends of the Okeechobee Battle eld. The park could one day include an interpretive center and museum, and could one day be similar to the Olustee Battle eld State Historic Site. The Tiger Cattle Company Ranch has an estimated taxable value of just over $4.5 million. It was ranked fourth on a list of eight properties this year in their category. A conservation easement would increase the number of areas of preserved strategic habit, and provide landscape links with the Kissimmee Prairie State Park, the Kissimmee St. Johns Connector and the Pine Island Slough project. The management would be monitored by the Division of State Lands, Of ce of Environmental Services. The property includes two large basin marshes, dry prairie, mesic atwoods, and improved pasture. No public access would be planned and the land owner would continue to manage the site. 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10 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 Central Elementary Summer Library ProgramStudents at Central Elementary School are “Booking” A Trip Around the World! Each week during the Summer Library Program, students are reading books about a different continent, and then doing crafts that represent that continent. All Central students are invited to attend, Tuesday mornings from 1012 or Thursday afternoons from 1-3. (Above) Those busy with the reading program include Mrs. Hotmire, Delaila Sandoval, Carla Colvini, Monesha McDuf e, Mrs. Watt, Koren McDuf e, Malia Garces and Casey Bonneau. (At right) Signing in are Sara Beth Haygood, Sophia Haygood and Mrs. Haygood. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSES Students of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of May 23: Raul Urvina, Hally Arechiga, Kali Morse, Brayden Harrison, Cheyenne Clauso, Taylor Whipple, Luis Ucaranza, Kaylin Dotson, Rosalia Jaimes, Nathan Wilson, Ashley Skinner, Madison Jewell, Anna Robinson, Juan Navarro and Beyonece Garcia. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESSeminole Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of May 30: Sarah Maxie, Chris Cruz, Foy Cunningham, Tony Chapa, Jacob Moody, Kyle Tarner, Claudia Vega, Cristian Diaz, Marymar Mendoza, Benjamin Macedo, Ronan Guerette, Shawn Wolf, Kevin Carr, Jonathan Folbrecht, Javier Torres, Noelani Lopez, JaKhious Cooper, Saturnino Jaimes, Huillermo Diaz-Lopez, Riley Mullens, Melanie Gonzalez, Hannah Lewis, Selena Rivera and Ruben Omar Rosales De Santiago. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe three R’s of recyclingWaste Management Community Relations Teresa Chandler teaches 80 students from third grade at Okeechobee Christian Academy about the importance of recycling. The students viewed a brief movie about single-stream recycling and were asked questions to win WM prizes. The students were also taught the three R’s, to reduce waste, reuse materials and recycle when nished. For more information on recycling, visit www.wm.com. Special to the Okeechobee NewsTerri c Kids awardedOn Thursday, May 29, Kiwanis Club members Courtney Moyett and Teresa Chandler (public affairs representative from Waste Management) were on hand to award fourth quarter Terri c Kids Awards to fth grade students. Congratulations to all for achieving your Terri c Kids goals! Have a great summer! Left to right are: Courtney Moyett, Gavin Cashwell, Savannah Blcakburn, Elia Martinez, Teresa Chandler and Jody Hays. Special to the Okeechobee News

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12 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The learning never ends at Okeechobee County Schools. Teachers attended a two-day camp last w eek called ‘Making it Happen’ to learn about collaboration, professional learning and educational technology that can help them improve their skills in the classroom. The camp, hosted by Osceola Middle School, was designed as a summer professional development event for educators in Okeechobee and throughout the Heartland Education Consortium. The camp was designed to give teachers new tools and technology that can help in their daily instruction. This is the fourth camp held by the consortium. Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Okeechobee Schools, Tuuli Robinson, said the teachers were treated to two very useful days to help them get a good start to the next school year. The state winner of the Innovative Principal of the Year Award for 2014, Susan Persis, of Pine Trail Elementary School in Ormond Beach, gave a key note address on how her school has bene ted from technology. The school had 700 students from kindergarten through fth grade. They have 39 percent of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. She said is a lower percentage than many schools, but the Title I schools get a lot more funding and support. She went on to point out she has a young faculty that is not afraid of technology and she tries to hire as many young teachers as she can. Over 50 percent of the teachers on staff are under 35 years of age. She noted technology can help teachers keep the subject exciting, bring new things to the classroom and engage student interest for longer periods. “You want to keep it exciting because the last thing you want is boredom in a classroom,” she said. Ms. Persis said educators realize they have entered a new