Wednesday, May 30, 2018 50Â¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 64 14.02 feetLast Year: 11.05 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyGraduation DayThe Okeechobee High School Class of 2018 participated in graduation ceremonies at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on May 25. Pictured above from left to right are the OHS Class of 2018 Summa Cum Laude graduates, Cristian Rios, Artha Jonasssaint, Princess Salva and Daniel Groso with Principal Dylan Tedders. At right Nicholas Amiet decorated his mortar board with an ÂAdventure TimeÂŽ theme. For photos online, go to okeechobeenews.net. By Chris FelkerINI Florida A funny video showed up on Facebook recently, by Daniel McNamara via Storyful, that shows a resting alligator, awakened by an errant golf drive, then devouring said ball and slinking off into the water hazard. So far they havenÂt been trained to fetch by Florida golf course owners, but a local trapper tells the story of how human activity can con dition them to become nuisances. Alligators become more activ e and visible in populated areas a t this time of year because thei r mating season is under way, so th e Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser vation Commission (FWC) want s Floridians to be cognizant of ho w best to stay safe around them, what measures people can take t o keep alligators at a safe distanc e and what to do if someone feel s threatened by a gator. Although they were remove d from the endangered species lis t decades ago, alligators still are a protected species because of thei r resemblance to the endangere d American crocodile. Under Florid a law, it is illegal to feed, kill, haras s or possess alligators without a farming or hunting license. All residents and visitors ar e advised to be aware that as a fun damental part of FloridaÂs natura l landscapes, ecosystems and foo d chains, alligators are found in al l 67 counties, especially in and nea r freshwater or brackish water bod ies. So it is important to always b e watchful when engaging in out door recreation nearby or in th e water, even, possibly, in oneÂs ow n back yard. And because gators ar e most active between dusk an d dawn, swimming at night in inlan d water bodies is to be avoided.Clean up the scraps while Â“shingFishermen especially are aske d to be proactive in not providing ar tiÂ“cial food sources or attraction s for alligators. The FWC advise s Be wary and safe around alligatorsSchools to offer free lunch ... Page 3 Brahmans fall to Doral Academy ... Page 12 Gerald LefebvreLaw Ofces of Lefebvre & Dixon763.3333Okeechobee, Florida Young writer de... Page 3 planned ... Page 7 Mosquitoes carry disease ... Page 9 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News An Okeechobee City Councilman was arrested on an Okeechobee County felony warrant Thursday morning for alleged offenses that occurred outside of council meetings. Okeechobee City Councilman, Michael Gerald OÂConnor, was arrested May 24 at 8:17 a.m. by Okeechobee Police Department Detective, James Pickering, on an Okeechobee County Councilman arrested Courtesy of GatoramaYouÂll often Â“nd FWC licensed nuisance-alligator trapper Allen Register feeding the specimens at Gatorama, or giving a lecture for visitors. See ARREST Â„ Page 2 Mike OÂConnor See GATORS Â„ 2
disposing of all Â“sh scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and Â“sh camps; never throw them in the water. People are asked to observe and photograph alligators only from a distance. Alligators under 4 feet long generally are not big enough to be dangerous to people unless handled. But male alligators 7 feet or longer, and females 6 feet or longer, most likely are sexually mature. Mating season occurs during May and June, and the animals are more active outside their usual ranges and are apt to act more aggressively during these months. In any case, people are advised never to swim outside of posted swimming areas or in any waters where large alligators might be present. Also, people who own pets must remember that dogs and cats are close in size to alligatorsÂ natural prey, so they should not allow their pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near water bodies that might harbor gators. Attacks on humans are extremely rare but still possible, so always be wary if one is sighted, and leave it alone. Alligators may be seen anywhere near ponds, canals, ditches, streams, pools and golf-course waterholes. Often they may just be sunning themselves or moving between w etland areas, but if anyone observes an alligator that is believed to pose a threat to humans, pets or property, they are encouraged to call the FWCÂs Statewide Nuisance A lligator Program (SNAP) at 866-392-4286. The programÂs goal is to reduce the threat from alligators to people and their property in developed areas, while conserving alligators in areas where they naturally occur. In 2017, SNAP received 13,210 nuisance alligator complaints, resulting in the removal of 8,455 nuisance alligators. The number of calls was about 3,000 fewer in 2016, but the number of animals harvested was up from 8,036 that year. Overall, the recent number of calls is below the 2012-16 average of 15,124 calls but harvests are up substantially over that four-year average of 7,379. This program permits the removal of alligators that pose a threat to people, pets, livestock, or property. It is illegal for members of the general public to kill, capture or relocate nuisance alligators. For more information about nuisance alligators, visit http://myfwc. com/wildlifehabitats/man.Local trapper keeps busyLocal FWC-licensed nuisance-gator trapper Allen Register, who also is co-owner with wife Patty of the Gatorama attraction in Glades County, said on Saturday, May 19, that heÂs been somewhat busier lately than usual at this time. ÂItÂs the breeding season so theyÂre out moving around. IÂve got Â“ve open permits right now,ÂŽ he said. Five different people had called FWC in his area, reporting nuisance alligators, but some of them were reporting multiple gators. Mr. Register, whoÂs been working for FWC as a trapper for about seven years, is assigned the territory between the Caloosahatchee River and Fisheating Creek. ÂThereÂs high trapping trafÂ“c right now, because alligators are breeding so theyÂre on the roads and theyÂre in peopleÂs ponds,ÂŽ said Mrs. Register. She added that the alligators he traps are not killed. ÂWe bring them back here (to Gatorama in Glades County) and, depending on their size, we either put them in the breeding area as new bloodlines, or we put them in this barebacking opportunity for a little bit.ÂŽ ThatÂs a new photo-op available to Gatorama visitors where they can be photographed as though they were riding an alligator. Sometimes people report alligators that are too young to be a nuisance; Mr. Register said a woman in Moore Haven had reported several, but they were only 2-3 feet. ÂA nuisance alligator is deemed as one 4 feet and above, but we as the trapper industry or group have said that weÂll go get those alligators to keep the complainant happy, and weÂll relocate them ... to another body of water. The nuisance trapping never ends; it goes on year-round,ÂŽ Mr. Register explained. ÂThe state has to respond because of public safety, and so thatÂs why they call the trappers. But some are not, in my opinion,ÂŽ he added. Asked when itÂs necessary to report an alligator one might encounter as a Ânuisance,ÂŽ he replied: ÂI think when a person feels threatened Â„ but thereÂs different thresholds for that Â„ I have a lady whoÂs lived in the same house since 1977, and she said theyÂre worse this year than theyÂve ever been. Her house is up on stilts, and it was underneath her house or in her carport. ThatÂs certainly an incident where we need to take care of the alligator. ÂBut,ÂŽ he added, Âthere becomes a heightened awareness when thereÂs an injury or death from an alligator and people start to freak out. We had that happen in Moore Haven several years ago when a boy got his arm bitten off, so itÂs a frenzy now. Generally what happens is, if an alligatorÂs up on your property closer to your house than to the water, thatÂs a good indication that it could be a problem alligator.ÂŽ That can be because the animalÂs lost his fear of people, said Mrs. Register. ÂIf people start to feed them, then they lose that fear. It only takes one or two times to feed an alligator before that gator ... I mean, theyÂre smart,ÂŽ Mr. Register continued. ÂWeÂve trained some of these alligators here Âƒ you see that triangle hanging from the tree over there (on a bank along GatoramaÂs alligator pond); if we go there and ring that triangle, then whomp, they all go over there, and then we can call them one by one back over here and then weÂll feed them, stop them, have them walk around the trees and come back. It doesnÂt take but just a few incidents, or a few times of them doing that, and they understand whatÂs going on. ÂThey easily get conditioned to know when thereÂs food present or nearby and when thereÂs not. They have a natural fear of people, they just lose that fear whenever people start to feed them.ÂŽ Mr. Register even thinks the alligators might be smart enough to modify their behavior based on trappersÂ routine. ÂThe gators know Âƒ thereÂs this one in Moore Haven that weÂve been chasing for about three weeks, and heÂs just in a canal system; thereÂs ... four different things with culverts going through. You put out the bait, and heÂs not even close by. And then youÂve got to think about how long he is because you donÂt want to put it too low; then other animals would get it. You donÂt want to get the four-footers if youÂre after an eight-footer.ÂŽAlligator harvest programThe Â“rst application period for 2018 Statewide Alligator Harvest Permits ran from Ma y 18 through May 28. Participants had to either complete an online harvest report form or mail in a hard copy form; but if they transfer their alligator carcass to a commercial processor, then they must also print out a cop y of the form and submit it with the carcass. ThereÂs also a Private Lands Alligator Harvest Program with similar reporting requirements, except that participants also must verify alligator habitat and population data using certiÂ“ed wildlife biologists. Male alligators 7 feet or longer, and females 6 feet or longer, most likely are sexually mature, and mating occurs in May and June. Females build a mound nest of soil, vegetation and debris and lay 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July. Hatching occurs from mid-August through early September. The hunting seasons, or harvest periods as theyÂre called, start in mid-August and run through early September, and then again from mid-September through Nov. 1; however, the hunt dates vary by county and even is limited to weekends in some Âharvest units.ÂŽ Check myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats / managed/alligator/harvest for more information. Now itÂs time for our quiz. What are the basic rules for coexisting peacefully with FloridaÂs alligators? Never feed them; keep pets away from waterÂs edge; swim during the day and onl y in designated areas; and keep your distance if you see an alligator. If an alligator is on your property and causing concern, call the FWCÂs toll-free nuisance alligator hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).2 Okeechobee News May 30, 2018 Today: Cloudy in the morning, then thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 83F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Cloudy skies early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later at night. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastThursday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 84F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Thursday Night: Considerable cloudiness. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Friday: Rain showers in the morning w ith scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High near 85F. Winds light and v ariable. Chance of rain 40%. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Saturday: Cloudy in the morning, then thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 86F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Okeechobee Forecast felony warrant charging him with tampering with or harassing a witness, victim or informant and a misdemeanor charge of battery. The arrest warrant, issued on May 23, states that on May 19, OÂConnor knowingly used intimidation or physical force, or threatened another person, or attempted to do so, or engaged in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to hinder, delay or prevent the communication to a law enforcement ofÂ“cer of information relating to the possible commission of a criminal offense, and the ofÂ“cial investigation or ofÂ“cial proceeding affected involves the investigation or prosecution of a misdemeanor, in violation of Florida Statute 914.22; and that he intentionally touched or struck a person against that personÂs will or did intentionally cause bodily harm to a person, in violation of Florida Statute 784.03(1). His bond was set at $5,500. He has since been released on bond. OkeechobeeÂs City Administrator, Marcos Montes De Oca issued an advisory notice to the ofÂ“ce of Florida Governor Rick Scott stating, ÂWe are advising your ofÂ“ce of the arrest of one of our Okeechobee city councilmen, Mike OÂConnor, on May 24, 2018, pursuant to a criminal complaint Â“led with our local police department. I have enclosed a copy of the arrest afÂ“davit for review.ÂŽ The letter continued, ÂCouncilman OÂConnor is presently serving as a duly elected councilman, with his term of ofÂ“ce ending with the November 2020 election cycle.ÂŽ The letter concluded, ÂIt appears the incident complained of is a domestic matter, unrelated to Councilman OÂConnorÂs OfÂ“ce and duties with the City of Okeechobee; it is however, a felony arrest. Therefore, our cit y attorney advises that your ofÂ“ce may elect to suspend Mr. OÂConnor from ofÂ“ce pursuant to Ch. 112.51, Florida Statutes. The City o f Okeechobee is not advocating a position either way, and will abide by whatever course of action your ofÂ“ce takes.ÂŽ The arrest afÂ“davit attached to the letter stated he was arrested at his residence that morning. During transport to the Okeechobee County Jail, OÂConnor reportedly asked if the arrest stemmed from a video that he had allowed OPD Detective Sergeant Bettye Taylor to retrieve. Detective Pickering conÂ“rmed OÂConnorÂs inquiry, to which he reportedly responded, ÂI guess I shouldnÂt have given it to her then.ÂŽ ARRESTContinued From Page 1 GATORContinued From Page 1
