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Sunday, August 10, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 96 14.20 feetLast Year: 16.03 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax Guide to local elections inside this edition! OHS fall football schedule set ... Page 23 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clrng Or Cti! Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenSandhill cranes are among the birds that thrive in the lower Kissimmee Basin. The SFWMD basin plan balances the water needs of wildlife, agriculture and humans. Water managers balance water needs of agriculture, cities and wildlifeBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Water demand is expected to increase by 30 million gallons per day by the year 2035 in the lower Kissimmee basin that includes parts of Okeechobee, Highlands and Glades Counties. Over the same time period, population is expected to increase by 23 percent or by 12,389 residents in the three counties. Thursday the South Florida Water Management District Water Resources Committee reviewed the draft of the Lower Kissimmee basin water plan and approved it with little discussion. Section leader Cynthia Gefvert said this basin uses the least Water usage plan approved for lower Kissimmee basinSee BASIN Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News In an effort to hold down fuel costs, the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) takes advantage of the WEX eet card that allows deputies to buy gasoline at the pump but at a reduced price. OCSO Major Noel Stephen explained his agency has been a part of the State of Florida WEX Fleet Card program since 2010. The card not only saves the agency money but is also more time ef cient for deputies in that they no longer have to return to the county pump located at the Okeechobee County Road and Bridge Department on N.W. Second Ave. to ll up their patrol units. This allows the deputies to stay in their zones, said Maj. Stephen. Even though his deputies primarily use the WEX card, they can also fuel up their cars at the county pump if need be. OCSO records show that, on average, the sheriffs of ce paid $3.3757 per gallon by using the WEX card from June 3 to July 1. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) web site the average price for regular gas at the pump during that same time frame was $3.591 in Florida. In the Central Atlantic portion of the U.S., the price for regular gas during that same period was $3.753. According to a June 2014 invoice the sheriffs of ce purchased 77 gallons of gas at the county pump at a price of $3.5354 per gallon. Thats a total of $272.23 paid to the county by the sheriffs of ce. The OCSO major said most o f that cost is attributed to use by the Citizens On Patrol (COP) unit and the OCSO transport unit which transports prisoners. Okeechobee County currentl y purchases their gasoline from Palmdale Oil on a contract price. In July of this year the sheriffs of ce paid an average of $3.2857 per gallon by using the WEX card at the pump. Fleet cards cut OCSO fuel costsSee GAS Page 5 Henry Creek Lock to close to boat traf c The Henry Creek Navigation Lock, or G-36, on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee is scheduled to close to boat traf c beginning August 11 to install an upgraded manatee protection system. As one of the rst of 19 SFWMD gates and locks to receive the unique system in the 1990s to protect this endangered and iconic Florida species, it was time to replace parts at the end of their useful life. Developed by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florid a Atlantic University, the system uses sensors at the bottom of the See LOCK Page 5
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Today: Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: A few clouds from time to time. Low 73F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mphExtended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. High 93F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly early. Low 74F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday: Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then becoming clear overnight. Low 74F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. What is the gospel?Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Mark 16:15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 1 Corinthians 15:1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you rst of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. We are told to preach the gospelwhat is the gospel? Simply said it is, Jesus died for me. Dr. J. H. Wilson gave a very good example of the power of the gospel: I was traveling some years ago with one of the most eminent Jews of our time, the late Dr. Cappadose of Amsterdam. He said to me, Would you like to know how I became a Christian? I should, very much, I replied. He said, I was reading my Hebrew Old Testament, and I came to the fty-third chapter of Isaiah. I had read it before, but this time my eyes seemed opened. I began to think it was the New Testament I had gotten hold of by mistake. I turned the back of it toward me to make sure it was my own Bible. As I read it again and again, I saw what I had never seen before sin laid on another. And who could it be but the Lord Jesus? The end of that was that I became a Christian without the New Testament at all!Dr. J. H. Wilson in The Illustrator. Much of what is spoken from todays pulpit and called the gospel does not line up with Pauls version of the gospel. WHAT IS THE GOSPEL according to Paul? As simple and plain as he could make it, Paul wrote: Christ died for our sins he was buried, and that he rose again the third day. In the New Testament the gospel is not how to live the Christian lifeJesus lived it twothousand years ago. The gospel is not just teaching someone how to keep the moral law. The gospel is not teaching someone how to succeed in lifeI could go on BUTgospel preaching is the preaching of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And to make it clear as to where he stood Paul told the Corinthians, I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him cruci ed (1 Cor. 2:2). Macartney in an Illustration, wrote: Delayed once for several hours in the town o f Dijon in France, I went into the cathedral there. What I remember now about the cathedral is the nely-wrought stone pulpit, and just beneath it the gure of a recording angel, holding a tablet in one hand and a pen in the other, with face upward turned toward the pulpit, waiting to hear and record wha t the preacher says. Always the angel stands below our pulpits. He is not waiting to pu t down things which the congregation or th e pastor might like to recordin pleasure o r displeasurebut whether or not the words of the preacher are true to the gospel with which he has been entrustedEncyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. WHAT DOES THE GOSPEL DO? Paul wrote, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached By which also ye are saved. There you have it from the pen of the apostl e Paul. The gospel is the means of our salvation and Satan does not like the gospel. H e will hinder it every chance he gets. It mus t be preached often and kept in mind unless we forget and have believed in vain, Paul advises in the text. Paul made the gospel simple in 1 Corinthians 15:1. He said, I delivered unto you rst of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third da y according to the scriptures. This according to Paul is the gospelhe was talking to a church that had forgotten the gospel. There is a song I love to hear. It thrills m e every time I hear it. It is called One Glorious Day. The chorus is the gospel that every Christian is commanded to preach and teach: Living He Loved me, dying He saved me, Buried He carried my sins far away, Rising He justi ed freely forever, One day He is coming, oh glorious day! A little child, between four and ve years of age, on retiring, knelt down to say he r evening prayer and was heard to say, Dea r Jesus, I thank you for being punished instead of me. She had heard her mother talking o f Jesus taking our place. This incident inspired the hymn, Instead of Me: Good news from the gospel is sounding today; I haste to receive it, how can I delay? It tells me from bondage my soul may be free, Through Jesus who suffered instead of me.words b y Fanny J. Crosby. August 10, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Letters to the editor Publisher/Editor: Katrina ElskenCirculation Manager: Dee Gaudin 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. Okeechobee Forecast CorrectionThe article headlined, Doctor Kumar: Okeechobees voice of hope in the Aug. 1 edition contained some incorrect contact information. The of ce phone number is: 863467-9500. Address: 1115 N. Parrott Ave. and hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Safety I know there is much stress about the sheriffs of ce budget, but I still feel safe in this community. Despite the cuts last year to the budget and the decrease in staff, I think we are safe here. Of course, each resident has to take some responsibility for your own safety. Keep your doors locked. Dont leave ATVs, motorcycles or riding lawnmowers in view of the street. Fencing your property helps. Getting a big dog helps too.Taxes As of late since budget and compliance with codes seems to be a hot topic, I have noticed the churches and religious centers in this county. I know no candidate would address this but the amount of land some of these churches are holding vs. the amount of land they actually use, de nitely raises my hackles. looking around I can see no reason why they hold so much land. In comparison, look at the movie theater. They have as many seats as a church yet they are on a smaller lot and use the entire property. Is this some kind of tax break for the business of operating a church? Whats the reason for such large lots? How can a church actually control a public street making it impossible for public use? That being said, I think land holdings of churches should be reviewed and considered for taxes. Only the percentage used to worship should be considered tax exempt. The Crown bestowed tax relief to churches and clergy of the established of cial religion, as it did for other state institutions. Sometimes the of cial religion changed and property employed for religious purposes by the out-of-favor denomination could be seized under the Chantries Act as property used for superstitious purposes. If only! Americas progressive liberal deist and atheist founding fathers made sure America would be a secular democracy with no state religion or mandated religion of any kind. 