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Sunday, August 17, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 99 14.36 feetLast Year: 15.97 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax County continues to struggle with sheriff’s budget ... Page 13 School starts Monday ... Page 8 OHS volleyball team ready for new season ... Page 19 Trees can bring nancial bene ts ... Page 7 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clrng Or Cti! Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppA local teenager was killed and three other occupants of this 2014 Audi sports utility vehicle were seriously injured in a Friday, Aug. 15, single vehicle crash in the 1700 block of S.W. Fifth Ave. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 17-year-old Okeechobee girl was killed early Friday morning in a single vehicle crash in the 1700 block of S.W. Fifth Avenue. According to a Florida Highway Patrol press release, Briana Kay Banuelos was pronounced dead at the scene of the Aug. 15 crash. The driver of the 2014 Audi SQ 5 sports utility vehicle was 18-year-old Nathaniel Aaron Doctor of Okeechobee. The FHP release stated he received minor injuries and was takLocal teen killed in car crash House party turns violent; Man who kicked and punched teen reportedly handed phone to another boy to video itBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A recent prison releasee is back in jail and an adult woman has been arrested after a house party, where juveniles as young as 12 years old were drinking, turned violent. Andrew Logan Wheeler, 18, S.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested early Aug. 10 for beating up a 16-year-old boy who reportedly suffers from autism. Wheeler is charged with one felony count of child abuse without great bodily harm and is being held on $20,000 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Wheeler, state arrest af“ davits, handed his cell phone to a 17-year-old boy at the party so that he could video the Frida y night, Aug. 8, beating. The 47-second video clearly depicts the young boy cowering and crying for Wheeler to stop his onslaught. Autistic teen beaten Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenA group of protestors gathered at the corner of S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 (Parrott Avenue) Friday afternoon, to draw attention to the case of a local teen who was reportedly beaten at a house party on Aug. 8. See ACCIDENT „ Page 5 See WHEELER „ Page 5 Evadean Lydecker Andrew Logan Wheeler


2 Okeechobee News August 17, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Elaine Murphy, who fought to keep her job w ith the school system after being accused of pulling the hair of a six-year-old ESE student, w as reappointed to work as a paraprofessional at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy at Tuesdays School Board meeting. The school board voted in July to suspend her without pay for the allegation. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said Murphy will work with older students. There is no other position available at this time to offer Murphy. Michelle Branham was appointed as Coordinator of Instructional Technology. The position was created when Tuuli Robinson w as promoted to Assistant Principal at North Elementary. Employees honored upon retirement included Kathleen McGee, 27 years, Joana Norris, 27 years, Debra Ronkko, 31 years, Foursight Jackson, 29 years, and Jane Sills, 34 y ears. Two FFA students were honored upon their achievements at the state level. Brandon McKee was named 2014-2015 State President and 2014 Outstanding District Of“ cer. Julie Sharpe was honored as a state champion in the FFA extemporaneous speaking competition. Neither student was able to attend the meeting. The board also accepted the resignation of Mary Paulson, Assistant Principal at South Elementary, effective on Oct. 1, 2014. One custodian position will move from Osceola Middle to Okeechobee Achievement Academy. In other matters, the start time at Okeechobee High School was changed to 7 a.m. until 2:10 p.m. They also of“ cially changed the start time at South Elementary School from 8:10 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. as mandated by the state due to low reading test scores. Attorney Tom Conely said three pending motions were “ led on behalf of Thomas Bonasera to compel discovery and a request to delay his termination hearing. He is accused of trading prescription pain pills for the nude photos of a former teacher at Everglades Elementary. Mr. Conely said he saw no reason to delay the hearing from Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. The school board voted to deny the motions. A pep rally was held Wednesday at Okeechobee High School. Nine teaching positions remain to be “ lled. Okeechobee student ACT tests improved in every area except mathematics in 2014. Top-tier students did well in math and science when compared to the state average. More students took the test, 27, and scores improved nonetheless, a positive for the system, Mr. Kenworthy noted. Monday, Aug. 18 is the “ rst day of the school year. Okeechobee schools prepare for 2014-15 year Today: Partly cloudy with scattered storms. Highs around 95F. Heat index around 121F. Southwest wind 1 to 7 MPH. Precipitation 40 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy with scattered storms. Lows around 75F. South southeast wind 3 to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy with isolated storms. Highs around 97F. Heat index around 134F. West southwest wind to 5 MPH. Chance of precipitation 20 percent. Monday night: Partly cloudy with isolated storms. Lows around 75F. East southeast wind to 6 MPH. Chance of precipitation 20 percent. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFoursight Jackson retired after 29 years as the custodian at Okeechobee High School. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKathleen McGee, language arts teacher at Yearling Middle School, was honored upon her retirement Tuesday night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJane Sills was honored for 34 years of service to the Okeechobee school system. She worked as food service assistant at Osceola Middle School. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDebra Ronkko, third grade teacher at Everglades, was honored for her 31year career with Okeechobee schools.


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Y ou might be from Okeechobee€ If the buzzing of mosquitoes reminds you of home ... you might be from Okeechobee. € If you buy Mane and TaleŽ shampoo for your own hair, or have ever considered using Cowboy MagicŽ to untangle y our childs hair ... you might be from Okeechobee. € If youve ever buriedŽ someone in the park on election night ... you might be from Okeechobee.Special request€ To all kids returning to school this month, if you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied bec ause he or she doesnt have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most inŽ clothes „ PLEASE step up. Say hiŽ or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know w hat that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might make a big difference in someones life.County reserves€ Reminder to the Okeechobee County Commissioners „ capitalism requires c apital „ free it up! € I was under the impression that the Land“ ll Trust Fund was to cover the expense of running the land“ ll should Waste Management choose to stop running it. If W M stopped then the county would be responsible for covering the cost. WM w ouldnt provide insurance for that. The annual report de“ nes it as: The Land“ ll T rust Fund is used to account for a portion of solid waste host fees assessed to the priv ate contractor operating the Okeechobee Land“ ll committed to a reserve to provide this service should the land“ ll revert back to the County and, therefore, require some amount of funding to take over this service by the County. The County has established a minimum fund balance of $8 million. Funds historically have been used to fund capital projects, grant matches and some operational components. At Sept. 30, 2013, total fund balance was $8.0 million. In 2011 the County used a portion of the funds to pay off the Courthouse/Ag Center Loan, resulting in a fund balance less than the minimum. The County committed to replacing these funds within three years. The net increase in fund balance during the current “ scal year was $600,000 due to the commitment to replace the minimum fund balance.Ž If the county didnt have the funds to continue the operations we would be in a pretty nasty situation.... € I think if we end up agreeing that $8 million should be kept on hand then it should require a referendum of the voters to use those funds for anything other than the land“ ll. € More restrictions on the land“ ll fund would be a good idea. And offer the voters more say in how the money gets moved around.Political forum€ The comments at the political forum led me to believe that at least two of those in the county commission panels did not understand how MSTUs work. Adding an MSTU to fund law enforcement would not broaden the tax base, it would shrink it. First, MSTUs have the same Homestead Exemption rules as ad valorem, so the people who are not paying ad valorem taxes would not pay the MSTU either. Second, an MSTU to fund the sheriffs of“ ce could only be levied on county residents. City residents would get a tax break and the county residents would have to pay more. So the county residents who are paying ad valorem now would see an even bigger tax bill. That is not broadening the tax base. Good News Travels Slow!ŽBy Rev. Jim E. Benton, PastorFaith Farm Tabernacle If you are like me at all, you get really tired of all of the negative news that dominates the newspapers, morning news magazines and the evening news. It has been said that bad news travels fast, and this is quite evident. But have you noticed how the evening news and the morning news programs try to end on a positive note? They try to end with a story of how a puppy was saved from a storm drain or something similar. I think it is because we cant handle hearing about all the bad stuff that is happening. We need good news! Well, dont despair! I have Good News for you! In 2 Timothy 2:2, the Apostle Paul was very clear in his reminder to the young Timothy, And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be quali“ ed to teach others.Ž Paul was Timothys mentor who poured the Good News of Christ into this young man. He let Timothy know that the good news travels through reliable peopleŽ who can teach others. In that same chapter, Paul summarizes the Good News; 11 Here is a trustworth y saying: If we died with him, we will also liv e with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. The truth is that even when we are unfaithful, God is still faithful to us! He promised to return to the earth one day and tak e us home with Him to a place that He has prepared for us. That, my friend, is Good News! I thank God for the many pastors in Okeechobee who are reliable men and womenŽ who share this Good News on a regular basis to those who need to hear it! I f you need some more good news, dont wai t for the end of the news program, but go to one of our local churches and discover th e Good News that is found in Jesus Christ! H e is what the Good News is all about! August 17, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re” ections from the pulpit Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Veterinarians appreciate supportDoctors Paul Bryant and Jay Stinson would like to thank the Okeechobee community for the last decade plus of support. We would like to take this opportunity to inform the community that we plan to remain here local and continue to service the constituents of Okeechobee County and the surrounding areas. We have made this area our home and we so appreciate the outpouring of love and support from our community in our professional change. Dr. Bryant is currently operating ambulatory as Arrow 5 Equine LLC. Dr. Stinson will take a little longer to reestablish a location. Please be advised that we are actively working to resolve the location issue. Keep your eyes and ears open for further developments! Once again thank you for the years of love and support! Paul and Jay Arrow 5 Equine LLC, 863-697-6611 Arrow5equine@yahoo.com jaystinsondvm@yahoo.com Like us on Facebook at Jay Stinson DVM Letter to the editor Chamber hosting online privacy seminarOn Aug. 19, the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will host a seminar called The Ins and Outs of Facebook and Protecting your Privacy.Ž Learn to set up and use Facebook to market your business and much more. Have questions about setting up your Facebook page? Privacy settings? How to promote your Business? Join the group for a two-hour seminar where you can get your questions answered by a Social Media Specialist. There is a fee of $7 per person. For information, go online to www.okeechobeebusiness.com; or, call the Chamber at 863-467-6246.


