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Friday, June 29, 2018 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 109 No. 77 14.10 feetLast Year: 12.05 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Help Martha’s House and you could win mower ... Page 2 Local students improve scores on state tests ... Page 6 Former Brahmans on college teams ... Page 12 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Corps cuts lake releases to St. Lucie Canal ... Page 5 Algae doesnt hamper “ shing Special to the Okeechobee News/ Terry GarrelsRoland and Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort shared this photo of a recent catch on Lake Okeechobee with an 8.65-pound bass on the left and a 6.5-pound bass on the right. Send your “ shing photos to okeenews@newszap.com. Local anglers report great “ shing on lakeBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The water may be green in some parts of the lake, but “ shermen on both the north and south sides of Lake Okeechobee report the summer has been a good one for “ shing. The “ shing is pretty good “ rst thing in the morning,Ž said Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters on Thursday. I “ shed this morning at Henry Creek and caught 23 “ sh between 6:30 and 8 a.m. Do we have an algal bloom? Yes, we do,Ž he said. Its not affecting the “ shing at all. The lake is alive and thriving and well,Ž said Mr. Krause. Wed like to see a lot more grass,Ž he added, noting that the combination of Hurricane Irma and the chemical spraying done through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have reduced the vegetation that cleans the water and provides cover for “ sh. From the south end of the lake comes another positive report. The “ shing is great,Ž said Mary Ann Martin of the Roland and Mary Ann Martin Marina & Resort. She said they are seeing a good number of “ sh caught and released. No “ sh kills have been reported anywhere on the lake this summer. Dr. Karl Havens, director of Florida Sea Grant and a professor at the Universality of Florida, said the conditions were right for algal blooms this summer on Lake Okeechobee, as well as on lakes and waterways throughout Florida and other parts of the United States. Theres a lot of nitrogen and phosphorus in the lake,Ž he said. If you get the right kind of weather in the summer, you can get big blooms.Ž He said algal blooms in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers may or may not be connected to lake releases.See LAKE „ Page 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Is a 1.25-acre lot big enough to accommodate farm animals? At their June 26 meeting, Okeechobee County commissioners dicussed limits on farm animals under various types of zoning. Currently, we have several residential zone districts that have farm animals,Ž explained Okeechobee County Planning Director Bill Royce. For example, in Country Hills Estates, which is residential-mixed zoning, residents with 5-acre lots are allowed to have a horse or a cow, he explained. In residental rural zoning, there is no limit on how many animals you can have, he continued. Viking (also known as The PrairieŽ) is zoned for agriculture, he continued. But in areas designated for agricultural uses, if the property is less than 5 acres, there are limits on animals. We have areas in Taylor Creek Isles zoned agriculture, and up and down main roads have lots still zoned ag,Ž he said. He said that if a lot zoned for agriculture is smaller than 5 acres, it follows the same zoning rules as Residential Single Family (RSF) Estate, which allows a horse or a cow on lots o f at least 1 acre. No farm animals are allowed if the lot is less than 1 acre. This means that in Viking, where property was sold as 1.25-acre lots, the only farm animals you can have are horses or cows, unless you own at least four of the lots to meet the 5-acre requirement. I can see both sides of this,Ž said Mr. Royce. If someone in Viking wants to have a chicken, County considers limits on farm animalsSee ANIMALS „ Page 5

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Special to the Okeechobee News Fall registration at Indian River State College (IRSC) opens for all students on Monday, J uly 9. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure they are ready for class on A ug. 20. IRSC offers more than 100 programs leading to bachelors degrees, associate degrees, technical certi“cates and applied technology diplomas. Students can choose educational options that range from Quick Job Training (developing skills in a year or less) to fouryear baccalaureate degree programs. Five IRSC campuses are within a 20-minute drive for every Treasure Coast resident, and through its Virtual Campus, students may choose from hundreds of online courses each semester. Recognizing that many students have full-time jobs and family obligations that divide their attention between work, family and school, all IRSC branch campuses have expanded Friday, evening and weekend course offerings. Students are encouraged to view the online course catalog at www.irsc.edu prior to registration. IRSC is identi“ed by the United States Department of Education as the most affordable college in Florida and the third-most affordable college in the country. Tuition is 40 percent less than at public universities and thousands of dollars less than at private universities and career colleges or institutes. Financial aid and scholarship programs are readily available to eligible students. More than 85 percent of IRSC students receive “nancial aid they dont need to pay back. New students can follow these “ve steps to get started at IRSC: € Visit www.irsc.edu to complete the application for admission; € Submit their of“cial transcripts from high school and other colleges; € Apply for “nancial aid and scholarships; € Sign up for new student orientation; € Meet with an advisor and register for classes. Important dates to remember for fall semester: € Aug. 1: Registration deadline; € Aug. 17: Late registration deadline; € Aug. 20: Classes begin; € Aug. 24: Last day to drop and add classes. For more information, visit www.irsc.edu, email info@irsc.edu or call the IRSC Information Call Center at 866-792-4772. About IRSC: Indian River State College is recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation, earning a spot as a “nalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize in 2015, 2017 and 2019. This is due to the colleges continual focus on quality of instruction, student services and academic support, and its commitment to providing a broadly accessible, superior learning environment that is broadly accessible.2 Okeechobee News June 29, 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 Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest w ind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm w ind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%.. Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm w ind becoming east southeast around 5 mph after midnight. 73F. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News This year Marthas House will serve 600 w omen and children in Okeechobee „ v ictims of abuse in their own homes. They arent statistics; they arent thoseŽ people. These are your daughters, nieces, neigh bors, sisters and friends. It is always a challenge for Marthas House to provide their services, and they get excited when people realize the deep and painful nature of family violence and decide to stand alongside them. Marthas House is extremely thankful and grateful to the Gil bert Family of Companies for recognizing this. Marthas House is thrilled to be giving away an Arctic Cat Wild Cat side by side valued at almost $11,000, and a Hustler 42-inch zero turn mower valued at just under $3,000. The Gilbert Family of Companies is provid ing these really cool prizes, and 100 percent of ticket sales goes to Marthas House. Please help Marthas House „ and help y ourselves, too „ to a great opportunity, and both will win. Drawings will take place July 7 at Gilbert Fords “fth anniversary celebration. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are available by calling Marthas House at 863-763-2893; or Gilbert Outdoors, 315 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee. Suggested donation is $20. Giveaway to bene“t Marthas House Special to the Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoLeft to right are Deyaneira Castillo, Cat Lister, Salina Walker, Gil Culbreth, Christa Culbreth Luna, Mark Luna, Marie Culbreth, Jonathan Bean, Bert Culbreth, Krissy Culbreth, Alex Luna, Madelyn Culbreth and Ron Carl. IRSC fall registration opens July 9 Special to the Okeechobee News/ IRSCStudents are encouraged to register early at IRSC to ensure they are ready for class on Aug. 20.

