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Okeechobee news
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Friday, June 22, 2018 50¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 74 School board wont change school schedule this yearBy Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board has decided to delay a decision on whether to change school start times in the district. The topic was on the agenda for a workshop held on June 19. The school board will take up the issue of school start times again at their January 2019 meeting. Should school day start later? By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The 2018 8U Okeechobee AllStars came away with the championship in their district tournament held in Avon Park on June 15, 16 and 17. The All-Stars played teams from Sebring, Lake Placid and Avon Park over the course of the three-day tournament. The tournament began on June 15 with the All-Stars losing to their rival Lake Placid in a close game of 7-6. But the team was able to bounce back during the second day of the tournament, beating Sebring 8-4 and Avon Park 10-7. This led to a rematch with Lake Placid, and because Okeechobee had lost to them on the “rst day of the tournament, it meant the All-Stars would have to beat their rival twice in back-to-back games to win the championship. Beating Lake Placid twice wouldnt be an easy task, as they had just shut out Avon Park 11-0 the day before the “nal. True to form, Lake Placid jumped out to an 11-4 lead early in the third inning. But the young players on the All-Stars showed their resilience and were able shut down the Lake Placid offense and battle back to take a 1211 victory by the end of the game. The second game wasnt quite as dramatic, however, as All-Stars baseball team heads to state tournament Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionFront row (left to right) John Richards, Jacoah Spencer, Matthew Beville, Ruben Guerrero, Cody Clanton and Izaak Alaniz. Middle row (left to right) David Busbin, E.J. McQueen, Levi Larson, Kylar Koedam and Deuce Stokes. Back row (left to right) Ruben Guerrero, Cody Clanton, James Beville and Bobby Koedam. 14.02 feetLast Year: 12.21 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Sheriff hosts town hall meeting to discuss budget ... Page 5 Local student to serve on state SWAT board ... Page 2 Catch a Florida Memory ... Page 7 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Residents build Fairy Houses ... Page 11 See TEAM „ Page 8 See SCHOOL „ Page 8 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance structures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the Interior make that dif“cult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May „ some areas Governors order does not change lake ”owSee LAKE „ Page 10

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2 Okeechobee News June 22, 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 Today: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 89F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Isolated thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 72F. Winds light and v ariable. Chance of rain 30%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Thunderstorms likely. High 87F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy skies during the evening will give way to cloudy skies overnight. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Sunday: Thunderstorms likely. High 87F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Sunday Night: Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Partly cloudy skies overnight. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News At the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) regional meeting on June 9, Mariah Spelts of Okeechobee County was elected as a Region 4 Youth Advisory Board (YAB) representative by a consensus of SWAT youth from Indian River County south to the Florida Keys. SWAT is Floridas statewide youth-led movement to combat the tobacco industry. The SWAT Youth Advisory Board is a 16-member group of students who are elected annually by their peers to serve as regional representatives and youth advisors for the statewide tobacco program. There are four representatives elected for each of Floridas four tobacco control regions. The Youth Advocacy Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Healths Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the SWAT organizations direction and goals and provide input on the states youth prevention efforts. Students work with county grantees to support initiatives that educate their peers about tobacco use, help protect youth from tobacco and strengthen local policies. I wanted to run for the state board because I see the problems that tobacco causes in my local community,Ž said Ms. Spelts. I want to help create a new generation of youth that are tobacco-free.Ž Ms. Spelts plans to focus on changing the social norms that using tobacco makes you cool and working with local tobacco staff to help educate the community of the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes. Mariah is the “rst student from Okeechobee County to ever serve on the statewide SWAT board and will be a great representation for her school and county,Ž said Okeechobee County SWAT Coordinator Courtney Moyett. She has been a member of our local SWAT club for the past three years and will serve as president of the SWAT club at Okeechobee High School during this upcoming school year. Mariah is a proven leader, and I am looking forward to seeing all that she does with her new position.Ž SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. The group is a movement of inspired youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Its efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, and make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible. To learn more, visit SWATFlorida.com or tfp-okeechobee.org. OHS youth elected to serve on statewide SWAT board Special to the Okeechobee NewsCourtney Moyett, SWAT coordinator, and Mariah Spelts are proud to represent Students Working Against Tobacco. Petty Of“cer First Class Caleb Smith, from Okeechobee, currently serves with Transient Personnel Unit at Naval Station Norfolk, the largest Navy base in the world. Smith has served in the Navy for eight years and works as an electricians mate who is responsible for maintenance of operation of the electrical and engineering plant. The Navy has taught me how to learn, lead and mentor sailors from all different backgrounds,Ž said Mr. Smith. In the Military Caleb Smith Special to the Okeechobee News SEBRING „ Effective June 23, Highlands Hammocks guided, narrated tram tour of the park and restricted areas where visitors may observe alligators and other wildlife will be limited to running at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The tour takes approximately one hour and 15 minutes and provides visitors with the opportunity to observe wildlife relatively close-up. The tram departs from the picnic area, runs through the hammock, pauses on a bridge in a cypress swamp, and continues through pine ”atwoods before running down the South Canal wetland. Deer with young fawns are often sighted at this time of year, and gopher tortoises may be seen foraging along the road through the pineland. Butter”ies are now feeding on pickerel weed and other nectar plants all along South Canal. The tram is wheelchairaccessible. Visitors are advised that pets are not permitted on tram tours. Tickets are sold only at the Hammock Inn Concession and may be purchased one day in advance or on the day of the tour. The Hammock Inn is currently open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the summer. Concession hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily operation of the Hammock Inn Concession and a full schedule of park tram tours will resume during the fall. Tram tickets for adults and youth ages 13 and older are $10 per person. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5 per person. Children 5 or younger get to ride for free. For more information, call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061. Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle (includes up to eight people) and $4 per single-occupant vehicle apply. Highlands summer tram tours Special to the Okeechobee NewsSpecies of swallowtail butter”ies, including this Eastern tiger swallowtail, are frequently seen feeding on pickerel weed and other nectar plants along South Canal.

