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Special to the Okeechobee News The Building Relationships Amoung Teens (B.R.A.T.) Club hosted its Fourth Annual Father-Daughter Ties & TiarasŽ event on Saturday, June 16. Fathers and daughters of all ages came out to enjoy the fun. Attendees received a keepsake photo upon entry, along with a keepsake painted handprint, and enjoyed dinner consisting of kids fun food.Ž After dinner the fun began! Games included Cookie to the mouth,Ž Limbo, Hungry Hippo,Ž Musical Chairs, and a lip-sync contest for dads. Lasting memories were made Father-daughter dance is a hit Wednesday, June 20, 2018 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 109 No. 73 14.07 feetLast Year: 12.05 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Corps hosts meetings about EAA reservoir ... Page 2 Property owners question plan for wetlands north of lake ... Page 5 Pharmacy spots, prescription ... Page 7 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Wells could protect estuaries ... Page 11 Gerald LefebvreLaw Ofces of Lefebvre & Dixon763.3333Okeechobee, Florida Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionSkate park reopensAltis Crowell grinds the rail at the Okeechobee skate park. Crowell has been skating in the Okeechobee skate park since it “rst opened and is happy with the new updates to park. For the story, see page 3. By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Longtime Brahman defensive coordinator and assistant coach Ty Smith has been named the new head coach of the football program. Mr. Smith takes over for former head coach Chris Branham who announced his resignation from the program on June 11 to pursue another coaching opportunity in Georgia. The decision to make Mr. Smith the head coach was announced late Monday afternoon, June 18, by Okeechobee High School Principal Dylan Tedders. Ive read about horror stories of programs being left this late in the season without a coach,Ž said Mr. Tedders. I feel we, at OHS, Ty Smith named head football coachSee COACH „ Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee NewsDevon Faison and Denija Browdy were dressed in style for the Ties and TiarasŽ event for fathers and daughters. Special to the Okeechobee NewsMarcos Montes De Oca and Jack Nash show off their moves at the father-daughter dance. See BRAT „ Page 8

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Special to the Okeechobee News JACKSONVILLE „ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will host a series of public meetings to discuss and seek input on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the South Florida Water Management (SFWMD) District Section 203 Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Southern Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) study. Interested individuals, groups and agencies are encouraged to attend one of the meetings to learn more and provide comments on the environmental review of the study. Each public meeting is expected to last approximately from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning with an open house at 6 p.m. and a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by a period for formal public comment. Corps and water management district staff will also be available after the meeting to answer questions: € Tuesday, June 26, at Lee County Hyacinth and Mosquito Control District, 15191 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, 33971. € Wednesday, June 27, at John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Ave., Clewiston, 33440. € Thursday, June 28, at John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Wing Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road. Stuart, 34996. Note: Use of the library meeting rooms does not imply library endorsement of the aims, policies, or activities of any group using the room. The draft EIS is available for review at: www.saj.usace.army.mil/SFWMDEAAReservoir. Public engagement is an important part of the environmental review process, and we encourage all interested individuals, groups and agencies to attend one of the public meetings, review the draft environmental impact statement, and provide your input,Ž said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. The corps is accepting public comments on the draft EIS for the South Florida Water Management District Section 203 EAA Southern Reservoir and STA study through July 24. Submit comments by email to EAAReservoir@usace.army.mil. Submit comments by mail to: Stacie Auvenshine, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019. 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 (NEPA). The draft EIS uses information from SFWMDs environmental analysis that 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 Southern Reservoir study,Ž said Col. Kirk. The EAA Southern Reservoir will provide storage that creates bene“cial ”exibility in South Florida water management.Ž As part of the EAA Southern Reservoir and STA environmental review process, an initial scoping period was conducted to solicit public input on the corps development of the draft EIS for the SFWMDs Section 203 EAA Southern Reservoir and STA 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 and STA. There is the current environmental review of the SFWMDs study by the Jacksonville District, and a simulta neous review by the administration. Sectio n 203 of the Water Resources Developmen t Act of 1986 authorizes non-federal interest s to undertake feasibility studies of propose d water resource development projects fo r submission directly to the secretary of th e Army. The SFWMD submitted their study t o the assistant secretary of the Army for civi l works on March 30. Congressional approval of this plan wil l result in a post-authorization change repor t to modify features within the Central Ever glades Planning Project, which was autho rized as a federal project by Congress i n 2016. Additional information on the SFWMD s EAA Southern Reservoir and STA is availabl e on its website at: https://www.sfwmd.gov / our-work/cerp-project-planning/eaa-reser voir. Today: Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds light and variable. Tonight: A few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 73F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastThursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds light and variable. Thursday Night: Thunderstorms during the evening, then becoming clear overnight. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Friday: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High around 90F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Friday Night: Mostly clear skies. Low 72F. Winds light and variable.2 Okeechobee News June 20, 2018 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has resumed normal operations at the Ortona Lock on the Okeechobee W aterway, following completion of maintenance and repairs. Completion of the work allowed the corps to resume normal operations as of Sunday, June 17, locking vessels on demand between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last lockage beginning at 4:30 p.m., seven days a w eek. We know that everyone who uses the Okeechobee Waterway has been anxious to have the lock back open and operational. W e recognize these repairs have posed an inconvenience to boaters, both commercial and recreational,Ž said Carol Bernstein, Jacksonville District Operations Division chief. Our thanks goes out to the boating community for their patience and understanding w hile we completed repairs to keep our infrastructure safe and our waterways open in the future. Planned maintenance minimizes the chance of costly emergency closures in the future, which typically take much longer to complete.Ž This was the “rst lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in six years. We had to inspect and maintain our locks, and replace the gate seals,Ž said Gary Russ, chief of the South Florida Operations Of“ce located in Clewiston. Despite the long days and tough work, this was a great team effort. We waited for manatees to move to safety and electrical storms to pass, and worked long hours in the South Florida heat. Wayne Sullivans team of skilled workers brought years of knowledge and experience and worked together as a team, each person depending on others to get the job done. It was a job well done.Ž Maintenance is necessary periodically to repair aging and damaged infrastructure, in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs required the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection System (MPS) components. During the closure, barges, ”oating cranes and divers worked in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety. The Corps of Engineers published a notice to navigation interests and coordinated with marinas, commercial and recreational vessels, and members of the public in advance of the closure of the Ortona Lock for maintenance June 4 through 16. The Ortona Lock is located on the Caloosahatchee River, 15.5 miles west of the Moore Haven Lock on the west side of Lake Okeechobee, and 27.9 miles east of the W.P. Franklin Lock near Olga and Fort Myers. The Ortona Lock and Dam were constructed in 1937 for navigation and ”ood control purposes. The Ortona Lock is one of “ve locks located along the 152-mile Okeechobee Waterway, which allows safe passage of vessels from the Atlantic Ocean near Stuart to the Gulf of Mexico at Fort Myers. Learn more about the Ortona Lock: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/OrtonaLock. Ortona Lock repairs complete; normal operations resume A rmy Corps of Engineers hosts series of public meetings to seek input Photo courtesy USACOE/ Gary Rus s The Ortona Lock has reopened for navigation after completion of maintenanc e and repairs.

