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July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 1 467-1545 Our Focus is to Make You ComfortableŽ lic # CACO29420 Sunday, July 1, 2018 Vol. 109 No. 78 75¢ plus ta x 14.13 feetLast Year: 12.22 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Salute to military service members ... Pages 3, 4 FWC approves new airboat course ... Page 8 Honoring the Fourth of July ... Page 9-12 Meet OPD ... Page 14 EAA reservoir plans move forward ... Page 7 Special to the Okeechobee NewsArtha (center) with her parents, Mac and Lison Jonassaint, is proud to be Florida State FFA president. By Lean SuarezOkeechobee News What a whirlwind June for 2018 Okeechobee High School graduate Artha Jonassaint or, shall we say, Madame President. At Junes Florida Future Farmers of America State Convention, Miss Jonassaint was elected state president, and donned her association jacket for the coming year. Artha will delay her enrollment for one year at Harvard University to work on behalf of Florida FFA members. Artha said at the moment she won, her family went nutsŽ in the crowd. She is the “rst African-American young woman elected to lead the organization in its 90year history. Getting to know Artha this past year has just been incredible. Not only is she a top student, but her heart and soul are worn on her sleeve. She is one of the guiding forces behind the continuation of the End the Hunger Project. She graduated at the top of her class, is a scholar athlete and just an overall great person. When I asked her why End the Hunger was so important to her, she clearly spoke with Inspiring Okeechobee: Artha Jonassaint is state FFA presidentSee FFA „ Page 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Low levels of the toxin microcystin were detected in water collected in Lake Okeechobee where a large algal bloom has been reported, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. Higher levels of microcystin were detected on the Caloosahatchee River in Glades County and in Lee County. The highest level of toxins detected this week was in a sample collected on the Caloosahatchee River at the Alva bridge on June 25, with microcystin levels of 308.07 micrograms per liter. To date, most of the samples from Lake Okeechobee have had no toxins detected or very low levels. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers microcystin levels below 10 micrograms per liter to be safe for recreational contact. Most of the water ”owing into the Caloosahatchee River is from local basin runoff. On Thursday, the ”ow from Lake Okeechobee at Moore Haven was only 544 cubic feet per second (cfs). The ”ow at the Franklin Lock was 3,574 cfs. So of the 1.9 billion gallons of freshwater that ”owed Toxic algae found in the Caloosahatchee By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen presented his agencys 2018-19 “scal year budget in a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 27, in the Okeechobee County Historic Couthouse. The event was broadcast live on the Board of County Commissioners website and can be viewed in its entirety via”.us. During the meeting, Sheriff Stephen outlined his request for the budget. With this town hall meeting I want to maintain my transparency, Sheriff asks for budget increaseSee SHERIFF „ Page 13 Photo courtesy FDEPAn algal bloom in the Calooshatchee River in Lee County has tested postive for toxins from cyanobacteria. See ALGAE „ Page 5


2 Okeechobee News July 1, 2018 Saluting our SoldiersIn Honor of:James “Tommy” Tucker In Memory of:Thank you for your Superior Service! You we’re a true HERO! Love and Miss You, Acheson Family & FriendsIn Honor of:“Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.”Thank you In Honor of: do a job that you know has to be done!Proud of You!In Honor of:The task ahead of you, is never as great at the power behind you.So Proud of You!In Honor of: 75 2 Thank you for your service. Love, Your FamilyIn Honor of:Strong. Daring. Brave. Loyal. All words many use to describe you. Your family would like to add missed and loved beyond measure to the list.From Your FamilyIn Honor of:Best friend and husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Known as “POP” to so many. Love you always. Your family and friends. Past and Present ~ Your Friends at the Okeechobee News


July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 In Honor of:United States ArmyHome of the free because of the brave. Proud of you my loveIn Memory of: In Honor of: Love your family”In Honor of: In Honor of: Love, Mom and DadIn Honor of: Thank you for your service!In Honor of: Thank you for your service!In Memory of:United States Army Tamara. In Honor of: Love, Mom and DadIn Honor of:United States Marine Thank you for your service! Protecting our F reedom M & M Auto Brokers, Inc.3565 Hwy 441 North € Okeechobee (863) 763-0330 € Cell (954) 214-8877Go see Mitch! Hes a sweetheart guy and hell work with you!This Independence Day, we salute all soldiers, current, veteran & fallen.


Grand Oaks “shing€ I loved the photos of the Grand Oaks residents catching “sh on Lake Okeechobee. T he “shing is great on the Big O this summer, and those folks sure look like they were having a wonderful time.Ž … K. Booker € Grand Oaks is a fantastic assisted living facility. My mother is there, and they have so many wonderful activities nonstop. The residents are never bored, and the care they are given is above and beyond. My family is so thankful for Grand Oaks.Ž … Judy DemeterLake releases€ The Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir, if it was built today, would not stop the discharges east and west from the lake. A reservoir south of the lake would have already been full from direct rainfall when the lake level started to rise. What we need is more water conveyance south under the Tamiami Trail. The water is stacked up north of the trail now. There is plenty of clean water they could send south, but they cant get it there.Ž … J. Zimpel By Rev. Don HannaFirst UMC, Okeechobee This week, we celebrate Americas 242nd Independence Day, the of“cial anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. It seems just a few years ago that we were 200 years old! Many years ago I read that, according to John Adams, July 2 should be the day celebrated by Americans with “reworks because it is the day that the Continental Congress approved the Declaration even though it was dated as July 4th. The National Archives website con“rmed my memory, but I doubt we will ever change tradition. Nevertheless, it is a reminder to us as Americans that our independence was a long and bloody process. According to the Archives. gov website, the Declaration was not signed until Aug. 2, and not all the delegates were present that day. The War of Independence began in 1775 and continued until 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed. We forget the price of freedom involved a long struggle and was not simply making a declaration. Independence Day is a time that I am reminded of those who sacri“ced so much for our freedom. There are barbeques and “reworks on July Fourth, but I try to take a few minutes each year to give thanks for those who mutually pledged to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.Ž And it was not just the signers of the Declaration, but all who gave so much in that long struggle. Most of my life, I believed that all of m y family were immigrants drawn to the American Dream and simply bene“ciaries of those who sacri“ced at the beginning. My line o f Hannas came from Ireland in 1831, and m y moms family came in 1879 from Switzerland. I never felt any shame in missing th e Revolution, but at the same time, I felt i t would have been nice to be connected personally to those who madeŽ America. I was shocked in 2002 to learn that one line of m y family on moms side had been here sinc e just after the May”ower! As the years hav e gone by, I have found that I have multipl e patriot ancestors on both sides who fough t in the Revolution. I had always been grateful to those who prepared the way and also fo r those immigrants who arrived later. But it is nice to have a foot in both camps, those who started this American Dream and those who have come to “nd it for themselves. I am con“dent that there is not a family among us that doesnt share some part of the immigrant story, except maybe our Seminol e neighbors. We have come from many places, to a place we can call home. This Fourth, as we celebrate, may we give thanks to th e many streams of people that have come to America and may we seek to live up to the ideals of the Declaration: We hold thes e truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by thei r Creator with certain unalienable Rights, tha t among these are Life, Liberty and the pursui t of Happiness.