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Friday, August 1, 2014 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 92 13.91 feetLast Year: 15.82 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Doctor is a voice for hope ... Page 13 Kids enjoy skateboard camp ... Page 18 Union negotiations under wayBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board approved resolutions to adopt tentative millage rates and a tentative budget for 2014-15, while appointing their district and school administrators at a public hearing Tuesday night. The budget approved totals $65.9 million which is about a $614,000 increase in spending this year. The millage was reduced from 7.463 mills to 7.391 mills. One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of property value. Local taxes collected will total $11.3 million, an increase of $62,035. The required local effort this year totals $7.87 million. The discretionary local effort is $1.145 million. This represents a 2.87 percent decrease in property taxes. The average homeowner with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay about $7.20 less in taxes. The capital projects millage will generate $2.3 million, an increase of $34,628. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworth y said they were pleased with the budget this year. About 25 percent comes from local dollars and with the millage going down, mos t homeowners will see the slight property ta x Schools budget set at $65.9 million S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Clrng Or Cti! By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Youth Football League begins another season Saturday as ve local teams compete in a jamboree in Sebring. The teams compete in the Mid Florida Youth Football League. Their division this year includes teams from Sebring, Lake Placid, Lee County and Vero Beach. Avon Park has left the league to compete in the Central Florida Police Athletic League. The teams include a Flag team with kids from 4 to 6 years old, Mighty Mites 7-8, Pee Wee 9-10, Juniors 11-12, and a senior team, 13-14. Coaches this year include Jeanne Billie for the Flag team, Javaris Johnson for the Mighty Mites, Marvin Roberts for the Pee Wee, Chaka Smith for the Juniors and Bruce Snell for the senior team. Roberts also serves as president of the league. He pointed out the teams continue to build up their rosters and that he is optimistic about how the squads will fare this year. We are very excited about the teams. We have a lot of returning players, and well have players at every position, he said. Each team has an unlimited weight requirement. The senior team can use players who are 15 years old but only if they are not going into the freshman campus or high school. Roberts said the league emphasizes that kids play competitively, give 100 percent, are respectful to opponents and that they play for Okeechobee and their parents. We are out here trying to get better every day. I think each year the organization improves. We are excited about the teams and we are headed in the right direction, he noted. There are 35 kids on the Pee Wee team this year. Marcel Richardson, assistant coach for the Junior squad, said he feels pretty good about the team this year because they have veteran coaches and a lot of returning players. His message to the players is focus, hard work, conditioning and doing the basics correctly. These kids pick things up quickly and the y go hard all the time, Im very proud of them, he added. There are more than 150 kids in the program this year. Richardson said Okeechobee Youth football league starts new season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMarvin Roberts (left) and Quentin Smith get the OYFL Pee Wee team ready for practice Wednesday. See FOOTBALL Page 12 See SCHOOL Page 12
By Charles M. Murphy Okeechobee News Okeechobee community members turned out July 25 for a meeting with top of cials with Florida Power and Light who will help decide when and where they will build a lucrative combustion turbine combined cycle power plant. Members of the county commissioners, city of cials, the school board, chamber of commerce, and economic council were all in attendance to sell Okeechobee and its assets. The theme of the event was working together for the common good. FP&Ls Nick Blount said he was blown away by the turnout I really appreciate all the support you have shown us, he said. Pam Rauch, vice president of External Affairs at FP&L, said they were very excited to explain the planning process and hear the concerns of the community. Probably the most important piece is the collaboration with the community. When w e go someplace and are not welcome, its not a good thing for anybody, she said. She noted the support of local government was also appreciated. It was very optimistic, when I got up to speak it was such a warm welcome to the development team of FP&L. The message was clearly received that Okeechobee County welcomes FP&L and any proposed project that we might bring forward, she said. She was also happy to see what Indian River State College can do to train workers. She said a trained work force is critical. She was also impressed with an industrial park that could be placed right next to the FPL site. The economics of the project and what the county can do for us as a partner is critical, she said. The partnership is what makes a project successful. Ms. Rauch noted the company looks forward to meeting with the county to discuss speci c tax incentives they might provide. She said they expect to make a decision by the end of the year and said Okeechobee will be in the running. Okeechobee is de nitely one of the nal sites. We are looking at a few sites and things are uid because our load and demand forecasts change. Okeechobee County is de nitely in our nal selection group, she added. Okeechobee County administrator Robbie Chartier said she hopes the county put their best foot forward in an attempt to get this opportunity. She viewed the countys chances at 50-50. I think it was a very positive meeting. FP&L was very positive. I think we both feel a mutual bene t from this project and I hope they will look at all that weve considered for them, she added. Sean Miller, director of business development at FP&L, said the power plant is a big deal to the company because they serve over half of the state of Florida with 4.7 million customers. He pointed out the typical residential bill is 25 percent below the national average and they do that with cost effective investments. We want our plant to be cost effective, and Okeechobee County would be a good place for this plant. The plants are also cleaner and environmentally friendly. The proposal includes 1,523 megawatts of power and will cost $1.1 billion. He noted it takes ve years to plan a project like this. Right now the work would begin in early 2015, he said. Consultant John Rhodes spoke on the tax incentives the county has proposed and tried to sell Okeechobee to the FP&L contingent. The company spent $14 million to purchase 2,800 acres in the county near the Florida Turnpike. The county has labor trained or ready to be trained to build and run the plant. Indian River State College has an award-winning energy program. The site is in close proximity to customers. Transportation access can come from route 60 and 441. There is an abundant water supply. We really mean business and we are ready to offer competitive tax incentives, he added. County Commission Chairman Frank Irby thanked Fred Fanizzi and his staff at Quail Creek Plantations Lodge for their support of Okeechobee. He recognized the dignitaries in attendance from FP&L. The county tax proposal includes a 30 percent valuation for the rst year with an increase to 100 percent by year 11. We are willing to work with you to come up with a tax base that works for you, said Mr. Irby. The county will ensure the land use and zoning is ready for the plant. Mr. Rhodes said they will engage in public education to make the community ready. The county also wants to add another industrial site to share utilities, create more jobs and even a training center, near the site that would measure 1,000 acres. He said the county wants to make the business climate attractive to FP&L which includes paying a portion of the impact fees required for this project. Mr. Irby said the county will do what it takes to get this plant. We hope that Florida Power and Light believes they spent their time well by attending this meeting and we will continue to be a good partner with them, he said. 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East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Extended ForecastSaturday : Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Light northeast wind becoming east southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Okeechobee Forecast FP&L team meets with community leaders Special to the Okeechobee NewsPam Rauch, vice president of external affairs at FP&L, spoke at last weeks meeting. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCounty Commission Chairman Frank Irby said the county wants to create an attractive business climate for FP&L.
