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Okeechobee news
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Sunday, June 10, 2018 75¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 69 Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionChildren and parents at the Art Rocks event hosted by the Okeechobee County Library on June 8 take turns spraying a canvas with squirt guns “lled with paint. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee news The South Florida Water Management District is using all of the tools in the box to deal with the runoff from Mays record-breaking rainfall. Water levels throughout the district „ which is made up of 16 counties in South Florida „ are very high after record-breaking rainfall in May,Ž SFWMD spokesman Randy Smith said at a news conference in West Palm Beach on Friday. Lake Okeechobee has risen to the level that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers instituted discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries on June 1, he continued. We know there is not a silver bullet,Ž he said. There is not one single solution that will stop releases from Lake Okeechobee, but over the long term the district is making steady progress on ecosystem restoration projects that will reduce the need for these harmful releases in the future.Ž Water managers here at the district are looking for operational re“nements to move more water from Lake Okeechobee south instead of having it going east and west to the estuaries,Ž he said. We are working closely with our state and our federal partners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of District wants to increase ”ow south By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) recently has been contacted in regard to claims of someone in the community shooting and killing dogs. The sheriffs of“ce is aware of other dogs shot in the past for being unleashed and/or that go on other peoples property and harass or cause injury. In Florida, there is no state-mandated leash law in effect and the decision to regulate dog restraint or control is left to the county or city government. According to the Code of Ordinances of Okeechobee County, It shall be unlawful for the owner of any animal to permit or allow such animal to be at large or running at large. Any person who shall release, either willfully or through a failure to exercise due care or control, or take such a animals out of such building of secure enclosure and thereby allow such animal to run at large, shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter.Ž At large is de“ned as not limited to any particular place, district, person, matter, or question; open to discussion or controversy; not precluded, free; unrestrained; not under corporal control; as a ferocious animal Is someone killing dogs? By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Library invited kids and parents to participate in their Art RocksŽ event June 8, which allowed them to each paint a canvas by shooting water guns and throwing water balloons, both “lled with paint. The event was part of their Libraries RockŽ summer program, which encourages children to maintain their reading skills during summer vacation and provides access to experiences Library hosts art day for kids 14.22 feetLast Year: 11.47 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. ... Page 3 ... Page 9 ... Page 9 ... Page 11 467-1545 www.QualityACokee.com Happy Fathers Day See DOGS „ Page 10 See ART „ Page 10 See WATER „ Page 5

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Special to the Okeechobee News WASHINGTON, D.C. „ U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-17th Congressional District), a senior member on the House Appropriations Committee, said the House of Representatives has approved critical funding for key Florida water infrastructure projects with the passage of the 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill on June 8. Waterways connect Floridians and are a vital part of our states ecosystem,Ž Congressman Rooney said. This bill ensures we are doing all we can to keep our waterways clean, safe and beautiful. This legislation also funds construction for the Herbert Hoover Dike, which protects all of South Floridas communities from catastrophic ”ooding. On top of my request for $96 million to con tinue rehabilitation of the dike, this bill also includes over $100 million for the dam safety program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can use these combined funds „ along with the $10 billion provided in last years disaster relief package „ to fast-track completion of the dike by 2022. Repairing the dike certainly hasnt been an easy task, but I am con“dent this funding will make a real difference in restoration efforts. This funding will make a real difference to the people of Florida. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to make sure this important bill reaches the presidents desk and is signed into law.Ž The 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill also includes $67.5 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and $50 million in additional funding for environmental restoration projects. Funding that Rep. Rooney helped secure in the 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill will: € Fund Everglades Restoration and the Herbert Hoover Dike „ In keeping with the rules of the earmark ban, Rep. Rooney requested the committee support the presidents budget request level for Everglades restoration and the Herbert Hoover Dike construction. The Herbert Hoover Dike received $96 million, and another $67.5 million was provided to support the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and non-CERP projects such as the Kissimmee River restoration project. € Fund operations and maintenance in central and southern Florida „ Provides $15.463 million for ”ood relief and water conservation projects throughout the Everglades and Southeast Florida. € Fund the Okeechobee Waterway „ Provides $2.32 million for the waterway, which runs through Lake Okeechobee and consists of the Caloosahatchee River on the west side of the lake and the St. Lucie Canal on the east side. € Fund shore and coastline protection „ Provides $60 million for shoreline restoration efforts, which are critical to Floridas coastal communities. € Support the Second Amendment „ Permanently bars the corps from issuing any rule that would prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying “rearms at project sites. € Repeal the Obama administrations Waters of the U.S. Rule, which gave the Environmental Protection Agency the unprecedented authority to regulate bodies of water on private property, including ditches and farm ponds. Rep. Rooney has worked tirelessly to fund the Herbert Hoover Dike, which is a t the heart of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Ev erglades water system. In addition to secur ing funding in annual appropriations bills, he has introduced legislation to allow mem bers of Congress to directly “nance Arm y Corps of Engineers projects and has pitche d an idea to give Congress greater control ove r water projects through a change to Hous e rules. The Senate will next consider its versio n of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Rep. Rooney will work with fellow Hous e members as well as Floridas two senator s to ensure these projects are included in th e “nal measure. House approves funds for Herbert Hoover dike repair s 2 Okeechobee News June 10, 2018 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Experience the joy!Become a Foster Grandparent Volunteer in the Okeechobee schools and receive a stipend. We provide the training, lunch allowance, mileage reimbursement and you may receive a non-taxable stipend in return for sharing your life experience, wisdom and love. Call Sara Humphries @ 561-684-5885 or visit www.YourADRC.org Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High around 85F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late at night. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastMonday: Thunderstorms in the morning will give way to cloudy skies late. High near 85F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Monday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms later at night. Low around 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High around 85F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ OCSOGoodies for the good guys (and gals)Kaye Shireman loves to visit the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) and always has a surprise for us. She is the daughter of St. Lucie County Sheriffs Deputy Mark Shireman and Heather Shireman. She is also the niece of OCSO Deputy William Hill and his wife, Lee County Sheriffs Of“ce Communications Supervisor Hailey Hill. With all this law enforcement support around her, its no wonder she wants to seek a career in law enforcement when she grows up. Thank you, Miss Kaye, for the goodies! Pictured are Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce records clerk Vickie Rogers (left), misdemeanor clerk Denise Sikorshi (center), warrants clerk Krystal Payne (right) and Kaye Shireman (front).

