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Sunday, June 17, 2018 75¢ plus tax Vol. 109 No. 72 Special to the Okeechobee News/ BOTATeen anglers catchThe Big O Teen anglers enjoyed their June bass tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Justin Hevey took “rst in his age group. For more, see Page 3. 14.10 feetLast Year: 11.82 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. When good fathers fail ... Page 4 ... Page 7 ... Page 13 467-1545 www.QualityACokee.com Happy Fathers Day Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDThis photo, shared at the June 14 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, shows algae in water ”owing into the C-44 Canal from a local basin canal. The photo was taken about 10 miles from Port Mayaca, where water from the lake enters the C-44. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Record rainfall in May and continuing heavy rains this month are causing ecological damage, according to a report given by South Florida Water Management District Water Resources Director Terrie Bates at the June 14 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board. Algae found in the St. Lucie watershed is coming from many sources, not just from Lake Okeechobee, she said. The perception that there is this huge channel of the algae coming from the lake isnt correct,Ž she said. She said there are other sources of algae coming into the estuary from the local watershed. The watershed that drains into the canals and waterways that discharge though the St. Lucie Estuary received over 450 percent of normal rainfall in May, she said. All of the area, when you have 450 percent of normal rainfall, everything has discharged into the estuary system, every canal, every stormwater pond,Ž she continued. Algae is commonly present in all freshwater, and it tends to grow faster in stagnant water. The heavy rainfall in May ”ushed out ponds and canals into the drainage system that goes into the St. Lucie Estuary. She pointed out that there is even algae in the stormwater pond at the SFWMD main of“ce. It “lls up. It discharges,Ž she said. The lake has jumped very rapidly in the course of a month. It has gone up about a foot and a quarter,Ž said Ms. Bates. All of the effects around the system ecologically, the lake is feeling the same thing.Ž Algae coming from many sourcesSee ALGAE „ Page 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Central and South Florida Flood Control Project had some unintended consequences, but the project did what the engineers set out to do, and because of that ”ood control project millions o f people now live, work, play and farm in areas that would otherwise be underwater part of the year. The South Florida pioneers kne w which areas would ”ood. They anticipated and found ways to live with periodic ”ooding. They built their homes on high ground ... or on stilts. During the wet season, some roads were regularl y closed due to high water. Today, most South Florida residents expect government to protect their homes and businesses from ”oods. They expect roadways to be safe and open. In 1947, we had these massive ”oods. We got about the same amount Flood control systems protect South Floridians A continuing series About Lake Okeechobee About Lake Okeechobee TRUTH Search for the Search for the See FLOOD „ Page 5

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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsThe Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project is designed to store more water north of the lake, said Matt Morrison, South Florida Water Management District federal policy chief. Mr. Morrison gave an update on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project at the June 7 meeting of the Water Resources Analysis Coalition. The watershed is a little under 1 million acres north of the lake, predominantly agriculture and open land, he said. Over the last two years, the project team considered 25 locations north of the lake with potential for above-ground water storage. In addition, the team reviewed the 2015 Aquifer Storage and Recovery regional study, which w as done by the SFWMD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The team also evaluated a number of different wetland components, he said. The goals of LOWRP are to: € Improve the quantity, timing and distribution of ”ows into Lake Okeechobee to maintain ecologically desired lake stage ranges more often; € Improve estuary discharges from Lake Okeechobee to improve salinity regime and the quality of oyster, submerged vegetation and other estuarine community habitats in the northern estuaries; € Increase the spatial extent and functionality of aquatic and wildlife habitat within Lake Okeechobee and the surrounding watershed; and € Increase availability of the water supply to the existing legal water users of Lake Okeechobee. A big consideration in developing the plan w as the availability of water to store, he said. We really needed to locate the storage features in areas where water is available on a fairly regular basis,Ž he said. One other aspect that we learned throughout this process is the bene“t of co-locating ASRs with above-ground storage features,Ž Mr. Morrison explained. After the above-ground facility is “lled with rainfall, the water can be pumped into the ASRs to get the above-ground storage ready for the next rainfall event. The storage features are north of the lake. The soils there are very sandy,Ž he explained. He said there were concerns about deeper storage features north of the lake. With a shallower storage area, there were concerns for setback from the Brighton Seminole Reservation and from State Road 78. He said any plan must maintain water supply, navigation, ”ood control and the rights of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. They also tried to maximize the use of land already in public ownership, he added. The tentatively selected plan will cost about $1.4 billion. It includes an aboveground wetland attenuation feature that will be operated up to 4 feet deep with a footprint of about 12,500 acres and a static storage capacity of about 43,000 acre-feet of water. (An acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover 1 acre of land with water 1 foot deep.) Adjacent to the shallow storage area are wetlands restoration sites. To the east is the 4,100-acre Paradise Run wetland and to the north is the 1,200-acre Kissimmee River Center wetland. The plan also includes 80 ASR wells, with 25 colocated with the wetland attenuation feature and the remainder distributed on the landscape. As we developed this project plan, we maximized the use of publicly owned lands,Ž he said. From an ecosystem bene“t standpoint, it increases wetland habitat north of the lake, he said, adding about 5,300 acres of high-quality wetlands adjacent to the Kissimmee River. The wetland attenuation feature will be operated as an emergent marsh,Ž he said. By moving water into storage north of the lake, it gives us the opportunity to bring it back when it is dry,Ž he said.Public meetingSFWMD and USACE will conduct a public meeting for landowners in the project area on Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at the Williamson Center of Indian River State College in Okeechobee. The draft implementation report for the project is also expected to be available for review by the public and regulatory agencies starting June 29.2 Okeechobee News June 17, 2018 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, DO, FACGis a gastroenterologist joining the Treasure Coast Medical Specialists family. He specializes in treating conditions of the digestive tract, including the liver and pancreas. His oce welcomes new patients. 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Upon renewal, the 5 month CD special product will renew into a six month term and th e penalty will be equal to 90 days of interest on the amount withdrawn. ** The 15 month CD upon each renewal term will be a twelve month term beginning on the maturity date. The interest rate will c hange upon renewal and will be based on the current market rate at the time of maturity. *** Annual Percentage Yield. MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSIT MONTH SPECIAL!*CD 1.36%1.36% APY*** MONTH SPECIAL!**CD 2.03%2.03%APY*** MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSITCenterState Bank.com Today: Thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds late. Low around 70F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 86F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night: A few clouds. Low 69F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 86F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night: Clear skies. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast Project to store water north of lake

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Special to the Okeechobee News The Big O Teen Anglers had their “rst two-day tournament of the year out of OkeeTantie on June 2 and 3. The weather was hot and overcast, and the anglers caught quite a few large bass. The biggest bass caught w eighed in at 6.58 pounds, caught by Brent Smith from the 11-to-15 age group. David Miller of the 16-to-19 age group weighed in a 4.86-pounder. Way to go, boys! This month they had 22 anglers catch 42 bass on day one and 72 on day two, with a total weight of 191.07 lbs. First place in the 16-to-19 age group went to Justin Hevey, w ith a great two-day catch total of 21.68 lbs., and Trent Nelson placed “rst in the 11-to-15 age group with a two-day catch of 21.56 lbs. Great catch, boys! 11-to-15 age group: First-place winner in the 11-to-15 age group is Trent Nelson, with his catch weighing 21.56 lbs. Second place in the 11-to-15 age group w ent to Wyatt Cannon, with his catch w eighing 13.28 lbs. Third place in the 11-to-15 age group went to Brent Smith, with his catch weighing 12.41 lbs. and his big “sh weighing 6.58 lbs. 16-to-19 age group: First-place winner in the 16-to-19 age group is Justin Hevey, with his catch weighing 21.68 lbs. Second place in the 16-to-19 age group is Cody Wojcieszak, with his catch weighing 12.09 lbs. Third place in the 16-to-19 age group is David Miller, with his catch weighing 9.10 lbs. and his big “sh weighing 4.86 lbs. Big O Teen Anglers would like to extend our thanks to the following boat captains who volunteered their time to take the youth anglers out for two nice days of “shing: Mike Zubricky, Robert Haff, Karl Zainitzer, Ian Rodriguez, John Sales, Terry Seabolt, Mike Ingram, Roger Bohannon, Mitch Mulholland, Billy Ellerbee and Jim Newell. They would also like to thank The Melette family for providing the after-tournament lunch. Yummy!June 17, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Cole Clemons, C arson Watford, Leyton Watford, Owen Clemons. Participating in the National Junior High School Rodeo in Huron, South Dakota the week of June 24-30. Making Okeechobee Proud!Happy Fathers Day From our Family to YoursWilliam BillŽ Wallace for County Court Judge Teen Anglers have two-day tournament Special to the Okeechobee News/ BOTAFirst-place winner in the 11-to-15 age group was Trent Nelson, with his catch weighing 21.56 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ BOTAIn third place in the 11-to-15 age group was Brent Smith, with his catch weighing 12.41 lbs. and his big “sh weighing 6.58 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ BOTAIn second place in the 16-to-19 age group was Cody Wojcieszak, with his catch weighing 12.09 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ BOTAIn third place in the 16-to-19 age group was David Miller, with his catch weighing 9.10 lbs. and his big “sh weighing 4.86 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ BOTAIn second place in the 11-to-15 age group was Wyatt Cannon, with his catch weighing 13.28 lbs.