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Lake levels€ The original lake was like a puddle in a parking lot ... it was lower because it spread over a vast area ... and when a storm event occurred it did not get a lot deeper ... it just spread out over a larger vast area ... like a puddle in a parking lot getting rained on ... The depth would exceed about where the base of the Herbert Hoover Dike is to day. I believe that is about 14 feet ... and on the south end there were small creeks and ridges and sloughs that would turn into tor rents moving south ... around the lake, a truly large rain event would basically ”ood almost everything west of what is now U.S. 1.Ž … Newton Earl Cook € In my opinion, the lake levels are kept waaaay too high (year-round), leaving no alternative but to release east/west when rains come early. Build the storage south of the lake and release stored water year-round as needed. Keep the lake level lower.Ž … Lee Scott Jones € Lake levels are managed by the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) to accommodate many different needs throughout the year. Levels are maintained between 12.5 and 15.5 feet. Too high or too low, and the ecology of the lake is threat ened. Too high, and the safety of the dike and people are threatened. A reservoir south of the lake will do wonders during the dry season but will do very little to limit dis charges to the estuaries during the wet season.Ž … Mike Elf € The problem is the water ”ows into the lake too quickly due to the ditches and channels north of the lake. Mother Nature intended the water to sheet”ow slowly, which means much of the water would evaporate and much would percolate down into the aquifer. When the water is moved quickly off the land by ditches and canals to prevent ”ooding, it just goes into the lake too fast and the lake rises much faster than it should. Storage north of the lake could be used to slow the ”ow into the lake and clean the water before it goes into the lake. We cant store our way out of this problem, but storage north is part of the solution.Ž … K. Booker € Every STA and conservation area was at full level by June 1, all from higher than average rain in May. Another reservoir would do nothing to affect that. Mind you, this was before any discharges east and west of Lake O.Ž … Don R. Clark € The water should never be held back ... stacking or stopping the ”ows because of the sparrow causes more damages to the system as a whole.Ž … Eric Kimmel € The problem with the lake and the esturaries is simple. There are too many people living where people dont belong. The arti“cial drainage system they rely on to keep their homes dry is the same system that create the problem with excess freshwater ”ow to the coastal estuaries. It also creates the issue with high nutrient levels into the lake. Most of the land from Orlando south should be under water a few months of the year, with the exception of the high ground areas where the pioneers built homes before the 1940s. Areas that were not developed before the ”ood control project started in 1948 are areas that Mother Nature designed to be ”ooded part of the year.Ž … J. ZimpelScams€ I received a Publishers Clearing House winner call. As someone who has entered, I was curious but realized it was de“nitely a scam when I was told I would need to go to Walmart. He never said why, that I recall, but why else would I need to go to the Walmart service desk but a money order? I feel bad someone did trust this lowlife. I reported my scam call on the PCH website and called Walmart and told them the store was being used in a scam. Maybe places that deal in money orders should post a sign at the desk about what to watch for in a scam.Ž … Laura Murray June 29, 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! Scholarship offeredMy name is Emma Howard, and I work for an online dental blog that strives to increase awareness of dental health and good oral hygiene practices. For the third straight year, were offering $1,500 in scholarship money to students of all majors in college or high school. For this years scholarship, students are asked to tell us (or act out for us) what superpower you would love to have and how you would use it to help create better dental health in all people! This is a video submission contest, and we are looking for the most creative and innovative ideas that focus on entertaining us. You can read more about the contest rules and further instructions here: https:/ / www.emergencydentistsusa.com/dentalscholarship/. Emma Howard Our Dental Care Blog ourdentalcareblog.com Letters to the Editor By AMAC Certi“ed Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens Dear Rusty: Im trying to assist my spouse with her rapidly approaching age 62 when she can get her Social Security bene“ts. Currently she is working almost a full 40-hour week and her 2017 gross earnings were $29,000. If she continues to work, she will probably earn approximately $29,500 in 2018. She is also contemplating beginning to work only part-time, which will reduce her earnings to about 40 percent of what she currently earns. She is concerned that if she continues to work full-time, she will have her monthly SS payment reduced signi“cantly and will not recoup that difference. I understand that if you continue to work full-time there will be some reduction in the monthly, but when you “nally retire you will get the difference back at your full retirement age. Can you enlighten me/her? Signed: Helpful Husband Dear Helpful: If your wife starts her Social Security bene“ts at age 62 and continues to work, she will be subject to Social Securitys annual earnings limitŽ ($17,040 for 2018) which, if she exceeds it, will result in Social Security withholding bene“ts of $1 for every $2 she earns over the limit. To use your example, if she earns $29,500 in 2018 she will be $12,460 over the limit and they will withhold all future bene“ts until they recover the $6,230 that is owed from exceeding the limit (see my note below re: the “rst year of collecting). This will continue each year until the year she attains her full retirement age (her FRAŽ) when the earnings limit goes way up (about 2 1/2 times the earlier limit) and the withholding is less ($1 for every $3 over the limit); once your wife reaches her full retirement age there is no earnings limit and they will re-compute her bene“t amount, giving her time credit for the number of months they withheld bene“ts due to exceeding the limit; theyll then raise her bene“t amount as though she claimed bene“ts later than she actually did. So, over time, the higher bene“t starting at her FRA could help her recoup some or all of the bene“ts withheld „ but she doesnt get that withheld dollar amount back in a lump sum; they just increase her bene“t amount at her full retirement age. NOTE: There is a special rule which ap plies during the “rst year SS is claimed so, in your wifes case, if she claims bene“ts to start in June, instead of the annual earnings limit shell be subject to a monthly earnings limit for the remainder of 2018. After her bene“ts start, her earnings limit will be $1,420 per month for the rest of the year, and if she exceeds that, they will withhold bene“ts for a following month. The regular annual earnings limit will then go into effect the following year. Social Security requires that you inform them when you will exceed the earnings limit, but if you dont they will eventually catch up to you when your income tax return is “led. Also, please note that Social Security recommends that you apply for bene“ts three months before you wish them to begin, so if your wife wishes to start her Social Security earlier than her full retirement age, when she applies for her bene“ts she should select the option to Start My Bene“ts NowŽ in order to have them start as soon as possible. Social Security Matters

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Special to the Okeechobee News GRACEVILLE „ Korey Allan Walters has been named to the deans list at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville for the Spring 2018 semester. The deans list is published each semester to honor those students who maintain a 3.25 to 3.99 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Mr. Walters is a student at The Baptist College of Florida pursing a major in youth ministry. He is active in First Baptist of Gracevilles youth and basketball. Mr. Walters is the son of Scarlett Walters of Okeechobee. He is a 2013 graduate of Okeechobee High School. The honor student is a former member of First Baptist Church in Okeechobee. The Baptist College of Florida is an agency of the Florida Baptist Convention and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer associate degrees in the areas of Christian education, music and divinity; baccalaureate degrees in the areas of biblical studies, business leadership, Christian studies, elementary education, English, English secondary education, history and social studies, history and social studies secondary education, leadership and Christian education, ministry, ministry contemporary, worship ministry and psychology; and masters degrees in Christian studies and music and worship leadership. Local student on deans list at Baptist College of Florida June 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 it does not seem unreasonable. I also see if you have less than an acre, you shouldnt have farm animals,Ž he said. Commissioner Brad Goodbread said it does not make sense that a homeowner in Viking can own a 1,200-pound horse but is prohibited from owning a 6-pound chicken. Commissioner David Hazellief said the rule regarding lot size goes back to 2005. Anything under 5 acres was changed to meet same rules as RSF Estate,Ž he said. A lot of things go on out on The Prairie,Ž he continued. But people who live out there want to have a chicken or a pig.Ž People who move out to Viking go there for a country lifestyle, Commissioner Hazelleif said. If you want to say someone in the middle of Treasure Island cant have chickens, I can understand that,Ž he said. I wouldnt mind seeing limits,Ž said Commissioner Kelly Owens. Where I live, I am surrounded by lots of farm animals. There are a whole lot of chickens and ducks.