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Okee-Tantie The county has no idea how to run a positive cash ow in a business. A private c ompany would pay a monthly fee and no more county employees feeding out of the b ucket. Either rent it out or leave it closed. If rented out it would be a positive to the economy, I think the county staff proposal to s tart by xing up 50 spaces in area B makes s ense. They would x these spaces up for t he big RVs with nice pads for them, and have the utility lines and roads done for the w hole section so they could expand as demand grows. If we had these spaces available, they would be used because the bass shermen have their own RVs and it would b e attractive to them to park right there at t he lake. Give the tournaments the option to reserve spaces in advance, just as you book a hotel in advance for a convention. I think t hey will need to invest some money xing it up just to get it open again. How about dipping into those reserves? Isnt that what they w ere saving the money for? Go to a private source to rent the facilit ies and then it would be a positive cash ow not the drain on county tax payers. I do not want a bond issue to x up Okee-Tantie. That would just add to the tax b ill which is already too high. They should use the reserves to x the place up. Why b orrow money, and pay interest, when the money in the reserves is not drawing any int erest to speak of. W ater, water If you are planning to buy or build a home or a business, take a drive around the c ounty during the wet season and see what each area looks like. If its under water now, it will be under water next summer too. Every year the same areas have problems during the rainy season. So, just dont buy or build in areas that are ooded during the w et season. You cant ght Mother Nature. F ollow the example of the Florida pioneers and build on high ground.Tips In response to the comments about tips, I said if given excellent, professional service, then a descent tip should be given. I never said people should not go out and eat if they cant afford a big tip. I was asking to tip fairly. I appreciate those who do tip a reasonable amount and appreciate the tips very much. Buffets are one thing and a fullservice restaurant is another. In response to the comments about tips, I worked as a waitress and I know rsthand how hard the work is. But tips have to be earned. Pay attention to the customers. Dont make them wait while you gossip with a co-worker. Dont irt with customers, especially when a man is out to dinner with his wife. Make sure the iced tea glasses stay full, especially in the summer. And if a woman is dining alone, give her terri c service, just in case she was once a waitress too. Whats an appropriate tip? When I was working in food service, if tips averaged 10 percent of our food and beverages sales, we were happy. Some people tip more. Some people tip less. I doubt if reading a comment in Speak Out is going to change how anyone tips. I think most people tip 10 or 15 percent at a full-service restaurant, if they get good service. At a buffet, you might leave a dollar or two, and they should be happy to get that since they arent taking orders or bringing the food to the table.Reserves How about taking the money in the reserves and using it to build things that the citizens of Okeechobee can enjoy? For example, I like the idea of extending the catwalk at Okee-Tantie from the marina along the river so folks could sh here. Visitors and locals could enjoy that. How about putting in a splash park for the kids like they have in Clewiston? How about a nice theater for concerts and shows like the Dolly Hand Center in Belle Glade? What is the point of building up money in the reserves for some rainy day? Why not use those funds to improve the quality of life in Okeechobee right now? I thought the county was going to publish a detailed list of the countys bank accounts showing the reserve funds and restrictions, if any, on how the various funds can be spent. They discussed this at a county meeting, after Commissioner Culpepper asked for it. Whats up with that? County budgetI appreciate the Okeechobee News attending and reporting on the issues being discussed by the Board of County Commissioners because it is opportunity to inform the citizens about decisions which will affect them, either nancially or in level of services provided. At the meeting on July 10, 2014, the board voted to set the ad valorem tax at 10 mills because of the need to do two things: establish the maximum level of taxation for the trim notice and have some assurance that we will have enough money to cover the requested expenditures minus $1.5 million for the ve constitutional of cers and county government. State statutes require us to establish a millage rate before we know the nal valuation of the property in the county or the actual approved budgets for these six entities, so trim notices generally are higher than the nal millage. Beginning with our budget discussion for the 2012-2013, we have spent a great deal of time looking at the nancial situation of the county and attempting to establish expenditures which are sustainable for the next 3 to 5 years. These discussions were greatly improved when we began using the Burton and Associates nancial modeling software which allows us to calculate the impact of changes in property valuations or implementation of different types of fees or assessments will have on generating revenue to pay for government services. This process has clearly shown that the county is faced with some dif cult choices: 1. Signi cantly raise taxes and fees and reduce expenses, or 2. A moderate increase in taxes and reduce expenses. Either choice requires a reduction in requested expenses. For a base line we chose to use 2004/2005 for comparison to evaluate requested budgets for the ve constitutional of cers and county government. A chart included in the 7/10/2014 BOCC meeting agenda shows an increase in the 2014/2015 request of $2.85 million over the 04/05 budget; $2.45 million of which is attributed to law enforcement, corrections, and courthouse security. The next highest variance is the Clerks of ce at $500,000. County government is less than 04/05 expenditures. If our nancial modeling is accurate as it regards to sustainable revenues, then w e must make the necessary reductions in expenses because the county commissioners have a duciary responsibility to the taxpayers of this county. We must ensure that th e cost of services provided by the constitutional of cers and the county are in line with th e taxpayers ability to pay. Frank IrbyRanch rodeoThe Okeechobee County Cattlemens Association held a ranch rodeo on Saturday, July 26. Fulford Ranch was the big winne r of the day with awards in Team Tying, Stee r Decorating, and over all rst place. Adams Ranch came in second place, Russakis Ranch won the award in Bronc Riding, Trinity/Syfrett Ranch won Team Branding and Bar Diamond Arrow G won Team Sorting. Congratulations to all teams! Thank you! VP, Fritz BrewerConcert appreciatedThe Okeechobee Steelers presented a concert for us at Grand Oaks Assisted Living facility, July 14, and they were amazing! If you have never witnessed one of thei r performances you have missed a blessing. Their trainers, as well as the teens involved deserve a hand of applause for the great job they are doing. We got to meet each one o f them and they are exceptional! I hope the y come here again. Keep up the good work! God Bless Bettye Smith August 1, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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! 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.
In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens. US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing email@example.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 1, 2014 Death of an old friendThese days, losing old friends happens quite frequently. Another one of my acquaintances passed away last month. This one was born in 1926, during the roaring 20s. Even though I was not born in that era, I have heard of the great impact made by this special arrival. Many people will attest to the importance of this happening. We had a special relationship from my childhood into adulthood. My rst remembrance of this structure, which was the Seaboard Railway Station, occurred during W orld War II in the 1940s. An older sister of mine took me to the railroad depot and purchased tickets for us to travel to Miami. We w aited inside this historic stuccoed building. I recall the huge replace, the wooden benches and the ticket-master, wearing a v isor-type cap. He stood in a windowed, caged-in of ce, selling tickets and answering the telephone. Another item I especially remember, is the large bottle of water, turned upside down in a metal rack with small disposable cups, standing in the back of the room. I w as enthralled with the cold water and the throwaway cups. Needless to say, I knew w here the restrooms were located after several trips to this attraction. To understand my fascination with the water cooler, is to know, I came from a poor family, which had no refrigerator, our water came from a pump, and we drank from jelly glasses. A loud blast from the train whistle was heard as the train neared the depot. Anxiety was felt by the local residents, waiting for the arrival of someone important, to them. Other were queuing up to step on the train when it arrived. The outgoing mail was placed on a large hook to be picked up by an employee for the railroad. The incoming mail would be placed on the platform and picked up by the ticket-master. Choosing a seat on the Sliver Meteor, which traveled from New York to Miami was hard, as many service men and women were on board. I stared at the uniforms of the members of the womans Air Corp. (WAC.) They looked so different from our local ladies. The WACs wore their khaki uniforms, long-sleeved shirts with neckties and brown laced up shoes with such pride. Even the shoes seemed smarter in appearance than my mamas black pumps. The two most fun looking parts of the apparel was the cute cap placed on their heads at an angle, with short hair sticking out very stylish and sling-style purse crossing their shoulders. I remember seeing Tillie the Toiler, in the comic strips, getting her hair cut and joining the service. The men in the Army uniforms looked to be around 18, the age of my brother, who was in the Navy. Patriotism was everywhere during the Big War. Through the years I have seen the weathered old depot looking shabbier and shabbier. The waiting room was closed years ago and the public no longer had access to it. As adults, my husband and I purchased tickets from a Travel Agency for us to take our three children on the train. Traveling to Washington D.C. was fun but I had great nostalgia for the interior of the old Depot. Waiting by the tracks to board the train gave little to remember. However, we old-timers, do have fond memories of this important old structure. Betty Williamson Okeechobee2014 Tournament of Champions is huge successOkeechobee Citizens Recreation Association and Dixie State Girls Softball would like to express sincere gratitude toward our generous community for making the state championship tournament a huge success. Without the hard work and countless hours of dedication from volunteers and donated goods and services from our community members, none of this would have been possible. On July 10, 33 teams from all over the state of Florida descended on Okeechobee for opening ceremonies and their banquet. Games began on July 11 and championship games nished on July 14. Division winners go on to play in the Dixie League World Series held in different states. Thank you to the following business owners and individuals for donating items and services for support for the tournament: 1Stop Party Shop, 3D Ice, 4S Security, Advance America, Applebees, Believers Fellowship Youth, Billie Family, Brahman Theater, Brown Cow Sweetery, CenterState Bank, Chicos Burritos, Chuck Parks & Rec., CISPAL, Cowboys, D1 Team Sports, Diamond R Fertilizer, Dollar General, Elis Western Wear and Trailer Sales, Everglades Farm Equipment, Ferrells Market, Gilbert Snapper/Line-X, Penrod Construction, Praxair, Harbor Community Bank, Hibbitt Sports, Home Depot, JD Mixon, MDO Engineering, Nutmegs, Okeechobee HS Football team, Preston & Mona Baker Family, Raulerson Hospital, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Shared Service of Okeechobee, Sunset MHP, Taylor Rental, Teez 2 Pleez, Tin Fish Restaurant, Tobacco Free Partnership Okeechobee, Tony & Denise Lopez Family, Tourist Development Council, Triple D, Tropics, Uncle Larrys Restaurant, Unique Boutique, Waste Management, Wendys and Zippys. Special appreciation goes out to all of our volunteers who worked nonstop to make this a memorable event for these young ladies. Heather Hancock 2014 Tournament of Champions CommitteeMoon landing anniversaryOn the occasion of the 45th anniversary of mans landing on the moon.... A poem that day resting We were three Our boat was small Could hold only two Alone I waved goodbye In the early afternoon Charles J. Hornbach Letters to the editor Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe rst train came to Okeechobee in 1915, the same year the City of Okeechobee was incorporated. The station that was recently demolished was built in 1924 and was originally served by the Florida, Western and Northern Railroad, a subsidiary of the Seaboard Air Line Railway. (Source: greatamericantrainstations.com)
