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Sunday, July 13, 2014 Vol. 105 No. 84 13.18 feetLast Year: 14.80 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax Ankle bracelet monitors could save jail money ...Page 11 Know the signs of kidney stones ... Page 8Anonymous donor helps food pantry ... Page 9 School grades improve ... Page 5 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clrng Or Cti! By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News It took teamwork to get the tournament community and facilities ready, and it took teamwork for the Okeechobee squads to compete in the Dixie Youth State softball tournament that began Friday. The weather held out for the most part as 33 teams went at it in several different age divisions. Action continued on Saturday and Sunday with some divisions continuing into Monday. The Okeechobee Darlings team got off to a good start with an impressive 9-2 victory over Spring Hill in their opener on Friday morning. The Okeechobee girls led 2-0 in the “ rst and never trailed in the game. Coach Ty Hancock said it was the defensive side of the game that made the difference for his squad. Defense won the game and the girls responded pretty well to the pressure when you consider they did not play in a district tournament,Ž he noted. Our batting was average but our defense was really good.Ž Hancock said Sneads “ gured to be one of the teams to beat in that age division that also included teams from Belleview, and Avon Park. In the opening round Spring Hill routed Avon Park 18-1. The victory kept Okeechobee in the winners bracket and they were scheduled to meet the winner of Sneads and Belleview on Saturday. The Angels Division, ages 9-10, had two divisions with Marianna, Paxton, and Wahneta in one division and Spring Hill, Avon Park, Belleview and Okeechobee in the Okeechobee County hosting Dixie Youth softball tourney Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDiamond Shore threw four shutout innings to lead the Okeechobee 18-and-under squad to a “ rst-round victory at the Dixie Youth softball tournament. Courtesy photo/ Narcotics Task ForceThese suspected marijuana plants were found Thursday, July 10, in an alleged underground pot-growing operation on N.W. 258th Street. A man and woman, both Cuban nationals, were arrested at the home and are being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Cuban man and woman were arrested after a suspected underground marijuana grow house was allegedly found on their property near Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. Because Jorge Luis Pellicer-Pantoja and Magdielis Nunez-Mojena are both Cuban nationals and both have valid passports, they are each being held without bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Pellicer and Nunez, who were living together but are not married, were arrested Thursday, July 10, after detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force Trap door leads to underground pot grow houseSee DIXIE „ Page 5 Magdielis Nunez Jorge Pellicer See GROW „ Page 5

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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Commission Thursday voted to eliminate the handymanŽ license, at the recommendation of the Okeechobee Contractor Industry Licensing Board (CILB). Mark Brandel with the CILB said the handymanŽ license has created problems because it can be misleading for the homeowner who is not familiar with the various licenses required for different kinds of work. He said they have problems with some who have a handyman license doing work outside the scope of the license. A handyman cannot pull a permit,Ž he said. If they do any work over $500, they are required to report it to the Building Department.Ž He added that to his knowledge, no handyman has ever made such a report to the building department. Those currently holding a Non Structural Restricted Limited (NSRL) license may continue to work in accordance with the terms under which the license was granted for a period not to exceed one calendar year. The NSRL licenses will not be renewed. The commission decided not to adopt two other specialty licenses proposed by the CILB, Okeechobee County to eliminate handyman license Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! 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CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 Today: Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours. Thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. High 87F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 73F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy early with thunderstorms becoming likely during the afternoon. High 91F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Monday Night: Thunderstorms in the evening will give way to partly cloudy skies overnight. Low 73F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution in areas where road work is underway. Work planned this week in Okeechobee County includes the following projects. € SR 70 east of Okeechobee/N.E. 34th Avenue to Williams Road/N.E. 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € SR 70 E from the Okeechobee city limits to N.E. 30th Avenue: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Road Watch A poster featuring Okeechobee businesses and landmarks will help raise money for local nonpro“ t organizations. City Scapes representative Stephen Imhoff has been in Okeechobee over the past month meeting with local business owners and setting up the project. The businesses pay a fee to have their building incorporated into the artwork on the poster. So far, more than 60 businesses and organizations have signed up. A City Scapes artist will incorporate local businesses and some historic scenes into the original artwork poster. City Scapes will print 1,000 posters which will be given to local non-pro“ t organizations to sell. The non-pro“ ts will all sell the posters and will keep the proceeds. A price will be established so all of the nonpro“ ts will sell the posters for the same amount. Mr. Imhoff said nonpro“ ts to bene“ t from the poster sales include Hospice, Real Life Childrens Ranch, Marthas House, the Chamber of Commerce, Okeechobee Main Street, Arnolds Wildlife, Okeechobee Kiwanis Club, Okeechobee Rotary, Special Olympics, KOA Care Camps, Shriners, 4-H Sharp Shooters, Angels Around the Lake Inc., Team Nellie, Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee and the Moose Lodge. After the initial printing is sold out, the nonpro“ ts can order more posters to sell for a small charge for printing and delivery. Mr. Imhoff said the last City Scapes poster in Okeechobee was done 25 years ago. He said it is normal for these posters to be done every 20 or 25 years. For information online, go to www.cityscapes.com; or, call Mr. Imhoff at 870-5490512. Poster to feature Okeechobee businesses Chobee Wildcat grid registrations are openOkeechobee will “ eld two teams in the Glades Tri-County Youth Football program this season. Signups for ages 7-8 will be free this year. Anyone with information can contact Tarrance Pryor at 863-532-8623. Parents should present the childs birth certi“ cate to a league of“ cial. The league will also have a team of 11 and 12-year-old players this year. The league includes six teams from Belle Glade, three teams from Pahokee, three teams from Moore Haven, three teams from Indiantown and the Okeechobee squads in various age groups. The Okeechobee league will host a preseason jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the youth soccer “ elds across from North Elementary School. Games will be played throughout the day and begin at 9 a.m.