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By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Department has reopened the skate park at 350 N.W. Sixth Ave. Working with skate park designers Spohn Ranch along with the countys own maintenance department, theyve installed all-new skate lite wood surfaces on all the ramps and made some minor structural repairs. Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Community Services Director Albert Scoggins estimates that the project cost $11,000 to $13,000. Basically what weve done is just replaced all the wood on the ramps,Ž explained Mr. Scoggins. Theres been no changes to the layout of the park or the equipment there. One of the things since w eve redone it is we leave the skate park open at all times. Now, there are no lights out there, so they can only skate from dawn to dusk, but it is unsupervised.Ž Thats been a trend the past several years when it comes to liability issues. Years ago, when skate parks began to take off, liability was a great concern. They would have to be staffed, waivers would have to be signed, and there were attendants to supervise the kids using it. Over the past few years, its been determined that having a skate park doesnt create any more liability for the entity that owns it than does a playground or a baseball “eld.Ž The skate park is free to use and is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk. Okeechobee resident Debby Huntley says her kids have used the skate park for nine years and theyre grateful the park is back open. I never really realized how nice and convenient it was until it was closed,Ž Ms. Huntley said. I drove the kids to Ramp 48 in Fort Lauderdale, Fletcher Park in Lakeland, Willoughby skate park in Stuart, Jock Leighton Skatepark in Palm City, and Skate Park of Tampa so they could skate while our park was closed.Ž Local skater Jared Sadler is hoping the park reopening will help bring back together some of the skateboarding community in Okeechobee. He is encouraging skaters to come out to the park on national Go Skateboarding DayŽ on June 21 to enjoy both the park and a great day of skating. Mr. Sadler is also looking into eventually hosting skate competitions at the park. If youd like to help organize, join or support the competitions, youre encouraged to call Jared at 863-801-5830. The updates to the ramps come after the Okeechobee County Board discussed performing a redesign and complete renovation of the park at the commissioners September meeting in 2017. Ultimately, the county commissioners decided to repair the existing skate park. But Mr. Scoggins says the eventual redesign and renovation of the skate park are still on the horizon. As we go into our budget,Ž Mr. Scoggins said, were looking at placing a skate par k renovation into our capital improvement plan. We havent decided if thatll be year two, three or “ve of the plan. But it will be in there for the upcoming budget. Once its in there, itll be a question of what we want to build and how do we want to build it. I thin k well do it the same way we did the wooden jungle, in that well probably have a design day with a company where skaters as well as others could come out and help sketch out and discuss the features that are appealing to them. I think one of the nicer features of a skate park is a bowl, so I imagine the new park will have a bowl in there. Theres lots of options. Once we do the renovation, wed like to make sure we give the community something thats new, exciting and unique to Okeechobee, which could make it a destination for skateboard enthusiasts in Florida.ŽJune 20, 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 Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N. OkeechobeePROTECT YOUR ANIMALS Frontline € Advantage € Tri-Force Cooper Best € Fly Relief € Bronco Repel-X € Mosquito Halt € Saber & Many MoreStop by and see us today. Stop by and see us today. PUBLIC NOTICEAPPLICANTS SOUGHT TO FILL CITY COUNCIL SEAT The City of Okeechobee is accepting applications to “ll a vacant City Council seat through January 4, 2021. The deadline to apply is July 20, 2018, at 4:30 PM in the Of“ce of the City Clerk at 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL, 863-763-3372 x 9814. Applicants must be a resident and registered voter of the City of Okeechobee at the time the application is “led. Information and applications may be printed from the website www.cityofokeechobee.com or by contacting the Of“ce of the City Clerk. By: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk Skate park reopens with updates; plans for a completely new park in future Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionLocal skater Ryan Revels is happy to see the skate park back open.

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Sea sparrowAccording to the South Florida Water Management District, the ”ow of water south under the Tamiami Trail is restricted until July 15 by the Department of the Interior, to protect the nesting area of the Cape Sable sea sparrow. Readers had these comments. € ŽThe bird is where it is because it was driven from its original habitat by Mother Nature. So we are protecting it in its unnatural habitat. Now, doesnt that have federal government stamped all over it?Ž … J.P. Sasser € Open the locks!Ž … Pete Tyson € We can always just bring it back. Have none of these people seen Jurassic Park?Ž … Clay Humphries € Wildlife adapts. Soon enough we will be forced to do so as well ...Ž … E.J. Bach € The bird would move if the water ran high. It just would. And you know it. But it would only be high when nature dictated it.Ž … Ed KillerGrand theft autoAn article about four juveniles accused of grand theft auto brought these comments. € Set an example; say, “ve years in prison ...Ž … Phil Baxter € Juvenile records should only be sealed for misdemeanors. Felonies should have the possibility of staying with you. How many out there are pulling this trash because they know they arent of age yet and its not going to follow them?Ž … Heidi Lynn € Its time for Okeechobee to wake up and start protecting itself from these criminals. They are way beyond youthful offenders and are harming peoples lives. Dangers to society should be removed from society.Ž … Charles Moore € Parents should be held just as accountable for not keeping their minor children under their supervision. Felony charges for everyone.Ž… Ashley SextonAlgae is from many sourcesPhotos and reports shared at the June 14, South Florida Water Management District meeting showed algae is entering the St. Lucie estuary from many sources, not just from Lake Okeechobee. Readers shared these thoughts. € Look into building some kind of “lters for the Lake Okeechobee releases so the whining clueless cant blame their problems on Lake Okeechobee. They arent going to look somewhere else until Lake Okeechobee is removed from the equation.Ž … Heidi Lynn € I live on Taylor Creek right by the locks. Whenever they release water from Lake Okeechobee, you can see the algae coming down Taylor Creek going right into the lake. I tried telling reporters on the Treasure Coast, but I have not seen one reporter watching the algae go into the lake.Ž… Carrier Currier € Would people rather ”ood than have water moved? Its Florida ... get used to it. Be happy we dont go under like other states.Ž … Elijah Ezekiel € It should be no surprise to anyone that algae is in all freshwater and, when there is a heavy rain, the dead-end canals are ”ushed out by runoff and it all gets into the waterways. People dont usually call DEP to report algae in dead-end canals on private property. If they did, DEP would need to increase staff, as they would not be able to keep up with the testing. Algae is everywhere!Ž … K. Booker € Martin County folks need to stop playing the victim and making up conspiracy theories. We all feel sorry for the river, but nobody feels sorry for you because everyone knows you refuse to work on cleaning up your part of this problem because it doesnt “t your conspiracy theories.Ž … Valerie PetersCoquina€ Non-elected persons using Coquina Water Control District website to bash citizen, make false claim in March meeting minutes that police removed such person from the bank for causing a disturbance. Police report states exact opposite. Who is allowing slander to be posted on the government website?Ž … Anonymous June 20, 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! A political opinionMy kids asked me what I hope to accomplish by writing to the editor. Its cathartic for me. This election has made me a basket case. Coming from a big family, you could bet there would be different opinions, but I sure wasnt prepared for not wanting to even talk to a brother who voted for this fool. Ill be the “rst to admit I didnt vote when I was “rst eligible. I always felt one vote couldnt make that much difference. Now, at 75, I know better. So, my goal, beside venting to maintain sanity, is to let as many people as possible know what I know. Maybe you dont have time or access to various sources of information. Well, I do. So, stay tuned. Maybe youll get informed. J.T. Martin Letter to the Editor Glades community seeks solutionsBy Tammy Jackson-MooreSpecial to the Okeechobee News In recent weeks, Congressman Brian Mast has made political statements regarding the discharges from Lake Okeechobee, urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop them. Whats revealing about these statements is that his concerns about the water quality in Stuart werent expressed prior to the discharges, when the local health departments warnings were closing beaches due to high amounts of enteric (fecal) bacteria in the water. It is unfortunate that Rep. Mast would let his political mission to get re-elected interfere with the mission we all share to clean up our water locally. More than a decade ago, our Glades communities took the dif“cult and expensive step to convert septic tanks to sewer, because as the research shows, septic tanks are one of the leading contributors to pollution. Instead of blaming Lake Okeechobee, the congressman should be addressing the actual cause of the problem and looking for solutions: local basin runoff in the St. Lucie watershed. According to the University of Floridas 2015 Water Institute report, On average, 70-80 percent of the freshwater discharge and 65-80 percent of the nutrient load to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries originates in the local basins, with the remaining balance contributed from Lake Okeechobee.Ž This is a signi“cant part of the problem that Rep. Mast cannot ignore. As for sending more water south, there is simply no place to send it because the Water Conservation Areas are completely full with water and the Tamiami Trail continues to largely block the ”ow of water south to Everglades National Park. Additionally, we need to get a handle on the more than 95 percent of the water that comes into Lake Okeechobee from the north. I urge Congressman Mast to ignore the political consultants and follow the scientists, who tell us the water quantity problem happens north of the lake, and the water quality problems are happening in his own community. Guest Commentary Suicide awareness group has regular meetingsA support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide and for parents whose children have taken their own lives meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park Street.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: € Tuesday, June 26, at Okeechobee Sheriffs Of“ce from noon to 5:30 p.m. € Tuesday, June 26, at Walmart from 1:30 to 7 p.m. € Friday, June 29, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m.