Local blood drives announcedBlood supplies are low right now as donor participation is slow. Choose one of these drives and donate to Save Okeechobee Lives. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 3 at Walmart, special three-day drive from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Donors receive a $10 gift card. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Okeechobee Correctional from noon until 5 p.m. The public is invited. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Health Department on N.W. Ninth Avenue from 1 until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Publix, from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Golden Corral, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Raulerson Hospital parking lot from 1 until 6 p.m. Eagles offering steak dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles will serve choice rib eye steak and seafood dinners Friday, A ug. 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by The Harpers. The public is invited. Saturday, Aug. 2, is the monthly birthday bash with a spaghetti and meatball dinner by Lorraine and crew with Hard Country providing the entertainment. Monday, Aug. 4, hot dogs are served at the bar. Tuesday, A ug. 5, is the weekly dart tournament with burgers being served. For information, contact the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.School supply drive startsChildrens 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. Check out details at www.chs .org/bts. For information, call Ashleigh Gaultney at 405-250-4762.Blood Round-up meeting setHelping save Okeechobee lives is the purpose of the Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Join the organizers at a planning meeting Friday, Aug. 1 9 a.m. in room 21 at First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Newcomers are welcome. Coffee will be provided. For information, call Raye at 863467-2557.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64, 510 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo Aug. 3 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 to bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Cheerleader parents to meetChildren Services Council (CSC) All Star Cheerleading will host open house and a parent meeting on Monday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in their gym at 810 N. Parrott Ave (Glades Gas Company Plaza). Anyone age 4-18 who would like to cheer competitively is invited. The air conditioned gym has a full 42 x 42 oor. Coaches are USASF certi ed, ACCAA certi ed and First Aid/CPR. The program is supported by Children Services Council of Okeechobee.ConKerr Cancer to meetConKerr Cancers next sit & sew will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric. Pillowcase kits will also be available for you to sew at this meeting. Our local chapter is also sewing pillowcases for Marthas House and the Okeechobee Healthcare facility and is accepting donations of suitable material for those causes too. For information or to donate material, call Joan at 863-467-0290.Coalition board meets Aug. 6Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at their of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863462-5877.Menus for diabetics offeredJoin us at Raulerson Hospital to learn about diabetic cooking ideas with Executive Chef Ron Corrado on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Raulerson Hospital in the cafeteria, 1796 U.S. 441 N. Learn new recipes and sample some of the creations. There is no fee to participate, but space is limited. RSVP at 863-763-9228.Fire ghters collect suppliesOkeechobee Fire ghters Union Local 2918 will collect back-to-school supplies at Okeechobee Walmart Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8, 9 and 10 All supplies will be given to My Aunts House (501c3) for distribution to local foster and needy children. For information, call Matt Vinson 863-6971205.Political Forum is plannedOkeechobee Political Forum will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th St., from 5:45 9 p.m. Candidates from the following races are invited: U.S. Representative District 17, Commissioner of Agriculture, Circuit Judge Circuit 19, City Council, School Board District 1, County Commission Districts 2 & 4. Concessions will be available and those sales will bene t local students.Mission plans school driveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for needy families. Last year we helped many children with their list, but this year the need is even greater. We will accept donations up until Aug. 15 Most all school supplies are needed such as threering notebooks, pencil pouches, colored pencils, marker hi-liters, backpacks, etc. No trapper keepers. For a complete list, chec k out the local stores or call the school. All donations stay in Okeechobee County. We accept checks made out to Big Lake Missions Outreach or gift cards and our staff does the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815 for information or drop-off locations.Bene t for Pilgrims slatedOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause will host their monthly auction Tuesday, Aug. 19, at American Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. They will be supporting Lee and Larr y Pilgrim who have both been through a lot o f health issues in the past year and need funds for their medical bills. Wear boots and pearls to be entered in a special prize giveaway. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247.Sr. class photo sessions setAttention Okeechobee High School Class of 2015: Senior pictures are coming. Visit prestigeportraits.com/ to view your session options and get answers to some frequentl y asked questions. You can book your appointment online or call 800.749.2796, ext. 1. Photo sessions will be held: Aug. 26 (1 until 9 p.m.) Aug. 27 (1 until 9 p.m.) It is your responsibility to set up your appointment. If you have questions, contact Mr. Pung at firstname.lastname@example.org. .us for information. James W. 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Anyone with information can contact Tarrance Pryor at 863-532-8623. Parents should present the childs 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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8 Okeechobee News August 1, 2014 Katherine is celebrating her 90th birthday today. She was born August 1, 1924 in Naples, Florida to Forrest and Adnie Walker. She enjoys working on her family tree and likes to brag that she has over 50,000 names listed. Her family would like to invite all her friends to join her for cake and conversation on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the fellowship hall at Believers Fellowship Church 300 SW 6th Ave. (behind the ROC). Happy Birthday to our Mom, Daisy and Mema. KATHERINE WORTH BIRTHDAY By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News Tropical Popsicles opened in Okeechobee the beginning of June, relocating here from over on the coast. We came here because we want to provide jobs, to feed families, said owner Shawn McCreery. Being in the center of the state is ideal for us, he explained. Husband and wife team Shawn and Elizabeth McCreery have been running Tropical Popsicles for many years. Tropical Popsicles is a food truck business with a twist. Its popsicles can be made from any alcoholic or nonalcoholic frozen drink you can think of. Can you say Rum Runners on a stick? They are the rst to do this! We are the rst ones in the state of Florida to be licensed by Agriculture to sell handmade alcoholic popsicles at public events, said Mr. McCreery. The popsicles are licensed as a food product. If you need something different to bring to your events or parties, they are the people to call. They hope to hire more people in the near future and add more trucks to their business. The more involved the community gets, the faster we can supply jobs, said Mr. Creeery. At every event that the Tropical Popsicles attends, they hand out free non-alcohlic popsicles for the kids to enjoy, no purchase needed. For more information or to book them for a event, give them a call at 561-667-8662 or email at email@example.com. Dont forget to check out their website at tropicalpopsicles.com. Tropical Popsicles coming to an event near you Special to the Okeechobee NewsTropical Popsicles is Okeechobees newest food vendor. If you are looking for something different this is it! Special to the Okeechobee News On the Saturday morning of July 19 the cadets of the Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol w ere invited to y radio-controlled (R/C) models under the direction of instructor pilots of the OMAC (Okeechobee Model Airplane Club) at their new eld located at the A gri-Civic Center on Highway 70 East. Since the gate to the Ag Center is now opened at 7 a.m., not only can the R/C pilots have access to the facilities, but it is also open to bikers, walkers and joggers. The R/C eld is located in the extreme northwest corner of the facility bordered by Nubbins Slough on the West and Highway 70 on the north. Now equipped with a paved and grass runway, even the smallest Park yer type aircraft can be own there. Several cadets got to y and I am happy to report that there were no mishaps. With the cadets controls wired into the Instructors transmitter, any loss of control by the cadet could be quickly corrected by the instructor before the plane met the ground in a con guration other than a landing one. The cadets did well. For some it was their rst time, for others they have own before and understood how the plane performed. Each cadet got several ights in before the wind started coming up around 10 a.m. Anyone interested in Radio Control should stop by the eld, especially on a Saturday morning and check it out. That is when it is the busiest and there are plenty of club members there to answer any questions you may have. If your interested in how a R/C plane ies (aerodynamics), you might want to look into the Civil Air Patrol. We teach aerospace education, leadership, integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect as part of our mission to anyone from the age of 12 years and up. For more information call Capt. Gernat at 863-357-2888 or 1LT Garcia at 863-532-1901. Civil Air Patrol, the of cial auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonpro t organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a eet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent o f continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in 2015 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacri ces of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com and www.capgoldmedal.com for more information. Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol cadets y R/C planes Special to the Okeechobee News/ Capt. Greg GernatInstructor Rich Chivari overseeing the ying abilities of Cadet/Amn. Alexandria Rennie. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOCRA hosts successful eventBoard members from OCRA accept a Successful Tournament plaque from Dixie Softball state director Danny Brooks. Thirty-three teams from across the state competed in Okeechobee for the state championship on July 10 -14. Division winners go on to the Dixie League World Series events being held in different states. Congratulations to OCRA for holding a successful event! Pictured left to right are: Mike Slayton-tournament director, Micki SlaytonOCRA president, Danny BrooksDixie State director, Tracy Hardingtournament committee member and Neal Jewel-OCRA vice president.