Ž Not a bad start, but we ar e not “nished yet! July 1, 2018 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re”ections from the Pulpit Publisher/Editor: Katrina ElskenCirculation Manager: Cindy Eckert 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 i n several ways. Comments on local are welcome on the newspapers w ebsite at, in t he comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off w ritten, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News of“ce, 107 S .W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 3 4974; or, email anonymous or signed S peak Out comments to Okeenews@ n Thanks for participating i n our discussion of local issues! Today: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High around 90F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 72F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastMonday: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then cloudy skies overnight. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday Night: A few clouds. Low 71F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Hatred for AmericaIn the never-ending battle against ISIS, has no one realized that the children separated from their parents will have nothing but hatred for America? Nice going, Trump! The solution to immigration is keeping him in of“ce. No one will want to come here, including the current citizens. J.T. Martin Letter to the Editor The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT € 100 block of Northwest 36th Street € 1000 block of Northeast 13th Avenue € 7200 block of U.S. 441 North € 100 block of Northeast 64th Avenue € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 7200 block of U.S. 441 North € 8800 block of Southeast 67th Way € 1400 block of Northwest 141st Street BURGLARY € 1100 block of Northeast 29th Terrace € 2800 block of Northwest 46th Avenue € 900 block of Northeast 31st Terrace € 6300 block of Northeast Fifth Street € 3100 block of Southeast 39th Avenue € 6600 block of Southeast 56th Lane € 16100 block of Northwest 266th Street CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 300 block of Southeast 15th Avenue € 4000 block of Southeast 14th Terrace FRAUD € 2200 block of Northwest 42nd Avenue € 8100 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 3400 block of Southwest 20th Street € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street IDENTITY THEFT € 2200 block of U.S. 441 North THEFT € 200 block of Northwest 34th Street € 4900 block of U.S. 441 South € 2700 block of U.S. 441 South € 1700 block of Southwest Third Avenue € 3300 block of Southeast 34th Avenue € 3600 block of Northwest Sixth Avenue € 4000 block of U.S. 441 North OCSO Investigations Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: € Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, € Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, € Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.


Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida High w ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Correc tions (DOC). € Robert Wade Hardister, 26, Southeast Federal Highway, Stuart, was arrested June 25 by Deputy Matthew Huffman on a felony charge of battery by a person who is being detained in a jail upon other detainee. His bond was set at $5,000. € Walter Frank Jackson, 59 Northeast 16th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 26 by Deputy Jonathan Kemp on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with sale, manufacture or deliver a controlled substance (hydromorphone) within 1,000 feet of a physical place for worship or convenience business and possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance (hydromorphone) within 1,000 feet of a physical place for worship or convenience business. His bond was set at $50,000. € Angela Helen Kukulka, 36, Southwest Ninth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 26 by Deputy Jonathon Gove on two counts of felony charge possession of a controlled substance (dextroamphetamine-amphetamine) without a valid prescription. Her bond was set at $5,000. € Cornelia Denise Ash, 22, Northeast 13th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 29 by Deputy Ben Vuleta on a felony charge of ”eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement of“cer. Her bond was set at $2,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“rmed and printed. A rrest Report passion about food insecurity not just here in Okeechobee, but across the globe. She hopes to work on hunger issues on a global level. I have no doubt she will. Arthas graduation speech excerpt speaks to her passion and drive. She noted, We need to choose love, choose agape love at that, so that we can shine our lights in the darkest parts of the world.Ž She was chal lenged in high school by teacher Beth Box W ise to develop a mission statement, and A rtha says that she uses this mission state ment to remain focused. I am Artha Kristie and my mission is to be a re”ection of Christ and to exhibit competence, strength and agape love. I will use my intellect, like ability, communication skills to ensure the safety and prosperity of marginalized peo ple. Through acts of service, and impacting legislation, I intend to make this world and speci“cally this country a place where all can be happy and prosperous.Ž Her mom, Lison, posted on Facebook after Arthas historic election: Ninety years after it was chartered, the Florida FFA Asso ciation elected its “rst African-American female president. That young woman just so happens to be my daughter. Artha Kristie Jo nassaint, proud doesnt even describe it. Go set the organization and the world on “re.Ž OHS Principal Dylan Tedders, wrote as part of her recommendation for state of“ce: I humbly write this letter of recommendation for Artha Jonassaint in her pursuit of becoming a Future Farmer of America state of“cer. Attempting to summarize her accomplishments in a single letter will be impossible to do. As I reviewed her resume, I was forced to re”ect and challenge myself to serve and provide more opportunities of service through my position as leader of the school. Artha has the unique ability to lead others to achieving ambitious goals and believing that achieving these goals is within reach.Ž Mr. Tedders continued: Artha exempli“es The Brahman Way. Our mission, constructed by students and staff, was developed to match what it means to say, The Brahman Way. I believe Artha is a model of everything this slogan represents. She has a sense of ownership and pride in the culture we are attempting to build. Her high school journey has been one of service and putting others before herself. That is The Brahman Way!Ž He concluded: There is no doubt in my mind that when I see Artha, I am looking at a natural born leader. Her pleasant demeanor, relentless pursuit of excellence, and effortless ability to in”uence others has her in elite air when it comes to comparison of past Brahman student leaders. I would not rule out the possibility that I might be lucky enough in the future to apply for a position in an organization that she is leading. Whatever the organization, it will have a mission of solving issues to make this world a better place. I will be a better principal because I had the opportunity to witness the growth in a person as special as Artha. She makes us all strive for greatness!Ž FFA Advisor Jared Prescott said of Artha: It is a true privilege to be one of Arthas advisors for the past two years. Artha is the de“nition of a leader. She is honest and fair and treats her peers and advisors with the utmost respect. In my opinion, one of the greatest qualities that Artha possesses are that of a motivator. I have watched her push those around her to set goals that, at the time, they may look at as unachievable, and then push and encourage them to achieve it.Ž Mr. Prescott continued: This year was my “rst FFA State Convention as an advisor, and what an exciting one it was! Just to be able to experience such an emotional moment, and next step in Arthas future, with her was absolutely amazing. This is a dream come true for her, and the FFA is better for it. As State FFA President, I believe that Artha will lead the Florida FFA Organization to new heights during the coming year. Im excited to see the growth that this year brings to both her and the FFA.Ž Advisor Clint Thompson wrote: It has been my great privilege to serve as one o f Artha Jonassaints FFA advisors for the last three years. I have only been a teacher for a few short years now, but neither in that time or any time before it have I met such a driven, intelligent, and charismatic young lady.