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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 50¢ plus tax Vol. 105 No. 85 13.38 feetLast Year: 14.94 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. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee City Council member has been released on bond following his arrest Tuesday morning on misdemeanor charges that included driving under the in uence. According to the State Attorneys Of ce in Okeechobee, Devin Richard Maxwell, 42, S.W. Seventh Ave., was charged with driving under the in uence impairment with damage to property, reckless driving causing damage or injury and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. Maxwell, a local attorney, was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on $3,000 bond. That bond was set by Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer, who also signed the arrest warrant. Jail records show Maxwell was booked in July 15 at 10:44 a.m., and released after posting bond at 11:33 a.m. The attorneys arrest stems from his alleged involvement in a single-car accident during the early morning hours of July 4. After his red 2013 Mercedes Benz came to rest in a ditch on S.W. 21st St. around 2:20 a.m. Maxwell supposedly ran from the scene on foot. Of cer Jack Boon, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), worked the accident and indicated in his report the driver of the Mercedes left the roadway on S.W. 21st Street near S.W. Fifth Drive, then crossed over to the south side of the road and struck a culvert on S.W. 21st Street. The of cers report described how the car tore out six shrubs in a yard, struck a guide wire on the east side of a utility pole, missed the pole then struck the guide wire on the west side of the pole. That utility pole then exed and caused the guide wires to y up, which apparently caused a transformer to blow up and break a second utility pole in half, continued the report. Power lines then fell near the street. Of cer Boon went on to state Florida Power & Light estimated damages to their equipment to be around $10,000. The shrubs, added the By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee Schools got some good and some not so good news on Friday. The Florida Department of Education reported that Okeechobee improved as a district from a D grade to a C grade and also that Everglades improved from a D to a C. While Everglades Elementary can return to a regular school day, South Elementary, which fell from a C to a D, will have to extend their school day by one hour. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said they were prepared for the one school to go longer, but are happy that Seminole and Everglades wont have to. That will relieve the pressure on the schools bus eet. Okeechobee was one of 15 school districts across the state to see an improvement in letter grade. It is encouraging to move up a little bit, Mr. Kenworthy said. We are now where we really want to be but Im always encouraged seeing a little bit of a gain. Okeechobee and Glades County schools were the only two districts in the Treasure Coast and Heartland Region to improve their district grade. The school also had a 6 percent improvement in reading scores for students who scored in the bottom 25 percent. At this time last week, the system was making plans for three schools to have longer days. At that time the district didnt have the actual data, and when the state came across with the actual numbers, Everglades and Seminole earned more points than expected. It was prudent to at least have some discussions about it. Fortunately, South was the only one identi ed, and the others were much higher and wouldnt qualify for the extra hour, he added. Mr. Kenworthy said there were some mixed emotions because Everglades did so well with the extra instructional time. He considered letting more schools hold the extra hour but ultimately decided to keep things status quo. Mr. Kenworthy pointed out Central saw reading gains of 8 percent in the lowest 25 percent of students. South was only six points away from a C grade and their reading pro ciency overall fell by 9 perCouncilman faces DUI charge South Elementary to have longer daySmokey Bear visits softball game . Page 6 Okeechobee stories from the past ... Page 7 OHS principal reprimands coach ...Page 10 Clrng Or Cti! By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Several deputies responded to the Kings Bay subdivision Monday evening when a pit bull reportedly pulled away from a child and attacked a Jack Russell terrier. Deputy Max Waldron, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), said Allison Murphy had her terrier outside her S.E. 43rd Trace home when she saw the young girl walking the familys pit bull down the street. According to the deputys report the pit bull, which was on a leash, pulled away from the child and attacked the terrier before Ms. Murphy could get her dog inside her home. The larger pit bull grabbed the terrier by the nec k and would not let go, even though Ms. Murph y kicked and punched the animal. The deputy stated neighbors tried to help the woman save her terrier. One neighbor was armed with a broom while another grabbed a Deputy: Pit bull attacked smaller terrierSee SCHOOL Page 11 See ARREST Page 11 Devin Maxwell See DOG Page 11