Some people cycle for fun and tness; some ride to raise money for a good cause. In an effort to honor the memory of two fallen state re ghters and to raise money for their families, Florida Forest Service Okeechobee District Manager Tim Elder will ride in the Brotherhood Ride. Mr. Elder has been an active member of the Brotherhood Ride since 2012. The Brotherhood Ride is a non-pro t public charity organization dedicated to honoring emergency responders who died in the line of duty. I will be honoring Brett Fulton and Josh Burchs memory by riding through the state of Florida in four days, covering over 400 miles, said Mr. Elder. My family, friends and neighbors are invited to share in this adventure by supporting this great cause. My journey, along with other cyclists begins in North Naples, on Aug. 1 and will end in Port Charlotte, Aug. 4. Florida Forest Services Wildland Fire ghters Brett Fulton and Josh Burch died on June 20, 2011. The ride will pass through Okeechobee County on Sunday, Aug. 3, with Brotherhood Riders departing Port St. Lucie at 8 a.m. and arriving in Lake Placid at 4 p.m. Mr. Elder has been training in Sebring for months for this event. He is an active triathlete, including last years Miami Man Triathlon. This ride will speci cally honor four Floridians, all law enforcement of cers who died last year. They are: Deputy Sergeant Gary Morales of the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Of ce; Deputy Sheriff Daniel Rivera o f the Broward County Sheriffs Of ce; Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph Shane Robbins o f the Polk County Sheriffs Of ce; and Deput y Sergeant Mike Wilson of the Charlotte County Sheriffs Of ce. To nd out how you can support the Brotherhood Ride, visit www.brotherhoodride.com Proceeds from 2014 ride will bene t the families of Floridas Fallen Heroes. 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You can have it your way! 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. 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 1, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsTim Elder has been an active member of the Brotherhood Ride since 2012. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A minister and former president of the Lamb of God Recovery Center in Okeechobee has been arrested for allegedly stealing over $5,000 from his employer. Michael Lewandowski, 67, Indiantown, was arrested last week on a Highlands County warrant by deputies from the Martin County Sheriffs Of ce. That warrant charged Lewandowski with grand theft, obtaining property by false impersonation and giving a false statement as to nancial condition or identity. He was booked into the Martin County J ail and has been released on bond, said Detective Stuart Troutman of the Lake Placid Police Department (LPPD). Lewandowski, stated the detectives arrest report, was the president of the local recovery center located on South Parrott A venue. He was removed from that spot by the board of directors on April 1 due to his felony arrest in Broward County on a charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams in December of 2013. According to arrest reports the board installed James Don Fugate as the new president of Lamb of God Recovery Centers, which is primarily located in Pompano Beach. Mr. Fugate, on April 17, talked to LPPD investigators and led a complaint against Lewandowski. That complaint stated Lewandowski went on the web site www.Sunbiz.org and removed all four members of the board of directors, and replaced them with his name. He apparently made himself the chief executive of cer, president and treasurer of Lamb of God Ministries, Inc. He then used that false information to open a new bank account at TD Bank in Lake Placid in the name of Lamb of God Ministries, Inc., stated the report. Lewandowski then allegedly closed out the initial Lamb of God Ministries account that contained $5,442.73 and put that money into the account he had just created. All of that money has been recovered and returned to the ministry. Lewandowski, a Vietnam veteran, has had prior brushes with the law while heading at the local recovery center. In May of this year, he was arrested in Martin County on a felony marijuana possession charge. Court records indicate that case has been assigned to drug court in another venue. Former recovery center head accused of theft Michael Lewandowski By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Nothing was reportedly taken during an apparent break-in at the Okeechobee County Humane Society building on U.S. 98 N. A report by Deputy Richard Varnadore, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), indicated the break-in was found by an employee at 9 a.m. Monday, July 28. The employee reportedly told the deputy she noticed the front gate was locked differently than the way she had locked it when she closed the night before. The employee also pointed out she could not enter a building where quarantined dogs are housed because the door was locked. Deputy Varnadore stated he was told that door is never locked. Also, there was a dog being held in a cage in that building but it was now loose and running freely about the building, added the deputy. The employee went on to tell the deputy they got into the building by crawling ... through a window because there is no key for the door. According to the deputy there were no signs of forced entry to the front gate or the outer buildings. After going through the building, the employee said it appeared everything was in its place and nothing was missing. Break-in at Humane Society reported
10 Okeechobee News August 1, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSwim to winThe OHS swim team is desperately in need of funds to keep their program a oat. Jersey Mikes recently stepped up to help keep them paddling. Donating a percentage of their sales for a day, they were able to raise $571 to help the swim team purchase new swimsuits and assist in travel expenses. Left to right are Haley Burkhalter, Bert Culbreth, Gabby Corrales, Stephen Neafsey, Mallorie Jones and Krissy Culbreth. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPigman visits Waste ManagementFlorida Representative Dr. Cary Pigman recently visited Waste Management Okeechobee Land ll, Inc. Rep. Pigman learned about operations, composites, recycling and wildlife habitat certi ed sites. Pictured are: legislative assistant Bryan Miekle, WM Community Relations Teresa Chandler, District secretary Libby Maxwell and WM Sr. district manager Tony Bishop.
ORTHOPAEDICS By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi cant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 y ears ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor. What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee.one to ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of ce for those patients in need. Please call 863467-9500 for more information. FAMILY MEDICINE Hablamos Espaol Same Day Appointments Aliated with Raulerson Hospital RaulersonPrimaryCare.com 202 NE 2nd Avenue Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 We Treat Kids Too!Monday Thursday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.(863) 467-2159 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certied by the American Board of Family PhysiciansFamily Physician Pediatrics Physicals Family Care & Medicine Womens Health Well-child visits Welcome to Medicare visits CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day! RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Benjamin Epstein, D.O.Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. We Treat Kids Too!Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: Total Hip and Knee Replacements Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine Pediatric Orthopedics Work Related injuries GYNECOLOGY 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Womens Health IssuesD. J B Laparoscopy Hysterectomy Urogynecology Pelvic Prolapse Minimally Invasive Surgery Infertility Hysteroscopy Menstrual Abnormalities Endometriosis Urinary Incontinence Loss of Libido Sterilization Menopausal Disorders Accepting New Patients863-763-8000RaulersonGyn.com 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 1, 2014
reduction. That assumes that their property values didnt go up too much, so were pleased to see a tax reduction. We are thankful to have the budget we are working with and thankful to the taxpayers for helping us to operate for another year, he said. While the budget goes up slightly, student enrollment continues to decline, this year by 87 students. The state increased the per student allocation from $3,752 to $4,031. The district will only receive 96 percent of this total because the state assumes that it cost of living is lower in Okeechobee County. Mr. Kenworthy pointed out the biggest budget change was federal programs in w hich the district saw a decrease of $851,946. Total state funds increased by $582,328 to $34.99 million. The budget funds 600 employees. Board member David Williams asked about the capital project budget with a concern about only four school buses. Mr. Kenworthy said the district has the third youngest school bus eet in the state and decided to cut back on bus purchases for one year. The expenditures include $450,161 for new instructional materials and $550,000 for terminal leave while $301,095 is budgeted to improve technology in the digital classroom initiative. The total fund balance for operating will increase from $2.76 million to $3.3 million. The capital projects budget includes $475,000 for new school buses, $214,745 for computer hardware and software, $206,373 for wiring and electrical upgrades, and $225,000 for demolition of the old New Endeavor High School. The board voted unanimously to approve the tentative millage rate and operating budget. Mr. Kenworthy said union negotiations continued on July 31 and they are hopeful of having enough funds to offer a raise to employees