Gerald LefebvreLaw Ofces of Lefebvre763.3333Okeechobee, Florida Wednesday, July 4, 2018 50Â¢ plus ta x Vol. 109 No. 79 14.50 feetLast Year: 12.50 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Churches host Vacation Bible School ... Page 12 Tips for Home Improvement ... Pages 7-10 S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level Flow increase to Everglades wonÂ’t help lake ... Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionGiant butterÂ” y sculptures now adorn the butterÂ” y garden in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee. By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Nine butterÂ” y sculptures were unveiled in downtown Flagler Park on Saturday, June 30, by Okeechobee Main Street and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Okeechobee. The sculptures are placed in Flagler Park No. 6 (across from Jersey MikeÂs), and mark the conclusion of the ÂButterÂ” y Sculpture in the ParkÂŽ project that began in January to help bring awareness to the Hamrick ButterÂ” y Garden as well as provide a free public work of art for the Okeechobee community. The butterÂ” ies were painted and designed by local artists, Okeechobee High School students and residents at the Grand Oaks assisted living facility. Arts and Culture Alliance Director Bridgette Waldau thanked everyone who helped put the project together at a ceremony before the unveiling. ÂI have to thank Angie GrifÂ“ n and Jonathan Holt at Main Street for keeping things together the past six months,ÂŽ said Ms. Waldau. ÂAlso the people at Grand Oaks and Adele Salas and her students at Okeechobee High School, as well as all the sponsors who donated time and money to make this possible.ÂŽ ButterÂ” y sculptures brighten Flagler ParkSee BUTTERFLY Â„ Page 2 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News As the summer heat wave continues, the cyanobacteria bloom on Lake Okeechobee has grown to cover nearly 90 percent of the big lake, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Cyanobacteria, commonly called Âblue-green algaeÂŽ Â„ although it is not actually algae Â„ sometimes produces toxins. So far, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) tests have shown only very low levels of toxins around the bloom areas in Lake Okeechobee. More samples were taken on Monday. Not all cyanobacteria can produce toxins. Cyanobacteria that can produce toxins does not always do so. Oceanographer Michelle Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean Service said that they have been monitoring satellite photos of the lake since the start of June. Blue-green algae covers most of lakeSee ALGAE Â„ Page 15 Special to the Okeechobee News The Fraternal Order of Police will host the annual Fourth of July festival at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center today, July 4. Entrance to the Agri-Civic Center is off State Road 710. Gates open at 5 p.m. Contests will include hula hoop, water balloon toss, ice cream eating, watermelon eating and more. Contests will start at 5:30 p.m. Veterans will be honored with a special ceremony at 8 p.m. The Â“ reworks show will start at 9 p.m. There will also be a kids activity area, an inÂ” atable obstacle course and booths from area businesses and organizations. Fireworks tonight at Agri-Civic Center
2 Okeechobee News July 4, 2018 In Honor of:James Â“TommyÂ” Tucker We Love and Salute You! Your Family & Friends at The Tucker Group, LLC In Memory of:Jerald E. AchesonThank you for your Superior Service! Love and Miss You, Acheson Family & Friends Happy Independence Day from everyone at Okeechobee News To view our military salute, or for our Sunday, July 1st edition. contributed photos! A portion of the above submission was previously omitted. We apologize for this error. Randy Kelly, administrator at Grand Oaks, described the process of the high school students painting with residents at his facility. ÂSeeing the residents paint butterÂ”ies twice a week has been absolutely amazing,ÂŽ Mr. Kelly said. ÂOur residents had a great time interacting with the students as they painted. The students were very patient and made our residents feel at ease. It gives our residents a sense of accomplishment and dignity to be included in such a special project for our town.ÂŽ Grand Oaks residents George Corbin, Sam Smith, Jean Wallace, Ruth Durham and Doris Minton all contributed to the butterÂ”y sculpture project. Okeechobee High School students Chelsea Burgos and Rodolfo Juarez IV worked w ith the Grand Oaks residents and designed two of the butterÂ”y sculptures. The other butterÂ”ies were designed by Okeechobee artists Dana Vines, Kathy Scott, Diane Hall, Fawn Barr, Angie GrifÂ“n and Ms. W aldau. Mill Iron Metalworks provided the metal templates for the butterÂ”y sculptures. The unveiling was attended by many Okeechobee government ofÂ“cials, including Mayor Dowling Watford, County Commissioners Bryant Culpepper, Terry Burroughs and David Hazellief, City Councilman Noel Chandler and Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen. ÂBridgette has done a remarkable job in bringing in culture to this community,ÂŽ Commissioner Burroughs said. ÂSome of us understand that bringing in culture can be very difÂ“cult sometimes. For example, I had to explain to my classmate, Dowling, what culture exactly was. Sooner or later he was able to understand it, though. But I think Bridgette has done an extraordinary job, and we all owe her our thanks.ÂŽ Mayor Watford was impressed with the sculptures and the great turnout for the event. He also took Commissioner BurroughsÂ jabs about culture in stride with a smile. ÂLike Terry said, I donÂt know a lot about culture,ÂŽ explained Mayor Watford. ÂI thought culture meant you watched PBS every once in a while. But I appreciate everyone for coming out to support this. This just shows you what Okeechobee is all about. I donÂt know about you, but I am so proud to be a part of the City of Okeechobee.ÂŽ The City of Okeechobee Public Works Department helped to prepare the butterÂ”y garden with concrete pads for the sculptures to be placed on, as well as trimming, mulching, clearing and installing benches. Okeechobee Main Street is hopeful that the new sculptures will help bring visitors into the downtown area. BUTTERFLYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionOkeechobee County Commissioner Terry Burroughs (left) embraces Arts and Culture Alliance Director Bridgette Waldau (right) at the unveiling of the butterÂ”y sculptures in Flagler Park on June 30.