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June 10, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Call or visit your local MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, DO, FACGis a gastroenterologist joining the Treasure Coast Medical Specialists family. He specializes in treating conditions of the digestive tract, including the liver and pancreas. His oce welcomes new patients. Our primary and specialty care of“ces are conveniently located near Raulerson Hospital:WELCOME to the family Treasure Coast Medical Specialists Gastroenterology 245 NE 19th Drive, Suite 245 863-824-5955 Treasure Coast Medical Specialists Primary Care1713 Hwy 441 N Suite C 863.467.2159Denise Ricketts, MDTreasure Coast Medical Specialists Cardiology225 NE 19th Dr. Suite 225 863.763.0120Oral Waldo, MDRaulerson Surgical Specialists1713 Hwy 441 N Suite H 863-357-1510Carlos Alejo, MDOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson1924 Hwy 441 N 863.357.0540 Benjamin Epstein, DORaulerson GYN1713 Hwy 441 N Suite F 863.763.8000 James Brad“eld, MD By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Mary Boeckler w as born in 1985 in Fort Lauderdale. She has been a full-time resident of the community now for three years but had frequented the area on many occasions prior to her move to Okeechobee. My parents have a home here that we used to come up and stay in on the weekends. We used to come to “sh and go to the rodeos, and one weekend we came up, decided to make it permanent and here I am,Ž she stated. During her summers, Ms. Boeckler along w ith her younger sister, who resides in Fort Lauderdale and works in accounting, would spend time with their grandparents. She said: My grandparents would drive down from North Carolina and pick my sister and I up the day school let out for the summer. They would be sitting in the parking lot wait ing for us.Ž Ms. Boeckler said that they did all sorts of activities while spending time w ith her family members. We had picnics, w ent “shing, swimming, bungee jumping off the porch, vacation Bible school, sight seeing, camping, you name it and we did it.Ž Ms. Boeckler summarized her summertime experiences as the best times of my life.Ž She also had her “rst job as a summer camp counselor for the City of Wilton Manors. She is also a fan of baseball, stating it was her favorite game growing up, and played softball while a student at Northeast High School in Oakland Park „ where she grad uated from in 2004 with her favorite classes being in art and design. Ms. Boeckler also said she would like to have lived in the early 1900s so she could see some of baseballs legends „ such as George Herman BabeŽ Ruth Jr., the Yankee ClipperŽ Joseph Paul Joltin JoeŽ DiMaggio and, arguably, one of the greatest catchers in Johnny Lee Bench „ play the game “rsthand. Ms. Boeckler also “nished the comprehensive Emergency Medical Services program with an Associate of Science degree from City College in Fort Lauderdale. Her initial reason for attending college was to earn a degree and further her education. Ms. Boecklers favorite subject to study was cardiology, and she chose to be a paramedic because she wanted to make a difference and save lives.Ž She said one of her most memorable moments in college was being selected to compete in an American Heart A ssociation Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) competition.Ž Prior to her current employment with OPD, Ms. Boeckler also worked in the food service industry but found it was not her forte, stating, I was a waitress once, parttime, and I wasnt good at it.Ž As a single mother of two children „ one boy and one girl „ Ms. Boecklers answer to how her career has created value in her life as a dis patcher provides insight on how dif“cult it can be in todays economy and society. She stated: I want to be something my family can be proud of. I want to teach my children the importance of a good job and bene“ts. Bene“ts are huge!Ž She said the biggest career in”uence thus far in her career has been fear of failure, not having a career, and I also want to be something that my children can be proud of.Ž Ms. Boeckler is one of many in her family to work in the same career “eld. She said, I am not the “rst (to work in law enforcement). My grandmother was the “rst female police of“cer for her department. She started in dispatch and retired as a sergeant. My uncle is a retired police of“cer. I started dispatch in 2007 for the City of Plantation and worked there for a few years before going back to school and becoming a paramedic at Boca Raton Regional Hospital,Ž Ms. Boeckler went on. I had intentions of working for the “re department, until I moved here. I then began to work with the city police department and enjoyed the law enforcement side. I am very happy here with the city and I am looking forward to a ful“lling career.Ž When shes not working as a dispatch operator, Ms. Boeckler also works part-time as a paramedic in the emergency room of Raulerson Hospital. Ms. Boeckler said she loves to refurbish old furniture and decorate, likes to shop at Target, go to the park, travel, work out and walk on main street here in town during her spare time from work, along with taking her children to Walt Disney World. She is also on the board of directors for the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition. It is the intent of the Healthy Start legislation to establish a system that guarantees that all women have access to prenatal care and that all infants have access to services that promote normal growth and development. In Okeechobee County, this coalition believes that all women and children (up to their third birthday) should have access to services that promote their health and wellbeing. Meet the of“cer: City police dispatcher Mary Boeckler Special to the Okeechobee NewsMs. Boeckler started in dispatch in 2007.

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Monkey bite€ Take the monkey to a zoo or something, where it belongs.Ž … John Karratti € Why would anyone leave an animal in a car where temperatures rise so fast, a wild animal at that? People, leave your pets at home where they belong. I for one dont want to shop at a store where this is al lowed.Ž … Patricia Hoanshelt € The owner should be charged for animal cruelty for leaving it unattended in a hot vehicle. The monkey should be placed with someone better equipped to care for it.Ž … Elizabeth Santos € Im sorry, but animals DO NOT belong in stores. I dont care if it is a service animal. Do the public a service by leaving it at home! Its disgusting that I have to put my groceries in the same cart that your animals butts have been in.Ž … Melinda Byrd € Maybe you should look up the de“nition of a service animal, then maybe youll understand why theyre needed. Im with you: Animals should stay at home, with the exception of service animals.Ž … Joaquin Pi non € I love that monkey. She is a sweetheart.Ž … Christina Marshall € There is absolutely no reason to have a pet in public if it provides a risk to innocent bystanders.Ž … Jennifer Mulvey € Maybe it can be taken to a place like Lion Country Safari or another rehabilitation center where it can be around animals of the same kind where it doesnt have to perform for anyone!Ž … Valerie Pinson-Hollis € The owner of this monkey should not have taken it out in public and left it unsupervised in a vehicle knowing it has some scared traits about him. Another case of lets blame someone else for our lack of responsibility.Ž … Melanie Jones € People with service animal IDs they got on the internet are making it dif“cult for people who have real service animals such as seeing-eye dogs, diabetes alert and seizure alert dogs. Real service animals are essential to the health and well-being of their owners. The scam of registering an emotional support animal is just an excuse to bring your pet places it does not belong.Ž … J. ZimpelEAA reservoir€ Federal matching funding for the EAA reservoir was never promised. The EAA reservoir was a political solution to a public relations nightmare that was hurting tourism due to the photos of massive algae blooms on the nightly news. The lake releases did not cause those blooms. Freshwater from the lake was a factor as it lowered the salinity. But it the septic tank pollution fed the algae. The governor of Florida cannot tell the federal government what to fund. And without the rest of the CEPP projects, an EAA reservoir wont do much to slow the lake releases to the estuaries.Ž … K. Booker June 10, 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 Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspapers 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 of“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! Theres the Lords answer!By Loy MershimerOkeechobee Presbyterian Church George MacDonald tells a story from his “rst pastorate, sometime near the year 1850, in the village of Arundel. It was a country parish, and he often made his calls on horseback. On one occasion, he returned home from a funeral, weary in body and soul, fatigued by the days work. After a long ride, he had accompanied the mourners to the churchyard. He visited, ministered, prayed, and offered service. And now he returned „ weary, in need of good food and rest. As he neared his stable door, however, he felt a strange prompting. A sudden urge came over him „ as if he needed to visit a poor widow who, with her invalid daughter, lived in a lonely cottage in an outlying part of the parish. He fought the impression, naturally reluctant to make another visit. But the feeling grew stronger. He could not resist. So he turned the head of his horse around, and headed toward the cottage. He was thinking only of the poor widows spiritual needs; but when he reached her little house, a sense of barrenness and poverty overtook him. So, he pressed a little money into her hand, and began asking about their circumstances. The widow told him that their supplies had been utterly exhausted since the night before. What did you do, when your food ran out?Ž asked MacDonald. The widow humbly replied, I just spread it out before the Lord.Ž Did you tell your case to any friend?Ž he continued. Oh no, sir,Ž she replied, with heavy brogue. Naebody kens but Himself and me! I kent He would not forget; but I didna ken hoo He wad help me, till I seen you come riding over the brae, and then I said: Theres the Lords answer!