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Sunday, September 28, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 117 14.88 feetLast Year: 15.94 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Unemployment compensation claims remained at 8.4 percent for the second consecutive month in August in Okeechobee County according to the monthly report released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Department of Labor. The report showed 1,519 residents collected bene“ ts in August and 1,502 collected bene“ ts in July. In August 2014, the jobless rate was 9.7 percent with 1,788 residents collecting bene“ ts. Glades County had a jobless rate of 9.1 percent in August, a slight dip from 9.2 percent in July. The report found 443 residents collected bene“ ts in August and 437 in July. The rate in August, 2013 stood at 9.1 percent when 464 collected bene“ ts. The report found Glades was fourth highest among Florida counties in unemployment rates while Okeechobee stood in 12th place. Jobless rates remain stagnant in August By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Lake Okeechobee is at 14.7 feet and rising, Gary Ritter of the South Florida Water Management District told the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at their Thursday meeting. He said heavy rainfall in the upper Kissimmee basin means more water is ” owing into the big lake. More water coming in from the Kissimmee River,Ž he said. We all know when that happens the lake starts going up pretty quickly. When the water conservation areas south of Lake Okeechobee start to “ ll up, that means we can no longer move a whole lot of water south,Ž he added. Mr. Ritter said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water to the Caloosahatchee River, but so far no water from the lake has been released to the east coast this year. He said the ceiling on the lake level is 15.5 feet. If the lake continues to rise as it has been, the Corps needs to ultimately make a decision,Ž he said. Due to environmental concerns about salinity levels in the estuaries on the east coast, the Corps has not released any freshwater from the lake into that system this year. Lake level on the riseIRSC to host ‘Shark Tank’ event ... Page 2 Phone scam targets local woman ...Page 11 OCSO calls: It really happened ... Page 13 Hog hunt set at Fisheating Creek WMA ... Page 19 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clrng Or Cti! See JOBS „ Page 5 See LAKE „ Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenRoad crews were busy this week preparing the intersection of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70 for improvements that will give the intersection two left turn lanes in all four directions. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County drivers will see plenty of roadwork and construction in the coming months, with millions invested in Okeechobee County infrastructure by the Florida Department of Transportation. At the Thursday meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, deputy county administrator Jim Threewits advised the commissioners to brace themselves for complaints from those who will “ nd traf“ c slowed and access to the Lock 7 pier blocked. FDOT busy in OkeechobeeSeeFDOT „ Page 5

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Special to the Okeechobee News Pitching their business idea to a live audience with the prospect of attracting investors is the strategy for two local entrepreneurs primed to present their business plans to the Indian River State College Business Incubation Pitch Panel. The panel is composed of w ell-known Treasure Coast business leaders w ho provide real-world feedback to the entrepreneurs and possible investment. The Shark TankŽ will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. at the IRSC Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, on the 35th Street side of the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. Tickets are $10, including dinner, and may be purchased at irscbiz.com under Events Calendar. For more information, contact Tom Kindred at tkindred@irsc.edu or 772462-7087. The two presenting entrepreneurs both took advantage of the business services provided by the Virtual Incubator at the IRSC Main Campus. The Shark Tank event is designed to provide candid advice to entrepreneurs with the goal of improving their chances of success after business launch,Ž said Tom Kindred Jr., IRSC Virtual Incubator Coordinator. Tom Ruggirello and his team from Pegasus Puri“ cation Products will present their business plan to market and distribute the companys patent-pending, revolutionary ultraviolet (UV) sterilization system. The sterilization unit is designed to purge 99.99 percent of bacteria, mold and viruses in a convenient, easy to use, table-top unit. Designed for medical, commercial and inhome health care, the unit will completely disinfect and sterilize any item easily, quickly and ef“ ciently. Lifestone Video founders Jim Ragsdale and Don Vitalle will present their companys plans to launch a legacy video enterprise. The mission of Lifestone is to provide the highest quality services available to enable people to share their life story with their loved ones, and to keep that story alive inde“ nitely. The members of the Pitch Panel are Dr. Evan Goldstein, President, Complete Urgent Health Care, LLC; Mike Brown Sr., Chairman/CEO, Harbor Community Bank; Antony Donadio, President/CEO, Donadio & Associates; Peter Kemp, President/CEO, Hustons Commercial Interiors; Steven Barnett, CEO/ Founder, TruMobility; Coletta Dorado, President/CEO, AZZLY; Daryl G. Bank, Managing Partner, Dominion Investment Group and Mike Aleksic, Chief Information Of“ cer, Dominion Investment Group. Special to the Okeechobee News The Corporate and Community Training Institute at Indian River State College is offering a Medical Coding and Documentation Coding course that introduces participants to medical coding systems used to report physician and hospital services within all health care organizations where patients are treated. The course is offered Saturdays starting Oct. 18 to Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. This is an ideal course for those looking to advance their careers within the medical “ eld and for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge in current coding and billing. Students will learn how to code using CPT (procedures), ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) and HCPCS (supplies) coding systems. Detailed training on the new ICD10-CM coding system being implemented this October will also be provided. Students w ill learn about medical record documentation requirements and various Electronic Medical Record systems used to document services rendered to patients, how to use v arious electronic encoder products used w ithin the health care industry and how to comply with national fraud and abuse initiatives for all coding disciplines. The class will also touch on insurance and reimbursement methodologies within the billing cycle. Upon completion of the class, students may sit for any of the following National outpatient coding certi“ cation exams: Certi“ ed Professional Coder, Certi“ ed Professional Coder-Hospital, Registered Medical Coder, Certi“ ed Medical Coder, Certi“ ed Billing and Coding Specialist or Certi“ ed Coding Associate. The cost of the course is $1,998 and includes all books, materials and the national exam. Businesses interested in sending their employees to this training may be eligible for the Employed Worker Training (EWT) Grant provided by CareerSource Research Coast. Under EWT, businesses may receive up to 50% reimbursement for the costs associated with this training. Businesses interested in “ nding out more about the EWT Grant for their employees can contact Michelle Glass 772-475-2201 ext. 620 or email mglass@careersourcerc.com. For information on this course or to register, call 1-888-283-1177 or visit www.irscbiz. com. 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Fatality€ My heart breaks for the families of these girls. I think the whole community is praying for everyone involved in this accident. No one involved in something like this goes away unchanged. € Life is unpredictable. You never know how long you will have your children or y our grandchildren in your life. Hug them often. Make sure they know how much you love them and how proud you are of them. A ccidents can happen at any time without w arning. € The cops should obey the same laws t hey are paid to enforce unless they have appropriate emergency signals on, which they s hould operate under restraint of the existing conditions! € If you cannot trust your of“ cers to know w hen to use lights and sirens, you need new of“ cers. € A terrible tragedy for everyone happened here. Were they planning to blow t hrough the main intersection that fast? I dont care what the situation was. There is absolutely no excuse to be driving that fast even if they had emergency lights on and t he time of night makes no difference. Huge c ant take back mistake. God bless the families and the of“ cer who has to live with this. I surely hope the department doesnt allow t hat kind of speed in town. € The sheriff needs to enforce the rule that t hey must not exceed the speed limit unless t hey are enroute to an emergency, and have permission to turn on the emergency lights. If it is serious enough to drive faster than the law allows, it is serious enough to hit the lights. If they have to call in for permission t o turn on the lights, they should just keep t raveling at the speed limit until they get that permission approved. € The law enforcement of“ cers should s et the example. If people see the patrol cars s peeding, failing to use turn signals, etc., and t he emergency lights are not on to indicate t hey are going to an emergency, what does that say about their respect for the law? Why should anyone else follow the traf“ c laws if the cops dont? Law enforcement of“ cials should lead by example. € If you do a little research, you will “ nd that in the State of Florida, quite often even if there is a death caused by an accident, no one goes to jail unless it is a DUI, drag racing or you leave the scene of the accident. Drivers have even hit pedestrians and not gone to jail if they stayed at the accident scene. The Orlando paper recently had a big write up on this. € I do not understand why they trust deputies to carry loaded guns „ and they dont have to call in for permission to draw their weapons „ but those same deputies have to call in for permission to use the blue lights. € If a deputy cannot be trusted to know when to turn on the blue lights, that person should not be a deputy. If they were abusing use of the emergency lights, “ re them. Get rid of the ones who were abusing it. Withhold not good!By Tommaso PasquarellaCornerstone Baptist Church Should believers withhold that which is good from those in need? How does one answer this question except with; may it never be. Logically, people will say that we should do good to those in need, but in practicality it seems that they do the opposite. People, believers included are so much more concerned with building their own kingdoms rather than building up the kingdom of God. This should not be the case; oh Saints of God. This problem is not just among the church and todays culture, but for Jewish people throughout the Old Testament as well. For example, Solomon spent seven years building the house of the LORD, and thirteen years building his own. There is no judgment for Solomon, but it does show the fundamental problem men have when it comes to what they care for more. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.Ž (Proverbs 3:27) Proverbs commands believers to not withhold good from those to whom it is due. This is a command; not a request, so how does this jibe with how the church lives in this world and how they are supposed to live? Answering this question is very important in the lives of those who belong to Christ. There will be some that say this is Old Testament and it does not apply to us. To them it must be said that this is the word of God and it all applies to believers. The principle here is that those who love God and honor Him will not withhold that which is good from them to whom it is due, to those who need it. It would be good to “ nd out who good is due to. This is referring to those who are poor, widows, or orphans. Why would that be the case? They are the people whom God has called the people of God to minister to. And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.Ž (Leviticus 25:35) God in His grace and mercy has called the people of God to help brothers who are poor and fall into decay and hard times by relieving them, even if they be strangers or travelers. God in His amazing mercy has called the church of God to minister to people in their needs, whether they are believers or not. They are to help especially if they have it in their power to do so. He desires for His people to be His ministers of grac e to the peoples. They should not even put of f someone from that good. Say not unto th y neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.Ž (Proverbs 3:28 KJV) He desires that the help would be given at the time of need. Are we required to be a help in the Ne w Testament to those who believe and thos e who do not believe? Well let us see what th e Scriptures say? I have shewn you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to suppor t the weak, and to remember the words of th e Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.Ž (Acts 20:35 KJV) Paul speaks about how he had worked to suppor t his ministry and for those in his care, and then he tells them that he has given them an example to support the weak, the poor. H e urges them to do so using the words of Jesus, it is more blessed to give than to receive. The call of Jesus is key in this discussion. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all th y soul, and with all thy mind. This is the “ rs t and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.Ž (Matthew 22:37-39 KJV) Love God, love others, and we love others by caring fo r their needs. How does the body care for the needs o f others, lost or saved? They preach the gospel and help with needs in the lives of others. There is an opportunity for the body o f Christ to step up right here in Okeechobee. Open Hands Health Center is a ministry tha t will serve the uninsured in this communit y by providing health care for the physical as well as the spiritual body. As a result, the y will share the Good News of Jesus Christ to many who may not normally set foot in a church. The mission of Open Hands Health Center, Inc. is to deliver free professional, Christ-centered healthcare to economically disadvantaged persons of Okeechobe e County, thereby meeting their physical and spiritual needs. Open Hands will be a clini c that will serve Okeechobee Countys underserved with free medical and dental if the y fall within 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. This ministry will need the support o f the saints in Christ, to give, pray and volunteer. Praying that the Lord would move th e body to live out the Great Commission, b y helping this ministry become equipped and prepared to meet needs, minister to hearts, so that people would come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. September 28, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re” ections from the Pulpit Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% Tonight: Widely scattered showers or a thunderstorm early. Then partly cloudy. Low 72F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%Extended ForecastMonday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Monday Night: Thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 90%. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 87F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday Night: Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Clear skies overnight. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast

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5 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 There are 67 counties in Florida. Around the region, Hendry County had 13.1 percent, Hardee 9 percent, St. Lucie 8.7 percent, Indian River 8.7, Highlands 8.6 percent, DeSoto 8 percent, Osceola 7 percent, Martin 7 percent, and Palm Beach 6.6 percent. The highest rate was found in Hendry County and the lowest in Monroe County, 3.9 percent. The state average was 6.7 percent and the nations stood at 6.3 percent. JOBSContinued From Page 1 U.S. 441 & S.R. 70Work started last week on the project to widen and add turn lanes at the intersection of U.S. 441 and State Road 70, commonly referred to as Okeechobees main intersection.Ž When the project is completed, there will be two left turn lanes in all four directions. Many residents were saddened to see large trees felled in Flagler Park near S.R. 70 to make room for the additional turn lane. However, a member of the work crew on the site said most of the downed trees were rotted on the inside. These large water oaks had simply reached the end of their natural lifespan, he explained. He said only one of the water oaks cut was a healthy tree. According to the Arbor Day Foundation website, the water oak is a fast-growing tree and has an average life span of 60 to 80 years. According to the FDOT contract, the intersection improvements will consist of adding lanes and roadway reconstruction, milling and resurfacing, widening, construction of concrete bridges, base work, shoulder treatment, drainage improvements, curb and gutters, guardrail, sidewalks and signing and pavement marking on SR 70. The FDOT project budget is $2.8 million. The project is scheduled to take 250 days according to Janet Cook of FDOT. She said replacement of the Flagler Park trees is not part of the FDOT project, but she understands the City of Okeechobee has plans to replace some of the trees.Lock 7At Lock 7, work is scheduled to start in October on improvements to the trailhead for the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. The project will include resurfacing the entrance driveway; constructing a new parking are a near the pier, and the construction of restroom facilities. There will be 57 parking spaces on the paved area. The project includes speed bumps. While access to the pier will be affected while work is under way on the parking lot and comfort station, the project should not affect access to the boat ramps. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2015. At the Thursday county commission meeting, Commissioner Bryant Culpepper brought up the question of security cameras. He said there is a continual problem with the area being torn up by trucks and four-wheelers. Mr. Threewits said they are checking into installing security cameras. The FDOT budget for the project is just under $1 million.Everglades BoulevardRoad work will also be under way next week on the roadway known as Everglades Boulevard from U.S. 441 S.E. to south o f SR 710, (including Southeast 34th Avenue, Southeast 28th Street, Southeast 43rd Avenue, Southeast 26th Street and 40th Avenue). Paving is scheduled to start Tuesday, Sept. 30. This project includes resurfacing the roadway, adding paved shoulders, replacing damaged drainage pipe and adding new pipe, upgrading the guardrail and replacing mailboxes. There will be daytime lane closures as necessary. Sandra Mancil, with FDOT, said ” iers about the project were distributed to those who own homes along the affected roadway. She said they also distributed ” iers at Everglades Elementary School. FDOTContinued From Page 1 But if the lake keeps rising, they may not have a choice. The upper chain of lakes is all at regulation schedule,Ž he said, explaining that is w hy they are moving so much water south from the Orlando area. Currently, there is some storage capacity in the lake. Last year this time, the lake was about a foot higher at 15.7 feet. The decision has not been made yet whether they will start releasing water to the east,Ž Mr. Ritter said. Both the Caloosahatchee River and the St. Lucie are getting basin runoff. LAKEContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenFDOT work planned at Lock 7 include paving of the parking lot by the pier and the addition of restrooms, as an improvement to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold three public workshops in October to discuss management of black bears in south central Florida and how people can get involved in w orking with the FWC on local bear issues. Under the FWCs Florida Black Bear Management Plan, approved in 2012, seven Bear Management Units (BMUs) will be established throughout the state. The BMU approach will allow the FWC to manage bears based on the characteristics of bears, people and habitat in different parts of Florida. The “ rst steps are being taken to create the South Central BMU to manage the bear subpopulation on the Lake W ales Ridge and surrounding areas. Workshops will offer the public a chance to provide input on local bear issues and allow interested people to sign up to be active members of the South Central Bear Stakeholder Group. The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations: € Sebring … Tuesday, Oct. 7, Highlands County IFAS Extension Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd.; € Lakeland … Wednesday, Oct. 8, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road.; and, € Punta Gorda … Thursday, Oct. 9, Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St. The workshops will give the FWC a better understanding of the local perspective on bear management in south central Florida,Ž said Dave Telesco, FWC Bear Management Program coordinator. Participants at the workshops will have the opportunity to interact more directly with FWC staff than during typical meetings. We will be listening more than talking.Ž The South Central BMU includes Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties. Five BMUs already have been initiated: West Panhandle, Central, East Panhandle, South and North. Immediately following the completion of the South Central BMU workshops, the FWC will start the “ nal BMU in the Big Bend. Go to MyFWC.com/Bear and look for Which BMU are you?Ž to “ nd out more about black bears in your area. A guide to living in bear countryŽ is also available at MyFWC.com/Bear by clicking on Brochures and Other Materials,Ž and you can “ nd more on bears and the bear management plan at MyFWC.com/Bear. FWC hosts workshops to discuss bear management Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission seeks the publics input on area bear management plans.