this year. We will look at salary enhancements because it is always important to invest in human capital, said Mr. Kenworthy. We want to have competitive salaries so we can attract good employees. We are very interested in giving our employees a raise. The board lost 20 employees to retirement and will employ 35 new teachers this year. As of Wednesday, 14 teaching positions remained vacant. Mr. Kenworthy said the board is in a better nancial position this year thanks to an increase in the state allocation per student. Despite declining enrollment, the increase from the state will mitigate that decline. It is all about the number of students and that is what generates the funds to operate the school system, the superintendent said. The state legislature was very kind to us this year. We have a pretty good fund balance. We can meet all our operational needs and give employees a raise. Malissa Morgan said new regulations from the federal government may have driven up the cost of food service by $120,000. More fresh fruits and vegetables will be offered to the students. The board appointed Brian Barrett as the new director of operations. Erin Ellinger was appointed to replace Mr. Barrett as assistant principal at Seminole Elementary. Margaret Lewis was named assistant principal at Central Elementary. Tuuli Robinson was named assistant principal at North Elementary. Eight new bus drivers are currently in training. The move of the fth grade back to South Elementary School was completed Tuesday. Mrs. Morgan said the board should install video cameras in all school campuses. It is student protection, staff protection, it is a necessity and a need, she said. The cost of the video cameras might be an issue. Chairman Joe Arnold said it could be a multiple-year plan and could be done in phases. Mrs. Morgan said the cameras are already installed at Okeechobee High School, Okeechobee Achievement Academy and the middle school campuses and have worked well. I believe video cameras have a purpose and that is to be a constant eye, a constant watch, and this is for the protection of our schools, our students, our teachers and it is something we need to put in place, she added. Mrs. Morgan pointed out to recent events at school that resulted in costly investigations and hearings. She submitted this would likel y save the district money in the long run. She noted cameras have helped to solve vandalism cases at the high school. She noted the board not only has video cameras on school buses but also GPS on school buses now to determine where they are at all times. Mr. Williams said he supported the cameras to improve school security and safety. The board will meet Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. to discuss strategic planning and hold a hearing on Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. The district will also host the state teacher of the year on Aug. 13 at the high school gym for a pep rally for all staff. Open house is set for Thursday, Aug. 14. 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She also has a group of volunteers who are assisting her this year. The girls exercise, learn new cheers and support the players at each game. You need the cheer leaders to get the crowd going, keep everybody excited, and keep the guys going on the eld, she said. I want them to have fun, and win or lose, support the team either way. Safety coordinator and Gulf War veteran Quentin Smith recently attended a camp that discussed concussions in football. He noted statistics show that soccer and bicycling result in more concussions than football. He said he has emphasized proper techniques, hydration, fundamentals and ways to keep football players safer. He played football for Tampa Robinson and later at Tennessee State before entering the military. I played the sport and I gured it was time to give back to the kids. The kids love it. Its not only about football, its about leadership and commitment and growing. This sport will give the kids everything they are looking for and what the coaches teach they w ill follow. I feel its a great experience, he added. OYFL will host home games on Saturday, A ug. 23 against Lake Placid, Sept. 13 against W inter Haven, Sept. 20 against the Four Corners Bucs, Oct. 4 against the Poinciana Predators and Oct. 11 against the Central Florida Saints. FOOTBALLContinued From Page 1 Rafe Erwin (right) is among a group of volunteer coaches that help the Okeechobee Youth Football League. Games begin Saturday, Aug. 2, with the rst home game Aug. 23.
By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News Dr. Ramesh Kumar was born in Bangalore, India. He was 18 when his father, the provider for the family, died in 1976. His brother-in-law, w ho was married to his second oldest sister, came in and took him, his three siblings and their mother under his w ing and provided for them on his meager salary. In 1977, when Dr. Kumar was attending college in India, his brother-in-law Rayappa was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He underwent surgery but was only given a few months to live. Dr. Kumar drove his brother-in-law to radiation and many of his doctors appointments, watching him slowly deteriorate. All he wanted to do was drop out of college and get a job to help support his family but he couldnt. His brother-in-law asked him not to. After many months of sickness, Rayappa passed away. Now more than ever Dr. Kumar wanted to leave school and get a job, but his family would not let him. His family members sacri ced and worked to help him buy books, clothes and anything he needed for school. They were all sacri cing for me, and I couldnt let them down, said Dr. Kumar. Dr. Kumars dream was to become a doctor. He studied all the time non-stop to achieve that dream. Whatever your dream is, you have 24 hours a day to make it a reality, so use them all. Time is one of the basic necessities to achieve dreams, so if youre wasting time, youre wasting your dream, said Dr. Kumar. After graduating medical school Dr. Kumar got a job in a clinic. Soon after, he found a wife and married. In 1987, he made his way to the United States. Many told him it was hard to get residency training in this country, that several people immigrated and were unable to get into training and ended up working at gas stations or janitors. This encouraged me to try even harder to achieve my dreams, said Dr. Kumar. Dr. Kumar passed his entrance exams with ying colors and got accepted into the Internal Medicine Program at Wayne State University in Michigan. Dr. Kumar had decided to become a cardiologist, but when he was nishing up his internship, something about the radiation department of the university was calling to him, pulling him in. I was tormented by the idea of reliving those days in India when I had to take my brother-in-law for his radiation treatments. To train in radiation would mean emotionally going through all of that again, said Dr. Kumar. Soon after turning in his resume to the Radiation Oncology Department he was accepted. So, he began to study to be a radiation oncologist. It was dif cult, but Dr. Kumar wanted to be a different kind of cancer doctor he wanted to give more than just treatments, he wanted to give hope. I want to build a bridge between traditional medicine, such as chemotherapy and radiation and complementary medicine, such as yoga and meditation, said Dr. Kumar. Dr. Kumar came to Okeechobee in 1994 He saw that there was a need for cancer care here. He wants people to know that you dont have to travel to the coast for cancer care, that you can get it right here in Okeechobee. Dr. Kumar has helped many patients and many patients have inspired him as well. One of those patients is Thomas Barber. In 2012, Mr. Barber was diagnosed with prostate cancer that became stage 4 bone cancer. He came to Dr. Kumar after his previous doctors gave him no hope. After his visit, Kumar got Mr. Barber into a experimental program, giving him hope and a new life of ghting to live. Dr. Kumar taught me that as long as you have breath you have hope, said Mr. Barber. In the spring of 2013, Mr. Barber and Dr. Kumar started Heroes for Hope, which is a 501 (c)(3) organization that has a support group for cancer patients or just people who are going through a medical struggle. They are here to help, along with great support from the community. Dr. Kumar believes that medicine is ever changing and everyday there are new ways to help with certain cancers that werent there yesterday or even 10 years ago. He believes there is new hope everyday and no one should give up. I predict in 10 to 15 years that there will be a cure for cancer, said Dr. Kumar. Dr. Kumars of ce is located at the Big Lake Cancer Center, 115 N. Parrott Ave. and is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. till noon and Thursdays from 1 p.m. 4 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345. 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 LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC Every Other Saturday Starting July 5 Don West and Silver Eagle Band DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE Highlands Social Center 3400 Sebring Parkway Sebring, Fl -863-471-1737 BYOBAdmission $5. 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 1, 2014 Dr. Kumar: Okeechobees voice of hope Dr. Ramesh Kumar