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T axes€ All elected of“ cials should have to ans wer to the taxpayers as to how they spend our money and here locally that includes the School Board, SFWMD, Childrens Services, and of course all the elected county of“ c ials, and all the other people that Im being c harged for on my tax bill. € Bottom line is the BOCC will have to fund the budget. Add an assessment to pay for it, everyone who owns property. Then w ork on a solution for next year. As for the election this year, good luck too those in of“ ce, you may be out soon. € The BOCC can take over the jail or the Sheriff can take it to court to see if he can give it back. I say lets stop kicking the can down t he road and “ nally decide what is going to be done, Who is going to run the jail. The employees at the jail deserve the answer because t his has been going on too long for those people that are working and living in that situat ion. The Sheriff has used giving the jail back as a threat for years so the BOCC should have b een working on a backup plan just in case t hey were forced to take over the jail. If the Sheriff and the BOCC want to spend all the reserves to “ nally get the answer then so be it. If the BOCC wants to spend the reserves to t ake over the jail and the court house security t hen do it. The decision needs to be made, it is holding the county hostage because the BOCC is not wanting to make any more commitments until the issue is solved. How many y ears do you want it to drag on for? € The county commission set the TRIM notice at 10 mills, the maximum allowed by t he state. They can bring it down during the b udget hearings, but even at 10 mills they are s hort $1.5 million over what is coming in. So unless they can cut $1.5 million from the proposed budgets, even at 10 mills they will be dipping into that reserve. So ... what happens now? Cut the sheriffs budget? The county t akes over the jail? The taxpayers whose homes are valued over $50,000 get stuck with t he 10 mill bills? These are not good choices. € Commissioners Irby, Domer and Helton voted in favor of setting the 10 mill rate for the TRIM Notice. Commissioners Hoover and Bryant „ who are both up for re-election this year „ voted against it. Nice to know whos on your side and why, right? € Frankly; The BOCC needs to address the reserves and whats really in the bank, instead of trying to throw the sheriff under the bus. € Back when property values were skyrocketing, the county got used to having a lot of money in taxes. And they spent it as quick as it came in. But when property values dropped back down to where they should have been to begin with, the money dried up. But the spending didnt. That is what got us into this mess. You cant go from collecting taxes on property values of $2.4 billion to collecting taxes on $1.4 billion without making some changes. Instead of collecting and spending all that money, the county should have lowered tax rates back in 2008. € Like most households these days, the county has less income than it did in 2008. The average person has cut back on expenses. The county needs to do that too. I make less money now that I did in 2009. A lot of other people are in that same boat. How do they expect me to pay higher taxes? € The sheriff and the county need to “ nd ways to cut costs. Think outside the box. Find ways to be more ef“ cient. Every department needs to do this. You cant keep asking the property owners for more taxes. Look how many people have already lost their homes because they cant pay the bills and high taxes. € While I know a franchise fee on electricity wont raise a lot of money, I still think it is a good idea. Anything that gets everyone paying at least something is a good idea. It is not fair that less than half the county property owners pay for all of the taxes due to so many getting a free ride with homestead exemption. € How about letting a volunteer committee of citizens review and check out all of the agriculture exemptions on the books, and ” ag those that do not appear to actually be agriculture operations, for the inspectors to follow up? Some are obviously farms, but why do some get ag exemption on 10 acres where they have their home? Why are some vacant properties listed as agriculture use? Is one cow enough to qualify? The rules need to be the same for everyone. € As taxpayers are we getting our moneys worth from our elected of“ cials? They draw some pretty good salaries, plus health insurance. Are they earning that money? God commands us to forgiveby Mark Mayers, LMFTCAP of Real Life Childrens Ranch Forgiveness is not an optional principal. Although our choice to forgive is optional, Gods standards and commands to forgive are not. Gods message of forgiveness is a central part of the Bible (His Holy Word). The parable of the unforgiving slave in an amazing passage because it deals with the question that so many of us ask ƒ How many times should I forgive someone who offends me? Jesus in His all knowing and eternal knowledge responded in a way that leaves no room for guessing. Simply put Jesus tells Peter that we are to forgive someone each and every time they wrong us. Mathew 18:21-26 says this: 21 Then Peter came to Him and said, Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?Ž22 I tell you, not as many as seven,Ž Jesus said to him, but 70 times seven. 23 For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. 25 Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt. 26 At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything! 27 Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan. The real focus of forgiveness is not the person who offends but the person who is wronged. Ultimately the person who is wronged is no different than the person who has offended. To illustrate this point we need to look no further than the last hal f of the parable of the unforgiving slave. Matthew 28-32 says this, 28 But that slave wen t out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, Pay what you owe!29 At this, his fellow slave fell down and began begging him, Be patient with me, and I will pay you back. 30 But he wasn t willing. On the contrary, he went and thre w him into prison until he could pay what was owed. 31 When the other slaves saw wha t had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. 32 Then, after h e had summoned him, his master said to him, You wicked slave! I forgave you all that deb t because you begged me. 33 Shouldnt you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you? Matthew West, a contemporary Christian music artist wrote a song about forgiveness which says, It ” ies in the face of all you r prideƒ It moves away the mad insideƒ Its always angers own worst enemyƒ Even when the jury and the judge say you gott a right to hold a grudgeƒ Its the whisper in your ear saying Set Itƒ So show me how to see what Your mercy seesƒ Help me no w to give what You gave to meƒ Forgiveness, Forgiveness.Ž Forgiveness is an eternal truth that brings hope, healing and restoration to all involved. We will always be wronged in this life, but we must never forget that whil e we were yet sinners Christ died for us. If w e truly understand this principle we can com e to a place where we forgive out of a heart o f grace and mercy. A heart that says, Than k you God for forgiving me greatly and for giving me your grace and mercy to lovingly forgive those who offend me.Ž July 13, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re” ections from the pulpit Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak 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! Summer hoops tourney plannedThe Lakeside Basketball Association will present the inaugural 2014 Battle for the Lake in July. The camp will feature eight squads from around the state and will be hosted by Okeechobee High School, Yearling Middle School and Osceola Middle School. The entry fee is $200 per team. OHS head basketball coach Demetre Riles and tournament director Mariano Medrano will be coordinating the event, along with several volunteers. Each team is guaranteed three games over the two-day tournament scheduled for July 19-20. For information, call Riles at 706-305-7613 or Medrano at 863-610-1542.

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We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 A ngels X division. The Ponytails, ages 11-12, was also broken up into two divisions. The Ponytails Division included Okeechobee, Spring Hill, Lake Placid and Belleview. The Ponytails Tradition bracket included Wahneta, Paxton and Altha. The Belles Division, 15 and under, included teams from Franklin County, West Pasco, Okeechobee, Belleview and Lake Placid. Franklin County defeated West Pasco 11-7 in the opening round game. The game was delayed when the umpire suffered a mild case of heat stroke in the heat and humidity. In the Debs Division, 18 and under, Okeechobee got off to a good start with an 8-0 victory over Wahneta. Diamond Shore and Rumor Wyatt combined on the shutout. Wyatt scored the “ rst run on a “ elding error in the second. Krysten Dryden had a triple and run scored, and Cheyenne East, Taylor Amadon and Diamond Shore added RBI singles in a four-run fourth for Okeechobee. Amadon and Wyatt added two-run singles in the sixth inning to give Okeechobee some insurance runs. Coach Jeff Varnadoe said he was very pleased with how the tournament began for the Okeechobee squad. They were very good, Im very proud of all the girls. Our pitching was solid and we feel we can be very competitive in our bracket, Im optimistic,Ž he added. The event was run by volunteers from the Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, Dixie Youth of“ cials, and Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation. Several workers with the Okeechobee County Facilities Maintenance Department helped keep all the “ elds ready to play throughout the tournament. The parking lots at the OK Softball complex and at the Sports complex were over” owing with people in Okeechobee for the weekend. DIXIEContinued From Page 1 executed a search warrant on their home at 20320 N.W. 258th St. That warrant also included an outdoor shed in which detectives found a trap door leading to an underground concrete block structure that was divided into two apparent grow rooms. Pellicer and Nunez were arrested on felony charges of cultivation of marijuana, own/ rent a structure or vehicle for the manufacture/delivery of drugs, possession of marijuana over 20 grams and grand theft. Each w ere also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a task force detectives arrest report Pellicer, 36, and Nunez, 28, both list an address of West 42nd Street in Hialeah. That arrest report goes on to explain the couple was charged with grand theft because the Glades Electric Company had discovered a power diversion at the home. It w as estimated they stole over $10,000 worth of electricity, purportedly for the alleged grow operation. Detectives seized the pot plants that had a total weight of 22.9 pounds. Those plants, explained the report, are capable of producing about 1 pound of marijuana every 90 days, which puts the estimated value of the seized plants at $68,700. Hydroponic marijuana is valued between $3,000 and $5,000 per pound,Ž added the report. When detectives found the trap door they descended about 7 feet into a CBS vault that w as divided into two rooms. In one room the detectives allegedly found: 13 suspected pot plants with root systems; large black plant buckets; timers; capacitors; breakers; air conditioning chillers; small black plant pots; and, 1,000-watt bulbs with aluminum housings and ballasts. In the second room, they reportedly found 14 suspected pot plants with root systems and the same apparatus used for alleged pot-growing operations they found in the “ rst room. The detectives also found in this room a bucket containing suspected marijuana trimmings, which is common for the health of the plants, pointed out the report. The content of that bucket weighed .65 pounds, stated the report. According to the detective the search also turned up: electric bills in Nunezs name with the homes address; a satellite TV bill in Pellicers name with the homes address; receipts for concrete mortar; passports for Pellicer and Nunez; mens and womens clothing; and, a county permit for electric to the shed in Pellicers name. Records at the Okeechobee County Property Appraisers Of“ ce indicate that Pellicer is the registered owner of the 2001 modular home. In the shed, the detectives reportedly found roo“ ng tools, gardening sheers, blowers and, of course, the trap door leading to the underground vault. To enter the vault, we located two suction cups and lifted the tile ” oor away to expose a wooden door. Once the wooden door was unlocked we climbed down the ladder approximately 7 feet into the vault,Ž stated the report. The ” ooring in the vault was covered in the same type of tile as that found on the trap door, added the detective. More of the same type of tile was supposedly found leaning against the outside of the residence. A task force detective said all of the suspected marijuana was “ eld tested, and those tests indicated positive results for the presence of marijuana. Arraignment for Pellicer and Nunez has been set for Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. in front of Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer. GROWContinued From Page 1 Workers with Okeechobee County Facilities Maintenance did double duty as they kept “ ve “ elds up and ready for game play throughout the tournament. Okeechobee County school grades improveOkeechobee schools showed improvement in letter grades as a district in 2014 as the Florida Department of Education released grades for elementary and middle schools Friday. North Elementary School improved from a D to a B to highlight the improvements made by local schools. Everglades improved from a D to a C, and the District overall received a C grade. Central Elementary maintained a C, Osceola Middle School and Seminole Elementary School both maintained C grades. South Elementary fell to a D school. Around the region Glades County was a B district, improving from a C last year. DeSoto, Hardee and Hendry County schools earned a D. Highlands, Indian River and St. Lucie were C Districts while Martin County received a B grade.