Ž She said that if farm animals are allowed on parcels smaller than 5 acres, there should be some kind of limit on the number of animals. She explained that the issue isnt always the animals you are surrounded by but the inability of people to care for them adequately. If it is a 1-acre lot, if a person decides to get a lot of chickens and doesnt care for them appropriately it can be a big problem for the neighbors,Ž she said. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said his concern is about the odor from the manure and also about the welfare of the animals i f there are a lot of animals on a small lot. On Fourth Street weve got a guy with two horses on a residential lot. Its a mud pit all the time,Ž he said. There has to be some common sense involved in the impact it has on the neighbors.Ž Mr. Royce said he will ask the plan ning board come up with some limits. He said that if the planning board suggests a change, it would be done by ordinance, which would require public hearings. Commissioner Goodbread said the U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes stocking rates, which provides the recommended space per animal. That would be a good place for the planning board to start, he suggested, It could be used to establish the limits on how much acreage is needed for various types of animals,Ž he said. Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs said asking the planning board to come up with limits is following the normal count y process. In other business at their June 26 meet ing. the board appointed Tammy Hollander from KOA and Mike Krause of Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters to “ll two vacancies on the Tourism Development Council Advisory Board. They also approved the appointment of Monica Clark to the board as the representative of the Okeechobee Cit y Council. The commissioners nominated four ap plicants to continue to serve on the Childrens Services Council: Melisa Jahner, Heather Hancock, Wendy Coker and Pat McCoy. These nominations will go to the governors of“ce for approval. All four have been longstanding members of the Childrens Services Council; their terms have expired or will expire soon. ANIMALSContinued From Page 1 Dr. Havens noted that there have been big algal blooms in the Caloosahatchee during droughts, and during those years, they release water from the lake to help move the w ater to break up the blooms. Its a really hot summer,Ž he said. Blooms are happening everywhere. The heavy rainfall in May was also a factor, he continued. It washed a lot of nutrients off the land. The canal system, which provides ”ood control, moves the water quickly into the lakes and waterways. Before people dredged, ditched and diked much of South Florida, the water sheet-”owed slowly, w hich meant more of the nutrient load stayed on the land. The millions of people living in South Florida increase the nutrient loads into the watershed. Hurricane Irma, which churned the lake w ith high winds, left a high level of dissolved nutrients in the water. Because the lake did not get low enough, long enough for the marshes around the edges to recover, the nutrient levels in the water still are high. Its a perfect recipe for a bloom,Ž said Dr. Havens. As of June 28, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection had only found very low levels „ barely detectable „ of toxins from two samples of the cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee. Dr. Havens said some types of cyanobacteria sometimes release toxins. Not all cyanobacteria release toxins, and cyanobacteria that can release toxins do not always do so. You could go to a small lake or pond. On one side the toxin levels could be different from the other side,Ž he said. In a large ecosystem such as Lake Okeechobee, sometimes the cyanobacteria wont produce toxins at all, Dr. Havens continued. Even if no toxins are released, there is a potential danger to “sh from a large algal bloom. When the algae dies, it pulls oxygen from the water. If “sh cant get out of the area in time, they could be trapped in oxygen-depleted water and suffocate. Dr. Havens said that is unlikely to happen with the bloom in the lake because if oxygen levels start to drop, the “sh can just swim away. Fish kills due to algae die-off are more common in canals or areas where “sh are con“ned. LAKEContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will temporarily reduce ”ows from Lake Okeechobee over the com ing days. Starting Friday (June 29), the target ”ow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to a 14-day average of 585 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. The target ”ow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary remains unchanged at a 14-day average 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) located near Fort Myers. However, the corps will release water to both estuaries in pulseŽ patterns, meaning ”ows will vary over the 14 days. We will pause discharges to the east for a nine-day period to allow additional tidal ”ushing to take place within the estuary,Ž said Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, Jacksonville District deputy commander for South Florida. However, with the lake rising, we anticipate having to resume ”ows at previous rates.Ž Thursday, the lake stage was 14.10 feet. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could also occasionally result in ”ows that exceed targets. Water levels in the lake remain high for this time of year,Ž said Lt. Col. Reynolds. The water conservation areas south of the lake are also above their preferred ranges. We continue to work with the South Florida Water Management District to move water through multiple canals to create storage throughout the region to handle the near daily rainfall events we expect during wet season.Ž The corps is monitoring state water quality reports regarding “ndings of microcystis at locations in and around the lake. The corps will post any advisories issued by the Florida Department of Health that apply to its recreation areas. Additionally, speci“c information on microsystis is available at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website: https://”oridadep.gov/dear/ algal-bloom. As we make the system decisions to manage water levels, weve found pulse discharges enable tidal ”ushing, which can improve conditions for estuary health,Ž said Andrew LoSchiavo, a supervisory biologist with the Jacksonville District. The corps manages water in the lake based on the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). LORS helps inform decisions on water management with a focus on water levels and the safe carrying capacity of the Herbert Hoover Dike and the systems canal levees. The corps will continue to monitor conditions throughout the system and make adjustments as necessary. Corps to reduce lake releases to St. Lucie Canal Seawinds Funeral Home has launched its Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.Ž People in the community who are looking for proper ”ag disposal can bring their ”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digni“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an of“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283. Worn-out ”ags to be properly retired in ceremony

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6 Okeechobee News June 29, 2018 Kellie Christine Travers, 23 NORTH CAROLINA Kellie Christine Trav ers, of Matthews, N.C., passed away June 23, 2018 in New York w hile on vacation. Kellie was born in Ft Pierce and grew up in Okeechobee. She had been living in Matthews, N.C. since 2013. She was a beau tiful young lady and loved life. She was an amazing daughter, granddaughter, sister, and friend. She loved the beach, “shing, hunting, riding airboats, and dressing up for any occasion. Above all she loved her family. She was an animal lover and left no critter without a home. She ran an animal rescue and always made room for an y animal in need. Her favorite quote was Alw ays stay humble and kind.Ž She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. RIP KK. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Thomas Travers. She is survived by her parents, Patrick Trav ers (Natalie), of Sebring, Andrea Bostic Trav ers (Jesse) of Matthews, N.C., and Leeann a Lowe, of Port St Lucie; maternal grandparents, WL and Lucy Bostic, of Williamson W .Va.; paternal grandmother, Heidi Vogt, o f Okeechobee; siblings, Logan Travers (Amanda), of Port St Lucie, Garrett Travers (Kes), of Matthews, N.C., and Makilyn Travers o f Sebring; stepsiblings, Elliott Damos, Cassie Damos Garcia (Colby), Lauren Mullis, Jamie Curlee, Seth Pressley, Amanda Lowe, Kellee Smith, Brenden Christmas, Jordyn Katz, and Destyn Katz; nieces and nephews, Landon Travers, Ezekiel Garcia, Ellianna Garcia, and Ellannah Garrity. She also has many aunts, uncles, and cousins who will miss her greatly. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. 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. Michael Shane Bullock, 56 OKEECHOBEE … Michael Shane Bulloc k died June 25, 2018. He was born Aug. 1, 1961 in Ft. Pierce. A lifetime resident of Okeechobee, he was a heavy equipment oper ator. He proudly served our country in the Unit ed States Air Force. Mr. Bullock was pre ceded in death by his father, Amry Gene Bull ock, Sr.; and his daughter, LeAnn Bullock. He is survived by his mother, Patricia M. Sepeda (Ray), of Okeechobee; daughter, Kerry Phillippe, of Washington State; sister, Patt y Gail Rassman (Donald), of Melbourne; brother, Amry Gene Bullock, Jr. (Trish), of Venus; uncle, Ray Bullock, of Ft. Pierce; and numerous nephews. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Basinger Cemetery with Pastor Monroe Arnold. 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. Susan Marie Lewis, 66 OKEECHOBEE „ After a very short battle w ith cancer, Susie Lewis died on June 23, 2018 in Okeechobee, at the age of 66. She leaves behind her husband, Rick RoaddoggŽ Lewis; her daughters, Sta cey Teves and Terri Downs; and her stepson, Chevy Lewis. Susie was born on Feb. 22, 1952 in Mich igan to father Jack Ferguson and mother Y gonda Crane, who predeceased her. She settled in Okeechobee in 1995. Susie always loved having a good time with all of her friends in Okeechobee. Susie is survived by her husband and children, as well as her sister, Linda Croft; her grand kids Ryan and Randy Teves, Michael Haynes Jr., Nikolaus BubbyŽ Mahan, Caitlin DiddyŽ Mahan; step-grandson, Derric k Mahan; and step-granddaughter, Cadence Kirkhouse. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bobby Crane; her sister, J ackie Drif“ll; and her step-daughter, Holl y Lewis Kirkhouse. Susie requested to be cremated. At Susies request, no services will be held. Nancy Kirchner, 78 Loving Caregiver WAYNESVILLE „ Nancy Kirchner passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Nancy is survived by her husband of 55 y ears, Don Kirchner. She attended Oakview Baptist Church. Nancy was a winter resident of Ancient Oaks R V Park. Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Smoky Mountain Chapel. Burial to follow services at Greenhill Cemetery. In lieu of ”owers memorials are suggested to Gideons International, P.O. Box 634, W aynesville, NC, 28786. Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.comGeorge Cleveland Leonard, 57 OKEECHOBEE „ George Cleveland Leonard died June 27, 2018. He was born Nov. 14, 1960 in Okeechobee to Joel Raymond and A valou (McCartney) Leonard. A lifetime res ident of Okeechobee, he was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed building cars, special izing in hot rods and mud trucks. He was an avid “sherman, loved the Lord, and was well known for sharing his testimonies. He was a w ell-known third generation well driller with Leonards Well Drilling for over 40 years. Mr. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Leonard, of Madison, Wis., Jesse Leonard (Amber), and John Summerall, all of Okeechobee; brothers, Joel Leonard, of Okeechobee, and David Leonard (Susie), of St. Petersburg; sister, Becky Leonard, of Okeechobee; grandsons, Jeremiah Leonard and Jeffrey Price; beloved Chihuahua, Gizmo; and the mother of his children, Lynette Leonard. Visitation will be 4 p.m. until services at 5 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice o f Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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.Judith Kay Cracraft, 64 OKEECHOBEE „ Judith Kay Cracraft died J une 27, 2018. She was born July 23, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Paul E. and J une (Katzenbach) Hashman. A resident of Okeechobee since 2000, she was a case manager at Raulerson Hospital and a patient advocate at Nurse on Call. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eastern Star. Mrs. Cracraft is survived by her husband o f 43 years, Dennis Cracraft, of Okeechobee; daughters, June Cracraft, of Hendersonville, N.C., and Kelly Diaz (Jesus), of Coral Springs; four grandchildren, Christian, Andrew, Logan, and Blake; sister-in-law, Carol Susie Thomas, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and nephew, Mike Thomas, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. 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. By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Florida Department of Education has released the results of students performance on Florida State Assessments (FSA) for 2018, and students in Okeechobee have shown double-digit improvement in some areas. Central, South and Seminole elementary schools increased the percentage of third-grade students scoring pro“ cient or above on the English language arts (ELA) assessment by seven, six and 11 points, respectively. Fifth-grade students at Central, South and Seminole also improved the percentage of students who scored level three or above in mathematics in 2018 over “ fthgrade students in 2017. And on the science assessment, “ fthgrade students showed some of the biggest increases in pro“ ciency in the elementary schools. At Central Elementary alone, the percentage of students scoring a level 3 or above on the FSA science assessment in “ fth grade increased from 39 percent in 2017 to 55 percent in 2018. Both Everglades and Seminole elementary also increased the percentage of students scoring a level 3 or above on the fifth-grade FSA s cience exam from 33 percent in 2017 to 47 percent in 2018 and from 23 percent in 2017 to 42 percent in 2018, respectively. Students at Yearling Middle School increased their level of pro“ ciency in the area of mathematics, with 52 percent of students earning a level 3 or above in 2018 compared with only 33 percent of students earning the same level of achievement in 2017. Eighth-grade students at both Yearling and Osceola middle schools showed their largest increases in mathematics, with the district pro“ ciency average for math increasing from 39 percent in 2017 to 54 percent in 2018. Students at Okeechobee High School increased their pro“ ciency in the tested subjects of Algebra 1, English language arts, geometry and biology. The percent of students scoring a level 3 or above in ninthgrade ELA increased by 12 percent in 2018. Tenth-grade students also increased the percentage scoring pro“ cient by 8 points over the 10th-grade students who tested in 2017. Okeechobee Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy credited a focus on standards-based instruction and engaging students in the learning process for the increases. While there still remain some grade levels or subject areas that will need to be targeted for improvement, overall, a greater number of students are showing that they have mastered the standards for their grade level. 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Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, June 29 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. A YCA Cat“sh dinner severed The Buckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Lind Road, will serve an all-you-can-eat cat“sh or sharpies on Friday, June 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner is a $10 donation. There will also be steak and shrimp dinners available. Live entertainment will be provided and the public is welcome.Butter”y Garden to openOkeechobee Main Street invites all 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.Breakfast fundraiser setHospice of Okeechobee is hosting a ”apjack fundraiser breakfast at Applebees, 1210 State Road 70 E., on Saturday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. For information, call 863-467-2321.Oasis Lounge opensThe Okeechobee Shrine Club Oasis Lounge, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will be open Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, 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.Cheer sign-ups setOkeechobee STORMŽ cheer and dance w ill hold sign-ups for their upcoming season on Saturday, June 23, through June 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign-ups will be held at the gym in the Ceder Plaza on Southwest Third Terrace. Kids ages 4 through 16 are welcome to join. The cost is $50 per child. For information, call 863-697-3211 or 863634-4327.Summer reading camp setA summer reading camp is being sponsored by the 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 is free! A live DJ will be playing music from the 50s and 60s. Enjoy family fun at this free event. Lots of awesome classic automobiles. Come on out and see!Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on July 1, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will bene“t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.AMVETS hosts 5 card bingoAmvets Post 200, 3651 Hwy 441 S.E. Suite 6, will host 5 card bingo on Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m. and 5 card bingo on Tuesday, July 3, at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public. For information, call 863-484-8135.Breakfast at BHR VFWThe VFW Auxiliary, 29012 SR 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, July 1, from 8:30-11 a.m. to bene“t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Legion hosts 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, July 2, from 1 to 3 p.m., with lunch served at 12:30. For information, call 863-763-5309.Widows and Widowers meetThe Okeechobee Widows and Widowers Group will meet Tuesday, July 3 at 8 a.m. at Lakeside Grill, 1111 S. Parrot Ave. New members are welcome. For information, call Jane at 863-824-8700 or Connie at 863-801-0482.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.BHR VFW serves chickenIn celebration of the 242nd anniversary of our founders declaration, the VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a Southern fried chicken, cobbed corn, and baked potato dinner on Wednesday, July 4, at 5 p.m. to bene“t veteran services. Fireworks begins at dark. For information, call 863-467-2882.City Hall of“ces closedCity Hall of“ces will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. Their website, cityofokeechobee.com, allows you access 24/7. City Hall of“ces will reopen on Thursday, July 5, at 8 a.m.BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, July 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The memu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, onion rings, salad and desert to bene“t homeless veterans. Live music by Crystal. For information, call 863-467-2882.Arts and crafts show setThe Big O Flea Market, 3600 U.S. 441, will host its inaugural Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8 Many craft vendors are participating. Come out and support local artists and talent. Enjoy free admission and parking. BHR VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, July 8, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to bene“t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.June 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e s G a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c e W a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Have a Safe Holiday!e Okeechobee News will be closed Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 € Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing € AC Septic