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Blood donations neededCommunity volunteers are needed to help save lives by donating blood. € Sunday, Sept. 28 at Walmart from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. V.F.W. Post offering breakfastBuckhead Ridge V.F.W. Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 East, is open to the public for the following activities: Sunday, Sept. 28 breakfast from 8:30 until 11 a.m. plus $1 bloody marys, screwdrivers and drafts. Then its “ ve-card bingo at 5 p.m. Dinner is available for a $6 donation on Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. It will be hosted by the ladies auxiliary. Thursday bingo and food starts at 1 p.m. Friday night dinner features pork loin, “ sh and shrimp for a $7 to $8 donation. Live music will be offered from 6 until 11 p.m. All proceeds bene“ t veterans programs and their families. Call 843-467-2882 for details.Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. 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.Family workshop scheduledThe Florida Department of Education will host a family engagement workshop Monday, Sept. 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane, entitled The Perfect Brainstorm in 3-D.Ž This interactive workshop will inspire students, parents and community members to get excited about, and involved with, The Florida Standards. The 3-D workshop will explain why the standards are bene“ cial to all Floridians, and teach families speci“ c age-appropriate activities to support learning at home. Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to attend. For information, call 863-462-5056.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, 1796 U.S. 441 N., 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 863-763-9228.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.Healthy Start board to meetThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. in their of“ ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863462-5877.OHS drama group plans playThe OHS Drama/Thespian Troupe 7319 will present Steel MagnoliasŽ Oct. 2 4 Showtime is at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 3; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $5. The play will be held at the OHS Lecture Hall. For information, contact Ms. Raulerson at 863-462-5020, ext. 8011.Five wishes workshop slatedA “ ve wishes workshop will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. and again on Dec. 4 at the Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St. The “ ve wishes is a brochure/ check list which explains what an individual should do with regard to the “ ve wishes in case of serious illness. For information, call Carolyn Thomas at 863-467-8644.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. 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 863763-3378. 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida 863-357-7283 okeechobeeseawinds.com Seawinds Funeral Group > Vero Beach > Sebastian > Melbourne > St. Lucie County > Okeechobee > Stuart > West Palm Beach > Lake Placid Okeechobee’s Most Affordable Funeral Home & CrematoryLosing a loved one is dicult... Paying for their funeral shouldnt be If our costs of performing a cremation are the same as our competitors, then why are they charging you so much more? Why spend more? Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory oers families excellent service in a warm, elegant atmosphere at reasonable prices, without sacricing the quality of care that their loved ones deserve. 6 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 IRSC offers Lifelong LearningThe Fielden Institute at IRSC is a program of the IRSC Foundation and is designed to serve men and women age 50 or older who are interested in returning to the college classroom to learn „ simply for the joy of learning. Among the 2014-15 session offerings are discussion groups and class offerings on topics such as computers, photography, writing, gardening, creativity and local history. An open house will be held from 9:30 until 11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 3 in the Williamson Conference Center Auditorium at the Okeechobee IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. To RSVP, call IRSC at 772-462-7880; email Katherine Hazellief at khazelli@irsc.edu; or, visit www.irscfoundation.org.Change Medicaid plan nowIf you or your child is currently on Medicaid and assigned to a certain insurance plan or physician, you have only a few weeks left to make a change. Otherwise, you may not be able to change your plan for one year. The number to call is 877-711-3662; or visit www.” medicaidmanagedcare.com, You should act before Oct. 31 For local assistance, call the Dr. Fred Brown Childrens Health Center at 863-763-1951 and ask for a health bene“ ts counselor.Habitat of“ ce has movedHabitat for Humanity has plans to move from the Trading Post Flea Market to a new building at 1321 S.R. 70 East, across from Race Trac. To arrange pick up or drop off, call Diane at 863-634-1686. Quilt, Craft Bazaar to be heldThe Quilters of Peace Lutheran Church are planning their Quilt and Craft Bazaar for Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Fellowship Hall, 750 N.W. 23rd Street. A limited number of tables are available for craft vendors from the community, $10. There will be all kinds of crafts, quilts, lunch, a huge bake sale and a white elephant sale. To reserve a table or for information, call Dottie Allen at 863-801-8100.R.C. club outings slatedThe Okeechobee Model Airplane Club is a local group focused on building and ” ying radio controlled aircraft which includes airplanes and helicopters. We have a lot of experienced instructors and ” y everything from fun sport aircraft to scale reproductions and aerobatics. We ” y every Saturday morning at the Agri-Civic Center, S.R. 70 East, typicall y from 7:30 until 11 a.m. Meetings are the “ rst Saturday of the month at the “ eld starting at 8:30 p.m. Come on out and meet us or join us, everyone is welcome and we will even teach you how to ” y. For information, call Joe Papasso 561-252-0916.R.C. cars run every SundayThe Okeechobee RC Racing Club is a local group focused on running radio controlled cars adn trucks. Subcategories in boats and airboats are also available. The y have a dirt track at the Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70 East. They run at this track as a club on Sunday afternoons starting at 3:30 p.m. Call Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 for information. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236

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Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding “ nes are doubled in work zones. Travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial 511Ž from their phone to learn about traf“ c conditions on major roadways across the state. Roadwork planned this week includes the following:Okeechobee County€ US 441 from CR 68E to NE 312th Street: Maintenance contract project: Crews are working on roadway shoulders close to the road. Use caution when traveling in the area. € US 441 (North Parrot Avenue) from 290th Trail to NW 344th Street: Maintenance project: Crews will repair concrete mitered end sections. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € US 98 from SR 70 to CR 68 (NW 160th Street): Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing roadway shoulders. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € SR 70 east of Okeechobee/NE 34th Avenue to Williams Road/NE 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € SR 70 from NW/SW 4th Avenue to NE/SE 3rd Avenue: Construction project: This project improves the intersection at US 441. Crews are clearing the right of way and continuing signal work. Observe posted speed limits, look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and drive with caution in the construction zone. During this project, crews will add turn lanes, widen and resurface the roadway, improve drainage, replace traf“ c signals and build curb, gutter, and sidewalk. Estimated completion is summer 2015. The contractor is Ranger Construction Industries, Inc. € Everglades Boulevard from US 98/441 to south of SR 710, including SE 34th Avenue, SE 28th Street, SE 43rd Avenue, SE 26th Street and 40th Avenue): Construction Project: Crews will begin paving, Tuesday, September 30 through Friday, October 3. Expect periodic daytime lane closures with ” aggers directing traf“ c and be prepared to stop. This project includes resurfacing the roadway, adding paved shoulders, replacing damaged drainage pipe and adding new pipe, upgrading guardrail and replacing mailboxes. Estimated completion is spring 2015. The contractor is J.W. Cheatham, LLC.Glades County€ Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST Trail) from north of the Herbert Hoover Dike Bridge to the bridge east of CR 721: Construction project: Improvements under this contract include enhancement to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) with construction of a 10-foot asphalt shared use path, two-foot shoulders, signs and pavement markings. No lane closures are expected; however, use caution as trucks enter and exit SR 78 near the Lake Port area. Estimated completion is spring 2015. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp. € SR 78 from US 27 to Harney Pond Canal: Maintenance permit project: Crews are replacing poles along the roadway. Motorists should expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. E D U C A T I O N A L S E M I N A R S Cremation & Burial Luncheon 11AMGolden Corral Monday thru Friday TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT \ Affordable Traditional Funerals/Military Specials HOSTED BY SEAWINDS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974 863.357.7283 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Prices stayed high again this week as numbers were off a little probably due to the rate of rain. Bred Heifer Sale will be here Friday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. We are expecting around 150 head. Pat Modine, Ft. Pierce, topped the calf market with a high of $5.10 bought by L 2 Cattle. Lazy S Cattle, Lorida, topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $1.26 bought by FPL. Our special sales are just around the corner, so if you are in need of bred heifers or bulls, come see us! Oct. 3: Bred Heifer & Cow Sale (taking consignments now!) Oct. 10: 44 FarmsŽ Angus Bull Sale Oct. 17: Little Creek FarmsŽ Brangus Bull Sale plus 50 head (registered & commercial) Brangus Heifers. See ya here at the Market! Todd Road Watch

