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14.60 feetLast Year: 15.54 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Puppy thrown to the ” oor, spiking it like a footballBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local woman is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison after being found guilty Thursday of shoving her daughter and killing a two-week old puppy by spiking it like a football.Ž Anytime someone throws a defenseless animal and shouts die, die, die thats not an accident „ thats an intentional act,Ž Assistant Stat e Attorney Don Richardson told the six-membe r jury in his closing argument. After about 10 minutes of deliberation tha t jury found Mary Virginia Raulerson, 50, guilty o n Woman convicted of cruelty to animals Friday, September 19, 2014 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 113 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Local man dies in car crash ... Page 2 11-year-old boy caught with pot at local school ... Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee City Council adopted a $5.8 million operating budget at a quiet public hearing Tuesday night. The “ nal public hearing is Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. This spending plan includes a 1.5 percent salary hike and one step on the salary schedule for employees and means a slight decrease in property taxes this year. The millage rate was set at 7.7432 mills, and taxes dip 0.72 percent. One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of property value. The tax base was set at just under $233.1 million. Capital projects include the Taylor Creek Park, new sidewalks, and various culvert and drainage projects. City police will spend $2.1 million; city “ re department $1.42 million; and public works, $1.14 million. The budget sets $200,000 aside to resurface city streets, and $10,000 is set aside for the City Centennial celebration and $10,000 for the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. The city fund balance was set at $11.6 mil lion. Mayor Jim Kirk said he felt the city “ nance s have improved with only $219,000 spent fro m reserves since 2010 despite the tough econom ic times. I think that is remarkable and we are doin g a good job,Ž he said. The mayor said he wished property val ues would increase in the next year. He note d property values have risen sharply on the coas t City adopts $5.8 million budgetSearch continues for man missing over two years ... Page 8 Clrng Or Cti! See PUPPY „ Page 5 Mary Virginia Raulerson Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe original South Elementary School building is being demolished. There are no plans at this time to build anything else on that site. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Work is under way to demolish the original South Elementary School building on S.W. 28th Street (Wolff Road). The school, built in 1971, was constructed at a time when funding was short but expansion was necessary to relieve overcrowded classrooms. To save money, the no frillsŽ school was built without a cafeteria. Food was transported from another facility and students carried food from the schools tiny kitchen back to their classrooms. In 2000, when state funding became available for a new school, the current South Elementary building was built on an area previously used for ball “ elds. The old school building was used for some school program of“ ces and to house New Endeavor High School classes before School demolition under waySee SOUTH „ Page 5 See CITY „ Page 5 Brahmans face FP Westwood ... Page 23

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Today: Cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 83F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Cloudy skies overnight. Low near 70F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastSaturday : Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 82F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Saturday Night : Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 68F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday : Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 86F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday Night : Thunderstorms in the evening will give way to partly cloudy skies overnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Monday : Mostly sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 86F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night : Isolated thunderstorms, then skies turning partly cloudy overnight. NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District Fiscal Year 2014-2015The Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District has tentatively adopted a budget for the “scal year ending September 30, 2015. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on September 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM at 30052 Hwy 78 West. BUDGET SUMMARYBuckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District Fiscal Year 2014-2015 THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF BUCKHEAD RIDGE MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT ARE 2.6% MORE THAN LAST YEARS TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES. Millage 1.000 General Fund Revenues Revenue balance forward for last year $ 89,696 Ad Valorem Taxes 64,456 State 31,540 Total Revenues $ 185,692 Expenditures Personal Services $ 50,000 Chemicals 40,000 Capital Outlay 25,192 Operating Expense 20,000 Contingency (Current Year) 15,000 Insurance 9,000 Repairs and Maintenance 4,000 Other Charges 3,000 Gasoline/Oil/Lube 5,000 Personal Service Bene“ts 3,000 Communication Services 2,000 Travel and Per Diem 2,000 Of“ce Supplies 2,000 Training 1,000 Protective Clothing 1,000 Miscellaneous Supplies 1,000 Tools and Implements 1,000 Utility Service 1,000 Publication and Dues 500 Reserves Total Expenditures $185,692 The tentative, adopted, and/or “nal budgets are on “le in the of“ce of the above referenced taxing authority as a public record. 2 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsPatrick Murphy visits golf tournamentCongressman Patrick Murphy visits with the Waste Management team at the 8th Annual Indiantown Chamber of Commerce golf tournament. Pictured are Congressman Patrick Murphy, Cory Story, Sr. district manager Tony Bishop, Carson Story and John Michael Blake. Special to the Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE „ A 70-year-old Okeechobee man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Highlands County on Tuesday, Sept. 16, around 12:32 p.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, George Clayton was westbound on State Road 70 in a 2002 Ford Explorer when, for unknown reasons, the Explorer traveled partially into the eastbound lane. The driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to rotate in a clockwise direction as it traveled across the westbound lane and onto the northern grass shoulder. The vehicle continued to rotate to face in a southerly direction while traveling down a steep embankment on the north side of State Road 70, the FHP report states. The rear of the Explorer struck the opposite embankment and the vehicle overturned. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was partially ejected out the back hatch window, according to the FHP report. He was pronounced dead at the crash scene at 1:01 p.m. by Highlands County EMS. The accident is still under investigation. Okeechobee man killed Tuesday in Highlands County car accident By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Approximately $50,000 in property damage was reported after a farm loader was damaged by a “ re at Larson Dairy #3 at 4751 N.E. 224th St. in Okeechobee early Wednesday morning. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue paramedic Adam Durrance said crews were dispatched at 2:46 a.m. and arrived 12 minutes later to “ nd the loader fully involved. The two-man crew pulled a “ re line and extinguished the “ re with 1,200 gallons of water. The State Fire Marshal was noti“ ed to investigate the cause of the “ re. There were no injuries reported. Fire crews were on the scene for approximately one hour. Farm equipment burns in “ re Okeechobee Forecast

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Smart meters€ This federal law does not mandate the utilities to install Smart Meters. Only to offer t hem upon customer request. It is not mandated to remove analog meters and replace t hem with Smart Meters without permission and often without any awareness from their c ustomers. Deployment of the Smart Meters is an invasion of privacy, a threat to private property rights and documented health risks and encroachments (over burdening) of utility companies easements. Smart Meters c ontain electromagnetic radio frequency w aves that have been documented to affect health such as loss of memory, dizziness, nausea, migraines, muscle spasms and ins omnia. The Smart Meter is like a spy cons tantly snooping into our homes, a violation of our privacy. What about hackers? They w ill know when you are home and when y ou are not.Plaza upgrade€ The shopping plaza where Publix and T ractor Supply are located, looks very nice. W hat an improvement!Overgrown€ On that big gun, on the Eastern edge of Veterans Park, theres an (invasive) Umb rella Tree that is getting big and is about to overwhelm the gun on display. Is that tree s upposed to be there? (Im thinking the answer is no.Ž) It kinda looks like it was either planted from a 1-gallon pot when it was 8 inches high, and no one expected it go get as big as a house, or it just kind of snuck in there on its own from a seed. € Ive watched and wondered about that very plant ever since it appeared. Im pretty sure it was planted purposely, yet without thought and I agree with you that when it was planted someone didnt realize what those things can and will grow into.Okee-Tantie€ Some thoughts about Okee-Tantie. First, they need to “ x the boat ramps. I thought FWC provides some funding for that so maybe the county just needs to contact the right of“ ce on that. Next, get the campground open so that the RVers can rent spaces there. They could get part of it open while they are working on the rest of the park. When these folks cant “ nd RV spots in Okeechobee, they go somewhere else. Most of the commercial parks are going to park models and when those in regular RVs come down it is harder for them to “ nd a place to rent. And certainly, get the bait shop open and sell fuel there. € When the county commission considers what to do with Okee-Tantie, I hope they take into consideration the money that the RV campers spend in the community. The bene“ t of having that campground open is not just the money they pay to camp there. The county also bene“ ts when the tourists shop in the local stores, eat at the local restaurants, etc. The bass tournament “ shermen who have RVs would stay here if that campground was open. € In regard to the Okee-Tantie Recreation area, since the marina is the one area that has always made money, why dont they expand it? Cant they put some more ” oating docks in? Smiles for MilesB.R.A.T. Club 49th Annual Labor Day Parade was a success! Thank you to the presenting sponsors Walpole Inc., and Waste Management, cosponsors Beef O Bradys and Okeechobee Title Company. Also, a big thank you to all the media outlets that helped with awareness, Okeechobee News, WOKC Radio, Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, Okeechobee The Magazine and Okeechobee Main Street. A special thank you to our hard working of“ cers who battled the heat to divert traf“ c, Okeechobee City Police and Okeechobe e County Sheriffs of“ ce. The parade had over 75 entries and th e residents were displaying smiles for miles. Im thankful to all the volunteers, Gilber t Golf Cars who supplies wheels, and everyone who contributes to help this tradition continue in Okeechobee. Sincerely, Teresa Chandler president/founder B.R.A.T. Club, Inc. September 19, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! CORRECTIONThe Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County would like to make a correction on the press release that was released Wednesday, Sept. 13. It was written that the Humane Society Pet Rescue of Okeechobee was in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in the development of Pet Therapy teams in Okeechobee County. This was incorrect and we apologize to the Humane Society Pet Rescue of Okeechobee for any problems this might have caused. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyWalpole was also in the Labor Day parade and was another sponsor as well to the parade. Special to the Okeechobee New s Matthew Buxton, driving the B.R.A.T Club Golf cart, during the labor day parad e next to one of this years sponsors of the parade, Waste Management. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Seminole Tribe came out to support Okeechobee in the Labor Day parade.