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W hen good fathers failBy Loy MershimerOkeechobee Presbyterian Church Fathers Day is a rightful day of honor, a day of thanksgiving for faithful dads. But the day often carries with it silent pain: what do we do when fathers fail of faithfulness? Even good fathers can sin against children … and forge spiritual chains for generations. A braham, our father in faith, ordained of God to bless all nations, yet cursed us with eternal con”ict when he slept with Hagar, in unbelief. King David became a permissive parent in his sin with Bathsheba: in his own indiscipline, he could not discipline his sons for their unrestrained passions and lusts, leading eventually to attempted regicide and patricide. Noah refused to keep Gods command for protecting fatherly modesty, and drunkenly allowed his nakedness to be revealed to his sons, leading to a curse on Canaan. Yes, sadly, even good fathers can sin against their children. What can we do when our fathers fail of faithfulness? Here are some steps of healing: 1. Recognize that God is the perfect heavenly Father. Apart from Him, There is none righteous, no not oneŽ (Rom. 3:10). Jesus taught us that we can call God, Abba!Ž which means, Dear Daddy!Ž And Jesus taught us that God alone is ultimately GOOD (Mk. 10:18). Abba is dependable, faithful, and true: loyal in covenant love. He promises to be the defender of the widow, and Father to the fatherless (Ps. 68:5). And a child of God is given the greatest gift ever in human time … the seal of the Spirit in our hearts, whereby we can cry out, Abba, Father!Ž and KNOW that we are heard (Gal. 4:6, Rom. 8:15). 2. See, confess, and forsake generational sin. Family sin that is not confessed for what it is, nor dealt with in divine intent, becomes a hidden chain that binds families, often with its heaviest shackles on the most innocent family members. For instance, one father struggles with drunkenness; his son sees this, and vows never to be a drunk, yet he does not deal with the underlying family sin. This son, in turn, even though not a drunk, yet mirrors the same foundational sin to his children … absence, abuse, selfcenteredness, preoccupation, and personal addiction. Another father sexually abuses his daughters; his son sees this, and vows never to be a sexual abuser; or, perhaps, subsumes the sin into his subconscious, either way, he does not deal with it divinely. This son, in turn, though not actually sexually abusing his daughters, yet mirrors the underlying sin: abuse of authority, twisted control, manipulation through touch, toxic presence, framing, and gas-lighting. Family sin, unconfessed, and unhealed, is a deadly thing, even in Christian homes. It can mask as good, even as it carries on its dark effects of despair and bondage. The excused sin in King David, in taking multiple wives and still not being satis“ed, became the swollen lust in King Solomon, which could not be sated even with 1,000 wives and concubines. Family sin must be dealt with by children, even of great men. Thankfully, Gods grace can break any curse. But it must be acknowledged and named for what it is … given fully to God. God then turns it to blessing: the wound becomes a place where light enters, and blesses those who come after. 3. Forgive. Forgiveness is releasing an offender to God. We all are sinned against, and often by our parents. Jesus teaches us to forgive, as we pray: Heavenly Abba, I will forgive those who sin against me, even as you forgive my sins.Ž Note: Forgiveness is not PARDON. Pardon is something that takes place in the eyes of God and the law. I f a father (or other offender) commits crimes against a child, that person should pay for the crimes according to the law. Forgiveness includes releasing an offender to the law … telling the truth to proper authorities … even as he or she releases them fully to God, harboring no hatred. Forgiveness frees the place in our souls that the offender lived in and controlled. 4. Accept partial (and failed) attempts at love or care, and trust God to make up the difference. Robert K. Wise says something very profound in his psychological novel All that Remains.Ž He says that we must take what others (especially parents) give us in the way of love, and then accept that for the whole of what we might have needed, responding with the love that we ourselves would want, toward those in our circle o f life. Its the only way out of a dark pit. Only by coming into the light of our heavenly Abba, and permitting that love to pass through us to others, can we transcend the limited, broken love of earthly fathers that binds us into patterns of dysfunction. 5. Accept Gods unknown healing over known, comfortable dysfunction. Before Jesus touched the invalid at the Pool o f Bethesda, He asked him a curious question: Do you WANT to be healed?Ž (John 5:6). In other words, do you want the responsibilities of wholeness more than your current level of comfort in brokenness? It is a tough question, especially when dealing with the longtime weight of generational chains. We have to answer in the af“rmative, though. Its the only way out of the castle prison. YES, Lord! I want to be made well.Ž Bring me into the spacious place, free from restriction (Ps. 18:19), and I will leave the chains o f the past.Ž Alleluia! Happy Fathers Day, friends! May this da y be one of forgiveness, healing, and freedom! Amen. Monkey owner faces chargesCoverage of the incident in which a spider monkey bit a Home Depot employee and the monkeys owner has been charged brought these comments from readers: € Make sure your monkey is up to date on its shots.Ž … Frank Hodges € Dont take it to Home Depot.Ž … Henrietta Deschamps € Dont take it anywhere in public!Ž … Dena Taylor Baker € Get it up to date on its shots and get a doctors note for therapy animal. Dont take it out if you cant control it.Ž … Tina Troendle € I like that she keeps telling everyone it was a make a wish thing and now says she purchased it in Texas as a gift for her daughter. Which one is it?Ž … Dena Taylor Baker € Poor monkey was probably scared. Im just saying if there was a stray dog that looked scared or aggressive, no would mess with it. They would call the authorities or try to locate the owner.Ž … Stephanie Marie Weeks Deck € The Class III wildlife license allows the person to own a monkey and keep it in an approved enclosure on their property. It does not allow the person to take the monkey out in public and put members of the public at risk. The monkey should have been left at home in its cage. Both the monkey and the public would be safer that way. Better yet, give the monkey to a zoo or a wildlife preserve where it will have other monkeys as company.Ž … J. ZimpelSchool boardThe article about the retirement of longtime school system employees Toni Wiersma and Brendan Pritchard brought these comments. € Congratulations, Mrs. Wiersma, I used to deliver you, your pizza to your house. My grandson is the one that found the money at the high school and turned it in. Thank you for the years of service you provided for Okeechobee County schools.Ž … Jeanie Quinlin € Thank you both for your services.Ž … Anita Suarez Nunez € Congratulations! Time to take it easy; enjoy retirement.Ž … John Tanner € Congratulations, Mrs. Weirsma and Mr. Pritchard! Happy retirement to two wonderful people!Ž … Melissa Redding Gilstrap June 17, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspapers website at okeechobeenews.net, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News of“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Re”ections from the Pulpit 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: € 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.

