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Friday, August 15, 2014 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 98 14.33 feetLast Year: 15.99 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. OHS swim team starts new season...Page 16 See GO for local rodeo schedule ... Inside Schools gear up for new year ... Page 22 County candidates questioned ...Page 4 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Reserve funds were again spotlighted in county budget hearings. Okeechobee Countys projected total reserves as of Sept. 30, 2014, will be $40,684,586. The reserves fall into four categories, and three of the four categories have spending restrictions. The projected reserves as of the close of the 2013-2014 “ scal year are: € Restricted reserves: $16,047,200; € Committed reserves: $10,693,334; € Assigned reserves: $8,555,289; and, € Unassigned reserves: $5,388,764 Use of some reserve funds are restricted by law. Restricted reserves are funds which were collected for a speci“ c purpose and can only be used for that purpose. For example, the gas tax can only be used for road improvements. County trims contingency funds By Eric KoppOkeechobee News It appears June 5 was a very busy day among local emailers. And while most of those were benign and dealt with security at the Okeechobee Judicial Complex, one particular thread surprised and raised the ire of a local judge. Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer Jr. was understandably surprisedŽ when a member of the Economic Council of Okeechobee (ECOK) referred to him in an un” attering manner in an email thread. Email defames circuit judge S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Clrng Or Cti! See COUNTY „ Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A family luckily avoided injury after an unknown suspect or suspects drove by their S.E. 30th Terrace home early Wednesday morning and “ red off two to three rounds from a shotgun. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce Drive-by shooting info sought Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenHappy birthday Smokey Bear!The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners Thursday presented a proclamation to Smokey Bear (center) and the Florida Forest Service in honor of Smokeys 70 years of service in spreading his “ re safety message. At left is Will Tyler of the Florida Forest Service. At right is Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Frank Irby. See SHOOTING „ Page 5 See JUDGE „ Page 21 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News While Okeechobee County and Sheriff Paul Ma y remain embroiled in a battle over who will run the Okeechobee County Jail, there is still the matter o f who will provide security at the Okeechobee Judicial Complex. Because the county has refused to fund the sheriffs proposed spending plan, hes chosen to let the county run the jail and get their own security for the Administrative order de“ nes courthouse security personnelSee SECURITY „ Page 21

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Car safety€ If at all possible babies should be in a rear-facing, 5-point harness until AT LEAST age 2. I know the law says 1 year old, but if you Google internal decapitationŽ youll understand that with a babys underdeveloped spinal column, they need to rear face as long as possible. € NHTSA found rear side airbags do not increase injuries to children there... just the right front dashboard airbag which has disabling features as a result. These are the sort of socialist government interventionŽ systems that corporations and our rabid rightwing insurrectionists fought against but are now saving thousands of lives. The side curtain airbag protects against rollovers and actually stays in” ated for awhile vs. the others which just pop quickly and go limp. € According to the NHTSA, air bags in” ate almost instantly after a crash, bursting from the dashboard at high speed. Never place a baby in a rear-facing seat in the front seat of a car with an active air bag. The seat positions their head so close to the dash that theyre directly in the air bags line of “ re.Schools€ The new school year starts on Monday. Kids will be waiting at the bus stops. Some may be too nervous or excited to pay good attention to their surroundings. Drivers, please use caution. Watch out for the little ones who are walking to school or to the bus stop, and watch out for the kids waiting at the bus stop. Help keep everyone be safe.History pages€ In recent weeks, I have enjoyed the history pages in the Wednesday editions of the Okeechobee News, with articles reprinted from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. And I noticed the same topics keep coming up, no matter what decade. The sheriff and the county argue over the budget. People complain that kids need more things to do. Reading those old stories gives you some prospective. And it illustrates that some problems just dont have easy answers. You just “ nd a way to get by the best you can. CrosstalkWords cannot express when a group come together, to rejoice in the Lord. Words cannot express when the fruit of the spirit comes to the masses. As part of Crosstalk,Ž a jail ministry, words cannot come to mind, as I see ladies who have been incarcerated take part in baptism, declaring their love for the Lord, as they enjoy their new changed lives, even while experiencing trials. To God be the Glory! Its good to be a part of a group of funloving, friendly, loving, giving, praying, people who love to live for the Lord, do His will, open their businesses to help those in need, support Golgotha Ministries to help men with addiction problems, offer home groups to men, women and couples educating the members in the WordŽ for every walk of life. As I stood back viewing all the openness of all the congregation, whether they were eating, (LOTS), sharing conversation, sitting and relaxing under the massive trees of Okee-Tantie, enjoying the water events for the children, serving of the delicious foods, cooking the BBQ for the day, participating in the band, a thought came to my mind. Isnt it a marvelous day, one to remember for many years to come. As Joyous, as good clean fun, as a day to remind each o f us, wont Heaven be grand?? As it will b e with folks like the ones we have just spen t the day, our Christian brothers and sisters in Christ. I am not sure what Heaven will be like, but, it is described here, And the whole cit y is lighted by the glory of God. Heaven is a place of matchless blessings. Jesus has prepared a mansion for us there. Great treasur e is stored up for us; in fact, the saints will inherit all thingsŽ (Revelation 21:7). The leaves of the tree of life will guarantee our health. and the crystal pure water of the river of lif e will ” ow from the throne of God to the tre e of eternal life. For the “ rst time since the Garden of Eden, Gods children may eat out o f this tree in His paradise (Genesis 3:22 and Revelation 2:7).Ž The contentment in my heart, as I was observing all the others, as they enjoyed each other, is indescribable. The event was More 2 Lifes 10th Anniversary on Aug. 10, a t 10 a.m. For fun we added one more 10. W e all ate 10 desserts. Blessing to all, Bobbi Poole August 15, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Three candidates quali“ ed to compete for the County Commission District 4 seat. Republican incumbent Joey Hoover will face Terry Wayne Burroughs in the Republican primary. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Tommy Clay in the general election. QUESTION: What measures will you a dvocate and “ ght for, to entice new b usinesses, visitors, and residents to Okeechobee County? HOOVER: Money goes where it is welcome and stays where it is well treated.Ž That is one of my favorite quotes because history proves how accurate those words are. I believe that fair and equally distributed tax rates, fair regulations and ordinances, and a “ nancially healthy government with a long-term view are the most important attributes any community can do to attract and retain business investment. Other than providing a fertile environment as stated above, I believe government needs to allow a free market economy to dictate winners and losers in the private sector. When we look at recent investments of our tax dollars in endeavors such as Solyndra, Digital Domain and BPs Ethanol Plant, we have billions of wasted dollars as all the evidence we need to understand why business enterprises are much better suited to make those investment decisions. I have and will continue to vote for affordable taxes, reduced expenses and common sense regulations and codes to make sure we are well positioned to attract and retain investment in our home town. My position is not just for campaign speeches. It is a matter of public record. Please take the time to research my votes and positions on this or any other concerns you may have. BURROUGHS: For the last few years, I have been an advocate of attracting new industry into our community providing additional tax revenues while providing opportunities for higher wage job positions. With assistance on the Business Development Committee within the Chamber of Commerce, we have been able to determine our marketable assets, de“ ne a set of target industries that are suitable for our community and have begun marketing our community to those industries. One of the items I will focus on is to suspend the impact fees. The school board and city have suspended the fees, but not the county. When you review our surrounding counties, you will “ nd they have suspended the fees. This action is helpful to attracting new industry, but not by itself. We need to promote our county as a business-friendl y county by implementing a fast-track building permit process for not only new businesses, but also extend this to our existing businesses. In addition, infrastructure and a capable workforce are other areas which require assistance. CLAY: Make sure we have the services needed to have a safe clean community. We have a wealth of young adults that we need to tap into now to help grow this county. We need to make our children the face o f our community, and I will “ ght to get them to help us entice new business and visitors to our community. Pogeys just remodeled. You need to go look at the picture that takes up the whole wall behind the counter. It is Dougs granddaughter, daughter and son “ shing in the lake. That is how we sell this community. 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Assigned reserves are funds that were designated for a speci“ c purpose by the consensus of the county commission. The assigned reserves also include the Capital Projects fund which is used for maintenance of “ xed assets, future expansion and capital improvements. These funds also include the Public Safety Fund which is used for Fire and EMS; and housing funds (housing grant funds are also restricted by the requirements of the grant). Committed reserves are funds that have been designated by administrative regulation, and their use can only be changed in the same way the designation was created. A large part of committed reserves is the Land“ ll Trust Fund, currently at about $6.5 million. Dropping that reserve below the “ xed ” oorŽ of $8 million requires a super majorityŽ vote of the commission. The Land“ ll Trust Fund originated with the money the county received from the sale of the land“ ll, It is currently below the minimum because the county commissioners voted to borrow money from that fund to pay off the debt on a building, in order to eliminate the interest being paid on that debt. The county has been repaying the money borrowed from the trust fund, and is scheduled to have it back over the $8 million minimum at the end of the 2014-2015 “ scal y ear. Unassigned reserves are the general fund reserves. The county tries to keep enough to cover 3 months expenses in reserve. The projected reserve in the general fund will be between 2 and 3 months of expenses. In addition to the county general operating fund reserves, some reserve money has also traditionally be kept individual department budgets. During the budget hearings on the 201415 “ scal year, the commissioners have tried to trim this from the individual budgets, asking the Constitutional Of“ cers and the county department heads to trim any contingency funds from their individual budgets. In an emergency situation, such as a hurricane, they can request funds from the general reserves. This change in budgeting has met with some resistance. At the Thursday meeting, Clerk of Courts Sharon Roberson expressed some concern about trimming contingency funds from her departments budget. She pointed out that she has always been “ scally responsible and turned back unspent funds to the county each year. In recent years the amount returned has been about $200,000 a year. She said sometimes the emergency need is immediate, for example when a $6,000 computer server failed, if they had not had funds immediately to purchase a replacement, the of“ ce would have been unable to do business. Asking the county for a budget increase would require waiting for a county commission meeting and going before the board to request the budget increase, she said. In a time of emergency, we would do that,Ž said County Commission Chairman Frank Irby. In an emergency, the Clerks of“ ce cant wait two weeks for a meeting to ask for a budget amendment, the Clerk pointed out. I could be removed from Okeechobee if I overspent by budget,Ž she said. If its not in our budget, we cannot spend it,Ž County Commissioner Joey Hoover said other constitutional of“ cers have also been asked to trim contingency fees from their individual budgets. Paul (Sheriff Paul May) used to carry almost a million dollars,Ž he said. It took a while for him to “ nally say all right. Im going to let yall carry the reserves. Hes a constitutional of“ cer Otherwise what happens is I am taking $200,000 from the taxpayers and the board is also holding back reserves as well,Ž he said. How much am I legitimately and responsibly and prudently taking from the taxpayers for an emergency fund that is not a budget item?