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Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE „ Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced that, following an investigation led by his Of“ce of Agricultural Law Enforcement, a prescribed burn conducted by Wildland Fire Services Inc. on behalf of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) caused the wild“re in Eastpoint, which burned more than 800 acres and destroyed 36 homes. My heart goes out to those affected by this devastating wild“re, and I thank all of our part ners in the response effort to stop the spread o f the “re,Ž stated Commissioner Putnam. The Florida Forest Service led response ef forts to contain and extinguish the wild“re with assistance from the Franklin County Sheriffs Of“ce, the FWC, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department and other local “re departments. During the course of the investigation, other possible causes, such as lightning, arson and “re accidentally caused by man, were eliminated. Eastpoint wild“re started with prescribed burn June 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 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 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 WASHINGTON, D.C. „ The National W ildlife Refuge Association has named Celeste De Palma as their “rst-ever National W ildlife Refuge System Advocate of the Year. Ms. De Palma is the director of Everglades policy at Audubon Florida and was instru mental in mobilizing her community to help stop the licensing revocation of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. We are thrilled to present Celeste with our “rst-ever Refuge Advocate Award,Ž said Geoffrey Haskett, president of the National W ildlife Refuge Association. Her tireless ef forts to protect the Loxahatchee refuge from lease termination went above and beyond her job description at Audubon. We could not ask for a more dedicated advocate for the refuge system.Ž In August 2016, Florida Gov. Rick Scott took legal action attempting to end a 66y ear-old agreement between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). In response, Ms. De Palma began gathering refuge advocates from the local, state and national levels to protect the refuge. She rallied community members, ”ew into Washington, D.C., to speak with Florida delegators, and organized weekly conference calls with stakeholders. In all, over 67,000 emails were sent to Gov. Scott defending the refuge. Ms. De Palma even sought out unconventional means to help protect the refuge. Not only did she band together conservationists to advocate for the refuge, she also called upon teachers, students, ex-Governing Board members of SFWMD, local garden clubs, homeowners associations, recreational groups and local, state and national NGOs. She successfully leveraged these voices to draw public attention to the issue. On Nov. 9, refuge advocates won a victory when the SFWMD Governing Board approved a resolution delegating SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks the authority to enter into a new license agreement with the USFWS. This agreement was of“cially signed in February of this year. Ms. De Palmas campaign to protect Loxahatchee NWR was not only a success but a demonstration of how hard work and perseverance during hard times pay off in a big way for conservation. Ms. De Palmas dedication to protecting the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the overall Everglades ecosystem and the surrounding community is inspirational; for these reasons, we are proud to present this award to the very deserving Celeste De Palma. Ms. De Palmas award was presented on May 24 at the National Wildlife Refuge Associations Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. De Palma honored for protecting wildlife refuge Special to the Okeechobee News/ Courtesy of National Wildlife Refuge AssociationCeleste De Palma was named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Advocate of the Year by the National Wildlife Refuge Association at their annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C., on May 24. Left to right: Cynthia Martinez, chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System; Greg Sheehan, principal deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Celeste De Palma, Everglades policy director of Audubon Florida; Geoff Haskett, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association; and Jim Kurth, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Okeechobee News/ Total Roadside ServicesNo one is injured in tractor-trailer accidentAccording to the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce, at 8:58 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, a tractor-trailer turned over on the northbound side of the road in the 4700 block of Northeast 128th Avenue, a quarter-mile south of State Road 70 East. The truck reportedly was carrying trash and had left debris on the road when it turned over. No injuries were reported in the incident, and Total Roadside Services was on scene to recover the overturned vehicle. Blood drives planned in JulyThe need for blood donations doesnt take a vacation. Blood donations are needed year round in order for area hospitals to maintain a safe blood supply, tested, processed and ready to use when the need arises. Because blood is processed into blood components, such as plasma and red cells, and each patient only receives the blood components he or she needs, one donation may help to save three lives, The bloodmobiles will be in Okeechobee in July at the following locations. € Wednesday, July 4, at the Ag Center from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. € Friday, July 6, at Okee Discount Drugs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. € Friday, July 6, at Walmart from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. € Thursday, July 12, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m. € Saturday, July 14, at the Trading Post Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. € Sunday, July 15, at Golden Corral from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. € Saturday, July 21, at Walmart from noon to 5:30 p.m. € Sunday, July 22, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. € Thursday, July 26, at Dr. Browns Clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. € Friday, July 27, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m. € Saturday, July 28, at the Back to School Bash at OHS from 8 to 11 a.m. € Saturday, July 28, at Walmart from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. € Sunday, July 29, at Publix from noon to 5:30 p.m. Church Directory

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12 Okeechobee News June 29, 2018 www.badcock.com _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ NO CREDIT REFUSED* 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION SALE ................. GET AN EXTRA 10% OFF TO 50% OFF UP June 26th through July 4th ONLY SOFAS BEDROOM PACKAGES MATTRESS SETSExcludes IComfort 512 North W. Park Street Okeechobee € 863.763.3823 MON-FRI 9AM-6PM SAT 9AM-5PM Linda Ballinger ,Owner On purchases of $1,499.95 or more. Before tax and delivery. Discounts taken off reg. prices, sale and discounted merchandise. Excludes IComfort By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Two 2018 Okeechobee High School graduates and teammates on the Lady Brahmans soccer team have accepted offers to continue their education and soccer career at the collegiate level. Brook OHagan has accepted a scholarship to play at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., and Denise Garcia has ac cepted a scholarship to play at John Wood College in Quincy, Ill. Both players were part of the 2016-17 girls soccer team that secured the best record in school history. Head coach Eric Swant is proud of his two former players but admits its going to be hard to replace them. They were the two constants on all the teams I have been associated with in Okeechobee since I started,Ž said Swant. Going to be so hard to replace them. There is no doubt they will both do well at the next level as they start their college careers. They are the “rst two scholarships we have gotten in girls soccer in recent memory, if not ever.Ž The pair have been friends since they met in the “rst grade, where they would play soccer together at recess. Once middle school began, the two young ladies joined the soccer team as well as the basketball team. We helped each other throughout the y ears and always pushed one another,Ž explained OHagan. Im glad she was my right back for four years and has had my back for more than 10 years.Ž Garcia echoed that sentiment, and also noted the coincidence of both players moving to different cities that share the name Quincy. Brook has always been playing some kind of sport with me since middle school,Ž said Garcia. It has been an amazing ride with her. We both had mentioned that we wanted to play college ball ever since we started soccer, and we “nally made it. I couldnt have done it without her, either. We are both playing in different cities named Quincy, which I think is pretty funny. I hope she succeeds in her college goalkeeping, and I wish her nothing but the best.Ž Swant says getting access to video hosting service Hudl this year was crucial in getting scholarship offers for players. Hudl offers the tools to edit and share video, interact with stats, and create quality highlight reels for recruiting purposes online. The Lady Brahmans were able to afford the service this year due to support from their sponsors. Both players gave credit to coach Swant for helping them, on and off the “eld. I couldnt thank him enough for the work and time he has put in for our team the past four years,Ž said Garcia. He never gave up on us, and now we are going to the next level because of him.Ž The leadership on the Lady Brahmans soccer team will now fall to the underclassmen on the team. Leading scorers Janel Aponte, Ashton English and Alani Garcia all seem capable and ready to lead next years team as Okeechobee attempts to secure a playoff spot in the tough 4A District 13. All I want to say to my younger teammates and any other younger female ath letes is that even when you think you cant, you absolutely can,Ž said OHagan. Dont let anything hold you back.Ž Two Lady Brahmans to play soccer in college Special to the Okeechobee NewsBrook OHagan (left) and Denise Garcia (right) spent four years on the OHS Lady Brahmans varsity soccer team and are now moving on to the collegiate level. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBrook OHagan (left) and Denise Garcia (right) hold trophies awarded to them at the OHS Lady Brahmans soccer banquet.