July 4, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Happy Independence Day!Activity for KidsScales of Justice 2018 Independence Day Celebrationby the Okeechobee Fraternal Order of PoliceFree & Open to the Public at the Agri-Civic Center on Wednesday, July 4th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (before the Fireworks) Please bring the family and stop by the Campaign Booth!Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Deborah M. Hooker for County Court Judge Kids will be the Judges and Weigh the Evidence! SoUtHeRn GrOwNSuPpOrTiNg OuR RoOtS Today: Partly cloudy in the morning. Thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 88F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Thunderstorms during the evening, then skies turning partly cloudy overnight. Low 69F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.Extended ForecastThursday: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 89F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Thursday Night: Variably cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%. Friday: Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 88F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms mainly before midnight. Low near 70F. Okeechobee Forecast Â€ Come celebrate with Gilbert Ford on their Â“ve-year anniversary on Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join in the fun, listen to the Chobee Steelers or play Jenga w hile enjoying refreshments. DonÂt miss out: LAST chance to purchase your tickets for an opportunity to win an Arctic Cat Wild Cat Trail or a Hustler Raptor (42-inch cut) w ith donations made to MarthaÂs House. Â€ Come support our Â“rst responders! J oin the chamber, county and city for the Summer Business Exchange Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Indian River State College Dix on-Hendry Campus (Williamson Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.) In a crisis you pick up the phone and dial the familiar numbers y ou learned as early as kindergarten, and help is on the way. In the next Â“ve minutes, as you answer questions being asked of you and relay information, all the while a team of highly trained professionals are working together to get to you and be prepared to help you overcome your newfound obsta cle. So, the men, women and fur friends w ho are OkeechobeeÂs Â“rst responders will speak from a variety of departments on the processes they use in their line of work and how you as a citizen can protect yourself. The world we live in today can be really scary if weÂre not prepared! Register today and letÂs all get prepared. The cost of lunch is just $15 and can be paid by credit card w hen you pre-register online, or stop by the chamber and pay by cash or check. This event is brought to you courtesy of Green Design Construction & Development, one of the chamberÂs newest Corporate Sponsors. Thank YOU, Green Design Construction & Development! Â€ JulyÂs Chamber After Hours will be on Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Florida Community Health Center, located at 2015 U.S. 441 N. (Fred Brown ChildrenÂs Center). Mr. Jones and his staff are anxious to have you visit and see their facility and be present as they introduce their two new doctors. How exciting! Be sure to stop in, take time to network with friends and new acquaintances as you snack on refreshments. Hope to see you there. As always, all chamber events are open to the public. Â€ WeÂve already started on next yearÂs, 2019, Business After-Hours schedule, and January and February are already booked! If youÂre interested in having your business to host one of our after-hours for next year, please give me a call, weÂll get you on the schedule! We want to showcase as many of our chamber businesses as possible, whether itÂs a ribbon-cutting for a new business, an anniversary, renovation or a move to a new location, let us help you! Â€ The next Rise Up With the Chamber will be Tuesday, July 24, and will be held in the chamber conference room, 55 S. Parrott Ave., from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Our host for the morning will be the Okeechobee Police Department with Major Donald Hagan. We will again have three scheduled speakers talking about their organizations. Mariah will post each on a live feed and then post their presentations on Facebook later. You can Â“nd them at #ChamberCandidCamera. Donald has promised good lite morning refreshments will be served; I donÂt think heÂs cooking, though. Come and learn more about our local businesses and organizations. And IÂm sure youÂll learn, as I always do, something new about each of the presenters. ItÂs important for us to understand the work these organizations do. If your business would like to host an early morning Rise Up with the Chamber breakfast, please give us a call at 863-4676246. You can host it at the chamber or your place of business, and weÂll arrange for the three guest speakers. We currently have September and October available. Chamber of Commerce News Okeechobee News/ OCSOOCSO retirementThe Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce had this message for Paul K. Williams, who is retiring. ÂYouÂre starting a new journey and exceptional chapter of your life. May your days be Â“lled with elation and triumph. We thank you for your integrity and dedication of 16 years from 2002 to 2018. Congratulations on your retirement, Paul!ÂŽ Pictured (left to right) are Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen, Paul K. Williams and Detention Captain Scott Deloney.
Farm animalsThe Okeechobee County Planning Board has been asked to address the issue of limits on farm animals on smaller lots. Readers had these comments. Â€ ÂHonestly, I donÂt think anyone should be told how many animals they have on their property as long as the animals are being tak en care of and the area is clean and they have shelter. And as long as they are staying in their yard.ÂŽ Â… Feather Flores Â€ ÂI think you have to consider the smell and how it affects the neighbors. If the neighbors can smell your chickens or goats, that affects their enjoyment of their property. You donÂt have the right to have so many animals that your neighbors canÂt enjoy their own back yard due to the smell.ÂŽÂ… J. Zimpel Â€ ÂThe county needs to consider making it mandatory that anyone with cows, horses, etc. make a shelter for them to get out of this hot sun, if they donÂt have ample trees on their property.ÂŽ Â… Sheryl Crawford Â€ ÂSeems government bureaucrats are conÂ”ating two problems: quality of animal care and animal population density. Two dif ferent problems with different solutions.ÂŽ Â… Kent Malinowski Â€ ÂThey need to consider we own the property and do not need their permission. Once again the county commission is Â”exing their muscle in a show of force rather than dealing with more prominent issues such as road Â”ooding.ÂŽ Â… David Paul Barron II Â€ ÂI think thereÂs a lot more bigger problems in Okeechobee County than worrying about how many ducks are in somebodyÂs yard.ÂŽ Â… Jose Sanchez Â€ ÂInstead of putting limits on animals, how about cracking down on those who abuse or neglect their animals ... and STOP with good ole boy system. A crime is crime, doesnÂt matter who you know or what your last name is!ÂŽ Â… Krystal Byars Â€ ÂHow about spending some of the countyÂs money on mosquito control? There are all kinds of animals dying from encephalitis in this county, which is a mosquito-transmitted disease. Why not use our tax dollars to take care of this instead of wasting time trying to dictate if someone can have a chicken in The Prairie.ÂŽ Â… Amanda Causey Â€ ÂAs long as you are a good neighbor and make sure your animals stay on your property and donÂt bother anyone else with the smell or sound, no one complains and there are no problems. My neighbor has hens, but no roosters. He keeps the chickens in a coop and keeps it clean. I donÂt hear or smell them, so I have no complaints. People who show no respect for their neighbors cause problems; then you get complaints, and code enforce ment has to ticket them.ÂŽ Â… K. Booker Â€ ÂWhen you see two or three horses on just one acre, and they have grazed it down to dirt, you wish the county would do something about it. People bring this on themselves by putting too many animals on a small piece of property.ÂŽ Â… Anonymous Â€ ÂWhat was actually on the agenda was which farm animals are allowed on prop erty zoned for agriculture but which are less than 5 acres. As it stands now, only a cow or horse is allowed on a property zoned agri culture and less than 5 acres. The discussion was about ADDING small farm animals such as chickens, goats, etc. The intent is to ADD MORE types of animals, not take anything away. The reference to the density or stock ing rate was an answer to a question asked as to Âmaximum allowableÂŽ of animal types. Although it may seem like a frivolous issue to some, it was important enough to someone to have the issue added to the agenda. This was a zoning issue, not an animal welfare is sue.ÂŽ Â… Brad Goodbread Â€ ÂWhat about the places in Country Hills on 14th and 18th? TheyÂre 5 acres, but we canÂt have chickens, goats, or anything other than a horse or cow. Would that be chang ing?ÂŽ Â… Brittany Lee SerranoFishing is goodLake Okeechobee Â“shermen reported good catches last week. The large algal bloom on the lake is not hurting the Â“sh and not hampering Â“shing. Readers had these comments. Â€ ÂSo thereÂs an algal bloom, but the lake is well? OK. Got it.ÂŽ Â… Louis Broulliard Â€ ÂOkeechobee News, why donÂt you share this with Congressman Rick Mast since he seems to think we are nothing more than a toilet bowl?ÂŽ Â… Anonymous (EditorÂs note: We sent it to him.) July 4, 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 IndependentÂ’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communityÂ’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspaperÂs 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 ofÂ“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! Letters to the EditorA Âfather Â“gureÂŽ makes a little girl smile!Eight-year-old Natalie Scott lost her father to a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in 2015. Natalie wanted to attend the B.R.A.T. ClubÂs father-daughter ÂTies & TiarasÂŽ event and needed a step-in. I reached out to Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen to check on the availability of an auxiliary ofÂ“cer to take this task. He recommended Deputy Sergeant Michael Hazellief. I placed a call to Michael, and he graciously accepted the task. Michael asked me to obtain a few things from Natalie to prepare for the big night. He wanted to know her hobbies, favorite color, different interests, etc. He did his homework to make the night extra special. Natalie was waiting patiently at the event, sitting in her blue dress and white sandals along the wall. Michael arrived, and I made the introduction. Michael shook her hand, and she replied, ÂNice to meet you.ÂŽ The two took a seat at a table and started playing the table games. They took to the dance Â”oor where Michael led the way to teach Natalie how to Âpartner dance,ÂŽ spinning her around the dance Â”oor as she smiled from ear to ear! I cannot thank Michael enough for his time, interest and participation to make this little girlÂs night one she will never forget. He certainly created a happy environment, which, for a night, eliminated her sadness of her fatherÂs absence and Â“lled it with smiles, laughs and fun! Michael made a difference Â„ not onl y for the night but, IÂm sure, for the rest of her life. She didnÂt feel alone at the event because a gentleman, Michael Hazellief, too k the time to Â“ll the empty shoes! Her family is forever grateful to you, Mi chael! We thank you for creating a big smile! Sincerely, Teresa Bishop (NatalieÂs aunt) Special to the Okeechobee NewsDeputy Sergeant Michael Hazellief and Natalie Scott at the annual father-daughter dance put on by the B.R.A.T. Club each year.
