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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 50¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 70 Okeehcobee News/ Richard MarionThe Okeechobee community will observe Flag Day on June 14. 14.15 feetLast Year: 11.77 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Public comment sought on EAA study ... Page 3 Help available for childhood depression ... Page 5 Sea sparrow nesting areas south... Page 11 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Hurricane season brings more scams ... Page 16 Gerald Lefebvre Injured?FREEConsultationLaw Ofces of Lefebvre & Dixon763.3333Okeechobee, Florida By Jerry BryantOkeechobee County Judge June 14 is not a federal holiday, not even a day off for many of us. But it is signi“cant, and we should gather in Flagler Park to salute Old Glory and to commemorate the day our ”ag, the star-spangled banner, was of“cially adopted as the symbol of our nation. We do this on June 14 because that is the day the Second Continental Congress passed this brief resolution in 1777, less than one year after the birth of our nation: Resolved, That the ”ag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue “eld, representing a new constellation.Ž In 1818, to address the increased number of states, Congress enacted the Flag Act, which provides that the original 13 stripes shall remain as symbols of the original 13 colonies Flag Day, June 14: Because its not a painted rag By Richard MarionOkeechobee News After spending 16 years with the Okeechobee Brahmans, head coach Chris Branham has resigned from the program. Mr. Branham announced his decision on Twitter and has also announced that he has accepted a position as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Toombs County High School, located in southeastern Georgia. I want to say how special the last 16 years have been as part of Brahman football,Ž Branham stated in the Twitter post, which went up around 1 p.m. on June 11. As my family and I move on to Toombs County, Georgia, I will carry all the memories with me forever. God bless.Ž Mr. Branham then concluded the post with a hashtag that read #Once a Brahman, always a Brahman.Ž Okeechobee High School Athletic Director Kenny Buckner said that during his time with the team, Mr. Branham was the perfect person for the job. Its a sad day for Okeechobee but a great opportunity for Chris and his family,Ž said Mr. Buckner. Im going to miss him. He was the perfect “t for our program.Ž During his time with Okeechobee, the Brahmans went 45-56, including an 8-2 season in 2016, which was the best regular-season win percentage in program history. During a threeOHS head football coach resigns By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News On June 7, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-18th District) called on the United States Army Corps of Engineers to cease discharges from Lake Okeechobee until the water quality is deemed safe or an imminent threat to life exists.Ž Congressman Mast also invited the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works (who overseas the Army Corps) to tour the 18th District of Florida to see the damage being brought onto us by these discharges.Ž Congressman Masts letter states, Nutrient buildup in Lake Okeechobee is known to have caused harmful algal blooms in our waterways following discharges from the lake.Ž However, Mast calls for halt to lake discharges Special to the Okeechobee News/ Gary RitterFishermen enjoy a beautiful day on Lake Okeechobee in this photo, taken June 2. See FLAG „ Page 2 See WATER „ Page 2 See BRANHAM „ Page 2


y ear period from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Branham, along with running back Lonnie Pryor, led the team to a 22-19 record and two playoff appearances. The relationships I had with the kids here are going to be the number one thing Im going to remember,Ž said Mr. Branham. After the news came out on Twitter, I got texts and phone calls from Kareem Jones, Lonnie Pryor and Nate Pollard. Parents from players over the last couple years were also calling to say thank you. Those are the things y ou think about, when you realize you made an impact on a kid or that a parent appreciates the impact you made.Ž The “rst thoughts of making the move to Toombs County came back in early 2017, w hen Mr. Branham ran into a few coaching buddies at a convention in January. Former Sebring coach Jared Hamlin ran into Mr. Branham at the coaching convention and told him he had taken a job at Toombs County as their offensive coordinator with head coach Richie Marsh, former defensive coordinator at Southeastern University in Lakeland. As Mr. Marsh approached the pair of coaches, he had next to his side someone else Mr. Branham knew, Buddy Martin Jr., former head coach of Hardee High and current Toombs County defensive coordinator. We all knew each other,Ž explained Mr. Branham, and as we got into the conversation they jokingly said if they ever have an opening they would give me a call. And I jokingly said I might take you up on that. It was just a casual conversation, just coach banter back and forth. In February of 2018 I got a call from Richie that four of their coaches had left after the season and he asked me if Id be interested in joining them. Richie Marsh is a tremendous man, hes the ultimate reason I made this decision. Bar none, hes the reason Im leaving.Ž Okeechobee defensive line coach Charlie Hartley was also offered a position on the Toombs High School football staff. Okeechobee High School Principal Dylan Tedders wants to continue moving Brahman football forward following Mr. Branhams resignation. I wish him and his family the best,Ž said Mr. Tedders. We will continue to move forward to ensure the football program continues to grow in a positive direction.Ž Following the record-breaking 2016 season, the 2017 season turned out to be an exercise in frustration. The team “nished 3-7 as it attempted to overcome injuries as well as losing a number of home games due to issues with the “eld and missing games due to Hurricane Irma. However, in their last game of the season, Okeechobee was able to beat their longtime rival Clewiston Tigers 20-16 in a dramatic thriller. Its a “tting last game for Mr. Branham, who when he played for Okeechobee while attending OHS, always considered the Clewiston rivalry to be one-sided in the Tigers favor. For me, growing up here, Clewiston was always the bully,Ž said Mr. Branham shortly after the game. For us to win that game is a big thing. To be able to say that at the end of the day, no matter how the season looked, in the last game we stood “rm and beat Clewiston.Ž And that up-and-down nature of football from season to season is the one lesson Mr. Branham wishes to impart to the next head coach who will replace him for the 2018 school year. Whoever takes over the head coaching job should understand that Okeechobee is a unique situation,Ž Mr. Branham said. Theres a perception that Okeechobee is a perennial power, but its not the reality. We have very good years, but you also have the lulls and the rebuilding. You have to understand that youre going to have the peaks and valleys. You also have to understand that youre expected to be more than just an Xs and Os football coach. You have to embrace the fact that to some of your kids, youre the closest thing they have to a mentor or a father. You just have to embrace that.Ž BRANHAMContinued From Page 1 2 Okeechobee News June 13, 2018 Today: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 87F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low around 70F. W inds light and variable.Extended ForecastThursday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds light and variable. Thursday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then cloudy skies overnight. Low around 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%. Okeechobee Forecast and that a white star shall be added for each new state admitted to the Union. Then in 1916, over 139 years after the ”ag was of“cially adopted, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed and of“cially established June 14 as Flag Day, suggesting that it should this year and in the years to come be given special signi“cance as a day of renewal and reminder, a day upon which we should direct our minds with a special desire of renewal to thoughts of the ideals and principles of which we have sought to make our great government the embodiment.Ž Flag Day is not an of“cial federal holiday and relies upon a presidential proclamation each year. Despite that, we should use this day as President Wilson suggested „ a day of renewal and reminder of the ideals and principles our ”ag represents. Why is our ”ag so important to us? Our ”ag stands for who and what we are. It is so much more than a ”ag. Many military veterans and other patriotic Americans can describe it, but many of us have trouble explaining why we get a feeling of pride and a lump in our throat when we hear the national anthem or see the color guard leading a parade. Others have explained it profoundly over the years. The poet Walt Whitman described the ”ags importance so eloquently in his 1865 poem, The Song of the Banner at DayBreak,Ž in which a child disagrees with his father about the ”ag he sees ”ying: Father, what is that in the sky beckoning to me with long “nger? And what does it say to me all the while? ƒ. O father it is alive„it is full of people„it has children! O now it seems to me it is talking to its children! I hear it„it talks to me„O it is wonderful! O it stretches„it spreads and runs so fast!„O my father, It is so broad, it covers the whole sky! Henry Ward Beecher, a New York minister, in an address to a regiment preparing to head into a Civil War battle in 1861, stressed the importance of our ”ag: Our ”ag carries American ideas, American history and American feelings. Accept it, then, in all its fullness of meaning. It is not a painted rag. It is a whole national history. It is the Constitution. It is the government. It is the free people that stand in the government on the Constitution. Forget not what it means; and for the sake of its ideas, be true to your countrys ”ag.Ž But probably the best description of Old Glory was given by Robin Williams in 1982, when he took on the persona of our ”ag in his comic monologue The American Flag,Ž ending on a serious note, saying: Look at it this way. Dont look at it as saluting me. Look at it as saluting yourselves. You know, hey, Im just a ”ag, a symbol. Youre the people. If I may say so from here, Long may YOU wave.Ž Yes, long may WE wave and may we ever respect and commemorate our American ”ag and all that it embodies for us. On June 14, lets renew and remind ourselves to be true to our ”ag. Editors note: The Okeechobee community will honor Flag Day on Thursday, June 14, with a special ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Memorial Park in downtown Okeechobee. FLAGContinued From Page 1 studies done by Florida Atlantic University found most of the nutrient load that fed the massive 2016 Treasure Coast algae bloom came not from the lake water but from the local basin runoff. While the freshwater from the lake decreased the salinity in the coastal estuaries, it was lower in phosphorus and nitrogen content than the basin runoff. For example, the runoff into the C-44 Canal was more than two times higher in phosphorus than the water released from Lake Okeechobee. The University of Florida Water Institute study also found that most of the excess phosphorus and nitrogen are coming from the local basin „ not the lake discharges. Two small algae blooms have been reported on Lake Okeechobee since the releases started. Both had very low levels of toxins at less than 1 part per billion. The World Health Organization considers levels about 10 parts per billion to be a health concern. It is my understanding that the recent round of discharges from Lake Okeechobee, which began on June 1, 2018, were initiated prior to any determination of the quality of water being released. While water quality testing is currently ongoing on the state level, I cannot fathom why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would see “t to discharge massive amounts of water into our community without knowing, with certainty, whether the water was safe „ especially since there is no immediate risk of ”ooding or dike failure,Ž Congressman Mast wrote. Therefore, I request that, as a matter of policy, the Army Corps tests and publicly reports the water quality prior to authorization of discharges. Moreover, I request that the current discharges cease immediately until the water quality is deemed safe or an imminent threat to life exists.Ž On June 8, community leaders Janet Taylor of Glades Lives Matter and Tammy Jackson-Moore of Guardians of the Glades jointly released the following statement regarding Congressman Brian Masts irresponsible request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt the lifesaving discharges from Lake Okeechobee and to expose Glades communities to risk of dike failure: Congressman Masts request of the Army Corps is extremely dangerous and puts thousands of lives at risk. The safety of the people living south of Lake Okeechobee in the Glades communities is non-negotiable. The political decision to risk our communities is reprehensible. It was only last year that Hurricane Irma struck our area and a mandatory evacuation was ordered due to concerns over the Herbert Hoover Dikes integrity. Until that project is complete, we cannot take any chances „ especially for Congressman Masts own political expediency „ of letting the dike fail. Congressman Mast and his coastal neighbors bene“t from ”ood protection, and yet he is trying to deny us the same protection. In the future, we hope that Congressman Mast will think twice about playing politics with our lives and safety before making such a dangerous request.Ž According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, releases to the coastal estuaries are designed to help prevent the lake from rising above the level deemed safe for the earthen Herbert Hoover Dike. Flow into the lake is many times the available ”ow out of the lake even if all of the water control structures were open. There is no way to quickly release enough water to signi“cantly lower the level of the lake in an emergency. One inch on the big lake is equal to 12 billion gallons of water. WATERContinued From Page 1