We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2014 en to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee. Also injured in the 6 a.m. crash was Lacy Leigh Altman, 20, of Okeechobee and Zachary Blaise Wing“ eld, 19, of Okeechobee. Ms. Altman was reportedly taken to Raulerson Hospital and was in critical condition. Mr. Wing“ eld was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce and was in serious condition, stated the release. Apparently the SUV was southbound on S.W. Fifth Avenue when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control. The Audi left the road, struck several trees, mailboxes and a power pole before overturning. All four occupants of the vehicle were ejected from the vehicle, continued the release. The crash remains under investigation by FHP crash investigator Trooper Sergeant Michael Lanam and FHP homicide investigator Trooper Corporal Raymond Stuhr. A CCIDENTContinued From Page 1 But Wheeler continues to beat and knee the boy about the head and upper body, added the report. That video also shows Wheeler pulling the boy across the ” oor of the home by his hair. A family member of the victim Monday described the beating as brutal „ just brutal.Ž Arrested Friday, Aug. 15, was Evadean Lydecker at whose home the party was allegedly held. She was arrested on warrants obtained by Detective Sergeant Bettye Taylor, of the Okeechobee City Police Department. She was arrested on misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and open house party. She was booked into the county jail on a bond of $1,750. Arrest reports by OCPD Of“ cer Ryan Holroyd state Lydecker not only purchased alcohol at a downtown convenience store, but she also stood by while the teen was beating beaten. The beating reportedly started inside the home in the 600 block of S.W. Ninth St. then moved outside. At some point the teen was beaten, choked to unconsciousness and left lying in a ditch. He (the victim) awoke to “ nd Wheeler standing over the top of him and hitting him in the face while other people stood around and laughed,Ž stated Of“ cer Holroyd, who added that witnesses told him Lydecker also w ent outside and watched but said nothing. When the attack ended the teen stumbled away from the scene then collapsed onto the road. A woman found the boy in the 500 block of S.W. Sixth St. and called police. The victim was taken to Raulerson Hospital where he was found to have facial and scalp contusions, a sprained neck and a concussion. He was later released to his family. During his investigation of the incident, Of“ cer Holroyd downloaded the video and stated he could see Lydecker and her 15year-old daughter watching the teen being pummeled by Wheeler. As the battered teen cries and pleads for Wheeler to stop, Lydecker is heard saying OKŽ and all rightŽ before telling them to go outside, stated the of“ cers report. The of“ cers report also documents statements that as teens were drinking alcohol apparently purchased for them by Lydecker, a 12-year-old boy rode up on his bicycle and drank half a bottle of Bud Light beer. The boy reportedly grabbed another Bud Light and left the party. Prior to Lydeckers arrest Friday, the aforementioned video was placed on the internet and has been viewed by people all across the U.S. The police department has “ elded calls from California, New York, Michigan and other places across the nation. Because there was such a time lapse from the time of the incident until Lydeckers arrest, many have taken to social media to accuse the police department and the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce of covering up the beating. The sheriffs of“ ce did not handle this case because it is inside city limits and in the police departments jurisdiction. Sgt. Taylor said people have even gone so far as to call the police department and threaten dispatchers. She explained that she submitted Lydeckers arrest warrant Monday, Aug. 11, which then went to the State Attorneys Of“ ce for approval. The warrant was approved, then put in Judge Jerald Bryants “ le in the Clerk of Courts of“ ce for him to sign. However, Judge Bryant left on vacation. The warrants were found Friday morning by Circuit Court Judge Gary Sweet, who then signed them and gave them to Sgt. Taylor. Lydecker was arrested around 10 a.m. Friday. This was not her “ rst arrest on these types of charges. In April 2011 Lydecker was arrested and charged with child neglect, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor. She was found guilty of those charges by Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer and was sentenced to serve one month and 11 days in the county jail with credit for time served of one month and 11 days. She was also ordered to serve two years probation and one month on community control. Department of Corrections records show Wheeler was released from prison on May 27 of this year. He was arrested Oct. 1, 2012, on felony charges of burglary of a conveyance and petit theft and placed on probation for 42 months. He was then arrested Dec. 17, 2013, for violating his probation. On March 10, 2014, he was found guilty of violating his probation and sentenced to 18 months in prison, with credit for two months and 26 days. According to OCPD detectives the house party investigation is continuing. W HEELERContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphySpecial to the Okeechobee News MOORE HAVEN „ Whether to present a salary hike to county employees was the highlighted item on Tuesdays agenda of the Glades County Board of County Commissioners. A raise of 38 cents per hour for all employees would cost the county $858.81 per employee. There are 121 employees in the system. The projected total cost for one year is $96,000 for wages, $7,400 for insurance for all employees, both of the county and constitutional of“ cers. Commissioner Paul Beck and Chairman Donna Storter-Long supported the lump sum payment. Commissioners Crystal Drake and Tim Stanley supported an hourly raise. With the absence of Russell Echols, the commission vote ended in a stalemate on the raise. They opted to table the matter until the next meeting on Aug. 25. The effort to have expanded “ re protection in the county remains on the table. Mr. Beck said there is a movement among conservation groups to put more land into conservation for the Everglades. He noted the county could lose more tax base making it more dif“ cult on the taxpayer. Resident J.C. Long said residents pay taxes for roads and some dont get their roads repaired. He said he didnt think people would move here and build expensive homes if there is not adequate “ re protection. We do need to look at this.Ž he said. We have volunteers but they are only available at night.Ž Mr. Long said he also worried about the loss of life in a “ re. I know we are a poor, poor county but we need service,Ž he said. We dont want to throw away $30,000.Ž Carl Perry said people have lived and moved to Glades County for many years and will continue to do so whether or not there is “ re protection. He said government might have gotten too big in the county. the commission drafted a letter to have Institute St. Onge voluntarily terminate their lease at the Glades County Business Park. A no wake zone is ready for implementation at Harney Pond Canal in Lakeport. The county spent over $8,000 on a survey to make the no wake zones legally enforceable. They also provided 5,338 burn authorizations to farmers and ranchers to remove exotics and reduce the threat of wild“ res in the past “ ve years. Commissioner Stanley reported a cell phone tower is being constructed on private property in Buckhead Ridge and has received the necessary permits. He said that will improve cell phone coverage to the community. Glades County considers raise for employees