Ž Thompson noted: Artha is a natural leader, and commands the room anytime she stands at the front of it. She has the rare ability to help her peers work together as equals in a casual setting, while still keeping things moving down a predetermined path in an orderly fashion. She has served as our chapter president for two years running, and our district president for the past year, and has done so with great poise and seemingly unlimited support from her peers both at home and around the district. We have had state of“cers and even state presidents come from our chapter in the past, but Artha is the “rst in my time as an advisor, and I have to say, what a great “rst experience for me! I can think of no one better to represent myself, my fellow advisors, our FFA chapter and its members, and the great state of Florid a as our state FFA president than Miss Arth a Jonassaint. This is not the “rst election that Artha has won, and I guarantee that if she is so inclined, it will not be the last.Ž Artha is off learning about her new posi tion with her fellow FFA of“cers and enjoying her “rst weeks as Madame President.Ž Artha, the world is yours and your fan club is here to cheer you on! Thank you for inspiring us. FFAContinued From Page 1 into the west coast estuaries on June 28, only 292 million gallons came from Lake Okeechobee. Basin runoff is also as high or higher in phosphorus and nitrogen as the lake water. € On June 21, a sample from the St. Lucie Lock in Martin County had Microcystis aeruginosa (a cyanobacterium) as the dominant taxon. No microcystin was detected. € A sample taken June 25 on Lake Okeechobee at Moore Haven found Microcystis aeruginosa was dominant. Microcystin levels were 3.3 micrograms per liter. No other toxins were detected. € On June 25, dense mats of algae were observed on the surface of the Caloosahatchee River at Ortona; Microcystis aeruginosa was dominant in the sample. Microcystin levels were 26.3 micrograms per liter. No other toxins were detected. € On June 25, a sample taken at the Port Mayaca lock in Martin County had Microcystis aeruginosa dominant. Total microcystin level was 2.2 micrograms per liter, No other toxins were detected. € On June 25, FDEP sampled an algae bloom at Port Mayaca in Martin County. The dominant taxon was Microcystis aeruginosa (a cyanobacterium). Microcystin levels were measured at 2.2 micrograms per liter € On June 25, an algal bloom on the Caloosahatchee near S. Olga Road in Lee County had Microcystis aeruginosa dominant. Microcystin level was 25.41 micrograms per liter. No other toxins were detected. € On June 25, microcystin levels of 308.07 micrograms per liter were detected in an algal bloom on the Caloosahatchee River at the Alva bridge. Microcystis aeruginosa was the dominant taxon. No other toxins were detected. € On June 26, microcystin levels of 463.34 micrograms per liter were detected in an extensive algal bloom on the Caloosahatchee River in Lee County. Microcystis aeurginosa was dominant. Anatoxin level was 0.34 micrograms per liter. € On June 26, a sample collected at the Swim Beach downstream of the S-79 water control structure on the Caloosahatchee River had microcystin levels of 6.5 micrograms per liter; Microcystis aeruginoa was the dominant taxon. € On June 26, microcystin levels of 4 micrograms per liter were detected in an algal sample at the Tiki Hut at State Road 31 in Lee County. € On June 26, microcystin levels of 6.06 micrograms per liter were detected in a sample taken near the Orange River Tree Farm on the Caloosahatchee River in Lee County. Dominant taxon was Microcystis aeruginosa. € On June 26, an algal bloom on the C-44 Canal in Martin County below the S-80 water control structure had mixed algae with no dominant species. Microcystin levels were 0.59 micrograms per liter. No other toxins were detected. € FDEP also found visible algae on the surface of the water and in the water column in the C-44 Canal below the S-80 water control structure on June 26. Test results are not yet available. Algae blooms are also reported in other waterways in Florida in the past two weeks. A LGAEContinued From Page 1


6 Okeechobee News July 1, 2018 Reta Rebecca Tyner, 91 BASINGER „ Reta Rebecca Tyner died J une 27, 2018. She was born Sept. 2, 1926 in Basinger to the late Samuel Fred and Lottie (Norman) Sparkman. A lifetime resident of Basinger, she was a member of Church of God of Basinger. She loved music, sewing, and cooking. Mrs. Tyner was pre ceded in death by her husband, Edward Tyner; son, Dellen Tyner; and daughters, Denita Tyner, Dale Tyner, and Delta Tyner Deadwyler. She is survived by her son, Durwin Tyner (Pat), of Okeechobee; daughters, Deann a Tyner, of Bartow, and Dorinda Tyner Mixon (Gerry), of Okeechobee; seven grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Basinger Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Obituaries Summer reading camp setA summer reading camp is being sponsored by Okeechobee Childrens Services Council which is open to all students of Okeechobee public schools. There are certi“ ed teachers and free snacks. The camp will be held at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1258 N.E. 13th Street now through July 1 The camp is Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information, call Mrs. Baker at 321-749-7924.Flea Market hosts car showThe Big O Flea Market, 3600 U.S. 441, will host a Classic Car & Truck Show on Sunday, J uly 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission, registration and parking is free! A live DJ w ill 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., w ill 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 U.S. 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 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, July 1, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to bene“ t veterans 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 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.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.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 West, will host a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, July 3 from 4 until 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $8. The event is open to the public. Music will be provided by Jay and Patty. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378. 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, 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 East in Buckhead Ridge will serve dinner on Friday, July 6, from 5:30 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 East in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, July 8, from 8:30-11 a.m. to bene“ t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Tai Chi at the Senior CenterStarting Monday, July 9 Okeechobee Senior Services will again offer Tai Chi classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center, 1690 N.W. Ninth Ave. These classes are offered to beginners and the experienced at no cost. For information, please call Senior Services at 863-462-5180. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic BHR VFW Aux serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary, 29012 SR 78 East in Buckhead Ridge, will host a dinner comprised of Sallys Big Balls and other items on Wednesday, July 11, at 5 p.m. to bene“ t veteran services. For information, call 863467-2882.BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 East in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, July 13, from 5:30 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “ sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, onion rings, salad and desert. Live music by Travis. Proceeds to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Chicken workshop setSEBRING … Come learn about the basics of backyard chickens on Thursday, July 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UF/IFA Extention Of“ ce, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring. There is a $10 registration fee. You can register online at or call 863-402-6540.Labor Day parade is Sept. 1The 2018 Labor Day parade will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 A poll was conducted through Facebook and the community voted to change the event from traditional Monday to Saturday to help kick off Okeechobee Main Streets festival in the park and Cattlemen Associations weekend rodeo events. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary Club learns about foster familiesTim Putnam and Kenya Reinhardt of Four Kids, an agency needing foster parents, spoke at the June 12 meeting of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. There were 40 cases last year of abused or neglected children in Okeechobee zip code 34972 and 25 in 34974. In such instances, the children are removed from the unstable home environment and placed, hopefully, with a secure foster family until their home crisis can be resolved. Pictured are Tim Putnam, Kenya Reinhardt and Rotarian Melisa Jahner. Rotary meets on Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral.