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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsGlades County residents who own the land w ithin the footprint of the tentatively selected Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Plan w ant assurances that the project will actually bene“t Lake Okeechobee. At the June 18 meeting with South Florida W ater Management District of“cials at Indian River State College, many expressed frustration w ith past dealings with the state and federal governments. They also expressed concerns that the project may be detrimental to neighboring properties. SFWMD already owns part of the land in the proposed project footprint of the wetlands attenuation area „ a 12,500-acre, L-shaped area that would provide shallow storage of 1 foot to 4 feet in depth. SFWMD also owns part of Paradise Run, where wetlands would be restored. A pproximately 100 parcels ranging of varying sizes from a few acres to 1,800 acres are owned by 48 individuals and groups, according to SFWMD. The project footprint includes 15-20 structures, including some homes, barns and out-buildings, according to Jennifer Leeds of SFWMD. Keith Pearce, the most outspoken property owner at the meeting, owns about 1,800 acres. He said the project footprint includes all but about 100 acres of his land. He said his family has ranched that area since the 1900s, running cattle there on open range before the lake was diked. Mr. Pearce said he is the “fth generation to run the ranch and he had planned to pass it on to his son. Trading property is not a good option, he explained, because the SFWMD does not own any property worth a thirdŽ of his land near the river and the lake. While the average cow/ calf beef ranch operation in Florida needs about 5 to 10 acres per cow/calf pair, the lush grass growing on the former lake and river beds means he only needs about 3 acres to sustain a cow/calf pair, he explained. You are going to destroy some of the best agricultural land in this state,Ž he said. Mr. Pearce said he does not think the project will hold water when the lake level drops because the water will move underground. He said if they want to clean up the water entering the lake, they should clean it at the source of the problem „ the orange groves and sod farms north along the Kissimmee River. He explained he has tests to prove that phosphorus levels leaving his cattle ranch are lower than the levels of the water entering it from the SFWMD canals. The system is broken,Ž he said. Weve been doing this for 22 years, and weve got projects that have never been completed. We have seen places that have turned into jungles. We should have funding in place, appropriated and then, at that point, you start your research and do your homework and come to the landowners at that time to purchase it,Ž said Mr. Pearce. Dont leave us hanging out to dry.Ž Brad Phares said his property is not in the footprint but that hes concerned the project will leak and seep.Ž If you think that is not going to be an issue for me and my family, we need to start rethinking everything,Ž he said. I am not denying that we need something to address storage. Somewhere along the process, we are supposed to have a point where the geologists were going to come out and explain this,Ž he said. There is a big difference between the ivory-tower world of theory and boots on the ground where youve lived here all your life and you have seen what has happened,Ž he continued. The ”uctuation in that lake draws water far further than anyone wants to admit,Ž he said. When the locks are open, surface water disappears at Buck Island Ranch. When the locks are closed, that water pipes back up,Ž he said. Glades County Commissioner Tim Stanley asked about the frontage on State Road 78. He was assured that the project is set back a quarter of a mile and the property on the highway will remain in private ownership. Mr. Stanley said with Bass Pro taking over the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area, that property will be valuable to Glades Countys tax base. Before we close on anything, I want to know that geotechnically we can use the property,Ž said SFWMD Governing Board member Brandon Tucker. We will make sure this is really going to work, not just come in and buy the propert y and 15 years later “nd out were not going to use it. We are going to make sure if were going to buy your land, were going to be able to use it for public bene“t.Ž Mr. Tucker asked landowners to allow SFWMD staff on their land for geotechnical evaluation. The best way to “gure out where we are going is to let us on the property,Ž he said. Let us “gure out if this is going to work. If I “nd out today that half of that footprint is unusable, m y opinion just changed. Let us on the property. Let us “nd out what is going on and then we can give you some straight, clear answers,Ž he said. Glades County landowners question plan for reservoirJune 20, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 are lucky to have someone like Ty who is willing to step up and lead a program of which he has been such a vital part of the growth over his football coaching career.Ž Mr. Tedders met with Mr. Smith on June 18 to discuss the possibility of taking over the program. Mr. Smith reportedly felt that the program was in a good spot with 60 students already coming to summer workouts. Mr. Smith already has an academic plan for the students when school opens. He plans to recruit around 10 teachers to provide tutoring and mentoring to the student athletes. This would happen immediately after school to ensure academics is a priority and establish the habits of “nishing homework before leaving the school campus. He also has a plan in place for fundraising and a group of parents and supporters who will be willing to assist. There is a core group of returning assistants that have been with the program over the years that will help smooth the transition. I asked him if he would be interested in this position long-term, and he wasnt against the possibility,Ž Mr. Tedders said. We can get through this season and reassess the state o f the program and make a decision on the best way to proceed.Ž He is comfortable taking over the program, and I am comfortable with him in this position. Players, parents and supporters are asking, Whos coming in to coach?, and the program needs to put this question past them and move forward with the work of preparing.Ž Outgoing coach Chris Branham voiced his support of the decision. Best decision that could have ever been made for the program and Ty,Ž said Mr. Branham. He is the best coach I know and one o f the best men I know.Ž COACHContinued From Page 1 By Karina ElskenOkeechobee NewsA shallow reservoir and increased wetlands are proposed just north of Lake Okeechobee adjacent to the Kissimmee River in Glades County. The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project LOWRP) includes a Wetland A ttenuation Feature with a footprint of approximately 12,500 acres, 80 Aquifer Storage and Recover (ASR) wells, restoration of the Paradise Run wetland and restoration of the Kissimmee River Center wetland, according to a presentation made to area landowners J une 18 at the Williamson Center at the Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee. Brandon Tucker, a member of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, said there is a need for storage north of the lake because we have to take care of Lake Okeechobee. This is somewhat personal a little for me,Ž Mr. Tucker continued, explaining that some of the people who own the land within the proposed project footprint are people he has known his whole life. He said he can support the project only if I am completely at peace with what we are going to do here.Ž Mr. Tucker said that based on the information he has so far, he believes the tentatively selected plan is the best plan that has been presented to date. Its a plan I would support for a variety of reasons,Ž he said. This is a federal project, a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) program, a federal program with the Corps of Engineers, and SFWMD is the local sponsor,Ž explained Jennifer Leeds, SFWMD section administrator for Everglades Policy and Coordination. She said LOWRP projects will bene“t Lake Okeechobee and also reduce harmful releases from the lake to the coastal estuaries. The sites for the projects were restricted to the boundaries of CERP, she explained. We look at storage features that could be sited in these boundaries,Ž Ms. Leeds said. Proximity to the Kissimmee River and to Lake Okeechobee were also factors. She said the goals of LOWRP are to improve the quantity, timing and distribution of ”ows coming into the lake, to maintain ecologically desired lake stage ranges more often, to bene“t “sh and wildlife habitat around the lake, to reduce the estuary discharges from the lake and to provide water supply. LOWRP includes 80 ASR wells, which would be located on right-of-way SFWMD already controls. These wells, which would have a footprint of less than half an acre per cluster, could provide 488,000 acre-feet of storage per year. (An acre-foot is the amount of water to cover 1 acre of land 1 foot deep.) It is important for us to co-locate the ASR wells with an above-ground lake feature,Ž she said. Having a feature that is situated right adjacent to the lake allows us to pull water off the lake and put it in the storage area.Ž She said water could be pumped into the shallow storage area from the river or from the lake. Water would also be pumped from the river onto the wetlands areas, giving the plants in the wetlands the opportunity to remove some of the nutrients from the water, and then returned to the river. She said using land close to the lake makes the projects most ef“cient, and thus the best buy for taxpayers. Ms. Leeds added that they did not want to do anything to disturb the Kissimmee River restoration work that is already underway, so areas near the river farther north were not considered as good options. When we get into drought times, instead of having water cutbacks, the ASRs will allow us to put water back into the lake,Ž she continued. She said the plans have taken seepage concerns and locations of endangered species into consideration.The 12,500-acre wetland attenuation feature would hold water 1 to 4 feet deep, she said.The L-shaped project footprint would be about a quarter-mile off State Road 78, leaving the frontage on SR 78 in private ownership. If the project is approved by the SFWMD board, land acquisition, including appraisals and negotiations to buy the land, could begin in 2022. She said the “rst opportunity to as k Congress for funding will be in the Water Resources Development Act in 2020. Even though we arent in position to start buying land or start exchanging land, were close,Ž said Ray Palmer of the SFWMD real estate section. When it is your land, you want to know as much as you can as soon as you can. Next year, we can start talking to people about possible land exchanges,Ž he said, explaining that they will offer to trade landowners for land the district owns that is not needed for this project or other projects. We would like to get to know you better, “nd out what your desires are before we get to the point where we are going to send out a letter and let you know we are appraising your property for acquisition,Ž he said. We feel this is the best project we have right now that is actually going to provide some bene“t to the lake,Ž said Ms. Leeds. W etlands project proposed north of Lake Okeechobee