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5 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 one felony count of cruelty to animals and one count of felony battery. She will be sentenced in October. Mr. Richardson said because of her history and the nature of her most recent crimes Raulerson could face a maximum of 10 years with the Department of Corrections (DOC). Testimony in the Sept. 18 trial indicated Raulerson and her daughter Scarlett Leitner, 33, became involved in a heated argument on the afternoon of Monday, April 28. The verbal altercation escalated to Raulerson pushing her daughter. She pushed me down twice on the couch,Ž testi“ ed Ms. Leitner. Raulerson then went to her bedroom and picked up three Chihuahua puppies and headed back to the living room of the small, two-bedroom trailer. After dropping one of the two-week old puppies, Raulerson still held on to Angel and Patches. When she was within a couple feet of Ms. Leitner and her friend June Finch, Raulerson raised her hand above her head and slammed Patches down onto the bare plywood ” oor of the trailer and shouted die, die die!Ž She then did the same thing to Angel. The prosecutor described her actions to the jury as a football player slamming a football in an endzone celebration.Ž Patches „ with its forehead grossly protruding and its skull obviously fractured „ died within minutes. Ms. Leitner said she performed CPR on Angel, whose nose was bloodied, and she survived. Angel and Ms. Leitner are still together. While on the stand, the 5-foot-5-inch Raulerson testi“ ed she did not throw either dog to the ” oor and that the incident with the puppies was an accident. She told the jury she dropped the animals from a distance of roughly 3 to 4 feet. She claimed that because of the argument with her daughter, she was shaking so badly that she accidentl y dropped the dogs. As she was being queried by her defense attorney Alexander Nelson, Raulerson claimed Ms. Leitner and Ms. Finch were smoking crack cocaine and all she wanted to do was get out of her home. I didnt want to be around drugs and stuff and I wanted to be with my boyfriend,Ž she told the jury. No evidence was offered to corroborate her statement about the two women using drugs. She went on to claim her daughter and Ms. Finch conspired to get her arrested and that they are trying to put me in prison.Ž Raulerson also denied pushing her daughter. I never put my hands on Miss Leitner,Ž she testi“ ed. In his “ nal argument, Mr. Richardson told the jury to look at the evidence and whose testimony was corroborated by that evidence. Dont check your common sense at the door. Shes the one whose testimony is disputed by the evidence,Ž he said, pointing at Raulerson. PUPPYContinued From Page 1 those classes were moved to the Okeechobee Achievement Academy in 2011. Following that move, state inspectors deemed the building no longer of use, explained Brian Barrett, director of operations for Okeechobee County Schools. The “ ndings of the 2011 State Custodial Report were that it would cost too much to bring the building up to code. The state recommended the building be torn down. The school district repurposed and/or recycled as much of buildings furnishings and “ xtures as was economically feasible. Current plans for the property are to completely remove the concrete pad, put in “ ll dirt and seed it with grass. The area may be used for ball “ elds for now. The school board has no immediate plans to build anything else on the site. SOUTHContinued From Page 1 but not in Okeechobee. Councilman Devin Maxwell said as the economy rebounds, the city should work w ith the county on annexation of properties at the city limits. In other business, the council hired the law “ rm of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Water & McCluskey to represent the city in a lawsuit “ led by former City Police Patrolman Larry Parzgnat w ho wants his job back and claims wrongful termination. The council also discussed an ordinance to preserve historic structures. Councilman Dowling Watford said two historic buildings, including the train depot, have been demolished in recent months. He supports pursuit of an historic preservation ordinance to prevent the loss of other historic sites in the city. Historic preservation is a two-sided issue, property rights of the individual versus the preservation of a communitys history. He said the planning board w ould hold hearings and the public would be given opportunity to comment. It might be the story where the barn door is closed but the horse is already gone,Ž he said. Churches, governmental buildings, school buildings and old homes might generate support for historic protection. The city might also seek historic grants and even consider tax abatements and incentives for those wishing to restore old buildings. Councilman Watford also mentioned several old homesteads that would be worth saving for future generations. Chairman of the City Centennial Committee J.D. Mixon reported the Community Theatre is working on a pageant about Okeechobee history. A graphic artist has donated her services to prepare a logo for the Centennial. The kickoff event will be in January. In other action, the mayor proclaimed the week of September 17-23 as National Constitution Week. The mayor also issued a 10-year service award to Deputy City Clerk Melisa Jahner. The council took no action on a request to place a monument sign for Penrod Construction in the city right of way at 210 N.E. Third Ave. Penrod Construction received the 2014 Community Award for enhancement to the current building and property. City codes do not allow signs in the right of way. The company said the sign would improve their visibility toward potential customers. The City hopes to work out an arrangement where some sign can be constructed. They want to confer with legal counsel “ rst. The council also awarded a $19,199 bid to Integrity Lawns and Landscapes to mow and maintain city grounds of medians and sidewalks on various highways like U.S. 441, S.R. 70 and South Park Street. CITYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMayor Jim Kirk (right) and City Clerk Lane Gamiotea (left) honor Melisa Jahner (center) for 10 years of service. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An 11-year-old elementary school student was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge after a school of“ cial reportedly found a small amount of suspected pot in the childs shoe. The child, whose name was withheld because the charge is a misdemeanor, was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 17, on a charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of his parents. According to an arrest report by Deputy John Fisher, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), Central Elementary School assistant principal Margaret Lewis went into the boys bathroom Wednesday after a boy had walked out. When she entered the bathroom she smelled a strong odor of what she believed to be burnt marijuana, stated the deputys report. Deputy Fisher pointed out that no students were in the bathroom at the same time as the Ms. Lewis. Ms. Lewis next went to the school cafeteria where she found the boy she had seen leaving the bathroom and took him to the schools of“ ce. While walking to the of“ ce, Ms. Lewis reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana on the boy. Deputy Fisher, who is also the schools resource of“ cer, stood by as principal Vanessa McAllister searched the young boy. During that search a small plastic sandwich bag was allegedly found in his shoe that contained a suspicious substance. When that substance was “ eld tested it indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana, stated the deputy. The suspected pot weighed 3.1 grams, added Deputy Fisher. Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Joni Ard said that she cannot comment on the speci“ cs of this case, due to con“ dentially requirements. For drug possession, the minimum consequences for grades K-5 for the “ rst offense is principals discretion, and may include out-of-school suspension up to nine days and mandatory parent conference with principal and/or counseling,Ž she stated. All incidents of alcohol and drugs must be reported to law enforcement and may be reported to the Department of Children and Family Services depending on the students age.Ž Report: CES student, 11, caught with marijuana

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Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.James M. Daigneau, 97NORTH PALM BEACH — James M. Daigneau, of North Palm Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at his residence in Palm Beach County. He was born in Basinger, Fla. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Basinger Cemetery in Okeechobee, Fla. Arrangements are being handled by All County Funeral Home & Crematory. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 Eagles serving steak dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 7401 U.S. 441 S.E., is serving steak and seafood dinner Friday, Sept. 19 starting at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by The Harpers. Saturday, Sept. 20, is game day from 2 until 5 p.m. and the auxiliary will be serving spaghetti dinner w ith Saxman providing music. Sunday, Sept. 21, is southern fried chicken from 2 until 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, sloppy joes and dogs w ill be served. Tuesday is the weekly dart tournament with burgers being served. For information, contact the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Legion hosting dinnerAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will be serving a spaghetti dinner Friday, Sept. 19 from 4 until 7 p.m. Karaoke with Wild Bill will be from 5 until 8 p.m. The event is open to the public. Also, like us on our Facebook page and keep up with upcoming events. For information, call 863763-5309.Referral network to meetThe Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network will meet Friday, Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Cowboys, 200 N.E. Seventh A ve. This group offers an opportunity to share fellowship, information and encouragement while learning how to build your business. Bring information about your business, yers, cards and promotions as well as a small exchange gift. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.Bits and Spurs 4-H to meetBits and Spurs 4-H is going to have their rst meeting at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 20 -rain or shine. Anyone interested in horses and riding should come by to nd out what Bits and Spurs 4-H is all about. Meet Mike and Laura at MySin Ranch, 1000 N.W. 50th Drive, to help organize activities for this year. The club plans to run ags at the rodeos, practice drill team maneuvers for parades and have a great time with the horses and friends. For information, call Laura at 863-801-3599. Drinks and snacks w ill be provided. Bring your horse if you like. Negative coggins is required. all about!Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Raulerson plans open houseRaulerson Hospital will host an open house to view the renovations made to the Outpatient Department on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 4:30 until 6 p.m. For information, call 863-763-2151.Big Lake Growers will meetThe newly-formed Big Lake Growers Association would like all interested parties to join them for a general meeting Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the University of Florida Extension Of ce. For information, call Alan at 772-708-6764.