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Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE „ Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Woman of the Year in AgricultureŽ award, which recognizes women in all areas of the industry w ho have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. The deadline for submitting nominations is July 31. Nominations may be submitted electronically by accessing the application located on the Woman of the Year in Agriculture page. Nominations may also be sent via mail or fax to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Director of External Affairs Clay Hollis. Send completed nomination forms to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plaza Level 10, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800; fax 850-617-7744; Clay. Hollis@FreshFromFlorida.com. More information about the Woman of the Year in AgricultureŽ award and past award winners can be found at FreshFromFlorida.com. For more information about the Florid a Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com. Nominations sought for 2018 Woman of The Year in AgricultureJune 17, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 of rain in 47 that we got in 2016,Ž said Water Resources Analysis Coalition member Mark Generales at the June 7 WRAC meeting. Did we have any ”ooding of any signi“cance in 2016? To the best of my knowledge, we didnt,Ž he said. The district has not done a good job of talking about what I think is its primary job, and that is public safety,Ž he said. At the June 14 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, Chairman Federico Fernandez said June is Flood Awareness Month. June represents an ideal time to remember the ability to live, work and raise families in South Florida depends on the work in many instances that we do here and water management systems across the board,Ž he said. I am proud the work the district staff does ensures that the ”ood control system, built over 60 years ago for 2 million people, performs to todays standards of providing ”ood control services for more than 8.1 million South Floridians,Ž he said.Flood controlIn 1947, after several years of drought, Florida was deluged by rainfall that averaged 100 inches along the lower east coast, nearly twice the normal rainfall, according to the South Florida Water Management District records. Next came the storms. In September and October, two hurricanes and a tropical storm battered the Sunshine State,Ž leaving most of the state from Orlando south submerged. Roads and streets were ”ooded. Cattle drowned, as did deer and other wildlife that could not “nd high ground. Much of the ground had already been saturated before two hurricanes hit the state late in the year, and ”ooding throughout the region was devastating. According to records in the University of Florida/IFAS library, in 1947 ”oodwater inundated outlying suburban areas of West Palm Beach, and 30 percent of the city of Fort Lauderdale, including the business district, railroads, industrial and residential sections. Large areas in the western part of Miami and the outlying communities of Miami Springs and Hialeah were underwater. The ”ood damaged roads, utilities, railroads and airports in the coastal area. Newspaper articles from 1947 and 1948 tell the story. The Sept. 19, 1947, edition of the Okeechobee News called the Sept. 17 hurricane the worst since 1928Ž and noted the heavy rainfall that came with the hurricane lasted more than a week. ... the town and most neighboring sections were ”ooded with water and the cattle pastures were, most of them, almost completely underwater,Ž the article states. The Oct. 17, 1947, edition of the Okeechobee News relates, storm and ”ood damage over weekend was serious.Ž Thousands of residents of lowland areas were forced to seek refuge elsewhere,Ž the newspaper story continues. Throughout South Florida, thousands of refugees from the ”ooding were housed in schools and other public buildings. The people of South Florida cried out for ”ood control, newspaper stories explain. The State of Florida asked the federal government for a master plan to tame natures excesses. In 1948, the U.S. Congress adopted legislation creating the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project, the largest civil works project in the country. Construction began the next year and continued over 20 years as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the massive ”ood control plumbing system stretching from just south of Orlando to Florida Bay, according to the SFWMD archives. In 1948, the Florida Legislature created the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District, the predecessor to the South Florida Water Management District, to manage the C&SF Project. According to the Duke University Wetlands Center, The C&SF Project had three main components. First, it established a perimeter levee through the eastern portion of the Everglades, blocking sheet ”ow so that lands farther east would be protected from direct Everglades ”ooding. This levee severed the eastern 16 percent of the Everglades from its interior. Second, the C&SF Project designed a large area of northern Everglades, south of Lake Okeechobee, to be managed for agriculture. Named the Everglades Agriculture Area (EAA), it encompassed about 27 percent of the historic Everglades and was a major factor in the economic justi“cation of the C&SF Project. Third, water conservation became the primary designated use for most of the remaining Everglades between the EAA and Everglades National Park, limited on the east b y the eastern perimeter levee and on the west by an incomplete levee bordering the Big Cypress Swamp.Ž The plan to set aside some Everglades land for urban development and some for farming was key to obtaining the funding for the ”ood control project. The state and the federal governments wanted to see some economic return on the investment of tax dollars. FLOODContinued From Page 1 On June 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started discharging water from Lake Okeechobee east and west, she continued. The discharge to the estuaries for the last week, about a third of the ”ows coming into the St. Lucie Estuary were from Lake Okeechobee. Were still having signi“cant discharges coming from those local basins and tidal tributaries,Ž she said. Even before any discharges started from Lake Okeechobee, the estuary had already been completely overloaded with freshwater, she said. Now the lake is contributing to continuing those low salinity levels,Ž she said. On the Caloosahatchee side, about 50 percent of the freshwater ”ow going to the estuary is coming from Lake Okeechobee. She said the dark water plume seen on the Gulf Coast has to do with the tannin that is in the water from the Calooshatchee. You can have algae that exists throughout the system that is not toxic,Ž said Ms. Bates. She said toxins have been detected in two samples but that, at such low levels, it is barely detectable. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, toxin levels have been less than 1 part per billion. The World Health Organization considers levels under 10 ppb to be safe. She said satellite imagery shows very little algae in Lake Okeechobee. Algae is buoyant and moves with the wind, she explained. So you might see it one day and it is gone the next. Board member Brandon Tucker, who represents St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade and Monroe counties, said he knows that in some areas of central Martin County, runoff into the C-44 Canal was inundated with 2 feet of freshwater in May. The issues that we are seeing right now that are being talked about with any algae signatures on the South Fork of the St. Lucie, I would assume that is from local basin rain runoff,Ž he said. This is not a Lake Okeechobee issue,Ž said Mr. Tucker. This is a local basin runoff issue.Ž He said they need to do more with Aquifer Storage and Recovery Wells to slow local basin runoff into the St. Lucie. They also need to deal with the pollution from septic tanks in that basin to reduce the nutrient pollution to those waterways, he added. We need to be doing everything we can do in our local communities to deal with low-hanging fruit,Ž he explained. If the EAA (Everglades Agricultural Area) reservoir were built and working today, it would have had no effect on what we saw in the St. Lucie basin,Ž he said. We need solutions now, in the Caloosahatchee, in the St. Lucie, to deal with these big rain events.Ž A LGAEContinued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 1600 block of Northeast Fifth Street € 1700 block of U.S. 441 North € 200 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 8600 block of Southeast 59th Drive € 2700 block of U.S. 441 South € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 1500 block of Northeast 15th Street € 5200 block of Northwest 24th Street BURGLARY € 2900 block of Southeast 36th Avenue € 7200 block of Northeast Fourth Street € 400 block of Northeast 14th Avenue € 2400 block of Northwest Seventh Street € 2600 block of Northwest Seventh Street € 3400 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 3000 block of Southeast 21st Court € 2100 block of Southwest 22nd Circle € 600 block of State Road 78 West € 100 block of Northwest 28th Avenue € 2800 block of Southwest 20th Court CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 12100 block of Northeast 56th Avenue FRAUD € 3600 block of Northwest Eighth Avenue € 3700 block of Northwest 36th Avenue IDENTITY THEFT € 2900 block of Northeast 103rd Avenue THEFT € 2700 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 1100 block of Northeast 29th Terrace € 3300 block of Southeast 36th Avenue € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 3600 block of U.S. 441 South OCSO Investigations