era of education that is highly dependent on technology. She said the technology does engage students and every teacher who has a successful program should spread the word and collaborate with her colleagues. She noted several of her faculty members are technology wizards who love to help their colleagues learn new things. “I know that this is where we’re going. Technology is their (students) world,” she added. Ms. Persis noted there are fewer two-parent families and most students don’t get as much support at home. When she took over the school, they had no technology. She immediately made a change. The parent-teacher association donated $35,000 to purchase an Imax Lab which really made an impact. She also dedicated her faculty meetings to training and the sharing of apps and web sites that will help student performance. She advised schools to purchase as much technology as they can afford. “The role of the teacher is also starting to change. Fifty percent of students today use technology. In the past a quiet classroom was a learning classroom, things are different now,” she added. Apps now give immediate data and learning is immediate. Students also can help each other learn different skills and become more comfortable with technology. Another speaker during the event was Ron Nieto, deputy commissioner of education for the Florida Department of Education, who spoke on the future of technology and education. Joe Diaz, of Discovery Education, gave a speech to inspire educators to transform their teaching into the 21st century. Dr. Mark Hart, from the University of Florida, started off Friday’s session with a speech about social media. Three local students earned prizes for taking part in the creation of a booklet for the event. Jessica Thorton won rst place and a Kindle Fire. Brady Rogers took second and took home a $50 Visa gift card. Mar y Ngo took third place and won a $25 Visa gift card. Students in digital design and journalism competed in the contest. The event included sessions about I-pads, web-based diagnostics, ways to improve writing scores, the google classroom, various computer programs, ways to improve math scores with computers, digital photography, You Tube and 25 websites that can bene t students, computer maintenance tricks, webinars, online learning and several other subjects. The district’s goal is to use technolog y effectively to improve student performance, facilitate administrative ef ciency and prepare students for post-secondary education or employment. Teachers begin summer with camp on technology “Outta’ the Woods”By Tony Young, FWC How many of us hunters are on Facebook? Well, did you know that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) now has its own “HuntFlorida” Facebook page? Next time you log in, go to Facebook.com/HGM.FWC and give us a “like,” so you can stay abreast of the many advertised hunting opportunities and hear about any upcoming regulation or quota application changes. And please “share” the page with your hunting buddies too! Speaking of quotas, every hunter knows you have a better chance of catching a monster buck off guard during the rst part of hunting season. That’s why many of us enjoy hunting the archery and muzzleloading gun seasons — and why we can’t miss opening weekend of the general gun season. After that, multitudinous gunshots often break out, and those mature bucks start feeding mostly at night, making hunting ’em a lot more dif cult. If you hunt public land, you should know that many of Florida’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) require a quota permit to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and all or part of the general gun season. A quota is the maximum number of hunters allowed on a particular WMA. The FWC’s Quota Hunt Program prevents overcrowding on such areas and provides quality hunts. Quotas also help control game harvests. The FWC sets quotas based on an area’s size, habitat, game populations and regulations. There are several types of quota permits, and most are issued by random drawing. This year there’s been a change: The wild hog application periods will now be grouped with the other fall quota hunts. The rst-phase application period — for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, youth, family, track vehicle (a swamp buggy with tank treads), airboat and mobilityimpaired quota hunt permits — runs through June 30. You may submit one application for each of the hunt types, and there is no fee to apply. One thing to remember though: Unless exempt, you must have an up-to-date management area permit (or a license that includes one) when applying for a quota permit, or the system won’t accept your application. Two of these quota hunts are unique to South Florida. An airboat quota permit is required for anyone wishing to hunt out of an airboat on Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But, if you’d rather hunt off a track vehicle there, or on Rotenberger or Holey Land WMAs in Palm Beach County, you’ll need a track vehicle quota permit. The FWC offers youth deer hunts on Camp Blanding WMA in Clay County and on Andrews WMA in Levy County. If you have children between the ages of 8 and 15 and you want them to have a chance to experience one of these great hunts, apply for a youth quota hunt permit, because