July 4, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A 40-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested Friday morning during the execution of a search warrant. Catherine Lee Frost, Northeast 13th Avenue, was arrested June 29 on felony charges of possession of an electric w eapon or device by a convicted felon, posses sion of a controlled substance (cocaine) without a valid prescription, tam pering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug para phernalia. Her bond was set at $12,000. She has since been released on bond. According to an arrest report by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29, they and the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO) Special Response Team (SRT) executed a search warrant, signed by 19th Judicial Circuit County Court Judge J erald D. Bryant on June 27, in the 1100 block of Northeast 13th Avenue. The report stated the SRT made entry into the residence through the front door and were able to secure Frost in the main bedroom. While being ordered out of the bedroom, Frost was supposedly seen plac ing something in her mouth by a member of the SRT. Frost was then removed from the residence. Another individual had re portedly been seen by law enforcement and ordered out of the bedroom he occu pied several times, but refused to comply w ith commands. Law enforcement then deployed a Â”ash bang grenade into the residence and were able to take three juvenile males out of the trailer and into custody without further in cident. The report continued that Frost was escorted away from the residence and was apparently seen with several small pieces of white residue around her mouth. Frost was then asked to open her mouth and then began to chew and swallow what was in her mouth, and after several commands began to spit out several pieces of suspected crack cocaine onto the hood of a patrol vehicle, the report stated. The suspected crack cocaine Frost spit out Â“eld-tested positive for the presence of cocaine. Photographs were taken of Frost and all of the evidence collected. Frost was subsequently taken to Raulerson Hospital to be evaluated after the apparent consumption of the cocaine. The report continued that a copy of the search warrant was presented to Frost before her transportation to the hospital. She was also informed that a copy of the warrant would be left at the residence. Per the report, prior to any search of the residence, crime scene technicians Kayla Ammons and Kathleen Watson photographed the exterior and interior of the residence. In the bedroom Â„ occupied by Frost Â„ a stun gun was located in plain view, plugged into the bedroom wall outlet next to the bed. A small clear plastic container was also found atop the night stand next to the bed and appeared to contain small pieces of cocaine residue inside. In the closet area, law enforcement located two glass pipes inside of a bag along with a digital scale that contained residue. The search of a night stand dresser drawer yielded $8 in single $1 bills, with Â“ve of them being identiÂ“ed by their serial numbers as conÂ“dential funds that were used during a controlled purchase of cocaine from Frost on a previous date. A cellphone was also located plugged into the wall on the bed, identiÂ“ed as FrostÂs and collected as evidence. While at the hospital, Frost was in formed that her home had been turned over to a family member per her request. Frost was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. Local woman faces cocaine and weapon charges The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the inÂ”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Po lice Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com mission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Â€ Matthew Michael Howard, 37, Northw est 33rd Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 29 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on a DOC felony warrant charging him w ith violation of probation fraudulent use of credit card and violation of probation petit theft. He is being held without bond. Â€ Delvin Kentay Washington, 20, Staghorn Street, Wellington, was arrested J une 29 by Deputy Michael Cauley on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with aggravated battery, do mestic battery by strangulation, grand theft of motor vehicle and grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). His bond was set at $30,000. Â€ Frederick Charles Holecek, 38, Northwest 82nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested June 30 by OfÂ“cer Luis Rojas on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $12,500. Â€ James GarÂ“eld Ball, 38, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested June 30 by Deputy Michael Cauley on a felony charge of robbery by sudden snatching and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond was set at $5,500. Â€ Jordan Lee Cutler, 19, Northwest 36th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 30 by Deputy Jose Garcia on a felony charge of battery of law enforcement ofÂ“cer. His bond was set at $5,000. Â€ Wayne Stephen Augusta, 64, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested June 30 by FWC OfÂ“cer John Allen on a charge of boating under the inÂ”uence. He was released on his own recognizance. Â€ Tracy Agnes Cypress, 20, Southeast 12th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested July 1 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a valid prescription. She is being held without bond. Â€ Raelyn Lanett Bell, 18, Southeast 26th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested July 1 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on felony charges of battery of law enforcement ofÂ“cer, resisting ofÂ“cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of giving false name or false identiÂ“cation by person arrested or lawfully detained. Her bond was set at $5,500. Â€ Rhythm Rain Cothrine, 14, U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee, was arrested July 2 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on a felo ny charge of aggravated battery. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then transported to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Â€ Dustin Chad Puckett, 27, Northwest 59th Court, Ocala, was arrested July 2 b y OfÂ“cer Jessica Francis on a DeSoto Count y felony warrant charging him with possession of burglary tools. His bond was set at $7,500. This column lists arrests and not con victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be conÂ“rmed and printed. A rrest Report Catherine Frost Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionThe Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO) Special Response Team (SRT) in conjunction with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant on Friday, June 27, in the 1100 block of Northeast 13th Avenue. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were on scene and assisted law enforcement. EMS had Frost Â”ush out her mouth with water shortly after she was seen by law enforcement with a white residue around her mouth suspected to be cocaine. The residue and contents concealed in her mouth tested positive for the presence of cocaine.
