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Sunday, September 7, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 108 14.46 feetLast Year: 15.54 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax Special to the Okeechobee NewsStephanie Quesinberry (right) was named Raulerson Hospitals employee of the year on Sept. 3. Robert Lee (left) presented the award. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Stephanie Quesinberry won the Frist Award as the employee of the year at Raulerson Hospital on Sept. 3. Hospital Chief Executive Of“ cer Robert Lee presented the award. Mr. Lee said the Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor employees. It is named after the founder of HCA Dr. Tommy Frist and awards commitment to the community, working hard and dedication to medicine. It honors daily dedication and caregiving which epitomizes the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. The winner gets a cash award, a preferred parking space and a bouquet of ” owers. The entire staff was on hand to honor Mrs. Quisenberry. Winners are nominated by their peers and voted on by previous Frist Award recipients. Mrs. Quisenberry is a product of Okeechobee High School. She joined the U.S. Navy after high school, was stationed in Bethesda, Md., and later Jacksonville, N.C. Quesinberry honored with the Frist AwardTammi’s Top of the Lake ... Page 10 Fire ghter helped battle Oregon blaze ... Page B1 Sleepy? Pull off the road, save a life ... Page B6 Pet therapy comes to Okeechobee ... Page B5 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clrng Or Cti! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has postponed public meetings that were scheduled to be held later this month regarding rehabilitation efforts at the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The meetings were scheduled for Sept. 22-25 at various locations in south Florida. The meetings are being postponed due to delays associated with modeling being conducted for the dam safety modi“ cation study of the 143-mile earthen structure. Dike plan meetings postponedSee FRIST „ Page 2 See DIKE „ Page 7 Special to the Okeechobee News Wondering what to do with that lime-green vinyl suitcase your parents gave you in the 1970s? Give it to a foster child. Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast is collecting used „ but undamaged „ luggage and overnight bags for children in foster care throughout the month of September. Some of our children in foster care visit relatives outside of Florida, or in other parts of the state,Ž said Christina Kaiser, Devereux CBC Community Relations Director. They need suitcases like anyone else who travels.Ž In the absence of resources, needed suitcases often are purchased by the case manager who puts the child on the plane or bus, Kaiser said. We can do better than that,Ž she said. Everyone has an unused Bags collected for children in foster careSee BAGS „ Page 7

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Cremation or burial?By Rick GilesNorthside Baptist ChurchAs a pastor, I am frequently asked if it is OK for a Christian to be cremated. A nd, I know there are many people who w ould ask this question if the opportunity presented itself. In fact, with the rise in the cost of burial expenses which can be upwards of $6,000, cremation is quickly b ecoming the preferred method of dispos ition. In many cases, one can be cremated for less than $1,000. When there is a death in the family, the funeral expenses are typically required when services are rendered. As you can see, the question is mostly driven by cost. So, is cremation OK? According to the Cremation Association of North America, and most scholars w ould agree, cremation probably began around 3000 BC or in the Stone Age. It w as instituted through pagan ritual as a w ay to dispose of the dead. In my studies, I have found that Jewish tradition has been that of entombment or b urial. Christians have often followed the tradition of their homelands, which was also the traditional form of burial. I have never read in scripture that the tradition of cremation was spoken against. Thus, I cannot say emphatically that we are to abstain from the practice. To some this is the only option. So, what are we to do? Funeral arrangements can be prepaid s o that your desires are known and able to be followed. Recently one of my family members passed away and everyone was sure that she wanted a burial. She had planned everything out, even specifying what clothes she was to be buried in. Upon her death, the costs of the burial arrangements were so astronomical that the family, sadly, could not afford to honor her wishes and she was cremated. Needless to say there were many relatives who were very upset about the decision. However, we can minimize the grief and hurt for our family members by planning ahead and alleviating this part of the process for our families. I know many folks living on a fixed income may struggle with the financial component of pre-planning, so Id encourage you to talk with your family members and desired funeral home about your preferences and pre-payment plans that could meet your budget. Ultimately, each person must decide for him/herself what to do. I, however, view the issue from a different perspective. I am not concerned as much, with tradition. I am concerned with Christ. In 1st Peter 2:21, we are told that we have Christ for an example and that we are to follow His steps. This means that as a Christian, or followers of Christ, we are to emulate the actions of Christ Jesus. As Jesus lived, we are to live. As a Christian, I have chosen to follow Christ Jesus. He is my example! I am doing everything that I can to live like he lived. As He is my example in Life, He is also my example in death. My Lord was not cremated; He was buried in a tomb. My choice is to follow Jesus, even in death. I choose to be buried as He was. Therefore, I am preparing for that day ahead of time by making prearrangements. However, even as important as those final decisions are, there is a final decision even more important; you can preplan where you plan to spend eternity! God has said in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fall shortŽ of His glory. He has said in His Word that the wages of sin, the earnings of the sin in our life, is death (Romans 6:23). Man is under a death sentence for sin. But God has sent His one and only Son to be the payment for that sin (v.23). He has paid that death penalty for us. In Roman 10:9 the Bible says, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, You will be saved.Ž This is the most important decision that you could ever make about the end of life. If you believe that God is,Ž then you must believe His instructions. He said believe on His Son. One must admit his own sin and ask God to forgive and save him through the sacrifice of His Son (Jesus) for you. That will settle the end for you. At this point your bodily disposition will not make much o f a difference. May God grant you wisdom and discernment as you pursue His will. SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTSeptember & October Cougar Trail and Panther Creek Golf Courses We Love Okeechobee! 18 Holes Specials Include Tax & Cart! For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee$3200Before 11am Okeechobee Special $100 per 4some 4 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Re” ections from the pulpit

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Okeechobee Utility Authority Budget Summary Recap For Newspaper Fiscal Year October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 5 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 To Reach UsAddress: 107 SW 17th Street, Suite D Website: To Submit News E-Mail: To Place A Display AdPhone: E-Mail: Call Fax: E-Mail: Billing DepartmantE-Mail: To Start or Stop a PaperPhone: E-Mail: Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 107 SW 17th Street, Suite D StaffPublisher/Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Sheriffs budget€ My compliments to the sheriff and the county commissioners, three of them anyw ay, for working on a budget compromise. I completely agree with the county attorneys opinion that it is not wise for the county commission to play chicken with the sheriff over public safety. € One of the commissioners said they need a third party to look at the budget. I agree, but I dont think that third party needs to be a judge. I think it might make sense to have an accountant and/or ef“ ciency expert look at all of the county expenses, for every department, and look for ways they could save money. Money will continue to be tight for some years. But there are ways to use the available funds more ef“ ciently.Barrel race€ The video of the barrel race on the Okeechobee News facebook page is hilarious. It just goes to show that people in Okeechobee arent afraid of making fun of themselves and they love to laugh.Of“ cials€ I often wonder why anyone would w ant to put themselves in a public “ shbowl these days especially with the technology thats out there and the plethora of forums that allow for such anonymous scrutiny. Fortunately for all of us there are those that are willing to step up to the plate, understanding they cant please everyone and knowing at the end of the day they put themselves out there with the intent of doing the right thing which will likely be wrong in someones eyes.Vote€ In the primary election, we had extremely low voter turn out. Of the more than 18,000 registered voters, only about 4,500 bothered to vote. One of the races was decided by less than 150 votes. Some people think their vote doesnt matter. But every vote counts. In the general election in November, we need every registered voter to get involved. Its easy. You can vote early, vote absentee, vote by mail or vote on election day at the polls. There are lots of choices that “ t any schedule. € This year on the ballot in the November election, the voters will be asked to renew the Childrens Services Council funding. This is very important for Okeechobee. There are many programs that help our young people that will not be possible without the CSC funding. It is a very small amount of tax, but it makes a big difference for the kids. Please vote yes to continue the Childrens Services Council. € If you dont bother to vote, you have no room to complain about the elected of“ cials. For the system to work, the voters have to participate. Voter apathy is what got us into the current situation. Public Forum/Speak OutSpeak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.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 topics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Pet of the weekWindsor is a class clown. Hes had training and listens well. He was raised as a house dog, but the owners had to give him up. He does very well with other dogs. He is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-3571104. To see more available animals go to pet“ nder.com. Homes are also needed to fosterŽ animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News