Ž Thats not our money. Thats money we took from people,Ž Commissioner Hoover said. My point here is, dont carry reserves. Lets not have a laundry list of expenditures that we dont have a plan to spend,Ž said Chairman Irby. I am sure you have some plan in the budget for things you will need to purchase. I am assuming you have money in your budget for replacements and repairs. Some of it you may not spend, but most of it is probably a pretty accurate projection of what you will spend,Ž he said. If youre holding $200,000, we either have to raise the millage rate or we have to ask someone else to cut their budget. We dont have that money,Ž Chairman Irby said. Commissioner Joey Hoover pointed out that when government takes money out of the private sectors hand, that is money that is not circulating in the private market, I know it has happened for years and years, every department has tried to put back a little,Ž he said. Just because we did that for the past 30 years, doesnt mean we should keep doing that. We are holding a lot of the taxpayers money,Ž he said. We need to make sure we are holding the right amount.Ž We went each of our departments come in and went through it line by line,Ž said Commissioner Margaret Helton. Its the same thing. Each department was carrying a contingency fund. That is how we reduced our budget.Ž The board has reviewed the operating areas of the county and provide direction to staff regarding requested reductions and staff is adjusting accordingly and reduced General Fund operating by $265,208 or 3.6 percent of BOCC General Fund Operating Budget. The Clerk agreed to go through her budget to trim contingency funding. And if I need it, then Ill be back,Ž she said. Property Appraiser Bill Sherman reduced budget by $162,572…about 12 percent o f what was originally requested. He said that was the excess that had in last years budget. But I also want to remind you that when I got to trial and that trial costs me $200,000, I am going to lay that bill on your desk,Ž he said. A couple years ago we overspent our budget by $31,000 in legal defense,Ž he cautioned. After this adjustment, the Propert y Appraisers of“ ce budget is $1,162,000. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper asked why the county keeps such a large amount in the Land“ ll Trust Fund. He said he was told this is kept in case of a catastrophic event at the land“ ll. He questioned why the county needs this reserve since Waste Management has a bond that would take care of these expenses should something happen at the land“ ll. Jim Threewits, deputy county administrator, said there is no way to know how much expense the county would have should there be such a catastrophe. He added that in such a disaster, the county would have immediate expenses which may or may not be reimbursed. I think it is the timing of that mechanism and you dont know the whole cost,Ž agreed Mrs. Chartier. Mr, Threewits compared it to the immediate expenses the county has during a hurricane that may or may not be reimbursed by FEMA. The goal was to always be prepared, if you are dealing with a regional land“ ll,Ž he said. You need to have money in case something tomorrow goes sour.Ž 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 15, 2014 Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partl y sunny, with a high near 94. Light west northwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.Extended ForecastSaturday : A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partl y sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday Night : A 20 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Sunday : A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Okeechobee Forecast (OCSO), said Thursday, Aug. 14, the rounds “ red at the home appear to be double 00 buckshot.Ž The detective went on to say hes looking for a white midsize sedan that has a loud muf” er and a distinctive engine noise. It sounds like a four-cylinder engine,Ž he said. According to a witness statement, the cars muf” er sounded like it needed to be repaired. The initial complaint was handled Aug. 13 by OCSO Deputy Yero Todman. His report indicated the shooting took place around 2:45 a.m. A woman in the home reportedly told the deputy she heard two to three gunshots. After hearing the shots, another woman in the home looked out to see a vehicle turning onto S.E. 34th Ave. Detective Todmans report stated the back window of a car parked at the home was shot out by one round. Another round penetrated the east side of the home, penetrated the wall and ... continued into the interior of the residence causing damage to the TV and entertainment shelf and ended up in a west closet wall,Ž stated Deputy Todman.According to the deputys report the estimated value of the cars rear window is $2,500, while damage to the 42-inch LCD television was estimated at $500. Repairs to the exterior and interior of the home will likely cost around $1,700, added Deputy Todman.The deputy stated a search for the white vehicle was unsuccessful, and no spent shell casings were found at the scene. Besides the adults, Deputy Todman indicated a 7-year-old child sleeping in the home also was unharmed. If anyone has information concerning this case, they are asked to contact Detective Shireman at 863-763-3117. SHOOTINGContinued From Page 1 COUNTYContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSchool supplies donatedProfessional Fire“ ghters and Paramedics of Okeechobee, Local 2918, once again collected back-to-school supplies for needy and foster children in Okeechobee. Thank you Local 2918 and all those that donated to the cause while shopping at Walmart. All items were donated to My Aunts House (501c3) for distribution.

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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., on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 7 until 10 p.m. The dance is for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips.VFW hosting bingo, dinnersBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 E. S.R. 78, is hosting activities open to the public this week. Ladies auxiliary hosts Sunday, Aug. 17 breakfast from 8:30 until 11 a.m. for $6; plus $1 bloody marys, screwdrivers and drafts until 11 a.m. Then its “ ve-card bingo at 5 p.m. Dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 20, is liver and onions from 5 until 7 p.m. for $6. Thursday, Aug. 21, bingo and food at 1 p.m. Friday night dinner features pork loin, “ sh and/or shrimp for a $7-$8 donation, plus live music with Phil Eddings from 6 until 11 p.m. All proceeds bene“ t veterans programs and their families. Call 843-467-2882 for details.Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. The event is open to the public.Garden, Orchid clubs to meetThe Garden Club will meet Monday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. and will be followed b y the Orchid Club meeting at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, U.S. 98 N. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 863-763-6469.Youth soccer sign ups slatedOkeechobee 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 will need a birth certi“ cate to register. For information, call 863-763-6950. Lori White, 39OKEECHOBEE „ Lori White died August 13, 2014 in Okeechobee. She was born March 17, 1975 in Florida. She was a school bus driver for the Okeechobee County School System for ten years. She was a member of North Okeechobee Church of God and she loved her family, children, friends and the outdoors. Mrs. White was preceded in death by her mother, Sally Watford. She is survived by her husband of 14 years, David White; two daughters, Ashlan and Niki White; father, Wayne Watford (Mary); two sisters, Melanie and Jennifer; brother, Wesley; three sisters-in-law, Belinda, Kim and Lisa; and many loving family members and friends. Visitation will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Pastor Don Leon will of“ ciate. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. 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. Pauline M. Meyers, 87OKEECHOBEE „ Pauline M. Meyers died Aug. 12, 2014 in Okeechobee. She was born March 15, 1927 in St. Louis, Mo. to Melvin and Alberta Frasier. She came to Okeechobee from Festus, Mo. the mid to late 1960s. She volunteered at First United Methodist Church of Okeechobees Library for about 20 years. Mrs. Meyers was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Meyers, Sr.; and her daughter, Sharlaine Whitmore. She is survived by her daughter, Valerie Alford (David) of Okeechobee; son, George F. Meyers (Pam) of Kissimmee; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Melberta Hogenmiller of Festus, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972.Rita Jeanette Besaw, 86INDIANTOWN „ Rita Jeanette Besaw of Indiantown died August 8, 2014 in Stuart. She was born March 21, 1928 in Newport, Vt. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Mrs. Besaw was preceded in death by Elbridge Besaw, her husband of 66 years, and ten brothers and sisters. She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Ayotte (Jerry) and Sandy Pack (Eugene); three sons, Paul Besaw, Rodney Besaw (Terry) and Ryan Besaw (Lynn); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Alice Edwards (Olen), Lucille Carter (Louis) and Laurette Cote. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, August 15, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 15939 SW 150th Street, Indiantown, Florida. Interment will follow at Port Mayaca Cemetery. 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, Fl o ri da, 3 4 97 2 Robert BobŽ Gailfoil, 72OKEECHOBEE „ Robert BobŽ Gailfoil died A ugust 12, 2014. He was born Sept. 9, 1941 in Concord, Massachusetts. Mr. Gailfoil proudly served our country in the Marine Corps for ten years rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He survived being shot down three times during the Vietnam War. He was a longtime employee with Pratt & Whitney, Palm Beach Sheriffs Department and Big Pine Key Road Prison. He came to Okeechobee from Big Pine Key in 2003. Mr. Gailfoil was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Gailfoil. He is survived by his wife of eleven years, Frances Gailfoil of Okeechobee; three sons, Michael Gailfoil (Deana) of Panama City Beach, W il Pinto (Sheila) and John Pinto (Sanibus) all of West Palm Beach; two daughters, Robin Wilkerson and Carolyn Gailfoil both of Gainesville; three stepchildren, Marjorie Gadue (Marc), Stev en Biafore (Anne) all of Colchester, Vermont and Michael Biafore (Laura) of Easton, Connecticut; eleven grandchildren; brother, John Joseph Gailfoil, Jr.; and many loving nieces and nephews. A gathering will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 15, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. E D U C A T I O N A L S E M I N A R S Cremation & Burial Luncheon 11AMGolden Corral Wednesday, August 20Luncheon 11AMLightsey’s Restaurant1 Call 863-357-7283 to Reserve Your Seat Affordable Traditional Funerals/Military Specials Complimentary LuncheonHOSTED BY SEAWINDS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 15, 2014Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing: obits@newszap. c om. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. 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Special to the Okeechobee News For the 19th consecutive year, water ” owing from farmlands in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) achieved phosphorus reductions that exceed those required by law. Implementation of improved farming techniques, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), produced a 63-percent phosphorus reduction in the 470,000-acre EAA farming region south of Lake Okeechobee for the Water Year 2014 monitoring period (May 1, 2013 … April 30, 2014). The requirement is a 25 percent phosphorus reduction. Everglades restoration relies on a suite of water quality improvement strategies, and BMPs are an essential component,Ž said Daniel OKeefe, Chairman of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board. Reducing phosphorus and exceeding these requirements year after year re” ects a long-term commitment to water quality improvements by South Floridas farmers.