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( Oak Park Subdivision) Tools, Household items, Toys, & Clothes Y ARD SALE AUGUST 2ND 520 SW 21ST STREET, 7AM 3PM BRAND NAME MEN AND WOMEN CLOTHING, SHOES AND HANDBAGS. 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 Shop here first! The classified ads Lost REWARD $3,000.00If you have seen me, please call (954) 214-7883 or 663-3693 600-3693 or 336-9435LOST DOG in River Acres5 1/2 year old Neutered White Male Schnauzer. Last seen wearing a black collar with blue tags at 13243 SW 144th Pkwy Okeechobee Morris Employment Full Time Staff Accountant Position Requires experience with QuickBooks, Excel and Word. Pay commensurate with experience. Send resume to okeeresume2014 @hotmail.com Lost Employment Full TimeHELP WANTED A. Duda & Sons, Inc., is currently looking for Experienced Mechanics as well as General Labor for our Cattle Department (experience preferred). You can apply in person at 12000 S. SR 29, Felda, Florida or online by sending your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Employment Full Time 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 CLASS 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. Equipment Operators & Laborers J.W. Cheatham, LLC has a local job starting soon and will be taking applications for all positions: Accepting Applications for: Asphalt Crew Paver, Screed, Roller, Rake Road Crew Grader, Loader, Roller Laborers General Labor and Flaggers Apply in person or call 561-471-4100 ext 239 J.W. Cheatham, LLC 7396 Westport Place West Palm Beach 33413 Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Drivers Dump & Service Truck J.W. Cheatham, LLC has a local job starting soon and will be taking applcations for the following driving positions: Dump Truck Driver Requires Class B CDL, Medical Card, Acceptable MVR. Must have experience transporting aggregates and performing paving operations. Equipment Service/Fuel Truck Driver Requires Class B CDL, Hazmat Endorsement, Medical Card, Acceptable MVR. Must have experience fueling and servicing heavy construction equipment. Apply in person or call 561-471-4100 ext 239 J.W. Cheatham, LLC 7396 Westport Place West Palm Beach 33413 Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Medical Home Health Care Lighthouse Home Health Agency, LLC. Home Health Nurses Wanted! LPNs 12 hour shifts. Okeechobee, FL! Please fax your resume to 772-226-7931. Please contact us at 772-226-7930 of ce or 772-579-1125 cell and speak clearly for additional info. Pediatric experience preferred. Company will be willing to train. Employment Part TimeATTENDANT needed for carwash. Maintenance & light duty work. Must have mechanical background. 25-35 hrs per week. Call 863-610-1027. 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! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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Call for details. (863)532-0099 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Antiques*ANTIQUES* CO-OP ANTIQUES50% OFF THROUGH AUGUST 16TH 1214 SW 2ND AVE (BEHIND DAIR Y QUEEN) TUES-SAT 10-4, 634-1552 O R 532-9138 MiscellaneousCORRUGATED METAL HURRICANE PANELS 8 SECTIONS 80 1 BY 14 1/4 W.,24 SECTIONS 68 1 BY 14 1/4 W. $400.00/FIRM. CALL 863-763-6788 ASK FO R JOE TOW DOLLY W/SURGE BRAKE AND SPARE TIRE $650.00, BIANCHI FOLDING BICYCLE $65.00 863-467-9413 Farm MiscellaneousNEW rolls of 8 deer/game fence. (38) Cheap. Call 863-634-7552. ApartmentsEFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Includes Utilities & Direct TV w/all movie channels $500 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Available immediately Call 863-634-8885. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 14 Okeechobee News August 1, 2014
Condos/Townhouses Rent2BD/2BA CONDO AT OAK LAKE VILLAS. COMPLETELY RENOVATED, TILE THROUGHOUT, NEW KITCHEN APPLIANCES. SPACIOUS & CLEAN! NON-SMOKING, NO PETS. $800 A MONTH (772)263-6996 Houses Rent3/1 UNFURNISHED WASHER DRYER DISHWASHER TILE FLOORS THRU OUT COMMUNITY POOL/TENNIS COURT 1ST & DEPOSIT. ALSO, 2/1 FURNISHED ON WATER. CALL 863-467-4371. 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 HOUSE FOR RENT: 3/2 CBS, GARAGE, ON WATER. $1,100.00/MO. CALL 863-634-6386 OR 863-634-7592 Large, clean, 4bd, 2 story home, 2800sq.ft. under air (built in 2006) 2bath + on suite, double car garage, screened porch, large fenced yard, new appliances, large kitchen. $1250/mo + sec. dep Call: (863)467-9250 or (519)746-4844 OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, CBS house, all tile, fenced yard, 1 small pet ok (No Pit Bulls) $800 mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. Refs. needed. Call 561-596-1344 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. Real EstateWantedWILL PAY CASH FOR 5 OR 10 ACRE TRACTS OF LAND, MUST BE ZONED FOR MOBILE HOME. MUST BE A BARGAIN CALL 863-763-6358 Mobile Home Rent2BD/1.5BA, CENTRAL AIR, NICE PARK, ALL UTILITIES EXCEPT ELECTRIC $450.00/MO. CALL 812-989-3022 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 OKEECHOBEEBEAUTIFULLY DECORATED, FULLY FURNISHED 1BD AND 2BD AVAILABLE IN SMALL ADULT, SMALL DOG OK. CALL 239-246-6301 OR 863-517-5111 OKEECHOBEE-NICE CLEAN 1BD/1BA FULLY FURNISHED, SMALL DOG OK, NO CATS, STARTING AT $400/MO. SECURITY REQUIRED 239-246-6301 OR 863-517-5111 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes Limited time offer!!! $5K towards any exterior package. We have 24 wide, 26, 28 & 30 wide homes. 3 stock units reduced 26K, Homes for the $60s plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol Boats1999 BASS TRACKER MARINE PROTEAM 185. 90HP, MOTOR TILT TRIM STAINLESS STEEL 3 BLADE PROPELLER, BATTERY CHARGER, FISH FINDER, BAIT TANK, TROLLING MOTOR AND BOAT COVER. 20 TRAILER HAS NEW TIRES. ASKING $4,000. GOOD CONDITION READY FOR FISHING. CALL 863-357-3655 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Parts/RepairsPeragon Aluminum Folding Bed Cover Locking cover ts 2007-2014 Tundra. Cost $699 new, sell for $325. Call Bill (863)634-4194 or (863)467-0169 Public NoticeRequest for Proposal Solicitation No. OAC2014-OUA-7142014 The Okeechobee Utility Authority is requesting proposals for MISC. BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS to their main administration of ce located in the City of Okeechobee, to include: Replacement of all interior lighting xtures, Replacement of entry storefront assembly, Complete Exterior and Interior painting, Interior ooring throughout. Respondents must be licensed and insured general contractors. The RFP package will be available electronically in PDF format on Mon. August 4th 2014. All interested parties will be required to contact OAC Enterprises Inc. with a letter of interest on or before August 8th. To the attention of: OAC Enterprises Inc. Architects through firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the package. All proposals are to be prepared in accordance with the instructions described in the RFP. All proposals must be received on or before August 25th, 2014 by: Okeechobee Utility Authority, Attention; Basil J. Coule CPA, Finance Director, 100 SW 5th Ave. Okeechobee, Florida, 34974. The OUA will enter into an agreement with the rm whose proposal is most advantageous to OUA. The OUA reserves to right to reject any and or all proposals and to waive any term or condition in this solicitation. No proposal submitted may be withdrawn for a period of 90 days, subsequent to the deadline for receiving proposals. All communications and questions regarding this RFP must be directed in writing to email@example.com 466552 ON 8/1/2014 BUDGET WORKSHOP AND CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the August 5, 2014, City of Okeechobee City Council Meeting has been cancelled. The City Council of the City of Okeechobee will conduct a Regular Meeting and a Budget Workshop at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss and review the proposed 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Annual Budget. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact City Administration 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 City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerks Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the Citys records. By: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 466162 ON 8/1/2014 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD063 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2270 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 9 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MARKLEY T SEAY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 4th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465760 ON 7/25;8/1,8,15/2014 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD093 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ROBERT M MATTHEWS JR TRUST the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2797 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH LOT 9 1-03-36-36-0010-00000-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BLT NOW LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 4th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465786 ON 7/25;8/1,8,15/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD085 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2031 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: TOWNSITE OF OSOWAW LOT 15 BLOCK 93 1-22-33-35-0010-00930-0150 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALLEN FUGERE KENNETH R CHILDS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 14th day of August, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465751 ON 7/4,11,18,25;8/1/2014 Public NoticeNOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Directors Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 466544 ON 8/1/2014 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD064 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SABRINA BURAC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 756 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT O OF TRACT 19 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 19 SECTION 21 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-21-34-33-0A00-00019-O000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: REINALDO G BURAC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 4th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465759 ON 7/25;8/1,8,15/2014 LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD EVENTS Notice is hereby given that meetings of the Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will be held on the following dates: August 7, 2014 1:00 p.m. Logic and