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C lub offering Sunday dinnerVFW North Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., i nvites club members and the public alike to j oin the club for Loris stuffed pork chops on S unday, Sept. 7 from 1 until 3 p.m. All proc eeds will bene“ t our veterans programs. R aisinem Right Club to meetRaisinem Right 4-H Club will hold their “ rst meeting of the year Thursday, Sept. 11, a t the Extension Of“ ce on U.S. 98 N. starti ng at 7 p.m. Anyone who is planning on exh ibiting a steer this year needs to have your e nrollment form and your entry form, along w ith you club dues, turned in to the Extens ion Of“ ce by 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 Club dues a re $5, plus $1 for insurance for the year. We a re welcoming new club members and are l ooking forward to seeing everyone. For inf ormation, call the Extension Of“ ce at 8637 63-6469; Angela at 863-634-0154; or, Keith a t 863-634-9108. R estaurant hosts fundraiserYou are invited to a celebrity server bene “ t at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. P arrott Ave., Monday, Sept. 8 from 5 until 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Regions B ank and Brown Cow Sweetery for $11. T ickets also include your drink. Your servers w ill be the Okeechobee Walk it like its Red H ot team for the American Heart Association w alk on Sept. 27. This is a fundraiser bene“ tt ing the American Heart Association in our e fforts to stop the #1 killer in America. R etired educators will meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Ass ociation will meet Monday, Sept. 8 at 11 a .m. in the meeting room of Beef OBradys R estaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Any retired e ducator is invited. C hurch offering bingoThe Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S .W. Sixth St., will start playing bingo on M onday nights at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 8. E veryone is welcome. For information, call 8 63-763-3727.FFA alumni meets Sept. 8Okeechobee FFA alumni will have their “ rst meeting of the year Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane, in the classroom of Buddy Mills. Anyone is welcome. For information, call 863-610-2946.Udder Bunch plans meetingThe Okeechobee 4-H Udder Bunch Club will have their “ rst meeting of the year Monday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. For information, call 863-610-2946.Democratic group to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic executive committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the front meeting room of the Okeechobee Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Any interested Democrat is are invited.NRA Banquet 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 will 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.Church plans craft fairA Fabric and Craft Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. All proceeds will be given to the Food Pantry in memory of Sandy Brown.Eagles plan jam sessionThe Fraternal Order Of Eagles Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., is calling out all musicians for a pickin and grinnin jam and barbecue Saturday, Sept. 13 starting at 1 p.m. Barbecue chicken dinners will be available for a $5 donation. Members of Aerie #4137: Show your card and get a free dinner for membership appreciation. The event is open to the public. For information, call 863-763-2552.4-H club meeting setThe Barnyard Buddies is a small animal noncompetitive 4-H club for children 5 to 18 years of age. Members learn how to select and care for small animals, including rabbit, poultry, dogs, cats, “ sh, snakes, gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month from September through May usually at 10 a.m. in the extension of“ ce. The “ rst meeting of this year will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at the 4-H extension of“ ce, 458 U.S. 98 N. Enrollment forms will be available at that meeting, or at the of“ ce.Historical Society will meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will have its “ rst meeting after summer break Monday, Sept. 15 at noon in the museum on U.S. 98 N. We encourage anyone interested in joining the Historical Society to bring a covered dish and $10 for the years dues. We will be doing lots of activities in celebration of the upcoming City Centennial Celebration. We also request that members bring school supplies to donate to classrooms in need, if they wish. The Tantie Quilters will also resume meeting on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the museum building. If you are interested in doing old fashioned quilting, you are welcome to join.Amendment 2 info offeredThe Republican Party of Okeechobee invites the public to its Monday, Sept. 15, meeting at Beef OBradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave., starting at 7 p.m. Major Noel Stephen, from the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce, will have a presentation on Amendment Two „ legalization of marijuana. Come early if you want to order your dinner. For information, call 863-532-2482.Caregiver conference plannedOverwhelmed by caregiving challenges? 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. Bring your questions to the experts. Lunch will be included. For information, call 954-362-8126.Photo workshop is Sept. 25A photo editing workshop will be held at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Thursday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Bring your laptop or paper and pencil. Learn how to lighten, color correct and straighten your images like a pro. For information, call 772-07-6764.Blood donation dates setCommunity volunteers are needed to help save lives by donating blood. Scheduled bloodmobile visits in the area include the following: € Thursday, Sept. 11, at TD Bank from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. € Sunday, Sept. 14, at Golden Corral Restaurant from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. € Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Okeechobee High School from 7:30 until 2:30 p.m. € Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hair Cuttery by Publix. Bene“ t blood drive for J. Bailey Hedrick, 15, who is “ ghting Hodgkins Lymphoma at DiMaggio Childrens Hospital from 2 until 7 p.m. € Thursday, Sept. 25, at IRSC Campus from 3 until 8 p.m. Okeechobee Special Improve your appearance, your condence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, atten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!(863) 623-5346 | 114 N Parrott Ave€ Breast Li starting at $3,950 € Breast Enlargement (saline) $3,700 € Breast Enlargement (silicone) $4,700 € Tummy Tuck starting at $4,750 € Liposuction starting at $2,950 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 6 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236

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863-467-5243 147 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee 2005 Ford Focus ZX45 spd, A/C, 102,893 miles U3308 ONLY $ 3995 2000 Ford Mustang6cyl, 5sp, A/C, new tiresU2149 ONLY $ 2995 2002 Suzuki Grand VitariV6, Auto, A/C, 90,220 miles, new tires, loadedU2659 ONLY $ 5995 2003 GMC Envoy XL3rd row seat, Auto, A/C, 6 cyl, new tires Only 87,260 MilesU6833 ONLY $ 6995 2003 Suzuki Grand VitaraAuto, A/C, 6 cyl, Loaded U2134 ONLY $ 4995 2002 VW GolfAuto, A/C, Loaded, GAS SAVER ONLY $ 3495 *U1869 2003 Nissan FrontierKing Cab, 5 Spd, A/C, U0129 ONLY $ 6495 WE BUY CARS! Se Habla Espaol Consignments welcome *Plus Tax & Tag 2003 Toyota Salara ConvertibleAuto, V6, A/C,, Leather Int, LoadedU9664 ONLY $ 6495 2002 GMC Yukon XLAuto, V8, A/C, New Tires, Loaded. Trailer Tow Pkg. U4116 NOW $ 6995 2001 Toyota CamryAuto, A/C, Loaded, GAS SAVER U3311 NOW $ 4695 2003 Ford Expedition 4x4V8, A/C, 3rd row seating, trailer tow pkgU2624 ONLY $ 7495 2004 Toyota TacomaA/C, 5sp, 4 cyl, bedliner, new tiresU3597 ONLY $ 7495 2007 Chrysler Town & Country7 Pass, Auto, A/C, Loaded $ 6495 *U5386 ONLY MANAGER’S SPECIAL2002 Ford Focus ZTS5sp, A/C, leather int., CD player, Gas Saver U1839 ONLY $ 3695 2002 Ford Expedition EBAuto, A/C, loaded, 3rd row seating, new tiresU1897 ONLY $ 4995 2006 Chevy Trailblazer LSAuto, A/C, V8, Trailer Tow Pkg, Loaded U5438 NOW $ 7495 2002 Chevy SuburbanAuto, A/C, 7 Pass, Leather Int. Tow Pkg. U3236 NOW $ 6995 6th Year Anniversary! No dealer fees for the month of September! 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTAuto, A/C, 6 cyl, leather int, moon roofU1847 ONLY $ 6995 7 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 bag theyve forgotten about „ we can use them.Ž Case managers working with children in foster care also need overnight or duf” e bags to help move children into new foster homes. Theres nothing worse than asking a child who is being removed from home to put her belongings into a plastic garbage bag,Ž said Devereux CBC Chief Operating Of“ cer Cheri Sheffer, adding that a plastic bag is sometimes all thats available to a case manager. This child is undergoing the most traumatic experience of her young life „ treating her belongings with respect sends a message that people in our community care and want to be a part of her healing.Ž Collection sites are available in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. If you have a suitcase or overnight bag to donate, or if you would like to organize a collection, please contact Christina Kaiser at christina.kaiser@devereuxcbc.org. Although we appreciate all help, please keep in mind that bags should be sturdy, clean and in good shape in order to travel well. Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast is the non-pro“ t organization responsible for every known abused, abandoned and neglected child in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Visit the website or call 772-873-7800 for more information. BAGSContinued From Page 1 Rather than provide incomplete information to the public, it is best to complete this important analysis,Ž said Tim Willadsen, Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Manager. Complete and accurate information is essential because it may have signi“ cant impacts on the potential solutions.Ž The meetings will be rescheduled for a future date. For more information on the Herbert Hoover Dike project, visit the Jacksonville District website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/ CivilWorks/LakeOkeechobee/HerbertHooverDike.aspx. DIKEContinued From Page 1 CSC All Star Cheer team sign-ups planned for Sept. 8CSC All Star Competitive Cheer program will host a “ nal registration Sept. 8 from 6 until 7 p.m. for children 4-18 years of age. No experience required. Registration is $100. The sign-ups will be at CSC Gym, 810 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Jennifer Lafferty at 863-801-9229; Jennifer Busbin at 863-697-2085; or, Pam Harwas at 863-697-2124. The program is sponsored in part by Childrens Service Council of Okeechobee.