Ž Examples of BMPs include re“ ned stormwater management practices, on-farm erosion controls and more precise fertilizer application methods. These and other management practices by agricultural growers reduce the amount of phosphorus transported in stormwater runoff that reaches the Everglades and its connected water bodies. BMP Program Delivering Successful Results To meet the requirements of Floridas Everglades Forever Act, the amount of phosphorus leaving the EAA must be 25 percent less than before reduction efforts started. A science-based model is used to compute the reductions and make adjustments to account for the in” uences of rainfall. Over the programs 19-year history, the overall average annual reduction from the implementation of BMPs is 55 percent, more than twice the amount required by law. When measured in actual mass, 180 metric tons of phosphorus were prevented from leaving the EAA and entering the regional canal system, which sends water into the Everglades, during the Water Year 2014 monitoring period. Over the past 19 years, the BMP program has prevented 2,854 metric tons of phosphorus from leaving the EAA. Phosphorus reductions to improve Everglades water The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in” uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Sheyhem Jardale Perkins, 19, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy Sergeant Paul Ferrell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of battery on detention or commitment facility staff. His bond was set at $10,000. € Charles Lynn Spiva III, 19, N.W. 26th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy Jose Garduno on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation grand theft-motor vehicle. He is being held without bond. € Ricky Raven Hight, 33, N.E. 103rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy Cody Hurst on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felonies of failure to appear ” eeing or eluding a law enforcement of“ cer and failure to appear driving while license suspended-habitual offender, and the misdemeanors of contempt of court and violation of probation petit theft. He is being held without bond. € Sharon Ann Flores, 45, E. 15th St., Lehigh Acres, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Richard Varnadore on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of grand theft (two counts). Her bond was set at $16,000. € Hilliard John Gopher, 24, N. Tucker Ridge Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). His bond was set at $1,500. € Kenneth Ray Spencer, 26, N.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Sergeant Justin Bernst on a felony charge of ” eeing and eluding a law enforcement of“ cer and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of“ cer without violence. His bond was set at $10,000. € Joshua Tony Brookins, 25, N.W. 17th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14 by Of“ cer Ryan Holroyd on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond on those charges. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended. His bond on that charge was set at $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 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 24-year-old Okeechobee man accused of having sexual relations with a 14y ear-old girl is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Pascual Oritz, S.W. Fourth Ave., was arrested Saturday, Aug. 9, on one felony count of lewd and lascivious battery victim 12-15 years of age. He is being held on $25,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Bart Potter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), stated Ortiz picked up the teenager around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. He then allegedly took the girl to his home, where she stayed the rest of the night, added the deputy. The girls family apparently didnt know she was gone until the next morning when they ... noticed pillows stuffed under the blanket made to look like a body,Ž Deputy Potter stated. According to the deputy, the teen said Ortiz ... knows how old she is because she told him.Ž Man accused of taking teen home for sex You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST BAPTIST Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)www.nbc-okeechobee.orgRev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. EPISCOPAL Advertise your church events or services here!Call 863.763.3134 today to inquire about pricing CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 ENTRIES DUE BY TUES., AUG 19th, 2014 BY 4:30 PM in a sealed envelope clearly marked “CENTENNIAL LOGO PROJECT” NO LATE ENTRIES, FACSIMILE, OR EMAILED ENTRIES ACCEPTED Follow us on #okeechobee100 EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS OF ALL AGESYOU’RE INVITED to submit your work of art or ideas to serve as the dynamic logo for the City’s Centennial Celebration. Entry form and rules for submission are on the City’s website, cityofokeechobee.com, or contact 8 Okeechobee News August 15, 2014 Pascual Oritz

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Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 863-763-6905 Hwy 98 N • Okeechobee• Fly Control Mineral • Fly Blocks • Fly Spray • Fly Bait • Pour-ons • Fly Bags Your Fly Control Center 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 15, 2014 Eagles hosting dinnersCypress Hut Eagles, 7401 U.S. 441 S.E., will serve choice rib eye steak or seafood dinners on Friday, Aug. 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Carl Cable. The public is invited. Saturday, Aug. 16, is the redneck party with fride chikin by Lorraine and crew. The Harpers will provide the stompin muzik. Monday, Aug. 18, hot dogs will be served at the bar and Tuesday is the weekly dart tournament with burgers being served. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Bingo offered by Moose LodgeOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites you to join them for fun in the lodge Friday, Aug. 15 for bingo at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, the Women of the Moose will serve country fried steak dinner at 5 p.m. Music will be available for listening your pleasure. Check the lodge bulletin board for special meals on Friday starting at noon. Proceeds will bene“ t Moose charities.VFW offers bingo, karaokeVFW North Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host bingo Friday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. Friday, karaoke will be by Lisa from 7 until 10 p.m. The grill will be open on Friday from 5 until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 5 until 7 p.m. Loris Sunday dinner will be served from 1 until 3 p.m. and will feature salisbury steak. All proceeds will bene“ t our veterans programs. The public is invited.Businesswomen meet Aug. 15The Okeechobee Business Womens Referral Network will meet Friday, Aug. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Beef OBradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The lunch meeting is open to women in all “ elds and is an opportunity to spread the word about your business. Bring brochures, ” yers, business cards and an exchange gift and let others know about you. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.Town hall meeting scheduledA town hall meeting with Commissioner Bryant Culpepper will be held Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Count y Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 North. The public is invited.Bene“ t set for Levi BoneyA barbecie 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 Scheuermanns Kyphosis disease and is under going spinal fusion surgery. The y are raising money to help with medical bills. Tickets are available at Nurse On Call and the Tin Fish Restaurant. For information, call Shelley Maggard at 863-697-0193.Mission plans school driveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for needy families. Last year we helped many children with their list, but this year the need is even greater. We will accept donations up until Aug. 15 Most all school supplies are needed such as threering-notebooks, pencil pouches, colored pencils, marker hi-liters, backpacks, etc. No trapper keepers. For a complete list, chec k out the local stores or call the school. All donations stay in Okeechobee County. We accept checks made out to Big Lake Missions Outreach or gift cards and our staff does the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815 for information or drop-off locations.Model Aviation Day slatedCelebrate National Model Aviation Da y on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70 E. This is a free event open to the public, and is hosted b y the Okeechobee Model Airplane Club. The “ eld includes a paved runway and bleachers for spectators. Members will on hand from 9 until 11 a.m. to answer questions. There will be aircraft on display and lots of ” ying demonstrations. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCerti“ cate of Appreciation presentedMary Ann and Bruce Swinford were presented with a Certi“ cate of Appreciation from the seniors of the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center. The support Mary Ann and Bruce have given the center helps to provide breakfast and enhance the hot lunch served daily Monday through Friday. The Lottie Raulerson Senior Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All seniors are invited to come join in the fun. The center offers exercise, Tai Chi, computer classes, line dancing, games, and other activities „ all free to folks age 60 and over and their guests. Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks has a bad hair dayGrand Oaks hosted a bad hair day contest on Aug. 7. Left to right are Maryann Welborn; third place “ nisher Gretchen Deaton; “ rst place winner Loraine Ackerman; second place “ nisher Bonnie Wilson; fourth place “ nisher Ashley Christensen; Fran East; and, Rebecca Maynor.

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Bull riders call it “the luck of the draw.” At the rodeo, bucking bulls are assigned to riders randomly. Since 50 percent of a rider’s score is based on how well the bull bucks, riders hope for one that bucks well enough for a top score, but not well enough to unseat them or injure them. They all know being thrown is something to expect, and being injured is not a matter of “if” but “when.” That’s what makes the sport so dangerous and so exciting. Rodeo fans will nd plenty of excitement at South Florida rodeos. Labor Day weekend, rodeo fans are invited to the roughest-and-toughest professional bull riders and bull ghters event at Florida’s Cowtown Rodeo, at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena. The renovated grandstand arena provides covered outdoor seating, giving spectators an up-close-and-personal rodeo viewing experience while keeping them shaded from the Florida sun. Rodeo contestants of Florida’s Cowtown Labor Day Rodeo have their sights set on prize money and points to advance their careers on the Professional Cowboys Rodeo Association circuit. On March 8, 2014, Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo began in bloody horror as rodeo fans watched the rst bull rider out of the chute, Je rey Ramagos, su er serious injuries from a head-tohead collision with the rodeo bull, Big Deal. Ramagos, from Zachary, La., was airlifted to the ICU trauma unit at Ft. Pierce’s Lawnwood Medical Center. “We want the Labor Day rodeo to be thrilling for our rodeo fans, and without witnessing injuries like those in our spring rodeo. We are happy to say that Je rey Ramagos, the bullrider injured in our spring rodeo, has already healed and is currently competing in the PRCA,” said Todd Clemons, president of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association. The historic Okeechobee Cattlemen’s rodeo arena is located in the heart of Okeechobee County on 441 North. Advance tickets for Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo can be purchased online at www. okeechobeecattlemensassociation.com; at Eli’s Western Wear in Okeechobee; or in-person at the rodeo grounds. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children six and under. For information on Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo, please visit www. okeechobeecattlemensassociation. com or Facebook. More information on lodging or other o erings in the city of Okeechobee, please visit www. okeechobee-tdc.com. Events on the calendar for the coming year include: • The Brighton Seminole Fred Smith Arena hosts barrel racing practice and team roping practice Fo r a current schedule, go online to www. rezrodeo.com. The arena is o State Road 721 on Brighton Seminole Reservation in Glades County. Fo r information online, go to www.rezrodeo.com.• On Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17, the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center will host the All Florida Junior Rodeo Association 2015 season kicko Youth from ages 5 to 14 from all over the State of Florida will compete in 11 rodeo events. There is no charge for the public to attend, and the concession stand will be open, with the proceeds going to 4-H. Rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. Cowboy Church will be at 8 a.m. Sunda y morning. The entrance to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is o State Road 710. • The Okeechobee AgriCivic Center will host the Turnin’ N Burnin’ Summe r Buckle Series Jackpo t Barrel Race on Friday, Aug. 22. Exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. Barrel racing starts at 7 p.m. There is no charge for spectators. • The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Cente r will host the NBHA District 5 Barrel Race on Saturday, Aug. 23. Exhibition runs will start at 11 a.m.; Barrel race starts at 1 p.m.; A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend. • On Sunday, Aug. 3, Kaza Productions will present a Mexican Rodeo at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center from 1 to 8 p.m.• The Ocala Shrine Rodeo is planned for Aug. 29-30 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2200 N.E. Jacksonville Rd. (CR 200A), in Ocala. For more information online, go to http://www. ocalarodeo.com. • A Kids Summer Rodeo Series even t will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Junior Cypress Entertainmen t Complex on Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. The facility is only 18 miles north of I-75 between Naples and Rodeo excitement returns to Big Lake area Rodeo excitement returns to Big Lake area Special to Going OutA bull “ ghter distracts a bull so the rider can get out of the arena safely. There is plenty of action … and danger … in the rodeo sport of bull riding. Special to Going OutRodeo action is back at the Okeechobee Cattlemens Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 441. The next rodeo will be over Labor Day weekend. See RODEOS „ Page 2