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. For information, call 772-07-6764.Softball sign ups end Sept. 26The fall adult softball sign-up deadline is Sept. 26 Registrations are being taken at the Parks and Rec Of ce, 1718 N.W. Ninth Ave. The rst game has been scheduled for Oct. 6. For information, check out their Facebook page or give them a call at 863-7636950.Eastern Star hosting dinnerOkeechobee Chapter #128 Order of the Eastern Star will host a country fried steak dinner Friday, Sept. 26, at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Dinner will be served from 4 until 7 p.m. For tickets, contact Karen Saucier at 863-467-6721 or Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427.Tourney bene ts soccer teamA cornhole tournament to bene t the Okeechobee High School soccer team will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 starting at 9 a.m. in the Yearling Middle School gymnasium, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane. The tournament will be for two-man teams. The cost is $25 per player. For details, contact Lonnie Sears at 863-634-1334.Hospital hosting lectureThe Dine with the Doctor’s topic this month is Sepsis is Serious! This lecture will be held in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria Tuesday, Sept. 30, with dinner being served at 4:30 p.m. for $5. The lecture is free and will start at 5 p.m. RSVP by calling 863-7639228.Healthy Start Coalition meetsOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at their of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. Shrine offers dinner, dancingThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will host a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Shrine Club also offers smoke-free dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will be provided from 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact: Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Women's health luncheon setRaulerson Hospital will host a Women’s Health luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 8, at IRSC Williamson Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and presentations will be from noon until 1 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVP to 863-763-9228.Bowling event aids kidsBig Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties will host Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. until noon at ‘Chobee Play, 1456 U.S. 441 S.E., in Okeechobee. An entry fee of $150 per team of up to six players includes two games of bowling, shoes and a free T-shirt. This year, they are celebrating the 30th anniversary of BBBS. So, join the fun and relive your favorite theme from the past. Come in costume -pirate, superhero, esta, ‘50s, western, ‘80s or Bowling with the Stars -or come as you are. For information, call 863824-2227.Pumpkin Patch set for Oct. 11Raulerson Hospital invites everyone to join them at the Pumpkin Patch for a family fun event to kick off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 11 from 3 until 5 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria, 1796 U.S. 441 N. Kids can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and decorate miniature pumpkins to take home. There will be music, games and more. For information or to RSVP, call 863-763-9228.Haunted Hammock plannedSEBRING -Highlands Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring -located 4 miles west of U.S. 27 on C.R. 634 aka Hammock Road -will host a Haunted Hammock celebration Oct. 24 and 25 From 5:30 until 7 p.m. There will be a kid-friendly, no scare area for the little goblins. From 7 until 10 p.m. there will be a haunted house and haunted trams for youth and adults. Admission is $5 per person. Children under the age of 5 will be admitted free. For information, call 863-386-6094.Halloween events soughtThe Okeechobee News is compiling a list of area Halloween activities. If your business, club or organization is planning something special for Halloween, we want to hear from you. The list will be published Oct. 1 Please email information to okeenews@newszap. com. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Henry Creek lock closedThe Henry Creek (G-36) boat lock in Okeechobee County will be shut down from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 23. The South Florida Water Management District will be changing a gate cable and the hydraulic oil. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a bowhunter education course on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Palm Beach County. Students will learn about safe and responsible tree-stand usage and big-game shot placement and recovery. The course will provide students with hands-on experience shooting a bow and arrow on the range. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment. The class will be at Gator Guns & Archery Center, 2154 Zip Code Place, #7, in West Palm Beach. Participants can sign up at MyFWC. com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s South Region Of ce at 561-6255122. A statewide schedule of bowhunter and hunter safety classes is available at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years old to all classes. To participate in livere exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. FWC offers bowhunter class

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THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. The District’s budget hearing will be conducted by means of communications media technology at District Headquarters. One or more Governing Board members may attend and participate in the meeting via telephone or web conferencing. Public should attend in person at the District Headquarters. For more information, or if you wish to submit written or other physical evidence, you may contact the District at 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, (386) 329-4500. Written and physical evidence must be submitted at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting.33,134,082 $ 4,261,195 $ $ $ 37,395,277 $ 81,806,654 $ 81,806,654 $ 1,139,000 $ 1,139,000 $ 1,242,0001,242,000 1,247,000 $ 1,247,000 2,381,000 $ 1,247,000 $ 3,628,000 $ 139,234 $ 139,234 $ 198,500198,500 337,734 $ 337,734 $ 8,147,375 $ 8,147,375 $ 2,744,2572,744,257 1,539,8791,539,879 6,517,350 $ 6,517,350 701,341701,341 13,132,852 $ 6,517,350 $ 19,650,202 $ 538,000 $ 538,000 $ 2,142,5472,142,547 2,680,547 $ 2,680,547 $ 84,187,654 $ 17,398,133 $ 6,517,350 $ $ 108,103,137 $ 10,310,000 $ 10,310,000 $ (10,310,000) $ (10,310,000) (10,310,000) $ $ $ 10,310,000 $ $ 107,011,736 $ 21,659,328 $ 6,517,350 $ 10,310,000 $ 145,498,414 $ 18,582,507 $ 581,147 $ 19,163,654 $ 38,539,82816,887,9656,517,350 $ 10,310,000 $ 72,255,143 16,944,2174,189,21621,133,433 15,584,84715,584,847 1,031,8081,031,808 16,328,5291,00016,329,529 107,011,736 $ 21,659,328 $ 6,517,350 $ 10,310,000 $ 145,498,414 $ ESTIMATED REVENUESAppropriated Fund Balance Estimated Revenues Ad Valorem Taxes Millage per $1,000 .3164 Ad Valorem Taxes District Sources Interest on Investments Regulatory Permits Land Management Revenue Total District Sources Local Sources Cities and Counties Water Management Districts Total Other Local Sources State Sources Florida Department of Environmental Protection Specific Appropriations Water Protection & Sustainability Trust Fund Water Management Lands Trust Fund Other State Sources Total State Sources Federal Sources Environmental Protection Agency EPA Other Federal Total Federal Sources Total Revenues Other Financing Sources (Uses) Transfers In from General Fund Transfers Out Total Other Financing Sources (Uses) TOTAL REVENUES AND APPROPRIATED FUND BALANCE ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES Water Resources Planning and Monitoring Acquisition, Restoration and Public Works Operation and Maintenance of Lands and Works Regulation Outreach District Management and Administration Total Expenditures General Fund Special Revenue Fund Other Debt Service Funds Capital Projects FundTotal All Funds BUDGET SUMMARYST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT FISCAL YEAR 2014–2015THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ARE 0.7% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe St. Johns River Water Management District has tentatively adopted a budget for 2014–2015.This notice is applicable to the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, St. Johns, Seminole and VolusiaA public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5:05 p.m. at District Headquarters 4049 Reid Street Palatka, FL 32177 7 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at Indian River State College invites all those ages 50 and better to join them to learn more about programs offered through The Fielden Institute at one of “ ve upcoming informative open houses. The Fielden Institute is now accepting registration for the 2014-2015 session offerings. Among the new offerings, members can look forward to discussion groups and class offerings on topics such as computers, photography, writing, gardening, creativity, and local history to name a few. These free informative open houses will be held at IRSC Campuses in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties and are open to the public. In addition to sharing about upcoming offerings, there will be time for coffee and conversation, the opportunity to meet other members and peer leaders, and sign up for the 2014-2015 offerings from The Fielden Institute. Each open house will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the week of Sept. 29 at the following IRSC Campus locations: Monday, Sept. 29, in the Wolf High-Technology Center Auditorium at the IRSC Chastain Campus located at 2400 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart; Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Richardson Center Auditorium at the IRSC Mueller Campus located at 6155 College Lane in Vero Beach; Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Lobby at the IRSC Main Campus located at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce; Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Schreiber Conference Center at the IRSC Pruitt Campus located at 500 N.W. California Blvd. in St. Lucie West and Friday, Oct. 3, in the Williamson Conference Center Auditorium at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus located at 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee. To RSVP for one of the upcoming open houses or for more information about The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at IRSC call 772-462-7880, email Katherine Hazellief at khazelli@irsc.edu or visit www. irscfoundation.org. The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning presents peer-driven programs enhancing the knowledge and social experiences of its members, and increasing community awareness and appreciation of IRSC. Volunteers lead a wide variety of memberrequested offerings on topics including computer, history, current events, music, wellness, literature and art, for men and women age 50 and better. Programs are non-credit and do not apply to an IRSC degree program. The Institute is a program of the IRSC Foundation and is designed to serve men and women age 50 and better who are interested in returning to the college classroom to learn, simply for the joy of learning. IRSC offers programs for Lifelong Learning Special to the Okeechobee NewsMembers of the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at IRSC visited the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. The Institute hosts a variety of offerings each year including lectures, discussion groups and “ eld trips like the one to the UDT-SEAL Museum.