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6 Okeechobee News June 20, 2018 K enneth Loyd Cox, 7 1 O KEE C HOBE E „ Kenneth Loyd C ox died J une 1 7 2018 He was born Nov. 2 5, 1946 i n Woodstock, Va. to I s aac G r a h a m a n d Is a bel Louise ( Cook ) Cox. H e prou dly serve d our c ountry i n the Un i ted S tates Navy. He was a member of t he Ne w T estament Ba p t i st Church and enjoyed motorcycles, golf, and “shing. Mr. Cox was preceded in death b y his pa r ents; and his brothers, Paul C ox, Lee C ox, and D oug C ox. He is survived b y his wi f e o f 22 y ears, S hirley Cox; son, Marc Elad ( Teresa ) all o f Okeechobee ; brother Richard Cox (Carol) o f S outh Carolina; sister, Gail Cosby, o f Tenne s see; and grandson, G rayson E lad; and man y other famil y members and friends. V i s i tat i on w i ll be 12 p .m. unt i l serv i ces at 2 p.m. T hursday, June 21 2018 at Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home. Interment w ill be at South Florida National C emetery. Those wishin g to leave a messa g e of co n d olence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a lH o me .com A ll arrangements are entrusted to the d irection and care of the Buxton & 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 obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at okeechobeenews.net. Obituaries Library hosts Reading CampMs. Kim at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is excited to announce that the Summer Reading Camp 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, J une 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.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 20. The grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment by Jay runs from 3 until 6 p.m.Bingo and dinner to be heldBig Lake VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S., will host a “ve-card bingo on Thursday, June 21 at noon. That night, an Auxiliary dinner will be served with stuffed shells for a $7 donation, from 5 to 7 p.m., and entertainment will be provided by Ray Johnson from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 863763-2308.Town Hall meeting by the GOPThe Okeechobee Republican Party inv ites you to attend a festive event with an Old-Fashioned Town Hall meeting where y ou can meet and hear candidates in city, county and some state races express their v iews on current Issues. Come and bring y our family for free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, music and balloons for the kids … at V eterans Memorial Park on West Park Street in downtown Okeechobee on Friday, June 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. V FW will serve steak dinnersBig Lake VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S., will host a steak dinner with salad, baked potato and garlic bread on Friday, J une 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Music will be performed by Jay Boree from 7 to 10 p.m.Oasis Lounge opens FridayThe Okeechobee Shrine Club Oasis Lounge, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will be open this Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, from 5 to 10 p.m. For the “rst hour and a half, all drinks are $1 off. There will be hot dogs for sale. Popcorn is free! For information, call Keith at 863-643-2682.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, June 22 come and enjoy dinner at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be “sh, shrimps or chicken and french fry baskets, for a $6 donation and is served from 5 until 8 p.m. with music from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.DOH will give CPR classesThe Okeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will conduct 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 State Road 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.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on June 24 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. The legion is now offering a chicken dinner from 1 to 7 p.m. with all the “xings for a $5 donation.AMVETS serves breakfastThe AMVETS will serve breakfast on Sunday, June 24 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Mural presentation to be heldOkeechobee 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.Legion hosts 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, June 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.Auxiliary will serve dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a sausage, peppers and onions dinner with macaroni salad and dessert on Wednesday, June 27 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. All proceeds will bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.Camp puts on a productionThe sixth annual migrant theater camp presents Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical,Ž for one night only on 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 number six. 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, which is open to all students of Okeechobee public schools. There are certi“ed teachers and free snacks. The camp will be held 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!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 Many craft vendors are participating. Come out and support local artists and talent. Enjoy free admission and parking. Hope to see you there!Backyard chickens workshopCome learn about the basics of backyard chickens on Thursday, July 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UF/IFA Extention 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.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! More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Community section. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Class of 1999 raising moneyA 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.ŽFire/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 bac k later.

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June 20, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Three men were arrested on the afternoon of Monday, June 18, for their alleged involvement in attempting to acquire controlled substances with fraudulent prescription forms. Taron Eric Rolle, 23, Bartow, was arrested June 18 on “ve counts of felony charges of possession of a prescription form without the signature of a practitioner. His bond was set at $50,000. Jamari Dobard, 20, Southwest 20th Street, West Park, was arrested June 18 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (phenergan-codeine) by fraud. His bond was set at $10,000. Juwan Renard Magwood, 20, Northwest First Street, Hallandale Beach, was arrested J une 18 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of violation of probation … burglary of unoccupied dwelling. He is being held without bond. According to arrest reports by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, at approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, W almart Pharmacy made contact with law enforcement and provided information in regard to a fraudulent prescription for 300 ml of liquid phenergan-codeine. The alleged doctor on the prescription was Rokshana Shariea M.D.Ž with a practice address of 204 S.E. Park St. in Okeechobee. Per Walmart Pharmacy protocol, employees attempted to contact the of“ce and learned that the doctors of“ce information was fake. The fraudulent prescription was collected and turned in to evidence at the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce. The pharmacy technician provided a physical description of the suspect to law enforcement. The report continued that at approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, task force members received a call from Walmart asset protection associates who informed them that the suspect with the fake prescription had arrived at the store. Task force members were reportedly informed that after the prescription was denied, the suspect ran away from the pharmacy area of the store and left through the front doors of the store. Asset protection personnel, however, were able to keep visual contact with the suspect as he got into the front passenger seat of a black four-door Kia that proceeded through the Walmart parking lot and toward U.S. 441. Task force members reportedly conducted a felony traf“c stop on the vehicle in the middle of the travel lane in the 300 block of U.S. 441. All occupants were ordered out of the vehicle and detained one at a time. K-9 Samba was utilized to perform a free-air sniff of the vehicle during the stop and gave a positive alert. Prior to the vehicles search, digital photographs were taken of the interior. In the trunk of the car, a brown bag was reported to contain miscellaneous mens clothing items, shoes and two FedEx envelopes. Inside one of the envelopes were “ve blank prescription forms. One of the prescription forms contained the names of Emilio Suarez D.O., Cindy M. Hernandez M.D., Daniel L. Kaplan M.D. and Yohanna Deno M.D. with a practice located at 4950 S. Le Jeune Road in Coral Gables; and another blank prescription with the names of Emilio Suarez D.O., Steven Kanner D.O., Kevin Gilbert M.D., and William M. Demarchi M.D. P.A. with a practice located at 1000 N.E. 56th St. in Fort Lauderdale. The other three prescription forms were blank with no information contained on them. All occupants were transported to OCSO for interviews, and the vehicle was towed from the scene by BMJ Towing Inc. Audio and digitally recorded interviews took place at OCSO. It was discovered that one of the vehicles occupants, Magwood, had been placed on community control on April 10 and did not have permission or authorization to leave Broward County. The reports concluded that Dobard, Magwood and Rolle were arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee Count y Jail on the aforementioned charges. Fraudulent prescription forms reported by pharmacy; 3 arrested Taron Rolle Jamri Dobard Alcoholics 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. AA meetings are scheduled in Okeechobee County

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8 Okeechobee News June 20, 2018 PLEASE JOIN US! William “Bill” Wallace for COUNTY COURT JUDGE American Legion Post 64 501 S.E. 2nd Street, Okeechobee Serving BBQ, Desserts and Cold Beverages Music by Saturday, June 23 rd 4-8pm POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY WILLIAM “BILL” WALLACE FOR COUNTY COURT JUDGE EXPERIENCE• HONOR• INTEGRITY Complimentary BBQ for all, and the event was simply precious. It is awesome to see the dedicated fathers make this special date with their daughters,Ž said B.R.A.T Club President/Founder Teresa Chandler Bishop. This event is successful due to the labor of volunteers and sponsors, including: Beef O Bradys, Bella Rose, Buxton & Bass, Ding-A-Ling Deli, Dominos, Fishing Headquarters, Golden Corral, Heartland Magazine, Our Village, Okeechobee County School Board, Okeechobee The Magazine, Okeechobee News Papa Johns, Parrott Island Grill, Publix, Sheriff Noel Stephen, Shirley Palmer, The Lounge at the Sanctuary, Tin Fish, Walpole Inc., Waste Management, OK Corral Gun Club, and WOKC/ Glades Media. View additional photos and videos at the B.R.A.T. Club Facebook page. BRATContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News(Above) Dads and daughters seem to have solved the height difference as they dance to the music. (At left) David Joyner enjoyed the limbo game at the B.R.A.T. Clubs annual father/ daughter dance. (Below) The Cha-Cha slide was popular with the girls.