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Bene“ t for Heroes 4 Hope setQuarters for a Cause will host its monthly quarter auction on Tuesday, July 15 at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St., from 6:30 until 9 p.m. All proceeds will go to help a local individual and families struggling with a medical issues. For information, or to become a vendor, call Christy at 863-697-1247.Blood Roundup session setHelp us save Okeechobee lives. Though the Okeechobee Blood Roundup does not take place until Nov. 22 and 23, our planning sessions will begin Wednesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. in Room 21 at First United Methodist Church, 202 N.W. Second St, behind Walgreens. Volunteers are needed in many areas. For information, call Raye at 863-4672557.Breast cancer seminar slatedA Breast Cancer Treatment in-a-day seminar will be held Saturday, July 19, at the KOA Kampground, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by e-mail. Send your e-mail to rgardner.foundation1@ gmail.com.B.R.A.T dance is July 19The Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a red, white and blue teen dance party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., on Saturday, July 19 from 7 until 10 p.m. The dance is for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7 and includes hot dogs, soda and chips. For information, contact Allison Chandler at 863-697-9096.Meet your GOP candidatesCome hear your Republican candidates on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at Beef OBradys. Each of your Republican candidates will have “ ve minutes to speak and at the end we will have time for Q & A. For information, call Debi at 863-532-2482.Library hosting Gordie PeerFriends of the Library will present Gordie Peer and the history of U.S. cattle ranching, free of charge at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Thursday, July 24 at 5 p.m.Photo workshop plannedA free photo editing workshop will be held at the Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Thursday, July 31 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Learn to crop, brighten, or colorcorrect the photos you take with your digital camera or phone using free software. For information, call 772-708-6764.School supply drive starts Childrens Home Society of Florida is now accepting new backpacks and school supplies or cash donations for its Back-toSchool Drive, through Aug. 1 to help children and teens go back to school feeling prepared and con“ dent. Check out details at www.chs” .org/bts. For information, call Ashleigh Gaultney at 405-250-4762.Cooking ideas for diabeticsJoin us at Raulerson Hospital to learn about diabetic cooking ideas with Executive Chef Ron Corrado on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria, 1796 U.S. 441 N. Learn new recipes and sample some of the creations. There is no fee to participate. Space is limited. RSVP at 863-763-9228. Mary Knight Leffers, 96HUNTINGTON, Ind. „ Mary Knight Leffers, 96, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at Saint A nne Home, Fort W ayne, Ind. Mrs. Leffers was born September 27, 1917, in Huntington, Ind., to E. Edwin and Mary Kathryn (Duffey) Coughlin. Her parents preceded her in death. Marys “ rst marriage was to Gordon Knight. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1961. Her second marriage was to Paul Leffers on February 17, 1962. Her husband survives and resides at Saint Anne Home. Mrs. Leffers graduated from Huntington High School in 1935. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1940. Mary was employed at Huntington Hospital and she served as a community nurse. She w as the Director of Nursing at Millers Merry Manor and Victory Noll in Huntington, Ind., for over 15 years. She retired in 1983. Mary was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntington, Ind., St. Vincent DePaul Society, Rosary Sodality at St. Mary and the Secular Franciscans. She was a member of the Art Guild of Huntington and was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross. Along with her husband she is survived by three sons, Mark (Virginia) Leffers, Port Angeles, W ash., Jeffrey (Jane Gerardot) Leffers, Fort W ayne, Ind., Patrick EddieŽ (Kym) Leffers, Albion, Ind.; three daughters, Susan (Jack) Sollow ay, Nancy (Ted) Poulson, both of Huntington, Ind., and Sally (Tim) Ford, Warren, Ind. Mary is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren. Along with her parents and “ rst husband, Mary was preceded in death by two sons, Gerald Knight, John Knight; two brothers, Paul Coughlin, Ed Coughlin; and one sister, Helen Petree. Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN 46750. A recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. at McElhaneyHart Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St, Huntington, IN 46750 with Father John Overmyer of“ ciating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Huntington, Ind. In lieu of ” owers, preferred memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Huntington County Right to Life in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN 46750. McElhaneyHart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN is entrusted with the arrangements. On line condolences: w ww.mcelhaneyhartfuneralhome.com James W. Young, Founder Seawinds Funeral Group3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee 863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com Cremation ..............................$495 Cremation & Chapel Service ..$870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) ..........$2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial $1,995 Graveside Service ................$1,495 PRE-ARRANGEMENT (Financing Available) Cremation $95 down $10 a month for 45 months Creamation with Chapel Service .. $195 down $17 a month for 45 months Traditional Funeral & Burial ....... $500 down, $100 month for 45 months This includes minimum Casket, Vault and Open/Closing of Grave Site These prices do not include cash advance items. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014Obituaries 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. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 OHS students honored Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Jim Young scholarship was awarded to Bethany Stuart. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLos Co Cos scholarship was awarded to Dallas San Miguel.