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All schools in the Okeechobee County School District will be participating during the 2018-19 school year. CEP is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other speciÂ“c means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Okeechobee County Schools Food Service Supervisor Lisa Bell says that the provision not only decreases the districtÂs paperwork load, but helps ensure they can feed all students in the Okeechobee County school system. ÂThis option will alleviate the problem families have with being able to afford school meals for their children,ÂŽ Ms. Bell explained. ÂOur programs are strictly regulated to meet dietary guidelines that are in the best interest of every child at every age level. We know that if students eat school meals, they are fueling not only their bodies but their minds as well. Although by going to CEP we will no longer have to collect free and reduced lunch form applications, therefore reducing our paperwork load, we will still continue to track each child and record the meals they are served throughout the day. This is important for allergen awareness, parent information and for continuing to allow students to purchase smart snacks ala carte. Students will continue to be able to keep a running account in the cafeteria for ala carte purchases.ÂŽ Free breakfast had been in place since the 2015-16 school year, but now with CEP, lunch will also be provided. Teachers are not included in the national school breakfast and lunch program. However, the Okeechobee County School District is not planning to raise its rate for adult meals in 2018-19. ÂWhile we would also like to see our adult participation increase, our main purpose is to feed children,ÂŽ said Ms. Bell. ÂAll meals outside of those given to children must be charged at a rate that covers the cost of the meal and the government reimbursement at the highest rate. We will still be required to charge adults, but we are not planning to raise the price next school year, keeping the adult meal price at 3.50.ÂŽ Schools to offer lunch and breakfast in 2018-19 By Gia PasquarellaSpecial to the Okeechobee News From anywhere in my house, you can almost always hear the clicking of the keyboard as my brother Vincenzo writes his newest book idea. He mostly writes speculative Â“ction and is always coming up with new ideas. Vincenzo Pasquarella is 20 but started the book when he was only 17. He Â“nished writing the book by 18 and was published by 19. I asked him how it felt to have a book in his hands after all his hard work and dedication. ÂWell, after all the time I spent working on it, it was worth it. It took a lot of time, a lot of rewrites and deÂ“nitely a lot of hard w ork.ÂŽ His Â“rst book ÂThe Phantom Janitor,ÂŽ was inspired by ÂAnother Cinderella Story,ÂŽ a chick Â”ick starring Selena Gomez. The book is of the genre furry Â“ction and is about Derrick Hillman, a timber wolf with a passion for acting. His mom was an actor and so was his dad. When Derrick hears of the death of his father he is devastated. Then, his mom decides to remarry to Ernesto and Derrick Â“nds himself working at his stepdadÂs theater. Just when Derrick thinks things couldnÂt be more unorganized, Cassidy, his childhood best friend, re-enters his life. Through her fame, as an actor, she gets to put together an acting competition and tells Derrick he should really enter for a chance to win a scholarship at a prestigious Â“ne arts college. I asked him if he wanted to say anything to inspire young writers and he said, ÂDonÂt give up. Writing can be a long, hard, and strenuous endeavor, but with patience and perseverance you can write a fantastic story. And donÂt let anyone try to discourage you from doing the thing that you love just because the beneÂ“ts arenÂt coming as quickly as they would like them to.ÂŽ I loved the book, and I hope youÂll love it, too. Come for a book signing at the Okeechobee County Library on Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. and for a presentation by Vincenzo about the writing and publishing process. He will speak about his book, ÂThe Phantom Janitor,ÂŽ which will be available for purchase for $12., Y oung local writer debuts his Â“rst novel, ÂThe Phantom JanitorÂ Special to the Okeechobee NewsVincenzo, holding a copy of ÂPhantom Janitor,ÂŽ Â“nds it hard to believe that at 19, he is a published author. Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE Â„ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with the Department of Children and Families during National Foster Care Month to celebrate foster families and adoptive parents of special-needs children. This year, more than 7,200 children reside in foster care in Florida. Florida State parks will be providing annual passes and discounts to support foster and adoptive families of special needs children to encourage outdoor recreation and create lasting memories. Families operating a licensed family foster home, who have approved status from DCF, are eligible to receive a Florida State Parks Family Annual Entrance Pass and a 50 percent discount on base campsite fees at parks. Additionally, families who adopt a special-needs child from DCF are eligible to receive a Family Annual Entrance Pass at the time of adoption. Gov. Rick Scott said, ÂAs a father and grandfather, I am thankful for the many Florida families who have opened their homes to more than 20,000 foster children. I am proud to offer these families free entry into Florida state parks as a small token of gratitude for their sacriÂ“ce and commitment to our children.ÂŽ ÂWhile their time together may be temporary, the impacts that foster parents have on the children they care for last a lifetime,ÂŽ said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. ÂBeing a foster parent is a selÂ”ess act that should be commended and celebrated.ÂŽ Learn how to receive an annual pass to Florida State Parks by calling 850-245-2157. DEP and DCF celebrate National Foster Care Month
Â€ We have a new business in town, Okee J iu Jitsu, and they will be celebrating their opening with a ribbon cutting on June 1, at 211 S.W. Park St. at noon. This is a Martial Arts academy offering training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Classes are offered three days a week for children between the ages of 5-13 and Â“ve days a week for adults. Master Johnny Cardona is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Their grand opening will be the next day, Saturday, June 2, with a BBQ to celebrate. Come celebrate with them on Friday, see the Martial Arts studio and then plan on celebrating with them on Saturday. They are looking forward in sharing their expertise. Â€ Their signage is up, the building is ready and now the preparation begins for a big celebration of the newest addition to Gilbert Family of Companies. You are invited to attend the next Business After Hours on Tuesday, June 12, at Gilbert Fleet & Commercial division located at: 3550 U.S. 441 South, from 5 to 6:30 p.m Âƒ right across from the main Gilbert Chevrolet showroom. YouÂll want to stop in and see the new facility and see all that the commercial division has to offer. You can rest assured that their vehicle experts will work to understand your unique business needs. The Gilbert team will be waiting to share some exciting news with us, so donÂt miss out on stopping b y and celebrating with them. Refreshments will be served. EmergencyAn article about a daughter who used her Medical Reserve Corps training to save her father when he suffered a dangerous allergic reaction brought these comments from readers. Â€ ÂHow terrifying and awesome at the same time! Great job Brilyn!ÂŽ Â… Leah Suarez Â€ ÂWow! Great job staying calm in a terrifying situation. I am glad dad is okay.ÂŽ Â… Theresa Ford Â€ ÂIt was the Raulersons staff who did an amazing job taking care of my daddy and saving his life. These amazing people got him in and were so calm and collected. Okeechobee is truly blessed to have these people.ÂŽ Â… Brilyn Nicole Charity SellCode enforcementThe code enforcement article warning consumers to be wary of unlicensed contractor brought this response. Â€ ÂOnly problem is getting one to do a small job. They need to bring back the handyman license.ÂŽ Â… Tina TroendleTeen suicideThe articles about the teen suicide attempt that mimicked the death on Â13 Reasons WhyÂŽ brought these comments. Â€ ÂI have been on all ends of this multiple times and also watched the show. This show will inÂ”uence people wrong and should have more warnings and characters that show how to get out of these situations. It is a very compelling and good show but it very Â”awed as well.ÂŽ Â… Dan Jacobson Â€ ÂSeriously a show is not something that inÂ”uences kids. ItÂs the bullying and nobody paying attention to what is going on in their kidÂs life. I was suicidal when I was a kid, my mom was obviously clueless. I didnÂt get inÂ”uenced by movies and shows. I just didnÂt want to live anymore. People have got to quit being under the rock and donÂt blame others for it. Blame the school and the bullies.ÂŽ Â… Travolta Bullock Â€ ÂI think the intention of Â13 Reasons WhyÂ is to get teens to open up and talk to someone.ÂŽ Â… Susan Herrington Â€ ÂThe TV show showed directions on how to kill yourself by cutting your wrists. Suicide by cutting the wrists is actually pretty rare. In the book the TV show is based on, the main character takes pills. They could have made a show without the explicit scene of how to slice your arms to bleed to death. That scene is not in the book. Of course, had she not seen this, the Okeechobee girl may still have tried to take her life a different way.ÂŽ Â… J. Zimpel May 30, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out 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 IndependentÂ’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communityÂ’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspaperÂs website at okeechobeenews.net, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News ofÂ“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Memorial TournamentOn May 19, the Nik Kayler Memorial Tournament was held in honor of a Father, Husband, Veteran and Friend. Nik lost his life in a tragic boating accident on Lake Okeechobee while doing what he loved. IÂve been around the sport and Â“shing for a long time and personally have never seen a single incident or individual that has had such an impact on so many. From the day the incident happened up until today, I have never seen the outpouring of safety awareness, support and camaraderie that I have from family and friends, the Â“shing family and the community. I am in a position that I have a lot of contact with individuals and companies in the Â“shing industry that I canÂt thank enough. The support from them was second to none. The family and friends that stepped up to say, hey we got you. Anything you need to make this happen, we got you!. The Â“sherman and women that came out and participated knowing the weather may not be the best that day. Lake Okeechobee and the Fish Gods did its part as well. Just a couple stats. We had 100 boats participate in the event, 24 boats weighed in over 20 pounds for a Â“ve-Â“sh limit with 38.15 being the winning bag of the day by Chris Shirling and Kale Stevens good for a payout of $2500. A 9.11 pound Big Bass was dropped on the scale by Ken and Kevin Lucas for the Reel Fishing Charities Big Bass award of $1000 and a 6.05 limit of 5 Â“sh for the Smallest 5 Â“sh limit worth $500 was also awarded to Bradley Mcqueen and Austin Schroeder. Then there is the local community. I canÂt say THANK YOU enough. As we started putting everything together we reached out to the local and surrounding communities and they responded in an unbelievable way. From the 8-year-old boy that did so well in school that he was awarded a Âplay dayÂŽ with his class the day before the event yet told his mother he needed to come to Okeechobee to help with the event because the little girl and her mother could really use his help, to the generous donations that were received from SOOOOO many to make this one o f the most special events I have ever been part of, to the friends and family that were so hands-on in making it all happen. All in all when the smoke Â“nally clears, we will donate $23,233 to one of the most humble families I have ever met. I have been part o f a lot of tournaments over the years and I can honestly say this has been a truly humbling experience for me personally. There are way too many family members, friends and acquaintances, industr y companies and local businesses to list and I know I would forget some if I tried, so again, THANK YOU ALL! Mike Krause Okeechobee Fishing HeadquartersWhy use ÂDeep StateÂŽThe words ÂDeep StateÂŽ keep appearing, and itÂs hard to understand why anyone would waste energy focusing on this bizarre conspiracy theory. Why not believe what you see right before your eyes? Our fearful leader mocking others, encouraging behavior that is derisive by being devilish himself. In our schools there are posters that say ÂCharacter countsÂŽ and yet the socalled adults approve of a leader who lack character. How hypocritical can you get? We are supposed to rise above our bare natures and strive to achieve a more God-like image. Somehow I doubt God would like what he is seeing. J.T. Martin Letters to the Editor Chamber of Commerce News Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: Â€ Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, Â€ Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, Â€ Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.