Accuracy Test August 22, 2014 8:30-9:00 a.m. Public Inspection of Mail (Absentee) Ballots received 9:00 a.m. Opening of Mail Ballots Process and duplication of Mail Ballots received August 25, 2014 8:00 a.m. Upload Mail Ballots and Early Vote Results August 26, 2014 8:30-9:00 a.m. Public Inspection of Mail Ballots received (if necessary) 9:00 a.m. Opening of Mail Ballots (If necessary) Process and duplication of Mail Ballots received (If necessary) 5:30-6:00 p.m. Public Inspection of Mail Ballots received 6:00 p.m. Opening of Mail Ballots Process and duplication of Mail Ballots received 7:00 p.m. Canvass of Election Returns August 28, 2014 5:00 p.m. Canvass of Provisional Ballots, Unof cial/ Of cial Certi cation, Conduct of Election, (if no recount), Selection of precinct and race for Audit of Election August 29 and / or 30, 2014 9:00 a.m. Recount (if necessary) September 2, 2014 12 Noon Of cial Certi cation, Conduct of Election (Audit selection, if no manual recount) September 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. Audit of Election In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, all meetings are open to the public. Note: Section 286.01105, Florida Statutes, state that if a person decides to appeal any decision by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at a meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceeding, and that, for such purposes, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Diane Hagan Supervisor of Elections Okeechobee County 466508 ON 8/1/2014 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 1, 2014
R E D firstname.lastname@example.org 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 8006-A: 200+/-acres on Dark Hammock Rd Mostly improved pasture, large hammock. Fenced & crossed fenced, water supply for livestock. Call for more info. $740,000 MLS # 208257 8007-A: 55.40+/-acres improved pasture. Fronts SR 710 and SE 64th St. $260,000 MLS #205510 7008-C: Location, Location, Location! Large Commercial building located in the center of Okeechobee with 4,000 total sq ft. The building is currently operating at full rental capacity. $225,000 MLS # 208255 7009-C: Large Commercial Lot (.91 ac) on the Rim Canal with two mobile homes in good condition. Dock and great access to Lake Okeechobee! Call for further information. $175,000 MLS #207818 5007-H: Conners Gables Modern Style 3 br, 2 ba with 1,980 Total Sq Ft/1,319 under air, 2009. Split bdrm plan, Master bdrm, spacious living room, and much more! $145,000 MLS # 208204 Pine Ridge Park buildable lot partial fenced. $5,900 MLS # 207132 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 Conners Gables buildable Lot (SE 39th Terr) $6,000 MLS #208198 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 Blue Heron Nice lot on the cul-de-sac. MLS # 207053 Palm Village Ranch clean Lot-Close to the Clubhouse. 55+community. $15,000 MLS# 207998 Ok Acres 10+/-acres Fenced, pond and house pad ready for a new home! $79,000 MLS # 207817 Viking 2.5+/acres for $11,000 MLS # 207811 5079-H: West Sherman Great location for East Coast Commuters! Modular 3BR/2BA home with potentials. 1380 Total Sq Ft/1200 under air all on a large lot. Needs some TLC. Owner Financing Available. Make Offer! $55,000 LAKE ACCESS Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 email@example.com Over 100 Listings BUCKHEAD RIDGE~ Lake Okee-Close to locks! PRIME Location! 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ Carport, detached Garage/wkshop. Florida Room. Open concept, solid wood cabinets, Silestone countertop. Built in Sewing/ craft/ desk area. Storm Shutters, Metal Roof, Seawall, dock, covered boat area-lift. Bright and Cheery! MLS 207852 $109,000 Call Holly (863) 532-1778 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. 16 Okeechobee News August 1, 2014
Special to the Okeechobee News The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Treasure Coast Small Farms Working Group wants to help you become a successful producer. Join them for the Beginning Farmers: Planning for your Successful Farm Summer Series, and learn the tools you need to succeed. The third workshop will be held on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Extension, located at 8400 Picos Road in Ft. Pierce. The workshop will focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which involves monitoring pest populations and managing pests through a combination of practices, with pesticide application as only one of many management tools. Other IPM tools include conservation of bene cial organisms; maintaining crops in optimal health through proper spacing, timing of plantings, irrigation/fertilizer application, etc.; and selecting disease-resistant crop varieties and weed-free plant materials. Participants will learn how to use scouting techniques to determine pest prevalence in a farming system, and determine the appropriate time to apply a management strategy, based on threshold levels. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to develop an IPM plan, using multiple methods to address pest problems on a farm. In the afternoon, the class will visit Gibbons Farms in Ft. Pierce, to see and hear more about the use of IPM practices in a successful, active farm. The fourth and last session in the 2014 summer series will be held on Sept. 13 at the UF/IFAS Extension Okeechobee County, where the topics covered will include product marketing and irrigation system design. The program is designed for beginning farmers who have little to no farming experience. Farmers who successfully complete the program will receive a certi cate of completion. Each workshop will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is $30 per workshop and includes two sessions, lunch, course materials, and a eld visit to a local farm. Register today at your local Extension of ce or online at: http://www.eventbrite. com. For more information, visit http://martin. ifas.u .edu or call the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Of ce in Stuart at 772-2885654. All programs and related activities sponsored, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or af liations. Florid a Cooperative Extension Service/Institute o f Food and Agricultural Sciences/University o f Florida/Dr. Nick Place Dean and Director for Extension. Training offered for beginning farmers 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 1, 2014ACROSS 1 Wall calendar page 6 Gimlet garnish 10 Gangster weapons 14 Martini garnish 15 Everglades denizen, for short 16 Muffin spread 17 Rubbish 19 Rush-order letters 20 Words of commitment 21 Rubbish 23 Rubbish 28 Speed contests 29 Make, as a DVD copy 30 Expressive rock music subgenre 31 Speaker 32 Teens skin concern 33 Lowest deck on a ship 35 Rubbish 41 __ zone: restricted air space 42 Understands 44 Colorado skiing destination 47 Help on stage 49 Pesky insect 50 Psychologist Alfred 51 Rubbish 53 Rubbish 55 Musical sensitivity 56 Cantina hors doeuvre 57 Rubbish 63 Anemia treatment 64 Shipwreck survivors refuge 65 Dont worry! 66 Penny 67 The Wanderer singer 68 Witherspoon of Legally Blonde DOWN 1 Unruly crowd 2 Suffix with plug 3 Zero, in soccer scores 4 Convenient meal named for what it was designed to be eaten in front of 5 Listens to 6 Calculator readout, briefly 7 CPAs recommendation 8 Six-Day War statesman Dayan 9 Letter between Delta and Foxtrot 10 Skedaddle! 11 Former German territory __Lorraine 12 Next week, on ... bit 13 Second-year students 18 Architect Mies van der __ 22 Sales meeting aid 23 CEOs degree 24 Pained cry 25 Yes-__ question 26 See ya! 27 Electric shaver brand 31 Boozehound 34 Short basketball shot 36 Wooden Mortimer 37 Ages and ages 38 Foam pad style resembling a dairy case container 39 City near Lake Tahoe 40 Legatos opp., in music 43 NASDAQ buy 44 Invasive apps 45 Apply liberally and carelessly 46 Grammar stickler, e.g.48 Fencing weapon 50 Top room 51 Cola Wars cola 52 Arafat of the 58Down 54 __-back: relaxed 58 West Bank gp. 59 Thriller writer Deighton 60 Apply 61 NASDAQ listings 62 __ out a living By Gareth Bain (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC05/27/1405/27/14ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewisxwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Tuesday, Aug. 1: Turnin N Burnin Summer Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. Barrel races start at 7 p.m. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend. Saturday, Aug. 2: Turnin N Burnin Jackpot Barrel Race & Speed Show exhibition runs start at 3 p.m. Barrel races start at 5 p.m. A speed show will follow the barrel races. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend. Tuesday, Aug. 5: Recreational Riding from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; $10 per rider, and you MUST show a current negative Coggins test for each horse. Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17: The All Florida Junior Rodeo Association 2015 season kickoff. Youth from ages 5 to 14 from all over the State of Florida will compete in 11 rodeo events. There is no charge for the public to attend, and the concession stand will be open, with the proceeds going to 4-H. Rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. Cowboy Church will be at 8 a.m. Sunda y morning. Thursday Aug. 21: Recreational riding / barrel practice night from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; $10 per rider; and you MUST show a current negative Coggins test. Friday, Aug. 22: Turnin N Burnin Summer Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. Barrel racing starts at 7 p.m. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend. Sunday, Aug. 31: Kaza Productions Mexican Rodeo; Mexican music and food, 1 to 8 p.m. Agri-Civic Center August events Special to the Okeechobee News/ Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFASThe UF/IFAS Extension Treasure Coast Small Farms Working Group will be offering a Beginning Farmer Summer Series, to help new farmers learn the tools they need to succeed.