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The companys web site goes on to explain that it has been available to the federal government and commercial eet managers since 1983. WEX is also registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and can exempt state and local taxes on fuel purchases. It services over 1.06 million tax-exempt cards nationwide. In essence, the program can provide the savings because fuel is purchased at the port which cuts out the middleman, pointed out Maj. Stephen. Calls were placed to county of cials Friday, Aug. 8, but no one was available as of newspaper deadline. GASContinued From Page 1 amount of water of any of the basins in the South Florida Water Management District but the goal is to ensure adequate water supplies while protecting the environment. There are six public utilities in the basin including the Okeechobee Utility Authority. A griculture is by far the biggest user of water in the basin. Ms. Gefvert said two workshop meetings w ere held in Okeechobee in the past 60 days and they have met with agriculture leaders, utilities, and the Seminole Tribe to get comments on the plan. Five agencies, including the Florida Farm Bureau and the Florida Department of Agriculture, have offered comments of support. In 2010, 192 million gallons of water per day was used in the basin and that is expected to increase to 222 million gallons by 2035. Ms. Gefvert admitted that sounds like a lot of water but by comparison, the Miami Utility Authority uses 300 million gallons per day by itself. Ms. Gefvert said agriculture continues to use more water and acreage in agriculture use is expected to increase by 9,500 acres by 2035. She said 85 percent of the areas water supply is used by agriculture. The future water demands can be met with appropriate management and continued development of available ground water sources, she told the committee. Public water use is expected to increase by 21 percent to 3.5 million gallons per day by 2035 and agriculture use is projected to increase by 14 percent from 162 to 185 million gallons per day. While the plan includes 6.4 million gallons per day for power plants, that projection does not include the proposed power plant in Northeast Okeechobee County. The basin supports 52 different species of sh, 98 different species of birds and 24 species of reptiles and amphibians. The area covered is roughly south of the 65A structure and includes drainage basins like Taylor Creek, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Okeechobee, Fish Eating Creek and the Indian Prairie Canal. The plan is due to be considered by the SFWMD Governing Board on Sept. 11. BASINContinued From Page 1 lock that prevent gates from closing when a manatee is present. Work is scheduled to be complete and the lock reopened to boaters by Friday, August 22. For information about the lock and manatee protection system, please contact Gar y Ritter at (863) 462-5260, ext. 3017, or firstname.lastname@example.org LOCKContinued From Page 1 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced it will continue the target ows it set in mid-July as it continues to manage water levels at Lake Okeechobee. For the Caloosahatchee Estuary, the target ow remains at a 10-day average of 1,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) near Fort Myers. Local basin runoff will continue to be allowed to pass through Franklin as necessary, which could cause ows to exceed the target. The target ow for the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) is unchanged at 0 cfs, although local basin runoff from the St. Lucie Canal (C-44) will continue to be allowed to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as has been the case since early June. The lake has been rising in recent days, said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida. We are working with the South Florida Water Management District to keep lakes in the Kissimmee chain near the top of their regulation schedules. We are also seeing success in sending lake water through the southern outlets on the lake. On Wednesday (Aug 6), 900 cfs was sent to the south while no lake water was sent to the Caloosahatchee River or St. Lucie Canal. Friday, Aug. 8, the lake stage is 14.20 feet, and has risen 0.26 feet in the past week. It is currently in the Operational Low Sub-Band of the Corps water control plan, the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). In the Low Sub-Band, under current conditions, LORS authorizes the Corps to discharge up to 3,000 cfs to the Caloosahatchee and up to 1,170 cfs to the St. Lucie. If the lake continues to rise, there is a possibility discharges will have to be increased, said Col. Greco. We will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments as necessary based on LORS guidance. No change to target ows east and west from Lake Okeechobee B.R.A.T. dance is Aug. 16The Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a back-to-school Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., Saturday, Aug. 16 from 7 until 10 p.m. for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. Y outh soccer sign ups setOkeechobee Parks and Recreation will host youth soccer league sign ups Aug. 18 29 at the Sports Complex, 640 N.W. 27th Lane, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 :30 p.m. The fee is $45 per player. You w ill need a birth certi cate to register. Photo workshop at libraryA free photo editing workshop will be held at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. For information, call 772708-6764.Fishing bene t plannedSkull Hill Steel Archery will host Somethin for Nothin, a bow and trash shing tournament to bene t Tony Sudduth, at Okee-Tantie airboat ramp on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and $10 per person for the 50/50 big sh entry. For information contact Jacob May eld at 561-6357470, or by e-mail at jmay eld113@yahoo. com.Bene t for Pilgrims slatedOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause will host their monthly auction Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. They will support Lee and Larry Pilgrim who have both been through a lot of 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. 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A lice (Aperkowsky) Jensen, 84OKEECHOBEE Alice Jensen died July 30, 2014 at the Hamrick Home. She was born June 18, 1930 in New Y ork. She came to Okeechobee from New York in 1965. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and frequent donor to the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. She was a w onderful mother and friend who would give her last to someone in need. She was a devoted Catholic, loved to work in the gardens and sing to the Lord.Mrs. Jensen was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Aperkowsky. She is survived by her sons, Lance Jensen (Robyn Preis) and Michael Jensen (Pat); two grandsons, Dakota Preis and Scott Buchanan; sister-in-law, Esther Aperkowsky. No services will be held at this time. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to the family to assist with nal expenses. Daisy A. Brown, 88TAMPA Daisy A. Brown passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Tampa General Hospital due to Heart Failure. She was born February 7, 1926 in Okeechobee, Fla. to the late Samuel B and Minnie (Brown) Davis and has been a resident of the area since 1947 moving here from Okeechobee, Fla. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, friends and neighbors and was a good cook. She was a homemaker and of the Protestant Faith. She was preceded in death by her Husband W illiam E. Brown. Survivors include her brother Samuel C. and w ife Diane Davis of Okeechobee, Fla. And many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, August 11, 2014 at 1:00PM until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof with the Rev. Wrynn Collins Of ciating. Interment w ill be at Silver Hill Cemetery Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Frostproof handling arrangements.Bernice Elizabeth Banks Hayes, 90OKEECHOBEE Bernice Elizabeth Banks Hayes passed away on August 7, 2014. She was born January 19, 1924 in Live Oak, Florida to Martin Ira and Mary Ada Banks. She came to Okeechobee from Pompano Beach in 1959, and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. A bookkeeper by trade, Mrs. Hayes was Finance Of cer for the Okeechobee County School system for many years before joining her husband in their retail store, Garden, Ranch & Pet Supply. Mrs. Hayes was preceded in death by two halfsisters, Mayebell Philyaw and Bonnie Sanders; two half-brothers, Allison Banks and Charles V. Knight; three brothers, Haywood, Leonard and Wilton Banks. She is survived by her husband of more than seventy years, Vergil L. Hayes; son, Ron Hayes (Jacque E.) all of Okeechobee; daughter, Janice Andrews (Ron) of Alachua; grandson, Aaron Andrews (Amanda); granddaughter, Blair Andrews Poole (Shawn); and four great grandchildren. Visitation will be at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 1 p.m. until funeral services at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.The family requests in lieu of owers, friends may write a note about a memory of Bernice that can be provided to her children and grandchildren to let them know what she meant to others. They may be placed in a basket which will be placed at the visitation and funeral service.Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www. OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. James W. Young, Founder Seawinds Funeral Group3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee 863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com Cremation ..............................$495 Cremation & Chapel Service ..$870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) ..........$2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial $1,995 Graveside Service ................$1,495 PRE-ARRANGEMENT (Financing Available) Cremation $95 down $10 a month for 45 months Creamation with Chapel Service .. $195 down $17 a month for 45 months Traditional Funeral & Burial ....... $500 down, $100 month for 45 months This includes minimum Casket, Vault and Open/Closing of Grave Site These prices do not include cash advance items. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 10, 2014 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing obits@ n ewszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guestbooks. A l ink to the obituaries is available at orida.newszap.com. Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! VFW serving breakfastBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 E. S.R. 78, announces its activities are open to the public this week. Sunday, Aug. 10 breakfast is from 8:30 until 11 a.m. plus $1 bloody marys, screwdrivers and drafts with ve-card bingo at 5 p.m. Dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 13, is from 5 until 7 p.m. for a $6 donation. Thursday, Aug. 14, features bingo and food at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, dinner features pork loin, sh and shrimp for a $7-$8 donation plus live music from 6 until 11 p.m. All proceeds bene t veterans programs and their families. Call 843-467-2882.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Fire ghters collect suppliesOkeechobee Fire ghters Union Local 2918 will collect back-to-school supplies at Okeechobee Walmart on Sunday, Aug. 10 All supplies will be given to My Aunts House (501c3) for distribution to local foster and needy children. For information, call Matt Vinson 863-697-1205.Support group to meetA stroke support group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Assisted living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave. For information, call 863-763-7773 or 863-634-8412.Political forum is plannedAn Okeechobee political forum will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Osceol a Middle School Gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th St., from 5:45 until 9 p.m. Candidates from the following races are invited: U.S. Representative District 17, Commissioner o f Agriculture, Circuit Judge Circuit 19, Cit y Council, School Board District 1, Count y Commission Districts 2 & 4. Concessions will be available and those sales will bene t local students.Bene t planned for Levi Bone y A barbecue chicken dinner bene t will be held for Levi Boney on Friday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. Levi has Scheuermanns Kyphosis disease and is under going spinal fusion surgery. They are raising money to help with medical bills. Tickets are available at Nurse On Call and Tin Fish Restaurant. For information, call Shelley Maggard at 863-697-0193.Town hall meeting scheduledA town hall meeting with Commissioner Bryant Culpepper will be held Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N.Mission plans school driveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currentl y sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for needy families. We will accept donations up until Aug. 15 Most all school supplies are needed. No trapper keepers. For information and drop-off locations call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815. 