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14 Okeechobee News June 29, 2018 Special to the Okeechobee News Indian River State College (IRSC) has named Dr. Heather J. Belmont its new vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Belmont w ill lead the colleges efforts in the areas of liberal arts, mathematics and natural scienc es, education, library services, curriculum, professional development for faculty, and more. She also serves as a member of the presidents Cabinet. Dr. Belmont comes to IRSC from Miami Dade College (MDC) where, during past 13 years, she served in numerous leadership capacities as both a faculty member and administrator. Since 2011, Dr. Belmont has led as the dean of the School of Science, overseeing a vast array of programs at all seven MDC campuses. Initiatives spearheaded by Dr. Belmont include: in-house advisors in STEM programs, enhanced active-learning curricula in the classrooms, course-embedded research, and advanced research programs. Additionally, Dr. Belmont was instrumental in the signi“cant increase in the colleges internship opportunities and applied learning experiences. She also has experience with success with grant development „ managing a portfolio of over $10 million in federal awards from agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Belmont has an excellent record of collaborative leadership, working across disciplines with fellow administrators and faculty to provide a comprehensive support network for students,Ž said Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC president. Continuing, he stated, In her administration and faculty chair roles with MDC, Dr. Belmont built partnerships, connecting the private sector and business community with academia in multiple, innovative ways, and we look forward how she will expand on her accomplishments at IRSC.Ž Prior to her time with Miami Dade Col lege, Dr. Belmont served as a researcher and scientist with multiple “rms in South Floridas expanding bio-tech industry. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in psychology and neuroscience from Ithaca College in 1994, and her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary neuroscience from the University of Miami in 2001. Also, Dr. Belmont is a published author in journals ranging from PLOS ONE to the Journal of Applied Psycholog y and has two U.S. patent applications. IRSC names Dr. Belmont VP of academic affairs Special to the Okeechobee News / Courtesy photoDr. Heather Belmont Special to the Okeechobee News Indian River State College (IRSC) has announced the appointment of Dr. Anthony Dribben as assistant dean of mathematics and natu ral sciences. In this role, Dr. Dribben leads the Mathematics and Natural Science departments of the college. Dr. Dribben comes to IRSC from Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in Tallahassee, Florida, where he served as sci ence program chair since 2014, and as a professor of chemistry since 2005. During his time at TCC, Dr. Dribben also served as chairman of the STEM Council, an outreach arm of the TCC with oversight into coordinating outreach and service activities of the STEM programs as well as scholarship opportunities for students in the STEM programs. Prior to joining TCC, Dr. Dribben spent seven years at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., serving as an associate professor of chemistry. His educational background includes a B.S. in chemistry from Mississippi College, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida, and a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Dribben is also a member of the 2012 graduate class of the Chair Academy Leadership Academy, an international leadership development program for college and university faculty and administrators. IRSC names Dr. Anthony Dribben assistant dean Special to the Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoDr. Anthony Dribben W ebpage contains latest SFWMD measures under w ay to help lower water levels, reduce need for Lake Okeechobee releases to northern estuariesWEST PALM BEACH „ During the week of June 25, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) unveiled its latest tool to inform the public about the ongoing efforts to alleviate the high-water emergency caused by record rainfall throughout South Florida. The new website, www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater, will contain weekly video updates from SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik on the latest water conditions and measures implemented to lower lake levels and move more water through the conser v ation areas. To view the latest update “lmed this week, visit vimeo.com/277309000 The Managing High Water Website also contains more detailed information on the ongoing efforts to protect the public and the environment after 300 percent of the aver age amount of rainfall fell throughout South Florida in May. This record rainfall caused Lake Okeechobee to rapidly rise by more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries to ensure ”ood protection for the citizens living south of the lake. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise above their regulation schedules. In response to this record rainfall, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue an emergency order which expedites the ability of SFWMD and other agencies to take action to lower water levels in the conservation areas, creating capacity to take water from Lake Okeechobee to reduce the need for estuary releases. SFWMD is taking every action within its authority to lower water levels, including storing water on public and private lands, utilizing every available structure to store water and installing temporary pumps to move water. As more measures are implemented, details will be available on the Managing High Water Website. New website to keep public informed Special to the Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE „ A virus “rst found in Tampa Bay-area mosquitoes that can cause a rash and mild fever has been identi“ed in humans for the “rst time, according to University of Florida researchers. The “ndings are yet another indicator of the range of diseases that can be caused by mosquito bites in Florida, in keeping with a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlighted the almost doubling of vector-borne disease cases in the United States since the early 2000s. Although the virus has never previously been found in humans, the infection may actually be fairly common in North Florida,Ž said J. Glenn Morris, M.D., M.P.H., director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and corresponding author of the report on the virus published June 9 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Its one of these instances where if you dont know to look for something, you dont “nd it,Ž he added. The virus, called Keystone virusŽ after the location in the Tampa Bay area where it was initially identi“ed in 1964, has been found in animal populations along coastal regions stretching from Texas to the Chesapeake Bay. While there were no reports of human infection until now, human infection has long been suspected. A 1972 article in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene reported Keystone virus antibodies in 19 to 21 percent of the people tested in the Tampa Bay region. The new report, titled Keystone Virus Isolated from a Florida Teenager with Rash and Subjective Fever: Another Endemic Arbovirus in the Southeastern United States?Ž says a teenage boy went into an urgent care clinic in north-central Florida with a rash and fever symptoms in August 2016, during the Zika virus epidemic in Florida and the Caribbean. Because of concerns about Zika, laboratory samples were collected from the patient; however, all studies were negative for Zika or related viruses. Unexpectedly, UF researchers did “nd Keystone virus when they did viral cultures from the patient samples. Although the patient did not report symptoms of encephalitis, researchers report that the virus gre w well in Neuro-2A cell cultures. Neuro-2 A cells are mouse brain cells, and the ability o f the virus to grow in these cells suggests that Keystone virus can infect brain cells, and may pose a risk for brain infections. This virus is part of a group commonl y known as the California serogroup of viruses,Ž said John Lednicky, Ph.D., a research professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions department of environmental and global health and a member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute. Dr. Lednicky is the “rst author of the report. These viruses are known to cause en cephalitis in several species, including humans,Ž he added. Jamestown Canyon virus and La Crosse encephalitis virus are two of the most commonly known viruses in the California serogroup. Due to the likelihood that Keystone virus is a common though previously unidenti“ed pathogen among people in the region, Dr. Morris emphasized the need for additional research into the prevalence of vector-borne diseases in the United States. All sorts of viruses are being transmitted by mosquitoes, yet we dont fully understand the rate of disease transmission,Ž he said. Additional research into the spread o f vector-borne diseases will help us shine a light on the pathogens that are of greatest concern to both human and animal health. Dr. Morris also stressed the importance o f minimizing the risk of mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent at times and places where mosquitoes are present. Virus found in Fl re sident may be widespread