May 30, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Special to the Okeechobee News FORT PIERCE Â„ Suncoast Mental Health Center and Indian River State College will once again host the popular Brown Bag Lectures on May 30, at the main campus in the Koblegard Student Union from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The community, students, mental and behavioral health professionals and others interested in this topic are encouraged to attend. For the last four years the organizations have teamed up during Mental Health Awareness Month, May, to offer the lectures. Designed to Â“t during a lunch hour, each presentation Â„ including from Dr. Bryan Reuther Human Services professor at IRSC and Sharmaine LaFleur a Suncoast staffer who will guide participants through an imagery exercise helpful in reducing anxiety, and Dr. Robin Zide, Education professor at IRSC Â„ participants will Â“nd an up-to-date schedule of the dayÂs agenda by visiting the Suncoast website or the eventÂs Facebook page with presentations ending promptly at 1 p.m. A certiÂ“cate of attendance will be provided. Debra Engle, CEO at Suncoast shared, ÂWe are so grateful to IRSC, Dr. Patty Corey at the Health and Wellness Center there, Dr. Reuther and the Human Services department, Dr. Doak and the nursing students, and everyone instrumental in making this program a success. By success, we mean we are breaking down stigma associated with mental illnesses and educating, person by person, our community. We know these open-forum talks can absolutely save a life.ÂŽ Topics include those mental illnesses and challenges often seen in college-aged students and ways to cope with situational anxiety and depression. If you are interested in learning more about the Brown Bag Lectures, Â“nd the Facebook event https://www.facebook. com/events/167287150609451/ or the Suncoast Mental Health Center website, www. suncoastmentalhealth.org. Please call 772489-4726 for more details. Free Mental Health Awareness education at IRSC The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the inÂ”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida High w ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Correc tions (DOC). Â€ Tonya Dawn Mann, 48, Valley Way, W est Palm Beach, was arrested May 24 by Deputy Tyler Ott on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with failure to appear resisting ofÂ“cer with violence. She is being held without bond. Â€ Cameron Denice Carter, 17, Southwest Second Way, Okeechobee, was arrested May 24 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) with out a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and driving a motor vehicle without a v alid driver license. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then turned over to his parents. Â€ Jose Antonio Hernandez, 27, Southwest 34th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested May 24 by Deputy Matthew Huffman on a DOC felony warrant charging him with two counts of violation of probation providing false information to pawnbroker, two counts of violation of probation dealing in stolen property and violation of probation burglary of unoccupied structure or conveyance. He is being held without bond. Â€ James Richard Baldauf Jr., 43, Northeast 29th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested May 25 by Deputy Robert Feldman on a DOC felony warrant charging him with two counts of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription and one count of violation of probationfailure to appear. He is being held without bond. Â€ Anthony Gerald Vickers, 25, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested May 25 by Detective Mark Margerum on felony charges of armed burglary of a structure or conveyance and grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). His bond was set at $80,000. Â€ Brett Allen Noel, 44, U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee, was arrested May 25 by Deputy Robert Feldman on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $1,500. Â€ Thomas Christopher Valdes, 25, North 59th Street, Tampa, was arrested May 25 by OfÂ“cer Jason Gavern on a felony charge of unlicensed carrying of concealed Â“rearm and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $3,500. Â€ Douglas Charles Brege, 57, Southeast 28th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested May 26 by Deputy Joel Lacerte on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with cheating at common law. He was released on his own recognizance. Â€ Tonya Louise Collins, 34, Northwest 24th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested May 26 by Deputy Robert Feldman on three counts of felony charge battery on law enforcement ofÂ“cer. She was also arrested by Deputy Corporal Kristin Gray on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the inÂ”u ence. Her bond was set at $8,500. Â€ Kenneth Raymond Thomas, 43, Northwest 38th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested May 26 by Deputy Tim Miller on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $5,000. Â€ Megan Elizabeth Cline, 24, Southeast 10th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Ma y 27 by OfÂ“cer Jessica Francis on a felon y charge of child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence. Her bond was set at $3,250. Â€ Brittany Leighann Alfonso, 30, Okeechobee, was arrested May 28 by Deputy Corporal Bryan Lowe on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with failure to appear grand theft. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be conÂ“rmed and printed. A rrest Report Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prev ention (CDC) is providing information on: the current status of a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy from exposure to synthetic cannabinoid products containing a vitamin K-dependent antagonist agent, such as brod ifacoum; signs and symptoms of presenting patients from this outbreak and which patients are at risk; laboratory testing options that are available to help identify and classify cases; available resources that may help clinicians make decisions; and to whom to report possible cases. Synthetic cannabinoids are not one drug. Hundreds of different synthetic cannabinoid chemicals are manufactured and sold. New ones with unknown health risks become available each year. These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as tetrahydrocan nabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana; however, synthetic cannabinoids may affect the brain in different and unpre dictable ways compared to THC (2). Synthetic cannabinoids are used in a variety of w ays including: sprayed onto plant material and then smoked; used in electronic nicotine delivery devices (such as e-cigarettes); or ingested when added to herbal tea or food. Synthetic cannabinoids are widely available. Consumers can buy synthetic cannabinoids in convenience stores, from individual drug dealers, friends, or online as incense or natural herbal products. They are sold under many different brand names, but are commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana, fake weed, legal weed, K2, and Spice. Adverse effects from synthetic cannabinoids use vary and can include neurological (e.g., agitation, confusion), psychiatric (e.g., hallucinations, delusions), and other physical (e.g., tachypnea, tachycardia, gastrointestinal distress) signs and symptoms. In March 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported cases of unexplained bleeding among patients who reported using synthetic cannabinoids. Subsequent testing of drug and biological samples from case-patients detected the presence of brodifacoum, a long-acting vitamin K-dependent antagonist that is used as a rodenticide. CDC is currently coordinating national surveillance activities for possible cases of vitamin K-dependent antagonist coagulopathy associated with synthetic cannabinoids use. Since the index case was identiÂ“ed in Illinois on March 3, 2018, state health departments have reported 202 cases, including Â“ve deaths, to CDC. Case patients have been identiÂ“ed in nine states with the majority being reported from Illinois. Maryland has reported 20 cases. Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin have reported six or fewer cases per state. More than 95 of case-patient biological samples have tested positive for brodifacoum. The current working hypothesis is that brodifacoum was mixed with synthetic cannabinoids products. Case-patients from this outbreak have presented with a variety of signs and symptoms of coagulopathy (e.g., bruising, nosebleeds, excessively heavy menstrual bleeding, hematemesis, hemoptysis, hematuria, Â”ank pain, abdominal pain, and bleeding gums or mouth). In addition, some patients have been asymptomatic or presented with complaints unrelated to bleeding but have had numerical coagulopathy that may put them at risk for bleeding complications resulting from injuries and invasive or surgical procedures. Patients should be considered high-risk for coagulopathy if they have reported use of or are suspected of using synthetic cannabinoids. The most helpful and commonly available laboratory test to help identify cases is the International Normalized Ratio (INR) that is part of a routine coagulation proÂ“le. Case conÂ“rmation requires detection o f brodifacoum in blood, serum, plasma, or urine, as determined by reference laborator y testing. Clinicians and healthcare providers should work with their healthcare facilityÂs laboratory to determine what options are available to them for brodifacoum testing. CDC recommends that people do not use synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are always dangerous because it is impossible for people to know what chemicals are in the product, how much they are being exposed to, and how their body will react to the chemicals. The synthetic cannabinoid products associated with this outbreak are especially dangerous because they contain brodifacoum, a chemical used as rat poison that can cause uncontrolled bleeding. People who have used synthetic cannabinoids in the past three months and are concerned about their health should contact their healthcare provider. Synthetic cannabinoids users who develop any unusual bruising or bleeding should seek medical attention immediately. Life-threatening condition associated with synthetic cannabinoids use
Did you wire money using Western Union to a scammer between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017? If you were conned and lost money you are in luck! The Federal Trade Commission has announced that if you were the victim of a scam between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017 and used Western UnionÂs money transfer system, you can now Â“le a claim to get your money back. You have until May 31, to Â“le the free claim. ÂAmerican consumers lost money w hile Western Union looked the other w ay,ÂŽ said FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. ÂWeÂre pleased to start the process that will get that money back into consumersÂ rightful hands.ÂŽ The refunds are a result of a joint investigation by the FTC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Serv ice. Western Union agreed to pay a $586 million settlement, and the DOJ is using that money to provide refunds to victims. Consumers who were victim to multiple scams can also Â“le a different claim for each case. Once the claim is Â“led, the DOJ will check with the Treasury Offset Program to ensure that victims do not owe money to the federal government. Refunds could be reduced if victims owe money. To learn how to submit a claim click here. Alert: Click here to read how some scammers are trying to take advantage of the settlement. In 2017, BBB Scam Tracker received almost 88,000 scam reports. More than 10% requested that consumers wire money to complete the transaction. Some of the types of scams that requested money to be transferred (wired) include: Romance scams Â„ A person you meet online expresses interest in you romantically. When you are serious with your new friend they ask for money to travel to see you, for medical services, or to help a family member. You never meet your new friend or see your money again. Advance fee loans Â„ A loan is offered, but there is a fee that must be paid upfront prior to the issuing of the loan. The fee is for a processing fee or insurance. The loan never is received and your money is gone. Lottery or prize scams Â„ You are informed that you have won a prize or are a winner in a lottery. In order to collect y our prize you must pay taxes, shipping or other fees upfront. The prize is never received and your money is in the scammerÂs hands. Grandparent scam Â„ You receive a call from someone who sounds like y our grandchild, but you just arenÂt sure. They say they are in jail in another country and need bail or are having an emergency Â„ such as needing medical assistance. They ask for money to be w ired. It is a scammer calling you, not y our relative. Your relative is fine, but y our money will never be seen again. BBB advises of 10 steps to avoid a scam: https://www.bbb.org/avoidscams/. If you have questions about claims and refunds, you can contact the refund administrator at 1-844-319-2124. or info@ w esternunionremission.com. Learn more on the FTCÂs blog in English and in Spanish.6 Okeechobee News May 30, 2018Lorene P. Mott, 88 MARIANNA Â„ Lorene P. Mott passed from this life Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Marianna Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born in Bartow, Fla. on June 23, 1929, to Jason Hudson and Sylvia Merritt Parker. Lorene worked as a homemaker for most of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Steve and Buddy Parker. Lorene is survived by her son, Freddy Lee Mott; and her sister-in-law, Linda Parker. Memorialization will be by cremation. Family and friends may sign the online register at www.brownfh.netKenneth Wayne Powers, 50 OKEECHOBEE Â„ Kenneth Wayne Powers died May 27, 2018. He was born Jan. 22, 1968 in Hollywood, Fla. to the late Charles and Yvonne (Wilson) Powers. A resident of Okeechobee for 30 y ears, having come from Hollywood, he enjoyed air boating, four wheelers, auto racing, and being outdoors. Mr. Powers is survived by his brothers, Chuck Powers (Charley), of Virginia, Tim Powers (Lynda), and Ricky Powers, all o f Okeechobee; a host of nieces and nephews; and Pop-Pop to Arihya, Navahya, Kolton, Hunter, Connor, Steven, Vanessa, and Toby. A gathering will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Jerry Lee Taylor, Sr., 78 OKEECHOBEE Â„ Jerry Lee Taylor, Sr. passed away on May 26, 2018. He was born on April 8, 1940. He married the love of his life on May 19, 1979. He was preceded in death by his mom, Eileen Snider Brooks (husband, Lowell Brooks); and father, Frank A. Taylor (wife, Fern Taylor); and one great-grandchild, Rob ert Berry. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Debbie S. Taylor; children, Sherry Edmundson, Teresa Penrod (Rodne); Jerry Lee Taylor, J r., Fay Taylor, Doug Carney (Joletta); eight grandchildren, Michelle Ray, Johnny Berry, J oseph Berry, Cindy Murphy, Melinda Penrod, Lucky Carney, J.J. John and Carson Carney; and nine great-grandchildren. Jerry is also survived by four siblings, Dick Taylor (Jan), W ayne Taylor (Patty), Larry Taylor, Betty Baker and Russell Taylor (Geraldine); along with several step-siblings. Services are at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terr. in Okeechobee. Condolences can be left at www. okeechobeeseawinds.com Obituaries Summer play camp setSummer play camp will be held from June 11 through July 27, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N., for kids ages 5 to 13. Registration is from now through May 31 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park and Recreation Dept., 1718 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call 863-763-6950.Library will host programsEach week, beginning June 1 the Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host a free program. From cooking to crafts to giant games, every week will be a different and fun experience. Be sure to check the summer calendar to see what programs youÂd like to attend. All events are free and open to all ages. You must be registered to attend. For details and to register, call 863763-3536 or come in to sign up.REVIVE mission outreach setREVIVE is putting on itÂs Â“rst youth ÂRevive NightÂŽ on Friday, June 1 at Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. Six churches have partnered to bring this event to Okeechobee, with the hope of reaching people for Jesus and praying for God to send revival again.Join the Wild Orchid walkThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will be on the annual Wild Orchid walk on June 2 Anyone interested in joining, contact Sue at 561-762-2788.Fish tournament to be heldThe 10th annual Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association Trash Fish tournament will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Okee-Tantie Airboat Landing, 1043 U.S. 78. For information, call Jamie Mellette at 561-718-3077 or Rob Jones at 561-722-6572.Teen author book signing setOkeechobee Library presents local author Vincenzo Pasquarella, discussing his debut novel, ÂPhantom Janitor,ÂŽ on Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. Learn how this young author at age 17 wrote and published his Â“rst novel. Book signing to follow. Books can be purchased on site for $12.DOH will hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold CPR/AED and basic Â“rst aid certiÂ“cation class on Tuesday, June 12 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436.Library hosts Reading CampMs. Kim at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is excited to announce that the ÂSummer Reading CampÂŽ will be every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from Wednesday, June 20 through July 25. Camp is for ages 8 years old and under. If they have a sibling that is older, they may attend as well. Parents must attend! For information, call 863-763-3536.Democrats to meet June 20The Okeechobee Chapter of the Democratic Party of Florida welcomes you to attend the monthly meeting held Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Beef OÂ Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing a food order.DOH will hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold CPR/AED and basic Â“rst aid certiÂ“cation class on Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436.Reading challenge at libraryThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from now through Sept. 7 as students take the pledge to read as many minutes as they can this summer! To join, simply call the library at 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up with a librarian. Students will receive a pledge certificate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unlock digital rewards and complete weekly reading challenges online. Reading minutes will also count towards special summer prizes and events at the library. Join the fun and sign up today!CSC meeting canceledThe ChildrenÂs Services Council meeting for June 14, has been canceled. There will be a special meeting held on Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m.Save lives by donating bloodJune blood drives in Okeechobee include: Â€ Monday, June 4, at Walmart from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Â€ Tuesday, June 12, at Walmart from noon to 12:30 p.m. Â€ Saturday, June 16, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Â€ Sunday, June 17, at Golden Corral from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Â€ Sunday, June 17, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Â€ Tuesday, June 19, at Raulerson Hospital from 2 to 5 p.m. Â€ Tuesday, June 19, at Walmart from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 Â• Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing Â• AC Septic Better Business Bureau News
Okeechobee Chapter of Ladies Propel w ill meet Monday, June 4, at Fountain of Life Church 1302 S.W. 32nd St., at 6:30 p.m. This is a new conversational-style series entitled, ÂGrowth.ÂŽ There is no charge for materials. To register, call the church ofÂ“ce at 863-7638945. This is an internationally known group study by author Christine Caine and w ill continue on the Â“rst Monday of each month. All ladies, middle school age and up are welcome. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church 4214 N. U.S. 441, will host a Vacation Bible School from June 4 to 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each day. All ages are welcome! The First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second St., will host a Vacation Bible School from J une 25 to June 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., for school age children from Pre-K to Fifth grade. High school students are welcome to v olunteer for extra community service hours. For information, call Emily Streelman at 863261-3933. Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal Church 200 N.W. ÂThird St., would like to extend an invitation for you to come and w orship with them. All are welcome. Come as you are. Church services are Sunday 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, 6 p.m. A nursery and a comfort room are available for y our use. We offer an Adult Forum and Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and ChildrenÂs Church (ages pre-k through high school) Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Visit our website for more information, churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org, or call the church ofÂ“ce Tuesday through Friday 863-763-4843. Christ Fellowship Church 701 S. Parrott Ave., invites all to worship with us. Serv ice times are Sundays, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Childcare and childrenÂs programming, nursery through Â“fth grade, is provided. We have services for students, grades 6-12, on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Services are exciting, casual, and relaxed. Come as you are and expect to feel w elcomed as our guest. Visit our website, gochristfellowship.com, or call 561-799-7600 for more information. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church at 4212 U.S. 441 N., would like to invite all to worship in church services. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m., with Sunday morning worship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday night Baptist Training Course (BTC) is at 5:30 p.m., followed by Sunday evening worship at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening Bible Study is at 7 p.m., with Wednesday evening Youth Discovery Bible clubs at 7 p.m. For more information call Pastor Donny Raney at 863-763-3681. Faith Alive Family Church at 3075 S.W. Third Terrace, is non-denominational and Pastors Paul and Jen Smith would like to invite all to worship. Sunday service and kids church is at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, adult and youth (6th12th grade) service is at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook at Faith Alive Family Church. On Facebook, they are live on Sunday mornings. For information, call 863-623-4233. Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 Hwy. 441 S.E., comes with an exciting message of hope, and a vision to reach out to all people in Okeechobee and the surrounding area. Pastor Douglas T. Ryan graduated from Hobe Sound Bible College. Be looking out for him in your community as he boldly encourages people everywhere to start a new exciting life with Jesus Christ as their guide. We welcome all to our family of friendly people who just seek to show you an outpouring of Gods love. Our service on Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. We also invite all to our Wednesday or Sunday evening gathering at 6:30 p.m. The Pentecostals of Okeechobee 405 S.W. 10th Ave., have services on the followings days and times: Sunday school, all ages is at 10 a.m.; Sunday word and worship is at 11 a.m.; Tuesday prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday worship, Bible study and kids church is at 7 p.m. Pastor Raymond Warren can be reached at 863-634-4567, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www. okeepentecostals.com. Spanish services are also available; call for times of services. Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. 9th St., would like to invite the public to attend any or all of their services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashioned preaching and singing. The youth band consists of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as various singing groups. Sunday evening service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study and kids bible club is at 7 p.m. The King James Bible is used. For information, please call 863-763-0669. Check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/victorybaptistokee. Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church 1057 S.E. 14th Ct., offers Sunday service at 11 a.m., Sunday school at 10 a.m., and Bible study on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pastor is Bishop Maurice Alexander. Church phone is 863-467-9355, church email is email@example.com. The Gathering hosts ÂJoy in the MourningÂŽ a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one, through death or divorce. All are welcome to attend. The support group will meet every Tuesda y at 2 p.m. at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For more information, call Gretta Spradlin at 863-7630899. A rea churches host special events and VBS this summerMay 30, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 CAC057219 Offer expires 6/15/2018. *On a qualifying system purchase. 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COOLING & HEATING PRO TIP OR20% OFF CHECKUP.** (863) 763-6742www.emorywalker.com 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 OkeechobeeÂs Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News A candlelight vigil is scheduled to be held in honor of the three victims of a May 11 trafÂ“c crash that occurred on U.S. 441 near State Road 60. Valerie Edlemon, 66, Tonya Macon, 49, and Jalen Edlemon, 14, were all traveling north on 441 in a Kia Sportage when a Dodge Challenger traveling south that was driven by Daniel O. Betancourt crossed into their lane while attempting to overtake a semi-trailer. The southbound Challenger collided head-on with the northbound Kia in the northbound lane. Valerie J. Edlemon and Tonya L. Macon were pronounced dead at the scene. Jalen Edlemon was transported to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee, where he later passed away. Daniel O. Betancourt sustained only minor injuries, while his passenger Vernisha Murph was seriously injured. Pam Barton says her daughter, Sabriel Goettert, was best friends with Jalen and she hopes the vigil can help her and other community members Â“nd closure after the tragic loss of life. ÂMy daughter said Jalen was her one true friend,ÂŽ said Ms. Barton. ÂHe was the one that could always make her laugh. So when we learned that he had passed, it was just devastating. JalenÂs entire family in Okeechobee were just him, his mom, and grandma. And they all passed in the accident. The rest of the family is in Nebraska, so of course they are not going to have a service here. Because of that the kids didnÂt really get their closure. ÂWith how hard it hit home and with how hurt my daughter was, I decided to help put this together not just for her but the other kids as well, because he had several very close friends he had known his entire life.ÂŽ The memorial will be held at 7 p.m. on June 1 at the Clif Betts Jr. Lakeside Recreation Area (aka Lock 7) on the Â“shing pier. Fifty paper lanterns will be lit and released in memory of the three who passed away, and there will be candles and a poster board with pictures of Jalen and his family. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend to observe or share memories. ÂHe was her friend throughout middle school,ÂŽ said Ms. Barton. ÂThey had almost all their classes together. SheÂs still hurting over it and I know others are as well. I hope with this memorial the kids can have closure and peace and be able to say goodbye to their friend.ÂŽ Candlelight vigil planned for accident victims ,