6 Okeechobee News July 4, 2018 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.City Hall ofÂ“ces closedCity Hall ofÂ“ces will be closed on W ednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Their website, cityofokeechobee.com allows you access 24/7. City Hall ofÂ“ces will reopen on Thursday, J uly 5, at 8 a.m.BHR VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, July 8, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to beneÂ“t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.OCSO administration closedIn observance of the Independence Day holiday, the administrative ofÂ“ces of the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce will be closed on Wednesday, the Fourth of July. Normal hours will resume Thursday, July 5. If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.BHR VFW celebrates July 4Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 E., will host a Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday, July 4 with a Southern fried chicken, cobbed corn, macaroni salad, and baked beans dinner there will also be a Flag Retirement Ceremony and Fireworks at dark. For information, call 863-467-2882.Legion serves tacosAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will serve margaritas and tacos from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. The grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment by Jay and Patty runs from 3 until 6 p.m.VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Riders will serve breakfast on Sunday, July 7 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 E., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All beneÂ“ts go for veteranÂs services. For information, call 863-467-2882.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 Â“sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, onion rings, salad and desert to beneÂ“t homeless veterans. Live music by Crystal. For information, call 863-467-2882.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, July 6 come and enjoy dinner at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be Â“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.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. Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will beneÂ“t the American Legion veteransÂ programs. The event is open to the public. 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.Legion offers 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Â“ve-card bingo on Monday, July 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.BHR VFW Aux serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary, 29012 SR 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will host a dinner comprised of SallyÂs Big Balls and other items on Wednesday, July 11, at 5 p.m. to beneÂ“t veteran services. For information, call 863467-2882.BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried Â“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.Healthy Start to meetOkeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, July 18 at 12:30 p.m. at The White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrot Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The Coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy pregnancies and healthy birth outcomes for Okeechobee County Residents. For information, contact Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Chicken workshop setSEBRING Â… Come learn about the basics of backyard chickens on Thursday, July 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UF/IFA Extention OfÂ“ce, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring. There is a $10 registration fee. You can register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/backyard-chickens-tickets-4582633371 or call 863-402-6540.Class of 1999 raising money for scholarshipsA Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on GoFundMe.com/. The page states: ÂHere we are ... 20 years after walking across the stage in the OHS gym to receive our high school diploma. ItÂs time for us to give back Â„ to thank our community for taking care of us, remember the friends we walked alongside of but lost along the way, and give our support to a brighter future for the students graduating OHS in 2019. Your donation will go toward scholarships that will be given to OHS seniors for both a remembrance of classmates weÂve lost and a celebration of furthering education from the Class of 1999 at the 2019 OHS Scholarship Night. ÂStudents must be in Â“nancial need and a senior at Okeechobee High School. Further criteria for this scholarship can obtained from the OHS guidance ofÂ“ce.ÂŽSuicide awareness group has regular meetingsA support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide and for parents whose children have taken their own lives meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park Street. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 Â• Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing Â• AC Septic Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary learns about beesDanny McFarland was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Okeechobee on May 8. He spoke on honey bees, their colonies, development process and their proclivities to scout for nectar. He has been in the honey bee business for several years, doing business as 10X Honey, as well as the owner of Danny McFarland Fences. Pictured are Donna Gaiser and Danny McFarland with the book he signed that will be donated to a local in his name. Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral.
July 4, 2018 Okeechobee News~ Home Improvement 7 HOME IMPROVEMENTHome improvement projects ramp up w hen the weather warms up, as homeowners channel the rejuvenating feelings of spring and tackle their home to-do lists. Large-scale renovations can greatly affect a home, but smaller projects can yield im pressive results and be completed over the course of a single weekend. If time is of the essence, these weekend or one-day projects may satisfy homeownersÂ desires to Â“x up their homes. Â€ Create an accent wall. Painting a focal w all in a home can create a serious impact. The bonus is it will not take as long or require as many materials as painting an entire room. Accent walls frequently fea ture a bold color, so decide on placement and tackle this project in less than a day. Â€ Install stair runners. Dress up hardwood stairs with decorative carpet runners. Runners come in elongated pieces of carpeting or individual pieces that can be placed on each step. If carpeting doesnÂt Â“t with the homeÂs design, painting individual stair treads also can create visual appeal. Â€ Dress up the entryway. An entryway is a guestÂs Â“rst impression of a home. Many entryways can use a minor overhaul, both inside and outside. Paint the front door a different color so it pops from the curb. Install a new mailbox or decorative house numbers. A new welcome mat can change the look as well. Inside, consider laying a new Â”oor. Resilient vinyl tiles come in many different patterns and can mimic the look of wood, travertine or marble. Installing a Â”oor can take a day or two. Â€ Install a new faucet. Instantly improve a kitchen or a bathroom with new Â“xtures. New faucets can provide aesthetic appeal and low-Â”ow faucets can help conserve water. Â€ Create a gallery on the staircase. Gather and arrange framed photos, artwork or wall accents so that they ascend the wall of a staircase. This creates a designer touch and can dress up an often barren area of wall space. Â€ Install a fresh light Â“xture. Improve drab spaces with a little illumination. Better Homes & Gardens suggests replacing an existing Â“xture with something new and vibrant. If hanging a new Â“xture is not within oneÂs skill set, free-standing table or Â”oor lamps also can cast a new glow on a space. Â€ Add molding. Molding can add instant aesthetic appeal to a room. Molding is appropriate near the Â”oor, at the top of walls where they meet the ceiling, or even midwall as a chair rail. Some homeowners like to create framed molding on walls in formal living spaces. Â€ Update kitchen or bathroom hard ware. Replacing hardware is a fast and easy project, but one that can have immediate impact. Swap out tired or outdated hardware for newer brushed metals and more impactful shapes and designs. Home renovations do not need to take weeks or months. Many projects can be completed over the course of a weekend.Complete these home improvements over the weekend
8 Okeechobee News July 4, 2018 Hoss Hoss SCREEN ROOMS STORM SHUTTERS CARPORTS PATIOS VINYL SIDING AWNINGS STORM PANELSALUMINUM, LLCC all Patty (863) 634-7442 C all Jay (863) 634-7230 Lic# OCSL 1583-01INSURED JOSH (863) 634-9486 GLENN (863) 634-1075 OFFICE (863) 623-5274LIC# CRC 1327160 DUMP TRUCKS SITE WORK HEAVY EQUIPMENT SAND Â• FILL SHELL Â• ROCKHouse Pads Land Clearing Debris Removal Demolition Culverts Driveways How to hang photos and artwork with ease Personal touches turn a house into a home. Hanging pictures, whether theyÂre personal photographs or artw ork, can really change the character of a room. Unfortunately, some people may not know the proper ways to display pictures on a wall. Design maven Martha Stewart advises that the Â“rst step is to gather all of the pictures that are in con sideration for hanging. This will enable a person to see what is available and edit their selection based on the space available, theme or color scheme. Hav ing the artwork there enables a person to move it around like a puzzle until the placement feels just right. Next, plan on hanging artwork at 57 inches on center, according to the renovation experts at Apartment Therapy. ÂOn centerÂŽ means the middle of the photograph or painting will always be at 57", as this measurement represents the average human eye height. This height is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums. When the goal is to hang multiple pictures, treat the entire grouping as a single unit. This means creating the lay out and Â“nding the center of the middle piece of the grouping. To make picture grouping easier, use paper templates w ith arrows to indicate whether the art w ork will be hung horizontally or vertically. These templates can then be easily taped to the wall and rearranged until the grouping is ideal. There are no hard and fast rules con cerning frames, meaning they do not all have to match. But placing framed artwork side by side can give a person a feel for whether the images and the frames work together in the space. Some people like to use frames of sim ilar colors and sizes. Others want the eclectic mix-and-match appeal. ItÂs ulti mately up to the homeowner. Measuring is key to hanging a picture correctly on the wall. Take into consid eration the type of attachment, whethe r itÂs D-rings, sawtooth hangers, wire, o r other fasteners on the back. Measure from the top of the frame to the hanger. Measure the wall to achieve the 57" on center location, and then calculate where this falls within the height of the artwork and frame top. Adjust accordingly and mark. Then measure the distance from the frame top to the hange r location on the wall. Be sure to take the weight of the picture into consideration when selecting hanging hardware. Wall anchors ma y be needed if measurements determine a wall stud will not help secure the artwork to keep the frame sturdy in the drywall. Home improvement resource Today's Homeowner also suggests using self-adhesive rubber bumpers to the bottom corners on the back of the frame before hanging so that the picture will not damage the wall and will help it hang level. It can take a few attempts to hang pictures correctly, but with practice it should come with greater ease. The good news is there are new products constantly being evolved to make picture hanging easier, including those that enable removal and relocation of artwork without damaging walls.