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8 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 Cooler weather brings greater threat of damaging exposureSpecial to the Okeechobee News Whether youre a Floridian or just visiting, chances are youll be heading outside to play. Ninety-six percent of residents and 98 percent of tourists say enjoying outdoor recreation in Florida is important to them. The three most popular activities? Going to the beach; looking at wildlife and bicycling, according to a recent survey. Those of us who live here are far more likely to be doing those things in the fall, w hen our steamy summers melt into lower humidity and high temperatures, ranging from the upper 70s to low to mid-80s. A lot of public service messages about sun precautions go out in the summer, when those of us who live here tend to limit our outdoors time to early mornings and evenings,Ž says Adam J. Scheiner, M.D., www. adamscheinermd.com, an eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon whos been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Howard Stern Show and The Doctors. Those are actually fairly safe hours for sun exposure. The far more dangerous hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Were much more likely to be outside during those times in the fall and winter.Ž No matter how comfortable the temperature feels, Dr. Scheiner says, dont be fooled! Were not far from the equator … its less than 1,800 miles from Miami … which means were exposed to more sun more of the time than places farther from the equator,Ž he says. Earlier this summer, the surgeon general predicted 9,000 people will die from melanoma this year. Thats preventable. If skin cancer doesnt scare you, think with your vanity. Sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of wrinkles, discoloration, age spots and festoons, among other dis“ guring problems.Ž Dr. Scheiner shares tips for preventing, minimizing and repairing sun damage: € Prevention: Youre not just exposed when youre “ shing, gardening or at the playground. Anytime you go outside, youre exposing yourself to damaging UVB and UVA rays, and the result is cumulative. A little bit here and a little there adds up,Ž Scheiner says. Simply driving a car can result in serious sun damage. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found more skin cancers on the left side of patients faces … the side exposed while driving … than the right. Scheiner says hes seen truckers and others who spend years on the road with severe wrinkling on the left side of the face. Always wear sunscreen, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. I recommend a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30, preferably higher,Ž he says. You can also protect yourself from UVA rays, which cause deeper damage, by applying UV-protective “ lm to your car windows. Also, wear clothes with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating of at least 30.Ž € Minimizing: Good nutrition and topical products can help minimize signs of damage, such as wrinkles and age spots, Dr. Scheiner says. Eat foods rich in antioxidants „ carrots and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables; spinach and other green leafy vegetables; tomatoes; blueberries; peas and beans; fatty “ sh, and nuts. An American Society for Clinical Nutrition study found that women ages 40 to 75 who consumed more vitamin C, an antioxidant, had fewer wrinkles. Use exfoliant creams to remove dead skin cells. Prescription creams including Avita, Avage, Renova and Retin-A have been shown to reduce wrinkles and age spots caused by sun exposure. € Repairing: Lasers can resurface facial skin by stripping away the outermost layers. Some non-ablativeŽ lasers also stimulate collagen formation, which helps smooth wrinkles. I use RESET Laser Skin Resurfacing, which reverses the damage and removes many pre-cancers and even active skin cancers,Ž Scheiner says. RESET uses an advanced Dual Pulsed Erbium Laser, and m y proprietary healing protocol. For two weeks, I tell patients to avoid direct sun and not to use any products on their skin that dont come from me.Ž The RESET treatment Dr. Scheiner has vaporizes the old skin and causes the collagen in the underlying layers to tighten. The No. 1 best thing you can do for your skin starting today is to start making application of a broad spectrum, UVB/UVA sunscreen part of your daily routine. Apply it to all areas of the skin that can be directly exposed to the sun,Ž he says. The best scenario is preventing sun damage in the “ rst place.Ž Physician offers fall sun safety tips for Florida Special to the Okeechobee NewKiwanis holds annual installation banquetThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held their annual themed (black & white) installation banquet at Silver Palms RV Resort on Thursday, Sept. 25. Incoming Lt. Governor Keith Muniz was in attendance to install the new of“ cers and board members. Above: Pictured from left to right are Lt. Governor Keith Muniz, board member Gary Scherrer, outgoing Lt. Governor Jim Vensel, President-elect Jonathan Bean, Treasurer Sherri En“ nger, Secretary Heather Hancock, President Ken Keller, board member Courtney Moyett, board member Lonnie Kirsch, board member Maureen Burroughs and board member Jim Davis. Right: Outgoing Lt. Governor Jim Vensel presents J.D. Mixon with the Presidents Award for outstanding leadership (2012-2014) and service to the club. 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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Special to the Okeechobee News You are apt to suffer restless sleep as you grow older and thats not a good thing, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens. The 50-plus set can usually fall asleep with few problems, but many of them have a hard time staying asleep. But, before you resort to over-the-counter sleep aids or seek stronger, prescription medications, discuss your problem with your physician. Your condition could be more complicated than you think. There are a few things you can do in the meantime. For example, stay away from caffeine and alcohol before you retire for the night. Keep active during the day; itll help relieve stress. Get as much sun as you can. Sunlight helps regulate melatonin levels, the hormone that helps control your sleep cycles. And, make sure your bedroom is quiet, is not lit up and is cool. Noises, bright lights and heat interfere with sleep. General Surgery € Endoscopy € Minimally Invasive Surgery Hours: Monday…Friday 8 a.m.…5 p.m. € Phone: 863-357-0540 € Fax: 863-357-0546 1924 Hwy 441 N. € Okeechobee, FL 34972 Carlos Alejo, M.D. Hablamos espaol Board Certi“ed in General Surgery CONSUMER& COMMERCIALLOANS|HOMEMORTGAGES|AGRICULTURALLOANSCOMPLETELYFREE BUSINESS& PERSONALCHECKINGwww.centerstatebank.com A COMMUNITYBANKYOUCANDEPENDON! Okeechobee Office863.763.55732100 South Parrot Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Your Local Community Partners! Okeechobee Team (L to R): Sara Sparks, Teller; Heather Hancock, Executive Assistant; Tabitha Trent, Market Manager/VP; Jamie Brammeier, CSR; Jennifer Lafferty, Residential Lender; John Williams, Community President/SVP; Patricia McWhorter, Teller/CSR; Shannon Conrad, Assistant Branch Manager; Sherri Enfinger, Consumer Lender; Elisabeth Garduno, Teller; Faveola Carrillo, Teller Supervisor; and not pictured Kristy Crawford, Portfolio Loan Manager/VP. MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Sept. 26TH Thurs., Oct. 2NDFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE BOXTROLLS”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “DOLPHIN TALE 2”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG PG II: “THE MAZE RUNNER”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 9 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News € Zippys 301 S.W. Park St., has the best w ings hands down! They have a variety of menu selections with the most popular item besides wings being the half-pound certi“ ed angus beef patty. That is handmade for each delicious burger. Zippys also has specials all w eek long such as Kids Eat Free on Mondays and $1 off burger day. Any special occasions, sports teams, birthday parties or of“ ce parties are all welcome to come and celebrate here! Cant bring the parties to them? No w orries Zippys will come to you! Be sure to like them on Facebook for all their updates. They can be contacted at 863-763-1399. € Chobee Play Skate N Bowl 1465 U.S. 441 S.E., is Okeechobees newest kidfriendly and family environment with bowling lanes and laser tag now open. Soon to come is a skating rink. With great prices and so much to offer, this is the perfect destination for date night, family night and birthday parties. Make sure to check them out on Facebook and their w ebsite at www.chobeeplay.com. Be sure and tell them Tammi sent you! They can reached at 863-467-1800. € Yetti Out“ tters Inc. 719 U.S. 98 N., is an archery and pro shop. They have everything y ou could want for archery needs. If they dont have it in stock, they can order and have it to y ou in no time. Their pricing is very reasonable. If you “ nd a bow you like, they want to be sure you try it before you buy it so you know that its a perfect “ t. Check out their Facebook for weekly deals or go online to the website at yettiout“ tterinc.com for more. They can be reached at 863-763-1040. With the holiday season approaching, how about something a little different to put in those cookie tins this year?Apple HermitsIngredients : 2 cups all-purpose ” our, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar, 1 egg, beaten, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup chopped apples, 1 cup raisins, 2/3 cup confectioners sugar, 1 tablespoon milk.Directions : 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, sift together ” our, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and ” uffy. Mix in sugar and egg. Stir in ” our mixture, and mix thoroughly. Fold in nuts, apples, and raisins. 3. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on wire rack. 4. In a small bowl, mix confectioners sugar with milk to make a thin glaze. Drizzle over cooled cookies. As always check out my blog for helpful links and more information about these bussinesses at http://” orida.newszap.com/ topofthelake. Sleep is important for good health B.R.A.T. Club in Okeechobee is looking for volunteersBuilding Relationships Among Teens (B.R.A.T.) Club in Okeechobee is looking for volunteers. If you are over the age of 21, and a fun-loving and energetic person, we want you! Come help out the youth of the community at various youth events. Contact Tammi Kelly at 772-708-6764, or Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996 for information.