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Fort Lauderdale. For more information, online go to jrcarena.com or call 863983-8923. • The Miss Rodeo Florida Association pageant will be held in Okeechobee Sept. 25–27. Contestants from around the state of Florida will participate in the three-day event that selects four new rodeo queens ranging in age from 7 to 25. All contestants compete in horsemanship, speech, appearance, personal interview, modeling and impromptu questions. The winner of the Miss Rodeo Florida title ( age 19 – 25) wins a $1,000 scholarship and goes on to compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas, Nev. Fo r additional information, please visit www. MissRodeoFlorida.com, or contact Trac y Clements at 407-908-2182. • The Florida Cowboy Heritage Festival will be Sept. 26-27, 2014 a t the Silver Spurs Arena at the Osceol a Heritage Park in Kissimmee, presented by the Florida Cow Culture Preservation Society in conjunction with the Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals. For more information online, go to http://www. thecrackertenor.com/Florida_Ranch_ Rodeo_Finals.html, • The 77th Annual Brighton Field Days, featuring PRCA Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls, will be held Feb. 13-15, 2015 at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. For more information online, go to www.rezrodeo. com. • The Swamp Cabbage Festival Rodeo is held the last full weekend in February each year, at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds on S.R. 29 in LaBelle. For more information online, go to swampcabbagefestival.org. • The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena is the site for the spring Florida’s Cowtown Rodeo in March. For information, go to http://www. okeechobeecattlemensassociation.com. • The Raising Cane Rodeo is held in Clewiston in March in conjunction with the Hendry County Fair. Fo r more information online, go to www. hendrycountyfair.com. • The 86th Annual Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo will be held March 13-15, 2015, at the Arcadi a Arena, 124 Heard Street (two blocks o U.S. Highway 17) in Arcadia. Fo r more information online, go to www. arcadiarodeo.com. • The 22nd Annual Southeastern Pro Rodeo returns on March 27 and 28, 2015, at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2200 N.E. Jacksonville Rd. (CR 200A), in Ocala. For more information online, go to http://www.ocalarodeo.com. Ranch RodeoRanch rodeos, which have become more popular in recent years, attract working cowboys who work on South Florida ranches. The events in a ranch rodeo are based on the actual skills the cowboys use to work cattle. Unlike PRCA events, ranch rodeo is a team sport. Just as the cowboys work together on a ranch, they work together and help each other in the arena events. Another di erence is the equipment used. While PRCA cowboys use special rodeo saddles and equipment, those in ranch rodeos use the same equipment and tack that the cowboy uses in everyday work. In addition to events such as calf roping and bronc riding, events in a ranch rodeo may include team doctoring, team sorting, wild cow milking, calf branding, relay race, double mugging and colt riding (sometimes called the wild horse ranch.) In these events, the team works together to perform a task similar to those done on ranches. There are a few di erences. The “brand” in the rodeo is covered with chalk or paint. “Doctoring” is indicated by dabbing a bit of paint on a cow to indicate giving it medicine. Ranch rodeo rules vary from state to state and even from rodeo to rodeo according to Dusty Holley, Florida Cattlemen’s Association director of eld services. For those new to the sport, the announcer explains the rules to the spectators as the rodeo unfolds. Bronc riding is similar to that seen in other rodeos, but closer to what actually happens on a ranch when a horse decides to start bucking. For colt riding, instead of starting with a bronc in a chute, a haltered horse is in the arena, held by one member of the team while the others attempt to saddle it and then one team member must mount the horse and ride it to the end of the arena. This is no easy task and it is not unusual for this event to have no successful rides. This event is also sometimes called the wild horse race. In the double-mugging event, one person will rope a yearling calf and other team members will help take the yearling to the ground and secure the animal with rope.PRCAAccording to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA), legend has it that American rodeo was born on July 4, 1869 when two groups of cowboys from neighboring ranches met in Deer Trail, Colo., to settle an argument over who was the best at performing everyday ranching tasks. That competition is considered to be the rst rodeo which evolved into rodeo as we know it today. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) was created almost by accident in 1936 when a group of cowboys walked out of a rodeo at the Boston Gardens to protest the actions of rodeo promoter W.T. Johnson, who refused to add the cowboys’ entry fees to the rodeo’s total purse. The promoter nally gave in to the cowboys’ demands, and the successful “strike’’ led to the formation of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association. The cowboys chose that name because, while they were slow to organize, when push nally came to shove, they weren’t afraid to stick their necks out to get what they wanted. In 1945, the Turtles changed their name to the Rodeo Cowboys Association, and in 1975, the organization became the PRCA.Florida High School Rodeo & Junior High School RodeoThe Florida High School Rodeo Association hosts competitions for rodeo teams from Florida High Schools. Rodeo contestants travel around the state competing in a series of high schools earning points toward their state rankings. The top 15 in each event competes in the state nals, and the top four nishers in each event at the state level go on to compete in the National High School Rodeo Finals. Contestants must be enrolled in high school and be in good standing. Report cards must be turned in every nine weeks. The Florida Junior High School Rodeo Association is a division of the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The top 20 in each event at the end of the season move on to compete at the Florida State Finals. The top four in each event after state nals then have the option of moving on to compete at the national nals. For current rodeo schedules go online to http:// sra.homestead.com.Professional Bull RidingThe rules are simple: Place a wiry cowboy on the back of a hulking, snorting temperamental 2,000 pound bull and see if he can stay on for an eternal eight seconds ... with one hand strapped to the bull. Headquartered in Colorado, the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. was created in 1992 when a group of bull riders broke away from the traditional rodeo scene seeking mainstream attention for the sport of professional bull riding. They felt that, as the most popular event at a rodeo, bull riding deserved to be in the limelight and could easily stand alone. More than 1,200 bull riders from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico hold PBR memberships. They compete in more than 300 bull riding events per year on either the elite tour, the Touring Pro Division, or the PBR International circuits. The ultimate goal for PBR athletes each year is to qualify for the prestigious PBR World Finals in Las Vegas where the coveted title of PBR World Champion is decided.Mexican rodeoMexican rodeos or charreadas include some familiar rodeo events, such as bull riding (although instead of riding for eight seconds, the contestant tries to stay on until the bull stops bucking), and some events that are not seen in traditional rodeos in the U.S. such as trick riding. Mexican rodeos are also known for colorful traditional costumes and pageantry. Music plays a big part in Mexican rodeos, which are as much a social gathering as a sporting event. There’s plenty of rodeo action within driving distance of communities in the Lake Okeechobee area. Rodeos range from kids trying their skills in youth competitions to professional rodeo riders competing for prize money and points toward national championships at events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Cra Fair in the Woods e 8 th AnnualSaturday, November 8thFreedom Ranch € 11655 US Hwy 441 SE € Okeechobee, FL 34974Phone: 863.763.9800 or Email: cra fairinthewoods@gmail.com Applications available beginning on Monday, September 1 st Coming This Fall! 2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions August 2014 RODEOSContinued From Page 1 Types of Rodeo

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August 2014 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions 3 Tickets on sale nowBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION – Country music legend Joe Dife, known for such chart-topping hits as “Third Rock From the Sun,” “John Deere Green” and “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox,” will bring his talents to Seminole Casino Brighton on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Special guests include comedy and musical duo Williams and Ree. Tickets are on sale now at the Casino Cash Cage or order by phone at 800-360-9875. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $25 for Player’s Club Members. Adding to the excitement, Las Vegas male revue sensation and Australia’s hottest export, “Thunder From Down Under,” are coming to Seminole Casino Brighton on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. Since their performance debut, nearly seven million people have watched them perform. Hailed as one of the Top 12 Sexiest Shows in Las Vegas, “Thunder From Down Under” will get your pulse racing as you witness these sexy Aussies strut their stu Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 1, at the Casino Cash Cage or order by phone at 800-360-9875. End the summer with a vacation to y our favorite destination anywhere in the world! Swipe your Player’s Club card daily for a free entry, earn additional entries each time you play and you could w in a $2,000 Travel Certi cate. Drawings w ill be held Fridays in August at 10 p.m. Take your golf game to the next level w ith a brand new golf cart. Earn entries every time you play and swipe your Player’s Club card daily for a free entry. Drawings will be held Saturdays in August at 10 p.m. Arrive at your next golf game in style! Lawn mowing could be a breeze with a new lawn tractor. Swipe your Player’s Club card daily for a free entry and earn additional entries each time you play. Drawings will be held Sundays at 8 p.m. Seminole Casino Brighton is bringing the fun this month with two exciting nights of Party Bingo! On Friday, Aug. 15, at 11 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., it will be time to turn down the lights and turn up the fun! Party Bingo participants can enjoy dancing, glow products, games and giveaways. There will be a $10 door pack and up to $1,500 in cash prizes available. One must be 18 to party and 21 or older to drink. Drive away a winner on Aug. 30 with a fun 2014 Chevy Sonic. Visit the casino every day and swipe your Player’s Club Card for a free entry, and earn more each time you play. Play in our $10,000 Deep Stack Free Roll Poker Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 31, for your chance to win big. Play daily in August to earn your way in or play in a Quali er Tournament on Sundays, Aug. 17 and 24. See the Brush Stand for complete details. Please contact the casino or visit www. seminolebrightoncasino.com for information on bus transportation and group packages. See the Player’s Club for promotion details. One must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Player’s Club member to participate. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.About Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 421 slot and gaming machines, live action blackjack e-tables, a six-table poker room, and high-stakes bingo action, and Josiah, a full service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smokefree environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Indian Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, Okeechobee, FL 34974. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Country legend Joe Diffie Country legen d Joe Diffie brings chart-topping hits to brings chart-topping hits to Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton