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesMOHAWK CONSTRUCTION INC. FILL SHELL, ASPHALT MILLINGS, SAND, STONE, MULCH, TOP SOIL. LARGE OR SMALL QUANTITIES DELIVERED OR PICK-UP, NEAR TOWN. JOSH 634-9486 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time NOW HIRING LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP• minimum of 2 years driving experience • clean driving record Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!Cal-Maine Foods is looking for motivated and reliable person to perform maintenance and electrical duties. Electrical skills a plus. 40+hrs, good bene ts Apply at: 6800 NE 120th St. Okeechobee Fl. 34972 or Email resume to: dberry@cmfoods.com DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Needed CLASS A CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 5:00. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full TimeNew Horizons is now hiring an Outpatient Of ce Manager for our Okee. location. For more information and to apply online, please go to www.nhtcinc.org DFWP/EOE Public Relations Director Direct sales, maintain records, monitor affairs 2 yrs Exp. ONLY RESUME. 3300 Pioneer 11 ST. Clewiston,FL 33440 Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community Experienced P/T Sous Chef. Dependable/ Independent individual needed. Drug/ Physical and Background Screening Required. Apply in Person M-F 9-3 203 SE 2nd Street SeasonalBus Driver Seasonal Position (6 to 9 months) ECMHSP is now accepting applications for Bus Driver for a Migrant Head Start Program. Responsible for providing transportation for children Preferred : High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving License (class A or B), with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certi cate of Training and documented years of experience driving a bus. Accepted: High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving License (class A or 8), with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certi cate of Training Starting salary $12.32 15.01. Personal Leave and employer-matched retirement plan. Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Bus Monitor Seasonal Position (6 to 9 months) ECMHSP is now accepting applications for Bus Monitor(s) for a Migrant Head Start Program. Responsible for ensuring children’s safety on the bus and providing an environment, which is conducive to the optimum development of each child while they are being transported. Serve as liaison between center and families, maintaining on-going communication between the center and families. Preferred: High School Diploma/GED and CDL. Accepted: High School Diploma/GED. Starting salary $8.66 10.34. Personal Leave and employer-matched retirement plan. Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! SeasonalMonitor de autobus o De 6 a 9 meses cada temporada ECMHSP esta aceptando solicitudes de empleo para el puesto de monitor de autobus para un programa de Migrant Head Start. Tendra la responsabilidad de asegurarse de la seguridad de los ni os en el autobus y proveer un ambiente adecuado para el 6ptimo desarrollo de cada ni o mientras son transportados. Ademas servira coma enlace entre el centro y las familias manteniendo una comunicaci6n continua entre el centro y las familias. Se pre ere: Diploma de escuela secundaria/GED y COL. Se acepta: Diploma de escuela secundaria/GED. Salario inicial $8.66 -10.34. Se ofrece permiso personal, pemliso por enfermedad y benecios de retiro con contribuci6n del empleador Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 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. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Financial ServicesEARN INCOME BY REFERRING BUSINESS OWNERS IN NEED OF FINANCING EQUIPMENT OR WORKING CAPITAL. COMMISSIONS PAID UPON CLOSING. MONEY FINANCIAL (800) 256 2988 Ext 200 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Computer/ SuppliesLENOVO COMPUTER, WIRELESS COMBO, 21.5” MONITOR, KEY BOARD, HP PRINTER DRAGON, WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL, CENTURY LINK MODEM 64 BIT INTELIT, 468 MEMORY COST $1,196.11 ASKING $550.00 10 MONTHS OLD 863-467-1046 FurnitureFOR SALE DINING TABLE 6 CHAIRS W/CHINA CABINET AND HUTCH $350.00, SMALL MAROON CLOTH ROCKER CHAIR $50.00, CREAM COLOR LEATHER LOVESEAT $200.00, GOLD COLOR CLOTH DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT SOFA $200.00, 2 END TABLES-PAIR $50.00. OR ENTIRE LOT $650.00 CALL 863-763-8534 OR 772-971-0419 Seeds/Plants/ FlowersMANGO TREES IN GALLON POTS $7.00 EACH CALL 863-357-0882 Houses Rent3BD/1BA HOUSE ON 1 ACRE, CERAMIC TILE FLOORS, NEW CABINETS & COUNTER TOPS. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $850.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 Houses Rent3/1 UNFURNISHEDWASHER & DRYERDISHWASHER-TILE FLOORS THRU OUT-COMMUNITY POOL/TENNIS COURT-1ST & DEPOSIT. CALL 863-467-4371 GREAT LOCATION NEWER 3/2 TAYLO R CREEK ISLES, APPLIANCES INCLUDED, FENCED YARD, SCREENED PORCH, SPLIT FLOOR PLAN, 2 CAR GARAGE, LARGE CONCRETE DRIVEWAY, EXCELLENT CONDITION $1,300.00 PE R MONTH CALL 863-467-9250 LINDA OR 519-746-3776 JIM IN TOWN, 3BD/1BA CBS HOUSE IN GREAT LOCATION. CENTRAL A/C AND HEAT, NICE CORNER LOT, CARPORT. $700/MO. 1ST, LAST & $500 SEC. NON SMOKING. 863-634-8942 Large, clean, 4bd, 2 story home, 2800sq.ft. under air (built in 2006) 2bath + on suite, double car garage, screened porch, large fenced yard, new appliances, large kitchen. $1250/mo + sec. depCall: (863)467-9250 or (519)746-4844 or dhmcara@hotmail.com NICE 3BD /1BA CENTRAL AIR AND HEAT, WASHER AND DRYE R HOOK UP, LARGE YARD, LOCATED IN A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD $750.00 MO. CALL 561-506-9638 OAK PARK: 2BR, 1BA for rent, circle drive, new appliances. $700 mo. Call 863-467-1466 OKEE In Town 2 1/2 br./1ba ., & 2br./2ba. (Screened porch, W/D) both have Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet ok. both $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. (941) 504-3954 8 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014

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Houses RentOKEECHOBEE Country Hills Estates. Unique post and beam house on private 5 acre lot. 2bd one in loft, 2 ba., lrg. screen room, screened balcony with hot tub, all appliances, include W/D, $1400. mth. 708-218-8227. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, CBS house, all tile, fenced yard a (1 small pet ok) $800 mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. Refs. needed. Call 561-596-1344 On Rim Canal Newly renovated Brick Home. 3br./2 1/2 ba. 1 garage. Boat dock & deck. $895mo. 772-359-1640 Office Space Rent “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space, 500 SF and up. 863-467-0651 Mobile Home Rent2BD/1.5BA, CENTRAL AIR, NICE PARK, ALL UTILITIES EXCEPT ELECTRIC $450.00/MO. CALL 812-989-3022 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,600 down 1st, last + deposit. $650 monthly (772) 464-9226 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Shop here first! The classified ads Automobiles2004 GRAND MARQUIS MERCURY RUNS AND DRIVES GOOD, COLD AIR, $2,300 CALL 812-989-3022 2011 S.E.L. FORD FUSION, WHITE, ONE OWNER, LOW MILES, LOADED, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6 CYL. MUST SELL $14,000.00 CALL 214-336-7562 Office Space Rent Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Public NoticeCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AD HOC COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee, Centennial Celebration Ad Hoc Committee (CCAHC) meeting will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014, 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 x215, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the CCAHC with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the CCAHC in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the Committee Secretary for the City’s records. By: J.D. Mixon, CCAHC Chairperson ON 9/7/2014 NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF PERSONAL ITEMS: Notice is hereby given that Awesome Self Storage, in accordance with Florida Statues Self Storage Facility Act, Sections 83-801 through 83-809, will dispose of the contents of the following storage units: Unit C359 belonging to David Stevens, unit C221 belonging to Jams Amick and unit A122 belonging to Susan Barber on Sept. 22, 2013. Contentshousehold goods and furnishing.. Disposal will take place on that date at the Okeechobee County Land ll. Awesome Self Storage 6489 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-357-2403 467133 ON 9/7 & 9/14/2014 9 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Crossword PuzzleACROSS 1 Screwdriver parts 11 __ Dea: Roman fertility goddess 15 Like John Cages music 16 Numerical column 17 Order with hot milk 18 Off-rd. rides 19 Sour fruit 20 Eponymous furniture designer 21 Cassowary cousin 22 Frequent service station attendant? 24 Some council members 26 South Pacific island nation 30 Sweet and sour 31 Article in some modern music 34 15-Across Irish playwright 36 Prefix with fauna 37 Vert. opposite 38 Artless 39 Boy toy? 40 Student of Elves, in Tolkien 41 Twins, at times 43 Vocal stumbles 44 View from a lodge 46 __ Adams Wilderness: Sierra Nevada region 48 Georgia-born Hall of Famer 49 Shooters ammo 52 Emperor before Vitellius 53 Plis may precede them 58 Mountain transport 60 Breakfast __ 61 Write tongue twisters, perhaps 63 1980s speed skating gold medalist Karin 64 San Jos resident 65 Tube lineup 66 Rustic building material DOWN 1 Short suckers? 2 Places to run 3 PlatoonŽ Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor 4 Prepares for an engagement? 5 One-time bridge 6 Feverish chills 7 The Lion KingŽ character 8 Nip at a bar 9 Dog of comics 10 High-flying group 11 College __ 12 Crooked 13 Not once 14 Ninjas, perhaps 23 Swell 25 Short muscle? 27 Classic spy comedy 28 Tuberous Andean plants 29 Guard dog breed 31 Early invasion participant 32 Dive 33 Edible thistle 35 Not odd 41 Nautilus, e.g. 42 Michaelmas mo. 45 Cheated 47 Deliver a rant 50 Eastern adders? 51 Black Mass idol 54 North Carolina school55 And 56 Pennsylvania school 57 Now!Ž 59 Peace Nobelist Cassin 62 Brew finish B y Mark Bickham 06/14/14 06/14/14ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewisxwordeditor@aol.com CALL 511 TOLL FREE FOLLOW FL511 ON TWITTER VISIT FL511.COM FLORIDA 511 FREE APPS A toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message and data charges may apply) TRAFFIC INFO ALL THE TIME