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Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County recognizes June 27 as National HIV Testing Day. This years theme is Test Your Way. Do It Today,Ž which serves as a reminder that HIV testing has never been more convenient because there are more ways than ever to get tested. In 2016, 39,782 people received an HIV diagnosis. Although that annual number is a decline of 5 percent since 2011, approximately 1.2 million people are at still at high risk for HIV and could bene“t from comprehensive HIV prevention strategies. There are more HIV prevention options available than ever before. Talk to your doctor about which options are right for you,Ž said Tiffany L. Collins, the Okeechobee administrator and health of“cer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prev ention (CDC) recommends that all individuals 13-64 years old be tested for HIV at least once during their lifetime, and persons at increased risk for HIV infection be tested at least annually. Florida remains a national leader in HIV testing, with over 1,400 registered HIV test sites (including each county health department (CHD) and community-based organizations), which provide high-quality, con“dential testing services at low or no cost. Last year, more than 340,000 HIV tests were conducted through Floridas registered HIV test sites. Testing is also available through doctors of“ces and other healthcare facilities. HIV testing and treatment is available at your local health department: 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee. For appointments, call 863-462-5800. Walk-ins are welcome. With early diagnosis, individuals can begin appropriate treatment and care, resulting in better health outcomes. Studies have shown that providing antiretroviral therapy as early as possible after diagnosis improves a patients health, reduces transmission and can eventually lead to undetectable HIV viral loads. HIV-negative individuals are encouraged to reduce the chance of contracting HIV by using prevention strategies. As part of our strategic efforts to eliminate HIV in Florida, the department is working to make Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication available at no cost at all 67 CHDs by the end of this year. PrEP is a once-daily pill that can reduce the chance of acquiring HIV in HIV-negative individuals. PrEP should be used in conjunction with other prevention methods such as condoms to reduce the chance of infection. According to CDC, taking PrEP daily reduces the chance of getting HIV by more than 90 percent. PrEP will be made available through CHD Sexually Transmitted Disease and Family Planning Clinics, and patients can be provided with up to a 90-day supply of medications. Some CHDs may offer PrEP through a specialty clinic. Find a PrEP provider near you with the departments PrEP Providers List. You can locate HIV counseling, testing and referral sites by visiting www.KnowYourHIVStatus.com or texting FLHIV to 898211. For more information, call the Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline at 1-800-FLA-AIDS or 1-800-352-2437; en Espaol, 1-800-545-SIDA; in Creole, 1-800-AIDS-101. To chat with a live counselor at the Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline, visit www.211bigbend.org/”hivaidshotline. About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov. Floridians encouraged to test for HIV this yearJune 20, 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) www.sainnovalsurgical.com 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! Special to the Okeechobee News Most people know that when you look for a house, you want a place with good bones.Ž In other words, if the structure of the home is in good shape, most people feel they can “x up the rest. If a home doesnt have good bones, the rest of it doesnt mat ter. The same can be said of your body. If y ou dont take care of your bones, the rest of your body will quickly fall into disrepair. Taking care of your bones doesnt require a lot of maintenance, but that doesnt mean it should be overlooked,Ž says Dr. V ictor M. Romano, a board-certi“ed ortho paedic surgeon and author of Finding The Source: Maximizing Your Results „ With and Without Orthopaedic Surgery (www. romanomd.com). Just a little moderate exercise and eating some of the right food and drinks is all that is required.Ž Vitamin D, for example, is important for the absorption of calcium and aids in improving muscle strength and balance, Dr. Romano says. A de“ciency of vitamin D can cause soft, thin, brittle bones. Moderate weight training is always recommended to keep bones strong, even for senior citizens. Dr. Romano recommends that instead of taking calcium pills, the best way to get calcium into the body is with a healthy diet. He suggests a few ways to add calcium to your diet to keep bones healthy: € Start the day with calcium-forti“ed orange juice. € Cook cereals with skim milk or almond milk (instead of water) or add two tablespoons of nonfat dry milk. € Spread low-fat cream cheese on bread or toast instead of butter or margarine. € Add low-fat cheeses to sandwiches, salads and pizzas. € Add sardines to salads or sandwiches. € Include higher-calcium greens, such as spinach, broccoli and kale, in your salad. € Enjoy low-fat or fat-free yogurt with berries for dessert. Y our body has a bone to pick with you about your diet

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Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd St., invites all to Vacation Bible School, through June 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 w hose parents attend a class. For information, call 863-763-1699. The First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second St., will host Vacation 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 wel come to volunteer for extra community serv ice hours. For information, call Emily Streelman at 863-261-3933. There will be a Vacation Bible School titled Shipwrecked by JesusŽ on June 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. 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 863623-4233. Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 Hwy. 441 S.E., comes with an exciting message of hope, and a vision to reach out to all people in Okeechobee and the surrounding area. Pastor Douglas T. Ryan graduated from Hobe Sound Bible College. Be looking out for him in your community as he boldly encourages people everywhere to start a new exciting life with Jesus Christ as their guide. We welcome all to our family of friendly people who just seek to show you an outpouring of Gods love. Our service on Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. We also invite all to our Wednesday or Sunday evening gathering at 6:30 p.m. The Pentecostals of Okeechobee 405 S.W. 10th Ave., have services on the followings days and times: Sunday school, all ages is at 10 a.m.; Sunday word and worship is at 11 a.m.; Tuesday prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday worship, Bible study and kids church is at 7 p.m. Pastor Raymond Warren can be reached at 863-634-4567, email: penteofokee@yahoo.com, www.okeepentecostals.com. Spanish services are also available; call for times of services. 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 Sun day 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, churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org, or call the church of“ce Tuesda y 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, gochristfellowship.com, 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 863-763-3681. Okeechobee churches host special events and VBS10 Okeechobee News June 20, 2018 Special to the Okeechobee News The Big Lake-Highlands Mens Chorale premiere concert will be at Oakview Baptist Church this Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The Big Lake-Highlands Mens Chorale, under the direction of Mike Zierdan, will present a concert by men from Okeechobee and Highlands counties and will feature hymn arrangements and the stories behind the songs. Conductor Zierdan has contributed countless hours to the arts in Okeechobee County. He has taught music for the Okeechobee County school system, minis tered in various churches and has been an integral part of both the Okeechobee Community Choir and the Community Theatre. He currently serves as director of music for the First Baptist Church at Lake Josephine (a bit north of Lake Placid). The birth of this new community choir happened almost by accident. Mr. Zierdan recalled: One day, while going through my mail at the church, I happened upon a book of mens choral music. After thinking about the voices in my current choir, combined with known male talent within our community, the Big Lake-Highlands Mens Chorale was born. After a few phone calls, everything seemed to fall into place. We are so excited to show our appreciation to our God and to our community through our concerts.