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 Walgreens. Volunteers are needed in many areas. For information: Raye, 863-467-2557.Cancer seminar slatedBreast Cancer Treatment in-a-day seminar will be held on Saturday, July 19, at the KOA Kampground, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by e-mail if you are able to attend and if you are bringing a guest. Send your e-mail to: rgardner. email@example.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.Youth hoops tourney slatedThe Lakeside Basketball Association will host the 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 and Osceola middle schools. The entry fee is $200 per team. For information, call Demeetre Riles at 706-3057613; or, Mariano Medrano at 863-610-1542.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. .Garden, Orchid clubs to meetBoth the Garden and Orchid clubs will meet Monday, July 21 The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m., and it will be followed by the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 863-763-6469.Meet your GOP candidatesCome hear your Republican candidates Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at Beef OBradys. Each candidate will speak and there will be a question and answer period after those speaches. Everyone is welcome to come. Come early if you want to order dinner. For information, call Debi at 863-532-2482.Library hosting Gordie PeerThe Friends 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., on Thursday, July 24 at 5 p.m. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Today: Partly cloudy in the morning. Thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 87F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastThursday: Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours. Thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. High around 85F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Thursday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 73F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Friday: Partly cloudy early with thunderstorms becoming likely during the afternoon. High 89F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. PROTECT YOUR ANIMALS FROM FLEAS, TICKS & MOSQUITOS Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 863-763-6905 Hwy 98 N Okeechobee Stop by and see us today.Frontline Advantage Tri-Force Advantix Fly Relief Bronco Repel-X Mosquito Halt Saber & Many More Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News July 16, 2014 Okeechobee Forecast
In celebration of the Disneys Planes Fire and Rescue movie, the Florida Forest Service will showcase their wildland re ghting equipment for children of all ages at Okeechobees Brahman Theatre, 1610 S. Parrot Ave, on Friday, July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. This movie is a great opportunity to educate the children of Okeechobee County about the importance of wild re prevention, states Forest Ranger, Seth Waugh. Eighty percent of all wild res in Okeechobee County are caused by people; we hope to teach the very young, that matches are not toys, so when the children grow up, they are responsible adults with re. Children have a natural curiosity about re and you cant underestimate their ability to strike matches or start a lighter. Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee City and County Fire Departments will set up a touch-a-truck event outside the movie theater, FREE of charge. There will be specialized re ghting bulldozers, engines, rescue and ladder trucks on display. The event will also have games, prizes and re prevention giveaways. In an emergency there is chaos and panic, Waugh continues, we want to teach children that re ghters are their friends and there is no reason to hide from your friends. Special guest appearances by Smokey Bear will occur throughout the day. City, county and state re ghters will be on hand to answer questions, inspire imaginations and instill re prevention education. 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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V oter registration deadline for that election is July 28. Early voting begins Saturday, Aug. 16, and ends Saturday, Aug. 23, with voting during that period from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Of ce in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. In the county commission district 2 race, incumbent Bryant Culpepper is challenged by Norbert L. Bobby Bennett. Both are Republicans. In the district 4 race, incumbent Joey A. Hoover (REP) is challenged by Terry Wayne Burroughs (REP). The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Thomas Tommy Clay in the Nov. 4 general election. In the school board district 1 race, incumbent Joe Arnold is challenged by Cheryl Kirton. The school board district 3 and 5 races only had one candidate each, and so Dixie Ball will represent district 3 and Jill Clericuzio will represent district 5. Their names will not be on the ballot. School board elections are nonpartisan. City of Okeechobee 2014 elections will include three city council members and the city clerk. These positions are currently held by council members Devin Maxwell, Dowling R. Watford Jr., and Clayton Williams; and, City Clerk Lane Gamiotea. Quali ed city residents may pre- le to become a candidate until Aug. 18, 2014, or le during Qualifying Week from noon, Aug. 18 through noon, Aug. 22, 2014. For more information, contact the Of ce of the City Clerk for speci c information at 863-7633372 x 215, or stop by city hall to pick up a candidate handbook. The city races will be decided in the Nov. 4 general election. July 28 is voter registration deadline By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News American Legion Post 64 split four games at the Dixie Boys Tournament in Ft. Meade last weekend and are 9-9 on the summer season. Okeechobee defeated Zephyrhills 9-6 and Hernando 4-3. The local boys fell to Spring Hill 10-8 and to Florida Baseball Academy of Lakeland 7-6 during the tournament. Elijah Finney had two hits and three runs batted in for the 17 and under squad Monday. Okeechobee added a four-run rally in the fth thanks to RBI hits by Gabe Greseth, Finney and Trenton Hickman. The squad is scheduled to play in the American Legion State Tournament in Jacksonville beginning July 25. A merican Legion Post 64 plays .500 ball School supply drive startsChildrens Home Society of Florida is now accepting new backpacks and school supplies or cash donations for its Back-to-School Drive through Aug. 1 These donations 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.