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TOTALSPECIALTOTALCAPITALINTERNALTRUST&TOTAL GENERALREVENUEPROJECTSSERVICEAGENCYTENTATIVE FUNDFUNDSFUNDSFUNDSFUNDBUDGET PROJECTEDREVENUE Millagesper$1,000 AdValorem-District0.1577$111,016,451$111,016,451 AdValorem-OkeechobeeBasin0.1717110,317,070110,317,070 AdValorem-BigCypressBasin0.15209,393,1469,393,146 AdValorem-EvergladesRes toration0.054835, 208,94335,208,943 AgriculturalPrivilegeTaxes10,950,00010,950,000 Intergovernmental475,35257,577,016146,063,150204,115,518 Licenses,Permits&Fees2,952,6991,623,0535,000,0009,575,752 InvestmentIncome1,000,0002,250,0003,250,000 Miscellaneous349,0002,834,07682,0253,265,101 HealthInsurance 30,850,31930,850,319 SelfInsurance 2,984,0742,984,074 TOTALREVENUES115,793,502230,153,304151,145,17533,834,3930530,926,374 FundBalance:Designated35,413,40889,678,52263,573,556800,931189,466,417 TOTALREVENUESANDBALANCES151,206,910319,831,826214,718,73134,635,3240720,392,791 OperatingTransfers(Net)-22,418,657-43,392,96865,789,96521,6600 TOTALREVENUES,BALANCESANDTRANSFERS128,788,253276,438,858280,508,69634,635,32421,660720,392,791 EncumbrancesFundedbyFundBalance10,145,19325,295,96782,429,12777,292117,947,579 TOTALREVENUES,BALANCESANDTRANSFERS$138,933,446 $301,734,825 $362,937,823 $34,712,616 $21,660 $838,340,370 BUDGETEDEXPENDITURES AdministrativeServices&ExecutiveOffices LandStewardship$249,962$210,439$460,401 MissionSupport28,237,023873,633529,50029,640,156 Modeling&ScientificSupport3,330,8393,330,839 Operations&Maintenance10,265,4673,528,91213,794,379 Regulation5,063,25717,6605,080,917 Restoration6,615,57234,450,57020,882,63661,948,778 WaterSupply744,923136,921881,844 InternalServiceFunds 34,421,53534,421,535 AdministrativeSvcs&ExecutiveOfcsTotal54,507,04339,218,13521,412,13634,421,5350149,558,849 Operations,Maintenance&ConstructionDivision LandStewardship260,87733,018,6265,000,00021,66038,301,163 MissionSupport461,848461,848 Modeling&ScientificSupport2,138,0922,138,092 Operations&Maintenance9,670,23083,020,12137,662,195130,352,546 Regulation73,53173,531 Restoration7,120,97850,025,367180,980,918238,127,263 WaterSupply611,998611,998 InternalServiceFunds 213,789213,789 Operations,Maintenance&ConstructionTotal20,337,554166,064,114223,643,113213,78921,660410,280,230 RegulationDivision Modeling&ScientificSupport23,04423,044 Operations&Maintenance17,90050018,400 Regulation13,885,55613,885,556 Restoration555,2971,790,7852,346,082 WaterSupply98,98498,984 RegulationTotal14,580,7811,791,28500016,372,066 WaterResources Modeling&ScientificSupport6,501,474158,0006,659,474 Restoration5,639,21612,487,421113,20018,239,837 WaterSupply7,103,338220,2347,323,572 WaterResourcesTotal19,244,02812,707,655271,2000032,222,883 CERP-CentralServiceIndirectCosts MissionSupport-3,332,968-3,332,968 Restoration3, 332,9683,332,968 CERP-CentralServiceIndirectCostsTotal000000 Reserves/Debt/Fees/Charges LandStewardship6,874,2006,874,200 MissionSupport4,376,1123,363,5577,739,669 Operations&Maintenance15,742,73541,986,04157,728,776 Restoration4,433,87135,182,24739,616,118 Reserves/Debt/Fees/ChargesTotal20,118,84756,657,66935,182,24700111,958,763 TotalBudgetedExpenditures128,788,253276,438,858280,508,69634,635,32421,660720,392,791 Encumbrances(Estimate)10,145,19325,295,96782,429,12777,2920117,947,579 TOTALBUDGETEDEXPENDITURESANDENCUMBRANCES$138,933,446 $301,734,825 $362,937,823 $34,712,616 $21,660 $838,340,370 Thetentative,adopted,and/orfinalbudgetsareonfileintheofficeoftheabovereferencedtaxingauthorityasapublicrecord.BUDGETSUMMARY SOUTHFLORIDAWATERMANAGEMENTDISTRICT FORTHEFISCALYEARBEGINNINGOCTOBER1,2014ANDENDINGSEPTEMBER30,2015 THEPROPOSEDOPERATINGBUDGETEXPENDITURESOFTHESOUTHFLORIDAWATERMANAGEMENT DISTRICTARE3.3%MORETHANLASTYEAR'STOTALOPERATINGEXPENDITURES NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe South Florida Water Management District has tentatively adopted a budget for FY2014-2015 This notice is applicable to Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk and St. Lucie Counties. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. at the South Florida Water Management District Headquarters Building, B-1 Auditorium 3301 Gun Club Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 8 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsAn investigator is scouring the Lake Placid area for clues to the whereabouts of a Sarasota man who has been missing for over two y ears. Cody (Dee) Hart said W ednesday, Sept. 17, she has been told Newton H. W hidden, 87, has been seen in the Lake Placid area „ speci“ cally, in the area around the intersection of S.R. 70 West and U.S. 27. Mr. Whidden has been missing since Aug. 20, 2012, when he was last seen in the area of 4800 10th St. in Sarasota. Mr. Whiddens 2000 w hite Dodge Caravan was found Aug. 22 on N.E. 128th Avenue in Okeechobee County. The vehicle appeared to be stuck in a ditch. Personnel from the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) spent days combing the vast pastures in the northwest section of the county where Mr. Whiddens vehicle was found. They even walked small ponds or had divers searching the deeper ponds, but to no avail. Some of the deputies searched on horseback, while others searched from the air in a St. Lucie County Sheriffs Of“ ce helicopter. But, the majority of deputies and detectives searched the area on foot. Mr. Whidden is 5-feet-9-inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, has gray hair and hazel eyes. Ms. Hart said as many as 12 people in Lake Placid have told her they have seen someone matching Mr. Whiddens description. Its given some new hope to the situation. The leads have been credible,Ž said Ms. Hart. The Lake Placid Police Department and the Highlands County Sheriffs Of“ ce have been very helpful and are very interested in “ nding him.Ž Those agencies have also put information about Mr. Whidden on Facebook. The investigator went on to say sources have said the man they saw was walking alone. But, she added, there is no de“ nitive direction of travel. He could be anywhere,Ž she added. Ms. Hart described Mr. Whidden, a World War II veteran, as a very active man who practiced yoga. He was very physically “ t and very healthy,Ž she added. If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact Ms. Hart at 941316-9803. A cash reward is also being offered for information leading to the whereabouts and recovery of Mr. Whidden. Search continues for missing Sarasota man Newton Whidden

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You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST BAPTIST SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)www.nbc-okeechobee.orgRev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 Trust QuartetIN CONCERT Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm Okeechobee Seventh-Day Adventist Church 412 NW 6th Street, Okeechobee, Fl www.okeechobee22.adventistchurchconnect.orgPUBLIC INVITED! Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 9 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) is looking for quali“ ed people willing to adopt exotic pets through the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. A dopters must be knowledgeable about the natural history, care and safe caging requirements of the exotic pets they are interested in adopting. Exotic pets need new homes because they have been surrendered to the FWC by owners who can no longer care for them. The FWC invites people to consider becoming quali“ ed exotic pet adopters,Ž said Liz Barraco, who coordinates the FWCs Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. Its a great way to help prevent the release of nonnatives w hile providing these pets a home where they will be properly cared for and safely caged. The FWC is committed to promoting responsible ownership of exotic pets in Florida, which can do harm to native wildlife and habitat if released,Ž Ms. Barraco said. Interested in adopting an exotic pet? Go to MyFWC.com/Nonnatives to download the applications. There are two forms to be “ lled out: Part 1 is the application to become an approved adopter and Part 2 identi“ es the applicants experience and knowledge regarding a speci“ c type of exotic pet. People considering taking one of these animals home need to think about the level of responsibility and long-term commitment involved. Many exotic pets live for a long time, and some get quite big,Ž Ms. Barraco said. While there are no adoption fees, people should be aware that caring for an exotic pet can be expensive.Ž Quali“ ed pet adopters will have opportunities to adopt animals at upcoming FWC Exotic Pet Amnesty Days, where owners with exotic pets can turn them in with no penalties or cost. But dont forget that pet adopters must be quali“ ed by the FWC in advance of these events: € West Palm Beach…Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dreher Park Garden Club, 4800 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405; € Naples…Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34119 € Melbourne…Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wickham Park Pavilion, 3845 N Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935. At Exotic Pet Amnesty Days, which are free and open to the public, veterinarians examine each surrendered exotic pet, and every attempt is made to place healthy animals with quali“ ed adopters. Additionally, live animals are on display, and experts are available to talk to people about proper care of exotic pets. Cant attend an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day to adopt a pet? The FWC keeps quali“ ed pet adopters applications on “ le and can contact approved adopters throughout the year when an animal becomes available in their area. For more information about adopting exotic pets, including application forms, visit MyFWC.com/Nonnatives and click on How to become an FWC exotic pet owner.