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Special to the Okeechobee News The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee together with Applebees in Okeechobee is working on “ lling a bus with school supplies for those children in need in the community with donations being handled by My Aunts House. On Saturday, Aug. 9, Applebees, 1210 S.R. 70 E., will host a pancake breakfast from 8 until 10 a.m., for $10 per person. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to purchase school supplies. Then from 10 a.m. on, they will host Dine to DonateŽ event where 10 percent of each bill is donated back for school supplies to help the children in Okeechobee County. The Chamber will also be setting up drop off locations throughout the community and selling tickets for the pancake breakfast. Any donations prior to event can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce at 55. S. Parrott Ave. We would appreciate the communitys participation. Contact Antoinette Rodriguez at 863-7634626 or 561-718-0536. Chamber hosts Fill the Bus campaign By Mickie AndersonUF GAINESVILLE „ Since the “ rst plant genome sequence was obtained for the plant A rabidopsis in 2000, scientists have genesequenced everything from cannabis to castor bean. University of Florida scientists were part of a research team that this week unveiled a new tool that will help all plant scientists label (annotateŽ in researcher parlance) genes far more quickly and accurately and is expected to give a big boost to traditional and nontraditional plant breeders. Christopher Henry, a computational biologist at the University of Chicago who had a leading role in creating the database, called PlantSEED, said it is an important step toward the engineering of improved crops, such as creating rice that grows more ef“ ciently or is more drought resistant. Or creating perennial corn. Imagine if you didnt have to plant seeds for crops … if crops were just like your ” owers and your maize just came up year after y ear,Ž he said. Andrew Hanson, a UF eminent scholar in horticultural sciences, said he believes PlantSEED … the capstone of the teams three-year effort … will prove even more of a boon to traditional breeders and should help them create better cultivars, faster. Its really the future. Itll be a new tool in the hands of the next generation of plant breeders, just as similar tools for bacteria are now widely used in microbial metabolic engineering,Ž he said. While scientists have been documenting and annotating genome sequences for plants at an amazing clip since breaking through with Arabidopsis, the work has not been without challenges. In documenting genome sequences, scientists must sort through millions of bits of genetic code to identify what function each gene is responsible for (such as telling a plant how tall to grow or how to transport an amino acid throughout the plant). They base those identi“ cations on evidence from previous studies. That can be an imperfect process, Hanson said, because with 20,000 to 30,000 genes in a typical plant, scientists cant possibly conduct experiments to “ nd out what each and every gene is responsible for. And they dont. That is where the teams PlantSEED system comes in. The open-access system, described in a paper published online Monday by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, integrates data from plant scientists around the world into a common platform, which should result in better, more quickly-updated plant models for everyone using them. PlantSEED will help plant scientists begin to make better use of genome information by helping them create consistently accurate models for all plant genomes contained in the database. Mr. Hanson, a faculty member with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, likens the new tool to models aeronautical engineers use when testing new equipment. They dont build a brand new jet every time they want to test a new material, but instead, test it by plugging information into computer models. Because of tools like PlantSEED, plant scientists will eventually be able to do the same, he said. You cant really make as much use of the genome information as we should be able to until you can do that kind of modeling for plants, as well,Ž he said. And thats pretty much what this project is about.Ž The other research team members include Samuel Seaver of The University of Chicago; Robert Olson, Gordon Pusch and Rick Stevens all of Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois; Ocane Frelin, Louis Bradbury, Ghulam Hasnain and Thomas Niehaus, all of UFs Department o f Horticultural Sciences; Claudia Lerma-Ortiz, Rmi Zallot, Basma El Yacoubi and Valrie de Crcy-Lagard, all of UFs Microbiolog y and Cell Science Department; Doreen Ware and Shiran Pasternak, both of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and Ross Overbeek and Svetlan a Gerdes of the Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes, Burr Ridge, Illinois. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation with additional support from the U.S. Department of Energy. Big Lake Hobbies is now y our Leather Craft Supplier.Please stop by and see our new inventory of Leather Craft Kits, T ools and Supplies such as Saddle Soap. We would also like to know your needs for Leather Craft including raw leather as well as repair and maintenance items. Leather Craft Classes are now forming. If you are part of an organization, we would be happy to discuss Leather Craft Classes for your organization as well. Big Lake Hobbies is located at 110 SW 14th Street across from Seacoast National Bank, or call us at 863357-3592 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 7 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Prices still crazy good! All classes of calves were $1-$2 higher. Slaughter cows and bulls steady to $1 higher. RWF Legacy Ranch, Pompano Beach, topped the calf market with a high of $4.20 bought by Bellamy Cattle. Oak Creek Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of $1.19 bought by Florida Beef. October special sales: Oct. 3: Bred Heifer and Cow Sale Oct. 10: 44 FarmsŽ Angus Bull Sale Oct. 17: Little Creek FarmsŽ Brangus Bull Sale Jeff Perennial corn crops could happen says UF/IFAS researchers

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Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide S Big Lake Eye Care A Quick Reference Guide for New and Longtime Residents Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Raulerson Hospital can get you back to life „ faster. So whether it is stitches in the ER, or minimally invasive joint replacement in our surgical suites, our care is designed to be convenient and suit our patients lifestyles. Visit RaulersonHospital.com to see average ER wait times and learn more about minimally invasive options. Or, call Consult-A-Nurse at 863.763.9228.OUR ER TREATS KIDS TOO! WE GET YOU BACK TO LIFEFast emergency care.Short wait times „ expert treatment „ convenient location.Advanced minimally invasive surgery.New options for faster recovery. 8 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 As one of the most common ailments of the urinary tract, kidney stones, cause more than 300,000 Americans to visit emergency rooms each year. In fact, about 10 percent of people will develop a kidney stone at some point in their lives. Kidney stones are hard particles that form on the walls of the kidney w hen minerals and other substances become concentrated and crystallize. Calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate stones account for about 80 percent of kidney stone cases.€ Painful urinationAs urine travels from the kidneys through the urinary tract, a kidney stone can be pushed into and down the ureter, the tube that connects the kidney and the bladder. The movement of the stone during urination can cause pain.€ Blood in the urineAs a kidney stone works its way down the urinary tract, injury can occur to the ureter wall, causing bleeding.€ Extreme pain in your mid-back or your sideKidney stones can get stuck in the urinary tract, causing blockage and lots of pain.€ Fever and chillsA urinary tract infection may accompany a kidney stone. The infection is the culprit of the fever and chills. If your symptoms are caused by a kidney stone, the subsequent treatment will depend on the size of the stone. Small stones can usually pass through the urinary tract on their own. However, passing a small stone may require drinking extra ” uids to move it along, and pain medication to alleviate the resulting discomfort. If you believe you are suffering with a kidney stone, talk to your doctor about your symptoms or go to the Emergency Department. For a physician referral, call Consult-ANurse for free at 863-763-9228. In the case of a large kidney stone requiring surgical intervention, Raulerson Hospitals Surgical Services Department offers laser lithotripsy and shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). Do you know the symptoms of kidney stones? Special to the Okeechobee News/ ACOE/John CampbellFlows much closer to normal Water ” ows from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River at the Moore Haven lock and dam during 2014 have been much closer to normal following heavy precipitation at the beginning of the 2013 wet season. The water in Lake Okeechobee dropped to its lowest level in almost two years in the middle of June, when it hit 12.30 feet. The lower level means more storage to handle summer rains than in 2013, when an early start to the wet season kept the lake from receding to typical levels. The lake level for Friday, July 11, was 13.18 ft. No water is being released at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam. 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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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News € Serenity Coffee Shop 601 S.W. Park St., is more than just a coffee shop. More than a third of their menu is non-coffee items. They have blended cremes, which is kind of like a milkshake in all different ” avors. They also have 100 percent crushed fruit smoothies. Their Cowboy Cookies won the Okeechobee County Fair Best in Show Award. Their coffee is an original blend of three different beans which are roasted together and then blended to make a extremely special coffee that is out of this world! In the mornings, they have breakfast items, fresh and homemade, until they run out. Be sure and check them out on Facebook or give them a call at 863-824-2287. € Professional Skincare Treatments by Tamara TammyŽ Platt, at 208 N.E. Third St., offers facials, microdermabrasion, lash and brow tinting and waxing, spot treatments, body wrappings and more. Give her a call and go in and see her. She is very helpful and will explain everything. You can only see Tammy by appointment, but she has ” exible scheduling to work with any and all your needs, including BioActive peels, a more skin-friendly peel. You can reach her at 1-863-227-4096. € Tonis Chic Boutique 123 S.W. Park St., has brand new fashions and jewelry, all new inventory and they always have a sale going on! Most of all new clothing and gift items are all proudly made in the USA. Stop by just to look around. They are always happy to help you “ nd the perfect out“ t for that special event. Be sure to check them out on Facebook! You can give them a call at 863357-8664. How can we help your business grow? Find out by contacting our friendly and knowledgeable ad staff. Our outside representatives are Diana Whitehall, Kay Sheedy and Louise Dowling. I can tell you “ rst hand they are all about getting ROI (return on investment) and results for your business. The whole ad team does a great job for their clients, so heres a shout out to Angie Bridges, Jeanne McNeeley, Kristina Schwartz and Ann Hines! Email ” oridasales@newszap. com or call 863-763-3134. Be sure to tell them Tammi sent you! How about something sweet for these hot summer nights? Quick and Easy Peach CheesecakeIngredients : 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 (12 ounce) jars peach preserves, 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, 2 (8 inch) prepared graham cracker crusts. Directions : 1. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer until smooth. 2. Spoon confectioners sugar into cream cheese and beat until fully incorporated. 3. Beat vanilla and peach preserves into cream cheese mixture until combined. 4. Fold whipped topping into cream cheese mixture until evenly smooth. 5. Divide cream cheese mixture between the two prepared graham cracker crusts and spread evenly. Refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour. INTEGRITY. ITS NOT JUST SOMETHING WE CARE ABOUT. ITS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO.Let us do right by you today „ call Emory Walker Company. SPECIAL FINANCING AVAILABLESEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. RECEIVE UP TO A$1,700REBATE* with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox home comfort system. ORCAC014022 OFFER EXPIRES 8/22/2014. *System rebate offers range from $300 to $1,700. See your local Lennox dealer for details. 2014 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. One offer available per qualifying purchase.(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 9 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsFood pantry gets new freezerOkeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry would like to thank the anonymous donor of this new freezer, pictured with volunteers Dolores Anchors and Kip Gardner. The pantry serves the needs of several hundred families in our community every month. The gift of this freezer is a huge blessing. Thank you!