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11 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsSheriffs of“ ce reports indicate a local w oman fell prey to a Publishers Clearinghouse scam, while another woman avoided another scam by contacting law enforcement. Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) Deputy Yero Todman said he responded to a S.E. 26th Street address where he talked with a woman who had received an email, ostensibly from Delta Airlines. That email told her to complete the process of purchasing a ticket, which she did not do. Deputy Todman then called the airlines customer service department and was told they had received other calls of this type. The airlines, he continued, said they are ... actively working to remedy the situation.Ž The airlines also asked the woman to forward the email she received to Deltas fraud/complaint site. I advised her to monitor her “ nancial statements and identity/credit reports for the next several weeks,Ž stated Deputy Todman. Another local woman, however, did not fare so well. And even though her loss was relatively small, it was still a loss of cash. OCSO Deputy Tammy Sera“ ni met with the 80-year-old woman at the sheriffs of“ ce who told her of a phone call she received earlier in the day from a Mr. Sawyer, who was calling from Jamaica. According to the womans caller ID, Mr. Sawyers phone number was 876-2918403. He told the woman she had won several prizes from Publishers Clearinghouse and that he would be delivering to her a Mercedes Benz automobile and a large lump sum of cash. He told her he would make the delivery at 3 p.m. Thursday. But, he never showed up. Instead, he called her again and asked her to go to Walgreens and purchase a Money Pak, Green Dot card and put $155 on it. Which, she did. Mr. Sawyer then asked her to scratch off the number on the back of the card, and she did. She was then asked to return to Walgreens and get two more Green Dot cards and to put $500 on each of them. The woman returned to the store where she engaged in conversation with someone and, at some point, told them what she was doing. That other person then told her this whole thing sounded like a scam. Instead of buying the additional Green Dot cards, she went to the sheriffs of“ ce to “ le a complaint. Deputy Sera“ ni said the woman has had no interaction with the Publishers Clearinghouse or any company connected with it. The deputy then advised the woman to contact her telephone company and ask to have Sawyers phone number blocked. I also told her to refrain from giving a stranger or any unknown company an y monies, if she is certain she has had no dealing with them,Ž stated the deputy. If you think youve been contacted b y a scammer, or you have fallen victim to a scam, contact law enforcement immediately. While its unlikely an arrest will ever be made, you stand a much better chance of getting your money back by “ ling a report. If you live in the city, contact the Okeechobee City Police Department at 863763-5521. If you live in the county, contact the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce at 863-763-3117. Local woman falls prey to Publishers Clearinghouse scam The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce i nvestigated reports of the following crimes l ast week.ASSAULT€ 4100 block of U.S. 441 S.E.BURGLARY€ 2900 block of S.E. 38th Ave. € 8200 block of S.E. 57th Drive € 4300 block of S.E. 49th Court € 2600 block of N.W. 16th Blvd. € 8600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. € 900 block of S.E. 36th Terrace € 3000 block of N.W. Fourth St.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF€ 3100 block of U.S. 441 S. € 28600 block of N.E. 55th Ave. € 200 block of S.R. 78 W.FRAUD€ 4400 block of S.E. 28th St. € 9700 block of S.R. 78 W. € 16500 block of U.S. 441 N. € 3300 block of N.W. Second St.IDENTITY THEFT€ 28600 block of N.E. 55th Ave.THEFT€ 1300 block of S.W. 32nd St. € 4100 block of S.E. 26th St. € 3500 block of S.W. 22nd St. € 1500 block of S.R. 70 E. € 2700 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace € 3400 block of N.W. 16th Ave. € 3400 block of U.S. 441 S. € 1500 block of S.W. 18th Terrace € 2400 block of N.W. 50th Ave. € 5800 block of S.E. 94th Trail € 1500 block of S.R. 70 E. € 18100 block of N.W. 96th St. € 800 block of S.W. 24th Ave. OCSO Investigations 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). € Jacob Kenneth Bryan, 27, Milum Drive, Moore Haven, was arrested Sept. 23 by Deputy Corporal Don Ellis on a DOC w arrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation sale/delivery of marijuana and violation of probation possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He is being held without bond. € William John Paull, 66, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 23 by Deputy Cpl. Don Ellis on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of child abuse intentionally in” icting mental/physical injury. His bond was set at $5,000. € Vasilios Kostantinos Rallis, 35, N.W. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 25 by Deputy Kristin Gray on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with failure to appear for felony offense (burglary and petit theft); failure to appear for felony offense (burglary of a structure while armed, grand theft-“ rearm, grand theft, criminal mischief and possession of a “ rearm or ammunition by a convicted felon); loitering or prowling and driving while license suspended; and, obstruction of service or execution of a search warrant. He is being held without bond. € Harley Dean Henderson, 16, S.E. 25th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 25 by Deputy Timothy Gillis on an Okeechobee Count juvenile take and hold warrant charging him with the felonies of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. 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

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsDetectives are asking for the publics help in locating the person responsible for doing an estimated $20,000 in damages to a Sprint telephone box and the wiring inside it. According to information from the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) a video of the vandalism has been obtained. That video shows an unknown make and model of pickup truck enter the crime scene at S.R. 70 West and the east corner of S.W. 67th Drive around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. The truck is possibly an extended cab model. That pickup stays in the area for about an hour with its headlights illuminated. Then, around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, the truck runs over the phone box. It then backs up and runs over the box about four more times. The Sprint telephone equipment was destroyed. The video then shows the truck leaving the area and traveling east on S.R. 70 W. toward Okeechobee. As detectives watched the video the y said other vehicles were seen entering the Lazy 7/Sunset Strip Airpark subdivison and passing by the suspect vehicle and the scene of the vandalism. This information and the video will be forwarded to CrimeStoppers and local news af“ liates to garner suspect information from those who may have seen the suspect pickup. An exact amount of the damage wont be known until crews have repaired all o f the damage. If you have any information regarding this vandalism you can remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). Or, you can contact OCSO Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark at 863-763-3117, ext. 5103. No minimum balance € No monthly fee € Free Debit Card Free Debit Card Rewards € Free eStatement € Free Mobile Deposit Free Pay-a-Person’ € Free Mobile Banking € and more!Is your bank closing branches, doing away with services and limiting your access? 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A nyon e ning a new Free Checking account, you must accept and open online banking, online bill payment, eStateme nt, eposited to new Free Checking account after the qualications have been met and will be reported to the IR S. s and fees. bee Branch 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S. an an n a d d d ma ma ma a a a a k k ke ke e k k t t t t t t he he he s s s wi wi wi w tc tc h h h h h h no no w! w! in su s re e e e d d A 12 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News Jennifer and Steve Lafferty have been named United Way campaign co-chairs in Okeechobee County. As the 2014-15 campaign co-chairs, they will lead the campaign v olunteers to meet the $110,800 fundraising goal. Jennifer Lafferty is assistant vice president/mortgage lender at CenterState Bank. Steve Lafferty is store manager of Publix Super Markets in Okeechobee. Jennifer has lived in the area all of her life, and Steve for 23 years. They have two teenage children. Both Jennifer and Steve have been active with the United Way for some time. Both have served on United Ways allocations teams, and Jennifer is currently a member of the United Way Board of Directors. In addition to United Way, they are active in Okeechobee Youth Football League, March of Dimes, Food for Sharing, and Childrens Miracle Network. Steve has been a supporter of United Way since 1985. We support our United Way because United Way allows us to impact many lives through one channel of giving. Giving back to the community that we live and work in is very important to both of us,Ž said Jennifer and Steve. United Way Community Leaders in Okeechobee recently completed the allocation process that determines the needs of local health and human service agencies. Volunteers set a goal of $110,800 to be raised during the 2014-15 United Way Campaign. Last year the United Way of Okeechobees goal was $70,000 and the campaign raised $85,482. The 2014-2015 Campaign will begin raising funds toward the $110,800 goal in mid-September. The funds raised for the United Way go to the 13 local United Way Partner Agencies in Okeechobee County including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Marthas House, Real Life Childrens Ranch, Hibiscus Childrens Center, and Childrens Home Society. All funds raised in Okeechobee County support programs in Okeechobee. Couple will chair United Way campaign Information sought on vandalism of phone bo x Special to the Okeechobee NewsJennifer and Steve Lafferty are the 2014-15 Okeechobee United Way Campaign chairs.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO) handled a variety of calls this week including a stolen birdbath and a love-struck man who showed the depths of his affection by carving it in the w alkway at the Lock 7 pier. FAKE COP While angling for his favorite fare at the Scott Driver boat ramps Monday, Sept. 22, on S.R. 78 West an angler was approached by another man and the two struck up a conversation. The olderŽ man then told the angler he w asnt supposed to be “ shing there, nor w as he allowed to park his vehicle near the ramps. The angler then inquired as to why it was bothering him so. According to Deputy Matt Crawfords report, the older man then told the angler ... he was an off-duty police of“ cer and he had a badge and gun to back it up.Ž As the fake cop was driving away in a maroon Ford pickup, the angler jotted down the v ehicles tag number and gave it to Deputy Crawford. The deputy found his suspect who reportedly told Deputy Crawford that he had asked the angler what if I was an of“ cer with a badge or gun?Ž Anyway, he continued, ... the “ shermen cussed me out so I left.Ž Deputy Crawford told the man if he had a problem he should contact the sheriffs of“ ce. He stated he understood, but he was not pleased with my presence,Ž pointed out the deputy. No one was arrested. LOVE TRIANGLE A man pulled a ri” e and ordered the w ould-be suitor of the armed mans girlfriend from his property, while the woman apparently watched. Deputy Sergeant Paul Ferrells report stated the woman has been in an intimateŽ relationship with Mr. X. However, that same w oman is also in a relationship with Mr. Y. When the two-timing woman didnt show up at the home of Mr. X, he went looking for her and found her at the other mans home. So, he jumped a fence surrounding the mans property and started walking toward the mans home. Seeing Mr. X, Mr. Y grabbed a ri” e, went outside and ordered the trespasser from his property. But, the order failed to deter Mr. X and he continued toward the home. Mr. Y then “ red a round from the ri” e into the ground and again ordered Mr. X to leave. Mr. X ... stopped and started yelling, cursing and screaming ...Ž at the woman and Mr. Y. But after he apparently got some things off his chest, Mr. X turned and left the property without further incident. And, without the woman. DIRTY BIRDS Deputy Quinton Speed was called to a home in the southeast section of the county Thursday, Sept. 25, when the homeowner returned home only to “ nd someone had taken a concrete birdbath from his yard. The birdbath was valued at $100, stated the deputys report. Deputy Speed went on to state the homeowner had hired a man to do some yard work, so the deputy went to talk with that man. He reportedly told the deputy he was doing some yard work for the homeowner and also noticed the birdbath was gone. According to the report the deputy then drove around the area searching for the missing birdbath, but could not “ nd ... a matching birdbath that “ t the description.Ž STOLEN MAILBOX Deputy Yamil Astacio was called to a home in the southwest section of the county around 4:18 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Apparently a mans handmade pineapple mailbox, and the pole it sat on, had been taken. The man told Deputy Astacio he had seen the green and yellow mailbox around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. But, when he went to get his mail Friday morning it was gone. According to the report the man paid $600 for the mailbox. TRUE LOVE Deputy Timothy Gillis answered a criminal mischief complaint Thursday morning, Sept. 25, at the Lock 7 pier. Someone damaged the concrete walkway to the pier by etching JarrodŽ; then a heart with an arrow through it; then the name Alicia.Ž The writing was in cursive. The names were above and below each other with a heart in the middle,Ž explained the deputy. The report goes on to surmise the etching was done with some kind of saw or rotary tool. The cuts in the concrete were about a half-inch deep, added Deputy Gillis. Apparently, the couple is very much in love and proud of it. On the memorial plaque that stands at the entrance to the pier were also etchings of the names of JarrodŽ and AliciaŽ,Ž stated the deputy. Apparently no one likes to memorialize their love in the side of a tree any more. Early vote th st Check Your Voter Status! 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 28, 2014 It really happened ... Help for vets is available A rumor has been circulating that the Veterans Service Of“ ce has closed and to receive veterans services you must drive to the reservation to see a representative. This rumor is NOT true. Betsy Grinslade, the county Veterans Service of“ cer, is accredited with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, American Legion, VFW and DAV and has been working in this capacity since October 1999. The of“ ce is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The of“ ce closes at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. The County Veterans Service Of“ ce is located in the old courthouse at 304 N.W. Second St. The phone number is 863763-6441, ext 5. If you have any questions about VA bene“ ts for veterans, widows, and/or family members, contact Betsy Grinslade for assistance.