L ocal blood drive dates setBlood supplies are low right now as don or participation is slow. Please choose one o f these drives and donate to Save Okeechob ee Lives. € Sunday, Aug. 17, at Golden Corral, 11 a .m. until 4 p.m. € Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Raulerson Hospital p arking lot, From 1 until 6 p.m. V FW hosting bingo, dinnersBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 E. S .R. 78, is hosting activities open to the publ ic this week. The ladies auxiliary will host b reakfast Sunday, Aug. 17 from 8:30 until 11 a.m. for $6; plus $1 bloody marys, screwd rivers and drafts until 11 a.m. Then its “ vec ard bingo at 5 p.m. Dinner on Wednesday, A ug. 20, is liver and onions from 5 until 7 p .m. for $6. Thursday, Aug. 21, bingo and f ood at 1 p.m. Friday night dinner features p ork loin, “ sh and/or shrimp for $7-$8 don ation. Live music will be provided by Phil E ddings from 6 until 11 p.m. All proceeds b ene“ t veterans programs and their famil ies. Call 843-467-2882 for details. L egion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on Aug. 17 at 6 :30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo a rea. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. P ayoffs will be determined by player attend ance. All proceeds to bene“ t the American L egion veterans programs. The event is o pen to the public. The American Legion n ow has free WIFI for its lounge and dining r oom patrons. G arden, Orchid clubs to meetThe Garden Club will meet Monday, A ug. 18 at 6 p.m. That will be followed by t he Orchid Club meeting at 7 p.m. Both will b e held at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N Everyone is welcome. Bring a plant or orc hid to show or a problem plant to discuss. F or information, call 863-763-6469. C ommunity meeting plannedA community meeting will be held at the F irst Missionary Baptist Church, 906 N.W. N inth St., at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. For i nformation, call 954-203-3564 or 863-4842 350. Y outh soccer sign ups slatedOkeechobee Parks and Recreation will h ost youth soccer league registrations A ug. 18 29 at the Sports Complex, 640 N .W. 27th Lane, Monday through Friday f rom 8:30 a.m. until 5 :30 p.m. The fee is $45 p er player. You will need a birth certi“ cate to r egister. For information, call 863-763-6950.Bene“ t for Pilgrims slatedOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause will host their monthly auction Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. They will support Lee and Larry Pilgrim with their medical bills. Wear boots and pearls to be entered in a special prize giveaway. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247.Photo workshop plannedA free photo editing workshop will be held at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Learn to crop, brighten, or color correct the photos. For information, call 772708-6764.Enjoy 4-H night with the MetsCome join your fellow Okeechobee 4-H club members for 4-H night at the Mets game on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. 4-H families and 4-H day campers from H20, history, cooking and horse camps, along with 4-H families from Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties are included. Tickets are just $10 each and include admission, hot dog and drink. Please call the extension of“ ce at 863-763-6469 to RSVP and your ticket will be reserved for purchase at the gate. Be sure to wear your 4-H club shirt or camp shirt to the game.OCRA sign up dates setOCRA will hold football/cheerleader sign ups Saturday, Aug. 23, at the sports complex from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Any child between the ages of 5 to 12 is 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 sign up. 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. 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.60s reunion party plannedBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417, 1016 Linda Road, is hosting a 60s reunion party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 Come see musical performances on big screens along with 60s music DJ John Gallagher. Also there will be a $25 bar tab for Best Women and Man out“ ts along with 60s TV theme trivia. Hamburgers and fries will be served for a donation. For information, call John Gallagher at 954-592-3111. All proceeds go to Moose charities.Bene“ t angling tourney setSkull Hill Steel Archery will host Somethin for Nothin -a bow and trash “ shing tournament to bene“ t Tony Sudduth, at the Okee-Tantie airboat ramp on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and $10 per person for the 50/50 big “ sh entry. For information call Jacob May“ eld 561-635-7470 or email jmay“ eld113@yahoo.com.Class of 15 photos scheduledAttention OHS Class of 2015: Senior pictures are coming. Please visit prestigeportraits.com/” to view your session options and FAQs. You can book your appointment online or call 800-749-2796, ext. 1. Photo sessions will be held: Aug. 26 (1 until 9 p.m.) Aug. 27 (1 until 9 p.m.) It is your responsibility to set up your appointment. For information, contact Mr. Pung at pungc@okee.k12.” .us.Caregiver seminar slated IRSC will host a Fearless Caregiver Conference presented by the Area Agency on Aging at the Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., Monday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be included. For information, call 954-3628126.Exercise at Agri-Civic CenterUnless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for exercise activities such as walking, running, and bike riding on a daily basis. The gate on S.R. 70 is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for residents to access the roads and parking lots in the facility. The staff asks everyone to help keep the facility clean by not littering. Help for vets is available A rumor has been circulating that the Veterans Service Of“ ce has closed and to receive veterans services you must drive to the reservation to see a representative. This is NOT true. Betsy Grinslade, county Veterans Service of“ cer, is accredited with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, American Legion, VFW and DAV and has been working in this capacity since October 1999. The of“ ce is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The of“ ce closes at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. The of“ ce is located in the old courthouse at 304 N.W. Second St. The phone number is 863-763-6441, ext. 5. If you have any questions contact Betsy Grinslade. 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 6 Okeechobee News August 17, 2014 C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236


Submitted by Sara MayUSDA-NRCS Soil Conservationist Did you know the cooling effect of a y oung, healthy tree is the same as having 10 air conditioners operating 20 hours every day? In addition to their cooling power, trees provide other bene“ ts; whether you live in the city or in the country. Trees growing along the banks of rivers and streams keep the soil and nutrients on y our land and ensure the water running off is cleaner downstream. These same trees also help prevent ” oods by slowing down water during periods of heavy rain. As the water slows, it helps recharge underground aquifers that supply fresh water for drinking wells and irrigation. Aside from their bene“ ts to the community, trees are a perfect tool for the frugal homeowner and farmer. Plant a tree in your “ eld to provide muchneeded shade for any livestock (or people) out in the sun during the summer. The trees will also help you retain water in your soil in periods of drought. A native deciduous tree planted in the right location can keep your house or barn temperature regulated. In the hot summer months, the tree will have its full set of leaves to keep your building cool. As the tree loses its leaves during the fall, it will be ready to allow the greatest amount of sunlight to warm your house or barn during the day. To maximize your energy savings, plant your large deciduous trees on the east, west and northwest of your building. Doing so can help you reduce your air conditioning needs by 30 percent and heating needs by 20-50 percent depending on your location. USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service works with farmers and ranchers to plant trees as part of conservation work. The agency helps people who own or lease land to restore forests and stabilize the soil in vulnerable places, and NRCS installed more than 198,000 acres of trees and shrubs in “ scal 2013 nationwide, including over 2,400 acres in Florida. Stop by your local NRCS of“ ce, 452 U.S. 98 N., and learn more about how trees can help your land and how to get started. USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service helps Americas farmers and ranchers conserve the nations soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that bene“ t both the landowner and the environment. Learn more at http://www.nrcs. usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/” /home/. Conserve energy; plant trees on your home, farm Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! 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Russian sanction against NATO countries including meat and dairy products from USA toppled the commodities trading last week and indications were it w ould have an impact on local cattle prices. Trading seemed business as usualŽ here this week with some classes on cattle a little lower. Having said that, we had a good little steer calf bring $5.15 a pound! We also had a slaughter cow bring $1.27 a pound! Cant complain about that! As we all know, any negative news will be used to lower prices ... thats the way its always been. Fundamentals are still in place for prices to continue to be strong. Labor Day Rodeo is coming to town Sunday and Monday, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1. Please support your Cattlemens Association by coming to the rodeo. Joe Lott, Inc., Okeechboee, topped the calf market with a high of $5.15 bought by Foy Reynolds. Seminole Tribe, Okeechobee, topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $1.27 bought by Central Beef. October special sales: Oct 3: Bred Heifer & Cow Sale Oct 10: 44 FarmsŽ Angus Bull Sale Oct 17: Little Creek FarmsŽ Brangus Bull sale plus 50 head (registered & commercial) Brangus Heifers. T odd Special to the Okeechobee NewsCrapemyrtle tree. Special to the Okeechobee NewsTrees are a perfect tool for the frugal homeowner and farmer.