Ž All to the Glory of GodŽ will be presented on Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring, and on Saturday, June 23, at Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be collected to cover expenses and will be shared with the host church. All to the Glory of God will be presented locally Special to the Okeechobee NewsBig Lake-Highlands Mens Chorale members are (from left) John Gardner, Jim Clark, John Higgins, Bill Packard, Jerry Rose, Jay Hundley, Patrick Van Tassell, Craig Curtis, Joe Wolff, Kevin Kinnaird, Mike Zierden, John DeYoung and Jeff Parsons. Not shown are David Cline, Otto Rodrequis, Al Young and Russ Gibbard. € 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 Dix on-Hendry Campus (Williamson Center „ 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.) In a crisis you pick up the phone and dial the familiar numbers y ou learned as early as kindergarten and help is on the way. In the next “ve minutes as you answer questions being asked of y ou ƒ and relay information, all the while ƒ a team of highly trained professionals are working together to get to you and be prepared to help you overcome your newfound obstacle. The men and women 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 really scary ƒ if were not prepared! Register to day and lets all get 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, one of the chambers newest corporate sponsors. Thank YOU Green De sign 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. As always, all chamber events are open to the public. € Weve already started on the 2019 Business After-Hours schedule, and ƒƒ January is already booked! If youre interested in having your business host one of our after-hours for next year, please call the chamber; well get you on the schedule! We want to showcase as many chamber businesses as possible, whether its a ribbon-cutting for a new business, an anniversary, renovation, or a move to a new location. Let us help you! If your business would like to host an early morning Rise Up with the Chamber breakfast, please give us a call at 863-4676246. You can host it at the chamber or at your place of business and well arrange for the three guest speakers. We currently have September and October available. Chamber of Commerce News Special to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH „ The S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek is scheduled to be closed to boat traf“c entering and leaving Lake Okeechobee on June 25 and 26. Staff from the South Florida Water Management Districts (SFWMD) Okeechobee Field Station will be making upgrades to the locks manatee protection system. Manatee protection devices installed at district locks use sensors to detect when a manatee is present in the lock chamber and prevent the gates from closing. For more navigation notices and schedules for SFWMD locks, visit www.sfwmd. gov/navigation. Taylor Creek lock to close June 25-26

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June 20, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Efforts to save one endangered species seem to be at odds with the health of the coastal estuaries, the Everglades and Florida Bay. Water conservation areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiami Trail are “lled with clean w ater. Water managers want to send more w ater south under the Tamiami Trail to Florida Bay. More water going south would bene“t Florida Bay, and it would also mean less water released east and west from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries, where excess freshwater disrupts the salinity levels of the estuaries. Weve been having a lot of conversations with our federal partners, both the Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service about the situation that is in WCA 3-A and the other conservation areas,Ž John Mitnik, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) chief engineer, explained to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board at its June 14 meeting. He said SFWMD is seeking a deviation to the water schedules to address the high water levels in the WCAs. Water control structures on the western side of WCA-3 are closed due to the constraint on water ”ow associated with the protection of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow, he explained. The structures will remain closed until July 14 in coordination with the sparrow breeding season.Ž Currently, only about 1,000 to 1,200 cubic feet per second is discharging to Everglades National Park. That ”ow could double with existing water control structures, but the Department of the Interior is blocking it. If water managers could increase ”ow out of the WCAs, theyd free up storage capacity south of the lake and move some water south from Lake Okeechobee, he said. This is the third year in a row that we are going into the wet season with the levels all up at or close to their maximums,Ž he said. Weve got above-average rainfall for the next several months.Ž Governing board member James Moran said they should weigh the salvation of the species of the bird against ”ooding in peoples homes and ruining the agricultural industry in southwest Miami-Dade County. Im just wondering, because its my understanding that the sparrow nests that we are spending millions and almost billions of dollars to circumvent, that area isnt even a natural habitat for them,Ž said SFWMD governing board member Melanie Peterson. It was like a home away from home. They kind of moved there because their home got ”ooded and now they are established there, and the DOI (Department of the Interior) is kind of hell-bent in shoring up that area and keeping that nesting area strategical in their habitat. My question is, has anyone discussed the possibility of relocating this habitat, these birds to where they belong, so that we can implement this system? I think it is really crazy to think were spending millions to divert water around an arti“cial area that they were never meant to nest in, in the “rst place,Ž she said. Im just wondering if relocation of this species is even on the table because as we know, if the water rises, the birds will move. Weve shown that throughout our whole system.Ž She said they have seen wading birds move into the STAs when habitat they like is created. Does anyone really think birds will just stand still and drown?Ž she asked. At what point do we have a serious discussion, a high-level discussion, about relocating a small contingent of an endangered species so we can get along with the restoration projects as well as ”ood control for 8 million people?Ž she said. Governing board Chairman Federico Fernandez said this is an important issue the y will continue to pursue. W ater managers struggle with bird problem By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News An emergency “x to harmful freshwater releases to the coastal estuaries could be built in just two to three years, while longterm solutions may be decades away. We are working on long-term solutions. W e are working on projects such as C-43 and the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration projects. Even on the most aggressive schedule, the EAA storage reservoir is y ears away,Ž South Florida Water Management Distinct (SFWMD) Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez at the June 14 board meeting. It is not going to be a silver bullet, and it is not going to solve all of our problems.Ž He said an emergency “x could be implemented in a twoto three-year time frame: deep injection wells, or as I like to call them, Emergency Estuary Protection Wells.Ž Deep injection wells send water through the earth into the boulder zone, in effect sending the water to tide by pumping it straight down. District scientists estimate some of these deep injection wells could be ready in as little as two to three years using proven technology that is already being used in 250 parts of the state by utilities, Mr. Fernadez explained. The technology is proven. We have already looked at having anywhere from 30 to 150 of these Emergency Estuary Protection Wells. They would address some of the ”ows to the tune of about half a million to 2.5 million acre-feet of water,Ž he continued. Thats a lot of water that wouldnt end up in the Caloosahatchee estuary and on the beaches of Sanibel,Ž he said. Emergency Estuary Protection Wells would only have to be used in emergency situations, in our heavy rain situations like that, or like we had last year with Irma and the storms around Irma,Ž he said. They would be used only when the level of Lake Okeechobee is rising so rapidly that the Corps of Engineers has no choice but to release water east and west to the coastal estuaries. It wouldnt compromise any of our other restoration projects,Ž he said. While these larger restoration projects were being built, Emergency Estuary Protection Wells could take that discharge water from the lake and protect the estuaries.Ž The wells could be used both as a stopgap measure and along with other restoration projects, as the district works on the long-term massive water storage projects. Were only doing a pilot program right now,Ž said board member James Moran. I think we should be full speed ahead on this. These deep injection wells need to be moved up to save the estuaries,Ž Mr. Moran said. Bureaucracy takes too long. We need to think outside the box,Ž said board member Brandon Tucker. Lets get the show on the road. Lets get this done. If we had these wells today, we wouldnt be dealing with the discharges,Ž he said. Somebody was criticizing the use o f those wells, and saying it would just be wasting that water. To me, it is just sending that water to tide without having to bomb the estuaries with harmful discharges,Ž said board member Daniel OKeefe. Were not in the business of ignoring the fact that water is a resource,Ž said Mr. Fernandez. Emergency Estuary Protection Wells would be a stopgap measure while work continued on other projects to send the excess water from Lake Okeechobee south to Florida Bay. I think all of us here have been around long enough to know the effects of drought ... no one is advocating for wasting water,Ž he said. Emergency Estuary Protection Wells proposed as temporary “x to lake releases By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Mother Nature presented the South Florida district with water supply and ”ood control challenges this year, according to a report presented June 14 at the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board (SFWMD) meeting. Dry season brought only 56 percent of average rainfall, with a total of about 8.7 inches of rain, explained John Mitnik, South Florida Water Management District chief engineer. In the month of May, the weather changed drastically, with 300 percent of average rainfall for the month. Just during the month of May alone, w e received close to 11.5 inches of rain throughout the entire district,Ž he said. In the month of May alone, we received more than we did in the entire dry season.