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This is the second year the IRSC program has been recognized with a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant. The IRSC Second Chance GED Project provides vouchers to students with a demonstrated “nancial hardship to cover the cost of taking the GED exam. Through the program, students who successfully complete Adult Education requirements and document a “nancial hardship, are eligible to receive three vouchers to pay for three sections of the exam. We are so delighted to again receive this support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, to assist students in paying for up to 75 percent of the actual cost of the GED Exam,Ž shares Donna Sizemore, Adult Secondary Education Department Chair. These funds have the potential to make a signi“cant impact in advancing our students opportunities for success with their education, their personal lives, and in the workplace.Ž We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,Ž said Todd Vasos, Dollar Generals CEO. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.Ž The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their “rst steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information on IRS Adult Education and GED programs, visit aecp.irsc. edu/gedreg-prep or call 772-462-7401. Second chance GED project awarded grant to IRSC Special to the Okeechobee NewsRaheem Brown receives his diploma at the Indian River State College adult education graduation in May. Mr. Brown served as the student marshal at the ceremony and was a Dollar General grant recipient. He is also a National Honor Society recipient, Laura Foster Scholarship recipient and is currently enrolled this summer for college courses at IRSC. Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is accepting public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the South Florida Water Management District Section 203 Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) and Stormwater Treatment Area study. Comments will be accepted through July 24. The corps has prepared a draft EIS to evaluate and document potential environmental effects of the SFWMDs proposed plan in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The draft EIS uses information from SFWMDs environmental analysis which has been incorporated into the study as an appendix. We continue to advance our environmental review of the South Florida Water Management Districts EAA storage reservoir study,Ž said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. The EAA Reservoir will provide storage that creates bene“cial ”exibility in South Florida water management.Ž The draft EIS is available online at: www. Comments will be accepted through July 24 and can be sent electronically to:, or mailed to: Stacie Auvenshine, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019. The corps is scheduling a series of public meetings to provide interested individuals with the opportunity to provide public comments on the environmental review of the study. It is anticipated that the meetings will be held the week of June 25. Additional information will be available once venues are con“rmed. Public participation is essential in advancing our efforts further and we encourage all interested individuals to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and provide their input,Ž said Col. Kirk. Col. Kirk also addressed recent Lake Okeechobee discharges, advising that the releases are necessary to reduce risk to people living and working around the lake. We will continue to use LORS (Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule) as our guide to manage the lake with safety as the paramount consideration,Ž said Col. Kirk. We recognize the risks of the potential for a hurricane-driven 3-4 feet increase in lake stage that could occur within a week of landfall. We cant delay releases until a storm is imminent.Ž As part of the EAA Reservoir environmental review process, an initial scoping period was conducted to solicit public input on the corps development of the EIS for the SFWMDs EAA storage reservoir study. Public comments were accepted through April 30. A matrix of the comments received during this time is included within the draft EIS. Furthermore, comments received on this draft EIS will also be incorporated within the matrix upon development of the “nal EIS. There are two ongoing concurrent processes as part of the required federal actions on the SFWMDs Section 203 EAA southern reservoir study. There is the current environmental review of the SFWMDs study by the Jacksonville District, and a simultaneous review by the administration. Section 203 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 authorizes non-federal interests to undertake feasibility studies of proposed water resource development projects for submission directly to the secretary of the Army. The SFWMD submitted their study to the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works on March 30, 2018. Congressional approval of this plan will result in a post-authorization change report to modify features within the Central Everglades Planning Project, which was authorized as a federal project by Congress in 2016. Additional information on the SFWMDs EAA storage reservoir study is available on their website at: cerp-project-planning/eaa-reservoir. Corps seeks public comment on EAA reservoir


Send it south?In response to articles about releases from Lake Okeechobee east and west, while ”ow south is limited due to the Department of the Interiors requirement to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable sea sparrow, readers had the following comments. € This is going to be interesting to see how this turns out.Ž … Russell Rowland € Write your congressmen, ask them to send the water south like the systems have been designed to do. They MUST open the S12 structures in order for that to happen. Right now they are closed for the nesting Cape Sable seaside sparrow.Ž … Ashley Sexton € The estuaries are being damaged by freshwater discharges, the Everglades tree islands are drowning. The water in Water Conservation Area 3 is clean and waiting to be sent south, obstructed only by the S-12 structures at the Tamiami Trail in western Miami-Dade County. The Tamiami Trail also separates the congressional districts of Carlos and Mario Diaz-Balart. Make no mistake, it is going to take an act of Congress to “x this problem.Ž … Mike Elf € We need to get all of the coastal folks on board with efforts to get the S-12 structures opened all the way to let more water ”ow south. The TV stations on the coast dont seem to be interested in telling this part of the story, so we may have to use social media. If they want the ”ow stopped to the Treasure Coast, they need to open the waterways south and let the water ”ow. Open the S-12s! Send it south!Ž … K. Booker € It would be so nice to see the coastline news stations give the right news, and we might have the right results. Its unfortunate they always operate on a special agenda given by those who supposedly want to see the Everglades live.Ž … Bishop Wright € The ”ow to Florida Bay is blocked not by the Herbert Hoover Dike but by the Tamiami Trail. It amazes me how many Floridians dont know the basic geography of the state. Look at the map, people. The water cant get past the raised roadway that runs right across the state east to west through the Everglades. Only 1 mile of bridging is “nished, and they cant use most of that due to keeping the habitat dry for the endangered sparrows. We need a lot more of that roadway bridged. That road runs from Tampa to Miami and blocks the natural ”ow of the River of Grass.Ž … J. ZimpelDogs shotReports that someone has been shooting dogs in Okeechobee County brought these comments. € There is a certain savage, violent ideology that hates dogs and kills them, so that makes me wonder. Other than that, any person doing this is one sick person. A person who kills dogs or animals is on their way or already a full-blown psychotic, and will certainly hurt people also.Ž … Dee Schultz € I hope they “nd who did this and put them away.Ž … Linda Boles € That is so cruel ... why do people have to be so mean?Ž … Becki Saylor € If you dont want your dog shot, the answer is real simple „ control and contain your dog on your property. That is the JOB you signed up for when you got one.Ž … Kathryn DuniganFishingReaders noted that Lake Okeechobee was featured on the national television program, BrushPile Fishing.Ž € Okeechobee is on national television every week, especially on the Outdoor Channel!Ž … Josh Stanley June 13, 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, 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@ Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Scholarship offeredMy name is Emma Howard, and I work for an online dental blog that strives to increase awareness to dental health and good oral hygiene practices. For the third straight year, were offering $1,500 in scholarship money to students of all majors in college or high school. For this years scholarship, students are asked to tell us (or act out for us) what superpower you would love to have and how you would use it to help create better dental health in all people! This is a video submission contest, and we are looking for the most creative and innovative ideas that focus on entertaining us. You can read more about the contest rules and further instructions here: https:// Emma Howard Our Dental Care Blog Letters to the Editor € The next Rise Up With the Chamber will be Thursday, June 21, and will be held in the Chamber Conference room, 55 S. Parrott Ave., from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Our host for the morning will be Waste Management Wildlife division. We will have three scheduled speakers talking about their organizations. Mariah will post each on live feed and then post their presentations on Facebook. You can “nd them at ... #ChamberCandidCamera. Lite morning refreshments will be served. Come and learn more about our local businesses and organizations. Its always a great early-morning event, just 45 minutes. € Join the chamber, county and city for the Summer Business Exchange Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Indian River State College DixonHendry Campus (Williamson Center 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. Okeechobee). In a crisis you pick up the phone and dial the familiar numbers you learned as early as kindergarten and help is on the way. In the next “ve minutes, as you answer questions and relay information, a team of highly trained professionals are working together to get to you and be prepared to help you overcome your new-found obstacle. The men, women and fur friends who are Okeechobees First Responders will speak from a variety of departments on the processes they use in their line of work and how you as a citizen can protect yourself! The world we live in today can be scary if we are not prepared! The cost of lunch is just $15 and can be paid by credit card when you pre-register online or stop by the chamber and pay by cash or check. This event is brought to you courtesy of Green Design Construction & Development! € Julys Chamber After Hours will be on Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Florida Community Health Center, located at 2015 U.S. 441 North (Fred Brown Childrens Center) Mr. Jones and his staff are anxious to have you visit and see their facility and be present as they introduce their two new doctors. How exciting! Be sure to stop in, take time to network with friends and new acquaintances as you snack on refreshments. Hope to see you there. All chamber events are open to the public. Chamber of Commerce News 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. 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 O Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing a food order.


