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Sunday, July 22, 2018 75¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 87 14.43 feetLast Year: 12.63 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.Back to school expo planned ... Page 2 Wildlife areas reopen to public ... Page 8 Meet OCPD Sgt. Almazan ... Page 9 Meet the All Stars ... Page 10 the Pulpit ... Page 4 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Friday reported that the algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee has decreased to about 30 percent of the lake. In addition, about half of the bloom has decreased signi“cantly in concentration. At its peak on July 2, the bloom was in about 90 percent of the lake, according to NOAA data. The image acquired by NOAA on July 18 shows that the bloom area has decreased to about 30 percent (184 square miles) of lake area, down from about 60 percent on July 17. The concentration in the bloom has also decreased. About half (54 percent) of the bloom area on the July 18 image has cyanobacteria concentration of less than 100,000 cells per milliliter (cells/ml). Concentrations in the redŽ areas are more than 1 million cells per milliliter. The massive algae bloom that covered nearly all of Lake Okeechobee a week ago appears to be undergoing a change based on satellite images from Algae bloom in lake is shrinking The July 18 NOAA image shows the algae bloom is in about 30 percent of Lake Okeechobee, Most of the bloom is also now the lower concentrations less likely to be visible on the surface. The July 2 NOAA image showed algae in 90 percent of the lake. The July 17 NOAA image showed algae in 60 percent of the lake. See ALGAE „ Page 11 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Okeechobees “rst responders were recognized at a business luncheon held at Indian River State College by the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce on July 18. Paulette Wise, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, opened the luncheon by thanking the “rst responders in attendance. They truly are the unsung heroes,Ž said Mrs. Wise. When everyone else is running away from danger, they run towards it. Thank you.Ž The luncheon featured speeches and presentations from Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen, City of Okeechobee Fire Captain Lalo Rodriguez, Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) Major Donald Hagen, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Earl Wooten, Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) Community Relations Deputy Jack Nash, OCSO Public Relations Deputy Sergeant Michael Hazellief and dispatcher Sherry Pollard. I am proud and honored to have these men working for me,Ž said Sheriff Stephen. Here in Okeechobee, when something happens, were not “re“ghters, deputies, and EMTs, were all one team. The Okeechobee Narcotics Taskforce also held a demonstration with one of their K-9 units, showing how the dog alerts to and helps Unsung heroes recognized at luncheon (Photo at right) Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce Public Relations Deputy Sergeant Michael Hazellief (left) and Green Design Construction and Development co-founder Shaun Kogut (right) embrace after Mr. Kogut shared the story of how Deputy Sgt. Hazellief helped him after his father passed away. See RESPONDERS „ Page 7


Special to the Okeechobee News Summer is almost over, and with the end of the season comes the excitement of heading back to school! New backpacks are carefully chosen by excited children, “lled to the brim with paper and pencils, crayons and highlighters, binders set to organize and lunch boxes “lled for hungry bellies. But what happens when the backpacks are empty, or lacking in existence at all? That was the question asked by Our Village Okeechobee and Florida Community Health Centers several years ago. The two organi zations came together to begin what is now the largest educational back to school event in Okeechobee. Entering its fourth year, the expo provides local families with valuable information from local child and family serving agencies, backpacks, school supplies, clothing and great door prizes. The entire event is free to families. Okeechobee is known for many things, its laid-back attitudes, small-town charm, and caring nature when it matters most. It is that spirit of giving that has propelled the Back to School Expo year after year. From large-scale donations of school supplies, to single pieces of clothing, to vendors shar ing their valuable services and information … The Back to School Expo would not be possible without support from across our community. As the event draws near, additional donations are needed to continue this successful program. Eight generous local agencies and establishments have committed to the cause by hosting small apple trees in their locations. These trees … located at CenterState Bank, Rue21, Elis Western Wear, Pats Floral Design, Brown Cow Sweetery, Church of Our Saviour, Okeechobee City Hall, and the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce contain paper apples labeled with speci“c clothing needs for children in our community. Join us in helping children in need by picking an apple, purchasing the listed items, and returning the apple(s) and clothing pieces to any of the participating locations. For those giving individuals with limited time or a disdain for shopping, donations may also be made by check at CenterState Bank. We kindly request that all clothing donations be dropped off no later than Wednesday, July 25. Our event sponsors include: Okeechobee County School District, Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce, Florida KidCare, Thrivent Financial, Re-elect Cary Pigman, Republican for State Representative (Paid by Cary Pigman, Republican for State Representative), Steve Dobbs Engineering, Okeechobee Rural Health Network, Rue21, Elis Western Wear, Aldi, Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee, Walmart, Christ Fellowship, Dennis and Dorothy Anderson, and Cris and Terry Douglas. For more information, please contact Our Village Okeechobees Executive Director, Leah Suarez, at 863-697-8718. Back to School event hits a successful fourth year2 Okeechobee News July 22, 2018 AUTO, A/C, TV, STOW & GO #U4752 ONLY $ 6,995 2010 DODGE CARAVAN AUTO, A/C #U4598 ONLY $ 4,995 2005 MERCURY MARINER AUTO, A/C #U1718 ONLY $ 6,495 2005 LINCOLN TOWN CAR AUTO, A/C,7 PASSENGERS #U0813 AUTO, A/C, LOADED #U6085 5 SPD, A/C, 79,269 MILES #U1748 ONLY $ 4,495 ONLY $ 4,495 ONLY $ 3,995 2003 DODGE DURANGO 2003 HONDA ELEMENT 2007 FORD FOCUS AUTO, A/C, NAV. BACK UP CAMERA #U1893 2010 CHEVY EQUINOX 147 Hwy 441 SE € Okeechobee € 863-467-5243 ONLY $ 7,495 AUTO, A/C, LOADED #U3395 ONLY $ 5,495 2003 HONDA CIVIC AUTO, A/C, 1 OWNER 86,335 MILES #U2319 ONLY $ 6,995 2005 CHEVY TRAIL BLAZER AUTO, A/C, LOADED, #U2318 ONLY $ 6,495 2012 FORD FUSION 30 day warranty on all vehicles Lake Motors Lake Okeechobee Hwy 441 SE Hwy 78 Hwy 441 Open Since August 2008! *Plus Tax, Tag and Dealer FeeAttention All Veterans! No DEALER FEES During the month of JULY AUTO, A/C, LOADED, #U2318 ONLY $ 6,495 2012 FORD FUSION MANAGERS SPECIALS GAS SAVER! 4X4 VOTEDEBORAHCOUNTY JUDGEHOOKER She’s one of us. HookerForJudge.comOkeechobee, everyone is invited!CAMPAIGN BBQSaturday, Aug. 4th at 4 p.m. Basinger Community CenterAward Winning BBQ!Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Deborah M. Hooker for County Court Judge Today: Scattered thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.Extended ForecastMonday: Thunderstorms likely. High 87F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Monday Night: Partly cloudy skies early. Thunderstorms likely late. Low 72F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 87F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 73F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast