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June 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 SUMMER SAVINGS BLOWOUT SALES PRICES! LIMITED & EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE ON MOST TRUCKS!WELL BUY YOUR TRUCK EVEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS! 2016 Ford F-350 SRW6.7L V8, CREW CAB, 39K MILES, #P6269$53,846 2014 Ford F-150 Lariat5.0L V8, CREW CAB, 47K MILES, #171360A$34,981 2015 Ford F-1502.7L V6, CREW CAB, 55K MILES, #18441A$27,637 2017 Chevy Silverado 15005.3L V8, CREW CAB, 15K MILES, #18835A$31,886 2014 GMC Sierra 15005.3L V8, CREW CAB, 69K MILES, #18697B$29,893 2013 Ford F-150 XL3.5L V6, CREW CAB, 50K MILES, #18022A$26,983 2015 Dodge Ram 35006.4L V8, CREW CAB, 43K MILES, #18366A$28,951 2013 Ford F-150 XLT5.0L V8, CREW CAB, 78K MILES, #18116A$22,821 2015 Ford F-150 XL5.0L V8, CREW CAB, 37K MILES, #18812A$33,983 2013 Chevy Silverado 15005.3L V8, CREW CAB, 76K MILES #18436A$26,877 2016 Ford F-1505.0L V8, CREW CAB, 16K MILES, #P6308$42,666 2010 Ford F-150 4.6L V8, CREW CAB, 88K MILES #18802B$17,997772.461.60005435 U.S. 1 SOUTH, NORTH PORT ST. LUCIE (JUST NORTH OF PRIMA VISTA BLVD. ON U.S. 1)MONDAY…FRIDAY 8AM…8PM | SATURDAY 9AM…6PM | OPEN THE LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FLORIDA TURNPIKE PRIMA VISTA IF IT HAS A BED ON THE BACK„ WEVE GOT IT!2018 Ford F-150 XL3.3L V6 #18028MSRP $35,174 MSRP $72,485SALE PRICE$27,972SALE PRICE$63,8982017 Ford F-250SD Lariat6.7L V8 #171360 YOUR ONE-STOP TRUCK SHOPALL MAKES, MODELS & ACCESSORIESFEATURING TRUCK ACCESSORY HEADQUARTERSSTEP BARS € ROOF RACKS € TONNEAU COVERS € BED LINERS AUTHORIZED DEALER

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Father-daughter dance€ The B.R.A.T. Clubs annual fatherdaughter dance was an awesome event. It made me smile to see the photos of the dads and their daughters having such a good time. What great dads we have in Okeechobee. From the photos, you can see how much they love their little girls. What a precious memory that will be for both the dads and the girls.Ž -K. Booker € O.M.G. The girls are all precious!Ž -Kelly Owens € Its wonderful that they were having fun together.Ž -Delia Rsanmiguel € Some amazing dads!Ž -Stephanie Rogers € So cute! This night will never be forgotten! Good job, Dads.Ž -Julie Ard Reno € Outstanding job to all the dads and to the B.R.A.T. Club for putting it on.Ž -Gina Bohannon € ŽI love this town!Ž -Danielle GrooverEEPWs€ The name says it all: Emergency Estuary Protection Wells. By using deep well injection technology, water managers could send water to tide by pumping it deep into the boulder zone, which ”ows out into the ocean miles from shore. This could be a temporary solution to the lake releases that are harming the estuaries, and prevent damage to the estuaries while long-term projects are built to increase freshwater storage. The plan makes sense, which is why the Bull Sugar folks and Everglades Trust will probably oppose it.Ž -J. Zimpel June 22, 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! Work had me on the way to southern Martin County the other day, and I was on State Road 710, headed for Indiantown, when the minivan in front of me crossed the double yellow line into the oncoming passing lane. I watched as the van continued until it was halfway across the oncoming lane, before it was quickly steered back into our lane. In the following few minutes, between the Martin County line and Indiantown, I watched in horror as that same van crossed the center line, or drifted off onto the shoulder of the road, no less than “ve times. I was watching this from a distance, as I had no intention of getting involved in a high-speed crash that was probably going to happen if this continued. The minivan would also not maintain speed, and would slow down, or suddenly accelerate and close quickly on the car in front, only to quickly hit brakes at the last moment. I could only draw one conclusion from this, the driver was a distracted driverŽ probably either talking on or texting with a cellphone. I “nd distracted drivers easy to identify in traf“c. They are slow to react to a green light and tend to accelerate slowly or not maintain normal spacing between cars. When underway, they tend to weave in the traf“c lane, and are slow to react to the car in front of them slowing down or stopping. And, most obviously, they never, ever use a turn signal. Driving in Okeechobee during the afternoon commute, it is universal that the people in the cars and trucks around me have a cellphone held to their heads. A little bit of research shows that Florida is the SECOND WORST in the nation for driving distracted, ahead of only Louisiana. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2016 there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted drivers in Florida, which is more than “ve crashes every hour. These distracted driving crashes accounted for more than 3,500 serious injuries and 233 deaths. The thing about distracted driving is you are not giving the driving of the vehicle your whole attention; you are splitting your attention between your device and the driving and, by doing so, you are slowing your reaction time by about 40 percent. At 50 miles per hour, a driver focused on his driving will travel the length of a football “eld to come to a stop. With the distraction of the cellphone, that distance is increased by 40 percent. All of that said, the thing that reall y amazed me is that talking on a cellphone while driving is not against the law in Florida. Texting while driving is illegal in Florida and can result in points on your license, but it doesnt seem to be enforced very much as we have all seen people texting and driving. Talking on a cellphone is NOT illegal even i f it is documented to be the cause of so man y accidents and even deaths caused by car crashes. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recommends that i f you must use a cellphone while driving, you should pull to the side of the road. They also recommend that you simply ignore a ringing cellphone while driving, and let it go to voice mail. If you know you are expecting a call or must use a cellphone while driving, be prepared. Make sure the phone is within easy reach, use it hands-free if you can, and only use the phone for emergencies. The iPhone that I use for work has a do not disturbŽ feature that knows when I am driving, and unless I speci“cally turn off that feature, the telephone will not ring while Im traveling in my work truck. It will tell the caller to leave a message, and alerts me when I get out of the truck. My personal cellphone is connected via Bluetooth to my personal truck. If Im in the truck and underway and the telephone rings, I can answer the call with the push of a button on the steering wheel. It mutes the radio, and allows me to talk to a mic that is built into the truck and keep my hands on the wheel and my eyes on the road. The radio even displays who is calling if it is a number from my contacts list. I feel that this is better, but still dont like to talk on the phone while Im driving. According to the Florida Department o f Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, drivers between 20 and 24 are responsible for the highest number of distracted-driving crashes, closely followed by 25to 29-year-olds and 15to 19-year-olds. In 2016, they accounted for more than 20,000 vehicle crashes. However, I dont feel that the younger generation are the only ones that are guilt y of distracted driving in Okeechobee. We have a large elder population, and I see plenty of them with cellphones in use whenever Im out on the road. So, be careful out there, folks! Try putting the phones down and paying attention to your driving. The life you save may be your own „ or maybe mine. Tom Timmons Distracted driving in Okeechobee Class of 1999 raising money for scholarshipsA Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on GoFundMe.com/. The page states: Here we are ... 20 years after walking across the stage in the OHS gym to receive our high school diploma. Its time for us to give back „ to thank our community for taking care of us, remember the friends we walked alongside of but lost along the way, and give our support to a brighter future for the students graduating OHS in 2019. Your donation will go toward scholarships that will be given to OHS seniors for both a remembrance of classmates weve lost and a celebration of furthering education from the Class of 1999 at the 2019 OHS Scholarship Night. Students must be in “nancial need and a senior at Okeechobee High School. Further criteria for this scholarship can obtained from the OHS guidance of“ce.ŽSuicide 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.Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: € Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, € Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, € Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.