June 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 By Jane KaufmanSpecial to the Okeechobee News How often have we looked at the past through rose-colored glasses, reminiscing back to the days of childhood as a time of freedom and ease? We recall with fondness the joy of holidays, the excitement of school “eld trips, and the simple adventures of zip ping down a warm metal slide or hanging from monkey bars with bended knees. Often, those tinted lenses blur the memories of times and trials less pleasing to recall, “ltering away the angst and misunderstandings of adolescence like an Instagram “lter on steroids. While we may prefer to remember the happier times of our development „ such idealizing can keep us from remembering or accepting the dif“culties children truly face. We often hear comments negating the feelings of children as being silly and irrelev ant. We underestimate the effect that trauma and chemical imbalances can have on the growing mind of a child and pin their sadness, disinterest, and lack of motivation on laziness, moping, and puppy love gone awry „ ultimately giving their emotions less reverence than those of adults. Sometimes, though, feelings of sadness and discontent in childhood are more than just a passing phase. Nationwide, over 20 percent of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health disorder. (National Institute of Mental Health) Anxiety and depression affect children on a daily basis and the numbers are only increasing. With the rollercoaster of emotional and hormonal changes experienced throughout adolescence, childhood depression can often be overlooked. There are a variety of signs and symptoms attributed to depression in children and young adults and if you believe you or your child “t these descriptions, it is best to speak with your doctor. Some of the most notable traits of depression in children include: feelings of sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness; dif“culty with concentrating, making decisions or maintaining grades; physical complaints such as headaches, stomach aches, lack of energy, sleep problems and signi“cant weight or appetite changes; and behavioral shifts like restlessness, irritability, constantly wanting to be alone, dropping out of activities like sports or clubs, and drinking or using drugs. Just as there are multiple symptoms of depression, multiple causes have been identi“ed as well. It is dif“cult for scientists and medical professionals to single out one precise cause or another, because depression is a complex medical disorder that often stems from a combination of different factors. Biological differences often exist in those who have been diagnosed with depression, appearing as physical differences in both the brains chemistry and structure. Genetics also play a role in the cause of depression and other mental illnesses, increasing the risk of both children and adults with a family history of mental health disorders developing one themselves. Additionally, hormonal changes and imbalances, like those sometimes arising in adolescence and early adulthood, can be attributed for such a diagnosis. Along with these biological factors, depression can be caused by a group of environmental impacts known as Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs. These experiences are de“ned by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as Stressful or traumatic events including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders.Ž As with many other medical conditions, the root of depression may lay dormant and unnoticed for years. It is often when triggered by one or more additional risk factors that the symptoms of this disease usually begin presenting themselves „ acting as a springboard for the many changes in mood and behavior that accompany childhood depression. Some of these risk factors include: self-esteem lowering conditions such as obesity, learning disorders and long-term bullying; living with a physical disability, chronic illness or additional mental health disorder; personal alcohol or substance abuse or dependency; and being an LGBTQ youth in an unsupportive environment. For a child diagnosed with depression, treatment is vital and available in a variet y of modes to best “t each unique situation. Counseling, medication, and other therapies exist to provide aide to children and families through these trying times. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for children and youth ages ten through twenty-four and with ninety percent of suicide victims being known to have a mental health disorder (NIMH), prevention through treatment is key. No matter their origin or symptoms, depression and other mental health disorders should never be treated as a source o f shame; likewise, they are also not the punchline of a joke or an insult to be hurled out o f anger. Views in this country and around the world are changing and an understanding and acceptance of mental illness is slowl y but surely beginning to emerge. If you believe you or your child are suffering from depression or other mental illness, reach out to someone. Ask your doctor, a school counselor, or social worker on ho w to take the next step. Depression is a treatable condition that exists in every corner o f the world. It is a trial, but one that can be endured with the right help. It is not the end of your story. Childhood depression is more than a phase By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County code enforcement special magistrate hearing will be Tuesday, June 19, at 2 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. Failure to correct code violations may result in a “ne of up to $250 per day. To avoid “nes, property owners should resolve the viola tions by June 14. New business on the agenda includes three cases. € Property owned by Rufus E. Rhoden and Joellen J. Rhoden at 3727 13th Terrace in Ouseley Estates was cited for inoperable/ abandoned vehicle, trash and debris, park ing, storage and use of certain vehicles, outdoor storage and overgrown weeds, grass, bushes or shrubs. The property owners have been directed to clear property junk, trash debris and all accumulations of tires, ma chine parts and scrap metal. All boats must be removed or stored on a licensed trailer w ith current registration. Overgrown grass and weeds must be mowed. € Property owned by Daniel R. Clements and Ann Hoskins at 984 N.W. 102nd St. in Okeechobee Little Farms was cited for inoperable/abandoned vehicle, trash and debris, unauthorized occupancy of an RV, parking and storage of certain vehicles, un authorized structures and outdoor storage. Corrective action necessary includes: Clear property of all unlicensed and inoperable v ehicles, unauthorized structures includ ing manufactured or mobile homes, trash, debris, outdoor storage and all other accumulations such as scrap material and household goods. Recreational vehicles are not permitted for dwelling purposes or storage. € Property owned by Linda G. King, at 3633 N.W. 34th Avenue in Basswood, was cited for abandoned/inoperable vehicle, trash and debris, parking, storage and use of certain vehicles, and outdoor storage or dumping. To address these code violations, on residential properties all inoperable or unlicensed vehicles must be fully screened by wall or fence from public rights of way and adjacent properties. Property must be cleared of outdoor storage of household goods, pallets and other accumulations. The magistrate will also review six old cases. € Property owned by Deborah Yvonne Sanders (formerly known as Deborah Parker) at 1694 N.W. Seventh St. was cited for code violations. To bring the property into compliance, unlicensed/abandoned vehicles must be removed or stored in an enclosed structure; household goods, mechanical parts, trash and debris must be moved; outdoor storage must cease; and grass and overgrown weeds must be mowed. € Property owned by Richard Welsch, 3009 S.E. 38th Ave. in Treasure Island was cited for code violations on March 20. Bringing the property into compliance includes removal of outdoor storage, removal of trash and debris and removal or licensing of unlicensed vehicles. € Property owned by Janet Lott, at 6575 N.E. Fifth St. was cited May 15, 2018 for overgrown weeds, bushes or shrubs. To bring the property into compliance, the overgrown vegetation must be mowed. € The 7610 Highway 78 W. property owned by Penny Lane LLC, was cited on April 17, for three derelict mobile homes. The mobile homes must be removed with appropriate permits and fees. € The 2038 S.E. 38th Trail property leased by occupant Ivan Ochoa was cited for code violations Nov. 27, 2017. Violations include inoperable/abandoned vehicle, unauthorized farm animals in a residential district, outdoor storage and overgrown grass and weeds. The property is owned by William Mason and Carolyn H. Chandler. € The 17608 N.W. 260th St., propert y owned by John Palacio and Ana Palacio was cited on Jan. 11, 2918 for code violations. 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6 Okeechobee News June 13, 2018 A lvia Leroy Berndt Smokey, 61 OKEECHOBEE „ Alvia Leroy Berndt died May 23, 2018. He was born May 29, 1956 in Edmore, Mich. to Robert Leroy and Ruth Eileen (Bucklew) Berndt. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy. A resident of Okeechobee since 1985, he was full of energy and always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed football, NASCAR, motorcycles, and spending time with his buddies. Mr. Berndt was preceded in death by his father, Robert Leroy Berndt. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Eileen Raymer (James), of Okeechobee; son, Alex Berndt; and sisters, Cindy Howard (Dan), Debby Rhoads (Jeff), all of Blanchard, Mich., Sandy Rush (Kevin), of Stanton, Mich., and Carrie Smith (Mark), of Jacksonville. No services will be held at this time. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. R ebecca Joan Surls 7 7 OKEE C HOBE E „ Rebecca Joan S urls d i ed J une 8 2018 S he was born A ug. 20, 1940 i n Fort Kissimmee t o Harris J. and Rose A da ( Prescott ) Thom a s. A life t ime residen t of Okeechobee, she l oved spend i n g t i me in the woods, “shin g h unt i ng, crotchet i ng, a nd ” owers. Mrs. Surls was preceded in death b y her sisters, Bessie Mann and Bett y Thompson. S he i s surv i ved b y her husband, O rval Van S urls; son, Sammie All g ood ( Nicki ) ; dau gh t ers, L y dia Entr y ( Joe ) all of Okeechobee, and L elia Allgood ( Tracy ) of Lake Wales; ste p brother, Roy T homas; s i ster, Barbara G regory, of Avon Park; brother, Budd y Thomas (Gail), of Okeechobee; grandson JR Entry (Patty); seven great grandchildren, K y le, Brandon, Da k ota, T r i sha, E ma, Z eb, and Just i n, and all the f amil y in River Ranch No serv i ces w i ll be held Memor i al donat i ons may be made to H os p ice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, O kee c h ob ee FL 34 97 3 Those wishin g to leave a messa g e of con d olence ma y s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww. O keechobee F m A ll arrangements are entrusted to the d i rection and care o f the Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home, 400 North Par rott Avenue Okeechobee Florida 34972 P atricia Ann Jac k son, 7 8 OKEE C HOBE E … Pa t ricia A nn Jackson p assed i nto etern i ty on June 9 2018 Patr i c ia w as born on Jul y 10 1939 i n Bronx, N.Y. to G eorge and Betty Born. B etter k nown as P at P J, or G rann y Pat to m ost who knew her P a t r i c i a was a res i den t of O kee c h ob ee fo r over 30 years, mov v v ing here f rom Palm Beach Count y and w as a member of Ever g lades Baptist Church. Pat worked in the f ood service industry f or m uch of her life, but s p ent the last 20 p lus years working or volunteering with children a t the EO C Headstart Lake Side and being a foster grandparent. Pat loved Life. More than a n y th i ng, she en j o y ed pla yi ng canasta w i th h er husband and best f riends Ruby and Rich a rd. She also loved helpin g and teachin g her Headstart children, going to church, her dog R u f us, and watching her grandchildren and g reat g randchildren g row. S he was preceded i n death b y her parents; t wo sisters; her best f riends, Ruby and Richard Pa y ne; her soni n-law, F rank Prescott; and her h usband o f 44 y ears, Durward. Pat is survived b y her children, Thomas (Diana) Cavanau g h of Elverta, Cailf., Darlene Bohannon of Nashville, Tenn., Bobi Jo ( Ro y) N orthcut of Ho p kins, S.C., Al (Coreen) Cole of Okeechobee, Angelina (Sam) Pressing o f E ast Otto, N.Y., Mar y Prescott o f Okeechobee, D urward (Tina) Jackson of Okeechobee ; s i x stepch i ldren, Donna, R i ck y Dav i d, E dd i e W ayne, James Robert, and T ony; over 40 g randchildren; over 2 5 g reat g randchildren; a nd man y loving f riends … too numerous to c oun t A celebration of life service will be held at 1 1 a.m. on Saturda y June 16, 2018 at C o r n erstone Ba p tist Church, 18387 HWY 441 N., O keechobee, F L 349 7 2 w i th Pastors Dou g N ickalson and Eric Phillips o f Everglades Ba p t ist Church of“ciatin g In lieu o f ” owers, donations can be made t o Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message o f co n d olence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob eeF u ner a lH o me .com A ll arrangements are entrusted to the d irec t ion and care of t he Bux t on & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home 400 North Par rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing Customers may also request photos and links to online guestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at Obituaries Obituaries View obituaries from the past month at Enjoy manicotti meal at VFWThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a manicotti dinner on Wednesday, June 13 at Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W. at 5 p.m. All proceeds will bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-4672882.Legion will serve tacosAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will serve margaritas and tacos from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. T he grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment by Jay and Patty runs from 3 until 6 p.m.Celebrate Flag Day in parkThere will be a Flag Day ceremony on T hursday, June 14 at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Park in downtown. Bring a lawn chair and help us celebrate this important day in history.GOP business meeting setWe encourage you to come for a time of food and fellowship at our monthly Okeechobee Republican Club business meeting at Chen Chinese Restaurant, 104 S.E. Sixth St., Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.Business network meeting 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 Cowboys Restaurant, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Always interesting and informative, the fun is always present as we each b ring a small exchange gift as a way to get to know each other. For further information, c all Raye at 863-467-2557.BHR VFW will serve dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., will serve dinner on Friday, J une 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 pota toes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882. V FW hosts yard saleVFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host a yard sale on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, at 8 a.m. each day. There will b e all kinds of items and drawings. Rent a table for only $5. For information, call 863763-0818. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC SepticVFW has bingo June 15 and 16VFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., host bingo Friday, June 15 and Saturday June 16, at 1 p.m. each day. For information, call 863-763-0818.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. 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 863-8014996 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.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E. Suite 6, on Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on June 17 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will bene“t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.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.Legion host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, June 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.Republican Party to meetThe Okeechobee Chapter of the Republican Party of Florida welcomes you to attend its monthly meeting for the great opportunity to hear the Republican Candidates for U.S. Representative, House District 17 (Bill Akins, Dr. Julio Gonzales and Greg Steube) on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowboys BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Please arrive b y 6 p.m. if placing food order.VFW will serve breakfastThe VFW Riders are serving breakfast at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., on Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to veteran services. For information, call 863-467-2882.


Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd St., invites all to Vacation Bible School, J une 18-22, from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free event for ages three to adult. Nursery available for children under the age of three whose parents attend a class. For information, call 863-763-1699. The First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second St., will host V acation Bible School from June 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 w elcome to volunteer for extra community service hours. For information, call Emily Streelman at 863-261-3933. There will be a Vacation Bible School Shipw recked by JesusŽ on J une 25 through 29, at Fountain of Life Church 1302 S.W. 32nd St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To register, call 863-763-8954. 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 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 The Gathering hosts Joy in the MourningŽ 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 Tuesday at 2 p.m. at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For more information, call Gretta Spradlin at 863-7630899. Okeechobee Church of Christ 1401 S. Parrott Ave., is now on Facebook at www., with Evangelist Daniel Stearsman and Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Email: okeecofc@; Phone: 863-763-4477. Okeechobee Church of God 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. The pastor is Chad Keathley. Sunday Services are at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Childrens Church is at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Teen Life at 6 p.m. Nursery is available all the time. For more information, call 863-763-4127 or visit http://www. for streaming services or email Fountain of Life Church 1302 S.W. 32nd St. Regular Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Childrens church and nursery are available. All are welcome. For information, visit their website at folifechurch. net, their Facebook or call 863-763-8945. Peace Lutheran Church 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, has two worship services each Sunday, one at 8 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come hear Gods message of love and forgiveness for all people through Jesus Christ. Web site is Join the Gathering in Grace and Prayer organization in Flagler Park by the pavilion every Wednesday starting at 7:45 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, call Kathy Rose at 863697-1123 or check them out on Facebook. The First United Methodist Church Library would like to invite everyone to visit their Lending Library, Room 20, at 200 N.W. Second St., in Okeechobee. All are welcome. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline Warriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. Youth group meets every Monday at 5:30 until 7 p.m. Quilters meet every Tuesday at 11 a.m. For information, call 863-763-5042. Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal Church 200 N.W. Third St., would like to extend an invitation for you to come and worship with us. 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 your use. We offer an Adult Forum and Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Childrens Church (ages pre-k through high school) Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Visit our website for more information,, or call the church of“ce Tuesday through Friday 863-763-4843. Christ Fellowship Church 701 S. Parrott Ave., invites all to worship with us. Service times are Sundays, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Childcare and childrens programming, nursery through “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 welcomed as our guest. Visit our website,, or call 561-7997600 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 863763-3681. 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 (6th-12th 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 sho w you an outpouring of Gods love. Our service on Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. with Sunda y 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 stud y and kids church is at 7 p.m. Pastor Raymond Warren can be reached at 863-634-4567, email:, www. 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See your Truth in Lending Disclosu res for more information. 2018 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox Dealers are independently owned and operated businesses. (863) 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 A rea churches host special events and VBS Help save lives by donating bloodThe need for blood donations doesnt stop for summer vacations. If you are in good health and over the age of 17, you can help One Blood ensure area hospitals have a safe blood supply ready to handle emergencies. June blood drives in Okeechobee include: € Saturday, June 16, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. € Sunday, June 17, at Golden Corral from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. € Sunday, June 17, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. € Tuesday, June 19, at Raulerson Hospital from 2 to 5 p.m. € Tuesday, June 19, at Walmart from 6 to 7:30 p.m. € Tuesday, June 26, at Okeechobee Sheriffs Of“ce from noon to 5:30 p.m.


Special to the Okeechobee News Experienced TrophyCatch anglers Adrian Lunker LouieŽ Echols and Syl Sims recently caught the programs “rst two Hall of Fame largemouth bass on Lake Istokpoga. Louies catch weighed 13 pounds, 14 ounces, and Syls catch weighed 13 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught using the Enigma “shing rod that he received for his Season 5 Hall of Fame catch. We are thrilled to celebrate Louies and Syls Hall of Fame club catches on Lake Istokpoga,Ž said KP Clements, TrophyCatch director. Both of these gentlemen have numerous catches in the program, which highlights their great skill in catching the bass of a lifetime and their commitment to conservation by submitting their data to TrophyCatch to assist in the management of Floridas trophy bass “sheries.Ž Lake Istokpoga is “ve miles northeast of Lake Placid in Highlands County. This 27,692-acre lake boasts quality “shing for pan“sh, largemouth bass and many other game “sh species. Since TrophyCatch was launched in 2012, there have been 430 TrophyCatch-approved largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier caught on Lake Istokpoga. A total of 347 “sh have been entered into the Lunker Club (8-9.99 pounds), 81 into the Trophy Club (10-12.99 pounds), and Syl and Louies Hall of Fame catches make the “rst two Hall of Fame Club bass (13 pounds or more) caught on Lake Istokpoga in the programs history. As an integral part of the TrophyCatch program, all of these bass were released, so these trophies still swim in Lake Istokpoga. TrophyCatch Hall of Fame anglers each receive Bass Pro Shops gift cards, Spiderwire merchandise, a custom “berglass replica mount made by New Wave Taxidermy, an Enigma “shing rod and a plaque from American Registry commemorating their catch. TrophyCatch is a partnership between Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists, anglers and “shing industry leaders such as Bass Pro Shops, that rewards the catch, documentation and release of largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier in Florida. A TrophyCatch mobile app is available for download on both Apple and Android devices. For more information about the TrophyCatch program, email Amber Nabors at TrophyCatch celebrates two Hall of Fame bass8 Okeechobee News June 13, 2018 By OCSOSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) would like to extend a sincere thank youŽ to Quilt Ministry of the First Baptist Church who donated quilts with matching animals to the sheriffs of“ce. On the “rst Saturday of each month, this group meets to sew and fellowship together, bringing their offerings of completed quilts to turn in. Since 2004, over 2,700 quilts have been made and given away to share the love of Jesus Christ with those in need of comfort. OCSO detectives frequently face situations where young children have to cope with a traumatic event whether it might involve a traf“c crash, the death or serious injury of a family member, domestic violence bor even possibly the child is a victim. During these types of situations, where children are dealing with trauma, gifts to the children, such as stuffed animals, given by the detective actually helps comfort them. It also helps to build trust between law enforcement, the community and its children. Thank you so much Quilt Ministry for your donation! OCSO receives quilts for children Okeechobee News/ Matteo TullioThe Quilt Ministry of the First Baptist Church donated quilts with matching animals to the sheriffs of“ce. Pictured (left to right) are Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen, OCSO victims coordinator Joan Johnson, Debbie Gillis and Beverly Shurley of First Baptist Church, Deputy Chief Gary Bell and OCSO Jail Captain Scott Deloney. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon Cannon2018 Miss Speckled PerchThis is 2018 Miss Speckled Perch and her court. Miss Speckled Perch is Kelsey Rimes, Miss Congeniality is Kelsey Rimes, Jr. Miss is Jaylah Nolan, Princess is Elainna Fenseca, Little Mr. is Alezander Mungaray, Little Miss is Payton Pfennig, Tiny Mr. is Jaxon Gray, Tiny Miss is Lillian Smith and Overall Photogenic is Inda Coons. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Adrian EcholsTrophyCatch angler Adrian Lunker LouieŽ Echols with his Hall of Fame bass caught on Lake Istokpoga.


Special to the Okeechobee News World Blood Donor Day is a day dedicated to thanking and celebrating voluntary blood donors.Ž It occurs on June 14, the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the creator of the ABO blood group system, for which he w on the Nobel Prize. OneBlood joins in thanking hundreds of thousands of blood donors who as premiere “rst responders make sure that a ready blood supply is available at all times to save lives and families! Generally healthy people age 16 or older w ho weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift along with the personal satisfaction of making a difference by paying it forward and protecting their community. Kathy Jones was a Tampa resident, high school teacher, spouse and mother when she was diagnosed with acute aplastic anemia and began her battle against it. Her victory over it allowed her to live and become a grandmother. She wrote to OneBlood: This year in my life marks 14 years since I fought acute aplastic anemia, a non-cancerous blood disease, and relied on blood products at least three times a week for almost a year until I had a bone marrow transplant. I will never forget the “rst night that I realized how sick I was and a nurse brought in a bag of platelets and attached it to my IV pole. I remember staring at it and wondering to whom these precious platelets belonged? I wasnt even sure what platelets were, but I knew whoever donated them was an angel on earth. On the off chance that it wasnt a real angel, I prayed that whoever it was, God would bless that person for caring about a stranger. I prayed that prayer so many times in the coming year. Its been my pleasure to be one of the faces of the recipientsŽ of whole blood and platelets. I cannot thank you enough. Each time you donate please know that theres a grateful person on the other end who could never repay you. Please accept my heartfelt thanks and may you always know you gave a priceless gift to a stranger just like me.Ž Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during man-made and natural disasters. However, in many countries, demand exceeds supply, and blood services face the challenge of making suf“cient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety. An adequate supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. The World Health Organizations goal is for all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary, unpaid donors by 2020. Today, only 62 countries get close to 100 percent of their national blood supplies from voluntary unpaid blood donations, with 40 countries still dependent on family donors and even paid donors. OneBlood joins World Blood Donor Day celebrationJune 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 € Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy € Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 € Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing € Delicious Meals € Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 Recognized as one of Americas top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive • Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) 208 NORTHEAST THIRD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972863.763.3909TenniswoodDental.comThe doctors at Tenniswood Dental Associates have been creating beautiful smiles for over 55 years. Mark J. Tenniswood, D.M.D. Jenna Tenniswood Bryan, D.M.D. Clifford E. Bryan IV, D.M.D.NOW OPEN Wednesdays and every 1st & 3rd Saturdays along with our normal hoursAccepting New Patients Now featured in the Wednesday edition of the Okeechobee News: articles pretaining to health-related topics To run your medical eld-related ad on this weekly, informative page, please call our sales staff at 863.763.3134 For the health of it! For the health of it! By Dr. Ioana BontaSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsAccording to the American Cancer Society, nearly one out of three people in the U.S. w ill have cancer during their lifetimes. With a number that staggering, its dif“cult not to w onder whether you or a loved one will be affected by the disease in some way. However, before jumping to conclusions, its important to remember that not all subtle or common symptoms are a sign of something malignant. Many, in fact, are caused by less serious conditions. When cancer is the culprit, though, it is key to spot the signs and seek treatment as early as possible, when the disease has more treatment options and better outcomes. Most of us are aware of common, high-risk lifestyle choices that increase your risk of certain cancers, like using tobacco, poor diet or physical inactivity. While avoiding these risk factors is important, its equally critical to pay attention to indicators from your body that may convey potential health issues. As nonthreatening as they may seem on the surface, you should know that symptoms, when prolonged, could be a signal of a serious health problem. Knowing your body, monitoring your health and taking action when known symptoms last longer than two weeks can make a big difference in spotting cancer in its early stages. In my experience, 10 key symptoms of cancer people often overlook are: 1. Unexplained weight loss; 2. Fever of unknown origin; 3. Night sweats; 4. New or unexplained pain; 5. Persistent heartburn; 6. Mouth or tongue sores that dont heal; 7. Bloating; 8. Irregular bowel patterns; 9. Unexplained lumps; 10. Trouble swallowing. These symptoms are often misidenti“ed because they are not speci“c to just cancer, and therefore can be attributable to other health issues. For example, someone who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and regularly experiences an irregular bowel pattern does not necessarily assume his or her symptoms could be a sign of colorectal cancer. In addition, a common symptom of ovarian cancer is bloating and early satiety but many women may attribute ”uid buildup or bloating to normal weight gain. For these reasons, its important to know what symptoms can signal more than one health issue. Key Takeaway: if you experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, you should make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss what youre experiencing. Symptoms of cancer may be overlooked