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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News € Tonis Chic Boutique 123 S.W. Park St., has brand new fashions and jewelry, all new inventory and they always have a sale going on! Most new clothing and gift items are proudly made in the USA. Stop by just to look around. They are always happy to help you “ nd the perfect out“ t for that special event. Be sure to check them out on Facebook! You can give them a call at 863-357-8664. € 2nd Street Pizza 202 N.E. Second St., is the newest pizza restaurant in town. They have stupendous Italian cooking and a cheesecake recipe that dates back 108 years straight to Italy. I can honestly say it is incredible. They have over 20 different kinds of pizza and even one that is call Okeechobee.Ž Ralph Collins has been a chef for 22 years and if you havent be in this place you should really go because youll be so glad you did. Give them a like on Facebook and dont forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be reached at 863-763-5000. € Natures Pantry, Health Food Store 417 S.W. Park St., is a great place to get all y our health food and organic needs. Locally owned and operated, the store has a friendly staff. If you have a food allergy such as gluten free, explain your needs and these guys w ill help. Stop by and say hello or just look through the store! Give them a call at 863-4671243. Anyone paying attention to todays media headlines might believe that newspapers are an endangered species. But the fact is, as folks in Okeechobee know very well, thats just not true. More than 160 million adults read newspaper content in print, online or via a mobile app in the last seven days. Thats more than twice the population of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. and more than 50 percent more than the total viewers of the 2013 Super Bowl! Something classic this week, a nice sweet treat to enjoy before school starts back.Lemon Meringue PieIngredients : 1 cup white sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose ” our, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups water, 2 lemons, juiced and zested, 2 tablespoons butter, 4 egg yolks, beaten, 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked, 4 egg whites, 6 tablespoons white sugar. Directions : 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. To make lemon “ lling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, ” our, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour “ lling into baked pastry shell. 3. To make meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie, sealing the edges at the crust. 4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown. Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving. For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the “ rst time at BlackBearInfo.com. The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula. The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as The Black Bear NecessitiesŽ and Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?Ž and includes hands-on activities such as mapping and role-playing. There are also videos for students to watch such as the FWCs Living with Florida Black Bears.Ž The Florida Black Bear Curriculum takes childrens curiosity about black bears into the classroom, where learning about black bears can improve kids skills in basics like reading, math, science and problem solving,Ž said Sarah Barrett with the FWCs black bear management program. Whenever FWC staff talks to kids about Florida black bears, the response is overwhelmingly positive because kids are eager to learn and ask great questions about bears.Ž With more encounters today between people and bears in Florida than in the recent past, it is increasingly important for children to learn about the states bear population. The Florida Black Bear Curriculum was designed for children in grades 3-8 and has been in use since 1999, when it was created as a joint project of the FWC and Defenders of Wildlife. Florida teachers who register on the Florida Black Bear Curriculum website can gain access to additional information, particularly in regard to how the material “ ts the Florida Standards. But anyone is welcome to go to BlackBearInfo.com and take advantage of the educational material there. Program teaches kids about bears


IMPORTANT NOTE! If you are a registered voter and do not know where to vote immediately 863-763-4014, elections@voteokeechobee.com or www.voteokeechobee.com There will be NO VOTING at the following locations: First Baptist Church R.O.C. Precinct Location Change NOTICE Precinct 6 NOW LOCATED AT Sacred Heart Catholic Church 901 SW 6th St. Precinct Number Precinct location 01 Abiding Hope Worship Center 4550 Hwy 441 N 02 Basinger Community Center 20350 Hwy 98 N 03 Oakview Baptist Church 677 SW 32nd St. 04 Okeechobee Civic Center 1750 Hwy 98 N 05 Gracious RV Park 6500 Hwy 441 SE 06 Sacred Heart Catholic Church 901 SW 6th St. 07 Hampton Inn 1200 Hwy 70 E 08 KOA 4276 Hwy 441 S 09 New Testament Baptist Church 535 NE 28th Ave 10 Cornerstone Baptist Church 18387 Hwy 441 N 11 Palm Village Ranch Clubhouse 1200 SW 44th Blvd All polling places provide special needs voting equipment. If voting at the polls, you must vote in the precinct of your legal residence!Thank you, Diane Hagan, Supervisor of Elections WHERE DO YOU VOTE? 10 Okeechobee News August 17, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jill Clericuzio Holcomb is a familiar face in school hallways in Okeechobee. The new school board member, who was the only candidate to “ le by the deadline for District 5, has spent countless hours as a v olunteer in the schools. She also comes from a teaching family as her father, Roland Clericuzio, was the long-time principal at North Elementary from 1981-1999. He worked 28 years for the school system. Her mother, Joyce, served as secretary to the superintendent for 28 years. Supervisor of Elections Diane Hagan said Mrs. Holcomb and Dixie Ball both were elected to the school board without opposition. Mrs. Holcomb will serve in District 5, the seat being vacated by the retirement of David Williams. Mrs. Ball took the seat vacated by Gay Carlton. Mrs. Holcomb was born in Okeechobee and attended Okeechobee schools. She graduated with the OHS class of 1995. She attended Indian River State College before earning her degree from the University of Florida. She continues to work on a Masters Degree at the University of West Florida through an online curriculum. She is also a former chemistry teacher at OHS and is currently a professor at Indian River State College. Education is in my blood. It was always the topic of conversation in my house. I love teaching and I love my college job. I will have a child in our school system for the next 11 years and it is very important to me that the county does well and our scores are high,Ž she said. Mrs. Holcomb said she has a lot of con“ dence in the system and its potential. Her goal is to see more opportunities for students and see more students succeed. She also applauds the high school for the college courses they offer because some students can get AA degrees without any “ nancial burden on them or their parents. Id like to see a higher graduation rate, more dual enrollment and AP classes and have success trickle down to our elementary schools,Ž she noted. Mrs. Holcomb also said she supports current Superintendent Ken Kenworthy but notes there is always room for improvement and she will not be a rubber stamp on all recommendations. I think hes done some good things but there is room for improvement. I dont believe in blindly following things. Im accessible, Im open-minded and I listen to different views.Ž Mrs. Holcomb said she is also con“ dent in the district administrators and its teachers. Mrs. Holcomb said her work as a teacher, and being a daughter to a school administrator, should be a great asset when she considers school board business, Its a huge advantage because Ive worn a lot of different hats. I heard my parents talk about different topics in the schools for many years. I was a teacher at OHS, and now at IRSC and I see the products the high school produces. Im also a parent. I want the school system to be well thought of and have all our children succeed.Ž Jill is married to Will Holcomb of the Willaway Cattle Company, who she met while tutoring math at Indian River State College. They have two children, Abby, 10, a “ fth grader, and Jackson, 7, a second grader, both at North Elementary School. She was a member of the North Elementary School Advisory Council for “ ve years and served as chairman for three years, a member of the Parent Involvement Committee at North, and a member of the District School Advisory Council for three years. Mrs. Holcomb said she would like to thank Okeechobee for their con“ dence in her and promised to do the best that she can as a school board member, Id like to let them know Im excited and honored, and cant wait to do a great job for them. Also, Id like the citizens to not hesitate to call or contact me with any concerns or questions the y might have, Ill be happy to help them.Ž Jill Holcomb to represent school board District 5 Jill Holcomb Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding “ nes are doubled in work zones. Travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial 511Ž from their phone to learn about traf“ c conditions on major roadways across the state. Roadwork planned this week includes the following: € US 441 (North Parrot Avenue) from 290th Trail to NW 344th Street: Maintenance project: Crews will repair concrete mitered end sections. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € US 98 from SR 70 to CR 68 (N W 160th Street): Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing roadway shoulders. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € US 98 from SR 70 to NW 9th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will install gas mains along the roadway. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € SR 70 east of Okeechobee/NE 34th Avenue to Williams Road/NE 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. Road Watch