July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ 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 Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsPlans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee continue to move forward. The public had another chance to ask questions and comment on the Everglades A gricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project J une 27 at a meeting in Clewiston spon sored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Similar meetings took place June 26 in Le High and June 28 in Stuart. Only two members of the public spoke at the Clewiston meeting, which attracted about 30 people. Both speakers expressed support of the project. Celeste De Palma of Audubon Florida spoke in favor of the project. We have been trying to push water away for a really long time, and were living with the consequences,Ž she said. Everglades restoration puts the water back w here it belongs.Ž We urge the corps to make sure Congress gets to review this project and consider it for this years Water Resources Development Act,Ž said Ms. De Palma. Moving forward with this project, its important that we all came together and w orked out something that seems to work for all of the communities,Ž said Nyla Pipes of One Florida. A lot of people still question whether the project will meet the water quality standards required for water entering Ever glades National Park, Ms. Pipes explained. She added that she is con“dent the South Florida Water Management District and Army Corps of Engineers will make the project work and that it will meet water quality standards. She said more public outreach and edu cation about the project may be necessary to assure people that water entering the Everglades will meet the required water quality standards. Mar ci Jackson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explained that the EAA reservoir is proposed as a change to the already ap proved Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). In December 2014, the corps and SFW MD completed planning of CEPP, she explained. The project, authorized by Congress in 2016, included a ”ow equalization basin (FEB) on the A-2 parcel in the EAA. That land is already in state ownership. This FEB was a shallow storage feature. In 2017, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 10, which called for a deep-wa ter reservoir in the EAA. The cur rent proposal asks Congress to approve changing the CEPP plan to build a deep-water reservoir on the A-2 parcel in stead of the FEB. The reservoir site is about 10,500 acres and the reser voir will be 23 feet deep. The project includes an addi tional 6,500 acres of stormwater treatment area. V egetation in the STAs helps remove nutrients from the water. CEPP would increase the canal capacity to move more water from the lake through the stormwater treatment areas and on to Florida Bay, explained Leslie Waugh of the corps. As originally approved, CEPP would pro vide an additional annual ”ow of 210,000 acre-feet (about 59 billion gallons of water) to the Everglades and Florida Bay she said. Changing the shallow reservoir project to a deep reservoir would increase the annu al ”ow to about 370,000 acre-feet per year (about 104 billion gallons of water CEPP provides the additional convey ance from the lake to the reservoir and the ST As, then through the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) and under the Tamiami Trail to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. Without the other CEPP projects, the EAA reservoir would be static storage, Ms. Waugh said. The FEB in the A-1 parcel, already in place, will not change. The new reservoir, existing A-1 FEB and new STAs will all work together to store and clean water, she said. The reservoir will provide environmental bene“ts and also be available for some recreational uses, she said. The project provides additional storage and treatment, decreases extreme low lake events and reduces water supply cutbacks. By sending more water south, the project also reduces the freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee, Ms. Waugh explained. The corps will accept comments on the EAA reservoir plan through July 24. Public engagement is an important part of the environmental review process, and we encourage all interested individuals, groups and agencies to attend one o f the public meetings, review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and provide your input,Ž said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District Commander. Comments are being accepted through July 24 and can be sent electronically to, or mailed to: Stacie Auvenshine, U.S. Army Corps o f Engineers Jacksonville District P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019. Public invited to comment on EAA reservoir plan Suicide awareness group has regular meetingsA support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide and for parents whose children have taken their own lives meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park St.


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July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 The Fraternal Order of Police hosts the annual Fourth of July festivities at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Wednesday, July 4. The Fraternal Order of Police will be hosting the annual Fourth of July festival at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Wednesday, July 4. Gates open at 5 p.m. Contests will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Contests will include hula hoop, water balloon toss, ice cream eating, watermelon eating and more. Veterans will be honored with a ceremony at 8 p.m. The “reworks show will start at 9 p.m. There will also be a kids activity area, an in”atable obstacle course and booths from area businesses and organizations. Pictured at right are “reworks from last years festival.