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Your Future is in Your Hands! 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue € 863-824-6000 € www.irsc.edu I R S CDixon Hendry CampusQUICK JOB TRAINING HERE IN OKEECHOBEE! Begin the Ofce Skills Technology Program any time at your convenience!Administrative Assistant or Medical Assistant classes offered Mondays & Wednesdays, mornings or evenings The Administrative Assistant Program develops expertise in Microsoft Ofce as well as ofce procedures, typing and ling. The Medical Assistant program also includes medical terminology, transcription and use of legal and insurance forms Financial Aid available for those who qualify e Evans family would like to express our deepest appreciation to all those who have loved, prayed, supported, served, and provided for our needs in so many ways during the illness and passing of our beloved Mickey Evans. To our community of faith, Dunklin Memorial Camp, To the Elders and Sta ank each of you for the countless ways you have supported us through the last chapter of Dads journey. As his spiritual sons and daughters, you continue to honor his legacy by laying your lives down every day ministering to Christ through meeting the spiritual and physical needs of His lost lambs. To Hugh Murrow, thank you for carrying on the vision of your spiritual father and investing all these years of your life holding up his arms when he grew weary and taking on the mantle when it became too heavy. To Nick Reynolds, thank you for taking up the torch and continuing the legacy. ank you both for handling the countless preparations to provide for a beautiful memorial service. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Buxton Bass Funeral Home, which generously provided all nal services and to their exceptional sta … especially omas Conway, JR., whose personal and caring attention to every detail lied an enormous burden o our shoulders during this dicult time. Assisting him were Jim Barnhart and Ray Stone, who lightened the load as well. To Hospice of Okeechobee … Judi Winchester, Chris Sherman, Aleatha Parks, Josilyn Coulter, and Amy Trammell for their supportive and loving end of life care services. To Caregivers … Pat Waugh and John Michael Rickards, who became part of our family. To the Okeechobee County Sheris Oce, Okeechobee City Police Department, and Florida State Troopers for collaborating the funeral procession. To the mounted posse members Danny Faircloth and Matt Dorriety for showing such honor and respect and who also prepared the grounds. All of these law ocers should be commended for laying their lives on the line for the safety of the living and the honor they provide at the time of death. To Felicia and Wayne Maxwell of Sybils Flowers for crasmanship and personal delivery of the centerpiece. To dear friends Bill and Deloris Sherman for providing the seating and rental of the AgriCivic Center and the late Ray Domer for making the Agri-Civic Center available. To John and Laura Munson for their labors in beautifying the Agri-Civic Center. e special and talented More 2 Life folks for their sound equipment, videography and skills. First Baptist Church of Okeechobee who so graciously provided their facilities for the reception. To employees of Golden Corral for their friendly and ecient service. To all who sent owers and made donations to Dunklin To the Okeechobee community at large if anybody hasnt told you today … God Loves You and we thank you for sharing His love with us! In His Service and Yours, Laura Maye and the entire Evans Family Thank You 10 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News€ North Park Tire Center 200 W.N. Park St., has been your hometown tire center for over 40 years. It was once a gas station, then converted into the tire shop you know today. They offer a variety of services such as tire repair, mounting, balancing and rotation. They carry many different brands and types of new and used tires. They also have custom rims to make your ride stand out. They have great customer service. David will be happy to help y ou with whatever your needs are. Give them a call at 863-763-7750 and make sure you tell them Tammi sent you! Fall is just around the corner folks and this breakfast recipe will surely, despite the hot Florida weather, take you to your favorite fall spot.Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Pumpkin ButterIngredients : €To make the Maple Pumpkin Butter 1 stick unsalted butter, softened, 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon maple syrup. €To make the Pumpkin Pancakes 1 cup all-purpose ” our, cup brown sugar, teaspoon cinnamon, teaspoon nutmeg, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 egg, lightly beaten, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 to 1 cups milk, 1 cup pumpkin puree. Instructions : €To make the Maple Pumpkin Butter 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the softened butter, pumpkin puree and maple syrup. Mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside. €To make the pancakes 1. In a large bowl, combine ” our, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder. Stir with a whisk until well mixed. 2. Make a well in the center of the bowl with the dry ingredients and add the beaten egg and oil. Add 1 cup of milk and start whisking the wet ingredients together, slowly incorporating the dry ingredients from the sides of the bowl until fully combined. 3. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well again … adding more milk as necessary to get a thick but pourable batter. 4. Heat a ” at griddle over medium-low heat and grease well (we use a pastry brush to evenly coat the griddle with canola oil). The griddle is hot enough when a drop of batter immediately sizzles on it. 5. Using a cup measure, ladle the batter onto the hot griddle … this should make about a 4-inch round pancake. Cook the pancake for about 2-3 minutes (until the edges are set), then ” ip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the batter. 6. Serve immediately with a spoonful of the Maple Pumpkin Butter on top.

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R E D LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS RIGHT OFF RIM CANAL GREAT LOCATION Very nice well-maintained 3/2 CBS Waterfront Home with Cypress Wood in Living Room and Dining Room. One car garage, CBS shed in back of garage, Screened in Fish Cleaning Station, GENERATOR wired in. Office behind garage. New master bedroom handicap friendly. New tile in kitchen and hallway. HOMES ONLY SECTION. Metal Roof 2004; sprinkler system, new seawall in 2009. MLS 206645, $188,900. MOTIVATED SELLER FOR SALE OR LEASEGreat for investor or owner/user. $199,000 772-380-3250 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5063-M: Large 3BR/2BA with 2,192 total sq ft/1,465 under air on 2.5+/-acres. Breakfast Bar, Sky lights, shed, fenced and cross fenced. Make Offer! $70,000 MLS # 208303 8006-A: 200+/-acres on Dark Hammock Rd Mostly improved pasture, large hammock. Fenced & crossed fenced, water supply for livestock. Call for more info. $740,000 MLS # 208257 5007-H: Conners Gables modern style 3/2 with 1,980 Total Sq Ft/1,319 under air, much more! $145,000 NOW $135,000 MLS # 208204 5030-H: Okeechobee Golf Estate acre. Spacious kitchin closet. 2 car attached garage and detached ing. Owner Financing NOW $160,000 MLS #207710 5038-H: Quail Acres home with 2,908 Total sq ft/2,112 under air. Located north of towngreat location to have animals! Rear porch, metal roof, ceiling fans throughout, ample circular all on 3+/-acres. • Pine Ridge Park $5,900 MLS # 207132 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • Conners Gables $6,000 MLS #208198 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 • Blue Heron Nice lot on the cul-de-sac. MLS # 207053 • Palm Village Ranch $15,000 MLS# 207998 • Ok Acres 10+/-acres Fenced, pond and house pad ready for a new home! $79,000 MLS # 207817 • Viking 2.5+/acres for $11,000 MLS # 207811 1006-H: Eagle Point 3/3 CBS home. 2,668 Total Sq Ft./2,010 under air on an acre. Stainless steel appl. granite shower. Walk-in closet, $184,000 MLS #208392 NEW LISTING REDUCED REDUCED NEW LISTING Find your dream home here! Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com Over 100 Listings TRUE TREASURE in Treasure Island! Waterfront 2006 CBS home. 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 2 Garage. Split plan, vaulted ceilings, open concept.1497 SF Under air2179 TLA. Gorgeous Built in wall unit and custom details. Can lighting, Bkfast bar. Majestic master suite, sep. tub and shower, separate vanities, double closets. Rollup hurricane shutters. Fenced, Screen porch, Seawall. $148,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457. Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 11 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014

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General Surgery € Endoscopy € Minimally Invasive Surgery Hours: Monday…Friday 8 a.m.…5 p.m. € Phone: 863-357-0540 € Fax: 863-357-0546 1924 Hwy 441 N. € Okeechobee, FL 34972 Carlos Alejo, M.D. Hablamos espaol Board Certi“ed in General Surgery B1 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News Florida Forest Service Forest Ranger Tom Hopkins returned home to Glades County after suppressing wild“ res in the state of Oregon. He served 18 days “ ghting multiple wild“ res across the state, including the Pumice Complex (Crater Lake National Park), running initial attack in the Chiloquin National Forest, and ending on the Murderers Creek Fire (John Day). As Assistant Crew Boss of a twenty-person wildland “ re“ ghting hand-crew, his days were full of eating smoke and battling ” ames, while at night he served as his crew liaison. The Florida Forest Service established a hand-crew consisting of 20 nationally quali“ ed wildland “ re“ ghters who served on the front lines of wildland “ re. Working side by side, the crews main responsibility was to construct a “ relineŽ „ a strip of land cleared of ” ammable materials and dug down to mineral soil „ around the wild“ res to control it and to mop up after the “ re. The sense of adventure and brotherhood is what drives me to this occupation,Ž Forest Ranger Hopkins said. The cohesiveness and dependability that is developed between 20 strangers is amazing. Two weeks in a high stress atmosphere will let you know just how much you need those guys.Ž The wildland “ re“ ghters come together from the tip of the Florida Panhandle, all the way to south Everglades, and everything in between. A hand-crews day starts before sunrise when they obtain the operational brie“ ng. Extended work hours, and sleeping on the ground is the only down side. The sense of pride, knowing we are battling nature one on one is ful“ lling,Ž Ranger Hopkins said. Our gear weighs roughly 35-40 lbs. and climbing straight up a ridgeline is physically challenging but adrenaline, team work and humor get you through the day.Ž Being the assistant crew boss on the crew is a rewarding job,Ž said the ranger. Depending on their quali“ cations and skill levels, a twenty-person handcrew may be divided into squads (“ ve “ re“ ghters each). The responsibility of the assistant crew boss is to make sure the crew maintains a steady work pace and to provide direction. Once the outline is there, the crews strength as a team really dictates the pace. This crew could take on any task,Ž he said. Wild“ re handcrews exemplify the American spirit; they are self suf“ cient and are expected to work hard. They often eat and sleep where they work, without luxury. They face danger daily and are the backbone in the “ ght against wild“ re. I am ready should there be another assignment, today or next year,Ž he said. There are beautiful landscapes that are at risk of unmanaged “ re and I am honored to be a part of a team that prevents them from burning.Ž For more, see the website at www.” oridaforestservice.com/wild“ re. Local forest ranger helps suppress Oregon wild“ res Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks residents enjoy outing Grand Oaks residents enjoyed an outing to Toby The Clown Foundation in Lake Placid on Aug. 28. Left to right (front row) are Fran East, Doris Woods, Ashley Christensen, Norma Kurtz, (back row) Loopy Lane, Michael, Fimplicity, and Silly Willie Jr. Special to the Okeechobee NewsForest Ranger Tom Hopkins investigates areas for hot spots after a “ re burned through the area Special to the Okeechobee NewsTom Hopkins (ninth from the right) was part of a 20 person hand-crew for a Chinook Type 1 heavy lift helicopter. The 15,000-25,000 pounds of lifting capability which allows it to operate with a larger water bucket for “ re suppression.