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By Mickie AndersonUF/IFAS GAINESVILLE A two-year panther study at two southwest Florida cattle ranches shows that the endangered cats attack and kill calves, but how often that happens can vary greatly by location and landscape. Caitlin Jacobs, a University of Florida masters student in wildlife ecology and conservation, conducted the study, in which radio-transmitter tags were put on the ears of 409 calves at two ranches, both near Immokalee. The Florida panther nearly died out, with an estimated population thinning to just 20 to 25 panthers by 1995, with conservation efforts helping the cats numbers grow to an estimated 100 to 160 by 2012. But the panthers comeback has not always been helpful to cattle ranchers. One of the ranches Ms. Jacobs studied lost 10 calves, or 5 percent of the herd each year, to preying panthers, while the other lost only one, or half a percent of that herd, during the same time span. Both ranches also lost calves to other causes, including eight deaths at one ranch and ve at the other not attributed to predators. Overall, panther attacks caused the most deaths, although panthers werent the only predator for calves to contend with. Each ranch also lost at least one ear-tagged calf to a bear attack during the two-year study, while some untagged calves were killed by coyotes and vultures. The ranches physical geography, including open spaces and the proximity of wooded areas in which the cats can hide and stalk, likely have much to do with the different rates, she said. But for the panthers to continue their comeback, they rely greatly on the mixed landscape found on ranches, which includes forests, wetlands, prairies and pastures. Ms. Jacobs said she hopes her research helps lead to fruitful policy discussion between state conservation of cials and ranchers, perhaps to programs that might pay ranchers to maintain key panther habitat, rather than as compensation for dif cult-totrack individual calf losses. The ranching landscape is important for panthers. Land thats used for housing or row crops or citrus groves doesnt help them the same way; they need those natural areas, she said. The research was often gory, with Ms. Jacobs, multi-county UF/IFAS livestock Extension agent Lindsey Wiggins and the ranchers themselves evaluating scenes and playing sleuth to determine which predator was to blame: panthers, coyotes, bears or even vultures. The study was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Defenders of Wildlife and supported by JB Ranch and Immokalee Ranch, where Jacobs did her research. Panthers sometimes prey on cattle Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 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. MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 8TH Thurs., Aug. 14THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYFri. 7:00 & 9:10, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:10, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESFri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun, Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00I: INTO THE STORMFri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun, Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG-13 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Slaughter cows and bulls sold really good this weekhigher by several dollars! Short supply with good demand! Same thing goes for calf prices, Higher across the board! These high prices are making everyone a little nervous, but its strictly supply and demand! All indications are that we are in for a few good years. The downside is its gonna take a lot of money to replace old cows and I imagine the Bull Sales this Fall are going to be considerably higher! But, we need to enjoy it while it lasts ... its been a long time coming! Lightsey Cattle Co, Lake Wales, topped the calf market with a high of $4.70 bought by B & M Cattle. Seminole Tribe, Okeechobee, and Rio Ranch, Okeechobee, topped the Slaughter Cow Market with a high of $1.28 bought by Florida Beef. October Special Sales: Oct 3: Bred Heifer & Cow Sale; Oct 10: 44 Farms Angus Bull Sale; Oct 17: Little Creek Farms Brangus Bull Sale plus 50 head (Registered & Commercial) Brangus Heifers Todd
Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print bad news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing email@example.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: Daily Local News Updates New interactive and easy to navigate format Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 8 Okeechobee News August 10, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man accused of burglarizing a local home and stealing several televisions is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Arrested Friday, Aug. 8, was Jose Ruben Nunez III, of a S.W. 11th St., on felony charges of grand theft, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, criminal mischief and use of another persons identi cation without consent. He is being held on a total bond of $52,500. Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report Nunez, 29, was accused of entering a home and stealing ve at screen televisions while the homeowner was out of town. Those TVs had a combined value of $2,150, added the report. A witness reportedly told the detective they saw a vehicle back into the driveway at the home. A man got out of the gold sports utility vehicle and walked around the side of the house. That man, added the witness, was reportedly out of the SUV for 30 minutes to an hour. Through the course of his probe, Detective Faulkner learned the intruder apparently gained entry into the home by breaking out a window and that one of the TVs was supposedly sold to a man in Buckhead Ridge. According to the detectives report, damage to a side door, side window and backdoor was estimated to be around $1,000. The detectives investigation into this break-in is continuing. Local man charged in home break-in Jose Nunez The following individuals were arr ested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechob ee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), t he Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife C onservation Commission (FWC) or the D epartment of Corrections (DOC). Gilberto Orozco, 21, N.E. 70th Ave., O keechobee, was arrested Aug. 7 by Deputy J ohn Ashby on an Okeechobee County warr ant charging him with the misdemeanor of v iolation of probation driving under the in ue nce. His bond was set at $2,500. Kendrick Mario Hilton, 18, N. State Road 7, Plantation, was arrested Aug. 7 by Deput y Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee C ounty warrant charging him with the felony of battery on detention/commitment staff. His bond was set at $5,000. Dwan Sharrod Marshall Jr., 17, N.W. 11th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 7 by Deputy Cpl. Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of possession of a rearm or ammunition by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed rearm. He was also charged with the misdemeanor of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond was set at $81,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT 8000 block S.R. 70 W. BURGLARY 2000 block of S.E. 33rd St. 7900 block of N.E. 37th St. 9200 block of N.W. 240th St. 3600 block of N.W. 17th Ave. 3300 block of N.W. 34th Ave. 2500 block of S.E. 19th Terrace CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 8000 block of S.E. 99th Trail FRAUD 4300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 12400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 12600 block of N.W. 20th St. THEFT 1800 block of N.W. Third Lane 700 block of N.E. 16th Ave. 33600 block of N.E. Ninth Ave. 2100 block of N.W. 50th Ave. 3000 block of S.E. 34th Ave. 9200 block of N.W. 240th St. 2700 block of U.S. 441 S. 3700 block of S.E. 27th St. 1000 block of N.E. 13th Ave. 1800 block of S.R. 70 W. 3100 block of N.E. 80th Ave. OCSO Investigations Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Aug. 5 that the top three complaints received in July 2014 at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Serv ices were regarding violators of the statewide Do Not Call List, fuel and cable. The agency received 3,956 complaints in July. In addition, there were 37,461 calls, 811 live online chats and 400 emails requesting consumer assistance and information. The top three calls to the agencys 1-800-HELP-FLA hotline requesting information or assistance were related to cable companies, the solicitation of contributions from charities and the Do Not Call list. In the past month, the department has responded to many consumer concerns and taken action against several individuals or businesses operating outside of Florida law. During the month of July, the agency: Initiated 273 investigations; Arrested 6 individuals; Recovered $523,317 on behalf of Florida consumers; Registered 7,126 businesses; Added 19,913 telephone numbers to Floridas Do Not Call List. Currently, there are more than 695,000 numbers on the list. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the states clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The call center is staffed with trained analysts who can respond to questions about programs and regulations under the departments purview, provide information on a wide variety of topics or direct callers to the appropriate government agency. Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the departments consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800HELP-FLA (435-7352). Do Not Call tops list of consumer complaints