July 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 3


A buffoonChildren learn what they live. Our citizens have elected a person who has an attorney known as the “xer. Me thinks Jimmy the Rat cant be too far behinds. Corruption hides behind many facades. Clever remarks, repeated over and over, have deceived many smart people. It scares me to think what we are teaching our kids with our approval of Trump „ a buffoon who values only himself. J.T. Martin A rent “reworks illegal?Im sending this letter because I have heard and been told that “reworks are illegal in the state of Florida and also illegal in Okeechobee County and the city. If this is true, then why are all these people selling “reworks? Thats like crack being illegal and just because the county and the city issues a person a permit, they can set up a tent and sell crack to the public. If it is against the law, then why is it being sold on the side of the road? Christopher Winkler Editors note: There is a loophole in the state law regarding the sale of “reworks. It is legal to sell them for agricultural use, as in to scare birds away from crops. Those who purchase “reworks are required to sign an affadavit that they will only use them in accordance with the state statute. Water, water€ So Jeff Green claims he looked at the lake in person and it was disgusting and worse than on TV. And yet, those of us who have been on the lake off and on all summer have not seen anything like what they have shown on TV. Even NOAA images are showing the algae bloom, which never covered the surface but was in the water column where you could not see it, is now much smaller. So did he look at the wrong lake? He apparently saw something different than Senator Bill Nelson, also a Democrat, saw.Ž -K. BookerMonkey owner arrested€ I am so glad to read that the spider monkey that bit people at Home Depot has been taken to a primate sanctuary. Thats a happy ending for the monkey who can now enjoy life in a natural setting with others of its own kind instead of being forced to wear a diaper and clothes and be left in a hot vehicle while the owner shops.Ž -Anonymous € Thats a shame. They need to spend more time catching drug dealers than worry about a monkey.Ž -Patricia Baul € So a monkey that attacks people in our local stores isnt a worry?Ž -Dawn Lenea € I keep telling people monkeys rip peoples faces off, but they always say the chimps do that.Ž -Madgal Badgal € They werent monkeying around.Ž -Kacy Crews PurvisSlow the ”ow€ Its nice to see Okeechobee locals are getting away from the divisive mindset of Lake O residents versus coastal elites. After all were all in this together.Ž -Louis Brouillard € The water has to come out.Ž -Marci Rathbun € Slow the ”ow into Lake O. Clean the water north before it goes into the lake. If you keep ”owing dirty water into the lake, nothing will change. The only way to clean up the lake is to slow the ”ow and clean the water before it goes into the lake, and restore the marshes around the edge of the lake, as the marshes clean the water that is in the lake.Ž -S. Jones July 22, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspapers website at, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News of“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Love your neighbor as your selfBy Mark MayersLMFT and CAP of Real Life Childrens Ranch Christians so often forget the importance of grace. We often determine on our own who deserves to be shown grace and mercy. In reality, God tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. There are no conditions on this commandment. Jesus did not say love your neighbor as yourself if he is a Christian or if he is a good neighbor.Ž Jesus simple says, Love your neighbor as your self.Ž Gods grace is unconditional. It has no boundaries or limits. The Bible says, While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.Ž The parable of the Good Samaritan is an amazing story that God told to illustrate the unconditional principles of Gods grace. Luke 10:25-37 saysƒ25 on one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. Teacher,Ž he asked, what must I do to inherit eternal life?Ž 26 What is written in the Law?Ž he replied. How do you read it?Ž 27 He answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind[a]; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.[b]Ž 28 You have answered correctly,Ž Jesus replied. Do this and you will live.Ž 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, And who is my neighbor?Ž This expert in the law questioned Jesus about who a neighborŽ is. It was hard for him to imagine that God would want us to treat everyone with unconditional love and grace. Jesus, like He so often did, used a parable to communicate unmistakably that true grace and love has no boundaries. In Luke 10:30 Jesus said: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he too k out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. Look after him, he said, and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extr a expense you may have. 36 Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?Ž 37 The expert in the law replied, The one who had mercy on him.Ž Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.Ž Far too often we are just like this hypocritical teacher of the law. We justify not reaching out to others in need because it may jeopardize our time, resources or reputation. Only when we allow the Holy Spirit to help us understand in our heads and hearts that Jesus risked everything to save us will we be able to love others unconditionally. There is no greater freedom than this. Re”ections from the Pulpit Letters To the Editor Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.Ž People in the community who are looking for proper ”ag disposal can bring their ”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digni“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an of“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283.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. Everyone is welcome.


Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will bene“t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Amvets will host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E. Suite 6, on Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 24, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.VFW will serve breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, July 22 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Legion will host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, July 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.BHR Moose serves spaghettiThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road will serve spaghetti dinners with garlic bread and salad on Monday, July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation of $7. The public is welcome.Widows /Widowers to meetThe Okeechobee Widows and Widowers Group will meet Tuesday, July 24 at 8 a.m. at Lakeside Grill, 1111 South Parrot Ave. New members are welcome. For information call Jane at 863-824-8700 or Connie at 863-801-0482. More Community Events can be found at in the Community sectionSt. Lucie Lock to close Notice is given that St. Lucie Lock & Dam in Stuart will be closing for emergency repair work from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, and the following week, Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with one scheduled lockage in each direction at 7 a.m. and again at noon. The lock will extend its hours during the closure times to accommodate vessels that are at the assigned arrival point at 5 p.m. The lock will be open for normal operations Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. For questions regarding the repair work, contact St. Lucie Lock at 772-287-2665.Christmas in July Mixer setThe July Main Street Mixer will be held at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E. with their annual Christmas in July celebration on Tuesday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. This will be their annual Christmas in July Mixer, so please bring a toy for a boy, or girl, or both if you can. Unwrapped please. Donations are welcomed as well.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of U.S. 78 W., next to Fast Break will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, July 24 from 4 until 7 p.m., for an $8 donation. The dinner is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. Entertainment 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.VFW Auxiliary dinner setThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a chicken Parmesan dinner on Wednesday, July 25 at Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W. All proceeds to bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.Steelers Summer concert setThe Chobee Steelers Steel Drum Band Summer concert and show will be on Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Okeechobee High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. The admission is FREE, however, donations are appreciated. All donations bene“t the Chobee Steelers Scholarships. Please make checks to Marthas House for the Chobee Steelers. For more information, please contact Shrlean Graham at 865-697-6107.Academy plans summer bashStepping Stones Academy, 400 S.W. Fourth St., will host a summer bash on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be snow cones, water slides and more. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call 863-467-9908.July 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 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) & REPAIRSROOFINGMinnie Glen Floyd (Fennell)Minnie Glen Floyd (Fennell) was born on A ugust 8, 1842, in Campbellton, Florida, to the late Gentle Floyd and the late Era Mae Floyd (Robinson). Her early education w as received in the J ackson County School System. Later she moved to Port St. Joe, Florida where she grad uated from Washington Senior High School. She met and married Zebedee Fennell. From this union four children were born: Er a Dionne, Candace Lashawn (Todd), Derric k Tramane (Rose) and Raymond Gregory, affectionately known as Tony. Minnie and her family moved to Okeechobee, Florida in 1965. While in Okeechobee, she worked as a Cottage Parent for the Florida School for Boys and then the Okeechobee County School District as a Teachers Aide. Minnie retired from the Okeechobee County School District in 2002. God gave her the gift of giving and she never hesitated to give to anyone that was in need. She was also a great cook. She touched the many lives with her food and her cooking brought people from many different backgrounds together. Minnie gave her life to Christ at an early age. W hile in Okeechobee, she attended Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and New St. Stephens African Methodist Episcopal Church. W hen she moved to Lake Worth, Florida, she w orshiped at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is loved and missed by her family, man y relatives and friends! James Elam Murphy, 52OKEECHOBEE „ James Elam Murph y died July 12, 2018. He w as born in Arcadia on March 4, 1966, to J ack Nolan and Flor ence Ada (Tripp) Murphy, Sr. He relocated to Okeechobee with his family at the age of three. James served his country as a mem ber of the United States A rmy. He enjoyed reading, especially Stephen King and other authors of the horror “ction genre. J ames will be remembered for his humor and sarcastic wit. James was preceded in death by his sisters, Glenda Brittelli and Judy Lashley. He is survived by his parents, Jack and Florence Murphy, Sr. of Okeechobee; son, John (Krystal) Gore; daughters, Tiffany Murphy and Danielle Harmon, all of Okeechobee; brothers, Jack Murphy, Jr. of Citra, Fla., Ronnie Murphy of LaBelle, Joe Murphy of Okeechobee; sisters, Linda (John) Davis of LaBelle, Janice (Daniel) Elliot of Okeechobee; eleven grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Jimmy Lashley. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, J uly 24, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Those wishing to leave a message o f 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 Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic 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.Take the reading challengeThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from now through Sept. 7, as students take the pledge to read as many minutes as they can this summer! To join, simply call the library at 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up with a librarian. Students will receive a pledge certi“cate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unlock digital rewards and complete weekly reading challenges online. Reading minutes will also count towards special summer prizes and events at the library. Join the fun and sign up today!Blood drives planned in July€ Sunday, July 22, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. € Thursday, July 26, at Dr. Browns Clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.AA meetings held regularlyAlcoholics Anonymous meetings are regularly scheduled in the Okeechobee: € Monday through Friday: noon open meetings at First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St.; € Monday, 6:30 a.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace (Wolff Road); € Monday at 6:30 p.m. open meeting at, Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Tuesday at 8 p.m. closed discussion meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Wednesday at 8 p.m. closed mens meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; and, € Wednesday, at 7 p.m., a speakers meeting at Detox of South Florida, 608 N.E. Second Ave.; € Thursday, noon, closed Step Study, at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. € Thursday at 6 p.m., open womens meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Thursday at 8 p.m., Big Book meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.; € Friday at 8 p.m., speaker meeting at Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St.; € Saturdayat 7:30p.m., closedmeetingatOkeechobeePresbyterianChurch, 312N. Parrott;