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Call a PRO JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Jeb Acuff Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864An affordable way to advertise your business Master Automotive Technician Don’t Miss Out Advertise Here email: okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 763-3134 Don’t Miss Out Advertise Here email: okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 763-3134 PROFESSIONAL SKINCARE TREAMENTSRevitalize, Lift, Firm & Brighten Facials Microdermabrasion BioActive Peels Body WrappingsTamara Platt Facial Specialist, Body Wrapper Available by Appt Only or 863-763-3909 fessiona l HARMON HEAT & AIRPROUDLY SERVINGOKEECHOBEE ST. LUCIE MARTIN PALM BEACHCommercial Residential Sales Service Installation863.623.4506 mandmautobrokersinc.comM & M Auto Brokers, Inc. 3565 US Highway 441 North Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Of“ ce: (863) 763-0330 Cell: (954) 214-8877 Fax: (863) 763-0323 Mitch will work with youŽBuy Here! Pay Here! As low as $500 Down We Buy Cars For Any price, Any year, All Models! “No detail is a small detail”J. ALLEN CONTRACTING INC. 863-467-1703 863-634-6049 Qualified & Life Member MDRTEdward H. Bobbitt, CLU, ChFC, REBCLinda B. Tewksbury, CLUFinancial Services Professional New York Life Insurance Company Licensed Agent ebobbitt@ft.newyorklife.com The Company You Keep Curtis & Jennie Tyson 601 SW Park St. 863-824-ACUP (2287)serenitycoffeeshop@gmail.com 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS: MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Now Carrying Dupont Automotive Paint 10 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 OCSO InvestigationsThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT € 200 block of N.E. 18th Terrace € 7800 block of S.E. 57th Drive € 100 block of S.W. Park St. € 1100 block of N.E. 39th Blvd. € 2900 block of S.E. 29th Lane € 2100 block of S.E. 40th Ave. € 6000 block of S.E. 94th Trail € 600 block of N.E. 14th Ave. € 3400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. BURGLARY € 1600 block of N.E. Seventh St. € 3400 block of N.W. 128th Ave. € 8100 block of U.S. 441 S.E. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 2700 block of S.E. 25th Drive € 6000 block of S.E. 95th Trail € 2900 block of U.S. 441 S.E. € 2000 block of S.E. 24th Blvd. € 2200 block of S.W. 28th St. € 10400 block of S.R. 78 W. € 2400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. FRAUD € 19000 block of N.W. 274th St. € 2600 block of S.E. 44th Ave. € 9200 block of S.E. 57th Drive IDENTITY THEFT € 2000 block of S.W. 21st St. THEFT € 4000 block of U.S. 441 S. € 1800 block of S.W. 28th Ave. € 4200 block of U.S. 441 S. € 3200 block of U.S. 441 S. € 3800 block of S.E. 25th St. € 17400 block of N.W. 38th Ave. € 400 block of S.E. 36th Terrace € 600 block of U.S. 98 N. € 9200 block of N.W. 240th St. € 3600 block of S.E. 30th Terrace € 3500 block of U.S. 441 S. € 3100 block of U.S. 441 N. € 6400 block of N.E. Seventh Lane € 6100 block of S.E. 97th Trail OCSO Investigations Help for vets is available A rumor has been circulating that the Veterans Service Of“ ce has closed and to receive veterans services you must drive to the reservation to see a representative. This rumor is NOT true. Betsy Grinslade, the county Veterans Service of“ cer, is accredited with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, American Legion, VFW and DAV and has been working in this capacity since October 1999. The of“ ce is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The of“ ce closes at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. The County Veterans Service Of“ ce is located in the old courthouse at 304 N.W. Second St. The phone number is 863763-6441, ext 5. If you have any questions about VA bene“ ts for veterans, widows, and/or family members, contact Betsy Grinslade for assistance.

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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Judges may soon have the option of using ankle monitors for those awaiting trial in Okeechobee County. Okeechobee County Commissioners Thursday authorized staffers to look into setting up an ankle bracelet monitoring program for non-violent offenders awaiting trial. County administrator Robbie Chartier explained that St. Lucie County has a monitoring program and Okeechobee County could enter an interlocal agreement with that county for the service. She said Okeechobee County Judge Jerry Bryant has expressed interest in the program and made contact with St. Lucie County for information on their program. The St. Lucie County program is a 24/7 operation with 11 employees, Mrs. Chartier said. The judges over there do like it. From their description, it sounds like it does a good job of keeping track of the persons w ho are on this system. They also monitor their RORs (persons released on their own recognizance) and keep track of where they are.Ž She said the judges would determine w hich of those awaiting trial would qualify for the ankle bracelet program. With an interlocal agreement, the cost to Okeechobee County would be about $80,000 a year. They have very low tolerance for someone who violates the program,Ž Mrs. Chartier said. She said they report good results. For example, in the month of June out of the 80 persons on the program, and they had only 5 persons who violated their restrictions. Cost savings include a reduction in medical costs since those on ankle monitors are responsible for their own health care. She said estimates from the sheriffs of“ ce indicate about 20 persons awaiting trial who are currently in the jail might qualify for release w ith an ankle bracelet. County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper questioned the countys liability if someone who is on an ankle bracelet commits a crime. County attorney Laura McCall responded that the judges determine who would be released with an ankle bracelet just as they now decide which persons are RORd. Commissioner Bryant also said having someone on an ankle bracelet is not a punishment the way being in jail is a punishment. Are we providing them with a way out of having to serve their time?Ž he asked. Mrs. Chartier explained those considered for the program are awaiting trial. These are the nonviolent people,Ž she added. She added that currently the county does not even monitor those who are RORd. We have to trust the judges to know which people should be on this system,Ž she said. County Commissioner Joey Hoover said if even an average of 15 people who would otherwise be in jail awaiting trial qualify for release with an ankle bracelet monitor, it would be a signi“ cant savings. It costs the county about $65 a day to house someone at the county jail. If you had 15 at $65 a day, times 365 days a year, thats $356,000 minus the $80,000 expense of the program. That is a substantial amount of money,Ž he said. Theres an additional aspect,Ž he continued. I happen to know a guy right now, hes a criminal, but a stupid criminal. He has a job. He has a family. He takes care of his kids. He goes to work six days a week. He got violated on his probation because he had beer in his house, and it was discovered during a probation visit.Ž That meant the man went to jail. We, the citizens are now taking care of his two children,Ž said Commissioner Hoover. Hes not working. Hes not paying rent. There is a certain cost of these criminals besides the $65 a day, there is an additional cost to keep them in jail,Ž he said. These people are who in the judges opinion are not a risk to anybody other than their own brain cells. We said we would look in every crack and crevice and under every rock for savings, and this is more than $300,000,Ž he said. OCSO Major Noel Stephen said the sheriff is not opposed to the ankle bracelet idea. He said they cant be sure what the cost savings would be. I think it will take six months to determine if it will be effective,Ž he said. Commissioner Ray Domer said giving the judges this tool would be good for those who do not have the money to make bond. He said if the ankle bracelet program lets them work and support their families, that is worthwhile. If they lose their job because they are sent to jail to await trial, that just makes it harder to avoid criminal behavior in the future, he said. You dont know what got the person to this point (that they are arrested),Ž said Mr. Domer. If we can help somebody, lets help them.Ž Major Stephen said “ rst appearance hearings are held every day at the Okeechobee County Jail. He said Judge Bryant comes over to the jail Monday through Friday. On the weekend, judges in the circuit handle “ rst appearance hearings through a video link. The determination is made by the judge for that individual whether they will get a bond or be RORd,Ž he said. So if this person can afford a bond, but this one cant because he doesnt have an y money, would a bracelet be an option on that?