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6 Okeechobee News June 17, 2018Tommy Dan Cook, 71 1946 … 2018 PANAMA CITY „ Tommy Dan Cook went to be with the Lord on W ednesday, June 13, 2018. He was born Dec. 21, 1946 in Dothan, Ala. Tommy served in the V ietnam War. Follow ing his military career, he worked as the Chief Engineer at HCA Rauler son Hospital for over ten y ears. He was preceded in death by his son, Tracy Dan Cook; and parents, Bernice Cook and J ewell Dean McCoy. Those left to cherish Tommys memory include his daughter, Lisa Gayle Cook McEwen; and sister, Bebe Cook Bennett (Millard). Memorialization will be by cremation. Those wishing to extend condolences may do so at www.heritagefhllc.com Obituaries V FW will serve breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, June 17 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. A ll bene“ts will go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill 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 hosts 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, J une 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.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 in District 17 (Bill Akins, Dr. J ulio Gonzales and Greg Steube) on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowboys BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing food order.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 West next to Fast Break, w ill host a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, June 19 from 4 until 7 p.m., for an $8 donation. This dinner is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. Music will be provided by Jay and Patty. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Library hosts Reading CampMs. Kim at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is excited to announce that the Summer Reading CampŽ w ill be every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from W ednesday, 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 w ell. 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.Town hall meeting by the GOPThe Okeechobee Republican Party invites you to attend a festive event with an Old-Fashioned Town Hall meeting where you can meet and hear candidates in city, county and some state races express their views on current Issues. Come and bring your family for free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, music and balloons for the kids … at Veterans Memorial Park on West Park Street, downtown Okeechobee, on Friday, June 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.DOH will give CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will give a CPR/AED and basic “rst aid certi“cation class on Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436.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.Mural presentation June 25Okeechobee Main Street invites you to the presentation of Main Streets sixth mural project, dedicating two murals honoring Chief Osceola and the Battle of Okeechobee located at 114 S.W. Fifth Ave. Meet the artist Tracie Sparks and the mural sponsor Sonny Elliott on Monday, June 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The artists reception will follow on location in the Osceola Building.Camp puts on a productionThe sixth annual migrant theater camp presents Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical,Ž for one night only Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in the OHS lecture hall. The show is free and open to the public.Butter”y Garden update setOkeechobee Main Street invites you to the Butter”y Sculpture Project presentation on Saturday, June 30 at 4 p.m. at the Hamrick Butter”y Garden, downtown Flagler Park No. 6. An artists reception will follow at Nutmegs, 515 S.W. Park St.Summer reading camp setA summer reading camp is being sponsored by Okeechobee Childrens Services Council that is open to all students of Okeechobee public schools. There are certi“ed teachers and free snacks. The camp will be at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1258 N.E. 13th Street now through July 1 The camp is Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information, call Mrs. Baker at 321-749-7924.Flea Market hosts car showThe Big O Flea Market, 3600 U.S. 441, will host a Classic Car & Truck Show on Sunday, July 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission, registration and parking is free! A live DJ will be playing music from the 50s and 60s. Enjoy family fun at this free event. Lots of awesome classic automobiles. Come on out and see!Take the reading challengeThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from now through Sept. 7, as students take the pledge to read as many minutes as they can this summer! To join, simply call the library at 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up with a librarian. Students will receive a pledge certificate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unlock digital rewards and complete weekly reading challenges online. Reading minutes will also count towards special summer prizes and events at the library. Join the fun and sign up today!AA meetings scheduled in Okeechobee CountyAlcoholics Anonymous meetings are regularly scheduled in the Okeechobee: € Monday through Friday: noon open meetings at First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St.; € Monday, 6:30 a.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace (Wolff Road); € Monday at 6:30 p.m. open meeting at, Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Tuesday at 8 p.m. closed discussion meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Wednesday at 8 p.m. closed mens meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; and, € Wednesday, at 7 p.m., a speakers meeting at Detox of South Florida, 608 N.E. Second Ave.; € Thursday, noon, closed Step Study, at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. € Thursday at 8 p.m., Big Book meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.; € Thursday at 6 p.m., open womens meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Friday at 8 p.m., speaker meeting at Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St.; € Saturday at 7:30 p.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Sunday at 7:30 p.m., open meeting, Step Study, at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Arts and crafts show setThe Big O Flea Market, 3600 U.S. 441, will host its inaugural Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8 Man y craft vendors are participating. Come out and support local artists and talent. Enjo y free admission and parking. Hope to see you there!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.Backyard chickens workshop setCome learn about the basics of backyard chickens on Thursday, July 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Of“ce, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring. There is a $10 registration fee. You can register online at www. eventbrite.com/e/backyard-chickens-tickets-4582633371 or call 863-402-6540.Class of 1999 raising money for scholarshipsA Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on GoFundMe.com/. The page states: Here we are ... 20 years after walking across the stage in the OHS gym to receive our high school diploma. Its time for us to give back „ to thank our community for taking care of us, remember the friends we walked alongside of but lost along the way, and give our support to a brighter future for the students graduating OHS in 2019. Your donation will go toward scholarships that will be given to OHS seniors for both a remembrance of classmates weve lost and a celebration of furthering education from the Class of 1999 at the 2019 OHS Scholarship Night. 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 More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Communit y section.