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www.thetin shokeechobee.com Come & Enjoy a Fishermans Combo 301 N. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.357.0722Hours of OperationSun urs 11am 9+ Fri & Sat 11am 10+TIN FISH LOVES OKEECHOBEEDue to the overwhelming success of Tin Fish Okeechobee, we are proud to announce the opening of2 New Tin Fish Locations: Tin Fish Sarasota Tin Fish Sunrise Plantation& receive a complimentary Large so drink or a Tin Fish dra beer 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions August 2014 PERFORMING A RTS Plays, Concerts & More... OCT plans new season OCT plans new seasonOKEECHOBEE — Season tickets for the 2014-2015 Okeechobee Community Theatre will go on sale in August. The plays this season will include, “The Service at Rocky Blu ” in November; “The Wizard of Oz” in December; and, “Egad, It’s Rotten Rodney” in March. For ticket information, see the website at http://www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com/season.html. Jazz Market in Fort Pierce Jazz Market in Fort PierceFORT PIERCE — Every Saturday during the summer, the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society hosts a Jazz Market “featuring creative arts & crafts,” 101 Melody Lane, in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce on the waterfront of the Indian River from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Original handmade crafts, stained glass, Highwaymen paintings, hand-painted glassware and much more are available for purchase. Funds raised support education programs and area scholarships. For vendor information, please email: TheMarket@jazzsociety.org. Firehouse Community Theatre Firehouse Community TheatreLABELLE — The Firehouse Community Theatre is selling season tickets for their 2014-2015 season online at www. rehousecommunitytheatre.com. The season will include “Marrying Walt” in November, “Drinking Habits” in December, “Little Shop of Horrors” in January, “Up Close From a Distance” in February and “Back on Broadway” in March. For more information, call 863-675-3066. Area special events... Labor Day Festival in Okeechobee Labor Day Festival in OkeechobeeOKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee’s annual Labor Day Festival, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, will return Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee. The festival will include a variety of arts and crafts and food booths. Bring your own folding chair to sit back and enjoy entertainment by local performers. On Monday, Sept. 1, the B.R.A.T. Club Labor Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m., following the usual parade route from the old U-Save parking lot on U.S. 441 (Parrott Avenue) north to State Road 70, and then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. For more information, call 863357-6246 (MAIN). Alligator Hatching Festival Alligator Hatching FestivalPALMDALE — Gatorama will host the annual “Alligator Hatching Festival” Aug. 23 to Sept. 1 at the animal park at 6180 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale, Fla. Visitors to Gatorama will also be able to learn about the history of the American alligator and how the populations have been protected through one of the most truly successful, sustainable-use management programs ever implemented. American alligators have been o the endangered species list since 1987 and populations are still growing. Alligator farming is an important part of the program. For more information about tickets, and directions, call 863-675-0623 or visit www.Gatorama.com. Repticon RepticonWEST PALM BEACH — Repticon, the West Palm Beach Reptile Show, will be held Aug. 30 and 31 at 2231 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Reptile vendors will o er reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and more. The event will include educational live-animal seminars and frequent free ra es. For information, call 863-268-4273. Special to Going OutBarrel racing can be found at area rodeos and at special barrel racing competitions. The cowgirls race the clock as they guide their horses in a pattern around three barrels.

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Advertise your business here! Call 863.763.3134 today! CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS ORTHOPAEDICS Benjamin Epstein, D.O.Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. We Treat Kids Too!Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries FAMILY MEDICINE Hablamos Espaol Same Day Appointments Aliated with Raulerson Hospital RaulersonPrimaryCare.com 202 NE 2nd Avenue € Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 We Treat Kids Too!Monday … Thursday 8:00 a.m. … 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. … 4:00 p.m.(863) 467-2159 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansFamily Physician € Pediatrics Physicals € Family Care & Medicine Womens Health € Well-child visits Welcome to Medicare visitsThere are many reasons why a woman may have a hysterectomy, a surgical procedure to remove part or all of the uterus. A ccording to Board Certi“ ed Gynecologist James Brad“ eld, the most common are bleeding abnormalities, tumors or enlargements of the uterus, problems with endometriosis, pelvic adhesions and pelvic infections. Dr. Brad“ eld performs laparoscopic hysterectomies at Raulerson Hospital. The bene“ ts of Common reasons for a hysterectomyfacing surgery, consider that Raulerson Hospital has been named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission on Key Quality Measures including Surgical Care. Print.Web.SocialLet us show how we can help grow YOUR business Okeechobees News and Advertising Leader863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com Subscribe: readerservices@newszap.com ” orida.newszap.com @okeechobeenews /okeechobeenews GYNECOLOGY Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health Issues J E. B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Infertility • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL • 863-763-8000 performing a hysterectomy using a laparoscope vs. the open abdominal incision include a smaller incision site, less bleeding, and a quicker recovery. In fact most laparoscopic hysterectomies are performed as outpatient procedures, meaning no hospital stay is necessary. Dr. Brad“ eld has more than 30 years of experience in his “ eld. He presents his patients with options and treats them in a personal yet professional manner. If you are 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 15, 2014

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Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 15TH Thurs., Aug. 21STFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:10, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:10, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00I: “INTO THE STORM”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG-13 August 16 238:30am to 4:30pmExperience Integrity CharacterPut children first, they are our future.(863) 610-1639Proven Dedication to Education Common Sense Approach Education: ‘93 OHS, ‘95 IRSC AA, ‘97 BS UFPolitical Advertisement Paid for and Approved By Joe Arnold for School Board 16 Okeechobee News August 15, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News OHS swim team coach Stephen Neafsey is excited about his second full season at the end helm this year. The squad enjoyed a stellar 2013 campaign with more swimmers setting personal bests and more swimmers advancing to the regional meet. Neafsey expects the success to continue in 2014, The team looks fairly good for this time in the season. We have been pushing the team hard already this season.Ž Neafsey has a veteran unit of swimmers to work with this year as only two seniors graduated. He expects the experience gained last year will help the squad, I expect that our swimmers from last season will be able to build upon the phenomenal season we had last year.Ž Fourteen OHS swimmers went to the Region 3 Class 4A meet in Miami last year. Neafsey said the goal this year is to increase that number. I want to give as many swimmers as possible the opportunity to compete and contend with some of the states best swimmers,Ž he added. Another thing to look forward to this year is the state “ nals which will be held on the Treasure Coast, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8, at Sail“ sh Splash Park in Stuart. Neafsey also said several school records could be broken this year. The key to our success will be to build off of our experiences last year and really drive ourselves every day to perform at our best. I feel our student athletes are truly pushing themselves both in and out of the water,Ž he added. Top teams on the schedule include Martin County and Jensen Beach. Okeechobee will also host several swim meets this year, one is scheduled for Sept. 23 versus John Carroll. Other home meets are set for Sept. 30 and on Oct. 9. The full schedule is still being developed. Neafsey said a number of the athletes were busy this summer with the Shockwaves summer program. He also has developed a rigorous conditioning program in the past month to get the swimmers ready. Were looking to gain and hone in on our techniques early this year and then push for more speed and power,Ž he added. Neafsey said athletes still interested in joining the swim team are still welcome. No experience is necessary. The team practices from 5 until 8 a.m. daily at the sports complex pool. Assistant coaches this year include Dalton Hodges and Brian Holtkamp. OHS swim team ready for season JACKSONVILLE … The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has released the revised “ nal report for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) for public, state and agency review on Aug. 8. A noti“ cation has been published in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the report for its required 30-day review. V All of the recommended revisions to the report have been completed and approved and were now moving forward with public, state and agency review,Ž said Jacksonville District commander Col. Alan Dodd. The report is available on the projects Web page at: http://www.bit.ly/CentralEverglades_ CEPP. Comments will be accepted through Sept. 8, 2014. They can be submitted electronically to: CEPPcomments@usace.army. mil or mailed to: Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger U.S. Army Corps of Engineers P.O. Box 4970 Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019 The Corps Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) provided unanimous approval to release the report for state and agency review once their recommended revisions were incorporated into the report. Corps releases Central Everglades report

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Auctions PUBLIC AUCTION FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH SATURDAY, AUGUST 30TH 11AM BOTH DAYS 1491 WESTERN WAY, LABELLE, FL. 2 tracts of land totaling 58.65 acres custom built home and barn, personal property offered separately ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ABSOLUTE. trucks, tractors, tools, guns, antiques, RV, boat farming equipment, shop equipment, cattle, for complete list go to www. gulfcoastrealtyauctions. com 239-242-7661 ab1389/au415 Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time MAGNOLIA PACKING INC, a fresh vegetable packing house, is looking for a PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR with three (plus) years produce experience. Must be bi-lingual and be willing to work long hours during the season. Email your resume to royboy01@bellsouth.net MECHANIC J.W. Cheatham, LLC has an immediate opening for a eld mechanic. Must have experience troubing shooting, repairing and performing preventative maintenance on heavy construction equipment i.e. roller, loader, dozer, excavator, etc. Requires vaild drivers license, acceptable MVR and own tools. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Position is located in West Palm Beach, to apply please call 561-471-4100 ext 239 or fax resume to 561-471-8348. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Employment Full TimeNeeded CLASS A CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 5:00. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds.LOWBED DRIVER J.W. Cheatham, LLC has a local job starting soon and is accepting applications for Lowbed Driver. Requires a Class A CDL, Valid Medical Card and acceptable MVR. Must have experience loading and chaining heavy construction equipment i.e. loader, dozer, grader, paver. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To apply, please call 561-471-4100 ext 239 or fax resume to 561-471-8348. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time Drivers Dump & Service Truck J.W. Cheatham, LLC has a local job starting soon and will be taking applcations for the following driving positions: Dump Truck Driver Requires Class B CDL, Medical Card, Acceptable MVR. Must have experience transporting aggregates and performing paving operations. Equipment Service/Fuel Truck Driver Requires Class B CDL, Hazmat Endorsement, Medical Card, Acceptable MVR. Must have experience fueling and servicing heavy construction equipment. Apply in person or call 561-471-4100 ext 239 J.W. Cheatham, LLC 7396 Westport Place West Palm Beach 33413 Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 RANCH FOREMAN needed, must have experience with Rotational Grazing, Electric fencing, Equip. maintenance & Pasture mowing. Housing is available. Apply at: Helpwanted4755@ gmail.com or by mail to: Ranch Foreman c/o Okeechobee News 107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974 Employment Full Time Equipment Operators & Laborers J.W. Cheatham, LLC has a local job starting soon and will be taking applications for all positions: Accepting Applications for: •Asphalt Crew • Paver, Screed, Roller, Rake Road Crew • Grader, Loader, Roller Laborers • General Labor and Flaggers Apply in person or call 561-471-4100 ext 239 J.W. Cheatham, LLC 7396 Westport Place West Palm Beach 33413 Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Established SW Florida heavy civil, underground utility and plant contractor has immediate, long term openings for equipment operators, laborers and pipe layers throughout the South Florida area. Come join our highly valued, experienced workforce where safety, quality workmanship and professional growth opportunities form the benchmark of our organization. Send resume to LisaB6484@gmail.com Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time NOW HIRINGPremier RV resort in Okeechobee is accepting applications for the following full time positions: -Maintenance Manager -Front Of ce/ Reservations Manager -Activities Director Great energy and positive attitude required. Experience in a hospitality environment is a plus. Please send resumes and all inquiries to info@silverpalmsrv.com Please no phone calls. Employment Part TimeGIRL FRIDAY for Parrot Farm. Sun. & Mon. Exp. req’d. Background Check 863-824-0015 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Okeechobee Commons Apartments Seeking experienced Maintenance Technician for small senior apartment complex. Must have general knowledge of plumbing, electrical, appliance repair, and painting background. Part-time position 20 hours a week. Candidate must pass background check, have reliable transportation and their own tools. Please respond to this ad with resume or letter detailing your work experience. You may also fax to 407-347-1036. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Employment AgenciesBusy Lawn Service. Seeking Reliable, Self-Motivated Individuals. Valid Florida Drivers License Required. Drug Free Work Place!! Serious Inquiries’ Only! Contact @ cleancutgrass863@yahoo.co m or fax resume to 863-763-1602. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Antiques*ANTIQUES* CO-OP ANTIQUES50% OFF THROUGH AUGUST 1214 SW 2ND AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) TUES-SAT 10-4, 634-1552 OR 532-9138 FurnitureWooden Bar Stools w/back (2) $60 for pair. Call 863-447-3143 ApartmentsGround FL 1br./1ba fully furnished with utilities. Move in now $950, $775 per month. 863-634-0663. NW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $650, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. Shown only 11am-6pm 561-346-1642. Houses Rent3/1 UNFURNISHED WASHER DRYER DISHWASHER TILE FLOORS THRU OUT COMMUNITY POOL/TENNIS COURT 1ST & DEPOSIT. ALSO, 2/1 FURNISHED ON WATER. CALL 863-467-4371. 3BD/1BA ON 1 ACRE IN DIXIE RANCH ACRES. 1ST, LAST & SECURITY $850.00 MONTHLY. NO PETS CALL 863-634-2820 OAK PARK: 2BR, 1BA for rent. $800 mo. Call 863-467-1466 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 15, 2014

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Houses RentLarge, clean, 4bd, 2 story home, 2800sq.ft. under air (built in 2006) 2bath + on suite, double car garage, screened porch, large fenced yard, new appliances, large kitchen. $1250/mo + sec. depCall: (863)467-9250 or (519)746-4844 or dhmcara@hotmail.com OKEE ADORABLE In Town, 2BR, 1BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. (941)504-3954 OKEE/ In town, 2br./2ba. Laundry rm with W/D, Screened porch. Lawn service. Sm. pet OK. Non Smkg. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 security. 941-504-3954 Rental NeededChristian couple looking for VERY CLEAN house, condo, single or doublewide, to rent Dec.-March. Non smokers, No pets. 765-621-2434 Real EstateWantedWILL PAY CASH FOR 5 OR 10 ACRE TRACTS OF LAND, MUST BE ZONED FOR MOBILE HOME. MUST BE A BARGAIN CALL 863-763-6358 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. NOTICE OF OFFICE CLOSURE Dr Masood Hashmi will be closing his of ce, Space Coast Neurology at 109 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee FL 34972 on September 15, 2014. After September 15, 2014 all requests for medical records should be mailed to the following address; Attn. Dr Masood Hashmi PO Box 13759 Mesa, AZ 85216 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD063 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2270 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 9 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MARKLEY T SEAY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 4th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465760 ON 7/25;8/1,8,15/2014 NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider any proposed amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s), submitted by City Staff or citizens. All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda or to view the proposed amendments. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 466805 ON 8/15/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD098 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ANTHONY & LORI KIBLER the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 863 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 24 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 24 22 34S 33E 1-22-34-33-0A00-00024-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LESSONN VEDRINE MIFRANE VEDRINE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 18th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466170 ON 8/8,15,22,29/2014 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 8-23-2014 @ 10:00 AM Unit #515 Joshua I Sweet 466650 ON 8/8,15/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD094 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TOM FELDT the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1518 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 25 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 25 SECTION 29 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-29-34-33-0A00-00025-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RAQUEL SEARCHWELL SHANE SEARCHWELL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 18th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466171 ON 8/8,15,22,29/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD100 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that WOONGYE CHUNG the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1933 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT 86 HUDSON LAKE RANCHES UNRECORDED PLAT A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF SECTION 24 TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH RANGE 34 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 24 THENCE SOUTH 01 DEG 00 MIN 00 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 24 FOR 766.91 FEET THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 00 MIN 00 SEC EAST FOR 338.61 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING SAID POINT BEING THE BEGINNING OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTH SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 1985.00 FEET A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 14 DEG 05 MIN 31 SEC AND FROM SAID POINT A RADIAL LINE BEARS SOUTH 10 DEG 15 MIN 15 SEC WEST THENCE EASTERLY ALONG SAID CURVE FOR 488.21 FEET THENCE SOUTH 29 DEG 38 MIN 17 SEC WEST FOR 524.73 FEET THENCE NORTH 66 DEG 40 MIN 43 SEC WEST FOR 381.96 FEET THENCE NORTH 79 DEG 38 MIN 39 SEC WEST FOR 8.55 FEET THENCE NORTH 18 DEG 55 MIN 49 SEC EAST FOR 473.77 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 5.09 ACRES 1-26-36-34-0010-00000-0860 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: THE OKEECHOBEE GROUP LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 18th day of September, 2014 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD099 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WOONGYE CHUNG the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3738 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOT 2 BLK 26 3-15-37-35-0010-00260-0020 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LEROY PAGE JR ESTATE MARY CAMPBELL WANDA PAGE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 18th day of September, 2014 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466175 ON 8/8,15,22,29/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD097 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 256 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 23 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 23 12 34S 33E 1-12-34-33-0A00-00023-F000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GENITE BEAUPLAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 18th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466169 ON 8/8,15,22,29/2014 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. 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 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $700 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes end of year sale!! 3 retirement models MUST go... Save over $26k, homes from the low 60’s, 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 Public Notice Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Public NoticeNotice of Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting of the Grove Community District The Board of Supervisors of the Grove Community District will hold a Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting on September 2, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard, in a Conference Room of the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center located at 3800 NW 16th Boulevard, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive public comment on the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Proposed Final Budget of the Grove Community District. The purpose of the Regular Board Meeting is for the Board to consider any other business which may properly come before it. A copy of the Budget and/or the Agenda may be obtained at the of ces of the District Manager, c/o Special District Services, Inc., 2501 Burns Road, Suite A, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, during normal business hours. The meetings are open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida law. Meetings may be continued as found necessary to a time and place speci ed on the record. There may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone; therefore, a speaker telephone will be present at the meeting location so that Supervisors may be fully informed of the discussions taking place. In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at these meetings should contact the District Manager at (561) 630-4922 and/or toll free at 1-877-737-4922, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the meetings. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting, such person will need a record of the proceedings and such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made at their own expense and which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based. Grove Community District 466721 ON 8/15,22/2014 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Public Notice Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD095 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TOM FELDT the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1519 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT P OF TRACT 25 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 25 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00025-P000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ROXAN GARDNER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 18th day of September, 2014 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466172 ON 8/8,15,22,29/2014 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Public Notice 18 Okeechobee News August 15, 2014 No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2014-CP-139 JUDGE: GARY SWEET IN RE: Estate of FRANCES HELLENSMITH, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Testate, Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration is sought to be entered in the Estate of FRANCES HELLENSMITH Deceased, Case Number 2014-CP-139, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was June 24, 2014; that the total value of the estate subject to probate is approximately $45,000.00; and that the names and addresses of those to whom it is sought to be assigned by such order are: NANCY K. WELCH S3717A Woodland Road Viroqua, WI 54665 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those listed for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: Aug. 15, 2014. NANCY K. WELCH, Petitioner S3717A Woodland Road Viroqua, WI 54665 Law Of ce of CASSELS & McCALL JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Petitioner FBN: 0261521 Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, FL 34973-0968 (863)763-3131 jdc@legal-one.corn pleadings@legal-one.com 466730 ON 8/15,22/2014 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it?NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD093 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ROBERT M MATTHEWS JR TRUST the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2797 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH LOT 9 1-03-36-36-0010-00000-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BLT NOW LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 4th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465786 ON 7/25;8/1,8,15/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD096 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3589 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LAR KEE LAKES LOTS 8 AND 9 BLOCK 4 LAR KEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION FOR MOBILE HOMES ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGE 6 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-04-38-36-0040-00040-0080 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MARILYN S GUTHRIE PERKINS MAURICE E GUTHRIE MYRTLE M GUTHRIE AKA MYRTLE MAE GUTHRIE AKA MYRTLE MAE HEWITT AKA MYRTLE HEWITT GUTHRIE AKA MYRTLE MAE FOSTER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 18th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466174 ON 8/8,15,22,29/2014 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2014 DR 258 Division: Domestic Crecencio Calvillo, Petitioner and Betty Jo Devault, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: Betty Jo Devault Last known Address: 7857 NE 16th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Crecencio Calvillo whose address is 7857 NE 16th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or before 9-8-14, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit’s Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le the Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915). Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: 8-4-2014 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ DEBRA GOODRICH Deputy Clerk 466669 ON 8/8,15,22,29/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD064 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SABRINA BURAC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 756 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT O OF TRACT 19 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 19 SECTION 21 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-21-34-33-0A00-00019-O000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: REINALDO G BURAC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 4th day of September, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 465759 ON 7/25;8/1,8,15/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 14000156CAAX WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. BETHA JIMENEZ, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: BERTHA JIMENEZ Last Known Address: 3306 NW 34th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 Current Residence: Unknown UNKNOWN TENANT Last Known Address: 3306 NW 34th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 Current Address: 3306 NW 34th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 24, BLOCK 49, BASSWOOD, INC., UNIT NO. 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Choice Legal Group, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is P.O. BOX 9908, FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 33310-0908 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the OKEECHOBEE NEWS and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 Bias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou par& nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 11th day of August, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk 466818 ON 8/15,22/2014 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 15, 2014ACROSS 1 A Swiss Army knife has many of them 5 Halleys __ 10 Crow calls 14 Peel in a cocktail 15 Stylish 16 Nueve preceder 17 Please let me get my beauty restŽ 20 Half of a 45 21 Title for a superior 22 Loosens, as restrictions 23 Place for a massage 25 Hymn finale 27 Kitchen amts. 30 Too much noiseŽ 36 Need to remit 37 Shopping aid 38 My __ AmourŽ: Stevie Wonder hit 39 __ toast 41 Warning that often precedes 17-, 30-, 49and 65-Across 43 Remove from the board 44 Bistro, e.g. 46 Ages and ages 48 Joe and Rose Kennedys youngest 49 No one can knowŽ 51 Exceedingly 52 Burn a lot ... or slightly 53 Pink or purple 55 Wyoming neighbor 58 Altar agreement 61 Make a case 65 Junior needs his nap timeŽ 68 Fashion designer Marc 69 Super!Ž 70 U.S. native 71 Like the ground after a campfire 72 Climbing rope material 73 Bards instrument DOWN 1 Israeli guns 2 Truck stop rig 3 Storefront sign abbr. 4 Emotional strain 5 Long-running TV crime drama 6 Possesses 7 O. Henrys The Gift of the __Ž 8 Lure into a crime 9 Refs decision 10 Lettuce-washing aid 11 Poker bulletsŽ 12 Sledding shout 13 Soaks (up) 18 Run off at the mouth 19 Does a slow burn 24 Wanted poster initials 26 Audio jack label 27 Marisa of The WrestlerŽ 28 Workout output 29 Trappers goods 31 This cant waitŽ hosp. areas 32 Bygone anesthetic 33 Speak with pomp 34 More sage 35 Down-and-out 37 Where models stand by models 40 Plastic shovel, for one 42 Soil chopper 45 Supporting vote 47 Ultimate degree 50 Holy moly!Ž 51 Spoken 54 Seven-member Mideast fed. 55 Overhead exclamation point, in comics 56 HMO staffers 57 Egyptian royal cross 59 Business agreement 60 Beetle BaileyŽ bulldog 62 Like wild boar meat 63 Over, in Germany 64 Bronts Jane 66 Cape NNW of Cod 67 Dearie By Greg Johnson (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC06/03/1406/03/14ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewisxwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 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R E D LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS RIGHT OFF RIM CANAL GREAT LOCATION Very nice well-maintained 3/2 CBS Waterfront Home with Cypress Wood in Living Room and Dining Room. One car garage, CBS shed in back of garage, Screened in Fish Cleaning Station, GENERATOR wired in. Office behind garage. New master bedroom handicap friendly. New tile in kitchen and hallway. HOMES ONLY SECTION. Metal Roof 2004; sprinkler system, new seawall in 2009. MLS 206645, $188,900. MOTIVATED SELLER Call 863.763.3134 to advertise! Someone reading this ad right now could be searching for a new home. Why not have them looking at yours? century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5088-M: Spot In The Sun 2 br, 1 ba mobile with 1,929 total sq ft/1,304 under air on a beautiful fenced acre. Great location for East coast commuters. Make Offer! $29,900 MLS # 208294 8006-A: 200+/-acres on Dark Hammock Rd Mostly improved pasture, large hammock. Fenced & crossed fenced, water supply for livestock. Call for more info. $740,000 MLS # 208257 3004-M: Lake Access! Treasure Island move in ready 3/2 with 2,624 Total Sq Ft/1,718 under air. Split plan, lg eat in kitchen with island, metal roof, screened pool and much more. $179,000 MLS #208321 3005-M: Treasure Island 3/2 with 1,512 Total Sq Ft., Split plan, replace, beautiful tile countertops, pantry, Garden Tub, fenced back yard and much more to offer. $79,000 MLS $208322 5063-M: Viking Large 3 bedroom, 2 bath with 2,192 total sq ft/1,465 under air on 2.5+/-acres. Breakfast Bar, Skylights, shed, fenced and cross fenced. Make Offer! $70,000 MLS # 208303 • Pine Ridge Park buildable lot partial fenced. $5,900 MLS # 207132 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • Conners Gables buildable Lot (SE 39th Terr) $6,000 MLS #208198 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 • Blue Heron Nice lot on the cul-de-sac. MLS # 207053 • Palm Village Ranch clean Lot-Close to the Clubhouse. 55+community. $15,000 MLS# 207998 • Ok Acres 10+/-acres Fenced, pond and house pad ready for a new home! $79,000 MLS # 207817 • Viking 2.5+/acres for $11,000 MLS # 207811 4009-M: Buckhead Ridge 2 bedroom, 2 bath with large addition, dining area, awnings. Completely fenced. Make Offer! $25,000 MLS # 208296 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Find your dream home here! Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com Over 100 Listings BUCKHEAD RIDGE~ Lake Okee-Close to locks! PRIME Location! 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ Carport, detached Garage/wkshop. Florida Room. Open concept, solid wood cabinets, Silestone countertop. Built in Sewing/ craft/ desk area. Storm Shutters, Metal Roof, Seawall, dock, covered boat area-lift. Bright and Cheery! MLS 207852 $109,000 Call Holly (863) 532-1778 Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 20 Okeechobee News August 15, 2014

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judicial complex. But Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer J r. has researched the matter and has found an administrative order as well as a Florida state statute that may provide what could resolve the security issue. Judge Bauer takes security at the complex very seriously since most of the people in the courthouse are there because they either work there or he, or another judge, ordered them to be there. He then feels it is incumbent upon him to make sure everyone is safe. The county owns the building, but this (security) is my problem,Ž he said. In a May 15 letter to county administrator Robbie Chartier, Judge Bauer states everyone in the complex depends ... on Okeechobee County to provide adequate security and safety to its citizens.Ž He goes on to state many of those in the complex are there dealing with the most emotional and upsetting issues, including criminal acts, they will ever face. Courthouse security is a very serious matter which, in recent years, has garnered much attention in the wake of public tragedies,Ž added the judge in that May missive. In an Aug. 13 interview, Judge Bauer produced a Florida state statute and an administrative order signed by Chief Judge Steve Levin that offers more than just a little insight into the problem. According to the statute dealing with carrying a concealed weapon or “ rearm, FSS 790.06(12)(a) states: A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed w eapon or “ rearm,Ž into any courthouse or courtroom. However, that statute goes on to read in line 5: ... nothing in this section would preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in his or her courtroom.Ž That means only a judge, or whomever he designates, can carry a concealed weapon or “ rearm in a courtroom. He then produced Administrative Order 2009-13 that adds to that by stating: Possession or display of weapons or “ rearms shall be restricted to state certi“ ed or federal law enforcement of“ cers who produce identifying credentials, including the state attorney and investigators employed by the State Attorneys Of“ ce, and all county and circuit judges ... .Ž The order goes on to state any on-duty law enforcement of“ cers in plain clothes and in possession of a “ rearm, must keep that “ rearm concealed and secured at all times. It goes on to clarify that any uniformed law enforcement of“ cer in possession of a weapon or “ rearm is not permitted to attend or participate in an court-related proceeding in which they are personally involved. Any law enforcement of“ cer conducting personal, off-duty business within the courthouses shall not be permitted to be in possession of any weapon or “ rearm,Ž states the order. The 2009 executive order signed by Judge Steve Levin limits armed security to licensed of“ cers,Ž said Judge Bauer. This order applies to all courthouses in the 19th Judicial Circuit which consists of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. In order to be in compliance with state statutes and the administrative order, the only acceptable security personnel are armed and certi“ ed members of law enforcement. However, it should be pointed out Indian River and St. Lucie counties both use some private security personnel in their respective courthouses. That personnel, pointed out Judge Bauer, is hired by the sheriffs in Indian River and St. Lucie counties. That may be the difference,Ž he added. Phone calls were made to both the Indian River County Sheriffs Of“ ce and the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Of“ ce, but neither were returned by newspaper deadline. When contacted, Judge Levin also referred this newspaper to those agencies for comment. Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide S Big Lake Eye Care A Quick Reference Guide for New and Longtime Residents Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 21 Okeechobee News A ugust 15, 2014 The e-mail from Erik Melville, who is on the economic councils board of directors, to ECOK executive director Tara Minton Rowley referred to the arbiter as ... the village idiot judge bauer.Ž In that email „ obtained in a public records request from the 19th Judicial Circuit Trial Court Administrators of“ ce „ Mr. Melv ille was asking Ms. Rowley about an article in the Okeechobee News regarding security at the Okeechobee Judicial Complex. We threw away the paper with the article in it re: the village idiot judge bauer. Please scan and send to me so that I can forw ard on to Judge Levin,Ž wrote Mr. Melville. Judge Steve Levin is the chief judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit. In her reply, Ms. Rowley not only sent him the article but stated ... this email is problematic!Ž Indeed it was. I was surprised a public person, in an email to another public person, would say something (like that) about someone hed never met,Ž said Judge Bauer, in an Aug. 13 interview. When contacted, Mr. Melville said that email was mortifying and embarrassing to me. It was entirely inappropriate.Ž He said although he has tried to contact Judge Bauer to apologize, he has not yet spoken to the judge in person. The “ nancial advisor with Raymond James & Associates in Fort Pierce said the goal of the ECOK was to get all sides together at a table and to solve the security issue. Were all trying to move to a common goal. How are we going to solve this without going to Tallahassee?