Ž asked Commissioner Domer. It would depend on the person and his history,Ž replied Major Stephens. He added that the bracelet option gives the judge one more tool. There will be some cases in which it will keep the person working, and keep the family together,Ž he said. I dont know who much savings it would be,Ž he said. But if it breaks even, it would be worth it.Ž The commission directed staff to gather more information about the program. Ride For e FightŽ against cancerAn Okeechobee non-pro t organization is here to help you with your ght. 100% of donated dollars go to the citizens of Okeechobee to assist you with your ght.WE ARE HERE! WE ARE LOCAL! LET US HELP!Patients and Caregivers please visit our website at www.rideforthe ght.com or email me: mc@rideforthe ght.com NO internet access Call me, Nano Corona (863) 634-3971 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kersey, are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin to Gregory Bennett, son of Michael Bennett and Susan Doyle. Erin is a dental lab technician, while Gregory is the manager of Domino's Pizza Lake Placid. The couple will be married April 2015, in Okeechobee. GREGORY BENNETT ENGAGEMENT ERIN KERSEY & Ashley Childers of Okeechobee, Fla., graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla. on June 8, 2014 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree prepares pharmacists to become valuable members of the healthcare team. Ashley is the daughter of Billy and Carla Childers of Okeechobee, Fla. She graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2006. Ashley is currently pursuing a career as a Winn-Dixie pharmacist in Bradenton, Fla. She also hopes to continue working as a pharmacist at Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee, Fla. Congratulations Ashley! We love you! DR. ASHLEY CHILDERS GRADUATION BIRTHDAY DR. EDWARD DOUGLAS Happy Birthday Dr. Edward Douglas and Happy 52nd Anniversary serving Okeechobee, as a Chiropractic Physician, Nutritionist, and Acupuncturist. Congratulation on your Level II Masters in Neurolinknis(neurological integration systems) We appreciate your contribution to this Community in natural health care over these last 52 years. 11 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 A nkle bracelet monitoring considered for those awaiting trial Local July blood drivesWith big drives for special occasions, the Blood Bus will be in Okeechobee to mark the celebrations of our countrys birth at the “ rst of the month as well as the Day of the Cowboy at the end. Please come save Okeechobee lives. Friday, July 25 at Walgreens, 1 … 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at SFWMD Field Of“ ce, 1 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at Aug. 1 … 3 at Wal Mart Special Drive from 11 a.m. 4 p.m.

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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. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Full Time NOW HIRING LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! MAGNOLIA PACKING INC, a fresh vegetable packing house, is looking for a PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR with three (plus) years produce experience. Must be bi-lingual and be willing to work long hours during the season. Email your resume to royboy01@bellsouth.net Cal-Maine Foods Inc Processing Maintenance supervisor, must have mechanical, electrical background. This is a salary position with full bene ts. Apply at: 6800 NE 120th St. Okee., Fl. or email resume to dberry@cmfoods.com 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. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Full Time Washington County School Program At Okeechobee Youth Development Center ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY Auto Technology Instructor (This school is located in a Department of Juvenile Justice Facility)Quali cations include high school diploma or equivalent, ASE & NATEF certi cations and a minimum of 6 years veri able work experience in automotive mechanics. Additional requirements are detailed at website: Go to http:/www.wcsdschools.com Go to Human Resources and Employment click on Job Announcements Create an account with a username and password, unless you have already completed this process. Complete your application for a CERTIFIED POSITION and attach a resume, etc. Then, you MUST APPLY for this position.APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16th, 2014 (midnight)“Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants as well as employee” “Pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, random ( tness for duty) and follow-up drug testing will be implemented as per the School Board’s “Drug Free Workplace Policy” An Equal Opportunity Employer DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Established grower and shipper of fresh produce seeking an experienced individual with excellent maintenance skills and habits. This position involves a working knowledge of mechanical equipment, electrical motors/ drives and controls used with packaging machinery. The ability and to establish a PM program is required. Additional seasonal hourly demands are required during growing season. Please send resume to positions@mackfarms.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time Industrial Electrician Auto Req ID: 1199BR Location: Okeechobee Field Station Industrial Electrician that performs a broad range of work involving installation, repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic components of District buildings, equipment and machinery, following electrical code, manuals, speci cations, schematic diagrams and blueprints. As resident electrical expert, trains electrical personnel in new electrical advances, National Electrical Code updates and interpretations, and technical direction. High School Diploma or GED and 2+ years’ experience as a Licensed Journeyman Electrician. For more details and to apply, visit the South Florida Water Management District website at www.SFWMD.gov EOE. Employment Full TimeMECHANIC J.W. Cheatham, LLC has an immediate opening for a eld mechanic. Must have experience troubing shooting, repairing and performing preventative maintenance on heavy construction equipment i.e. roller, loader, dozer, excavator, etc. Requires vaild drivers license, acceptable MVR and own tools. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Position is located in West Palm Beach, to apply please call 561-471-4100 ext 239 or fax resume to 561-471-8348. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Employment Part TimeGIRL FRIDAY Sun./Mon./Tues. Ranch and aviary work. Some experience required. Background Check. 863-824-0015 Business OpportunitiesSEEKING PARTNERS, LOCAL FLYING CLUB CALL 772-579-1118 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it 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. 12 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 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! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 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Landscaping Supplies ApartmentsNW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $650, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. Shown only 11am-6pm 561-346-1642. Commercial PropertyOKEECHOBEE Commercial Bay for lease. 1000 +/sq. ft. Great visible location, downtown on SW 2nd Ave. $550 month + Sec. 863-763-4414. Houses Rent2BED/1BATH HOUSE ON WATER BUCKHEAD RIDGE CALL GREG TO SEE 863-763-3374 OR 863-447-9376 1ST, LAST & SEC. $750.00 MONTHLY. A DORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 1BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. Background chk req. (941)504-3954 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. Open House July 12th at 12 noon, available immediately. $1000 mo. Call 954-242-2558. 