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June 17, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Saluting Our SoldiersDo you have loved ones who are active duty military or veterans? Honor them in a special salute in the Okeechobee News on Sunday, July 1st. Simply submit your photo along with the form to the left to: Okeechobee News Attn: Saluting Our Soldiers 107 S.W. 17th St. Ste. D Okeechobee, FL 34974 Or e-mail the information in the form, along with a photo to: jlimoges@newszap.com. Please include Saluting Our SoldiersŽ in the subject line. Please, no copyrighted photos without proper release. Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 27th Example ads: (Not shown actual size) Saluting Our Soldiers CHECK ONE:IN MEMORY(Deceased) Name: Your Name: Personal Message: Phone Number: Email Address:(Limit to 25 words)IN HONOR(Living) By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Pamela Wilkerson was born at the Okeechobee General Hospital in 1973. She has been a member in the Okeechobee community for the entirety of her 45-year life. She recalled her childhood memories of summers spent on the beaches of Boca Grande with her grandparents and cousins. Mrs. Wilkerson also shared that she would spend time at her grandmothers „ with siblings, cousins and friends „ where they w ould explore the many acres they grew up on riding horses, four-wheelers, working cattle, swimming in the creek, building forts.Ž Mrs. Wilkerson enjoyed being outdoors and playing games like baseball with kids in her neighborhood, but also admitted to watching television as a youth when she stated, On Friday nights we would gather around the front of the TV, and watch The Dukes of Hazard.Ž Mrs. Wilkerson graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1991. Her fav orite subject to study was agriculture with Roger McWaters, also known as Mr. Mac.Ž She said she liked getting to work with the animals and taking the ag bus out into the cow pastures.Ž While she did not play any sports in high school, Mrs. Wilkerson stated, I liked to watch the Brahmans play some football and I still love to watch the Florida Gators play.Ž She said, My social time with friendsŽ was the part she liked most about attending school and that algebra was what she liked the least. Mrs. Wilkerson has also continued her education after high school, having taken several college-level courses at Indian River State College over the years. Mrs. Wilkerson began in the work force at Wise TV/Radio Shack for Tom Elmore, who, she said, was a great mentor and taught me a lot of day-to-day skills that have stuck with me to this day.Ž When asked about her worst employment experiences, she replied, There are none, really. I have learned something from all of them and taken some good memories with me.Ž Prior to working for OPD, Mrs. Wilkerson had worked in the medical “eld. When asked why she chose to work as an emergency dispatch operator, Mrs. Wilkerson said that while employed in an emergency room and at the time of her application with the city, she liked all the excitement it could bring and also getting an opportunity to help people.Ž She has since spent over 12 years as a dispatcher with OPD. When she was asked how her career created value in her life, Mrs. Wilkerson responded, I have seen and dealt with many peoples situations and it brings me to remind myself to thank God for my few and minimal problems.Ž She continued, I try my best to help these people with their needs and to keep my of“cers safe while I send them out to assist.Ž Mrs. Wilkerson stated that there are at least three individuals who have had major in”uences over her career. I have had a few, one being my late Sergeant Tom Tarner. He was a very kind man, a great leader and always seemed to keep his cool, no matter the situation. Also, both my past Chief Dennis Davis and current Chief Bob Peterson for being great mentors along the way. Both have gone out of their way to help me out at times and have always made me feel like I could go to them for anything.Ž Mrs. Wilkerson is one of many in her family to work in the law enforcement sector, noting that she has several cousins, uncles and an aunt who work in the “eld. Mrs. Wilkerson and her husband, Sean, share three children; Justin, 25, Jordan, 21, and Jessica, 15. When shes not working as a dispatch operator, she loves spending days off with her favorite person, 4-year-old grandson Carson. She also enjoys quiet time soaking up the sun in her pool, going on vacations, “shing and hunting along with just spending time with her family and kids. Mrs. Wilkerson said she would like to have lived in the late 1800s during the time frame of American writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, who is acknowledged for the Little House on the Prairie series of childrens books that was released from 1932 to 1943 and were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family. Mrs. Wilkerson said, Things were simpler then, and people just lived off the land.Ž She jokingly continued, or take Okeechobee back to when there were fewer people, more dirt roads and only one red light!Ž When asked who „ as an in”uential “gure „ she would like to meet, Mrs. Wilkerson replied, President Donald Trump ... I have a few good ideas to run by him.Ž Mrs. Wilkerson concluded her intervie w stating she would like to have superhuman powers like those of Wonder Woman, to include her strength and Lasso of Truth „ her primary tool and weapon, which had the power to compel those it bound to tell the truth. Meet the of“cer: City police dispatcher Pamela Wilkerson Special to the Okeechobee NewsPamela Wilkerson has been a dispatcher for Okeechobee City Police for 12 years now.

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8 Okeechobee News June 17, 2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONTINUE IMPOSITION AND PROVIDE FOR SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENTSPURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES 197.3632, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, will conduct a Public Hearing to consider continuing the imposition of annual solid waste collection special assessments for the provision of residential solid waste collection and disposal services within the incorporated area of the City of Okeechobee, Florida. The Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All tions with the City Council within twenty (20) days of this notice. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Copies of the Solid Waste Collection, Disposal and Assessment Ordinance No. 784 of the City Clerk located at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Room 100, Okeechobee, Florida, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. The assessments are a non-ad valorem assessment and will be collected by the Tax Collector in the same manner as your ad valorem tax bill, to be mailed in November 2018, as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to pay the assessin a loss of title. By: Dowling R. Watford, Jr., Mayor Attest: City Clerk Lane Gamiotea, CMC Proposed Resolutions No. 2018-01 and 2018-02 Apply Online www.jobs.geogroup.comText keyword geojobs to 51893 to join our Talent Network and get emails about jobs near you!Equal Opportunity EmployerThe GEO Group is the worlds leading provider of evidence-based rehabilitation across a diversi“ed spectrum of correctional and community reentry services. Full Time Registered Nurses Full and Part Time Licensed Practical Nurses Mental Health SpecialistJoin a Community Who CaresMoore Haven Correctional Facility Moore Haven, FL By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) hosted their inaugural poker run on May 12 to bene“t the charity Ride for the Fight. LOAA Secretary Velva Cannon says the organization was happy to be involved in raising money for the local charity. Ride for the Fight is a local organization, and 100 percent of the donations they receive stay in Okeechobee to support patients and their caregivers in their “ght against cancer,Ž said Ms. Cannon. LOAA is honored to be able to help them.Ž The run launched out of Okee-Tantie, w here players also had their “rst hand, with stops at Big Muck Hill, Indian Prairie and “nally Tin Shed. At the end of the run, a raf”e w as drawn for a Ruger LCP ll 380 pistol and safe, which went to Clarence ONeal. The money raised in that raf”e went to local club member Becky Driscoll, who is currently “ghting cancer. At the “rst stop, Kate Nevins and Robbie Elsemiller won $245; next, Hannah Abel w on $185; then Anthony Bertram won $217; and on the last stop, Marianne McPherson w on $317. Overall, the LOAA raised $5,078 for Ride for the Fight. The event was a huge success,Ž declared Ms. Cannon. We had a lot of work behind the scenes putting this all together, and we want to thank all the businesses and individuals that donated raf”e items.Ž Ride for the Fight thanked everyone involved with the poker run in a post on their of“cial Facebook page. We want to thank the Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association for making our “rst annual poker run a huge success. Thanks for all who contributed and came out to enjoy your boats with great food, friends and family,Ž the post read. Ride for the Fight also received a donation from Jersey Mikes of Okeechobee on June 5 for $12,209, which was raised on their Day of Giving.Ž Both LOAA and Jersey Mikes donations should go far in helping local patients in Okeechobee. The LOAA also conducted its 10th annual trash “sh tournament on June 2. Thirteen teams competed and were able to take out a total of 548 trash “sh. Dan Ruck took most “sh, with a total of 159. David Altman had the largest gar, at 20.4 lbs.; Brent Baughman and team had the largest tilapia at 6.5 lbs. as well as the largest mud“sh at 7.12 lbs. The LOAA thanked everyone for coming out and making the tournament a success. Okeechobee Airboat Association does a poker run for charity Special to the Okeechobee NewsLake Okeechobee Airboat Association President Jamie Mellette (left) stands next to the “rst winners of a poker run held to bene“t local charity Ride for the Fight, Kate Nevins (center) and Robbie Elsemillerk (right). The pair won $245 at the “rst stop of the poker run.