only 160 kids will get to participate. During these hunts, only the youngsters may hunt, and they and their adult supervisors are the only people allowed on the area. This coming season, there will be family quota hunts on 25 WMAs scattered throughout the state. You must have a family quota hunt permit to hunt these areas during speci c time periods. If you are drawn, the permit requires one adult to take one or two youths hunting. The adult may not hunt without taking along a kid. Hunters certi ed by the FWC as mobility-impaired may apply for mobility-impaired quota permits. These permits allow exclusive access to general-gun hunts on nine of the state’s better public hunting areas. If you want to get the jump on one of these hunts, make sure you have the correct quota hunt application worksheet so you can apply for one or more of these great opportunities. All application worksheets can be found at MyFWC.com/ License by clicking on “Limited Entry/Quota Hunts” and then looking under “Quota Hunts.” Once you’ve completed the application worksheet, you may use it to apply at License.MyFWC.com or submit it to any li cense agent or tax collector’s of ce. To nd out if you’ve been selected, yo u can simply log into your customer accoun t at License.MyFWC.com. Drawing result s will be posted after 10 a.m. on July 8. If you don’t get drawn for a particula r hunt type, you’ll get a preference point fo r next year’s drawing, which will improv e your chances of being selected. If you’r e unable to use your quota permit and yo u return it in time, you’ll get your preferenc e point restored. You can only return your unwanted quo ta permit online, and you can’t do so unti l Phase III begins on July 30 and up until 1 0 days prior to your hunt date. To do this, lo g in to your customer account at License.My FWC.com, and click the “Return” link nex t to the hunt you wish to turn in. Returns will be accepted online only an d will be reissued every Tuesday throughou t the season during the Phase III applica tion period. If you return a permit that wa s awarded to you in Phase I, you will receiv e a preference point as well as the restoratio n of your preference points used to obtain th e permit. Here’s wishing you luck in drawing on e of these great permits! A pply now for fall quota permits before June 30 Independence Day celebration set for July 4The Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police will host an Independence Day Celebration Friday, July 4 starting at 4 p.m., at Okee-Tantie park on S.R. 78 West at the Kissimmee River. This will be a family-oriented, non-alcoholic event with activities to keep the whole family entertained. Festivities will include: music; watermelon, hot dog and ice cream eating contests; a frozen T-shirt contest; and, a baking contest. The grand nale will be a Zambelli reworks show synchronized to music at 9 p.m. The reworks show can be viewed from Okee-Tantie Park, Lock 7, Nubbins Slough or any area on the waterways near the Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee. Boaters coming out for the reworks only are encouraged to use the C. Scott Driver Park boat ramp access.

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REWARD $3,000.00If you have seen me, please call (954) 214-7883 or 663-3693 600-3693 or 336-9435LOST DOG in River Acres5 1/2 year old Neutered White Male Schnauzer. Last seen wearing a black collar with blue tags at 13243 SW 144th Pkwy Okeechobee MorrisŽ Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesMOHAWK CONSTRUCTION INC. FILL SHELL, ASPHALT MILLINGS, SAND, STONE, MULCH, TOP SOIL. LARGE OR SMALL QUANTITIES DELIVERED OR PICK-UP, NEAR TOWN. JOSH 634-9486 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Lost Special Notice**REWARD** FOR STOLEN JEWELRY ASKING FOR HELP FROM ANYONE WHO HAS PURCHASED ANY JEWELRY. SOME ITEMS ARE SENTIMENTAL FROM SON & DAD WHO HAS PAST, A GOLD SNOOK CHARM AND JIMINY CRICKET CHARM. NO QUESTIONS ASKED CALL DAWN 863-697-6525 Lost Employment Full TimeCLASS 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. 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!Christian Preschool Is accepting applications Must have state required 45 hour training Call 863-763-8800 Drivers: $5,000 SignOn Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Experienced person needed to work on large dairy farm. Must have experience operating a feed wagon and be able to communicate in English. Call 863-763-2279, 9:00 am noon for more information. DFWP. Full Time Bookkeeper/ Of ce Admin Position BTC Builders Looking for bookkeeper with exp in Quickbooks, permitting, collections, AR, AP, taxes, inventory control Please bring resume to 2625 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL or Fax 863-582-9509 LIVE-IN CAREGIVER Room and board, $500 wk. Weekend or any 2 days off. Bonded preferred. 