Ž The Martin and St. Lucie County basins received closed to 450 percent of normal rainfall for the month of May. Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) 1 and 2 received about 12.5 inches of direct rainfall. Due to the direct rainfall, the WCAs have gone above what was previously considered the high water line, he said. Mr. Mitnik said he is getting a lot of questions about the L-8 Canal and the S-310 lock. Since the May rains started, both structures have been moving water north into Lake Okeechobee by gravity ”ow. The L-8 Canal is in the western portion of Palm Beach County, and receives runoff from Corbett and Dupuis wildlife manage areas, he explained. That basin has to wait for the basins along the C-51 Canal to drain, so were talking about the Village of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and those areas. We have to wait for those areas to drain before we are able to start moving water from L-8 to tide,Ž he continued. Typically what happens is the L-8 will start to stage up. It got close to 17.5 to 18 feet,Ž he said. Normally we try to keep it around 13 to 13.5 feet.Ž Water in the L-8 Canal ”ows south to the C-51 Canal, or, if the level of water in the canal is higher than the lake level, the water can ”ow north into Lake Okeechobee. At the height of the rains, the L-8 Canal was discharging 1,000 to 1,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) north into Lake Okeechobee. Mr. Mitnik said. He said water is now moving more south out of the L-8 basin and then east to tide, although about 100 cfs is still ”owing into the lake. The S-310 lock structure near the City o f Clewiston provides ”ood control for the residents and businesses in the city. Clewiston is about 16 feet above sea level. Until Lake Okeechobee reaches 15.5 ft., the S-310 loc k remains open to gravity ”ow. This is gravity ”ow, he said. The WCA system is large in area, but there is limited capacity to move water in and out of the WCAs. Heavy rainfall this year brings challenges for SFWMD

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12 Okeechobee News June 20, 2018 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A 19-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested after she allegedly harassed employees and patrons of the Brahman Theatre III and became inv olved in a physical altercation with law enforcement. Helena Elizabeth Hoehn, Southeast 43rd Trace, was arrested June 16 on felony charges of unauthorized possession of a forged driver license, resisting an of“cer w ith violence and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, violation of trespass after warning, and battery. Her bond was set at $6,500. According to an arrest report by Of“cer Raul Marrero, at 9:28 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, he and Of“cer Ryan Holroyd responded to the Brahman Theatre III „ in the 1600 block of South Parrott Avenue „ in regard to a trespass complaint. Upon arrival, the of“cers met with the manager, who reportedly informed them that Hoehn supposedly came into the theatre and asked the counter attendant for some water. When the employee went to get the water, Hoehn apparently went around the counter and entered the concession area. The manager then reportedly said that Hoehn needed to leave the area and wait until the employee could assist her. The report continued that Hoehn apparently became upset and told the manager that she was free and could go where she wanted.Ž The manager then asked Hoehn to leave, which resulted in Hoehn violently pushing the manager and telling her, noŽ before Hoehn left the concession area. The manager then reported asking one of the employees to contact law enforcement, but before their arrival Hoehn supposedly followed a young boy into the male bathroom „ which resulted in the boy running out of the room and into a theatre „ and apparently began to harass a mother with an autistic child. The manager provided the mother with a voucher for having to deal with Hoehns harassment, stated the report. After the arrival of the of“cers, the manager took them to the theatre in which Hoehn was seated, and she was escorted into the lobby where she became combative. The report stated that Hoehn pushed both of“cers in an attempt to knock them down before being apprehended. The report concluded that during a search of Hoehns person, of“cers located two different driver licenses, one from Florida and the other from South Carolina. It was discovered that the South Carolina license was a forgery with a fake name and address. Hoehn was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. W oman arrested after a scene at movie theater Helena Hoehn 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 Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Albert Rodriguez Lewis, 40, Malibu Bay Drive, West Palm Beach, was arrested June 14 by Deputy Ryane Ammons on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to sell. He w as released on his own recognizance. € Miguel Diego, 30, Southwest Yalaha Street, Indiantown, was arrested June 14 by Deputy Corporal Marcus Collier on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and possession of a controlled substance (cannabis oil) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $10,000. € Veronica Nicole Garcia, 22, Northwest 19th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested J une 15 by Deputy Sergeant Aric Majere on an Okeechobee felony warrant charging her w ith six counts of cashing or depositing item w ith intent to defraud. Her bond was set at $30,000. € Ryan Jeffrey Euard, 26, Lake Road, A tlantic, Pa, was arrested June 16 by Deputy Cpl. Bryan Lowe on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (diazepam) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of knowingly driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $5,500. € Lorey A Gillam, 58, Northwest 272nd Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 16 by Of“cer Jessica Francis on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (clonazepam) without a valid prescription and possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen). Her bond was set at $3,000. € Charles William Hawk Jr., 28, Okeechobee was arrested June 17 by Deputy Robert Gonzalez on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) without a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges of two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $3,500. € Donald Craig Ferris, 28, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested June 17 by Deputy Jonathon Gove on a felony charge of unarmed burglary of a dwelling. His bond was set at $10,000. € Jeff Omelus, 18, Second Avenue North, Lake Worth, was arrested June 17 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on a felony charge of battery on detention or commitment facility staff. His bond was set at $2,500. € Mitchell Ray Hat“eld, 28, Southeast 43rd Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by Deputy Sgt. Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling. His bond was set at $15,000. € David Allen Vanegas, 13, Northwest 151st Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by Deputy Devon Satallante on an Okeechobee County juvenile take and hold warrant charging him with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, criminal mischief ($1,000 or more), and grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then transported to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. € Lasene Pack, 49, Southeast 20th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $5,750. € Kimberly Ann Johnson, 46, Southeast 38th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a valid prescription. She is being held without bond. € Michael Lee Graf, 43, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver license. His bond was set at $6,000. € Quavian Akeem Dozier, 20, Northwest Fourth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by Detective James Pickering on a felony charge of failure to redeliver hired or leased personal property. His bond was set at $5,000. € Anthony Beltran, 52, Northwest First Parkway, Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by Deputy Tim Miller on a State of Tennessee felony warrant charging him with three counts of violation of probation. He is being held without bond. € Robert Wade Hardister, 26, Southeast Federal Highway, Stuart, was arrested June 18 by Deputy Sgt. Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with grand theft of motor vehicle. His bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“rmed and printed. A rrest Report Special to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH „ The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Thursday, June 14, approved a budget amendment that will clear the way for up to $2 million per year in federal funding to help “ght the spread of invasive lygodium, also known as the Old W orld climbing fern, in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County. The funding will come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which manages the refuge. USFWS leases the refuge land from the State of Florida under an agreement that includes numerous performance measures, including controlling the spread of invasive plants. We must control the spread of invasive plants such as lygodium to protect the investment of billions of Florida taxpayer dollars to restore the Everglades. SFWMD has shown it is committed to “ght this invasive fern, and this money offers assistance with the federal governments obligation,Ž said SFWMD Governing Board member Jim Moran, who spearheaded efforts to forge an agreement with USFWS to ensure more federal funding to “ght lygodium in the refuge. Lygodium has overrun countless tree islands, and its spread has increased by about 600 percent in the refuge over the past two decades. The invasive fern can cause the collapse of tree islands, a crucial part of the habitat in the ridge and slough ecosystem of the Everglades. It also increases the risk of wild“res spreading. The budget amendment passed June 14 accepts $1.25 million to $2 million in funding from USFWS into SFWMDs land management budget this budget year. SFWMD has already spent about $2 million in state funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this budget year but those funds have now been exhausted. The USFWS funds will allow the districts contractors to continue eradicating lygodium from tree islands in the refuge. Under the agreement, USFWS must also give SFWMD up to $2 million in funding each year for the next several years to keep “ghting the spread of lygodium in the refuge. USFWS is also required to develop a new public use plan that potentially expands recreational uses in the refuge such as hunting. USFWS has already conducted several public meetings, and a draft of that new plan is expected to be released soon. SFWMD, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “ght Old World climbing fern