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10 Okeechobee News June 17, 2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Accountant II FDOH-Okeechobee County. M-F, 8-5. Accounts Payable professional level accountState health insurance and FRS retirement. Submit application to: OKEECHOBEE-ACCOUNTANTII-64001764 Accountant I AR/ Billing for FDOH-Okeechobee County. A minimum of two years of recent professional accounting experience required. Submit application to: https://jobs. Okeechobee Christian Academy is seekteachers who promote rigor, excellence, and Christian values in the area of Elementary Education for the 2018-2019 school year. A willingness to enhance the existing team atmosphere while maintaining an attitude of ambition is a must. Applications may be acquired in the Okeechobee Christian AcadMiscellaneous Notices Miscellaneous Notices Jonathan Sanders, MD, JD will be retiring from the day-to-day practice of medicine and closing his practice as of July 31, 2018. Until August 31, 2018, medical records may be obtained by contacting the office at 772-778-7782. After that date, contact Clary Document Management by calling 763-548-1320, or emailing chartcontrol@clarydm.com, or faxing 763-548-1325, or mailing: 5600 Pioneer Creek Drive Minneapolis, MN 55359. Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Now Hiring part time sales person. Customer friendly person a must. We will train for this position. Position is for the Okeechobee Home Depot Store. Please call 863-385-2665 or email resume to margie@advancedairsebring.com Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Employment Full Time Class B CDL Tankwagon Driver w/”X” Endorsement Okeechobee Region Palmdale Oil Company is one of the largest family owned petroleum wholesale company in the State of Florida. We sell diesel, gasoline, marine fuels and oils/ lubricant. We are currently recruiting for a Driver in the Okeechobee Region. The position consists of making deliveries of fuel, diesel & lubricants. Must have knowledge of 4,000 gal tankwagon and box truck deliveries along with all current DOT Requirements to include, “X” Endorsement, medical card and clean MRV. We offer our employees training, competitive pay, comprehensive healthcare package, holiday/vacation pay and good home time. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career, call Jim at 863.763.3617. Hospice of Okeechobee Director of Clinical Services (2) Full Time RN Positions Contact Gail Gerntrup 863-467-2321 Employment Full Time The Seminole Police Department is now hiring Certified Police Officers. You must be a U.S. Citizen, 19 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalency. Benefits: Starting salary of $69,171.21 (with an annual 5% step for the first eight years). All uniform equipment provided. Take home car program. PPO Health Insurance 401K Clothing Allowance If you are interested in applying, please visit seminolepd.com and click under employment to download the application. READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. 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 Horses3 HORSES f or sale make an offer. Must sell moving and cannot take them with us. Two Mares and one gelding. Call me at 772-3235517 or 772-224-5657 for information ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE Available June Unique updated Loft Style 2BD/1BA $795.00/MO. Very Clean and well maintained. Situated 12 min. outside of town off Hwy 70 East. 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June 17, 201811 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CIVIL ACTION Case#: 2018-CA-000096 SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, -vs.Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lienors, and Trustees of David L. Young, Deceased, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s); Unknown Parties in Possession #1, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lienors, and Trustees of David L. Young, Deceased, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant (s): ADDRESS UNKNOWN Residence unknown, ifliving, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not suijuris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOT 184, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 57, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBBE COUNTY, FLORIDA. more commonly known as 3748 Southeast 27th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974. This action has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360, Boca Raton, FL 33431, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this notice and file the original with the clerk of this Court immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 17th day of May, 2018. Sharon Robertson Circuit and County Courts BY: Sharon Bennett Deputy Clerk Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta notificacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 267679 ON 6/10,17/2018 LEGAL NOTICEA public auction of stored personal property from Okeechobee Store-NLock to be conducted at the following locations in Okeechobee, FL: WEST … 2701 Hwy 70 West; NORTH … 3050 SW 3rd Terrace. The auction will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to the Florida statutes, Section 83.806). Public Auction to be held on June 23, 2018 beginning at 9:00AM at the WEST location and we will then proceed to the NORTH location. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY by the date/time of auction. WEST RHONDA THOMAS Unit # 8-43 NORTH JOHN FRENCH Unit # N0159 268521 ON 6/13,17/2018 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO: 47-2016-DP-000118 IN THE INTEREST OF J.A. DOB: 07/23/2004 C.A. DOB: 08/18/2000 Minor Child TO: CARLA SHROUT Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THA T A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, J.A WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 2004 AND C.A. WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 18TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2000. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON JULY 9, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 4TH DAY OF JUNE 2018. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Kimberly DEPUTY CLERK 267218 ON 6/10,17,24;7/1/2018 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO: 47-2016-DP-000118 IN THE INTEREST OF J.A. DOB: 07/23/2004 C.A. DOB: 08/18/2000 Minor Child TO: WILLIAM ADAMS Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THA T A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, J.A WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 2004 AND C.A. WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 18TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2000. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON JULY 9, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 4TH DAY OF JUNE 2018. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Kimberly DEPUTY CLERK 267222 ON 6/10,17,24;7/1/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO.: 472016DP000093 IN THE INTEREST OF: C.D. DOB: 12/4/2012 H.D. DOB: 12/30/2013 Minor Children TO: Jessica Dunn Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THA T A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, C.D. WHO WAS BORN IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 4th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2012 AND H.D. WHO WAS BORN IN SAINT LUCIE COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 30rd DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEA R BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE A BOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED A T 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON AUGUST 13, 2018 A T 1:15 P.M. FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND AT THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEA R A T THE ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEA R ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, Y OU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS A S A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IFYOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF THIS 10th DAY OF JUNE, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK KIM SARROS, DEPUTY CLERK 269542 on 6/17,24;7/1,8/2018 Public Notice NOTICE OF FORFEITURE COMPLAINT On March, 2, 2018, in Okeechobee County Florida, the Sheriff seized and holds $12,514.00 in U.S, Currency. A complaint has been filed in the Circuit Court in Okeechobee County, Florida, Court Case No.: 472018CA000092CAAXMX. 267877 ON 6/10,17/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018CP95IN RE: ESTATE OF JEAN-LOUIS LACERTE Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f JEAN-LOUIS LACERTE, deceased, whose date of death was April 8, Administration of Estates 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses o f the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other p ersons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE T IME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. Administration of Estates NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is June 17th, 2018. Personal Representative: Evelyn Lacerte 17605-202, Place Despres Becancour, G9H 0L9 Attorney for Personal Representative: Fernando M. Giachino Florida Bar No. 0180660 Fernando M. Giachino, P.A. 3601 SE Ocean Blvd., Suite 204 Sewalls Point, Florida 34996 269328 ON 6/17,24/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 47-2018-CP-000029IN RE: The Estate of ARCHIE GLEN ENGLAND A/K/A ARCHIE G. ENGLAND, Deceased.NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Testate, Summary Administration)TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST T HE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the Estate of ARCHIE GLEN ENGLAND A/K/A ARCHIE G. ENGLAND, Deceased, Case Number 47-2018-CP-000029, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972; that the decedents date of death was May 27, 2017; that the total value of the Florida estate subject to probate is approximately 19,000.00; and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Steve M. Heath 702 E. Inskip Drive Knoxville, TN 37912 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order o f Summary Administration, must file their claims against the estate with this Court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTE§ 733.702. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING A NY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is: June 10th, 2018. STEVE M. HEATH, Person Giving Notice 702 E. Inskip Drive Knoxville, TN 37912 Law Office of CASSELS & McCALL JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Petitioner FBN: 0261521 Post Office Box 968 Okeechobee, FL 34973-0968 (863)763-3131 jdc@legal-one.com pleadings@legal-one.com 267723 ON 6/10,17/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 18000094CPAXMXIN RE: ESTATE OF SARAH LOUISE EDLER aka SARAH LOUISE BORDELON, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SARAH LOUISE EDLER aka SARA H LOUISE BORDELON, Deceased, whose date of death was March 11, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Cour t for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW Third Street, Okeechobee FL 34972. The names and addresses o f the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOT ICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOT ICE 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 NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORID A PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is June 17th, 2018. SANDRA DECK Personal Representative Attorney for Personal Representative: Scott R. Bugay, Esquire Florida Bar No. 5207 Citicentre, Suite P600 290 NW 165th Street Miami FL 33169 Telephone: (305) 956-9040 Fax: (305) 945-2905 Primary Email: Service@srblawyers.com Secondary Email: Angelica@srblawyers.com 269294 ON 6/17,24/2018 Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! T R A F F I C C I N 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 leads you to the best products and services.READING A NEWSPAPER... READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! 11

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12 Okeechobee News June 17, 2018 ACROSS 1 Fry 6 Kung __ chicken 9 Market Fresh sandwich and salad seller 14 Time of old Rome 15 Unevenly distributed, in a way 17 Brought on 18 Write-off 19 Charming 21 D.C.s Walter __ National Military Medical Center 22 Mennen lotion 23 Govt. mtge. insurer 26 One hoping to provide many happy returns? 28 Hammer number 30 Big name in hairstyling 32 Hyperbola part 33 Sudden stream 35 Pull on 36 Flee 38 Adjudicates 40 Maple syrup target 41 Nearly 43 Take badly? 45 Taoist complement 46 Uncommitted 48 Farrow of film 49 Ottoman title 50 Tack on 51 A Death in the FamilyŽ author 53 Relative of Rex 55 Energetic and enthusiastic 59 Run up the score on 62 Place for a CharBroil 63 Removes restrictions on, as funds 64 Hole __ 65 Third-longest African river 66 Uncertain no. 67 Handles DOWN 1 Do the Right ThingŽ pizzeria 2 From the top 3 Suspected of misdeeds 4 Certain student 5 Hams 6 First-serve figs. 7 Island reception 8 Spent 9 If nothing else 10 Depend 11 Pal 12 Start of an engagement? 13 60s protest org. 16 Big bag carrier 20 Modify to fit 23 State Department neighborhood ... and what 3-, 8and 29-Down all have? 24 Philly trademark 25 They that have done this deed are honourableŽ speaker 26 Changing place 27 Examined closely 29 Psychedelic rock classic of 1967 31 Seek redress 34 Brazilian-themed Vegas hotel, with TheŽ 37 Tsk relative 39 Nebula Award genre 42 One may begin with In a world ... Ž 44 U-shaped, more or less 47 Longhorn rival 52 Adlais running mate 54 1997 Elton dedicatee 55 Spenser: For __Ž 56 Annoyance 57 Hessian article 58 Achieves 59 Fifth-century conqueror 60 Athletes wear, for short 61 It increases during plant growth: Abbr. By Steven J. St. John 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 02/19/16 02/19/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword PuzzleEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134 | go@newszap.comWhether your business revolves around dining, nightlife, event planning, gi s, home entertaining, fashion, beauty or beyond, this special section is the place to be and be seen. Our talented team of media professionals is here to help your business stay in the spotlight with targeted and e ective advertising customers will notice. RESERVE YOUR PLACE By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News On Wednesday afternoon, a purse was found near the 441 North Drive-Thru in Okeechobee and reportedly contained multiple needles and clothing items. According to an incident report by Deputy Joel Lacerte of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), at 12:13 p.m. on J une 13, he responded to the 200 block of Northwest 23rd Lane in regard to found property. Upon his arrival, Deputy Lacerte spoke w ith an individual who reportedly informed him about a purse being found on the side of the road. A black-and-yellow purse was seen lying in the grass by Deputy Lacerte. Inside of the purse were dozens of needles and miscellaneous items of womens clothing. The report concluded that the needles w ere disposed of at OCSO; the clothing and purse were also turned in as found property. It is important to remember that someone, such as a garbage collector, sewage treatment worker, housekeeper or child w ho is stuck with a needle does not know w hether the needle can transmit to them human immunode“ciency virus or acquired immune de“ciency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) or hepatitis B or C. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has put together a few tips about how to safely dispose of needles. To avoid needle sticks: do not throw loose needles into the garbage; do not ”ush, bury or burn needles; do not put needles into a container that is not strong enough to keep the needles from sticking through the sides; do not use clear plastic or glass containers; do not mix needles with things that you recycle; do not leave needles where other people can get them. Some needle companies sell a container that can be used to mail needles back to the company for disposal. Many Florida counties have a needle program. These programs help in the disposing of needles, syringes with needles, and lancets that have been used in the treatment of an allergy, acute illness, or chronic illness such as diabetes. The FDOH biomedical waste coordinator for Okeechobee is Kathy Shorter, and she can be reached at 863-462-5806. If the county in which you reside does not have a needle program or you are unable to use a needle mail-back service, it is imperative to check with your local garbage company and dump to see whether needles can be thrown out with household garbage. If permissible, then FDOH recommends to: put the needles into a container that has a lid and that is strong enough to keep the needles from sticking through the sides, such as liquid detergent bottles or metal cans; throw the container away before it is full all the way to the top; put the container lid on tight and use heavy tape to keep it on; and put the container in the center of garbage. Purse found on roadside contained clothing and needles Special to the Okeechobee News FORT PIERCE „ The best time to consider furthering an education is now, and this summer is no exception. Indian River State College (IRSC) is hosting a special community Program ShowcaseŽ Tuesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Koblegard Student Union (KSU) on the Main Campus to share all that the college has to offer. Music, raf”es and plenty of information w ill be available at the Program Showcase. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and speak with IRSC students, faculty and staff as well as get a glimpse of campus life, academic programs, clubs, and organizations. In addition, they can browse the IRSC River Shop bookstore, grab a bite to eat or pick up coffee in the caf. Meet the team from faculty and staff representing the IRSC School of Business, IRSC School of Education, advanced technology, health science, industrial education, performing and visual arts, public service education, the DECA club, the Farmworker Career Development Program, the Honors Program and the LEAP leadership program. Enrollment services, “nancial aid, student support services and the bookstore will also take part in the showcase. The IRSC Main Campus is located at 3209 V irginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. For more information on the IRSC Program Showcase, visit w ww.irsc.edu, email info@irsc.edu, or call 866-792-4772. IRSC highlights all the college offers Special to the Okeechobee NewsIndian River State College (IRSC) will host a special community Program ShowcaseŽ Tuesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Koblegard Student Union (KSU) on the Main Campus. They will share all that IRSC has to offer. Music, raf”es and plenty of information will be available at the showcase.