Public invited to attend political forums this weekOkeechobee voters will go to the polls this month to elect a county commissioner in district 1 and a school board member, as w ell as choose the Republican party representative for the county commission district 4 race. Early voting for the primary begins Saturday, Aug. 16, and ends Saturday, Aug. 23, w ith voting during that period from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Of ce in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. The primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26. In the county commission district 2 race, incumbent Bryant Culpepper is challenged by Norbert L. Bobby Bennett. Both are Republicans. In the district 4 race, incumbent Joey A. Hoover (REP) is challenged by Terry Wayne Burroughs (REP). The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Thomas Tommy Clay in the Nov. 4 general election. In the school board district 1 race, incumbent Joe Arnold is challenged by Cheryl Kirton. The school board district 3 and 5 races only had one candidate each, and so Dixie Ball will represent district 3 and Jill Clericuzio will represent district 5. Their names will not be on the ballot. School board elections are nonpartisan. City of Okeechobee 2014 elections will include three city council members and the city clerk. These positions are currently held by council members Devin Maxwell, Dowling R. Watford Jr., and Clayton Williams; and, City Clerk Lane Gamiotea. Quali ed city residents may pre- le to become a candidate until Aug. 18, 2014, or le during Qualifying Week from noon, Aug. 18 through noon, Aug. 22, 2014. For more information, contact the Of ce of the City Clerk for speci c information at 863-763-3372, extension 215, or stop by city hall to pick up a candidate handbook. The city races will be decided in the Nov. 4 general election. Two political forums are planned this week. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, a forum will be held in the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th St., from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Candidates for U.S. Representative District 17, Commissioner of Agriculture, Circuit Judge Circuit 19, Okeechobee City Council, Okeechobee School Board District 1, and Okeechobee County Commission Districts 2 and 4 have been invited to participate. The forum is co-hosted by the Economic Council of Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council, the Okeechobee Farm Bureau, the Okeechobee Republican Party, the Okeechobee Democratic Party and the American Business Womens Association Women of Tomorrow Chapter. On Thursday, Aug. 14, the Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police will host a Meet Your Okeechobee County Board of Commissioner Candidates night at the Okeechobee County Civic Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Invited speakers include Bobby Bennett, Terr y Burroughs, Tommy Clay, Bryant Culpepper and Joey Hoover. The event will be moderated and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. For a sample ballot, see page 13. IMPORTANT ELECTION INFORMATION Please take a few minutes to review this information. If you have questions, please call the Elections Oce (863-763-4014), email us at Elections@VoteOkeechobee.com or use the oce website at www.VoteOkeechobee.com. UNIVERSAL PRIMARY CONTEST RACE Everyone will have a universal primary contest race on their ballot. ALL VOTERS REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION CAN VOTE IN THIS RACE: Board of County Commissioner District 2 The winner of this race will be elected on August 26th. AT-LARGE VOTING Board of County Commissioners and School Board Members are elected at-large. A voter may vote for either race no matter what district they live in. The winner of the School Board District 1 race will be elected on August 26th. VERY IMPORTANT TO AVOID DELAYS WHEN VOTING: If you have moved or had a name change since you last voted, or if you are unsure if you changed your address or name, contact the Elections Oce. To update your signature or make a name change, please complete a voter registration application and mail or bring the completed application to the oce. Thank you, Diane Hagan, Supervisor of Elections THREE CHOICES FOR VOTING VOTE BY MAIL (Absentee) EARLY VOTINGPRECINCT VOTING Absentee Voting WOULD YOU LIKE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT? A request for an absentee ballot can be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or through our website. Absentee ballots must be returned by mail or hand delivered to the Elections Oce by 7:00pm on Election Day. Early Voting Dates BEGINS: Saturday, A ugust 16thINCLUDES SUNDAY ENDS: Saturday, August 23rd8:30am to 4:30pm Located at Historic Courthouse Elections Oce 304 NW 2nd Street Election Day AUGUST 26, 2014 ONLY 7:00am to 7:00pm To verify your polling place, you may call the Elections Oce, email the oce or use the oce website 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2014 Primary Election DayVOTERS GUIDEFeatures: Much, Much More Okeechobee primary elections important PRECINCT WHERE TO VOTE1 Abiding Hope Worship Center, 4550 Hwy 441 N 2 Basinger Community Center, 20350 Hwy 98 N 3 Oakview Baptist Church, 677 SW 32nd St. 4 Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 Hwy 98 N 5 Gracious RV Park, 6500 Hwy 441 SE 6 Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 SW 6th St. 7 Hampton Inn, 1200 Hwy 70 E. 8 KOA, 4276 Hwy 441 S 9 New Testament Baptist Church, 535 NE 28th Ave. 10 Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 Hwy 441 N. 11 Palm Village Ranch Clubhouse, 1200 SW 44th Blvd. For more information regarding voting precincts, go online to www.vote.okeechobee.com or call the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections Of ce at 863-763-4014. 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District 3 incumbent Gay Carlton and District 5 incumbent David Williams did not seek re-election. Both had been in of ce since 1994. In each of those races, only one candidate quali ed to run. So the District 3 seat goes to Dixie Ball and the District 5 seat goes to Jill Clericuzio Holcomb. In the Okeechobee County School Board District 1 race, incumbent Joe Arnold is challenged by Cheryl Kirton. Joe Arnold, 39, has lived in Okeechobee County for 23 years. Mr. Arnold is an Okeechobee High School graduate. He attended Indian River State College, earning an associates degree, and later received a bachelors degree from the University of Florida, with a major in microbiology and a minor in chemistry. He has worked for Indian River State College for the past 17 years. Before his election to the Okeechobee County School Board in 2002, he also worked for the Okeechobee County School system as a chemistry and physics teacher. Cheryl Kirton, 49, has lived in Okeechobee County since 1994. She earned a BS in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M, graduating in 1987, and Masters in Health Services Administration from Nova University in 1991. She served as Director of Rehabilitation at Jupiter Medical Center from 1990-1994 and has been the owner of Physical Therapy of Okeechobee since 1994. QUESTION: In recent years, negotiat ions between the teachers union and t he school district have been long and d if cult, barely concluding before it was t ime to start negotiating for the next year. D o you have any ideas to speed up the n egotiation process? ARNOLD: This was true for a number of y ears; however, I feel that last year was much smoother as we settled before Christmas break. We have moved from a hired negotiator to having an assistant superintendent negotiate on behalf of the board. Based on the meetings that we have had so far this year, I am hopeful that the trend will continue. The union and the board have worked hard to improve negotiations. Part of the dif culty for both sides is trying to nd a balance for what the legislature has forced upon us such as RTT and merit pay. KIRTON: The long tedious negotiations process is exhausting for all involved. When frustration levels rise, morale goes down. I believe that we need to educate all parties involved in the negotiations process through a workshop. This would create a better understanding of where the funding is coming from and where it is going. Generating a projected timeline with realistic goals would also be an asset to the negotiations and possibly expedite the process. With a mutual understanding between the school district and union, perhaps a negotiation doesnt have to be as laborious and will restore camaraderie. QUESTION: What is your opinion of the current school tax rate? Too high? Too low? Why? ARNOLD: For the past three years the school district has lowered the millage rate. This years millage rate is a proposed decrease as well. We have been going through declining enrollment for a number of years. With fewer students each year, we fund fewer positions. On the other hand, there are always needs. We continue to improve infrastructure for technology. That is a never ending battle. As soon as we purchase new equipment for technology, it is not long before something better is available. The balance is improving student achievement, giving our employees a fair wage, and not overburdening the taxpayer. KIRTON: As a conservative I dont feel we need to increase the tax rate. There is money and funding in other areas that we need to seek out. I dont want to see an increase in our already struggling community with a higher tax rate. QUESTION: What programs that are not currently offered would you like to see added to the Okeechobee County schools? ARNOLD: I would like to open a Flex lab at the high school. This would give students the opportunity to learn the curriculum in a technology-rich setting. The online and onsite curriculum would include Virtual School, AP, and dual enrollment courses. The lab would be used for core curriculum but also for advanced classes and credit retrieval. Students involved in the Flex lab would learn part of the day in a traditional manner and part of the day with technology. They can accelerate at their own pace. I would also like to see more industry certi cation for vocational programs. KIRTON: I would like to see us expand more programs into the middle and high school. In middle school, implement an intensive summer reading program for at-risk students. I would also like to see us apply a program modeled after AVID for all students. All populations would bene t from a goaloriented approach. Not all students are college bound, therefore, at the High School level more technical and vocational programs would be bene cial. These programs place more students directly into the workforce, certi ed and ready. QUESTION: Do you think the new merit pay system is working well? If not, how would you propose to change or modify it? ARNOLD : This is the rst year that we have fully implemented merit pay as the state requires. This was one of the more dif cult pieces for us to nd common ground with the union on. Ultimately, it is working as the legislature requires. It is not well liked, and it is dif cult to give a fair and accurate evaluation for the purpose of merit pay, especially at the lower grade levels. KIRTON : Supporters of performance pay believe it will result in better quali ed teachers. Although teachers need to be held accountable, heavily weighing merit pay based on student performance, generates competition and animosity between teachers. Consequently, there are many factors that may impact a students score such as the effectiveness of previous instruction, support from the home environment, and the level of anxiety the child may feel the day of the test. We need to review what constitutes an exemplary or effective teacher and structure an incentive program that challenges teachers performance and reward them accordingly. QUESTION: What do you think is the biggest challenge currently faced by the school system and how would you propose to solve it? ARNOLD: I believe that the biggest challenge we face is poverty. Our free and reduced lunch rates are increasing at an alarming rate. Okeechobee County is ranked fth in Florida for child hunger. When poor students come to us, they are often hungry, have a smaller vocabulary, and have greater academic needs. We are going to need help from everyone in order to help these students before they show up in kindergarten. Our teachers and our students are working hard and making great improvements. I f every child were reading on grade level b y grade 3, we would be extremely successful. KIRTON: There are many challenges faced by the schools today, yet one that has continued to be problematic is the drug epidemic in our community and schools. Drug use at home and outside of school result in poor academic performance, truancy, and behavioral issues which could lead to an increased dropout rate. We need to expand on focus groups, and provide resources necessary for them to deal with this issue. As a united front, I believe we can strive for greater expectations, with consequences that place demand on accountability for our future generation. QUESTION: Some elementary school children have been required to attend schoo l for an extra hour due to low reading scores. How would you address this problem? ARNOLD: This is a result of a state la w that required the extra hour for the lowest 100 schools last year, and the lowest 300 elementary schools this year. We solve the problem by having students read on or above grade level as early as possible. I feel that we need to reach out to the parents and try to team up with them in order to encourage students to start reading well beyond the rst day of kindergarten. It is imperative that students come to us prepared for the vigor that the state expects them to endure. KIRTON: This extra hour has been mandated by the state. I dont think that we have the option to challenge or overrule this. At this time it has proven to be effective and the children responded by improving the overall grade/score of the school. I respect the parents concerns for their childs prolonged school day, but we should look at this as an opportunity to improve the childrens reading skills. This learning experience will hopefully prevent us from having to implement the extended days in the future. Kirton challenges Arnold for school board seat Joe Arnold Cheryl Kirton