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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. Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North B2 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day w eekend We had a good rodeo here in Okeechobee and thanks to everyone who made it possible! Tuesday only sale this week and prices sure have rebounded. Cows and Bulls were $2 $4 higher and feeder calves were $8 $10 higher on most all classes! We should start having some big runs of cattle in the next few weeks and we will see if demand stays as high as it is now! I suspect that it w ill Animal ID disease traceability rule is coming into effect in a couple of weeks. cattle can come to the market without a permanent tag but if they are over 18 months old and bought to go back to a ranch or farm they must be identi“ ed with a permanent id tag by the new owner (buyer) if they do not already have a tag, either an EID tag ot metal ear tag. Ranchers can go ahead and apply a metal tag (free from FDACS) to their cows and bulls and replacement heifers, when feasible, to ensure free movement and buy participation. If you are a seller or buyer, you need to apply for a premise ID for your operation, if you do not already have one. You can “ nd the information and application on out website. This is a federal and state rule, not a livestock market rule. We did not make it but we have to comply. This rule is a step forward for our cattle industry and will ensure continued demand of our product with our trading partner countries where our product is in high demand. J & J Cattle farm, Belle Glade, topped the calf market with a high of $5.15 bought by bellamy cattle buying. Seth Louthan, Okeechobee, tapped the slaughter cow market with a high of $1.22 bought by Florida Beef. Oct 3. Bred Heifer and cow sale (taking consignments now) Oct 10. 44 farmsŽ Angus Bulls sale Oct 17. Little Creek FarmsŽ brangus bull sale plus 50 head (registered and commercial) brangus heifers. See ya next week! Todd Livestock Market Report Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Sept. 1011 in Kissimmee at the Embassy Suites Orlando… Lake Buena Vista South, 4955 Kyngs Heath Road. Sessions both days start at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited and will be provided opportunities to speak. Some highlights of the agenda include: € Sept. 10: Hunting proposals…A proposal for best management practices for wildlife in cooperation with agricultural stakeholders. € Sept. 11ƒ Marine “ sheries councils reports…Discussion of draft conservation measures for the American eel. For the full agenda, go to MyFWC.com/ Commission and select Commission Meetings.Ž Cant attend meeting in person? Follow live coverage on Twitter @MyFWC and join in the conversation by using tag #FWC2014. https://twitter.com/MyFWC. Also check the Florida Channel (www. the” oridachannel.org/) for possible live webcast times. FWC to consider changes in wildlife management Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) has been selected to compete for national recognition at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. in October Julie Sharpe of the OHS Brahman FFA Chapter will compete in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. National support for the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE is provided by American Farm Bureau Federation. The OHS chapter advisor is Marshall Gerbitz. Extemporaneous public speaking is one of 24 national CDE areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Individuals are given 30 minutes to prepare a four to six minute speech covering one of 12 agriculturerelated topics. Judges evaluate speaking, presentation, content and ability to answer questions pertaining to the topic covered in the speech. Finalists are selected base on speech delivery, content and responses to the questions. National participants will advance through preliminary and semi“ nal rounds, with the top four speakers competing in the “ nal round of the national event. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Local FFA member to compete in national event

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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 B3 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Most have no bag limits!Special to the Okeechobee News Florida freshwater anglers target at least 25 species of native “ shes. Most are within a 45-minute drive of anyone wanting to wet a line. In addition to those, the free Florida Big Catch angler recognition program (BigCatchFlorida.com) features six species of exotic “ sh from other countries and several “ sh species that expanded their ranges from farther north. Of those nonnative “ shes, only butter” y peacock bass were stocked intentionally by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) predecessor, during the early 1980s. At the time, expansion of numerous nonnative “ sh species in south Florida was causing concern. Walking cat“ sh and several types of tilapia were well established. Species, such as piranha, electric eels and freshwater stingray had the potential to be imported by the aquarium industry and posed a threat to native species and a concern to people. Accidental introductions w ere largely attributed to the aquaculture industry or to individual aquarists. To safeguard native resources, restrictions on introduction of nonnative species into the state had been passed. Two lists exist for species that require permits for possession. Conditional species require strict adherence to detailed rules intended to prevent escape, primarily from commercial facilities. Prohibited species permits are available only under very stringent conditions for research or public display at secure facilities. There are 41 nonnative freshwater “ sh species that have been observed or are known to reproduce in Florida. Another 14 species have naturally died out or been eliminated by the agency. To see the list, go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats, select Nonnative SpeciesŽ then Freshwater Fish.Ž Prior to introducing peacock bass in 1984, discussions were held with leading experts from around the country. The purpose was to convert a large biomass of established nonnative “ shes, which were too small to attract anglers, into a valuable recreational “ shery. Researchers documented the lower lethal temperature of peacock bass and determined they would be able to overwinter consistently only in a limited area of south Florida. The originally imported “ sh were not stocked, to prevent introducing foreign parasites or diseases. Instead, they were spawned and their eggs grown to “ ngerling size prior to stocking the offspring. Chris Collins, associate editor of Florida SportsmanŽ magazine, just wrote a story about recovery of this multimillion-dollar recreational “ shery following the ultra-cold winter of 2010. Butch Moser, a local “ shing guide on and around the Lake Osborne-Ida chain of lakes in Palm Beach County, targets nonnative “ sh. He agrees peacock bass are back. Sight“ shing for peacocks using small gold-colored Rapalas or topwater chug baits can be extremely productive. If the water is opaque, try a live minnow. Peacock bass are the only nonnative “ sh designated by the FWC as a game“ sh. The bag limit is two, only one of which may be 17 inches or longer in total length. Any peacock bigger than 18 inches or 4 pounds quali“ es for Big Catch recognition. Not only peacocks were slammed by the cold and are now recovering, said Moser. In late August, he said he had never seen the “ shing as good as the past few weeks.Ž Several locks along the canal are open, and running water is attracting sunshine bass, peacock bass, clown knife“ sh „ the whole gamut. One of his favorites, the unique clown knife“ sh, are running from 3 to 10 pounds. They are often full of shad but aggressively take any 3to 4-inch minnow. According to Moser, when hooked they back up, then make a quick run and jump like a tarpon. They are tough to net since they back away and jump, so Mosers tip is to get the net under them when they jump. He recommends watching for a round boil and bubbles on the surface. Cast directly to the disturbance or “ sh a ” oat with a live bait 3to 4-feet deep and kept down with light weights. In the heat of the day, shade around bridges or pilings is productive. Since clown knife“ sh are a relatively new (1994) introduction, with a limited range in the Osborne-Ida chain, they are not included in the Big Catch program. Catches should not be transported alive elsewhere. Moser also enjoys catching Mayan cichlids on poppers or minnows. Youll “ nd them in shallow water. They provide a great “ ght and meal. As with all nonnative “ sh, other than peacock bass and triploid grass carp, there is no size or bag limit; take all you catch. Those longer than 11 inches or heavier than one pound are eligible for a Big Catch certi“ cate. Vance Crain, an FWC “ sheries biologist in the South Region, has observed increased catch rates for oscars. You can catch oscars throughout the L67A, as well as Alligator Alley, Miami Canal, Tamiami and WCA II. Cane pole anglers do well with crickets and worms, but beetle spins, small Rapalas or topwater poppers all work. Oscars have been in Florida waters since at least 1969 and are recognized in the Big Catch program. To qualify, submit a photo of one 11 inches long or longer, or 1.25 pounds or heavier. Brightly colored Midas cichlids shine in Miami-Homestead canals; look for clear water and sight-“ sh for them with little jigheads and a worm, using ultralight gear. Crain describes them as bluegill on steroids.Ž Although these species have not caused major disruptions in native ecosystems or reduced harvest of native sport “ shes, you should not release them (except peacoc k bass and triploid grass carp). Releasing “ sh from aquariums or moving them between water systems could produce detrimental effects and is illegal. Check current “ sheries forecasts, because conditions can vary drastically. Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, select Freshwater FishingŽ then Sites and Forecasts.Ž Instant licenses are available at License. MyFWC.comor by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Report violators by calling 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and select more newsŽ or scr.bi/Fish-busters for more Fish Busters Bulletins. To subscribe to FWC columns or to receive news releases automatically, click on the red envelope on any page of MyFWC.com. Nonnative “ sh provide exotic “ shing alternatives

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B5 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County, Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) and the Humane Society Pet Rescue of Okeechobee, are developing a unique group of both human and canines called Pet Therapy Teams. This Unique team, both handler and pet, w ould go through a training program that w ould allow the team to help our community in the following areas:Pet Therapy Programs€ Pawsitive Interaction is a therapeutic approach that brings together animals and special needs children. € Pawsitive Healing is a therapeutic approach that brings together animals and people with psychological/cognitive disabilities to facilitate an individuals progress toward therapeutic goals. € Pet Assisted Visits are provided on a regular basis to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. € Paws to Read is an award-winning literacy program in which children are given the opportunity to read to a dog.Humane Education Programs€ Lessons in Kindness (K_6th grade) consist of three separate hands -on programs that teach children how to be safe around animals, how to be responsible pet owners and how animals communicate with each other. Therapy pets are included in each program. € The Pet Suitcase teaches children about responsible pet ownership.Crisis Response TeamsA more advanced level of training, teams can help survivors either in a disaster or a crisis, the number of people affected psychologically is many times greater than the number of people sustaining Physical harm, damage to their homes, or the loss of possessions. Workings alongside community agencies, NATIONAL certi“ ed crisis response canine teams help replace the feelings offer, anxiety and hopelessness with feelings of being safe. There will be an open house to discuss organization, team requirements, bene“ ts, roles and responsibility, training program, volunteer opportunities and answer an y questions that you might have. The open house will be held at the Florid a Department of Health Auditorium on Sept. 20 at 9 a.m., at 1728 NW 9th Ave, Okeechobee, Fla. 34972. If you are interested in joining the Okeechobee Pet Therapy Teams or you belong to an organization that would like to support the group please call Brian Sell, the Preparedness Planner for the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County and the Okeechobee MRCunit coordinator, at 863-462-5865, for further details. Pet therapy teams come to Okeechobee County GAINESVILLE „ A fertility drug used for more than four decades could soon be replaced with another drug that is 30 percent more effective in helping women become pregnant, according to a study with University of Florida ties. In a study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at seven different academic centers recruited 750 couples to compare the long-used fertility drug clomiphene citrate, commonly called clomid, to letrozole, a drug initially developed to prevent recurrence of breast cancer in women. Of the 376 women who were given clomid, 72 became pregnant and gave birth. Of the 374 women who took letrozole, 103 gave birth. Letrozole works better, has about the same cost, has fewer side effects and has a slightly lower twin rate than clomid,Ž said Dr. Gregory Christman, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UF. Clomid has been available for fertility treatment for more than 40 years, but with this new information, we may soon have to reconsider its role in the treatment of infertility due to anovulation in women with polycystic ovarian disorder.Ž Clomid is often prescribed to women with polycystic ovary syndrome as a “ rst step in their treatment „ and that population accounts for about a third of women who seek fertility treatment, Dr. Christman said. About 1 in 20 women of childbearing age have the disorder, according to the Of“ ce on Womens Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women with the condition typically have fewer periods „ seven cycles per year fewer than women without the condition „ and therefore have fewer opportunities to become pregnant. Dr. David S. Guzick, UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health, helped oversee the study, which was conducted through the Reproductive Medicine Trial Network. New fertility drug may be more effective, say UF researchers