T axes It would be easier to stand straight and tall than to be pushed out of your chair c ome election time. How much do the commissioners make per year? I suspect that it is a minor consideration to those who are b usiness owners, but normally when one achieves wealth (which is of course, relat ive) the next thing they want is power. That power exerted over constituents can be v ery distressing when the incomes of those c onstituents nowhere equal that of those in power.School taxes We are expected to foot the tax bill for luxuries that in no way contribute to a basic education. One exception I see to this is the c omputer studies that are needed today. And w e sure dont need to be sending 3-yearolds to school. We learned just as much, or more, in a one room schoolhouse and the c hildren stayed home with mommy until 5 y ears old. Come to think of it, there wasnt as much need for jailhouse space back then b ecause parents were expected and encouraged to discipline their children in ways that w ork. There is material enough for a book in t his type of discussion but I will stop here. Property values went down. To just raise the same money as they did last year, t hey would have to levy 8.8 mills, according t o what they said at the meeting. So even 10 mills is not going to raise enough to fund the s heriffs budget, even with every penny of ad valorem going to the sheriff.Monitor program proposed Our system is based on Innocent until proven guilty. One is NOT punished until t hey have either had a trial and been found guilty or plea bargained a guilty plea. This ankle monitor program is a win-win situat ion for Okeechobee, a poor rural county w here even minimal bail cant be raised by many who are arrested. Make jobs in Okeechobee. Monitor loc ally. It probably is quite an investment to set up a local program. I like the idea of starting with an interlocal contract with St. Lucie Countys already-established program. See how it works, how many of those awaiting trial qualify for being released with a monitor, etc. It certainly would be less expensive than keeping so many people in jail with the taxpayers spending about $65 a day per inmate to house and feed them. Mr. Hoover and Mr. Domer made a case for the program, even if it was just break even, due to the collateral damage done to families of the accused. Incarceration has a ripple effect. Regarding Commissioner Culpeppers question about the level of punishment, assuming that we are dealing with someone who is convicted of a crime, then this simply gives the judge, who is by de nition the expert one more tool to try and straighten someone out. Evidently, there are even less expensive options than the ankle bracelets. Additionally it seems the judge may have the option of requiring the home incarceration participant to pay for their own monitoring. I am glad to see that our sheriff, judges and county commissioners can agree on something. They all think they should give the monitor program a try, in order to save money and maybe help keep some families together. Its not the answer for every person who is arrested. But since it keeps track of exactly where they are, it could keep some of these petty criminals out of trouble. They would know if they try anything, they will get caught. I also think the judges should always be looking for ways to get restitution for the victims, and if a guy is in jail and cant work, he is not going to be able to pay restitution.Underground grow house Stuff like this always amazes me. The engineering involved in setting up and underground grow house. Id love to read the reports about how they found the place, or better yet see the eyes of the detectives as they found the trap door. Its like a real life The Goonies movie. Considering half the nation has already legalized medical cannabis and the overwhelming majority of voters agree cannabis is bene cial to many who are ill, the authorities have merely shut down a farm. They hijacked some electricity, yep. It takes a lot of engineering to build a space station. But this farm appears to be a simple and discrete operation. Chamber now accepting school supplies for its Stuff the Bus drive!Smokin Pink BBQ Takeout will have the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting on Monday, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County; they are located at 116 S.W. Fourth Ave. Please come out and support your local business! Owner Laurie Stephen would love to have you stop by! The Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 29, at 5 to 7 p.m. Location Buxton Bass Funeral Home. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. So dont miss the opportunity, RSVP NOW www.okeechobeebusiness.com. Leadership Okeechobee Class of 2015 is now taking applications. The purpose of the Leadership Okeechobee Program is to cultivate leadership through education, exposure to the community, and interaction between class members. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for a personal journey along the wonderful and rewarding path to community service. The following are our program objectives: to prepare future/potential leaders to meet the challenges ahead for Okeechobee; to explore critical issues via a series of seminars and related activities; to interact with key decision-makers, local leaders and representatives of local government to gain a better understanding of the forces which impact your community as a whole. The key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life is a well-informed citizen. If you are interested in being considered for the class, you may pick up an application from the Chamber of Commerce o r you may go to the Chambers website (www. okeechobeebusiness.com) and select Leadership Okeechobee under Chamber Programs on the home page to download the application. Contact: Mariah Parriott, Administration 863-467-6246; info@okeechobeebusiness. com The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobe e would like to announce the Inaugural Business of the Year Award! Make sure to check you r email and mail, we will send out NOMINATION forms for the awards. SELF NOMINATION IS ENCOURAGED!! The Chamber Ambassador Program consists of enthusiastic volunteers from the chamber membership who donate their time to help build member commitment and raise community awareness of chamber activities and bene ts. In doing so, the ambassadors grow professionally and personally by building business relationships within the community. That will conclude the chamber events fo r this month, however, we encourage you to check out our community calendar at www. okeechobeebusiness.com for more events as they become available in the community and in the chamber. Please remember to RSVP fo r each of the above events to reserve your spot. If you are interested in SPONSORING any of th e chamber events please contact Mariah at 863467-6246 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you at our events!! Antoinette Rodriguez executive director 863-467-6246 email@example.com July 16, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Chamber of Commerce News 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 Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys 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! Kiwanis gets big Thank YouRachel Roehm (center) and Meaghan Bleakley are with Kiwanis Club president J.D. Mixon (left). Rachel and Meaghan spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee last week to thank the club for their Kiwanis scholarships. Rachel is going to the University of Florida and Meaghan is going to Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania. They both plan to study accounting. Special to the Okeechobee News
Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Franklin N. McClure, Sr., 74OKEECHOBEE Franklin N. McClure, Sr. passed away on July 1, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on August 9th at the American Legion Post 222, Oakland Park, Fl. Arrangements are under the care of Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 SE 18th Terrace Okeechobee, Fl. Online condolences may be expressed at w ww. okeechobeeseawinds.comFrederick Phillips, 50OKEECHOBEE Frederick Phillips, 50, passed away on July 7, 2014. Mr. Phillips was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory. 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fl. Online condolences may be expressed at w ww.okeechobeeseawinds.comGeraldine Geri Brown-Smith, 63OKEECHOBEE Geraldine Geri BrownSmith died July 12, 2014 in Atlantis, Florida. She w as born January 28, 1951 in Colquitt, Georgia. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing, quilting and spending time with her grandbabies. Mrs. Brown-Smith w as preceded in death by her mother, Vonceil Richards and her husband, Marvin Paul Smith. She is survived by her four children, Dawn Raulerson (Danny), Paulette Smith, Cheyenne Smith and Colton Smith; four grandchildren, Mariah, Rebekah, Bradley and Dustin and eight loving brothers and sisters. Visitation will be Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 11 a.m. until services at 12 p.m. at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Gloria Ann HintzOKEECHOBEE Gloria Ann Hintz, formerly of Whitehouse, Ohio died July 11, 2014. Visitation will be Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home, 6603 Providence St. Whitehouse, OH. Funeral services will follow at noon. Arrangements by Peinert Dunn Funeral Home.Judy C. Smith, 53OKEECHOBEE Judy C. Smith, of Yeehaw Junction, died at home on July 11, 2014. Born in Indiantown to Johnny and Rosetta (Treadway) Ownby, Judy was a lifetime resident of Okeechobee. She treasured her time with family, especially her children and grandchildren. Her past-times included horses, knitting and crocheting. Judy was preceded in death by her brother, James Buddy Franklin. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Rob Smith; son, Robert Smith; daughters, Rose (Bryan) Hinson and Nancy (Scott) Smith, all of Okeechobee; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Teddy (Janice) Ownby of Ga., Steve (Molly) Ownby of Okeechobee, and Johnathan Ownby of Dade City, Fla.; sisters, Debbie (Mike) Tapley of Ga. and Linda (Joe) Loudermilk of Okeechobee. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Paul M. Buxton of ciating. 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. Mildred Conway, 66OKEECHOBEE Mildred Conway, 66, passed away on July 2, 2014. A memorial service will held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Online condolences may be expressed at www.okeechobeeseawinds.comNancy L. Shultz, 88OKEECHOBEE Nancy L. Shultz, 88, passed away July 6, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 SE 18th Terrace Okeechobee, Fl. Online condolences may be expressed at www.okeechobeeseawinds.comRonald Blake Ron Myers, 74OKEECHOBEE Ronald Blake Ron Myers died July 11, 2014. He was born Dec. 30, 1939 in Ashland, Ohio to Raymond and Lucille Eberly Myers. Mr. Myers and his family lived in Beavercreek, Ohio until they relocated to Okeechobee 18 years ago. He enjoyed shing, collecting stamps, history and reading. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sandy Myers; son, Ronald B. Myers, II (Zara) of Vero Beach; four daughters, Teresa Hill (Lloyd), Patricia Herbst (Ted) all of Okeechobee, Julie McKeehan (Ronny) of Morrow, Ohio and Cathleen Garrett (Stephen) of Okeechobee; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three brothers, Lawrence Myers of Ohio, Bernard Myers (Janet) of Pennsylvania and Phillip Myers of Ohio; three sisters, Margaret Sheely (Ron), Joan Campbell and Ruth North all of Ohio; brother-in-law, Tom Miller (Beverly) of Daytona; and sister-in-law, Shirley Hetzell of Ohio. A gathering will be held Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5 p.m. until memorial services at 6 p.m. at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families o f the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. 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 5 Okeechobee News July 16, 2014 Cowboys for Christ will meet Thursday, July 17, at the Basinger community Center. A covered dish supper will begin at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. Everybody is invited to attend. For more information, call Doyle McDuf e at 863-697-0965. Randy Whipple will present a sermon in song at Peach Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 27, and on Aug. 3. Both will be at the worship hour of 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend these very special worship services. The 10:30 service will be the only worship service those Sundays at Peace Lutheran Church. Fountain of Life Church 1302 S.W. 32nd St. will host a Vacation Bible School Monday, July 28 Friday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for 1st-5th grade. To register for Vacation Bible School, call 863-763-8945. There is no fee, but organizers need to know how many children to plan for, so please call in advance to register. Haven of Rest Church 912 N.W. Second St. would like to invite you to a weekl y Bible study and or youth service every Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information call Pastor Tom Velie at 863-357-3053. Oakview Baptist Church welcomes everyone to join them on Sunday mornings for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. they have a Bible Study in the sanctuary. They also have a Wednesday evening Worship Service at 6 p.m. We are located at 677 S.W. 32 Street in Okeechobee. For more information please call 863-763-1699. Note: An Okeechobee Church Directory is now available at Florida.Newszap. com with addresses and service times fo r local churches, or go to www.newszap. com/okeechobeechurches. Send additions or corrections for the online directory to email@example.com, or ll out the form provided on the website. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches fo r this weekly column. E-mail okeenews@newszap. com. Churches plan special speakers and VBS