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There will be both a primary and a general election for the Okeechobee County Commission District 4 seat. Incumbent Joey A. Hoover will face Terry Wayne Burroughs in the Republican primary. The winner of that race will face Democrat Thomas Tommy Clay in the general election. Joey Hoover, 53, has lived in Okeechobee since his family moved here in 1965. He is a 1979 graduate of Okeechobee High School and attended Indian River State College before transferring to the University of Central Florida. He graduated from UCF in 1985 with majors in economics and nance. He owns and operates Classic Asphalt Sealing and Striping Inc. He was elected to the Okeechobee County Commission in 2010. Terry Burroughs, 63, lived in Okeechobee County from 1956 to 1969 and then returned to Okeechobee in 2003. His education included high school and technical and business school training during his 34 career in the telecommunications industry. He retired as an executive director in the telecommunications industry in 2003. Tommy Clay, 53, has lived in Okeechobee County for 50 years and went to school here. He said he started out as a kid working for the Walpole family and the Hazellief family, and spent 24 years with Walpole Inc., with 20 years as the manager for the Okeechobee terminal, leaving in April 2013. Now I day work and enjoy the outdoors, he explained. He has served on the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board for over three years. The Okeechobee News invited readers to submit questions for the candidates. E ach candidate was asked to answer the questions in 100 words or less. QUESTION: What are your views on t he $14.8 million budget proposed by the s heriff for law enforcement, the jail and court security? If you favor funding it at t his level, where will the money come f rom? Even if the sheriff receives 100 p ercent of the property taxes, at 10 mills (the maximum allowed by state statute), p roperty tax revenue will fall $1.5 million s hort of the amount the sheriff seeks. HOOVER: As I have said before, it doesnt matter if it is the sheriffs budget or any other of ce or department. You cannot spend more than you can pay for. I wouldnt advocate an unbalanced budget in my home or my business, and I would not propose anything less for the taxpayers of Okeechobee County. It is an unsustainable proposition when costs exceed revenues. I believe my responsibility as a commissioner is to v ote for responsible actions, not just for the short term but to ensure that whenever I am no longer in of ce I have not left my successors with a debt they will have to demand from the current and future taxpayers. BURROUGHS: I am in favor of a wellequipped and equitably compensated law enforcement agency. However, we are at a serious crossroads with the future of our community. Over the past few years, our county leaders have done very little to promote our community to attract new industry and given our tax base continues to decrease puts our community in a very precarious position. Given this fact, the sheriffs budget now consumes 36 percent of the overall budget (minus the reserves). Additionally, as I sat through the recent county budget proceedings, I was exposed to a county budget laden with additional dollars in various line items that year over year was never utilized and was proposed this year without a usage plan. The simple solution is all government entities must work within the current amount of budget available. I would propose a review of each staf ng plan both in the administration as well as those of the constitutional of cers to identify the basic needs required to provide services to our community and match the personnel to ensure those needs are met. CLAY: I think you have to follow what the consultants showed the commission and staff a couple of months back, which is to do the MSTU tax for the county to fund law enforcement, reduce the millage rate and fund the jail and courthouse out of the general fund. Okeechobee has 10 deputies per shift but with court, training, vacation and sick days, you will have 7 or 8 per shift to cover 750 square miles and protect 40,000 citizens in the summer and 60,000 in the winter and if 3 percent of your population is criminals, that is 1,200 in the summer. (Think about it.) QUESTION: What would you do to get the Okee-Tantie campground repaired and reopened? HOOVER: Okee-Tantie can be a huge asset to the citizens of our county and our visitors as a recreational and cultural venue. As we all know, the park received extensive damage from the hurricanes years ago. Unfortunately due to higher priority demands for limited revenues, the funds have not been readily available to get the facilities back up to 100 percent. I de nitely believe in the redevelopment of the park including designing the camp sites to handle the larger RVs and campers visitors are looking for today. At the commission meeting on July 24 the board directed staff to prepare a nancial plan to see if it is economically feasible to start a phased-in approach to get some of the campsites open for rental. The water, sewer and road system will require a large investment of the taxpayers money quite possibly in excess of a million dollars. I have publicly said I will support such an investment as long as the revenues can cover the costs. We cannot afford any more nancial liabilities at this time. From the initial gures we are looking at it may be 10 years or more before rental fees are suf cient to pay off the investment depending on the length of amortization of the funding source. I will continue to pursue the redevelopment of the park if the nancial feasibility report shows the viability of the operation to pay its own way. Staff has already applied for several recreational grants which may also be used for some of the desired improvements. At this time we are still waiting on a determination on those applications. From the public conversations I think all the board members are in favor of moving ahead with this project if nancially possible. BURROUGHS: I am not in favor of using taxpayer money to repair the grounds with the county managing the grounds. If this had an option, why did we not take advantage of this during the time when revenues were at their highest? But now staff is suggesting spending $1 million to do what? They have not developed a business case on how to sustain the viability of the project nor what the actual costs would be, in addition not to mention the lack of a market plan. I am in favor of a public/private partnership where the county can enter into an agreement with an individual(s) to rst understand what would be built over what period of time to accommodate the needs of the community and the management process required to ensure pro tability. The partnership would de ne the parameters of the amount of investment and how the investor would receive a return on investment while providing a positive service to the community. Naturally, prior to entering into any agreement due diligence would be required of the investor to ensure nancial stability and experience of said investor. CLAY: I would like to see the store rented out and the B section of the park opened. It seems to be the part that needs the least amount of repairs. I would ask the OU A to look at the water and sewer lines again and see if they could do the repairs at cost. I would also look into how the state uses volunteers to do most of work in their parks where their pay is free campsites. QUESTION: What are your views on the proposed FPL franchise fee? HOOVER: FPL franchise fee is a option the commission has discussed and investigated for several years. This concept is nothing new to the community. Property owners with an FPL power meter in the Okeechobee City limits have been paying this fee for many years. Due to various exemptions close to half of the property owners outside of the city limits pay no property taxes to the county. The utility franchise fee would appl y to every property owner with FPL electric service. This would allow all those residents the ability to contribute to the operations and services they receive from the general fund including public safety. If the franchise fee is enacted, I would propose a corresponding reduction in ad valorem taxes as I advocated for prior to the TRIM Notice meeting at which the majority of the board voted for an advertised 10 mill property tax rate. I cast my vote against the 10 mill motion because I believe we may be able to lower the Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Bryant Culpepper Campaign Fund REP. My wife Donna and I have been married for 45 years. We have two beautiful children, son Teddy and daughter Angela, along with our two grandchildren, Chancey and Makayla, who are students in the Okeechobee County school system. My family are members of More 2 Life Church. My mission as your County Commissioner has been and will continue to be improving the quality of life of every family in Okeechobee, as well as creating new jobs and bringing back economic prosperity. I have been honored to receive the endorsement of Sheriff and Mrs. Paul May and will strive to work with the Sheriff to create a safe County for our families. State Certied County Commissioner Florida Association of Counties Chairman of Transportation for Disadvantaged Board Member of Treasure Coast Community Action Agency Okeechobee County Executive Roundtable Alliance of Children Services Council Member of VFW 10539 Okeechobee Auxiliary Member of Vietnam Veterans Auxiliary of Okeechobee VFW Fireghter of the year for a life saving attempt Gubernatorial appointment to Florida District 9 Human Rights Advocacy Committee Gubernatorial appointment to Florida Building Codes & Standards BoardCertications and Community Boards Awards Okeechobees Future Depends on YOU!County Commission District 2 12 Okeechobee News August 10, 2014 Three compete in county district 4 race Joey Hoover Terry Burroughs Tommy Clay See DISTRICT 4 Page 13