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Special to the Okeechobee News Suicide is a large and growing public health problem in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for 44,193 deaths in 2015, with approximately one death every 12 minutes. Many more people think about or attempt suicide and survive. In 2015, 9.8 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 2.7 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. Suicide is a problem throughout the life span. It is the third leading cause of death for youth 10Â…14 years of age, the second leading cause of death among people 15Â…24 and 25Â…34 years of age, the fourth leading cause among people 35 to 44 years of age, the Â“fth leading cause among people ages 45Â…54, and the eighth leading cause among people 55Â…64 years of age. Some groups have higher rates of suicide than others. Suicide rates vary by race/ethnicity, age, and other population characteristics, with the highest rates across the life span occurring among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic White populations. Other Americans disproportionately impacted by suicide include veterans and other military personnel and workers in certain occupational groups. Sexual minority youth bear a large burden as well, and experience increased suicidal ideation and behavior compared to their non-sexual minority peers.Warning signsAccording to the CDC, most Â… but not all Â… persons contemplating suicide display some warning signs. Warning signs include: Â€ Talking about wanting to die; Â€ Looking for a way to kill oneself; Â€ Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose; Â€ Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain; Â€ Talking about being a burden to others; Â€ Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs; Â€ Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly; Â€ Sleeping too little or too much; Â€ Withdrawing or feeling isolated; Â€ Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; Â€ Displaying extreme mood swings. The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.What to doIf someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, the CDC advises: Â€ Do not leave the person alone; Â€ Remove any Â“rearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt. Â€ Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Â€ Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. Suicide is growing health problem, says CDC Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSE Â„ The Florida Department of Health is advising residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in several counties. Although no human cases have been reported, several horses and emus have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. West Nile virus (WNV) and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus are also present in mosquitoes. The risk of disease transmission through bites of humans has increased. The department recommends the following tips for residents and visitors: Â€ Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and take precautions to help limit exposure. Â€ Be aware that emus infected with EEE virus can also potentially expose owners and other animals who are in direct contact with their feces, meat, organs, blood and bodily tissues. Contact your veterinarian or county health department for information on how to safely handle potentially infected emus. Â€ Some wildlife can also be infected with EEE or other mosquito-borne viruses. Do not harvest wild game that appears sick, wear gloves when dressing or preparing meat from carcasses of healthy-appearing game, and cook meat well. Â€ For information on how to prevent EEE virus infection in horses, emus and camelids (alpacas and llamas, etc.) though vaccination, consult with your veterinarian, or the University of Florida College of Large Animal Medicine. Â€ If you suspect your animal has EEE, consult your veterinarian. Â€ EEE is a reportable animal disease. Animals suspected or conÂ“rmed with the virus must be reported to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry. Visit the divisionÂs website at www.freshfromÂ”orida.com/Divisions-OfÂ“ces/Animal-Industry. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to ÂDrain and CoverÂŽ: DRAIN standing water weekly to stop mosquitoes from multiplying. Â€ Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, Â”ower pots or any other containers. Â€ Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans and broken appliances. Â€ Empty and clean birdbaths and petÂs water bowls at least once or twice a week. Â€ Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that donÂt accumulate water. Â€ Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. COVER skin with clothing or repellent. Â€ Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective. Â€ Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months old. Â€ Permethrin insecticide can also be applied to clothing and gear (but not skin)Tips on repellent useÂ€ Always read label directions carefull y for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children. Â€ Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. Â€ Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. Â€ In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. Â€ If more protection is necessary, appl y a permethrin repellent directly to clothing. Again, always follow the directions. The department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses. Report dead birds via the site www.myfwc.com. Health and agriculture ofÂ“cials urge mosquito-borne illness awareness
10 Okeechobee News May 30, 2018 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Want to keep the kids busy this summer w ith fun, educational well-supervised activities? There are still openings for some of the summer camps offered through the Okeechobee County Extension OfÂ“ce. Camp fees of $150 per week cover bus transportation and entry fees to the scheduled attractions. Campers bring their own bag lunches. The camps are supervised by 4-H adult v olunteers with the help of teen counselors. The popular H2O Camp starts the week w ith Eagle Bay Air Boat rides in Okeechobee. On Tuesday, campers will visit the Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, and SailÂ“sh Splash W aterpark in Stuart. On Wednesday, the campers will go to SeaWorld in Orlando. On Thursday, they will travel to the Fisheating Creek Water Management Area in Palmdale. On Friday, they will go to DisneyÂs Blizzard Beach in Orlando. Blast to the Past History Camp allows participants to learn more about their community and about the State of Florida. History Camp includes visits to the Morikami Museum and Gardens, Boca Express Train Museum, Kennedy Space Center, Big Cypress Reservation and Preserve and Gatorland. The camp also includes a ÂMy Town, OkeechobeeÂŽ tour. Horse camp is held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Campers bring their own horses, and work with professional trainers to improve their riding and horse care skills. Horses may be left in the barn at the Agri-Civic Center for the week or transported to and from the camp each day. Horse camp has an additional fee of $13 for stall shavings. Shooting Sports and Conservation Camp meets daily at the Extension OfÂ“ce. Campers will travel to OK Corral, Skull Hill Archery Range, the sheriffsÂ range, and two more locations, to be announced. Participants will receive the FWC Hunter Safety certiÂ“cation for completing the required activities during camp. They will also participate in some career exploration through drone Â”ying, wildlife ID activities, and exploring local natural resources. The Agriculture day camp motto is: ÂFarm to Plate, We Educate.ÂŽ Participants will learn about a different local commodity each day of camp. They will travel to local farms, ranches, processing/packing operations to get a Â“rsthand, hands on, look (and sometimes taste) at the many local aspects of agriculture and the important role it plays in the community. Career opportunities in agriculture will also be discussed. ThereÂs still time to sign up for these educational and fun summer camps. Â€ H2O Camp has sessions available for the weeks of June 4-8, June 11-15 and Jul y 23-27. Â€ History Camp has openings for the weeks of June 18-22 and July 9-13. Â€ Shooting Sports Camp has openings for the week of July 9-13. Â€ Horse Camp has openings for the wee k of June 25-29. Â€ Agriculture Camp has openings for the week of July 16-20. To sign up, or for more information, stop by the Okeechobee County Extension OfÂ“ce in the county annex on U.S. 98. 4-H Camps offer summer fun for children Special to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH Tuesday, May 22, hunters participating in the South Florida W ater Management District (SFWMD) Governing BoardÂs Python Elimination Program achieved an important milestone for this highly successful initiative by eliminating the 1000th snake. An average of three pythons have been eliminated per day from SFWMD lands since the program began in March 2017. Eliminating invasive species such as Burmese pythons is critical to preserving the rare Everglades ecosystem. Florida taxpayers have invested billions of dollars to restore the water quality and hydrology of the Everglades. Combating invasive plants and animals is necessary to ensure this inv estment results in our shared goals of the overall restoration plan. ÂThe success of this program was made possible through a dedicated team approach,ÂŽ said SFWMD scientist Mike Kirkland, project manager for the Python Elimination Program. ÂStaff implemented, hunters executed and our state leadership, particularly Gov. Rick Scott, supported a program that Â“ghts for the Everglades every day.ÂŽ Hunter Brian Hargrove dispatched the 1000th python, an 11-foot-2-inch long snake. Hargrove, a Miami native who grew up visiting the Everglades as a child, talked about how he used to see the Everglades full of native species and how the python has decimated the native wildlife. ÂWhen we would come out here as kids, rabbits would be everywhere,ÂŽ Hargrove said. ÂIÂve been out here hunting for months and IÂve seen one rabbit and 120 pythons.ÂŽ Several hunters turned out at the 1000th snake weigh-in event to congratulate Hargrove and bring their own eliminated pythons. In all, seven hunters weighed in a combined total of almost 98 feet worth of eliminated invasive Burmese python. All the pythons eliminated by the program would stretch approximately 7,300 feet or about 1.4 miles and weigh more than 16,500 pounds, or the equivalent of more than 8 tons. To date, all of this has been accomplished with less than $250,000 spent on wages and bounties for the hunters, an average expenditure of less than $250 per snake. ÂCongratulations to the South Florida Water Management District, and the many hunters that have taken part in this program, on the elimination of their 1000th invasive Burmese Python,ÂŽ said U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Naples. ÂThe 12-foot-long python that is hanging in my ofÂ“ce is a daily reminder of the need to eradicate this species and protect the unique ecosystem of our Everglades. I am currently working with the U.S. Department of Interior and the House Natural Resources Committee to allow for hunting of Burmese Pythons within Everglades National Park, as well as to allow the male python tracking program organized by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. This will speed up the process of eliminating these snakes, which are not native to our area and have no natural predators.