863-467-2083. Employment Full Time Hunter Check Station Operator FWC is hiring for a seasonal hunter check station operator to start mid August. FridaySunday at Fisheating Creek WMA in Glades County.Must be able to write legibly, record data & collect biological samples from dead animals. HS diploma/GED required. Contact Pat Lloyd (863) 946-1194 for more info. Semi-truck driver with a clean class A CDL. Two years minimum exp. required. Bene ts provided. Apply within @ 3079 NW 8th St. Okeechobee, FL. Bring MVR and current medical card. (863)763-5586 or (800)430-0117 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full TimeTRACTOR DRIVERS AND GATOR OPERATORS A. Duda & Sons, Inc., is currently looking Tractor Drivers and Gator Operators to work out of our LaBelle (Felda) Farm. You can apply in person at 12000 S. SR 29, Felda, Florida or online by sending your resume to hrlb@duda.com. Business OpportunitiesDing A ling Deli Business for sale, only independent Boars Head deli in Okeechobee, terms available leave message (863)585-2454 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. AppliancesKenmore he WasherExc Condition 3yrs old, Asking $150 Call 863-357-7597 ApartmentsBEAUTIFUL, Large CBS, 2BR w/eat in kitchen, ceramic oor & new carpet throughout. Screen room. Utility room. $725 mo. includes water, lawn & garbage. 863-467-2784 ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs 2br1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $700/mo+dep Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. NW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $650, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. 561-346-1642. Commercial Property2100 sq ft Metal building 2 roll up doors behind Lakeside Carwash In Treasure Island $750/mo First-last+sec Call Tab 863-610-1027 Houses Rent1/1 FULLY FURNISHED ON THE WATE R $650.00 MO. 1ST AND SECURITY. NO PETS CALL 863-484-0040 BUCKHEAD 3/2 HOUSE, RANGE, REFRIG., WASHER, DRYER, NEW CENTRAL AIR/HEAT. SCREENED PORCH, SHED! SUPE R CLEAN! WATERFRONT. $850.00 PER MO. 561-312-8471 FOR RENT WITH OPTION TO BUY. RANCH Oak Hammock, 7 1/2 ac., fenced with 2 pastures, 3BR, 3BA, 2000 sq. ft. with porches, 48x24 2 story barn, with tack rm & chicken coop, 30’x30’ carport. Available July 1st! Must see! By Appointment Only. $1000 mo. Call 954-242-2558. 18088 NW 256 St. Kings Bay lrg. 3/2 with vaulted ceilings, all appliances, pool, and lawn service included. No pets. $900/mo, 1st., last and $400 sec dep. 863-634-0663 Treasure Island SE 36th Ave., 4/2, fenced yard, tiled throughout. $800 mo. + Sec. 863-634-0663. 14 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014

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NOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERS Pursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby noti ed that they are potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system. Ronald E. Butler Last known address: 32595 N. Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL Dustin J. Howard Last known address: 4120 SE 140th Ave. Okeechobee, FL Brent A. McClure Last known address: 3614 SE 35th Ave. Okeechobee, FL Marian A. Baker-Percy Last known address: 1506 SE 8th Dr. Okeechobee, FL If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Diane Hagan, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)763-4014 466001 ON 6/27/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD073 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2134 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN AND BEING A PART OF SECTION 6 TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 6 THENCE BEAR S 01 DEG 12 MIN 45 SEC W ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 6 A DISTANCE OF 50.02 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NW 240TH STREET BEING A 100 FOOT WIDE RIGHT OF WAY THENCE BEAR N 89 DEG 34 MIN 14 SEC E ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 526.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE TO BEAR N 89 DEG 34 MIN 14 SEC E ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 1652.00 FEET THENCE BEAR S 01 DEG 12 MIN 45 SEC W ALONG A LINE PARALLEL AND 2178.00 FEET EAST AS MEASURED ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 6 A DISTANCE OF 1665.00 FEET THENCE BEAR S 89 DEG 34 MIN 14 SEC W ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 6 A DISTANCE OF 1652.00 FEET THENCE BEAR N 01 DEG 12 MIN 45 SEC E ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 6 A DISTANCE OF 1665.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-06-35-35-0A00-00002-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DARRELL M GWYNN DAVID FELTENBERGER EDWARD G GWYNN HAROLD FELTENBERGER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465476 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD081 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that DANA H COOK PARTNERSHIP LTD the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3507 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY S/D PORTIONS OF LOTS 1 THRU 5 INC BLK 1 CONSOLIDATED S/D DESC AS FOLLOWS COM AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE W LINE OF SEC 31 & THE NRLY R/W LINE OF STATE RD 15 THENCE BEAR S 51 DEG 30 MIN 19 SEC E ALONG SAID NRLY R/W LINE A DIST OF 175 FT THENCE BEAR N 22 DEG 45 MIN 55 SEC E A DIST OF 162.90 FT TO A PT SAID PT BEING 200 FT E OF AFORESAID W LINE OF SEC 31 AS MEASURED AT RT ANGLES THENCE BEAR N 00 DEG 00 MIN 53 SEC E P/L WITH THE W LINE OF SAID SEC 31 A DIST OF 2215.30 FT THENCE BEAR S 55 DEG 36 MIN 50 SEC E A DIST OF 300.20 FT TO THE POB THENCE BEAR N 31 DEG 19 MIN 03 SEC E A DIST OF 731.06 FT THENCE BEAR S 51 DEG 30 MIN 19 SEC E A DIST OF 1200.44 FT TO THE WRLY R/W LINE OF CANAL NO 1 AS SHOWN ON THE PLAT OF CONSOL FARM LANDS THENCE S 31 DEG 19 