POLLS OPEN 7:00 AM 7:00 PM We are offering three choices for how and when you take advantage of your Right to vote. The Responsibility is now in your hands the Choice is yours!SAMPLE BALLOTPRIMARY ELECTION OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AUGUST 26, 2014 Yinka Abosede Adeshina REP Not Yet Determined Bobby L. Bennett REP Terry Burroughs REP Michael C. Heisey Joe Arnold Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder REP Not Yet Determined Rick Scott REP Not Yet Determined PRECINCT NUMBER PRECINCT LOCATION 01 Abiding Hope Worship Ctr. 4550 Hwy 441 N 02 Basinger Comm. Center 20350 Hwy 98 N 03 Oakview Baptist Church 677 SW 32nd Street 04 Okeechobee Civic Center 1750 Hwy 98 N 06 NEW LOCATION Sacred Heart Catholic Church 901 SW 6th Street 07 Hampton Inn 1200 Hwy 70 E 05 Gracious RV Park 6500 Hwy 441 SE 08 KOA 4276 Hwy 441 S 09 New Testament Baptist Church 535 NE 28th Avenue 10 Cornerstone Baptist 18387 Hwy 441 N 11 Palm Village Ranch Clubhse 1200 SW 44th Blvd GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (Vote for One) BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 2UNIVERSAL PRIMARY CONTEST(Vote for One) BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 4 (Vote for One) CIRCUIT JUDGE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, GROUP 4 (Vote for One) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 1 (Vote for One) VERY IMPORTANT! If you have moved or had a name change since you last voted, or if you are unsure if you changed your address or name, FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT THE ELECTIONS OFFICE: 304 NW 2nd St, Rm 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 Phone: (863) 763-4014 Fax: (863) 763-0152 Web: www.voteokeechobee.com Thank you, Diane Hagan, Supervisor of Elections ELECTION DAY To verify your polling place, you may call the website. EARLY VOTING DAYS: Includes Sunday Voting Begins: Saturday, August 16th Ends: Saturday, August 23rd 8:30am to 4:30pm Located at VOTE BY MAIL Absentee VotingAny registered voter may vote by mail. WOULD YOU LIKE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT? A request for an absentee ballot can be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or through our website. Absentee ballots must be returned by mail or hand delivered to the Elections Election Day.Please vote on August 26, 2014 Bryant Culpepper REP Charlie Crist DEM Not Yet Determined Nan H. Rich DEM Not Yet Determined George Sheldon DEM Bobby L. Bennett REP GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (Vote for One) ATTORNEY GENERAL (Vote for One) BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 2UNIVERSAL PRIMARY CONTEST(Vote for One) Perry E. Thurston DEM Bryant Culpepper REP Bobby L. Bennett REP BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 2UNIVERSAL PRIMARY CONTEST(Vote for One) Bryant Culpepper REP Joey Hoover REP Steven Ziskinder Cheryl Kirton Michael C. Heisey Michael C. Heisey Joe Arnold Joe Arnold CIRCUIT JUDGE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, GROUP 4 (Vote for One) CIRCUIT JUDGE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, GROUP 4 (Vote for One) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 1 (Vote for One) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 1 (Vote for One) Steven Ziskinder Steven Ziskinder Cheryl Kirton Cheryl Kirton 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2014 tax burden on those property owners who have been paying the largest portion of the tax bill for years. By increasing property taxes to 10 mills on the same property owners w ho already paying their share, we ignore the fundamental need to get all citizens inv olved with nancing the local services we all require. The franchise fee may not be the single answer to our nancial concerns but along with continued reductions in spending I believe it is in our best interest to explore all the options available. Its not just an issue for Okeechobee County but a national concern as well. It is imperative that we as a community and a nation get more than 50 percent of the citizens contributing. It is not dif cult for anyone to come to the conclusion that when a society has more people taking from the system than are paying into the system, it will eventually collapse just as any Ponzi scheme. BURROUGHS: I am not in favor of implementing any additional taxes on the citizens of this county that currently pay taxes. There is the thought this tax would capture additional taxes from individuals that do not pay taxes, but that position has not been clari ed or demonstrated in actual numbers. Over the past few budget cycles, the commission has been focused on cutting the budget with little or no emphasis on how to develop more revenue by seeking ways to attract industry into our community versus that of additional taxation. CLAY: The dairy industry in Okeechobee county probably spends $2.5 to $3 million a year on electricity. I do not see how you can add 5.9 percent to their bill. They are producers, not retailers. They have no control over what they sell their milk for. Franchise fee would not help you attract new industry to our community. QUESTION: The ARC Rehab, lost their lease after they lost their Medicaid funding, but they are still running the thrift store on county property. What should be done about this? HOOVER: The ARC has been a bene cial xture in this community for many years. Unfortunately the organization is involved in some nancial and legal issues at this time. As a county commissioner, I am a representative of the county residents. The county is involved as the landlord in the current legal proceedings. I believe it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time other than to say I hope this issue may be solved expediently in order that the citizens in need of this type of help may be served appropriately. BURROUGHS: Since I am not totally familiar with this issue, I would have to gather more information about the current status before stating a position on how to resolve the problem indicated in the question. CLAY: I do not have a problem with the store as long as it is bene ting the ARC clients. Editors note: For more candidate questions and answers, see future editions o f the Okeechobee News. DISTRICT 4Continued From Page 12
If you have any concerns, please contact me at 863.634.7139 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgPOLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY CHERYL KIRTON FOR SCHOOL BOARDAugust 26th Resident of Okeechobee since 1994 Wife, and Mother of two children in the Okeechobee school system Business owner of Physical Therapy of Okeechobee for 20 years Board of Trustee Indian River State College 1999-2012 Adjunct Instructor Palm Beach Community College 1992-1993 Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M 1987 Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from Nova University 1991 VOTE Political Advertisement Paid for and approved by Tommy Clay for County Commissioner, District 4 14 Okeechobee News August 10, 2014 The Okeechobee County Commission District 2 seat will be settled in the primary election. Because there are no Democratic candidates in the race, the Republican primary between incumbent Bryant H. Culpepper and challenger Norbert L. Bobby Bennett will be an open primary, with all Okeechobee County voters eligible to participate. Bryant Culpepper, 65, has lived in Okeechobee County for 11 years. He is a 1968 graduate of Palm Beach High School and graduated from re school in 1973. He has attended many political seminars. He was in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1967-1973, and served two years in Naples, Italy at Nav al Air Facility, Capodichino, Italy. He served as base commanders aide and handled all registered mail for the Sixth Fleet. He was an EMT/ re ghter for the Town of Palm Beach from 1973 to 1994. He started the rst mobile auto and truck repair business in Palm Beach County. He was with Air-AMedics from 2007 to 2013. Mr. Culpepper served on the Loxahatchee Water Control District, serving two years as chairman. He w as appointed by Governor Bob Martinez to the Building Codes and Standards Board. He was elected to the Okeechobee County Commission in 2010. Bobby Bennett, 63, has lived in Okeechobee County for the past 49 years. He is a graduate of Okeechobee High School, Class of 1969. After high school, Mr. Bennett worked for Wherrell Auto Parts, Inc. before entering military service with the United States Army in 1971. Returning from the Army in 1973, he resumed employment with Wherrell Auto Parts, and worked there until 2004. From 2004-2013, he worked for Carquest. In 2013, he went to work for Gilbert Ford, Inc. The Okeechobee News invited readers to submit questions for the candidates. Each candidate was asked to answer the questions in 100 words or less. QUESTION: What are your views on the $14.8 million budget proposed by the sheriff for law enforcement, the jail and court security? If you favor funding it at this level, where will the money come from? Even if the sheriff receives 100 percent of the property taxes, at 10 mills (the maximum allowed by state statute), property tax revenue will fall $1.5 million short of the amount the sheriff seeks. CULPEPPER: My background is not in law enforcement, but I will say that if we cant provide a safe environment for our residents and prospective businesses we will never be able to attract anyone to Okeechobee. None of us want to admit it, but we live in a very violent society and we must protect our residents and property. We do not have to raise taxes this year, we only have to transfer some reserve dollars to fund the sheriff for this scal year to allow the board ample time to come up with some revenue generating projects and allow the sheriff time to allow retirement of upper staff and nd some additional areas that may be reduced. We will not gain anything by suing the sheriff to force him to operate the jail. What we will do is pay $500 an hour between the sheriffs attorney and the boards attorney and it will not solve the problem. BENNETT: We cant spend money we dont have. The sheriffs budget request was more than the taxpayers could afford regardless how high the board could (legally) raise property taxes. The sheriff is responsible for his budget, and its not the BOCCs job to tell him how to spend his budget. The sheriff has to do everything in his power to operate within the nancial limits of the countys tax revenues. Going to the reserve fund is a temporary solution to a long-term problem and we will be back at this standstill next year without the reserve fund to balance the budget. QUESTION: What would you do to get the Okee-Tantie campground repaired and reopened? CULPEPPER: I would like to see a voter referendum to see if the residents o f Okeechobee would like to support a bond to x Okee-Tantie or do it one section at a time. I believe a project of this magnitude should go before the voters as has not been done in the past. Projects such as the AgriCivic Center, Judicial Center, Emergenc y Operations Center and Historic Courthouse were never voted on by the people. It is their tax dollars being spent and they should have a voice. Okee-Tantie is the one project that is capable of producing positive revenue that can help the county out this economic mess. It would be managed by a contracted staff and run like the work-camper similar to KOA. The county would have a lease and a pro t sharing component to avoid what happened when the Bridges Family ran the park BENNETT: I like what Donnie Oden proposed: Start with getting Area B ready for camp sites and bring the facilities back in operation for the most bang for our buck. Okee-Tantie may never generate a pro t, but enhancing quality of life for our residents is not measured in dollars. It really comes down to what we as a community are willing to pay for and how much we all can do to support it. I would de nitely support investing in Okee-Tantie. The community has to show up and support it too. If you build it, they will comeField of Dreams. Bennett challenges Culpepper for district 2 seat Bryant Culpepper Bobby Bennett SeeDISTRICT 2 Page16