ÂŽ In addition to the innovative program Â“ghting the spread of Burmese pythons, the SFWMD Governing Board for years has budgeted millions of dollars in cooperation with other state and federal partners to eradicate and control invasive species such as melaleuca, Brazilian pepper trees and the invasive fern, lygodium. Elected ofÂ“cials and celebrities ranging from Rooney to superstar chef Gordon Ramsey have taken part in the hunt, bringing international awareness to the issue of this invasive species and the districtÂs efforts to eradicate them. Python hunters were also featured in a Discovery Channel television special highlighting the program. SFWMDÂs Python Elimination Program facilitates the elimination of the invasive snakes on district-owned land. A similar successful program is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Python Removal Contractor Program. This program pays qualiÂ“ed individuals to survey other speciÂ“c areas of state-owned land for the pythons, humanely euthanize each python they catch in the Â“eld (according to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines) and then deposit them at designated drop-off locations. ÂUnder Gov. ScottÂs leadership, python removal has increased dramatically among the many state partners. This milestone demonstrates that the SFWMD is a signiÂ“cant and effective partner in our long-term goal to manage invasive species like the Burmese python,ÂŽ said Eric Sutton, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.About the districtÂs python elimination programA team of professional python hunters were selected from more than 1,000 applicants and given access to district-owned lands in Miami-Dade County for the pilot phase and later in Broward and Collier counties as the program expanded. These independent contractors are paid $8.25 per hour, up to eight hours daily, to hunt in the Everglades. Depending on the size of the snake presented, hunters can also receive additional payments of $50 for pythons measuring up to 4 feet and an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. An additional $200 is given for each eliminated python nest with eggs. The invasive Burmese python, which breeds and multiplies quickly and has no natural predator in the Everglades ecosystem, has decimated native populations o f wildlife. The more that can be eliminated, especially females and their eggs, the better chance future generations of native wildlife will have to thrive in the Everglades ecosystem that Floridians have invested billions o f dollars to restore. SFWMD python hunters eliminate 1000th snake Special to the Okeechobee News Stumped at what to get for that special someone on FatherÂs Day? Want something a bit more unique than a new shirt or tie? The Okeechobee Historical Society is having a special sale of items that we think will appeal to most Dads! We have Centennial Mason Jars Â“lled with candy, photo books, Tervis tumblers, coffee mugs and even copies of Pete GawdaÂs book ÂReÂ”ections of a Small-Town ReporterÂŽ for just $10. Most of our items are $10 or less. You may visit the museum at 1850 U.S. 98 N, just next to the Civic Center on Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Thursday, June 7, and 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. or Saturday, June 2, or 9 from 9 a.m. until noon. Not only can you purchase a great gift and help the Historical Society but you can also tour the museum if you havenÂt already. Hope to see you there! Historical Society has great gifts for dad Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDThe weigh-in of the 1,000th python captured as part of the SFWMD Python Elimination Program.
May 30, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Special to the Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE Â„ Across Florida, thousands of small, red beetles have been battling the invasive air potato vine for the last eight years, one bite at a time. And they appear to be prospering, according to the latest data collected through the collaborative efforts of the University of Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and hundreds of citizen scientists. ÂThe data weÂve collected so far have shown how well the air potato beetle has established throughout the state,ÂŽ said Christopher Kerr, a scientist with the FDACS Division of Plant Industry, who manages its air potato beetle rearing program. ÂMost of the sites we received data from showed increased populations through the season.ÂŽ UF and FDACS teamed up to create an educational series for the program, which teaches participants how to identify the air potato vine and beetle, and how to collect data on the status of the vines and beetles on their properties, after which they join the group as citizen scientists. ÂThese citizen scientists make up the Air Potato Patrol, which now has more than 450 members in Florida,ÂŽ said Bill Lester, residential horticulture agent for Hernando County with UFÂs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. After a year of receiving data, the data collected indicated that the beetle population was growing, even on sites that had not received any releases. This is good news for the efforts to control the invasive vine, which is known to engulf existing vegetation and disrupt native ecosystems. The air potato beetle eats only the air potato plant, making it an excellent control agent. FDACS began releasing the beetles in Florida in 2010 with the goal of establishing a sustainable population. In addition to submitting data, members of the Air Potato Patrol work with Lester to determine if the air potato problem on their properties requires additional beetles. Mary Estes, whose Hillsborough County property was overrun with air potato, received beetles though the program. ÂThe vine was choking out my plants and trees, and killed two of my orange trees,ÂŽ she said. ÂGiven the nature of this vine, I think citizens have to be involved.ÂŽ For years, patrol member Donald Jones had been struggling to control air potato on his Polk County property, where it was smothering his live oak trees. Since introducing the beetles, heÂs seen no new vines. ÂIÂve learned, with UFÂs help, how to spot them. We have some native vines here that look very close to the air potato vines,ÂŽ he said. To become a member of the Air Potato Patrol or learn more about the program, go to airpotatobeetle.com. A ir potato beetles Â”ourishing in Florida Special to the Okeechobee NewsData collected by citizen scientists throughout Florida show that air potato beetles have established in the state. UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones. By Brad BuckUF/IFAS GAINESVILLE Â„ Most termites donÂt kill trees, but Asian subterranean termites are slaying some pine trees in South Florida and damaging the rest of the local urban tree canopy, a new University of Florida study found. ÂOur beloved native slash pine is lethally stressed by this termite, which is unexpected,ÂŽ said Thomas Chouvenc, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of urban entomology. Not only can these invasive termites kill pine trees, they also hollow out the trunk of many other trees, including oak trees, making them structurally fragile and susceptible to hurricanes. As hurricane season approaches, homeowners can help prevent the potential tree damage by using termite baits, Mr. Chouv enc said. With hurricane season starting Friday, itÂs important to protect trees in residential areas, he said. Mr. Chouvenc led a newly published study that shows the extent of damage wrought by Asian subterranean termites in two suburban, residential areas of Broward County. For the new study, published in the journal Florida Entomologist, Mr. Chouvenc w alked neighborhoods to assess more than 400 slash pines in two residential areas of Fort Lauderdale and in city parks. The city lost 12 percent of its pine trees in just a few years, and more than 50 percent of its pine trees surveyed are currently infested by this termite, Mr. Chouvenc said. He also noted that the termites hollowed out some large oak trees that eventually collapsed during Hurricane Irma last year. ÂOur results suggest Asian subterranean termites have the potential to kill pine trees, and severely damage oak trees in the urban canopy,ÂŽ said Mr. Chouvenc, a faculty member at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. The termite damage in pine trees is very unique and never observed before, as the damage acts like a girdle to the trees, killing them slowly. Property owners can protect structures against subterranean termites in two ways: liquid termiticides or termite baits, which are intended to kill termite colonies. ÂIn order to protect trees and structures, eliminating the colony before it gets too big ,is preferable, and baits appear to be the most efÂ“cient way to do it,ÂŽ Mr. Chouvenc said. UF/IFAS researchers compare the damage caused by Asian subterranean termites on oak trees in South Florida to that caused by Formosan subterranean termites in Louisiana. As they make that comparison, Mr. Chouvenc said he and his colleagues want to raise major concerns about the fate of these weakened trees if a strong hurricane hits South Florida. In 2005, for example, Hurricane Wilma caused extensive damage to southeastern Florida. Since then, many trees have sustained major damage from the Asian subterranean termites, Mr. Chouvenc said. As Irma struck Florida in September 2017, the center of the storm spared Broward County, and most oak trees lost only a few branches. Still, in his new survey, Mr. Chouvenc found that Asian subterranean termites had hollowed all three of the oa k trees he examined. Those trees collapsed during Hurricane Irma and damaged properties. Mr. Chouvenc believes that could be a bad omen, as many other trees are being weakened with current termite infestation and a direct hit by a future hurricane would amplify the potential damage. A sian subterranean termites topple slash pine trees The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center will most a variety of events in June Â€ Tuesday, June 5, the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center will be open for recreational riding. Recreational riding nights are an opportunity for local residents to ride their horses in the covered arena from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost $10 per rider, and you MUST have a current Coggins certiÂ“cate. Â€ Thursday, June 7, through Saturday, June 9, is the 2018 Florida High School Rodeo State Finals. Okeechobee welcomes the State Finals rodeo back to the Agri-Civic Center. The top 15 competitors in each event compete for the honor of representing the State of Florida at the High School Rodeo National Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo. There is no charge for the public to attend, and a concession stand will be open. Rodeo performance times are: Thursday, 9 a.m. Cutting Competition Rounds 1 & 2 at 7 p.m. is a Rodeo Performance. Friday at 8 a.m. is Cutting Competition Round 3 and 7 p.m. is Rodeo Performance. On Saturday at 7 p.m. is Rodeo Performance. Â€ Tuesday, June 12, is Chow Down Food Trucks. The food trucks are returning, and bringing entertainment with them. A variety of food to choose from, and things to keep the kids occupied, too from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Â€ Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, Gold Coast Cutters Youth Clinic & Cutting Competition. Friday night clinic for youth cutting horse competitors Cutting horse competition starts at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday There is no charge for the public to attend, and a concession stand will be open. Â€ Saturday, June 23, 4-H Show Stoppers Youth and Open three Show Circuit Western, English, Ranch, and Speed classes. Open and Youth. The show is open to the public and there will be a concession stand on-site. For more information on classes, go to the 4-H Area E Horse Show Facebook page, or the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center Facebook page. Â€ Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, 4-H Horse Camp. The Okeechobee 4-H Horse Day Camp is a week long camp that is geared toward developing riders. Activities focus on youth and horses with the goal to provide meaningful educational experiences for youth. The day camps provide for a continuance of learning opportunities during the summer months as well as motivation to be physically active in a safe supervised venue. Agri-Civic Center Schedule June 2018