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School Information GuideOKEECHOBEE Superintendent Letter School Calendar School Bus Schedule School Listings Progress Report and Report Card Schedule"Achieving Excellence" Open HouseTuesdayAugust 8, 2017 School Starts Thursday August 10, 2017 Big Lake Eye Care863-763-3937606 North Parrott Call to Schedule your eye appointment today!2 0 1 7 ~ 2 0 1 8 Lake Okeechobee Real Estate Magazine In Print & Online your best resource for finding your dream home Realtors, to place your advertisement in our magazine, contact one of our dedicated sales representatives 863.763.3134 Find Your Way Special to the Okeechobee News LYONS, Neb. … On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released its draft of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill. Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson said the released draft provides needed support for farmers, ranchers and rural communities; however, the decision to remove funding for conservation and the entrepreneurial programs that rural Americans rely on must be addressed.Conservation We appreciate that this bill strengthens the underlying policy for conservation programs,Ž Ms. Johnson said. Unfortunately, these changes are undercut by a decrease in funding for working lands conservation.Ž Much of the bills content to strengthen the policy for conservation programs is derived from the Give our Resources the Opportunity to Work (GROW) Act, introduced by Sens. Ernst (R-Iowa), Grassley (R-Iowa), Brown (D-Ohio), and Casey (D-Pa.). We like to see that many elements of the GROW Act are included,Ž Ms. Johnson said. These policy proposals, such as improving coordination between the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, will help strengthen these programs. We applaud the committee for working across party lines to advance these proposals.ŽRural development Rural development receives similar treatment,Ž Ms. Johnson continued. The committee draft identi“es ef“ciencies by combining several programs. But, these programs are made less effective by damaging spending cuts.Ž The draft supports beginning, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers; on-farm value-added production; local foods; and farmers markets. However, it cuts permanent funding for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, which helps establish businesses and create jobs in rural communities. This program plays a critical role in helping individuals start new business in rural towns across the nation,Ž Ms. Johnson said.Crop insurance and structureOn crop insurance, the bill makes needed improvements that will better recognize the role of conservation in risk management,Ž Ms. Johnson said. This is a missed opportunity for advocates of structural reform. The bill is missing caps on crop insurance and fails to limit subsidy payments to those who are truly actively engaged in farming.Ž Improvements to crop insurance include better access for diversi“ed operations and beginning farmers, and a stronger link between crop insurance and conservation. The draft also does not limit subsidies for crop insurance premiums, and Ms. Johnson calls on the Senate to enact these reforms.Conclusion As this bill moves forward through the Senate Agriculture Committee and to the Senate, we will work to strengthen and improve its support of conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities,Ž Ms. Johnson said. The current farm bill expires Sept. 30, 2018. The House of Representatives failed to pass its draft, H.R. 2, in a vote on May 18. Another vote is scheduled in the House for June 22. 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By Todd Gross 2016 Tribune Content A g enc y LLC 02/17/16 02/17/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Class of 1999 raising money for scholarshipsA Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on 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. Students must be in “nancial need and a senior at Okeechobee High School. Further criteria for this scholarship can obtained from the OHS guidance of“ce.Ž


By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsA very wet start to the wet season, with a named tropical storm before the start of hurricane season, meant triple the normal rainfall in the month of May for the South Florida Water Management District. Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiami Trail are brimming w ith freshwater „ with water levels a foot above their regulation schedules „ and about 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) „ about 646 million gallons per day „ is ”owing under the Tamiami Trail to Everglades National Park. However, some of the water control structures that could release more water south are closed for environmental reasons. The S-12A and S-12B water control structures are closed until July 15 to protect the nesting habitat for the Cape Sable seaside sparrow, an endangered species. If those structures were open, ”ow south could be doubled, according to SFWMD. The current nesting grounds is not the birds historic home. The sparrows were “rst sighted in freshwater and brackish marshes on their namesake Cape Sable in Monroe County. In the 1930s, Cape Sable w as the only known breeding area for the sparrows, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The hurricane of 1935 is believed to have changed the habitat on Cape Sable from one dominated by freshwater plants to one dominated by saltwater plants. Reduced freshwater ”ows due to upstream w ater management practices and another hurricane in the 1960s are also believed to have contributed to the sparrows loss of their original habitat. In 1967, the sparrows were given federal status as an endangered species. In 1977, they were put on the critical habitat list. According to Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades, the Sixth Biennial Rev iewŽ published in 2016 by the National A cademies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Water Science and Technology Board; Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Committee on Independent Scienti“c Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, the area south of the Tamiami Trail was historically much wetter than it is today. The construction of the road from Tampa to Miami created a coast-to-coast berm that disturbed the natural freshwater sheet”ow. When the road was originally constructed, it often ”ooded and it was customary to close the road during the wet season. However, after the road was built up to accommodate heavier traf“c, water levels w ere arti“cially regulated to protect the road. As a result, often when the WCAs north of the trail are full, no water is released south from Lake Okeechobee, both to protect the road and the East Coast Protection levee. As a result of the road construction and w ater management, the area south of the trail began to dry out, changing from wetlands to marl prairie. Forced out of their original habitat, the sparrows found a new nesting area in the drier area south of the Tamiami Trail. In 1998 a review of the 1983 Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Recovery Plan found that the distribution of the sparrow was restricted to two areas of marl prairies east and west of Shark River Slough, and ”anking Taylor Slough. In 2016, due to the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), a biological opinion was added to on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Everglades Restoration Transition Plan (ERTP), which was implemented in 2012 to guide improved management of water ”ows in the Everglades. The biological opinion guides the corps and its partners in the Everglades restoration effort in better managing water in ways that improve habitat essential to the Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Actions called for in the biological opinion include operational modi“cations to aid in providing suitable nesting habitat for the sparrow. These measures allow the movement of additional water southward under the Tamiami Trail One-Mile Bridge ”owing through the Everglades and into Florida Bay in ways that avoid prolonged ”ooding of the sparrows habitat during the nesting season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report. Prior to Hurricane Andrew in 1992, there were 6,576 sparrows inhabiting Everglades National Park, according to the USFWS website. Hurricane Andrew was followed by several wet years and high discharges of water through water control structures, causing several years of poor conditions for the Cape Sable seaside sparrow. This reduced the sparrows ability to recover from the impact of the hurricane and its total population declined to 3,312 in 1993. The USFWS began consulting with the corps on the ERTP in 2015. Due to many factors, including loss of habitat, the sparrows population dropped to 2,720 in 2014. As a result of this, in 2016, USFWS developed a revised set of targets to improve the conditions of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow and contribute toward the survival and recovery of the species. Targets include providing at least 90 consecutive dry nesting-season days between March 1 and July 15. The marl prairie habitat that the Cape Sable seaside sparrow requires persists under a hydrologic regime of 90-210 wet days. If the habitat is dry fewer than 90 days, the grass habitat the sparrow requires often is taken over by woody plants. If the habitat is underwater more than 210 days, a wetland habitat emerges, according to the USFWS report Conservation efforts on behalf of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow include annual range-wide population surveys by ground and helicopter, vegetation and hydrologic monitoring, use of prescribed “re to control woody vegetation, controlling wild“res to protect sparrow habitats, and banding birds so they can be identi“ed in the future. In June, the South Florida Water Management District appealed to the U.S. Department of the Interior to open the S-12A and S-12B water control structures in order to send more water from the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiami Trail south, freeing up capacity to ”ow water from the Stormwater Treatment Areas into the WCAs and thus allowing some water from Lake Okeechobee to ”ow into the STAs for treatment, In January, the Miccosukee Tribe has a federal reservation and leased lands within the northern portion of WCA 3A. Due to the proximity of the Recommended Plan to these lands, the tribe has expressed concerns over the conversion of the Flow Equalization Basin to a deep water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. In a letter from the Miccosukee Tribe to the SFWMD dated Jan. 8, 2018, the Miccosukee Tribe asserted that the lack of water ”ow across Tamiami Trail has caused discriminatory ”ooding of tribal lands.Ž The Miccosukee Tribe recommends that the de-compartmentalization of the Everglades through construction of CEPP, the opening of the S-12 gates, and the maintenance o f culverts on the L-67 and L-29 levees take priority over construction of the Recommended Plan for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. Sources for this article include the websites of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District.June 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Flow of water hampered by efforts to protect endangered bird News from the Florida Park ServiceOne of the most drastic landscape changes in Everglades National Park, and one that is complicated by sea-level rise and inland effects, is seen in the Cape Sable area. Cape Sable is a large coastal landmass located at the southwestern tip of Florida that was once characterized by an expansive interior freshwater marsh with associated freshwater lakes. In the early 1900s, settlers, determined to use the area for agriculture, began draining the freshwater out to the ocean so the land could dry. However, the canals they built „ coupled with the effects of hurricanes and the manipulation of water farther north „ transformed Cape Sable, and much of this alteration has been aggravated by climate change. Scientists have used geological clues found in the landscape to estimate historic sea levels long before humans had the instruments to do so. This analysis shows that sea-level rise in South Florida was relatively slow over the past 3,200 years; however, modern instrumentation has recorded an accelerated rate of rise over the past century, which has had visible impacts on Cape Sable. The canals are now a pathway for salty ocean water and sediments to travel inland, especially during high tides or with the help of strong wind and surge from tropical storms. In recent years, the interior freshwater marsh has disappeared almost entirely, and nearby lakes have “lled almost completely with marine sediments. Changes along Cape Sable also have implications for the mangrove trees that live at the waters edge. In response to rising seas and increased ”ooding, the trees have been moving inland as the habitat becomes more suitable. And along the coast, high tides and storm surges have helped wash sediments away from their roots and have contributed to erosion along Cape Sable. While many wonder whether coastal plants and mangrove forests will be able to keep pace with sea-level rise, others are beginning to notice similar changes farther inland. Whats happening with Cape Sable