18088 NW 256 St. OAK PARK 2/1 NEW APPLIANCES $900 A MONTH CALL 863-467-1466 Landscaping Supplies Houses RentOKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Office Space RentCORNER OFFICE 2,500 SQ FT, WATER-SEWERDUMPSTER INCLUDED, 1 MONTH FREE RENT, CALL 634-7994 FOR DETAILS. SMALL OFFICE FRONT FOR RENT, WATERSEWER-ELECTRIC INCLUDED, 1 MONTH FREE RENT. CALL 634-7994 FOR DETAILS. Mobile Home Rent3-2 MOBILE HOME, EX. CONDITION, RIVER RUN ACROSS FROM COWBOY’S. NO PETS, 1ST LAST AND SEC. CALL STEVE 863-801-1739 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,500 down 1st, last + deposit. $650 monthly (772) 464-9226 LARGE MOBILE HOME 3BD/2BA, 2 LIVING ROOMS, LARGE SCREENED PORCH, 1 DOG UNDER 20LBS., NON SMOKER, REFERENCES REQUIRED $700.00/MO. OFF 15A OKEE. 863-467-4449 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 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 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles‘95 CHEVROLET MONTE-CARLO, GOOD AIR CONDITIONING, TIRES & WHEELS LIKE NEW, NO RUST. ASKING $2,500.00 CALL 863-763-5987 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public NoticeNOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued by the County Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 21st day of May, 2014, in the cause wherein RASHA RENTALS, LLC., Plaintiff and SONYA TYSON, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SONYA TYSON & UNKNOWN TENANTS(S) Defendant(s), being Case No. 2014-CC-33 in the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee County, Florida, have this day levied upon all of the right, title and interest of the Defendant SONYA TYSON in and to the following described personal property lying and situate in Okeechobee County, Florida to wit: DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY 2000 SILVER DODGE RAM 4 DOOR EXT CAB PK VIN # 1B7HC13YXYJ104650, TAG # Q582HI MAUVE 1993 DOUBLE K, INC/FREIGHTLINER TILT TANDEM TAG #928PEA I shall offer the above described personal property for sale subject to all prior liens and encumbrances if any, on the 31st day of July, 2014 at 10:00 AM, or as soon as possible thereafter at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, 504 N.W. 4th Street, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, all right, title, and interest of said Defendant SONYA TYSON in said property. Vehicle may be seen one hour prior to sale @ BMJ Towing, 414 S Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 25th day of June 2014. Paul C. May, Sheriff Okeechobee CountyIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117, ext. 5028. 466064 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 14000041CAAXMX NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF ROGER PHILLIP REYNOLDS A/K/A ROGER P. REYNOLDS A/K/A ROGER REYNOLDS, DECEASED. et. al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: TAMMY REYNOLDS & TINA REYNOLDS & CHAD REYNOLDS. whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein.YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: LOT 8, BLOCK 2, LESS THE NORTH 20 FEET, OAKPARK Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeSTATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION BENNINGTON UNIT Docket No. 10-1-14 Bnpr 128-3-14 Bnpr IN RE: Guardianship of Cherie Desrosiers 13 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100. Boca Raton, Florida 33487 on or before 30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at County, Florida, this 30th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young DEPUTY CLERK ROBERTSON, ANSCHUTZ, & SCHNEID, PL 6409 CONGRESS AVENUE SUITE 100 BOCA RATON, FL 33487 PRIMARY EMAIL: MAIL@RASFLAW.COM 466145 ON 7/6,13/2014 Of Bennington, Vermont ORDER FOR SERVICE AND NOTICE OF HEARING BY PUBLICATION TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: WHEREAS, the following petitions has been led with the Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Probate Division: Petition for Appointment o f Guardian; and WHEREAS, the Court has assigned the 15th day of July, 2014, at the Vermont Superior Court, Veterans Memorial Drive, Second Floor, Court Room 4 in Bennington, Vermont, at 10:00 AM, to hear and decide upon said petitions, and ordered that service and notice thereof be given by publishing this notice once in the Okeechobee News, a newspaper circulating in Okeechobee, Florida. Service by publication to be complete at least 14 days prior to the day assigned for hearing. THEREFORE, you are hereby notied to appear before said Court, at the time and place assigned, to make objections, if you have cause. This is the rst action in this proceeding. If you wish to receive notice of future events in this matter you must formally enter your appearance with the Court. Dated at Bennington, Vermont, this 17th day of January, 2014. D. Justine Scanion, Judge 466253 ON 7/13/2014 Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Omegas opposite 6 Hundred Acre Wood bear 10 And another thing ...Ž 14 Fable conclusion 15 With 16-Across, money to buy a car 16 See 15-Across 17 Oust 18 Glasgow native 19 Checkers or chess, e.g. 20 Local area 23 Rapper Dr. __ 24 Bway full-house sign 25 One of the back forty 26 Hangover cure, so they say 31 Mail dely. compartment 34 Vegetable oilbased spread 35 Fed. property overseer 36 Vogue shelfmate 37 Madagascar tree dweller 39 Fourth of __ 40 Greek TŽ 41 Junky car 42 Tippy boat 43 Way things are legally viewed 47 Shoulder muscle, for short 48 Small songbird 49 Sheep sound 52 Valedictorian 56 Poli-sci subj. 57 Eight, on a sundial 58 Hard thing to break 59 Tony Award relative 60 Util. supply 61 Throw off ones trail 62 Type option for emphasis 63 Cincinnati team 64 Less likely to be a bargain on eBay DOWN 1 Change, as a constitution 2 Romantic partner 3 Five dollars a pound, e.g. 4 Access illegally, as a database 5 Jazz combo instrument 6 Church leader 7 That hurt!Ž 8 Native Nebraskan 9 Serious trouble 10 90s veep 11 Weapon with ammo 12 __ Club: Costco rival 13 Number of gods in a monotheistic faith 21 Thank GodŽ day: Abbr. 22 Cuatro times dos 26 Clod chopper 27 Get-up-and-go 28 Ailment with a seasonŽ 29 Norwegian capital 30 Whats Going OnŽ singer Marvin 31 Sampras of tennis 32 Moisturizer brand 33 Duke University athlete 37 Like doggy bag contents 38 Have a bite 39 Knockout punch target 41 Place for cargo 42 Buster Poseys position 44 On a chair 45 Moral standards 46 Stretch the truth 49 Kiddie lit elephant 50 Comment meant only for the audience 51 Daisylike flower 52 Vagrant53 Use an emery board on 54 Even, as a score 55 Etna output 56 Lump By Kevin Christian (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 05/19/14 05/19/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Fun by the Numbers Like puzzles? Then youll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! Heres How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must “ ll each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can “ gure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! View all of our special sections online at ” orida.newszap.com from the comfort of your own home! No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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GAINESVILLE „ If youre thinking of starting a small farm or want to know about the latest in local foods, organic and hydroponic production, livestock production, farmers markets and more, you might consider attending the Florida Small Farms and A lternative Enterprises Conference. Like last year, about 800 people are expected to attend the conference, Aug. 1-2, at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane in Kissimmee, said Jose Perez, small farms specialty crop statewide program coordinator and the events publicity chairman. Now in its sixth year, the conference is presented by the University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University. Typically, those who attend include small family, transitional, beginning and experienced farmers; allied-industry representatives; educators; researchers; policy makers; small farm commodity associations; foundations and others dedicated to strengthening Floridas small-farm community. Ed Skvarch, commercial horticulture extension agent in St. Lucie County, said those pondering farming can learn much of its business side at the conference. If youre starting a small farm, I believe it is crucial to have passion, the technical knowledge on how to grow vegetables or raise livestock and a working plan on how to grow the business,Ž Skvarch said. Most beginning farmers I work with have the passion and possess some knowledge of growing vegetables; however, what they lack is a plan on how to grow their business. All three are important.Ž In addition to teaching participants how to start a farm, the conference raises awareness about Floridas small farms industry, Perez said. Participants must register to attend the conference. This year, organizers are hosting three tours: urban farming, farm-to-chef and livestock, Perez said. The urban farming and farm-to-chef tours are already full, but, the livestock tour remains open, he said. The conference features vendor exhibits, a signature luncheon featuring local food and about 20 breakout sessions. New sessions this year include: € Goat, poultry, beef and dairy production management and regulations; € Management, trends and opportunities in hydroponic production; € Transitioning to organic production and fertility management for organic farms; € Weed identi“ cation and management, and soil management; € Training for farmers market managers and online farmers markets; € Practical sessions on identifying diseases and pests; and, € An Extension Learning Zone, where farmers will work with urban and hydroponic production systems. For information about the conference and registration instructions, visit http:// www.conference.ifas.u” .edu/smallfarms. Free Checking We Believe In You Completely Free Business Checking This free business checking option is convenient and opens up a world of features to your business no matter the size. No Minimum Balance No Monthly Maintenance Fee Free Online Banking with Bill Pay Free Business Debit MasterCard 500 Free Monthly Transaction Items*We Believe In You And Your Business! Tabitha Trent Branch Manager/VP Open A New Business Checking Account & Get up to $125 OFF Standard Checks to get started! *if you deposit more than $10,000 in currency or if more than 500 items process through this account monthly on a regular basis, we may notify you that the account may need to be transferred to CSB’s commercial analysis checking product.2100 S. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863)763-5573 14 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsDaisy Scouts move to Brownie ScoutsOn Thursday, July 10, the Girl Scout Daisy Troop 60197 had their Investiture/ Rededication Ceremony. An investiture is a ceremony to welcome new girls or adults into Girl Scouting. It is a very meaningful step in the life of each person as she becomes active in Girl Scouts for the “ rst time. A rededication is a ceremony for girls and adults who have already been invested. It is a time for them to reaf“ rm their belief in the Girl Scout Promise and Law and to re” ect upon the meaning of Girl Scouting in their lives. These girls will continue on their journey as they bridge becoming Brownie Scouts. Left to right are: (back row) Crystal Garcia, Francine Saucier, Linda Robles, Latonjia Pryor and Ashley Williams; (front row) Jayliah Garcia, Alana McDonald, Esmeralda Castillo, Jayda Rochelle and Rebecca Williams. A nnual conference to teach farming

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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: Viking Large 4bd/2ba Mobile with 2,000 Total Sq Ft/1,620 under air. Newer Model built in 2001, Garden Tub and Screened 1.25+/acres. $37,500 MLS # 208226 1021-M: Palm Village 4/2 DW, 2,482 total sq includes Clubhouse, 55+ comm. $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 5004-H: Basswood with 2,012 Total Sq Ft/1,536 under air. Built kitchen cabinets. Tile concrete driveway. $92,500 MLS # 208249 • 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 the cul-de-sac. MLS # 207053 • 2 Basswood lots on NW 32nd Ave. Each NOW $3,400 Make Offer • Palm Village Ranch clean Lot-Close to the Clubhouse. 55+community. $15,000 MLS# 207998 • Ok Acres $79,000 MLS # 207817 • Viking 2.5+/acres for $11,000 MLS # 207811 NEW LISTING 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge totally furnished! 2,085 Total Sq ft/974 under air. Metal room. Concrete seacleaning area. $130,000 MLS #208051 LAKE ACCESS Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com Over 100 Listings BLUE HERON~ MAJESTIC two story POOL Home on Golf Course! 4 Bd/3.5 Ba/ 2+Garage. Graceful stairway, chandelier, 22’ ceiling in Fm Rm. Formal living, Dining, Den, office. Sparkling kitchen w/ SS appliances. Three Marble Fireplaces. Guest Wing, Palacious Master Suitesitting room, wet bar, mirrored workout room. Screened pool. Oversized Lot. DREAM HOME! MLS 207804 $404,000 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. 15 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014

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Jim ArrigoOwner & PresidentJohn ArrigoVice President & General Manager 5851 SOUTH US HIGHWAY 1., FT. PIERCEJUST SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD1-855-374-5019STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8:30 AM 9:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM 6:00 PM SERVICE HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:30 AM 6:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM € Sun: ClosedArrigoFtPierce.com 1Ulrich Rd Saeger Ave Easy St Sunshine BlvdOleander Ave Ft. Pierce € West Palm € Sawgrass A LL OFFERS FOR WELL QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS, NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIFY. DEALER RETAINS ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. ALL VEHICLES S UBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. MUST PRESENT AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE TO RECEIVE ADVERTISED OFFER. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. VEHICLE ART FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY, OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT OR VARYING MODEL MAYBE SHOWN. OFFERS NOT IN CONJUNC TION, OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PREVIOUS SALES EXCLUDED. VEHICLE STOCK QUANTITIES VARY DAILY, RANKINGS BASED ON REGISTERED SALES FOR CHRYSLER CORP. *PRICES PLUS TAX, TAG, $599.95 DEALER FEES, TITLE & MUST FINANCE THROUGHDEALER AND QUALIFY FOR ALL REBATES AND INCENTIVES… PRIC ES INCLUDE LEASE LOYALTY, LEASE CONQUEST, COLLEGE GRAD, MILITARY. **WE WILL BEAT ANY LOCAL, VALID,PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT FROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM DEALER WITHIN THE SE BUSI NESS CENTER ZONE ON ANY NEW IDENTICALLY EQUIPPED IN STOCK V EHICLE. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE AND SUPPLY ACCURATE VIN NUMBER. COMPETITORS AD MUST BE DATED S AME DAY AS THE CUSTOMERS PURCHASE. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRICE, YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE FROM ARRIGO. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLE FROM THE OTHER DEALER. *$13,000 OFF 2014 RAM 3500 CREW CAB 4x4. ORIGINAL MSRP $62,535, SALE PRIC E $49,535 & RAM 2500 MEGA CAB ORIGINAL MSRP $66,390, SALE PRICE $53,390.PLUS T AX TAG TITLE & $599 DEALER FEES. INCLUDING FACTORY DEALER DISCOUNTS AND REBATES.  SWEEPSTAKES END 7/13/14. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ^AVAILABLE ON JEEP CHRYSLER DODGE AND RAM VEHICLES PURCHASED AT ARRIGO ( EXCLUDES SRT VEHICLES ) § CHRYSLER 200 … MSRP $25 490 … SALE PRICE $20 490. TERMS CONDITIONS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. SALES AND PRICING EXPIRE DATE OF PUBLICATION. Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 2014 95 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ** **** NOW RECEIVE A NO-EXTRA CHARGE2-YEAR MAINTENANCE PLAN + 24-HOUR ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE.Exclus io ns apply S e e de aler for complete det ails.Based on total sales of 3 locations Based on total sales of 3 locations up to** ORIGINAL MSRP...28,780DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-2,948 YOU PAY AS LOW ASCherokee 2014 86 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP...24,185DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-3,431 YOU PAY AS LOW ASPatriot Sport 2014 106 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP...19,780DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-4,399 YOU PAY AS LOW AS Town & Country Touring 2014 144 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ORIGINAL MSRP...31,760DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-7,000 YOU PAY AS LOW AS200 Limited 2014 116 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP...26,275DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-9,802 YOU PAY AS LOW AS Dart SE 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP...18,385DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-3,060 Journey SE 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP...20,990DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-4,275 Avenger SE 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP...21,890DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-6,715 YOU PAY AS LOW AS3500 Crew Cab 4x4* 2014 78 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ORIGINAL MSRP...62,535DISCOUNTS & REBATES..-13,000 Promaster 1500 Cargo Van 2014 30 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP...30,6341500 Quad Cab 2014 128 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP...29,950DISCOUNTS & REBATES....-6,322 The All New CHRYSLER 200 2015 Has Arrived!YOU PAY AS LOW AS YOU PAY AS LOW ASPrices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.$15,381*$20,754*$25,832*$15,175*$16,715*$15,325*$16,473*$24,760*$23,628*$49,535*In Dealer Disc ount s & Rebates Ava i labl e on all models with approv e d creditAvail able on select models with app rove d creditPrices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.113 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS 169 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS136 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSPrices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.YOU PAY AS LOW AS YOU PAY AS LOW AS SAVE $5000P r i c e s pl us t a x t ags titl e & $ 59 9.9 5 dea l e r fee s & l e a s e con qu es t r e b ate .UP TOO F F MSRP§30 A VAILABLEStk.# 143117 Stk.# 141344 Stk.# 143430Stk.# 1 50007 Stk.#1 41335St k.#514216Stk.# 514185 Stk.# 142928Stk.# 140728Stk.# 142495 Stk.# 141780 $1,000Rebate Just Announced!NO PURCHASE NECESSARYREGISTER TO WIN!^ 16 Okeechobee News July 13, 2014