6 Okeechobee News July 22, 2018 NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAYe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a measure to continue to impose a 1.500 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed herein. is tax is in addition to the school boards proposed tax of 4.859 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. e capital outlay tax will generate approximately $3,022,013 to be used for the following projects:MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR Reimbursement of the maintenance, renovation and repairs paid through the General Fund as permitted by Florida Statute State Requirements for Educat ional Facilities (SREF) compliance District-wide maintenance, renovati on, and repair of existing facilities Renovation and repair from hurricane damage Improvements related to school safety/school hardening District-wide HVAC projects District-wide asphalt projects District-wide roof repairs and replacement District-wide ooring/carpeting District-wide painting District-wide electrical projects District-wide tree trimming District-wide insulation projects District oce window/door replacement Data wiring projects Facility study OHS drainage project OHS gym oor OHS shade structures OHS South entrance paving OHS trac pattern change OMS kitchen generator Phone systems/VOIP MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES (2) school buses Maintenance TruckNEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER AND DEVICE HARDWARE AND OPERATING SYSTEM SOFTWARE NECESSARY FOR GAINING ACCESS TO OR ENHANCING THE USE OF ELECTRONIC AND DIGITAL INSTRUCTIONAL CONTENT AND RESOURCES, AND ENTERPRISE RESOURCE SOFTWARE District-Wide computer hardware District-Wide furniture and equipment PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL AND ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 26, 2018 at 6:00 P.M at the Okeechobee County School Board oce building, Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at this hearing. Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Runs continue to be pretty big. A lot of cattle moving right now, pressuring prices. So, steady prices for the week is a positive thing. Slaughter cows were steady with the bulk of the trade in the low to mid 50s, up to 60 on the high side. Feeder calves were fairly steady with a little more de mand on the steer end. Best quality steers in the 500 weight range were $1.40 $1.50. Domestic beef demand is good. We need to get our export markets going and these trade deals worked out! A calf is being donated next Tuesday for the JR, Brooke, Tucker, Allan & Jada Hendry GOFUNDME account. This is the family that was involved in the tragic accident near Palmdale on July 6, where there was loss of life and serious and critical injuries. If you would like to add-on to the price you can do so, or donate to the GOFUNDME account. The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce inv estigated reports of the following crimes last w eek: ASSAULT € 1700 block of U.S. 441 North € 200 block of U.S. 98 North € 6900 block of U.S. 98 North € 1700 block of U.S. 441 North € 1000 block of Northeast 16th Avenue € 4000 block of Northwest 18th Street € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street BURGLARY € 3500 block of Northwest 10th Avenue € 3300 block of Northwest 17th Avenue € 6200 block of U.S. 98 North € 41300 block of U.S. 441 North € 3300 block of Southeast 33rd Terrace € 11500 block of U.S. 441 Southeast CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 300 block of Southwest 77th Terrace € 200 block of U.S. 441 Southeast FRAUD € 13500 block of U.S. 441 Southeast THEFT € 5200 block of Southeast 43rd Street € 6800 block of Southeast 86th Boulevard € 11300 block of Northeast First Terrace € 2500 block of Northwest 63rd Terrace € 5600 block of State Road 70 East € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 7600 block of State Road 78 West € 3800 block of Northwest 34th Avenue OCSO Investigations Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday “Best Burgers in South Florida!” 863.763.3127


July 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 “nd hidden illegal substances. OCSO Community Relations Deputy Jack Nash explained the myriad of ways both he and the sheriffs department educate the community on different issues. He highlight ed fraud prevention and education of the senior citizen population in Okeechobee as a personal priority that was given to him by Sheriff Stephen. The luncheon was made possible by chamber member and local business Green Design Construction and Development. Green Design co-founder Shaun Kogut said that when the chamber approached him about sponsoring a luncheon dedicated to “rst responders, he immediately jumped at the opportunity. He relayed a story of a dispatcher who helped him after his mother had suffered a stroke. The EMTs were there within minutes,Ž explained Mr. Kogut, they had her loaded into the ambulance and were coordinating with the Trauma Hawk. When I went back to my truck and looked at my phone I realized the dispatcher was still on the line. She asked me what she could do for me. Her job was done once the EMTs arrived, but she stayed to make sure I was OK. That whole team is the reason my mom is still alive today. I never got to thank them, so this is my small way of doing that.Ž Mr. Kogut also mentioned his experience when a deputy came to a construction site he was working on and pulled him aside to deliver the news of his father passing away. According to Mr. Kogut, the deputy went out of his way to comfort and console him after the devastating news. That very same deputy was also at the luncheon that day, OCSO Deputy Sgt. Michael Hazellief, and both embraced after Mr. Koguts speech. He didnt warn me ahead of time that he was going to talk about that,Ž said Deputy Sgt. Hazellief. Im a crier, so you have to warn me about things like that. Thank you so much Shaun for that. The times we have to deliver the worst news a person can hear is a very hard part of the job. I appreciate your kind words today.Ž RESPONDERSContinued From Page 1


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Normal late charg es apply. See your Truth in Lending Disclosures for more information. 2018 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox Dealers are independently owned and operated businesses. GET UP TO$1,500 IN REBATES*60 MONTHS EQUAL PAYMENTS, NO INTEREST FINANCING*** OR Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has reopened access to the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor W ildlife Management Area in south Florida, w hich had been closed due to high water levels. Public access is restored to this WMA that covers parts of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and provides recreational opportunities for hunting, “shing, wildlife viewing, hiking and biking. Thanks to the dedication and leadership of Gov. Rick Scott, our state and federal water managers have been able to reduce the water levels in the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA, improving conditions for wildlife there,Ž said FWC Commissioner Michael Sole. Temporarily restricting access to this WMA was a necessary conservation measure because high water levels had forced wildlife to take refuge on tree islands and levees, resulting in stressful conditions for the animals. With improving water level conditions, they are no longer having to take refuge in these areas. To read the executive order lifting the restricted access to this WMA, go to MyFWC. com/About and click on Executive Orders.Ž For updated closure and reopening information, visit and click on Open/closed Status of FWC Of“c es and FWC-managed Areas.Ž If you have additional questions, call the FWCs South Regional Of“ce at 561-625-5122. The public can report a violation of this order, or any “sh and wildlife law violation, by calling the FWCs Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922 or #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone. Public access restored to wildlife management area 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 De partment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Tiffany Rene Andrews, 28, Southwest 296th Street, Homestead, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Sergeant Aric Majere on two Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with two counts of failure to appear fail ure to appear, failure to appear introduction or possession of contraband in a state correctional institution, and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription. She is being held without bond. € Enrique Carlos Vega, 17, Northeast 304th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with grand theft of motor vehicle and burglary of a conveyance. His bond was set at $10,000. € Christopher Barton Hanson, 29, Southeast 29th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation two counts of giving false ownership information to a pawn broker (less than $300), grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000) and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond was set at $5,000. € Brenda Carol Miner, 32, Frostburg, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Sgt. Aric Majere on a DOC felony warrant charging her with possession of a “rearm, ammunition, electric weapon or device, or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon. Her bond was set at $2,500. € Jaquan Antwan Thompson, 18, U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Shane Bogner 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. € Tina Darlene Ballard, 56, Northwest 154th Avenue, Okeechobee,was arrested July 20 by Deputy Sgt. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with tampering with physical evidence. She was also arrested on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with failure to immunize animal on exhibit against rabies, culpable negligence in”icts actual personal injury on another and failure to appear. Her bond was set at $32,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone liste d here who is later found innocent or has ha d the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report 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.