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June 20, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Need EXTRA MONEY?MOTOR ROUTE AVAILABLE107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Employment Full Time Employment Full Time A ccountant 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 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 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 over 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 or call 8 63-484-8154. Employment Full Time Hos p ice of O keech o bee D irect o r o f Clinic a l S ervice s ( 2 ) Full Time RN Po siti o n s Contact Gail Gerntru p 863-467-2321 Employment Full Time The Semin o le Police De p artment i s now hirin g Certified Po lice O fficers. Y ou m u st b e a U .S. Citizen, 19 years of a g e o r older and p ossess a hi g h school diploma o r a GED e q uivalenc y Benefit s: S tartin g salary o f $ 69,171.21 ( with an annual 5% ste p for the first ei g ht years). All uniform e q ui p ment p rovided. Ta ke h o me c a r p r og ra m P P O He a lth Ins u r a nce 40 1K Clothin g Allowance If y ou a re intereste d in applyin g please visit seminolepd.com p and m click u n d er em p lo y ment to do wnl oad th e a pp lication. 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. Apartments 1BR, 1BA, Un f urnished $750 mo. Water & Power included. Sec. dep. & background check required. 863-634-0024 N.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $725 mo. $2175 to move in. 2 BR, 2 BA, $775 mo. $2325 to move in. 561-346-1642 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 TAYLOR CREEK CONDO: 1BR, 1BA fully furn. $900/mo. water/ power incl. Sec. dep. req. & background ck. 863-634-0024. 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 LAKEPORT 2BD/1BA CENTRAL AIR & HEAT, COMPLETELY FURNISHED, WASHER & DRYER $800.00/MO PLUS ELECTRIC. ALSO AVAILABLE 1BDRM HOUSE CALL 618-3091938 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Mobile Homes Sale MOBILE HOME f or sale waterfront, 1bed/1bath, washer, dryer, screenporch, furnished. $6500 call 772-579-1989. READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! DOOR-TO-DOOR DIRECTIONS € TRAVEL TIMES PERSONALIZED ALERTS € TRAFFIC CAMERA VIEWS F F F F F F R R R R R R E E E E E E E E E E E E T T T T T T R R R R R R A A A A A A F F F F F F F F F F F F I I I I I I C C C C C C I I I I I I N N N N N N F F F F F F O O O O O O A toll-free service of the Florida Department of Transportation. Standard mobile phone minute, text message and data charges may apply. View obituaries from the past month

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14 Okeechobee News June 20, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice 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 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 UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, 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 Natio n 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 16-01402 3 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 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 rt 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 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 IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT O F THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. C ASE N o 1700026 3 CAAXMX T HE BANK O F NEW Y O RK MELL O N FKA THE BANK O F NEW Y O RK, AS T RUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE L OAN TRUST 2006-OC8, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, S ERIES 2006-OC8 Plaintiff v s S OLIS, ELIDIO, et. al. Defen da nts. N O TICE O F F O RECL O S U RE SALE P U RS U ANT T O CHAPTER 4 5 O F THE FL O RIDA STAT U TE S N OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Jud g ment entered in Case No. 17000263CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Cir r r cuit in and for OKEECHOBEE Count y Florida, wherein, THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CER R R T IFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2006-OC8, M ORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OC8, Plaintiff, and, S OLIS, ELIDIO, et. al., are Defendants, I will sell to the hi g hest bidder for cash a t, THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD S TREET, 2ND FL OO R, JURY ASSEMBLY R OO M, O KEECH O BEE, FLORIDA, at the hour of 11:00am, on the 18th day of July, 2018, th e followin g described property: LOT 14 AND THE NORTH ONE-HALF ( N 1/2 ) OF LOT 15, BLOC K 6 9, C O NNERS HIGHLANDS, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 1, PAGE 21, PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. 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 this 7th da y of June, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk Circ u it C ou rt B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk IMP O RTANT 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 7 days; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 267889 ON 6/20,27/2018 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 : J O 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 N O TICE: T he Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensin g Board will hold re g ular monthly meetin g s on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p .m. in the Okeechobee Count y Health De p artment Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The re g ular meetin g schedule for the year 2018 i s a s f o ll o ws: Jul y 10, 2018 Au g ust 7, 2018 S e p tember 4, 2018 October 2, 2018 November 6, 2018 D ecember 4, 2018 P rior to each meetin g the a g enda for that meetin g will be available at the Com munit y Develo p ment De p artment, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, and on the Okeechobee Count y website. Members of the public shall have the opportunity to be heard at public meet t t i n g s. Any person decidin g to appeal any decision by the Construction Industry L icensin g Board with respect to any matter considered at a meetin g or hearin g w ill need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedin g s is made and that the record includes the testimon y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. Communit y Develo p ment De p artment ta p es are for the sole p ur p ose o f backu p for official records of the De p artment F or further information on the meetin g schedule or a particular meetin g contact the Communit y Develo p ment De p artment at 863-763-5548. 268049 ON 6/20,24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice S outh Florida Water Mana g ement District 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 permits@sfwmd. g o v N O TICE O F RECEIPT O F APPLICATI O N N otice is hereby g iven, pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, that the application(s) for permit described below has been received for pro j ect(s) in Okeechobee County. The application(s) and future additional application doc c c u ments can be obtained by any of the followin g methods: 1) Accessin g the D istrict’s website (www.sfwmd. g ov) and clickin g on Application/Permit Search on the ePermittin g pa g e; 2) Submittin g a written request to the South Florida W ater Mana g ement District, Attn: Re g ulation Division, 3301 Gun Club Road, W est Palm Beach, FL 33406; or 3) Submittin g an electronic request at permits @ s fwmd. g ov. Okee Land Turf LLC ( Okeeland Turf ) PO Box 833143, Miami, FL 33283, has s ubmitted A pp lication 180514-1 for modification of Water Use Permit 47-01084 W to irri g ate 271.69 acres of a g ricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifer System and the pro j ect is located in Sections 32,33, T ownship 37 South, Ran g e 35 East. 269368 ON 6 / 20 / 2018 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 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 6 TH DAY O F JULY, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. P u rs ua nt t o Fl o ri da st a t u te 713.78 for unpaid towin g and stora g e. Year, Make, Mod el & Vin’s a s f o ll o w s 2 008 CHRYSLER 300 2 C3LA43R58H329087 200 7 LINC O LN MARK LT 5 LTPW18587FJ0995 8 200 1 G MC JIMMY 1 GKCS18W21K129356 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. 269907 ON 6 / 20 / 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 Administration of Estates 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 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: tconely@conelyandconely.com Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: blanier@conelyandconely.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: service@conelyandconely.com 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: tconely@conelyandconely.com Secondary 1 E-Mail Address: blanier@conelyandconely.com Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: service@conelyandconely.com By Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar No. 096482 267741 ON 6/13,20/2018 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY.

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