July 4, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 Many homeowners wish they had more storage space, and kitchens are one area where people seemingly can always use more storage. Despite a desire for more kitchen space, until recently, kitchen pantries fell out of favor. Builders and architects may have thought that close proximity to supermarkets as well as multi-use cabi nets in kitchens would offset the need for pantries. But according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders, a kitchen pantry is the most desirable kitchen feature for buy ers in the market for a new home. According to a 2016 survey from ReportLinker, 98 percent of Americans say cooking at home is their preferred way to prepare a meal. And despite the wide array of restaurants, prepared meals and fast food options nearby, more than one-third of people cook at home daily, w ith nearly 50 percent cooking between three and six days a week. In order to accommodate for spending more time in the kitchen, homeowners are directing additional attention to kitchen preparation and storage fea tures. In fact, one recent trend in kitchen renovations is creating custom-designed pantries. Locate the appropriate spaceIdeally, pantries should be in or adjacent to the kitchen. But not every home layout allows for this setup. Some homeowners need to move storage pantries into the garage, the basement or a mud/ laundry room. Various factors should be considered before placing a pantry outside a kitchen. What is the climate? Will food spoil? Is there a possibility that vermin or insects can inÂ“ltrate the room and access food? These factors will dictate whether to have closed cabinets, air-tight bins or open shelves or if other modiÂ“cations must be made to the room prior to building.Choose the type of pantryAccessibility is essential in a pantry. Everything should be easily reached and grabbed as needed without having to move too many things. Ideally, foods should be arranged in a single layer so that all items can be viewed at a glance. Shelves of various depths and heights can accommodate items of different siz es. Adjustable shelves are ideal because they can be modiÂ“ed as foods change. Sliding drawers can improve reach in cabinets. In smaller spaces, French door-style reach-in cabinets are convenient and Â”exible. In complete kitchen remodels or new constructions, walk-in pantries offer the most space and Â”exibility. Must-have featuresPantries serve different functions in different homes. For the bulk shopper, a pantry with plenty of room for large items will be needed. Lighting can be beneÂ“cial in all pan tries. Lights can improve visibility when trying to locate items. Others prefer an outlet for charging hand-held vacuums or other small appliances. Counte r space in the pantry enables homeowners to unload groceries directly onto pantry shelves. For pantries located outside of the kitchen, built-in freezers can maximize storage possibilities, especially for those who freeze-and-eat after bulk shopping ventures. Pantries are popular features that homeowners can customize depending on their storage needs and the amount of time they spend in their kitchens.Designing a more functional pantry
10 Okeechobee News July 4, 2018 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 www.AndersonRealtyCo.com Dale RoopProject Manager Estimator863.287.4285 State CertiÂ“ed CBC 1256085 COMPLETE SERVICESof South Florida, IncNita Salmon-President 505 NE Park Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972863.532.9096Aluminum Builders Â€ Customer Additions Screen Rooms Â€ Car & Motor Ports Curb appeal is beneÂ“cial in various w ays. Curb appeal can make a home more attractive to prospective buyers and give existing homeowners a place they want to come home to. In its study of the worth of outdoor remodeling projects, the National Association of Realtors found standard lawn care and overall landscape upgrades were most appealing to buyers, as well as the most likely to add value to a home. Although plants, grass and other items can improve curb appeal, homeowners should not overlook hardscaping. Hardscaping is an industry term that refers to the non-living features of a landscape. These features can include everything from decks to walkways to ornamental boulders. Introducing paths or paver walls to a property helps develop that home's hardscape. Hard scape and soft elements often work in concert to create inspiring landscape designs. DIY landscape designers can heed certain tips to make the most of hardscape features on their properties.Choose materials.As with many landscaping projects, homeowners must Â“rst determine w hat types of additions they would like on their properties. Common hard scape features include patios, decks, w alkways of pavers or bricks, and re taining walls. Hardscape elements can be functional or simply decorative fea tures that add whimsy to the yard.Choose a theme.The right style allows hardscaping and softscaping materials to work together. For example, homeowners may want to give their yards an eastern feel, complete with a koi pond and decora tive bridge or trellis. A formal English garden, however may include manicured paths with stepping stones and or nate topiaries. Mixing too many styles together can take away from the overall appeal. The pros suggest looking at the over all plan of the design, even if all of the work can't be completed at once. This way the eventual Â“nished project wil be cohesive.Think about the purpose.Hardscaping can look good but also serve key purposes. Pebbles or gravel can mitigate trouble areas that don't grow grass or plant life well. Retaining walls hold back soil in yards with sharp ly inclined hills. Mulch can set perimeters around trees and shrubs, as well as planting beds. F encing, another form of hardscaping, is essential for establish ing property boundaries and adding privacy Consult a professional.While many hardscaping additions can be handled by novices, large-scale projects, such as patios and decking, can change the grading of the yard. Professionals can map out how to han dle drainage issues and meet building codes. In addition, professional installation can ensure hardscaping features last for years to come. Hardscaping should blend with the nature around it and tak e its cues from the surrounding environment. This can help softscaping and hardscaping work as one. DeÂ“ning hardscape and how to use itAccording to the home improvement resource HomeAdvisor, adding square footage to a home can cost homeowners anywhere from $7,000 to $100,000. When adding square footage to a home, homeowners may need to knock down an interior wall or walls, the cost of which can vary widely depending on the walls being knocked down. Load-bearing walls are needed to support the home, and while such walls can be removed, homeowners may need to hire structural engineers at additional cost to orchestrate such removals. In addition, homeowners can expect to pay more when knocking down walls that contain ducts or electrical wiring. It also can be costly for homeowners whose homes are old to knock down walls. HomeAdvisor notes that the wall-removal process in old homes that contain lead paint or lath-and-plaster walls is more intricate and may cost homeowners more money. Did you know?