Ž This answer struck MacDonald to the heart. Years after that, when he would face great trials and needs, the Lord would bring the faith of this widow to mind, encouraging him to trust in the loving care of his heavenl y Father. What lessons of faith, friends! First, how often are we open to the prompting of God, if it doesnt “t with our schedule and expectations? Are we too numb with busyness, entertainment and distraction to hear the voice of the Spirit? Perhaps many of us would be willing to be the hands and feet of God, if only we heard His voice and sensed His guidance. The call is to become a person who listens and hears. Be not like the horse or mule, which must be led with bit and bridle,Ž God tells us in Psalm 32:9. He instead wants us to be led with His eyes, understanding the counsel o f His Spirit (Psalm 32:8, et al.). Second, how often do we trust God, even when faced with absolute emptiness of resource, and no apparent help on the horizon? Do not live like pagans,Ž Jesus tells us. Dont be consumed with anxiety of life, obsessing about food, possessions and clothing.Ž Instead, Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?Ž (Mt. 6:7-34). Friends, God knows your name, and He knows your need. Trust Him today, and know that the answer is on its way. Alread y the horse and rider of supply are crossing the brae. Alleluia! Re”ections from the Pulpit by AMAC Certi“ed Social Security A dvisor Russell Gloor A ssociation of Mature American Citizens Dear Rusty: I would like some advice on the optimum time for my wife to start drawing her Social Security. Pertinent facts are: I am 11 years older than her (born in 1949) and waited until my full retirement age to start my own Social Security. She made signi“cantly less money than I did so I understand she will be able to “le based on my record instead of hers. If that is true, then I would like to know how to maximize her monthly bene“t by starting at the best age for her. Also, I read she will be able to continue my bene“t after my death but that doesnt make sense so am skeptical of that. Signed: Need to Know Dear Need to Know: If your wife is 11 years younger than you, I assume her birth year is 1960, which would make her full retirement age 67. Since your wife made signi“cantly less moneyŽ than you, she should “rst look at the value of of your bene“t and also what her own retirement bene“t would be at age 67. If the difference is substantial and she wouldnt make more by delaying past her full retirement age, even up to age 70 and earning delayed retirement credits on her own bene“t, then her focus should be on optimizing her spousal bene“t. If youre “nancially able and her health is good, waiting until she reaches age 67 will yield your wife her highest spousal bene“t amount. Her full retirement age is when she will get the full 50 percent of your primar y insurance amountŽ. If she claims bene“ts any earlier, they will be reduced to as little as 32.5 percent of yours if she claims as soon as she is eligible at age 62. As to your second question, if you should predecease your wife, she will indeed be eligible to collect 100 percent of the amount of your bene“t at your death, provided that is more than her own bene“t, and provided she has reached her full retirement age when she applies for the widows bene“t Social Security Matters

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the Interior and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Were looking for any and all ”exibility w ithin the regional water management system,Ž he said. Its unfortunate the releases are being made so early in the wet season,Ž said SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. The decision has not been made lightly. This is the third year in a row that Mother Nature has dealt us a bad hand,Ž he said, May brought us 300 percent of normal rainfall. It actually set a record for the month of May over the past four weeks.Ž He said the district has asked the Department of the Interior for permission to open all of the S-12 water control structures to move more water out of Water Conservation Area 3-A into Everglades National Park. We have asked them to raise the operating level of the L-29 Canal near the Tamiami Trail,Ž he added. We have asked for the construction that is currently going on in the south part of the system to be wrapped up. All of this is being done so we can send more water south,Ž he said. The Tamiami Trail from Tampa to Miami acts as a dam, bisecting the Everglades from coast to coast. The S-12 water control structures send water under the trail to Everglades National Park. Since the rainy season started, two of the structures, the S-12A and S-12B, have been closed to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable sea sparrow, an endangered species. The SFWMD cannot move water through those structures without the consent of the Department of the Interior. Under current policy, the structures must stay closed until July 15. Opening the S-12A and S-12B structures w ould double the ”ow south, according to Mr. Smith. A and B combined is an additional 800-1,000 cfs. Opening these two triggers other possible structure openings to allow even more ”ow south,Ž he explained. Mr. Mitnik said the district continues to move forward with projects such as the C-43 and C-44 reservoirs and the Lake Hicpochee storage project, as well as the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir. They also want to develop a well injection program for Lake Okeechobee. Deep well injection would send excess water down into the boulder zone, in effect sending it to tide by going straight down instead of east or west. Just as with water sent to tide through the estuaries, this freshwater could not be recovered for later use, but using deep well injection could help save the estuaries from the damage of harmful excess freshwater discharges. Were also coordinating with landowners to hold as much water as they can for as long as they can,Ž he added. We have many efforts to remedy the unintended consequences of the Central and Southern Flood Control system,Ž explained Ava Valdez, Everglades Policy Division director. We have well-established partnerships with ranchers as well as citrus growers in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed, the St. Lucie Watershed as well as the Caloosahatchee,Ž she continued. Some projects are passive in that they hold water back from ever reaching the lake or the estuaries. Others are active, in that they pump water onto their own property and hold it there. These partnerships create about 54,000 acre-feet of storage, she said. This storage is at about 75 percent capacity as the result of the May rains. The partnerships will be operational throughout the wet season, she said. Terrie Bates, Water Resources Division director, addressed the concerns about reports of algae blooms in the lake and other bodies of water. She said most of the freshwater runoff in the coastal estuaries came from the local basins, which received heavy rainfall in May, before the lake releases started. About a half-million acres discharges through C-43 watershed on the west coast to the estuaries, she explained. In April and early May, some lake water was released to the Caloosahatchee River to bene“t that system, because there wasnt enough rainfall to maintain the desired salinity balances. When the rains started in May, those lake releases stopped. From May 29 to June 4, the estuaries received an average ”ow of 3,654 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the local basin and an average of 1,901 cfs from the lake, she explained. On the east coast, the story is similar. There are multiple basins that all drain to the estuary regardless of what comes from Okeechobee,Ž she said. The tremendous amount of discharge from the local basins coming in turned that estuarys salinity to completely fresh even before the lake releases started. Proportionally, the impact of the discharges coming from the lake is comparatively small,Ž she said. Blue-green algae blooms are on everyones minds,Ž she continued. The television news stations are showing images of the 2016 algae blooms. Thats not what we have out there today,Ž she added. The Florida Department of Environmental Regulation samples and tests algae blooms, she said. So far two small blooms have shown very, very low levels of toxinsŽ „ less than 1 part per billion. (Levels over 10 parts per billion are considered a health concern, according to the World Health Organization.) Even though you may be seeing visible blue-green algae, its not always toxic,Ž she explained. The district is continuing to sample water across Lake Okeechobee, she said. Hurricane Irma caused numerous problems across the lake in regards to nutrient level and turbidity, Ms. Bates said. Using satellite images, they monitor the conditions on the Big O. She said they have very clear images o f Lake Okeechobee. We really are not seeing any bloom conditions across the lake in June.Ž Weve got a long, hot summer to get through,Ž she warned, There is no crystal ball to tell us if there is going to be a bloom or not.Ž Concentrations of algae along the shoreline do not mean there is a bloom, she added, because algae is buoyant and the wind will cause it to accumulate along the shore.June 10, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Richard Becerra, 42, Okeechobee, was arrested June 6 by Deputy Cody Hurst on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with tampering with electronic monitoring device. His bond was set at $5,000. € Kyle Leslie Salvo, 29, Northeast 29th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested June 6 by Deputy Cody Hurst on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with petit theft with prior convictions (two or more). His bond was set at $750. € Glenn Scott Levy, 59, Southeast Seventh Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 6 by Of“cer Michael Jordan on felony charges of battery on law enforcement of“cer, resisting of“cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of failure to remain at scene of traf“c crash with property damage. His bond was set at $10,500. € Ronald Joseph Chandler II, 24, Northeast 54th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested June 6 by Deputy Steven Pollock on felony charges of failure to remain at scene of traf“c crash with personal injury, ”eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement of“cer and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in”uence with property damage. His bond was set at $7,500. € Codie James Posila, 23, South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 7 by Deputy Quinton Speed on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of unoccupied structure or conveyance and violation of probation criminal mischief with property damage. He is being held without bond. € Jenelle Lorraine Czech-Pasley, 38, Southeast 33 Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested June 7 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on a DOC felony warrant charging her with violation of