10 Okeechobee News July 1, 2018 Be a volunteer to advocate for children in foster care! In your county, there are abused, abandoned and neglected children who need an advocate.YOU can be their  Voice ŽPlease consider becoming a Guardian ad Litem volunteer today.Call 772.785.5804 Vice President, Okeechobee Board of Realtors Lic. Real Estate Broker Fax: 863.467.7822 21442 E. SR 78, Buckhead Ridge | Okeechobee, FL 34974Vic_Anderson@earthlink.netVicki S. Anderson | 863.634.4106 The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate in the United States. Much about July makes the fourth day of the month the ideal time to celebrate. School is out, the weather is w arm and the generally relaxed attitude of summer has typ ically set in by the “rst week of July. People tasked with hosting Fourth of July festivities may not feel the same pressure when hosting such gatherings that they would when hosting more formal affairs. The re laxed nature of summer often pervades Fourth of July festivities, but hosts can still take a crash course in summer hosting to ensure everyone has a good time. € Dont try to break the mold. Some hosts may be tempted to think outside the box in regard to the foods and beverages theyll serve at their Fourth of July parties. While hosts can still experiment and serve new foods and creative cock tails at their parties, many guests will be anticipating some Fourth of July staples, such as grilled hot dogs and hamburg ers and cold beer and lemonade. Making sure such foods and beverages are served alongside more experimental fare w ont disappoint traditionalists, and those looking for some thing beyond the norm wont be disappointed, either. € Embrace the red, white and blue. When decorating, opt for red, white and blue decorations. This gives the party a distinctly Fourth of July feel. Red, white and blue napkins and tablecloths are readily available come July, and hosts w ith a gift for crafts can even create their own decorations to use year after year. € Prepare to entertain. Unlike holiday season gatherings that typically begin in the evening, Fourth of July parties tend to begin in the afternoon and extend into the night. That means hosts must not just feed their guests, but entertain them as well. Since Fourth of July parties tend to take place outdoors, plan lots of backyard games, such as badminton, bocce, Wif”e ball, horseshoes, and more. Hosts with swimming pools should have pool games readily available as well. € Leave the “reworks to the professionals. Hosts should not succumb to pressure, real or perceived, to supply “reworks at their Fourth of July parties. Fireworks can lead to injuries and accidents and are best left to the professionals who put on community “reworks shows. Discourage guests from bringing their own “reworks by making it known they will be asked to leave the party if they do. € Arrange transportation home for guests. To make sure everyone gets home safe and sound, arrange in advance for some guests to serve as designated drivers. Hosts also should abstain from consuming alcohol during the party so they can get people home safe if necessary. Keep a list of local taxi company phone numbers on hand and encourage guests who plan to consume alcohol to use ridesharing apps to get to and from the party. Fourth of July festivities typically are less formal than other celebrations, but hosts still must plan their parties to ensure everyone has a fun, safe Independence Day. TF186060 Host your own fun 4th of July party with these tips Special to the Okeechobee NewsWhile hot dogs and hamburgers may be among the Fourth of July party staples, it doesnt hurt to try a little experimentation. Appease all your guests by serving the traditional right alongside the new. The Fourth of July has been a federal holiday since 1941. Though that may seem like a long time for the country to wait to celebrate the independence it declared in 1776, the tradition of the Fourth of July, often referred to as Independence Day, dates back to the dawn of the American Revolution and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Since then, July 4th has been recognized as the dawn of American independence, and celebrations that included “reworks and parades can be traced back to the 18th century. On July 4, 1777, the city of Philadelphia, which would become the “rst capital of the United States of America, hosted the “rst annual commemoration of American independence, and exactly one year later George Washington ordered that all of his soldiers be offered double rations of rum to commemorate the anniversary. In 1781, Massachusetts was the “rst state to make July 4th an of“cial state holiday, and the day was actually declared a federal holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1870. However, that declaration did not grant a paid holiday to federal employees. That bene“t came in 1941, which is why that year is now recognized as the “rst year when the Fourth of July of“cially became a federal holiday.


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July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 U.S. Sugar Employees Give Back U.S. Sugar and our employees AHabitat for Humanity take input and discuss what needs to happen with our agency with members of the community. The budget that Ive submitted for 2018-19 is a little over a 14 percent in crease,Ž explained the sheriff. Almost 8 to 9 percent of that increase is to adjust the starting salary of the deputies, and changing the pay has to be consistent through to the rank of lieutenant. Three percent of the increase is due to the recent state-mandated School Resource Of“cer requirement. Less than 3 percent will be to bring on an additional seven staff members, two on the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT), an additional crime scene evidence technician along with a detention deputy for the jail. Prior to the meeting, Sheriff Stephen also addressed the percieved dif“culty community members were going to have with accepting the proposal. I know the struggle with the 14 percent increase is going to be very hard for people to accept, but the problem is that we are losing our average “ve or six-year employ ees to agencies that can provide them with $15,000 more per year. I understand we cant pay what the coastal agencies do „ that we are losing our deputies to „ but if I can at least halfway bridge the gap, from currently losing two deputies per month to one per month, that will be a considerable cost savings to the taxpayers of the county and to the agency.Ž According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Annual Criminal Justice Agency Pro“le Report from the 2015 year, with the exception of Highlands County Sheriffs Of“ce, Polk, Osceola, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Glades County sheriffs of“ces all paid their deputies more than Okeechobee. In 2017, Highlands County surpassed Okeechobee, which has maintained a steady $34,000 entry salary. At the meeting, Sheriff Stephens slide show presentation highlighted the four challenges his agency is currently facing in aspects of hiring, employee retention, quality law enforcement personnel and return on investment of new-hire training. The presentation included causation factors in acknowledgment of the current problem the agency faces, noting starting salary differences, the unattractive aspects of the profession, Florida legislation mandating all law enforcement of“cer organizations increase their presence in the schools, larger agencies that are in close geographical proximity targeting the experienced employees of smaller agencies, and the value of the training and time the taxpayers have put into each employee who leaves for another agency. By comparison, OCSO has a starting salary of $34,000. The average starting salary from the surrounding coastal agencies that are competing for applicants in the job pool is $45,981 with various attractive incentive, bonus and bene“ts packages. Excluding the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Of“ce, the average salary is $42,264. Law enforcements unattractiveness to the population according to the presentation is threefold, with negative media portrayals, high mortality rate in the profession and the availability of other, less stressful means of employment. The presentation by the sheriff also listed training costs. All certi“ed employees are required (at a minimum) to complete 40 hours of continuing education every four years. This minimum does not contribute to their expanse of knowledge but rather their continued pro“ciency in the basic skills as required by the FDLE. This averages to a cost of $324 per year per employee ($35,640 for 110 employees per year). With the average of the initial training cost at $25,866, yearly minimum training cost of $324 over a threeyear period, and including the base salary of $34,000, the total investment equals $42,946 per year in a new hire employee, excluding bene“t package. Every time an employee is lost to another agency after three years of experience for an average of an $8,264 increase in salary, the taxpayers of the county lose $128,838. Of the 40 nonsupervisor road patrol deputies, 20 have less than a year of experience. Sheriff Stephen reiterated: Bridging the gap, I feel, will be cost-effective to the taxpayers and bene“cial to the sheriffs of“ce. By offering an additional $6,000 to our new hires, it will make us competitve with the adjacent counties that our deputies are leaving for. I feel in the long run our sheriffs of“ce will run more ef“ciently, effectively and economically.Ž Sheriff Stephen explained: Were operating as reactive, not proactive. The two CAT operatives will allow us to target high crime areas where burglaries, vandalism, thefts, and traf“c violations are reported to occur. The addition of these two positions will bene“t our regular shift deputies to for them to be able to answer calls and allow them to be proactive in their duties. If we dont add to our numbers as the community grows, we are becoming reactive everyday. We kno w who the burglars are but we dont have the time to catch them, we know who the dopers are but we dont have the time to isolate them unless there is an operation conducted on them.