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June 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Employment Full Time Employment Full Time ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSService Technicians, Installers & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required Apply within 312 SW 2nd St. Okeechobee EOE/DFWP Auctions We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Garage/ Yard Sales Y ARD SALE Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 SE 18TH TERRACE, JUNE 29 & 30 8AM-2PM BENIFIT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS ACTIVITIES Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Employment Medical Medical 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 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Employment Part Time WantedRetired Electrician looking for part time work. Fax resume to 863-763-7874 or apply in person at 269 NW 9th Street. 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. TIRED OF STAYING IN A MOTEL, WORKING IN OUR AREAFULLY FIRNISHED 1 and 2 BEDROOM PROPERTIES. WEEKLY OR MONTHLY RATES AVAILABLE (863) 467-4371 Apartments1/1 APTS, Furnished & Unfurnished for rent includes water & power, prices from $750 $900/mo. No pets. Background check & dep. req. Call 863-6340024. 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 OKEECHOBEE Available June Unique updated Loft Style 2BD/1BA $795.00/MO. Very Clean and well maintained. Situated 12 min. outside of town off Hwy 70 East. Great setting, lawn service, onsite management, pest control included, w/d hook-up. Sorry, NO PETS. Call M-S 9am-6pm 813-956-5150 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $1,000/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Mobile Homes Rent FULLY FURNISHED 1 BDRM/1 BA WITH FLORIDA ROOM -WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES-LONG OR SHORT TERM LOCATED ON KISSIMMEE RIVER (863) 467-4371 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 NeedEXTRA MONEY?MOTOR ROUTE AVAILABLE107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS

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16 Okeechobee News June 29, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice SECTION 0001 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HRS BUILDING PATIO ROOF REPLACEMENT PROJECT NO. 2018-18 INVITATION TO BIDSealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123. Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 pm on July 27, 2018 Bids will be publicly opened in room 222 and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on the following: Scope of work includes, but is not limited to, furnishing all materials, equipment, and labor for the HRS Building Patio Roof Replacement as shown in the Drawings and described in the Specifications and Bid Documents. For complete requirements, please see Bid Documents and Drawings. Bid Documents may be downloaded from the Okeechobee County website at: http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals tab. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from the County Website or from: Okeechobee County, Facilities Maintenance & Development Services, Donnie Oden, FMDS Director, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste C, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-0805 Email: sselvey@co.okeechobee.fl.us If it becomes necessary to revise or amend any part of this bid, an addendum will be issued and will be posted on the Okeechobee County website at: http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals tab. It is the sole responsibility of the bidders to check the website to ensure that all available information has been received prior to submitting a bid A MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING shall be held at 9:00 a.m. on July 12, 2018 at the HRS Building Auditorium, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Bidder’s attendance is mandatory. All Bidders are strongly advised to attend the pre-bid meeting to inspect the site conditions and to receive questions from respondents on any issues considered relevant to the requirements of the project. Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Facilities Maintenance, Donnie Oden in writing via email at sselvey@co.okeechobee.fl.us or fax at (863) 763-5529 no later than July 17, 2018, 5:00 pm. Each Contractor who has made a written request will be furnished with one (1) electronic version of the Bid Documents via email at no cost by sending a request via email to: Email: sselvey@co.okeechobee.fl.us Only Bid documents obtained from Okeechobee County are acceptable for bidding. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and file acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) calendar days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) calendar days after the date set for opening of bids. The Payment and Performance Bonds must show the Owner’s name, Project Name and Project Number. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any informality/inconsistency in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. Unless specifically prohibited by law or regulation, said bid includes an assignability clause that allows for the assignment o f all or part of the specified deliverable items. Okeechobee County has a local vendor preference which is co ntained within the County’s current procurement policy. Definitions, allowances and exemptions can be found in this policy. You are encouraged to review the latest version to ensure compliance with and exceptions to the local vendor preference policy. The County’s vendor preference policy can be found on the County’s website at http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/government/county-procurement-policy. Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid, evidence that the bidder complies with all state and local requirements, to perform the work described in said Bid. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it is the bidder’s responsibility to se ek clarification from the Okeechobee County Facilities Maintenance. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID – OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HRS BUILDING PATIO ROOF REPLACMENT, PROJECT NO. 2018-18”. BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (1) ORIGINAL AND (2) COPIES OF THE BID. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Terry W. Burroughs, Chairman Okeechobee County, FL Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL 272177 ON 6/29/2018 Public Notice Public Notice SR15/ 700 (U.S. 441) AND SR 78 INTERSECTION BEAUTIFICATION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT NO. 2018-19 INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, County Administrator‘s Office, Room 123, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m. on August 3, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened in room 201, same address and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on Bid Documents, Plans, and Specifications for the SR15/ 700 (U.S. 441) AND SR 78 INTERSECTION BEAUTIFICATION IMPROVEMENTS Project, County Project No. 2018-19 Bid documents may be downloaded from the Okeechobee County website at: https://www.co.okeechobee,fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals tab. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto. Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be addressed to John Howle, in writing to the physical or e-mail address noted below, no later than July 26, 2018, 5:00 pm. Okeechobee County John E. Howle, County Engineer 804 NW 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-3514 (phone) 863-763-3031 (fax) jhowle@civilsurv.com If it becomes necessary to revise or amend any part of this bid, an addendum will be issued and will be posted on the County’s website.: It is the sole responsibility of the bidders to check the website to ensure that all available information has been received prior to submitting a bid. A pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, Room 201 located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on July 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and file acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past five (5) years, client references, or other financial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid, evidence that the bidder complies with all state and local requirements, to perform the work described in said Bid. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clarification from the Owner, John E. Howle, County Engineer, as shown above. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID – SR15/ 700 (U.S. 441) AND SR 78 INTERSECTIONBEAUTIFICATION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT NO. 2018-19 “ BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (1) ORIGINAL AND (2) COPIES OF THE BID. Terry W. Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 271799 ON 06/29/2018 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 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 numbe r 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 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 07/15/18 2008 Ford Explorer VIN:1FMEU63E48UA58343 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 272049 ON 06/29/2018 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY.