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June 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A vehicle “re was reported in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 20. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue report, at 12:42 p.m. on June 20, a v ehicle “re was reported and crews were dispatched to 2927 E. Center St. The report noted that while crew were en route, dispatch noti“ed them that the “re had been extinguished. Upon arrival, “re“ghters found a garbage truck in the middle of the road with two men standing by the truck with nothing showing. When units approached the vehicle, it was reported that approximately 3 to 5 gallons of hydraulic ”uid had been spilled on the ground, and they con“rmed the “re had been extinguished. The report noted that a small area was “lled with smoke between the cab and dump area. It was cooled down with a water extinguisher, and crews utilized absorption equipment for the hydraulic ”uid that leaked onto the ground. A total estimated property and contents “nancial loss of $1,000 was assessed. The garbage truck was turned over to Waste Management. Garbage truck reported on “re, found to have leaked hydraulic ”uid By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen will be presenting a town hall meeting w ith the focus being to host a discussion for the agencys 2018-19 budget on Wednesday, June 27, between 6 and 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse in the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners Chamber Room 122. The event will be broadcast live on the Board of County Commissioners website, w ww.co.okeechobee.”.us. In an interview on June 19, Sheriff Stephen gave an insight to the June 27 discussion, stating: With this town hall meeting I want to maintain my transparency, take input and discuss what needs to happen w ith our agency with members of the community. The budget that Ive submitted for 2018-19 is a little over a 14 percent increase. A lmost 8-9 percent is to adjust the starting salary of the deputies, and changing the starting pay has to be consistent through to the rank of lieutenant. Three percent of the increase is due to the recent state-mandated School Resource Of“cer requirement. Less than 3 percent will be to bring on an additional seven staff members, with three to be dispatchers, two on the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT), an additional crime scene evidence technician along with a detention deputy for the jail.Ž The sheriff explained that the CAT focuses on high burglary, theft, traf“c violation and general problem areas in the community faced by law enforcement. Sheriff Stephen continued: I know the struggle with the 14 percent increase is going to be very hard for people to accept, but the problem is that we are losing our average “veor six-year employees to agencies that can provide them with $15,000 more per year. I understand we cant pay what the coastal agencies do „ that we are losing our deputies, too „ but if I can at least halfway bridge the gap, from currently losing two deputies per month to one per month, that will be a considerable cost savings to the taxpayers of the county and to the agency.Ž According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Annual Criminal Justice Agency Pro“le Report from the 2015 year, with the exception of Highlands County Sheriffs Of“ce, Polk, Osceola, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Glades County Sheriffs Of“ces all paid their deputies more than Okeechobee. In 2017, Highlands County surpassed Okeechobee which has maintained a steady $34,000 entry salary. Ive estimated the cost to train a threeto “ve-year deputy, the investment the county has in them at that point, equates to approximately $75,000 per year. These threeto “ve-year deputies are just getting to the point where they are operating ef“ciently,Ž stated the sheriff. Currently there are four road patrol shifts with 10 deputies per shift. Of the 40 frontline call-taking deputies, over half of them have less than one year of experience. Sheriff Stephen further explained: Bridging the gap, I feel, will be cost-effective to the taxpayers and bene“cial to the sheriffs of“ce. By offering an additional $6,000 to our new hires, it will make us competitive with the adjacent counties that our deputies are leaving for. I feel in the long run our sheriffs of“ce will run more ef“ciently, effectivel y and economically.Ž Sheriff Stephen capped off his statements during the interview by saying, The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public. I know not everyone will agree, and I understand the sustainability concerns, but as the sheriff I feel this is necessary and something that needs to be discussed in order for us to work together.Ž For additional information, contact Connie Curry at 863-763-3117, extension 5022, or email at ccurry@okeesheriff.com Sheriff to maintain transparency with public meeting 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). € Chantaval Demetrus Young, 34, Northw est 45th Street, Miami, was arrested June 19 on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with failure to appear grand theft. He is being held without bond. € Erica Inez Seals, 37, South 38th Street, Fort Pierce, was arrested June 19 by Deputy Sergeant Fred Bradley on a DOC felony warrant charging her with violation of probation sale or delivery of a controlled substance and violation of probation possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Her bond was set at $2,500. € Amanda Lee Olivas, 38, State Road 70 West, was arrested June 19 on a felony charge of violation of probation. She is being held without bond. € Pardell Keyon Rembert, 26, Northeast 14th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested J une 19 by Deputy Ben Vuleta on felony charges of possession of “rearm by convicted felon, aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of battery. He was also arrested by Deputy Daniel Eng on two Okeechobee County warrants charging him with failure to appear driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver license and failure to appear failure to appear. Bond was set at $14,500. € Dawn Michelle Morris, 48, South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Quinton Speed on a DOC felony warrant charging her with four counts of violation of probation dealing in stolen property and four counts of violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metals recycler (less than $300). She is being held without bond. € Jesse James King, 54, Northeast 14th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Corporal Kristin Gray on felony charges of escape, resisting of“cer with violence and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and trespass of unoccupied structure or conveyance. His bond was set at $8,500. € Matthew Shane Tate, 37, Northwest Fifth Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Quinton Speed on a Highlands County felony warrant charging him with four counts of violation of probation. He is being held without bond. € Casey Torria Casen, 39, Northeast 14th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Daniel Eng on a felony charge of burglary with assault or battery and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief with property damage (less than $200). His bond was set at $51,000 € Antonio Ray Perez, 34, Bravo Avenue, Moore Haven, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Quinton Speed on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). His bond was set at $5,000. € Kayla Jasmine Corrales, 23, Northwest 20th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Matthew Huffman on felony charges of aggravated battery and child abuse without causing great bodily harm. Her bond was set at $12,500. € Miranda Brooke Rexroad, 24, Northeast 60th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with aggravated battery. Her bond was set at $10,000. € Dwayne Allen Rexroad, 54, Northeast 60th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Sgt. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with aggravated battery. His bond was set at $10,000. € Jason Matthew Farmer, 42, Serene Lane, Lorida, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation o f probation driving under the in”uence. His bond was set at $1,000. € Alfredo Rodriguez, 40, was arrested June 20 by Deputy Ryane Ammons on a Miami-Dade County felony warrant charging him with false and fraudulent insurance claims. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“rmed and printed. A rrest Report 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 St., 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 are free! A live DJ will be playing music from the 1950s and 60s. Enjoy family fun at this free event. Lots of awesome classic automobiles. Come on out and see!Fourth of July at LakeportLakeport Community Association, 1059 Red Barn Road, Lakeport, will host a Fourth of July celebration at 2 p.m. There will be food, live music, bounce houses, water slides, games and more. Please bring a lawn chair.

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6 Okeechobee News June 22, 2018Mary Scotty Swan Albert, 77 SEBRING „ Mary ScottyŽ Swan Albert died June 15, 2018. She was born March 31, 1941 in Greenock, Scotland. A resident of Sebring for 20 years, she was a member of the Eagles. She was the Head Chef at the Burt Reynolds Theatre from 1982 … 1989. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Albert was preceded in death by Jake Harley. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gerald JerryŽ Albert, of Sebring; son, Brian A lbert (Karen), of Okeechobee; brother, Graham Harley; sisters, Susan Harley and Margaret Harley, all of Scotland; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. No services will be held at this time. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. 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, 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 opensThe 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 hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold a CPR/AED and basic “rst aid certi“cation class on Saturday, J une 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436. V FW 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 veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Ladies night out plannedThe Leadership Class of 2018 will host a Ladies Night Out at IRSC Williamson Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., on Saturday, June 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and there will be tons of vendors, drawings, prizes and more. For information, call Kara at 863-763-9312, Lori at 863-697-2829 or Sherry at 863-697-9053.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 veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.AMVETS host 5-card bingoJoin AMVETS Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite 6, on Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. Food will be available at 1 p.m. For information, call 863-484-8135.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.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 W., next to Fast Break, will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, June 25 from 4 until 7 p.m. for an $8 donation. This event is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. Entertainment will be provided by Southern Daughter. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-7633378. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Special to the Okeechobee NewsElks donate to D.A.R.E. ProgramThe Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 and the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce are working together to ensure the local D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program remains in our community. The D.A.R.E. program is administered in all elementary schools, both public and private, for the “fth grade. This year through a $2,000 Gratitude grant, the local Elks Lodge is helping ensure the D.A.R.E. program continues by assisting with the local budgeting needs. The local Elks recognized that, due to the need for additional resource of“cers assigned to schools, this program could suffer. The Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge will assist, utilizing a grant. The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks assists and supports such local needs through the Elks National Foundation Community Investments Program (CIP) that invests over $12.3 million annually in Elk communities across the country through many local lodge grants, helping the Elks meet other local needs. For information on the Elks, contact your local lodge or Michelle Harper at 863-634-6397. Elks Care, Elks Share! Pictured in the back row (left to right) are Sheriff Noel E. Stephen, Michelle Harper-Krnotch, Bill Yamello, Patty Walters, Clif Matson, Ernie Basil and Deputy Sergeant Michael Hazellief. In the front row (left to right) are Dera Muszick and Shirley Matson. VFW 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.Town hall meeting setSheriff Noel E. Stephen will present a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse in the BOCC chamber room 122 from 6 to 7 p.m. The topic of discussion will be the sheriffs of“ce budget. Join live on the BOCC website, www.co.okeechobee.”.us. For information, call Connie Curry at 863763-3117 Ext 5022 or email to ccurry@ okeesheriff.com.Camp puts on a productionThe sixth annual migrant theater camp presents Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical,Ž for one night only, Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in the OHS lecture hall. The show is free and open to the public.Butter”y Garden update setOkeechobee Main Street invites you to the Butter”y Sculpture Project presentation on Saturday, June 30 at 4 p.m. at the Hamrick Butter”y Garden, downtown Flagler Park number six. An artists reception will follow at Nutmegs, 515 S.W. Park St.