July 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 U.S. Sugar Employees Celebrate Summer of Giving t work, our employees are producing food to feed American families. After the harvest season ended this year, our employees began participating in a “Summer of Giving,” where they have been dedicated to giving their time to local charities and organizations. We are proud of our people who spend their summers helping serve the many different needs of our communities.A Community Relations Manager Jennifer Black presenting the keys to a Chevrolet van to the City of South Bay for their summer camps and senior programs Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry CountiesWe support 4-H members throughout our local communitiesWe proudly support our local Public Safety Academy CALL PAUL 863.763.3241 LOOKING TO BUY:Used PARK MODEL HOMES & RVs. To put in my Mobile Home Park. ANY condition. CASH PAID. LOOKING TO SELL:Mobile Home & RV Parks in Okeechobee, some with water access, Very Nice! 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Almazan stated. My brother and I used to have a large collection of Hot Wheels cars and Legos that I used to enjoy playing with.Ž Sgt. Almazan graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2004. His favorite subject was History. His favorite sport was soccer. I had played soccer since I could remember and would spend the afternoons kicking the ball back and forth to my brother in the middle of the street,Ž he recalled. Sgt. Almazan said his favorite aspect of school was being able to socialize with his friends. We would get in trouble laughing and talking all period,Ž he said laughingly. His least favored part of attending was the, getting up early, or what I thought was early back then.Ž Sgt. Almazans “rst employment experience involved him being a stock person for a local grocery store and that his worst job was being a security guard, which he said he disliked from boredom and that it only lasted two days. He began with OPD as an Auxiliary Of“cer in May of 2008 and chose to stay because of the esprit de corps that is exhibited within the agency emphasizing, Our department is like a family, not only do we see each other at work but we also hang out outside of the department. To me, thats worth more than money.Ž Sgt. Almazan informed that he chose law enforcement as a profession for many reasons, one being provided the opportunity and capability to have an impact on the youth in the community and being able to help those in need. Some of my younger childhood memories were of police of“cers coming to our school for the D.A.R.E. Program and I remember wanting to be like them. Its a good feeling when youre a peace maker and know that youre on the front line in the battle against evil,Ž stated Sgt. Almazan. When asked how his career created value in his life, Sgt. Almazan responded, My career has afforded me the opportunity to be exposed to many different situations, Ive seen a lot of bad that it makes you appreciate all the good that much more.Ž Sgt. Almazan said there have also been many in”uential people in his life throughout his career as a law enforcement professional. My father has always taught me to work hard and I have taken my work ethics everywhere I go. Major (Donald) Hagan and Of“cer (Cesar) Romero always push me to be a better person physically and mentally. Sgt. (Skip) Eddings allowed me to sit in the passenger seat since day one showing me the ropes of what and what not to do. Also, my brothers and sisters, drive me to be a better person,Ž Sgt. Almazan communicated. He is also the “rst member of his family to work in law enforcement. When hes not in service with OPD, Sgt. Almazan enjoys exercising by lifting weights, working on his trucks and hanging out with his family with backyard cookouts. He also is the father to two little girls, one 7 year old and one 7 months old. Sgt. Almazan said that he would like to live in the early 1960s, when the muscle car era was in effect,Ž and that if he could meet anyone, it would have to be Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata Salazar, because he was a realist with the goal of achieving political and economic emancipation of the peasants in southern Mexico and leading them out of severe poverty.Ž When asked which super-human power he would like to possess, Sgt. Almazan answered, I would love the ability to make people happy. With happiness, I would imagine that it would be hard for a lot of evil to exist.Ž Meet the of“cer: OCPDs Sgt. Aurelio Almazan Aurelio Almazan


By Richard MarionOkeechobee NewsThe eight and under Okeechobee AllStars placed second in the state tournament that took place from June 29 through July 4 and earned their spot in the 2018 Dixie Youth World Series. The team will be making the trip from Okeechobee to Lumberton, N.C. on July 27 to represent Florida in the tournament. This is the third in a series of four articles that Okeechobee News will publish leading up to the World Series which introduces the players that make up the Okeechobee 8U AllStars. € Jokoah Spencer is 8 years old and in fourth grade at Central Elementary. He plays “rst base and his favorite part of baseball is hitting. He says playing in the state tournament was fun, but crazy and a lot of work. His favorite MLB player is Los Angeles Angels center “elder Mike Trout. € Cody Clanton Jr. is 8 years old and currently in third grade at Central Elementary. He plays second base and loves playing defense. His favorite MLB team is the San Fransisco Giants and favorite player is his big cousin Ryan Lollis, a free agent who has spent time with the Giants as an out“elder. € John Richards is an 8 year old who attends third grade at Central Elementary. He plays in left “eld and would like to either be a baseball player or a marine biologist when he grows up. His favorite team is the New Yor k Yankees and favorite superhero is Black Panther. This series will continue in Wednesdays paper with three more players from the Okeechobee 8U All-Stars. If you see a fe w of the players around town raising funds to pay for their trip to the World Series, be sure to wish them luck as they go on to represent both Okeechobee and Florida.10 Okeechobee News July 22, 2018 Early vote A re you Election Ready? Diane Hagan, Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Rm 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 REMEMBER County Commission District 2 and County Commission District 4 races are Universal Primary Contests. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote these contests. IMPORTANT € County Commissioners and School Board Members are elected at-large, not by district. A voter may vote for either race no matter what district they live in. € Nonpartisan candidates, such as Judicial and School Board, will be on all primary ballots!REMEMBER Meet the 8U All-Stars headed to the World Series Special to the Okeechobee NewsCody Clanton Jr. plays second base for the Okeechobee 8U All-Stars and his favorite superhero is The Flash. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJokoah Spencer plays “rst base for the Okeechobee 8U All-Stars. His favorite superhero is your friendly neighborhood Spider-man. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJohn Richards is a left “elder for the Okeechobee 8U All-Stars. His favorite MLB player is New York Yankees out“elder Aaron Judge. Special to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has been working around the clock to lower water levels in the conservation areas and create capacity for sending more Lake Okeechobee water south. By installing additional temporary pumps and taking other operational actions, the District is doing its part to mitigate the high water emergency caused by record May rainfall. SFWMD Hydrology and Hydraulics Bureau Chief Akin Owosina provides updates on agencys weekly video series at www. The record rainfall in May caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise considerably above their regulation schedules. To combat this, SFWMD is taking every action within its authority to lower water levels, including storing water on public and private lands, utilizing every available structure and installing temporary pumps to move additional water. SFWMD this week installed a third 42inch temporary pump in addition to the two that were previously installed and pumping water from Water Conservation Area 2A in Broward County into Water Conservation Area 1 in Palm Beach County to be discharged to tide through the Hillsboro Canal. On June 20, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue an emergency order, which revised permitting criteria, thereby allowing the District to install several temporary pumps. These pumps, along with permanent structures, are currently being operated by the District 24 hours a day to move more water out of the conservation areas. To date, more than 350,000 acre-feet (approximately 114 billion gallons) of water has been moved out of the conservation areas, either to tide or into Everglades National Park. On July 9, Gov. Scott declared a state of emergency regarding the high water situation. This state of emergency superseded of all procurement policy guidelines, thereby allowing SFWMD to expedite the acquisition and installation of temporary pumps. These pumps will move water from Water Conservation Area 3B in Miami-Dade County into Northeast Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park. SFWMD has been using the available storage in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, including detaining water in Lake Kissimmee within the half foot ”exibility above their regulation schedule allowed by the water control plan. Due to more recent drier conditions, water has been released from those lakes to the Kissimmee River to ful“ll ecological restoration needs of the river. This has created capacity in the Upper Chain of Lakes to slow runoff generated from future rainfall. SFWMD is also utilizing existing infrastructure to move water south out of Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades, reducing the need for estuary releases. Other actions being taken by SFWMD to mitigate the high water emergency include: € Utilizing completed components of Gov. Scotts Restoration Strategies Plan, such as the A-1 and L-8 Flow Equalization Basins, to store water; € Storing water on private and publicly owned lands through the Dispersed Water Management program; € Routing local basin water to tide through the C-51 Canal to minimize the amount of water that gravity ”ows into Lake Okeechobee through the L-8 Canal; € Raising water levels in the L-29 Canal in Miami-Dade County from 7.5 to 8 feet after receiving authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, signi“cantly increasing the amount of water that can be moved out of the conservation areas and to the south. As more measures are implemented, details will be available on the Managing High Water website. SFWMD to move more water from lake south to WCAs


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At this time it is unclear w hat is happening due to a lack of data,Ž stated Karl Havens, director, Florida Sea Grant. Based on research conducted in other lakes, there are a couple of reasons why the bloom may be shrinking. First, the Microcystis bloom in Lake Okeechobee might have used up all of the dissolved inorganic nitrogen in the water and now it is “gurative ly starving. Second, and somewhat related, it might be that the bloom is going through a replacement cycle, where Microcystis will be replaced by a different kind of algae that can get its nitrogen from the atmosphere, such as Anabaena. That species of bluegreen algae has formed large blooms in Okeechobee in past years. Because the state of Florida does not have a systematic and comprehensive algae bloom monitoring program in the lake, with sampling frequent enough to determine w hat is happening, we may never know the cause of the observed changes.Ž The satellite images are only available at set intervals. Due to cloud cover, no usable images were available July 6-13. The July 14 image showed algae in about 80 percent of the lake, and also that the concentration was decreasing. July 17 imagery showed the bloom continue to decrease, as did the July 18 imagery. The NOAA imagery does not indicate what kind of cyanobacteria is present. There are thousands of types of cyanobacteria, although only about a dozen have been documented in Lake Okeechobee. Some „ not all „ of the types of cyanobacteria known to live in the lake can produce toxins under certain conditions. However, even cyanobacteria that can produce toxins does not always do so.According to Dr. Edward Phlips, a professor with the University of Floridas Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, algal blooms can be in the water column and the casual observer may not even notice it. The NOAA computer imagery uses scans in a spectrum of light the human eye cannot detect. Cyanobacteria also have gas vesicles which act as buoyancy control devices. The vesicles can be expanded and “lled with gas, causing the cyanobacteria to ”oat on the surface, or de”ated, which causes the