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B6 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Drowsy driving is dangerous drivingSpecial to the Okeechobee News Do you “ ght to keep your eyes open and y our head up when you are tired? All too often this scenario is real on Floridas roadw ays. To help prevent crashes caused by driver fatigue and to bring awareness to the dangers of drowsy driving, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation are teaming up with lawmakers and safety advocates during Floridas Drowsy Driving Prevention Week on Sept. 1…7 in memory of Ronshay Dugan, who was killed in 2008. Alert drivers make for safer roads,Ž says DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. To help get everyone home safely, the department reminds motorists never to drive tired.Ž FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, The department recognizes that making our roads safer includes driver responsibility and encourages all motorists not to drive drowsy. Be alert every trip, every time you get behind the wheel.Ž Six years ago, the life of a little girl was tragically taken in a crash that easily could have been prevented,Ž said state Representative Alan Williams, who sponsored the legislation in 2010. Drowsy driving can be eliminated by simply planning and making a conscious decision to pull over and rest when youre tired. I applaud Ronshays family for keeping her memory alive and “ ghting to prevent other senseless deaths.Ž How to prevent fatigue driving: € Allow plenty of time to get to your “ nal destination. € Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep. € Drink caffeine. Two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours. € Drive sober. € Get a good nights sleep before you travel. € Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours. € Take a nap „ “ nd a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap, if you think you might fall asleep. € Use the buddy system, switch drivers when needed. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the ef“ cient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.” hsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or “ nd us on Facebook. Feeling sleepy? Save a life, pull off the road Special to the Okeechobee News Electrical strikes and surges from lightning can destroy your home, cause severe injury and even death. With the recent lightning strikes affecting residents across the nation, the nonpro“ t Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following tips to help families reduce their risk of lightning injuries and protect their home.Protect Your Family€ Stay alert and listen carefully for the “ rst signs of lightning or thunder. Remember, If Thunder Roars, Go Indoors’.Ž € Seek shelter. Lightning often hits before the rain begins, so dont wait for the rain to start before leaving.If outdoors€ Avoid water, high ground and open spaces. € Stay away from metal objects including w ires, fences and motors. € Find shelter in a sizable building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle. Completely close the windows and dont lean on the doors. € Do not get under a small canopy, small picnic shelter, or stand near trees. € If you cannot take shelter indoors, crouch down with your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from the thunder. € Stay at least 15 feet away from other people.If indoors€ Avoid water and stay away from doors and windows. € Do not use landline telephone or headsets. Cell phones are safe. € Turn off, unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, and televisions sets as lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines inducing shocks to equipment inside.After the storm€ Do not resume outdoor activities until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunderclap. € Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured and use “ rst aid procedures. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, so it is safe to administer medical treatment.Protect your home€ Use surge protective devices: These systems protect electronic and electrical appliances from all but the most severe electrical surges or direct strikes. They should be installed at all items to be protected. A good electrical grounding system is essential. € A whole house surge protection system can be installed on the electric meter or the electrical panel to help protect the appliances and electronic equipment in your house such as computers, TVs and DVD players. Contact your local electric company for installation information. If your utility company doesnt offer the service, a quali“ ed electrician can install this device at your electrical panel. € Consider installing a lightning protection system. These systems provide a direct path for lightning to follow to the ground rather than through the home structure and its wiring. Consult a quali“ ed contractor (UL-listed/LPI-certi“ ed or quali“ ed electrician) for installation. For information on protecting your family and home from severe weather, visit FLASH. To learn more about protecting your home from lightning visit the FLASH YouTube Channel. W hen lightning strikes, stay safe Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will be extending the deadline to submit comments on the revised “ nal report for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). Public, state and agency comments will be accepted through October 3. Were extending the comment period to honor the requests from our stakeholders to do so. This is the “ nal review period for all interested parties and we want to make sure everyone has adequate time to review the contents of the report and provide their input,Ž said Eric Bush, Chief of the Jacksonville Districts Planning and Policy Division. Were close to the “ nish line, but we want to make sure were not leaving anybody behind in the process and ensure were delivering a quality report that we can all stand behind.Ž The report is available on the projects Web page at: http://www.bit.ly/CentralEverglades_CEPP. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 3. They can be submitted electronically to: CEPPcomments@usace.army. mil or mailed to: Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019. Comments and responses during the ongoing review period will be considered and incorporated as appropriate into the “ nal report. At the conclusion of the review period, the Chief of Engineers Report (also known as a Chiefs Report) will be “ nalized for signature. The signed Chiefs Report will then be submitted to the administration for review. Based on this timeline, it is anticipated that the “ nal Chiefs Report will be submitted to Congress this fall. Corps extends comment period on Central Everglades report

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B7 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 By Tony YoungSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsEven though you can hardly tell, summer is almost over. Kids have returned to school, football is back on TV, and hunting season has already been going on for a month now in south Florida. Finally, the time of year weve been waiting for is here. And although some of us still have to wait just a bit longer for our season to come in, most of us have already “ nished our preseason scouting, and weve hung our tree stands along well-traveled deer trails, next to a mature oak thatll soon begin dropping acorns. I dont know about yall, but I got a bad case a BUCK FEVER! Hunting season always comes in “ rst in Zone A in south Florida. Archery and crossbow seasons there started Aug. 2. But the boundary line between zones A and C has changed this y ear. The new line now begins at the Gulf of Mexico and runs northeast through Charlotte Harbor and up the Peace River until it intersects w ith State Road 70. The line then follows S.R. 70, running east until it meets U.S. 441 north of Lake Okeechobee. It then follows U.S. 441 south, where it proceeds around the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. The line then turns off U.S. 441 and onto S.R. 80 and runs just a few miles before turning east and following County Road 880, running just a few miles before joining back up with U.S. 98/441/S.R. 80/ Southern Boulevard until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Zone B, which makes up part of the Green Swamp Basin, lies south of S.R. 50, west of U.S. 441 and the Kissimmee Waterway, north of S.R. 60 and east of the Gulf of Mexico. This year, archery and crossbow seasons there start Oct. 18. The line that divides zones C and D begins at U.S. 27 at the Florida-Georgia state line (in Gadsden County) and runs south on U.S. 27 until it meets S.R. 61 in Tallahassee. From there, it follows S.R. 61, running south until it hits U.S. 319. There, the line follows U.S. 319, continuing south to U.S. 98. It then runs east along U.S. 98 until it gets to the Wakulla River, where the river becomes the line, heading south until it meets the St. Marks River and continues going downriver until it meets the Gulf. If you hunt west of that line, youre in Zone D, where archery and crossbow seasons begin on Oct. 25 this year. In Zone C (east of that line), archery and crossbow seasons open Sept. 13. To hunt during archery season, youll need a Florida hunting license and an archery permit. During crossbow season, youll need a hunting license and crossbow permit. If youre a Florida resident, an annual hunting license will cost $17. Nonresidents have the choice of paying $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. Archery and crossbow permits cost just $5 each, and all deer hunters must have the $5 deer permit. Anyone planning on hunting one of Floridas many WMAs must purchase a management area permit for $26.50. And dont forget to pick up the WMA brochure for the area you wish to hunt, because hunting season dates on many of the areas often differ from zonal dates. You can pick up a copy of WMA brochures at your local tax collectors of“ ce or read them at MyFWC.com/ Hunting. During archery season and that part of crossbow season that runs concurrent with archery, you can take both legal bucks and antlerless deer (except for spotted fawns). But after archery ends, during the remaining portion of the crossbow season, only legal bucks may be taken. The daily bag limit on deer is two. Bag limits for deer on WMAs can differ, so check the speci“ cs of the area before you hunt. You can hunt wild hogs on private lands year-round with no bag or size limits. On most WMAs, theres also no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during most hunting seasons except spring turkey. On a few WMAs though, bag and size limits do apply, so be sure to check the brochure for the speci“ c area to be certain. Its also legal to shoot gobblers and bearded turkeys during archery and crossbow seasons, assuming you have a turkey permit ($10 for residents, $125 for nonresidents). You can now take two turkeys in a single day on private lands, but the two-bird fall-season limit still applies, and the daily bag limit for turkeys is still one on WMAs. Its against the law to hunt turkeys in Holmes County in the fall, and its illegal to shoot them while theyre on the roost, over bait, when youre within 100 yards of a game-feeding station when bait is present or with the aid of recorded turkey calls. The archery permit allows you to bow hunt during the archery season. On private property, a crossbow permit enables you to hunt during the crossbow season with either a crossbow or a bow. On WMAs, only hunters with a disabled crossbow permit are allowed to use crossbows during archery season. All bows must have a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds, and hand-held releases are permitted. For hunting deer, hogs and turkeys, broadheads must have at least two sharpened edges with a minimum width of 7/8 inch. Fall brings lots of opportunities for Florida hunters