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June 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Special to the Okeechobee News Summer “shing season is heating up, and youre invited to Catch a Florida Memory with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) by participating in any of three fun and exciting Saltwater A ngler Recognition Programs. See if you can catch all 71 species in the Saltwater Fish Life List. Caught a big “sh that warrants brag ging rights? Submit it to the Saltwater Reel Big Fish program. And be sure to check out the nine categories of Saltwater Grand Slams that challenge anglers to catch three speci“c “sh in a 24-hour period. Anglers of all ages and skill levels can earn various prizes such as certi“cates, shirts, hats, rods and reels, dehooking tools, rubber-coated nets and more. Successful an glers receive recognition in Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations booklets and on the club members page of Catcha FloridaMemory.com, plus the chance to win monthly raf”e prizes courtesy of generous program partners. Catch a Florida Memory programs are not only fun and rewarding, but they also promote “sheries conservation. Anglers are encouraged to target a diversity of species to help decrease “shing pressure on the most sought-after “shes. Catch-and-release “sh ing and responsible “sh handling practices are emphasized, and anglers do not have to harvest their catches to qualify. Photos of the angler with each catch are required and could even be featured in FWC publications or on social media. Saltwater Fish Life list Can you catch them all? Similar to a birding life list, this program allows anglers to track their progress at catching 71 different species of saltwater “sh. Anglers who catch at least 10 different Life List species can join the Saltwater Fish Life List 10-Fish Club and receive a prize pack including a certi“cate of accomplishment and a colorful shirt, plus be eligible for additional prizes as they catch 30, 50 and all 71 “sh on the list. Anglers who complete their Life List by submitting all 71 “sh will be awarded a grand prize! Get started today and print your Saltwater Fish Life List or request to receive one by mail at CatchaFloridaMemory.com. Saltwater Reel Big Fish Dont let that whopper of a “sh turn into just a whopper of a story. Memorialize your Saltwater Reel Big Fish by submitting a photo of you with your catch and a photo of the “sh over a measuring device. This program includes 30 different species in both adult and youth (15 and younger) categories. Successful participants receive a prize pack including a certi“cate of accomplishment and a colorful shirt, and are eligible for additional prizes as they catch “ve, 10, 15 or all 30 different Saltwater Reel Big Fish species. Plus, anglers who submit all 30 species will get a grand prize! Saltwater Grand Slams Can you meet the challenge? FWC has nine different Saltwater Grand Slams that award anglers for catching three speci“ed “sh within a 24-hour period, and the categories may surprise and challenge you. From the Inshore Grand Slam consisting of red drum, spotted seatrout and ”ounder to the Florida Grand Slam of permit, tarpon and bone“sh, these challenges will make you work to increase your “shing skills. The program even includes a Small Fry Grand Slam for anglers 15 and under who catch a pin“sh, cat“sh and grunt. Successful anglers receive a prize pack with a certi“cate of accomplishment and a colorful shirt showing the “sh from their Grand Slam, and can win additional prizes when they catch three, six, or all eligible Grand Slams. Plus, a grand prize will be given to anglers who complete all eligible slams! Learn more about Catch a Florida Memory programs and submit catches today at CatchaFloridaMemory.com. Keep track of whos catching what on the Catch a Florida Memory Facebook page, Facebook. com/CatchaFLMemory. Want to learn more about saltwater “shing? View how-to videos at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterFishing. And brush up on your saltwater “sh identi“cation skills at MyFWC.com/FishingLines. Have questions? Are you a business or organization that would like to partner with Catch a Florida Memory? Email AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com or call 850-4870554. Catch a Florida Memory when you go saltwater “shing this summer Special to the Okeechobee NewsCatch a Florida Memory with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) by participating in any of three fun and exciting Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs. Special to the Okeechobee News INDIANAPOLIS „ The National FFA Organization awarded a $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship to Shelby Kirton of Okeechobee High School. The scholarship is sponsored by Built Ford Tough Gilbert Ford. Mr. Kirton plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at University of Florida. This scholarship is one of 1,829 awarded through the National FFA Organizations scholarship program this year. Currently, 114 sponsors contribute more than $2.5 million to support scholarships for students. For 34 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals. The 2018 scholarship recipients were selected from 8,831 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicants leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S. National FFA Scholarship awarded Special to the Okeechobee NewsDonation made to OutreachThe Tuckahoe biker club donated food and a check to Big Lake Missions Outreach for their food drive. Big Lake Missions Outreach would like to thank the club for their generosity. Okeechobee News/ Keli TrimnalFire rescue helicopter trainingSt. Lucie County Air Rescue and instructor Dave Hollman visited Okeechobee County on June 14 to help with training Okeechobee Fire Rescue in landing zone procedures, patient transfers and emergency procedures inside a helicopter. Pictured are Captain Justin Hazellief, driver Daniel Ciorrocco, Firemedic Jeremy Morgan, Lieutenant Robert Walters, Firemedic Dustin Hendon, Firemedic Jamie Gwilt, “re“ghter/Emergency Medical Technician Matthew Coleman, Dr. Dave Hoilman and “re“ghter/EMT John Peiler.