A huge surprised awaited the Sweeties League Friday, July 11 when Smokey Bear w alked up to pitch the ceremonial rst ball at the 2014 Dixie All-Star State Tournament of Champions Softball. Smokey Bear and Florida Forest Service Forest Ranger, Gary Davenport wanted to provide education to the four and ve year old all star players about the importance of re prevention. High- ves, pictures and education were exchanged on eld before the game began. Smokey passed out softballs and bracelets with his picture on it. The kids enjoyed the surprise by the Florida Forest Service. For 70 years, Smokey Bear has empowered people to make a difference; his message of personal responsibility continues to be as critical and relevant now as ever. 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! INTEGRITY. ITS NOT JUST SOMETHING WE CARE ABOUT. ITS 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 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 6 Okeechobee News July 16, 2014 Smokey Bear pitches the rst ball at the Dixie All-Star Tournament By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News West Pasco won the Debs division and Franklin County took the Belles Division w ith a 7-3 win over Lake Placid at the Dixie Y outh State Tournament in Okeechobee on Monday. West Pasco defeated Franklin County 6-0 as they went undefeated in the Debs Division. A six-run rally, keyed by a three-run home run, in the fth inning, was the difference in the game. Okeechobee Debs won their rst round game over Wahneta, 8-0, then lost to West Pasco in the winners bracket on Saturday. The Okeechobee squad was eliminated on Sunday by Franklin County. West Pasco defeated Franklin County twice in their route to the title. In the Belles Division, Okeechobee was eliminated on Sunday. They lost 4-3 to Lake Placid in the opener Friday, and went on to defeat West Pasco on Saturday. Okeechobee was eliminated by Belleview on Sunday. Lake Placid also defeated Belleview before losing two games to Franklin County. Marianna was impressive as they won the Angels Division Monday with a 5-1 victory over Paxton. Marianna had defeated Paxton 10-0 and Wahneta 13-0 earlier in the tournament. Paxton defeated Wahneta 14-0 to earn a berth in the nals. Dixie softball tournament comes to an end Special to the Okeechobee News/ FFSFlorida Forest Service Forest Ranger Gary Davenport (far left) wanted to provide education to the 4and 5-year-old all star players about the importance of re prevention so he brought Smokey Bear. Here, Smokey pitches the rst ball at the 2014 Dixie All-Star State Tournament held in Okeechobee.
HIGHER COSTS TO RESULT IN LARGE BUDGETThe proposed Okeechobee county school board budget will be some $66,444 over last years budget, according to a proposed budget published in last weeks issue of The Okeechobee News. The millage rate for the school budget will remain the same. Total expenditures for the school system for next year will be $333,129,27. Total receipts from all sources will be approximately $284,560. The de cit in money to expend w ill be made up by a $53,271 surplus left over from this past years operation. This surplus, Carl Durrance, county superintendent and secretary of the board of public instruction, is necessary to nance school activities until the rst tax money is received by the boardsometime during December. The biggest item in the budget will be instructional salaries, which will total $166,330. Other expenditures are: transportation and school lunch program, $25,500; debt service (bonds and interest) $17,200; other expenses and reserves (general fund expenditures) $53,139. Income for the following year will be broken down as follows: federal sources, $8,650; state sources, $156,524; county taxes 436,723; district taxes, $36,417; and other sources $41,554, for a total of $279,868. The Okeechobee county commissioners, having been advised by Durrance of the increasing costs for school operation, the need for more teachers due to increased enrollment, the poor condition of school buses and the need for classroom renovation, agreed on June 8 to give the school board $41,000 for the next year. The school board this week is advertising for bids for the remodeling of four classrooms and the purchase of equipment for them. Work on the project is to be completed by Sept. 1. 7 Okeechobee News July 16, 2014 Okeechobee News: Celebrating our Centennial! Okeechobee and Indiantowns conversion to the dial telephone system was accomplished with the greatest of ease, as far as the phone users were concerned. The cut over was of cially made Wednesday at 1 oclock when Mayor Hiram Raulerson made the rst callon the house, so to speakto Audley Dunham at his of ce in Indianapolis, Ind. That was followed by another complimentary call which the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Connie W. Raulerson, was permitted to make, and he phoned Rep. Dwight Rogers in the nations capitol. Sentiment of the town was expressed by a prominent telephone subscriber who said, it makes me feel real uptown to have a dial phone. Everyone felt the same way and welcomed the long anticipated changeover, including all the big of cials from InterCounty Telephone company who spent the day here, J.N. Johnson, general manager for the rm expressed his grati cation for the phone users cooperation through the months of construction, minor and major equipment changes and all the other details that accompany such a drastic alteration. H.F. Jeanguenat, district manager, was on hand, as was Donald Sherer, general traf c manager and communications superintendent, and a host of skilled workmen and technicians. Jeanguenat said, this cutover has progressed as well, if not better, than all previous installations in our company system. Everything went according to schedule and very suddenly Okeechobee telephone subscribers found themselves confronted with a maze of new ve-digit numbers to learn while they forget the familiar and short numbers of their friends homes. The frantic thumbing of the new supplemental directory was a time consumer for everyone, and few even yet know their own numbers. But as yet, no complaints have reached the Okeechobee News of ce. Okeechobee knows, as so does Indiantown, that they now have the best telephone service, comparable to that of any city in America. F rom the pages of the Okeechobee News July 23, 1954Dial Telephones Accepted Gleefully By Local Users From the Okeechobee News, July 23, 1954SCHOOL BOARD BUDGETS $333,129.27 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tommy MarkhamLooking Back ...Pictured above is Okeechobee High Schools band in 1946. Below, the Okeechobee HIgh School Prom was held in the Southland Hotel in 1953. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 *. Lost Lost 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. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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 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! 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time FEED MILLGeneral maintenance & repair person with valid D.L.. Forklift & computer skills required. Apply at 708 NW 2nd Ave DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Shop here first! The classified ads 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 Boards Drug Free Workplace Policy An Equal Opportunity Employer 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 email@example.com Staff Accountant Position Requires experience with QuickBooks, Excel and Word. Pay commensurate with experience. Send resume to okeeresume2014 @hotmail.com Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad 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 chec k 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 o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, i f you call a number out o f your area, use caution. Commercial PropertyOKEECHOBEE Commercial Bay for lease. 1000 +/sq. ft. Great visible location, downtown on SW 2nd Ave. $550 month + Sec. 863-763-4414. Houses RentDuplex 2bd/1ba $600 monthly plus $600 sec. deposit. Lawn, pest and garbage included. No dogs. Call for more information 863-801-9119 8 Okeechobee News July 16, 2014
Houses Rent A DORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 1BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. References required. (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, 30x30 carport. Open House July 19th 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 OKEECHOBEE 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 COWBOYS. 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 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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 AutomobilesCHEVROLET Monte Carlo 95 Good Air Conditioning, Tires & Wheels Like New, No rust. Asking $2,500. Call 863-763-5987. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m ., City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact Patty Burnette at 863-763-3372, or website cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Technical Review Committee 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 General Services Department 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 Committee 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 Citys records. By: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 466158 ON 7/11/2014 Okeechobee County School Board Employment Termination Hearing The Okeechobee County School Board will conduct a public hearing to consider termination of employment for Elaine Murphy. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in the School Board Administration Building, Room 303, at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. 466276 ON 7/16/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION Case No. 47-2008-CA-000651XXXX The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association FKA The Bank of New York Trust Company, NA. as Successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for RAMP 2005RZ4, Plaintiff, VS. Elizabeth Pineiro; Unknown Spouse of Elizabeth Pineiro A/K/A Raimel Rodriguez; Unknown Tenant(s) in Possession of Subject Property; Jane Doe; John Doe, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order dated June 16, 2014, entered in Case No. 47-2008-CA-000651XXXX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein is the Plaintiff and Elizabeth Pineiro; Unknown Spouse of Elizabeth Pineiro A/K/A Raimel Rodriguez; Unknown Tenant(s) in Possession of Subject Property; Jane Doe; John Doe are the Defendants, that I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd oor, of the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34927, beginning at 11:00 AM on the 6th day of August, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 20, BLOCK 5, COUNTRY HILLS ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 97, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 20th day of June, 2014. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy ClerkIf you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 465993 ON 7/9,16/2014 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 7-26-2014 @ 10:00 AM Unit #255 Gary G. Miller 466180 ON 7/9,16/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2014-DR-69 JESSICA LYNN RAULERSON Petitioner/Mother, and THOMAS CIAMPA, Respondent/Father NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION. CASE NO. 2014-CA-000004 Uniform Case No. 472014CA000004CAAXMX KINGS BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, Plaintiff, VS. JOHN BARLOW, and COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., Defendants. AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 18, 2014, and entered in Case No.: 2014CA-000004 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein KINGS BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, is the Plaintiff and JOHN BARLOW, and COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., are the Defendants I will sell to the highest bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, on the 6th day of August, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, lying and being situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: PARCEL ID: Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-CA-000491 JUDGE: GARY SWEET J&J LAND INVESTMENTS, L.L.C., a Florida limited liability company, Plaintiff, v. J.W. CHARLES HESTER, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 12, 2013 entered in Case No. 2012-CA-000491 in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida where J & J Land Investments, LLC., a Florida limited liability company is the Plaintiff and J.W. Charles Hester and Paige Cloud Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. CIVIL DIVISION. CASE NO. 2014-CA-000010 KINGS BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, Plaintiff, VS. RODNEY B. FORREST and MARIA E. FORREST, his wife, Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 18, 2014, and entered in Case No.: 2014CA-000010 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein KINGS BAY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-forpro t corporation, is the Plaintiff and RODNEY B. FORREST and MARIA E. FORREST, his wife, are the Defendants I will sell to the highest bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, on the 6th day of August, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, lying and being situate in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: PARCEL ID: 1-31-37-36-0020-0005B-0090 LOT 21, BLOCK 5, KINGS BAY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE(S) 91 THROUGH 94, INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days of the sale. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 20th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ., P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 200 NE 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 telephone 465991 ON 7/9,16/2014 9 Okeechobee News July 16, 2014are the Defendants, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on August 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m on the second oor, Jury Assembly Room, Okeechobee County Judicial Center located at 312 N.W. 3rd St., in Okeechobee County in Okeechobee, Florida the following described real property as set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: Lot 17, CROOKED CREEK PLANTATION, UNIT I, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 77 and 78, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. Dated this 26th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk CRARY-BUCHANAN 759 S.W. Federal Highway, Suite 106 Stuart, FL 34994 Telephone: (772) 287-2600 Direct Fax: (772) 223-4369 JJScrarybuchanan.com Mary-Ellencrarybuchanan.com Jeffrey J. Saunders Fla. Bar No. 13955 Attorneys for Plaintiff If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before y our scheduled court a p pearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 466096 ON 7/9,16/2014 1-31-37-36-0010-00060-0230 LOT 23, BLOCK 6, KINGS BAY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE(S) 91 THROUGH 94, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days of the sale. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 24th day of June, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ., P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 200 NE 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 telephone 466043 ON 7/9,16/2014 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 neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds.TO: THOMAS CIAMPA Addresses Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a paternity action has been led and commenced in this court. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any to it, on the Petitioner/Mothers attorney, whose name and address is SNEIDER LAW, 200 S.W. 9th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 and le the original with the clerk of the above-styled Court on or before 8/1/2014; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relie f prayed for in the complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for four consecutive weeks in The Okeechobee News. 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On May 25, a player for the football team wrote a letter to the Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. This letter was discussed in front of the school board at their meeting on June 10. The player alleged team members are turned against each other, are disrespected and often belittled. He w rote players are told not to tell their parents what is going on because it would only cause problems. He also alleged that after practice on May 22, he was confronted by multiple coaches about possibly transferring from the program and was subjected to insults about his father. He claimed a sexual comment about his mother was made by an assistant coach. He also complained that he was not noti ed about camps and ways to improve his chances of a college scholarship. There is no respect in this system and no bene ts in playing for these coaches, he stated. Mrs. Wiersma counseled Mr. Branham to not talk with a student about family members, to not listen to rumors around town and respond to them, and to better superv ise his assistant coaches to not make racial and or belittling comments. In a survey of players done by various administrators, most said they dont feel they are belittled, only coached up. There was some support for less negative comments. Another asked for less favoritism and a family atmosphere. One athlete stated he felt the coaches do care and really made a man out of him. An interview of several parents echoed those sentiments that the coaches care, work hard, and try to improve the team and its players. Mrs. Wiersma submitted other recommendations. She suggested a plan be implemented to randomly speak with individual players about the expectations she has of the coaches and players on all sports teams. She said the administration will monitor the entire athletic program to ensure athletes are being treated fairly. All coaches will be required to take an ethics course. She promised an evaluation of the football program at the end of the 2014 season, to determine its future course. Mr. Branham also received several letters of support from area high school coaches who vouched for his character and coaching ability. Several college recruiters also wrote letters that endorsed Mr. Branham and his work on behalf of his players to obtain college scholarships. Included in the letters of support was one from current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Lonnie Pryor. He wrote Mr. Branham was a sel ess man that would do anything for him and the people around him. He said Mr. Branham not only made him a better player but also a better person. Mr. Branham said his goal as coach is to help his players become strong young men that are prepared for life and its challenges. He denied any derogatory comment was made about the players mother. He defended his record of helping players reach college and noted he has spent many volunteer hours taking athletes to various colleges and working in post season all-star games. Mr. Kenworthy con rmed the assistant coach involved will not be back on the staff this summer. OHS coach reprimanded by principal Special to the Okeechobee News/ Heidi LynnStormy weatherHeidi Lynn of Okeechobee took this photo of a funnel cloud around noon on July 12 just west of the Crossroads Restaurant on State Road 70 East. That same day a water spout was spotted over Taylor Creek.