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By Matteo TullioOkeechobee NewsFour Okeechobee youths were arrested W ednesday afternoon for their alleged inv olvement in the theft of two vehicles that had been reported stolen. Justin Scott Clendenin, 14, Southwest Third Avenue; Pablo Martinez, 17, State Road 70 West; and Martin Soto, 14, of Northwest Fourth Street all were arrested June 13 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on a felony charge of grand theft of motor vehicle. Enrique Carlos Vega, 17, Northeast 304th Street, was also arrested June 13 by Deputy Joel Lacerte on a felony charge of grand theft auto. They were all booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then transported to St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. According to an arrest report by Deputy Joel Lacerte of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), at 8:49 a.m. on June 13, he responded to the 17200 block of Northwest 38th Avenue in regard to a stolen vehicle complaint. Upon his arrival, Deputy Lacerte met with the complainant, who reportedly informed the deputy that his silver 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with a black toolbox and green pressure washer in the bed had been stolen sometime during the night. The complainant then reportedly informed Deputy Lacerte that someone claimed on Facebook to have seen the vehicle in the vicinity of the 5000 block of SR 70 East. The individual signed a stolen vehicle af“davit and expressed desire to pursue criminal charges. Deputy Lacerte then reportedly requested dispatch enter the vehicle as stolen into the Florida Crime Information Center and National Crime Information Center, but the Chevrolet was located unoccupied in a “eld in the 7800 block of Northeast 76th Avenue. According to a report by OCSO Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell, on Wednesday, June 13, he responded to the 2100 block of Southwest 22nd Circle in regard to a stolen vehicle complaint. Upon his arrival, Deputy Mitchell met with the complainant, who reportedly informed him that her silver 2011 Ford Expedition was missing from the driveway. The woman reportedly said that her husband had a surveillance security system that she claimed showed that the people who took the vehicle did so at approximately 4 a.m. The complainant then stated that she only wanted her childs belongings back. The family reportedly had just gone to Dicks Sporting Goods and bought their child new bats, gloves and cleats for a weekend baseball tournament. The woman also said there was a very important key ring in the cup holder of the vehicle. The individuals spent several minutes on the property and were also reportedly seen going through another vehicle in the driveway. The complainant said the suspects went around the side of the house but were possibly scared off by her dog. While Deputy Mitchell was in process of taking the report, several OCSO detectives had located and recovered the stolen Expedition and were in the process of apprehending the suspected individuals. According to an arrest report by OCSO Deput y Devon Satallante, at 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, he was patrolling on State Road 70 East searching for a silver 2011 Ford Expedition that had been reported as stolen earlier in the day. Deputy Satallante reported that as he traveled east and approached the 7100 block of SR 70 East, he was able to locate the Expedition heading northbound on Northeast 70th Avenue. Deputy Satallante was able to identif y Clendenin as the driver o f the vehicle but could not see any other possible occupants due to the windo w tint. The report continued that after Clendenin made visual contact with Deputy Satallante, he then ”ed „ going off the road „ and began to travel through the back yards o f multiple residences just west of Northeast 80th Avenue. After visual contact was lost, deputies decided to set up a perimeter and subsequently were able to locate the vehicle unattended and stuck in a ditch on the north side of Southeast 74th Avenue. Moments later, perimeter units located Clendenin, Martinez, Soto and Vega as the y walked from the woods in the back area o f Southeast 74th Avenue onto Southeast 68th Avenue. Soto and Vega were reportedly identi“ed by OCSO Detective Jose Garduno from the surveillance security video taken where the Expedition had been reported stolen. Clendenin, Martinez, Soto and Vega were all arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charge before being transported to St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Clendenin was also issued citations for driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver license and for ”eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement of“cer. Teens accused of stealing two vehiclesJune 17, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday “Best Burgers in South Florida!” 863.763.3127 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report The Feeder Calf Market that everybody thought might take hold still remains a little ”at. That big demand we thought might materialize hasnt happened yet, but is still possible. North Korea, China and the trade talks with Canada and Mexico shows a lot of volatility in the market. Calf prices remain steady. Slaughter cows and bulls were off $1-$3. John David Thomas, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.55 bought by Foy Reynolds. Buddy Adams, Ft. Pierce, topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $.68 bou g ht b y Florida Beef. The BIG FCA Convention next week in Orlando will feature the Producers Cattle Auction Live Internet Sale, as always, on Thursday 10 a.m., with lots of good Florida calves on the sale. For sale: Six Brahman bulls, 2-3 yrs old. 70 pairs, crossbred, 6-10 yrs old, Angus & Charolais sired $1150. 40 bred cows Call Matt or Jeff Zipperer Beefmasters has 20 purebred & 20 commercial Heifers for sale. Call 239691-4803. Justin Clendenin Pablo Martinez Carlos Vega Martin Soto Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: € Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, € Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, € Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.

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14 Okeechobee News June 17, 2018 R E D Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | admin@c21okee.com 5002-H: SUN & COUNTRY RANCHES : FT. DRUM AREA CUSTOM BUILT ON 4.73 ACRES. Spacious throughout with 3,474 Total Sq ft/2,321 under air. Open concept, high ceilings. Too many extras to list. MUST SEE MLS # 212031 5064-H: R BAR ESTATES 3BD/2BA on 2.56 +/acres, 2,473 Total sq. ft./1,775 under air. Vaulted ceilings and much more. Mature oak trees. Overlooks large pasture w/abundant wildlife! Large pets welcome. Call for more info. MLS # 212328 $270,000 MOTIVATED SELLER 2.56 ACRES C-1775: BUCKHEAD RIDGE Remodeled, 2BD/2BA frame house has 2 family rms spread over 1766 sq ft. Newly remodeled kitchen, solid oak cabinets, new counter tops, and new SS appliances. Too many remodeled items to list! Must see! Boat ramp and seawall w/newly built dock, 2 storage bldgs, carport, completely fenced $147,000. Call Dallon at 863-697-2139 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2BD/2BA DWMH. Large Florida room, lots of storage. Boat lift and patio. Must see! 10 minutes by water to lock. $174,900 Call Jeff Anderson 863-697-2424 Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863)634-1457LMixon@MixonGroup.com ~Our Priorities are simple..They’re Yours! LUXURY in LAZY 7 MAN CAVE/WORKSHOP ~ 2004 CBS 4 Bd/ 2.5 Ba/ 2 Car Garage, Custom home. Paradise living RIGHT AT HOME! 26 X 26 Man Cave workshop with 10Ft sides, 16 Ft peak and Rollup door. Salt water-heated Pool with child safely fence, half bath off pool and outdoor shower. Plus SS appliances. Spacious master, Jack and Jill bedrooms with shared bath. 300 Sf screened Lanai party paradise.. *Move in perfection! Designed for family entertaining. MLS# 212728 $295,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 Waterfront Lots with Lake Okeechobee Access. $85,000 eachBLUE HERON COUNTRY CLUB MLS# 209428 MLS# 209429 Julia Parker863.801.3489 | Of“ce: 863.763.6000PRISTINE 2004 CBS~ 3 bed/2 bath/2 car garage, 2,733 TLA. Elegant entry foyer welcomes you! Formal dining room, sitting room, great room, eat in kitchen, solid wood raised panel cabinets, int. laundry, too many extras to list. NEW in 2018: A/C, Garbage Disposal, Exterior paint, Septic pumped, and Palms installed. Beautiful rear yard enclosed w/ decorative black vinyl chain link, lanai with fan and electricity, enjoy the pergola under the Oaks on a tile deck, “re pit & wood storage, garden trellis with stone pathway, private well installed for irrigation, lush tropical landscaping gives added privacy and relaxation! Offered exclusively at $249,000 The Oaks at Blue Heron Erica Harvey863.610.1490 | EHarvey@MixonGroup.comDIXIE RANCH ACRES 3/2 Home has been maintained immaculately! Workshop 24 X 36 with Power & Water and 16 X 24 Enclosed Work Area! Bring your RV and Hook Up to the 30 Amp Power located on the outside of the Workshop with an 18 X 20 Carport to store your boats or toys! You also can access property from 84th Ct and 83rd Ct. MLS 212696 $237,000 Call Erica 610-1490

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June 17, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Were with you...from your rst home to your dream home 4251 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee, FL 34974 O ce: (863) 763-5253 LakeOre.com ANCIENT OAKS 55+ COMMUNITY. Active Lifestyle. 2 B 1 B Park Model (2005) on the canal side. What a VIEW! Comes nicely furnished. Washer & Dryer and small freezer. Metal Hurricane shutters. Storage everywhere! Outside shed. Owner says sell! $79,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 SEMINOLE COVE55+ COMMUNITY. 3 BED 2 BathMaster bath is custom built! Tile oors/Laminate. Brand new roof and newer AC/Hot Water Heater. Screened Fl rm with glass sliding windows. Living Room& separate den. 3rd bedroom is a cra /media room but can be made back into bedroom. All this comes furnished! Quaint neighborhood. Enjoy the Good life! $132,500 Call Jody 863-634-1285 Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. Advertise your home here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com

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