11 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Dixie Ball will take the oath of of“ ce as a new Okeechobee School Board member in District 3 in November. She w as the only candidate to qualify for the seat which is being vacated by Gay Carlton, who decided to retire this year. Ms. Carlton served “ ve terms on the board and is the v ice chairman this year. Mrs. Ball is a former teacher for Okeechobee Schools. She currently works as a teacher at the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. Supervisor of Elections Diane Hagan said Mrs. Ball and Jill Clericuzio Holcomb both w ere elected without opposition. Mrs. Holcomb will serve in District 5, the seat being v acated by the retirement of David Williams. Ms. Hagan said in her memory, there had not previously been a political candidate elected to an of“ ce for their “ rst term without opposition. Mrs. Ball said she was surprised she didnt have any opposition. I was extremely surprised and pleased and elated at the same time. Itll be an easier job for me running unopposed and I can enjoy my summer a little bit more,Ž she said. Mrs. Ball worked 18 years for the Okeechobee school system and was teacher of the year at Central Elementary School for the 2000-2001 school year. She also was a reading coach at Central Elementary. She has worked for the Seminole Tribe school system for the past 25 years. She grew up in Okeechobee and was a member of the Okeechobee High School graduation class of 1985. Her parents are the late Marvin Wherrell, a former Okeechobee County commissioner, and Sandra Wherrell. She attended Florida Southern University and graduated in 1989 with a degree in elementary education. She has two children: Brittney, who is attending the University of South Florida; and Brandon, who just began his study of engineering at the University of Florida this summer. Her husband, Billy Ball, is the assistant principal at Everglades Elementary School. Mrs. Ball said someone came up to her and suggested she consider running for the school board shortly after Ms. Carlton announced she would not seek another term. She said she thought it might be fun and that her background in education and her experience, might give her an advantage. I will remain in the classroom because I work in Glades County and I hope being able to continue in education will help me to see some things that will help teachers and students. I will know the impacts these decisions will have and I hope that gives me an advantage,Ž she said. Mrs. Ball said she thought about it for three weeks before she decided to run for the of“ ce. She noted recent school board meetings have shown her just how dif“ cult some decisions are. I kind of thought what am I getting myself into, the board has to make some serious decisions that impact the lives of children, like getting them home on the school bus early enough, putting older kids on the school bus with younger kids, they might seem like easy decisions, but when you look at the impacts, they are hard decisions,Ž she offered. Her platform emphasized her experience in the classroom and in education. She also supports teacher evaluations but admits some tweaks might be necessary. She said being a classroom teacher should help with this issue. Mrs. Ball said she also thinks the school system has room to improve. There is always room for improvement and sometimes I feel the countys hand is tied “ nancially,Ž she said. We could put more educational hours in a day for students but how do you pay for the teachers?Ž Mrs. Ball promised to answer all phone calls and to be open to input, comments and opinions of all of her constituents. She said you should never close a door to input. We all need to have input on where our kids need to go and what is most bene“ cial for them,Ž said the new board member. Dixie Ball to join school board Dixie Ball Annual Friends of NRA Banquet & Fundraiser slatedThe annual Okeechobee Friends of NRA Banquet and Fundraiser will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Okeechobee KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Doors open at 6 p.m. The NRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from the event will support a wide range of “ rearm and hunter safety programs, youth and adult shooting sports programs, and programs that educate the public about “ rearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. For information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities call 863-634-8678; or, go to www.friendsofnra.org. Tickets also available at The Gun Shop, 2020 S. Parrot Ave.Can you help Animal Rescue ?The Okeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue, 1203 U.S. 98 N., is looking for volunteers to assist with set up, break down and handling of dogs for the Labor Day Festival. If you are interested in helping a great cause call Kevin, volunteer coordinator, at 863-3571104 to see how you can help.


For adults, eating at both fast-food and full-service restaurants is associated with signi“ cant increases in the intake of calories, sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, according to a new study cited by the American Cancer Society. The study, appearing early online in Public Health Nutrition, “ nds on days when adults ate at a restaurant, they consumed about 200 additional total daily calories w hether they ate at fast-food restaurants or at full-service restaurants. Previous studies looking at restaurant food consumption have found that adults w ho reported eating fast food consumed more calories, fat, and sodium, as well as fewer fruits, vegetables and vitamins compared to those who did not report eating fast food. Studies have also linked meals consumed at both fast-food and full-service restaurants with higher caloric intake. For the current study, Binh T. Nguyen of the American Cancer Society and Lisa M. Powell of University of Illinois at Chicago used more recent data from more than 12,000 respondents between the ages of 20 and 64 taking part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003…2010 (NHANES). Participants were asked about visits to fast-food and full-service restaurants on two successive days. The study found on days when eating at a fast-food restaurant, there was a net increase of total energy intake (194.49 kcal), saturated fat (3.48 g), sugar (3.95 g) and sodium (296.38 mg). Eating at a full-service restaurant was also associated with an energy intake (205.21 kcal), and with higher intake of saturated fat (2.52 g) and sodium (451.06 mg). The study found Individual characteristics moderated the impact of restaurant food consumption. Net energy intake was larger for black adults compared with their white and Hispanic counterparts and greater for middle-income versus high-income adults. The United States is one of the most obese nations in the world, with more than one in three adult men and women de“ ned as obese,Ž said Dr. Nguyen. Just as obesity rates rise, theres been a marked increase in total energy consumption consumed away from home, with about one in four calories coming from fast food or full-service restaurants in 2007…2008. Our study con“ rms that adults fast-food and full-service restaurant consumption was associated with higher daily total energy intake and poorer dietar y indicators.Ž The researchers say the larger adverse effect they measured on energy intake for some lower socio-economic and minorit y populations has policy implications. 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Ms. Gaiser is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee, has served on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, and is a recent graduate of the inaugural Leadership Okeechobee Class. With six children, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandchild on the way, Donna is well-acquainted with pregnancy and infant health concerns. She looks forward to a successful March for Babies campaign. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have bene“ ted from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. March for Babies 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Flagler Park. Save the date to participate in this fun and worthwhile event. Gaiser to chair March of Dimes Dig Deeper: What are the mysteries in the soil?Ž Students ages 15 to 17 from Okeechobee, Manatee, Gilchrist and Jackson counties competed at the state level in a speech contest to answer that question on J uly 26 in Ocala, during the annual Association of Florida Conservation District meeting. Students had won “ rst place in their local Soil and Water District contests and then their regions to earn a spot at the state-level contest. Speeches were six to eight minutes long and judged on content, composition, and delivery. The winners were: “ rst place, $500, Alisha Erozer of from Lakewood County; second place, $250, Andrew Smiley of Okeechobee County; third place, $150, Christine Rowe, of Gilchrist County; and, fourth place, $100, Hailey McDaniel of Jackson County. Local student competes in state speech contest


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! 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2014 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce budget was once again a topic of discussion and debate at the Thursday, Aug. 14, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. The county commission must establish the millage rate by the Sept. 11 budget hearing. The sheriffs requested budget for law enforcement, courthouse security and the county jail is $14.8 million. The 2013-2014 budget was $13.7 million. Sheriff Paul May has stated at previous meetings that if the county does not fund his $14.8 budget request, he will no longer be responsible for the county jail. The county has questioned if the sheriff can refuse to operate the jail and decided to settle the question in court. County administrator Robbie Chartier said w hether or not the court rules that the sheriff does not have to run the jail, the jail must be funded. In corrections, when the sheriff presented his budget, he showed a number of $5,577,146 million, so that is what we have budgeted at this point, pending the outcome of the lawsuit,Ž she explained. The corrections budget for 2013-14 was $5,463,834.Ž The 2013-14 amended budget for law enforcement services was $8,006,293 including 97 full-time law enforcement of“ cers, six school resource of“ cers and seven part-time employees. The proposed budget is $8,554,003 including 102 full-time law enforcement of“ cers, six school resource of“ cers and three part-time law enforcement employees. The budget includes $173,727 from the school board for school resource of“ cers. The county funds the remainder of the total cost of $408,902.45 for SROs. The Bryne Grant, which helps fund the Narcotics Task Force, provided $109,682 in 201314; that grant has dropped to $60,236 for the 2014-15 “ scal year. County Commission Chairman Frank Irby said the request is a $500,000 increase over the budget for the current year. He asked how the actual expenses are running this year. There is a good possibility we will be very close or even over the current budget to the amended budget of $13.7 million,Ž said Sheriff May. Mrs. Chartier said with the sheriffs of“ ce budget at this level, and considering the cuts already made to other budgets, if the county sets the ad valorem property tax rate at 10 mills, they will still be $100,000 short. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said they could take money from the reserve funds to fund the sheriffs budget this year and look for ways to cut the budget in the future. He said some parts of the reserve fund are designated for a certain purpose and cannot be reassigned, but some reserve funds can be changed by vote of the county commission. To totally fund the requested amount, at the rollback rate (8,8321 mills), youre talking about $1.7 million borrowed,Ž said Commissioner Joey Hoover. To fund everything that is requested, youre going to have to go borrow money, or are you going to say this is the amount of money that we have and adjust to that? Are we going to borrow money, or are we going to live within projected revenues?Ž he asked. Sheriff Paul May said comparisons that show the cost of the Okeechobee County law enforcement is higher per capita than law enforcement in other rural counties of similar size are misleading. We seem to get no credit at all for the increase in our county from 39,000 to 50,000 six months of the year,Ž he said. Those visitors and winter residents do generate police calls, he said. In any given Saturday in Okeechobee in the winter, especially if there is a “ shing tournament, we probably have 65,000 people in Okeechobee County, the sheriff said. He referred to a study that shows tourism creates 1,142 jobs and brings in over $17 million a year in Okeechobee County. For six months out of the year, were not a sleepy little village anymore,Ž he said. He said in a comparison of crime statistics showing Floridas most dangerous counties, based on number of violent crimes per 1,000 population, Okeechobee County currently ranks 33rd „ not the worst, not the best. If the seasonal population were included in the formula, Okeechobee County would have ranked in the top 10 safest counties, he said. You all know how busy this town was from October through March. Anybody who could afford to get out of the north, got out,Ž the sheriff said. Even if we go to 10 mill, were still $100,000 short,Ž said Commissioner Ray Domer. What are we going to do next year? Were still trying to justify a budget we cant afford.Ž Back in 12-13 we had this same discussion,Ž said Commission Chairman Frank Irby. We agreed to add $500,000 to the sheriffs budget, with at that time fair warning that this was a loan. Its a matter of what you can afford and how you are going to pay for it,Ž he said. At some point, we are going to realize we have to reduce this thing,Ž said Commissioner Ray Domer. It has to be something we can sustain and live with, the budget that we can afford. If we go at 10 mills, I dont know what we are going to do next year.Ž Its a matter of how high we want the millage,Ž he said. I dont know if we want to do a 10 mill and arrive at some cut for next year. I dont think its a good thing to go to 10 mill.Ž Commissioner Irby said the county has less money in property taxes because property values dropped. During part of those years we had higher property values and we were $2.4 billion in property values and now we have about $1.4 billion,Ž he said. No matter what millage rate you use, that is a signi“ cant amount of money. I would hope that anything that we in government decide to fund is of value and of necessity,Ž he said. We collectively pay for that. I believe business owners pay a signi“ cant part of that. In most cases those are small businesses that pay to support whatever services the county provides,Ž he said. My philosophy has always been youve got to live within your budget,Ž said Commissioner Commission continues to struggle with budget shortfallSee BUDGET „ Page 14


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Now you have to “ gure out how you can live w ithin that budget.Ž Commissioner Culpepper suggested using money from the land“ ll trust fund. At the last meeting we went through every budget line by line and reduced every thing we could,Ž Commissioner Margaret Helton said. Sheriff, did you go line by line and reduce anything at all?Ž she asked. We went over it before we turned it in,Ž replied Sheriff May. We do not hold any money in reserves anymore,Ž said the sheriff. The county holds the reserves. I think if you take our department and make it any smaller, our danger ranking is going to creep up,Ž he said. I dont want to be known as the most dangerous county in Florida.Ž He said most of the increase in budget was due to the insurance increases and retirement costs, the same as in the countys budget. Adam Fetterman, counsel for Sherrif May said comparing Okeechobee to other counties is apples and orangesŽ because 86 percent of the county is unincorporated with only a small percentage served by a city police department, with many other counties have a larger portion of the county served by municipal police departments. When you have a rural county without municipal police department, the county bears a greater cost for law enforcement,Ž he said. He also pointed out that the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) only reports certain designated crimes. The UCR does not account for every call the sheriffs of“ ce handles,Ž he said. The UCR does not account for the cow in the middle of the road.Ž When the department heads came in and presented their budgets to this board, we challenged them on everything,Ž said Mr. Irby. They went back and modi“ ed things. We have to do this differently, because we dont have the money to do it like we have always done it.Ž The people voted for $50,000 homestead which meant they wanted some people to not have to pay taxes,Ž said Commissioner Domer. Thats the rule we have to play by. What can we do besides establish other revenue sources, and it doesnt look like the board wants to do that.Ž On law enforcement are we willing to establish an $8.5 million budget?Ž asked Chairman Irby. We have to determine how much we are going to spend and then determine the millage rate to fund that.Ž I would be in favor of the rollback rate,Ž said Commissioner Hoover. There is no way in the world from an economic standpoint you want to be anywhere 10 mills. I would say stay at 8.8, a neutral position. At least youre not asking more from people who are already shouldering the burden.Ž He said that would mean a $2 million shortfall in the budget requests. I would like to see us go to the rollback and work from there on a budget. I dont want to see us go to 10 mills,Ž said Commissioner Helton. No matter where you start, were short,Ž said Chairman Irby. Commissioner Domer said it would be premature to decide on the millage rate. He said they might want to consider the 9 mill option. At 9 mills we would have almost $13.2 million,Ž he said. Last year the sheriffs budget was $13.7 million.Ž When we look at expenses and revenue, if we dont change, our general fund reserve will be gone in two years,Ž said Chairman Irby. No other county uses all of their ad valorem for law enforcement; were willing to use all of ours,Ž said Commissioner Domer. It seems that we are struggling at what we are willing to approve. This budget has been a painful thing from the beginning. Were not getting any better. We are still “ ghting the same battle,Ž he said. For a long time, we were pulling from the reserves,Ž said Commissioner Domer. Then we started using the host fees. There was a time when we even used the sales tax. We used our best, strongest most secure revenue source. The proposed budget for the jail is about $100,000 more than the 2013-2014 budget. Until it is settled, we have to fund it,Ž said Mrs. Chartier. She said she left that budget at the amount proposed by the sheriff. We will be asking the court to r to run the jail at that number, pending a “ nal determination,Ž said County Attorney John Cassels. We have made that suggestion and offer to the sheriff through his attorney, that he continue running the jail pending “ nal determination b y the court, through the appeals process.Ž Mrs. Chartier said it is dif“ cult to compare the expense for courthouse security to last years budget because in the 2014-2014 budget, this budget included bailiffs. She said she doesnt know how many staf f the courthouse security budget number provided by the sheriff includes. The board agreed to budget the number the sheriff had requested at $427,000. Chairman Irby said if they fund the jail and courthouse security at the requested amounts, it totals about $6 million. If you subtract that from the amount the county can generate with ad valorem taxes, that leaves the law enforcement budget short, he said. BUDGETContinued From Page 13