Ž Mack Whorley addressed Sheriff Stephen, stating: I appreciate what youre trying to do. I appreciate every person in here, the problem we have is that there is not enough tax base to pay for the services the people demand. Our problem is we have too man y people paying too few taxes. We made a decision several years ago to do away with impact fees. That alone tells me that we are not planning for growth. An impact fee is a tax that somebody who is making the impact pays 25 percent of; because we are afraid we cant get people to move here they did away with impact fees, and thats a source that could help you. Weve got to make better decisions. Noel, it sounds like you did a lot of hard work to get these numbers right, and I appreciate it. Ive got the same thing in my business of trying to hire good people wehn someone else is able to pay them more money. Its a tough situation to be in, but often times at my home Ive had to say, Honey, we just dont have the money, so you might be hearing that.Ž Okeechobee City Administrator Montes De Oca commented: In this community we all work together, and I know everyone will continue to do the best we can. I appreciate the sheriff publicly going over his challenges. The pay gap for the coastal communities continues to grow, and we need to stay relevant while minding our taxpayers dollars.Ž SHERIFFContinued From Page 1


14 Okeechobee News July 1, 2018 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Of“cer Jason Gavern was born in April 1977, in Harrisonburg, Va., but grew up in Scranton, Pa. During the summers when not in school, he stayed busy with working and going on vacations. My father owns a tree-cutting company, so I worked mostly but went on lots of family vacations,Ž including a lot of cruises, he said. We mustve gone to Bermuda at least 10 times. My parents worked really hard for us to have a good life.Ž Of“cer Gavern was very active in sports as a youth. I played football, baseball and basketball, I was never inside and was al w ays outdoors doing something.Ž He has been a resident of Okeechobee for six months since he moved from Kissimmee, w hich he had called home since 2006. Of“cer Gavern graduated in 1995 from North Pocono High School in Moscow, Pa. His favorite subject was United States his tory. As he became older, the time spent playing sports transitioned to work. When I was 12 years old, I started to work for my dad, which was my “rst job. I ended up buy ing my “rst car at 16 and my own house at 18,Ž he said. Of“cer Gavern „ while still in his teens „ had accomplished what takes others years into their adult lives to attain. His favorite aspect about attending school was being able to socialize with his friends. While in high school, Of“cer Gaverns interest in joining the military was piqued when a recruiter came to visit and speak to the students of his class. He enlisted to serve for a period of eight years in the United States Army Reserves in Pennsylvania, with a primary military occupational specialty „ which identi“es a speci“c job „ as a cavalry scout. He spent time stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky, completed his contract with the rank of Specialist (E-4) and said the most dif“cult aspect of his time spent in the military was cold weather training.Ž Of“cer Gavern continued his education when he enrolled at Lackawanna College in Scranton in 1997. He recently graduated in 2017 with his associates degree in criminal justice „ and, as he laughingly stated, Yes, it took me that long!Ž He said his most memorable moment of his time spent in college was graduating!Ž Unlike most college students, Of“cer Gavern attended college after he already had graduated from the police academy. Prior to his time in law enforcement, Of“cer Gavern also delivered pizzas for Little Caesars. When asked why he chose the profession of law enforcement, Of“cer Gavern said, Public safety is in my family,Ž noting he is one of at least 10 family relatives who are either “re“ghters or law enforcement of“cers. He has almost eight years working on the streets, with seven of them in Scranton and less than one as a new addition to OPD. When asked how his career has created value in his life, Of“cer Gavern responded: I love people and I love to help them. Law enforcement provides me with a good and steady platform to accomplish that.Ž Of“cer Gavern credited his retired “re“ghter grandfather, Louis Gavern, as his biggest career in”uence. Aside from being a law enforcement of“cer and serving in the armed forces, Jason The SensationŽ Gavern is also a professional heavyweight boxer. He began his career as an amateur in 1998 and lost his “rst seven “ghts, but that was not enough to overcome his competitive drive and pure love for the sport. In 2001, he competed in the National Police Athletic League, was a quarter“nalist for the United States championships, became the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion and won a bronze a medal in the National Golden Gloves championships. In 2002, he again became a quarter“nalist for the U.S. championships, won a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves championships and a silver medal at American Boxing Classic tournament. All of the accolades mentioned were in the super-heavyweight division and accomplished while Of“cer Gavern was employed as a law enforcement of“cer. He continued the dual stint for his “rst seven professional “ghts before he chose to put away his cuffs, holster his “rearm and don his gloves for the long haul of his boxing career. Of“cer Gavern stated that while he was employed with the Scranton Police Department, the mayor and police chief would allow him to represent the city while on his boxing travels without having to take any vacation or sick leave for approximately four years, but when a new mayor and chief were appointed, the ambassadorship ceased. He then told a story about an incident that occurred under the new management. I was contacted to “ght at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, on Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, on the under card of James Toney vs. Evander Holy“eld. I requested time off from work for the “ght and was told no, so I called out sick and ”ew to Vegas for the “ght. Well, when I showed back up for work. they asked, What did you do this weekend? and I replied hung out at the house.Ž Of“cer Gavern continued his story, They then popped in a video, and I saw and heard Jimmy Lennon Jr. announce my name as I prepared to “ght that was aired on television. I was then written up for misuse of sick leave,Ž Of“cer Gavern chuckled as he reminisced. He won his four-round “ght that night by way of unanimous decision against Larry Dawson. Of“cer Gaverns “ght record sits at 27 wins, 21 losses, with four draws for a total of 52 professional “ghts, with 23 percent of those “ghts ending in a knockout by Jason The Senation.Ž He won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Caribbean Boxing Federation heavyweight title on April 8, 2010, and later fought the 6-foot-8-inch Alexander SashaŽ Ustinov on April 26, 2012, for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) Inter-Continental heavyweight title but fell to a loss in the seventh round. Of“cer Gavern was also ranked 13th at one point by the WBC and, when asked about a possible future bout, he said: The “re is still there, but Im not in the gym like I need to be. However, boxing has been very good to me, and if a “ght offer came, Im available.Ž Of“cer Gavern is no stranger to taking “ghts on short notice, going all the wa y back to his amateur days „ when he had trained for only two weeks before taking his “rst bout „ and into his professional time, agreeing to only having six days to prepare for a bout with the current International Boxing Federation, IBO, World Boxing Association and recently World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. He is one of two people to step into the squared circle with both current champions in Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, with both Joshua and Wilder set to face one another in the near future of the sport to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion since the days of Lennox Lewis. That alone is suf“cient as a testament to his I will go and “ght anybody, anytime and anyplaceŽ mentality. In his spare time, Of“cer Gavern enjoys doing cross“t exercises, boxing and spending quality time with his girlfriend. Other than the present time period, Of“cer Gavern said, I would like to see the future 100 years from now with how technology advances and how it will be integrated with society o f the time.Ž When asked who it would be, if he could meet anyone of the past or present, he answered, Id like to spend more time with my grandpa, who recently passed.Ž Of“cer Gaverns “nal response came to the question of which superhuman power he would like to possess and why, comically relating: I want to be like Mel Gibsons character in the movie, What Women Want.Ž In the movie, the character can hear the thoughts of women without their knowing. Of“cer Gavern offered, Wouldnt that be absolutely great to know those answers?Ž Meet the of“cer: OPDs Jason Gavern Special to the Okeechobee NewsOf“cer Jason Gavern Courtesy photo/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServicePlease dont release balloonsThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urges the public to refrain from releasing balloons into the air. Birds, turtles and other animals commonly mistake balloons, which can harm or even kill them, for food. In addition, many animals can become entangled in balloon strings, which can strangle or hurt them.