cyanobacteria to descend into the water column. The NOAA image does not show what the human eye sees. Its computer-generated imagery using data the satellite collects to locate concentrations of cyanobacteria in the water. Different colors on the imagery show areas of varying cyanobacteria concentration. The NOAA image does not show how many different types of cyanobacteria are present, or which types of cyanobacteria are present. It does not show whether or not toxins are present. According to oceanographer Michelle Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean Service, NOAA does similar studies of other lakes in the United States. The algorithm we developed for the imagery separates out the cyanobacteria from any other background algae in the lake, she explained. There may be some non-harmful phytoplankton mixed in there, she added. Oceanographer Rick Stumpf with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science explained: The satellite is seeing the concentration up to 1-2 feet deep into the water. So even when the water will not show the scum everyone notices, the satellite can see how much bloom there is at that level. He said the areas that show as redŽ on the imagery are higher concentrations and those are the areas people are more likely to actually see scum on the water surface. Also, each satellite pixel covers the area of a stadium. In contrast, someone on the “eld can only make out maybe 30 yards across,Ž he added. Mr. Stumpf explained that NOAA also uses different wavelengths of light, including red and near-infrared, that the satellite detects that cant be seen with the human eye. According to Dr, Havens, algae blooms could be controlled by cleaning the water before it enters the lake and other waterways. The solution to the algal bloom problem is to clean up the nutrient sources north of Lake Okeechobee and in the land around the two estuaries,Ž he explained in a July 20 commentary on the Florida Sea Grant website. Control of dispersed sources of nutrients in those watersheds will be a huge challenge and while projects are underway by the state to accomplish them, it could take decades before substantive results are seen. A LGAEContinued From Page 1 Rick Stumpf and Shelly Tomlinson of the National Oceangraphic and Atomspheric Administration answer frequently asked questions about the way NOAA uses satellite imagery to monitor cyanobacteria, commonly called blue green algae.Ž What satellite are we using? Sentinel-3a, part of the European Unions Copernicus program, built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and operated by EUMETSAT (EU Meteorological Satellite of“ce). It was launched in 2016, data became available in 2017. A matching satellite Sentinel-3b was launched in April, and should start providing routine data in 2019. What does the satellite see? The satellite looks at the amount of light in many wavelengths. To detect cyanobacteria we use several wavelengths of red and near-infrared light (this infrared detects brightness, not temperature). For water, only the light from the upper 1-3 feet is measured. Differences between these bands detect pigments that are characteristic to cyanobacteria. What do the colors mean? Red means high concentration, followed by orange, yellow, green, then blue. Black is not detectable.Ž Green and above have concentrations that the World Health Organization has found could causes a risk to human health from direct exposure. Blue colors indicate some risk is possible. Areas with greenŽ colored concentrations have potential for small patchy scums. Areas with redŽ concentrations (1 million cells/mL) will have large scum areas. Cyanobacterial blooms monitored by satellites


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Employment Medical Administrative Assistant STRONG organizational skills; must be computer literate with 3 years exp in Windows Environment including Word & Excel. Will support Senior Level Leadership in various projects. Must be Culturally Sensitive. Apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North., Okeechobee, FL E-mail resume to or fax to (561) 472-9692 EOE/DFWP 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@ XRay TechARRT Registry Required. Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or complete application at 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 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. 2BD/1.5BAWATERFRONT SINGLE WIDE IN TAYLOR CREEK RECENTLY REMODELED, FURNISHED, 16X16 OUTBUILDING W/WASHER & DRYER, SCREEN PORCH, BOAT RAMP. FOR RENT OR RENT TO OWN W/ OWNER FINANCING $750.00/MO. ALAN 561246-9864 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds.


July 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Need EXTRA MONEY?MOTOR ROUTE AVAILABLE107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICEThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Regular Session on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Office not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-2223448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Terry W. Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 276586 ON 7/22/2018 Seasonal Seasonal Waiters & Waitresses (9) Temp full time. Okeechobee. 10/1/18-5/31/19 Emp: Pine Creek Sporting Club. Take orders, serves food & beverages to guests. Clear off & set tables 40 hrs. Hours & days vary. Monday-Sunday, 7am-10pm. $12.45/ hr. $18.68 OT. No exp nec. Tools provided. Transportation including meals/lodging will be reimbursed if the worker completes the work period & return transportation if worker completes contract or is dismissed early by emp. Send resume to Michael Fay 23721 NE 48th Ave Okeechobee FL 34972 or apply at 207 SW Park Street Okeechobee FL 34974 ref. job order 10731957 PUBLIC NOTICEThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will resume their Budget Workshops on Monday, July 23th, 24th, and 25th 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Office not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-2223448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). 276585 ON 7/22/2018 Apartments1/1 APTS, Furnished & Unfurnished for rent includes water & power, prices from $750 $875/ mo. No pets. Background check & dep. req. Call 863-634-0024. Beauti f ul Samantha’s Garden 2bed/2bath, $850/month. $600 sec. 1 year lease. 2 person occupancy. 863-634-5780. Credit and background chec k ApartmentsN.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 Updated 2BD/1BA $775.00/MO. 1ST Month, Last Month & Security Deposit. Very Clean and well maintained. 