The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce responded to reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT € 700 block of N.E. 16th Ave. € 14000 block of U.S. 441 N. € 3200 block of S.E. 23rd St. € 3300 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace € 3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave. € 7200 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARY € 200 block of S.W. 25th St. € 3700 block of S.E. 25th St. € 600 block of N.E. 28th Ave. € 3300 block of N.W. 19th Ave. € 4200 block of S.R. 70 E. € 5700 block of S.R. 70 E. € 200 block of S.W. 25th St. € 7700 block of N.W. 96th Court € 3700 block of S.E. 25th St. € 800 block of N.E. 31st Terrace € 3300 block of N.W. Second St. € 800 block of N.E. 31st Terrace € 17700 block of N.W. 280th St. € 2400 block of N.E. Sixth St. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 2100 block of S.E. 32nd St. € 1500 block of S.R. 70 E. € 1500 block of S.R. 70 E. € 3400 block of S.E. 26th St. € 17200 block of N.W. 38th Ave. € 17300 block of N.E. 38th Ave. € 2700 block of N.W. Third St. FRAUD € 1400 block of N.E. 39th Blvd. THEFT € 6000 block of S.E. 97th Trail € 3400 block of N.W. Fourth St. € 2600 block of N.W. 35th Drive € 13800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. € 4800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. € 21100 block of N.W. 284th St. € 3600 block of U.S. 441 S. € 1300 block of S.W. 19th Terrace € 1500 block of S.R. 70 E. € 35100 block of N.E. Fourth Drive € 8300 block of S.E. 57th Drive € 400 block of S.W. 25th St. € 900 block of S.E. 14th Court € 1800 block of N.W. Fourth St. € 400 block of N.W. Park St. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2014 The following individuals were arr ested on felony or driving under t he in” uence (DUI) charges by the O keechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police D epartment (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Correct ions (DOC). € Melvin J. Thomas, 59, S.W. First St., Fort L auderdale, was arrested Aug. 14 by Deputy L eland Schoonmaker on felony charges of p ossession of a controlled substance (coc aine) and introduction of contraband into a d etention facility. He was also charged with t he misdemeanors of possession of drug p araphernalia, loitering or prowling and t respassing. His bond was set at $21,500. € Louis Anthony Sirna, 22, 20th St., Buckh ead Ridge, was arrested Aug. 14 by Deputy T ammy Sera“ ni on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felonies of s ale/delivery of a controlled substance (oxyc odone) and possession of a controlled s ubstance (oxycodone) with intent to sell/ d eliver. His bond was set at $50,000. € Bradley Justin Sheltra, 29, S.E. 25th D rive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14 by D eputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $50,000. € Kelley Nicole Sherman, 26, S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14 by Of“ cer Charles Green on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell/deliver, possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), possession of a controlled substance (codeine) and possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone). The warrant also charged her with the misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of new or legend drugs without a prescription. She is being held without bond. € Tammy Genesse Hammock, 46, S.E. 35th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14 by Deputy William Jolly on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation driving under the in” uence. She is being held without bond. 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 OCSO Investigations Sheriffs of“ ce fundraiser will bene“ t March of DimesThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce March of Dimes March for Babies team is raising money with a giveaway. The winner will receive a set of corn hole boards and bags donated by Creech Construction and The Sign Guy. The drawing will be held Aug. 29. The winner can choose a custom design for the boards. For tickets, contact Lieutenant John Rhoden at 863-634-9188 or Anna Starnes at 863-801-4298.


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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning Board on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a request for a change in zoning from the existing classi cation of Agriculture (A) to the proposed classi cation of Public Service-Rehabilitation Facility (PS). The property owner and applicant is Okeechobee Ostrich Farm, Inc. The property address is 6742 NW 58th Lane and is more particularly described as follows: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 35 & 36, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 35; THENCE N 8958’16” E, ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 35, A DISTANCE OF 786.21 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST LINE OF THE EAST 4600.00 FEET OF SECTION 35; THENCE N 0108’30” E, ALONG SAID WEST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 3874.28 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH 1500.00 FEET OF SECTION 35; THENCE N 8946’14” E, ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE, A DISTANCE OF 3803.22 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH A LINE THAT IS 968.00 FEET SOUTHWESTERLY OF AND PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY OF AND PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 700; THENCE S 3913’45” E, ALONG SAID LINE 968.00 FEET SOUTHWESTERLY OF AND PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 700, A DISTANCE OF 898.48 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTERLINE OF A 70.00 FOOT WIDE ACCESS EASEMENT AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S 6347’36” W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 259.71 FEET; THENCE S 5722’ 33” W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 253.33 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 170.00 FEET; THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE AND SAID CENTERLINE THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 4850’05”, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 14490 FEET, TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE S 0832’38” W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 278.53 FEET, TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 95.00 FEET; THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE AND SAID CENTERLINE THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 7601’02”, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 126.04 FEET, TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE S 84’41’44” W, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 470.81 FEET, TO A POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 310.00 FEET; THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE AND SAID CENTERLINE THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 2420’06”, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 131.66 FEET, TO A PONT OF TANGENCY; THENCE S 6021’39” W ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 231.86 FEET; THENCE S 4744’09” E, A DISTANCE OF 1690.45 FEET, TO THE WESTERLY CORNER OF A 50.00 ACRE TRACT OF LAND; THENCE N 5046’15” E, ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF SAID 50.00 ACRE TRACT OF LAND AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE SOUTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 700, A DISTANCE OF 1452.00 FEET, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH A LINE THAT IS 968 FEET SOUTHWEST OFAND PARALLEL WITH SAID SOUTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE; THENCE N 39’13’45” W, ALONG SAID LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1473.18 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9’h Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING on the request for a change in zoning will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2’ Street, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition R-2014-0696 466683 ON 8/8,17/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $700 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes limited time offer! $5 towards any exterior package. We have 24 wide, 26, 28 & 30 wide homes. 3 stock units reduced 26K, Homes for the $60’s 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 NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning Board on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a request for a change in zoning from the existing classi cation of Rural Residential (RR) to the proposed classi cation of Agriculture (A). The property owner and applicant is Joseph Hutton. The property address is 8550 NW 144th Trail and is more particularly described as follows: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTH 1/4 CORNER OF SAID SECTION 22, BEAR SOUTH 89023’53” EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 22, A DISTANCE OF 144.24 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 00036’06” EAST A DISTANCE OF 1740.61 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 00036’06” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 405.48 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 89025’32” WEST, TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT’S TIEBACK LEVEE AND ACCESS ROAD, ACCORDING TO THE S.F.W.M.D.’S R/W MAP FOR C-38, SECTION 3, SHEET 9 OF 28, A DISTANCE OF 1030.05 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 01007’16” WEST, ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF TIEBACK LEVEE AND ACCESS ROAD, A DISTANCE OF 405.49 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89025’32” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 1033.73 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING on the request for a change in zoning will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2’ Street, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition R-2014-0695 466684 ON 8/8,17/2014 Public NoticeNOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A TEMPORARY USE PERMIT NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning Board on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a TEMPORARY USE PERMIT for multiple three-day OKEECHOBEE MUSIC AND FIJNFEST events. The property owners and applicants are Sundance Trails, LLC, Hilo Lots, LLC and Clifford Rosen. The property is on the north side of NE 120th Street and is more particularly described as follows:All of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 7, Pages 69 through 82 inclusive, together with all of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH REPLAT NO. 1, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 1 through 7 inclusive, together with all of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH NO. 2, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 67 through 72 inclusive, all being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and All that land lying in the South one-half of Section 4, Township 36 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, that is not within the boundary of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 7, Pages 69 through 82 inclusive, and the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH REPLAT NO. 1, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 1 through 7 inclusive, and the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH NO. 2, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 67 through 72 inclusive, all being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to consider the Temporary Use Permit will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2”d Street, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County Commissioners or the Planning Board or Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at these meetings or hearings will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk and Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose ofbackup for of cial records of the Clerk and of the Planning Department. William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition T-2014-0268 466686 ON 8/8,17/2014 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472014CP000132CPAXMX IN RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT NORTH CARTIER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Robert North Cartier, deceased, whose date of death was May 29, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE T IME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER T HE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 10, 2014. Personal Representative: Cheryl Lynn Alliger 13801 U.S. Highway 441 SE, Lot 113 Okeechobee, Florida 34974 A ttorney for Personal Representative: Rachel G. 