July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 ACROSS 1 Beach tube letters 4 Tube in Paris 9 __ butter: cosmetic moisturizer 13 Roofing sealant 14 Gem weight unit 15 Home extension? 16 __ standstill 17 Intensive study program 19 Classic laundry soap 21 Theyre drunk at socials 22 Fish in hamo, a Japanese delicacy 23 Its the opposite of a flying one 26 Auto racer Busch 27 Uh-huhŽ 28 Miscellany 30 Faux pas 33 Certain kings pride 36 Nunavut people 39 Mighty clash 42 Simple type of question 43 Good one!Ž 44 Dumped, perhaps 45 Sister brand of the Sensor razor 47 Youve found the right personŽ 49 D.C. bigwigs 51 2014 WNBA Finals runner-up 57 Wood-scratching tool 58 Pakistani bread 59 Loosen, as laces 60 Award to be announced February 28, previously won by the first words of 17-, 23-, 39and 51-Across 64 Cellular messenger 65 Take the helm 66 Trees yielding caffeine-rich nuts 67 Staples of many websites 68 Giveaway bag 69 One-for-one deals 70 Touch gently DOWN 1 British Invasion drummer 2 Hibachi spot 3 Mali money 4 Real people? 5 Maestros forte 6 Refrain bit 7 Many a reggae musician 8 Additional 9 Fifth BeatleŽ Sutcliffe 10 Sure, take it!Ž 11 Picasso supporter 12 Set Fire to the RainŽ singer 15 Call for help 18 The CensorŽ of Rome 20 Part of a winter suit 24 Penultimate contest, for its winner 25 Work with pupils 26 Bob Marley Museum city 29 The Blackbirds of the NCAAs Northeast Conf. 30 Babes pen 31 Falsity 32 Everythings ready to go!Ž 34 Surveillance org. 35 Moral principle 37 Not close to 100% 38 Texas senator Cruz 40 Neither partner 41 Avatar of Vishnu 46 Faddish berry in smoothies 48 Hesitant okay 49 Old Milwaukee maker 50 Have because of 52 Accesses illegally, in a way 53 Hitched behind 54 Camera holder 55 In a way, slangily 56 Old Milwaukeemaking ingredient 58 Morning EditionŽ airer 61 Links supporter 62 Suffix with form 63 Criticize By C.C. Burnikel 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 02/25/16 02/25/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday “Best Burgers in South Florida!” 863.763.3127 Crossword Puzzle Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Large run of cattle and prices were strong on most all classes. Maybe buyers stocking up before the July 4 shutdown next week. Steers up $2-$3. Heifers up $1$2. Slaughters up $2. Dont really expect prices to get better going into summer runs of cattle. Remember, we receive cattle on Sunday and give them hay & water at no charge. We appreciate your patronage. Lets all remember were blessed to live in the USA! Happy Independence Day! H & H Sod, Kenansville & Prem Nandial, Fort Pierce, both topped the calf market with a high of $2.55 bought by Foy Reynolds. Silent K Ranch, Boca Raton & Olivera Lopez, Naples, both topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $.68 bought by Brown Packing. We will be CLOSED July 2 through the 6th. We will be accepting cattle on Sunday, July 8. For Sale: 74 Pairs, Crossbred, 6-10 years old, Angus & Charolais Sired $1,150. 29 Bred Cows Calving Oct-Feb $900 Call Matt or Jeff Zipperer Beefmasters has 20 purebred & 20 commercial Heifers for sale. Call 239691-4803 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.