MIN 03 SEC W ALONG SAID WRLY R/W LINE A DIST OF 1474.83 FT THENCE BEAR N 58 DEG 40 MIN 57 SEC W A DIST OF 50 FT THENCE BEAR N 31 DEG 19 MIN 03 SEC E FOR A DIST OF 529.47 FT THENCE BEAR N 43 DEG 28 MIN 06 SEC W FOR A DIST OF 457.54 FT THENCE BEAR N 25 DEG 11 MIN 54 SEC E FOR A DIST OF 56 FT THENCE BEAR N 43 DEG 28 MIN 06 SEC W FOR A DIST OF 718.64 FT TO THE POB 23.58 ACRES 31 37S 36E 1-31-37-36-0A00-00002-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ASQUITH D BODDEN II AKA ASQUITH DENZIL BODDEN II SHERRI L BODDEN AKA SHERRI LEANN BODDEN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465482 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Office Space Rent Premier of ce space for rent In Okeechobee High traf c area one block North of Hwy 441 & 70 intersection 2,300 sq ft 7 of ces, reception area, Kitchen, storage areas, 6x8 DoubleFaced Neon Sign on Hwy 441 (N. Parrott Ave) Call 863-610-2390 or 863-610-1290 For More Information. Mobile Home RentFor Rent Mobile Home 2BR-2BA Ranch Setting $600/mo + $500 sec Dep 863-447-9300 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes Plant City!! $5K Home replacement. Over 22 models to viewFree factory tours@ New Velocity home $67,903 includes delivery, set and A/C. plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol* REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE OLDER 3BD/1.5BA TRAILER IN 55 PLUS PARK, ON TAYLOR CREEK ,NICE OUTBUILDING $5,200.00 O.B.O. MOTIVATED SELLER 863-623-4303 OR 731-535-1810 OR 731-535-9508 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Public NoticeCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AD HOC COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee, Centennial Celebration Ad Hoc Committee (CCAHC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 x215, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the CCAHC with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the CCAHC in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the Committee Secretary for the City’s records. By: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 466059 ON 6/27/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD076 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2301 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: WHISPERING PINES W 1/2 OF LOT 28 LESS E 65 FEET AND LESS S 200 FT 1-04-37-35-0010-00000-028A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CAROL J WARING Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465479 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD080 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3744 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 11 & 12 BLOCK 31 3-15-37-35-0010-00310-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: AVILA BROWNING FAMILY TRUST DONNA L BROWNING WALTER R BROWNING Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465483 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Public Notice The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD078 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3066 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: PALMCREEK ESTATES UNIT NO 3 LOT 67 1-27-37-35-0040-00000-0670 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DAVID MICHAEL CAMPBELL EVERETT H CAMPBELL ESTATE RANDALL DOUGLAS CAMPBELL SCOTT ALLAN CAMPBELL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465480 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD074 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2280 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: R BAR ESTATES UNIT 1 LOT 44 1-35-36-35-0010-00000-0440 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JUAN PABLO MARTINEZ LIFE EST MARILYN DEIDA LIFE EST MARINA GOTAY PEDRO GOTAY JUAN MARTINEZ Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465477 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD079 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3106 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: THE WEST 118 FEET OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 28 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST BEING ALSO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF U S GOVERNMENT LOT 1 OF SAID SECTION THENCE RUN EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION A DISTANCE OF 1452 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING AND FROM THENCE RUN SOUTH 525 FEET THENCE EAST 193 FEET THENCE NORTH 525 FEET THENCE WEST ALONG SAID SECTION LINE A DISTANCE OF 193 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING SAID LAND BEING A PART OF U S GOVERNMENT LOT 1 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA LESS ROAD RIGHT OF WAY 1-28-37-35-0A00-00040-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DAVID FELTENBERGER HAROLD FELTENBERGER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465481 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 7-5-2014 @ 10:00 AM Unit #219 Brittney R. Drawdy 465923 ON 6/20,27/2014 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JULY 14, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1984 KW TRACTOR TRUCK VIN #1XKKD29X8EK358777 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 466060 ON 6/27/2014 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 15 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds.