Ž Qualify to adopt an exotic pet from FWC As part of National Child Passenger Safety W eek, AAA … The Auto Club Group joins organizations nationwide to encourage parents and caregivers to make sure their children are riding in a safe seat.Common car seat mistake: Straps too loose and too lowThree out of four car seats today are installed incorrectly,Ž said Michele Harris, director of traf“ c safety culture, AAA … The A uto Club Group. Too often, we see kids w ho are in a car seat thats installed incorrectly or not using an age-appropriate booster seat. As we recognize Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 14-20, its a timely reminder to be sure children are safe and secure in the right seat for them.Ž One of the most frequent car seat mistakes is the positioning of harness straps. If straps are too loose, children will not be properly restrained in the event of a crash. This may subject them to higher crash forces, or even ejection from the seat altogether. Harness straps should lie ” at and not have any twists. The harness should be snug enough that you cannot pinch any extra material at the childs shoulder. With schools back in session, carpooling among parents increases, which can result in situations where children are not riding in a car seat or booster seat. A recent AAA Consumer Pulse’ survey found that 45 percent of people surveyed in Florida agree its dif“ cult to make arrangements to have booster seats available for other peoples children. The use of booster seats can reduce injuries by 45 percent compared to using an adult safety belt alone, according to the National Highway Traf“ c Safety Administration. Children who have outgrown their “ ve-point harness car seat by weight or height should use a booster seat until they reach 49, typically between the ages of 8-12. For younger children using a “ ve-point harness car seat, many hospitals offer car seat installation classes and car seat inspection stations provide certi“ ed child passenger safety technicians to inspect seats to make sure they are installed properly. To “ nd an inspection station or learn more, visit SafeSeats4Kids.AAA.com.New Law starts January 2015Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, every driver in Florida will be required to use a child restraint device for children until age 6. Statistical Statement The AAA Consumer Pulse’ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Florida from Aug. 22-29, 2014. A total of 400 residents completed the survey. State results have a maximum margin of error of 4.9 percentage points. Overall survey responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Florida. Many car seats are installed incorrectly

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT TO THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLANOKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners on ursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Room 270, Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. e purpose of the public hearing is to consider adopting an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of Okeechobee County. e proposed comprehensive plan amendment is described as follows: Rosen and Associates is the applicant. e amendment is a request to reclassify approximately 848 acres from the Agriculture future land use classication to the Resort Activity Center future land use classication. e change would increase the density for residential development from 1 unit per 10 acres to up to 1 unit per 2 acres and allow for recreational and commercial uses including recreational vehicle spaces. e aected property is described as follows: All of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 7, Pages 69 through 82 inclusive, together with all of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH REPLAT NO. 1, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 1 through 7 inclusive, together with all of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH NO. 2, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 67 through 72 inclusive, all being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and All that land lying in the South one-half of Section 4, Township 36 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, that is not within the boundary of the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 7, Pages 69 through 82 inclusive, and the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH REPLAT NO. 1, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 1 through 7 inclusive, and the Plat of SUNDANCE TRAILS RANCH NO. 2, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 8, Pages 67 through 72 inclusive, all being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. A copy of the proposed amendment shall be available for inspection by the public during normal business hours at the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed amendment, and may submit written comments to the Planning and Development Department prior to the hearing. If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person will need a record of the proceedings, and he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Publish in e Okeechobee News : September 19, 2014 11 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 By John H. CampbellU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District March 15 started like so many other days for Jon Fields, a veteran lock operator at the Port Mayaca Lock & Dam on the east side of Lake Okeechobee in south Florida. As he w as performing his pre-operation checks to begin the day, he noticed a manatee along the shore of the lake. I thought he was eating, so I took care of some other chores,Ž Fields said. After helping some boats move through the lock, Fields looked at the shore again and noticed the manatee hadnt moved. His behavior was unusual,Ž he said. I couldnt see his “ ns moving; his back tail never moved.Ž Fields and his co-worker, lock operator Danny Williams, noted the manatee was still alive. They noti“ ed biologist Sharon Tyson who works at the Jacksonville Districts South Florida Operations Of“ ce in Clewiston. She began working with staff at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to organize a rescue mission. I found the seriously injured manatee outside the lock structure,Ž Ms. Tyson said. The lock operators observed the manatee w hile the rescue was organized. It was able to drift and swim downstream to Indiantown where it was rescued.Ž Ms. Tyson said the manatee suffered numerous broken ribs and a ruptured lung. The injuries were likely the result of an encounter with a boat. Imagine eating, breathing, sleeping, mating and feeding young while walking down the middle of a highway,Ž Ms. Tyson said. Manatees live this way every day.Ž She wasnt sure the manatee would survive following its rescue. I was concerned about its condition because there is a certain point of weight loss from which they cant recover,Ž she said. The FWC transported the manatee to Miami Seaquarium for treatment. It responded well. At the time of the rescue, the manatee was 7 feet long and weighed 450 pounds. By mid-August, the manatee was more than eight feet in length and weighed 550 pounds. By early August, the manatee had been rehabilitated to the point that it was ready for release. On Aug. 13, the animal was set free into the St. Lucie Canal at the Timer Powers Park Boat Ramp in Indiantown, about a mile from where it was rescued. Everything the lock operators did contributed to success,Ž Ms. Tyson said. They observed strange behavior prior to its passage through the lock. They cautioned boaters in the chamber that an injured manatee was present. They held the gate open until the manatee safely passed. They contacted the Manatee Hotline and observed the animal while performing other duties.Ž Fields was pleased to hear the manatee had been nursed to health and was being released. Im happy he survived,Ž Mr. “ elds said. I imagine hes happy to be getting out into water.Ž If you discover an injured manatee while boating, call the 24-hour FWC Hotline at 888404-3922 and press 7 at the prompt. You can also dial *FWC from your mobile phone. Lock operators play key role in rescue of injured manatee Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCStaff with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) release the rescued manatee back into the St. Lucie Canal on Aug. 13 after it was nursed to health.

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or more fruits & vegetables hours or less recreational screen time** Keep TV/Computer out of the bedroom. No screen time under the age of 2.hour or more of physical activity sugary drinks, more water & low fat milk 13 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsW&W Supply helps FFAOn Thursday, Sept. 11, Steve Walker from W & W Supply Co. of Fla., Inc., presented a check to the Okeechobee High School FFA Chapter. W & W Supply, together with Zoetis (P“ zer), participate in the Industry Support Program.Ž A portion of all Zoetis product purchases go to the local chapter. Left to right are Steve Walker, Marshall Rucks and Roger McWaters. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenPlanning board member retiresMike Long (left), a member of the planning board since 1995, was honored by the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at their Sept. 11 meeting. We see a lot of people retiring from paid positions but it is unusual for someone to serve this long on a volunteer board,Ž said Commission Chairman Frank Irby (right). Its been my privilege and my pleasure,Ž Mr. Long said. Commissioner Joey Hoover said Mr. Long served during one of the most explosive times in Okeechobees history when there were so many applications that it was not unusual for the planning board meetings to last until midnight. Quilt and Craft Bazaar looking for craft vendorsThe Quilters of Peace Lutheran Church are planning their Quilt and Craft Bazaar for Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Fellowship Hall, 750 N.W. 23rd St. A limited number of tables are available for $10 for craft vendors from the community. There will be all kinds of crafts, quilts, lunch, a huge bake sale and white elephant sale. Prize giveaway tickets are on sale for three different handmade quilts. To reserve a table or for information, call Dottie Allen at 863-801-8100.