16 Okeechobee News July 1, 2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSService Technicians, Installers & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required Apply within 312 SW 2nd St. Okeechobee EOE/DFWP Now Hiring FULL-TIME MAINTENANCE OPERATOR Deadline is Fri., Jul. 13, 2018, 4:30 PM. See website for Job Description and Application packet, or in person at City Hall, City Clerk’s 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. Successful candidates are required to pass a background EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Miscellaneous Notices Miscellaneous Notices Jonathan Sanders, MD, JD will be retiring from the day-to-day practice of medicine and closing his practice as of July 31, 2018. Until August 31, 2018, medical records may be obtained by contacting the office at 772-778-7782. After that date, contact Clary Document Management by calling 763-548-1320, or emailing, or faxing 763-548-1325, or mailing: 5600 Pioneer Creek Drive Minneapolis, MN 55359. Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 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 Administrative Assistant STRONG organizational skills; must be computer literate; have exp. working with MS Word and Excel. Type 60 wpm. Must be Culturally Sensitive. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North., Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. e-mail 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@ 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 Houses Rent 3BD/2BA HOME WITH 2 CAR GARAGE ON 1/2 ACRE LOT IN OAK PARK $1,200 MONTHLY AVAILABLE AUGUST 1ST CALL 863-467-8559 OR 226-339-6303 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. READING A NEWSPAPER... Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO: 47-2016-DP-000118 IN THE INTEREST OF J.A. DOB: 07/23/2004 C.A. DOB: 08/18/2000 Minor Child TO: CARLA SHROUT Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, J.A WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 2004 AND C.A. WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 18TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2000. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON JULY 9, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 4TH DAY OF JUNE 2018. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Kimberly DEPUTY CLERK 267218 ON 6/10,17,24;7/1/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


July 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 17 Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION TEXT AMENDMENTNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board, meeting as the Local Planning Agency on Thurs, July 19, 2018, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL, to consider and receive input on amending Subpart B Land Development Regulations. Petition No. 18-001-TA proposes to amend the following areas in the Code of Ordinances: CHAPTER 78 DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS: Article III Utilities, by adding a new Section 78-73, entitled Mandatory Water and Wastewater Connections. CHAPTER 86 SUBDIVISIONS: Article I In General, adding definitions for Lot Split/De Minimis Subdivision and Joinder of a Lot to Section 86-4 Definitions. Article II Plans and Data, add a new Division 3 entitled Simple Lot Split/De Minimis Subdivisions; add a new Section 86-90 entitled Procedure for Application Submission and Approval of a Simple Lot Split/De Minimis Subdivision. Add a new Division 4 entitled Joinder of Lots; add a new Section 86-91 entitled Procedure for Application Submission and Approval of a Joinder of Lots. CHAPTER 90 ZONING: Article III District and District Regulations, Division 6 Commercial Professional and Office District, amending Section 90-223 by adding item (12) One Dwelling Unit per commercial building, with conditions, to the list of Special Exception Uses. Division 7 Light Commercial District, Section 90-253, amending the Special Exception Uses, item (3) Private club, nightclub to include bar; and amending item (15) One dwelling unit per commercial building to include, provided that the dwelling unit is located either above or behind the ground floor commercial use. Division 8 Heavy Commercial District, Section 90282 amending the Permitted Uses, item (8) Private club, night club to include bar; and Section 90-283, amending the Special Exception Uses, item (17) One dwelling unit per commercial building to include, provided that the dwelling unit is located either above or behind the ground floor commercial use. Division 9 Central Business District, Section 90-313 amending the Special Exception Uses, item (10) One dwelling unit per commercial building to include, provided that the dwelling unit is located either above or behind the ground floor commercial use. Article IV Supplementary District Regulation, Division 1 Generally, amend Section 90-447 Yards on Corner Lots, by identifying that the yard the property is address is the primary front yard. Division 3 Off-Street Parking and Loading, amending Section 90-512 Space Regulations by adding bar to the list of uses requiring one parking space per 75-square feet of floor area. Division 7 Accessory Uses and Structures, Section 90-632, adding a new subsection “(e)” requiring that structures or containers used for storage be treated as an accessory structure. Division 9 Special Exception and Supplemental Use Regulations, adding a new Section 90-705, entitled Temporary Portable Storage Containers, and setting forth the restrictions and limitations of their placement in Single-Family Residential Zoning Districts. The proposed amendment may be reviewed at the address above during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The public is encouraged to attend. The Planning Board will issue a recommendation on Petition No. 18-001-TA that will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration at Public Hearings tentatively scheduled for 6:00 PM on August 21, 2018 and September 4, 2018. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board 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 General Services Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. By: Zoning Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, Petition No. 18-001-TA 272232 ON 7/1,11/2018 NOTICE OF OUA MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse (A.K.A. Board of County Commissioners Chambers), 304 NW 2nd St. Room 270, Okeechobee, Florida. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public Hearing as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider the of the Non-Ad Valorem Assessments. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Office at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 272238 ON 7/1/2018 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO: 47-2016-DP-000118 IN THE INTEREST OF J.A. DOB: 07/23/2004 C.A. DOB: 08/18/2000 Minor Child TO: WILLIAM ADAMS Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, J.A WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 2004 AND C.A. WHO WAS BORN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 18TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2000. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON JULY 9, 2018 AT 1:15 P.M FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND A T THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE T O PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO T HE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNE Y REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATT ORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF, THIS 4TH DAY OF JUNE 2018. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Kimberly DEPUTY CLERK 267222 ON 6/10,17,24;7/1/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO.: 472016DP000093 IN THE INTEREST OF: C.D. DOB: 12/4/2012 H.D. DOB: 12/30/2013 Minor Children TO: Jessica Dunn Mother, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, C.D. WHO WAS BORN IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 4th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2012 AND H.D. WHO WAS BORN IN SAINT LUCIE COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 30rd DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEA R BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE A BOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED A T 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON AUGUST 13, 2018 A T 1:15 P.M. FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE AND AT THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEA R A T THE ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF T HE CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEA R ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, Y OU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS A S A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IFYOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF THIS 10th DAY OF JUNE, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK KIM SARROS, DEPUTY CLERK 269542 on 6/17,24;7/1,8/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 18-CP-000091 IN RE: ESTATE OF MATTHEW HUME PAYNE FERGUSON, JR. a/k/a MATTHEW H.P. FERGUSON, JR. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f MATTHEW HUME PAYNE FERGUSON, JR. a/k/a MATTHEW H.P. FERGUSON, JR., deceased, whose date of death was February 14, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. T he names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE T IME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is June 24th, 2018. Personal Representative: ROBERT H. FERGUSON 14237 S. HWY 71 West Fork, Arkansas 72774 Attorney: /s/ DENNIS J. SZAFRAN DENNIS J. SZAFRAN, ESQUIRE A ttorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar No. 118448 E-Mail: The Law Offices of Dennis J. Szafran 401 Corbett Street, Suite 340B Clearwater, FL 33756 Telephone (727) 266-3431 269719 ON 6/24;7/1/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 47-2018-CP-021 IN RE: The Estate of WILLIAM THOMAS ROSEWALL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate o f WILLIAM THOMAS ROSEWALL, Deceased, whose date of death was December 6, 2017, and whose last four digits of his social security number is 4762, Case Number 472018-CP-021 is pending in the Circui t Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address o f which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim or demand against the decedent’s estate, even if that claim is unrnatured, contingent or unliquidated you must file your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE T HE LATER OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF T HIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTE R Y OU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with the Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS A FTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED A BOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED T WO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT’S DEATH. The date of the first publication of this Notice is: July 1st, 2018. KELLY MALISSA LYNN JAMES Personal Representative 1025 SE Salerno Road Stuart, FL 34997 Administration of Estates Law Office of CASSELS & McCALL BY: JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Personal Representative FBN: 0261521 Post Office Box 968 Okeechobee, FL 34973-0968 (863) 763-3131 271626 ON 7/1,8/2018 No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! A toll-free service of the Florida Department of Transportation. Standard mobile phone minute, text message and data charges may apply. DOOR-TO-DOOR DIRECTIONS € TRAVEL TIMES PERSONALIZED ALERTS € TRAFFIC CAMERA VIEWS FREE APPS FL511.COM CALL 511 #FL511


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