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8 Okeechobee News June 22, 2018 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 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 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 The issue arose because recent studies have shown that later start times are bene“cial to high school students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during puberty, adolescents become sleepy later at night and need to sleep later in the morning as a result in shifts in their circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is the internal body clock that regulates biological processes in a 24-hour cycle. It helps ensures certain body functions work in harmony with our sleep/wake cycle, including body temperature and secretion of hormones such as melatonin, which is key to helping us sleep. Most public middle and high schools in the United States start before 8:30 a.m., and that combination of late bedtimes and early school start times results in most adolescents not getting enough sleep. Researchers at the Boston Childrens Hospital have noted that being out of biological sync with school schedules forces adolescents to wake up when they are at their lowest level of alertness (the equivalent of 3 a.m. for adults). They also miss out on rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, which is concentrated in the early-morning hours and is critical for forming memories and learning new information. On weekends, late bedtimes and late wake times become even more extreme, contributing to the phenomenon termed social jet lagŽ and exacerbating sleepiness on school days. During the workshop, Okeechobee Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy presented data that suggested that schools with later start times have fewer absences than schools with earlier start times. Creekside High School located in St. Johns County, Florida, has a start time of 9:15 a.m., and only 5.7 percent of students have missed 21 days or more. At OHS, class begins at 7 a.m., and 21.86 percent of students have missed 21 days or more. Both schools have a similar population of around 2,000 students. Creekside has also earned a gold medal in 2018 from U.S. News and World Report based on their students performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. The Okeechobee County School District published a survey seeking the opinions of parents, students and teachers within the district on changing school start times. On the question of whether the current 7 a.m. start time is too early at OHS, the results showed the community was almost split; 51 percent of respondents said no, while 48 percent said yes. The school board also heard from representatives of the school districts department of transportation on what would need to be done if start times changed. Because of the number of buses available and the turnaround time between schools, the only way to accommodate a later high school start time would be to combine high schoolers and middle schoolers onto the same bus schedules. This would also push elementary schools to start earlier, and the school board was not comfortable with elementary age children waiting at bus stops in the dark before the sun rises. The board also considered shifting every schools start times 30 minutes later, but worried that may not be a big enough change to make a difference. The domino effect that comes with changing school start times along with the communitys 50/50 vote in the survey gave board Chairwoman Jill Holcomb pause in instituting any drastic changes this school year. I do think high school starts too early, but I dont want it to start too late as well,Ž said Ms. Holcomb. I want to be able to move it without impacting after-school activities or jobs.Ž Board member Malissa Morgan agreed with Ms. Holcomb. Im afraid if we move the time too much, itll be a domino effect and a lot of other things will be impacted,Ž explained Ms. Morgan. Unable to come up with a solution and not feeling comfortable in disrupting things, the board agreed to look further into the issue and consider it again in their January 2019 meeting. This has a potential to impact every family in this district,Ž said Mr. Kenworthy. Everyone has developed their life around our school times, and I feel like June is too late in the game to make changes this year.Ž The school board has asked Mr. Kenworthy to get more feedback on the proposed change from the individual principals in the Okeechobee County School District. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee rolled over Lake Placid 10-0 in game that had to be ended in the fourth inning due to the mercy rule. Now, the team is attempting to raise funds to help with the costs of attending the state tournament in Bristol, from June 29 through July 4. Stephanie Busbin, mother of one of the players on the team, says the funds will help pay for traveling costs and a hotel for the team. The team is offering three levels of sponsorship for businesses or individuals: gold, which costs $250 and gets the sponsor their name and logo on a T-shirt and a thank youŽ plaque from the team; silver, which costs $100 and gets the sponsor their name and logo on a T-shirt; and, bronze, which covers any donation under $100 and gets the sponsor a team photo. The All-Stars have received “ve gold sponsorships so far from local businesses Hazellief & Prevatt Realty, Xtreme Property Services, Rite Tire, Anthony Bertram Hauling and JBL Industrial Services. If youd like to reach out to offer support or become a sponsor of the team, youre encouraged to call coach Ruben Guerrero at 850-321-7795. Also, the team is hosting a car wash at Pritchards Insurance on June 23 starting at 8:30 a.m., with the cost being whatever people would like to donate. The All-Stars will also be out in front of Publix on June 25 raising money by selling raf”e tickets for two coolers full of “shing bait and gear. For a few of the players on the All-Stars it will be their second trip to Bristol, as six members made it to the state tournament as T-ball players in previous years. The team is now in the midst of practicing all week in anticipation of the tournament. Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stopped by one of their practices on June 20 to wish the team well. Lance Richard, father of one of the players and unof“cial voice of the All-Stars,Ž is amazed at the young teams chemistry. Its been awesome how well theyve jelled,Ž explained Mr. Richards. It looks like theyve been playing together forever.Ž TEAMContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stopped by the All-Stars practice to wish the team well in the state tournament.

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received more than 400 percent of average rainfall „ left all of South Florida saturated w ith freshwater. As runoff from the Kissimmee River basin ”owed south into Lake Okeechobee, the lake level quickly rose. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tries to keep the lake on schedule between 12.5 and 15.5 feet above sea level. Higher levels damage the lakes ecology by drowning the marshes along its shores. These marshes are critical habitat for “sh and wildlife and also help clean the water. Higher levels also threaten the stability of the earthen Herbert Hoover Dike. During hurricane season, the corps tries to leave enough capacity in Lake Okeechobee to anticipate the heavy ”ows from storms, w hich can cause the lake to rise as much as 4 feet in a few weeks. On June 1, the corps started ”owing up to 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) east to the St. Lucie from the lake as measured at the St. Lucie Lock, and up to 4,000 cfs west to the Caloosahatchee at the Moore Haven Lock. Flow south of the lake is currently limited by the capacity of the canals and by the Tamiami Trail, which acts as a dam bisecting the Everglades from Tampa to Miami. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) calls for raising part of the roadway. The corps recommended 11 miles of raised bridging. Currently only 1 mile of raised bridging has been completed; another 2.6 miles is under construction. An additional barrier to ”ow south is the Department of the Interior, which has blocked ”ow under the Tamiami Trail to protect the nesting area of the Cape Sable sea sparrow. To protect the nesting grounds, two of the S-12 gates (which would allow ”ow under the trail) are closed. On June 20, ”ow under the trail was 1,316 cfs „ about 700 million gallons per day. If all of the S-12 gates were open, that ”ow could nearly double. This would still only be a fraction of the w ater that has been ”owing east and west since June 1. Flow south is also limited by restrictions on phosphorus levels. While the Lake Okeechobee in”ows from the north average around 140 parts per billion of phosphorus, water entering Everglades National Park must be no more than 10 ppb. So the water that ”ows through the lake must be sent through Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) to be cleaned before it can be sent south into the Everlgades. Due to heavy rainfall in May, those STAs were at or above capacity when the releases east and west started June 1. On June 20, water from the lake was ”owing south at 1,031 cfs to the STAs, then into the Water Conservation Areas. Clean water from the WCAs was ”owing at a rate of 1,316 cfs to Everglades National Park. On Wednesday, June 20, Gov. Scott directed Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein to issue an order urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to take emergency actions to help redirect the ”ow of water out of Lake Okeechobee to the south. This order is in response to the Army Corps decision to release water from Lake Okeechobee west to the Caloosahatchee River and east to the St. Lucie River estuaries and the Indian River Lagoon. Since the corps began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this year, DEP has continued to respond to reports of algal blooms in both rivers, as well as continued reports on Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Scott said: In previous years, we have seen algae blooms develop in our waterways due to the federal water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers directs these discharges when the dike is nearing capacity and at risk of breaching. Unfortunately, the federal government has had decades to “x the dike that they operate, but have failed to do so. In response, I have put up state funding to “x the federal dike and I have secured an agreement from the Trump administration to expedite the repairs. Also, working with the Florida Legislature, I signed a law that accelerated the EAA reservoir to move more water south of the lake, to help ease these discharges. But, while we continue to wait on the federal governments action on the dike and EAA reservoir, we are going to do all we can to protect our waterways as we enter the hot summer months in Florida. I am directing DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein to issue a Secretarial Emergency Order urging the Army Corps and SFWMD to take emergency actions to lower lake levels and help redirect the ”ow of water out of Lake Okeechobee to the south. Two years ago, we saw the devastating impact of releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries, which caused widespread algal blooms and led to the declaration of a state of emergency in four counties. We are taking immediate action to do everything in our power to solve this problem. With this order, and the cooperation of the Army Corps and other federal agencies, the state will continue to work to mitigate and minimize the impacts of algal blooms we witnessed in the past. We will continue to “ght to secure federal action and urge the federal government to authorize the EAA reservoir and fully fund the Herbert Hoover Dike repairs.