By Gisele GaloustianFAU Drug resistance to antibiotics is on the rise, and there is an urgent need to develop new drugs to treat infectious diseases that are a major threat to human health globally. Researchers from Florida Atlantic UniversityÂs Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute may have a solution to this problem using sea sponges collected from the ocean depths. For more than 30 years, FAU Harbor Branch scientists have accumulated sea sponges and other macro-organisms from the east coast of the United States, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as European and African deep waters, using manned submersibles and other methods. Many of these specimens contain large pop ulations of microbes, some of which can be grown under laboratory conditions. The Harbor Branch Marine Microbial Collection is home to about 19,000 of these diverse mi cro-organisms, with 11,000 gathered from ocean depths greater than 45 meters. The collection contains more than 1,000 strains of actinobacteria, one of the most proliÂ“c microbial groups for the production of nat ural products. Actinomycetes produce more than half of the currently used antibiotic drugs. In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology FAU Harbor Branch scientists examined 50 actinobac teria strains from these marine samples to look for new anti-infective agents. All of these strains were cultivated from marine sponges. Because they were derived from v arious sponge hosts collected from envi ronmentally and geographically diverse locations, many of them can be considered to be rare actinobacteria. Researchers screened the samplesÂ metabolites against a panel of bacterial pathogens that are common causes of healthcare-associated infections and are listed among the most severe threats to human health. The panel of pathogens included Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and C. difÂ“cile, a cause of life-threatening diar rhea that is responsible for 453,000 cases and 29,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. For the study, assistant research professor Guojun Wang, Ph.D., and research professor and Associate Director of Education Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., both at FAU Harbor Branch, and collaborators used rare earth salts, an efÂ“cient and easy-to-use chemical elicitation, to trigger dormant secondary metabolic capability in the 50 actinobacteria strains they examined. Results from the study reveal that more than half of the strains showed antimicrobial activity in at least one assay, indicating the potential of this group of actinobacteria for the production of antimicrobial natural products. Among them, several strains were identiÂ“ed for their potent antifungal activity, for anti-MRSA activity, and for both antifungal and antibacterial activities. A key Â“nding from the study was the identiÂ“cation of a strain that produced metabolites that are more potent than the bacterial antibiotic, vancomycin, against C. difÂ“cile. We have found that deep-sea microorganisms, especially actinomycetes, are an attractive, untapped source for the discovery of anti-infective agents,ÂŽ said Dr. Wang. ÂIn addition, the diversity of microbes we used in this study and their origins are quite novel. Most exciting is the demonstration of the importance of using an elicitor in this type of study, as 50 percent of the strains showed the effect of the elicitor on antimicrobial activity.ÂŽ Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued lists of priority pathogens. In 2017, the CDC listed 18 drug-resistant bacteria threats to the U.S. For the Â“rst time, WHO listed 12 families of bacteria as the greatest threat to human health. ÂMarine natural products represent an increasingly attractive source of new anti-infective agents,ÂŽ said Dr. McCarthy. ÂSearching for new taxa as new sources is critical when we are looking for new agents, but equally important is Â“nding ways to exploit the full genetic potential of these microbes. We are working to identify additional new chemicals and test their activity and mode of action, with the ultimate goal to identif y potent drug leads from marine microbes.ÂŽ The researchers are in the process o f puriÂ“cation and structural identiÂ“cation o f additional bioactive chemicals and have determined the genome sequences of three o f the strains they studied. They are currentl y analyzing and investigating the potential biosynthetic gene clusters and gene-compound relationships. Infectious diseases remain a major threat to human health, causing millions of deaths worldwide, especially in medically less-developed countries and regions. In 2016, there were an estimated 1.2 million tuberculosis deaths, 1.03 million HIV/AIDS deaths and 719,600 malaria deaths. This situation is signiÂ“cantly worsened by the prevalence of multi-drug resistance. While therapeutics such as vancomycin, metronidazole, Â“daxomicin or nitazoxanide are available, because of drug resistance or toxicity to gut microbiome, new drugs, especially those with narrow spectrum, are desperately needed.July 4, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 208 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. 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Deep-sea sponges may hold key to antibiotic drug resistance Special to the Okeechobee News/ FAUFor more than 30 years, FAUÂs Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute scientists have accumulated sea sponges and other macro-organisms using manned submersibles and other methods.
12 Okeechobee News July 4, 2018 So, stop in and save! Walpole Feed & Supply Co. Â€ 763-6905 Â€ Hwy 98 N. Walpole Feed & Supply Co. Â€ 763-6905 Â€ Hwy 98 N. Your animals will appreciate it!We, at Walpole Feed, are dedicated to keeping prices down while still giving you the top quality feed and service you deserve, as we have done in the past. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939DonÂt make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING ÂAlways on Top of the JobÂŽRe-Roofing SpecialistsÂ€ Metal & Shingle Roofs Â€ Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Special to the Okeechobee News Peace Lutheran Church will host a Vacation Bible School program for children age 3-10 and their par ents, July 16 through 20, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Registration is available online at peacelutheran school-Okeechobee, or contact the church ofÂ“ce at 863-763-5042. Believers Fellowship Church 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host Vacation Bible School July 9 through July 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night. A ll children from grades fourth through ninth are w elcome to attend. For information, call 863-634-4327. Seventh Day Adventist Church 412 N.W. Sixth St., will host Vacation Bible School on July 8 through 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free for all children ages three to 12. For information call, 863-801-4651. The Pentecostals of Okeechobee 405 S.W. 10th Ave., have services on the followings days and times: Sunday school, all ages is at 10 a.m.; Sunday word and worship is at 11 a.m.; Tuesday prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday worship, Bible study and kids church is at 7 p.m. Pastor Raymond Warren can be reached at 863634-4567, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www. okeepentecostals.com. Spanish services are also available; call for times of services. Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. Ninth St., would like to invite the public to attend any or all of their services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashioned preaching and singing. The youth band consists of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as various singing groups. Sunday evening service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study and kids bible club is at 7 p.m. The King James Bible is used. For information, please call 863-763-0669. Check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ victorybaptistokee. Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church 1057 S.E. 14th Court, offers Sunday service at 11 a.m., Sunday school at 10 a.m., and Bible study on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pastor is Bishop Maurice Alexander. Church phone is 863-467-9355, church email is email@example.com. The Gathering hosts ÂJoy in the MourningÂŽ a grief support group and bible study for anyone who has lost a loved one, through death or divorce. All are welcome to attend. The support group will meet every Tuesday at 2 p.m. at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For more information, call Gretta Spradlin at 863-7630899. Okeechobee Church of Christ 1401 S. Parrott Ave., is now on Facebook at www. facebook.com/okeechobeecoc/, with Evangelist Daniel Stearsman and Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Email: okeecofc@ gmail.com; Phone: 863-763-4477. Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal Church 200 N.W. Third St., would like to extend an invitation for you to come and worship. All are welcome. Come as you are. Church services are Sunday 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, 6 p.m. A nursery and a comfort room are available for your use. We offer an Adult Forum and Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and ChildrenÂs Church (ages pre-k through high school) Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Visit our website for more information, churchofoursaviourokeechobee. org, or call the church ofÂ“ce Tuesda y through Friday 863-763-4843. Christ Fellowship Church 701 S. Parrott Ave., invites all to worship with us. Service times are Sundays, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Childcare and childrenÂs programming, nursery through Â“fth grade, is provided. We have services for students, grades 6-12, on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Services are exciting, casual, and relaxed. Come as you are and expect to feel welcomed as our guest. Visit our website, gochristfellowship.com, or call 561-7997600 for more information. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church at 4212 U.S. 441 N., would like to invite all to worship in church services. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m., with Sunda y morning worship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday night Baptist Training Course (BTC) is at 5:30 p.m., followed by Sunday evening worship at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening Bible Stud y is at 7 p.m., with Wednesday evening Youth Discovery Bible clubs at 7 p.m. For more information call Pastor Donny Raney at 863763-3681. Faith Alive Family Church at 3075 S.W. Third Terrace, non-denominational, invites all to Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. A rea churches host special events and activities Share your news and photos for this column by email to okeenews @ newsza p .comPlaces ofWorship By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsGoing to the county ball Â“elds? Better take your own umbrella or Âportable shade.