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Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 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 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 17, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee hopes to build on a surprise run to the second round of the playoffs last y ear with a young, but talented volleyball squad ready to hit the court. Coach Taylor Pritchard said she will rely heavily on veterans like Lexi Ward, Cheyenne Nunez, Baylee Farless, Makayla Root and Sarah Hurst this year. Add to that group, a talented group of freshmen led by Rachel Bryan and Megan Hargraves. The team will also call up “ ve players from last years junior varsity team led by Raylee Coleman and Michaela Myers. Last year I was a new face and we had a lot of implementation to do to explain what w e were all about. This year we are more organized, the girls know what to expect from us and theres a lot less explanation needed,Ž she added. Pritchard said the goal is to make it one step further to the regional “ nal this year. They focused on defense last year and this y ear will spend more time on the attack and offensive strategies. We want to get our offense stronger and that will take us to the next level,Ž she added. Once again Jensen Beach stands in the Lady Brahmans way of a trip to the state “ nals. Pritchard said with more threats on offense and at the net, they should be able to pick up the pace of their game, and perhaps catch Jensen by surprise. Pritchard also has tried to pump up the girls by helping them realize the potential and talent they do possess. There are a lot of things we can do if they are willing to be the best players that they can be. I think the girls take pride in what they are doing and I just want them to put in the work,Ž she added. With seven freshmen and sophomores in the mix, Pritchard is excited about the future of the team in the next few years. Ward is one of two seniors on the team. She said her goal is to set a good example and be good both in sports and in school. She predicts the team can do big things this season. We can go far if we just work hard and stay focused. It is very competitive on the court and the girls compete every day at practice,Ž she added. Ward would like to attend Indian River State College next year. She is also an accomplished softball player. Sarah Hurst is the other senior on the team. She predicts the team will take the next step this year as the players are more familiar with each other and the team has a lot of depth. I think last year we had just enough players to make a strong team. This year the second and third string is strong. There is a lot of competition,Ž she added. Hurst said she wants to be remembered as a good leader who always gave all that she had on the court. She also wants to keep the teams attitude positive through the long season. She said the victory at the regionals last year at Pembroke Pines Charter School really should help the team get ready for higher expectations this year. We didnt think wed get there last year and when we did we thought we might as well just enjoy it. This year we will be coming with a lot more heat,Ž she added. After graduation she attends to go to Oregon and work at a bible school. Another team to look out for in districts will be South Fork. Assistant Coach for the second year is Robert Garcia. Janezzka Koger will coach the Junior Varsity with assistance from her cousin Monica Koger. The season will begin with a purple white game on Tuesday, Aug. 19. A faculty game which features former Lady Brahman players will be held at 6 p.m. and the inter-squad scrimmage will begin at 7 p.m. Honorary coaches for the match will be principal Toni Wiersma and Assistant Principal Dylan Tedders. Donations will be accepted at the door to assist the volleyball program. The “ rst match of the season is Tuesday, Aug. 26. V ets backbone of OHS volleyball squad By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High school girls golf reached heights never before reached in 2013 as they reached the regional golf tournament in Plantation. Coach Bruce Conrad enters his second y ear as coach and wants to see the girls achieve even higher goals and accolades this year. Im real excited that my number one and number two players are back. I had four other girls that were real consistent last year and I need to “ nd new ones this year, he said. The team did lose several consistent players to graduation like Kirsten Doney, Danyelle Shef“ eld, Bethany Stuart, Kristen Higgins and Jessica Wisener. Conrads main goal will be “ nding players to “ ll in those positions this year. Returning golfers include Hannah Raulerson and Cameron White who both have enough ability to play college golf. Others in the mix include three-year lettermen Meredith Hilliard, and two-year letter winners Fernanda Grisales and Natalee Trimble. Conrad said there are some girls with experience who have come to every practice and are working hard so he has high hopes theyll be able to contribute as starters this year. All he wants from these girls is steady play and decent scores. Conrad said the regional golf meet was a good experience for the returning players. The pin placements were very tough and that challenged the girls. He noted if they return this year they will know what to expect. He also looks forward to the Hawkins Crutch“ eld tournament in Sebring on Sept. 29. He said the girls can improve more if they play 18-hole tournaments. Of“ cial high school matches are nine holes. Five freshmen were among the 21 girls that came out for the “ rst day of practice on Aug. 4. Other girls competing for positions include Denise Ihinger, Yasmine Vega, Sarah Leitner, Ashley Velasquez, Brianna Thomas, Brook OHagan, Janeer Snell, Jordan Lawlis, Marizol Jaimes and Taylor Amadon. The team will hold four matches at the KOA Golf and Country Club this year in September. The “ rst home match is against John Carroll on Aug. 28. Conrad said he truly appreciated the KOA for their work on behalf of the golf program. Top opponents this year include Jensen Beach and Lincoln Park. Conrad said he wants the girls to speed up their pace of play and that should help lower their scores this year. Were just working hard on the range and chipping and putting. It was frustrating last year to see girls make two nice shots to get on the green and then four put,Ž he said. We hope the hard work on the short game will cut strokes.Ž The team will participate in a free gol f clinic at Keyser College in Port St. Lucie on Aug. 23. OHS lady linksters set new goals for the season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySenior leaders on this years volleyball squad include Sarah Hurst and Lexi Ward (right).


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VEHICLE STOCK QUANTITIES VARY DAILY, RANKINGS BASED ON REGISTERED SALES FOR CHRYSLER CORP. *PRICES PLUS TAX, TAG, $599.95 DEALER FEES, TITLE **WE WILL BEAT ANY LOC AL, VALID,PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT FROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM DEALER WITHIN THE SE BUSINESS CENTER ZONE ON ANY NEW IDENTICALLY EQUIPPED IN STOCK VEHICLE. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TIME OF P URCHASE AND SUPPLY ACCURATE VIN NUMBER. COMPETITORS AD MUST BE DATED SAME DAY AS THE CUSTOMERS PURCHASE. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETI TORS PRICE, YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE FROM ARRIGO. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLE FROM THE OTHER DEALER. PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE & $599 DEALER FEES. INCLUDING FACTORY, DEALER DISCOUNTS AND REBATES.  30% OFF VEHICLE 2014 CHRYSLER 200-MSRP $26,690-SALE PRICE $17,999. TERMS, CONDITIONS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. SALES AND PRICING EXPIRE DATE OF PUBLICATION. Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 2014 95 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ** ** NOW RECEIVE A NO-EXTRA CHARGE2-YEAR MAINTENANCE PLAN + 24-HOUR ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE.Exclusio ns app ly. See dealer fo r complete de tails.Based on total sales of 3 locations Based on total sales of 3 locations up to** ORIGINAL MSRP.............$28,785 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$2,786 YOU PAY AS LOW ASCherokee 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$23,990 Patriot 2014 86 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS 86 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP.............$18,485 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$3,486 YOU PAY AS LOW AS Town & Country Touring 2014 144 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ORIGINAL MSRP.............$31,760 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$5,761 YOU PAY AS LOW AS200 Limited 2014 116 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSORIGINAL MSRP.............$26,690 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$7,781 YOU PAY AS LOW AS Dart 2014 Journey SE 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$20,990 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$2,991 Avenger SE 2014 ORIGINAL MSRP.............$21,590 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$5,591 YOU PAY AS LOW AS1500 Reg Cab 2014 78 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS ORIGINAL MSRP.............$24,635 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$4,636 Promaster 1500 Cargo Van 2014 30 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGS 128 AVAILABLE AT SIMILAR SAVINGSYOU PAY AS LOW ASPrices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate. Prices plus tax, tags, title & $599.95 dealer fees & lease conquest rebate.$14,999*$25,999*$15,999*$17,999*$17,999*$25,999*$19,999*ORIGINAL MSRP.............$30,291 DISCOUNTS & REBATES.....-$2,292 $27,999*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 20 Okeechobee News August 17, 2014