probation aggravated battery. She is being held without bond. € Zachary Taylor Dewitte, 18, Southeast 18th Terrace, Okeechobee was arrested June 7 Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with interference with custody. His bond was set at $5,000. € Jessica Jade Green, 18, Northeast 39th Boulevard, Okeechobee, was arrested June 7 by Deputy Tyler Ott on an Orange County felony warrant charging her with two counts of human traf“cking for commercial sexual activity and one count of sexual battery defendant less than 18 years of age. She is being held without bond. € Ronald Kevin Drennan, 36, Northeast Fourth Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 7 by Deputy Tyler Ott on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with petit theft with prior convictions (two or more). His bond was set at $5,000. € Frank William Huff, 21, Northeast 11th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 7 by Of“cer Raul Marrero on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and possession of a controlled substance (cannabis resin) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce i nvestigated reports of the following crimes l ast week: ASSAULT € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 3200 block of Southeast 28th Street € 1700 block of State Road 70 West € 900 block of Northeast 15th Avenue € 7400 block of Southwest 21st Parkway € 600 block of State Road 78 West CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 1700 block of Northeast Second Street FRAUD € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 9400 block of State Road 78 West € 7900 block of State Road 78 West € 2300 block of Southeast 29th Street THEFT € 2200 block of U.S. 98 North € 500 block of Northwest 36th Street € 9300 block of Southeast 60th Drive € 3600 block of Northwest 168th Court € 12800 block of Northeast 56th Avenue € 4000 block of Southwest 16th Avenue € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 600 block of Northeast 13th Avenue € 2200 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue € 900 block of Southwest 15th Street € 5200 block of Southwest 16th Avenue € 6400 block of Northeast First Street O CSO Investigations W ATER C ontinued From Page 1 A Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on GoFundMe.com. The page states: Here we are ... 20 years after walking across the stage in the OHS gym to receive our high school diploma. Its time for us to give back „ to thank our community for taking care of us, remember the friends we walked alongside of but lost along the way, and give our support to a brighter future for the students graduating OHS in 2019. Your donation will go toward scholarships that will be given to OHS seniors for both a remembrance of classmates weve lost and a celebration of furthering education from the Class of 1999 at the 2019 OHS Scholarship Night. Class of 1999 raising money for scholarships

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6 Okeechobee News June 10, 2018Ralph Dwight Vanover, 87OKEECHOBEEE „ Ralph Dwight Vanover formerly of Wooton, Kentucky died on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on Feb. 9, 1931 in Pikeville, Ky. to Samuel Vanover and Beatrice Steele V anover. He attended elementary school in Wooton, Ky. and graduated from Leslie County High School in Hyden, Ky. Ralph was the loving husband and best friend to Sarah Louise who were married on June 11, 1952. He was a kind, caring and gentle father and a remarkable role model to their three daughters, Sharon, Rhonda and Lora; along with 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the King dom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 8250 FL-70 W est, Okeechobee, FL 34974 on Saturday, J une 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm. A special thanks to Dr. Ahmed, the nurses and CNAs at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility for their warm, loving care in keeping Ralph comfortable and pain free. Stella F. Hel“nstineBELLEVIEW „ On June 3, 2018, Stella passed away peacefully at home. She has left behind 11 loving children, Robert Hel“nstine, Mary Jo Starr, Michael Hel “nstine, Charles Hel“nstine, John Hel“nstine, Eliza beth Cooper, Terri Jekot, Penny Kam merer, Joseph Hel“nstine, Richard Hel“nstine, Lind a McCombs; also 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, and a best friend who stuck by her through the y ears, Pat Petty. She loved reading, sewing, gardening, birdwatching, occasional casino trips, and of course all of her kids and grandbabies! She is going to be greatly missed by all; but never forgotten. Till we meet again mom; I will remember her “nal words = LOVE. REAL LOVE. Coleman Jerome Josh, 80 OKEECHOBEE „ Coleman Jerome Josh died June 7, 2018. He was born Aug. 5, 1937 at Brighton Reservation. Raised in Brighton, he lived for a time in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Washington D.C., before returning to Brighton and Hollywood in 1990.He proudl y served our country in the United States Army. He was a member of First Indian Baptist, had a print shop, was an auto mechanic, an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, loved music, taught choir and Sunday school, and served as a counselor in Hollywood. Mr. Josh was preceded in death by his parents, John Josh and Henly Denis; infant twin sisters; infant brother; infant son, John; and grandson, Kelton. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dorothy Josh, of Hollywood; sons, Kelsey Luther (Frances), of Brighton, Kelvis Josh (Lucinda), of Flagstaff, Ariz., Kelbert Josh, of Flagstaff, A riz., and Joshua Josh (Karla), of Davie, Fla.; daughters, Maurina Josh, of Davie, Fla., Alicia Foreman (Matthew), of Anadarco, Okla., V ictoria Josh, of Plantation, and Joni Josh, o f Davie; 30 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday, June 10, 2018 at First Indian Baptist Church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018 at the Veterans Building on Brighton Reservation with Pastors Leslie Cody and Moses Osceola of“ciating. Interment will follo w at Ortona Cemetery. 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. Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will bene“t the A merican Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Legion will host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, J une 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.Roundup volunteers neededLooking for a place to volunteer? Come check out the Okeechobee Blood Roundup as volunteers meet Monday, June 11 to begin planning for the 13th annual Roundup to be held Nov. 17 and 18. Find out how you can help save lives while having a lot of fun and satisfaction. Come at 9 a.m. to Room 21 at First United Methodist Church, 202 N.W. Second Ave., behind Walgreens. For more information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.CSC meeting is June 12The Childrens Services Council meeting for June 14 has been canceled. There will be a special meeting held on Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m.DOH will hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold CPR/AED and basic “rst aid certi“cation class on Tuesday, J une 12 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, J une 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.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of State Road 78 W. next to Fast Break, will hold a spaghetti dinner, with an $8 donation, Tuesday, June 12 from 4 until 7 p.m. This dinner is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Enjoy manicotti meal at VFWThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a manicotti dinner on Wednesday, June 13 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., at 5 p.m. All proceeds w ill bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.Celebrate Flag Day in parkThere will be a Flag Day ceremony on Thursday, June 14 at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Park downtown. Bring a lawn chair and help us celebrate this important day in A merican history. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Business network meet setBuild your business while learning more about your community by attending the Okeechobee Businesswomens Referral Network meeting, 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 15 at Cowboys Restaurant, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Always interesting and informative, the fun is always present as we each bring a small exchange gift as a way to get to know each other. For further information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.BHR VFW will serve dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., will serve dinner on Friday, June 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Father/daughter dance setThe Okeechobee Building Relationships Among Teens (BRAT) Club will host a Ties & Tiaras Dance on Saturday, June 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. for fathers (or father “gures) and daughters at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Daughters are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess. Celebrate Fathers Day with music, games, kids buffet dinner, and fun. Cost is $20 per couple, plus $5 per additional child. For information, contact Teresa Bishop at 863801-4996 or Matt Buxton at 863-634-3706.VFW will serve breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, June 17 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts will go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Historical Society will meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society, 1850 U.S. 98 N., will hold the last meeting before summer break on Monday, June 18 with a covered dish lunch at noon in the museum. The Historical Society does not meet during the months of July and August, resuming our monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month in September.Library hosts Reading CampMs. Kim at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is excited to announce that the Summer Reading CampŽ 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. I f they have a sibling that is older, they ma y 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 O Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing a food order.Mural presentation setOkeechobee Main Street invites you to the presentation of Main Streets sixth mural project, dedicating two murals honoring Chief Osceola and the Battle of Okeechobee located at 114 S.W. Fifth Ave. Meet the artist Tracie Sparks and the mural sponsor Sonn y Elliott on Monday, June 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The artists reception will follo w on location in the Osceola Building. More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Communit y section.