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Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Florida Department of Health reminds residents and visitors that it is important to “Drain and Cover” this National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The department encourages everyone to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their neighbors from mosquito-borne illnesses which have received increased attention recently in Florida. “A simple and easy way to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses is to follow the “Drain and Cover” method,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Of cer for Children’s Medical Services. “Drain water from any containers around your home, cover your skin with clothing and mosquito repellent and cover doors and windows with screen to keep mosquitoes out of your home or business.” DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying:  Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, ower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.  Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.  Empty and clean birdbaths and pets’ water bowls at least once or twice a week.  Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.  Maintain swimming pools in good condition and keep appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. COVER skin with clothing or repellent:  Clothing: Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.  Repellent: Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old. COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out o f your house:  Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios. For more information and to vie w weekly reports containing information on mosquito-borne disease surveillance in Florida, visit http://www. oridahealth.gov / diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-bornediseases/index.html. The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, count y and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www. oridahealth.gov. 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).  Melvin Ivan Funes, 55, of N.W. Ninth Street, was arrested June 22 by OCSO Deputy Steven Pollock on a charge of DUI.  Bruno A. Terorio-Santacruz, 31, of N.W. 46th Avenue, was arrested June 21 on a charge of DUI. OCSO Deputy Pollock was the arresting of cer.  Hilliard John Gopher, 24, of Tucker Ridge Road, was arrested June 20 on a charge of grand theft, more than $300, less than $500. Bond was set at $10,000. OCSO Deputy Aric Majere was the arresting of cer.  John David Meara, 37, of N.E. 11th Lane, was arrested June 20 on an Okeechobee County warrant on a charge of Violation of Probation/Community Control. He had been placed on probation in November 2013, following a charge of possession of amphetamine. No bond was set.  Dustin Eric Dicara, 19, of S.E. 27th Street, was arrested June 25, by OCSO Deputy J. Kemp on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of battery. Bond was set at $5,500.  Matthew Scott McGhee, 20, of 25th Street, was arrested June 25, on a charge of violation of probation/community control dealing in stolen property. No bond was set.  Kaytlyn Chanise Stevens, 25, of S.W. Third Street, was arrested June 25 on a charge of driving without a valid license, third offense or greater, by OCPD Of cer C. Romero. Bond was set at $1,000.  Jennifer Nacole Collins, 30, of Lake City, was arrested June 24 by OCPD Of cer C. Romero and charged with trespass of an occupied structure and petit theft, third or subsequent offense. Bond was set at $5,750.  Larry Dewayne Crews, 38, of N.E. 80th Avenue, was arrested June 24 on a charged of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, by OCSO Deputy B. Lisle. Bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 16 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD072 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2095 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: INDIAN HAMMOCK H & R CLUB LOT 163 1-04-34-35-0010-00000-1630 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: OLGA YEFREMOVA ZAMEL ABOU Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465475 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD075 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZ CREEK FL LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2281 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: R BAR ESTATES UNIT 1 LOT 46 1-35-36-35-0010-00000-0460 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MARINA GOTAY PEDRO GOTAY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of July, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465478 ON 6/20,27;7/4,11/2014 Public Notice Public Notice ACROSS 1 Name 7 On-again, offagain 15 Allure maker 16 First of August? 