Ž DEP Secretary Valenstein said: We want to take every step possible to allow the Army Corps and water management district to proactively address high water levels and move more water south and away from our communities. While lake releases will continue to depend on the Army Corps water operations, the state is committed to providing ”exibility to the Army Corps, while also standing alongside Floridians.Ž Prior to the Army Corps releases, the SFWMD was already maximizing opportunities to lower water levels in all three water conservation areas south of the lake, and this emergency order will provide additional opportunities to move clean water out of the water conservations areas to the south. SFWMD continues to make use of all available water storage, including recently completed components of Gov. Scotts Restoration Strategies Plan, such as the A-1 and L-8 Flow Equalization Basins. On Thursday, the corps announced that it will slightly reduce the ”ows east and west starting Friday. Starting Friday (June 22), the target ”ow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be reduced to 3,000 cfs as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) located near Fort Myers. The target ”ow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to a seven-day average of 1,170 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. Because these releases will include local ”ow, the actual ”ow from the lake will be less than the target ”ow number. For example, on June 20, 1,760 cfs was ”owing into the Caloosahatchee from local basin runoff. With the new schedule, that would have meant only 1,240 cfs could have been released at Moore Haven. The discharges over the past three weeks have stopped the rise in the lake,Ž said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. In”ows have also slowed since late May. Based on current conditions, the guidance under the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule calls for reduced ”ows.Ž On Thursday, the lake stage was 14.05 feet. The corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a pulseŽ fashion, which means ”ows will vary during the seven-day release period. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could also occasionally result in ”ows that exceed targets. The pulse releases will be set up to include two consecutive days of no ”ow for the St. Lucie Estuary,Ž said Col. Kirk. This should allow some tidal ”ushing, which will help aquatic life in the estuary.Ž The corps is working with state of“cials to determine what other actions can be taken to address water management challenges in South Florida. Col. Kirk said while they appreciate the need to protect the estuaries, the governors order does not change the way the corps follows the existing Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). In collaboration with the South Florid a Water Management District and in consultation with our regional headquarters and federal resource agencies, we constantly see k to identify and implement the optimal solutions in a system with limited options,Ž said Col. Kirk. Our close federal-state partnership serves us well in day-to-day operations as it does in our shared pursuit of Everglades restoration wherein were working to implement long-term improvements to South Floridas water quantity, quality, timing and distribution.Ž LAKEContinued From Page 10 Okeechobee News June 22, 2018 Fountain of Life Church OkeechobeeFree Vacation Bible School Program! June 25-29 6:00 to 8:30 pmBible stories snacks music games crafts and more!To register call (863) 763-8945Grades 1-5 THE GATHERING A Church of Restoration Come As You Are Sunday 10:30 AMChildren’s Church & Nursery Provided Growth Groups Meet Throughout the Week1735 SW 24th Ave • 357-4418 www.thegatheringchurch.us You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music Come and share in the word of God Trinity Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pmPastor: Thomas Dees1840 NE 39th Blvd. (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 Church Directory Okeechobee NewsCol. Jason Kirk held a press conference next to the Herbert Hoover Dike near South Bay on Thursday.

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Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE „ The governor and Cabinet on Wednesday, June 13, approved the preservation of more than 8,300 acres through four cost-effective conservation easements, which prevent future devel opment of the land and allow agricultural operations to continue to contribute to Floridas economy. The purchases are part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, where the state partners with Flor idas farmers and ranchers to preserve active agricultural operations and their immense economic and environmental bene“ts. To days partnerships increase the total land preserved by the program to over 50,660 acres through 45 conservation easements. Since 2011, the current governor and Cabinet have approved the acquisition of 38 projects totaling more than 47,000 acres. We must continue to prioritize the conservation of our agricultural lands and world-renowned natural spaces,Ž said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. Through the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, we partner with farmers and ranchers to preserve the invaluable pieces of our rural economy and environment to help preserve what makes Florida such a special place to live.Ž The easements approved June 13 include Goolsby Ranch in Highlands County, Howze Ranch in Manatee County, Sampala Lake Ranch in Madison County and Rodman Plantation in Putnam County. The governor and Cabinet partnered with the United States Air Force to purchase the conservation easement for Goolsby Ranch in Highlands County, which will preserve the ranchs 4,476 acres of working row crops, dairy and cattle operations. Goolsby Ranch is within the designated sentinel landscape of Avon Park Air Force Range, acting as a military base buffer, and is crucial for protecting military training missions. It is also located within the Bombing Range Ridge Florida Forever Project and connects neighboring conservation easements. The governor and the Cabinet partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture to purchase the conservation easement for Howze Ranch in Manatee County, which will preserve the ranchs 929-acre Commercial Crossbred cattle operation. A majority of the ranch is kept in native condition for free-range grazing. Howze Ranch is located within the Myakka Ranchlands Florida Forever Project, and it provides vital habitat for native wildlife. The purchase of an additional 1,400 acres on Sampala Lake Ranch will bolster the preservation of the working cattle ranchs natural resources. This conservation easement is adjacent to another RFLPP easement within this project. This property combines open space, aquifer recharge and working agricultural lands with wildlife corridors. The purchase of a conservation easement at Rodman Plantation in Putnam Count y will preserve 1,583 acres of high-qualit y silviculture and working cattle operations. This property provides vital habitat for native wildlife and connects agricultural lands with wildlife corridors. Florida agriculture has an overall economic impact estimated at more than $120 billion annually, making it the states secondlargest industry. The agriculture industr y supports more than 2 million jobs in Florida. 50,000 acres preserved through rural and family lands protection programJune 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 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. Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks gets magicalThe residents of Grand Oaks made Fairy Houses. These residents constructed these little houses themselves. They are very proud of them. This is just an example of the artistic things they do and make to help these sweet people feel con“dent and purposeful. The houses were completed Monday, June 18. This was a continuing project over a period of days. Left: Jean Wallace shows off her craft work, a suitable home for a tiny fairy. Center: Helen Wilson is proud of her fairy house. Right: Ruth Durhams fairy house is ready for occupants. AA meetings scheduled in Okeechobee CountyAlcoholics Anonymous meetings are regularly scheduled in the Okeechobee: € Monday through Friday: noon open meetings at First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St.; € Monday, 6:30 a.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace (Wolff Road); € Monday at 6:30 p.m. open meeting at, Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Tuesday at 8 p.m. closed discussion meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Wednesday at 8 p.m. closed mens meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; and, € Wednesday, at 7 p.m., a speakers meeting at Detox of South Florida, 608 N.E. Second Ave.; € Thursday, noon, closed Step Study, at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. € Thursday at 8 p.m., Big Book meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.; € Thursday at 6 p.m., open womens meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Friday at 8 p.m., speaker meeting at Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St.; € Saturday at 7:30 p.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Sunday at 7:30 p.m., open meeting, Step Study, at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.