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June 10, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Okeechobee Livestock Market Report We had a good run of cattle this week, and I expect runs will continue to be heavier as we get into the summer. Slaughter cows and bulls were quite a bit higher on Monday and then settled back down on Tuesday, ending up $2-$3 higher for the week. Feeder calves sold steady with no sign of anticipated movement to the plus side. Ryan Caspeson, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.70 bought by Foy Reynolds. Fra-Mar, Okeechobee, topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $.80 bought by Florida Beef. For sale: six Brahman bulls, 2-3 years old. 70 pairs, crossbred, 6-10 years old, Angus & Charolais sired $1,150 and 40 bred cows. Call Matt or Jeff Dairy cows in livestock show Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceAubrey Clay was among those showing a non-sale dairy animal in the 2018 Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceKatie Walther showed a non-sale animal in the dairy show in the 2018 Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Some contestants chose to show dairy cows more than one year, rather than selling the cow in the sale and starting with a calf again the next year. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding “nes are doubled in work zones. Travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial 511Ž from their phone to learn about traf“c conditions on major roadways across the state. Road w ork planned this week includes the following: € U.S. 441 from south of N.E. 131st Lane to south of N.E. 224th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin to make improvements along 5.8 miles of U.S. 441 from south of N.E. 131st Lane to south of N.E. 224th Street in Okeechobee County. The project includes milling and with resurfacing, adding a southbound left turn lane, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markers and signalization on State Road 15 from N.E. 131st Lane northerly to south of N.E. 224th Street. Expect single-lane closures and be prepared to follow ”agger direction at the intersection of Potter Road and U.S. 441 from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. € U.S. 441 North/North Parrott Avenue over Taylor Creek: Construction project: Crews will begin removal and replacement of an existing portion of the bridge deck over Taylor Creek beginning April 9, 2018. € U.S. 98/U.S. 441, S.R. 78 and the access road to Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail: Construction project: Crews will begin to make improvements at various locations along U.S. 98/U.S. 441, State Road 78 and the access road to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail in Okeechobee. Please watch for workers in the construction zone and use caution. € S.R. 70 from S.W. 78th Terrace to North Parrott Avenue/U.S. 441 from S.R. 70 to Osceola County: Maintenance permit project: Utility work will be close to the roadway in urban areas. Please use caution in these areas and watch for crews working close to the roadway. Road Watch

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A quifer Storage/Recovery w ells to hold excess waterSpecial to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH „ The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on Thursday, June 7, presented the Water Resources Analysis Coalition (WRAC) members with the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project. This innovative and game-changing project will use the latest science and technology to address a number of water management and environmental concerns for the entire region now and in the future,Ž said SFWMD Governing Board member and W RAC facilitator Brandon Tucker. This TSP w ill reduce harmful releases to the northern estuaries, bene“t lake ecology, protect endangered and threatened species and improve water supply. With changes made based on public input, it also addresses the concerns of communities around Lake Okeechobee.Ž As part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project is a joint planning effort being conducted by SFWMD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) that began in 2016. The goal is to identify opportunities to improve the quantity, timing and distribution of ”ows into the 730-square-mile Lake Okeechobee. The 920,000-acre study area „ where placement of potential features was being considered „ covers a large portion of the Lake Okeechobee watershed north of the lake. The goals and objectives of the project include increasing water storage capacity in the watershed, helping manage Lake Okeechobee water levels, improving the quantity and timing of discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, as well as restoring wetlands and improving existing and future water supply. The TSP unveiled on Thursday includes a wetland attenuation feature with a shallow holding capacity of 43,000 acre-feet that can store water before it reaches the lake or be integrated with Lake Okeechobee operations to provide ”exibility and ef“ciency. The plan also incorporates 80 Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells distributed throughout the watershed. The ASR wells will use established technology in concert with the wetland attenuation feature to maximize water storage ef“ciency. In addition, the TSP includes 5,300 acres of wetland restoration in the Kissimmee River ”oodplain. This plan would reduce the number of discharge events from Lake Okeechobee to the northern estuaries by 67 percent, when used in conjunction with other authorized projects. The TSP would also reduce the frequency of water supply cutbacks to existing permitted users during the dry season. Yesterdays announcement by the SFWMD provides signi“cant hope to those who no longer want to see discharges from Lake Okeechobee. This is a critical step forward in advancing a plan that uses the best technology available to store and treat water before it enters Lake Okeechobee. Combined with the other scheduled projects, the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Plan will result in a 67 percent reduction in discharges to the Caloosahatchee watershed. Under Gov. Rick Scotts leadership, working with SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks, we are one step closer to helping make the discharges wreaking havoc on our estuaries more infrequent,Ž said Florid a State Rep. Matt Caldwell.Public meetingSFWMD and USACE will hold a public meeting for landowners in the project are a on Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at the Williamson Center of Indian River State College in Okeechobee. The draft implementation report for the project is also expected to be available for review by the public and regulatory agencies starting June 29. Restoration project to restore wetlands north of lakeJune 10, 2018 Okeechobee News 915 MONTHCD SPECIAL 2.03%APY*$500 MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSIT 2100 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone (863) 763-5573 Fax: (863) 763-2382 CenterStateBank.com*Annual Percentage Yield Special to the Okeechobee News Lake Okeechobee was the site of the latest episode of BrushPile Fishing, a crappie-based “shing show that is broadcast nationally on the Pursuit Channel. This episode was presented by Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County (LORE) and featured BnM Poles Pro Staff Angler Whitey Outlaw alongside BrushPile host Russ Bailey as the two navigated a windy Lake Okeechobee in search of big crappie. The BrushPile Fishing episode was shown on the Pursuit Channel on Saturday, J une 9 All episodes of the show can be found at BrushPile Fishings website, www. brushpile“shing.com. BrushPile Fishing is a crappie-based “shing show that follows host Russ Bailey as he travels from the Midwest to the Deep South in search of Americas greatest crappie lakes. In each episode, Russ is joined by a local guide or pro to get the inside scoop on how to best “sh the lake, including pattern, technique and area secrets. Approaching each episode from an educational standpoint, Russ and his guest have plenty of organic opportunity to speak about the products that help them bring in big “sh and big numbers. Whitey Outlaw is a native of St. Matthews, S.C., and is regarded as one of the top crappie “sherman in the country. Having him and Russ in the same boat on Lake Okeechobee not only provided some great entertainment value but also a lot of educational tips and tricks on “shing techniques on this lake. LORE would like to thank the partners who helped make this episode possible: Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, Belle Glade Lions Club, BMH Accounting, The Larry Royal Family Businesses and Discover the Palm Beaches. Lake Okeechobee featured on national TV show Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe BrushPile Fishing episode was shown on the Pursuit Channel on Saturday, June 9.