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June 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 17 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 PUBLIC NOTICE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Change in ScheduleNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the regular City Council Meeting scheduled for Jul. 3, 2018, has been postponed to Tues, Jul. 10, 2018, 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by calling the Office of the City Administrator, 863-763-3372 ext. 9812. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerks Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda, a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the Citys records. By: Mayor Dowling R. Watford, Jr. 271771 ON 6/29/2018 INVITATION TO BID NO. PW 02-00-05-18-RB OKEECHOBEE CITY HALL DOOR REPLACEMENT Mandatory Pre-Bid: July 10, 2018, 3:00 PM Opening Date and Time: July 18, 2018, 3:00 PM The City of Okeechobee, Florida is currently soliciting bids to provide construction services needed to replace five (5) existing exterior doors and one (1) double exterior door with side lights and transom at City Hall located at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Sealed bids must be received within the General Services Department at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Rm 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, no later than 3:00 PM EST on or before Wednesday, July 18, 2018 All responses received by the deadline will be opened and recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses within the Council Chambers, Rm 200, at the address listed above. Any bids received after the above noted date and time will not be opened or considered. Facsimile or emailed bids will not be accepted. A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST in the Council Chambers, Rm 200, at the address listed above. Bidders MUST attend this meeting in order to submit for this bid. Product specifications are available in the Bid Packets that may be obtained from the General Services Department at City Hall during normal office hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except holidays, or by contacting Patty Burnette, 863763-3372 x 9820, or via email at pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com. A $25.00 non-refundable deposit per set of documents is required, made payable to the City of Okeechobee (checks & cash only accepted). Questions concerning the scope of work are to be directed to Public Works Director David Allen, 863-7639790, or dallen@cityofokeechobee.com. NOTE: Bonding Requirements Apply to this Bid Opportunity. Submittals must be within a sealed envelope and contain two (2) clearly identified originals and one (1) copy of the bid, with the outside of the envelope clearly labeled BID NO. PW 02-00-05-18-RB OKEECHOBEE CITY HALL DOOR REPLACEMENT, 7-18-18, 3:00 PMŽ with the submitting Company Name and Return Address Bids may be mailed, hand delivered, and/ or express mailed to the address listed above. Firms properly registered in the State of Florida are encouraged to submit their bid for consideration. It is the sole responsibility of the Bidder to deliver personally or by mail, their bid to the General Services Department on or before the closing hour and date for the receipt of bids as noted above. This solicitation does not commit the City of Okeechobee to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this bid, or to contract for any services. The City Council reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities and to accept or reject all or part of any bid, as they may deem to be in the best interests of the City of Okeechobee. Responses to this bid, upon receipt by the General Services Department, will become public records subject to provisions of Florida Statute Chapter 119 Florida Public Records Law. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP By: Mayor Dowling R. Watford, Jr. 272171 ON 6/29/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 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 Public Notice Public Notice ACROSS 1 Lobsters sense organs 6 Celebs 10 Flight from the law 13 Poker declaration 14 __ my guard downŽ 15 Famille patriarch 16 Form by combining elements 18 One-piece garments, slangily 19 Rome-based carrier 20 Toll road timesaver 22 Girls Just Want to Have FunŽ singer 24 Performers supporters 28 Guacamole, e.g. 29 Twisty letter 30 Diva delivery 31 Snoozed 33 Fictional voyager 40 Retired New York senator Al D__ 41 Rational 42 DDE rival 45 Esteemed league member 46 N, in Morse code 49 Sparkle 52 Currencies 53 Irrationality 58 Bravo preceder 59 Host of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game 61 Not masc. or fem. 62 Prod 63 Gold brick 64 Fashion monogram 65 Jury member 66 Fluff, as hair DOWN 1 Italian capital of its own province 2 Kind of nitrite 3 Actress Anderson 4 Golf stroke that can be practiced in a hallway 5 Cornell University city 6 Brand that gets the red outŽ 7 Epic with a very big horse 8 Refillable candy 9 Metal playing marbles 10 Delaware Valley tribe 11 Comes into view 12 Salutation abbreviation 15 Bite-size Chinese appetizer 17 Tarzan portrayer Ron et al. 21 Mothers of Invention musician 23 Empty, as threats 24 Fourth notes 25 EntourageŽ agent Gold 26 Diarist Anas 27 Rum-soaked cake 31 The AffairŽ airer, briefly 32 Morticia, to Gomez 34 Peaceful relations 35 Annual tennis team event 36 Texting farewell 37 Chap 38 Lennon partner 39 On Soc. Sec. 42 The same number 43 Places where lves study 44 Wicked ... and, homophonically, like five long puzzle answers 46 One of thereindeer 47 The Bell of __Ž: Longfellow 48 Dont need to watch that movie againŽ 50 Spiffy 51 Fencing attack 54 Celebrity chef Burrell 55 Lengthy story 56 Nebraska natives 57 Evening, in ads 60 Anger By Kenneth J. Berniker 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 02/24/16 02/24/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134 € go@newszap.com Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134 | go@newszap.comWhether your business revolves around dining, nightlife, event planning, gi s, home entertaining, fashion, beauty or beyond, this special section is the place to be and be seen. Our talented team of media professionals is here to help your business stay in the spotlight with targeted and e ective advertising customers will notice. 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18 Okeechobee News June 29, 2018 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | admin@c21okee.com 4001-M: Blue Cypress 1BD/1BA, 1,112 Total Sq Ft, Merit Park Model. Neat, clean and cute! Screened porch, shed, paved driveway. HOA, Active comm w/ amenities including golf course, pool, clubhouse, $69,000 MLS # 212782 2002-H: Taylor Creek 5BD/3BA on a beautiful lake access lot, balcony overlooks the water. 3,226 Total Sq Ft/2,358 Screened back porch with fenced back yard, seawall and boat dock. $265,000 MLS # 212118 NEW LISTING Mixon Real Estate Groupis proud to welcome to our TEAMOkeechobee is Home! Cindy and her Husband Mark have grown their family here and established Bra ndel Construction 22 years ago. Construction and selling homes makes for a natural transition into the real estate profession. Cindy is committed to providing excellent customer service with attention to detail. STOP BY OR CALL CINDY TODAY! (863) 634-7022 (Lic. Realtor)CBRANDEL@MIXONGROUP.COM 1306 SW 2nd Ave € www.MixonGroup.com € (863) 763-6000CINDY BRANDEL PALM VILLAGE 55+ COMMUNITY. Waterfront 3B/2Ba with a view thats breathtaking! Enclosed FL room with glass sliders. Large screened porch w/utility room and huge shed. Plenty of parking (pavers) for trucks and boats or cars. MLS #212620 $158,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 SEMINOLE COVE 55+ COMMUNITY. 3 BED 2 Ba. Master bath custom built! Tile oors/Laminate. Brand new roof, newer AC/water heater. Screened FL rm. Living rm, separate den. Furnished! Quaint neighborhood. MLS #212612 Enjoy the good life! $132,500 Call Jody 863-634-1285 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 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! R E D Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. Advertise your home here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com

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June 29, 2018 Okeechobee News 19 C-1775: BUCKHEAD RIDGE Remodeled, 2BD/2BA frame house has 2 family rms spread over 1766 sq ft. Newly remodeled kitchen, solid oak cabinets, new counter tops, and new SS appliances. Too many remodeled items to list! Must see! Boat ramp and seawall w/newly built dock, 2 storage bldgs, carport, completely fenced $147,000. Call Dallon at 863-697-2139 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2BD/2BA DWMH. Large Florida room, lots of storage. Boat lift and patio. Must see! 10 minutes by water to lock. $174,900 Call Jeff Anderson 863-697-2424 863.634.4106 PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT — $850 FOR RENT — $900

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