17 Soup choice 18 Metal seeker 19 1936 Olympics standout 20 Band with an umlaut on the nŽ in its name 21 Aggressively promote 22 Its all in your head 23 JabberwockyŽ creature 24 Opportunity seekers words 27 Lifesaver, at times 28 Not quite as many 29 You betcha!Ž 31 Sneer at 32 Conducted a trial 36 Like some U.S. mail 38 With a quiver 39 Taft became its president after his term as U.S. president 42 Began chastising 44 __ salad 46 Scandinavian bard of yore 47 __ Harker, heroine in Stokers DraculaŽ 48 Heading for 50 Big Ben sounds 51 Its unpleasant to end on one 52 Word often seen after rinse 53 Not 100 percent 54 She beat Midori for the 1992 Olympic gold medal 55 Without holding back 56 Wait a minuteŽ DOWN 1 Unforeseeable event 2 Order at a mess 3 Dropped by 4 Devilish 5 Gig arrangements 6 Dont Bring Me DownŽ gp. 7 Checks (out) 8 Outcasts 9 Visibly awestruck 10 Device for un poeta 11 Leaning 12 Robespierre foe 13 Start of a bequest 14 Shag, e.g. 20 Mmes., in Mexico 22 Gulf War code name 25 Ancient Iranians 26 __ water 30 Treat once known as an I-Scream Bar 33 Lilliputian quality 34 String out 35 Like the New York Yankees, historically 37 Break, in Bath 38 WWII battle site 39 Nails the exam 40 Turkish Taffy maker 41 Short 43 Like Midnight Cowboy,Ž originally 45 __ Peak, highest mountain in Idaho 49 Combined, in Chartres 50 Swiss capital 52 The Body SnatcherŽ studio By Mitch Komro (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 05/10/14 05/10/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Okeechobee Arrest Report Department Of Health reminds residents to “drain and cover” Library site of reading programThe Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host a summer reading program at 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday through July 30. The program is appropriate for children ages 3-9. Parents must be there. For information, call 863-763-3536.

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17 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 R E D century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 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 5039-H: Indian Hammock Gated Community 3BR/2BA, 3,144 Total Sq ft/ 1,936 under air, detached garage for your cars and toys, on almost 3 acres. $84,900 MLS #208224 5043-M: Large 4bd/2ba Mobile with 2,000 Total Sq Ft/1,620 under air. Newer Model built in 2001, Garden Tub and Screened back acres. $37,500 MLS # 208226 1021-M: Palm Village 4/2 DW, 2,482 total sq includes Clubhouse, $80,000 MLS #208093 5007-H: Conners Gables Modern Style 3 br, 2 ba with 1,980 Total Sq Ft/1,319 under air, living room, and much more! $145,000 MLS # 208204 5010-H: Great view from this 2-story on the Rim Canal. 2/1, kitchen and living room downstairs. 1/1, kitchShort Sale $140,000 MLS #206826 • 319+/-acres $4,000,000 • Conners Gables buildable Lot (SE 39th Terr) $6,000 MLS #208198 • 14+/acres $1,500,000 MLS #207408 • Blue Heron Nice lot on • 2 Basswood lots on NW 32nd Ave. Each NOW $3,400 Make Offer • Palm Village Ranch $15,000 MLS# 207998 • Ok Acres $79,000 MLS # 207817 • Viking $11,000 MLS # 207811 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge totally furft/974 under air. Metal room. Concrete seacleaning area. $130,000 LAKE ACCESS Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com Over 100 ListingsCOMMERCIAL Building~SW 3rd Ave. 3600 SF with 800 SF added. Metal building. Three Units, 1-finished office, 1-former salon, 1 unit with three rollup doors and an office. Paved Parking, fenced storage area. Almost a half-acre. Great Investment property. MLS 207349 $174,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Call 863.763.3134 to advertise! Someone reading this ad right now could be searching for a new home. Why not have them looking at yours? 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. Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers.