By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Communities in Schools (CIS), local volunteers and the Okeechobee Children Serv ices Council teamed up this year to provide a skate camp for local kids for the 10th consecutive year. Amanda Blewitt with CIS and the Police A thletic League, said the camp has averaged 25 kids throughout the week. The camp is for kids ages 6-18 and focuses on safety and improving their skate board skills. The Okeechobee Children Services Council provided a $3,000 grant to help the camp operate this year. They provide a full breakfast and lunch to the campers. The CIS girls provide Gatorade and other drinks to the campers. Volunteer Heather Siler Dobbs has been at the camp for the past several years. She started to skateboard at age 8 and handed down her love for the hobby to her children. She asked if she could hang out when her children attended and now she works with the younger skaters, helping them learn the basics. This year has been fantastic. The kids are so supportive of each other, theyre all encouraging each other to try new things and to stay positive, its OK, if one of them falls, there always two or three that run up to them and say its OK, hang in there, she added. Each age group works on different skills and the campers are divided into different ages and experience. Dobbs focuses on the basics with the younger children like how to stand on the board and then make moves and going down ramps. The Children Services Council is so wonderful. Its great to have this camp so kids can come out and learn something in a supportive atmosphere and kind of get the basics down before they venture out alone into the skate board park, she added. Jill Rogers with CIS said the shade trees at the skate board park have really helped keep the campers cooler this year. She thanked the Okeechobee School Board Food Services for providing the meals and drinks. She also thanked the Renfranz family for a memorial grant they provide each year in memory of their son, Eli. The money goes to pay for two part-time employees who help operate the skate board park during the year. The hours are Monday through Friday from 3 until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 until 6 p.m. Skaters interested in a $20 annual pass can purchase them from the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Department at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. East Coast Signs provided T-shirts for all of the campers this year. The camp will end Friday with a trip to the Fort Pierce Parks and Recreation Department skate board park. Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 18 Okeechobee News August 1, 2014 Local children enjoy summer skate board camp Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLanden Doyle, 8, shows off some moves at the skate board camp. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHeather Siler Dobbs assists Alex Ngov, 6, at the skate camp this week. Local businesses invited to sign up rst for spotsSpecial to the Okeechobee News Get Ready Okeechobee County businesses! The Okeechobee County Outdoor Sports Expo Backwoods To Beaches Freshwater & Saltwater is coming to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on Nov. 15 and 16. This event will promote the diverse historical, agricultural and outdoor sporting activities, products, resorts and accommodations in Okeechobee County and throughout Florida, such as: hunting, shing, camping, resorts, tours, outdoor equipment (including trucks, boats, RVs, hunting buggies, airboats) and family outdoor activities. The expo will showcase all things outdoors in one location in your hometown. Take advantage of the local business preference to secure undercover booths, outdoor display areas and sponsorship opportunities at the expo before out-of-area businesses are contacted. Dont miss this opportunity to promote your business to local and out of area visitors. Okeechobee local business preference signups will be available Aug. 4 22. Contact the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Department at 863-763-6950, or e-mail: Tgould@Co.Okeechobee.Fl.Us; or call the Tourist Development Council at 863-7633959, or e-mail: Tourism@Co.Okeechobee. Fl.Us. This event is an of cially recognized county event approved by the Okeechobee County Board Of County Commissioners and presented by the collective efforts of the Okeechobee County Departments of the Agri-Civic Center, Parks And Recreation and the Tourist Development Council. Note: All booths and display areas are on a rst-come, rst-served basis. All products and services are subject to the approval by Okeechobee County. County to host Outdoor Sports Expo
Special to the Okeechobee News In preparation for season three of TrophyCatch, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) launched a new and highly improved website to facilitate gathering data on Floridas famed trophy largemouth bass and to reward anglers for releasing them alive. TrophyCatch is an incentive-based conservation program designed for anglers who catch-and-release largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds in Florida. There are three different tiers and two bonus categories offering the opportunity to win prizes: The Lunker Club (8-9.9 pounds) $100 in gift cards, a short-sleeve T-shirt, certi cate and decal. The Trophy Club (10-12.9 pounds) $150 in gift cards, a short-sleeve T-shirt, certi cate and decal. The Hall of Fame Club (greater than 13 pounds) a $500 berglass mount, $200 in gift cards, a duffel bag, hoodie and other apparel, Glen Lau DVD, certi cate and decal, w orth approximately $1,000. The biggest bass of the season wins a $3,000 championship ring from the American Outdoors Fund, and if it happens to come from a major water body in Osceola County, Experience Kissimmee chips in $10,000 in cash. The current leader is J. Morrell, with a 14-pound, 9-ounce bass caught and released on Lake Kingsley, last March. One lucky registered angler will win a $40,000 Phoenix bass boat, powered by Mercury Marine and equipped with a Power-Pole. Besides getting a chance at the boat just for registering, every veri ed catch provides 10 extra chances for the drawing, w hich is conducted at the end of the season. TrophyCatch seasons run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year. Anglers should carefully follow catchand-release guidelines for these big bass and document the catch through a photograph of the entire bass on a scale with the weight clearly legible, said Tom Champeau, director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. The new TrophyCatchFlorida. com website makes it easy to register and review the rules and prizing details. Anglers should remember to take a camera and scale, and perhaps a tape measure to document the catch quickly and safely before releasing it. People then simply upload catch photos (up to ve) or even an MP4 video clip up to 50 MB in size, complete a simple form and submit. Since this is a citizen-science program, properly veri ed data helps FWC biologists enhance, conserve and promote trophy bass shing. This will ultimately bene t anglers, shing-related businesses and local communities. Corporate partners, including Bass Pro Shops, Dicks Sporting Goods, Rapala and Bass King Clothing, provide the rewards, in return for carefully documenting these catches and live-releasing them in the same water system where they were caught. This program provides extremely valuable data and encourages live-release of these older, female bass, so they can continue to challenge other anglers and spawn in their home waters. The program began in October 2012, and the World Fishing Network was gracious and conservation-minded enough to create the rst website free-of-charge. TrophyCatch continues to expand, going from a total of 1,941 registrants and 185 veri ed club winners in season 1 to 7,903 registrants and 798 winners through the rst three-quarters of season 2. Similar growth is anticipated for season 3. With additional demands on the website and reward processing, and evolution of the Internet, the enhancements that our new partnership with Brandt Information Services brings are sure to be appreciated by TrophyCatch participants, said KP Clements, the TrophyCatch director. Clements also encourages anglers to subscribe to YouTube.com/TrophyCatchFlorida and to like FaceBook.com/TrophyCatchFlorida to keep up with developments. The new website integrates these social media resources so that anglers can brag about their catches with their social networks. The FWC encourages all anglers to chec k out the site, register to be automatically entered in the boat drawing and be prepared to catch and release largemouth bass. One never knows when or where a trophy bass will appear, but checking the gallery and catch records at TrophyCatchFlorida.com may enhance ones opportunities. From Okeechobee, through the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Lake Talquin, trophies are being caught year-round, but trophy bass are also being caught on small local lakes and even golf course ponds. These places are accessible and good bets for opportunities to land a lunker. TrophyCatch launches enhanced website for conservation-minded anglers You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST BAPTIST Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)www.nbc-okeechobee.orgRev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. EPISCOPAL Advertise your church events or services here!Call 863.763.3134 today to inquire about pricing CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOURCome worship with usSunday 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 1, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOneBlood, Inc., the not-for-pro t blood center serving most of Florida and parts of South Georgia and Alabama, and The Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Inc. (ITxM) the not-for-pro t blood center and transfusion services management organization operating in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Virginia and parts of Ohio and West Virginia, announced that they have entered into an agreement to pursue a merger of the two organizations. The landscape of the blood industry is shifting and it demands a progressive and forward-thinking approach to ensure safe, available and affordable blood for our hospital partners and their patients, said Don Doddridge, Chief Executive Of cer of OneBlood. By combining the resources of two industry leading blood centers we can further strengthen the blood supply, especially in times of natural disasters such as hurricanes in the south and winter storms in the north, while at the same time create operational ef ciencies that bring additional value to our healthcare partners and our blood donors. said Doddridge. We have entered a new era of blood banking. Hospital consolidation continues to occur and medical facilities need larger scale blood centers to serve multiple locations in broader service regions. As their partner, we must do our part to help ensure the blood is available when and where it is needed while assisting the industry in its efforts to control healthcare costs, said Jim Covert, Chief Executive Of cer of ITxM. Keeping pace with the changing times is not enough. As stewards of the blood supply and trusted community assets we must take proactive and innovative measures now so we are able to meet the blood needs of the future, said Mr. Covert. The merger would create the largest independent not-for-pro t blood center in the United States distributing nearly 2 million units of blood annually, with combined revenues of $480 million and employing more than 3,500 people. The due diligence period is expected to last for the next several months. In the meantime, the centers will continue operations without any changes in service or leadership. OneBlood and ITxM are no strangers to mergers. OneBlood was formed in 2012 when three of Floridas independent notfor-pro t blood centers merged. ITxM was created in 1987 and is the parent company of the Central Blood Bank, created in 1951 and located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and subsequently acquired blood centers in Chicago, Illinois and Richmond, Virginia. Blood Centers announce intent to merge
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