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FILL SHELL, ASPHALT MILLINGS, SAND, STONE, MULCH, TOP SOIL. LARGE OR SMALL QUANTITIES DELIVERED OR PICK-UP, NEAR TOWN. JOSH 634-9486 TIM SILLS, LLC. PRESSURE WASHING, PAINTING, ROOF COATING AND SOME TREE TRIMMING CALL 863-447-6637 LIC#7272 Driver: FT/Bene ts CDL Class A w/ HAZMAT, tanker, & air brakes endorsements; 2 years driving experience; no preventable accidents, license suspensions, alcohol related violations or other moving violations in the past 3 years; Ability to obtain a current medical examiner’s certi cate; High School Diploma or GED; English communication skills (verbal and written); Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations. Praxair is an equal employment opportunity employer Apply on line: Praxair.com/careers REQ04445 M/F/D/V/H CITY OF OKEECHOBEE Now Hiring ACCOUNTS CLERK cityofokeechobee.com See website for application & job description Applications also available at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Rm 100, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Applications accepted until position is lled, strongly encouraged to apply by Friday, October 3, 2014. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP 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. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 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! Please fax your resum to 863.763.7874 or apply online at www.walpoleinc.com Walpole Inc is looking for a Warranty Administrator. The goal of this position is to assist our shop personnel with processing manufacturer warranty claims and assisting in all of our daily service needs and operations. Primary Responsibilities:€ Checking, verifying, and processing vehicle warranty repair claims, and following the receipt of payment from the manufacturer. € Responsible for making sure that all of the relevant and pertinent information for each claim is provided by the responsible parties involved.JOB REQUIREMENTS€ Outstanding communication, Critical thinking, time management, organization skills € Detail Orientated € Pro“cient in Microsoft Applications € Professional appearance and work ethic € Great attitude with a high-energy personality € Superior customer service skills € Warranty administrator experience is preferred, but a strong working knowledge of service management will be considered. € Associates Degree Preferred **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 NOW HIRING CDLA DRIVERS for Full-Time MILK HAULER positions in OKEECHOBEE, FL! $15 per hour, 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.southeast milk.org Fax to: (352)307-0499 EEO & Drug Free Workplace 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 MANY ITEMS FOR SALE CURIO CABINET, PAINTINGS, ANTIQUES, FURNITURE, COLLECTIBLES, NEW CLOTHING AND MUCH MORE CALL 863-634-5176 LEAVE MESSAGE WILL RETURN CALL. 3,800 sq ft Thrift Store Contents, Merchandise ONLY, Open your store tomorrow or Flea Market! $4,000 for all (561)346-4692 FOR SALE (2)CHEST FREEZERS, SEVERAL SOFA BEDS AND MISC BATH FIXTURES CALL FOR PRICES AND MORE INFO 863-763-6100 INVESTOR NEEDED to re nance balloon mortgage. Investment property bought in 2005. M/H & RV Park on 3 acres + have 3 ac. heavy comm. property. Properties off Hwy 70. Call 561-346-4692. Business Opportunities Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard Sales Services Services Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Part Time Dental Furniture Miscellaneous How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 15 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 Part-time Cook needed for Chuck Wagon. Must have Florida Food Handler Certi cation Call 863-451-1319 for more information.

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RAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES, 9 WEEKS OLD, THREE FEMALES, REGISTERED. $500.00 CALL 863-634-4407 Sewing Machine Store closing: Selling Everything!! Call 863-292-6033 for more information. Fresh Michigan Apples. $25 per 23 lb box/$13 1/2 box. Sales bene t the Okeechobee Adventist Christian School. Order before October 3. (863)610-1291 Fresh Michigan Apples. $25 per 23 lb box/$13 1/2 box. Sales bene t the Okeechobee Adventist Christian School. Order before October 3. (863)610-1291 2BD FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED APARTMENTS IN THE CITY OR KINGS BAY STARTING AT $700.00 PER MONTH, WITH LAWN AND GARBAGE INCLUDED, NO PETS OVER 5LBS, MORE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 863-634-8331 2BD/1BA APARTMENT IN TOWN, WALKING DISTANCE TO STORES. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $600.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 A PARTMENTS FOR RENT BOARDWALK BLDG. FIRST MONTH, SECURITY DEPOSIT, INCLUDES WATER. CALL 863-801-9119 FOR RENT FURNISHED EFFICIENCY CABIN FOR 1 OR 2 PEOPLE INCLUDES WATER ELECTRIC CABLE AND GARBAGE PICK-UP, NO PETS. MUST HAVE REFERENCES, RENT $600/MO. AND $300 SECURITY CALL 863-697-6412 Furnished Ef ciency In quiet neighborhood. Short term only. 3 night minimum. Call (863)623-4413 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs 2br, 1ba, Tiled oors. Includes Water. $700 month + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128 NW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $700. 1st, last & $500 security. Shown only 11am-6pm 561-346-1642. OKEECHOBEE 1/1, New oor covering, clean, furnished, cable, Wi-Fi, elec, satellite W/D included, fenced yard, small pet okay. $600/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 TOWNCENTER APTS. 2 br./1 1/2 ba. Apts. Move-In Special 50% off 1st month Rent! 863-763-8878 4,800 sq ft CBS w/ 2br1ba Loft apt, Lrg garg doors, secure fenced yard. Live in or rent apt. Off of hwy 70 $2,200/mo (561)346-4692 OAK LAKE VILLA 2/2 $700 A MONTH AVAILABLE OCT. CALL 863-763-4831 3BD/1BA HOUSE ON 1 ACRE, CERAMIC TILE FLOORS, NEW CABINETS & COUNTER TOPS. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $850.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 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 OAK PARK: 2BR, 1BA for rent, circle drive, new appliances. $700 mo. Call 863-467-1466 OKEE In Town 2 1/2 br./1ba., W/D hookup. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet ok. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 941-504-3954 Okeechobee CHARMING, CLEAN & WELL KEPT 3/2 updated, 12 mile NE of town center, lawn, pest, trash & water included. $675.00 per month. Call M-F only. NO PETS. 863.467.9800 On Rim Canal Newly renovated Brick Home. 3br./2 1/2 ba. 1 garage. Boat dock & deck. $895mo. 772-359-1640 “Time To Move In Is Now” First 2 Months Free“Next to Court House” Commercial Space 500, 1000, 1300 SF. 863-467-0651 CORNER OFFICE 2,500 SQ FT, WATER-SEWERDUMPSTER INCLUDED, 2 MONTH’S FREE RENT, CALL 863-634-7994 FOR DETAILS. M/H & RV Park on 3 acres (9 rentals & 3 homes). Also have 3 ac. heavy comm. property. Properties off Hwy 70. Call 561-346-4692. 2BD/1BA NICE KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM, LARGE YARD. ON 2.5 ACRES $500.00/MO. CALL 954-752-6184 DWMH 3BD/2BA, FRESHLY PAINTED, PAY OWN ELECTRIC. $750.00 MO AND $500.00 SECURITY CALL 863-697-0214 FULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appointment. FURNISHED MOBILE HOME 2/1, INCLUDES WATER, GARBAGE AND LAWN SERVICE $600.00 MO PLUS $300.00 SECURITY. RV SITES AVAILABLE LAKE ACCESS NO PETS 8022 HWY 441 SE MUST HAVE REFERENCES CALL 863-697-6412 New Palm Harbor Velocity Models! 3/2 starting in the 50’s, 4/2 starting in the 60’s Limited time offer !! 800-622-2832 plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD KING CLASSIC, 10,000 MILES, LOTS OF CHROME, ALL MAINTENANCE RECORDS. $13,000. MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. 863-697-9066 OR 863-467-8003 HONDA HELIX TRIKE, GREAT FUN AND PERFECT FOR SCOOTING AROUND TOWN. NEEDS NOTHING $3350 O.B.O. CALL 863-467-2910 2001 BMW 330CI, BLACK, HAS 111,000 MILES, RUNS GREAT GARAGE KEPT, CLEAN CARFAX $6,500.00 CALL 863-801-5359 CASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 1948 CHEVY COUPE STREET ROD, 350 CRATE MOTOR, 350 TRANSMISSION, P/W P/P, P/S, A/C, REMOTE ENTRY $35,000 O.B.O. CALL MARVIN 1-904-282-3297 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA Case No.: 2014-DR-316 IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: PAUL NICHOLSON, Husband, and DEBORAH J. NICHOLSON, Respondent/Wife NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATION TO: Deborah J. Nicholson Address Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against for and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Paul Nicholson, whose address is 1137 10th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974, within thirty (30) days from the date of publication of the rst publication, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Further papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED : September 16, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ Debra Goodrich Deputy Clerk 467336 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12 Notice of Meeting Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 3:30 P.M. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Construction Industry Licensing Board Okeechobee County Independent Inspections, Ltd. 467434 ON 9/28/2014 PROCLAMATION NOTICE OF GENERAL CITY ELECTIONS CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA NOVEMBER 4, 2014 WHEREAS, under and by virtue of the provisions of the Charter of the City of Okeechobee, and Florida State Law, it is the duty of the Mayor to proclaim and call General City Elections at the time and manner provided therein; and WHEREAS proclaiming General City Elections shall be issued at least 90 days prior to the date of the holding of such election, by an Elections Proclamation, signed by the Mayor and attested by the City Clerk; and WHEREAS the Elections Proclamation shall specify the of ce to be lled, the cause of the vacancy of such of ce, and the date of the expiration of the terms of such of ce; and WHEREAS, the City Clerk shall publish the Elections Proclamation in the local newspaper at least twice, once being in the fth week, and once being in the third week prior to the week in which the regular election will be held. NOW, THEREFORE I, James E. Kirk, Mayor of the City of Okeechobee, Florida do hereby PROCLAIM AND DECLARE that a GENERAL CITY ELECTION is to be held by the duly quali ed electors of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, during the regular hours of voting, towit: from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or during Early Voting, as provided by State Law, and to be held on October 25 through November 1 2014, for the purpose of electing the following of cers to serve as such for four (4) years beginning January 5, 2015 and ending January 7, 2019 following such election or until their successors are elected and quali ed: THREE (3) COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ONE (1) CITY CLERK Said election shall be held in the County polling or voting places within the Municipal precincts of the duly quali ed City electors, which precincts have been established by the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners and Supervisor of Elections for the General Election of Okeechobee County. IN TESTIMONY AND WITNESS of the foregoing Notice of Election, I have hereunto set my hand as Mayor of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, and caused the corporate seal of said City to be af xed, and attested to by the City Clerk, this 15th day of July, 2014. BY: James E. Kirk, Mayor ATTEST: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 467200 ON 9/28/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION A QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thurs, Oct 16, 2014, 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website: cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Dept, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863.763.3372 x218. Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 14-002-R, submitted by property owner(s) Rick and Bonita Lightsey, requesting to change the Zoning from Residential Single Family-One (RSF-1), Professional Commercial Of ce (CPO), and Holding (H) to Heavy Commercial (CHV), located in the 700 block of NE 4th Street, consisting of approximately 2.6 acres. Legal: Lots 1 to 6, and 10 to 12 of Block 117; and Lots 1 to 6 of Block 116, City of Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; together with a parcel of land lying in Section 15, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of Block 115, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and the Northwest corner of Parcel 4 of Plat No. 1 of Taylor Creek Watershed as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 29, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence run South along the West boundary of said Parcel 4 to the intersection with the centerline of NE 4th Street for a Point of Beginning; thence continue South, along the Western boundary of said Parcel 4 and the East boundary of Block 116 of said plat of Okeechobee, to the intersection with the centerline of the 15 foot alleyway in said Block 116; thence run East, along the centerline of said alleyway extended East, to the Western shore line of Taylor Creek; thence run Northerly, along said Western shore line of Taylor Creek, to the intersection with the centerline of NE 4th Street extended East; thence run West, along said extended centerline, to the Point of Beginning. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. This Board serves as a recommendation body, and will function in a manner similar to a court, hearing testimony and questioning presenters who provide substantial and competent evidence. The recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for First Reading and Final adoption Public Hearing, tentatively scheduled for Nov 18, 2014 and Dec 16, 2014, 6 PM. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator, Petition No. 14-002-R 467469 ON 9/28/2014 Pets/Supplies SewingMachines Farm Produce Apartments Apartments Commercial Property Condos/Townhouses Rent Houses Rent Office Space Rent Commercial Property Sale Mobile Home Rent Office Space Rent Mobile Home Rent Mobile HomeSale Campers/RVs Motorcycles Automobiles Autos Wanted Classic Cars Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment on Thurs, Oct 16, 2014, 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website: cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Dept, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863.763.3372 x218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 14-007-SE, submitted by John H. Budd, III, Vice President, Sonic Restaurants, Inc., on behalf of property owner Okeeland, LLC, to allow a drive-through service within a Heavy Commercial District (CHV) Zoning District, Ref. Code Book Section 90-283(1). The proposed use is for a drive-thru/drive-up restaurant, to be located at 501 E North Park ST. Legal: Lots 4 to 9 of Block 150, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5 Okeechobee County public records, and approximately 1.0 acres. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. This Board serves as the decision making body, regarding special exceptions and will function in a manner similar to a court, hearing testimony and questioning presenters who provide substantial and competent evidence. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as dened by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. By: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator, Petition No. 14-007-SE 467467 ON 9/28/2014 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING AND RELATED SERVICES RFQ # 2014-13 Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, hereby issues this request for Professional Engineering and related Professional Services. Related inquiries and additional information shall be directed to Jim Threewits, Deputy County Administrator, at (863) 763-4458 x-2. Proposals to provide Professional Services for the establishment of one or more continuing service contracts covering all aspects of Local Government, including but not limited to: studies and engineering within the scope of the practice of architecture, professional engineering, planning, landscape architecture, or registered surveying and mapping described herein shall include: a letter of transmittal requesting that the rm be certi ed as quali ed to provide the required professional services, organizational pro le and rm’s quali cations, resumes of individuals to perform the work, scope of services proposed, public entity crimes af davit, standard forms SF 330 and other pertinent data in the information regarding the rm. Interested rms shall submit an original proposal and twelve (12) copies thereof in a sealed enclosure bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING AND RELATED SERVICES by 3:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Proposals received after the time and date speci ed will not be considered. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. Okeechobee County reserves the right to: reject any and all proposals, select the rm(s) most quali ed for each individual referenced project or for all referenced projects, waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal(s), which, in its sole judgment, best serves the public interest. Okeechobee County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Frank Irby, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida 467470 ON 9/28/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 472014CA000324 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK Plaintiff, VS. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR ANY UNKNOWN CLAIMANT BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST COLEY L. HACKETT, DECEASED, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR ANY UNKNOWN CLAIMANT BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST COLEY L. HACKETT, DECEASED, whose last known address is 6324 SE 96th Circle, Okeechobee, FL 34974, AND ALL OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described real property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: LOTS 10 AND 11, BLOCK 17, PINE OAKS VILLAGE, SECTION 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 20, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH 2007 FLEETWOOD HOMES, SPRINGHILL MODEL, SERIAL NOS. GAFL634A80074 and GAFL634B80074. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Edmond Alonzo, Esq., the Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Alonzo Law Of ces, P.A, 217 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 on or before 30 days of the initial publication, and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated this 24th day of Sept., 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis DEPUTY CLERK 467461 on 9/28;10/5/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 47-2014-CP-000124 IN RE: THE ESTATE OF: JAMES L. FINK, Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of JAMES L. FINK, deceased, Case Number 47-2014-CP-000124 is pending in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Courthouse, Probate Division, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. The duciary lawyer-client privilege in Florida Statute 90.5021 applies with respect to the Personal Representative and any attorney employed by the Personal Representative. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED PURSUANT TO FLA. PROB. R. 5.240 THAT: All persons on whom this Notice is served who have objections that challenge the quali cations of the Personal Representative, venue, or jurisdiction of this Court are required to le their objections with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. Any person entitled to exempt property is required to le a petition for determination of exempt property within the time provided by law or the right to exempt property is deemed waived. An election to take an elective share must be led within the time provided by law. ALL CREDITORS ARE NOTIFIED PURSUANT TO FLA. PROB. R. 5.241 THAT: All creditors of the Decedent and other persons having claims or demands against Decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this Notice is served, within three months after the date of the rst publication of this Notice, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the Decedent and persons having claims or demands against the Decedent’s estate must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. Publication of this Notice has begun on the 28th day of September, 2014. Personal Representative: Attorney For Personal Representative: BRENDA A. FINK DANA H. HANKINS, P.A. 540 Cascade Circle, Unit 100 BY: DANA H. HANKINS, Esquire Casselberry, FL 32707 Florida Bar No. 305006 2510 E. Jackson Street Orlando, Florida 32803 ATTORNEY AT LAW Telephone 407-896-9650 Facsimile 407-896-9648 DanaHankinsLaw@gmail.com 467429 ON 9/28;10/5/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thurs, Oct 16, 2014, 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website: cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Dept, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863.763.3372 x218. Under consideration is Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 14-002-SSA, submitted by property owner(s), Rick and Bonita Lightsey, requesting to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property located at 502 NE 6th Avenue, approximately 2.6 acres. Legal: Lots 1 to 6, and 10 to 12 of Block 117; and Lots 1 to 6 of Block 116, City of Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; together with a parcel of land lying in Section 15, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of Block 115, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and the Northwest corner of Parcel 4 of Plat No. 1 of Taylor Creek Watershed as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 29, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence run South along the West boundary of said Parcel 4 to the intersection with the centerline of NE 4th Street for a Point of Beginning; thence continue South, along the Western boundary of said Parcel 4 and the East boundary of Block 116 of said plat of Okeechobee, to the intersection with the centerline of the 15 foot alleyway in said Block 116; thence run East, along the centerline of said alleyway extended East, to the Western shore line of Taylor Creek; thence run Northerly, along said Western shore line of Taylor Creek, to the intersection with the centerline of NE 4th Street extended East; thence run West, along said extended centerline, to the Point of Beginning. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. This Board’s role in this capacity is to serve as the City’s Local Planning Agency and make a recommendation for approval or denial to the City Council for nal adoption Public Hearing, tentatively scheduled for Nov 18, 2014, 6 PM. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. By: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator, Application No. 14-002-SSA 467468 ON 9/28/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful!ACROSS 1 Looking at the stars 7 Dog stars first name? 10 Singing an oldefashioned love song? 14 Saudi neighbors 15 Poetic preposition 16 Opera set in Egypt 17 *Bit of formalwear 18 *Interrupt 20 Wear a long face 21 Lucrative way for a handicappers bet to pay off 22 Supply with weapons, oldstyle 24 Letters for the Queen Mary 25 Numeral 28 Mideast ruler 30 Delaware tribe 31 General HospitalŽ extra, for short 34 Territory in dispute between Russia and Ukraine 37 FBI agent 38 U.N. workers rights agcy. 39 *Scandal management ploy 41 Memphis-toNashville dir. 42 Cond __ Publications 44 Like Enyas music 45 Emulated Miss Muffet 46 Vigor 48 Open carriage 50 Jazz player, briefly 51 __ seen enough!Ž 53 Stavros superior, in 70s TV 57 Star WarsŽ weapon 59 Mandlikova of tennis 60 *Less intense workout after a workout 62 Lose when you should have won, and a hint to the start of the answers to starred clues 64 Molokai neighbor 65 When repeated, a Kenyan rebel 66 Puccinis La __Ž 67 Times in the p.m. 68 Suffix with Canton 69 Quarters DOWN 1 I dunnoŽ 2 Theres __ Out TonightŽ: 1961 hit 3 Rock legend Frank 4 Response from the next room 5 Singer Peeples 6 Clock-setting std. 7 Sew up again 8 Presses 9 Indoor ball brand 10 Asea 11 *Psychologically manipulative tactics 12 Words often said in front of a priest 13 Brown shade 19 Plant stem joint 21 Flourish 23 DL x IV 26 Brusha, brusha, brushaŽ toothpaste 27 Maxim 29 The Twilight ZoneŽ plot device 30 Chuckle 31 Flax fabric 32 Something to fall back on 33 *Snoop 35 Litter sound 36 Pencil topper 40 Busiest type of season 43 Ivy support 47 Alum 49 Start of a pirates refrain 51 __ a dark and stormy night ...Ž 52 Locale 54 Yakked 55 Cartoon genre 56 Beckinsale and Chopin 58 A few 60 Awards often cohosted by Carrie Underwood: Abbr. 61 Bungler 62 Mgr.s degree 63 Toss By Matt Skoczen (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC06/25/1406/25/14ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewisxwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle

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R E D David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 5076-H: Kissimmee River Estates. Home on a beautiful fully fenced yard, carpet. Screened porch with attached $35,000 MLS #208405 5083-M: Pioneer Estates 3/2 DW on an acre with 1,652 total $58,000 MLS #207779 5007-H: Conners Gables 3/2 with 1,980 Total 2009. Split bdrm plan, much more! $145,000 NOW $128,000 MLS # 208204 5051-H: Okeechobee Hills Lg 2 Story, 3br, 3ba home on 15.80+/acres Elthroughout, lg balcony, $350,000 MLS # 208400 2004-C: Taylor Creek Isles, 2BR/2BA condominiunder air. Screened more info. $67,000 MLS # 208444 buildable lot partial fenced. $5,900 MLS # 207132 on Hwy 441 N ners Gables buildable Lot (SE 39th Terr) $6,000 MLS #208198 of commercial property on the Rim Canal $1,500,000 MLS #207408 Ranch $15,000 MLS# 207998 $79,000 MLS # 207817 $11,000 MLS # 207811 4br/2ba DW, 2,482 total ily rm, fireplace and nice open kitchen. HOA incomm. $80,000 NOW $70,000 MLS #208093 REDUCED NEW LISTING NEW LISTING REDUCED Find your dream home here! Advertise here! Over 100 Listings FLYING G ESTATES Rim Canal waterfront living! 3 Bd/ 2.5 Ba/ 2 Garage, CBS home. 20x30 detached workshop/ boat garage. Skylights. Formal Living, Family room, large master suite with double sinks and separate bath and shower. Large utility with sink, big storage closed, built in iron board. Full house R/O water system. 12x40 screened Lanai with Hot Tub. 2008 Lennox A/C. Dock, partial seawall. Beautiful sunsets! Only 14 minutes to Home Depot! BRAND NEW METAL ROOF! Make your retirement dreams come true! $257,000 CALL Lori (863) 634-1457 FLYING G ESTATE ~ NEW Metal Roof Call 863.763.3134 to advertise! Someone reading this ad right now could be searching for a new home. Why not have them looking at yours? LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS RIGHT OFF RIM CANAL GREAT LOCATION Very nice well-maintained 3/2 CBS Waterfront Home with Cypress Wood in Living Room and Dining Room. One car garage, CBS shed in back of garage, Screened in Fish Cleaning Station, GENERATOR wired in. Office behind garage. New master bedroom handicap friendly. New tile in kitchen and hallway. HOMES ONLY SECTION. Metal Roof 2004; sprinkler system, new seawall in 2009. MLS 206645, $188,900. MOTIVATED SELLER Location, Location, Location 18 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014

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19 Okeechobee News September 28, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Justin Comfort, Brendan Bostwick and J esus Mojica were among the Warriors who scored goals to lead Osceola Middle School to a 4-0 start with a 7-0 victory over Sebastian Middle School on Wednesday. Coach Jorje Botello said he is happy with how the team has started the season and that he was proud of his team. Things are looking pretty good. We w anted to challenge Yearling but the weather didnt permit that. Until we meet Yearling w e wont know where we stand. We have a really solid team and we hope to go undefeated,Ž he said. The two local teams will meet on Oct. 9 at Yearling and Oct. 13 at Osceola. Botello said Alex Bucio is the team captain and he showed great leadership on and off the “ eld this year. Bucio said he was excited by the teams ball control, passing, and that the team did everything it could to work together. We still need some more work. Every team is a hard team. We treat every team with respect and give everything we have,Ž he added. Brendan Bostwick said the team had great passing and communication against Sebastian and really kept up the pressure throughout the match. We kept trying. We have great defense, mid“ eld and offense and we work together to create a superior team,Ž he said. Comfort said the team played together through communication and was able to pull out the victory. We still have to practice because no team is perfect. We hope to go undefeated this year.Ž OMS Warriors get 7-0 soccer win over Sebastian Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOsceola is excited about its fast start on the soccer “ eld this year. Left to right are Brendan Bostwick, Jesus Mojica and Alejandro Bucio in white. Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will issue permits for two wild hog control hunts on Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, west of U.S. 27 to residents of Glades and Hendry counties. The two hog control hunts will be on Nov. 1-2 and Nov. 8-9. Twenty-“ ve permits w ill be issued for each hunt. Permits will be available on a “ rst-come, “ rst-served basis to individuals 16 years of age or older. Permit distribution will take place at the Fisheating Creek WMA check-station at the FEC Campground in Palmdale on Saturday, Oct. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. Individuals must be present to receive a permit. You cannot pick up permits for other people. Permittees will be allowed to take wild hogs with no size or bag limit. The use of dogs is prohibited. Firearms will be limited to a shotgun with #1 buckshot or larger. For additional information, you may contact the Fisheating Creek WMA of“ ce at 863946-1194. Hog hunt to be held at Fisheating Creek Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment plannedThe Battle of Okeechobee will be held on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Okeechobee Battle Historic State Park. Battle re-enactments start each day at 2 p.m. Gates will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per car. For information, visit www. okeechobeebattle“ eld.com.

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