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10 Okeechobee News June 10, 2018 The marriage between Rebecca Posey and Graham Vaughan Foy took place on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7pm at the Posey family residence. The nuptials included an intimate gathering of close family and friends. Becky is the daughter of Elvie and Rosemary Posey of Okeechobee, FL. Graham is the son of Virginia Foy and the late Lannes Foy of Jensen Beach, FL. Becky is the owner/ operator of Natures Pantry Smoothies and Supplements on Park Street in Okeechobee. Graham is a graduate of St. Johns College (Sante Fe). He is currently employed by Pool Specialists, Inc. in Palm City. The couple will reside in Okeechobee. Posey and Foy Wed so free from restraint as to be liable to do mischief; or not under the voice command of the owner or custodian, or a competent person designated by the owner or custodian; fully, in detail; in an extended form. Runn ing at large means wandering or straying of an animal off the premises of the owner or keeper of such animal. Control means the regulation of the possession, ownership, care and custody of animals. OCSO has stated that there is not a rash of animal killings but sporadic incidents. The sheriffs of“ce also stated that of“cials did not initially receive a report from at least two other individuals „ who they made contact with „ about their dogs being shot and killed. According to an incident report by OCSO Deputy Jonathon Kemp, at 3:01 p.m. on J une 7, he responded to the 5900 block of Northwest 24th Street in regard to an animal complaint. Upon his arrival, Deputy Kemp spoke w ith the complainant, who reportedly informed him that on Tuesday, June 5, she let her three dogs outside for approximately two hours in their gated yard. She then explained that when she went to check on the dogs, the catahoula/American pitbull terrier mix was gone. The complainant stated she attempted to look for the dog but was unable to “nd it. On the night of Wednesday, June 6, she reportedly found the missing dog, dead in the ditch across the street from her residence. The woman buried the dog the same night so law enforcement was unable to inspect the body, noted the report. The woman said the dog appeared to have two gunshot wounds, one on its back and the other on a back leg. The complainant reported she was uncertain as to who may have shot her dog and whether it was loose off her property when the incident occurred. The report concluded that the woman spoke with all of her neighbors, who apparently told her they saw nothing. At the time of the report, there were no possible suspects. The woman was advised to contact law enforcement if any further information regarding the case is brought forth. OCSO Animal Control was contacted and noti“ed of the incident. DOGSContinued From Page 1 that further their sense of discovery. Okeechobee County Library specialist Sonya Chapa helped organize the event and is planning more throughout the months of J une and July. We wanted to do programs that are needed for the community,Ž said Ms. Chapa, things that are free to attend and more importantly are for families. We hear from parents that they want things they can bring their kids to over the summer that they could also enjoy. We wanted to be able to provide that to them over the summer, so we just tried to come up with a lot of ideas.Ž The library is planning to host a total of seven events over the months of June and J uly. The events are free but require children to be registered beforehand. On June 18, they will host an event called Recycling Rocks,Ž which will allow kids to crate birdhouse crafts using old books. Other events planned are Games Rock,Ž which will feature giant-sized versions of games such as Jenga, Connect Four and live action Pac-Man; Cooking Rocks,Ž where attendees will be taught to make monster cookie granola bites; Space Rocks,Ž where kids will be making galaxy slime; Nature Rocks,Ž which will allow children to make do-it-yourself terrariums; Dancing Rocks,Ž which will feature an all-ages Zumba class; and, “nally, an extra Games RockŽ event to close out the program. Today we had them using water balloons and sponges to throw paint on the canvas,Ž Ms. Chapa explained. We thought it would be a good way for them to do something artistic but also let them have fun. We had a bigger turnout than we initially thought. We actually had to cut it off at 85. Were in kind of a test run, so hopefully we can do it better next time.Ž To register for any of the upcoming summer events at the library, youre encouraged to call them at 863-763-3536. You can also visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/okelibrary/ to learn more about events the library is hosting. A RTContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionAt the Art Rocks event hosted by the Okeechobee County Library on June 8, kids carefully aim their paint-“lled gun to create their masterpieces. Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionPaint explodes off the canvas at the Art Rocks event hosted by the Okeechobee County Library on June 8.