On August 26, ALL registered voters can... BOBBY BENNETTCOUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 2Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Bobby Bennett, Republican, for County Commissioner District 2.Vote for me to work for you!Build Consensus & Trust in Local Government Balance Fiscal Responsibility w/ Community Needs Advocate Economic Development Support Local Business Promote Tourism Invest in Okee-Tantie & Quality of Life 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2014
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERDISTRICT 4 REPUBLICAN O B E E SSIONE R BURROUGHSTERRYTogether we can make a difference!Secure Good Jobs for Our Families | Focus on Smart Managed Growth Business Friendly Government | Common Sense Approach to Problems Pol. Adv. Paid for & Approved by Terry Burroughs, REP. for Okeechobee County Commission, District 4 16 Okeechobee News August 10, 2014 QUESTION: What are your views on t he proposed FPL franchise fee? CULPEPPER: I am not a proponent of any new taxes and fees. If the situation becomes apparent that we have to create the revenue to sustain our current obligations, we could pass a franchise fee that all residents whether they are served by FPL or Glades Power would be included. We already know that the city is exempt as they have already been paying this fee. Unlike the current ad valorem tax which exempts the rst $50,000, all users of electricity would share this cost. I believe there has to be a mechanism in place that does not continue to affect the homeowners whose values are in excess of $50,000. The down side is that the county would be unable to cap the fee and the larger commercial users would be affected at a much higher rate. This FPL fee should only be used as a last resort when all other efforts are exhausted. BENNETT: Now is not the time to increase taxes or fees, but at whatever time the citizens decided we need any new revenue streams, I prefer those that would spread the burden among as many people as possible. I am concerned that our communitys unemployment rate is still above the national average, and I am not in favor of increasing taxes or imposing additional fees at this time. QUESTION: What measures will you advocate and ght for, to entice new businesses, visitors, and residents to Okeechobee County? CULPEPPER: First and foremost, place a moratorium on Impact Fees. It is very hard when most other counties have suspended impact fees and we still have them. The city and school board have suspended impact fees but the other members of the board will not. It is amazing that the board offered to pay the impact fees to entice FPL to choose Okeechobee to build its new gas turbine regional power plant as well as tax abatements. Gee, maybe they are nally starting to listen. I can only hope. Planning and Zoning must strive to be user friendly by projecting the image that WE WANT YOU HERE. If we do that successfully they will come. Okeechobee has a lot to offer, we only need to properly market ourselves. BENNETT: As residents we all need to support the businesses that are already here. I have been employed by local business for most of my life and I am grateful that Okeechobee has supported those businesses. I raised my family working for local businesses and I ask all residents to shop local rst. As a member of the BOCC, I would do my best to keep taxes low and ordinances reasonable to encourage businesses to invest here. A working comprehensive plan would be a useful tool for managing the economic growth we expect with the 2016 completion of State Road 70 expansion. QUESTION: What would you do about the drainage (or lack of drainage) throughout the county? CULPEPPER: Just what we have been doing since Tropical Storm Isaac. The road department has cleaned more than sixteen miles of main canal in the last two years and replaced many culverts in neighborhood swales. The board is trying to play catch-up for the neglect of canal reclamation over the last 20 to 30 years. The current board is trying to be proactive in addressing these serious drainage issues. But, due to shrinking property values and budget constraints, road and bridge is currently working at 50 percent of the manpower we had approximately 10 years ago. The current board has made a commitment to put all available resources toward a permanent resolution to these drainage issues. BENNETT: The drainage situation is not new to us and there is no quick x. There are short-term and long-term xes on the books as well as general maintenance, all of which are restricted by funding. Mr. Threewits is fully aware that many of the 12,000 county culverts are in need of repair or replacement. This issue is not being ignored. It is HUGE and it is EXPENSIVE. No matter who is elected, the drainage will continue to be addressed and funded as much as possible. QUESTION: Whose responsibility is it to keep the ditches cleaned out and to mow grass on county right-of-way? CULPEPPER: The county, and we are working to do that. The road department is doing a super human job considering the size of their reduced staff. BENNETT: The county is responsible for cleaning and mowing the grass on the rightof-way, all 360 miles of it, according to the road department web page. Most residents maintain ditches when their property is next to county road side. If your area has been neglected, call me and I will nd out from Jim Threewits when the Road Department is going to get to your area. Can you imagine i f we had all ve commissioners directing the Road Department where to mow? QUESTION: Do you have any great ideas, like ankle bracelets (home incarceration) that not only save the county money but also potentially create jobs here in Okeechobee? CULPEPPER: Ankle bracelets sound like a great idea in concept. But when you do the research with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, you will see the incredible number of crimes committed b y people awaiting trial. If you could guarantee that only people with the most minor crimes could qualify that would be great, but reality is as the jails become more crowded the judges are forced to allow more serious offenders to apply for the program. I dont want to put the people at risk just to save $30,000 or $40,000. BENNETT: Planning saves money. Its like going to the supermarket and knowing what it is you need. Youll probably spend less and waste less than if you just wander down the aisle grabbing what gets your attention. We should have a comprehensive plan the BOCC actually uses for managing current and future needs. I believe that would save money and help create an environment that supports economic growth. We all want the budget to be balanced and jobs but like the old saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a wish. We need a plan. DISTRICT 2Continued From Page 14
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Call 863-763-4031 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,600 down 1st, last + deposit. $650 monthly (772) 464-9226 OKEECHOBEEBEAUTIFULLY DECORATED, FULLY FURNISHED 1BD AND 2BD AVAILABLE IN SMALL ADULT PARK, SMALL DOG OK. CALL 239-246-6301 OR 863-517-5111 Mobile Home RentOKEECHOBEE-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 end of year sale!! 3 retirement models MUST go... Save over $26k, homes from the low 60s, this week only. plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 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 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472014CP000132CPAXMX IN RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT NORTH CARTIER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Robert North Cartier, deceased, whose date of death was May 29, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 10, 2014. 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Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 21 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News OK Corral Gun Club 9449 N.E. 48th St., is Okeechobees family oriented outdoor shooting, recreational and events destination with something for everyone. Guests can enjoy a variety of shooting venues including: two championship sporting clay courses and 5-stand stations; wobble/trap sports deck; 10-bay competition park; cover pistol and ri e ranges and a world class cowboy action shooting town. You wont leave hungry either after a stop at their High Noon Caf where delicious meals combined w ith southern hospitality will bring you back again and again. Be sure to visit their Mercantile Store for shooting accessories and apparel or rent a golf cart and cruise their 300 acres of beautiful countryside with an old mining town and town hall currently under construction that will feature 12 rental cabins alongside their RV Park. Its so picturesque that youll want to bring your friends. The OK Corral offers 12,000 square feet of event space in their Crystal Saloon, ranch house and livery stable. The venue is perfect for weddings, corporate events and private parties. This is de nitely a place you will w ant to stop by and see! It is open 7 days a week and serves lunch daily. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter! Learn more at their website, okcorralgunclub.com or give them a call at 863-357-2226 and dont forget to tell them that Tammi sent you! Serenity Coffee Shop 601 S.W. Park St., is more than just a coffee shop. More than a third of the menu is non-coffee items. They have blended cremes, which is kind of like a milkshake in all different avors. They also have 100 percent crushed fruit smoothies. Their Cowboy Cookies won the Okeechobee County Fair Best in Show Award. Their coffee is an original blend of three different beans which are roasted together and then blended to make a extremely special coffee that is out of this world! In the mornings, they have breakfast items, fresh and homemade, until they run out. Be sure and check them out on Facebook or give them a call at 863-824-2287. Quality A/C and Heating of Okeechobee 5351 S.W. 16th Ave., has technicians on call seven days a week to make sure no customer will go without air conditioning or heat. If it is the middle of summer on a Sunday and its 105 degrees outside and your unit just broke, call Quality A/C. They will be there in no time and they will do whatever it takes to keep you cool and comfortable. They service all types of A/C units, commercial and residential, give estimates on service and do installations. They do same-day repair and same-day service and have been keeping costumers cool for 30 years. You can contact them at 863467-1545. How about something different to serve as a before-dinner snack or at a party?Indonesian SatayIngredients : 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon peanut oil, 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced, 1 pinch ground black pepper, 1 pinch ground cumin, 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves cubed, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1/4 cup minced onion, 1 clove garlic peeled and minced, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons white sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and skewers. Directions : 1. In a bowl, mix soy sauce, tomato sauce, peanut oil, garlic, black pepper, and cumin. Place chicken into the mixture, and stir to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, but not overnight. This will make the meat too dark. 2. Preheat the grill for high heat. 3. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and saute onion and garlic until lightly browned. Mix in water, peanut butter, soy sauce, and sugar. Cook and stir until well blended. Remove from heat, mix in lemon juice, and set aside. 4. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill skewers about 5 minutes per side, until chicken juices run clear. Serve with the peanut sauce.