of cer, were valued at $300. OCPD Detective Bill Saum said when the utility pole exed some electrical wiring was torn from a home at 517 S.W. 21st St. That damage, he added, was estimated to be around $2,000. Investigative material indicated Maxwell had been at a local night spot before the accident. A report by Detective Saum indicated Maxwell entered the Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., between midnight and 12:30 a.m. A bartender, Debbie Martin, reportedly told the detective Maxwell ordered two Crown Royal whiskies neat. Those drinks were purchased by someone else. The detectives report states that Maxwell could not pay for his drinks because he said he was ... locked out of his house and left his wallet there. Another bartender, Lisa Glover, reportedly told the detective she ... did not see him (Maxwell) staggering or falling down. But that apparently was not the case a few weeks earlier. Detective Saum noted that a bouncer at the bar, Harry Anthony Schock, knew Maxwell ... because three to four weeks earlier that lawyer, Mr. Maxwell, w as passed out sleeping at the bar. The DJ, Bo Glover, took Maxwell home. On July 4, the bar closed at 2 a.m. without incident, added the detectives report. Of cer Boons report stated after the crash, Maxwell was helped from his vehicle by a resident of the area. That resident, J oseph Graisbery, 37, apparently told the of cer he recognized the driver of the Mercedes as ... a local attorney named Devin Maxwell. Then, as Mr. Graisbery was dialing 9-1-1, Maxwell ... ed the area on foot, continued Of cer Boons report. Of cer Boon and other OCPD of cers w ent to Maxwells home but his wife, Elizabeth Maxwell, reportedly said he wasnt there. Even though Maxwell allegedly ed the scene, Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said due to case law he could still charge Maxwell with DUI. In general, he explained, the charge can be proved a number of ways including the odor of alcohol, witnesses and other related evidence. He also pointed out that the investigation into this alleged incident was taken over then completed by District 19 State Attorney Investigator Ed Arens, who also arrested Maxwell. The police department began the investigation and was doing a very thorough job. After allegations came out in the newspaper, I spoke with Chief (Denny) Davis and he requested the state attorneys of ce nish the investigation to avoid any appearance of impropriety, offered Mr. Albright. Those allegations alluded to by Mr. Albright were made in a statement e-mailed to the Okeechobee News by Maxwell in which he alleged Of cer Boon was trying to build a circumstantial case against him and was harassing his family and neighbors. He went on to state the investigation was apparently due to political reasons because Im up for re-election this year. Its not clear at this point if Maxwells arrest will have any impact on him remaining on the Okeechobee City Council. City administrator Brian Whitehall said Tuesday the city was going to let the case work its way through the judicial process. Hes innocent until proven guilty, said Mr. Whitehall. Records show that Maxwell is being represented by Stuart defense attorney Robert Watson. A phone call to Mr. Watson was not returned as of newspaper deadline. cent. They were ranked in the bottom 300 schools in the state. The school will also have fth grade students this year. North Elementary improved by two letter grades to B and were just 13 points away from an A grade. The school saw a 24 percent improvement in math in the lowest 25 percent of students, a 17 percent gain in reading in the lowest 25 percent, and an 8 percent improvement in reading. Math pro ciency rates rose by 9 percent. Everglades actually improved by two letter grades this year. The school received an F last year but was protected by the state safety net. Math scores went up by 30 percent and math pro ciency by 24 percent. Reading gains rose by 23 percent. Seminole Elementary maintained a C grade and was able to increase writing scores by 22 percent. In the lowest 25 percent of students 85 percent made gains in reading this past year. Yearling Middle School maintained a C grade as the lowest performing students saw a 6 percent increase in reading and a 7 percent increase in math. ESE sixth grade students had a 17 percent improvement in reading. On the Algebra 1 end-of-course exam, 94 percent of students passed. The school technically earned a D grade but was held harmless by the state. Osceola Middle School saw an 11 percent increase in students making reading gains. Thirteen percent of low performing students made reading gains. They also earned points for having more students participate in acceleration courses like algebra and geometry. Eighty-four percent of students passed the end of course exam in geometry. Okeechobee High Schools grade wont be released until December. Math pro ciency rates rose by 19 percent and writing pro ciency by eight points. Science pro cienc y rates went up a remarkable 47 percent due to excellent scores on the end-of-course exam for biology at the freshman campus. Math scores rose by 13 percent and 95 percent of freshmen passed the geometry endof-course exam. The Okeechobee Achievement Academy saw a 6 percent improvement in reading pro ciency rates and held their own in their overall work and mean scores from last year. The system is now in the process o f changing some bus routes for South Elementary. The instruction time will be from 8:10 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. Some children who reside in Buckhead Ridge and down toward the J&S Fish Camp will come home well after 4 p.m. each day. Were very pleased with the progress that Everglades made and we hope for the same thing at South Elementary, he added. Mr. Kenworthy said the demographics have changed at South Elementary in recent years. They have a higher rate of free and reduced lunch. It was a tough year for everyone and South fell a bit short. We will dedicate the time necessary to make the changes, he said. Well look at the curriculum, determine how to make our teachers and administrators more effective and we hope to see results. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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The girls sister got the bull dog and took it home. Okeechobee Animal Control was contacted but it was not clear as of newspaper deadline what action, if any, was taken. The condition of the terrier was also not known. Three other deputies, besides Deputy W aldron, responded to the call. DOGContinued From Page 1
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