Ž he offered. A call to Ms. Rowley on Thursday also was not returned before newspaper deadline. Because of his budget battle with the county, Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May has said he will no longer provide security for the judicial complex. And, as of Oct. 1, he will no longer run the Okeechobee County Jail. Okeechobee County has “ led a lawsuit against the sheriff over the operation of the jail. Sheriff May maintains its the countys responsibility to run that facility, while county commissioners argue its the sheriffs job to operate the jail. Nonetheless its still not clear why the Economic Council is becoming involved. And Judge Bauer raised that concern in his June 5 response to Mr. Melvilles e-mail. I have maintained contact with Judge Levin regarding your interest in the courthouse security issue. I also received your email to Mrs. Rowley where you reference me as the village idiot judge Bauer.Ž As you dont know me that seems like a really unintelligent and quite rude comment,Ž wrote the judge. Likewise, I am not aware of what your involvement is in this matter. You do not represent the county, the sheriff or the court system and there is nothing in your job title that indicates any expertise or experience in the court security “ eld. So, why would I be meeting with you?Ž he added. Mr. Melville then sent another e-mail to Judge Bauer in which he apologized and said he would remove himself from the conversation. That missive reads: Clearly with these comments I made below to my executive director show that I am just as guilty as everyone else for injecting emotion into the discussion where it has no place.Ž He went on to say the ... acrimony, division and hostility in Okeechobee between both the county and sheriff has become very emotionally charged and is just not good for the community.Ž In a phone interview Thursday, Mr. Melville said he and the ECOK were trying to facilitate a line of communication between the concerned parties. The goal was an admirable goal…lets get everyone to sit around a table and realized were all working for a common goal. Were doing everything that is prudent and necessary for the protection of the citizens and staff but weve got to move forward here,Ž he said. Were trying to be an advocate for the citizens of Okeechobee. At the end of the day, thats what were all after.Ž In his interview with the Okeechobee News, Judge Bauer said there have been no meetings between him and any representative from Okeechobee County. And, he added, none are scheduled. The veteran adjudicator and former prosecutor pointed out he hasnt even received as much as a phone call from any count y of“ cial, other than county attorney John Cassels. While the Judicial Complex is owned b y Okeechobee County, Judge Bauer said the safety of everyone in that building is m y problem.Ž When asked if the Economic Council o f Okeechobee should be getting involved in this issue, Judge Bauer thoughtfully replied: They are citizens, and can ask questions.Ž JUDGEContinued From Page 1 SECURITYContinued From Page 1 Did you submit a page of news, but only one line got in the paper? 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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. € State Certi“ed County Commissioner € Florida Association of Counties € Chairman of Transportation for Disadvantaged € Board Member of Treasure Coast Community Action Agency € Wellington Regional Hospital Advisory Board € Okeechobee County Executive Roundtable € Alliance of Children Services Council € Member of VFW 10539 Okeechobee Auxiliary € Member of Vietnam Veterans Auxiliary of Okeechobee € Past Chairman of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District 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.€ VFW Fire“ghter 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 Board € Worked to rename Dark Hammock Rd. to The Clif Betts Memorial Highway € Spearheaded approval and construction of new restrooms at the Adult Softball Park € Replacement of No-Passing stripes on US 98 at Dixie Ranch € Indenti“ed drainage blockages in the N.W. area of Okeechobee by ”ying in an airplane after Tropical Storm Isaac € Worked with FDOT to replace collapsed culvert at Lofton Road and US 98 € Voted to stop construction of a new building for Drivers License Bureau, saving tax payers $2.1 million dollars € Fought to settle lawsuit of a $25,000 well that cost the county approximately $500,000 in attorney fees and professional consultants fees € Spearheaded the replacement of the two collapsed culverts in the cane“eld area off Potter Road, restoring drainage € Led the effort to “x drainage at Everglades Elementary € Worked with FDOT to extend the bike lane/emergency access lane on State Road 70 East from St. Lucie County to the City of Okeechobee € Spearheaded the reinstallation of the culvert that was removed from SW 70th in Four Seasons, restoring proper drainage to the residents to the northeast € Assisted in acquiring the Huey Helicopter for Veterans Park Certi“cations and Community Boards Awards Accomplishments Okeechobees Future Depends on YOU!Early Vote August 16th 23rdVOTE!County Commission District 2 Bryant Re-Elect HE GETS THINGS DONE! 22 Okeechobee News August 15, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Floridas teacher of the year for 2014, Dorina Sackman, revved up a crowd of educators gathered in the OHS gym Wednesday to help them get the 2014-2015 school year off on the right foot. Ms. Sackman comes from Westridge Middle School in Orange County. She was one of four national “ nalists for the teacher of the year award. She speaks “ ve different languages and has been busy all year traveling around the state trying to inspire teachers. She admitted she was impressed with the level of noise and spirit that greeted her at the OHS gym. I have never seen this kind of spirit at any of the schools I visited,Ž she told the cheering crowd. Ms. Sackman is now a teacher of teachers, having been promoted by the Orange County School system. Still she enjoys the classroom and mentioned the success stories shes had with students. She focused her remarks on inspiration reminding teachers of why they teach, This is the toughest job y ou will ever love.Ž Ms. Sackman thanked the teachers for w hat they do each year, noted teaching is their calling and that they help to empower the future leaders of American through a quality education. She said she hoped to inspire the group and help them use their passion for teaching to meet their professional goals. One key is communication, talking to other teachers and administrators, to “ nd techniques that work and which bring the best out in themselves but also their students. Another key is parent buy in and getting their support. Two educators from Okeechobee were invited to speak about obstacles they overcame to become teachers. She also asked the employees what do they do? One lunch lady admitted she does the job her way, a bus driver said he does his job, gently. When asked in school what she wanted to be when she grew up, Ms. Sackman responded happy. She was told she didnt understand the assignment, and she responded, the teacher didnt understand life. Her “ rst goal was to be on the cast of NBCs Saturday Night Live.Ž She ultimately gave that dream up despite a tryout for the job a few years ago. She has taught for 16 years and said a key to her success was getting to know her kids and “ nding out what they love. Westridge Middle School is a Title I school that has nearly 100-percent of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. She noted there are a high percentage of students from one-parent families. The average parent income in her school is just over $9,000 annually. Despite these facts, she insists all students deserve a quality American education regardless of their background. A child can succeed with the right educator. I found a passion I like to do which is walking, many of my students like it too and we did charity walks. They are at-risk kids but they have promise and they have a future,Ž she added. She urges all staff members of a school to connect because they all should have the same goal, student success. She noted each staff member has a talent and they should be put to good use to bene“ t the education system. We must connect so all employees feel valued. The end result is to get children to the next level. Bring passion and productivity and your effectiveness will elevate,Ž she added. For the “ rst three days of class she writes down assignments backward. She noted this gets kids familiar with the dif“ culties those with foreign language have in our schools. She said that helps students empathize with their classmates and often they begin to assist one another. Okeechobee Schools gear up for new year Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyEverglades Elementary principal Leslie Lundy and assistant Billy Ball lead their staff in cheers during the staff pep rally for Okeechobee schools on Wednesday.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Peace Lutheran Church layed out the w elcome mat for a group of new teachers Tuesday as they held their annual teacher luncheon. Pastor John Hirst thanked the new educators for their knowledge and commitment to the mission of education. He asked that their efforts be blessed this year and prayed that they will make a difference in the lives of children. The church has put on the lunch for over 20 years. Hirst said the bible states people, in their chosen “ eld, should work with their own hands and should work with all of their hearts. He read an inspiring letter about teachers that reach a child and make a difference. In the letter he mentioned they should instill a love for learning and that will build a better future for all of us, one student at a time. Rev. Hirst said the church salutes these teachers because they make a difference. You might produce the next great author, scientist or teacher. Never forget that you make a difference,Ž he said. His three sons were products of the Okeechobee School system. One is a doctor, one is an aerospace engineer and the third is still in college. He thanked the Okeechobee School system for bringing blessings to his family. The teachers had a rare opportunity to rest and get to know one another. Much of this week is spent in meetings, training and preparing their classrooms for open house on Thursday. LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC Every Other Saturday Starting July 5 Don West and “Silver Eagle Band” DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE Highlands Social Center 3400 Sebring Parkway Sebring, Fl -863-471-1737 BYOBAdmission $5. E A R L Y V O T I N G Saturday, August 16thSaturday, August 23rd 8:30am 4:30pm Includes Sunday VotingLOCATION:The Historic Courthouse 304 NW 2nd Street if you have any questions about voting in the August 26th Election: elections@VoteOkeechobee.com or call 763-4014 Thank you, Diane Hagan, Supervisor of Elections INTEGRITY. ITS NOT JUST SOMETHING WE CARE ABOUT. ITS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO.Let us do right by you today „ call Emory Walker Company. SPECIAL FINANCING AVAILABLESEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. RECEIVE UP TO A$1,700REBATE* with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox home comfort system. ORCAC014022 OFFER EXPIRES 8/22/2014. *System rebate offers range from $300 to $1,700. See your local Lennox dealer for details. 2014 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. One offer available per qualifying purchase.(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 23 Okeechobee News A ugust 15, 2014 Peace Lutheran Church welcomes new teachers Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySchool member Gay Carlton (front, left) posed with volunteers at Peace Lutheran Church for Tuesdays teacher luncheon. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are Katie Stephens, kindergarten, and Jessica Hoppe, third grade, who will be new teachers at South Elementary School. OCRA sign-up dates setOCRA 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. Any child between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome to sign up. The cost for football is $80 and cheerleading is $60. Bring a copy of the childs birth certi“ cate and payment to register. OCRA is also offering fall baseball/ softball to boys and girls ages 5-13 (boys) and 5-14 (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. For fall ball, call 863-234-8024.

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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*MSRP Available 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.# 142443 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 … .25¢/mile over mileage penalty with approved credit and qualifying conquest lease cash of $1,500.$158AS 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 … .25¢/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 … .25¢/mile over mileage penalty with approved credit.$139AS LOW ASPER MONTH24MOS.LEASE FOR1500 Crew Cab Express 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$36,890 $189 Due at Signing, $0 Security Deposit plus Tax, Tags & $599.95 Dealer Fee. 10k/year … .25¢/mile over mileage penalty for well qualified current lessees of a competitive brand vehicle with approved credit.$189AS LOW ASPER MONTH24MOS.LEASE FORStk.# 144003 Stk.# 242042YOU PAY AS LOW AS Stk.# 134865Stk.# 140896 24 Okeechobee News August 15, 2014