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General Surgery € Endoscopy € Minimally Invasive Surgery Hours: Monday…Friday 8 a.m.…5 p.m. € Phone: 863-357-0540 € Fax: 863-357-0546 1924 Hwy 441 N. € Okeechobee, FL 34972 Carlos Alejo, M.D. Hablamos espaol Board Certi“ed in General Surgery B1 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News Florida Forest Service Forest Ranger Tom Hopkins returned home to Glades County after suppressing wild“ res in the state of Oregon. He served 18 days “ ghting multiple wild“ res across the state, including the Pumice Complex (Crater Lake National Park), running initial attack in the Chiloquin National Forest, and ending on the Murderers Creek Fire (John Day). As Assistant Crew Boss of a twenty-person wildland “ re“ ghting hand-crew, his days were full of eating smoke and battling ” ames, while at night he served as his crew liaison. The Florida Forest Service established a hand-crew consisting of 20 nationally quali“ ed wildland “ re“ ghters who served on the front lines of wildland “ re. Working side by side, the crews main responsibility was to construct a “ relineŽ „ a strip of land cleared of ” ammable materials and dug down to mineral soil „ around the wild“ res to control it and to mop up after the “ re. The sense of adventure and brotherhood is what drives me to this occupation,Ž Forest Ranger Hopkins said. The cohesiveness and dependability that is developed between 20 strangers is amazing. Two weeks in a high stress atmosphere will let you know just how much you need those guys.Ž The wildland “ re“ ghters come together from the tip of the Florida Panhandle, all the way to south Everglades, and everything in between. A hand-crews day starts before sunrise when they obtain the operational brie“ ng. Extended work hours, and sleeping on the ground is the only down side. The sense of pride, knowing we are battling nature one on one is ful“ lling,Ž Ranger Hopkins said. Our gear weighs roughly 35-40 lbs. and climbing straight up a ridgeline is physically challenging but adrenaline, team work and humor get you through the day.Ž Being the assistant crew boss on the crew is a rewarding job,Ž said the ranger. Depending on their quali“ cations and skill levels, a twenty-person handcrew may be divided into squads (“ ve “ re“ ghters each). The responsibility of the assistant crew boss is to make sure the crew maintains a steady work pace and to provide direction. Once the outline is there, the crews strength as a team really dictates the pace. This crew could take on any task,Ž he said. Wild“ re handcrews exemplify the American spirit; they are self suf“ cient and are expected to work hard. They often eat and sleep where they work, without luxury. They face danger daily and are the backbone in the “ ght against wild“ re. I am ready should there be another assignment, today or next year,Ž he said. There are beautiful landscapes that are at risk of unmanaged “ re and I am honored to be a part of a team that prevents them from burning.Ž For more, see the website at www.” oridaforestservice.com/wild“ re. Local forest ranger helps suppress Oregon wild“ res Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks residents enjoy outing Grand Oaks residents enjoyed an outing to Toby The Clown Foundation in Lake Placid on Aug. 28. Left to right (front row) are Fran East, Doris Woods, Ashley Christensen, Norma Kurtz, (back row) Loopy Lane, Michael, Fimplicity, and Silly Willie Jr. Special to the Okeechobee NewsForest Ranger Tom Hopkins investigates areas for hot spots after a “ re burned through the area Special to the Okeechobee NewsTom Hopkins (ninth from the right) was part of a 20 person hand-crew for a Chinook Type 1 heavy lift helicopter. The 15,000-25,000 pounds of lifting capability which allows it to operate with a larger water bucket for “ re suppression.

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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. Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North B2 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day w eekend We had a good rodeo here in Okeechobee and thanks to everyone who made it possible! Tuesday only sale this week and prices sure have rebounded. Cows and Bulls were $2 $4 higher and feeder calves were $8 $10 higher on most all classes! We should start having some big runs of cattle in the next few weeks and we will see if demand stays as high as it is now! I suspect that it w ill Animal ID disease traceability rule is coming into effect in a couple of weeks. cattle can come to the market without a permanent tag but if they are over 18 months old and bought to go back to a ranch or farm they must be identi“ ed with a permanent id tag by the new owner (buyer) if they do not already have a tag, either an EID tag ot metal ear tag. Ranchers can go ahead and apply a metal tag (free from FDACS) to their cows and bulls and replacement heifers, when feasible, to ensure free movement and buy participation. If you are a seller or buyer, you need to apply for a premise ID for your operation, if you do not already have one. You can “ nd the information and application on out website. This is a federal and state rule, not a livestock market rule. We did not make it but we have to comply. This rule is a step forward for our cattle industry and will ensure continued demand of our product with our trading partner countries where our product is in high demand. J & J Cattle farm, Belle Glade, topped the calf market with a high of $5.15 bought by bellamy cattle buying. Seth Louthan, Okeechobee, tapped the slaughter cow market with a high of $1.22 bought by Florida Beef. Oct 3. Bred Heifer and cow sale (taking consignments now) Oct 10. 44 farmsŽ Angus Bulls sale Oct 17. Little Creek FarmsŽ brangus bull sale plus 50 head (registered and commercial) brangus heifers. See ya next week! Todd Livestock Market Report Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Sept. 1011 in Kissimmee at the Embassy Suites Orlando… Lake Buena Vista South, 4955 Kyngs Heath Road. Sessions both days start at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited and will be provided opportunities to speak. Some highlights of the agenda include: € Sept. 10: Hunting proposals…A proposal for best management practices for wildlife in cooperation with agricultural stakeholders. € Sept. 11ƒ Marine “ sheries councils reports…Discussion of draft conservation measures for the American eel. For the full agenda, go to MyFWC.com/ Commission and select Commission Meetings.Ž Cant attend meeting in person? Follow live coverage on Twitter @MyFWC and join in the conversation by using tag #FWC2014. https://twitter.com/MyFWC. Also check the Florida Channel (www. the” oridachannel.org/) for possible live webcast times. FWC to consider changes in wildlife management Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) has been selected to compete for national recognition at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. in October Julie Sharpe of the OHS Brahman FFA Chapter will compete in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. National support for the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE is provided by American Farm Bureau Federation. The OHS chapter advisor is Marshall Gerbitz. Extemporaneous public speaking is one of 24 national CDE areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Individuals are given 30 minutes to prepare a four to six minute speech covering one of 12 agriculturerelated topics. Judges evaluate speaking, presentation, content and ability to answer questions pertaining to the topic covered in the speech. Finalists are selected base on speech delivery, content and responses to the questions. National participants will advance through preliminary and semi“ nal rounds, with the top four speakers competing in the “ nal round of the national event. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Local FFA member to compete in national event

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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 B3 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Most have no bag limits!Special to the Okeechobee News Florida freshwater anglers target at least 25 species of native “ shes. Most are within a 45-minute drive of anyone wanting to wet a line. In addition to those, the free Florida Big Catch angler recognition program (BigCatchFlorida.com) features six species of exotic “ sh from other countries and several “ sh species that expanded their ranges from farther north. Of those nonnative “ shes, only butter” y peacock bass were stocked intentionally by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) predecessor, during the early 1980s. At the time, expansion of numerous nonnative “ sh species in south Florida was causing concern. Walking cat“ sh and several types of tilapia were well established. Species, such as piranha, electric eels and freshwater stingray had the potential to be imported by the aquarium industry and posed a threat to native species and a concern to people. Accidental introductions w ere largely attributed to the aquaculture industry or to individual aquarists. To safeguard native resources, restrictions on introduction of nonnative species into the state had been passed. Two lists exist for species that require permits for possession. Conditional species require strict adherence to detailed rules intended to prevent escape, primarily from commercial facilities. Prohibited species permits are available only under very stringent conditions for research or public display at secure facilities. There are 41 nonnative freshwater “ sh species that have been observed or are known to reproduce in Florida. Another 14 species have naturally died out or been eliminated by the agency. To see the list, go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats, select Nonnative SpeciesŽ then Freshwater Fish.Ž Prior to introducing peacock bass in 1984, discussions were held with leading experts from around the country. The purpose was to convert a large biomass of established nonnative “ shes, which were too small to attract anglers, into a valuable recreational “ shery. Researchers documented the lower lethal temperature of peacock bass and determined they would be able to overwinter consistently only in a limited area of south Florida. The originally imported “ sh were not stocked, to prevent introducing foreign parasites or diseases. Instead, they were spawned and their eggs grown to “ ngerling size prior to stocking the offspring. Chris Collins, associate editor of Florida SportsmanŽ magazine, just wrote a story about recovery of this multimillion-dollar recreational “ shery following the ultra-cold winter of 2010. Butch Moser, a local “ shing guide on and around the Lake Osborne-Ida chain of lakes in Palm Beach County, targets nonnative “ sh. He agrees peacock bass are back. Sight“ shing for peacocks using small gold-colored Rapalas or topwater chug baits can be extremely productive. If the water is opaque, try a live minnow. Peacock bass are the only nonnative “ sh designated by the FWC as a game“ sh. The bag limit is two, only one of which may be 17 inches or longer in total length. Any peacock bigger than 18 inches or 4 pounds quali“ es for Big Catch recognition. Not only peacocks were slammed by the cold and are now recovering, said Moser. In late August, he said he had never seen the “ shing as good as the past few weeks.Ž Several locks along the canal are open, and running water is attracting sunshine bass, peacock bass, clown knife“ sh „ the whole gamut. One of his favorites, the unique clown knife“ sh, are running from 3 to 10 pounds. They are often full of shad but aggressively take any 3to 4-inch minnow. According to Moser, when hooked they back up, then make a quick run and jump like a tarpon. They are tough to net since they back away and jump, so Mosers tip is to get the net under them when they jump. He recommends watching for a round boil and bubbles on the surface. Cast directly to the disturbance or “ sh a ” oat with a live bait 3to 4-feet deep and kept down with light weights. In the heat of the day, shade around bridges or pilings is productive. Since clown knife“ sh are a relatively new (1994) introduction, with a limited range in the Osborne-Ida chain, they are not included in the Big Catch program. Catches should not be transported alive elsewhere. Moser also enjoys catching Mayan cichlids on poppers or minnows. Youll “ nd them in shallow water. They provide a great “ ght and meal. As with all nonnative “ sh, other than peacock bass and triploid grass carp, there is no size or bag limit; take all you catch. Those longer than 11 inches or heavier than one pound are eligible for a Big Catch certi“ cate. Vance Crain, an FWC “ sheries biologist in the South Region, has observed increased catch rates for oscars. You can catch oscars throughout the L67A, as well as Alligator Alley, Miami Canal, Tamiami and WCA II. Cane pole anglers do well with crickets and worms, but beetle spins, small Rapalas or topwater poppers all work. Oscars have been in Florida waters since at least 1969 and are recognized in the Big Catch program. To qualify, submit a photo of one 11 inches long or longer, or 1.25 pounds or heavier. Brightly colored Midas cichlids shine in Miami-Homestead canals; look for clear water and sight-“ sh for them with little jigheads and a worm, using ultralight gear. Crain describes them as bluegill on steroids.Ž Although these species have not caused major disruptions in native ecosystems or reduced harvest of native sport “ shes, you should not release them (except peacoc k bass and triploid grass carp). Releasing “ sh from aquariums or moving them between water systems could produce detrimental effects and is illegal. Check current “ sheries forecasts, because conditions can vary drastically. Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, select Freshwater FishingŽ then Sites and Forecasts.Ž Instant licenses are available at License. MyFWC.comor by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Report violators by calling 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and select more newsŽ or scr.bi/Fish-busters for more Fish Busters Bulletins. To subscribe to FWC columns or to receive news releases automatically, click on the red envelope on any page of MyFWC.com. Nonnative “ sh provide exotic “ shing alternatives