ÂŽ After a lengthy discussion of options to add shade structures at the county ball Â“elds in the Darrel EnÂ“nger Sports Com plex at their June 26 meeting, Okeechobee County commissioners decided there just isnÂt enough money in the budget to add shade structures at this time. At their May 24 meeting, when the commissioners were asked to approve bids for rerooÂ“ng the score tower and replacing the safety netting, staff was directed to Â“nd out what it would cost to add shade struc tures there instead of replacing the safety netting. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The low bid for the roof and safety net ting project was $66,300. At their June 26 meeting, commissioners learned that add ing shade cloth to the project would have pushed it over $200,000. Community Services Director Albie Scoggins explained that itÂs not as simple as putting up shade cloth instead of safety netting. ÂThe shade structures would have to be 22 feet in height,ÂŽ he said. ÂOtherwise they obstruct the view of the scorekeepers.ÂŽ In addition, due to the wind load on the closely woven fabric, shade cloth requires a different kind of structure to hold it in place. ÂThe netting allows wind to pass through,ÂŽ he said. ÂThe shade cloth is more tightly woven and must be able to withstand the wind.ÂŽ ÂWe really like the idea of being able to put shade out there,ÂŽ he said. To redo the safety netting will cost about $37,000, Mr. Scoggins said. Shade cloth and the structure to hold it would cost $150,000 to $180,000. Agriculture nursery shade cloth would be less expensive, he said. He added that it would also have to be replaced more often. No matter what type of cloth they use, the county will still have the expense of the engineering and the support structure to withstand the weight of the cloth and the wind conditions. Mr. Scoggins said they also considered a metal roof to cover both the building and the bleachers, but that was even more costly. ÂWe need shade,ÂŽ said County Commissioner Kelly Owens. She asked if there were other options to set up shade for the spectators. Mr. Scoggins said they are also considering options to put in additional bleacher covers. The commissioners voted to go ahead with the original project to reroof the score tower and replace the safety netting. Shade structures for ball Â“eld too costly for county budget
July 4, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2017-CA-000240 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION 2011-R1 TRUST, Plaintiff vs. DOUGLAS L. CUREY AKA DOUGLAS CUREY, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgement of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 47-2017-CA-000240 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2011-R1 Trust, is the Plaintiff and Douglas L. Curey aka Douglas Curey, Bank of America, N.A., are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 1st day of August, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 19, BLOCK 5, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 22, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3934 NW 18TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 20th day of June, 2018. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 16-014023 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 271562 ON 7/4,11/2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Now Hiring www.cityofokeechobee.com 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 ClerkÂ’s 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. Successful candidates are required to pass a background EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind EliÂ’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment 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 ChildrenÂ’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North., Okeechobee, FL. 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We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 13000458CAAX FREEDOM MORTGAGE CORPORATION, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST, BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF JAMES J POLICASTRO, DECEASED; FRED POLICASTRO; DEBORAH CECERE; BRANDON POLICASTRO; AMY JUNK; ERIC POLICASTRO; Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 19th day of June, 2018, and entered in Case No. 13000458CAAX, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein FREEDOM MORTGAGE CORPORATION is the Plaintiff and DEBORAH CECERE; FRED POLICASTRO; AMY JUNK; ERIC POLICASTRO; BRANDON POLICASTRO; UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF JAMES J. POLICASTRO; and UNKNOWN TENANT (S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. SHARON ROBERTSON as the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 22nd day of August, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 90, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 11 ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 53, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 20th day of June, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 271527 ON 7/4,11/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSService Technicians, Installers & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required Apply within 312 SW 2nd St. Okeechobee EOE/DFWP
14 Okeechobee News July 4, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 18-CA-000037 TD BANK, N.A, Plaintiff, vs. LARRY E. MANKE, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 18-CA-000037 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida wherein TD Bank, N.A., is Plaintiff, and Larry E. Manke, et al., are Defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on August 1, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: LOT 8R OF FOUR SEASONS, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 00 05Â’ 07Â’Â’ WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 18, FOR A DISTANCE OF 1472.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE CIRCULAR ARC OF A SHORT RADIUS CURVE FOR POINT OF BEGINNING. SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 135 34Â’ 30Â” AND A RADIUS AT 50.00 FEET, THENCE RUN ALONG THE CIRCULAR ARC OF SAID CURVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 118.31 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY, THENCE RUN NORTH 89 54Â’ 53Â” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 112.03 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 04Â’ 22Â” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 54Â’ 53Â” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 197.70 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 00 05Â’ 07Â’Â’ EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 255.00 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH 1994 MERI DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME ID # FLHMBC48135664A & FLHMBC48135664B Property address: 6378 NE 4th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972-8428 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THEN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Requests for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986, 772-807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 20th day of June, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 271611 ON 7/4,11/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 2010-CA-000162 DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS, AS TRUSTEE FOR DOVER MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORPORATION GRANTOR TRUST CERTIFICATE SERIES 2004-A, Plaintiff, vs. LUIS MARTINEZ, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 4S NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosuredated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2010-CA-000162 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, As Trustee For Dover Mortgage Capital Corporation Grantor Trust Certificate Series 2004-a, is the Plaintiff and R-Bar Estates Homeowners Association, Inc., Guadalupe Martinez A/K/A Maria Guadalupe Martinez, Unknown Tenant (s) nka Guadalupe Martinez, Bank of America, N.A., Luis G. Martinez A/K/A Luis Martinez, are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00 AM on the 1st day of August, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: L,OT 38 OF R BAR ESTATES UNIT NUMBER 1 ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOKS PAGES 31 AND 32 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA A/K/A 2267 NE 54TH TRAIL, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 20th day of June, 2018. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 16-014023 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 271537 ON 7/4,11/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2017-CA-000211 WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, DOING BUSINESS AS CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR BCAT 2014-12TT, Plaintiff, vs. STACIA L. STEINS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF STACIA L. STEINS; RUSSELL J. STEINS; UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 1 NIK/A FRANKIE QUALLS; UNKNOWN TENATN IN POSSESSION 2 NIK/A SHELLIE STEINS, Defendants.CLERKÂ’S NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on June 13th, 2018 in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on July 25, 2018 at 11:00 A.M., EST at The Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, the following described property: LOT 11, BLOCK 5, DIXIE RANCH ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 33, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property address: 7630 NORTHWEST 84TH CT, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated June 15, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by qualified persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; (772) 807-4370; 1-800-955-8771, if you are hearing or voice impaired. 269771 ON 6/27;7/4/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 472018DR000161 IN RE THE MATTER OF: DUSTIN MOODYFAULKNER, Petitioner/Father, and CASEY R. FELDPUSCH, Respondent/Mother NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATION TO: Casey R. Feldpusch Last Known Address: 321 Jordan Terr, Okeechobee FL 34794 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Paternity, including claims for paternity, payment of debts, division of real and personal property, and for payments of suppo11, has been filed against you. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to this action on Rebecca H. Boldt, PetitionerÂ’s attorney, whose address is 180 NW 3rd Ave., Suite C, Okeechobee, Fl 34972, within 30days of first publication, and file the original with the clerk of this court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3111 Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on PetitionerÂ’s attomey or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED this 20th day of June, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 271080 ON 7/4,11,18,25/2018 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation ProjectBids will be received by the Tallahassee Office until 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, for Proposal ID T1728. The improvements consist of sidewalk construction, drainage improvements and signing and pavement marking on Jaycee Lions Drive in Hendry County. Certification of Qualification is not required. Budget Estimate $147,038.00. Complete letting advertisement information is available at http://www.fdot.gov/contracts/Lettings/Letting_Project_Info.shtm or by calling (850) 414-4000. 