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Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com 14 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man accused of having sexual relations with a teenage girl is being held on $195,000 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Don Calvin Carter Jr., 23, N.W. 63rd Terrace, was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 17, on nine felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery, victim 12 to 15 years of age, and felony four counts of lewd and lascivious molestation offender 18 years of age or older, victim 12 to 16 years of age. According to an arrest report by Detective Cari Arnold, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the father of the 14year-old victim “ led a complaint Tuesday, Sept. 16. The alleged incidents apparently began during the summer. Carters next court date will be Oct. 8 when he will be arraigned in front of Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer at 9 a.m. Man accused of having sex with teen The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in” uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Livan Ramos, 41, N.W. 39th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 16 by Deputy Tammy Sera“ ni on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance. He is being held without bond. € Tanya Leigh Law, 29, S.W. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 16 by Deputy Kristen Gray on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of grand theft (three counts) and forgery (three counts). Her bond on those charges was set at $15,000. She was also arrested on a second Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the misdemeanor of failure to appear battery. She is being held without bond on that charge. € Jessica Ann Tirado, 21, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 17 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of grand theft and credit card fraud. Her bond was set at $10,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“ rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Don Calvin Carter, Jr. By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) has announced a DUI/drivers license checkpoint will be held Friday, Sept. 19, on S.R. 70. The purpose of the initiative is to meet with drivers passing through the checkpoint and check for alcohol or drug impairment. Law enforcement personnel will also be checking to make sure all drivers have the proper licensing. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool that are effective in reducing the number of persons killed and/or injured in alcohol-involved automobile accidents. Research shows crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are held enough. Drivers caught operating a vehicle while impaired can expect jail, license suspension and an increase in insurance costs, “ nes, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Area law enforcement reminds drivers if they are going to be drinking they should have a designated driver, call a friend or family member, call a cab or just stay home. The Okeechobee City Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be taking part in the checkpoint. DUI checkpoint slated for Sept. 19 Agri-Civic Center open to public for exercisingUnless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for exercise activities such as walking, running and bike riding on a daily basis. The gate on S.R. 70 is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for residents to access the roads and parking lots within the facility.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awarness MonthFREE Seminar on September 18 New Hope for Prostate Cancer: Advances in TreatmentsCall for Details € 863.467.9500Ramesh Kumar, MDBig Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee iPad Raf”e RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS ORTHOPAEDICS Benjamin Epstein, D.O.Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. We Treat Kids Too!Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries The hip joint is one of the bodys largest weight-bearing joints. Its a ball-and-socket joint. This helps the hip remain stable even during twisting and extreme ranges of motion. A healthy hip j oint allows you to walk, squat, and turn without pain. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease. Hip replacement surgery helps more than 200,000 Americans each y ear to relieve their hip pain, and get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. Total hip replacement surgery almost always: € Stops or greatly reduces hip pain. Even the pain from surgery should go away within weeks. € Increases leg strength. Without Hip Replacement Surgery Helps Thousands Annuallyhip pain, youll be able to use your legs more. This builds up your muscles. € Improves quality of life by allowing you to do daily tasks and low-impact activities in greater comfort. € Provides years of easier movement. Most total hip replacements last for many years. Dont let hip pain keep you from what you enjoy doing. You may live for scenic walks, playing doubles with friends or swimming laps in the pool. Dont let hip pain stop you from moving! Get the treatment you need to comfortably move with ease. Dr. Benjamin Epstein, Board Certi“ ed Orthopaedic Surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson explains My patients seeking relief from joint pain love having access to great orthopaedic care, right here in Okeechobee.Ž No more traveling great distances and inconveniencing yourself and others. The orthopaedic procedures you require are available in your FAMILY MEDICINE Hablamos Espaol Same Day Appointments Aliated with Raulerson Hospital RaulersonPrimaryCare.com 202 NE 2nd Avenue € Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 We Treat Kids Too!Monday … Thursday 8:00 a.m. … 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. … 4:00 p.m.(863) 467-2159 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansFamily Physician € Pediatrics Physicals € Family Care & Medicine Womens Health € Well-child visits Welcome to Medicare visits GYNECOLOGY 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health IssuesD. J B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Infertility • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders Accepting New Patients863-763-8000RaulersonGyn.com very own community. If hip pain is keeping you from everyday activities and the weekend recreation you cannot live without, trust an experienced, Board Certi“ ed physician to help you love your joints again … sooner. 15 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014

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Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide S Big Lake Eye Care A Quick Reference Guide for New and Longtime Residents 2014-2015 Okeechobee County School Information Guide Featuring 763-3937 Big Lake Eye CareSupplement to the Okeechobee NewsAugust 13, 2014 See our Dad’s ad on page 3 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! October isThe Okeechobee News will be featuring a special section that includes valuable information about breast cancer prevention. Join us in raising awareness for this great cause. The section will be published on Wednesday, October 1. The deadline for ad copy is Monday, September 29.Contact a Sales Representative today to place your advertisement (863) 763-3134 • Fax (863) 763-7949 • okeeadsales@newszap.com 16 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News All around the world and even hundreds of miles above it, people celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day every Sept. 19. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the only holiday on the calendar that encourages people to babble like buccaneers for the sheer, anarchic fun of it. Its been celebrated by millions of people on all seven continents „ yes, even at the South Pole „ and on the International Space Station! The holiday was the brainchild of John Baur and Mark Summers, two friends from A lbany, Ore., who were playing racquetball w hen, for reasons that arent clear to either of them now, they started insulting each other in pirate jargon. They decided to start Talk Like a Pirate Day, and picked Sept. 19 because it is Summers ex-wifes birthday. The date was stuck in his head and he wasnt doing anything with it anymore, so it would be easy to remember, Summers said. From such unlikely seeds was born an international sensation. The two friends „ who now go by the pirate personas of Ol Chumbucket and Capn Slappy have swashed their buckles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Puget Sound, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Philadelphia. Theyve performed at a glamorous Las Vegas resort, at libraries, bookstores, schools and at several seedy bars. They have two books out, The Pirates Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer,Ž published by Kensington, a hilarious sequel to their “ rst hit, Pirattitude! So You Wanna Be a Pirate? Heres How!Ž published by New American Library. Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta organizers are always ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day, as evidenced by their entry in the annual Labor Day parade.Okeechobees own homemade boat race, the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, starting at 10 a.m. at the Scott Driver boat ramps, 10100 S.R. 78 E., at the Kissimmee River in Okeechobee County. Teams build boats out of minimal materials „ they are only allowed to use one sheet of 4 x 8 luan plywood, 24 of 2Ž x 4Ž lumber, 1 pound of fasteners and one, 60-yard roll of duct tape. A Captains Dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 3, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Scott Driver boat ramp. Boats must be checked in at this time. Awards will be presented for best boat designs. Tickets for the dinner are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The Captains Dinner is open to the public. A “ reworks show is scheduled to follow the Captains Dinner. At 9 a.m. on Oct. 4, spectators will line the shore to watch the boats race ... or sometimes sink with style. Spectator admission on the day of the races is free. The celebration also includes special activities for children in the booth area. The races will last until approximately 2 p.m. F or information and to sign up, go online to http:// forokeechobee.org.

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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 *. Auctions HUGE AUCTION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH 12:00 NOON 25355 S. TAMIAMI TRL, BONITA SPRINGS, FL 34134 BID ONLINE OR IN PERSON Art, Antiques, Guns, Gold & Silver Jewlery, Gold & Silver Coins, & Much more. www.gulfcoastcoin.com 800-465-3909 ab1389/au415 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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 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!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. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Employment Full Time **HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS**Join a team that supports you professionally and personally Correctional Healthcare Companies is currently seeking top-notch Mental Health professionals to join our team in Moore Haven & South Bay Florida. Mental Health Opportunities Include: PRN (as needed) Mental Health Professional We invite you to take a look at our career opportunities. Please apply online at www.correctioncare.com/careers CHC is an EEO Employer Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds.DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time MILK HAULERS (CDL, Class A) APPLY TODAY! Okeechobee and Avon Park $$ GREAT PAY $$, plus BENEFITS! Drivers must have 2 recent years of exp, valid CDL-A, and acceptable MVR. For details, call (800) 598-7866. Download application online at www.southeastmilk.org Fax to: (352)307-0499 Employment MedicalRECEPTIONIST : needed for busy medical of ce, minimum of 1 year of ce experience preferred. Please send resumes to PO Box 1489, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or fax resume to 863-467-6833. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Part TimeWANTED: MAINTENANCE PERSON Part time odd jobs light maintenance Apply in person at: 301 N.W. 4th Ave DFWP 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. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Dental EMERGENCY DENTIST 24/7 Urgent Dental Care 7 days a week. Accepting most PPO & Private Insurance. We offer care credit & accept all major credit cards. Call 1-855-683-0990 or 561-683-0990 Miscellaneous3,800 sq ft Thrift Store Contents, Merchandise ONLY, Open your store tomorrow or Flea Market! $6,000 for all (561)346-4692 Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES, 8 WEEKS OLD, REGISTERED WITH ADBA. $500.00 CALL 863-634-4407 Yorkipoo Pups Tiny toys 12 wks (Black balls of fur)Shots/vets health cert.Adorable must see! cash only. $350.00. (863)610-2725 Apartments2BD/1BA APARTMENT IN TOWN, WALKING DISTANCE TO STORES. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $600.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Apartments1/1 UNFURNISHED DUPLEX w/GARAGE-WASHER & DRYER HOOK UPDISHWASHERWALK-IN CLOSETCOMMUNITY POOL/ TENNIS COURT/ SHUFFLEBOARD-CORNER LOT $760.00/MONTH INC WATER,LAWN CARE, PEST CONTROL & GARBAGEPREFER 1 TO 2 ADULTS-SMALL PET WELCOME-1ST & SECURITY-CALL 863-447-0742. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. Furnished Ef ciency In quiet neighborhood. Short term only. 3 night minimum. Call (863)623-4413 OKEECHOBEE: 1/ 1 Bath-Large Apt. unit. Fully updated. Mexican Clay tile oors. Lot’s of natural light windows. First class ranch setting Located 12 minutes East from Okeechobee town center. NO PETS. $590.00 utilities included. Call M-F 863.467.9800 Commercial Property4,800 sq ft CBS w/ 2br1ba Loft apt, Lrg garg doors, secure fenced yard. Live in or rent apt. Off of hwy 70 $2,500/mo (561)346-4692 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 RentCLEAN 3BR HOUSE, DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA, 10011 NW 64TH AVE. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $700/MO. WATER & LAWN CARE INCLUDED. $600 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 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 OKEECHOBEE 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. On Rim Canal Newly renovated Brick Home. 3br./2 1/2 ba. 1 garage. Boat dock & deck. $895mo. 772-359-1640 SINGLE FAMIL Y 3BD/2BA 311 SE 8TH DRIVE. 1/4 ACRE IN CITY, PRIVATE SETTING, GARAGE, LIKE NEW. $900.00 MONTHLY CALL 786-253-5072 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD115 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that DELANE REX LINEBERRY the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3425 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: THE EAST ONE HALF E1/2 OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY COMMENCING AT THE QUARTER SECTION CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST ALONG THE QUARTER SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 1905.30 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC WEST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF 1918.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 396.00 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 396.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 396.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING LYING IN & COMPRISING A PART OF THE SOUTH ONE-HALF S1/2 OF SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA ALSO DESCRIBED AS LOT 20F OF AN UNRECORDED PLAT KNOWN AS FOUR SEASONS ESTATES 1.00 ACRE 1-17-37-36-0A00-00003-020F Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: AMPARO BARTRA GUSTAVO A BARTRA Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 16th day of October, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466998 ON 9/5,12,19,26/2014 Office Space Rent “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space 500, 1000, 1300 SF. 863-467-0651 Mobile Home Rent2BD/1.5BA MOBILE HOME $650.00 MONTHLY ELECTRIC INCLUDED CALL 863-467-5946 2BD/1BA NICE KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM, LARGE YARD. ON 2.5 ACRES $500.00/MO. 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MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. 863-697-9066 OR 863-467-8003 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD116 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SOUTHERN HOMESITES INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1652 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: LOT G TRACT 10 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 10 SECTION 34 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-34-34-33-0A00-00010-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAZMINE K PRICE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 30th day of October, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 467197 ON 9/19,26 & 10/3,10/2014 Public NoticeNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Okeechobee Health Care Facility Under which we expect to engage in business at: P.O. Box 759 Okeechobee, FL 34973 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Okeechobee Healthcare Facility, LLC Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 16th day of Sept., 2014. BY: Okeechobee Healthcare Facility, LLC 467311 ON 9/19/2014 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on OCTOBER 3, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2006 CHEVY SILVERADO VIN#1GCEC19X86Z238850 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 467292 ON 9/19/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD114 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3421 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA ALSO KNOWN AS LOTS 120D 103D 106D AND 107D ON THE UNRECORDED PLAT OF FOUR SEASONS ESTATES AND BEING FURTHER BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE SW CORNER OF SAID SECTION 17 THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 57 MIN 33 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 180.00 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY OF SW 2ND AVENUE THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY A DISTANCE OF 3208.32 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY OF NW 3RD STREET THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY A DISTANCE OF 600.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING LESS & EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER OF THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 180.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEG 04 MIN 22 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF 662.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF 600.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DEG 04 MIN 22 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEG 04 MIN 22 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA ALSO KNOWN AS LOTS 106D AND 107D FOUR SEASONS ESTATES AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION 1-17-37-36-0A00-00003-102D Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of October, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 466997 ON 9/5,12,19,26/2014 CENTENNIAL 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 22, 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 467199 ON 9/19/2014 NOTICE OF PROCUREMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES -REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, the State of Florida Consultants’ Competitive Negotiations Act and the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF), the DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE will consider the contracting of a CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) for providing professional services for the following construction project: REMODEL OF THE FORMER FAU BUILDINGS Located at the IRSC Pruitt Campus 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 This project will consist of working with the project architect/engineer team in the design phase, including value-engineering, the development of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) and construction services for the remodel of portions of the three (3) former FAU Buildings. Business entities interested in providing construction management services for the Indian River State College (IRSC) Project(s) are hereby noti ed that their “Statement of Quali cations” submittals must be received in the IRSC Facilities & Sustainability Of ce at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Building “S”, Room 233, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596 by the DEADLINE DATE OF FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. Submittal requirements are one (1) original and ve (5) copies. Instructions for completion and submission of the Construction Management “Statement of Quali cations” may be obtained at the IRSC Facilities & Sustainability Of ce, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Building “S”, Room 233, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596; or preferably by e-mailing your request to tlynch@irsc.edu or calling the Facilities Planning Of ce at 772-462-7360. IRSC reserves the right to waive any informality in the selection process and to reject any or all Statement of Quali cations. 466971 ON 9/12,19,26/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on the Final Budget, Final Millage Rate on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 467109 ON 9/19/2014 NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS AND REGULAR MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL OWNERS OF LANDS LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THAT, PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 AT 9:00 A.M. AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES: 1. ELECT ONE SUPERVISOR; 2. RECEIVING ANNUAL REPORTS AND TAKING SUCH ACTION WITH RESPECT THERETO AS THE LANDOWNERS MAY DETERMINE; AND 3. TRANSACTING SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE BOARD. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETING AT 9:30 A.M. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. DOROTHY M. MILES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 447-1015 467273 ON 9/19,26/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1114: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2014, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015; WHICH BUDGET SETS FORTH GENERAL FUND REVENUES OF $8,392,983.00, TRANSFERS-IN OF $1,215,462.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $5,870,260.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $3,744,185.00; PUBLIC FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT FUND REVENUES OF $1,197,666.00, EXPENDITURES OF $709,000.00 AND TRANSFER-OUT OF $398,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $90,666.00; STATE APPROPRIATIONS GRANT FUND REVENUES OF $100,000.00, TRANSFER-IN OF $5,000.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $105,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION GRANT FUND REVENUES OF $20,425.00, TRANSFER-IN OF $3,000.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $23,425.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; OTHER GRANTS FUND REVENUES OF $403,838.00, TRANSFER-IN OF $365,162.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $769,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FUND REVENUES OF $5,146,849.00, EXPENDITURES OF $484,750.00, AND TRANSFERS-OUT OF $1,226,524.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $3,435,575.00; CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS-IMPACT FEES FUND REVENUES OF $46,664.00, EXPENDITURES OF $36,500.00, AND TRANSFER-OUT OF $100.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $10,064.00; LAW ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL FUND REVENUES OF $6,600.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $3,605.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $2,995.00; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City 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 Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. by: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 467313 ON 9/19/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold it’s Regular Session on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk ON 9/19/2014 Shop here first! The classified ads Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 18 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014

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Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 14-CP-147 IN RE: ESTATE OF LEWIS BUTLER WHITING, JR. a/k/a LEWIS B. WHITING, JR., Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Lewis Butler Whiting, Jr. a/k/a Lewis B. Whiting, Jr., deceased, whose date of death was January 8, 2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is September 12, 2014 JANICE K. WHITING Personal Representative 32801 North Highway 441, #174 Okeechobee, Florida 34972 STEVEN J. WOOD, Esquire Attorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar No: 0828531McCARTHY, SUMMERS, BOBKO, WOOD,NORMAN, BASS & MELBY, P.A. 2400 S.E. Federal Highway, 4th Floor Stuart, Florida 34994 Telephone: (772) 286-1700 Primary Email: sjw@mccarthysummers.com Secondary Email: kat@mccarthysummers.com 467196 ON 9/12,19/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2014-CP-153 JUDGE: GARY L. SWEET IN RE: Estate of WILMA MARIE KNOPP, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate of WILMA MARIE KNOPP, Deceased, whose date of death was July 13,2014, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-1354, Case Number 2014-CP-153 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim or demand against the decedent’s estate, even if that claim is unmatured, contingent or unliquidated, you must le your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with the Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT’S DEATH. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: 9-19-2014. CHARLENE MARIE KEEFER Personal Representative 2201 SE 29th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 Law Of ce Of CASSELS & McCALL JOHN D. CASSELS, JR Attorney for Personal Representative FBN: 0261521 Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, FL 34973-0968 (863) 763-3131 jdc@legal-one.com pleadings@legal-one.com 467266 ON 9/19,26/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. FINANCE COMMITTEE 1:00 P.M. STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOP 1:15 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 467308 ON 9/19/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 2014 CP 127 IN RE: ESTATE OF ERNA M. KOTULA, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (ancillary administration) T he administration of the ancillary estate of ERNA M. KOTULA, deceased, whose date of death was January 25, 2014, File Number 2014 CP 127, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the ancillary personal representative and the ancillary personal representative’s attorney are set forth below A ll creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. A ll other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. A LL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. T he date of the rst publication of this Notice is September 12, 2014. Ancillary Personal Representative CAROL S. CONLEY /s/ P.O. Box 635 Seabeck, Washington 98380 A ttorney for Ancillary Personal Representative JOEL O PARKER /s/ A ttorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar No. 0070201 BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. 20093 East Pennsylvania Ave #4 P.O.Drawer 2480 Dunnellon, Florida 34430 467204 ON 9/12,19/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1113: AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A MILLAGE RATE WHICH RATE IS SET ON ALL REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY; PROVIDING THAT 7.7432 PER THOUSAND DOLLAR VALUATION SHALL NOT BE LEVIED ON HOMESTEAD PROPERTY; THAT 7.7432 PER THOUSAND DOLLAR VALUATION SHALL BE USED FOR GENERAL CITY PURPOSES; THAT SAID MILLAGE RATE IS 0.72 PERCENT (.72%) LESS THAN THE ROLL-BACK RATE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH F.S. 200.065 (1); PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 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Special to the Okeechobee News Billions of birds face severe late summer and fall storms each year as they wind up their breeding seasons and prepare for perilous migrations that can involve travelling thousands of miles to wintering grounds south of the U.S. While human safety is always the primary concern, with hurricanes, the impact such storms bring can be deadly for birds as w ell. Depending on circumstances, whole colonies of young birds may be wiped out „ a whole breeding season gone. Parents tending young may stay with a nest and perish rather than abandon it for safer grounds. Nature can be brutal,Ž says Dr. George Wallace, Vice President for the Oceans and Islands Division at American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of the nations leading bird conservation groups. Dr, Wallace, who conducted his doctoral research on migratory and resident birds in the northern keys of Cuba, including during a period immediately following a major hurricane, says the question about how birds w eather storms comes up every year around this time. It is a complex question that has many variables, but the key bird mortality factors are timing, location, and strength of a storm. Normally, these factors do not all line up in a perfect storm scenario, so while some level of mortality takes place during almost all major storms, it usually does not occur on a massive scale,Ž he said. Dr. Wallace said a study published in 1993 by James E. Wiley and Joseph M. Wunderle, The Effects of Hurricanes on Birds, with Special Reference to Caribbean Islands,Ž is one of the most widely referred-to studies on the subject. Direct impacts from storms come from w ind, rain, storm surges, and wind driven displacement of birds from their natural habitat. Such displacements can move birds miles, hundreds of miles or even thousands of miles. Oceanic birds are often driven inland considerable distances by hurricanes in the southern and eastern United States. Dramatic examples include species such as the Magni“ cent Frigatebird and Black-capped Petrel driven by hurricanes from the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern coast of the United States as far north as the Great Lakes. Recently ” edged birds that have not yet developed good ” ying skills are particularly susceptible to strong winds, often fatally. Indirect storm impacts to birds can include loss of food; destruction of nests, nest sites, and roost sites; increased exposure to predation; and changes to microclimates in a birds immediate environment. Those changes often result from trees being blown down or stripped of vegetation which, among other things, allows more sunlight to the ground and alters foraging habitat for birds. Strong storms that denude trees and other vegetation can also have a profound posthurricane effect on birds that feed on nectar, fruit, or seeds. Birds that depend on larger, older trees for nesting, roosting, or foraging can be similarly impacted. Bird species with small populations or that depend on habitat fragments may also suffer serious losses. For example, populations of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker declined severely following Hurricane Hugo in September 1989. In the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina, it was estimated that Hugo caused the death of over 60 percent of the woodpeckers in that location. This was due in large part to the loss of nearly 90 percent of the trees hosting the nesting cavities the birds depend on for breeding, roosting, and protection. Bald Eagles, which often nest in large pines, were similarly impacted by Hugo with over 40 percent of nest sites in South Carolina destroyed. While birds can easily withstand normal rain events, hurricanes unleash drenching torrents of water and high wind that, apart from potentially fatally tossing birds into hard objects, can also cause them to become soaked to their skin, leading to deadly hypothermia. Additionally, those winds can drive birds far out to sea where they can become weakened to the point they succumb to drowning. An account by French explorer, clergyman, and botanist, Jean-Baptiste Labat from the late 1600s during his time on Martinique is particularly evocative. ƒwe saw clouds of ramiers [Scaly-naped Pigeons], parrots, and grives [thrushes and thrashers] coming from Dominica, so beaten by hunger and fatigue that some fell in the sea, others on the sand, others in our “ elds, and others did not have the strength to stay on the branches where they perched upon arrival.Ž Dr. Wallace said that while hurricane impacts are largely negative, some good can occur under the right circumstances. A late storm that hits an area of dry forest such as those that occur in the Caribbeans Greater Antilles can be a boon for insect-eating birds. 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23 Okeechobee News September 19, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Two struggling teams get together badly in need of a victory when Okeechobee travels to Calvin R. Triplett Field at Lawnwood Stadium to take on the Fort Pierce Westw ood Panthers tonight. Okeechobee (0-3) and Westwood (0-2) have both had offensive woes in the early part of the season. Okeechobee has scored just 16 points in three games with barely over 200 yards in offense. Westwood has scored just 12 points with just over 100 yards in offense in two games. Brahman coach Chris Branham said the Panthers problem has been the offensive line. He said they have good athletes with speed but dont get blocking they need to get big plays. Top players for the Panthers include running back Marques Burgess, quarterback Raheem Lewis, and receivers Dontavious Williams and Jonathan Tucker. Tucker and Burgess are their leading tacklers on defense. Okeechobee has played well on defense allowing just over 15 points per game. They continue to practice well but have been unable to execute during game play. Branham said the team will switch to zone blocking on the offensive line in an attempt to get some of the teams play makers loose for big plays. Last week was shocking to me. It is my responsibility. We trust our skill players, they are young, but they will be just “ ne,Ž he said. Bubba Fludd will see more playing time at quarterback. The team hopes to have improvement in the passing game this week after mis“ ring on 17 of 20 passes last week. Branham said his playbook includes a lot of high percentage passing plays like screens and passes in the ” at, but the team hasnt been able to execute in games. I think the entire program was shocked with how we played last week against Martin County. The kids held a team meeting. I think we will get this “ gured out and head in the right direction,Ž he added. Branham said the team needs to establish an identity, “ nd something they are good at, and then focus on doing that in games. He praised his senior leaders for their maturity and how they have led the team through this rough start. The older kids have shined in the wa y they have handled adversity. We can turn it around. We have a tough schedule ahead but we are 0-0 in districts so the season starts now. We are a powder keg just looking for a spark,Ž he added. On the injury report, Okeechobee will be without defensive end Arthur Woodruff who is likely lost for the season with a knee injury. Andrew Wine, Alex Garcia and Caleb Smith are also out tonight with injuries. Jacob Emmick returns after a week on the sidelines. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. There is a charge for parking and admission. For the game story, see the link on the Okeechobee News Facebook page. Brahmans, Panthers looking for “ rst grid win By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News € The Gifford Lady Dolphins recovered from a slow start to defeat the Osceola Warriors 25-17 and 25-10 in a well-played volleyball match Tuesday at Osceola Middle School. Osceola came out with some strong serves and built a 7-5 lead in the “ rst game before the Dolphins made some strong hits and serves to take the “ rst game. Abigail Myers had some strong serves for Osceola. In the end a few service faults and lack of communication cost the Lady Warriors. Osceola and Gifford were tied 3-3 in the second game before the Dolphins pulled away after some long volleys and competitive points. Alexi Morgan had a nice winner for Osceola. € The OHS boys golf team improved to 7-2 with a tri-match victory over Fort Pierce Westwood and Centennial on Tuesday at the Fairwinds Country Club. Okeechobee shot 159, Westwood 208 and Centennial 258. Kyle Mullins and Zach Hudson both shot 39s, while Daniel Fulleda “ nished his round with a 40. Other top OHS scores were: Jarrod Morgan, 41; Elijah Finney, 44; and, Mason Faulk 51. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Osceola Middle School soccer team continued its strong start with a 4-0 victory over the Gifford Dolphins. A lejandro Bucio had the hat trick with three goals. Jesus Mojica had one goal and Miguel Sanchez one assist. OMS coach Jorje Botello said he feels really great so far and hes proud of the squad. He noted there are 11 veteran returns and 11 new players on the roster. He said he w ont get too excited because its too early in the season. We will only be as strong as our weakest link. The kids know that. A lot of great players have taken this “ eld and want to make sure we keep the tradition going. You earn every minute of your playing time,Ž he added. Botello said he wants his kids to keep the pedal to the medal knowing the team has lost badly in the past where the teams spirit was broken. He wants to return the favor this year. We didnt buckle to their pressure today. The kids dont yell at each other. We have two great leaders, Bucio and Gage Ingram. We are like a family, they stay on top of the players, they look out for each other rather than get after each other.Ž Botello said the team needs to improve on passing and shooting skills. He said they will take it one match at a time and see where they end up at the end of the year. OMS Warriors notch soccer win over Gifford Dolphins Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJustin Comfort and Pablo Martinez pursue the ball for Osceola in their match with Gifford Tuesday. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Lady Brahman girls bowling team rolled past South Fork (7-0) on Tuesday in Okeechobee. The girls were led by Melanie W atson who had a high game of 153 and a series of 293. South Fork was led by Jordan W iegers with a high game of 192 and a series of 348. Coach Carole Olney said the Okeechobee lanes have been a challenge for kids this year w ith only one 200 game rolled on Tuesday. The Brahman boys fell 7-0 to South Fork. A ustin Walker had the high game for OHS w ith a 192. Cody Snyder had the best twogame series of 379. Olney said despite the low scores, Okeechobee girls won because they picked up spares. I keep preaching to them that spares win the game and maybe they understood that a little more today,Ž she said. The girls won the “ rst two full squad games 631-479 and 634-505. OHS took the Baker games 112-85, 147-80 and 101-83. The boys lost the “ rst two games 698-668 and 712-615. OHS fell in the Baker games 159-125, 142-112, and 125-120. Olney said the boys could never get anything going and didnt have enough strikes to win. Bowlers have to get it out of their heads that they have to throw strikes. Strikes do you very big games but you count the entire game and if you spare and score over 190 that should make them happy,Ž she added. OHS keglers roll past South Fork

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