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863-467-5243 147 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee 2005 Ford Focus ZX45 spd, A/C, 102,893 miles U3308 ONLY $ 4495 2001 Toyota CamryAuto, A/C, Loaded, GAS SAVER U3311 2003 BMW 325i5spd. A.C, moon roof, leather, loadedU1693 ONLY $ 6495 2003 GMC Envoy XL3rd row seat, Auto, A/C, 6 cyl, new tires Only 87,260 MilesU6833 ONLY $ 6995 2003 Suzuki Grand VitaraAuto, A/C, 6 cyl, Loaded U2134 ONLY $ 5695 2006 Chevy Trailblazer LSAuto, A/C, V8, Trailer Tow Pkg, Loaded U5438 2002 VW GolfAuto, A/C, Loaded, GAS SAVER ONLY $ 4495 *U1869 2003 Nissan FrontierKing Cab, 5 Spd, A/C, U0129 ONLY $ 6495 MANAGERS SPECIAL Sizzling Summer Low Prices! WE BUY CARS! Se Habla Espaol Consignments welcome *Plus Tax, Tag & Dealer Fees 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback AUD, 5 spd, A/C Loaded U1813 ONLY $ 2995 2003 Toyota Salara ConvertibleAuto, V6, A/C,, Leather Int, LoadedU9664 ONLY $ 6495 2002 GMC Yukon XLAuto, V8, A/C, New Tires, Loaded. Trailer Tow Pkg. U4116 WAS $ 7995 WAS $ 5495 NOW $ 7495 NOW $ 4995 2004 Dodge 1500 4dr.Auto, A/C, 4.7 V8. Trailer Tow Pkg. U6113 ONLY $ 8495 2007 Chrysler Town & Country7 Pass, Auto, A/C, Loaded $ 6495 *U5386 ONLY 2002 Toyota Tacoma SCAuto, A/C, 6 cyl, 1 owner $ 7995 *U2948 ONLY2000 Lincoln Town CarAuto, A/C, leather int., new tiresU1867 ONLY $ 3995 2003 Chevy Trailblazer LTZOnly 87,829 miles, leather, moon roof, 6 cyl, loadedU1688 ONLY $ 7495 2002 Chevy SuburbanAuto, A/C, 7 Pass, Leather Int. Tow Pkg. U3236 1974 VW Beetle5 sp, new tires, A CLASSICU1367 ONLY $ 4500 WAS $ 7695 WAS $ 7995 NOW $ 7495 NOW $ 7495 23 Okeechobee News A ugust 10, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News After a 1-9 season in 2013, it appears the Brahmans face another formidable schedule of opponents in 2014. The season opens with an exhibition kickoff classic at Brahman Stadium next Friday, Aug. 22, against Lake Placid. The Green Dragons have a new coach this year in Jason Robinson and are coming off a two-win season. The regular season kicks off Friday, Aug. 29, at home against the Glades Day Gators led by second-year coach Eric Pitts. The Gators went 8-4 last year and were eliminated the regional playoffs by eventual 2A State Champion Champagnat Catholic. The Brahmans rst road test comes on Friday, Sept. 5, when they visit long-time rival, the Sebring Blue Streak coached by Scott LaVaar. Sebring went 6-4 last year but return 12 starters from last season led by Luke Ancrum and Ladante Harris. Their J unior Varsity team also went unbeaten last y ear (8-0). On Sept. 12, Okeechobee hosts another long-time rival, Martin County. The Tigers under Chuck Kenyon stumbled to a 2-8 record last year but one of the wins came at the expense of Okeechobee. On Sept. 19 the Brahmans open their District 14-6A play when they travel to Lawnw ood Stadium to meet the Fort Pierce Westw ood Panthers. Coach John Lima and the Panthers stumbled to a 1-8 record last year. On Sept. 26, Okeechobee hosts Heritage from Palm Bay in another District game. Heritage went 12-1 last year and enjoyed their rst unbeaten regular season in school history. They reached the regional nals before being defeated by Miami Central. The Panthers return seven starters led by Josh Gaines and Davonte Bartley. After a bye week, Okeechobee hosts their homecoming celebration on Oct. 10, against Port St. Lucie. The Jaguars went 4-5 last year and return seven starters off that team. Senior Parent night will be held on Oct. 17, when Okeechobee hosts South Fork. The Bulldogs went 5-5 last year and return 16 starters. The Brahmans nish the season with three consecutive road games. Bayside is rst on Oct. 24. They went 8-4 and reached the playoffs last year. Okeechobee travels to Jensen Beach on Halloween night to take on the Falcons, who nished with a 5-5 mark last year. The Falcons lost their starting quarterback Alex Ogle, who is now playing for the Boise State Broncos, along with seven veteran defenders. They return eight starters from last year. The season ends when the Brahmans visit Clewiston on Nov. 7. Clewiston went 10-2 under Pete Walker last year and have high hopes for a deep run in the playoffs. They reached the second round before a tough loss to Cocoa, 49-35, last season. District opponents this year include Heritage, Bayside, South Fork, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce Westwood. Brahman grid schedule released Motorists are reminded to wear safet y belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding nes are doubled in work zones. Travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial 511 from their phone to learn about traf c conditions on major roadways across the state. Roadwork planned this week includes the following:Okeechobee County U.S. 441 (North Parrot Avenue) from 290th Trail to N.W. 344th Street : Maintenance project: Crews will repair concrete mitered end sections. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. U.S. 98 from S.R. 70 to CR 68 (N.W. 160th Street): Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing roadway shoulders. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. U.S. 98 from S.R. 70 to NW 9th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will install gas mains along the roadway. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. S.R. 70 east of Okeechobee/N.E. 34th Avenue to Williams Road/N.E. 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Road Watch Register for OCRA sports at Sports ComplexOCRA will hold football/cheerleader sign ups on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 at the Sports Complex from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Children 5 to 12 years of age are welcome to sign up. The cost for football is $80 and cheerleading is $60. Bring a copy of the childs birth certi cate and payment to sign up. OCRA is also offering fall baseball/softball to boys and girls ages 5 to 13 (boys) and 5 to 14 (girls). The cost to sign up for fall ball is $50 per child. Sign ups will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, and Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the sports complex. For information, call 863-634-0515 for football and cheerleading or for fall ball 863-234-8024.
Jim ArrigoOwner & PresidentJohn ArrigoVice President & General Manager 5851 SOUTH US HIGHWAY 1., FT. PIERCEJUST SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD1-855-374-5019STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8:30 AM 9:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM 6:00 PM SERVICE HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:30 AM 6:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Sun: ClosedArrigo.net 1Ulrich Rd Saeger Ave Easy St Sunshine BlvdOleander Ave Ft. Pierce West Palm Sawgrass ALL OFFERS FOR WELL QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS, NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIFY. DEALER RETAINS ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. MUST PRESENT AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE TO RECEIVE ADVERTISED OFFER. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICA L ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. VEHICLE ART FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY, OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT OR VARYING MODEL MAYBE SHOWN. OFFERS NOT IN CONJUNCTION, OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PREVIOUS SALES EXCLUDED. VEHICLE STOCK QUANTITIES VARY DAILY, RANKINGS BASED ON REGISTERED SALES FOR CHRYSLER CORP. *PRICES PLUS TAX, TAG, $599.95 DEALER FEES, TITLE **WE WILL BEAT A NY LOCAL, VALID,PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT FROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM DEALER WITHIN THE SE BUSINESS CENTER ZONE ON ANY NEW IDENTICALLY EQUIPPED IN STOCK VEHICLE. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TI ME OF PURCHASE AND SUPPLY ACCURATE VIN NUMBER. COMPETITORS AD MUST BE DATED SAME DAY AS THE CUSTOMERS PURCHASE. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRICE, YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE FROM ARRIGO. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLE FROM THE OTHER DEALER. PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE & $599 DEALER FEES. INCLUDING FACTORY, DEALER DISCOUNTS AND RE BATES. §30% OFF VEHICLE 2014 CHRYSLER 200-MSRP $26,690-SALE PRICE $17,999. TERMS, CONDITIONS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. SE E DEALER FOR DETAILS. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. SALES AND PRICING EXPIRE DATE OF PUBLICATION. Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 2014 95 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ** ** NOW RECEIVE A NO-EXTRA CHARGE2-YEAR MAINTENANCE PLAN + 24-HOUR ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE.Exclusio ns app ly. See dealer fo r complete de tails.Based on total sales of 3 locations Based on total sales of 3 locations up to** ORIGINAL MSRP.............$28,785 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$2,786 YOU PAY AS LOW ASCherokee 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$24,981 Patriot 2014 86 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS 86 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP.............$18,485 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$3,486 YOU PAY AS LOW AS Town & Country Touring 2014 144 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ORIGINAL MSRP.............$31,760 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$5,761 YOU PAY AS LOW AS200 Limited 2014 116 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP.............$26,690 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$7,781 YOU PAY AS LOW AS Dart 2014 Journey SE 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$20,990 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$2,991 Avenger SE 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$21,590 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$5,591 YOU PAY AS LOW AS1500 Reg Cab 2014 78 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ORIGINAL MSRP.............$24,635 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$4,636 Promaster 1500 Cargo Van 2014 30 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS 128 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSYOU PAY AS LOW ASPrices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.$14,999*$25,999*$15,999*$17,999*$17,999*$25,999*$19,999*ORIGINAL MSRP.............$30,291 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$2,292 $27,999*MSRPAvailable on all m odels with approved credit Available on se lect models with approved creditPrices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.113 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS 169 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS136 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSPrices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.YOU PAY AS LOW ASStk.# 143117 Stk.# 143970Stk.#1 41335St k.#514216Stk.# 142539Stk.# 141780 25thAnniversaryS ummerClearance!$1999 Due at Signing, $0 Security Deposit plus Tax, Tags & $599.95 Dealer Fee. 10k/year 20¢/mile over mileage penalty with approved credit.$199§AS LOW AS PER MONTH 36 MOS.LEASE FOR200 2015 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$25,490 200 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS$1999 Due at Signing, $0 Security Deposit plus Tax, Tags & $599.95 Dealer Fee. 10k/year 20¢/mile over mileage penalty with approved credit.$169§AS LOW AS PER MONTH 36 MOS.LEASE FORORIGINAL MSRP.............$22,025 $1999 Due at Signing, $0 Security Deposit plus Tax, Tags & $599.95 Dealer Fee. 10k/year 20¢/mile over mileage penalty with approved credit.$139§AS LOW AS PER MONTH 24 MOS.LEASE FOR1500 Crew Cab Express 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$34,070 $1999 Due at Signing, $0 Security Deposit plus Tax, Tags & $599.95 Dealer Fee. 10k/year 20¢/mile over mileage penalty with approved credit.$259§AS LOW AS PER MONTH 36 MOS.LEASE FORStk.# 143867 Stk.# 242042YOU PAY AS LOW AS Stk.# 134865Stk.# 140896 24 Okeechobee News August 10, 2014