12 min. outside of town off Hwy 70 East. Great setting, lawn service, on-site management, pest control included, w/d hook-up. Sorry, NO PETS. Call M-S 9am-6pm 813-956-5150 Houses Rent 3/2, fully furnished, $1500/mo. Utilities & lawn service included. Great location. Call 863-634-0024. FULLY FURNISHED 2/1 LOCATED IN KINGS BAY, COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL & TENNIS COUR, TILE FLOORS THRU OUT, NICELY EQUIPPED KITCHENWASHER-DRYER, GARAGE -SCREEN ROOMS LONG OR SHORT TERMWITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES. (863) 447-0742. FOR RENT 3/2 HOME 3921 SE 28TH ST., ON WATER, NO PETS, $900.00/MO., 1ST, LAST & $200.00 SECURITY. CALL 863-801-9288 OR 305-494-3738 PRIME OFFICE SPACE! 800 sq. ft. Great In-Town Location! 414 S. Parrott Ave. Suite B. $650.00 p/m. Call BMJ Towing (863) 763-2845. Houses Sale CHARMING 2BR/2BA MANY AMENITIES, GREAT STARTER HOME, RETIREMENT HOME OR SUMMER HOME CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT 863634-5176 Land Sale FOR SALE2.5 ACRES IN R-BAR ESTATES SUBDIVISION, CLEARED, SOME PRIVACY, GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, 5 MIN. FROM TOWN, READY FOR A HOME ASKING $65,000.00 CALL 863-634-5827 Mobile Homes Sale 3/2 MANUFACTURED MOBILE HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER, YEAR 2005. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MOVING OFF PROPERTY. CALL 863-634-3051 $37,000/O.B.O. Mobile Homes Sale PARK MODEL FOR SALE AT BIG O RV RESORT, 55+ OLD, NO CHILDREN. CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION 863-801-9375 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. 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14 Okeechobee News July 22, 2018 Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! R E D Julia Parker863.801.3489 | Of“ce: 863.763.6000BASSWOOD ESTATES ~ .50 Acre residential lot FULLY CLEARED with mature shade oaks. Can be subdivided into two buildable residential lots. Consistently dry after rains. Located in homes only community on a paved, county maintained road. Centrally located near grade schools, state college, hospital, airport. Offered at $26,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 COUNTRY HILLS ESTATES ~ 4.73 Acres wooded residential parcel contains mostly mature shade Oaks. Appears to be high and dry after rains. Located on paved road with nicely maintained homes in vicinity. Offered at $120,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | | 4001-M: Blue Cypress 1BD/1BA, 1,112 Total Sq Ft, Merit Park Model. Neat, clean and cute! Screened porch, shed, paved driveway. HOA, Active comm w/ amenities including golf course, pool, clubhouse, $69,000 MLS # 212782 2002-H: Taylor Creek 5BD/3BA on a beautiful lake access lot, balcony overlooks the water. 3,226 Total Sq Ft/2,358 Screened back porch with fenced back yard, seawall and boat dock. $265,000 MLS # 212118 NEW LISTINGPALM VILLAGE 55+ COMMUNITY. Waterfront 3B/2Ba with a view thats breathtaking! Enclosed FL room with glass sliders. Large screened porch w/utility room and huge shed. Plenty of parking (pavers) for trucks and boats or cars. MLS #212620 $158,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 HALF ACRE WITH DWMH ON THE RIM CANAL. 3 Bed 2 bath, Fenced with a gate. Additional half acre lots are available3 total. Bring the family for some shing and rim canal living! is is a cutie! Home comes completely furnished and is Beautiful! Call Jody Carter 863-634-1285 Of“ ce (863) 763-5253 € Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863) ~Our Priorities are simple..Theyre Yours! OAK LAKE ESTATES ~POOL HOME ~ Cyprus two-story home. 3 Bd/2Ba. Circle drive and foliage greet you as you arrive at this beautifully maintained home. 1622 Sf under air2409 TLA. Great room w/cedar wall and Newer Oak Fresh paint. Balcony in Master suite, seamless shower, 24 long (3) closets plus walk-in closet. 14x28 gunite pool, 14x24 Screened lanai. Tankless HWH. Lennox A/C. Half Acre. PERFECTION! MLS# 212798 $269,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 RENTALOak Lake Villa 2BD/2BA Remodeled $1000/mo F-L-Sec Call Lori NEW METAL ROOF ON TOP WATERFRONT 3BR/2BA CBS and new paint throughout, enclosed Florida room overlooking the lake access canal, and a 2 car carport. Home is move in ready. MLS 212178 Asking $143,000 Call Jason 863-634-7907 c o k 2 0 1 8 0 7 2 2 1 4 c r o p p d f 1 2 1 J u l 1 8 0 6 : 1 4 : 4 1


July 22, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT „ $850 per month „ 840 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY 7 $299,000 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2BD/2BA DWMH. Large Florida room, lots of storage. Boat lift and patio. Must see! 10 minutes by water to lock. $174,900 Call Jeff Anderson 863-697-2424 Are you a realtor looking to showcase your listings?We can help with that!Call us today to advertise here! 863.763.3134 or email


16 Okeechobee News July 22, 2018 Johnny Trent1677 SW 8th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974Office: (863) 763-7704 Mobile: (863) 634-7125 Email: 4gutter@gmail.comJT Guttering Systems Inc.Aluminum Seamless Guttering Installations & RepairServing Okeechobee since 1999Ž Trading Post Flea & Farmers MarketCelebrating Over 30 YearsMarket Open 8am -3pm EVERY Saturday and 3100 Highway 441 South 863-763-4114 familyfun”eamarket ARTS AND CRAFTSSpecial Rates Year Round Tree Trimming & Removal Debris Removal & Hauling € Bobcat Services Mike Owner/Operator Email: PROPERTY SERVICES, INC. 863.634.7512 Hoss Hoss CARPORTS, SCREEN ROOMS & MORE! ALUMINUM LLC (863) 634-7442 (863) 634-7442 Lic# OCSL 1583-01INSURED NEAL LONG CONSTRUCTION CO.GENERAL CONTRACTORS863.357.3313PLUMBING, MECHANICAL & ROOFING CONTRACTORS11781 SE HWY 441 OKEECHOBEE, FL neallong@contractor.netCGC1518089 € CMC1249343 € CFC058088 € CCC1328973Top Quality Attention to Detail On Time Reasonable PricesSouthEast CMV Compliance LLC. D.O.T. Compliance & Consulting Services LBW Home RepairsResidentialChuck WorleyHome Repairs/Remodeling Buckhead Ridge Okeechobee, An affordable place to advertise your business! Email okeeadsales@ We offer: Fall Prevention Care Medication Prompting Small Group Outings Doctor Appointments Hospital Discharge Assistance Companion/Sitters Homemaking Meal Preparation and more(863) 532-5976 Call for a free Consultation!Lighthouse At Home CareŽCompanion Homemakers who are Compassionate and Skilled!We are a provider (APD) for persons with disabilities. Reg #234809 Stokes Trucking & Environmental Service, LLC -Dump Truck -Skid Steer -Fill Dirt -Millings Shell Rock -Mulching -Site Prep Gary E. Stokes, Jr. (863) 634-3835