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By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News The Okeechobee City Council had its “rst regular meeting since Councilman Mike OConnors resignation on Tuesday, June 5. Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. immediately addressed the resignation, which Mr. OConnor submitted June 1, for those in attendance at the scheduled meeting. He served the city for many years. You always knew where he stood, whether you agreed with him or not, and I appreciate his service to the city,Ž stated Mayor Watford. Due to Councilman OConnors resignation, the city council had to “ll the voids left on various boards of which Mr. OConnor was a member. The council decided that Mayor Watford would serve on the Okeechobee Main Street Board of Directors and would be an alternate for the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities (RLC). Councilwoman Monica Clark will serve on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Tourist Development Council. Councilman Gary Ritter, who is already the regular member for the Treasure Coast RLC and an alternate for the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, will step up from his alternate role to a regular member. All the liaison members of the boards will serve until January 2019. During proclamations and presentations, Mayor Watford proclaimed the week of June 4-8 as Code Enforcement Of“cers Appreciation WeekŽ and presented the certi“cate to Code Enforcement Of“cer Fred Sterling. Mayor Watford also presented a 10-year Longevity Service Award to Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) Of“cer Ryan Holroyd and a 15-year Longevity Service Award to Okeechobee Fire Department Lieutenant Adam Crum. After a public hearing, an ordinance was adopted by the council con“rming an abandonment of right-of-way petition submitted by Joy Kidwell of JMK of Okeechobee Inc., which vacates the 15-foot wide alley that runs north to south in the 1300 block of U.S. 441 North. An ordinance was also adopted by the council regarding a rezoning petition submitted by William H. Mason, which reclassi“es approximately 1.06 acres west of Taylor Creek between Northeast 13th and 14th Streets from single-family residential to light commercial. In business actions at the Tuesday meeting: € The “rst reading of a proposed ordinance was approved, with a “nal public hearing set for June 19, to rescind and revise a city code section dealing with business tax exemptions for certain veterans, their unremarried spouses or low-income persons based on state legislative changes to Florida Statutes Chapter 205. € The council approved a bid in the amount of $977,777, plus 10 percent contingency ($107,554.70), from Southern Coatings Inc. for the police department roof replacement. A memorandum from Public Works Director David Allen to city administrator Marcos Montes De Oca stated: The Public Works Department recommends awarding the contract for the replacement of the OPD roof to Southern Coatings Inc. in the amount of $977,777. The bid amount for the roof replacement is higher than originally anticipated but given the current conditions of the roo“ng market, the bid price is consistent with the very high demand for roo“ng services after Hurricane Irma.Ž The memo also stated, Given the current market conditions, it is doubtful that we would be able to obtain a lower bid if we were to re-bid the project at this time. The police department roof has been delayed for several years; there were issues with the roof “ve years ago. The Public Works Department has made temporary repairs to the roof over the last few years. Delaying the project would potentially result in continued deterioration of the decking, which would increase the cost of the project later.Ž € The council approved the appointment of Josh Saunders as an alternate to the Cit y Grievance Committee, replacing Mike Skipper, with his term being from June 6 until Jan. 31, 2020, or until a successor is appointed. € The council approved a motion to change the summer meeting dates of July 3 and July 17, to July 10 and July 24 instead (i f necessary). City Council addresses councilmans resignationJune 10, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Another Way We Make You Feel Better.GET UP TO$1,700 IN REBATES*UP TO 72 MONTHS INTEREST-FREE FINANCING** ORwith purchase of a Lennox home comfort system.CAC057219 Offer expires 6/15/2018. *On a qualifying system purchase. Lennox system rebate offers range from $150 to $1,700. Some restrictions apply. One offer ava ilable per qualifying purchase. 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Watford Jr. proclaiming the week of June 4-8 as Code Enforcement Of“cers Appreciation Week,Ž at the Tuesday, June 5, regular city council meeting. Okeechobee News/ Matteo TullioOkeechobee Police Department (OPD) Of“cer Ryan Holroyd (center) was presented a 10-year Longevity Service Award by Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. (right) and OPD Chief Bob Peterson (left) at the Tuesday, June 5, regular city council meeting. Okeechobee News/ Matteo TullioOkeechobee Fire Department (OFD) Lieutenant Adam Crum (center) was presented with a 15-year Longevity Service Award by Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. (left) and OFD Chief Herb Smith (left) at the Tuesday, June 5, regular city council meeting. 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: € Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. 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12 Okeechobee News June 10, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice INVITATION TO BID NO. PW 03-00-06-18 OKEECHOBEE CITY HALL, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RECORDS RETENTION BUILDING PAINT PROJECT Opening Date and Time: June 20, 2018, 3:00 PM The City of Okeechobee, Florida is currently soliciting bids to provide construction services needed to pressure wash and paint the Okeechobee City Hall, Fire Department, and Records Retention Building located at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Sealed bids must be received within the General Services Department at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Rm 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, no later than 3:00 PM EST on or before Wednesday, June 20, 2018. All responses received by the deadline will be opened and recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses within the Council Chambers, Rm 200, at the address listed above. Any bids received after the above noted date and time will not be opened or considered. Facsimile or emailed bids will not be accepted. Bid Packets may be obtained from the General Services Department at City Hall during normal office hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except holidays, or by contacting Patty Burnette, 863-763-3372 ext. 9820, or pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com. A $25.00 non-refundable deposit per set of documents is required, made payable to the City of Okeechobee (checks & cash only accepted). Questions concerning the scope of work are to be directed to Public Works Director David Allen, 863-763-9790, or dallen@cityofokeechobee.com. NOTE: Bonding Requirements Apply to this Bid Opportunity. Submittals must be within a sealed envelope and contain two (2) clearly identified originals and one (1) copy of the bid, with the outside of the envelope clearly labeled “BID NO. PW 03-00-06-18 OKEECHOBEE CITY HALL, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RECORDS RETENTION BUILDING PAINT PROJECT, 6-20-18, 3:00 PM” with the submitting Company Name and Return Address Bids may be mailed, hand delivered and/or express mailed to the address listed above. Firms properly registered in the State of Florida are encouraged to submit their bid for consideration. It is the sole responsibility of the Bidder to deliver personally or by mail, their bid to the General Services Department on or before the closing hour and date for the receipt of bids as noted above. This solicitation does not commit the City of Okeechobee to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this bid, or to contract for any services. The City Council reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities and to accept or reject all or part of any bid, as they may deem to be in the best interests of the City of Okeechobee. Responses to this bid, upon receipt by the General Services Department, will become public records subject to provisions of Florida Statute Chapter 119 Florida Public Records Law. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP By: Mayor Dowling R. Watford, Jr. on June 8, 2018 267388 ON 6/8,10/2018 Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Now Hiring www.cityofokeechobee.com TEMPORARY PART-TIME MAINTENANCE OPERATOR(S) Deadline has been extended to Fri., June 15, 2018, 4:30 PM. See website for Job Description and Application packet, or in person at Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. Successful candidates are required to pass a background screening and a physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Maintenance/Janitorial position available. Looking for a reliable worker to perform a variety of duties including repairs/cleaning. Must have the ability to work independently; Full time position, 5 days per week, vacation, health insurance. Fax resume to 763-7874 or apply in person at 269 NW 9th St. Now Hiring part time sales person. Customer friendly person a must. We will train for this position. Position is for the Okeechobee Home Depot Store. Please call 863-385-2665 or email resume to margie@advancedairsebring.com Public Notice School Board WorkshopThe Okeechobee County School Board will meet in workshop session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, to discuss school start times which could impact busing. The Board invites public attendance and input. The workshop will be held in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Building, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. 263685 ON 6/10/18 Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Employment Medical Medical AssistantAt least 1 year experience in a medical office. Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or completed application to 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL34972 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. BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 5TH WHEEL TRAILER WITH OVERSIZED ENCLOSED FL. ROOM, FURNISHED, FULL SIZE BATH, IN A SAFE/ CLEAN, MANAGED FULL SERVICE WATERFRONT PARK ON 441 NEAR 15A. $600.00/MO. OTHER RENTALS AVAILABLE CALL ALAN 561-2469864 TO SEE ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE Available June Unique updated Loft Style 2BD/1BA $795.00/MO. Very Clean and well maintained. Situated 12 min. outside of town off Hwy 70 East. Great setting, lawn service, onsite management, pest control included, w/d hook-up. Sorry, NO PETS. Call M-S 9am-6pm 813-956-5150 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $1,000/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. 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June 10, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CIVIL ACTION Case#: 2018-CA-000096 SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, -vs.Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lienors, and Trustees of David L. Young, Deceased, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s); Unknown Parties in Possession #1, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lienors, and Trustees of David L. Young, Deceased, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s): ADDRESS UNKNOWN Residence unknown, ifliving, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not suijuris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOT 184, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 57, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBBE COUNTY, FLORIDA. more commonly known as 3748 Southeast 27th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974. This action has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360, Boca Raton, FL 33431, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this notice and file the original with the clerk of this Court immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 17th day of May, 2018. Sharon Robertson Circuit and County Courts BY: Sharon Bennett Deputy Clerk Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to 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. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta notificacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 267679 ON 6/10,17/2018 NOTICE OF CDBG PUBLIC HEARING Aviso de audiencia pblica de CDBGPara contacto con traduccin en Espaol telfono 763-6441 x 3The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing to obtain comments on a proposed modification of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) #17DB-OL-07-57-01-N11. This is an administrative modification of the CDBG grant, but the overall scope of the project remains the same as originally proposed. The public hearing will be held during the June 26, 2018 Board meeting that begins at 9:00 a.m. on the second floor of the historic courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee. Any disabled or non-English speaking person wishing to attend and requiring an interpreter or special accommodations should contact the County Administrator’s Office at 863-763-6441x1 (or 711 for Florida Relay Service TDD/TDY) at least two business days prior to the meeting. 267888 ON 6/10/2018 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO: 47-2016-DP-000118 IN THE INTEREST OF J.A. DOB: 07/23/2004 C.A. DOB: 08/18/2000 Minor Child TO: CARLA SHROUT Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, J.A WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 2004 AND C.A. WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 18TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2000. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON JULY 9, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE T O PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO T HE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATT ORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 4TH DAY OF JUNE 2018. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Kimberly DEPUTY CLERK 267218 ON 6/10,17,24;7/1/2018 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO: 47-2016-DP-000118 IN THE INTEREST OF J.A. DOB: 07/23/2004 C.A. DOB: 08/18/2000 Minor Child TO: WILLIAM ADAMS Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, J.A WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 2004 AND C.A. WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 18TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2000. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON JULY 9, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE T O PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO T HE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATT ORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 4TH DAY OF JUNE 2018. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Kimberly DEPUTY CLERK 267222 ON 6/10,17,24;7/1/2018 NOTICE OF FORFEITURE COMPLAINT On March, 2, 2018, in Okeechobee County Florida, the Sheriff seized and holds $12,514.00 in U.S, Currency. A complaint has been filed in the Circuit Court in Okeechobee County, Florida, Court Case No.: 472018CA000092CAAXMX. 267877 ON 6/10,17/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 47-2018-CP-000029IN RE: The Estate of ARCHIE GLEN ENGLAND A/K/A ARCHIE G. ENGLAND, Deceased.NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Testate, Summary Administration)TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST T HE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the Estate of ARCHIE GLEN ENGLAND A/K/A ARCHIE G. ENGLAND, Deceased, Case Number 47-2018-CP-000029, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was May 27, 2017; that the total value of the Florida estate subject to probate is approximately 19,000.00; and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Steve M. Heath 702 E. Inskip Drive Knoxville, TN 37912 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate other than those for whom provision for full Administration of Estates payment was made in the Order o f Summary Administration, must file their claims against the estate with this Court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTE§ 733.702. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING A NY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is: June 10th, 2018. STEVE M. HEATH, Person Giving Notice 702 E. Inskip Drive Knoxville, TN 37912 Law Office of CASSELS & McCALL JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Petitioner FBN: 0261521 Post Office Box 968 Okeechobee, FL 34973-0968 (863)763-3131 jdc@legal-one.com pleadings@legal-one.com 267723 ON 6/10,17/2018 Fictitious NameNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name o f ADVANCED RV CENTERS located at 1552 Hwy 78 W in Okeechobee County, Florida 34972 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 10th day day of June 2018. 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14 Okeechobee News June 10, 2018 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | admin@c21okee.com 5002-H: SUN & COUNTRY RANCHES : FT. DRUM AREA CUSTOM BUILT ON 4.73 ACRES. Spacious throughout with 3,474 Total Sq ft/2,321 under air. Open concept, high ceilings. Too many extras to list. MUST SEE MLS # 212031 $375,000 5064-H: R BAR ESTATES 3BD/2BA on 2.56 +/acres, 2,473 Total sq. ft./1,775 under air. Vaulted ceilings and much more. Mature oak trees. Overlooks large pasture w/abundant wildlife! Large pets welcome. Call for more info. MLS # 212328 $270,000 MOTIVATED SELLER 2.56 ACRES L-1790: Kissimmee River Estates Rental Income Property Two turn-key furnished homes plus 1000 sf work shop. The “ rst home, a CBS 3/1, has been remodeled. The second home, 3/2 MH, has two living areas, separate dining room and an en-suite master bath. Both have alarm systems. $160,000 Call Dallon 863-697-213 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker PRISTINE 3/2/2 CBS HOME Concrete walkway. French doors lead to a screened in patio porch w/access from master bdrm. Pass through window from inside home to patio. The kitchen is beautifully lit with recessed lighting. There is a large walk-in pantry, and laundry room. Master bath has 2 vanities, soaking tub, stand up shower, private toilet rm, and his and hers closets. MLS# 211932 $242,500 Call Kari Berger at 863-227-0339 Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863)634-1457LMixon@MixonGroup.com ~Our Priorities are simple..They’re Yours! LUXURY in LAZY 7 MAN CAVE/WORKSHOP ~ 2004 CBS 4 Bd/ 2.5 Ba/ 2 Car Garage, Custom home. Paradise living RIGHT AT HOME! 26 X 26 Man Cave workshop with 10Ft sides, 16 Ft peak and Rollup door. Salt water-heated Pool with child safely fence, half bath off pool and outdoor shower. Plus SS appliances. Spacious master, Jack and Jill bedrooms with shared bath. 300 Sf screened Lanai party paradise.. *Move in perfection! Designed for family entertaining. MLS# 212728 $295,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 Waterfront Lots with Lake Okeechobee Access. $85,000 eachBLUE HERON COUNTRY CLUB MLS# 209428 MLS# 209429 Julia Parker863.801.3489 | Of“ce: 863.763.6000NE SECTION~ 4bed/2bath 1973 manufactured home on 1 acre, fully fenced. 2,830 sq feet under roof, Wood burning “re place. Spacious laundry/utility w/ new dryer in 2018. Encl Fl room runs length of home, screened patio, attached 2 car carport, above ground pool installed 2016, new pump in 2017. Septic pumped in 2018, New well pump in 2015, metal roof in 2008. Detached 512 sq ft work shop w/ carport overhang. Offered at $99,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Home on 1 Acre R E D Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com

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June 10, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Were with you...from your rst home to your dream home 4251 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee, FL 34974 O ce: (863) 763-5253 LakeOre.com ANCIENT OAKS 55+ COMMUNITY. Active Lifestyle. 2 B 1 B Park Model (2005) on the canal side. What a VIEW! Comes nicely furnished. Washer & Dryer and small freezer. Metal Hurricane shutters. Storage everywhere! Outside shed. Owner says sell! $79,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 SEMINOLE COVE55+ COMMUNITY. 3 BED 2 BathMaster bath is custom built! Tile oors/Laminate. Brand new roof and newer AC/Hot Water Heater. Screened Fl rm with glass sliding windows. Living Room& separate den. 3rd bedroom is a cra /media room but can be made back into bedroom. All this comes furnished! Quaint neighborhood. Enjoy the Good life! $132,500 Call Jody 863-634-1285 Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. Advertise your home here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com

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