12 Okeechobee News June 13, 2018 Comm Through Journa Comm Comm 8 63.763.3134 or o k eea d sa l m Su b scri b e: rea d o k eec h obee n e w s .n e t / okeechobeenew s Print.Web.Social Keeping you informed on all local news on all multimedia platforms Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE „ The qualifying period for all statewide, multi-county, county and district candidates (excluding judicial, state attorney and public defender candidates) begins at noon June 18 and ends at noon J une 22. Qualifying papers are currently being accepted, pursuant to Section 99.061(8) F.S., which permits qualifying papers to be submitted 14 days prior to the beginning of the qualifying period. Any qualifying papers submitted early will be processed when the qualifying period begins. I encourage candidates to “le qualifying papers as early as possible and within the permissible window,Ž said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Information about qualifying is available on the Division of Elections website, and the divisions staff is here to help.Ž The Division of Elections website will be updated as qualifying paperwork is received throughout the week of qualifying for all statewide, multi-county, county and district candidates (excluding judicial, state attorney and public defender candidates). Election deadline approaching 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). € Vinson Edward Gonzalez, 46, Northw est 36th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 8 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on felony charges of uttering forged instruments and grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). His bond was set at $5,000. € Helio Juan Pereda, 56, Southwest Sixth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested J une 8 by Sergeant Aurelio Almazan on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with unarmed burglary of occupied dwelling. His bond was set at $15,000. € Elsa Maria Garcia, 25, Southeast 34th A venue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 8 by Of“cer John Zeigler on a St. Lucie County felony warrant charging her with violation of probation driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled or disquali“ed. She is being held without bond. € Khadijah Shaneka James, 24, Northeast Fifth Terrace, Pompano, was arrested June 8 by Deputy Devon Satallante on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with failure to appear acquire or obtain, or attempt to acquire or obtain, possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge and failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (codeine) without a valid prescription. She is being held without bond. € Alfonso Lares Jr., 23, Northwest Second Street, Okeechobee, was arrested J une 9 by Deputy Ben Vuleta on a felony charge of unarmed burglary of unoccupied dwelling and a misdemeanor charge of theft (more than $100 but less than $300). His bond was set at $10,250. € Adan Magana, 17, Northwest Fourth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 9 by Deputy Ben Vuleta on a felony charge of unarmed burglary of unoccupied dwelling and a misdemeanor charge of theft (more than $100 but less than $300). He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then transported to St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. € Lauren Victoria Whitlow, 24, Oxford Road, Valparaiso, Ind., was arrested June 10 by Deputy Daniel Eng on a felony charge of battery by a person who is being detained in a jail upon other detainee. Her bond was set at $5,000. € Juan Martinez, 41, Northwest Fourth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 11 by Deputy Quinton Speed on two DOC felony warrants charging him with violation of probation sale of a controlled substance (heroin) and violation of probation aggravated battery. He is being held without bond. € Jonell Mae Hall, 38, Linda Road, Okeechobee, was arrested June 11 by Deputy Quinton Speed on a Highlands County felony warrant charging her with battery on law enforcement of“cer, resisting of“cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of resisting of“cer without violence. Her bond was set at $26,000. € Mark Daniel Smedley, 36, Medley Drive, Crestview, was arrested June 11 by Deputy Joseph Hall on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled or disquali“ed. He is being held without bond. € Eric Allen Douglas, 34, Gar“eld Road, Deltona, was arrested June 12 by Deputy Corporal Bryan Lowe on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription. He is being held without bond. 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. A rrest Report


June 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time A cc o untant II F DOH-Okeechobee Count y M-F, 8-5. Accounts Pa y able p rofessional level accoun t S t a te he a lth ins u r a nce a n d FRS retirement. S ubmit a pp lication to: O KEECH O BEE-ACC OU NTANTII6 4 00 17 6 4 A cc o untant I A R/ Billin g for FDOH-Okeechobee County. A minimum of two y ears of recent professional accountin g experience required. S ubmit a pp lication to: https://jobs. p//j Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Okeechobee Christian Academy is seek k k teachers who promote ri g or, excellence, and Christian values in the area of Elementar y E ducation for the 2018-2019 school y ear. A w illin g ness to enhance the existin g team atmosphere while maintainin g an attitude o f ambition is a must. A pp lications ma y be ac q uired in the Okeechobee Christian Acad Now H i r i n g p art time sales p erson. Customer friendl y p erson a must. W e will train for this p osition. P osition is for the Okeechobee Home De p ot Store. P lease call 863-385-2665 or email resume to mar g ie@advancedairsebrin g .co m Auctions A U CTI O N E ver y Frida y & S aturday ni g hts at 5:30 9 17 SW P a rk St. ( Behind Eli’s Western Wear ) Quality Consi g nments Acce p ted. Wa tf o r d A u cti o n 1 0 % B P 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 W e B u y E st a te s Anti q ues, Collectibles, H ousehold, Tools, Jewelr y and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Miscellaneous Notices Announcin g the Retirement of Kenneth F. Haas, M.D., F.A.C.G. He w o uld like t o t hank all the p atients who entr us te d him with t heir care o ver the p ast 20 y ears. C o p ies of Medical Records ma y be re q uested by visitin g 305 NE Park Street, O keechobee, FL 34972 o r call 8 63-484-8154. Employment Full Time C la ss B C DL Tankwa g on Driver w / ”X” End o rsement O keechobee Re g ion Pa lm da le O il C om p an y i s one of the lar g est famil y owned p etroleum wholesale com p an y in the S t a te o f Fl o ri da We se ll diesel, g asoline, marine fuels and oils / lub ric a nt. We a re currently recruitin g f o r a Driver in the Okeechobee Re g ion. T he p osition consists o f makin g deliveries o f fuel, diesel & lub ric a nts. M u st h a ve knowled g e of 4,000 g al tankwa g on and bo x tr u ck d eliveries alon g with all current DO T Re q uirements to include, “X” Endorse e e ment, medical card a n d cle a n MRV. We o ffer our em p lo y ees trainin g competitive p a y com p rehensive healthcare packa g e, holida y /vacation p a y and g ood home time. If y ou are interested i n a challen g in g and rewardin g career, call Jim at 863.763.3617. 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. Miscellaneous FOR SALE HP WINDOWS 10 LAPTOP COMPUTER $175.00, 4FT LANDSCAPE RAKE $250.00, WOODEN KITCHEN TABLE $35.00 CALL 863-801-6919 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 Apartments OKEECHOBEE 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. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Houses Rent 3/1 HOUSE IN TOWN, CARPORT, CENTRAL A/C. FIRST, LAST AND SECURITY $850.00/MO NO PETS/NON-SMOKING 3/1 FRAME HOUSE NO CARPORT, WINDOW A/C $750.00/MO. CAL L 863-634-8942 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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. DOOR-TO-DOOR DIRECTIONS € TRAVEL TIMES PERSONALIZED ALERTS € TRAFFIC CAMERA VIEWS


14 Okeechobee News June 13, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT O F THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C ASE N O .: 17 00003 1CAAXMX N ATI O NSTAR M O RTGAGE LLC O BA CHAMPI O N M O RTGAGE C O MPANY Pl a intif f vs T HE UNKN O WN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIEN O RS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, U NDER, OR AGAINST, JAMES WILLIAM JACKSON, DECEASED, et al, Defendant ( s ) N O TICE O F SALE P U RS U ANT T O CHAPTER 4 5 N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated Ma y 25, 2018, and entered in Case No. 1700003 lCAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida in which Nation s tar Mort g a g e LLC dba Champion Mort g a g e Company, is the Plaintiff and The Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assi g nees, Lienors, Creditors, Trustees, or o ther Claimants claimin g by, throu g h, under, or a g ainst, James William Jackson, deceased, United States of America Actin g throu g h Secretary of Housin g and Urban Development, William J. Jackson, Any And All Unknown Parties Claimin g by, Throu g h, Under, And A g ainst The Herein named Individual Defendant(s) W ho are not Known To Be Dead Or Alive, Whether Said Unknown Parties Ma y Claim An Interest in S p ouses, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Or Other Claimants are defendants, the Okeechobee Count y Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash inla the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee Count y Florida at 11:00AM on the 11th da y of Jul y 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment o f Fo recl o s u re: A PARCEL O F LAND LYING IN SECTI O N 3 0, T O WNSHIP 3 7 S O UTH, RANGE 3 5 EAST, O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. BEING M O RE PARTIC U LARLY DESCRIBED AS F O LL O WS : C OMMENCE AT THE NORTH ONEQ UARTER (1/4) CORNER OF S AID SECTI O N 3 0, SAID P O INT LYING O N THE CENTERLINE O F S .W. 16TH STREET ( A/K/A OLD DIXIE HIGHWAY ) ; THENCE SOUTH 2 5 DEGREES 28 MINUTES 18 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE HOP KIN’S MEANDER LINE, A DISTANCE OF 55.37 FEET TO THE SOUTH RI G HT O F WAY LINE O F SAID S.W. 1 6 TH STREET AND THE P O INT O F BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 25 DEGREES 28 MINUTES 18 SE C ONDS EAST ALONG SAID MEANDER LINE, ALSO BEING THE EAST T T ERLY LINE O F TH O SE PARCELS O F LAND DESCRIBED IN O FFICIAL RECORDS BOOK ( ORB ) 311, PAGE 699 AND OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 168, PAGE 751 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE CO UNTY, FL O RIDA, A DISTANCE O F 3 54.6 3 FEET T O THE S O UT H EAST C O RNER O F SAID PARCEL O F LAND DESCRIBED IN O FFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 168, PAGE 751; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 44 MINUTES 28 SECONDS WEST AL O N G THE S OU TH LINE O F SAID PARCEL DESCRIBED IN O FFI C IAL RECORDS BOOK 168, PAGE 751 AND THE NORTH LINE OF THAT PARCEL DESCRIBED IN O FFICIAL REC O RDS B OO K 251, PAGE 702, SAID PUBLIC REC O RDS, A DISTANCE O F 210.00 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF A PRIVATE ROAD ( BEING 30 FEET IN WIDTH ) ; THENCE N O RTH 00 DE G REES 00 MIN U TES 00 SEC O NDS EAST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 138.95 FEET T O THE P O INT O F C U RVAT U RE O F A C U RVE T O THE RI G HT IN SAID RIGHT O F WAY, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS O F 7.42 FEET AND A CENTRAL AN G LE O F 6 7 DE G REES 33 MIN U TES 3 2 S EC O NDS; THENCE N O RTHERLY AND EASTERLY AL O N G THE ARC O F SAID C URVE, A DISTANCE OF 8.75 FEET TO THE POINT OF REVERSE CU RVAT U RE O F A C U RVE T O THE LEFT IN SAID EAST RI G HT O F W AY LINE O F A PRIVATE R O AD, SAID CURVE HAYING A RADIUS O F 37.42 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 67 DEGREES 38 MIN UTES 3 9 SEC O NDS; THENCE EASTERLY AND N O RTHERLY AL O N G THE ARC O F SAID C URVE, A DISTANCE OF 44.18 FEET TO THE POINT OFT ANGENCY O F SAID CURVE; THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 58 SECONDS EAST, CO NTIN U IN G AL O N G SAID EAST RI G HT O F WAY LINE O F A PR I VATE ROAD, A DISTANCE OF 138.80 FEET TO THE AFORESAID SO UTH RIGHT O F WAY LINE O F S.W. 16TH STREET; THENCE S OUTH 89 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 46 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID SO UTH RIGHT O F WAY LINE, A DISTANCE O F 29.76 FEET T O THE P O INT O F BE G INNIN G A/K/A 1713 SW 40TH DRIVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 3497 4 Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the p ro p ert y owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 6 0 da y s after the sale D ated in Okeechobee Count y Florida this 30th da y of Ma y 2018. S h a r o n R ob erts on Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou rt Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk Albertelli Law Attorne y for Plaintif f P .O. Box 23028 Tam p a, FL 33623 ( 813 ) 221-4743 16-014023 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order t o participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost to you, t o the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, A DA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our sched u led court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this notifica t ion if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 da y s; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 266390 ON 6/13,20/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL DIVISI O N C ASE NO.: 16000448CAAXMX B ANK O F AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESS O R BY MERGER T O BAC H O ME L O ANS SERVICING, LP, FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, SUCCES S SO R BY MERGER T O C O UNTRYWIDE H O ME L O ANS, INC. Plaintiff vs JAMES E. LOWE, et al Defen da nts. RE-N O TICE O F F O RECL O S U RE SAL E RE-NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Grantin g Plaintiffs M otion to Reschedule Foreclosure Sale filed Ma y 30, 20 I 8 and entered in Ca se N o 16000448CAAXMX o f the Circ u it C ou rt o f the NINETEENTH J ud ici a l Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Florida, wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N .A., SUCCESS O R BY MERGER T O BAC H O ME L O ANS SERVICING, LP, FKA C O UNTRYWIDE H O ME L O ANS SERVICING, LP, SUCCESS O R BY MERGER T O COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., is Plaintiff, and JAMES E. LOWE, et al are D efendants, the clerk, Sharon Robertson, will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash be g innin g at 11:00 AM in the Okeechobee County Judicial C enter, Second Floor, Jur y Assembl y Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Stat t t utes, on the 11 da y of Jul y 201 8 the following described property as set 8 forth in said Lis Pendens, to wit: Lot 11, Block 12, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, accordin g to plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, pa g e 22, public records of O keechobee Count y Florida. Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, o ther than the p ro p ert y owner as of the date of the lis p endens must file a claim w ithin 60 da y s after the sale. Dated at Okeechobee, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Florida, this 5th da y of June, 2018. S h a r o n R ob erts on Clerk o f s a i d Circ u it C ou r t B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h As De p ut y Clerk B ANK O F AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESS O R BY MERGER T O BAC H O ME L O ANS SERVICING, LP, FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, SUCCES S SO R BY MERGER T O C O UNTRYWIDE H O ME L O ANS, INC. c/o Phelan Hallinan Diamond & Jones, PLLC Attorne y s for Plaintif f 200 I NW 64th Street Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-462-7000 If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie J ohnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our s cheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this no t ification if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than s even (7) days; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. S PANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita al g u na ada p tacion p ara p oder p artici p ar de este p rocedimiento o eve n t o; usted tiene derecho, sin costo al g uno a que se le provea cierta ay uda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que ten g a que com p arecer en corte o inmediatamente des p ues de haber recibido esta notificacion si es q ue falta menos de 7 dias p ara su com p are cencia. Si tiene una disca p acidad auditiva o de habla, Harne al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se y on moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou a p are y pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou g en dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou j wen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie John s on, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, suite 217, Port S t. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 j ou avan ke ou g en p ou-ou p aret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou g en pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 j ou; Si ou p a ka tande ou p ale b y en, rele 711. 267460 ON 6/13,20/2018 O KEECH O BEE C OU NTY SCH OO L B O ARD P O LICIE S In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Cha p ter 120, Florida S tatutes, notice is hereby g iven that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their meetin g on T uesda y Jul y 10, 2018, at 6:00 p .m., in Room 303 of the School Board Admin i strative Office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. A co py of the p ro p osed revision is available in the Su p erintendent’s Office, Room 307, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, ( 863 ) 462-5000, Ext. 226. Amendment o f Pr o hibiti o n o f Harassment Board Policy 3.33 y I. This p olic y p rohibits harassment of em p lo y ees and students. II. The p ro p osed amendment p rohibits discrimination in the education o f s tudents and em p lo y ment. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 120.54, 1001.41, 1001.42, 1012.23. L aws im p lemented are F.S. 112.51, 119.07, 760.01 et se q ., 1000.05, 1000.21, 1001.43, 1012.22; 34 CFR 99, 34 CFR 200.43 ( c ) P.L. 110-223. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic s tand p oint. Amendment o f Unlawful Discriminati o n Pr o hibited Board Policy 6.43 y I. This policy lists g uidelines for complyin g with state and federal laws prohibitin g discrimination. II. The p ro p osed amendment p rohibits discrimination in the education o f s tudents and em p lo y ment. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42, 1012.22, and 1012.23. Laws im p lemented are F.S. 1000.05, 1000.21, 1001.43, 1012.22; 28 CFR 35, 34 CFR 100, 34 CFR 104, 34 CFR 108, 34 CFR 200, P.L. 100-233. Americ a ns with Dis ab ilities. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic s tand p oint. Amendment of Authorized Travel Expenses p Board Policy 7.60* y I. This policy establishes parameters and g uidelines for reimbursement o f authorized travel ex p enses. II. Proposed revisions brin g the plan into compliance with Florida Statutes. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.42. Laws implemented are 112.061, 1001.39, 1001.643. State Board of Education Rules: 6A-1.056. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic s tand p oint. Amendment o f Online Inf o rmati o n Services Use Board Policy 8.80 y I. This policy provides g uidelines for use of the District’s online information se rvi ces II. The p ro p osed amendment p rohibits discrimination in the education o f s tudents and em p lo y ment. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.42. Laws implemented are 1 000 .21 a n d 1 00 1.4 3 St a te B oa r d o f E du c a ti o n R u les: 6 A-1. 00 14. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic s tand p oint. 265278 ON 6 / 13 / 2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, S TATE O F FL O RIDA C ASE N O .: 2 0 17-CA00 9 JU D G E: LA U RIE E. B U CHANAN J O SEPH ZACHARY GAZZA, Plaintiff v. C HRISTOPHER LEIN; and UNKNOWN TENANT ( S ) IN POSSESSION, IF ANY Y Defen da nts. N O TICE O F ACTI O N T O: Christopher Lein and all parties havin g or claimin g to have any ri g ht, title o r interest in the property herein described and all parties claimin g interests by, throu g h, under or a g ainst Christopher Lein. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for foreclosure of a mort g a g e has been filed a g ainst you on property located in Okeechobee County, Florida, further id entifie d a s: 1 -173 433 0 A 00 00005 -A 000 Lo t A o f Tr a ct 5 The E a st o f the E a st o f the N o rth o f the N o rth of T ract 5, Section 17 as to the Southern Colonization Com p an y Plat of Townshi p 34 South, Ran g e 33 East, accordin g to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4 Pa g es 3-3E Inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; AND 1 -173 433 0 A 00 00005 -B 000 Lo t B o f Tr a ct 5 The West o f the E a st o f the N o rth o f the N o rth of T ract 5, Section 17 as to the Southern Colonization Com p an y Plat of Townshi p 34 South, Ran g e 33 East, accordin g to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, P a g es 3-3E Inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. You are re q uired to serve a co py of y our written defenses, if an y to it on RENE S GRIFFITH, ESQUIRE, Plaintiff’s attorne y whose address is 4260 SE Federal H i g hway, Stuart, Florida 34997, within 30 days from date of first publication, and file the ori g inal with the Clerk of this Court of this Court either before service o n Plaintiff’s attorne y or immediatel y thereafter; otherwise a Default will be e n tered a g ainst you for the relief demanded in the Complaint Dated this 31st da y of Ma y 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f C ou rt B Y: Arlene Ne a li s D e p ut y Clerk 266694 ON 6/6,13/2018 N O TICE O F EXEC U TIVE SESSI O N O F THE O KEECH O BEE COU NTY B O ARD O F C OU NTY C O MMISSI O NERS T O DISC U SS PENDIN G H O BART McC O LL U M an d O KEECH O BEE LIVEST O CK MARKET, INC., LITIGATI O N T he Board of Count y Commissioners of Okeechobee Count y shall hold an E xecutive Session between the Board and its Count y Attorne y which will discuss the pendin g liti g ation between the County and Hobart McCollum and Okeechobee Livestock Market, Inc., bearin g case number 20l 7CA-000182 a n d c a se n u m b er 2 0 17-AP-29 6 T he p ro p osed Executive Session shall be held o n Tuesda y June 26, 2018, a t 11:30 0’ Clock A.M. in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting R oom, Okeechobee Historic Courthouse, 304 Northwest 2nd Street, Room 270, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The proposed discussion shall be confined to settlement negotiations or strat t t e g y sessions relatin g to liti g ation expenditures. N otice is hereby g iven that the followin g individuals will be in attendance o f the Executive Session: Terry W. Burrou g hs, Chairman, County Commissioners B r y ant H. Cul p e pp er, Bradle y G. Goodbread, David E. Hazellief, Kell y Owens, R obbie L. Chartier, Count y Administrator, and John D. Cassels, Jr., or Laura Ann M cCall, Count y Attorne y s. A Court Re p orter will be p resent to record the session and the transcri p t shall be made part of the public record upon conclusion of the liti g ation. Should any p erson decide to a pp eal an y decision made as a result of this Executive Session, s uch person will need a record of the proceedin g s and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of these proceedin g s is made. T erry W. Burrou g hs, Chairma n BO ARD O F C OU NTY C O MMISSI O NERS O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA S haron Robertson, Clerk BO ARD O F C OU NTY C O MMISSI O NERS O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA P osted: The Okeechobee Count y Board of Commissioners Room 267234 ON 6 / 13 / 2018 P U BLIC N O TICE C ITY C OU NCIL MEETIN G N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the City Council for the City of Okeechobee w ill conduct a re g ular meetin g o n Tues, Jun 19, 2018, 6 PM o r as s oon thereafter as p ossible, at Cit y Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. T he public is invited and encoura g ed to attend. The a g enda may be obtained from or by callin g the Office of the City Administrator, 863-763-3372 ext. 9812. A NY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the City L Council with respect to any matter considered at this meetin g will need to e n s ure a verbatim record of the proceedin g is made and the record includes the testimon y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance w ith the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs s p ecial accommodation to p artici p ate in this proceedin g contact the City Clerk’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceedin g 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. BE ADVI S E D that should you intend to show any document, picture, video D o r items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda, a co py of the document, p icture, video, or item M UST be provided to the City T Clerk for the Cit y ’s records. B y: Mayor Dowlin g R. Watford, Jr. 268506 ON 6 / 13 / 2018 N O TICE O F A G ENCY ACTI O N BY THE S OU TH FL O RIDA W ATER MANA G EMENT DISTRICT N otice is g iven that the District has taken action approvin g the application for a modification to a Water Use Permit for a g ricultural irri g ation of 978.83 acres. T he total authorized annual withdrawal is 931.04 million g allons of surface water from an on-site reservoir and g roundwater from the Upper Floridan Aquifer and the Surficial A q uifer S y stem. Allocation from s p ecific source: maximum allocation from Upper Floridan Aquifer shall not exceed 814.11 million g allons annually nor exceed 136.6 million g allons monthly; maximum allocation from Surficial Aquifer System shall not exceed 116.93 million gallons annually nor ex x x ceed 26.78 million g allons monthly. Maximum daily freeze protection allocation s hall not exceed 43.53 million g allons. The Permit is issued to Tamiami Citrus L LC whose address is 1705 Colonial Blvd., Suite C-4, Fort M y ers, FL 33907. The P ermit No. is 28-00349-W. T his action is taken is taken p ursuant to Cha p ter 373, Part II, Florida Statutes ( F.S. ) Rule 40E-1.603 and Cha p ter 40E-2, Florida Administrative Code ( F.A.C. ) B ased on the information p rovided, District rules have been adhered to and the W ater Use Individual Permit is in effect for this pro j ect sub j ect to not receivin g a filed request for an administrative hearin g pursuant to Section 120.57, F.S. and Section 120.569, F.S., or a request for a j udicial review pursuant to Section 120.68, F.S., the 31 p ermit conditions, and the 13 exhibits attached to Permit. 