12 Okeechobee News May 30, 2018 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Brahmans baseball team lost their regional Â“nal game against Doral Academy on May 22, 2-0, ending both their season and their remarkable playoff run. The game was the Â“rst time the Brahmans have made their way to the regional Â“nal since 2005. Doral was able to grab the lead late in the third inning when freshman Gabriel Gutierrez was able to hit a two-run home run off OHS pitcher Sean Osceola. Besides allowing the lone home run, S. Osceola pitched a great game for the Brahmans, throwing six strikeouts in Â“ve innings with no walks. Which was no easy feat against a Doral Academy team that has won four of their last district championships. Okeechobee threatened to score in the top of the Â“fth inning, after Mason Adams broke the ongoing no-hitter with a grounder that snuck past the Doral inÂ“eld for a single. Ethyn Durfee kept things rolling with a single of his own, and when the Doral defense lost control of the ball on an errant throw, Adams was able to advance to third base. But Doral was able to limit the damage by getting the last two remaining outs and stopping the BrahmansÂ attempt at a comeback. Adams led the team in hits with two, and threw three strikeouts in relief of S. Osceola. The 2-0 loss caps the end of an exceptional playoff run for the Brahmans, who entered the district playoffs with a 10-12 record. Okeechobee was able to upset the top-seeded Jensen Beach Falcons 2-0, before falling to rival Martin County in the district championship. Okeechobee then moved on to the regional playoffs, where they were able to shut down Dwyer 2-0 and then defeat Martin County 2-1 in their rematch during the regional semiÂ“nal. The Brahmans showed great resilience during their playoff run, Â“nding ways to win games right when they needed to. But, ultimately, the magic ran out and the Brahmans couldnÂt put together enough offense to overcome Doral Academy, who will now move on to face Venice in the Florid a High School state semiÂ“nal on May 30. Brahmans fall in playoffs to Doral Academy Special to the Okeechobee News FORT PIERCE Â„ The Navy SEAL Museum has announced acceptance of a GSE Trieste Button 5.60 prototype submersible. This Italian-designed submersible was one of several prototypes considered for the next generation of small, dry submarines to be used by USSOCOM and U.S. Navy SEALs. The United States Special Operations Command Undersea Systems Program OfÂ“ce offered the Button 5.60 to the Navy SEAL Museum as a donated artifact to educate visitors. ÂThe Navy SEAL Museum is the choice custodian of this submarine,ÂŽ said Rick Kaiser, executive director of the Navy SEAL Museum. ÂBecause the Button prototype was a potential service choice for Navy SEALsÂ next dry combat submersible, we feel it warrants display at the museum. We are excited to exhibit this particular piece of important Navy and SEAL history.ÂŽ Noted for its aesthetics and acknowledged for its effective engineering, the Button 5.60 reverses the typical layout of a SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV); the crew operates in the rear, with passengers in the middle, and the lockout chamber in the bow, allowing divers to exit the submarine while underwater through hatches in the top and bottom of the chamber. The submersible arrived at the museum this week and is available for public viewing immediately.About The Button Prototype SubmersibleAlmost 32 feet in length and just over 6 feet in height, the submersible weighs 39,000 pounds with a beam of about 6-1/2 feet. The Button 5.60 can accommodate four Special Operations Forces passengers and a crew of two. It has an operating depth of 190 feet, with a maximum depth of 360 feet. With a maximum speed of >9 kts, its max lockout depth for divers is 120 feet.About The Navy SEAL MuseumThe National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, the museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat swimmers, the frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum Â“rst opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the museum remains the promotion o f public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriorsÂ families through Trident House Charities. Navy SEAL Museum receives Button 5.60 dry combat submersible Special to the Okeechobee News On May 14, Rouge River Farms joined a fast-growing network of certiÂ“ed growers that have made a commitment to improve labor conditions, food safety and pest management through Equitable Food InitiativeÂs w orkforce development program. The companyÂs farming and packing operations in Clewiston became EFIÂs Â“rst certiÂ“ed grower/shipper on the East Coast after meeting more than 300 rigorous indicators, based on independent assessment by third-party certiÂ“er SCS Global Services. Rouge River Farms is a year-round sweet corn grower with operations in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, as well as in Ontario, Canada, where it grows and packs bulk and value-added sweet corn. CertiÂ“ed sweet corn featuring EFIÂs Responsibly Grown, Farmworker Assured label is now available in selected Costco Wholesale locations east of the Mississippi River, and farmworkers receive a premium from sales of the EFI-labeled brand. As a 30-year-old company that has grown from a roadside stand to a multinational operation, Rouge River understands the importance of transparency and customer satisfaction. Robert Reesor, president of Rouge River Farms, remarked, ÂWe have always made food safety and quality a priority, but EFIÂs process for skill-building and workforce development programming allows us to place an even greater emphasis on the task, knowing that every employee understands and executes on that process.ÂŽ Mr. Reesor continued, ÂWith the EFI leadership team model, we were able to fully engage all levels of our staff even more deeply around food safety, as well as working conditions and pest management.ÂŽ ÂThrough the evaluation audit process, Rouge River Farms has demonstrated that it has the full commitment of management and an engaged leadership team Â„ both of which are essential to meet the rigorous requirements of EFI certiÂ“cation and make transparency a priority,ÂŽ said Bonnie Holman, sustainability program manager at SCS Global Services. Rouge River Farms has earned EFIÂs 28th certiÂ“cation, helping to consolidate a compliance model that drives business performance, engages employees to ensure food safety and empowers consumers to make informed choices. Unlike other certiÂ“cations, EFI also requires ongoing training, which is part of a model for continuous improvement that is always raising the bar. The certiÂ“cation of the Florida operation is Rouge RiverÂs Â“rst, and plans are being made to certify additional growing operations. To date, EFI has helped certify 10 grower-shippers representing 39 commodities and affecting more than 26,000 farmworkers. Clewiston farm earns Ethical Supplier certiÂ“cation Special to the Okeechobee NewsMore than 15,000 lionÂ“sh were removed from Florida waters thanks to several tournaments held across the state focused on targeting the invasive species. Five of those Â“sh were tagged previously by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff as part of the 2018 LionÂ“sh Challenge, a removal incentive program that started May 19 on LionÂ“sh Removal and Awareness Day. ÂThis is an amazing showing for the fourth annual LionÂ“sh Removal and Awareness Day w eekend and surrounding events,ÂŽ said Jessica McCawley, director of FWCÂs Division of Marine Fisheries Management. ÂLionÂ“sh were removed via tournaments and the FWCÂs incentive program, and the public got to learn Â“rst-hand about lionÂ“sh and what they can do to help at festivals like the one in Perdido Key held by the FWC and Coast Watch Alliance, as well as various other partners.ÂŽ The LionÂ“sh Challenge runs through Sept. 3. More than 200 people have already registered to participate in the statewide challenge, which rewards lionÂ“sh harvesters with prizes for their lionÂ“sh removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionÂ“sh component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. LionÂ“sh were tagged at 50 public artiÂ“cial reefs across the state. Harvesters who caught the Â“ve tagged Â“sh this weekend took home cash prizes up to $2,500 and non-cash prizes as well. All Â“ve tagged Â“sh were caught off Escambia County. Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/LionÂ“sh. The FWC thanks all of the sponsors and organizations across the state that helped make this LionÂ“sh Removal and Awareness Day event a success. Remember, lionÂ“sh and other exotic pets that can no longer be cared for should never be released into Florida waters or lands. To learn more about where to surrender an exotic pet for adoption, visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on ÂNonnative SpeciesÂŽ and ÂExotic Pet Amnesty Program.ÂŽ Statewide LionÂ“sh events removal totals: Â€ 9,606 Â… LionÂ“sh World Championship Â… Pensacola. Â€ 4,056 Â… LionÂ“sh World Championship Pre-Tournament Â… Pensacola. Â€ 1,490 Â… Lion Tamer Tournament Â… Panama City Beach. Â€ 231 Â… Florida Skin Divers Association LionÂ“sh Calcutta Â… St. Petersburg. Â€ Postponed Â… Sebastian LionÂ“sh Tournament Â… Sebastian. LionÂ“sh tournaments remove 15,000 lionÂ“sh
May 30, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time IMMEDIATE OPENING OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has an immediate opening for a Meter Reader Applicant must be willing and able to perform light to heavy physical labor, courteous and professional in dealing with general public and fellow workers. Applicant must have neat and legible handwriting, basic mathematical skills and possess a high school diploma or the equivalent. This position will entail working outside with the reading, installation and repairs of water meters. Applicant must possess a valid FL OperatorÂs DriverÂs License (requires clean driving record for the last three years). Please visit our ofces at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 to complete the application paperwork or you may obtain an application at www.oua.com. Applications will be accepted until 6pm, June 18, 2018 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG FREE WORKPLACE Shirleys Personal Care Service PT FT CNA/HAA & Companionship. Various Shifts per week & weekend. Must have reliable transportation Background Check Required Desktop Support Technician Description: The Okeechobee County ClerkÂ’s Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor The registered nurse 12-month position supervises school health and school based dental sealant program for the FDOH Submit application to: https://jobs.myEEO/AA/VP Employer 6 temporary nursery workers needed in Okeechobee County, Florida, for Tapia Nursery, Inc., with work beginning on or about 06/30/2018 and ending on or about 11/30/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minlisted. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.29 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to CareerSource Heartland Okeechobee Career Center, 207 SW Park St, Okeechobee, FL Workforce Agency, and reference job order #FL10694693. EOE. H-300-18124-243786. Auctions We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Miscellaneous Notices Announcing the Retirement of Kenneth F. Haas, M.D., F.A.C.G. He would like to thank all the patients who entrusted him with their care over the past 20 years. Copies of Medical Records may be requested by visiting 305 NE Park Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 or call 863-484-8154. Employment Full Time CarpenterÂ’s and laborers needed. Competitive pay. Contact Jim @ 863-287-9687. Medical Assistant / LPN Should be willing to work in all areas of the office Competitive Salary. Fax Resume (863)467-1156 Mail: PO Box 1268 Okeechobee, FL 34973 Okeechobee Christian Academy is seeking a highly motivated, professional certified teacher who promotes rigor, excellence, and Christian values in the area of high school math for the 2018-2019 school year. A willingness to enhance the existing team atmosphere while maintaining an attitude of ambition is a must. Applications may be acquired in the Okeechobee Christian Academy office, located at 701 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL. Call the office with questions (863) 763-3072. ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Visit okeechobee news.net and click on classiÂ“ eds Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134 firstname.lastname@example.org RESERVE YOUR SPACE t View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com