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Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism B6 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 Drowsy driving is dangerous drivingSpecial to the Okeechobee News Do you “ ght to keep your eyes open and y our head up when you are tired? All too often this scenario is real on Floridas roadw ays. To help prevent crashes caused by driver fatigue and to bring awareness to the dangers of drowsy driving, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation are teaming up with lawmakers and safety advocates during Floridas Drowsy Driving Prevention Week on Sept. 1…7 in memory of Ronshay Dugan, who was killed in 2008. Alert drivers make for safer roads,Ž says DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. To help get everyone home safely, the department reminds motorists never to drive tired.Ž FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, The department recognizes that making our roads safer includes driver responsibility and encourages all motorists not to drive drowsy. Be alert every trip, every time you get behind the wheel.Ž Six years ago, the life of a little girl was tragically taken in a crash that easily could have been prevented,Ž said state Representative Alan Williams, who sponsored the legislation in 2010. Drowsy driving can be eliminated by simply planning and making a conscious decision to pull over and rest when youre tired. I applaud Ronshays family for keeping her memory alive and “ ghting to prevent other senseless deaths.Ž How to prevent fatigue driving: € Allow plenty of time to get to your “ nal destination. € Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep. € Drink caffeine. Two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours. € Drive sober. € Get a good nights sleep before you travel. € Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours. € Take a nap „ “ nd a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap, if you think you might fall asleep. € Use the buddy system, switch drivers when needed. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the ef“ cient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.” hsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or “ nd us on Facebook. Feeling sleepy? Save a life, pull off the road Special to the Okeechobee News Electrical strikes and surges from lightning can destroy your home, cause severe injury and even death. With the recent lightning strikes affecting residents across the nation, the nonpro“ t Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following tips to help families reduce their risk of lightning injuries and protect their home.Protect Your Family€ Stay alert and listen carefully for the “ rst signs of lightning or thunder. Remember, If Thunder Roars, Go Indoors’.Ž € Seek shelter. Lightning often hits before the rain begins, so dont wait for the rain to start before leaving.If outdoors€ Avoid water, high ground and open spaces. € Stay away from metal objects including w ires, fences and motors. € Find shelter in a sizable building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle. Completely close the windows and dont lean on the doors. € Do not get under a small canopy, small picnic shelter, or stand near trees. € If you cannot take shelter indoors, crouch down with your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from the thunder. € Stay at least 15 feet away from other people.If indoors€ Avoid water and stay away from doors and windows. € Do not use landline telephone or headsets. Cell phones are safe. € Turn off, unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, and televisions sets as lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines inducing shocks to equipment inside.After the storm€ Do not resume outdoor activities until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunderclap. € Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured and use “ rst aid procedures. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, so it is safe to administer medical treatment.Protect your home€ Use surge protective devices: These systems protect electronic and electrical appliances from all but the most severe electrical surges or direct strikes. They should be installed at all items to be protected. A good electrical grounding system is essential. € A whole house surge protection system can be installed on the electric meter or the electrical panel to help protect the appliances and electronic equipment in your house such as computers, TVs and DVD players. Contact your local electric company for installation information. If your utility company doesnt offer the service, a quali“ ed electrician can install this device at your electrical panel. € Consider installing a lightning protection system. These systems provide a direct path for lightning to follow to the ground rather than through the home structure and its wiring. Consult a quali“ ed contractor (UL-listed/LPI-certi“ ed or quali“ ed electrician) for installation. For information on protecting your family and home from severe weather, visit FLASH. To learn more about protecting your home from lightning visit the FLASH YouTube Channel. W hen lightning strikes, stay safe Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will be extending the deadline to submit comments on the revised “ nal report for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). Public, state and agency comments will be accepted through October 3. Were extending the comment period to honor the requests from our stakeholders to do so. This is the “ nal review period for all interested parties and we want to make sure everyone has adequate time to review the contents of the report and provide their input,Ž said Eric Bush, Chief of the Jacksonville Districts Planning and Policy Division. Were close to the “ nish line, but we want to make sure were not leaving anybody behind in the process and ensure were delivering a quality report that we can all stand behind.Ž The report is available on the projects Web page at: http://www.bit.ly/CentralEverglades_CEPP. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 3. They can be submitted electronically to: CEPPcomments@usace.army. mil or mailed to: Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019. Comments and responses during the ongoing review period will be considered and incorporated as appropriate into the “ nal report. At the conclusion of the review period, the Chief of Engineers Report (also known as a Chiefs Report) will be “ nalized for signature. The signed Chiefs Report will then be submitted to the administration for review. Based on this timeline, it is anticipated that the “ nal Chiefs Report will be submitted to Congress this fall. Corps extends comment period on Central Everglades report

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ALLEN CONTRACTING INC. 863-467-1703 863-634-6049 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS: MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Now Carrying Dupont Automotive Paint Licensed & Insured # 586 & 5986 Okeechobee,FL(863) 357-0995BigLakeLawn@Gmail.com B7 Okeechobee News September 7, 2014 By Tony YoungSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsEven though you can hardly tell, summer is almost over. Kids have returned to school, football is back on TV, and hunting season has already been going on for a month now in south Florida. Finally, the time of year weve been waiting for is here. And although some of us still have to wait just a bit longer for our season to come in, most of us have already “ nished our preseason scouting, and weve hung our tree stands along well-traveled deer trails, next to a mature oak thatll soon begin dropping acorns. I dont know about yall, but I got a bad case a BUCK FEVER! Hunting season always comes in “ rst in Zone A in south Florida. Archery and crossbow seasons there started Aug. 2. But the boundary line between zones A and C has changed this y ear. The new line now begins at the Gulf of Mexico and runs northeast through Charlotte Harbor and up the Peace River until it intersects w ith State Road 70. The line then follows S.R. 70, running east until it meets U.S. 441 north of Lake Okeechobee. It then follows U.S. 441 south, where it proceeds around the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. The line then turns off U.S. 441 and onto S.R. 80 and runs just a few miles before turning east and following County Road 880, running just a few miles before joining back up with U.S. 98/441/S.R. 80/ Southern Boulevard until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Zone B, which makes up part of the Green Swamp Basin, lies south of S.R. 50, west of U.S. 441 and the Kissimmee Waterway, north of S.R. 60 and east of the Gulf of Mexico. This year, archery and crossbow seasons there start Oct. 18. The line that divides zones C and D begins at U.S. 27 at the Florida-Georgia state line (in Gadsden County) and runs south on U.S. 27 until it meets S.R. 61 in Tallahassee. From there, it follows S.R. 61, running south until it hits U.S. 319. There, the line follows U.S. 319, continuing south to U.S. 98. It then runs east along U.S. 98 until it gets to the Wakulla River, where the river becomes the line, heading south until it meets the St. Marks River and continues going downriver until it meets the Gulf. If you hunt west of that line, youre in Zone D, where archery and crossbow seasons begin on Oct. 25 this year. In Zone C (east of that line), archery and crossbow seasons open Sept. 13. To hunt during archery season, youll need a Florida hunting license and an archery permit. During crossbow season, youll need a hunting license and crossbow permit. If youre a Florida resident, an annual hunting license will cost $17. Nonresidents have the choice of paying $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. Archery and crossbow permits cost just $5 each, and all deer hunters must have the $5 deer permit. Anyone planning on hunting one of Floridas many WMAs must purchase a management area permit for $26.50. And dont forget to pick up the WMA brochure for the area you wish to hunt, because hunting season dates on many of the areas often differ from zonal dates. You can pick up a copy of WMA brochures at your local tax collectors of“ ce or read them at MyFWC.com/ Hunting. During archery season and that part of crossbow season that runs concurrent with archery, you can take both legal bucks and antlerless deer (except for spotted fawns). But after archery ends, during the remaining portion of the crossbow season, only legal bucks may be taken. The daily bag limit on deer is two. Bag limits for deer on WMAs can differ, so check the speci“ cs of the area before you hunt. You can hunt wild hogs on private lands year-round with no bag or size limits. On most WMAs, theres also no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during most hunting seasons except spring turkey. On a few WMAs though, bag and size limits do apply, so be sure to check the brochure for the speci“ c area to be certain. Its also legal to shoot gobblers and bearded turkeys during archery and crossbow seasons, assuming you have a turkey permit ($10 for residents, $125 for nonresidents). You can now take two turkeys in a single day on private lands, but the two-bird fall-season limit still applies, and the daily bag limit for turkeys is still one on WMAs. Its against the law to hunt turkeys in Holmes County in the fall, and its illegal to shoot them while theyre on the roost, over bait, when youre within 100 yards of a game-feeding station when bait is present or with the aid of recorded turkey calls. The archery permit allows you to bow hunt during the archery season. On private property, a crossbow permit enables you to hunt during the crossbow season with either a crossbow or a bow. On WMAs, only hunters with a disabled crossbow permit are allowed to use crossbows during archery season. All bows must have a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds, and hand-held releases are permitted. For hunting deer, hogs and turkeys, broadheads must have at least two sharpened edges with a minimum width of 7/8 inch. Fall brings lots of opportunities for Florida hunters