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12 Okeechobee News June 22, 2018 Need EXTRA MONEY?MOTOR ROUTE AVAILABLE107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Hospice of Okeechobee Director of Clinical Services (2) Full Time RN Positions Contact Gail Gerntrup 863-467-2321 Insurance License 440 or 220 We’re looking for a bright, talented, sales-minded professional who has a passion for the insurance industry and wants to work in an energetic, positive environment. Email resume admin@mymarcum. com Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time The Seminole Police Department is now hiring Certified Police Officers. You must be a U.S. Citizen, 19 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalency. Benefits: Starting salary of $69,171.21 (with an annual 5% step for the first eight years). All uniform equipment provided. Take home car program. PPO Health Insurance 401K Clothing Allowance If you are interested in applying, please visit seminolepd.com and click under employment to download the application. Employment Medical Medical Assistant Full Time – Must have 1 year exp in the medical field, OB/GYN experience helpful, ability to maintain confidential info & Strong Customer relations skills. Bilingual Spanish/ English prefd. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. e-mail jobs@ fchcinc.org Business Opportunities Business Opportunities 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. Apartments1BR, 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 ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE Available June Unique updated Loft Style 2BD/1BA $795.00/MO. Very Clean and well maintained. Situated 12 min. outside of town off Hwy 70 East. Great setting, lawn service, onsite management, pest control included, w/d hook-up. Sorry, NO PETS. Call M-S 9am-6pm 813-956-5150 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 Mobile Homes Rent BHR-MOBILE HOME 2BD/2BA $625.00.MO. PLUS SECURITY, 1YR LEASE, NO PETS CALL 863 763 4031 Mobile Homes Sale MOBILE HOME for sale waterfront, 1bed/1bath, washer, dryer, screenporch, furnished. $6500 call 772-579-1989. Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSService Technicians, Installers & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required Apply within 312 SW 2nd St. Okeechobee EOE/DFWP PUBLIC NOTICENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE – 12:00 P.M. CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE – 1:30 P.M. PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE – 2:00 P.M. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE – 2:15 P.M. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – 2:30 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 270270 ON 6/22/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. READING A NEWSPAPER...

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June 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD787NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZENOVIA CREEK FUNDING I LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2803 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 35 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEING A PORTION OF PARCEL A TAYLOR CREEK ISLES SECTION FIVE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 92 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL A TAYLOR CREEK ISLES SECTION FIVE SAID POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF US HIGHWAY 441 AKA STATE ROAD NO 15 THENCE BEAR SOUTH 67 DEG 36 MIN 04 SEC WEST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF US HIGHWAY 441 FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 67 DEG 36 MIN 04 SEC WEST ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF US HIGHWAY 441 FOR A DISTANCE OF 213.45 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS OR BOOK 343 PAGE 1496 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE BEAR NORTH 56 DEG 17 MIN 12 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID OR BOOK 343 PAGE 1496 FOR A DISTANCE OF 58.13 FEET TO THE NORTH CORNER OF SAID OR BOOK 343 PAGE 1496 SAID POINT LYING ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A BEING ALSO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 18TH TERRACE THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEG 10 MIN 27 SEC WEST ALONG SAID WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 18TH TERRACE FOR A DISTANCE OF 385.59 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 35.00 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 67 DEG 46 MIN 31 SEC THENCE ALONG SAID CURVE FOR AN ARC LENGTH OF 41.40 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE SAID POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A BEING ALSO THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 38TH TRAIL THENCE BEAR NORTH 67 DEG 36 MIN 04 SEC EAST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 38TH TRAIL FOR A DISTANCE OF 67.61 FEET TO A POINT THENCE BEAR SOUTH 22 DEG 23 MIN 56 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A FOR A DISTANCE OF 426.97 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 1.717 ACRES 1-35-37-35-0100-00000-000A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GJC PROPERTIES INC Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 2nd day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 266935 ON 6/15,22,29;7/6/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD792NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that MARY SHOCKLEY the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2846 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: THE RECLAIMED LAKE BOTTOM OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE LYING IN SECTION 18 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS A STRIP OF LAND LYING ALONG THE NORTHWEST SHORE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 746 PAGE 211 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BOUND ON THE WEST BY THE STATE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE AS DESCRIBED IN THE EAGLE BAY SURVEY AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 31 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND ALSO BOUNDED ON THE WEST BY OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 655 PAGE 1423 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND ALSO BOUNDED ON THE WEST BY OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 264 PAGE 540 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BOUNDED ON THE SOUTH BY THE EASTERLY PROJECTION OF THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THAT PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 264 PAGE 540 TO THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF THE L D4 CONVEYANCE CANAL 1-18-38-35-0A00-00009-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 267893 ON 6/22,29;7/6,13/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD789NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZENOVIA CREEK FUNDING I LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1770 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: SUNSET STRIP AIRPARK LOT 22 1-23-37-34-0020-00022-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANDY GODWIN ANGEL GODWIN BRIAN GODWIN CHARLES D GODWIN ESTATE OF CHARLES D GODWIN KIPPY GODWIN RYAN GODWIN Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 2nd day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 266933 ON 6/15,22,29;7/6/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD790NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BAKERSTREET INVESTMENTS INC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 3309 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 LOTS 15 & 16 BLOCK 24 3-16-37-35-0160-00240-0150 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALLEN ALDRIDGE ALLEN HOWARD ALDRIDGE ANN ALDRIDGE HEATHER ALDRIDGE MARY BULLINGTON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 267895 ON 6/22,29;7/6,13/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD786NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEBRASKA ALLIANCE REALTY CO the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate numb er and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1876 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: A CONDOMINIUM PLAT OF THE HAMMOCK CABINS AT PINE CREEK AS RECORDED IN CONDOMINIUM BOOK 1 PAGES 72-77 PHASE 1 UNIT 19 1-01-35-35-0020-00000-0190 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MILLER PC LLC Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 2nd day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 266934 ON 6/15,22,29;7/6/2018 Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Regular Session on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Office not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-2223448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Terry W. Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 262483 ON 6/22/2018 LEGAL NOTICEA public auction will be held at TOTAL ROADSIDE SERVICES, located at 3176 Hwy 710 E, Okeechobee 34974 at 9:00 a.m. On the date listed below Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, make and model as follows: AUCTION 7/24 2018 Jeep RENEGADE VIN: ZACCJABB6JPH33468 AUCTION 7/10 2001 GMC Sierra 1500 VIN: 2GTEK19T111361780 AUCTION 7/11 2009 BMW 328i VIN:WBAWB33539P136055 AUCTION 7/11 2004 GMC Envoy VIN:1GKES16S346138847 AUCTION 7/10 2002 MAZDA VIN: JM1BJ245321611886 Terms of sale are CASH ONLY, no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves be made. Said automobile will be sold “as is” with no guarantees. Location:3176 Hwy 710 E 863-357-8772 270275 ON 06/22/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472018CP000025 IN RE: ESTATE OF FRANCIS A. HANNAH A/K/A FRANCIS ALAN HANNAH Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Francis A.. Hannah a/k/a Francis Alan Hannah, deceased, whose date o f death was February 1, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. T he 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 decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE T IME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is April 4th, 2018. Personal Representative: Ernest Hannah 2693 Eider Way Wolverine Lake, Michigan 48390 Attorney for Personal Representative: Rene Marquis-Abrams Florida Bar Number: 0984220 Neill Griffin Marquis, Chartered P.O. Box 1270, Fort Pierce, Florida 34954 Telephone: (772) 464-8200; Fax: (772) 464-2566 E-Mail: rmarquis@neillgriffin.com Secondary E-Mail: sspee@neillgriffin.com 268956 ON 6/15,22/2018 ACROSS 1 Nickel or dime 5 Zenith 9 Toboggan, e.g. 13 Fairy tale villain 14 Visitor from space 15 Soft drink nut 16 You almost had itŽ 19 2016 Hall of Fame inductee __ Griffey Jr. 2 0 Weighty books 2 1 Curved fastener 2 2 Flabbergast 2 3 UPC-like product ID 2 4 Mork & MindyŽ or Mike & MollyŽ 3 2 Beef cut 3 3 Reason for a cold sweat 3 4 GI chow 3 5 Writing fluids 3 6 Parking __ 3 8 Gauchos weapon 3 9 Dental suffix with Water 4 0 Slim racetrack margin 4 1 Slightly open 4 2 Event where many dress as Stormtroopers or Klingons 4 7 Question 4 8 Grandson of Eve 4 9 Malice 5 2 Sans serif font 5 4 Hawaiian tuna 5 7 What polar opposites have 6 0 Tiny pasta used in soup 6 1 Washingtons __ Sound 6 2 Agreed!Ž 6 3 Smile ear to ear 6 4 Enjoy a novel 6 5 After 1-Across, pregame football ritual, and whats literally found in this puzzles circles DOWN 1 Tilt to the side, as ones head 2 Look at wolfishly 3 Small laundry room appliance 4 Nintendos Super __ 5 Homecoming attendees 6 Refer to in a footnote 7 Clothing store department 8 Music producer Brian 9 Slopes fanatic 10 Letterhead emblem 11 Israeli airline 12 Missile in a pub game 14 Regarding 17 Singer James 18 My Fair LadyŽ director George 22 The Star WarsŽ planet Tatooine orbits two of them 23 Lasting mark 24 Mishaps 25 Greek column style 26 Kipling mongoose Rikki-__-Tavi 27 Many times 28 Bridal bio word 29 Texting icon 30 1964 Tony Randall title role 31 Thirst (for) 36 Lampoon 37 Spanish thatŽ 38 Array on a dugout rack 40 JapaneseAmerican 43 Get to the bottom of 44 Marked with streaks, as cheese 45 Put into law 46 __ contendere: court plea 49 Stuffed shirt 50 Peruse, with overŽ 51 Chichn __: Mayan ruins 52 Fever and chills 53 Capital of Latvia 54 Bullets and such 55 Soil-shaping tools 56 Wayside lodgings 58 Talk of the NationŽ airer 59 Yoga class need By Janice Luttrell 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 02/22/16 02/22/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY.Crossword Puzzle Do Your Part RECYCLE

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14 Okeechobee News June 22, 2018 R E D Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | admin@c21okee.com 5002-H: SUN & COUNTRY RANCHES : FT. DRUM AREA CUSTOM BUILT ON 4.73 ACRES. Spacious throughout with 3,474 Total Sq ft/2,321 under air. Open concept, high ceilings. Too many extras to list. MUST SEE MLS # 212031 5064-H: R BAR ESTATES 3BD/2BA on 2.56 +/acres, 2,473 Total sq. ft./1,775 under air. Vaulted ceilings and much more. Mature oak trees. Overlooks large pasture w/abundant wildlife! Large pets welcome. Call for more info. MLS # 212328 $270,000 MOTIVATED SELLER 2.56 ACRES Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863)634-1457LMixon@MixonGroup.com ~Our Priorities are simple..They’re Yours! BLUE HERON POOL HOME! SW SECTION ~ BLUE HERON POOL HOME! 2006 CBS home. 3 bd/ 3 ba/ 2 car garage 37 ‘ deep, for your Bass Boat! 2053 Sf under air 3571 Sf TLA. Foyer, open concept, formal dining, 10’ ceilings, surround sound and speakers at pool. Cherry Cabinets, granite, stone backsplash, SS appliances, pantry. Split plan. Closet organizers. Spacious master suite. Screen enclosed pool, outdoor kitchen with bar. Home MADE FOR ENTERTAINING! MLS#212763 $279,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 PERFECT LOCATION Immaculate 2015 CBS Cusplan, lighted display features. Open kitchen, 2 pantries. Master bdrm opens to 13x22 lanai. 2063 Sf under air line with a 50 acre parcel of land! MLS#212771 $247,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 Waterfront Lots with Lake Okeechobee Access. $85,000 eachBLUE HERON COUNTRY CLUB MLS# 209428 MLS# 209429 Julia Parker863.801.3489 | Of“ce: 863.763.6000NE SECTION~ 4bd/2ba 1973 manufactured home on 1 acre, fully fenced. 2,830 sq feet under roof, Wood burning “replace. Spacious laundry/utility w/new dryer in 2018. Encl Fl room runs length of home, screened patio, attached 2 car carport, above ground pool installed 2016, new pump in 2017. Septic pumped in 2018, New well pump in 2015, metal roof in 2008. Detached 512 sq ft work shop w/ carport overhang. Offered at $85,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Newly REDUCED Price! Home on 1 Acre SEMINOLE COVE: 2/2 FULLY FURNISHED with a canal behind the home. Screened porch and nice size driveway to park boat and car. Home has laminate ”ooring in living area. Washer and dryer are conveniently located in home. Move in ready. MLS #212738 $74,900 3/2 FULLY FURNISHED with everything including dishes and linens. Large island kitchen with breakfast area. Home has carpet and tile. Split bedrooms and large master bath with walkin closet. Inside laundry room. Screened porch. This one is a must see! MLS #212665 $95,000 Melody Hodges Realtor863-697-1975MHodges@MixonGroup.com Erica Harvey863.610.1490 | EHarvey@MixonGroup.com2005 DWMH 441 S ON RIM CANAL WITH LAKE O ACCESS! 2/2 has been beautifully updated. Enjoy beautiful sunsets and lush landscaping with true Florida shrubberies. Detached carport and 12x24 workshop/10x20 boat house with lift on 200 ft of seawall! MLS #212762 $264,000 Call Erica 610-1490

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June 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 C-1775: BUCKHEAD RIDGE Remodeled, 2BD/2BA frame house has 2 family rms spread over 1766 sq ft. Newly remodeled kitchen, solid oak cabinets, new counter tops, and new SS appliances. Too many remodeled items to list! Must see! Boat ramp and seawall w/newly built dock, 2 storage bldgs, carport, completely fenced $147,000. Call Dallon at 863-697-2139 Were with you...from your rst home to your dream home 4251 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee, FL 34974 O ce: (863) 763-5253 LakeOre.com ANCIENT OAKS 55+ COMMUNITY. Active Lifestyle. 2 B 1 B Park Model (2005) on the canal side. What a VIEW! Comes nicely furnished. Washer & Dryer and small freezer. Metal Hurricane shutters. Storage everywhere! Outside shed. Owner says sell! $79,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 SEMINOLE COVE55+ COMMUNITY. 3 BED 2 BathMaster bath is custom built! Tile oors/Laminate. Brand new roof and newer AC/Hot Water Heater. Screened Fl rm with glass sliding windows. Living Room& separate den. 3rd bedroom is a cra /media room but can be made back into bedroom. All this comes furnished! Quaint neighborhood. Enjoy the Good life! $132,500 Call Jody 863-634-1285 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2BD/2BA DWMH. Large Florida room, lots of storage. Boat lift and patio. Must see! 10 minutes by water to lock. $174,900 Call Jeff Anderson 863-697-2424

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