268054 ON 6 / 13 / 2018 P U BLIC N O TICE NO TICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT B O ARD O F TR U STEES O F INDIAN RIVER STATE C O LLEGE WILL H O LD A REG U LAR B O ARD MEETING T UESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM, A301 OF THE B EN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATI O N B U ILDING O N THE MAIN CAMP U S O F INDIAN RIVER STATE C O LLEGE AT 32 09 VIRGINIA AVENUE, F O RT PIERCE, F LORIDA 34981. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 102 OF THE B R O WN CENTER F O R INN O VATI O N AND ENTREPRENE U RSHIP O N THE M AIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981 55 9 6 ANY PERS O NS WISHING T O PLACE BEF O RE THAT B O ARD F O R C ON S IDERATI O N ARG U MENTS C O NCERNING ISS U ES O F LAW O R P O LICY O R P RESENT EVIDENCE O F ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISP U TE MU ST N O TIFY THE PRESIDENT O F THE C O LLEGE AT LEAST FIVE DAYS B EF O RE THE SCHED U LED MEETING O F THE B O ARD O F TR U STEES. ANY P ERS O NS WISHING T O APPEAL THE DECISI O NS O F THIS B O ARD WITH R ESPECT T O ANY MATTER C O NSIDERED AT S U CH MEETING WILL NEED A REC O RD O F THE PR O CEEDINGS, AND F O R SUCH PURP O SE MAY NEED TO ENS U RE THAT A VERBATIM REC O RD O F THE PR O CEEDINGS IS MADE. 267500 ON 6 / 13 / 2018 Houses Rent LAKEPORT 2BD/1BA CENTRAL AIR & HEAT, COMPLETELY FURNISHED, WASHER & DRYER $800.00/MO PLUS ELECTRIC. ALSO AVAILABLE 1BDRM HOUSE CALL 618-3091938 WATERFRONT BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2/2 NICE HOME COMPLETELY FURNISHED, 1 PERSON ONLY MUST HAVE REFERENCES, NO PETS. CALL 863-763-6086 LEAVE MESSAGE. Houses Sale BLUE HERON GOLF 3 BEDROOM/ 3 BATHROOM, GARAGE, POOL HOME, $279,000, POSSIBLY AVAILABLE FO R RENT CALL 863-8019163 Mobile Homes Rent 2BD/1BA MOBILE HOME LAKE FRONT, PARTIALY FURNISHED $700.00/MO. PLUS UTILITIES AND $700.00 SECURITY DEPOSIT, 1YR LEASE, NO PETS, NON-SMOKING INCLUDES LAWM MAINTENANCE AND PEST CONTROL 317258-6956 BHR-MOBILE HOME 2BD/2BA $625.00.MO. PLUS SECURITY, 1YR LEASE, NO PETS CALL 863-763-4031 FORT DRUMRANCHETTES 5 ACRES W/ CREEK AND POND 3BR/2BA MH 1ST & $300.00 SECURITY. $900.00/MO. NEED REFERENCES FROM LAST LANDLORD. CONTACT (772)370-9605 OR (772)971-6683 Campers / RVs W ante d al l T r a vel T railers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. An y Condition, Cash p aid o n the s p ot Call 954-789-7530 Autos Wanted AAA 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 JORGE GALLEGOS MARTINEZ AND CARMEN J.GALLEGOS SANCHEZ, owners, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of JC GALLEGOS HARV ESTING located at 2015 NW 46TH A VENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 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. 268047 ON 6/13/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. LE G AL N O TICE A p ublic auction will be held at TOTAL ROADSIDE SER R R VICES, located at 3176 Hw y 710 E, Okeechobee 34974 a t 9: 00 a .m. O n the da te l iste d b el o w P u rs ua nt t o Fl or i da statute 713.78 for un p aid towin g and stora g e. Year, m a ke a n d m od el a s f o ll o ws: AUCTION 06/28/18 // 20 1 0 T O Y O TA VIN: 5TFTY5F14AX006878 AUCTION 07/02/18 // 200 4 F O RD EXPEDITI O N VIN: 1FMRU15W54LB32380 AUCTION 07/02/2018 // 200 7 CHRYSLE R PA C IFI C A VIN: 2A8GM68X57R16201 3 AUCTION 07/05/2018 // 20 11 JEEP CHER O KEE VIN: 1J4RR4GG 3 BC7 3 1 5 7 3 T erms o f s a le a re CASH ONLY, no checks will be acce p ted. The seller reserves b e m ad e. S a i d au t o m ob ile w ill b e s o l d “ a s is” with n o g uaran t ees. Locat i on:3176 Hw y 710 E 8 63-357-8772 268538 ON 06 / 13 / 2018 View obituaries from the past month at


June 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Dissolution of Marriage/Divorc Dissolution of Marriage/Divorc IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL CIRC U IT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE N O .: 47-2 0 17-DR000 41 0 IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF R O BERT L. LAZENBY Petitioner/Husband a n d JO ANNE DEB O RAH BENJAMIN, Res p ondent/Wife. N O TICE O F ACTI O N F O R DISS O L U TI O N O F MARRIA G E ( NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT ) TO : JO ANNE DEB O RAH BENJAMIN 411 SE 3 r d Place Dania, Florida 300 4 YOU ARE N O TIFIE D that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed D a g ainst you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, i f an y to it on J EFFREY A. FADLEY, P.A. whose address 180 NW 3rd Ave e e nue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on or before Jul y 17, 2018 and file the o ri g inal with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediatel y thereafter. If y ou fail to do s o, a default may be entered a g ainst you are the relief demanded in the p etition. T he action is askin g the court to decide how the followin g real or personal p ro p ert y should be divided: N o ne. C opies of all court documents in this case, includin g orders, are a vailable at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You ma y review t hese documents u p on re q uest. Y ou must kee p the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of y our current address. (You may file Desi g nation of Current Mailin g and E-mail Address, Florida Su p reme Court A pp roved Famil y Law Form 1 2.915. ) Future p a p ers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to a ddress ( es ) on record at the clerk’s office. W ARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Famil y Law Rules of Procedure, re q uires certain automatic disclosure of documents and informa t ion. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, includin g dismissal or s trikin g of pleadin g s. Dated: May 30, 2018. Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou rt De p ut y Clerk 265680 ON 6/6,13,20,27/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE NO. 472018DR000131 IN RE THE MARRIAGE O F: D O N O VAN W. G RAY. Petitioner/Husband, a n d TABITHA BARBER GRAY, Res p ondent/Wif e N O TICE O F ACTI O N F O R P U BLICATI O N TO : Tabitha Barber Gra y L a st Kn o wn A dd ress 111 0 SW 4th Stree t O keech ob ee Fl o ri da 3 4974 YOU ARE N O TIFIE D that an action for Dissolution of Marriage, including D claims for dissolution of marriage, payment of debts, division of real and per r r s onal property, and for payments of support, has been filed a g ainst you. You are re q uired to serve a co py of y our written defenses, if an y to this action on R ebecca H. Boldt, Petitioner’s attorne y whose address is 180 NW 3rd Ave., Suite C, Okeechobee, Fl 34972, within 30days of first publication, and filethe ori g inal w ith the clerk of this court at Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd S treet, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on Petitioner’s attorne y o r immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered a g ainst you for the relief demanded in the p etition. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Famil y Law Rules of Procedure, re q uires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to com p l y can result in sanctions, includin g dismissal or strikin g of pleadin g s. DATED this 26th da y of A p ril, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT B Y: Arlene Ne a li s D e p ut y Clerk 265325 ON 5/30 6/6,13,20,27/2018 Public Notice Public Notice LE G AL N O TICE A p ublic auction of stored p ersonal p ro p ert y from O keech o bee St o re-NL o c k to be conducted at the following locations in Okeechobee, FL: k W E S T – 2701 Hwy 70 West; NORTH – 3050 SW 3rd Terrace. The auction will be held to pay unpaid stora g e fees (pursuant to the Florida statutes, Section 83.806 ) Public Auction to be held on J une 23, 201 8 beginning at 8 9: 00 AM at the WEST location and we will then proceed to the NORTH location. All pay y y ments must be made in full C ASH O NL Y by the date/time of auction. Y Y W E S T RH O NDA TH O MA S Unit # 8-43 S N O RT H JO HN FRENC H Unit # N0159 268521 ON 6/13,17/2018 O KEECH O BEE C OU NTY SCH OO L B O ARD P O LICIE S In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Cha p ter 120, Florida S tatutes, notice is hereby g iven that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their meetin g on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Adminis s s trative Office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. A co py of the p ro p osed revi s ion is available in the Su p erintendent’s Office, Room 307, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, ( 863 ) 462-5000, Ext. 226 Amendment o f C o de o f Student C o nduct Board Policy 5.40 Student Control y I. This p olic y includes the Code of Student Conduct. II. The p ro p osed amendment includes: a pp lication of Florida State Statutes when a pp licable for all school incidents, revision of interventions to include “Referral to an Approved Mental Health Pro g ram”, providin g all schools with School Resource Officers and formattin g and g rammatical chan g es. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F .S. 120.57 ( 1 ) 1001.43, 1002.20, 1003.04, 1003.21, 1003.31, 1003.32, 1006.07, 1006.08, 1006.09, 1006.10, 1006.13; State Board of Education Rules 6A-1.0404. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oin t 267309 ON 6 / 13 / 2018 AIR CONDITIONING ADVERTISE HERE FURNITURE EMORY WALKER CO. INC. Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 24/7 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS 208 SW 5TH Ave. OkeechobeeServing the Lake Area for 50 Years! CAC042747 CAC057219863-763-6742 WANTED TO BUY Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e B u y S c r a p G o l d S i l v e r a n d C o i n s ATTORNEYS Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A. REBECCA H. BOLDT, Esq. RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Esq. 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to ADVERTISE!call: 863.763.3134 € email: MARKETING SERVICES Public Notice P U BLIC N O TICE A p ublic auction will be held at BMJ Towin g Inc. at 4 14 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 o n FRIDAY THE 2 9TH DAY OF JUNE, 2018 from 10:00 11: 00 A.M. P u rs ua nt t o F lorida statute 713.78 for u npaid towin g and stora g e. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as f o ll o w s 2003 MITS U BISHI E C LIPSE 4A 3 AC 3 4 G 2 3 E 065 747 2005 FREI G HTLINE R T RACT O R TR U C K 1 F U JBBC G 1 5 L U3 7 5 7 2 2000 WABASH SEMI TRAILE R 1 JJV532W9YL638095 T erms of sale are cash, and no checks will be acce p ted. T he seller reserves the ri g ht No ref u n d s will b e m ad e. S a i d au t o m ob iles will b e s o l d in “ AS IS” with no g uarantees. 268276 ON 6 / 13 / 2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2018-CP-096 In re: Estate of MARY ALMA GARCIA Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f MARY ALMA GARCIA, deceased, whose date of death was November 9, 2017, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-9669, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS A FTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE O R 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERV ICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE Administration of Estates ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NO T FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF T HE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOT WITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED T WO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTE R T HE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the first publication o f this notice is June 13, 2018. Personal Representative: BARBARA M. OLIVERO 3047 SE 21st Court Okeechobee, FL 34974 CONELY & CONELY, P.A. P.O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 Primary E-Mail Address: Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: By Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar No. 096482 267911 ON 6/13,20/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2018-CP-098 In re: Estate of GLENN JACKSON BASS, a/k/a GLENN J. BASS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of GLENN JACKSON BASS, a/k/a GLENN J. BASS, deceased, whose date of death was April 24, 2018, and whose social security number is XXX-XX-1401, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS A FTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE O R 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERV ICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NO T FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF T HE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOT WITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED T WO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTE R T HE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. Administration of Estates The date of the first publication o f this notice is June 13, 2018. Co-Personal Representatives: GLENN KEITH BASS 20184 Highway 98 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 CLYDE JEFFREY BASS, SR. 16250 N.W. 190th Road Okeechobee, FL 34972 CONELY & CONELY, P.A. P.O. Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 Primary E-Mail Address: Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: By Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar No. 096482 267741 ON 6/13,20/2018 Fictitious Name NOTICE 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. AQUATIC INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS, INC. 267639 ON 6/10/2018 No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. 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