270305 ON 6/27;7/4/2018 Public Notice NOTICE OF SALERainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Florida Statues on July 12, 2018 at 10 A.M.*AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED* 2004 MITSUBISHI, VIN#4A3AB76S24E134272 Located at: 3565 US HWY 441 N, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972Any person(s) claiming any interest(s) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc., (954)920-6020*ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE* Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction. LIC#AB-0001256272054 ON 07/04/2018 PUBLIC NOTICEA public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 20TH DAY OF JULY, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & VinÂ’s as follows 2002 FORD TAURUS 1FAFP55U92A105993 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in Â“AS ISÂ” with no guarantees. 272967 ON 7/04/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2017CA000171 TD BANK, N.A, Plaintiff, vs. MADONNA L. ARNOLD, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2017-CA-000171 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida wherein TD Bank, N.A., is Plaintiff, and Madonna L. Arnold, et al., are Defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on August 1, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: LOT 14, BLOCK 1, OAKPARK SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property Address: 3549 SW 17th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974-5407 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THEN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Requests for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986, 772-807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED this 20th day of June, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 271615 ON 7/4,11/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. 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July 4, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 AIR CONDITIONING ADVERTISE HERE EMORY WALKER CO. INC. Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 24/7 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS 208 SW 5TH Ave. OkeechobeeServing the Lake Area for 50 Years! CAC042747 CAC057219863-763-6742 WANTED TO BUY ElliottÂs Pawn Sho p 419 W.S. Park St. Â€ 863.763-5553W e B u y S c r a p G o l d S i l v e r a n d C o i n s ATTORNEYS Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A. REBECCA H. BOLDT, Esq. RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Esq. 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to ADVERTISE!call: 863.763.3134 Â€ email: email@example.com June 12 June 20 June 21 June 24 June 29 June 28 Juy 2 Satellite images of Lake Okeechobee, courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, show concentrations of cyanobacteria. The algorithm developed for the imagery is showing cyanobacteria blooms, she explained. ÂSo it is separating out the cyanobacteria from any other background algae in the lake. There may be some non-harmful phytoplankton mixed in there, but what you are seeing is the concentration of the cyano bacteria.ÂŽ According to Dee Ann Miller of the Florida Department of Health, ÂSome Â„ not all Â„ blue-green algae can produce toxins that can contribute to environmental prob lems and affect public health. Little is known about exactly what environmental condi tions trigger toxin production. Over time, these toxins are diluted and eventually break down and disappear. Persistent blooms are routinely monitored and retested. Because you cannot tell if algae is producing toxins by looking at it, the Florida Department of En vironmental Protection coordinates with the water management districts and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to routinely sample observed and reported algal blooms and test for algal identiÂ“cation and toxin levels.ÂŽ A sample taken near Port Mayaca on June 25 had 2.2 micrograms per liter of the toxin microcystin. A sample taken the same ALGAEContinued From Page day near Moore Haven had 3.3 micrograms per liter of microcystin. The World Health Organization considers level above 10 micrograms per liter to be hazardous for recreational contact. More water samples were taken on Monday, July 2. According to FDEP, it takes about four days for testing to determine the type or types of algae and/or cyanobacteria present, and the toxin levels, if any. No Â“sh kills have been reported in the lake this summer. On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that they are raising water levels in the L-29 canal in South Miami-Dade County to the maximum allowable level of 8.0 feet. This move, long in the making, allows water to Â”ow under the Tamiami Trail 1-mile bridge as intended by Everglades restoration. ÂWe are Â“nally doing exactly what Everglades restoration envisioned,ÂŽ said Celeste De Palma, director of Everglades policy at Audubon Florida. ÂHigh water events in South Florida are testing water managersÂ ability to move water yet again. The move to Â”ow more water under the Tamiami Trail bridge will give water managers even more Â”exibility to pro vide relief to the bloated Water Conservation Areas to the north and puts water back into the northeast corner of Everglades National Park without putting all of the burden on sensitive upland wildlife habitat for species like the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow. It is so great to see Everglades restoration projects work as intended.ÂŽ ÂPushing water away is the old way of doing business in Florida; thatÂs why Everglades restoration focuses on recapturing water, cleaning it, and rerouting it to mimic the historic freshwater Â”ows that support our ecosystems and our way of life in the Sunshine State. ItÂs all about putting the watershed back in equilibrium,ÂŽ said Ms. De Palma. Audubon praises increased Â”ow under Tamiami Trail
16 Okeechobee News July 4, 2018 Tree Trimming & Removal Debris Removal & Hauling Â• Bobcat Services Mike Owner/Operator Email: Mike@xpsinc.com PROPERTY SERVICES, INC. 863.634.7512 Hoss Hoss CARPORTS, SCREEN ROOMS & MORE! ALUMINUM LLC (863) 634-7442 (863) 634-7442 Lic# OCSL 1583-01INSURED An affordbale solution to advertising your business. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will raise the water level in the L-29 Canal (along the Tamiami Trail) and will soon move more w ater under the Tamiami Trail to Everglades National Park, but donÂt expect any water from Lake Okeechobee to Â”ow south soon. The Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiamai Trail are all above their regulation schedules. Moving more w ater under the Tamiamai Trail will help address Â”ooding the WCAs, but continued heavy rains south of Lake Okeechobee make it unlikely there will be capacity to send lake water south. According to a USACOE press release, on J uly 1, the corps raised the maximum allowable level in the L-29 Canal to elevation 8.0 feet, a 0.5-foot increase from its current lev el. Raising the water level in this canal will increase Â”ows under the 1-mile Tamiami Trail bridge built by the corps and make it possible to move more water from Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA-3) which sits north of the canal. ÂThis is a signiÂ“cant accomplishment that has been years in the making,ÂŽ said Col. J ason Kirk, Jacksonville District command er. ÂWe have wanted to raise this water level since heavy rains affected South Florida in late May, but we recognized that we need ed to progress further on construction of key features along the eastern edge of Ever glades National Park. We are happy to report that construction is now far enough along that we can operate these features in a manner that provides beneÂ“ts to nearby property owners while we concurrently Â“nish the remaining work on this project.ÂŽ The corps has Â“nished the most critical components of the North Detention Area of the C-111 South Dade project in Miami-Dade County. This project and others in the area help manage seepage for nearby property owners that could result from the increased Â”ows into the park. The corps has also taken additional action over the weekend to address water levels in WCA-3. The corps is implementing deviations in operations that allows for higher water levels in WCA-2A for the rest of summer and the Â“rst half of fall. The dry-season recession will start in November and take place over six months instead of the normal four months. ÂStoring more water in Conservation Area 2 helps reduce inÂ”ows into Conservation Area 3,ÂŽ said Col. Kirk. ÂAs we work to improve outÂ”ows from Conservation Area 3, the reduced inÂ”ows set conditions that a recession in the water level could take place, creating some additional storage for future wet season rains.ÂŽ This deviation is similar to one USACOE implemented in 2017, when faced with similar high water conditions. Additionally, USACOE approved a deviation that allows for the opening of the S-344 structure to move more water out of WCA-3. The stage in Water Conservation Area 3A was 10.91 feet on July 3, a foot and a half above the 9.31-foot level called for in the water management plan. USACOE has been coordinating with tribal, state and other federal agencies to minimize the impact of these operational adjustments to nearby communities. These agencies include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, the Seminole Tribe o f Florida and Everglades National Park. Flow south increases, but wonÂt help lake Blood drives planned in JulyThe need for blood donations doesnÂt 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. Â€ Wednesday, July 4, at the Ag Center from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Â€ Friday, July 6, at Okee Discount Drugs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Â€ Friday, July 6, at Walmart from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Â€ Thursday, July 12, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m. Â€ Saturday, July 14, at the Trading Post Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Â€ Sunday, July 15, at Golden Corral from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Â€ Saturday, July 21, at Walmart from noon to 5:30 p.m. Â€ Sunday, July 22, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Â€ Thursday, July 26, at Dr. BrownÂs Clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Â€ Friday, July 27, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m. Â€ Saturday, July 28, at the Back to School Bash at OHS from 8 to 11 a.m. Â€ Saturday, July 28, at Walmart from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Â€ Sunday, July 29, at Publix from noon to 5:30 p.m.