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CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS ORTHOPAEDICS Benjamin Epstein, D.O.Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. We Treat Kids Too!Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries The hip joint is one of the bodys largest weight-bearing joints. Its a ball-and-socket joint. This helps the hip remain stable even during twisting and extreme ranges of motion. A healthy hip j oint allows you to walk, squat, and turn without pain. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease.Hip Replacement Surgery Helps Thousands Annually Hip replacement surgery helps more than 200,000 Americans each year to relieve their hip pain, and get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. Total hip replacement surgery almost always: € Stops or greatly reduces hip pain. Even the pain from surgery should go away within weeks. € Increases leg strength. Without hip pain, youll be able to use your legs more. This builds up your muscles. € Improves quality of life by allowing you to do daily tasks and low-impact activities in greater comfort. € Provides years of easier movement. Most total hip replacements last for many years. Dont let hip pain keep you from what you enjoy doing. You may live for scenic walks, playing doubles with friends or swimming laps in the pool. Dont let hip pain stop you from moving! Get the treatment you need to comfortably move with ease. Dr. Benjamin Epstein, Board Certi“ ed Orthopaedic Surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson explains My patients seeking relief from joint pain love having access to great orthopaedic care, right here in Okeechobee.Ž No more traveling great distances and inconveniencing yourself and others. The orthopaedic procedures FAMILY MEDICINE Hablamos Espaol Same Day Appointments Aliated with Raulerson Hospital RaulersonPrimaryCare.com 202 NE 2nd Avenue € Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 We Treat Kids Too!Monday … Thursday 8:00 a.m. … 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. … 4:00 p.m.(863) 467-2159 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansFamily Physician € Pediatrics Physicals € Family Care & Medicine Womens Health € Well-child visits Welcome to Medicare visits GYNECOLOGY you require are available in you r very own community. If hip pain is keeping you from everyday activities and the weekend recreation you cannot live without, trust an experienced, Board Certi“ ed physician to help you love your joints again … sooner. Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health Issues J E. B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Infertility • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL • 863-763-8000 18 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014

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REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com 19 Okeechobee News June 27, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Six defendants have been sentenced in a methamphetamine ring that resulted in over 12 pounds of recovered narcotics worth nearly $260,000 last year. Federal court records show that Julio Luna, 29, received 270 months; Oscar Segura, 22, 94 months; Adolfo Ayala, 23, 94 months; Raul Rios, 26, 144 months; and Mike Ramirez, 27, 54 months in prison for their roles in the case. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) deputies and the Narcotics Task Force searched two residences on Oct. 7, 2013, one on Northwest 46th Avenue and the second on Northwest 24th Avenue. The investigation also involved Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents and agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Charges included conspiracy to manufacture controlled substances and sale or distribution of controlled substances. OCSO Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills, director of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, said he was thrilled with the punishment these drug dealers received. “We are pleased with the sentences handed down by the federal court in this case. This has dismantled one of our local drug traf cking organizations. We are still awaiting others to be sentenced as our investigation continues.” Sentences received in methamphetamine ring By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A 31-year-old Okeechobee woman received 50 months in federal prison for her role in a pill mill investigation that involved state, federal and local authorities. U.S. District Court records show Rachel Bass, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release on the charge of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States. Five criminal charges which include money laundering were dismissed in the case heard before Federal Judge Marcia Cooke. The original federal indictment against V incent Colangelo and ve of his managers, which included Bass, claimed the group built a large clientele of drug seekers by adv ertisements on 1,600 internet websites. Colangelo received 20 years in prison in January of this year for various charges that include conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and for wilful made and led income tax returns. Federal case les claim the pill mill operation cleared as much as $150,000 in cash each day. Others sentenced include Nicholas Thomas, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, 10 years in prison, Michael Plesak, 30, of Plantation, ve years prison, and Jeremiah Flowers, 33, 40 months in prison. Federal documents show Colangelo had a criminal record for heroin traf cking before this case ever came up. Dr. Stephen Anthony, of Davie, pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and dispense large amounts of oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice last year and agreed to repay over $338,000 in proceeds he earned. Thomas was accused of writing over 12,510 prescriptions for oxycodone and 5,776 prescriptions for Xanax from a Broward County medical facility. U.S. Attorneys claimed he prescribed over 42.3 million milligrams of oxycodone during a 10-month period. They also accused him of tax evasion of nearly $557,000. The United States Government also led actions to seize property Colangelo owned in Okeechobee County, which included a trailer park and expensive real estate interests, during the course of this investigation. These arrests were part of operation snake oil. Seven clinics were raided between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Okeechobee woman sentenced to federal prison Agri-Civic Center open to public for exercisingUnless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for exercise activities such as walking, running, and bike riding on a daily basis. The gate on State Road 70 is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for residents to access the roads and parking lots within the facility. While the county encourages area residents to take advantage of the opportunity to use the facility grounds for exercise, the staff asked everyone to help keep the facility clean by not littering.

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