14 Okeechobee News May 30, 2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2017-CA-005 JUDGE: LAURIE E. BUCHANANJOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA, Plaintiff, v. CHRISTOPHER LEIN; and UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION, IF ANY Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Christopher Lein and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described and all parties claiming interests by, through, under or against Christopher Lein. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for foreclosure of a mortgage has been filed against you on property located in Okeechobee County, Florida, further identified as: 1-17-34-33-0A00-00004-E000 LOT E OF TRACT 4; THE WEST OF THE WEST OF THE SOUTH OF THE NORTH OF TRACT 4, SECTION 17 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on RENE S. GRIFFITH, ESQUIRE, PlaintiffÂ’s attorney, whose address is 4260 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida 34997, within 30 days of first publication date, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on PlaintiffÂ’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 May, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 265381 ON 5/30;6/6/2018 PUBLIC NOTICEThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Regular Session at 9:00 am, on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 in the Â“Judge William L. Hendry CourtroomÂ” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County AdministratorÂ’s Office not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-2223448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Terry W. Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 262481 ON 5/30/2018 Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council for the City of Okeechobee will conduct a regular meeting on Tues, Jun 5, 2018, 6 PM, or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by calling the Office of the City Administrator, 863763-3372 ext. 9812. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City ClerkÂ’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda, a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the CityÂ’s records. By: Mayor Dowling R. Watford, Jr. 265411 ON 5/30/2018 Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Air Conditioners USED A/C UNITS FOR SALE Good Condition, many sizes and types available. 467-1545 Quality A/C & Heating Farm Feed/ Products HERMATHIA HAY FOR SALE, STORED UNDER BARN, ROUND BALES $40.00 CALL 863-6346386 TIRED OF STAYING IN A MOTEL, WORKING IN OUR AREAFULLY FIRNISHED 1 and 2 BEDROOM PROPERTIES. WEEKLY OR MONTHLY RATES AVAILABLE (863) 467-4371 ApartmentsN.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $675 + $50 rent per month. $2025 to move in. 561-346-1642 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $1,000/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Condos/Townhouses Rent TAYOLR CREEK CONDOS 1BD/1BA, PARTIALLY FURNISHED $700.00/MO. MUST PASS BACKGROUND CHECK AND BE APPROVED BY THE CONDO BOARD 1ST, LAST & SECURITY REQUIRED CALL 561-352-4243 Houses Rent 3/1 HOME FOR RENT LAMINATE WOOD FLOORING, UPDATED, CENTRAL A/C, W/D ON WELL WATER WITH SOFTENER. LAKESIDE, BY 15B & 441 SE $950.00/MO. 786-2010306 Mobile Homes Rent BHR-MOBILE HOMEÂ’S 3BD/2BA & 2BD/2BA STARTING AT $625.00. MO. PLUS SECURITY, 1YR LEASE, NO PETS CALL 863-763-4031 FURNISHED 1BD/1BA MOBILE HOME LOCATED ON KISSIMMEE RIVER IN QUIET COMMUNITY INCLUDED SMALL PET WELCOME(863-447-0742) Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICENotice is hereby given that BONIT A HAZELLIEF, owner, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of A DUSTY ROAD TRAVELED located at 7365 STATE RD 710 EAST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 in OKEECHOBEE County intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations, Florida Department o f State, pursuant to section 865.09 of the Florida Statutes. 264680 ON 5/30/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No: 47-2018-CA-000075-AXCARRINGTON MORTGAGE SERVICES, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. GEORGE CHARLES MORRIS, III; et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Dorothy E. Morris 200 NE 81h Ave Okeechobee, FL 34972 Unknown Spouse of Dorothy E. Morris 200 NE 8th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34972 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under the above-named Defendant(s), if deceased or whose last known addresses are unknown. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covering the following real and personal property described as follows, to wit: LOT 26, RIVER RUN RESORT, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 18, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 1986 HOMES OF MERIT MOBILE HOME WITH SERIAL NUMBE R FLHMBC095-21051-A&B, AND LABEL/SEAL NUMBER FL A318217 & FLA 318218 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Blake Bonsack, Esq., Lender Legal Services, LLC, 201 East Pine Street, Suite 730, Orlando, Florida 32801 and file the original with the Clerk of the above-styled Court on or before 30 days from the first publication, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of the said Court on the 10th day of May, 2018. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediatel y upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COUR T BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Cler k 262151 ON 5/23,30/2018 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICEA public auction will be held at TOTAL ROADSIDE SERVICES, located at 3176 Hwy 710 E, Okeechobee 34974 at 9:00 a.m. On the date listed below Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, make and model as follows: AUCTION 06/11/18 2003 OLDS VIN: 1G3NF12E53C225407 AUCTION 06/14/18 1998 TOYOTA SIENNA VIN: 4T3ZF13C8WU084980 AUCTION 06/21/18 2011 NISSAN VIN: 3N1AB6APXBL668846 AUCTION 06/20/18 2008 DODGE VIN: 2B3KA43R48H105740 Terms of sale are CASH ONLY, no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves be made. Said automobile will be sold Â“as isÂ” with no guarantees. Location:3176 Hwy 710 E 863-357-8772 264875 ON 05/30/2018 PUBLIC NOTICEA public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 15th DAY OF JUNE, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & VinÂ’s as follows 1999 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 2FAFP74W5XX148157 2000 CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1GNDM19W4YB194879 2006 CHEVY HHR SUV 3GNDA23P96S524212 2006 MITSUBISHI ENDEAVOR SUV 4A4MN21S16E023872 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in Â“AS ISÂ” with no guarantees. 265694 ON 5/30/2018 Fictitious Name NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAWNotice is hereby given that the undersigned pursuant to the Â“Fictitious Name StatueÂ” will register with Florida Department of State, Division name, to wit; Copperleafe Wealth Management Under which we expect to engage in business at: 195 SW 28th St. Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/ County Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said business enterprise are: Michael L Costopoulos Donna L Helton Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 29th day of May 2018 By: Donna L Helton 265744 ON 5/30/2018 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAWNotice is hereby given that the undersigned pursuant to the Â“Fictitious Name StatueÂ” will register with Florida Department of State, Division name, to wit; McPeak Pressure Washing Under which we expect to engage in business at: 3853 NW 35th Ave Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/ County Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said business enterprise are: Matthew McPeak Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 29th day of May 2018 By: Matthew McPeak 265760 ON 5/30/2018 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAWNotice is hereby given that the undersigned pursuant to the Â“Fictitious Name StatueÂ” will register with Florida Department of State, Division name, to wit; 100% Real Pure Virgin Hair Under which we expect to engage in business at: 575 NE 16th Ave. Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/ County Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said business enterprise are: Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 29th day of May 2018 265761 ON 5/30/2018 Contact a sales representative today:email@example.com Everyone looks forward to our monthly GO magazine, your guide to area dining, entertainment, shopping, salons, spas, lodging, and attractions, for its informative articles and special features, as well as the latest local advertising. 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Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2017-CA-000114 TD BANK, N.A, Plaintiff, vs. TERYL LYNN MATEO A/K/A TERYL L. MATEO, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 23, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2017-CA-000114 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida wherein TD Bank, N.A., is Plaintiff, and Teryl Lynn Mateo, et al., are Defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on June 27, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: PART OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 30 RUN NORTH ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 30, A DISTANCE OF 192.27 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SR S-68; THENCE RUN SOUTH 8151Â41ÂŽ EAST ALONG THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SR-68 A DISTANCE OF 1.01 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN NORTH 050Â49ÂŽ WEST A DISTANCE OF 1745.13 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. THENCE RUN SOUTH 8909Â11ÂŽ WEST A DISTANCE OF 330 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 050Â49ÂŽ WEST A DISTANCE OF 205 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 8909Â11ÂŽ EAST A DISTANCE OF 330 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 050Â49ÂŽ EAST A DISTANCE OF 205 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; ALSO KNOWN AS THE NORTH 205 FEET OF LOT 4 OF AN UNRECORDED PLAT OF ROBERT E. EDWARDS SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY PREPARED BY LEON H. WILLIS, REGISTERED LAND SURVEYOR, CERTIFICATE NO. 1358. Property Address: 16605 NW 32nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972-8428 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THEN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Requests for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986, 772-807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 25th day of April, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 260483 ON 5/30;6/6/2018 IN THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2015 CA 171CFS PROPERTIES, INC., a Florida Corporation Plaintiff, vs. LLOYD W. HULCOLM, an individual, and any unknown heirs, devisees, creditors, grantees, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under LLOYD \V. HULCOLM, an individual, Defendants.NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY G[VEN, pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 10, 2018, entered in Civil Case No. 2015 CA 171 of the Circuit Court of OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee, Florida, wherein CFS PROPERTIES, INC., is the Plaintiff and LLOYD W. HULCOLM, et al. are defendants, I will sell the property described below to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 20th day of June, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE WEST OF THE WEST OF THE NORTH OF THE SOUTH OF TRACT 28, SECTION 10, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS. (1-10-34-33-0A00-00028-I) THE WEST OF THE EAST OF THE NORTH OF THE NORTH OF TRACT 18, SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS. (122-34-33-0A0000018-B) THE EAST OF THE EAST OF THE SOUTH OF THE NORTH OF TRACT 05, SECTION 27, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS. (127-34-33-0A0000005-H) THE WEST OF THE WEST OF THE NORTH OF THE NORTH OF TRACT 06, SECTION 26, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS. (126-34-33-0A0000006-D) Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 10th day of May, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk R. Charles Ervin, Esq., Attorney for Plaintiff, CFS Properties, Inc., 467 U.S. Hwy 27 North, Lake Placid, FL 33852 Tel: 863-465-7715, Fax: 863-465-7791 FloridaBarNo.: 0180300 In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this NOTICE:. If hearing impaired, contact (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, voice impaired, 1-800-955-8770. 262764 ON 5/23,30;6/6/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. l 7000029CAAXMX NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, VS. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF IRVING WEINSTEIN, DECEASED; JAY WEINSTEIN A/K/A JAY ALPERT WEISTEIN; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; PALISADES COLLECTION, L.L.C, et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 17, 2018, and entered in 17000029CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY is the Plaintiff and THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF IRVING WEINSTEIN, DECEASED; JAY WEINSTEIN A/K/A JAY ALPERT WEISTEIN; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; PALISADES COLLECTION, L.L.C. are the Defendants, Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center; Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM, on June 20, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 49 OF RIVER OAK ACRES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 48 AND 49, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property Address: 13072 SW 144TH PARKWAY OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 25th day of April, 2018. Sharon Robertson As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 260475 ON 5/23,30/2018 May 30, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 FREE TRAFFIC I I N N F F O O A toll-free service of the Florida Department of Transportation. Standard mobile phone minute, text message and data charges may apply. 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